Europe

  • Your Suffering Is Ours: Pope Honors Slovak Holocaust Victims

    9/14/2021

    Pope Francis honored Slovakian Holocaust victims and atoned for Christian complicity in wartime crimes as he sought to promote reconciliation Monday in a country where a Catholic priest was president of a Nazi puppet state that deported tens of thousands of its Jews.

    Even though St. John Paul II made three trips to Slovakia, he never met here with the country’s Jews, evidence of the strained local Catholic-Jewish relations that endured in the post-war decades even with a Polish pope known for his outreach to Jews.

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  • Lafarge Loses Ruling on 'Crimes Against Humanity' Charges

    9/9/2021

    The French cement giant Lafarge could face a renewed charges of complicity in crimes against humanity after France's top court Thursday overturned a decision by a lower court to dismiss the charge.

    Lafarge is accused of paying millions of Euros via a Syrian subsidiary and a middleman to Islamist militants, including the Islamic State, to keep its cement factory in Jalabiya, northern Syria during the early years of the Syrian civil war.

    It is under formal investigation in France on several charges relating to the factory, including aiding crimes against humanity.

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  • Sweden Arrests Two Women Suspected of War Crimes in Syria

    9/7/2021

    Swedish authorities arrested two women from Sweden suspected of committing war crimes in Syria, the prosecutor’s office and local media said Tuesday, the first such arrests in the Scandinavian country.

    Prosecutors Hanna Lemoine and Karolina Wieslander, in charge of the two cases, told Swedish news agency TT that the two arrested will be questioned further before the prosecution decides whether to formally charge them.

    Swedish broadcaster SVT said one of the two women is also suspected of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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  • Inger Stoejberg: Danish Ex-Immigration Minister Faces Impeachment Trial

    9/2/2021

    A historic impeachment trial gets underway in Denmark on Thursday against a former minister who spearheaded dozens of tough immigration measures.

    Inger Stoejberg is accused of unlawfully ordering the separation of young asylum-seeking couples in 2016.

    She is facing a landmark lawsuit, which accuses her of bearing responsibility for breaking the law.

    It is Denmark's first impeachment case in almost three decades, and only the second held in a century.

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  • Belarus Border: Poland Seeks Emergency Order Amid Asylum Seeker Surge

    8/31/2021

    The Polish government asked the president on Tuesday to declare a state of emergency in two regions on its border with Belarus after the Polish Border Guard said hundreds of irregular crossings had taken place this month.

    Poland began building a barbed-wire fence last week along the border in an effort to curb the flow of asylum-seekers from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan crossing from Belarus.

    A state of emergency would give authorities broader powers to monitor and control people’s movements.

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  • Stalin-Era Mass Grave Found in Ukraine

    8/26/2021

    What may be one of Ukraine's largest Stalin-era mass graves has been identified by researchers.

    The remains of between 5,000 and 8,000 people were found in 29 graves in the southern city of Odessa.

    The site, believed to date back to the late 1930s, was uncovered during exploration works for a planned expansion of an airport.

    Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are believed to have died during Joseph Stalin's rule of the Soviet Union.

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  • Cyprus to Strip Passports from Turk Cypriot Officials

    8/24/2021

    The government of Cyprus said on Monday it would revoke the passports of Turkish Cypriot officials in the breakaway state in the northern part of the island.

    A number of Turkish Cypriot officials, including incumbent leader Ersin Tatar, are known to hold or held passports of the Republic of Cyprus, even though they administer the Turkish Cypriot state.

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  • EU Condemns Belarus for ‘Direct Attack’ Using Migrants

    8/19/2021

    The European Union on Wednesday condemned what it called Belarus’s “aggressive behavior” in organizing illegal border crossings with migrants into Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland with the aim of destabilizing the 27-nation bloc.

    So far this year, more than 4,100 asylum-seekers, most of them from Iraq, have illegally crossed from Belarus into Lithuania.

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  • Germany May Need to Rescue 10,000 People from Afghanistan: Merkel

    8/17/2021

    Germany must urgently evacuate up to 10,000 people from Afghanistan for whom it has responsibility, Chancellor Angela Merkel told party colleagues, warning that the fallout from the conflict will last for a very long time.

    The remarks, made at a closed-door meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Monday and relayed by meeting participants, reflect growing concern about bloodshed in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized the capital and proclaimed peace.

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  • Poland Passes Law That Would Cut Off Property Claims

    8/12/2021

    Poland’s parliament passed a law on Wednesday that would prevent former Polish property owners, including Holocaust survivors and their descendants, from regaining property expropriated by the country’s communist regime.

    Gideon Taylor, the chair of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, or WJRO, an advocate for property restitution, said the group was “outraged,” and called the bill “equally unfair for both Jews and non-Jews.”

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