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byVirginia Hale24 Oct 20170

Authorities in Germany are struggling to cope with the threat posed by Islamist terrorism, with police warning that the nation houses hundreds of extremists willing to carry out attacks.

According to the Welt am Sonntag, Germany has seen a quadrupling of the number of terror-related cases in just one year, with prosecutors having opened more than 900 so far in 2017, compared with 250 cases initiated throughout 2016.

Around 705 Islamists who are living in Germany have been identified by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) as posing a terror threat to the nation. While some of these extremists have been locked up, authorities say radicalisation is a major problem in German prisons.

Local media reported this week that a “highly dangerous” Lebanese migrant who officials classify as a “threat to internal security” in Germany will soon be released from prison despite his having threatened to carry out attacks on non-Muslims.

Mohammed A. was radicalised while serving a three and a half year term for robbery, according to authorities in Berlin, who warned in an official statement that the 27-year-old plans to “use every opportunity for an attack on unbelievers” after his release from detention.

Undercover Report: Islamic Radicalism Rife in ‘Hotbed of Terror’ Asylum Homes https://t.co/YnUjyabXaEpic.twitter.com/NcZmHWihZF

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) December 6, 2016

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk warned Tuesday that talks on Britain’s departure from the EU remain the bloc’s toughest test, saying that “it is, in fact, up to London how this will end: with a good deal, no deal or no Brexit.”

The European Council president renewed calls for unity among the U.K.’s 27 partners. Brexit “is still the toughest stress test. If we fail it, the negotiations will end in our defeat,” Tusk said.

Debriefing EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, France on last week’s EU summit, Tusk said that “the EU will be able to rise to every scenario as long as we are not divided.”

Britain is set to leave the EU in March 2019, but the Brexit talks are progressing very slowly, held up by differences over the size of the departure bill, the rights of citizens directly hit by Brexit and the status of the Ireland-Northern-Ireland border.

EU leaders say those issues must be addressed before the negotiations can be broadened to future relations and trade. British Prime Minister Theresa May wants the issues to be discussed at the same time.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took a swipe at people seeking to undermine the talks, following a leaked report of his Brexit dinner with May last week.

“The commission is not negotiating in a hostile mood. We want a deal. Those who don’t want a deal — the ‘no dealers’ — they have no friends in the commission. We want a fair deal with Britain and we will have a fair deal with Britain,” Juncker said.

“A ‘no deal’ is not our working assumption,” he added.

A report in the German Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung claimed that May was “begging for help” from her EU partners during the Brussels dinner.

May said Monday that she has “a degree of confidence” that Brexit talks will move to their decisive second phase by December.

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Fresh reports claim that captured Swedish jihadis in Raqqa, Syria, may face execution, and according to a terrorism expert, it is unlikely the Swedish government will try to intervene.

Magnus Ranstorp said that there were reports that several Swedes who had travelled to the Middle East to join and fight for the radical Islamic terror group had been captured as their former capital Raqqa fell in recent weeks.

Despite the fact that many of the captured fighters could face the death penalty, Ranstorp said: “I think the Swedish authorities would rather see that they stay and be judged there, rather than they come home and become a threat to safety,” Aftonbladetreports.

Swedish Security Service (Säpo) head Anders Thorberg told Swedish media that the agency believes Swedish fighters had been not only captured but some had been killed as well.

Ranstorp said that there were questions as to how the prisoners would be treated by Iraqi authorities in particular. “Without a doubt, there are big risks. Everything from torture and torture-like conditions to executions. Iraq has said that it will judge individuals from Europe who have committed crimes harshly,” he said.

It is estimated that hundreds of Swedish citizens have left the country to fight alongside Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups in the Middle East.

Sweden Pays Thousands in Welfare to Islamic State Terrorist Living in Syria https://t.co/CsimEXuG7Ipic.twitter.com/Bzg1YvNDqc

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 20, 2016

One of the most well-known Swedes to have packed up and joined the group is Michael Skråmos, a former “Islamophobia expert”. Skråmos, whose last known location was Raqqa, made headlines earlier this year when he called for Islamic State supporters in Sweden to carry out acts of terrorism in the country.

While pointing out that the Swedish government has no obligation to help the captured Islamic radicals, Ranstorp said: “It will be the first warning signal that comes to Swedish authorities when these individuals turn to the embassies for help.”

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byJack Montgomery24 Oct 20170

The European Union has responded to Catalonia’s overtures to Brussels by saying it will back the Spanish government’s plan to impose direct rule.

The Catalans had called on the bloc to step in and initiate some sort of dialogue between Barcelona and Madrid, but the unelected European Commission now says it will back Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s plan to take over the region’s government and dissolve its parliament, Sky News reports.

A spokesman said the EU would continue to “respect the constitutional and legal arrangement of Spain”, adding that Rajoy’s scheme to install a puppet government was justified within a “constitutional context”.

Catalan government warns EU will not survive if it stands by while Spain imposes direct rule and crushes democracy https://t.co/UGl23X5Cga

— Jack Montgomery ن (@JackBMontgomery) October 23, 2017

The EU has thrown its weight behind Rajoy just a day after Catalan foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva questioned whether or not the bloc could survive if it stood aside while Spain carried out the “worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco”.

“How can the European Union live with that situation? How can EU democracy survive? And how can they be credible if they allow this to happen?” he demanded.

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byBreitbart London24 Oct 20170

The Guardian has reported on the comments of Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson who has written to the competition watchdog urging it to refuse the Murdoch takeover of Sky.

The Guardian reports:

Tom Watson is to write to the competition watchdog urging it to refuse the Murdoch family’s takeover of Sky after it emerged that Fox News gave presenter Bill O’Reilly a new contract after paying $32m (£24m) to settle a sexual harassment suit against him.

Labour’s deputy leader and shadow culture secretary said the revelations showed Fox “allowed a culture of bullying to flourish” and made its parent company, the Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox, an unsuitable owner for Sky.

The fact that O’Reilly, the pugnacious and hugely popular Fox News host, was given a more lucrative contract a month after settling the harassment lawsuit, was “jaw dropping”, Watson said. “It raises yet more questions about the corporate culture at 21st Century Fox. It has now been demonstrated beyond doubt that executives at Fox News were free to act with impunity in the knowledge that their actions would go unpunished.”

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After more than a million Poles lined the country’s borders to pray for an end to “Islamization,” Ireland’s Catholics are gathering along the coast to pray that abortion remains illegal in their country.

Ireland is gearing up for a referendum challenging the Constitution’s recognition of the right to life of unborn children, and in response many are expected to head for the shorelines on November 26 for a “Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith” to ask the Virgin Mary’s intercession to keep Ireland pro-life.

The eighth amendment to Ireland’s Constitution was adopted on Oct. 7, 1983, the feast of the Holy Rosary, the very day that Poland held its “Rosary on the Borders” prayer campaign earlier this month.

The amendment declares: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

Sunday, November 26, marks the yearly Catholic feast of Christ the King, a day dedicated to affirming Jesus Christ’s kingship over all the world, and organizers have chosen an image of Christ the king as masthead for their Facebook page. The stated intention for the prayer crusade is “the Preservation of Faith in Ireland and the Protection of Life in Ireland.”

“Ireland was the first country in the world to be consecrated to Christ the King,” the organizers note. “The feast is extremely important. Acknowledging Christ as King has relevance for the spiritual, social, cultural, legal and political life of Ireland.”

The rosary event is also meant to underscore the importance of faith among Ireland’s citizens, particularly the young.

“Our island is in the midst of a catastrophic loss of Catholic faith especially among the young,” the event’s organizers say. “Ireland, North and South, is facing an immediate threat to the protection of our unborn babies.”

Promoters of the event are aiming at a minimum of 53 different congregating points around Ireland’s coasts, so that the clusters of pray-ers will “encircle Ireland with a human rosary.” The 53 points will represent each “Hail Mary” prayed during the rosary.

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Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah has praised Poland for standing up to the European Union’s “immigration logic” and fighting to preserve its own cultural identity but not allowing the nation to be overrun with migrants.

Speaking at the Europa Christi conference in Warsaw on Sunday, the African cardinal—considered by many as papabile, a contender for the papacy—said that while every migrant is a human being who must be respected, that doesn’t mean that a country should compromise the common good through indiscriminate immigration.

This is especially true when migrants come from another culture or another religion, since their integration into a nation’s culture is more complex, he suggested.

Cardinal Sarah, who is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said that no one should challenge “the right of a nation to distinguish refugees from economic migrants who do not identify with the culture of the country in which they wish to live.”

The outspoken African cardinal has been dubbed “a standard bearer for Catholic orthodoxy,” and was the world’s youngest bishop in 1979, when Pope John Paul II summoned him to the episcopate at only 34 years of age.

In his comments, the Cardinal echoed the words of Pope Francis, who last year made similar distinctions.

During the papal press conference on the return flight from Sweden to Rome last November, the Pope expressed his belief that people’s hearts should be open to migrants and refugees, but that political authorities need to exercise prudence so as not to allow more migrants into the country than can be reasonably integrated.

The Pope insisted on the importance of distinguishing between migrants and refugees, suggesting that they represent different problems.

“Migrants should be treated according to certain rules, because migration is a right, but one which is highly regulated,” he said. “On the other hand, to be a refugee means coming from a terrible situation of war, anguish, hunger and the status of a refugee requires more care, more work.”

Francis also made allowances for European politicians—from countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic—who have chosen to close their borders to immigrants, saying that politicians have a right to exercise prudence in such decisions.

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byVirginia Hale25 Oct 20170

The majority of third world-origin migrants living in Italy suffer from mental disorders which make them prone to “aggressive behaviour” and “psychotic episodes”, according to a study by psychologists.

Research into the mental health of asylum seekers living in the Padua, northern Italy, found that 54 per cent of those sampled showed “obvious symptoms” of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), local media reports.

“What emerged from our investigation is the high level of trauma and discomfort we found among asylum seekers, and this suffering forms the basis of anti-social attitudes”, explained researcher and journalist Cristiano Draghi, reporting that the majority of migrants hailed from “Nigeria, the Gambia, Ivory Coast and Guinea”.

African Migrants Riot Against 'Racist' Italians, Warn 'Allah Will Guide Us in Revenge' https://t.co/hG6GGwq6gWpic.twitter.com/cFZUb9njHh

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 25, 2016

Laura Baccaro, chair of Street Psychologists — the Padua-based nonprofit which carried out the study alongside Draghi — said the purpose of the research was to understand mental health problems suffered by asylum seekers and to recommend ways in which these can be dealt with by housing associations hosting migrants in Italy.

“Investigating asylum seekers, we found most of them to be showing symptoms of an extremely serious disorder that inevitably becomes fertile terrain for aggressive attitudes that then lead to problems such as refusal to integrate,” she said.

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A new report claims that migrant youth gangs in the Ebertplatz area of Cologne are becoming increasingly violent, leading some to describe the area as turning into a no-go zone.

Authorities in the Eberplatz area say that in recent months young migrants from the Middle East and Africa have turned the place into a no-go zone once the sun goes down. Over just the past nine months, police have been involved in around 3,000 incidents in the area ranging from simple stop and search to the murder of a 22-year-old African migrant last Saturday evening, Die Weltreports.

Police arrested three men in connection with the murder saying they were all part of the local drug scene. Police officials in Germany have previously warned that in some areas of the country asylum seekers and illegal migrants have begun to take over the lucrative drug trade, often using violence to achieve their goals.

German Police: Asylum Seekers Are Taking over Illegal Drug Trade https://t.co/2DzBSloj3B

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 26, 2017

One of the reasons the area has become so popular for drug dealing is its design allows criminals to come and go through passageways and tunnels and avoid authorities.

“The square is designed at such angles that even on the ground police can not overlook the entire area. This means that drug trafficking and acts of violence are not detected and prevented in a timely manner,” police said.

While police are called into the area on a daily basis and have carried out over 3,000 separate actions in the area, only 19 suspects have been arrested and prosecuted for crimes.

Ruth Wennemar, the spokesman for a local citizen’s association, said she, along with many other women, avoided the area altogether. “It has become a no-go zone for them. The boys drink hard alcohol from noon,” she said adding: “In the evening from 8 pm the Africans dominate the square, a marijuana cloud floats over it. That goes well into the night.”

The scenes are similar to reports in Paris where migrants in certain neighbourhoods harass women on the street and refuse to let them into cafes.