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UK's anti-EU party launches European election campaign amid racism row

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-EU party UKIP launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday and fended off accusations that its posters were racist and its anti-immigration rhetoric hypocritical. With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second in the May 22 election, ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright.

UK's anti-EU party launches European election campaign amid racism row

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - UKIP, Britain's anti-EU party, launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday, fending off accusations from rival lawmakers that its pre-election posters were racist. With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in the May 22 election but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright.

Britain's anti-EU leader denies expenses allegations

Eurosceptic UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Tuesday he was considering legal action after a British newspaper reported that he faces an investigation over his EU expenses. Farage told the BBC that the "outrageous" allegations published by Rupert Murdoch's The Times were politically motivated, ahead of European Parliament elections on May 22. The Times reported that a former UKIP official had made a complaint to the European Union's anti-fraud office OLAF over allowances that Farage receives for his constituency office in Britain.

Britain's anti-EU leader Farage denies expenses allegations

Eurosceptic UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said Tuesday he was considering legal action after a British newspaper reported that he faces an investigation over his EU expenses. Farage told the BBC that the "outrageous" allegations published by Rupert Murdoch's The Times were politically motivated ahead of European parliament elections on May 22. The Times reported that a former UKIP official had made a complaint to the European Union's anti-fraud office OLAF over allowances that Farage receives for his constituency office in Britain.

TV debates boost British eurosceptic leader

British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage has bolstered his credentials as a credible political figure after two televised debates with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, commentators said on Thursday. Farage's UK Independence Party (UKIP) was once described by Prime Minister David Cameron as a "bunch of fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists", but the debates showed that no party can dismiss their challenge now, political observers said.

British eurosceptic leader hails 'wonderful' Swiss immigration vote

The leader of Britain's main eurosceptic party hailed "wise" Swiss voters Sunday for backing curbs on EU immigration, saying it would encourage others across the continent. Nigel Farage, the head of the UK Independence Party, said Switzerland had stood up to "bullying" from Brussels and that it was "not a matter of race but of space." "This is wonderful news for national sovereignty and freedom lovers throughout Europe," said Farage, who is a member of the European parliament (MEP).

'Gay marriage caused floods' councillor suspended in Britain

The anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Sunday suspended a local councillor who blamed recent flooding across Britain on the government's decision to legalise gay marriage. David Silvester, a devout Christian who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party in protest at last year's move to allow same-sex marriage, claimed Britain had been "beset by storms" in recent weeks because the new law had angered God.

British PM pledges crackdown on EU migrant benefits

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday announced plans to restrict the right of EU migrants to claim unemployment benefits, prompting a rebuke from the bloc's employment commissioner. Cameron was responding to growing calls from his Conservative party and sections of the media for action to manage the expected influx of Bulgarian and Romanians when restrictions on their entry to Britain are lifted on January 1.

Tycoon to fund British anti-EU party's European election campaign

By Peter Griffiths LONDON (Reuters) - A rich British businessman said on Monday he would "do whatever it takes" to help the UK Independence Party fight next year's European Union polls, where gains for the anti-EU group could hurt Prime Minister David Cameron's chances of winning a second term. UKIP, a right-wing group that wants to leave the EU and impose tighter immigration controls, is leaching support from Cameron's Conservatives and poses one of the biggest obstacles to his re-election at a national poll in May 2015.

Czech agro tycoon emerges as king-maker after election

By Jan Lopatka and Jason Hovet PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovak-born billionaire and political novice Andrej Babis became the king-maker of Czech politics on Saturday, after voters angry at graft among the country's political establishment made his new party the second biggest in parliament. The mercurial 59-year-old overcame being a non-native Czech speaker and a hazy political program to win 18.7 percent of the vote in the election, just behind the Social Democrats, who garnered a disappointing 20.5 percent.
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