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Special Report: From Hungary, far-right party spreads ideology, tactics

By Marcin Goettig and Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - In a rented public hall not far from Poland's parliament, about 150 people gathered one afternoon late last year to hear speeches by a collection of far-right leaders from around Europe. The event was organized by Ruch Narodowy, or National Movement, a Polish organization that opposes foreign influences, views homosexuality as an illness and believes Poland is threatened by a leftist revolution hatched in Brussels.

Austrian far-right politicians quit EU parliament campaign

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two top far-right Austrian candidates for next month's EU parliamentary elections quit on Tuesday, under fire from their own party ranks, bucking a trend of Eurosceptic parties in the ascendancy. The co-lead candidate for the anti-immigrant Freedom Party said he had lost his party's trust after making racist comments, while the daughter of late Austrian right-wing populist leader Joerg Haider gave up on re-energizing her father's BZO party.

Austrian Haider's daughter says will not run in EU vote

The daughter of Austria's notorious late far-right leader Joerg Haider announced Tuesday she will not run in European elections next month as planned. Political newcomer Ulrike Haider-Quercia, who was the top candidate for the Alliance for Austria's Future (BZOe), her father's former party, said she had decided not to stand as she would not be afforded a fair campaign. "I would not be allowed an independent candidacy free from prejudice," Haider-Quercia said in a statement.

Austrian Haider's daughter says will not run in EU vote

The daughter of Austria's notorious late far-right leader Joerg Haider announced Tuesday she will not run in European elections next month as planned. Political newcomer Ulrike Haider-Quercia, who was the top candidate for the Alliance for Austria's Future (BZOe), her father's former party, said she had decided not to stand as she would not be afforded a fair campaign. "I would not be allowed an independent candidacy free from prejudice," Haider-Quercia said in a statement.

Haider's daughter to lead Austrian far-right party in EU vote

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's right-wing BZO party on Saturday named a daughter of Joerg Haider as its lead candidate in European Parliament elections in May, hoping to recapture the charisma and political acumen of its late leader. Ulrike Haider-Querica, 37, a university professor in Rome, told a convention of the Alliance for the Future of Austria that she was ready to lead a new generation out to change what she called the European Union's "failed policies".

Austrian far-right declines invite for Crimea referendum

Austria's Freedom Party (FPOe) said Thursday it has declined a Russian invitation sent to it and other far-right parties in Europe to dispatch observers for this weekend's disputed referendum in Crimea. "We received an invitation but we will not be going," a member of the FPOe, who didn't want to give his name, told AFP. He declined to say why the party, the third-largest in Austria's parliament, had said no.

German court scraps hurdle for small parties in EU vote

Germany's top court Wednesday struck down a three-percent electoral threshold for political parties to win European Parliament seats in a move welcomed by fringe groups including a far-right party. The decision followed a complaint by 19 small parties that the hurdle put them at an unfair disadvantage in May's European parliamentary ballot. The German Constitutional Court found that the three-percent clause represented a "serious encroachment" on electoral equality that was "not justified" and flouted Germany's constitution.

Swiss want to keep EU deals despite immigration vote

The Swiss overwhelmingly want to hold on to a string of deals with the European Union despite voting last week to curb immigration from the bloc, a poll published Sunday showed. A full 74 percent of people surveyed said they were opposed to ripping up the agreements, which cover everything from free movement of people to air traffic to trade barriers, according to the poll in the Sonntags Blick newspaper.

Protests over Hungary farright rally in former synagogue

A political rally of the Hungarian farright party Jobbik in a former synagogue sparked protests Friday by anti-fascist demonstrators who accused the group of "provocation". Around 100 protesters, some wearing yellow stars pinned to their coats, held candles outside the building in the town of Esztergom, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Budapest. "It's disgusting that anti-Semites are able to get away with this provocation in modern Hungary," a Holocaust survivor, who didn't wish to give her name, told AFP.

Europe warns Swiss of consequences after immigration vote

By Katharina Bart and Barbara Lewis ZURICH/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Switzerland could lose its privileged access to the European single market, European officials said on Monday, after Swiss voters narrowly backed proposals to curtail immigration from the EU in a referendum that has unsettled business.
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