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Germany denies alleged Merkel comment on camps

Brussels, 17.9.2010 13:29, (AP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday denied that she had told French President Nicolas Sarkozy her country planned to evacuate its own illegal immigrant camps.  full story

Berlin denies planning Roma deportations

Brussels, 17.9.2010 9:56, (The Local) Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday repudiated statements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Germany is planning deportations of Roma people similar to the controversial programme in France.  full story

Cameron warns EU to show respect as he lends support to Sarkozy as row over Roma expulsions rages on in Brussels

Brussels, 17.9.2010 9:53, (Daily Mail) David Cameron rounded on the European Commission last night over its extraordinary criticism of France’s expulsion of thousands of Roma gypsies – as President Sarkozy said the controversial policy would continue.  full story

Sarkozy's War Against the Roma

Paris, 15.9.2010 17:15, (Spiegel) Everybody hates Roma. That, at least, is what French President Nicolas Sarkozy is banking on with his policy aimed at deporting them to southeastern Europe. But the Roma themselves are used to being pariahs, and are struggling to get by despite the intensity of the current French campaign.  full story

Sarkozy's office hits back at criticism on Gypsies

Paris, 15.9.2010 17:07, (AP) President Nicolas Sarkozy's office fired back Wednesday at European Commission criticism of France's crackdown on Gypsies, or Roma, saying some of the complaints are unacceptable.  full story

French Gypsies recall forgotten wartime internment

Paris, 14.9.2010 16:58, (AP) It's a thistle-tangled field behind a hedge of blackberries, with little to catch the eye but three surreal staircases that rise out of the parched grass and lead to nowhere.  full story

France condemns Castro Roma 'holocaust' remark

Paris, 11.9.2010 14:46, (BBC) France says comments by former Cuban leader Fidel Castro about its treatment of Roma migrants are unacceptable and show his ignorance of history.  full story

Roma exit France momentarily to show crackdown 'absurdity'

Paris, 11.9.2010 14:05, (FOCUS) Three Roma facing deportation from France walked 100 metres (yards) into Belgium on Thursday and then returned in order to show the "absurdity" of the crackdown on travellers, their lawyer said, cited by AFP.  full story

'We are not ethnic garbage,' says Macedonian Roma minister

Skopje, 11.9.2010 13:33, ( "We are not Gypsies, we are Roma," and "Hitler is back" read the banners held by more than a hundred Macedonian Roma protesting on Monday in front of the European Commission representation and the French embassy in Skopje.  full story

France and Romania plan to co-operate over Roma

Paris, 11.9.2010 12:37, (Irish Times) THE EUROPEAN Parliament has condemned French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s deportation of hundreds of gypsies to their Balkan homelands, as France and Romania agreed to work together to improve Roma integration.  full story

France and Italy defy condemnations of their anti-Roma actions

Paris, 11.9.2010 12:36, (Ekklesia) France and Italy are defying pressure from human rights groups and the European Parliament over their continued mistreatment of Roma people.  full story

Castro claims France is carrying out a racial holocaust

Havana, 11.9.2010 12:34, (Sify News) Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has accused France of carrying out a "racial holocaust" over its expulsion of Roma migrants back to their homes in eastern Europe. e said strong protests in France were "essential" to counter the expulsions.  full story

French minister defends Roma policy at immigration meeting

Paris, 6.9.2010 16:42, (Earth Times) French Immigration Minister Eric Besson again defended his country's much-criticized repatriation of Roma, denying Monday that the ethnic group had suffered mass expulsions. "There have been no mass expulsions of Roma," Besson said at a seminar on illegal immigration held in Paris with representatives from six European Union countries and Canada.  full story

France protests against security crackdown

Paris, 5.9.2010 0:31, (AFP) Tens of thousands protested in cities across France Saturday against a government law and order crackdown that has targeted Roma gypsies, as smaller demonstrations took place in European capitals.  full story

Some 100 people participate in Roma rights demonstration outside French embassy in Brussels

Brussels, 4.9.2010 17:16, (FOCUS) Some 100 people are participating in the Roma rights demonstration outside the French embassy in Brussels held by the international human rights organization European Network against Racism. The organization has announced more protests in European cities, Bulgarian National Radio reports.  full story

Protests against Roma expulsions held in France

Paris, 4.9.2010 16:32, (BBC) Demonstrators have been gathering in Paris and other French cities to protest against the government's policy of deporting Roma people. Early turnout in Paris was lower than expected, with riot police appearing to outnumber the mainly African illegal immigrant protesters.  full story

Reding on Roma: The Committed Commissioner

Budapest, 4.9.2010 12:26, (OSI) The statement by Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, on the situation of Roma in Europe is to be welcomed for its unequivocal and forthright commitment to Roma inclusion. It is a firm and eloquent rebuttal to criticisms that the Commission has remained silent in the wake of the crisis prompted by the actions taken against Roma by the French government. Her personal expression of regret that some of the rhetoric used in Member States of late has been "openly discriminatory and partly inflammatory" is a reminder of just how pervasive anti-Roma sentiment remains in Europe.  full story

Mass demonstrations against Roma expulsions across France

Paris, 4.9.2010 12:21, (RFI) A day of action is planned across France Saturday to protest against the French government's security policy and recent expulsions of Roma gypsies. A collective of 130 organisations, political parties and trade unions are calling for demonstrations against "xenophobia" and "the politics of pillory".  full story

European far-right defends Sarkozy’s Roma policy

Paris, 3.9.2010 11:20, (Euroactiv) Lawmakers from the far-right were the only ones to defend French President Nicolas Sarkozy's tough policies towards the Roma during a debate in the European Parliament yesterday (2 September).  full story

Polish Greens protest French Roma expulsions

Warsaw, 3.9.2010 11:15, (Polskie Radio) A dozen or so people staged a picket in front of the French Embassy in Warsaw, Thursday, against the forced expulsions of Roma from France.  full story

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