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News digest: 28 August 2012

CZECH REPUBLIC: Police: High state officials often initiate corruption (Prague Daily Monitor): "Czech state and public administration's senior officials not only succumb to corruption but they also surprisingly often initiate corruption themselves, the police squad for uncovering organised crime (UOOZ) says in its report for 2011, its spokesman Pavel Hantak told CTK Saturday"

DENMARK: Trading of blame and a search for answers in Vollsmose (Copenhagen Post): "As the hospital invasion on Monday night leaves politicians trying to find a scapegoat, government officials meet to discuss what happens next. Following the crisis meeting attended by officials today, politicians would like the immigrants who caused problems in the Odense suburb of Vollsmose to be evicted." See: Shooting leads to chaos at Odense hospital (Copenhagen Post)

FRANCE: Rights groups round on France over Roma evictions (France 24): "France continued its controversial policy of dismantling Roma camps on Monday when police raided a site on the outskirts of Paris. The strongarm approach, previously employed by Nicolas Sarkozy, has been slammed by human rights groups across Europe." See also: French police resuming dismantling Roma camps (France 24)

GERMANY: Authorities target neo-Nazis in Western Germany (Spiegel Online): "Authorities in the western state of North-Rhine Westphalia have launched a massive crackdown on violent neo-Nazis. The state's Interior Ministry has banned three groups following raids on dozens of properties. Police also found evidence of possible links to the far-right NPD party." See also: Clamping down on right-wing associations (Deutsche Welle)

GERMANY: Lichtenhagen riots continue to haunt many (Deutsche Welle): "In August 1992, right-wing extremists waged attacks against asylum seekers and Vietnamese contract workers in Rostock-Lichtenhagen. 20 years later, reconciliation between locals and immigrants still seems far off"

GERMANY: Why Germany isn't rooting out its neo-Nazis (Spiegel Online): "Far-right violence against immigrants has become endemic in parts of Germany and that won't change anytime soon. The public and the police are too often indifferent to extremism, despite the risk it poses to the country's reputation. Deep down, Germany still hasn't grasped that it needs to embrace its minorities"

Germany's gay rights debate becomes heated (Spiegel Online): "German policymakers have recently indicated a willingness to further broaden rights for gays and lesbians in civil unions. But the debate has become heated this week as a conservative politician and the country's largest newspaper have questioned the move"

GREECE: Golden Dawn protests migrants' detention at Corinth army camp (Ekathimerini): "An MP and dozens of supporters of neofascist Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) have attempted to prevent police from detaining some 400 immigrants in the grounds of an army camp in Corinth, west of Athens"

GREECE: Immigrants march in Greece against racist attacks (Reuters): "Thousands of immigrants marched in Athens on Friday to protest police sweeps and a rash of racist attacks in Greece as the country struggles to pull itself out of a huge debt crisis"

GREECE: Migrants arrested entering Samos (Athens News): "On Sunday, a Frontex patrol vessel spotted a dinghy Northeast of Samos carrying 40 illegal migrants (26 men, six women and eight minors), who destroyed the inflatable craft and jumped in the water when they, in turn, spotted the patrol vessel"

GREECE: Standoff over migrant centre in Corinth (Athens News): "There were angry scenes in Corinth on Thursday morning when a crowd of some 200 people obstructed a transport of arrested illegal migrants from entering a disused army base in the city"

EGYPT: Egypt migrants killed in Mediterranean capsize (BBC News): "A boat carrying Egyptian migrants thought to be on their way to Europe has capsized in the Mediterranean, with more than 30 people feared dead"

Italy miners in underground protest at Sardinia pit (BBC News): "About 100 protesting miners on the Italian island of Sardinia have barricaded themselves in a pit, with hundreds of kilograms of explosives"

LIBYA: A massacre of asylum seekers in detention centre Hums east of Tripoli (Agenzia Habeshia per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo)

Montenegro seeks containers for homeless refugees (Balkan Insight): "Residents of a Roma refugee camp on the outskirts of the capital, which caught fire in July, may have to be rehoused in containers until permanent homes can be built for them in 2013"

MOROCCO-SPAIN: Morocco rounds up would-be immigrants to Spain after border incident (El Pais): "The Moroccan police have rounded up hundreds of African migrants camped out on the hillsides outside of the Spanish enclave of Melilla over the last week following an attempt to rush the border crossing by more than 450 people, of whom around 60 made it into Spanish territory"

NORWAY: Defence assisted police after July 22nd (The Norway Post): "After the July 22nd terrorist attacks, the intelligence service of the Norwegian Defence carried out a number of tasks which were actually the responsibility of the Police Security Service (PST)"

Romania's suspended president to return to post (Balkan Insight): "Traian Basescu is to resume his duties after parliament on Monday accepted a court ruling, which deemed the result of a July referendum on his impeachment invalid"

SWEDEN: 'Ban Islam in Sweden': Sweden Democrat (The Local): "Ban Islam in Sweden and deport those who persist in believing in the religion", said Pär Norling, group leader of the Sweden Democrats (SD) in Bollnäs, in an interview with national broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT)"

SWEDEN: Police block activists at disputed mining site (The Local): "Police moved in Tuesday morning to restrain dozens of environmental activists demonstrating against a planned limestone quarry on the Baltic island of Gotland"

Sweden invited Lithuania to join the Nordic Battlegroup (Lithuania Tribune): "Sweden officially invited Lithuania to join the Nordic Battlegroup (NBG) in the beginning of 2015. The Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin delivered the invitation, which was expressed in the Swedish Minister’s of Defense Karin Enström letter addressed to the Lithuanian Minister of Defense Rasa Jukneviciene, on 24 August"

Swiss privacy watchdog demands that banks stop handing over information to US tax authorities (Out-Law.com): "Switzerland's data protection watchdog has told the country's banks to stop handing over transaction information to the US tax authorities after fears that the shared records contained the names of client advisors and other bank employees"

UK: Notting Hill Carnval police make 299 arrests (BBC News): "More arrests were made during this year's Notting Hill Carnival than in 2011... A group of 36 men was stopped at Kings Cross underground at about 15:45 BST on Monday to prevent a potential breach of the peace... [They] were believed to have travelled from north London to cause trouble at the carnival, [they] were held until police were satisfied there was no risk of disorder and then released"

UK: Police vans to be fitted with CCTV to uncover hidden abuse (The Independent): "Hundreds of police vans are to be fitted with closed-circuit television cameras to address concerns about the "hidden" abuse of suspects"

UK: Prisons holding 7,300 more inmates than they were designed for (Guardian): "Some English and Welsh jails hold twice as many people as they should, according to figures from Prison Reform Trust"

UK: Roadside cameras suffer from large gaps in coverage, police admit (Guardian): "Automatic number plate recognition cameras stay secret after freedom of information tribunal told of patchy picture"