By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The left leaning Social Democratic Party, the successor of the former Communist party, has won the most votes in Romania's first parliamentary elections since becoming a member of the European Union last year.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST (BosNewsLife)-- Voters in Romania were electing a new parliament Sunday, November 30, amid concerns the global economic crisis will bring layoffs and painful austerity measures to the former Communist nation. Opinion polls showed that voters were likely to punish Romania's current pro-Western leaders who have been criticized as out of touch with Romanians.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- An influential Jewish group said Monday, November 10, that windows of a synagogue in eastern Hungary were smashed on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi-incited riots of Kristallnacht.In a statement, the Rabbinical Center of Europe confirmed that the incident took place late Saturday, November 8, in a synagogue of the Jewish Community Center in the Hungarian town of Debrecen, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital Budapest.Sunday. November 9, was the commemoration of Kristallnacht, or "Night of the Broken Glass," when 91 Jews were killed in violence whipped up by Nazi stormtroopers, while hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses were ransacked in Germany and Austria. The Kristallnacht is seen as the beginning of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War Two. Some 600.000 Hungarian Jews were among those who perished in the Holocaust. "DAILY LIFE"The Rabbinical Center said anti-Semitic attacks were again "part of the daily life of Jews in Europe" and that it was necessary to educate young non-Jews about prejudice to combat its effects. Sunday's incident in Debrecen came amid concerns over rising right-wing extremism in Hungary and groups such as the Magyar Garda, or Hungarian Guard, whose members wear uniforms resembling the Nazi-era. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for this weekend's attack on the Jewish synagogue. END
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife UZHHOROD, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- A Christian woman who became known for her personal crusade against high level corruption in Ukraine's border region with the European Union has won a, potentially precedent-setting, trial against municipality authorities of the western city of Uzhhorod, BosNewsLife established Saturday, June 28.