1. UK: Police scuffle with "anti-fascist" demonstrators in London
Several antifascist activists were detained after scuffles with police in London on Sunday, during a counter demonstration against a UKIP-organised march in support of Brexit, featuring former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson.
Footage shows the police scuffling with protesters and attempting to hold them back, as well as demonstrators chanting slogans and carrying placards and banners.
Despite the scuffles, heightened security measures ensured that the opposing marches were kept apart.
2. Knifeman “released from psychiatric care” is shot after stabbing policeman in Brussels “while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’” ahead of Macron visit to district linked to Paris terror attack
A knifeman “released from psychiatric care” has been shot after stabbing a police officer “while shouting 'Allahu Akbar’” in Brussels this morning.
The attacker struck outside the Belgian capital's central police station at 5.30am before a colleague retaliated with gunfire.
Witnesses said they heard the suspect crying “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) - but police have yet to confirm those claims.
The victim, who was stabbed in the neck, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries while the attacker, who was shot in the chest, was seriously injured.
3. Macron’s defeat in Paris sounds alarm for Europe
Less than a month ago, French President Emmanuel Macron staked his claim as the flag-bearer for globalism. In a speech to 60 world leaders at the Arc de Triomphe, he eulogized the United Nations and declared nationalism the “betrayal” of patriotism.
Last Saturday, tear gas and cobblestones flew in the same part of Paris as protesters trashed the iconic monument and demanded Macron’s embattled government withdraw a proposed fuel-tax increase. For the first time in his presidency, he backed down. It was a humbling moment for opponents of the populist revolts that spawned Donald Trump.
Europe has seen many a critical juncture in recent years, from the Greek debt crisis to the anti-immigrant backlash against refugees and Britain’s Brexit vote. Rarely, though, have so many political vultures been circling around one leader with so much at stake for the world order.
4. More than a thousand arrested in Paris “Yellow Vest” protests
While France's capital is going to feel the brunt of the Yellow Vests protest this weekend, FRANCE 24 sent its reporters out of Paris to meet protesters in rural France. In the small town of Montargis, the Yellow Vests have set up camp at a strategic roundabout and are preparing to spend the Christmas holidays making their voices heard. FRANCE 24 takes a look at some of the reasons behind their anger.
France: Armoured vehicles deployed on Parisian streets as “Yellow Vests” protests continue
5. UK: “Dump the deal, leave now” says UKIP leader Batten at pro-Brexit protest
Former English Defence League (EDL) Leader Tommy Robinson and United Kingdom Independence Party Leader Gerard Batten were among the thousands of pro-Brexit demonstrators who rallied in central London on Sunday.
Protesters could be seen waving banners and placards as they marched through the streets. Robinson said the rally was made up of "ordinary people" and that the media was demonising their rally.
6. AfD advisor welcomes the establishment of the party’s new Jewish division
In October, Michael Klonovsky, journalist, author and personal advisor to Alexander Gauland, leader of the AfD parliamentary group in the Bundestag, welcomed the foundation of the Federal Association "Jews in the AfD" with this witty, hard-hitting speech.
The speech was given at the inaugural meeting of "Juden in der AfD" on 7 October 2018 in Wiesbaden and published by the AfD Kompakt TV on 28 November 2018.
Original German language video HERE.
7. At least 70 people arrested during violent demonstrations of Yellow Vests in Brussels
8. Muslim chaplain, 49, is arrested at prison gates after “trying to smuggle £60,000 worth of Spice into Belmarsh”
A Muslim chaplain has been arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle £60,000 worth of illegal drugs into one of Britain’s most notorious prisons.
Mohamed Rawat was caught at Belmarsh jail allegedly carrying more than 60 sheets of paper soaked in the highly addictive synthetic substance spice.
The 49-year-old imam was dramatically detained at the prison gates after a secret probe by the anti-corruption unit at the Category A jail in South East London.
Inmates there have included extremist preacher Anjem Choudary, and Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the jihadi killers of soldier Lee Rigby.
9. Yellow Vest protest Amsterdam Dam Square the Netherlands
10. Finland: Crackdown on criminal migrants after children gang raped
Finland is set to speed up the deportation of criminal aliens after it emerged a 10-year-old girl was repeatedly raped and abused by migrant predators.
Commenting on the "shocking inhumanity" of the cases, President Sauli Niinistö said the country must "show strength" in punishing the rapists in order to "stigmatise the evil" of their actions so that Finland "can continue to have a just, safe society."
Authorities in Oulu, a city and municipality in north-west Finland with just over 200,000 residents, on Wednesday announced that a total of 10 suspects had been arrested in connection with sexual abuse and violence carried out against three children under the age of 15 in the region.
All of the men taken into custody either entered the country as asylum seekers or were welcomed to Finland under refugee quota schemes, according to a press release from the Oulu Police Department.