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Briefly: Europe

Newspaper article International New York Times

Briefly: Europe

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Unrest flares across Turkey as teenage boy is buried

An enormous outpouring of grief and antigovernment rage during the funeral procession for a teenage boy felled by a police tear- gas canister has turned into another mass confrontation with the Turkish authorities as mourners clashed with antiriot squads in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. At least one person was killed.

The new unrest came on Wednesday, a day after protesters battled with police officers in at least 15 cities over news that the boy, Berkin Elvan, 15, had died. He had been comatose with head trauma since June, when Turkey was first engulfed with antigovernment rallies against the decade-old tenure of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seen as increasingly authoritarian.

The boy, who was struck by a tear-gas canister while buying bread, has become the newest symbol of simmering anger at Mr. Erdogan and his Justice and Freedom Party and over the tough police repression of political dissent and a recent corruption scandal that has entangled the top echelons of the governing party. More than 100,000 people converged in Istanbul to participate in the boy's funeral procession to a cemetery. The burial itself was peaceful, as hundreds of riot police officers were deployed nearby.


Labour leader all but rules out referendum on staying in E.U.

Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, has said that he will almost certainly not hold a quick referendum on the country's membership in the European Union if his party wins power next year.

Even with the outcome of next year's general election uncertain, Mr. Miliband's comments in a speech in London on Wednesday reduced the prospects of Britain's quitting the 28-nation European Union in the next few years.

Mr. Miliband had been under pressure from some factions of his party to match a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron, who wants to loosen British ties to the European Union and to hold a referendum in 2017 on whether to leave it. Instead, Mr. Miliband said he would hold a referendum only if there were a new agreement that transfers power from Britain to the European Union, adding that this was unlikely during the life span of the next government. …

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