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Europe 2016 in Pictures

IN PICTURES: Europe's migrant crisis only got worse in 2016, fueled by anti-immigrant and racist demagogy throughout the continent.

The far right was the biggest winner in Europe this year with Brexit setting the tone in the U.K., as the migrants fleeing war-ravished countries were scapegoated in a campaign of fear-mongering and racism.

teleSUR takes a look at the major events in Europe.

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Using anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric, the far right won the day with the Brexit vote, which called for the U.K  to leave the EU.
Using anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric, the far right won the day with the Brexit vote, which called for the U.K to leave the EU. Photo:AFP
In this photo that went viral, armed French police confront a woman on a beach and make her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini.
In this photo that went viral, armed French police confront a woman on a beach and make her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini. Photo:AFP
Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, one of Europe’s most prominent far-right politicians, who is currently on trial for hate speech for comments he made about Moroccans in 2014. The Freedom Party has called for closing all Islamic schools and recording the ethnicity of all Dutch citizens.
Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, one of Europe’s most prominent far-right politicians, who is currently on trial for hate speech for comments he made about Moroccans in 2014. The Freedom Party has called for closing all Islamic schools and recording the ethnicity of all Dutch citizens. Photo:Reuters
In Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, a member of the Green Party who ran as an independent, won the presidential election, breaking the far right tendency in Europe.
In Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, a member of the Green Party who ran as an independent, won the presidential election, breaking the far right tendency in Europe. Photo:AFP
Eighty-four people were killed after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice in July, the deadliest attack made in the name of Jihad in Europe this year, sparking a boost of security measures, including a state of emergency and Islamophobic violence across the region.
Eighty-four people were killed after a lorry ploughed into a crowd attending Bastille Day celebrations in the French city of Nice in July, the deadliest attack made in the name of Jihad in Europe this year, sparking a boost of security measures, including a state of emergency and Islamophobic violence across the region. Photo:AFP
Christine Lagarde will remain head of the International Monetary Fund despite being found guilty of negligence in a case dating to her tenure as France
Christine Lagarde will remain head of the International Monetary Fund despite being found guilty of negligence in a case dating to her tenure as France's finance minister. Photo:AFP
Rescuers help a girl out of a dinghy carrying refugees and migrants onto a Greek coast guard vessel in the open sea between Turkey and Lesbos. The refugee crisis in Europe is above all a humanitarian crisis of people fleeing conflict zones.
Rescuers help a girl out of a dinghy carrying refugees and migrants onto a Greek coast guard vessel in the open sea between Turkey and Lesbos. The refugee crisis in Europe is above all a humanitarian crisis of people fleeing conflict zones. Photo:Reuters
A man reacts to his damaged home after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24. Italy
A man reacts to his damaged home after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24. Italy's most powerful earthquake in 36 years stuck the country's mountainous center on Oct. 30. Photo:Reuters
During New Year’s Eve 2015, hundreds of women complained about sexual abuse, fomenting a wave of racism across the country against alleged migrant attackers. However, on Nov. 1, a Hamburg court found the three asylum-seekers accused of sexual assaults during New Year’s Eve innocent, ruling that the police made up evidence.
During New Year’s Eve 2015, hundreds of women complained about sexual abuse, fomenting a wave of racism across the country against alleged migrant attackers. However, on Nov. 1, a Hamburg court found the three asylum-seekers accused of sexual assaults during New Year’s Eve innocent, ruling that the police made up evidence. Photo:AFP
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