Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The 35 hour week comes up in the debate.
The host asks "to earn more, shouldn't people work more?"

Fabius: "this is Sarkozyst rhetoric [..] there is an ultrafinancialocapitalist tendency to ... [..] our strength is in Europe, but not just every Europe, not a Europe based on free trade but with an industrial policy, with a euro policy, with an external trade policy".

by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:37:44 PM EST
DSK is the gentleman. He's the only one so far to name his "opponents" to flatter them constantly  ... "Fabius created 2 million jobs when he was prime minister, so of course the Left can do it" ... "yes we must increase the SMIC (minimum wage), but like Royal rightly says we would then need to be vigilant that there are price increases right after, so we need to have a huge negotiation between everyone and everyone"
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:43:18 PM EST
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that there are no price increases (ie. no point in raising minimum salaries if right after that prices increase everywhere)
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 03:50:21 PM EST
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And I thought German was full of long words.

But you're doing a stellar job, Alex. Have a penguin. In fact, have two.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 06:50:44 PM EST
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I typed while I listened, had 2 phone calls in the middle, and alternately tried to catch glimpses of the football match when I could, so I cannot guarantee 100% of the content I typed. But it should be at least 99% accurate. (for instance I was surprised to read on Libération that DSK pointed to 2 millioin jobs created when Jospin was in power, not Fabius ... I'm quite sure I heard Fabius, and even typed that here. But then maybe the Libération guy was watching 2 matches, receiving 20 phones calls, and typing while listening too ...).
by Alex in Toulouse on Tue Oct 17th, 2006 at 07:16:18 PM EST
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Aha, the BBC says Fabius mentioned "global financial hyper-capitalism". So it should not have been "ultrafinancialocapitalism" but "global hyperfinancialcapitalism"
by Alex in Toulouse on Wed Oct 18th, 2006 at 07:14:19 AM EST
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