Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 03:22:49 AM EST
EU Commission unveils `European Green Deal': The key points
"Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined the European Green Deal today (11 December), vowing to 'leave no-one behind' in the race to achieve a climate neutral economy by 2050."
Europe launches 'Green Deal' as Thunberg denounces climate inaction
"'It seems to have turned into some kind of opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition,' she added at the summit, accusing politicians of 'clever accounting' and 'creative PR'."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 05:09:17 AM EST
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'Total disconnect': Voices from marathon Madrid climate summit
"Here are some key quotes": REDD, REDD+ buyers' remorse
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 06:06:05 PM EST
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Schmit to unveil EU minimum wage proposal in January
"Schmit said the Commission legal services are looking at article 153 of the EU treaties, which refers to the role of the EU in supporting member states to improve working conditions, as the legal basis for the establishment of such a framework."

Employee activism in this sphere is a direct result of defects in Art. 153.

by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:21:44 PM EST
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'No Christmas break' in transport strike, French union warns
"Laurent Brun, head of CGT's railway branch, said on the Franceinfo radio station."
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:26:42 PM EST
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France24 |Macron's 'Mister Pensions' resigns amid transparency scandal
moonlighting: "One of the voluntary positions Delevoye alleged he forgot to declare to France's High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP), the post of administrator for an insurance training institute, exposed him to conflict of interest allegations because the insurance sector could stand to profit should the pension revamp come to pass."
France24 | Social services at stake
"Jérémy, 34, a teacher in a college in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis), has been working for eleven years. He has been on strike since December 5 against the pension reform, a "completely unfair" proposal, according to him. He will be part of the protest on December 17. 'This affects everyone, it is a real attack on social security,' explains the teacher, who is also a union member at Sud Éducation 93."
France24 | Tensions, Favorable Polls
"A poll in Le Journal du Dimanche weekly however showed 54 percent of the French either supporting the strikers or feeling sympathetic towards their cause, up from 46 percent before the strike began on December 5. Only 30 percent of those polled opposed the strike outright."
Belfast Telly | Architect of French pension reform resigns
a record traffic jam of 390 miles: "Unions 'are fighting for their privileges, and we are paying for it', Laurence Sturm said. 'I'll never be able to retire at 55 or 60 years old. I'll have to work until 64 years old to get a full pension, and I'm paying for theirs.'"
by Cat on Mon Dec 16th, 2019 at 09:56:29 PM EST
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Belfast Telly | Northern Ireland health workers' industrial action to 'significantly disrupt' services, says ["]trust boss["], 17 Dec
"I think it will be plague on all our houses if we get this seriously wrong in the next few days."

The four health systems of the UK: How do they compare?
"Since political devolution in 1999, there has been increasing policy divergence between the health systems of the four countries of the United Kingdom (UK)."
WHO | European Observatory on Health Systems and Policieis

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 04:27:08 PM EST
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parting two- or three-tier lace curtains

Belfast Telly | First pictures from picket lines across Northern Ireland as eleventh hour bid fails to end NHS walkout
"As it currently stands, while Mr Smith is in a position to gather additional funds, he cannot instruct the Northern Ireland Civil Service on how it should be spent. And the Department of Health has said there is no legal basis for it to allocate any additional funds from Westminster to be used to provide pay parity for health staff in Northern Ireland."
Belfast Telly | [IE] Hospital consultants to be offered 250,000-euro salary for public-only contract
"[']Consultants['] appointed since October 2012 are paid a lower rate, ranging from 135,600 to 187,700 euro per year, if they agree to work in public hospitals only."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 09:15:55 PM EST
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Protesting French forensic police recreate giant crime scene in Lyon
performance art
French PM offers concession to unions over pension reform
Philippe said in a letter to unions and employers that he was prepared to withdraw plans to raise the retirement age for full pension benefits by two years to 64 if certain conditions were met.
He made the concession after talks between the government and trade unions to break the deadlock failed on Friday.
Philippe aims to present the reform bill on Jan. 24 so that it can be discussed in parliament starting in mid February with the aim of passing a law before the summer break.

He said in the letter he expected unions and employers to agree on how to ensure the long-term financing of the pensions system in April. If they failed to agree, the government would pass decrees guaranteeing the pension system is [solvent] by 2027, he added.

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 08:47:42 PM EST
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APsplainin | Paris Louvre museum closed amid strikes over pension plans
Several dozen protesters, including some Louvre employees, staged the demonstration after an appeal from several hard-left trade unions against President Emmanuel Macron's planned changes to the retirement system, which they said will "lower everyone's pensions."
"I think it's fine if they want to protest but they shouldn't block the plans of the people who have flown over here to see an exhibition of Leonardo," said Ben Garrett of Dallas, Texass.

Gerhard Jehle of Germany, who had bought his ticket in advance, shared that view, and said he was "badly informed about the extent of the strike."

"I don't understand how this happens," Jehle said. "Public transport doesn't function. The unions have to be controlled with an iron hand."

FUIGM? That's new.
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 07:45:00 PM EST
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LOCAL.FR | Paris Metro returns to near-normal service as union ends pension strike after 46 days
The Unsa union, which has the largest membership among employees of the RATP Paris transport network, announced over the weekend that it would be suspending its strike from Monday - 46 days after it first began unlimited action against plans to reform the French pension system.

Although some other unions, including the hardline CGT, are continuing the strike, the return of the Unsa members was enough for RATP to offer a near- normal service on Monday, to the relief of weary Parisian commuters.
Throughout the week there will continue to be localised strikes and protests over the government's plans to do away with the 42 different 'pension regimes' that France currently has and replace them with a single universal pension.

AP | Changing tack, French strikers turn off power to press govt
"The deliberate outage lasted around two hours. It hit users in the southern suburbs of Paris, which include the Orly international airport and the massive Rungis market that supplies food to the Paris region. ...'It's symbolic,' Jouanno said of the power cut, speaking in a telephone interview. "It made a buzz and that's what everyone wants.'"
REUTERS | French workers turn to SABOTAGE as transport strike flags
"In the past week, members of hardline unions have also twice entered the headquarters of the moderate CFDT union - which backs the key principles of Macron's pension reform - and cut power there and have blocked ports and refineries in a bid to force Macron's hand. "
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 07:31:16 PM EST
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Despite renewed strikes, France pushes on with pension plan
"Eiffel Tower", WWII Rosie Riveter travelers warning: "Macron's government struggled Friday to sell the plan to a skeptical public after the Cabinet approved two bills aimed at enshrining the changes."
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 05:04:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 26th, 2020 at 05:05:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 07:13:53 AM EST
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logic or intuition? You be the judge.
["]Railway Pension["] Strikes Becoming the Longest in French History
"Likely outcome is one system with 42 exceptions."
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 12:07:18 AM EST
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< reckless eyeballin' >
France24 | Divide and conquer: Macron's plan to defeat French pension strikes
"régimes spéciaux": "Macron's camp is calculating that it can appease some categories while playing hardball with transport workers, mindful that the electoral dividends are likely to outweigh the cost of a protracted strike." umm "According to an Elabe survey published on December 18, 67% of voters supported a single pension system for all."
As the list of exemptions grows longer, opposition parties have mocked a reform that is becoming universal in name only.
by Cat on Thu Jan 2nd, 2020 at 07:33:03 PM EST
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Big cities worried that new sex work law could harm 'vulnerable' sex workers
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, Groningen and licenses: "national registration scheme for all prostitutes and businesses involved in sex work could be counterproductive"
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 07:03:24 PM EST
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[Amzaon of airlines] using the F-word won't stop growing EU climate disquiet
emissions: "The last thing we need is a bunch of f**king Dutch people telling us to pay more taxes," O'Leary said.
by Cat on Sun Dec 15th, 2019 at 07:05:58 PM EST
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Four Balkan states flesh out deal for free movement of labor
"'The (EU) Commission is readying grants of 1.2 billion euros to our countries to help us implement our accords,' Rama said. Lifting barriers and border checkpoints would speed cross-border trade and allow foreign tourists to cross the region without waiting at frontiers, the leaders said.

"'If Chinese tourists land at Belgrade airport, they should be able to cross freely in all the countries of the region,' said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia."

by Cat on Sat Dec 21st, 2019 at 09:45:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 11:31:18 PM EST
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IMF structural adjustment programming: You don't know about that?
Moves against labour rights reveal blind spot [!] in Ukraine's reform agenda  
The proposed labour law follows the neoliberal dogma of "flexibility" in employment - that is, the ability of employers to cut jobs, wages and benefits without worker input, all for the stated goal of spurring growth.
The package of laws would diminish trade union and workers' rights, ease firing of workers (moving Ukraine to be the lone [?!] at-will employment country among the 47 members of the Council of Europe ), broaden the use of short-term and zero hour contracts, limit the number of unions allowed at an enterprise, and even seize trade union property.
How quick opendemocracy.org is to forgive and forget $18B LOC and an "associate" membership.
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 08:53:31 PM EST
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Second U.S. law firm files London forex class action
"Banks now face another potentially huge class action in Britain after being fined more than 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) by the European Commission in May over cartels dubbed 'Essex Express' and 'Three Way Banana Split'.
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 04:23:04 PM EST
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DW | Huawei boss Liang Hua: 'Our top priority is to ensure survival'
"Huawei only provides equipment, and does not participate in network operations, so we have no access to user data," Liang underlined.
Nils Schmid, foreign affairs spokesperson for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said in an interview with the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung newspaper, "It is a very big mistake that to allow a company under the influence of a state to be so easily involved in such a sensitive sector."
"Chancellor Angela Merkel's decisions on 5G are based on Germany's national interests and development needs for the future," Liang said. "The German government's approach to 5G security standards does not focus on a supplier's country of origin, but treats all suppliers equally. This approach is good for the development of German communications infrastructure."
Independent.ie. | China ready to retaliate if Germany bans Huawei
"'If Germany were to take a decision that leads to Huawei's exclusion from the German market, there will be consequences,' Ambassador Wu Ken said at a Handelsblatt event."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 06:34:14 PM EST
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Tax minister Menno Snel resigns over child benefit scandal
"Hundreds, possibly thousands, of parents were ordered to pay back benefits after tax office officials decided they had made fraudulent claims dating back to 2014."
"A disproportionate number of the parents involved were born abroad or have a non-Dutch background."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 07:55:26 PM EST
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Germany's incoming ECB board member opposes pumping cash into green assets
Her views contrasted with those of Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who told BBC radio that financial services weren't doing enough to discourage investment in fossil fuels. He called for a mix of public investment and change driven to combat climate change.
BoE preferences? All the more reason to guard eligible eurosystem collateral
EU states failed to agree on what qualifies as a ["]green asset["] earlier this month, making the ECB's involvement even more difficult.
by Cat on Wed Jan 1st, 2020 at 05:05:48 AM EST
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APsplainin | European Central Bank holds rates, launches policy review
inflation target rate: "So far, the ECB doesn't buy bonds on environmental criteria but has in fact bought bonds that finance environmentally friendly projects as part of the broader effort to raise inflation."
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 03:52:17 PM EST
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Ursula vdL plays NORMA DESMOND in Sunset Boulevard.

EU parks post-Brexit demands to avoid clash with Boris Johnson

"We do not want to do this negotiation in public, that is for sure," one senior EU official said.

When the EU's negotiating position is revealed in draft form in early February, before its formal adoption by the EU27 at a meeting of ministers on 25 February, it will only contain "headline principles".

by Cat on Tue Jan 7th, 2020 at 04:43:50 PM EST
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Co-incidentally, I'm sure, redesigned for phone? well, a lot of site architecture was scrapped, and the search engine sucks *ss.
by Cat on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 09:54:40 PM EST
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Greece retains negative yield in first debt auction of year
"The Public Debt Management Agency said the 13-week T-bills were auctioned Wednesday at a yield of -0.08%."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 8th, 2020 at 04:51:28 PM EST
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Agri-food exports to US spike ahead of tariffs storm
The last monthly update on agri-food trade with data until October 2019 confirmed a favourable trend of EU food exports to the US ahead of punitive tariffs promised by the Trump administration.
The reason behind the hike is that US consumers and restaurateurs started to stock up cheese, fearing an increase in prices in the months to come.
[EU trade Commissioner Phil] Hogan told the Spanish minister that there is a "predisposition" in the US administration to negotiate. If that is the case, "we have to take advantage of that window of opportunity," Maroto added.

However, both Hogan and [ES industry and trade minister Reyes] Maroto seemed optimistic that a negotiated solution could be found, given that in the coming months the WTO [!] will authorise Europeans to impose tariffs on the US for similar aid given by Washington to Boeing [!].

by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 04:37:04 PM EST
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Keeping it real: evergreen SLAs, jobs saved or created

Germany's plans for automatic facial recognition meet fierce criticism
"Federal Police Act was planned to provide the police with 'improved technical possibilities and, where possible and reasonable, extended responsibilities'."

by Cat on Sun Jan 12th, 2020 at 11:43:20 PM EST
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About face
Idiot savant has close encounter with diction (EN), loses plot.
by Cat on Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 02:35:35 AM EST
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UK police use of facial recognition tests public's tolerance of ...
"... video surveillance, with one of the highest densities of CCTV cameras in the world. Cameras have been used in public spaces for decades by SECURITY FORCES fighting threats from the Irish Republican Army and, more recently, domestic terror attacks after Sept. 11, 2001. The RECENT ADVANCES in surveillance technology mean a new wave of facial recognition systems will put the public's acceptance to the test."
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 06:09:48 PM EST
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University of D'Oh - report, Fusion  center (not that one the other one)
"In the US, less advanced [BWAH!] types of facial recognition have been in use for decades."
by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 12:59:02 AM EST
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LEAK: Commission considers facial recognition ban in AI 'white paper', 17 Jan
The European Commission is considering measures to impose a temporary ban on facial recognition technologies used by both public and private actors, according to a draft white paper on Artificial Intelligence obtained by EURACTIV.

If implemented, the plans could throw current AI projects off course in some EU countries, including Germany's wish to roll out automatic facial recognition at 134 railway stations and 14 airports. France also has plans to establish a legal framework permitting video surveillance systems to be embedded with facial recognition technologies.

EU drops idea of facial recognition ban in public areas, 29 Jan
"The revised proposal, part of a package of measures to address the challenges of AI, could still be tweaked as the commission is currently seeking feedback before it presents its plan on Feb. 19."
by Cat on Thu Jan 30th, 2020 at 05:02:55 AM EST
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AI facial recognition software is another example of the technologically illiterate falling for SillyCon Valley bullshit.  Not only is it not ready for prime time there's no evidence - given the known limitations of the underlying tech - it ever will be.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 04:30:11 PM EST
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US ambassador to NL confirms pressure to refuse ASML export licence for China
'We have made it very clear to the Dutch,' the paper quotes Pete Hoestra as saying. 'We believe that this is extremely sensitive technology which does not belong in certain places.'
cosa nostra: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States.

The Wassenaar Arrangement
15 CFR § 743.1 - Wassenaar Arrangement.

by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 09:10:28 PM EST
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wut: "he said fraud charges in Canada need not include actual loss or deprivation, but simply the risk of deprivation."
by Cat on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 04:26:39 PM EST
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Oxygen to Be Extracted from Lunar Dust at New Facility - Reports
The first prototype oxygen facility will be attempting the same extraction process on a larger scale, it was reported by Science Alert on Monday.

The new plant could potentially provide humans with essential resources that can aid in future space missions and even provide a means for long-term existence on moon bases and colonies.
The facility, established under the European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands, will use a method which was discovered by [Beth] Lomax and her colleagues in 2019.

Is anybody out there?
on a giant rotating structure at 1G as seen in Elysium

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 03:32:05 AM EST
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US, France reach tax deal averting broader trade ["]war["]
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday he had agreed on the truce with U.S. Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin, at a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Le Maire said France would delay collection of the digital tax until December - through the next U.S. election cycle, potentially easing pressure for President Donald Trump as he seeks reelection.
The U.S., in turn, will hold off imposing retaliatory tariffs that it had threatened to slap tariffs on French wine, cheese and other products.
France's palm oil tax saga continues
by Cat on Wed Jan 22nd, 2020 at 06:17:04 PM EST
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Brexit deal cleared by EU Parliament; UK set to leave Friday
"The European Union grudgingly let go of the United Kingdom with a final vote Wednesday at the EU's parliament that ended the Brexit divorce battle and set the scene for tough trade negotiations in the year ahead." : 621 to 49 in favor

If that vote measures "grudgingly", I'd like to see a demo for "enthusiastically".

by Cat on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 09:31:17 PM EST
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EP Directorate-General for Communication, Public Opinion Monitoring Unit, "Heeding the Call Beyond the Vote", Eurobarometer Survey 92.2, 80pp
by Cat on Thu Dec 12th, 2019 at 05:15:22 PM EST
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The tories intend to pass a law making it illegal to extend the discussions beyond one year. As I've been saying for a while now, I don't think they want a deal, so the idea of somehow getting the talks to run on towards a sensible solution isn't even a threat.

The tories are the the parasitical scum that inhabit the City, along with the other spivs, banksters and plutocrat tax avoiders, they only know the cheating world of finance. They are fundamentalist free traders, they realy do believe all the Chicago School/Randian WTO bollocks. Their idea of a trade deal is phoning up Trump to become a preferred off-shore tax haven for US coroporates.

They know nothing of the trade in tangible goods which require lorries, ferries, delivery, manufacture, logisitcs, infrastructure etc. They honestly don't think it matters cos it's not how they themselves make money. They're simply parasitic on such ventures, They know that, as one fails, there will be another victim to bleed dry along in due course.

The British public? Mordoch will keep them docile, it's worked for 40 years, it's generational stupidity now.

Cockburn's law of UK foreign policy applies. think of the worst posssible thing the Govt can arrange, that's yer policy.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 07:14:27 PM EST
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Socialists pin future government on Catalan's release
Speaking after both leaders signed the agreement in front of cameras, Sánchez called on other parliamentary forces to "join us in advancing and not to block us."

Iglesias said a "progressive government" focused on social and feminist policies that fights climate change would make Spain a "point of reference" in Europe.

"I believe that we need to start talking about Spain in this world as a point of reference that offers security to vulnerable social sectors, the best vaccine against the rise of the extreme right in Europe," he said.

by Cat on Mon Dec 30th, 2019 at 09:08:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 09:43:22 PM EST
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Catalonia's Puigdemont appeals for help to repay costs of banned referendum
4.1 million euros ($4.55 million): "'If you voted on Oct. 1, we need you,' Puigdemont said in a post on his Twitter account, with a link to a bank account.'"
by Cat on Tue Jan 28th, 2020 at 11:54:45 PM EST
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New MEP Clara Ponsatí picks up her parliamentary accreditation in Brussels
Scottish justice appears to have disregarded Spanish judge Pablo Llarena, who wanted the European arrest warrant maintained against the former minister and asked for extra measures to stop her leaving the UK.
by Cat on Sat Feb 8th, 2020 at 09:00:49 AM EST
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Greek PM Mitsotakis nominates first-ever female president
Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou currently heads the Administrative Supreme Court (Council of State): "The constitution provides three voting rounds for electing the new president of the country. The first two rounds need 200 votes of the 300-member parliament while the third voting round requires 180."
by Cat on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 11:10:08 PM EST
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Brexit: no union jack-lowering ceremony in European parliament
Instead of the potentially dramatic scene of a union jack being lowered against the midnight sky when Britain leaves the EU on 31 January, parliament grounds staff will remove the flags without ceremony at an unconfirmed time.

One flag will then be despatched to the House of History, the EU-funded museum in Brussels that aims to tell the story of the continent, from ancient Greek myths to Brexit referendum promises.

Brexit party MEPs had lobbied for a flag-lowering ceremony, a Brussels analogue to the campaign to have Big Ben "Bong for Brexit" in London. Instead, the European parliament president, David Sassoli, will preside over a low-key ceremony with British MEPs on the evening of 29 January, shortly after the entire parliament votes on the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

Permanent Exhibits
"their known world"
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 07:33:52 PM EST
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A status in history as U.S. Marines raising Old Glory at Iwo Jima.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 08:00:37 PM EST
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Guardian | EU looks at extending Brexit transition period beyond 2020
At the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK is set to exit the EU's customs union and single market and enter newly negotiated arrangements. Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission's president, said that negotiating a future relationship in such a short time frame would be very challenging.
The withdrawal agreement stipulates that the transition can be extended by "one or two years" but that this must be agreed before 1 July next year. It is recognised in Brussels that Johnson will find it politically impossible to seek an extension to the transition to allow all the issues to be agreed.

On breaking his word by asking for a delay, Johnson would have to open negotiations on how much extra the UK would pay into the EU budget. Free movement of people would also continue.

Instead, it is understood initial discussions have taken place in Brussels about the EU asking the British government for an extension, given the complexity of the talks. It is likely that the EU would also need to sweeten the offer of an extension by minimising the costs that the UK would face.

euractiv | EU leaders congratulate Johnson but warn of more hard work ahead
EU leaders were set to charge EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Friday with negotiating a future trade deal with Britain. They were also set to discuss the future relationship with the UK.

"We expect a vote on the withdrawal agreement as soon as possible. The EU is ready for the next phase. We will negotiate a future trade deal which ensures a true level playing field," said the European Council President Charles Michel.

"What I'd like to see is a new future economic partnership, a trade deal if you like, or a trade deal plus, between the UK and the EU, including Ireland," he said and stressed the key was to ensure "a tariff-free trade between the UK and the EU, as well as a set of minimum standards".
"Looking forward, we need the UK as a strong partner, but being outside the EU means losing benefits. We share the ambition to move quickly, but let's be clear: a future trade deal will be even more complex than the Withdrawal Agreement. Let the real work begin," he tweeted.
Leaders ask the Commission for a mandate to start post-Brexit negotiations with UK
"'Chapeau that he was able to pull this off,' German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a press conference following the 12-13 December summit."
by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 08:32:34 PM EST
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Brexit battle over: new battles begin
Barnier has repeatedly warned that the chances of the 'Canada-plus' style deal, which Johnson has talked about being agreed and ratified are almost zero, and that only a bare-bones 'no tariffs, no quotas' trade deal would be obtainable within the eleven-month window.

the first agreement ("contract") won't resemble anything that UK yella sheets have been training ("grooming") their readers to expect ... in Brexternity

Any tariff greater than 0... in A Perfect Storm

by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 09:40:36 PM EST
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No EU funds for Poland if climate goals aren't agreed, Macron warns
EU leaders gave Warsaw "until June, to confirm that it will also implement this objective at the national level," Macron said at a press conference after the EU summit ended on Friday.
comments section>One might wonder then, What then is the "glue" which binds subsidarity or keeps the US, for example, united?
EU budget rules need rethink, says Gentiloni

archived practice, practice, practice

by Cat on Sat Dec 14th, 2019 at 10:42:30 PM EST
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EU charts path for 'challenging' post-Brexit UK deal
Agreeing and ratifying a post-Brexit relationship bi-lateral trade agreement by the end of 2020 "will be immensely challenging, but we will give it our all, even if we won't be able to achieve everything," Barnier, wrote in a weekend online commentary for the Project Syndicate magazine website. The two sides will have just 11 months [?!] to settle that agreement following Britain's formal departure from the EU on 31 January.
de jure UK ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement implied. Why? Second reading of the Second EUWA 2019 a/o 20 Dec. Parliament's approval of the WA is literally baked into passage of "enabling" bill, obviating sec. 13 debate and MP vote on the treaty.

The new EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: What's changed?
out: Three clauses and one Schedule
in: five clauses
Withdrawal Agreement Bill: Ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement
repeals CRAG,Part 2, requirements

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Dec 24th, 2019 at 11:21:22 PM EST
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[Barnier]: No-deal is more harmful for Britain than EU, brakes on the bullshit
"state aid rules in any future trade deal would be more stringent than with nations like Canada or Japan, simply because of the physical proximity of the departing EU nation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 02:44:17 PM EST
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UK lawmakers back EU exit deal, turning page on Brexit crisis
They voted 330 to 231 in favor of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which implements an exit deal approves the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU last year.
The legislation now heads to parliament's upper chamber and is expected to become law in the coming weeks, leaving enough time to allow Britain to leave at the end of the month with a deal to minimize economic disruption.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, 106 pp

by Cat on Fri Jan 10th, 2020 at 03:49:41 AM EST
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Europe must go beyond empty words on Iran, [Professor Anoush Ehteshami, the director of Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at Durham University in the UK] says
On Sunday, 5 January, Iran announced that it will no longer limit itself to restrictions of the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), however the EU has insisted that the deal is not dead. Joseph Borrell, the EU's chief diplomat believes that it is the venue to promote EU's interests with the bloc's Russian and Chinese partners.

The JCPOA "today more important than ever because it is the only place where we can sit together with the Russians and Chinese to talk on a multilateral basis about many risks that we are facing," says Borrell. "It is one of the most important tools of non-proliferation and regional security."

The Spaniard has convened an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers this Friday, 10 January, "to discuss what the European Union can do in the short, medium and long-term to help stabilise the region."
"We have to try to be more coherent at the international level and especially in these current circumstances," admitted European Council president Charles Michel. "It's not my opinion to consider that the European Union will be out of the game. We have to be in the game and to promote and defend our interests."

Pence says Trump to ask European allies to scrap Iran deal, "FOX & Friends"
"This could be the first step toward the end of this agreement, which would be a great loss -- and so we will weigh things up very, very responsibly," [German Foreign Minister Heiko] Maas told Deutschlandfunk radio.
Trump wants NATO expanded to Mideast and renamed NATOME

archived Comish High Rep
Borrell hard on Russia in EU hearing

by Cat on Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 08:08:09 PM EST
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France, Germany, Britain trigger Iran dispute mechanism: statement
but said they were not joining the United States campaign to exert maximum pressure on Tehran.
What in hell is this sorry-ass euphemism entail, "maximum pressure"?
"We do not accept the argument that Iran is entitled to reduce compliance with the JCPoA," the three countries said in a joint statement, saying they had no choice but to trigger the process that could eventually lead to U.N. sanctions.

"Instead of reversing course, Iran has chosen to further reduce compliance."
"We do this in good faith with the overarching objective of preserving the JCPoA and in the sincere hope of finding a way forward to resolve the impasse through constructive diplomatic dialogue, while preserving the agreement and remaining within its framework," they said.

Iran makes [50] arrests over plane disaster as protests rage on
by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 05:58:40 PM EST
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Britain willing to work on alternative Iran nuclear deal - PM's spokesman
to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons if it has U.S. support, but for now the current deal is the only one in place, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Tuesday.

Why the EU and UK will be enemies
not really

by Cat on Tue Jan 14th, 2020 at 06:06:41 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 12:26:47 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 01:20:12 AM EST
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Yep 😖 farmers caused plenty of delay getting home from the job. No trust in journalists - "Fake News".

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Dec 18th, 2019 at 03:26:02 PM EST
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Breaking News: Deadly shooting at Russian intelligence agency FSB in Moscow | The Guardian |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Dec 19th, 2019 at 05:59:05 PM EST
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It looks like Sweden's self-styled "feminist" government will now finally outlaw polygamy. This is a result of instructions from parliament to the previous goverment (also the Social Democrats) in 2017. It's already illegal to marry more than one person while in Sweden, the new proposal will apply to marriages entered into abroad.

Morgan Johansson, the Minister of Justice, is trying to make it look like this is something he's been fighting for. In a vote two years ago, however, his own Social democrats, along with the Greens and the Left (the former communists) voted against a similar proposal, which included not recognizing foreign marriages to people under 18.

The Social Democrat and the Greens stand to lose significant voter groups by this proposal.


For historical context, or hilarity:
About two years ago Socialstyrelsen (Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare) released a digital version of a pamphlet with information for those married to someone under 18 ("Information till dig som är gift med ett barn "). It was quickly withdrawn after criticism from most political parties, and I don't believe it was ever printed. The word "prison" does not appear anywhere in the text.

The pamphlet (in Swedish):

Article (in Swedish):

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by Number 6 on Thu Jan 16th, 2020 at 10:05:23 AM EST
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Sweden Democrats now the largest party with 24% to the Social Democrats 23.5%.

A weak prime minister, an incompetent minister of justice, and a recent bombing in the posh part of Stockholm are likely factors in the continued descent of the Social Democrats. In a recent disastrous interview on national TV, the prime minister said that we haven't had these problems before, so we didn't see it coming. To follow up questions he then repeated that three times.

Those who have seen the exactly these problems coming have been branded as racists for over a decade.

The soonest the party can get rid of the prime minister is May. Likely the current government will stay until the next election, 2022, regardless of who, if anyone, leads the Social Democrats - There is no meaningful opposition in Sweden.

(Hopefully posted in the right place this time ...)

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by Number 6 on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 10:06:41 AM EST
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Norway government collapses over IS spouse repatriation spat
"I brought [Norway's right-wing Progress Party] into government, and I'm now taking the party out,"* [Finance Minister Siv] Jensen told a news conference. The move means that Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg no longer has a parliamentary majority.
Last week, Norway's Cabinet decided to allow the woman to return to Norway with her two children so that her 5-year-old son could receive medical treatment. The three had been living in the Kurdish-controlled al-Hol refugee camp in Syria.
Countries across Europe have been struggling with whether or not to allow their citizens who left to join the fight in Syria, or marry IS militants, to return home. In November, Germany repatriated a woman suspected of being an IS member along with her three children.

ISIS bride
* ancient afro-merican mom curse: "I brought you into this world, and I will take you out."

by Cat on Tue Jan 21st, 2020 at 04:54:57 PM EST
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Norway PM forms minority govt after populists' departure
center-right: "Erna Solberg, who heads a three-party minority government with her own Conservatives, the centrist Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats, tapped a new finance minister to replace Progress Party leader Siv Jensen, whose party left the coalition Monday."
New coalition meets quick opposition
"beating a dead horse": "[Jensen] wasn't alone in lashing out at the new government on Friday, even before new ministers were in their new offices. The Socialist Left party (SV) blasted Solberg's decision to replace Labour Minister Anniken Hauglie, who's been embroiled in the scandal over state welfare agency NAV,  even though it has backed proposals for a lack of confidence in her."
by Cat on Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 04:56:58 PM EST
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Europe still reluctant to repatriate its foreign fighters and families
A study from July 2019 estimated that some 5,500 foreigners in Syria and Iraq were either coming from the EU27 or were born to the parents of EU nationals, though the numbers may be higher due to gaps in the available information and under-reporting by countries.
by Cat on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 01:45:20 AM EST
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Swedish PM endorses the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

If we are to take this seriously, this means his former PM, a couple of other members of parliament and party members around the country, and several "affiliated" journalists and celebrities are anti-semites.
Much of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs would also need to be replaced.

Regardless of what you think of the IHRA definition, or of the accusations against many Social Democrats - or even your opinion on Israel, Palestine, etc. - this is not a solution that will please anyone.

But that's what we've come to expect from this government.

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by Number 6 on Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 10:30:41 AM EST
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http://www.leninpriset.se/pristagare/kajsa-ekis-ekman-4/ (English)

Ekman writes for Dagens Nyheter and the Guardian, and has held a TED talk on capitalism, but is also known for her controversial views. In 2018 a talk she was going to appear at was cancelled, after Ekman suggested gender may be partially biological.


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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 10:45:46 AM EST
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23% would vote for the party today, down from the 2018 election result of 28%. This is the lowest number in the 40 years this particular poll has existed.

In the past week Prime Minister and party Chair Stefan Löfvén has announce that he will stay on until the 2022 general election. Many unofficial sources believe he will be nudged out in the party's general meeting in May 2020.

https://www.ipsos.com/sv-se/dnipsos-historiskt-lagt-stod-socialdemokraterna (Swedish.)

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by Number 6 on Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 10:48:22 AM EST
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Sweden Democrats biggest party in another poll, Social Democrats down.


In other news a video showing a 14 year old girl being kicked in the head by a group of youths was spread on social media. Participants shout (in broken swedish-arabic-english) "kill her wallah", "stomp the ribs", "fuck up the ribs".
A source close to the swedish minister for interior affairs continued the social democratic tradition of shooting the messenger, mostly objecting to people showing and talking about the video.

The next election is in two and a half years time. The prime minister said in an interview yesterday that he feels he has the support of his party.

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by Number 6 on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 11:39:21 AM EST
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