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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 07:42:50 PM EST
Germany Seeks to Limit EU Budget Contribution
Germany's permanent representative to the EU made an unpopular announcement to his counterparts on Monday in the European Council building. His country, said top diplomate Michael Clauss, does not want the EU budget to grow beyond 1 percent of gross domestic product in the coming years.

For some of the diplomats present, it was an alarming signal. It means that Germany isn't prepared to increases its contributions to the EU over the course of the next multi-year budget, a message that contradicts what Berlin was saying just a year and a half ago. Back then, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) agreed on a coalition deal with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) that included the generous pledge: "We are prepared for Germany to make higher contributions to the EU budget." But because clouds seem to be gathering on the economic horizon, German conservatives have agreed with the SPD to establish a 1 percent limit, even if it puts the EU in a tough spot.
What's new?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 03:35:20 AM EST
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German Unity Day: Reunification is 'ongoing process' says Merkel
"On the 29th anniversary of reunification, Merkel said more work is needed to create equal conditions between Germany's eastern and western states. Politicians have gathered in Kiel to mark this year's German Unity Day."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 07:29:55 PM EST
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There have always been two Germanys
While early medieval western Europe was developing its unique signature, the power-sharing of international Church and national-state, the lands beyond the river Elbe were still populated by pagan, illiterate tribes. No real attempt was made to exert German control and settlement beyond that point until 1147; Cologne had already been a flourishing western European city for 1,200 years when the first German conqueror-farmers reached Berlin.

[...] psychologists, philosophers and sociologists can all be wrong and often are. Electoral maps, however, do not lie. They show that ever since Germans have had votes, eastern Germans have voted very differently from western Germans.

[...] when the deluge finally came in 1933 it was, again, only thanks to heavy votes in the East that Hitler got 43.9% nationally, enabling him (with support from the rump DNVP) to seize power by semi-constitutional means. If the whole country had voted like the Rhineland or Munich, he could only have attempted an armed coup, which the Army would have crushed.

by das monde on Wed Nov 6th, 2019 at 09:29:40 AM EST
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"Electoral maps, however, do not lie."

But if you are cherry-picking election data to get his desired pattern, you get a lie. And he does.

He is also rather inconsistent, for example:

"Religion in Germany is really just a sign of the Germany you come from: the one which partook centrally of western European civilisation right from the start -- or the one which has a completely different trajectory. The classic line between these two Germanies is the River Elbe, which the Romans thought the natural limit of Germania. Charlemagne's restored "Roman" Empire ended there, too."

So, does the dividing line between Catholicism and Protestantism go along the river Elbe? I don't think it does.

Or perhaps he is consistent, Germany can be divided along many lines, and any of those lines will be used for him to argue his thesis.

Most annoying:

"If the whole country had voted like the Rhineland or Munich, he could only have attempted an armed coup, which the Army would have crushed."

Hitler was appointed Chancellor by the Hindenburg government and since von Papen had already couped Prussia's social democratic dominated government (and, pray tell, where does the social democrats fit in this dualism?) that gave the nazis power on the streets in Prussia which they used to let SA run free. This is nowhere in his story-telling. Then they used SA to intimidate the parliament to ban the communists and gain a majority they where not elected into, also lacking in the story presented. With a lower voter share they would have needed more intimidation and banning more parties to get a majority, but they would have. It was a coup from above and the Army stood by and their leadership accepted it, indeed in many cases welcomed it.

And if Nazism could spread across the Elbe in the 30ies - as it did - why wouldn't it be able to now?

It feels like I have argued against this author's ideas before, but then he was more focused on economic structure and now its more culture.

by fjallstrom on Thu Nov 7th, 2019 at 02:42:12 PM EST
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by das monde on Wed Nov 13th, 2019 at 09:32:04 AM EST
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Supreme Court authorizes immediate exhumation of Francisco Franco
A ruling made public today removes the final obstacles in the way of the transfer of the former Spanish dictator's remains, and rejects appeals filed by his grandchildren


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 03:40:46 AM EST
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Beach towels and Brexit: how Germans really see the Brits

The strategy that Germany's diplomatic corps proposed to keep Britain in the European community was unconventional and bold. In November 1974, the then German chancellor Helmut Schmidt was desperately searching for the right words to convince British Eurosceptics to vote to remain a member of the European Economic Community. Schmidt had been offered a generous slot of 10 to 15 minutes at the Labour party conference, but a number of leftwing MPs had already announced they would walk out on his speech if he tried to "lecture" them.

Katharina Focke, the German federal minister for youth, family and health, had some ingenious advice to offer after an informative meeting with her British counterpart Barbara Castle: "The only way to keep Britain in the European Community," she wrote to Schmidt, "is not to remind it that it is already in."

But the show, which has already attracted 60,000 visitors since opening in July, not only tells the story of Britain's effort to first join and then pull out of the European Union, but paints a mournful picture of what Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper called an "unrequited love".

"The Germans love the Brits and everything that is British," House of History's president Hans Walter Hütter told the regional newspaper Rheinische Post. "In exchange, we have mainly got British reserve."



"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 03:58:19 AM EST
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"The Germans love the Brits and everything that is British,"

That's not the impression I got when I lived in Munich, in particular at the opera, when people commented on the English group that was running the place.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 04:49:38 AM EST
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I am thinking that when/if BoJo requests his Brexit extension of the EU it might be the Germans who are the problem. Because cars.

Germany's automobile industry is a huge part of its economy, and it is on the ropes for a variety of reasons. The VW diesel lawsuits, plus the invasion by Tesla, plus the climate change regulations, plus reduced demand, have put them under a lot of financial pressure.

Meanwhile, the UK (mostly Japanese) car industry is under threat of collapse if there is a no-deal Brexit. That reduction in competition would be helpful for the Germans.

Combine the industrial planning uncertainty associated with deal vs. no-deal Brexit waffling together with the potential reduction of competition from the UK if there is no deal, maybe Germany will just pack it in and tell the UK to get lost...

Opel slashes hours at main German factory

by asdf on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 08:40:37 PM EST
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Not the total truth looking at too many states where LGBT rights are still denied ... Eastern European states and Russian mentality or moral values.

Where Europe stands on gay marriage and civil unions

by Oui on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 12:11:43 PM EST
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This comment and the other about NI prompted me to step back for a long view.

The situation in NI is miserable of course, and judgment in X (2017) seemed to reinforce the intractability of ECHR deference to member-state sovereignty. (The ECHR Unanimously Confirms the Non-Existence of a Right to Gay Marriage, 2016, with the spirit of the double-edged sword known in the US as the 10th amendment.)

BUT the game is afoot to by-pass conservative opposition to civil liberty entrenched in legislatures. Ironically, a vanguard emerges from the EC wielding "freedom of movement." Let's recall the ECJ judgement in Coman (2018) narrowly reversed its own position. Finding in favor of a third-country petitioner seeking same-sex "marriage" permit in Romania, the court liberated definitions of "spouse" and "family" to allow the EC to prosecute discriminatory treatment of "gendered" persons in the inter-state, or international, venue of EURLEX. Lithuania's constitutional court fell in line (ECJ ruling on same-sex marriage begins to have repercussions across emerging Europe, 2019). Estonia (Estonian court: Right to protection of family life also to same-sex couples, 2019) and Bulgaria (Bulgaria Court Recognizes Gay Marriage in Landmark Case, 2019) courts also voluntarily responded. I for one am encouraged by this show of judicial "activism."

Though mores in former communist or Central Europe are in the spot light, comparative analysis in "More and more together: Legal family formats for same-sex and different-sex couples in European countries" (2017)  shows that legal defense and enforcement of LGBT civil rights is pretty weak across EU28/EEA. Let's be honest: Realizing a uniform standard of "human rights" in Europe isn't another Cold War front. EU gov's ground campaign to reinforce the sentiment and electoral prerogatives of the "76%" is a good thing though.

EPRS Briefing | The rights of LGBTI people in the European Union, May 2019

Combating discrimination has become part of EU internal and external policies, and the subject of numerous resolutions of the European Parliament. However, action in this area remains problematic when  it touches on issues pertaining to areas traditionally reserved to Member States, such as  marital status and family law.
Finland's Presidency + EC | Advancing LGBTI Equality in the EU: from 2020 and beyond, 23 Sep 2019


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 07:53:39 AM EST
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Northern Ireland set to legalise abortion and same-sex marriage
"Monday was the last chance for opponents of change to restore Stormont and avert the legislation."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 05:31:03 PM EST
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Decriminalisation of abortion in North leads to confusion, not really
Abortion was decriminalised from midnight on Monday in Northern Ireland despite a last-ditch attempt by unionist Assembly members to override Westminster legislation.
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The Northern Assembly met for the first time in more than 1,000 days on Monday to consider a DUP Private Members' Bill that would have put any change in the law in the hands of the Assembly rather than Westminster.

Acting speaker Robin Newton ruled that the motion could not proceed without a new speaker first being elected. This would have required a cross-community vote but because of a Sinn Féin boycott and an SDLP walk-out this could not be achieved and the Assembly had to be adjourned.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 08:24:55 AM EST
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Protest calls for equal rights for same-sex parents
"They say the fact that only one parent in LGBTQ+ families can put their name on a child's birth cert leaves parents and children without adequate legal protection."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 10:19:40 PM EST
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(merits duplication in any PUBLIC PROPERTY subthread)
'I am a legal stranger, you have as much rights over my son as I do' - children 'left out' in birth cert reform
"Health Minister Simon Harris signed the commencement order for sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act which clarify the legal parentage of children who are conceived by a donor."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 05:43:23 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! w/e 4 Oct 2019

Commissioner hearings: Sefcovic/Hogan/Gabriel
Sefcovic: Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
Hogan: Trade
Gabriel: Innovation and Youth
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Schmit/Wojciechowski
Schmit: Jobs
Wojciechowski: Agriculture
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Urpilainen/Johansson/Kyriakides
Urpilainen: International Partnerships
Johansson: Home Affairs
Kyriakides: Health

archived
Romanian, Hungarian Commissioner nominees rejected
The new cabinet in figures

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 08:44:58 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio' cont'd.

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Goulard/Lenarcic
Goulard: Internal Market
Lenarcic: Crisis Management
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Reynders/Dalli/Ferreira
Reynders: Justice
Dalli: Equality
Ferreira: Cohesion and Reforms
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about 1/2 complete

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 06:24:10 PM EST
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Goulard (Round 2): Thursday at 9:30 a.m., following a meeting with representatives of political groups on Wednesday morning

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:12:10 PM EST
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Woo-hoo!

Sounds like the fundamental problem was not so much the run-of-the-mill using of EU staff for domestic politics, as accepting 10k a month as a lobbyist while she was an MEP...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 12:59:16 PM EST
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Politico

The vote went 82 to 29 against her...

The left and greens voted her down because of her integrity issues.
The PPE, not known for such qualms, took revenge on Macron for the presidency of parliament...

Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Now he's got to find her another job. And find a squeaky-clean commissioner.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 01:04:37 PM EST
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EPP's revenge on Macron. And they were not even subtle about it.

Euractiv

The conservatives showed the most animosity, even aggressiveness towards the French candidate, even though on substance, the group was very close to the candidate.

The EPP tweeted, and then deleted, a message that was supposed to be kept internal, which read "Guys, we are going to kill her in the vote later but do not say until then". The communication blunder demonstrates Goulard's uphill-battle with the EPP group.

by Bernard on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 06:17:46 PM EST
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Finger-pointing and charges of betrayal follow Goulard's defeat - Politico.eu
Commission officials said it was impossible to know how long it would take to name and approve replacements for Goulard, and for the Romanian and Hungarian nominees, who were also rejected.

Officials now predict that von der Leyen and her Commission will take office during the first week of December, at the earliest.

Some smart ass even coined the term: von derlayed.

by Bernard on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 08:46:24 PM EST
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Moonlighting in a $10k a month job at ...
Berggruen ... a Senate should be appointed, not elected.
by Oui on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 11:32:51 PM EST
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Macron proposes replacement Commissioner candidate
"'What matters to me is the portfolio! I fought for it,' the head of state said"

Breton: Internal Market

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 04:54:36 PM EST
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Statement by the European Commission following President Jean-Claude Juncker's phone call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 1 Oct
(NOT A COMPLETE AND UNREDACTED TRANSCRIPTION OF DIALOGUE AS CALLED FOR BY NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST IN US EXECUTIVE BUSINESS WITH HEADS OF STATE)

TEXT-UK PM Johnson's letter to EU's Juncker on new Brexit plan, HTML text "compiled" (abridged) by REUTERS, 2 Oct

B. Johnson letter to J-C. Juncker, 2 Oct (SCRIBD facsimile, 4 pp) in , Guardian,"Juncker voices fears for Northern Irish peace over Stormont veto plan"

Transmittal date of UK draft "legal text" unavailable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 01:24:19 AM EST
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by Bernard on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:40:37 PM EST
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20 Visions for Europe: 'Eternal Brexit'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 04:58:41 PM EST
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Brexit extension means UK must propose new EU Commissioner, von der Leyen says
"a new Commissioner would be a further embarrassment" like the 72 MEPs killing time

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 04:57:50 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio' cont'd.
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Gentiloni/Sinkevicius/Schinas
Gentiloni: Economy
Sinkevicius: Environment
Schinas: Protecting European way of life

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 08:00:56 PM EST
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Gentiloni wins broad approval with 'ambitious' EU economic and social agenda
EP Economic and Monetary Affairs, Employment and Budgetary Affairs committees
"One of his first tasks will be to validate the Italian budget for 2020. The draft plan submitted by Rome slightly surpassed the 2% of GDP deficit target, agreed with Brussels to reduce Italy's massive public debt (132% of GDP)", issues discussed during the hearing

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 09:29:39 PM EST
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MEPs approve Schinas despite 'protecting European way of life' controversy
"over [the] portfolio name that critics said plays into the hands of far-right extremists because the job includes management of migration and asylum policy"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 01:27:50 AM EST
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eudebates | LIVE Hearings: Virginijus Sinkevicius Commissioner - Environment and Oceans, 3 Oct
EP Committee on Fisheries (PECH) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)committees, "WhoIs" Virginijus Sinkevicius?
euparl.europa.eu |Hearing of Commissioner-designate Virginijus Sinkevičius
instroductory speech, video recording of the full hearing, vdL mission letter?
euparl.europa.eu | Hearing of Virginijus SINKEVIČIUS, Commissioner-designate, Environment and Oceans, 24 Sep, A/V
After the hearing by the Committee on Fisheries (PECH) and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament, the committees prepare an evaluation letter on the candidate. Parliament is expected to vote on the new Commission as a whole on 23 October.
#EUFORM democracy?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 08:42:29 PM EST
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Branded as a young talent.

First 'millennial' Commissioner to address challenges for Generation Z

But Von der Leyen also made clear who the real boss in determining the EU climate and environmental political strategy will be, writing in Sinkevičius' mission letter that he is supposed to work under the guidance of the Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

The mission letter also says that his task will be to ensure that Europe's environment, blue economy and fisheries sector form an integral part of the European Green Deal, which will be Timmermans' main job.

by das monde on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 11:27:41 AM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio' cont'd.

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Hahn / Šuica
Hahn: Budget and Administration
Šuica: Democracy and Demography

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 08:04:51 PM EST
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Simson: Energy

'Acceptable': EU's new energy czar wins guarded backing from Parliament
"During her three-hour grilling yesterday, the former Estonian energy minister repeatedly underlined her commitment to climate goals as she was pressed by EU lawmakers over her country's reluctance to back the bloc's ambitions for zero emissions by 2050. ...During the hearing, Simson said she would support 'diversifying' gas supply routes, and backed investments in new pipelines and LNG terminals."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 09:37:55 PM EST
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Belgium joins INSTEX, 18 Sep
"Meanwhile, the Belgian bill could join INSTEX's shareholders."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 01:24:12 AM EST
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Six European countries join EU-Iran financial trading mechanism INSTEX, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden will join the INSTEX mechanism for trade with Iran, the six countries declared in a joint statement on Friday (29 November) ahead of further talks between parties to the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week.
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They also urged Iran to return without delay to full compliance with the terms and provisions of the nuclear agreement.
[...]
The Commission on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal is set to meet for talks in Vienna next week.
Iran's 'Only Crime Is We Decided Not to Fold', OpEd
Zarif's intervention was extremely forceful. He stressed how Iran "complied with every agreement and it got nothing;" how "our people believe we have not gained from being part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; how inflation is out of control; how the value of the rial dropped 70 percent "because of 'coercive measures' - not sanctions because they are illegal."
Interview With Hadi Nili of BBC Persian, Nov 2018
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, we're going to work to do two things: that things that are sanctioned don't happen, and things that are permitted to happen are permissible, and can in fact happen.

Well, remember, just so you remember, the leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat. They have to make a decision that they want to use their wealth to import medicine, and not use their wealth to fund Qasem Soleimani's travels around the Middle East with - causing death and destruction. That's the Iranian Government's choice on how to use Iranian wealth.

free Great Britain

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 07:18:02 PM EST
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Iran says hundreds of banks were torched in 'vast' unrest plot
Iran has rejected Amnesty's death toll. It says several people, including members of the security forces, were killed and more than 1,000 people arrested. The Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based advocacy group, said the number of arrests was probably closer to 4,000.

The protests took place as new U.S. sanctions imposed this year cut off nearly all of Iran's oil exports, and as similar protest movements erupted in Iraq and Lebanon against governments that include heavily armed pro-Iran factions.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 07:37:06 AM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! resumes w/e 11 Oct
Jourová: Values and Transparency
Borrell: High-Representative (foreign policy)
Wojciechowski (Round 2): Agriculture

DW lobbies hard for Borrell

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 11:51:33 PM EST
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Not getting lost in translation, Wojciechowski wins nod from MEPs
"'Last time, I received a very clear signal from you: you don't want a Commissioner only open to dialogue but you expect concrete actions,' Wojciechowski said today."
Politico.eu | acceptable
"a European Parliament official said 'quite a lot' of the political groups had expressed 'big reservations' about him during a closed door meeting after the hearing"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 12:34:41 AM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! cont'd. w/e 11 Oct
Verstager: Europe fit for the Digital Age
Verstager's written responses to MEP questions and VdL's mission letter

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 12:39:21 AM EST
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Vestager wins Parliament support after smooth-sailing hearing
"the poisoned chalice of digital taxation", "MEP Christel Schaldemose disclosed that 'All the groups except Identity and Democracy supported her,' in talks, but an official confirmation letter is still to be sent."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:08:49 PM EST
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Identity and Democracy group?

hooked up by EP to ...Facebook page? G.T.F.O.

Identity and Democracy Party, in the wild

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 01:37:44 PM EST
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comedy gold: 'Channel of dirt', Jourová describes her Facebook experience

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 04:58:13 PM EST
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GDPR writing on the wall

Facebook launches a ["]news section["] - and will pay publishers
but of course charity begins at homeland security under a compound assumed names ("alias")-- "News Tab".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 05:57:38 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! cont'd. w/e 11 Oct

"The Dutchman": European Green Deal
Timmermans gets broad support at Parliament hearing: the main points
"passed his European Parliament hearing with flying colours on Tuesday evening (9 October) and was confirmed the following day as Ursula von der Leyen's climate paladin"; mission letter.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:16:24 PM EST
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EC governance

Timmermans takes over from Juncker
"The Dutchman is on track to lead the Commission for about two weeks, while Juncker recovers from surgery on an aortic aneurysm in his abdomen."

reference
PROCÉDURE ORALE | DECISION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 06:53:12 PM EST
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euobserver | Borrell hard on Russia in EU hearing, 6 Oct
Borrell's "eastern" priorities included a tough line on Russia, which has tried to harm EU ties with Balkan capitals. And the best way to counter Russian "expansionism" in Europe was to help Ukraine, which Russia invaded five years ago, he said.

"Ukraine remains central to the strategic challenge that Russia poses," he said. "Until such time as Russia changes its attitude on Crimea and territorial violations, those sanctions must remain," he added.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:27:31 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! resumes w/e 11 Oct

eureporter | Hearing of Vice President-designate Věra #Jourová, 8 Oct
The Constitutional Affairs and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committees, her introductory speech, video recording of the full hearing

On democracy, Jourová spoke of her support for enhancing European electoral processes, for example by revisiting the Spitzenkandidaten process and transnational lists. Additional issues of concern discussed relate to "cash for passports" schemes, online disinformation and freedom of speech, and EU legislative transparency issues.
o, my.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 08:06:52 PM EST
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[More than €4] Billions of euros of EU funds misspent last year
The European Court of Auditors (ECA), which is responsible for assessing the annual 155-billion-euro EU budget, estimated that an average of 2.6% of last year's EU expenses were irregular, up from 2.4% the previous year
[...]
Irregular payments are usually the result of mistakes or the wrong application of EU rules but in the worst cases they can hide full-fledged fraud. Only for a handful of payments did the court raise concerns to investigative authorities, the report said. Last year, the EU anti-fraud office OLAF recommended the recovery of 371 million euros of EU funds because of criminal abuses.

The irregularities detected are likely to represent a fraction of all errors in EU spending because of the limited resources available to auditors to conduct checks.

ECA | governance, collegiate body of 28 Members, appointed by the Council with advice of EP for renewable terms of six years
Members, Committees

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 12:58:22 AM EST
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Commissioner delays, offset options & Jumbo japes
The EU's next transport Commissioner is still a mystery. Ursula von der Leyen has not confirmed candidates proposed by either Hungary or Romania and the toppling of the government in Bucharest has made matters even more complex.

Current MEP Siegfried Mureșan [?] has been touted as a possible EPP-backed option but more details are expected either today or Wednesday. The transport gig is not guaranteed to go to Romania, as von der Leyen might have to reshuffle portfolios.

COMISH dings
Trocsanyi: Enlargement
Plumb: Transport

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 09:44:19 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! cont'd. w/e 9 Nov
Valean: Transport

Romanian MEP Adina Valean, accepted as European Commissioner for transport, 6 Nov
"Romania has today nominated two candidates for the position of Commissioner. Both candidates held interviews with the president-elect and performed well."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 06:47:48 PM EST
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EU Parliament's Brexit official cautious on plan
Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt said "the first assessment of nearly every member in the Brexit Steering Group was not positive." He said the group would flesh out objections on Thursday.
There's more.
The British government says it will ask Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament for a few days next week ahead of ["]a speech["] laying out the administration's plans. ...The new proposal is likely to be far less controversial. The government wants Parliament to break from Tuesday evening [8 Oct?] until Monday, Oct, 14, when the government will launch a new session and a fresh legislative program with a Queen's Speech [ohhh, "a speech"].

A short suspension of that kind is routine and usually happens about once a year.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 11:15:56 PM EST
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Guardian editorial board policy has something in common with those of the NYT and other US publishers. That is  self-referential "journalism" respecting public notice of matters bearing significant import. That the despicable practice of omitting reference by proper name and technical access to public documents in their reportage, especial judicial opinions and legislation--bills or acts.

Women not entitled to pension age change compensation, high court rules

The coalition government of 2010 accelerated the timetable. The 2011 Pensions Act brought the new qualifying age of 65 for women forward to 2018. The qualifying age for both men and women will be raised to 66 by October 2020.
R (on the application of Julie Delve and Karen Glynn) -v- the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
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Northern Ireland abortion law ruled to breach human rights
Keegan held off making a formal declaration of incompatibility because recent legislation, passed in Westminster, was due to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland unless the Stormont assembly was restored by 21 October.
PRESS RELEASE, Summary of judgment [Sarah Ewart v  NI Departments of Justice and Health]
NOTES TO EDITORS 1. This summary should be read together with the judgment and should not be read in isolation. Nothing said in this summary adds to or amends the judgment. The full judgment will be available on the Court Service website (www.courtsni.gov.uk)


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 04:54:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
PRESS RELEASE, EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal
Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek v. Facebook Ireland Limited

JUDGMENT OF THE COURT (Third Chamber), 3 Oct, full text

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 05:11:12 AM EST
[ Parent ]
60 Years of the Court
"The Court was set up 60 years ago, 10 years after the establishment of its parent organisation the Council of Europe. To mark the anniversary the President of the Court, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, reflects on the strength of the European system of human rights protection and the impact of the Court's case-law."

[ECHR]  Rules Holocaust Denial Not Protected by Rights Law
"Settling a years-long dispute, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that denying the Holocaust happened is not protected expression under Europe's human rights convention."

CASE OF PASTÖRS v. GERMANY, judgment (fifth section)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 05:25:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 09:57:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
British Family to Sue American Suspected of Killing Their Son
"We are bringing claims against both Mrs. Sacoolas in the USA for civil damages as well as the Trump administration for their lawless misconduct and attempt to cover that up," family spokesman Radd Seiger said.
[...]
The family has already filed a lawsuit against the British government for letting Sacoolas leave the country in the first place.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 01:28:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
ECJ | Krajowa Rada Sądownictwa et al vs. Sąd Najwyższy, Prokurator Generalny et al., JUDGMENT OF THE COURT-Grand Chamber, 19 Nov
Poland: "states' rights", cold dead hands affirmed

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 20th, 2019 at 06:08:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Poles protest over rule of law after judge suspended
Protestors gathered in at least 105 towns and cities according to organizers, and television coverage showed them waving Polish and European Union flags and brandishing placards with slogans such as "Without law there is no justice".
[...]
Juszczyszyn, a judge delegated to the regional court in Olsztyn, eastern Poland, from a lower level court was abruptly revoked when he questioned the appointment of a judge by a new body under rules introduced by PiS.

practice, practice, practice

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 at 12:14:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Polish reform erodes judicial autonomy: top court
Now what? practice, practice, practice

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 09:41:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
French police march in Paris for better working conditions, 2 Oct
"Thousands of French police officers marched in the streets of Paris on Wednesday...denounced what they described as a rising anti-police sentiment in the wake of the "Yellow Vest" violent protest movements, during which some officers have been accused of using excessive force. Also among the grievances aired by protesting police officers was a plan by French President Emmanuel Macron to reform pensions."

Knife attack at Paris police headquarters, 5 dead
"The attacker was shot dead by another officer. He killed one woman and three men in the attack. Three of them were police officers, one was a civilian employee. The attacker was a technology administrator in the police intelligence unit. The French interior minister said he 'had never shown any behavioural difficulties.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 07:35:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
WTO allows US to hit EU exports with record tariffs over Airbus case
"A parallel case filed by the EU against the financial aid given by Washington to Boeing will come to a similar conclusion early next year. The EU is expected to be awarded with similar compensatory rights."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 08:09:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump didn't pull the plug in time. 😊

Trump threats, demands spark 'existential crisis' at WTO | Reuters - Oct. 24, 2018 |

The WTO rules on dumping are ambiguous, the result of a political compromise at the WTO's creation in 1995. The U.S. reading is that, when in doubt, the judges should defer to the U.S. interpretation of the law - a view that judges often have not shared.

by Oui on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 08:59:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EU member states SHOCKED by US tariffs, seek response
In Brussels, the European Commission said applying countermeasures now would be "shortsighted and counterproductive". The Commission stated that it aims to negotiate and find a comprising solution, adding that US consumers would be the most affected.
[...]
EURACTIV's network looked into the different reactions and main challenges the bloc could face because of this trade row with Washington.
DE, ES, FR, IT, GR, PL, CZ, HR (+ UK) sneeze
The impact of US sanctions on European goods: a closer look, not really

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 09:22:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 10:43:28 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"Deep Space Wine", S3E10

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 07:00:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Fire in Rouen: fear of an "over-accident" and risk of pollution of the Seine
"In Rouen, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, a very important fire broke out in the Lubrizol factory, which manufactures additives for lubricants. This plant is classified Seveso "high threshold" (refers to industrial sites presenting risks of major accidents). The "over-accident" and a risk of pollution of the Seine are to be feared."

file in hydrocarbon/oil/refineries/feed stock/immense pile of filth

archived
How Do You Pay for the Green New Deal: Cost of Fuel

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 02:13:03 AM EST
[ Parent ]
`We want the truth!' Fear and suspicion in Rouen after chemical plant blaze - France24
Durand said tests had found no harmful toxins in the air or city water, though suggested that older people susceptible to breathing difficulties "may want to avoid going outside". As for the River Seine that flows through Rouen, downstream from Paris, Durand said there had been some pollution from the blaze, but insisted it had been contained with floating barriers.

Only hours later, however, France's health minister sounded a more cautious note after visiting the site.

"The city is clearly polluted," minister Agnès Buzyn told reporters, adding: "I cannot guarantee that there is no danger. There are of course traces of hydrocarbons."

Buzyn was the second of five ministers dispatched to Rouen amid government efforts to appear proactive in tackling the crisis. Last in line was Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who on Monday acknowledged the "unpleasant" odours that continued to hang over the city, but insisted they were "not harmful".

Critics were quick to point out the apparent contradiction between his claim and Buzyn's. If Philippe was so certain, they asked, why did local authorities order a precautionary ban on crops and produce of animal origin from the region?

French authorities have a long history of systematically hiding the true extent of industrial catastrophes to the public ("for their own good", presumably). The most infamous example being the 1986 denial of any contamination in France by the Chernobyl radioactive cloud.

"The French have not forgotten the tale of the Chernobyl cloud stopping at the border," remarked an editorial in French daily L'Union on Tuesday, referring to the infamous government claim that radiations from the 1986 nuclear disaster had miraculously stopped along the River Rhine, leaving France untouched.

"In seeking to reassure the public, this bizarre communication strategy has resulted in the opposite effect: an immense suspicion," added the paper, in a stinging rebuke of the present government's handling of the Lubrizol incident.

by Bernard on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 06:39:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Spanish national day march in Barcelona flops, on eve of Catalan trial verdicts, 12 Oct

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 06:52:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]
wut: "preventive prison"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 05:42:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | Spain targets ["]online["] group behind Catalan separatist protest
"Authorities said that three people were arrested and more than 170 others injured, including about 40 police officers and a person who lost an eye, during the clashes well into the early hours of Tuesday between angry protesters and riot police at Barcelona's international airport and elsewhere across the northeastern Spanish region."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 06:13:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Edinburgh judge releases exiled former minister without travel restrictions
"Ponsatí has been summoned to court on December 12 as part of the ongoing extradition case against her for her allegedly seditious role in the 2017 independence referendum while she was part of the Catalan cabinet."

Extradition hearings for three exiled leaders in Belgium to be held on December 16
"It is the third time the two former ministers have faced an extradition request by Spain over their role in the 2017 independence bid, with the first being withdrawn by the Spanish Supreme Court in December 2017, and the second rejected by Belgium due to 'procedural defects' and 'irregularities.'"

Council of Europe denounces lack of Spanish compliance in judicial independence

The Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), the institution's anti-corruption monitoring body, calls for "an overall anti-corruption strategy and effective implementation of laws" in the country.
[...]
Indeed, Sánchez was involved in controversy in the build up to the November 10 election when he boasted of controlling the public prosecutor when discussing his attempts to extradite exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from Belgium.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 03:34:51 AM EST
[ Parent ]
EU condemns Turkey's military action, stops short of common arms embargo
What a relief!
As you all know by now,
Loiseau: Without arms exports, there won't be a European defence industry

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 11:50:20 PM EST
[ Parent ]
German parliament passes record budget
€362 billion ($399 billion, of which 12% NATO defense spending, 11% shovel-ready, 40% pensions: balanced budget Trump wrath, forthcoming

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 10:33:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Denmark to strip foreign fighters of Danish citizenship
European states are trying to accelerate a plan to shift thousands of foreign Islamic State militants out of Syrian prison camps and into Iraq, as a fresh conflict in Syria has raised the risk of jihadists escaping or returning home.

"There is a risk that the Kurdish-controlled IS-camps in the border area will collapse and that foreign warriors with Danish citizenship will move towards Denmark," [PM Mette] Frederiksen said in a statement.

Authorities believe at least 158 people from Denmark have joined militant Islamist groups in Syria or Iraq since 2012, about 27 of whom remain in the conflict zone. Twelve of these are believed to be imprisoned.
[...]
The proposed new law, which has broad support among lawmakers of different parties, would allow the government to strip fighters abroad who also hold another nationality of their Danish citizenship without a court order. The law would not apply to single nationality Danes who could be left stateless.

archived
Copenhagen Wakes Up to New World Order as Police Roam Streets 2015
Danes Plan to Banish Unwanted Migrants to Remote Island 2018
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ISIS bride Hoda Muthana's family files lawsuit against Trump Feb 2019
The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back ... Feb
Britain strips citizenship from ["kidult"] who joined Islamic State in Syria Feb
Saudi Arabia Revokes Citizenship of Hamza bin Laden
'The compassionate thing to do' - Isil* suspect Lisa Smith will be allowed return home Mar
Report: Children returning to Finland from ISIS Mar
Baby of British-born ISIS Bride Has Died In Syrian Refugee Camp
"Nordic model" badass chamber slave of the patriarchy June

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 09:34:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | Turkey starts returning IS[ISIL/ISIS/DAESH] fighters; deports US national
(minus NE, NW Syria geography lesson, BETRAYED Kurdish "detention camps," US military ahh advisors, and "Isis bride" roll call)
The move comes just over a week after the Turkish interior minister said Turkey was not a "hotel" for IS fighters and criticized Western nations for their reluctance to take back citizens who had joined the ranks of the ["]extremist militant["] group as it sought to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
[...]
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said last week that about 1,200 foreign IS fighters were in Turkish prisons and 287 members, including women and children, were recaptured during Turkey's offensive in Syria.
[...]
Several [?] European countries, including Britain, have stripped IS fighters of their nationalities to prevent their return.
Really?
Seven other German nationals were scheduled to leave the country on Thursday, he said. Two Irish nationals, two German nationals and 11 French nationals who were captured in Syria were also to be transferred to their home countries soon, Catakli said.
[...]
In Denmark, Justice Minister Nick Hakkerup told Danish broadcaster TV2 that any Danish citizens who fought for IS and are repatriated to the country "must be punished as severely as possible." ... In Bosnia, government officials announced on Monday that citizens who had fought with IS could return to the country, while a Dutch court ruled on the same day that the country must attempt to bring home children whose mothers traveled to Syria to join ["]Islamic extremist["] groups. The decision came in response to a case filed by lawyers on behalf of 23 women and their 56 children who are housed in camps in northern Syria.
free Uighurs

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 09:19:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
APsplainin | Shootings, blasts prompt Denmark to tighten border controls
"Authorities believe an Aug. 6 explosion at the Danish Tax Agency 'was committed by criminals that had crossed the border from Sweden.' ...[Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup] said the temporary border controls should protect Denmark against both 'foreigners who do not live up to the entrance criteria and foreigners who may intend to commit serious organizes [sic] crime or terror in Denmark.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 09:29:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Up to 750 European children trapped in north-east Syria
"Among them, the largest group of children in the range of 300, is reported to be French," Dominique Parent from the UN Human Rights Regional Office told MEPs on Thursday (6 November). Another 200 are from the Netherlands, 160 from Belgium, and 60 are UK nationals. The largest camp is known as Al-Hol and controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
[...]
Politics aside, the numbers are significant. An estimated 28,000 children from more than 60 different countries remain trapped in north-east Syria. Of those, less than 20 percent are 12 years or older, and half of them are under the age of five. Some 20,000 are Iraqis. The remaining 8,000 come from other countries of which up to 750 are from EU member states.
[...]
The European Commission is pressing EU states to step up the repatriations but its role is limited given the national security prerogatives of EU states. Instead, it is financing projects worth some €68m to help get food and shelter to people displaced by Turkey's military invasion into the territory.
separating families

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 03:12:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Germany to take back 'Islamic State' mother from Syria
According to media reports, German authorities have been investigating the mother on suspicion of membership in a terror organization and child neglect.
irony
Germany: 1 in 4 children suffers from mental illness
Certain school children have a higher risk for depression. These children often suffer quietly before they receive an appropriate diagnosis. We all have to pay more attention"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 01:13:38 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Denmark offers to lead NATO training mission in Iraq from 2021
"With the contribution we will be able to deliver an even stronger effort in our fight against the terror group ISIL by training Iraqis," Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said. Denmark will present the offer at a NATO summit in London next week. It would send around 213 people to the mission which trains Iraqi security forces.
Try to act like you're surprised.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 26th, 2019 at 07:08:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Norway drops missile defense program, 10 Oct
After what it called a "broader security policy evaluation," the Norwegian government announced that even though it's significantly boosting its defense budget for 2020 because of Russia's own military activity in the Arctic, it won't include acquisition of the sensors or anti-ballistic missiles. As newspaper Klassekampen reported this week, the evaluation clearly presented a dilemma for Norway, putting it in a squeeze between its biggest ally (the US) and its mighty neighbour in the north, Russia, which also has complained bitterly about installation of the missile defense system in both Romania and Poland.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 04:19:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]

europol | Who is hiding under the mask?
Click [Find out more] to see the big reveal. Leave your stereotypes behind.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 09:21:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Wilmès becomes first female PM of Belgium
"Wilmès is a member of the Francophone liberal Reformist Movement (MR), the party of Charles Michel - who stepped down as prime minister to prepare for the presidency of the European Council, starting on 1 December."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 08:27:56 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Michel vows to push for a more assertive Europe under the radar
"And perhaps, I will be more cautious with my tweets, at least at the beginning," Michel added. "But certainly I will speak out when needed".

Tusk has been known for being a straight talker who never refrained from speaking his mind, including on Twitter.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 07:22:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Asda gives workers more time to sign new contracts before facing dismissal, "right to work"
Of Britain's big four grocers -- market leader Tesco (TSCO.L), Sainsbury's (SBRY.L), Asda, and Morrisons (MRW.L)--Walmart (WMT.N) owned Asda is the last to implement more flexible* working contracts as it seeks productivity improvements in a fiercely competitive market. All the big four grocers are continuing to lose market share to German-owned [!] discounters Aldi and Lidl, which are aggressively opening new stores.

Asda's new standardised contracts increase the base rate of pay for retail workers to 9 pounds [!] ($11.64) per hour from Nov. 3 and to 9.18 pounds [!] from April 1 2020, plus premiums [over-time rate?], while maintaining benefits including an annual bonus, share save scheme, and staff discount.

The new contracts also remove paid breaks and require employees to work across departments and on some bank holidays.

GMB | Asda delay deadline as company prepare to sack workers closer to Christmas

* "Flexible working" smells like US-Eng. "flex time" (retail JIT) scheduling, as little as 24-hour notice, and min. hr/wk depending on employment status of each hire/annum, full-time or part-time. Individual agreements instead of GMB structured contract looks like GMB has not (yet?) organized a collective bargaining unit in Asda. Because Walmart, of course.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 12:51:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
ayep, not organized. GMB letter to Asda Sr. VP, HR
We are writing once again to ask you to postpone the contract imposition, ensure no one faces dismissal and come back to the negotiating table with talks through ACAS.

reference
gov.uk | Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
"Acas is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy."
acas.org.uk

What is the difference between Acas Collective Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration?
Watch our simple explanation of the difference between the three.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 01:07:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Asda could face consumer backlash as it enforces new contracts
The retailer, owned by US giant Walmart, has been at the centre of a lengthy and high-profile row over the imposition of the new contracts, which it says help it remain competitive in a "challenging market".

The hashtag boycottAsda has been trending on Twitter after one employee, Duncan Carson, announced his bid to take legal action against the supermarket, which is being warned that its actions might trigger a consumer backlash in the crucial run-up to Christmas.

ACAS fail, as is the custom: 'Why I want to sue Asda over new employment contract'
"I have an appointment with my union officer on Thursday to start the process," he said.
[...]
"We are working with every individual member with a view to lodging a claim," [GMB regional officer Neil Derrick] said, which might be based on unfair dismissal, sex discrimination or potentially disability discrimination.
wut
However, Sarah Crowther, a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, noted that other retailers had made similar contract changes and that they were perfectly [?] legal. She said employees that refused to accept the changes had two potential ways to make a claim: unfair dismissal or indirect discrimination [?].
"Business needs" vs "market power": Asda To Be Sued Over New Employment Contracts...
"Whilst the frustration with the major changes is entirely understandable, it is not illegal and does not violate any of the Employment laws under the English legal system provided that proper process was followed."

o. That's new.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 10th, 2019 at 07:52:01 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Parting the lace curtain again: Paging Pelosi
Nurses brand trolley crisis 'obscene' as number of patients waiting for a bed SOARS to 679
"UCC's Prof. Jonathan Drennan identified a need for at least 180 extra emergency department nursing posts across Ireland to care for admitted patients, in a report commissioned by the HSE and Department of Health. However there was no provision made in the recent budget for the roles."

trials and tribulations of the nouveaux riches
Homeowners express anger after they're given 'filthy' water as back-up supply by Irish Water

She fears Christmas will be ruined because it will be difficult to safely cook or cater for guests without clean water.

"Even small things, things you'd normally do - you'd invite your friends round for dinner of an evening, but they're always saying to me, 'Ah no, you can't, you'd have all the water lifting and everything trying to make the dinner.'

"Or even inviting people to stay when you have, and when I say filthy bathroom, there are times you walk in and say oh my god, if someone uses or flushes the toilet, or the showers. There's grout and silicone, everything destroyed with rust.

"Even planning Christmas, you lose family Christmases because the volume of work involved in preparing food and having water for a group of people. Then people in the house saying, 'Make sure the kids don't drink the water, make sure they don't brush their teeth'," she said.

"Our confidence is shattered, and shattered with good reason."

A brief history of water charges in Ireland: "From Fianna Fáill's abolishment of water charges in 1978, through to Minister Alan Kelly's revised package today" (Nov 2014). Deregulation, refund, ray-geem drama to follow annually to Nov 2019, because not-Lansing, MI.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 06:08:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Ireland's growth to power ahead of EU peers, € 0 paywall
EC "lifting": "GDP up 5.6% this year, compared with a 4pc rise it was predicting as recently as this summer "

reference
European Economic Forecast. Summer 2019
European Economic Forecast. Winter 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 07:18:19 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Irish exporters seek [Nordic markets]
"Last year, Enterprise Ireland client companies increased exports to the region by 28.6pc, reaching a total value of €877m."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 03:41:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Chinese group to create 200 jobs in Dundalk with €217m investment
landssakes, two birds, one stone

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 12:43:39 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Antonio Costa's Socialists ahead in Portuguese election
exit poll: PS 35%-39%, PSD 27%-31%, Marxist Left Bloc (BE) and the Green-Communist alliance on the sidelines again.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 12:02:07 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Politico.eu | Socialists victorious in Portuguese election, illustrated
The Socialists won 36.6 percent of the vote with over 99 percent of stations reporting, followed by the center-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) on 27.9 percent, its worst result since 1983. With the smaller conservative CDS-People's Party (CDS-PP) getting just 4.2 percent, the night was a serious reversal for Portugal's mainstream right.

On the left, the old-school Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) saw its support drop to a historic low of 6.5 percent and the Left Bloc, a media-savvy, urban-based party, confirmed its position as Portugal's third party, falling slightly to 9.7 percent.

EP election-results.eu | Portugal - Official results, illustrated

COMISH candidate
(27.08.2019) Ferreira: Cohesion and Reforms

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 09:44:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Conservatives sweep Polish vote, put EU rule of law to the test
PiS 43.76% of the votes, centre-left Civic Platform (KO) 27.4%, The Left (Lewica) 12.4%, PSL (EPP) 9.1%, far-right KONFEDERACJA 6.4%; "PiS fell short of a 276 seats constitutional majority"
Politico.eu | Poland's PiS wins election, but its grip on power is weakened
However, the party appears to have lost control of the upper house, the senate, and is looking like taking 49 seats to 51 for the opposition; in most districts, opposition parties united around a single candidate. The senate is less powerful than the lower chamber, the Sejm, but it can slow the passage of legislation and appoint key officials -- for the first time in four years complicating PiS's control of the legislature.

EP election-results.eu | Poland - Official results, illustrated

COMISH candidate
(04.10.2019) Wojciechowski: Agriculture

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 12:13:49 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Politico.eu | Spain's Socialists win election, but deadlock continues, illustrated
About 37 million people were eligible to vote on Sunday to elect the 350 lawmakers of the Congress of Deputies (the parliament's lower chamber) and 208 senators (out of 266 in the upper chamber). Turnout by 6 p.m. was almost 57 percent, four percentage points lower than in April.

EP election-results.eu | Spain - Official results, illustrated

COMISH candidate
(09.11.2019) Borrell: High Rep, Foreign Policy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 12:00:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
UPDATE: The referendum to stop the cutting of parliamentarians
The debates inside and outside the courtroom are therefore going in opposite directions, a situation that is creating considerable political schizophrenia. On a parallel track to all this the discussion on the new electoral law proceeds with alternating speed , with on the one hand the referendum proposed by the League to bring the Rosatellum to a pure majority, on the other Pd and M5s more inclined to a mixed system..
12 Jan deadline
EP election-results.eu | Italy - Official results, illustrated
COMISH candidate
(20.10.2019) Gentiloni: Economy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 03:47:30 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 10:44:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Police confirm man arrested at Glasgow Airport is not French fugitive Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès - GlasgowLive
French and Scottish investigators have determined the fingerprints of the man detained in Glasgow on Friday do not match those of a missing suspect who killed his wife and children.
by Bernard on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 12:34:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Summit concludes with no progress on EU's long-term budget, 18 Oct
nothing to see here.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 12:39:28 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Somewhere, not at this URL, people are exchanging arguments about the prudence of this amount to be distributed among EC "portfolios" as well as appropriations requested by EU states' legislatures to fund it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 07:26:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It's pretty small compared to the US Federal Budget of $4.4 Trillion for 2019 - in fact only about 4% of the US Budget... but then the EU doesn't have to fund the arms industry.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 10:01:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Draghi's farewell demand: the eurozone budget
"EU grandees send Draghi to 'euro pantheon'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 03:36:18 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The future of the euro area economy, Lagarde, 22 Nov
Resilience and rebalancing: "Good institutions exist to ensure that people are not forced into actions that are rational at the individual level but self-defeating collectively."
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Caption Contest Call for "memes" featuring (a) Keynesian (b) circular (c) liquidity (d) QE or (e) stim-pak by any other name

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 at 12:58:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Member states reject adding €50 million for Brexit preparedness, not really
EP, Council, and COMISH disagree on several budget items by portfolio share.

The discarded point of the headline, illustrated in the photo caption: Current UK port capacity and utilization of customs declarations and duties collected for EU members unlikely to benefit from additional €50M capital investment ("bribe", sop).

Lorries pass through customs checks at the Port of Dover in Dover, Britain, 15 February 2019. [EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL]



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 09:59:12 PM EST
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Happy Vanuatu Day!

Premier of Bermuda: 'Global minimum tax is anti-competitive'

Given that you are the only jurisdiction, together with Switzerland, with equivalence regime (recognition of financial frameworks) both with the EU and the US, do you have any advice for London for the future relationship talks?

I will save any advice that I have for London whatsoever. I know that the Solvency II Directive (negotiations for equivalence recognition in insurance) took us six years to achieve. I wish them the best of luck.

archived 2017
a raft of documents addressing tax avoidance and evasion

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 09:58:52 PM EST
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Swedish Social democrats have lost the unions.

https:/www.expressen.se/nyheter/sd-for-forsta-gangen-ikapp-s-bland-lo-medlemmar

For the first time ever, the social democratic party (SAP) is not the largest in the unions (LO - "Landsorganisationen"). The Sweden democrats are now slightly bigger, 31% to 30.6%.
Ten years ago, the social democrats had 60% of union votes.

The most recent changes have been among women in "Kommunal". They have had to deal with constant cuts for years, and were not impressed with the extra burden of poorly thought out projects that brought in as "extra help" many people who were, among other things, unwilling to listen to female managers.
Violence and insecure public spaces have meant that women increasingly cannot move freely at night. The government is seen as all talk, no action.

The call centres set up and manned by the unions were instrumental in the "not terrible" result for SAP in the last general election, 2018.

Is this the beginning of the end of the party of racial biology, mass sterilisation, appeasement towards Hitler, Stalin and the Soviet Union, close ties with DDR, more recently a security risk to all of Europe with lax terror legislation, and of course always, always "power at any cost"  ... ?
Not a decade to soon.

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by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 08:15:30 AM EST
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 Is this the beginning of the end of the party of racial biology, mass sterilisation, appeasement towards Hitler, Stalin and the Soviet Union, close ties with DDR, more recently a security risk to all of Europe with lax terror legislation, and of course always, always "power at any cost"

duuuuuuuuude what are you smoking?

by generic on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 02:45:02 PM EST
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Well, six years behind the the rest of the EU in making it illegal to support Hamas. Critiziced by the Council of Europe and the Nordic Council for having weak anti-terrorism laws and not being able to assist neighbors.

Criticized by the EU for having basically no border control meaning they have no idea of who is there. The report "Evaluation of Sweden in the field of management of the external borders" was suppressed in 2017 so as not to affect the election in 2018.  The head of the Border Police estimated earlier this year that it would take at least five years to fix.  

A free haven for ISIS supporters - basically being a supporter has until recently fallen under "freedom of association." Being slow (14 years) to ratify Resolution 1373.

(Granted a lot of this goes back to the "conservative" government 2006-2014. And the previous Social democratic government 1996-2006.)

(Man, it's been years since I had to html tag by hand. Good times!)

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by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 03:45:01 PM EST
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Perhaps a poor choice to mention Hamas, a resistance movement in Gaza. No chance of free movement and cross over into Europe as refugiee.

In Gaza, Hamas is a Sunni Muslim organization getting funds from Qatar and other Gulf States. The leadership of Al Qaeda is a joint Wahhabist and Muslim Brotherhood criminal terror organization.

Terrorist threat level three in Sweden. Threat of rightwing terror underrated - study.

So very fortunate the alarm raised of intrusion by a Russian mini submarine was a dud.

by Oui on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 05:09:40 PM EST
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This place doesn't disappoint!

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by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 07:02:15 PM EST
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Does it make anyone in Europe saver in any way if you make Hamas illegal? And while there is a lot of hysterics about the border, as far as I remember there was not a single effective terrorist that sneaked over the border. I'm actually not sure if the combined effort of the European right managed to locate even a single one. Compare that to the usual pattern of three letter fuckery(eg. Manchester) or failed counter-terror ops(Berlin).
And ISIS is of course a problem, but we're also not banning the moneyed ISIS on the Gulf anywhere in Europe.

(I really like the manual html stuff. Easily macroed and won't break if you block scripts.)

by generic on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 05:27:04 PM EST
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Well, Rakhmat Akilov had been denied asylum and was in hiding. Police knew he supported ISIS.

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by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 07:11:07 PM EST
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Uzbek national entered Sweden in 2014, his asylum application was rejected in 2016.

Violent Extremism among Central Asians: The Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, and New York City Attacks

    Radicalization in the Uzbek and Central Asian global diaspora is becoming a growing threat to international security. In 2017, there were no fewer than four high-profile international terror attacks carried out by ethnic Uzbeks: the Islamic State-directed attack in the early hours of the new year on a nightclub in Istanbul, the St. Petersburg metro bombing in April, a truck attack in Stockholm later the same month, and a truck attack in Manhattan in September.

ISIS connection to the caliphate in the Levant? Radicalization on-line, closing borders?

US Congress: Chechen insurgents were portrayed as Afghan-style "freedom fighters"

by Oui on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 08:06:39 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 08:08:54 PM EST
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Be careful ... your next NBA game may show snow.
by Oui on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 09:07:56 PM EST
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Great White Hopes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 09:36:04 PM EST
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