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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:22:20 PM EST
Final breakthrough of the longest railway tunnel in the world

World record on the Gotthard: The longest railway tunnel in the world has become a reality. On 15 October 2010 in the east tunnel, 30 km from the north portal and 27 km from the south portal, the final breakthrough of the Gotthard took place. At about 14:30, the tunnel boring machine, drilling from Faido, broke through the last metre of rock on the route to Sedrun.

The tunnel breakthrough was highly accurate. At 8 cm horizontally and 1 cm vertically, the deviation was very small...

Here is the video (the breakthrough is at around 1:50 in):

I may put together something over the weekend; but the First breakthrough on longest tunnel diary from 2006 already describes the tunnel.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:22:29 PM EST
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Heck of an achievement. I imagine it will revolutionize trans-alpine travel.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 04:48:06 AM EST
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EUobserver / Socialists call for 'cordon sanitaire' around Europe's far right

The leadership of the Party of European Socialists, the pan-European political party that brings together all European social democratic outfits, on Friday (15 October) adopted new five-point code of conduct on how to act around extreme right parties, which have seen a sharp rise in support in many countries in the wake of the economic crisis.

"Regarding this threat ... all European parties should sign up to our plan to refuse to work with the extreme-right," the party's president and former Danish prime minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.

...Socialists themselves have in parts of Europe been known to embrace the far right in order to cobble together a parliamentary majority.

In 2006, the Slovak centre-left, Smer, entered into a coalition with the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS) and as a result was suspended from membership of the PES and only readmitted in 2008.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:22:48 PM EST
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EUobserver / Liberals wary as new Dutch government takes office
"What worries me is that this government is depending on the support of a radical right party, to put it mildly. I hope this is not going to push it in a direction I would not like it to go," Belgian Liberal MEP and ELDR President Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck told EUobserver by phone on Thursday (14 October).

"His MEPs are not very exciting. They are extremely narrow-minded and are still stuck in a phase of knee-jerk reactions. If it seems to impinge on sovereignty, it's bad. They are for Nato but against [defence] co-operation with the EU - it's very simplistic."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:23:00 PM EST
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German politician, environmental champion Hermann Scheer dies | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 15.10.2010
One of Germany's most outspoken environmental politicians has died at the age of 66. Hermann Scheer, a Social Democratic member of the German parliament, won the alternative Nobel prize for his work on renewable energy.

Damn. Just a reminder, he wrote Andrea Ypsilanti's election programme when she ran in Hessen against Roland Koch.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:23:12 PM EST
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Democracy Now! aired an excellent interview with him today.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 09:25:11 PM EST
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what happened with Ypsilanti ? she was the great hope of liberal/left/green politics a couple of years back, haven't heard of her since.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 04:49:53 AM EST
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Her bid to become PM of Hessen state was ended by an internal rebellion in late 2008, as told in The Traitor (you commented in it!). After the 2009 federal elections when the SPD re-shuffled its leadership, she raised her voice to push for a more left-wing line.

Since then, early this year, she created a think-tank with a name that's difficult to render in English, hope this form makes sense: Institute for Solidary Modernity (ISM). It is to foster red-red-green cooperation and alternative ideas to neoliberalism. Right-wing media keeps attacking it [link in German].

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 07:23:30 AM EST
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Turkey tests legal bypass of visa problem | EurActiv
A leading Turkish lobbyist called yesterday (14 October) for the EU to lift visa requirements for his country's nationals by using as a basis a court decision. But the European Commission made clear that the long-standing problem was not likely to be resolved by legal means.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:23:40 PM EST
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EUobserver / French centre-right MPs want to cut EU funds to Turkey
French daily Le Monde reports that around 50 deputies from president Nicolas Sarkozy's own Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party are opposed to including so-called pre-accession funds in the national finance bill for 2011. The UMP has 317 of the 577-seat lower house.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 02:23:51 PM EST
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FT.com / Europe - Portugal asks opposition to back tough budget
José Socrates, Portugal's prime minister, has appealed to opposition parties to reassure financial markets over the country's sovereign debt difficulties by expressing support for a tough austerity budget.

Speaking shortly before details of the 2011 budget proposals were due to be presented to parliament on Friday night, he warned that rejecting the bill would plunge the country into a damaging political crisis.

Mr Sócrates has said his minority Socialist government will resign if it is defeated in the budget vote. But the centre-right Social Democrats (PSD), the main opposition party, have refused to give any assurances that they will allow the bill to pass.

"This uncertainly is extremely harmful to the country," Mr Sócrates told parliament. "It is time for the PSD to end the taboo on how they will vote."

But PSD leaders said they would not make any commitment until they had studied the proposals in detail, accusing the government of trying to press them into approving inadequate measures.



"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 04:29:59 PM EST
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Yle: Olli Rehn: EU growth partly based on illusion

Olli Rehn, the European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, says that the Greek debt crisis revealed that part of the rapid growth and improved employment in the European Union was based on unsustainable indebtedness that built up during the first ten years of Monetary Union.
      Rehn was speaking at the annual meeting of the National Defence Course Association in Helsinki.
      "The boom, which was based on low interest rates and rapid indebtedness in the periphery of the euro zone, created an erroneous image of the power of the euro zone", Rehn said.

Rehn also stated (not reported in English) that he regarded the worst of the economic crisis in Europe to be over and expressed his concern over inequality between the world's economic zones and also of the imbalance between the Chinese currency and the Euro.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 09:58:26 AM EST
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BBC: French battle of wills

So a battle of wills is taking place, between a goverment that insists France cannot afford its current pension plan and many workers who believe the French way of life is being compromised because of mistakes by bankers.

This struggle looks set to intensify in the days ahead.

My personal view is that only the 'paralysis of France' (or any other country taking the same government route) will lead to the necessary steps to improve the equality and equilibrium of society.

The patient is now so sick that major surgery is needed immediately.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Oct 16th, 2010 at 10:17:54 AM EST
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