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

by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:26:24 PM EST
Romanian government toppled in no confidence vote | EurActiv
The Romanian government, which had been in office for just two months, fell on Friday (27 April) after losing a vote of confidence in parliament. A new government is expected to be formed within the next ten days.

...The social-liberal coalition, the so-called "social liberal union" (USL) hailed itself as "the only one capable of holding power" in the current political environment. Liberal leader Crin Antonescu (PNL) said he had informed president Băsescu of their position and was waiting for a response shortly.

...The government's collapse came as a mission from the International Monetary Fund was in Bucharest to discuss a re-engagement with Romania. The IMF mission stopped its negotiations and delayed the disbursement of its next tranche of funds to Bucharest.

The USL opposition  alliance's priority is battling President Băsescu, and they are close to victory. But, once in government, they will be up against an even bigger wolf.

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

by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:26:34 PM EST
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Sarkozy aide brings election campaign to EU meeting | EurActiv
French Interior Minister Claude Guéant pleaded yesterday (26 April) for a Schengen revamp in line with the anti-immigration rhetoric of Nicolas Sarkozy, who faces an uphill battle for re-election  on 6 May. He obtained the support of Germany and Austria, but was rebuked by Belgium and Sweden.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:26:44 PM EST
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France's socialist candidate Francois Hollande says he'd keep 'burqa ban' - Europe - World - The Independent

On RTL radio Friday, Hollande said he would keep the ban, but "have it applied in the best way." He did not elaborate.

Controversy surrounded the law that took effect last year. Muslim leaders say it unfairly stigmatizes Muslims. Supporters insist it helps defend France's secular state. Only a tiny number of women wear the veils.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:26:52 PM EST
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Greece denounces Turkish 'blackmail' on border issues | EurActiv
Greece cannot control its borders without the cooperation of its Turkish neighbour, Greek Minister for Citizen Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis told the European Parliament on Wednesday (25 April), denouncing France's lack of solidarity on the matter and Turkey's attempts at "blackmail".


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:27:07 PM EST
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Hunt on borrowed time as Whitehall digs in - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

Jeremy Hunt was under mounting pressure last night after his most senior civil servant appeared to undermine the Culture Secretary's version of events surrounding the secret briefing of News Corp during its attempted £8 billion takeover of the satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

Jonathan Stephens, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, refused 10 times to confirm that he "agreed" to let Mr Hunt's special adviser, Adam Smith, speak to Rupert Murdoch executives about the deal - as Mr Hunt claimed in Parliament as he battled to keep his job. The revelation adds to Labour Party suspicions that Mr Hunt may have overruled his Permanent Secretary to insist on a role for Mr Smith, who on Wednesday resigned over the affair, in the takeover talks. Mr Stephens repeatedly dodged the questions from MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee, to their clear irritation.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:27:40 PM EST
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Panic, cover-up and a 'shameful lie': Murdoch's final outing with Leveson - Crime - UK - The Independent
...On day two of his appearance at the Royal Courts of Justice, the global media boss admitted he'd "panicked" when he closed the News of the World last year - but said he was glad he had.

He might have looked more vulnerable and confused than he did on Wednesday, but during what could well be his last major public outing in the UK, his excuses and desire to blame others for what happened inside Wapping continued along much the same lines.

...The global head of News Corp claimed he had been "shielded and misinformed" about the extent of criminal wrong-doing within the Sunday tabloid. The alleged cover-up prevented reports of hacking reaching NI's chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and his son James, the executive chairman.

Last night, NI's former legal manager, Tom Crone, claiming that Mr Murdoch evidence "can only refer to me", branded Mr Murdoch's assertion of a cover-up "a shameful lie".



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:27:49 PM EST
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Harman uses Clegg's backyard to launch all-out attack on Lib Dems - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader, will travel to Nick Clegg's Sheffield constituency base to launch an all-out attack on the Lib Dems ahead of next Thursday's local elections.

Yesterday Ms Harman told The Independent the Lib Dems were being "duplicitous" by opposing the cuts during their town hall campaign even though they were "complicit" in them by backing the Conservatives' deficit-reduction strategy. Labour singled out Sarah Teather, the Schools minister, for opposing library closures in her Brent Central constituency.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:27:58 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Foreign Affairs / Top PR firm in EU capital joins anti-Tymoshenko campaign

BRUSSELS - Ukraine's Party of Regions (PoR) has hired Burson-Marsteller, one of the biggest PR companies in Brussels, amid a smear campaign against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

A senior manager at the US firm's Brussels branch, Robert Mack, told EUobserver by email: "Our brief is to help the PoR communicate its activities as the governing party of Ukraine, as well as to help it explain better its position on the Yulia Tymoshenko case." One of his staff said it was hired "several weeks ago."

Its tasks include setting up press interviews for Ukraine's deputy prosecutor general, Renat Kuzmin, when he visits the EU capital on 8 to 10 May.

Kuzmin in a Burson-Marsteller-linked interview in the Financial Times on 1 April accused Tymoshenko of involvement in a 1990s contract killing. On a visit to Brussels in November he accused her of buying "cars, furs, jewellery, restaurants" while in office and declaring a tiny income.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 27th, 2012 at 02:28:13 PM EST
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