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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:18:56 PM EST
Irish voters back EU fiscal treaty in referendum - Ireland - FRANCE 24
Ireland voted in favour of the European Union's new fiscal treaty for stricter budget rules, with official results showing 60 percent for the pro-treaty side. Ireland is the only eurozone country to put the treaty to a referendum.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:19:04 PM EST
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Syriza launches new programme | Athens News
A Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) would annul the memorandum, keep strategic companies under state control, freeze wage and pension cuts demanded by the troika if it wins the June 17 election, its leader announced on Friday.

Alexis Tsipras was speaking at the launch of Syriza's new programme, which he described as a "programme of dignity and hope".

Tsipras said he would also introduce measures to relieve the debt burden of overborrowed households and cut valued added tax (VAT), especially on basic food items.

...The Syriza leader also said banks receiving recapitalisation from the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund could face nationalisation.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:19:14 PM EST
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Latest poll shows Syriza with 6pt lead | Athens News
A new poll published on Friday shows the Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) on its highest performance yet and a full six points ahead of its main opponent.   The Public Issue/Kathimerini poll, published on Friday, shows Syriza on 31.5 percent and New Democracy on 25.5 percent.

...Two more polls appeared on Friday, when a moratorium on their publication comes into force at midnight.

By contrast, pollsters Rass (for Ta Nea) and Kapa (for Eleftheros Typos) out New Democracy ahead by between 2.3 and 2.5 points.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:19:23 PM EST
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Samaras presents ND financial plan for Greece | Athens News
New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras on Thursday described the framework in which he would seek to renegotiate the terms of the bailout agreements for Greece, if his party won the elections and promised action that would create 150,000 new jobs in the private sector, while speaking at the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA).

...ND's leader said an escape from the current mire could be achieved both with measures "renegotiated" with Greece's creditors and "measures we can take ourselves", presenting a list of 18 such proposals.

The list included restoring low pensions, child benefits for large families and other special benefits to the same levels as in 2009, to compensate bond holders and social insurance funds for the damage they suffered as a result of PSI, prolonging unemployment benefit for two years, introducing an unemployment benefit for the self-employed that were not currently eligible, and settlements to ensure that the tax burden over the past couple of years did not exceed 25 percent of the average family income, with the rest payable at a later date.

He also promised action to shore up wages in the private sector, saying that lower wages would not lead to growth.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:19:34 PM EST
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Krugman: the full transcript | Ben Chu | Independent Eagle Eye - Breaking views from commentators - Blogs

Can Greece make it in the euro? Or is an exit now inevitable?

Something has to happen and in the end it does have to be a Greek exit. I'd be astonished if they can go more than two years. I'd be astonished if they could go even one year. It will become obvious, even if New Democracy [which backs austerity] is leading a new government within a couple of months it will obvious within a couple of months that nothing has changed. The forcing event is when the European Central Bank puts a stop to the emergency lending. Nobody wants to do that but at some point the numbers will make that unavoidable. There's a bank "jog" going on [in Greek banks] - a slow exit. If I was a Greek depositor I'd be trying to shift money out because there's a reasonable probability that after a long weekend you'll find out that it has turned into a new drachma account worth 50 or 30 per cent of what the original one was. Of course there could be action forcing events elsewhere. Spain is looking pretty interesting this week.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:19:43 PM EST
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He hasn't made sense in a long while.
by Euroliberal on Sat Jun 2nd, 2012 at 02:22:49 AM EST
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As I said to Colman, I expect Sain to be the forcing issue. I imagine that Greece will hang on as long as possible, whoever wins,but a spanish collapse will render anything Greece does to be irrelevant.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2012 at 03:27:32 AM EST
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Nobody can make it in the Euro.

guaranteed to evoke a violent reaction from police is to challenge their right to "define the situation." --- David Graeber citing Marc Cooper
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2012 at 04:30:38 AM EST
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Parliament votes bring ACTA closer to final rejection | EurActiv

The Civil Liberties, Industry and the Legal Affairs committees in the European Parliament all rejected ACTA in separate opinions adopted yesterday (31 May).

The Trade Committee, which has the lead on the dossier, is scheduled to give its opinion on ACTA on 21 June, paving the way for a vote in plenary before the summer recess, where a growing number of MEPs appear ready to kill the agreement.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:19:55 PM EST
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Owen Jones: It's time to demolish the myth about Tony Blair - Commentators - Opinion - The Independent
You will struggle to find more devout supporters of Tony Blair than those at the top of the Conservative leadership. "I can't hold it back any more; I love Tony!" Michael Gove once exclaimed. David Cameron famously described himself as "the heir to Blair", and senior Tories refer to him as "The Master". "His influence is very firmly felt," a senior Tory told The Times. "He's like the footballer Cristiano Ronaldo - gone but still greatly admired." Screaming teenagers at Take That concerts in the mid-1990s come to mind.

...His defenders argue that Labour could not have won without him. It is a myth. Black Wednesday in 1992 finished off the Tories, and Labour enjoyed subsequent massive poll leads under John Smith. Of the five million votes that Labour lost in its 13 years in power, four million went awol under Blair's leadership. It wasn't so-called "Middle England" that deserted the party. According to Ipsos MORI, while middle-class professional support for Labour declined by five percentage points between 1997 and 2010, support among skilled workers plummeted by 21 per cent.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:20:06 PM EST
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I'm glad somebody said it, Labour shuld stop believing in the Third Way tory-lite myth and start being a Labour party again

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2012 at 03:28:42 AM EST
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Is there a "Friends of Tony Blair" similar to Sarko's posse?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2012 at 06:47:15 AM EST
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Sadly, most of the parliamentary labour party count as sycophants

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2012 at 11:52:56 AM EST
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Kosovo Serbs shoot at NATO peacekeepers | EurActiv
At least five Kosovo Serbs and a NATO soldier were wounded in a gunfight today (1 June), as peacekeepers tried to dismantle Serb roadblocks blocking traffic, a Reuters witness said.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jun 1st, 2012 at 05:20:16 PM EST
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