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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 23 November

by In Wales Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:10:34 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:34:06 PM EST
EU court rules on passenger rights | News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

A European Union court has improved travelers' rights with new rulings on air and rail travel. Passengers must be given train connection information and compensated for lost luggage.

The decisions delivered Thursday by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg say rail passengers must be provided with real-time travel information.

The ruling is based on a dispute in Austria involving WESTbahn Management. WESTbahn was refused access to real-time information on train arrivals and departures from competing rail companies, which it says it wanted to provide to passengers for delays, cancellations and connections.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:45:37 PM EST
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Russia opposes NATO missiles in Turkey | News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Russia has said it opposes the potential deployment of NATO missiles in Turkey. Proponents say the move could help secure Turkey's border with Syria, currently embroiled in civil war.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich voiced Moscow's concern over NATO's possible deployment of Patriot missiles near the Turkey-Syria border Thursday, saying it "would not foster stability in the region."

Lukashevich added that "the militarization of the Turkish-Syrian border is an alarming signal."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:48:41 PM EST
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German politician 'sorry' for missing right-wing evidence | News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

A German ex-politician has apologized for a botched inquiry following a 2004 terrorist attack in Cologne. The investigative committee said the mistake led police away from discovering a right-wing terror organization.

A former state interior minister, Fritz Behrens, contested allegations of dismissing evidence of right-wing extremism prematurely during an investigation into a terrorist attack, when he appeared before a parliamentary committee in Berlin on Thursday. The committee has been tasked with scrutinizing German authorities' shortcomings in a prominent right-wing extremism case.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:49:29 PM EST
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Sarkozy interrogated over suspect election funds | News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been questioned by magistrates over allegations of illegal election donations. The investigation could jeopardize his chances of a rumored return to politics.

Nicolas Sarkozy was quizzed by magistrates on Thursday over allegations that he received illegal campaign funds from France's richest woman when he ran for president in 2007.

It was the first time he has been questioned about the funds since he lost the presidency - and with it, legal immunity - in May.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:50:39 PM EST
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Sarkozy in court over illegal L'Oréal funding claims - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy went before a Bordeaux court on Thursday to answer questions relating to an investigation into illegal campaign financing claims.

Sarkozy appeared before examining magistrate Jean-Michel Gentil as part of an investigation into whether Sarkozy illegally obtained funding for his 2007 electoral campaign from France's richest woman, elderly L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:09:49 PM EST
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Deutsche Bahn angry over Siemens' failure to deliver | Business | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Deutsche Bahn has voiced its disappointment over engineering giant Siemens' renewed failure to deliver high-speed trains in time for the winter schedule. The railway operator fears customer dissatisfaction.

Customers of Germany's Deutsche Bahn (DB) frequently have to put up with delays while traveling. But now the railway operator has itself been forced into waiting mode as ordered trains cannot be delivered in time.

German engineering company Siemens confirmed on Thursday that it would be unable to deliver eight urgently needed high-speed trains for Deutsche Bahn to use during its winter schedule operations starting on December 9.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:51:09 PM EST
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German parliament debates circumcision law | Germany | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Germany's parliament has started debating a draft law on infant male circumcision. The government wants legal security for Muslim and Jewish traditions in Germany.

In May 2012, a Cologne court ruled that the circumcision of a young boy on religious grounds amounted to grievous bodily harm and therefore illegal. The decision prompted outrage and all of a sudden, many Jews and Muslims questioned their lives and acceptance in Germany.

Months of debate on the cultural and religious tradition of infant male circumcision in Germany followed. Nowhere else in the entire world has this debate been held "with such acrimony, frostiness and at times brutal intolerance," Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said at the time.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:52:14 PM EST
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Instead of my usual rant, I'm going to quote a Jewish comedian whose name I forget:

"Tradition! That's a Jewish mother's excuse for everything:
'We've always done it this way. It's tradition!'

You'd think Pharaoh was still on their ass ...

It's been five thousand years, mom. Let the bread rise!"

(Everything looks really classy with block quotes.)

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:16:50 AM EST
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Hollande admits to gay marriage opt-out gaffe - FRANCE - FRANCE 24
French President François Hollande was forced to backtrack Wednesday after he implied that mayors would be able to opt out of officiating at gay weddings.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:00:54 PM EST
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Turkish general tells court 1980 coup was `appropriate' - TURKEY - FRANCE 24
Turkey's former president and 1980 coup leader Kenan Evren (pictured) told a court in Ankara on Wednesday that the bloody "revolution" he helped orchestrate was "appropriate for the country" as he testified via video link from his hospital bed.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:02:18 PM EST
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BBC names new chief in wake of sex abuse scandals - UK - FRANCE 24

The BBC appointed a former journalist who runs the Royal Opera House to lead the broadcaster on Thursday after sex abuse scandals that shook public trust in one of Britain's most treasured institutions.

Tony Hall, a former director of BBC news, will replace George Entwistle who resigned as director-general this month after failing to get to grips with a scandal that threw the 90-year-old state-funded organisation into turmoil.

Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust which overseas the broadcaster and appoints its chief, said Hall was "the right person to lead the BBC out of its current crisis" and that his journalism experience would be "invaluable as the BBC looks to rebuild its reputation."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:02:47 PM EST
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In the UK, if anyone tweeted that headline out of context they'd be in court.


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:18:42 AM EST
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Public health spending in Europe drops for first time since 1975 | EurActiv

The full effects of a decline in public health spending in Europe are still not visible, public health experts say following a report showing that European public health spending is falling for the first time since the 1970s.

The report - issued jointly by the Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development - found that from an annual average growth rate of 4.6% between 2000 and 2009, health spending per capita in Europe fell 0.6% in 2010, the first time it has dropped since 1975.

The report also found that more half of adults in the European Union are now overweight, and 17% are obese, and this and other problems are storing up a worse harvest of health problems for the future.

It said that rates of obesity have doubled since 1990 in many European countries, and now range from 8% in Romania and Switzerland to over 25% in Hungary and the United Kingdom.

Obesity and smoking are the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke which accounted for 36% of all deaths across EU countries in 2010.

"Cutting spending on essential services is simply madness," said Monika Kosińska, secretary-general of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). "Not only does this hinder the resilience of populations under pressure to recover and boost a fragile economy, but it will also carry a long-term burden as people delay accessing primary care until their symptoms are intolerable, and significantly more expensive to treat."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:24:05 PM EST
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:53:19 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Edging towards a deal (23.11.2012)
The Greek finance minister expresses confidence that a deal is now in sight; IMF is willing to relax the target to 124% by 2020; measures on the table include a mix of ECB profits, interest rates cuts on the first programme, moratorium of interest payments on the second programme, and a new EFSF credit; EU officials are working on a complex package, containing elements of all; IMF calculates that based on the participation rate of the last restructuring, Greece could reduce outstanding debt by 24% of GDP; most banks have already written down their Greek exposure, and would register a small profit through a buy-back; Paolo Manasse writes that the delay in approving the Greek tranche could have serious negative consequences for the entire Greek programme; Mark Schieritz writes that it is not clear that an immediate debt restructuring is the optimal solution; Germany is digging in its heels over banking union, insisting that small banks must be fully supervised by national supervisors; ECB's role should be restricted to the right to ask questions; Germany concedes, however, that five of the seven Landesbanken would fall under ECB supervision; the latest purchasing managers index shows a continued downward trend in November, as the recession continues to get worse; there are some tentative signs of a stabilisation in the manufacturing sector, which is more than compensated for by the decline in services; a small Spanish city elevates the idea of insolvency to an entirely new level: it has debts of €1bn, and its annual revenues have fallen from €22bn to €2bn; the amount of non-performing loans in Spain are set to explode as banks are drawing down on personal guarantees for many loans; the change to non-recourse loans is likely to have an extremely negative impact on the value of Spanish mortgage-backed securities, the main real estate finance instrument in Spain; Giorgio Napolitano says Mario Monti cannot be a candidate in the Italian elections, as he is already a life senator; but Monti can play a prominent role after the elections; Yves Mersch is formally appointed to the ECB; Ashoka Mody says financial crisis, fiscal multipliers and trade multipliers are all driving a synchronised global downturn; Louis Garicano, meanwhile, list five areas of false debt accounting, which he says are threatening the adjustment effort.


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:15:37 AM EST
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Europe's incredibly shrinking banking union

German newspapers have more details on the German position on the banking union - which like all eurozone policies will ultimately determine the outcome. Germany is in principle ok with the five of the seven Landesbanken to come under the ECB's remit, as Suddeutsche Zeitung reports. With that acknowledgement, Germany wants to make clear to other member states that it does not plan to sabotage the project. But the German position remains unrelenting on the other banks. As FT Deutschland points out, the German position is that the SSM focuses only on the systemtically relevant banks, while the others remain under full national control. The article goes into some detail of what that entails. The Germans want to the ECB only to have the right to ask questions, and obtain information, but no automatic right of access, except only in extreme cases, where national supervision has failed. The FT Deutschland also confirmed that five Landesbank would be considered systemically relevant. They are, NordLB, Bayern LB, HSH Nordbank Helaba and LBBW. The two remaining smaller Landesbanken, from Bremen and the Saar, will remain under national control. The sources for these sources maintain that Germany fully supports a banking union, but wants to ensure that it is done properly.

(Yeah right. The German government is determined not to let go of the Sparkassen and savings banks, which produces a two-tier system, with a small number of ECB controlled banks, and smaller banks in national control. This is a banking disunion. As the whole idea of a banking union is to separate sovereign risk from banking risk, this construction seems absurd.)



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:17:54 AM EST
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Mark Schieritz on the optimal moment for a Greek debt restructuring

In his column in Herdentrieb, Mark Schieritz casts doubt on whether an immediate Greek debt restructuring is sensible. He said Greece had already received significant help through lower interest rates, to be lowered again, and through a maturity extension. He said an immediate debt restructuring would be beneficial if the debt itself could cause negative economic effects. But he writes the debt overhang literature is not clear on this point.

(For once, in the case of Greece, there is a negative effect simply through a lack of investment caused by uncertainty about the country's future in the eurozone. A sufficient degree of OSI would remove doubts over the future of Greek membership in the eurozone. It is difficult to see how Greek GDP could pick up until that uncertainty is removed.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:26:07 AM EST
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Presseurop: EU set back a generation (23 November 2012, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna)
Under particularly heavy pressure has been the pillar of integration - the single market. In countries trusted by investors, such as Germany or the Netherlands, the cost of credit is several times lower than in the peripheral economies. A level playing field, something that Brussels tried to ensure for the last five decades, is simply not there any more.

...

This leads us to another of the failures of European integration: cohesion policy, aimed at ensuring equal living standards throughout the EU. Thanks to structural funds, but also to the EU's open market, disparities in living standards were indeed minimalized. As recently as in 2009, Greece's GDP per capita stood at 94 percent of the EU average, which was very close to what Germany's (115 percent). Today the gap has widened: Greece's GDP per capita has fallen to 75 percent and is similar to Poland's, while Germany's has risen to 125 percent of the EU average. Economists expect these disproportions to keep growing in the coming years.

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In the fifth year of the crisis, united Europe has survived so far. But the losses are colossal. In some respects, the EU is back on the integration path to where it was thirty or forty years ago. And even the optimists are hoping for things not to get worse...



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 07:13:48 AM EST
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In a certain sense the EU was the project of a certain generation. People whose youth was blemished in the wars of the first half of the 20th century and their aftermath sought a way to undo the pain. Those people are retiring.

It is no accident that the peak of integration was reached under the leadership of Delors, Kohl and Mitterand.
The near panic under proponents of the USE is justified. It is now or never. If the Euro breaks apart, the EU will slip into beneign neglect at best.

by oliver on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:15:15 AM EST
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There has been another generation, which one may dub the Erasmus Generation which also has an ideal of Europe. It's the generations in between that are wrecking it for everyone else.

I suppose bridging the hiatus from 1995 to 2025 was too much to expect.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:17:31 AM EST
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So what to call the one in between? Atlantik-Brücken generation?

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter
by generic on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 01:02:22 PM EST
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I don't know. What do you call the sum total of these people?

Santer, Prodi, Barroso
Blair, Schroeder, Zapatero, Hollande
Blair, Brown, Cameron
Chirac, Sarkozy, Hollande
Schroeder, Merkel
Berlusconi

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 06:07:57 AM EST
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How many beans make five?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2012 at 07:54:26 AM EST
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J-F Copé, self-proclaimed president of the UMP, has reiterated his legalistic position : he won fair and square the fight he fixed himself, but he is prepared to let the complaints commission increase his winning margin by disqualifying certain polling places where his rival Fillon's henchmen stuffed the ballot boxes.

Alain Juppé reiterated his offer of mediation, starting by meeting Copé and Fillon on Sunday evening, then supervising the complaints commission, from which he wants the most ardent partisans of the two candidates to recuse themselves. He would then render his conclusions within two weeks.

But the Copéists have refused any modification of the complaints commission, which is stacked to their satisfaction.

So it looks like the contestants will be back for a second week : the ratings are good.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 07:50:23 AM EST
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Hilarity. "Ils sont fous ..."

(We need something related for "headdesk" and "facepalm". The obvious "skyhead" sounds a bit silly.)

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 08:18:36 AM EST
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Spiegel: Siemens Problems 'Can Hardly Get Worse' (11/23/2012)
Deutsche Bahn is getting used to apologizing to its customers. Griping is something of a national sport in Germany and the rail operator has long been a favorite subject for bellyaching, particularly in recent years as problems have mounted, delays have increased and missed connections have become the rule rather than the exception.

But the company's apology on Thursday was different than its normal request for understanding after yet another hour-long hold-up. For one thing, Deutsche Bahn is expressing regret for delays and cancellations to come. And for another, the company has found a culprit: Siemens.

The German rail operator announced on Thursday that delays and cancellations this winter are to be expected due to Siemens' failure to deliver an order of 16 new ICE trains that was made way back in 2008. Originally, Deutsche Bahn had hoped to receive the trains last December, but the delivery date was pushed back to this December. Now testing of the new ICE 3 trains have revealed problems with operational software, leading to further delays.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 09:26:18 AM EST
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Reuters: Forget Nobel Peace Prize, EU launches summit warfare (November 22, 2012)
Increasingly, Europe is governed at night by leaders in an advanced state of exhaustion, disregarding scientific evidence that this can lead to bad decisions, or non-decisions.

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Over the past three years, the EU has held 25 summits to try to tackle its debt crisis and related economic turmoil, with few of those meetings ending before 3 or 4 a.m. -- usually after 12 hours or more of near-fruitless negotiation.

Add to that more than 40 finance ministers' meetings -- the most recent of which ended at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, again without agreement -- and it is easy to see how a set of institutions designed to foster peace and stability in Europe can end up delivering frustration, angst and head-numbing pain.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:19:47 AM EST
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@FGoria
The Euco seems to be over, according a French source #euco


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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:31:32 AM EST
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EU long-term budget talks called off: diplomats - baltimoresun.com
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders abandoned talks on Friday to find a deal on the bloc's next long-term budget, after failing to agree on the size and shape of cuts to the 1 trillion euro spending plan.

"It's over," one EU official involved in the talks told Reuters. Diplomats from at least three EU delegations at the summit confirmed that the talks had been called off and that negotiations were likely to resume early next year.

The failure to agree a budget for the 2014-2020 period means leaders will have to return to the issue at a later date, with a fresh round of talks most likely in January or February.

Disagreement focused on an inability to find sufficient spending cuts to satisfy all EU member states, particularly Britain and other northern European countries.


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by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:49:58 AM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:50:35 AM EST
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Summit now over without an agreement, says Le Monde.

Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 10:50:12 AM EST
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Nothing to worry about: the budget is only for 2014...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:00:59 AM EST
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Silly, silly people.

My understanding is that in the army a driver will have priority when it comes to getting sleep.
If a driver hasn't had enough sleep and that situation was preventable, the commanding officer will be responsible if that driver goes off the road.

Not sure what happens if they are the same person.
But that would be a stupid arrangement.


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 12:24:44 PM EST
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard continues to make the most sense...

Telegraph: 1930s medicine pushes Europe back into double-dip recession (15 November 2012)

"Recession comes as no surprise and it is going to get worse next year," said Desmond Supple from Nomura. "Europe has imposed dusted-off policies from the 1930s and they are driving peripheral countries towards depression," he said.

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Prof Paul de Grauwe from the London School of Economics (LSE) said austerity measures imposed on the Club Med with no offsetting stimulus by the creditors was creating a contractionary bias to the whole system and and leading to a "very dangerous situation".

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Prof Luis Garicano from the LSE said it would be an "outstanding idea" for Spain to break free of EU austerity diktats and seek a neutral umpire. "The IMF has been on the side of reason, whereas the EU has been behaving like a creditor trying to get its money back."



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 12:12:33 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:44:53 PM EST
EU leaders strap in for budget rollercoaster | News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

European Union leaders have gathered in Brussels to discuss the EU's next seven-year budget. All 27 member states must approve the budget, which has some leaders concerned amid opposition.

Thursday marks the start of the highly anticipated showdown of EU leaders as they try and hammer out a budget for the period between 2014 and 2020.

Some countries, including Germany and Britain, support cuts to the EU budget of at least 100 billion euros ($128 billion).

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:45:16 PM EST
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Blue Card labor scheme convinces few | Business | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Not many have heeded the call so far: Germany's Blue Card foreign labor recruitment program hasn't yet attracted many workers. Perhaps the country's image needs more polishing.

It's the European version of the US Green Card - only that it's blue and so it's called the Blue Card instead. Since it was introduced in Germany in August, the hurdles preventing non-EU foreigners from taking jobs in the country have become a bit lower.

The Blue Card allows university graduates from non-EU countries to take up jobs which will earn them at least 44,800 euros ($57,546) per year, down from 66,000 euros in the earlier German legislation. The job permit is valid for an initial period of three years. But so far, there hasn't exactly been a run on the card.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:58:23 PM EST
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Are the Germans unaware that the American Green Card, besides being green (it isn't) is for an indefinite period? DW seems to be confusing the Green Card with an H-1 visa.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:29:39 PM EST
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And H-1 visas are simply a form of post modern indentured servitude, as the employee is only able to work for the company that requested the visa. Perhaps the Blue Card is similar in that respect as well, even if at a vastly higher wage scale. That might explain the tepid response.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 09:47:17 PM EST
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Yes, it's like the H1 visa. And the high wage rate is deliberately set as a deterrent.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:29:25 AM EST
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I'm seeing median salary at about €40000.
They're not looking for cleaners and baristas.

Anyone hired for that kind of job while living abroad can probably get into the country without special treatment.

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:26:56 AM EST
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Deutsche Welle: German 'Blue Card' to simplify immigration
For occupations where Germany is particularly lacking in qualified workers, the salary threshold for a Blue Card is supposed to be just under 35,000 euros. Friedrich stressed the wage requirement is not intended to be an incentive for brining engineers and doctors to Germany, but simply a qualification for getting a Blue Card.

Germany's opposition has a different take on the prgoram.

"The SPD wants to see highly qualified workers come to Germany, but it opposes dumping wages," said Social Democrat Daniela Kolbe. "This salary threshold is contrary to European law and too low in terms of the employment market."

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EU regulations require Blue Card holders' wages to be 1.2 to 1.5 times higher than the average salary in the country where the card holders are living. Jörn Wunderlich of the Left Party criticized the German government's inclusion of part-time and temporary employment in its calculations.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 05:35:39 AM EST
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And why is it called the Blue Card? I think "Green" in the U.S. is just like a green light. But "blue"? "blau" can mean drunk, "blau machen" not to show up for work. Then there's "blaue Dunst". What exactly did they have in mind?
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 06:44:43 AM EST
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Blue means European Union.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 06:46:29 AM EST
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See colours of BT and ET ;)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 08:53:16 AM EST
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Is is literally blue card in Germany. cultural imperialism denglish etc.

Blaue Karte sounds like Blauer Montag. Is there a blue monday in the english language?

by IM on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 09:14:27 AM EST
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'Blue monday' is a common lyrical element in US popular songs.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:36:21 AM EST
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Not sure about a blue monday, but there's a black friday. :-)
by sgr2 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 12:42:47 PM EST
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See the thread from end of April about the Blue Card.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 06:47:21 AM EST
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Fitch deals another blow to Japanese electronics giants | Business | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Investor confidence in Japan's electronics industry has decreased further with all major firms in the sector struggling to enhance profitability. Ratings agency Fitch doesn't believe in their short-term success.

US ratings agency Fitch on Thursday downgraded two major Japanese consumer electronics companies, dealing another blow to the country's embattled industry sector.

The agency slapped a speculative rating on both Sony and Panasonic. Fitch cut Panasonic by two notches to BB, while downgrading Sony to BB-, lowering it to the same junk status.

"The downgrade reflects Panasonic's weakened competitiveness in its core businesses, particularly in TVs and panels as well as weak cash generation from operations," Fitch said in a statement. "It also reflects the agency's view that the company's financial profile is not likely to show material improvement in the short to medium term.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:59:25 PM EST
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Italian lawmakers approve budget plans - FRANCE 24

AFP - Italy's lower house of parliament approved on Thursday budget measures including a sales tax increase and cuts to the health sector that were aimed at pulling the country out of deep debt.

The measures were approved by 372 votes in favour and 73 against, with 16 abstentions. They will now go before the Senate for approval.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:09:00 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Headline News / EU budget talks delayed as leaders set out red lines

BRUSSELS - The long-awaited EU budget summit has begun on an uncertain note with a two hour delay to the start of talks.

EU officials had expected the first working session of talks to start at 20h30 Thursday evening, but with the 'confessional' meetings between EU leaders and European Council President Herman van Rompuy overrunning, negotiations are not expected to start before 11pm and not expected to finish until the early hours of Friday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:10:20 PM EST
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"I think it desirable that obligations arising out of past borrowing, of which national debts are the most important, should, as time goes on, gradually command less and less of human effort and of the results of human effort; that progress should loosen the grip of the dead hand; that the dead hand should not be allowed to grasp the fruits of improvements made long after the live body which once directed it has passed away."
John Maynard Keynes, Treatise on Money, Vol. 2, p. 353.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:57:20 PM EST
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"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:02:00 PM EST
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And I used to think that the interest rate was a measure of the homage paid to existing wealth. That was when 'rule of law' was a practical, day to day reality in business, not just a public relations cover for organized looting by privileged elites. But loaning money at interest requires time and simply grabbing the money and running - while the 'police' studiously look the other way:

New Twists In MF Global Scandal Focus On the CFTC - A Bastille of Deceit Jesse

New Twists In MF Global Mystery Focus on CFTC By Mark Melin
A delay in a Congressional report set to outline details surrounding MF Global findings was announced at the annual Futures Industry Association (FIA) conference just as insight regarding likely criminal behavior that damaged commodity market integrity moves into plain view.

Over the past weeks Dan Roth, president of the National Futures Association, a primary front line regulator for the futures industry characterized the actions leading to missing MF Global funds as theft. Mr. Roth has pointed to the fact it matters not if the illegal funds were transferred to the benefit of an individual, as in the case of PFG, or if the illegal transfer of customer assets was due to meet operational needs of the company.

Any such transfer is considered legally theft. In fact, could the argument be made that Russ Wassendorf, founder of PFG, had transferred customer funds to support ongoing company operations? If Mr. Corzine is allowed to transfer customer funds to cover firm operational expenses, is Mr. Wasdendorf allowed the same courtesy?

While the primary focus is on the initial criminal acts leading up to the firm's bankruptcy, the potential cover-up that occurred afterwards, like Watergate, could be more troubling.

Highlighted are two points of potential criminality: the initial phase, when illegal money transfers were hidden by false segregation reports; and the cover-up phase, where the CFTC was in possession of potentially criminal information and knowingly withheld this information. CFTC's inaction and withholding of critical information, particularly in court, resulted in significant damage to the integrity of the segregated account.

Lots more and links at 'Jesse'.

The whole US financial debacle which began unwinding in 2007 is completely bi-partisan in its linage. There are both Republicans and Democrats that understand this and it will take such people working together to resolve the situation. I just don't see the path forward or the ones who will lead this effort just now.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:39:54 PM EST
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CFTC's inaction and withholding of critical information, particularly in court, resulted in significant damage to the integrity of the segregated account.

One might hope that this would result in serious consequences, but as the saying goes: "Try hoping in one hand and pissing in the other..."

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:44:57 PM EST
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Gillian Tett: Beware the next financial blindspot (November 22, 2012)
The problem is one of tunnel vision, or what might be described as "silos" in policy making.

Several decades ago, when people such as Mr Tucker started their careers, institutions such as the BoE had a generalist creed: employees moved between departments, graduates were hired from a range of disciplines and senior BoE officials were expected to watch for trouble by using instinct and peripheral vision as much as models.

...

First, it was unclear who was responsible for analysing, let alone policing, this non-bank world. For while the FSA was watching the micro-level operations of banks, and the BoE was monitoring macro financial stability, CDOs and SIVs fell between the cracks.

Second - and more subtly - the silo mentality was so entrenched that Mr Tucker did not even have the words to communicate his fears. He knew the phrase "non-bank finance" sounded boring, so he tried to come up with alternatives. But they failed to grab attention.

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And Mr Tucker himself recently gave a thoughtful speech to economists in Oxford, calling for more silo-busting measures.

But while this is laudable, the sad fact remains that the problem of silos - and mental blind spots - has not gone away; on the contrary, it is intrinsic to any large, complex system.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:54:02 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:45:04 PM EST
ICC indicts former Ivory Coast first lady | News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant for Ivory Coast's former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, on charges of crimes against humanity. It is the first time the court has indicted a woman.

The arrest warrant issued by the ICC alleges that Simone Gbagbo was "criminally responsible for murder, rape, other forms of sexual violence, other inhumane acts, and persecution" during Ivory Coast's post-election conflict last year.

The warrant was issued on February 29, but remained sealed until Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:48:18 PM EST
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Egypt's Morsi takes on sweeping powers | News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has decreed constitutional changes granting himself far-reaching powers. He also fired the country's chief prosecutor, a move likely to cause further conflict with the judiciary.

The Egyptian leader on Thursday decreed, among other constitutional amendments, that all decisions he had taken since taking office in June could not be appealed in court or by any other authority.

A constitutional declaration read out on television by spokesman Yasser Ali stated that Morsi "can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:49:03 PM EST
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MOA: Having established his credentials with the colonial overlord Morsi immediately felt free to also establish his credentials as the new dictator of Egypt.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:52:39 PM EST
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M23 rebels threaten to topple DRC president | Africa | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

M23 rebels say they have started to "liberate" the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the city of Goma, govermment troops have either fled or surrendered their weapons.

The city of Goma, provincial capital of North Kivu, resembled a battlefield the day after M23 rebels had captured it . A road leading out of the city was blocked by a derelict tank, the roadside was strewn with burned-out cars. Tank and mortar shells lay unattended and abandoned. Corpses of dozens of government soldiers rotted in the midday heat. Life in eastern Congo had once again been brought to a standstill by the arrival of war.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:55:34 PM EST
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1.3 million overdiagnosed for breast cancer in US: study - FRANCE 24

AFP - More than a million US women have received unnecessary and invasive cancer treatments over the last 30 years, thanks to routine mammograms that detected harmless tumors, scientists said Thursday.

The results throw new doubt over the effectiveness of an already controversial cancer screening tool that is aimed at detecting tumors before they spread and become more difficult to treat.

To reach the one million figure, researchers compared the number of breast cancer cases detected at early and late stages among women over 40 between 1976 and 2008.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:59:54 PM EST
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What does this mean? Does the mammogram decide on the malignity or not of the tumour, or does it not simply alert to the existence of a tumour that should then be examined by an oncologist? And if benign tumours are unnecessarily treated as malign, is that the responsibility of the mammogram or that of faulty diagnosis by oncologists?

What's behind this campaign against screening? Hostility to general public health measures?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:11:16 AM EST
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At paragraph N-4:
A separate article, also published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, argued that, despite the risk of false positives and overdiagnosis, women should begin getting mammograms at age 40.

"Screening can be thought of as a kind of insurance. As with all insurance, there are costs for protection against adverse events that have a low probability of occurrence but could be catastrophic if they occurred without the insurance," wrote Robert Smith.

"In that context, given the evidence, there are good reasons to begin screening at the age of 40," he added.

See also: European austerity: breast cancer edition (September 8th, 2012)

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:32:53 AM EST
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Even that point of view lumps together false positives and overdiagnosis. The mammogram may produce false positives (it's up to the oncologist to eliminate them) but it makes no diagnosis.

Apart from that one point of view, the rest of the article (by AFP and all over the Internet) is a pile of bullshit. The illustration is even captioned "A woman studies the results of a biopsy conducted based on findings of a mammogram in 2006", without realizing that it flatly contradicts the thrust of the entire article, since it's the biopsy, not the mammogram, that will be determinant in the diagnosis. Unless there's a spin there to suggest that the mammogram is responsible for the biopsy...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:47:52 AM EST
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over-diagnosis by financially-incentivized surgeons. How to test that statistically?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:31:25 AM EST
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We're missing information in the press reports: the number of women in the appropriate demographic that did not have a mammogram, and the number of those who developed a tumor.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:34:39 AM EST
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I'm currently reading a very interesting book by Gabor Mate - When the Body Says no.

In it he discusses how everyone always has some 'cancerous' cells across their body at any point in time, and it takes months/years in some cases for a tumour to reach the size of being clinically 'visible' and these may or may not ever become aggressive and need treatment.

His hypothesis is that a number of factors contribute to the success or failure of the body to destroy abnormal cells or repair faulty DNA and in most healthy people there is a balance of sorts in keeping this in check.  He puts the development of cancer down to a failure of the body to keep potentially cancerous growths in check which is affected by a number of factors, (environmental, lifestyle..)  His main driver behind the book is to develop people's awareness of chronic stress in their lives and the impact it has on their physical health.

Very much worth reading.

So, I'd say the fault lies not with the screening process but how both individuals and physicians react to and treat any tumours found.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:46:28 AM EST
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Tenuous Gaza ceasefire holds as tensions simmer - ISRAEL- PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES - FRANCE 24

A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas leadership took hold on Thursday after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.

The deal prevented, at least for the moment, an Israeli ground invasion of the Palestinian enclave following bombing and rocket fire that killed five Israelis and 162 Gazans, including 37 children.

But trust was in short supply. The exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, said his Islamist movement would respect the truce if Israel did, but would respond to any violations. "If Israel complies, we are compliant. If it does not comply, our hands are on the trigger," he told a news conference in Cairo.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:00:27 PM EST
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although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.

Two months, at least (i.e., until after the Israeli elections)

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:30:57 PM EST
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lucky them! we have to wait for merkel's election till november next year, no?

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:11:21 PM EST
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Chinese journalist "disappears" after exposing children's dumpster deaths | The Observers
The tragic story made headlines throughout China: five street children were found suffocated to death after climbing into a dumpster and burning coal to keep warm. Now, the man who first exposed the story was forced by unknown entities to go "travelling". His son believes he was taken away so that he will stop giving interviews.   Li Yuanlong, who lives in the city of Bijie in China's south-western Guizhou province, used to work as a journalist for a local paper. In 2006, he was sentenced to two years in jail for writing "subversive" articles advocating for democracy that he posted on foreign websites under the pseudonym "Night Wolf". After his release, he laid low, but when he heard that street kids that he knew from his neighbourhood had been found dead in a dumpster last Friday, he took out his camera and went to photograph the scene of the tragedy.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:04:00 PM EST
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Calls us Mexico, not 'United States of Mexico': president - FRANCE 24

AFP - President Felipe Calderon has one last wish before he leaves office next week: Please change the country's name from "United States of Mexico" to just "Mexico."

The country has officially been named the United States of Mexico since 1824, but Calderon said Thursday it was time for the country to sound less like its powerful northern neighbor.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:09:19 PM EST
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The more you know ... I mean el Poder de Saber.


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 07:12:19 AM EST
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In ancient Rome a slave took his master's name only after manumission.
by oliver on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:33:13 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:46:51 PM EST
Sea dispute lingers at ASEAN summit | Asia | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

The ASEAN summit of Southeast Asian nations in Cambodia failed to resolve long-festering territorial disputes in the region's resource-rich South China Sea, setting the stage for possible further conflict.

"Long live the bonds of friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the Kingdom of Cambodia and China!" read one of several large banners welcoming Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Phnom Penh.

China was the only country that Cambodia - its close ally - saluted in such a manner, as regional leaders poured into the capital this week for a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings, at which festering territorial disputes in the South China Sea again took center stage.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:55:07 PM EST
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China agrees to buy from Thai rice mountain

China pledged Wednesday to buy rice from Thailand's growing mountain of unsold stocks, during a visit by Premier Wen Jiabao, officials said.

The memorandum of understanding, which did not specify the size or value of the exports, was part of an agreement between Wen and his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra to expand economic ties between the two countries.

"There's no precise timeframe or quantity because China did not want to be specific," said Thai government spokesman Tosaporn Sererak.

As a first step, 10 Chinese companies signed eight contracts to buy a total of 260,000 tonnes of rice, he said.

A controversial scheme introduced by Yingluck to boost farmer incomes has hit the competitiveness of Thai rice shipments.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:34:25 AM EST
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Glad to hear it's not just Europe stock piling foods while others starve.
Rice is probably healthier than butter.


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 07:13:34 AM EST
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Sounds like they are onto a good principle : stabilise and guarantee the incomes of producers : but they ran into an unexpected market bump. A tight rice market has been common in recent years, and Thai rice generally gets a quality premium. Probably they don't want to subsidise the export price, or are not allowed to for trade treaty reasons, but they can sit on a stockpile for a while.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 08:00:27 AM EST
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Yes.
(Say what you will about the CAP, but based on production there isn't a lack of food in Europe.)


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 08:12:20 AM EST
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Water tensions overflow in ex-Soviet Central Asia

The ex-Soviet states of Central Asia are engaged in an increasingly bitter standoff over water resources, adding another element of instability to the volatile region neighbouring Afghanistan.

Plans in mountainous but energy-poor Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan for two of the world's biggest hydro-electric power stations have enraged their powerful downstream neighbour Uzbekistan which fears losing valuable water.

Russia as well as the other Central Asian states of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan are also being pulled into a dispute which dates back to the allocation of resources when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov warned on a visit to Kazakhstan in September that the battle over water resources could sharpen tensions to such an extent it could spark not just "serious resistance but war".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:35:17 AM EST
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Energy bill deal and carbon target delay - as it happened | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Last night, the government finally revealed the first details of its long-awaited energy bill.

While the bill isn't expected to be published in parliament until next Thursday, we found out two key things last night:

  1. the cap on how much energy companies will be able to add to energy bills to help pay for new nuclear reactors and renewable energy such as offshore windfarms
  2. a decision on setting a so-called 'decarbonisation target' - which would have seen a limit set on how much power stations could emit in 2030 - has been delayed until after the election, in 2016

This live diary on the Guardian was on the front page this morning, headlined

Bills to rise to pay for green energy

Here is my comment on the headline :
Energy bill deal and carbon target delay - as it happened | Environment | guardian.co.uk

alistairFrog

23 November 2012 10:50 AM
"Bills to rise to pay for green energy"

The headline is misleading, to put it mildly. Bills are to rise in order to fund both renewables and nuclear. Is the Guardian telling us that nuclear is green? Or are they voluntarily following the government line : "nuclear good, wind baaad" and trying, counter-factually, to put unpopular price hikes on the backs of those damned ecologists?

This drew a defensive reaction from a Grauniad journo :

jameswalsh

23 November 2012 11:06 AM

The first line of the article is pretty clear:

"to customers' bills to pay for renewable power, nuclear and other environmental measures, under plans to be announced by the government next week."

And this quote:

"Maria McCaffery, chief executive of Renewable UK, said: "This provides the industry with exactly the kind of assurance we've been calling for. It blows the last few months of political infighting completely out of the water. The UK government is sending a clear message that 30% of our electricity will be from renewable sources by 2020. The lion's share will come from wind energy, where we now know for certain that we will have at least 31 gigawatts installed onshore and offshore by the end of the decade.""

I feel like the headline is reasonable...

... in any case, the story is no longer on the front page, and the headline has changed.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 11:16:26 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:47:07 PM EST
Facebook drops user vote on privacy rules | Business News | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

US social media giant Facebook has announced it will abolish a rule that gives users a direct say in the networking site's privacy policy. The move comes after a site governance vote in June failed miserably.

Reversing its 2009 privacy policy, Facebook said it would drop a voting mechanism, which had allowed users a say in privacy rule changes in case a proposal received more than 7,000 substantive comments. Under the original rule, Facebook also pledged to be bound by the result of a vote if more than 30 percent of all active users participated.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:49:54 PM EST
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It happens at night: Genital mutilation in Egypt | Globalization | DW.DE | 22.11.2012

Despite being legally banned, female genital mutilation in Egypt is on the rise, causing lifelong pains, health problems and even death for the women who undergo it. Islamists are pushing to legalize the procedure again.

Umm Mohamed lives in a part of Cairo where others dump their garbage. The 47-year-old Muslim woman has experienced many hardships in her life. Putting on a brave face, she says she is used to being daily surrounded by dirt and misery. But what really hurts, she admits, is the pain she personally had to endure 35 years ago.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:54:08 PM EST
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Our fascination with science fiction | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 22.11.2012
Picturing the future can be fascinating. An exhibition on the development of science fiction in Germany at a Bonn museum traces this fascination. Here are some of the highlights.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:55:58 PM EST
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'Republican Party not the party I grew up with' | Transatlantic Voices | DW.DE | 22.11.2012
Christine Todd Whitman, the former governor of New Jersey and former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, talks to DW about her frustration with her party and Germany's environmental record.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:57:45 PM EST
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Why Do North Koreans Invade The U.S. In 'Red Dawn' Remake? For The Money, Of Course.:
Why the North Koreans? Their uncanny prowess on the world stage? Their obsessive compulsion to work fissile material into cruel lethality? No, silly. It's that a more likely (okay, at least vaguely possible) enemy here - the Chinese--also happen to control the fastest-growing movie market in the world. And they're not going to screen a movie (they limit foreign films to 20 a year) that shows them invading anyone they sell so many consumer electronics too, especially if they then get their butts kicked by the guy who also plays `Thor'.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 06:58:35 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 03:47:51 PM EST
Obama gives Thanksgiving turkeys a 'second chance' - USA - FRANCE 24

President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a pair of turkeys -- Cobbler and Gobbler -- quipping that the two birds deserved a second chance, an old adage he said he could not agree with more following his re-election. "They say life is all about second chances," Obama said. "And this November, I couldn't agree more."   With his daughters Malia and Sasha by his side in the Rose Garden, Obama joked about the "highly competitive" social media campaign organized by the White House to decide which bird would be named the National Thanksgiving Turkey this year.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 04:01:31 PM EST
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I love when the election is finally over and the President can get back to things that matter.

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 07:21:03 AM EST
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News Corp's Irish scandal may yet prove to be Murdoch's Achilles heel | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral

The potential significance of the decision by the English prosecution authorities to arraign for
trial a number of very senior figures of News Corp's UK division (News International) cannot be
underestimated in terms of company compliance laws in the United States. As the Guardian
newspaper reported on Tuesday, if senior News International executives Andy Coulson and Rebekah
Brooks are found guilty of having made illegal payments to police and public officials, they will have
also have been found to have contravened America's "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act".

The fact that this case, which also involves a senior Ministry of Defence employee and other News
International employees, is now set for trial places a restriction on any reference to the defendants,
but it in general terms it has been established beyond doubt that Rupert Murdoch's News
International subsidiary indulged in corrupt practices involving cell phone and computer hacking and
the payment of bribes for information. The question now is simply how far this went up the chain
of command. There is, however, one huge element of News International's illegal and unethical
behaviour that has been completely ignored so far and this can be summed up in one word: Ireland.



"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Nov 22nd, 2012 at 10:17:25 PM EST
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My ex-brother-in-law, the restaurateur (Melanchthon has sampled and approved), put out a his first cookbook a month ago and it is already in its fourth printing. One recipe for avocado pasta has become a cooking sensation in Finland - so much so that many supermarkets around the country were sold out of the ingredients.

So my ex-wife's son by her first marriage, now a film-maker like his Dad is, and I was, made this little video. Finnish divorced families are socially complicated: the actor in the movie is my ex's third husband. And we're all friends!

It's in Swedish. but you'll get the story.

I can translate the recipe for Avocado Pasta if required...

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 07:56:47 AM EST
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'Tukkuri' = wholesale

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 07:59:41 AM EST
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Hmmm ... do love me some avocados, one of the foods usually eaten on a daily basis. So easy, convenient, nutritious and delicious.

And the video clip is mighty cute too. But are you sure it's in Swedish? Sounded a lot more like Finnish to me.

Will try find the cookbook. Not that I enjoy cooking (I don't), but I do enjoy looking at the pictures and thinking about it.

by sgr2 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 01:27:07 PM EST
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Smart cookie. The book of course is in Swedish (originally), the movie is in Finnish and Finnglish. Senior moments seem to happen with ever increasing...what?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 02:10:18 PM EST
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Probably not a senior moment, probably just withdrawal symptoms. Have more of your favorite nicotine substitute and keep up the good work!
by sgr2 on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 04:06:16 PM EST
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