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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 9 November

by afew Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:25:55 PM EST

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1938 – Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath dies from the gunshot wounds of Jewish resistance fighter Herschel Grynszpan. The Nazis used this as an excuse for the pogrom they cynically called Kristallnacht.

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:33:38 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Institutional Affairs / EU to be federalised in the long run, Merkel says

BRUSSELS and Berlin - The EU commission will eventually become a government, the council of member states an "upper chamber" and the European Parliament more powerful, but fixing the eurozone problems is more urgent for now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told MEPs on Wednesday (7 November).

Back in the European Parliament for the first tim since she chaired the rotating EU presidency in 2007, Merkel laid out her vision for Europe, which Germany feels "deeply committed to" ever since its re-unification 22 years ago.

"Indeed we must find a right way to stabilise eurozone permanently and eliminate its conception errors. We must be courageous and not shy away from treaty change if needed," she said.

To bring about a "true" economic union underpinning the common currency, there was need for more "binding" commitments from member states to make reforms. The EU institutions meanwhile should be given an even stronger role to "genuinely correct any inadequate procedures."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:45:10 PM EST
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Merkel preaches federalism to MEPs, warns Britain against EU exit | EurActiv

Merkel warned MEPs that much remains to be done to get a handle on the eurozone crisis, arguing that members of the EU single currency must press reforms and draw a roadmap for unity. On several occasions, she quoted Jacques Delors, the long-serving Commission president and considered one of the "fathers of Europe".

Ahead of a December EU summit to deal with the debt crisis, Merkel told lawmakers that countries must allow the European Union to police budgets when necessary if the bloc is to maintain prosperity.

"Much still has to be done to win back trust in the European Union as a whole," Merkel said. "We cannot stop halfway. We have to be creative: We have to find our own new solutions."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:45:53 PM EST
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Not a big fan of Britain but there may be a whole lot of Brits who don't see much of a difference between today and when Germany was bombing them ... at least then the intent was more obvious.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 06:08:00 PM EST
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This is as much as you understand of the situation? Pathetic.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 02:15:31 AM EST
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ECB chief sees no economic rebound this year | EurActiv

The eurozone economy shows little sign of recovering before the year-end despite an easing of financial market conditions, European Central Bank Mario Draghi said on Thursday (8 November) after interest rates were left at a record low.

The ECB held its main rate at 0.75%, deferring any cut in borrowing costs while it waits for a cue to use its new bond-purchase programme. That wait may be prolonged after Spain successfully completed its 2012 funding at affordable rates on capital markets on Thursday.

The central bank has said it is ready to buy bonds of debt-strained governments such as Spain and Italy once they sign up to a European bailout programme with strict conditions, under a programme dubbed Outright Monetary Transactions (OMTs).

So far no request has been made, but the announcement alone has calmed markets.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:46:46 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Institutional Affairs / MEPs unhappy with commission secrecy on Dalli affair

BRUSSELS - MEPs are refusing to take No for an answer from the European Commission chief on access to a report on John Dalli.

German Liberal MEP Michael Theurer, the head of the budget control committee, told EUobserver on Wednesday (7 November) that political groups have asked parliament President Martin Schulz to "insist" on "full access" to a report by the EU's anti-fraud office, Olaf, on why the former health commissioner lost his job.

Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, in a letter to Schulz on 30 October, said he is legally bound to withhold the file.

"It's not a question of the commission refusing access to the report, it's a question of the commission fulfilling its legal obligations," his spokeswoman, Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, told this website.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:47:24 PM EST
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BBC News - German childcare plan sparks debate on stay-at-home mums

Is it a "stay-at-home premium" that will stop mothers from looking for work, or is it fair compensation for parents who choose to look after their young children without the state's help?

The German government's plan for a childcare allowance payable to parents who do not use state-subsidised nurseries has sparked fierce debate.

Recently Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition reached agreement on the measure, under which eligible parents of infants aged between 13 and 36 months would receive 150 euros (£120) a month. 'Kinder, Kueche, Kirche'?

The plan has been pushed through by Mrs Merkel's conservative Bavarian Christian Social Union allies against critics in the coalition's own ranks.

And the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) have threatened to lodge a complaint with the constitutional court to stop it.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:54:59 PM EST
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Weidmann in Defeat Still Influences ECB Bond-Buying Plan - Bloomberg

Jens Weidmann might not be as defeated as it seems.

While the European Central Bank pushed ahead with its bond- purchase plan over the Bundesbank president's objections, the conditions attached are giving Spain second thoughts about applying for the program. Economists and central bank officials say those conditions were partly a response to Weidmann's opposition, showing that even in his apparent isolation on the ECB council, he is still shaping policy.

Conditionality "was devised to appease the traditional Bundesbank allies" like the Netherlands, Finland, Belgium and Luxembourg, said former ECB chief economist Juergen Stark. "So Weidmann's influence may still be working on a more subtle level."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:05:09 PM EST
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Interpol elects French woman as first female president | The Raw Story

ROME -- Interpol on Thursday elected a French police commissioner known for her drive against organised crime in Bordeaux and Corsica as its first female president at its general assembly in Rome.

"Mireille Ballestrazzi of France becomes first woman to be elected president of Interpol," the world's top association of crime-fighters said on Twitter.

Ballestrazzi, 58, became a police commissioner in France in 1975 and was already vice-president for Europe on Interpol's executive committee.

She is particularly well known for her time as director of judicial police in Corsica in the 1990s at a time of fierce turf wars on the island.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:00:04 PM EST
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At least they mention organised crime and not paintings ...


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 06:02:29 AM EST
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Germany indicts alleged member of neo-Nazi terror cell | News | DW.DE | 08.11.2012

German prosecutors have indicted a woman alleged to be the third member of a neo-Nazi group behind a seven-year racially motivated killing spree.

Germany's federal prosecution service said it had formally indicted Beate Zschäpe, who is in custody, along with several other figures.

Zschäpe was the only surviving member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) after two men, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boenhardt, died in an apparent murder suicide on November 4, 2011.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:29:36 PM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Mario Draghi express concern about breach of collateral rules by Bank of Spain (09.11.2012)
ECB president says he takes reports of a misuse of collateral rules seriously, and sets up a committee to investigate what happened; says he would now take personal charge of this matter, as it effects the credibility of a single liquidity policy in the eurozone; divisions among international lenders are pushing Greece closer to the edge of default; IMF is more pessimistic about future growth than the Europeans, about the feasibility of the privatisation programme and the costs of fixing the banking system; the European Commission urges a relaxation in the 120% debt level target for 2020, but this is resisted by the IMF; negotiators says that if the IMF stance prevails, European governments will have no choice but to take losses; Draghi confirmed that the ECB is happy to forego profits on its Greek bond holdings, but can go no further; he left open the possibility of another round of ELA to fund a T-bill issue by the Greek government; ECB also left interest rate unchanged, and gave no clues about a possible rate cut in the future; Hans Werner Sinn and Draghi have different views on whether or competitiveness in the eurozone's periphery has gone up, and how this should be measured; Draghi says OMT is already working though money market remain fragmented; Spain managed to sell a 20-year bond, but Spanish bond spreads shot up later in the day; the advocate general of the European Court of Justice criticises Spain's eviction laws; Portuguese activists greet Merkel with a critical open letter ahead of her visit to Lisbon;  the Greek regulator sees possibility that ban on short-selling could be lifted; the Greek finance minister will resubmit a salary cut for parliamentary staff - which he withdrew under duress on the day of voting;  there was more evidence of a sharp slowdown in Germany, with exports and imports down sharply in September; the German government expects further deterioration in the first half of 2012; Standard & Poor's, meanwhile, says attempts to delay and water down crisis resolution policies could rekindle the crisis.


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 9th, 2012 at 03:14:06 AM EST
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Les écologistes "s'interrogent" sur leur participation au gouvernement Environmentalists "wonder" about their participation in government
"Nous nous posons la question de savoir ce que nous faisons au sein du gouvernement", a déclaré Jean-Vincent Placé, le président du groupe Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) au Sénat, vendredi 9 novembre sur Radio Classique.
"We ask ourselves what we are doing in government" said Jean-Vincent Place, president of the Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV ) Senate group, Friday 9 November on Radio Classique.
Selon lui, "de plus en plus les écologistes s'interrogent". "Depuis le virage post-rapport Gallois et les annonces [faites mardi par Jean-Marc Ayrault] très en faveur des entreprises sans contreparties et sans conversion écologique, je suis moi-même de plus en plus perplexe quant à cette participation gouvernementale", a-t-il poursuivi.

Lire : Les mesures phare du rapport Gallois

According to him, "increasingly ecologists are in doubt" . "Since the post-Gallois Report policy shift and the measures announced [on Tuesday by Jean-Marc Ayrault ] which are very supportive of businesses without any reciprocity, and without ecological conversion, I myself increasingly perplexed about our participation in this government", he said.
"Heureusement que nos ministres [Cécile Duflot, ministre du logement, et Pascal Canfin, ministre délégué du développement] sont bons et qu'ils font le boulot. Parce qu'il est vrai que la tournure et le virage, quelque part sinon idéologique du moins d'une politique économique, fait depuis trois jours nous laissent très perplexes", a-t-il expliqué. "Fortunately our ministers [Cécile Duflot, Minister of Housing and Pascal Canfin, Minister of Development] are good and they do the job. Because it is true that the way things are going, and with the change in the direction, if not of ideology then at least of economic policy, these last three days leave us very confused ", he explained.
DUFLOT "TRÈS SOLIDAIRE" ET "LOYALE" Interrogé sur le fait de savoir s'il s'était entretenu de ses analyses avec la ministre du logement, Jean-Vincent Placé a répondu que Cécile Duflot était "tenue à un devoir de réserve" gouvernementale : elle est "très solidaire" du gouvernement et en même temps "loyale" vis-à-vis des écologistes, a-t-il souligné. DUFLOT "VERY SUPPORTIVE" AND "FAIR" Asked whether he had discussed his analysis with the Minister of Housing, Jean-Vincent Place said that Cécile Duflot was "bound by a duty of discretion" with respect to the government : she is "very supportive" of the government and at the same time "loyal" vis-à-vis the ecologists, he said.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 03:57:50 AM EST
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Sans-papiers : une «retenue» au lieu d'une garde à vue - Libération Undocumented: "retention" instead of custody
Le Sénat a adopté la création d'une rétention de 16 heures pour les personnes en situation irrégulière.The Senate approved the creation of a retention of 16 hours for illegal immigrants.
Le Sénat a adopté dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi la création d'une «retenue» de 16 heures pour remplacer la garde à vue des sans-papiers qui était devenue illégale.The Senate passed during the night of Thursday to Friday creating a "retention" of 16 hours to replace the detention of undocumented immigrants who had become illegal.
Présentée par le ministre de l'Intérieur Manuel Valls pour gérer «avec efficacité» les expulsions et adopté en procédure accélérée (une lecture par chambre), ce texte doit encore être voté par l'Assemblée nationale.Presented by the Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls to manage "effectively" expulsions and adopted by the expedited procedure (one reading for each house of parliament), this text must still be passed by the National Assembly.
Il supprime par ailleurs le «délit de solidarité» qui conduisait à poursuivre des personnes, physiques ou morales, ayant porté assistance à des étrangers en situation irrégulière.It also eliminates the "misdemeanor of solidarity" which led to the prosecution of persons or organizations who provided assistance to illegal aliens.
Le texte a été voté par le PS et le RDSE (à majorité PRG), mais également par l'UMP et les centristes. «Nous voterons ce texte à la fois parce qu'il est nécessaire mais aussi parce qu'il correspond à ce qu'il faut faire pour que l'Etat de droit soit respecté par tous», a déclaré pour la droite Jean-Jacques Hyest (UMP).The text was approved by the PS and RDSE (mostly PRG), and also by the UMP and the centrists. "We will vote for this text both because it is necessary and because it is what must be done for the rule of law to be respected by all" said to Jean-right Jacques Hyest (UMP).
En revanche les écologistes se sont abstenus, trouvant insuffisantes les garanties apportées aux sans-papiers, et le groupe communiste républicain et citoyen a voté contre. «Nous attendions bien plus qu'un projet minimaliste (..) oubliant de garantir les droits essentiels des personnes en position irrégulière», a dit pour le groupe Laurence Cohen.However the Ecologists abstained, finding insufficient guarantees provided to undocumented immigrants, and the Communist group voted against. "We were expecting much more than a minimalist project (..) forgetting to guarantee the basic rights of persons in an irregular position" , said Laurence Cohen for the group.
La Cour de cassation, tirant les conclusions de la jurisprudence européenne, avait interdit en juillet le recours à la garde à vue pour vérifier la régularité du séjour des étrangers.The Court of Cassation, drawing conclusions from the European jurisprudence, in July banned the use of custody to verify the correctness of the stay of foreigners.
Depuis, les forces de l'ordre ne peuvent pas retenir les sans-papiers plus de quatre heures, délai maximal prévu par la procédure de vérification d'identité.Since then, the police can not keep undocumented more than four hours, maximum time allowed by the procedure of identity verification.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 04:56:14 AM EST
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Ekathimerini: Upheaval in coalition parties after departures (November 8, 2012)
Growing debate about a possible government reshuffle was played down by sources in PASOK who said that Venizelos remained focused on keeping the government and country in one piece.

However in the ranks of Democratic Left, the smallest party in the coalition, there was reportedly talk about the preferences of party leader Fotis Kouvelis in the event of a reshuffle.

As for the two MPs who broke from the party line of voting "present" on the austerity package and voted "no," sources indicated that the aim was to marginalize them, particularly if they vote down the 2013 budget on Sunday as is expected. Democratic Left's charter does not foresee the ejection of MPs so the preference would be for Odysseas Voudouris and Paris Moutsinas to take the initiative and declare themselves independent.



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 9th, 2012 at 05:29:44 AM EST
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Is the austerity coalition falling apart? How soon can we expect a new election?

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES in 2009!
by A swedish kind of death on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 08:34:27 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:34:04 PM EST
BBC News - Dexia gets further aid from France and Belgium

France and Belgium have agreed to pump a further 5.5bn euros ($7bn; £4.4bn) into struggling bank Dexia, after it reported another large loss.

The bank, which was bailed out by France and Belgium last year, posted a third-quarter net loss of 1.23bn euros.

Meanwhile, French bank Societe Generale saw third quarter net profits sink 86% to 85m euros as it dealt with the cost of exiting from Greece.

In Germany, Commerzbank reported net quarterly profits of 78m euros.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:56:01 PM EST
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China May Make First High-Speed Train Orders Since Crash - Bloomberg

China may issue at least 38.4 billion yuan ($6.2 billion) of high-speed train tenders within the next two months, ending a more than yearlong hiatus following a fatal crash.

The government will probably seek bids for between 300 and 400 train sets, according to Hong Kong-based Citigroup Inc. analyst Paul Gong, who made the estimate after meetings with the nation's two major trainmakers. Jefferies Group Inc. and Everbright Securities Co. made similar predictions. A set comprises of eight or 16 carriages.

A revival of purchases would be a boost for CSR Corp Ltd. (1766) and China CNR Corp. (601299), the nation's two big trainmakers, whose shares are yet to recover from a slump following the July 2011 train disaster. The government may resume orders as it steps up railway building as part of wider plans to stoke economic growth.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:03:34 PM EST
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Deutsche Bank says it will never need state aid | Reuters

(Reuters) - Deutsche Bank, on a international regulator's list of four banks that would pose the greatest risk to the global financial system if they collapsed, will never need to be bailed out, its co-chief executive said.

"We are not dangerous and we never were because we didn't need to ask the state for help and we will not do that in future either," Juergen Fitschen said at an economic conference in Hamburg.

He was reacting to the Financial Stability Board's decision last week to place Deutsche, along with three other banks, in its highest risk category, requiring them to hold extra capital to absorb potential losses.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:10:03 PM EST
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EU bailout for Russian oligarchs? - Der Spiegel/Presseurop (English)
The EU, the IMF and the government of Cyprus are negotiating a 10-billion euro bailout for the country's ailing banks. Brussels doesn't want to let the country go bankrupt. But there is a danger that the financial injection could be used to launder dirty money that passes through financial institutions on the island. Excerpts.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:06:36 PM EST
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Estonian banks profit from Greek crisis - Eesti Ekspress/Presseurop (English)
Economy Euro Estonia Estonian banks profit from Greek crisis 8 November 2012 Presseurop Eesti Ekspress

The debt crisis which has crippled Greece for the past four years and which is now affecting Cypriot banks has "a surprising consequence," notes Estonian weekly Eesti Ekspress. It is notably "Russians living in Cyprus [who] are afraid to leave their savings on the island and [who] are moving it to Estonia," the paper says, adding that -

Since the beginning of the year, bank deposits have increased by 11.2% over all. Those belonging to Estonians rose by 7.8% while the number of those opened by foreigners increased by 28.2%. Bank accounts for foreign businesses jumped by 34%. Estonian banks appreciate this because it makes them less dependent on their parent companies in the Northern [Scandinavian] countries.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:10:01 PM EST
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Deposit taking is a zero-sum game.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:34:48 PM EST
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Why is nobody talking about the role of the City of London's hedge fund industry in fuelling the Cypriot bank asset bubble?

Sure, there's over 100% of Cypriot GDP in Russian oligarchs' offshore accounts. But the Cypriot banking system has built up a balance sheet of 6xGDP. What's the composition of the rest?

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:34:09 PM EST
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Nobody serious, that is.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 02:23:17 AM EST
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German exports see biggest slump since December | Business | DW.DE | 08.11.2012

The world's second-largest exporter, Germany, has seen demand for its products going down sharply in September. Statisticians say the fall has been the steepest since the end of last year.

German exports in September contracted at their fastest pace since the end of 2011, the German Statistics Office, Destatis, reported on Thursday. The shipment of goods abroad dipped by 2.5 percent from August levels and dropped by 3.4 percent compared with the same month last year.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:30:15 PM EST
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Dmitri B. Papadimitriou: Fiscal Cliff: Reality Show or Morality Play? (Project Syndicate, 11/06/2012)
The gruesome package of spending cuts and tax increases scheduled for December 31 was dubbed the "Fiscal Cliff' by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. It's apparent why the phrase caught on. Less understandable is the urge to jump into equally dangerous policy options.

Virtually all of Washington is unhappy with the prospect of the measures. For months there've been reports of informal meetings to create a fix. But the austerity-worshipping ethos that underlies the plan is firmly entrenched, and some version of it will be enacted. Because of the wounds that extreme austerity will inflict, the Levy Institute is predicting -- and we're hardly alone -- that we're headed for another recession in 2013.

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The sequester should be repealed outright, and it certainly should not be replaced. We need a strong stimulus that increases employment, not by wishing for it, but through public sector hiring. The Fiscal Cliff show is a morality play that celebrates puritanical righteousness and unnecessary punishment. As we've already seen on the UK stage, it's headed towards an unhappy ending.



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:31:58 PM EST
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... we're headed for another recession in 2013.

This is the way it always works. The govt's goal is to exterminate the middle class but they let up slightly during an election year to keep the incumbents in power and once the election is over, it's back to screwing the public for another year until the next election cycle. Somebody show me a time when this wasn't true cause I set my watch by it.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 06:16:21 PM EST
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Fiscal Cliff Eurozone: Reality Show or Morality Play?

FIFY


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 06:15:20 AM EST
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EU hits back at IMF over austerity
Are the austerity measures imposed on struggling eurozone countries contributing to a deepening recession in the region?

It is a question that returned to the front burner last month when the International Monetary Fund published a study arguing both the IMF and the European Commission were routinely underestimating the impact of austerity on economic growth over the course of the eurozone crisis.
[...] the commission argues that [...] more austerity and not less, it suggests, might have convinced the markets and kept capital flowing.
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As Krugman says: "[...] reaffirming its faith in the confidence fairy."

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 06:54:27 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:35:05 PM EST
China's Hu says graft threatens state, party must stay in charge | Reuters

(Reuters) - President Hu Jintao warned China's incoming leaders on Thursday that corruption threatened the ruling Communist Party and the state, but said the party must stay in charge as it battles growing social unrest.

In a state-of-the-nation address to more than 2,000 hand-picked party delegates before he hands over power, Hu acknowledged that public anger over graft and issues like environmental degradation had undermined the party's support and led to surging numbers of protests.

"Combating corruption and promoting political integrity, which is a major political issue of great concern to the people, is a clear-cut and long-term political commitment of the party," Hu said.

"If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party, and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state. We must thus make unremitting efforts to combat corruption."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:08:39 PM EST
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China opens party congress to begin leadership change | News | DW.DE | 08.11.2012

China's ruling Communist Party has begun a congress which will usher in the next decade of leadership in the country. President Hu Jintao warned the party faces "collapse" if it fails to clean up corruption.

In his opening speech the party's outgoing general-secretary, President Hu Jintao, delivered his starkest warning yet about fighting corruption.

"If we fail to handle this issue well, it could prove fatal to the party and even cause the collapse of the party and the fall of the state," he said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:27:57 PM EST
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IPS - Netanyahu's 2010 Order Was Not a Move to War on Iran | Inter Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 2012 (IPS) - A new twist was added to the longrunning media theme of a threat by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go to war with Iran when news stories seemed to suggest Monday that Netanyahu had ordered the Israeli military to prepare for an imminent attack on Iranian nuclear sites in 2010.

Netanyahu backed down after Israeli Defence Forces chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Mossad director Meir Dagan opposed the order, according to the reports.

But the details of the episode provided in a report by Israel's Channel 2 investigative news programme "Truth", which aired Monday night, show that the Netanyahu order was not meant to be a prelude to an imminent attack on Iran. The order to put Israeli forces on the highest alert status was rejected by Ashkenazi and Dagan primarily because Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak had not thought through the risk that raising the alert status to the highest level could provoke unintended war with Iran.

All the participants, moreover, understood that Israel had no realistic military option for an attack on Iran.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:11:43 PM EST
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International observers cite `concerns' in U.S. elections | The Raw Story

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 US elections were conducted in a "professional manner," but "real concerns" remain, international observers said Wednesday.

"The electoral process enjoys broad public confidence," Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission chief Daan Everts said in a statement the day after the vote that saw President Barack Obama win a second four-year term.

"At the same time, there are real concerns over issues such as voting rights, the accuracy of voter lists, the transparency of campaign finance, recount procedures and access for international election observers."

Due to the high mobility of many Americans, some voters were listed on multiple electoral lists in different states. Conversely, some 50 million of the 237 million eligible American voters were never registered at all, according to OSCE estimates.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:01:21 PM EST
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This issue is off the table for the next 22 months.
by asdf on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 11:46:37 AM EST
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Winter storm sets back recovery efforts in NYC | News | DW.DE | 08.11.2012

Tens of thousands have been without power on Thursday following a major winter storm that hit the New York region. But the worst is finally over, officials say.

Over 40,000 more homes and businesses reported power outages on Thursday after heavy winds and snow swept across the New York region. The storm also caused delays at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

About half a foot of snow (15 cm) covered much of the metropolitan area on Thursday. Communities in neighboring states reported up to one foot of snowfall.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:27:11 PM EST
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Syria's Assad vows not to leave country as rebels seek unity | News | DW.DE | 08.11.2012

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said he will "live and die" in Syria after a suggestion he could be given safe passage from the country. As the opposition seeks unity, the Red Cross says it can no longer cope.

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday rejected calls that he should leave the country and warned the conflict could have "global consequences."

"I am Syrian, I was made in Syria," said Assad said in an interview with state-backed Russian news channel RT. "I have to live in Syria and die in Syria," he said. "I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any other country."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:28:22 PM EST
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"I am Syrian, I was made in Syria," said Assad said in an interview with state-backed Russian news channel RT. "I have to live in Syria and die in Syria," he said.

There you have it ... the solution from his own mouth. Any questions?

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 06:20:48 PM EST
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L'État, c'est moi

(Apocryphal, I know.)

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 06:20:56 AM EST
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I'll bet he's starting to regret he didn't keep up his ophthalmology practice in London.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 07:11:57 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:35:38 PM EST
EU scales back planned F-gas bans, opts for phase-out | EurActiv

The EU has abandoned plans to ban global warming fluorinated gases from Europe's commercial and industrial refrigerators, opting largely for a `phase-down' approach intended to reduce the industry's greenhouse gas emissions to a third of today's levels by 2030.

Isaac Valero, a spokesman for EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, said that the package was "the best decision under the circumstances".

Hedegaard herself told a conference in Brussels on 6 November that "when you can make a ban that is cost efficient and solves more problems than it creates, then that will be part of the tools that should be in our legislation".  

But the bans in the final proposal were largely symbolic (see below).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:50:03 PM EST
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EU to unveil multi-billion euro support scheme for auto sector | EurActiv

EXCLUSIVE: The EU pledges funding worth billions of euros to the automotive industry up 2020 in a leaked draft of its cars strategy, to be presented today (8 November). The new strategy comes amid a wave of announced factory closures and lay-offs in the sector but was criticised by Green activists for lacking ambition on CO2 emission cuts.

Antonio Tajani, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, is due to present the `Cars 2020' strategy on Thursday (8 November).

In the draft document, seen by EurActiv, the EU executive says it intends to support the growth of the automotive sector into 20% of European GDP by 2020, from its current level of 16%, laying out a number of financing mechanisms for the sector.

The document earmarks a share of the planned €80 billion `Horizon 2020' research and innovation fund and the €2.5 billion Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs programme, as well as support for workers laid off as a result of "industrial adjustment" in the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:51:01 PM EST
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Natural Gas That Backed Romney May Gain From Obama Win - Bloomberg

Natural gas producers such as Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) spent millions of dollars this year trying to defeat Democrats, such as President Barack Obama. His re-election may end up being a boon for them.

While Obama will continue with a series of environmental regulations that would curb the production and use of coal, his policies promise to boost demand for natural gas in vehicles and power plants and facilitate domestic oil and gas output to levels not seen in more than two decades.

"Facts are stubborn things and they often defy people's ideology," John Hanger, a special counsel at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the former top environmental regulator in that state, said in an interview. Obama's "policies on the demand side are most favorable."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:01:41 PM EST
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'Humane' fishing net wins Dyson award | Environment | guardian.co.uk

A young British designer has won a prestigious international award for creating a "humane" net to make fishing more sustainable by preventing small fish from being trapped.

Dan Watson devised a system based on a series of escape rings for fish - which can be fitted to a fisherman's trawler net - in response to the problem of overfishing and the controversial and wasteful practice of throwing away healthy and edible fish or other creatures as so-called bycatch.

Watson, a graduate of The Royal College of Art, will on Thursday be named as the winner of the annual international James Dyson award which recognises and rewards imaginative design solutions to global problems.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:34:22 PM EST
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Climate change threatens coffee crops | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Rising temperatures due to climate change could mean wild arabica coffee is extinct in 70 years, posing a risk to the genetic sustainability of one of the world's basic commodities, scientists said on Wednesday.

Although commercial coffee growers would still be able to cultivate crops in plantations designed with the right conditions, experts say the loss of wild arabica, which has greater genetic diversity, would make it harder for plantations to survive long-term and beat threats like pests and disease

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:34:54 PM EST
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Climate change 'likely to be more severe than some models predict' | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Climate change is likely to be more severe than some models have implied, according to a new study which ratchets up the possible temperature rises and subsequent climatic impacts.

The analysis by the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature were likely to be more accurate than those showing a smaller rise. This means not only a higher level of warming, but also that the resulting problems - including floods, droughts, sea level rise and fiercer storms and other extreme weather - would be correspondingly more severe and would come sooner than expected.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:36:59 PM EST
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Translation: God might be more pissed off than we thought, that gorgeous wench.

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 06:23:06 PM EST
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Where's Nostradamus Nate Silver?


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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 06:33:31 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:35:58 PM EST
IPS - New Era Augurs More of the Same for Impoverished Maya People | Inter Press Service

GUATEMALA CITY, Nov 8 2012 (IPS) - The Maya Indians of Central America and Mexico will have little to celebrate when the current era comes to an end on Dec. 21. The extreme poverty and marginalisation they face contrast sharply with the plans for lavish celebrations to lure tourists.

According to the ancient Maya calendar, Dec. 21, 2012 will mark the end of a grand cycle of 13 144,000-day "baktuns", lasting 5,126 years.

"It's offensive, it's an insult, and it is contradictory for indigenous people to continue to be steeped in poverty while public funds are squandered on celebrating," activist Ricardo Cajas, of the non-governmental Guatemalan Council of Maya Organisations (COMG), told IPS.

"There is nothing to celebrate," he said. "This is an event involving traditional wisdom, which allows us to make an analysis of the `internal colonialism' we see in Guatemala, where a dominant class keeps indigenous people in a state of subsistence and extreme poverty."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:13:20 PM EST
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IPS - Sierra Leone - Women Shoot Themselves in the Foot in Elections | Inter Press Service

FREETOWN, Nov 6 2012 (IPS) - Only 38 women - of a total of 586 candidates - will contest parliamentary seats in Sierra Leone's November elections, and the blame for this can be laid squarely on the shoulders of the current group of female lawmakers, according to Barbara Bangura, the director of the women's organisation Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance.

The Nov. 17 elections will only be this West African nation's third election since the civil war ended here in 2002.

And while the country will see its first female vice presidential candidate, Kadi Sesay from the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), run for office, there are not many women joining her in the race for parliament. There is no female presidential candidate. But in addition to the dismal number of candidates running for seats in the legislature, there are only 337 women out of 1,283 candidates for local council elections.

Bangura points an accusing finger at the current crop of female parliamentarians who, she says, are to blame for the failure of parliament to pass the Gender Equality Bill that would have provided for a 30 percent representation of women in the legislature.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 03:16:32 PM EST
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'Helmut' the mammoth found near Paris - Telegraph
French archaeologists have uncovered a rare, near-complete skeleton of a mammoth in the countryside near Paris, alongside tiny fragments of flint tools suggesting the carcass may have been cut into by prehistoric hunters.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 05:14:47 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 02:36:24 PM EST
[Sorry Mate, I Didn't See You : standard apology for a cyclist's near-death experience]

GB coach Shane Sutton injured in road accident as Wiggins leaves hospital | Sport | The Guardian

All of Britain's Olympic cyclists regularly mention the dangers they encounter when riding on the road, and on Wednesday and Thursday those risks were reiterated when the sport's biggest star, Bradley Wiggins, and his mentor, Shane Sutton, the British Cycling head coach, ended up in hospital after being in collision with vehicles in separate incidents 15 hours apart.

Wiggins was released on Thursday with minor injuries while Sutton was expected to remain in hospital for several days as doctors monitor his recovery from bleeding on the brain.

Wiggins suffered severe bruising to his ribs and hands after being knocked off his bike at 6pm on Wednesday evening as a motorist in a white Astra van pulled out of the service station on the A5209 next to junction 27 of the M6, a few miles from the Tour de France winner's home in the village of Eccleston.

Eyewitnesses said he was in considerable pain and complaining of rib injuries, and the force of the impact shattered the wing mirror of the van. Hear a witness describe hearing Bradley Wiggins' collision Link to this video

The Tour de France winner was taken to the Royal Preston hospital where he was given morphine and had a scan to his head, because, although he reported no head injuries, his helmet smashed in the impact. He was kept in overnight and left hospital on Thursday morning.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 03:25:11 AM EST
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White van, you say.

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by Number 6 on Fri Nov 9th, 2012 at 06:40:35 AM EST
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