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25 January 2012

by In Wales Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:23:55 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:50:04 PM EST
UK mulls ruling over prisoner voting rights | Europe | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Britain must give prisoners the right to vote. But the idea of lifting the ban is not going down well with the British public.

When you are imprisoned in Britain, you also lose your right to vote.

But the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) says that by preventing prisoners from voting, the UK is contravening Article 3 of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The British government was given a deadline of November 22 last year to come up with a legislative plan to help it comply with the court's ruling. Now lawmakers are scrutinizing that new legislation, which is entitled the Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Draft Bill.

Several measures are being considered, including granting voting rights to some prisoners and not to others, or reintroducing the right to vote to inmates who are soon to be released.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:02:28 PM EST
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In Wales:
Article 3 of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights.


ARTICLE 3
Right to free elections
The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.

Signed and ratified in 1952, at a time when Great Britain was a prime mover in the creation of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights.

But of course, it's all just Europe telling free Britons what to do.

What shameful, disgusting nonsense.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 04:08:35 PM EST
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Attack the weakest to get a handful of votes in the right areas. Tory playbook page 1.

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by Number 6 on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:08:50 AM EST
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Cameron wants another EU | Europe | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

In a long-awaited speech, British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for extensive reform of the EU, and announced a referendum on British membership. But many in the EU don't like his attitude.

British Prime Minister David Cameron doesn't see himself as a "British isolationist," and he doesn't want "to pull up the drawbridge and retreat from the world," but he does want "a better deal for Britain."

But in his long-awaited speech on Wednesday (23.01.2013), he also insisted that he wanted "not just a better deal for Britain; I want a better deal for Europe too."

The British prime minister believes that the EU is too rigid, not competitive enough, over-regulated and too far from its citizens. And it could be "transformed perhaps beyond recognition by the measures to save the eurozone."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:02:57 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Merkel and Cameron seek common ground on Europe

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British PM David Cameron on Thursday (24 January) sought common ground on the future of the European Union, one day after he announced a referendum on Britain's EU membership four years from now.

Europe's competitiveness gap on the global market was a common concern of both Merkel and Cameron, in separate speeches held in the Swiss resort of Davos where leaders and businessmen meet yearly for the World Economic Forum.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:08:28 PM EST
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France offers 'red carpet' to businesses if UK quits EU - UK-EUROPEAN UNION - FRANCE 24
France will "roll out the red carpet" for British businesses if the UK opts out of the European Union in an in-out referendum promised by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:15:15 PM EST
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I had to read to the third paragraph to learn that this was a one-liner committed by French foreign minister Laurent Fabius (identified only as "Fabius" in the article)

FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish

Did I get the macro right?

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:36:45 AM EST
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That's it!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:54:55 AM EST
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The Journal: Mixed reaction to EU's youth guarantee scheme (24 January 2013)
One Scottish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) who strongly supports the scheme is Labour's David Martin. His spokesperson explained that such a system needs to be organised at EU level rather than independent states because the freedom of labour movement in the EU might create mass labour flows to areas which have such schemes. She also stressed that there are funds available to put the scheme in place.

SNP MEP Alyn Smith was less convinced: "You see, there is a body of opinion within the commission and the level of the parliament that there's a knee jerk reaction that says we need to do everything at the European level.

"The Youth Guarantee is precisely one of those. I am not in favour of the EU being responsible for social policy, I am not in favour of the EU being responsible for delivering apprenticeships -- not because I'm ideological about it, but because I don't think the EU would do it better than the Scottish Government or indeed the local authorities in Scotland.

"So the Youth guarantee scheme, it sounds good, but there's no budget behind it of any significance. It's window dressing. It allows MEPs to go back to their constituencies and say... youth guarantee scheme, look what we've done."



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 05:49:35 PM EST
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not because I'm ideological about it, but because I don't think the EU would do it better than the Scottish Government or indeed the local authorities in Scotland

Fair point : it should be mandated and funded at EU level, and implemented locally, with EU auditing.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:39:12 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Monte dei Paschi is now an election issue (25.01.2013)
The Monte dei Paschi derivatives scandal has now made the transition to a political blame game, as Vittorio Grillo shifts responsibility to Mario Draghi; Mario Monti is sending Grillo to answer questions in the Italian parliament; President Napolitano has also intervened, expressing concern about the seriousness of the scandal; Giulio Tremonti criticised the Bank of Italy for its failure to discover the trades that went on between 2006 and 2009; Il Giornale says the bailout swallows up of the revenues from Monti's unpopular property tax IMU; Pier Luigi Bersani says he is commitment to an alliance with the Left, and is thus not in a position to enter into a pact with Monti either before or after the elections; Silvio Berlusconi calls on Italians to treat the elections as a contest between two large parties, and not to waste their votes on small parties; the Italian chambers of commerce says that last year, more than 1000 companies closed in Italy each day; Angela Merkel says she supported temporary support measures for Spain to help the impact of high unemployment; the latest data show that Spanish youth unemployment has gone up to 55%; Public transport unions strikes widen in Greece as Samaras orders a return to work; the head of the Irish debt agency chief says he is confident that Ireland could exit from the bailout this year, raising €10bn on the way; the ECB is today expected to announce how much of the first LTRO loan is to be repaid early; Moody's warns that European banks need more capital; Fitch reacts to the statement by the Dutch finance minister that a write-down of ordinary bonds of a large bank would affect the bank ratings in the wider eurozone; Andreas Dombret of the Bundesbank says he could see scope for limited capital controls; Quentin Peel, meanwhile, says the British have a long history of misreading German politics, and says Angela Merkel will only offer David Cameron a very limited deal.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 08:31:56 AM EST
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Migeru:
The Monte dei Paschi derivatives scandal has now made the transition to a political blame game, as Vittorio Grillo shifts responsibility to Mario Draghi; Mario Monti is sending Grillo to answer questions in the Italian parliament;

surname confusion, last letter! GrillI is neolib, grillO is the comic with a mission.

Vittorio Grilli - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vittorio Grilli (born 19 May 1957) is Italy's Economy and Finance Minister as a member of the Monti cabinet.

easy mistake, big misunderstanding...

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 01:02:44 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:50:44 PM EST
Merkel calls on eurozone to hold firm at Davos | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told business leaders in Davos that governments need to continue efforts to bring borrowing under control while there's political will and pressure to do so. She also lauded progress.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday acknowledged the ongoing eurozone difficulties, though she also said she believed "that we have indeed made considerable progress in this area in the last few months."

Merkel called the World Economic Forum's 2013 motto - resilient dynamism - "fitting," because it alluded to a dynamism that focused not on "speed at any price," but rather on a system that could withstand economic shocks.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:54:11 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:59:24 AM EST
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a system that could withstand economic shocks.

So why does she want to keep the current one instead?


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by Number 6 on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:11:46 AM EST
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Security staff strikes force flight cancellations | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

Security personnel have walked off the job at two German airports, causing major disruption for passengers. The country's biggest services-sector union called the strike to back up its demands for higher pay.

Thursday's work stoppage hit Germany's third biggest airport, Düsseldorf, as well as Cologne-Bonn Airport. Both are located in the country's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia.

By noon, almost 150 flights out of Düsseldorf had been cancelled and those that did take off "were often empty," according to an airport spokesman. The cancelled flights were mainly to domestic or other European destinations.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:58:49 PM EST
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Commerzbank to slash thousands of jobs | Business | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

Germany's Commerzbank has confirmed it will cut thousands of jobs over the next four years in a bid to raise profitability. The lender is aiming to outsource part of its operations to countries with lower labor costs.

Germany's partly state-owned Commerzbank on Thursday confirmed earlier rumors it would cut thousands of jobs over the next four years.

"All in all, we're aiming for between 4,000 and 6,000 full-time jobs to be cut by the end of 2016," the lender told the Reuters news agency.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:59:12 PM EST
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Davos: Monti campaigns, Lagarde looks ahead | World | DW.DE | 24.01.2013
The World Economic Forum in Davos is an ideal platform for leaders to draw attention to their own interests. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti campaigns while IMF head Christine Lagarde talks like a visionary.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:00:39 PM EST
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Social entrepreneurs take their case to Davos | Business | DW.DE | 24.01.2013
Social entrepreneurs are no longer fighting lonely battles - they have set up an international network. And the Davos forum gives them a perfect platform to bang their drum.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:01:08 PM EST
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Global Shapers: young forward thinkers at Davos | Business | DW.DE | 24.01.2013
The Global Shapers are the youngest participants in the World Economic Forum. They're a growing interconnected community of people under 30 who are entrepreneurs, politicians or artists in their home countries.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:01:47 PM EST
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Ooh, how hip it must be to be a Global Shaper!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:38:17 PM EST
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If the business you've started with your trust fund fails, you already have political connections, so you can a) get a bailout or b) get a sinecure somewhere.
"Plus ca change" except for the "change" bit.

(Not sure how to do a cedilla on this keyboard. sorry.)

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by Number 6 on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:15:24 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Political Affairs / Monti attacks 'short-termism' in EU politics

BERLIN - Italy's outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti on Wednesday (23 January) criticised fellow EU leaders for the way they dealt with the euro crisis and said corporations are blocking reforms in order to promote "vested interests" in Europe.

"Leadership is the opposite of short-termism. And there was short-termism in the initial response to the euro-crisis," Monti said in a speech at the World Economic Forum, a yearly gathering of political leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:09:40 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / IMF chief: 2013 is make-or-break year for eurozone

BERLIN - International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has said that eurozone leaders should "keep the momentum" of reforms like the banking union, as recession is now forecast to linger on in 2013.

"2013 will be a make or break year. The biggest risks are in the developed countries - Japan, the eurozone and the US, there are threats if they don't keep up the momentum," Lagarde said on Wednesday (23 January) during her speech at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:10:34 PM EST
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Momentum is hardly a problem on the way down.

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter
by generic on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 04:16:48 PM EST
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Uncertainty for southeast Europe's middle class | Europe | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

The gap between rich and poor is widening in countries in southeast Europe, where the middle classes are threatened by social decline.

To poor to be rich, to rich to be poor: That's the dilemma facing Romania's middle class.

The middle class - a mainstay of western societies - was almost an unknown entity in the country in the first decade after the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989. And by 2008, only about 20 percent of Romanians were considered to be "middle class."

But since then, the financial crisis has further shrunk salaries and, in the process, nearly halved the number of middle class citizens in Romania. By comparison, almost two-thirds of Germany's population is middle class.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:03:29 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Headline News / World Bank highlights growth outside the EU crisis

BRUSSELS - For those suffering from eurozone crisis syndrome, it is easy to forget that an economic world exists beyond the EU's borders.

For all the talk of recession and depression it would be a mistake to think that economies are in retreat the world over. In reality, most of the world is growing - and not just the usual suspects.

While the US, the EU and Japan tread water, five years after the start of the financial crisis, the 150 or more countries of the developing world are growing at an average of 5.1 percent.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:10:08 PM EST
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Forget Europe - the markets hold the real unaccountable power | Mark Serwotka | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Listening to economics being discussed in the media is like being read a fairy story. In any fairy story you need a monster, and in this case it's "the markets": unseen, but seemingly all-powerful. Job losses, public service cuts, wage freezes, privatisation, even cuts to benefits for disabled people can be justified by saying "the markets" demand it.

But what are the markets? Who comprises them and why are they so powerful? I didn't vote for them and I doubt you did either - yet they apparently have the power to dictate policies to elected governments and, in the case of Italy, to even select the government.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:16:11 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:51:09 PM EST
Britain, Germany tell nationals to leave Benghazi | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

Germany has joined Britain in advising its citizens to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi due to an unspecified terror threat. Libya has denied that Westerners are at increased risk there.

A statement issued by the German Foreign Office on Thursday echoed an earlier warning from the British government.

"The Federal Government has information about an immediate, concrete threat to Western citizens in Benghazi," the statement said. It also called on "all German citizens to leave the city and the region of Benghazi immediately."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:54:33 PM EST
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Split among Mali Islamists? | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

A split appears to have emerged within the Islamist Ansar Dine rebel group in Mali's northern desert. A breakaway faction said Thursday it wanted a "peaceful solution" as African troops joined a French-led advance.

French RFI radio reported Thursday that former Ansar Dine leader Alghabass Ag Intalla had declared the formation of the "Islamic Movement for Azawad," composed entirely of Malian nationals.

Intalla was quoted as saying that his new faction was looking for a "negotiated solution" and that it was committed to fighting "all forms of extremism and terrorism."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:54:52 PM EST
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Netanyahu woos centrists as final results are announced | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

Final results from Israel's election have confirmed that despite losing seats Benjamin Netanyahu's bloc will remain the strongest force in the Knesset. Netanyahu has already begun talks with possible coalition partners.

The final results published on Thursday gave Netanyahu's Likud-Beitenu list 31 seats in Israel's parliament, around 25 percent fewer than it had prior to Tuesday's election. The centrist Yesh Atid party finished second with 19 seats, followed by Labor with 15 and the far-right Jewish Home party with 12. Preliminary results had given Jewish Home just 11 seats. The United Arab List will send five members to the 120-seat Knesset, one fewer than preliminary figures had indicated.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:55:20 PM EST
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North Korea threatens third nuclear test | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

North Korea has threatened the United States with a third nuclear test and further rocket launches. The threat comes after the UN Security Council expanded sanctions against the communist nation earlier in the week.

North Korea's highest military body announced on Thursday that it had plans to carry out a third nuclear test and condemned expanded UN sanctions against Pyongyang as "illegal."

"We do not hide the fact that various satellites, long-range missiles that we will continue to launch and a high-level nuclear test we will conduct, will target our sworn enemy, the United States," the National Defense Commission said in a release carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:57:04 PM EST
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Women in combat roles becomes US norm | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

The US military largely has lifted its 1994 ban on women serving in combat units, according to the Department of Defense. It is another sweeping change since President Barack Obama removed a ban on gay troops.

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the move in a statement on Thursday.

"The Department's goal in rescinding the rule is to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender," Panetta said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:57:52 PM EST
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Loyalists and independents dominate boycotted Jordan vote | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

Preliminary results suggest that tribal coalitions and independent candidates loyal to King Abdullah won around 90 percent of the seats in Jordan's lower house of parliament. A key opposition group boycotted the ballot.

Jordan's Independent Election Commission released preliminary results on Thursday for the country's election, pointing to clear dominance for candidates favoring the royal family.

The election commission put Wednesday's turnout at 56.5 percent of the some 2.2 million eligible voters, a higher figure than previously expected but one denounced as fraudulent by the opposition.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:58:25 PM EST
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UN launches investigation into drone killings | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

The United Nations is launching a special inquiry into drone strikes and targeted civilian killings. The investigation's main objective is to examine evidence that the strikes cause disproportionate civilian casualties.

The United Nations' special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, Ben Emmerson (pictured above), said there was a need for "accountability" when strikes went wrong. Emmerson, a British lawyer, announced the inquiry at a press conference in London on Thursday.

The civilian killings and injuries that result from drone strikes on suspected terrorists will be part of the focus of the investigation. Emerson, who is heading the probe, said the rapid expansion in drone strike technology required a new legal framework to be put in place.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:59:58 PM EST
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Why were German soldiers 'attacked' in Turkey? | Europe | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

The recent attack on German soldiers by a group of Turkish nationalists in Iskenderun reveals the distrust some Turks feel toward the West, NATO and the US. It seems likely that more protests will follow.

For the German soldiers deployed in Turkey to work on Patriot missile installations, there's good reason to feel a bit confused. First the Turkish government demanded the assistance of NATO allies to defend itself against potential rocket attacks due to the turmoil in neighboring Syria.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:04:04 PM EST
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Malian troops accused of summary executions | News | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

Malian troops have been accused of carrying out summary executions of suspected Islamists. The allegations come as African coalition forces begin advancing to the center of Mali, in support of the French intervention.

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on Wednesday accused Malian soldiers of summarily executing at least 11 people in the central town of Sevare.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:04:40 PM EST
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Mexicans swallow bitter pill with release of Cassez - MEXICO - FRANCE - FRANCE 24

While France hailed the release of the presumed kidnapper Florence Cassez from a Mexico City jail on Wednesday, many Mexicans were angered by the news. Although recognising that authorities had denied Cassez a fair trial, journalists and alike remained convinced that a criminal has been allowed to walk free.

Cassez, 38, was sentenced to 60 years in prison after she was arrested in 2005 with her former boyfriend, who led a kidnapping gang called the Zodiacs. In a dramatic turn of events, Mexican judges on Wednesday ordered her release, arguing that her original trial was tainted.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:12:44 PM EST
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I don't know how complicit Cassez was, or was not, in the kidnappings. But this article really lays it on thick with the complaints of Mexicans who consider she is guilty. Other reports I've seen (TV, OK, I know...) showed other points of view among Mexicans -- in particular that the police investigation and the prosecution were so faulty that it was normal she be released after seven years in prison.

But this is France 24...

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:48:50 PM EST
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I'm not sure whether the Mexican justice system has traditionally given much weight to considerations of due process. As I understand it, the President nominated a couple of new "progressive" judges to the Supreme Court, in order to obtain this result.

You can't expect the ordinary folk to understand and respect the principles of justice if the justice system itself doesn't respect them.

In France, there is debate about who should get the credit for her release. Her family is (inexplicably) chummy with Sarkozy, whose heavy-handed pressure infuriated the Mexicans and probably ensured her a couple of extra years in jail. Hollande apparently had a quiet word to the incoming Mexican president, which was followed by the aforementioned judicial nominations.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:51:11 AM EST
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eurogreen:
You can't expect the ordinary folk to understand and respect the principles of justice if the justice system itself doesn't respect them.

Well, some of the Mexicans I saw did in fact show understanding and respect for due process. Which is why I find France 24's coverage one-sided. But...

FRANCE 24 is SUCH rubbish

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:43:00 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:51:58 PM EST
Shareholders and their environmental liability | Environment | DW.DE | 24.01.2013

A group of European researchers say shareholders should be held liable for the environmental damage caused by the companies they invest in. But the suggestion does have its drawbacks.

Images of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are still locked in our collective consciousness. The burning well, the black underwater plumes, marine birds covered in a slick of oil: the images were so dramatic that it could have spelled the end for deep offshore drilling worldwide.

But, nearly three years on, the drills keep turning and BP, the company that ran the rig that exploded, is still very much in the oil business, despite paying a huge fine at the end of 2012. But, what if the company's shareholders, not just the corporation and its executives, had to pay for the damage caused by the spill?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:06:43 PM EST
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But, what if the company's shareholders, not just the corporation and its executives, had to pay for the damage caused by the spill?

Did that actually happen?

Von überall könnte das Volk, Urbrut alles Undemokratischen, Zelle des Terrors, über die gewählten Hüter von Wachstum und Wohlstand® kommen. - flatter

by generic on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 06:56:45 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Environment / EU law to create market for electric cars

BRUSSELS - Cars using alternative sources of clean energy are not finding a market due to a lack of fuelling stations and high price tags.

EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas told reporters in Brussels on Thursday (24 January) that member states must take the initiative to build the stations to help open the market, cut CO2 emissions and reduce dependency on oil.

"We need to set targets to build the necessary fuel stations and make them compatible everywhere," he said.

Around 10 percent of the EU transport sector must run on renewable sources of energy by 2020 according to previous EU accords.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:09:03 PM EST
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Since the commission has to admit that private markets won't do everything and that states need to have (and implement) industrial policies, could they stop making them illegal in most cases?

I thought it could not, indeed.

Alas.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 04:30:42 PM EST
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Oops -could IT stop, not they

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 04:31:09 PM EST
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And also this bit:

The hope is to reduce member state dependency on the fossil fuel that, according to an expert group on future transport fuels who advise the commission, will peak sometime this decade.

"Oil, the main energy source for transport overall, supplying 100 percent of road transport fuels is currently expected to reach depletion on the 2050 perspective," notes the Future Transport Fuels report penned by the advisory group in 2011.


Vencit omnia veritas.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:29:57 AM EST
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EU carbon price crashes to record low | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The European Union's flagship climate policy, its emissions trading scheme (ETS), saw the price of carbon crash to a record low on Thursday after a vote in Brussels against a proposal to support the struggling market.

The price of a permit to emit a tonne of carbon dioxide fell 40% at one point to €2.81 today, far below its record high of €32, before recovering to more than €4 later in the day.

The ETS, aimed at reducing emissions from Europe's entire energy and industrial sectors, has been plagued by an oversupply of permits due in part to over-generous initial allocations following lobbying by industry.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:18:25 PM EST
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The previous bit by the EUObserver explains why...

Vencit omnia veritas.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:32:21 AM EST
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One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows | Environment | guardian.co.uk

One-third of fish caught off the south-west coast of England have traces of plastic contamination from sources including sanitary products and carrier bags, scientists have found.

The Plymouth University study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, looked at the occurrence of plastic in 10 species of fish caught in the English Channel.

Of 504 fish examined, more than one-third were found to contain small pieces of plastic less than 1mm in size, referred to by scientists as "microbeads".

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:18:58 PM EST
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EU referendum: Climate efforts could be 'collateral damage', warn MEPs | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Fears are growing in Brussels that climate policy could become a political football in any referendum on EU membership, following British Prime Minister David Cameron's declaration of intent on Wednesday to hold an in/out poll.

The UK Independent Party (UKIP), which has links to the eurosceptic right of Cameron's Conservatives, launched a petition on 21 January calling for the EU's climate and energy targets to be suspended.

The petition's professed objectives - to prevent carbon leakage, stop 'wasting money' on unilateral climate measures, reduce energy prices and increase energy security by allowing more fossil fuel use - are widely shared on the Conservative right and among Europe's energy-intensive industries. 

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:19:30 PM EST
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In Wales:
increase energy security by allowing more fossil fuel use

Given that Europe massively imports fossil fuels, increasing their use will decrease energy security.

Oh, I get it -- this is code for fracking, right, UKIP?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:47:39 AM EST
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EurActiv: Cyprus issues two licences for offshore gas exploration

Cyprus, which discovered natural gas at sea in December 2011, issued licences covering three offshore areas lying south and southeast of the island to a consortium made up of both firms.

"The discovery of hydrocarbons [around] Cyprus, in conjunction with those found in the wider Mediterranean region, create new realities and prospects for the country," Cypriot energy minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said.

Cyprus sits in the Levant Basin, an area of the eastern Mediterranean thought to be rich in largely untapped reserves.

US Noble Energy reported discovering between 141 billion to 226 billion cubic metres  in Cyprus's first attempt to find natural resources offshore in December 2011. Neighbouring Israel has made major natural gas discoveries there in the past few years.



Vencit omnia veritas.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:22:58 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:52:21 PM EST
EUobserver.com / Justice & Home Affairs / Estonian President: EU citizens should trust the state on data rights
BRUSSELS - Estonia's President told data protection experts in Brussels on Wednesday (23 January) that the state is the only "fundamental guarantor of a citizen's digital life."
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:10:59 PM EST
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"Oh, wait, you're serious? Let me laugh even harder."

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:32:35 AM EST
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Cuba turns on fiber-optic IT link to Venezuela - FRANCE 24

AFP - An undersea fiber-optic cable stretching from Cuba to Venezuela has been switched on, in the first hard-wired link from the communist-run island to international telecom networks, the state telecom agency announced Thursday.

Havana has been unable to join other undersea fiber-optic cable networks due to a US embargo.

But state telecom company Etecsa said the new Internet link, which also extends to Jamaica, would not mean the island was lifting its restrictions on Internet access.

"Since last January 10, we began to perform quality testing of Internet traffic on the system. They are conducted using real traffic to and from Cuba," Etecsa said in a statement published in the state-run Granma newspaper.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:14:22 PM EST
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Disabled by grenade - now soldier fights for his benefits | Society | The Guardian

A seriously disabled British soldier injured in Iraq is taking the Department for Work and Pensions to a tribunal next week after they cut his carer's allowance.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:17:29 PM EST
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"What's the point of having these medicals done if a decision-maker can simply overrule them?"

The overruling is the point. Facts showing someone qualifies for benefits don't matter when the basic axiom is that no one should qualify.

[...]  would expect Douglas to be able to do many tasks but reported no evidence of seeing him do them [...]

The WCA in a nutshell. Here's Sue March:

In the fitness to work test, your needs are assessed by a `healthcare professional' employed by the French private company ATOS. This assessor doesn't just need to look at your current difficulties. For example, they can also imagine how using an aid (e.g. a wheelchair) might improve your ability to work and make a judgement based on that - without even asking your opinion!

(It's a shame they fall in the same trap as with BP in the US: calling a company 'French' or 'British' in the belief that being foreign complete bastards is worse than being local complete bastards.)

hulk smash? please?

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by Number 6 on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:47:32 AM EST
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The overruling is the point. Facts showing someone qualifies for benefits don't matter when the basic axiom is that no one should qualify.

I have never seen the ATOS tests described better

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 09:30:58 AM EST
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Ice age art: cavemen get crafty at the British Museum - in pictures | Art and design | guardian.co.uk
From antler batons to mammoth pendants, a new exhibition in London boasts a mind-blowing display of the world's oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits, crafted by the hands of Homo sapiens as long as 40,000 years ago.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:20:06 PM EST
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Casual sexism from politicians is no joke | Life and style | guardian.co.uk

An Indonesian high-court judge sparked international outrage when, during a recent interview for a position on the supreme court, he suggested that women might "enjoy" being raped. His comments may cost him his appointment, but they also serve to highlight the prevalence of sexist and misogynistic comments from authority figures far closer to home.

Murdo Fraser, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid-Scotland and Fife, discovered last week that the wife of former Liberal leader Lord Steel had declared herself pro-independence. He tweeted: "Why is Lady Steel (apparently) pro-independence? Is he not master in his own house?" Presumably Fraser was joking, but Twitter users were less than impressed, with one remarking: "That line is like something straight out of the 1950s."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:22:38 PM EST
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Iran's 'morality police' crack down on coffee shops | World news | guardian.co.uk

As the June presidential election in Iran draws near, authorities have
stepped up political surveillance by ordering coffee shop owners to install cameras on their premises and turn over the recordings on demand.

Cameras have proliferated in Tehran coffee shops since last summer. "Most people thought they were part of the security systems installed by owners to protect against theft," one Tehrani said. However the cameras are now required to be on during work hours and police have demanded access to the tapes, according to several business owners.

The practice became public when Café Prague, one of the most popular coffee houses in Tehran, closed down last week after its owners refused authorities' orders to install a video system. Café Prague, a stone's throw from Tehran University in the heart of the capital, has been a sanctuary for students, activists and young intellectuals since its opening in 2009.

A few weeks ago, Tehran's morality police and security authorities told the café's proprietors to install a minimum of four surveillance cameras on the premises as part of state efforts to tighten civic monitoring and security. The owners decided they would not do so. Recognising that this would result in further harassment and eventual closure, they shut down the cafe themselves to protest against the new surveillance measures.

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Since the embed didn't work, please visit the beautiful Café Prague valedictory photo album here.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:15:09 AM EST
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See album

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 05:17:12 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 02:52:44 PM EST
Natalie Portman moving to Paris after husband wins top Opera job - FRANCE 24

AFP - Hollywood star Natalie Portman is swapping New York for Paris along with her French husband Benjamin Millepied after he secured the post of dance director at the French capital's Opera.

Millepied, a dancer and choreographer best known for a role alongside Portman in the film "Black Swan", was named as the replacement for Brigitte Lefevre on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2013 at 03:13:49 PM EST
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You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jan 25th, 2013 at 04:43:10 AM EST
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