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22 February 2013

by In Wales Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 04:03:07 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:29:47 PM EST
Catholic bishops give cautious nod to morning-after pill | News | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have approved the use of the morning-after pill, but only under extreme circumstances. Church leaders made the decision after two rape victims were refused the pill at a Cologne hospital.

The bishops, meeting in the German city of Trier, agreed that Catholic hospitals in Germany should be allowed to prescribe the morning-after pill for women who had been the victims of rape.

However, Germany's Catholic clergy stipulated that medicines may only be used that prevent conception and not as a means to induce abortion. The use of drugs that cause the death of an embryo or fetus would continue to be banned, even for rape victims, they said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:32:13 PM EST
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Italian police arrest match-fixing suspect | News | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Italian police have arrested a man suspected of being a high-profile football match fixer. The suspect is believed to have travelled to Italy with the intention of turning himself in.

Police identified the suspect as 31-year-old Slovenian national Admir Suljic, who they described as a "key element" in their investigation into match-fixing in Italy between 2009 and 2011. They also believe him to be an associated of alleged match-fixing boss Tan Seet Eng, commonly known as Dan Tan.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:35:06 PM EST
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Little progress on tackling German child abuse | Germany | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Promises of support for victims of childhood sexual abuse have been largely left unfulfilled by German politicians. Even financial help and a victims' rights law prove more difficult to enact than had been expected.

More than three years ago Germany was rocked by a wave of sexual abuse cases - past and present - uncovered in schools and church institutions across the country. At the time, the government acted quickly and decisively in its efforts to tackle the issue. Social Democratic Party politician Christine Bergmann was put in charge of looking into the scandal independent of any of the sides involved.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:56:52 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Prodi: mafia and bureaucracy are Italy's worst problems

Speaking to EUobserver, Prodi highlighted two reasons for Italy's economic misery.

"I give a lot of responsibility [for the crisis] to criminality, to the mafia," he said.

"In Italy you have very efficient companies and you have a lot of acquisitions by foreign countries, but no greenfield investment and no research-based investment. Italy is not being chosen for such new initiatives. What do I mean? I mean that foreign companies are willing to buy market share in Italy, but they don't want to take further risks because of this problem [organised crime] we have in Italy, even if it is limited to certain regions and even if there is an ongoing fight against it," he added.

He said the second reason is the slow pace of Italian bureaucracy.

(...) "Honestly, I don't understand why Europe does not now choose a different economic policy. Look - even Germany is not growing. Europe is becoming a black spot in the world ... Germany has a fantastic surplus in its balance of trade. Why don't they put some fuel in the locomotive?" he said.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:01:43 PM EST
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Berlusconi flexes media muscle in final tax offensive - ITALY - FRANCE 24

After a 13-month spell under the technocratic government of Prime Minister Mario Monti, Italians return to the polls on Sunday with the centre-left coalition of Pier Luigi Bersani tipped to defeat Berlusconi's People of Liberty (PDL) party and his Northern League allies.

A whirlwind tour of television sets has helped the "Cavaliere" reduce the gap in opinion polls from 17 percent a month ago to just four percent when the last surveys were published on February 8. The three-time former prime minister is now hoping a last flurry of televised appearances will help tip the scale in his favour.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:08:51 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Opinion / Moldova's new crisis - an opportunity?

BRUSSELS - Moldova is in the throes of renewed political crisis.

It has had a reputation for crisis since it took 917 days to elect a President between 2009 and 2012, but this one is different.

Tempting though it may be to see it as yet another Ruritarian East European squabble, it is really about protecting and advancing Moldova's record of reform.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:04:56 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Foreign Affairs / Media crackdown ahead of EU-Ukraine summit
BRUSSELS - Alleged sabotage of a major news agency, the axing of a top TV show - days ahead of an EU-Ukraine summit, diplomats fear a new media crackdown in Kiev.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:05:28 PM EST
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Three would-be suicide bombers found guilty of terror plot | UK news | guardian.co.uk

Three would-be suicide bombers have been convicted of plotting to carry out terror attacks in the UK which would have been more deadly than the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

The men were key figures in a Birmingham-based terror cell which planned to detonate eight to 10 suicide bombs and timed explosive devices that prosecutors said could have caused "death and injury on a massive scale". They are among a number of extremists in the UK who have been radicalised by the magazine Inspire, a self-help guide produced by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which is pushed on internet forums to would-be terrorists.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:10:17 PM EST
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German Pirate Party Sinks amid Chaos and Bickering - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Germany's Pirate Party is falling apart. Instead of finally beginning work on their election platform, leaders of the Internet-freedom party are fighting among themselves instead.

Bernd Schlömer couldn't take it any more. "I've had enough," he announced. "I've really had enough."

OAS_RICH('Middle2'); The chair of Germany's Pirate Party is no stranger to criticism. Online commenters have called him everything from a "maniac" to simply an "asshole." Schlömer is quite used to insults.

This makes it all the more surprising that Schlömer reacted so strongly to criticism from one of his colleagues this February during a virtual meeting with party leaders. This particular member joined in the discussion to declare that he considered Schlömer incompetent.

That's an ordinary comment for the party, but for Schlömer it was one attack too many. "I'm not going to let everyone publically have a go at me," he shouted. "People are enjoying the way I'm being discredited and slagged off as party chair." He took several deep breaths and appeared to struggle for air. Then he said again, "I've had enough."

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 04:54:25 PM EST
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Profile: Pier Luigi Bersani the Opposite of Berlusconi in Italy - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Few outside Italy are familiar with him and even his compatriots say he's a bore. But polls suggest Social Democrat Pier Luigi Bersani may win this weekend's election on a platform of work and less spectacle that is the antithesis of Silvio Berlusconi.

Pier Luigi Bersani, 62, isn't just a political alternative to Silvio Berlusconi. He is also his polar opposite in terms of personality. For example, while Bersani has no qualms about showing his deeply receeding hairline, "Il Cavaliere" keeps his dome covered with surgical implants. While Bersani reluctantly makes low-key and sometimes even awkward public appearances, 78-year-old Berlusconi revels on the big stage and has perfected the skill of enthralling the audience. While the former has been married to the same woman for 30 years, the latter has engaged in countless affairs. Berlusconi is the lavish gesture, the big-letter headline of Italian politics, while Bersani is the fine print.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 04:55:57 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Justice & Home Affairs / US free to grab EU data on American clouds

BRUSSELS - An obscure section in a US law is said to entitle authorities to access, without a warrant, data stored by any EU citizen on clouds run by American companies.

Although highly controversial for its indirect effects on Americans, the impact of the law appears to have been overlooked by its intended target - everyone else.

Rather than case-by-case snooping, the law authorises mass-surveillance of non-Americans, for purely political purposes, said Caspar Bowden who is the former chief privacy adviser to Microsoft, at a panel on cyber security organised by the CPDP conference in Brussels on Friday (25 January).

"It intentionally targets only non-US persons located outside the US and provides for a blanket authorisation to this for one year at a time. There is no individual warrantry," said Bowden, who is now an independent advocate for information rights.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 05:04:16 PM EST
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Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Germany accepts Cyprus aid, but has no clue how to do it, and how to sell it (22.02.2013)
A German newspaper reports says that Merkel government has decided internally not to block a Cyprus deal; but it still has no clue how to square the various elements of a package; current thinking is to participate rich investors in Cyprus through higher taxes; German government wants Cypriot debt capped at 100%; but also wants to avoid a confrontation with Russia; in Italy, Nichi Vendola, Pier Luigi Bersani's ally on the left, wants to renegotiate the fiscal compact, as Beppe Grillo is eating deeply into his support; Mario Monti clarified his strange remark over Angela Merkel, now admitting that she has not made her preferences known; he hardened his rhetoric against the left, and says Italy faces a straight choice between reforms and uncertainty over the country's future in Europe; Martin Schulz says Italians should not vote for his arch-enemy Silvio Berlusconi; Wolfgang Schäuble pretends not to interfere in the Italian elections, but praises Monti's reforms; Giorgio Napolitano wants Emma Bonino as his successor as president of Italy;  Bersani has rejected the notion of a Grand Coalition - for now; Gianni Riotta writes the farcical Italian elections have replaced the PIGS with the FISH as the object of anxiety over the future of the eurozone, the acronym standing for France, Italy, Spain and Holland; there are more revelations in Spain's sordid political corruption scandal, as the police confirms that the PP's former treasurer made a notarized declaration of all the transactions he had recorded - including the one that implicates Mariano Rajoy; the act does not prove that the claims are correct, but they proof that the treasurer himself has made them; the separate spying scandal in Catalonia also took a new turn with a private detective confirming that the Catalan PP leader had ordered the surveillance of his political opponents; Spain so far issued €50bn in debt so far, a bit less than a fifth the annual total; the ECB details the share-out of its SMP holdings, with Italian bonds accounting for almost half; the ECB made total profits of €1.1bn on its bond holdings, €555m on Greek bonds alone; the profits of the Eurosystem are much higher, and all will be returned to Greece; the European Commission publishes its forecasts this morning, with a projection of no growth and a deficit of 3.7% in 2013; it is ready to give France an extra year of deficit reduction conditioned on economic reforms; despite negative media commentary on economic divergence between France and Germany, French debt attracted strong demand at an auction;  the Greek State Accounting Office, meanwhile, says the restructuring had brought Greek debt down to 156.6% of GDP, and the average maturity of Greek debt has increased from 2.36 years to 16.53 years.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 at 07:10:15 AM EST
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Pigs and fish? Are we trying for a full meal?

I'll not mention the fermented vegetable at the root of the problem.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 at 07:17:09 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:30:04 PM EST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel defends EU budget proposal in Bundestag | News | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the latest EU leaders' budget compromise in parliament. Ahead of September's general election the opposition criticised her attempts at solving Europe's economic crisis.

Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that she been successful in negotiations at the EU summit two weeks ago, and that the proposed budget for 2014-2020 was a move in the right direction for the 500 million inhabitants of the European Union.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:33:25 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Political Affairs / Merkel under fire for siding with Cameron on EU budget

Berlin - The German opposition has accused Angela Merkel of betraying Europe by siding with British leader David Cameron in negotiations on the EU budget, the first ever to be smaller budget than its predecessors.

"This budget is too small to achieve Europe's goals," Social-Democratic leader Peer Steinbrueck said Thursday (21 February) during a debate in the Bundestag.

Steinbrueck, who will challenge Merkel for the chancellery in general elections on 22 September, accused her of being a "last-minute chancellor", whose decision-delaying tactic is costing both the German taxpayer and other EU countries more than it should.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:04:21 PM EST
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"and that the proposed budget for 2014-2020 was a move in the right direction for the 500 million inhabitants of the European Union."

Can't fault her too much for that. It sure is a move, and it sure isn't in the left direction...

Which makes me wonder if the fact that in many languages, right tends to also mean something good and left something bad, would not contribute to its apparent structural advantage (relative to the quality of the recommendations, of the logic, or even to the absence of thought in many cases).

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

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 at 02:55:34 AM EST
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Carmaker Daimler's CEO gets three more years at the helm | Business | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

German luxury carmaker Daimler has announced a three-year contract extension for CEO Dieter Zetsche. He's been under mounting pressure to increase net profit margins.

Maker of luxury vehicles and trucks, Daimler of Germany, announced on Thursday its supervisory board had extended the contract of the group's CEO, Dieter Zetsche, for three more years.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:33:52 PM EST
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Lego reports sales and profit boost | Business | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Toy maker Lego of Denmark has announced larger-than-expected sales and profits. With both traditional and new product lines, the company experienced one of its best business years in 2012.

Danish toy producer Lego on Thursday reported a 35-percent rise in profit for 2012. The unlisted company said full-year earnings had soared to 5.61 kroner (752 million euros, $992 million).

Lego management said increased profit came on the back of a 25-percent surge in sales globally, with revenues particularly strong in North America and across Asia. Crisis-stricken southern Europe remained the only trouble spot for Lego, the company said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:34:43 PM EST
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Cheap temp labor a result of the euro crisis? | Business | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

For some, temporary employment is an indispensable labor market model, for others it's an instrument of exploitation. Mass joblessness in southern and eastern Europe could worsen that conflict in Germany.

Temporary work is nothing new: it's been around for years, for instance in agriculture where seasonal workers help bring in the harvest. And for the remaining ten months of the year there's no work for them.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:54:56 PM EST
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ECB: 21 February 2013 - Details on securities holdings acquired under the Securities Markets Programme
The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided today to publish the Eurosystem's holdings of securities acquired under the Securities Markets Programme (SMP). This decision is in line with the envisaged transparency stance for the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMTs) as communicated on 6 September 2012, at which time the SMP was terminated.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 05:28:21 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:30:15 PM EST
Twin bomb attacks claim lives in Indian city of Hyderabad | News | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

At least 11 people have died in a pair of back-to-back explosions in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. The country was on high alert after a high-profile execution two weeks ago.

The two bombs detonated within two minutes of each other on Thursday in the busy residential and commercial district of Dilsukh Nagar.

Federal Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the bombs had been attached to two bicycles about 150 meters (500 feet) apart in a crowded marketplace, outside a movie theatre and bus station. Police said many of the injured were in critical condition.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:31:48 PM EST
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Dozens killed, many injured in Damascus car-bomb blast | News | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Dozens of people have been killed after a car bomb went off near the offices of the ruling Baath party in Damascus.This came as the main opposition met to discuss the possiblilty of opening talks with the government.

Video footage broadcast on Syria's official Al-Ekhbariya television channel showed images of burning vehicles and what appeared to be dead bodies lying on the ground. Smoke was also seen rising over the Syrian capital.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:32:30 PM EST
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Pistorius detective dropped amid charges of his own | News | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

South African police have put a new detective in charge of the Oscar Pistorius prosecution, after attempted murder charges against the initial lead detective surfaced. Pistorius' bail hearing is ongoing.

The bail hearing for Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius adjourned on Thursday without a decision, to reconvene on Friday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:33:02 PM EST
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Bickering over US nominations reveals tensions | World | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Republicans have angered President Obama by delaying the finalization of his second-term national security team. But no power vacuum ensues, as the incumbents stay in office until their successors are rubberstamped.

Senate Republicans have temporarily blocked a confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel as US defense secretary. The nomination of John Brennan as CIA director has also been delayed.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:35:41 PM EST
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Mideast caught up in strategic reorientation | Transatlantic Voices | DW.DE | 21.02.2013
The EU's Middle East envoy Andreas Reinicke believes Egypt will continue to play a constructive role in the region in the future. He also urges Israel's new government to agree to a two-state peace solution.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:35:59 PM EST
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South meets South in Equatorial Guinea | Africa | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Heads of state and government from 66 countries in Africa and South America are meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea's capital, with the goal of improving cooperation. Analysts warn against excessive expectations.

There was great euphoria nearly four years ago at the last Africa-South America summit which took place in Venezuela. Media outlets carried images of then Libyan president Moammar Gadhafi arm in arm with Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and Brazil's Lula da Silva.

This was intended to be a model for successful South-South cooperation and the beginning of broader ties between Africa and South America. But the optimism that greeted the first two summits held in 2006 and 2009 respectively now seems to have faded.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:58:21 PM EST
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CFR: Human Rights Watch has just released a report on disappearances in Mexico over the last six years. The document, "Mexico's Disappeared: The Enduring Cost of a Crisis Ignored," painstakingly investigates some 250 cases. The local police are linked to the most disappearances (roughly 40 percent of those that Human Rights Watch investigated), but the report provides unsettling evidence that all branches of Mexico's armed forces have been involved in disappearing people at some point. This includes Mexico's navy--generally considered to be one of the least corrupt military branches--for 20 missing people in June / July 2011.
See also THIS.

El Correo: The Cuban dissident Yoani Sánchez has defended, in the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, the discontinuation of the US imposed economic embargo against Cuba and called for the cessation of the use of the U.S. military base at Guantanamo.
See also THIS.

AP: HAVANA -- U.S. lawmakers confirmed on Wednesday that they visited an American man whose detention and long sentence in Cuba has hampered efforts to improve ties between the countries, but they gave no details on his condition or what was said.

Jamaica Observer: ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) - Sixty-five-year-old Keith Claudius Mitchell entered into the history of Caribbean politics when he led his New National Party (NNP) to a clean sweep of the 15 seats at stake in Tuesday's general election, becoming the first Grenadian political leader to achieve the double, having previously done so in 1999.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 07:12:21 PM EST
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Tunisia's ruling Islamist party Ennahda names new prime minister | World news | guardian.co.uk

Tunisia's ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, has named another former political prisoner as prime minister after his predecessor resigned this week.

The surprise choice of Laarayedh was made in an internal party vote late Thursday. Like his predecessor Hamadi Jebali, Laarayedh was for many years a political detainee. For the last 14 months he has headed the interior ministry, going to work in the same building where he was once tortured.

The appointment does not end the country's political crisis, as Laarayedh will be under pressure to appoint non-party figures to key cabinet posts, including at the interior ministry.

Adnane Mancer, a spokesman for Tunisia's president, Moncef Marzouki, said although Laarayedh had two weeks to put together his cabinet it would be preferable for the nominations to be made in the next few days.

Contrary to the Guardian's statement, Laarayedh will not be PM until his government is ratified by the Constituent Assembly. Not a foregone conclusion.

Although labeled a "moderate", it should be noted that it's on his watch as minister of the Interior that the "guardians of the revolution", islamist street gangs more or less affiliated or controlled by his party, have become a major problem. What's more, it's been credibly alleged that the murder of Chokri Belaid, a leader of the left, was carried out on the orders of the director of the intelligence service of his Interior Ministry... which would sort of explain why the police are having trouble solving the crime.

Ennahda will probably cobble together a parliamentary majority, enlarging the current "troika" (both its allied parties have suffered defections in parliament, so they need one or two more parties). But this will not solve the pressing problem of agreeing on a Constitution, which is necessary before overdue elections can be held.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 at 10:04:05 AM EST
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My assumption was that Yair Lapid's party will be like similar "reform" parties: join the ruling coalition and disappear with the next elections. If he joins the coaltion, this may well be the case. But if new elections are held soon, things will be very different:
The poll found that Yesh Atid would win 30 Knesset seats, Likud Beytenu 22, Bayit Yehudi 15, Labor 13, Shas nine, Meretz seven, United Torah Judaism six, Hadash and The Tzipi Livni Party four each, United Arab List and Strong Israel three each, and Kadima and Balad two each.
This means that Netanyahu will have a hard time separating Bennett and Lapid by threatening new elections..... And an Obama visit during the campaign would be sort of interesting.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 at 10:49:21 AM EST
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Poll: Yesh Atid would crush Likud... JPost - Diplomacy & Politics
Lapid wrote on Facebook that he would not compromise on his principles even if it meant going to the opposition.

Does anyone know what these principles might be?

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

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 at 11:47:10 AM EST
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No, but if you don't like them, I'm sure he has others (this is not an original remark of mine, not even in connection with Lapid).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 23rd, 2013 at 01:05:05 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:30:32 PM EST
EU revives its emissions trading scheme | Environment | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

The European Parliament has thrown its support behind the bloc's faltering emissions trading scheme. But is it enough to save the shattered carbon market?

Brussels is starting to fix the problems of one of its most important mechanisms in the fight against climate change. The environment committee of the European Parliament in Brussels has now voted yes to amending the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:56:11 PM EST
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Chinese environment official challenged to swim in polluted river | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Widespread outrage against China's environmental issues that began when Beijing's air pollution hit record levels last month has spread to encompass another major public health threat: water pollution.

Last week, an eyeglass-retailer executive from Rui'an City, coastal Zhejiang province, offered the city's environmental protection chief Bao Zhenming more than £20,000 to take a 20-minute dip in a highly polluted local river. The entrepreneur, Jin Zengmin, posted the dare to his microblog beneath pictures showing the waterway overflowing with discarded aluminum cans, polystyrene boxes and paper lanterns. He blamed the river's industrial demise on dumping by a local rubber shoe factory.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:13:04 PM EST
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How to occupy a power station: exclusive footage of No Dash For Gas as they prepare to shut down the West Burton plant - video | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Environmental activists No Dash For Gas occupied two 300ft chimneys at the EDF-owned gas-fired power station in West Burton, Nottinghamshire, in November 2012. Exclusive footage shows the group's meticulous preparation for the action. They closed the facility for eight days - the longest occupation of a power plant in the UK. Protesters reject government plans to invest heavily in new gas power stations and instead call for massive investment in renewables
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:13:31 PM EST
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CIWEM environmental photographer of the year 2013 entries - in pictures | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Outstanding images of climate change, poverty and development will go on display at an exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, London, from 10 April - 3 May 2013. The annual Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) environmental photographer of the year competition aims to enhance understanding of climate change and social inequality.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:13:59 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:30:48 PM EST
Opinion: Roma in poverty - a European problem | Europe | DW.DE | 21.02.2013
In Western Europe, the integration of Roma was long considered a problem to be solved by the migrants' countries of origin in southeastern Europe. There were plenty of political pleas, concrete aid programs and statements of intent aimed at improving their socioeconomic situation. In 2005, eight central and southeastern European nations signed on to the "Decade of Roma Inclusion" program that - with the help of funds from the World Bank - was to improve the general living conditions of this group of people on a transnational basis to such an extent that they would not end up migrating to Europe's wealthy nations.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:36:42 PM EST
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Tracing West Berlin's 70s and 80s subculture | Culture | DW.DE | 21.02.2013
"Where are we now" is the latest song by David Bowie. It's a nostaligic look back at the old West Berlin. But what was the spirit of that town on the frontline between East and West? And what's left of it today?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:37:11 PM EST
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Activists seek to stop illegal adoptions in India | Asia | DW.DE | 21.02.2013
Child rights activists in India are demanding a moratorium on foreign adoptions. Meanwhile, domestic laws have been strengthened to prevent the trafficking of children for illegal adoptions.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:55:20 PM EST
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Both criminals and police are using the Internet | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

The European Police Congress focused on cyberspace security, but also on using social networks to track down criminals. But they're also finding out that they can make friends on Facebook.

It's an interesting allegation: China supposedly has a secret army of hackers engaged in cyber attacks on the United States. Should the assertion by the American security company Mandiant be accurate, then computer specialists have been successfully attacking US government agencies, media corporations and other companies for years.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:55:42 PM EST
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Little relief for Afghan drug addicts | Asia | DW.DE | 21.02.2013

Although there have been significant eradication efforts, poppy cultivation has increased in Afghanistan. So has the number of drug addicts, especially among children and women.

"My grandmother used to give me opium when I was ill and in pain," says Sohayla, a child drug addict who is nine years old. "Then I felt better."

She would like to go to school but her grandmother, with whom she has lived since birth, does not allow her to.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:57:25 PM EST
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Strangers turn out for British ex-serviceman's funeral - FRANCE 24

AFP - Hundreds of strangers attended the funeral of a former British royal marine on Thursday in response to a Facebook and Twitter appeal launched to ensure he would not be buried without mourners.

James McConnell died in a care home last month aged 69 or 70 without any family and with only a handful of friends and the local vicar to mark his passing.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:09:24 PM EST
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George Galloway refuses to debate with Israeli student at Oxford | Politics | guardian.co.uk

George Galloway has been accused of racism after walking out of a debate at Oxford University after discovering that his opponent was an Israeli citizen.

The Respect party MP for Bradford West - a vocal critic of Israel and its treatment of Palestinian people - had been taking part in the debate at Christ Church college, speaking for the motion that "Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank", when he learned that Eylon Aslan-Levy, a student opposing it, was Israeli.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:11:45 PM EST
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What was the silly bugger doing debating at Christ Church anyway? Must have been just a vanity gig.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 04:12:07 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:31:06 PM EST
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 02:31:21 PM EST
Dominique Strauss-Kahn: `Half man, half pig'? - FRANCE - FRANCE 24
Dominique Strauss-Kahn "is half man, half pig", according to a former lover who has detailed their seven-month relationship in a kiss-and-tell book to be released next week.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:05:59 PM EST
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More like suck-and-spit.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Feb 21st, 2013 at 03:09:24 PM EST
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Benedict resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper | World news | The Guardian
Pope's staff decline to confirm or deny La Repubblica claims linking 'Vatileaks' affair and discovery of 'blackmailed gay clergy'

A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom - the report said - were being blackmailed by outsiders.

The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 22nd, 2013 at 02:58:39 AM EST
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