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1 March 2013

by In Wales Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 04:26:41 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:25:40 AM EST
Steinbrück gaffe angers Italy | News | DW.DE | 27.02.2013

In Germany, the main opposition SPD's candidate for chancellor in the autumn elections has come under fire for comments he made about the results of Italy's parlimentary vote. He said he was "downright appalled that two 'clowns' had won."

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano canceled a dinner with Social Democrat chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück on Tuesday evening after the German politician expressed his dismay at the outcome of Italy's general elections.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:47:23 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Political Affairs / Italian President demands respect in Germany

Berlin - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has, while on a trip to Germany, demanded respect for Italy and cancelled a meeting with the German opposition leader after he mocked Italian election results.

The gaffe-prone Peer Steinbrueck from the Social-Democrat party, who is challenging Chancellor Angela Merkel in general elections in September, had told a party rally in Potsdam that he was "appalled, to some extent, that two clowns have won the elections in Italy."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:01:07 PM EST
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...he was "appalled, to some extent, that two clowns have won the elections in Italy."

Translation: These two gentlemen don't mouth platitudes supporting the enslavement of Europe by Germany. What kind of crap is that?

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 Feb 28th, 2013 at 06:30:22 PM EST
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Germany to send noncombat troops to support Mali military | News | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

Germany's parliament has approved plans to send up to 330 troops to Mali to help train the West African country's military and provide logistical support. However, Germany will not contribute troops to combat operations.

The Bundestag, or lower house of Germany's parliament, voted by a wide margin Thursday to authorize contributing up to 180 soldiers to an EU task force that will help train the Malian army, a plan previously approved by the Cabinet. The lawmakers also approved up to 150 German soldiers for air transport and refueling operations.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:48:15 PM EST
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Beppe Grillo: Italian clown or new hope? | Europe | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

He's the "enfant terrible" of Italian politics, whose one-liners made headlines throughout the election campaign. Beppe Grillo could end up as the kingmaker of Italian politics - it's a role he says doesn't interest him.

They're called the "Grillini," or "the little Grillos," and it does seem as though Beppe Grillo has become a father figure to many of his supporters. Across the nation's piazzas, he has been expressing the Grillinis' anger and their disdain for the political establishment - sentiments shared by many Italians after the country's many political scandals over the past few years. And Grillo has successfully used the Internet to create direct and unfiltered communication with voters.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:52:45 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Justice & Home Affairs / Antwerp tax on foreigners attracts EU attention

BRUSSELS - The city of Antwerp, in the Flemish-speaking north of Belgium, has imposed a special fee on ID cards for non-Belgians, including EU citizens, in a bid, according to one politician, to keep out foreigners.

Non-Belgians who move to Antwerp after 1 May will have to pay €267 to register with local authorities, while Belgians will pay €17.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:00:14 PM EST
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How can this be struck down? This is important.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 03:49:19 AM EST
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Someone will have to appeal it. It's probably illegal. I'm not sure about the legality if they also discriminate against their own citizens (the French-speaking ones).
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 03:58:59 AM EST
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They could legally discriminate based on residence. I.e., if you're a resident of Antwerp, or Flanders, or Belgium, you might get the discount.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:17:00 AM EST
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But I thought we were talking about ID cards for residents.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:23:42 AM EST
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So they charge you to become a resident of Antwerp, and they charge differentially depending on your previous residence.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:25:57 AM EST
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Do you have to get an ID when you become a resident? Can't you wait a while?
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:33:45 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Justice & Home Affairs / Antwerp tax on foreigners attracts EU attention

"Directive 2004/38/EC on free movement clearly states that all documents linked to residence of EU citizens and their family shall be issued free of charge or for a charge not exceeding that imposed on nationals," the commission told this website in a written statement.

It added: "The free movement of persons between EU member states is one of the most tangible successes of the past 60 years of European integration."

But the Belgian side has done its homework.

Philippe Beynaerts, a spokesman for Antwerp city council, said the fee would violate EU rules only if it discriminated between different foreign nationalities, for example, by exempting citizens from EU member states, but not Moroccans.

"We're pretty sure it's legally waterproof," he noted.

Belgium's interior minister, Joelle Milquet, told parliament the same thing, citing a precedent in the EU court in Luxembourg on a similar case in the Netherlands last year.

By casting the net wide, they think they can get away with it.

BUT : If it's true that the EU regulations prohibit both of

  • charging EU citizens no more than nationals
  • discriminating between EU and non-EU nationals

then the charge can't stand. If it can, then the regulations need changing.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:51:37 AM EST
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I'm pretty sure the EU doesn't prohibit discriminating between EU and non-EU citizens. If they do, both Italy and Germany are unaware of this.....
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:57:54 AM EST
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Normally, EU citizens may live in another EU country "in the same conditions as national citizens". Applying a special rate for an administrative act would therefore be illegal.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 05:54:25 AM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Slovenian government collapses

BRUSSELS - Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa was ousted from office in a no-confidence vote on Wednesday (28 February) amid economic gloom compounded by persistent allegations of corruption.

The tiny Alpine ex-Yugoslav republic is beset by an economic crisis, a banking system in shambles, and an unemployment rate of just over 12 percent.

Hit with a deep recession, Slovenia's economy is expected to contract more than any other member state, except for Greece and Cyprus.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:00:39 PM EST
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This is good news for Slovenia.  The current PM Jansa is a right-winger and had taken the role in a strange election process last year after having been defeated a few years ago.  Jansa was nailed for corruption (charges for which had derailed his previous PM term) - but so was the main opposition party's top leader, making it difficult for them to make a credible play.  This has resulted in a new face rising to the top and she is seen as a caretaker PM as she has no real coalition in terms of policy.

Slovenians themselves are aghast at Jansa et al and have been protesting in the streets to get rid of them.  Jansa is all about implementing austerity programs and bailing out the financial institutions using a "bad bank" model.  Slovenia's economy has contracted primarily due to a collapse in export demand.

Slovenians are not afraid of this and have been demanding a government that tells the EU austerity crowd to go to hell.  The population is well-educated and understands that the solution to their problem is to grow the real economy. Slovenia has retained a strong independent/socialist streak post-Yugoslavia and is likely to choose to do its own thing rather than be bullied by the ECB.  Being small enough to be inconsequential to the larger block helps them act with less interference.  If they are able to resist the ECB policy and resolve this using more left-wing ideas they could end up being a tremendous example for the rest of the Euro block.  My reading suggests that a democratic and representative government, should they manage to install one, will use public spending to jumpstart economic activity.  Ousting Jansa is a big step in that direction toward proper representation.

For some context, Slovenia's public debt is relatively low (49% of GDP) but the banking sector - in large part owned by the government - is sitting on an additional 20% of debt.  The public has rightly figured out that these debts are a result of fraudulent behavior - not unlike what was seen in Iceland - the complicating factor is the percentage of government ownership, which is being used by ECB/austerity types to categorize this as essentially "public debt" - something that is certainly not true when the loans themselves are inspected.

The ECB-crowd and establishment politicians like Jansa have been pushing for a 'bad bank' in order to officially move these debts onto the public back and hopefully avoid any inquiries into their source and origin.  This debt was not generated for the public benefit so the public is largely uninterested in paying it back.  

In short - what you are seeing in Slovenia is a smaller-scale version of what happened in Iceland - except it is occurring within the Eurozone itself.  Excellent news!

by paving on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 02:20:09 PM EST
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Hoisted to the front page.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 02:53:32 PM EST
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EU leader attacks UK plans to rewrite membership | World news | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron has been put on notice by the president of the European Council that no other EU leader is likely to support his campaign to rewrite the terms of British membership of the union and then put the outcome to a referendum.

In a speech in London Herman Van Rompuy, who chairs and organises the regular EU summits, attacked not only Cameron's aim, but the way the prime minister was waging his campaign, saying he presumed the other leaders of EU countries "neither particularly like it, nor particularly fear it".

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:06:15 PM EST
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Germany's work conditions spark concern

Sabrina Decker was earning €1,100 a month in a German call-centre, but then her employer forced her on to a new contract paying 40 cents per processed call, rather than an hourly wage. Although she works 12 days on and two off, she now takes home less than €1,000 a month.

While attention elsewhere in Europe is focused on stellar levels of executive pay, German voters and politicians are disturbed about the Dickensian conditions that have descended on parts of the country's job market since reforms to make it more flexible eight years ago.

"Politicians have turned work into a commodity no different from horsemeat," raged a commentator for the news magazine Stern recently, in reference to the Europe-wide scandal about adulterated beef.

(...)

According to Eurostat, the EU statistical office, low-paid jobs now make up 22 per cent of the workforce, up two points since 2006 and five points above the EU average. It is a rate equalled only by the UK and surpassed by eastern Europe.
"The low-wage sector helps low-skilled people find work," says Eric Thode at the Bertelsmann Foundation, a think tank. "But we will get real social problems if these people don't get the chance to move up into `better' jobs and thus get stuck in precarious employment."



Wind power
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 05:35:58 PM EST
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..."Politicians have turned work into a commodity no different from horsemeat," raged a commentator for the news magazine ...

All this time I've been calling the 99% "cattle". Looks like you've been demoted to horses, or is that a promotion?

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 Feb 28th, 2013 at 06:34:42 PM EST
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Your decision, as you are certainly one of the 99%. What do you mean 'you'. Come on, take ownership. You can't fob off membership just by the use of a pronoun.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:12:07 PM EST
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Sorry but I'm not one of you. Just an observer. I'll stand on my "resume".

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 Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:31:20 PM EST
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I did not realize that you have a net worth over $1 million or an income over $250,000 annually, two criteria that might qualify you for membership in the 1%. Granted, there are no hard and fast rules for membership, but possession of a PhD is most certainly not one by itself. In fact, I would not be surprised to find that possession of a PhD is negatively correlated with membership in the 1%. After all, how large a portion of professors earn $250,000/ year. And I strongly suspect that the $1 million net worth criterion is much too low, considering the effect of the real estate bubble had and is still having on asset prices. There are lots of people who bought when the median California home price was under $150,000 (1987) and now own that home free and clear. Many of those who bought houses that were twice the median in 1987 and now hold them free and clear have over $1 million in real estate equity alone. A million ain't what it used to be.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 05:44:32 PM EST
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Eurozone crisis live: Italian unemployment hits record high as centre-left rejects Berlusconi | Business | guardian.co.uk

Italy remains in a state of political flux this morning. Pier Luigi Bersani, the centre-left leader whose hopes of winning this week's general election were dashed, has this morning ruled out a Grand Coalition with the centre-right.

In an interview with the La Repubblica newspaper, Bersani insisted that he can become Italy's next leader without getting into bed with Silvio Berlusconi.

He declared:

I want to spell it out clearly: the idea of a grand coalition does not exist and will never exist.

Instead, Bersani hopes to persuade Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, that he could govern without a majority in the Senate (having narrowly won control of the lower house). He has drawn up a seven or eight-point plan to present to Napolitano next Wednesday.

Asked if his goal was to be prime minister in a minority government, Bersani said:

Call it what you want: a minority government, a government of purpose, I do not care.

I call it a government of change, which I assume the responsibility of guiding.

The full interview is online at Bersani's web site (in Italian).



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 04:28:31 AM EST
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Eurozone crisis live: Italian unemployment hits record high as centre-left rejects Berlusconi | Business | guardian.co.uk

Eurozone unemployment hits record high again

It's official: Eurozone unemployment has hit a new record high of 11.9%, as the economic downturn forces more people out of work.

That's up from a new estimate of 11.8% for December (which has been revised up).

That means that 18.998 million men and women were out of work in the euro area, and a total of 26.217m people across the European Union.

The statement's online here:



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 05:08:01 AM EST
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Daily Morning Newsbriefing: Renzi ready to take on Bersani and lead Grand Coalition (01.03.2013)
Corriere della Sera reports this morning that Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, has stepped into the fray and said that he is ready to become prime minister of a Grand Coalition of the PD, PdL, and Grillo's party; Corriere rites that a coalition under Renzi, a PD moderniser who lost to Pier Luigi Bersani in the primaries, would offer the best chance for a stable, pro-European government; Bersani, meanwhile, has ruled out a coalition with the PdL, and wants to run a minority government with an agenda of 7 or 8 reforms; the European Commission and the IMF yesterday called on Italy to continue the path of reforms; Tito Boeri and Luigi Guiso have the solution for Italy: another technical government - Monti without Monti; Marc Mazower says the politics of the eurozone crisis is to blame for the impasse in Italy, where an increasing number of voters now associate Europe with austerity and tyranny; Spain's United Left is suing PP politicians and companies over the bribery scandal; the official release of Spain's Q4 economic statics shows a dramatic decline in all economic sectors, including exports; Spain's statistics office says 850,000 full-time jobs had been lost to the economy in 2012; Spain's Frob is filing a lawsuit against the former management of Banco de Valencia; Bankia announces €19bn loss, but CEO says the bank was now "terribly solvent"; Vitor Constancio says Michel Barnier's plan for an EU resolution authority falls short of what is needed; a confidential troika report shows that the Greek record on tax collection remain catastrophic - only 10% of assessed taxes are collected; Portugal's prime minister says he will stick to his austerity programme; the Dutch want to limit bank bonus payments to 20% of the annual salary; there are signs of a strong rebound in the German economy, with retail sales up by 2.9% in January; Germany's DIW institute forecasts a 0.3% rise in GDP in Q1; Frankfurter Allgemeine notes that the total number of unemployment in France was now higher than in Germany, despite Germany's much larger population size; the Polish government, meanwhile, has launched a debate on what the country needs to do to render euro membership a success.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:18:49 AM EST
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We wondered how long it would for Matteo Renzi to say a word after the inconclusive elections. But now the young mayor of Florence, who lost to Pier Luigi Bersani in the primaries, has come back with a thunderbolt. Il Corriere della Sera writes this morning that Renzi is ready to take the premiership of a grand coalition. Renzi said he could lead a coalition that may include Berlusconi's PdL and Grillo's Moviment 5 Stelle. Il Corriere della Sera says that a Renzi premiership would solve the problem: Italy would have a stable government, it would remain pro-European, and continue on the path of structural reforms that the country needs. Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo could be ready to support Renzi, while the PD could be destroyed by internal fights over Renzi premiership. Despite some criticisms from old members of PD, this solution seems to be to most workable, Il Corriere writes.  

(We agree with the assessment of Corriere della Sera. It is the only solution that promise a stable government- though the question is how the PD can cope with what is likely to become an existential inner-party fight.)



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:21:03 AM EST
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Am I misunderstanding @matteorenzi?
Ciò che volevo per l'Italia l'ho detto per le primarie. Ho perso. Adesso faccio il sindaco. Non ci possiamo permettere neanche i rimpianti.
What I wanted for Italy I already said for the Primaries. I lost. Now I'm mayor. We cannot afford regretts.
I'm reading this as "I lost the Primary, I'm not leading a government".

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:23:43 AM EST
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Corriere seems to have a headline writer who doesn't read the articles, and Eurointelligence only read the headline. The article itself:
«Vedo che alcuni giornalisti scrivono che io potrei fare il premier, che potrei fare il segretario. Tutte illazioni. E cavolate. La realtà dei fatti è questa: io non mi farò mai cooptare dal partito. Manco morto! Nessuno dei vertici potrà mai dire: "Il nostro prossimo candidato premier sarà Renzi". Perché a quel punto io dico: no, grazie. Altra cosa è se il Partito democratico va alle consultazioni da Giorgio Napolitano con una rosa dei nomi. Cioè, senza dire che la richiesta è quella di Bersani secca. Se per riuscire a superare lo stallo che si è creato e che, certamente, non fa bene al Paese, il Pd si presentasse con più nomi di possibili candidati alla presidenza del Consiglio e se fra quei nomi ci fosse anche il mio, allora io ci penserei seriamente».
From that last line to the headline is a bit of a stretch.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:32:28 AM EST
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I have a feeling Grillo doesn't want Renzi. His latest opinion on the cattle market of the PDminusL
Renzi che come uniche credenziali ha quelle di aver fatto il politico di professione senza nessun risultato apprezzabile ora si candida a premier, ma non aveva perso le primarie?
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 08:08:38 AM EST
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Hmm, Google translate doesn't know the word "puttanesco". I wonder what it could mean? (not)
But here's the google garble dump anyway, because it's rich in information :

These days it's doing horse trading. M5S to arrive continual offers of chairs of the House of commissions, even ministers. The PDminusL has already identified in the table M5S people for various positions, giving them the proper light media on its newspapers and on his TV. It 's the usual puttanesco [whorish] way of doing politics. To implement it, however, there must be people willing to sell. And M5S, its elected officials, its activists, its voters are not for sale. Bersani is out of the story and not realize it. The toys are finished and when you open the abyss of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena perhaps PDminusL not remain even a memory. Renzi who has credentials as the only ones to have done the professional politician without any appreciable result is now a candidate for prime minister, but he had lost the primaries? These have a face like my ass. On his election "Bersani and Errani are convinced they have the decisive support of many Senators 5 Stars.'s Work scouting going anywhere." In other words, the vertices of the PDminusL are behaving like vulgar predators. This is politics? To purchase? Say one thing the day before and the day after for convenience contradict post-election? The M5S is made by a person responsible who want a radical change in morals, it is impossible to stop it, especially with the usual toys from the palace. The vote M5S classroom every law that responds to its program, will not make alliances. This commitment: "The parliamentary groups of the Movement 5 Stars should not associate with other parties or coalitions or groups except for voting on shared points" is in the code of conduct for elected spokesman of the Movement 5 Stars in Parliament. E 'was signed by all the candidates and the voters made public before the election, These rules were known to all, the politburo of the PDminusL understood. If the PDminusL wants to turn the House and Senate in the Vietnam M5S not stand there to watch.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 08:31:25 AM EST
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Spaghetti alla puttanesca (literally "whore's style spaghetti" in Italian) is a tangy, somewhat salty Italian pasta dish invented in the mid-20th century. The ingredients are typical of Southern Italian cuisine: tomatoes, olive oil, olives, capers, and garlic.


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 08:37:04 AM EST
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I know it's a stereotype, but Italian makes almost anything sound beautiful.

"Yes, yes, that's very true about my mother, pray continue."

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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:34:53 PM EST
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De Gregorio admits accepting 3 million from Berlusconi to switch parties:
Sette anni dopo l'insediamento nella primavera del 2006 di quella risicata maggioranza, all'alba di una nuova Repubblica, un parlamentare confessa di aver venduto la propria funzione. De Gregorio, eletto con l'Idv di Di Pietro e poi passato nel centrodestra proprio mentre diventa presidente della Commissione Difesa, fornisce le prove. Mette a verbale la verità: "Due milioni li ho avuti in nero, il resto come sostegno al mio movimento". Intermediario e "postino": Valter Lavitola.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:36:12 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:25:58 AM EST
EU agrees to cap bankers' bonuses as part of new financial legislation | News | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

EU officials have agreed a new financial reform package including a cap on bonus payments for bankers. Designed to calm public anger at the financial sector, the deal could be introduced as early as next year.

Under the provisional agreement bonuses will be automatically limited to a year's salary, making it one of the world's strictest pay curbs.

That ceiling could be lifted to a maximum of twice an employee's annual salary if the move gets the go-ahead from a majority of a bank's shareholders, European Parliament chief negotiator Othmar Karas said early Thursday following late-night talks in Brussels.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:49:20 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / EU agrees to cap bank bonuses, lift capital requirements

BRUSSELS - The EU has agreed landmark rules capping bank bonuses after an agreement between MEPs and governments struck in the small hours of Thursday (28 February).

The deal, which also increases the amount of capital banks must keep on their balance sheets, will cap bonus payments at the same level as the annual salary, with special dispensation to pay a bonus of up to twice the salary if an absolute majority of shareholders vote for the higher payment.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:59:26 PM EST
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How many milliseconds until executives dream up a new form in which to receive their largess?

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:14:15 PM EST
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Basic salary now set quarterly. No bonuses.

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:36:41 PM EST
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Opel's Bochum plant not to close before 2016 | Business | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

Company works council officials have said that the Bochum production facility of the German carmaker Opel will not close before 2016. The struggling subsidiary of General Motors has been facing draconian cost-cutting.

Facing imminent closure, the carmaker Opel's production facility in Bochum, western Germany, was given a two-year grace period, works council officials reported Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:50:11 PM EST
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EU fights youth unemployment with job offer guarantees | Business | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

EU leaders have agreed a scheme to fight debilitating youth unemployment in the 27-member bloc. Resources allocated to the program are to be used to organize job and apprenticeship offers.

On Thursday, EU labor ministers agreed on a program to curb spiraling youth unemployment in the bloc, with joblessness among those younger than 25 having surpassed the 23 percent mark.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:51:37 PM EST
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EU fights youth unemployment with job offer guarantees | Business | DW.DE | 28.02.2013
The Commission had calculated that the costs of a special youth employment program were far lower than those incurred by inactivity and lost productivity, particularly when taking into account unemployment benefits.

Nobody say "fiscal multiplier"! Don't even think it. It's heresy.

Has anyone actually spelled out where the money for the scheme will come from? Obviously it should be funded fiscally; but eurobonds would do. Or even European taxation, as a last resort. I feel I may have a naive euro-economics diary coming on. Perhaps this weekend.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 04:32:00 AM EST
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Yessss!
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 05:39:53 AM EST
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Spain falls further into recession as GDP plunges by 0.8% | Business | guardian.co.uk

Spain's recession worsened dramatically at the end of last year as the government made a final austerity push in order to meet deficit targets imposed by Brussels.

GDP fell by 0.8% over the final quarter of 2012, as state spending was reduced and the public sector continued to shed jobs. The figure contrasted with good news on the deficit, which dropped to 6.7% of GDP from last year's 8.9%. The deficit figure does not include the money Spain borrowed to rescue its banks last year and is liable to upward revision, but leaves the country just short of the 6.3% deficit target it had been set by Brussels.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:07:08 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:26:10 AM EST
Benedict XVI leaves Vatican, winds down final hours as pope | News | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

Pope Benedict XVI is due to end his eight-year pontificate shortly and has left the Vatican. A day earlier he imparted his final blessing as he held his last general audience at the Vatican.

On Thursday, Pope Benedict entered into his final hours as leader of the Catholic Church before retiring to a private life of prayer and meditation.

He left the Vatican for the last time as pope late Thursday afternoon, flying via helicopter from Rome to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfos shortly before the official end of his papacy at 1900 GMT.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:47:56 PM EST
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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss


keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 08:40:21 AM EST
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New caretaker.
The big boss is still the guy upstairs.


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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 12:38:31 PM EST
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Deadly clashes over Bangaldesh Islamist's death sentence | News | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

A controversial war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death for crimes against humanity. More than two dozen people have died in clashes following the ruling.

The court in the capital, Dhaka, found Sayedee, vice president of the opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, guilty of mass killings, rape and other atrocities during Bangladesh's war for independence in 1971.

"The verdict has appropriately demonstrated justice," state prosecutor Syed Haider Ali told reporters. "We are happy."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:48:34 PM EST
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US pledges aid to Syrian opposition | News | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged $60 million (45.75 million euros) in "nonlethal" aid to the Syrian opposition. The news came during a meeting of the Friends of Syria Group at a meeting in Rome.

"We are determined to find a way forward to a better day that we know awaits Syria ... a day that will not come as long as [President Bashar al-Assad] is in power," the US secretary of state told reporters during a press conference on Thursday.

The international community has repeatedly called on Assad to find a peaceful resolution to the civil war fought by his military and opponents of the government. The violence has only escalated as the conflict nears two years of fighting that has claimed more than 70,000 lives, driven people out by the hundreds of thousands and destroyed the country's cities.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:48:55 PM EST
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Thailand agrees to groundbreaking talks with Muslim rebel group | News | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

Thailand's government has agreed to hold talks with a Muslim rebel group aimed at ending almost a decade of unrest in the country's south. The deal marks a breakthrough in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

Senior Thai security officials signed the first-ever agreement with the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) group in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Thursday, paving the way for talks to begin.

Signed by Lieutenant-General Paradorn Pattanathabutr, secretary-general of Thailand's National Security Council, and Hassan Taib of the BRN, the document launches a "dialogue process" for peace in the Muslim-majority southern border provinces.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:49:44 PM EST
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Haiti's ex-dictator gets his day in court | World | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

Jean-Claude Duvalier has dodged trial three times. Now, Haiti's ex-dictator, also known as "Baby Doc," is to appear in court - on charges of corruption. Victims of his regime want him charged with human rights abuses.

"Doesn't Haiti have enough trouble in trying to get back on its feet again, without having to deal with an ex-dictator?" Reed Brody asked in the American daily "The Miami Herald." Brody is an expert on Haiti with the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW). It's a rhetorical question, yet the answer is "no."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:53:40 PM EST
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Manning pleads guilty to lesser WikiLeaks charges - USA - FRANCE 24

The U.S. Army private accused of providing diplomatic cables and other secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty to misusing classified material on Thursday, but denied the most serious charge in the case, aiding the enemy.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, entered the pleas prior to his court martial, which is set to begin on June 3, in a case that centers on the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.

He was expected to testify later on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:03:00 PM EST
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Ivorian ex-leader Gbagbo defends his record at ICC - IVORY COAST - FRANCE 24

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Thursday told the International Criminal Court which is weighing whether to charge him with crimes against humanity that he had always been pro-democracy.

"All my life, I fought for democracy," Gbagbo told the court that will decide whether to charge him over 2010-2011 post-election violence in the west African nation that claimed over 3,000 lives.

Gbagbo, 67, is the first former head of state brought before the ICC, where he is accused of masterminding a campaign of violence during the presidential vote standoff in the world's largest cocoa producer.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:03:50 PM EST
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Tunisian president testifies in Belaid murder probe - Tunisia - FRANCE 24

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Thursday testified in the murder probe of Chokri Belaid, his office said in a statement, after the opposition leader's family said he had received death threats.

"President Moncef Marzouki received this morning the judge of the Tunis first instance tribunal who heard his testimony as a witness in the assassination of Chokri Belaid," said a brief statement.

The family of Belaid, who was gunned down outside his Tunis home on February 6, say the president was aware the vocal critic of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda had received threats before his murder.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:04:31 PM EST
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Al Qaeda commander Abou Zeid killed in Mali - Ennahar TV | Reuters

(Reuters) - French forces have killed Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, one of the most feared commanders of al Qaeda's north Africa wing (AQIM), during an operation against Islamist fighters in mountainous northern Mali, Algeria's Ennahar television said on Thursday.

Abou Zeid was among 40 militants killed three days ago in the foothills of the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains near the Algerian border, said Ennahar, which is well connected with Algeria's security services.


But :

L'armée française ne confirme pas la mort d'Abou Zeid The French army does not confirm the death of Abu Zeid
L'armée française ne confirmait pas, vendredi matin, l'information recueillie auprès d'une source proche des opérations militaires en cours dans le nord du Mali : Abou Zeid, l'un des chefs de milice les plus puissants d'Al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique (AQMI) et qui détient les quatre otages français enlevés à Arlit, au Niger, aurait été tué.The French army declined to confirm Friday morning, the information gathered from a source close to ongoing military operations in northern Mali : Abu Zeid, one of the leaders of the most powerful militia ' Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb ( AQIM) and holds four French hostages kidnapped in Arlit, Niger , is claimed to have been killed.
Selon cette source proche des opérations militaires, la date exacte de sa mort remonterait aux tout derniers jours. Abou Zeid, selon une source proche du milieu du renseignement, aurait été tué, ainsi qu'un groupe important de ses hommes. Des frappes aériennes ont eu lieu dans la zone d'Etagho, à quelques dizaines de kilomètres d'Aguelhoc (au nord de Kidal), combinées avec une offensive terrestre de troupes françaises, tchadiennes et de quelques auxiliaires locaux. Certains de ces auxiliaires ont été employés pour poser des dispositifs de guidage des tirs. Quarante-trois hommes de la katiba d'Abou Zeid seraient morts avec lui, ce qui témoigne de la puissance des frappes.According to the source close to the military, the exact date of his death is in the last few days. Abou Zeid, according to a source close to the intelligence community, was killed, along with a large group of his men. Air strikes took place in the area of Etagho a few tens of kilometers from Aguelhoc (north of Kidal), combined with a ground offensive of French and Chadian troops, and some local auxiliaries. Some of these auxiliaries were used to lay guiding devices for strikes. Forty-three men of the katiba of Abou Zeid are said to have died with him, which demonstrates the power of strikes.

If he's dead, it's likely his four French hostages are too.

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

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 07:20:29 AM EST
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Mali locals say no doubt Qaeda commander Abou Zeid dead | Reuters

"The death of Abou Zeid has been confirmed by several of his supporters who have come back from the mountains," said Ibrahim Oumar Toure, a mechanic in the northern Malian town of Kidal who worked with Islamist rebels and remains in contact with them.

A community leader in Kidal, who declined to be identified, also said there was no doubt that Abou Zeid was dead.

Some members of the MNLA Tuareg rebel group, based in Kidal, said Islamist prisoners seized during the fighting confirmed Abou Zeid had been killed.

French government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said she could neither confirm nor deny the report while an official MNLA spokesman said it had no evidence proving he was dead.

French radio RFI and Algerian daily newspaper El Khabar reported that DNA tests were being carried out on members of Abou Zeid's family to confirm whether a body recovered by French troops after fighting in the Adrar des Ifoghas was indeed the Islamist leader.

SIGNIFICANT BLOW

The death of Abou Zeid, believed to be behind the lucrative kidnapping of more than 20 Westerners over the last five years, would be a significant but far-from-fatal blow to AQIM.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed mastermind of the mass hostage-taking at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria last month, and Tuareg Islamist leader Iyad ag Ghali, who was this week placed on the U.S. global terrorist list, both remain at large.

In a speech on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said the operation in Mali was in its final stage and he was not obliged to confirm Abou Zeid's death.

"Terrorist groups have taken refuge and are hiding in an especially difficult zone," he said. "Information is out there. I don't have to confirm it because we must reach the end of the operation."

According to local sources in Kidal, MNLA Tuareg rebels, who are working with French forces, had located Abou Zeid's fighters and handed over the coordinates for French jets to strike.

"They were hidden in mountain caves and were building bombs for suicide attacks when they were killed," Toure said.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 09:46:59 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:26:32 AM EST
Research benefits from Australian shark attacks | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 28.02.2013
Fatal shark attacks and sightings off Western Australian have been scaring people out of the water. So the state government is putting more money aside for research to help better understand sharks.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:58:11 PM EST
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Why the US still doesn't have a single offshore wind turbine | Environment | guardian.co.uk
Despite massive growth of the offshore wind industry in Europe, a blossoming array of land-based wind turbines stateside, and plenty of wind to spare, the US has yet to sink even one turbine in the ocean. Not exactly the kind of leadership on renewables President Obama called for in his recent State of the Union address.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:09:43 PM EST
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EDF's vengeful £5m No Dash for Gas lawsuit is corporate and PR suicide | George Monbiot | Environment | guardian.co.uk

"Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?" The current answer to Alexander Pope's question is the power company Électricité de France (EDF). It is suing 21 climate change activists for £5m as a result of their week-long occupation of its power station at West Burton in Nottinghamshire.

In doing so it has made the biggest strategic mistake since McDonald's pursued two impoverished activists - and inflicted more damage on its brand than its critics had ever managed. The campaign against EDF's vindictive bullying is snowballing with astonishing speed. During daylight hours yesterday, signatures on the petition against this lawsuit were coming in at the rate of 1,000 per hour.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:13:13 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:26:45 AM EST
Science offers a very long trip to Mars for two | News | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

A foundation seeks a man and a woman, preferably married, for a roundtrip to Mars in a capsule outfitted with a life-support system to recycle air, water, urine and perspiration. The journey would take 501 days.

The United States currently has no human spacecraft in operation, but several should be up and flying by 2017, just in time to catch a tight planetary alignment that would allow a ship to comes as close as 150 miles (240 kilometers) to Mars. The launch window opens on Jan. 5, 2018. The next opportunity would not arise until 2031.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:50:54 PM EST
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They would leave married, and likely return divorced...

I was actually enthused to sign up - until I heard its a flyby...

by Nomad on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 09:50:41 PM EST
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How about 'Science offers one way ticket for two, way back ticket for three".

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 01:23:36 AM EST
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Book on Islam ruffles feathers in Germany | Germany | DW.DE | 28.02.2013
Some of Germany's Muslim leaders are criticizing a book which says that belief in God is not mandatory in Islam. The author is on the defense - particularly since he heads the organization that trains Islam teachers.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:53:15 PM EST
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Kampusch's story of captivity opens in cinemas | Culture | DW.DE | 28.02.2013

Natascha Kampusch made headlines the world over when she escaped in 2006 after eight years in captivity. Now the shocking story of her lost childhood has been made into a film.

The film "3,096 Days" opens with a banal spat between a mother and her daughter. Ten-year-old Natascha slams the door behind her and walks to school. Her mother goes to the balcony to call down to her with a reconciliatory word, but Natascha is already gone.

A few minutes later, Natascha passes Wolfgang Priklopil in a small white truck. She utters a short cry as he drags her into his vehicle and drives off.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 12:57:43 PM EST
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EU approves medication that quenches urge to drink alcohol - FRANCE 24

AFP - The European Union has given the green light for the sale of a medication that will help quench the urge for alcoholics to drink, the companies behind the new treatment said Thursday.

Selincro, developed by Finland's Biotie Therapies, reduces "alcohol consumption by approximately 60 percent" or about a bottle of wine a day after six months, Danish drugmaker Lundbeck said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:02:25 PM EST
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Mobile phones to match globe's population in 2014: UN - FRANCE 24

AFP - The number of mobile telephones worldwide is set to catch up to the globe's population next year, the United Nations' telecommunications agency said Thursday.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said mobile subscriber numbers looked set to top seven billion in 2014.

"More than half of all mobile subscriptions are now in Asia, which remains the powerhouse of market growth," the ITU said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 01:03:23 PM EST
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Manning plea statement: Americans had a right to know 'true cost of war' | World news | The Guardian

In a highly unusual move for a defendant in such a serious criminal prosecution, Manning pleaded guilty to 10 lesser charges out of his own volition - not as part of a plea bargain with the prosecution. He admitted to having possessed and willfully communicated to an unauthorised person - probably Julian Assange - all the main elements of the WikiLeaks disclosure.

That covered the so-called "Collateral Murder" video of an Apache helicopter attack in Iraq; some US diplomatic cables including one of the early WikiLeaks publications the Reykjavik cable; portions of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs; some of the files on detainees in Guantánamo; and two intelligence memos.

The charges to which the soldier pleaded guilty carry a two-year maximum sentence each, committing Manning to a possible upper limit of 20 years in military prison.

But the plea does not avoid a long and complex trial for the soldier, that is currently scheduled to begin on 3 June. Manning pleaded not guilty to 12 counts which relate to the major offences of which he is accused by the US government.

Specifically, he denied he had been involved in "aiding the enemy" - the idea that he knowingly gave help to al-Qaida and caused secret intelligence to be published on the internet, aware that by doing so it would become available to the enemy.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 08:48:47 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:27:07 AM EST
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:27:23 AM EST
BBC News - Thousands of litres of whisky flushed down drain in Dumbarton

Thousands of litres of whisky have been flushed down the drain by accident at a bottling plant in Dumbarton.

It is understood the mix-up happened at Chivas Brothers during the night shift on Tuesday while equipment was being cleaned.

Instead of draining away waste water, the workers on duty somehow flushed out thousands of litres of bulk whisky.

The smell was so strong that sewage workers reported it.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 05:24:50 PM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 04:03:21 AM EST
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It happens from time to time in breweries. I've seen it happen when the rat's nest of pipes and stop cocks ended up confusing someone

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 08:45:30 AM EST
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Leap years do seem to come faster, the older one gets In Wales!

Of course I could tinker the date  already, but Im enjoying my smile too much.

by Nomad on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 09:41:36 PM EST
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Guess she didn't check her email.  :-)

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2013 at 10:22:58 PM EST
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Dreadful news: San Francisco oboist dies in hospital

A sad day for classical musical lovers in San Francisco. Bill was a prince of a fellow. Always willing to share both his time and his talent. He will be sorely missed.

by sgr2 on Fri Mar 1st, 2013 at 01:09:50 PM EST
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