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by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:36:11 PM EST
Barroso worried commission could take a hit in new EU treaty - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso is worried that his institution will be sidelined under the new EU treaty which potentially introduces a new power hierarchy into the European Union.

In a frank interview with Belgian newspaper de Standaard, Mr Barroso admits that he is eyeing the new treaty with some concern as it risks seeing member states circumvent both the commission and European Parliament and take decisions among themselves.

"If the new treaty is ratified, which I strongly hope, we will have to make sure that its changes are not abused to reduce the de facto power of the European institutions."

Member states are currently putting the final touches on the EU treaty which is hoped will be in force by 2009.
by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:38:06 PM EST
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So, is this a coup by the Council?

Not that they are not in their rights, after all the EU is an intergovernmental organization.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:34:25 AM EST
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The constitutional treaty also favoured the Council somewhat. But Barroso should not be too scared about 'abuse'. Any conflict of authority can be brought before the European Court of Justice, which has a clear preference for the Commission and the European Parliament.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:12:51 AM EST
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A Controversial Homage to Catalonia: Commerce Replaces Politics at the Frankfurt Book Fair - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Catalonia is a controversial choice for guest of honor at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. The changing emphasis in choosing the annual guest of honor mirrors the way the show has changed over the years -- and not necessarily for the better.

 Catalonia is this year's guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is all about bringing the international publishing world together. The guest of honor, usually a country or region, plays a special role in furthering that idea, serving as a forum for interaction among countries, cultural regions and linguistic regions, as well as facilitating negotiations in the sale of publishing rights. Experts agree that a guest of honor's presence at the fair is an important economic factor.

Nevertheless, the relevance of the concept has been questioned time and again in recent years. Is it still a vibrant discussion platform, or has it degenerated into an opportunity for touristic navel-gazing and an uncritical opportunity for self-promotion?

The debate is especially heated over this year's choice of Catalonia as the guest of honor, a small linguistic region with controversial cultural policies. The areas where Catalan is spoken include Catalonia itself, the Balearic Islands, Valencia, the tiny principality of Andorra, a few towns in Spain's Aragon region, and the community of L'Alguer on the Italian island of Sardinia.

by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:42:54 PM EST
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The debate is especially heated over this year's choice of Catalonia as the guest of honor, a small linguistic region with controversial cultural policies. The areas where Catalan is spoken include Catalonia itself, the Balearic Islands, Valencia, the tiny principality of Andorra, a few towns in Spain's Aragon region, and the community of L'Alguer on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Considering that Catalan is spoken as a native language by more people than Danish, Finnish, Slovak, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovenian, Irish, Estonian and Maltese; and that its GDP is comparable to that of Ireland, Finland, or Portugal...

As for "controversial cultural policies", they are broadly in agreement with the Council of Europe's Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:43:43 AM EST
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The only controversial part, to me, might be this part:

But Catalonia has caused a significant uproar with its closed-minded policy of not including the many Catalans who write in Spanish in its definition of Catalan literature.

I could see it both ways. When I think of Finnish literature, I would most definitely include authors such as Zacharias Topelius or Johan Ludvig Runeberg or modern-day authors such as Tove Jansson or Bo Carpelan - but a few of many Finnish authors who write/wrote in Swedish. On the other hand, if I were thinking specifically of Finland-Swedish literature, it would strike me as counter-intuitive to include authors who doesn't write in Swedish, whether the author happens to be Finland-Swedish or not. Of course, Finland-Swedish literature would then be a strict subset of Finnish literature, and "Finnish literature in Finnish" would be another.
Okay, I'm sure I have a point in here somewhere, I just can't find it at the moment...

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde

by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 06:27:01 AM EST
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Yes, the point is that there is Spanish Literature (which appropriates Catalan-language classics going all the way back to the medieval Tirant Lo Blanc), Literature in Spanish (which includes all of Hispanic American literature), Catalan Literature, and Literature in Catalan. It is indeed somewhat perverse to exclude authors like Juan Marsé (e.g., ironically, El Amante Bilingüe), Manuel Vázques Montalbán or Eduardo Mendoza from "Catalan Literature".

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 06:53:47 AM EST
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Ah.. the differencce between catalan literature and literature in catalan...

unfortuantley not a lot of people will accept tirant lo balnc as spanish literature since it is in catalan... shame...

I still do not know if frankfurt was about literature in catalan or catalan literature...

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 09:12:20 AM EST
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MEPs to cut EU foreign policy budget in tactical manoeuvre - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Members of the European Parliament's budget committee have approved a plan for EU spending in 2008 which includes a tactical move aimed at securing fresh money for the controversial Galileo satellite system and European technology institute projects.

The final part of the draft budget dealing with foreign policy was approved on Monday (8 October) and its full version is scheduled to get a first reading go-ahead by the whole plenary on 23 October in Strasbourg.

In a bid to strengthen their position against member states in the tough budgetary negotiations set to follow, deputies have suggested a 20 percent drop in next year's budget for foreign policy.

"This is the way for MEPs to make sure that the council negotiates further with them on other priorities, mainly Galileo and the technology institute - as the drop in sum for external policies which member states decide without the parliament's intervention is something strongly opposed by them," one official explained.
by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:43:51 PM EST
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Both the Commission and the EP have criticised the Council's budget proposal for reducing the size of the overall budget. So, where should the cuts go? To the CFSP, which is managed by the Council, in order to save money for Galileo and the European Technology Institute, which both the EP and the Commission want. This is going to get interesting.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:31:12 AM EST
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is to cut the CAP budget in the end. High famr prices might be an ideal opportunity to do so.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:51:50 AM EST
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The giant gamble - Independent Online Edition > UK Politics

This is scary stuff. Gordon Brown traded on his reputation for prudence, whatever the substance behind it. His successor may, thanks to his mellifluous Edinburgh burr, present an even more polished image of care and caution. But the assumptions on which the whole superstructure of this Government's finances rest are really quite shaky.

In truth Alistair Darling's figures only add up if the global economic cycle is dead. If that proves the case, sure, we scramble by. But all past experience suggests that is unlikely in the extreme.

It is not, for example, what Alan Greenspan the former head of the Federal Reserve thinks. It is not, actually, what the Prime Minister thinks. Indeed that whole smart idea of Mr Brown all those years ago was to have a public finance regime that balanced current spending and taxation over the economic cycle. So the Government explicitly accepts that there is just such a thing.

But now there is no provision for it. We don't know the shape or timing of the cycle. What we do know is that there is no store of resources built up during the fat years, ready for possible leaner years ahead.

by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:45:41 PM EST
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be found, when the cycle hits: that the prosperity of that past few years, source of so much crowing and ponitificating, was mostly illusory, founded on a bubble?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:16:26 AM EST
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Belgians agree on one issue: foreigners - International Herald Tribune

BRUSSELS: This 177-year-old nation came a step closer Tuesday to averting breakup after its squabbling linguistic communities managed to agree on the one issue that increasingly unites them: fear of immigrants.

Belgium, divided between Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north and French-speaking Wallonia in the south, has spent 120 days since national elections without a new government. Political parties have been unable to agree on the country's direction, and fears are growing that Belgium will dissolve. Yet signs of a breakthrough in the coalition talks emerged Tuesday morning when the Christian Democrats and Liberals temporarily put aside their differences and agreed on a tough new approach to asylum policy and economic migration.

Despite this agreement, political analysts stressed that the crisis was far from over with the important issue of how to grant more autonomy to Flanders and Wallonia still hanging in the balance. They underlined, however, that the deal illustrated how immigration had become a unifying issue in a country where the prime minister-in-waiting recently publicly fumbled the words of the national anthem and where the unifying force for Belgians of all linguistic stripes is a love of the country's 400 kinds of beer.

by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:46:18 PM EST
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and be done with it: Europeans are racist.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:17:42 AM EST
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Sweeping generalisations about all Europeans aside, xenophobia (and racism) is in my estimation the main reason why the right is in power in most countries in Europe. The political left has not yet formulated an adequate response to the fear kicked up by the right and the underlying issue of immigration, work and cultural differences.

An adequate response in this context being adequate with regard to winning elections.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:25:01 AM EST
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Perhaps some great marketing campaign like...

We need more immigrants - they work cheap and their offspring will help fund the national pension you'll be expecting when you retire.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 07:56:35 AM EST
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my sole role this week on ET is to point out that I agree 100% with what just has been said.

There are racists in Europe. Plenty of them. Addressing them as well as addressing the problems which feed into racism is, IMHO, one of the most critical points for the left, especially if Europe as a whole wants to focus on environmentalism and upholding a social model to the rest of the world.

Because, how oddly, it appears to me that a slew of the xenophobic parties pander closely to the neo-liberal "Business Über Alles" lobby.

If Europe can't address the immigration issue and the socio-demographic impact that has been steadily building up throughout Europe the past decades, the left looks doomed to me.

Hence I still carry a modicum of respect for Frits Bolkenstein - he was the one in the Netherlands (in a pro-Pim Fortuyn age) who dared to speak out about the approaching problems. The left lambasted him for his proposed solutions, but did fairly nothing to address the underlying issues.

by Nomad on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 08:06:06 AM EST
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Or put more simply, people blame immigrants for the social effects - real or imagined - that they should be blaming the ownership class for.

And immigration is used as a deliberate misdirection to keep people from looking honestly at what the ownerships class has been doing for the last couple of decades.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 09:13:01 AM EST
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Indeed :
flandersnews.be - First government accord after 120 days!
The accord recognises the need for economic immigration. A kind of 'green card' system is to be implemented. If certain job vacancies cannot be filled by Belgian or other EU member state citizens, a green card will be issued to non-EU citizens.

The Flemish liberal party (Open VLD) is pleased with the aspect regarding economic immigration. "Many companies are unable to fill their vacancies. Now it will be possible for non-EU citizens to play an important role in our economy," says Open VLD chairman Bart Somers.



The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)
by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 09:26:41 AM EST
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my role is it agree completely wiht the one who agrees 100%

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 09:13:06 AM EST
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Well, European sociologists started to whisper about xenophobia being one of the largest hidden problems of Europe at least back in 1999 - I simply don't have anecdotes from the times before 99. Why whisper - it was so politically incorrect, that getting money for a proper research was extremely hard. No surprises here.
by Sargon on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:36:35 AM EST
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"we're not racist, but..."

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:53:18 AM EST
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EU paper suggests protecting common market - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Just weeks after the European Commission revealed its plans to prevent foreign companies from uncontrolled access to the EU's energy sector, Brussels is set to reiterate that in a global economy "openness is not a one-way street."

"The EU has a key stake in using its clout in global negotiations to ensure that openness is not a one-way street: the political case for openness can only be sustained if others reciprocate in a positive manner", a paper on globalisation drafted by the EU's executive body says.

The paper argues that the 27-nation bloc "needs to ensure that third countries offer comparable levels of openness to EU exporters and investors".

At the same time, it underlines that foreign companies wishing to do business in EU territory "will not be allowed to by-pass the rules applied in the [union's] internal market".

The 9-page document is the commission's contribution to an EU leader's informal summit on 18-19 October - a meeting primarily designed to put a full stop behind the union's years-long journey towards a new treaty.
by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:48:24 PM EST
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Europe's Surging Food Prices: EU Agriculture Commissioner Says no Threat of Bread Disappearing - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

In a SPIEGEL interview, EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel discusses the dramatic rise of food prices in Europe and seeks to quell fears that cultivation of crops for fuel is going to pose a major problem on the continent.

 EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel on food price hikes: "We are starting from a very low level, and we should always bear that in mind." SPIEGEL: Ms. Fischer Boel, hardly a day goes by without bad tidings about drastic rises in food prices. Do European consumers need to get used to the fact that everything is getting more expensive?

Fischer Boel: Yes, but we are starting from a very low level, and we should always bear that in mind. For the past 20 years, people have been accustomed to food prices that have almost always fallen. Even when the price of wheat doubles, as has now happened, there is still no reason for it to cause across-the-board lamentations: The raw material accounts for a maximum of 4 percent of the price of a bread loaf.

SPIEGEL: But the prices of agricultural raw materials like wheat or rapeseed are reaching new record levels almost daily. Will this trend continue?

Fischer Boel: I do believe that wheat prices will reach a significantly higher level than we have been accustomed to so far. The meat market will also feel the squeeze -- with some delay -- due to the higher prices of feed. There, especially, we must certainly still expect additional price increases.

by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:52:22 PM EST
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Brussels told to take tougher line on lobbyists - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER/BRUSSELS - If the European Commission wants its proposed register for lobbyists in the EU to work, the registration has to be made compulsory rather than voluntary as is currently planned, lobbyists themselves said on Monday (8 October).

The commission in March issued a blueprint for a lobbyists' register that would list those who work to influence EU policy-making in Brussels - but only the ones who choose to sign on a voluntary basis.

Those who would prefer not to register would however be left out of formal consultation procedures on new EU legislation.

Some organisations - such as the European Public Affairs Consultancy Association (EPACA) or The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) - spoke in favour of replacing this system with a mandatory one in order to increase transparency in the decision-making process.
by Fran on Tue Oct 9th, 2007 at 11:53:36 PM EST
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Interesting.  Could this approach (either the voluntary or the compulsory version) possibly work in the U.S. as well?

The key to culture is religion. Daniel Dennett @ TED (Feb 2006)
by marco on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 01:12:34 AM EST
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implies that you think it "works" in Europe to begin with.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:22:56 AM EST
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The U.S. already has registration of lobbyists, though I don't know if it's the same as what's being proposed for the EU.  http://www.senate.gov/legislative/common/generic/lobby_top_ten.htm

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 09:56:40 AM EST
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A few years ago, somebody (who didn't know me very well) told me I should apply for a job as a lobbyist in Brussels for a multinational corporation (let's say the biggest American mainframe computers manufacturing company...). The job description was very explicit: the only objective was to lobby the European institutions in order to bring "business friendly" changes to the European law, mainly labour laws. Needless to say I didn't apply! 2 years later, I met the head of this company's lobbying department and the guy who had been recruited: the discussion that followed vindicated what I had understood...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 01:33:31 AM EST
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Turkish PM agrees to raids into northern Iraq | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
The Turkish government yesterday yielded to its opponents in the army command, giving the go-ahead to the military to stage raids into northern Iraq against Kurdish separatist insurgents.

Despite opposition from Washington and doubts within the government that the action will be effective, the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, decided that the military would be allowed to conduct limited operations against the PKK army of Kurdish fighters holed up in the Qandil mountain on Iraq's border with Iran.

Iraq promptly voiced its anxiety at the decision. The Turkish and Iraqi governments signed a counterterrorism pact 10 days ago, but it did not permit the Turkish army to conduct military operations in Iraq.

The PKK has killed 15 Turkish soldiers and 12 civilians in ambushes in south-eastern Turkey in the past 10 days, the highest casualty toll in years. Turkish television has repeatedly broadcast emotional scenes of the funerals of the dead soldiers, while newspaper headlines have urged the government to move into Iraq.

by Fran on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 12:01:15 AM EST
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And in an exercise in cluelessness:

Turkey Authorizes Troops to Enter Iraq to Fight Rebels - New York Times

[...]

Sean McCormack, a State Department spokesman, said the United States had encouraged Turkish officials to work together with the Iraqi government.

"In our view, it is not going to lead to a long-term, durable solution to have significant incursions from Turkey into Iraq," he said at a news briefing in Washington.

But Iraq's government has little authority in the region, which is controlled exclusively by Kurds, and an accord reached by Iraq's interior minister and senior Turkish officials last month did not include permission for military operations, a formulation that frustrated Turkey.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:11:59 AM EST
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by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:28:14 AM EST
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swissinfo - Pakistani corruption amnesty complicates Swiss Bhutto case.

The case, opened in 1998, involved the Geneva-based Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), the world's biggest verification, testing and certification services group.

 

The three investigating judges in Geneva who have dealt with the file for a decade found that Bhutto and her husband received $12 million (SFr14.25 million) in Swiss bank accounts belonging to companies registered in the Virgin Islands and Panama.

 

Assets belonging to the Bhuttos were frozen following an official Pakistani request in 1997. Following the amnesty, it is not clear who will claim these funds.

 

Vincent Fournier, one of the three judges, has confirmed his office is about to pass on the case to the prosecutor.

 

"It is surprising to note that for ten years Pakistan has constantly pushed us to see that justice be done. And now, in the light of a change of political allegiance, Madame Bhutto benefits from an amnesty," Fournier pointed out.

by Fran on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 12:38:08 AM EST
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FT.com / In depth - UK tax reforms target private equity
UK tax reforms target private equity

Published: October 9 2007 21:23

The British government on Tuesday announced sweeping tax reforms designed to crack down on private equity in a move that provoked uproar from UK business leaders and tax experts.

Alistair Darling, chancellor, said by introducing a flat 18 per cent rate of capital gains tax for all investors, he would "make the system more straightforward and sustainable". It would "ensure that those working in private equity pay a fairer share", he said.

John Cridland, deputy director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said the change would "adversely affect the balance between risk and reward, both for entrepreneurs and for the UK's vital private equity industry".

Many entrepreneurs selling their companies, employee shareholders, investors in companies listed on London's junior Aim market, and "angel investors" in unlisted firms, would see their tax bill increase from 10 per cent to 18 per cent.

The winners from the measures were expected to include buy-to-let homeowners and second-home owners.

Mr Darling also announced changes targeting non-domiciled tax payers living in the UK, but not paying tax on their overseas earnings.

Unions welcomed the changes, but complained they did not go far enough and the government should have stopped affording "privileges to this elite".



"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 12:52:48 AM EST
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Why 18%? This should be taxed the same as capital gains - 40% above a basic threshhold.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:34:23 AM EST
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We know who the Labour government labours for.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:45:28 AM EST
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And hikes of all kind are good. In the US, the democrats can't even get their behinds moving on a hike for private equity managers (see WaPo, through Yglesias)
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 05:37:34 AM EST
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There was a funny story in the IHT today about the unbundling and deregulation madness. Basically German energy companies saying that the Brussels peoples (Kroes et al) have no idea how energy markets actually work, and are plainly idiots.

The usual anti-French and anti-integrated stuff was there, but you get the feeling that the pendulum is swinging and the narrative is changing. Not the big bad state-owned bullies being exorcised by the brave crusaders of Brussels, making the world safe for capitalism, but rather the idiot shambling zombies of Brussels fighting windmills.

An improvement I guess.

But there is still resistance, as the headline maker called the article "Germans attack [...]". Oh no, they sure weren't trying to conjure up any particular feelings, oh no...

Anyway, the article: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/10/09/bloomberg/energy.php

Hehehe, they have changed the online headline from "Germans attack" to "Germans lash out".

And of course, it's not helped by the fact that the picture of Burckhard Bergmann of E.On Ruhrgas is the spitting image of Erich von Manstein, the greatest general of WW2...

Check the IHT link for a picture of Bergmann.


Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 08:08:57 AM EST
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http://www.beppegrillo.it/english.php


I've received an email from the United States.

"Something strange happened this morning.
Loads of videos on YouTube showing interviews with politicians and Italian citizens expressing their opinions have been deleted, apparently at the request of the RAI. Please investigate. For your information, click on the blog www.onemoreblog.it. Greetings." Francesco C.

What do you say about that? Why have the interviews with politicians been removed from YouTube? Perhaps because of the comments? Perhaps because they are ashamed? Or perhaps because of copyright?
Copyright is a contradiction.
We have already paid for the programmes from the public networks with the licence fee. They are ours and they shouldn't be deleted from the Internet.
A strong and clear message should be sent to the politicians. Are you listening?
RAI is a public service owned by the citizens. RAI must be reformed and removed from the control of the parties. Parties get out of RAI!
I'm publishing the summary of an appeal letter from the association Anti Digital Divide about the insults that every day the TV stations vomit onto the Internet and on us.

Anti Digital Divide www.antidigitaldivide.org has decided to start up a petition to react to the offensive and defamatory behaviour against the Internet and those that use it, made by the journalists Filippo Facci, Paolo Granzotto, and Giampiero Mughini with the complicity of the newspapers il Giornale, Libero and the TV programme Porta a Porta.



'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 08:14:24 AM EST
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