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by Fran on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:41:11 PM EST
Financial crisis builds Polish euro-entry momentum - EUobserver

The financial crisis is building momentum for Poland to swiftly join the EU's single currency on 1 January 2012, with a positive political climate for the euro also developing in the Nordic states.

"The world crisis has shown that it's safer to be with the strong, among the strong and to have influence on the decisions of the strong," Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Monday (27 October), adding that his pro-euro policy is "not based on any orthodoxy, any ideology" of deepening EU integration.

Warsaw - almost two third of Poles are keen on euro entry ahead of a potential referndum

The remarks came after a meeting with the chief of Poland's main opposition party, Law and Justice head Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who opposes an early entry date and wants Poland to hold a referendum on the move.

"I am not excluding that Poland's entry into the euro zone could be played out in a referendum," Mr Tusk said, PAP reports. "The suggestion of a calendar to change the constitution [to allow the currency shift] and then a referendum is worth considering, but it would have to take place fast."

by Fran on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:45:47 PM EST
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Fran:
"The world crisis has shown that it's safer to be with the strong, among the strong and to have influence on the decisions of the strong," Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Monday (27 October), adding that his pro-euro policy is "not based on any orthodoxy, any ideology" of deepening EU integration.

It's hard to express how mismatched these words and actions seem.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Oct 29th, 2008 at 07:48:07 AM EST
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Mediterranean tuna fishery reduced, but not banned - EUobserver

Threatened bluefin tuna stocks in the Mediterranean won a reprieve although not a ban on the fishery from EU ministers on Monday (27 October), who agreed to a common position on fishing for tuna ahead of an international meeting on the conservation of Atlantic tuna next month.

Fisheries ministers, meeting in Luxembourg requested the European Commission press for greater protection for the tuna at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, from 17-24 November.

Deepsea fisheries saw reductions to their quotas

ICCAT manages regional fisheries, including Mediterranean bluefin tuna stocks.

The ministers are wiling to accept reduced quotas for the tuna, a shortened fishing season and increased controls, but ruled out a complete ban.

by Fran on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:52:26 PM EST
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Steve Richards: At this rate, it won't be long before we're joining the euro - Steve Richards, Commentators - The Independent

The calls for a significant cut in interest rates get louder. In the US there is speculation that before very long rates will be close to zero. The long list of those keeping their fingers crossed here that the Bank of England will deliver a headline-grabbing reduction next week includes home-owners with big mortgages, small businesses, big businesses, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister.

The first three on the list are not surprising. It would be odd if those who owe large sums were looking desperately for a rise in the cost of borrowing. One one level the last two make sense as well. Of course Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are not biting their fingernails in the hope that interest rates soar. Yet their appearances on the list still seem a little strange, the newly mighty Prime Minister and more self assured Chancellor praying helplessly at the altar of the Bank.

Their subservience is the consequence of the government's supposedly one unequivocally successful policy. The Bank of England's independence is seen widely as Mr Brown's great historic move, the one that brought about economic stability for a decade. But gaping cracks are starting to appear now that the economy has slid in to recession, and Mr Brown, credited in some quarters for saving the world, waits to hear what the non-elected Governor and his anonymous committee of worthy academics decides to do next. It was all so much easier in the good times.

by Fran on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:53:03 PM EST
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EU, Russia To Resume Partnership Talks Despite Georgia | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 28.10.2008
French foreign minister says the EU is back on track to restart partnership negotiations with Russia. But that does not mean Moscow and the bloc have settled their differences over the Caucasus.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner announced the resumption of talks on a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement after a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in St. Petersburg.

Those talks had been put on hold, after Russia launched military action against Georgia's attempt to retake control of the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late summer.

"I want to underline the EU-Russian partnership talks were never suspended, they were simply delayed," Kouchner told journalists after his talks with Lavrov.

by Fran on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:54:01 PM EST
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Just kind stand Kouchner...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Oct 29th, 2008 at 03:21:33 AM EST
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Sorry CAN'T STAND

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Oct 29th, 2008 at 03:22:12 AM EST
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Me neither. But talks on partnership with Russia are good.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 29th, 2008 at 03:56:23 AM EST
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Definitely!

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Oct 29th, 2008 at 06:53:48 AM EST
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EU Must Honor Africa Aid Commitments: EU Parliament Chief | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 28.10.2008
European Union members must stick by their commitments to aid on Africa, irrespective of the global financial crisis, European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering said Tuesday, Oct. 28.

"It would be completely immoral if we didn't stick to these promises. It is our duty to prevent this continent becoming separated from the rest of the world," Pottering told a media briefing in Johannesburg.

Compared with the several hundred billion dollars industrialized countries were ploughing into shoring up their banking systems, the amount needed to avoid hunger in the world - which he put at 30 billion euros ($37.5 billion) - was small change, he said.

by Fran on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 04:56:28 PM EST
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Compared with the several hundred billion dollars industrialized countries were ploughing into shoring up their banking systems, the amount needed to avoid hunger in the world - which he put at 30 billion euros ($37.5 billion) - was small change, he said.

kinda puts it all into perspective, huh?

 anyone who thinks the banks will only need several hundred billion of the peoples' money is snorting horse tranquilizer, hell that will barely pay the bonuses and platinum parachutes.

it's a vicious cycle...the more they pay themselves, impoverishing taxpayers, the less worth money has, people feel poorer, and need more credit from banks, making banks richer...

the less money is worth, the more fear the rich feel, so they get greedier, and invent more highflying games, couched in doublebubblenew-speak that use money to make money (that's hard work), using underpaid immigrant labour to throw up apartments in dubai and double their investments in 3-6 months, or go privatise bolivian rain.

and hannity types will crow that these are the movers and shakers we need for a good economy, on media outlets that conveniently are owned by interests that thrive on war and social injustice, and they deserve medals for it, madness...

this will not stand, obviously!

thanks fran, snippets like that shed some light in the murk.

'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 Sun Nov 2nd, 2008 at 01:02:05 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | Europe | Georgia denies war crimes claim

President Mikhail Saakashvili has denied that Georgia's armed forces committed war crimes during their attack on South Ossetia in August.

Evidence obtained by the BBC in the breakaway region suggests Georgia used indiscriminate force, and may have targeted civilians.

Witnesses said tanks had fired on an apartment block, and civilians were shot at as they fled the fighting.

UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has raised the issue with Tbilisi.

by Fran on Tue Oct 28th, 2008 at 05:26:06 PM EST
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The lower house of czech parliament started to discuss ratification of the radar treaties (radar and SOFA) today after the opposition failed to remove it from the program.

The senate is expected to vote on them tomorrow as it's the last session of the senate with before new senators are sworn in. Previously the ruling ODS had a majority in the senate.

by jv (euro@junkie.cz) on Wed Oct 29th, 2008 at 06:07:17 AM EST
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Is obstruction possible in the Czech Senate?

Also, could you diary this with later developments?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Oct 29th, 2008 at 08:00:42 AM EST
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