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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 03:04:45 PM EST
In Slovenia, the ruling centre-right coalition is set to be replaced by a coalition of Social Democrats and liberals. (Results in my diary.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 03:22:04 PM EST
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EurActiv.com - EU faces pressure from overseas biofuel-makers | EU - European Information on Trade & Industry

A decision by a key European Parliament committee last week to beef up sustainability criteria for agrofuels and tilt the Union's biofuel policy towards non food-based biofuels due to concerns over rising commodity prices has irritated top biofuel-exporting nations Indonesia, Malaysia and Brazil. Background:

On 23 January 2008, the Commission put forward proposals aimed at boosting the use of biofuels in transport fuels to 10% by 2020 amid growing concern over rising oil prices, energy security and climate change. 

But subsequent concerns about rising food prices and biodiversity loss as land is diverted to biofuel production, as well as questionable CO2 reduction values, led to calls for the reduction or outright rejection of the target. 

In September 2008, Parliament's Industry and Energy Committee, which has the lead on the dossier, approved a report drafted by Luxembourg Green MEP Claude Turmes, which while confirming the 10% target by 2020 specifies that at least 40% of this goal must be met from "non-food and feed-competing" second-generation biofuels or from cars running on green electricity and hydrogen (EurActiv 12/09/08). 

They also backed strict "sustainability criteria", including an obligation for biofuels to offer at least 45% carbon emission savings compared to fossil fuels and a series of social and environmental criteria.

The main bone of contention in the report adopted by the Parliament's Industry and Energy Committee on 11 September is that it would require 40% of the EU's 10% biofuel goal to be met from "non-food and feed-competing" second-generation biofuels or from green electricity and hydrogen, while also demanding that agrofuels offer at least 45% carbon emission savings compared to fossil fuels - a figure that would rise to 60% in 2015. 

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 04:10:07 PM EST
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French Senate remains a rightist bastion - International Herald Tribune

PARIS: The opposition left won 23 new seats in the French Senate on Sunday, a larger than expected advance, nearly complete results indicated. But the left could not gain control of the chamber, a longtime bastion of the right.

Ballots were cast by delegates of city councils as well as some lawmakers and regional counselors in the indirect voting for a third of the 343 seats in the upper chamber, which has been controlled by the right for a half-century. About 50,700 delegates were eligible to vote.

The Socialists and their allies won at least 23 new seats in the voting for 114 seats, including two snatched from the right in Corrèze, the one-time political fiefdom of former President Jacques Chirac. Results from overseas regions were not included.

It seems possible that the Senate could move to the left when the other half is renewed, in 2011. Which would be an interesting change in France's political balance.

It also shows how the PS actually wins most elections  except the presidential one : the PS is not geared to, nor able to, generate a popular leader supported by the rest of the party.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 08:15:27 PM EST
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Think Spain: Army officer dies in third ETA car bomb attack of weekend (September 22, 2008)
An ETA car bomb attack on a military academy in Santoña last night has left one person dead and around eight others injured, including several passers-by.


A warning call from an ETA representative was made to the offices of the DYA traffic agency in San Sebastián around half an hour before the bomb went off - insufficient time to evacuate the building.


This attack follows two others on Saturday night/ Sunday morning in Vitoria and Ondarroa, the second of which left several people injured, including a number of innocent bystanders.

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 at 05:36:15 AM EST
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For those that are asking for a summing up of the current PS race to leadership, here is a fun, if cynical, summing up. It's in French, and I'm at work and on IE, so I won't translate right now. But it confirms my perception (and is from a PS member) that this is not about ideology, but personnality struggles.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Sep 22nd, 2008 at 08:03:46 AM EST
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