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As far as I can see, only Fran themetised this in today's Salon:

Reluctant Czech Lawmakers Pass European Treaty | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 18.02.2009

After repeated delays, the Czech parliament's lower house narrowly passed the EU reform treaty on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Czech Republic is the last member state yet to vote on the accord, which passed parliaments in 25 countries but was rejected by Irish voters in a June 2008 referendum.

Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, formerly an opponent of the Lisbon Treaty, said this week that he had changed his mind and would vote in favor of the pact.

The Czech parliament passed the pact 125 to 61 on Wednesday, but the vote was closer than it appeared. A so-called "constitutional majority" of 120 of the 200-seat chamber had to approve the measure.

Minor nitpick: AFAIK Topolánek never declared opposition to Lisbon in public, it was all a question of getting the votes in parliament when many in his own party would listen to President Klaus.

As for the major point of contention that I don't find much reported in English: it was neither economic issues, nor 'regulation', nor the power of Brussels -- it was the Beneš decrees.

Reminder: Edvard Beneš was Czechoslovakia's post-WWII President, who governed first by issuing more than a hundred decrees. A few among these make up all the, eh, controversy: those declaring the collective guilt of ethnic Germans and Hungarians, ordering their expropiation and deportation; which was executed to a large extent against ethnic Germans. Fears about restitution claims, plus unwillingness to revise collective historical myths, led all Czech governments so far to insist on the continued validity of the Decrees; with a silly legal argument (in which the EU pretended that the laws no longer have a relevance) they even survived EU accession.

Now, the vote on the Lisbon Treaty went ahead and suceeded after the adoption of a motion declaring that the Lisbon Treaty won't have effect on prior laws, including the Beneš decrees.

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

by DoDo on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 08:56:39 AM EST
Nice to see that somebody besides someone is reading the Europe section in the Salon. :-)

Now I have to head out again, still two yoga classes to teach.

by Fran on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 11:21:37 AM EST
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I think the Salon has many readers, Fran. I, for one, always read it.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:12:50 PM EST
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I too read it pretty regularly, but I just feel less qualified to comment there. Thanks for your efforts, Fran.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.
by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:35:23 PM EST
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Me too - mostly daily, and always a catch up at the weekend. The Salon is crucial to ET.

With many news items there is nothing to add in situ, but they are very useful to have in the daily RW. And some leak out of the Salon into a thread.

Absolutely selfishly, I'd prefer the categorized news in Salon to be with as few comments as possible, so one can read the news faster!

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:38:38 PM EST
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You could use a "dynamic" comment display setting and read only the top-level comments.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:40:35 PM EST
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Yep, thanks.

But then I'd miss the comments ;-)

It is unfair to ask for a tailored newsread. And yet Fran delivers one every day.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 01:04:35 PM EST
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Sven Triloqvist:
Absolutely selfishly, I'd prefer the categorized news in Salon to be with as few comments as possible, so one can read the news faster!

oh no!

they're the gravy. the headlines are too dry with it.

the only way i'd improve the salon would be to make the different 'rooms' linkable through their titles at the beginning, it would make for less scrolling when looking for where to post.

cheers to fran for such good work.

OT, lol, al jazeera just said that the shoe-throwing protester had been practicing a month to get his aim right, and what triggered his action was bush's 'icy smile'.

he knew a sociopath when he saw one!

'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 Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 03:29:39 PM EST
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I like to leave my mark, so to speak, when reading new stories in the Salon. That is, I tip a 4 for the effort of every single new clipping posted. (or intend to, if I miss some, no offence intended.) For follow up comments on the news I rate on a regular scale. Just a bit of a thanks to those (in particular Fran) who spend the time everyday doing the round up. And perchance a good way for those posting the Salon to know it is being read? (hint, hint...)
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:54:34 PM EST
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Yes Fran, i used to do the same.  as i no longer use Firefox, giving 4s is a much more juidicious affair, without TribExt.  My solution was simply to stop, so that i still had time to go through the always read Salon.  Repeat, the always read Salon.

Many times in the past i've even commented in klatsch how valuable this was, or simply given thanks.  The thankfulness hasn't changed simply because i no longer say it so often.  I've especially tried to recognize when other FPers have taken the time/responsibility.

From another angle, i've actually been able to limit my search of other news, freeing some valuable time, on the theory "If it ain't hit ET, it ain't news."  (which of course included commenters bringing their own views of important stuff, Melancthon comes to mind, with beginning the respect list.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 01:19:32 PM EST
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Thanks for your support, there are days a really appreciate seeing your tips, they keep me going. :-)
by Fran on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 03:48:58 PM EST
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I used to do the same, but my tipping system is broken :-(

So, everytime you post a comment in the Salon, just think I'm giving you a 4....

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 04:27:03 PM EST
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Oh, we're reading it. The news these days is more likely to make me scream obscenities than post interesting comments though.

Maybe you need to do a good-news week!

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 12:38:05 PM EST
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Well, I can try and do a good-news day - don't know about a whole week.
by Fran on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 03:47:45 PM EST
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News gathering can become a grind. I wonder the same thing -- are people reading this? -- when I put together the Four at Four at Docudharma, but whenever I ask, people do reply yes. You're wonderful to keep at the Salon news gathering so doggedly. I appreciate ET's Salon very much. Thank you Fran.
by Magnifico on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 02:02:27 PM EST
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The two things I do read every day are the Salon and the Open thread. and am always in awe of the ammount of daily effort that must go into skimming the gold that makes the salon from the dross of the general news.

Thanks for the heavy lifting.

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 19th, 2009 at 02:13:14 PM EST
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The Salon is essential reading.
by paving on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 02:46:52 PM EST
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Absolutely, it's my one-stop shop for euronews. Fran, the hard work you and others put in is greatly appreciated!

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 03:12:09 PM EST
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addicted |əˈdiktid|
  • physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects
  • enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity

I wish I had as many excuses to do my work as I do for closely reading every post of every section of the Salon. I'm surprised I don't wake up at 3AM to make certain that something hasn't slipped by me.

It seems a miracle how beyond good it is every day. There is not one person who I don't mention it to as the place to go for an intelligent departure for digesting the news of the day.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 03:36:27 PM EST
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thanks to all of you - even though I am mostly self-motivated it does feel good to get some feedback once in a while. This should hold for a while. :-)

doing the Salon on a almost daily basis can become a rut and then it is nice to get some motivation from the outside.

by Fran on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 03:46:52 PM EST
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Actually, there have been Czech politicians supportive of the idea of abolishing the Benes decrees if the German government were to pass a law that would give up all rights to compensation. The compromise would be reasonable but a combination of nationalist ressentiment in both countries, and the German courts' rulings that such a move by the federal government would make it liable for compensation claims have blocked any resolution.
by MarekNYC on Thu Feb 19th, 2009 at 03:23:12 PM EST
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