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by Fran on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 02:01:36 PM EST
A hat-tip goes to afew for the creation of this great  EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 
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by Fran on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 02:01:51 PM EST
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You should add it in the body of the text of the story, before the comments section!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 04:30:57 PM EST
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Full list of ET stories on European Elections. I plan to keep current on updates to this thread, so that it is a useful resource. Please give me the links to items I missed.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 04:35:37 PM EST
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Irish MEPs defect to liberal group - EUobserver

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - MEPs from the ruling Irish Fianna Fail party are set to join the liberal group in the European Parliament after the upcoming EU elections.

"We will soon advance a proposal to join, for the first time, a pan-European party - the European Liberal, Democratic and Reform Party [ELDR]," Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen said at a Fianna Fail congress in Ireland on Friday (28 February).

Brian Cowen - made the announcement on Friday

"Following June's election, should everything progress as expected, we will then consider joining the parliamentary group [ALDE] to which the ELDR is affiliated."

Graham Watson, leader of the liberals in the European Parliament, welcomed the potential new recruits.

"I am certain that any application from Fianna Fail to join the Liberals & Democrats will be well received. Fianna Fail MEPs would have no difficulty integrating into our group after the forthcoming European elections," he said in a statement.

by Fran on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 02:05:01 PM EST
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Carl Bildt's wife to run for European Parliament - EUobserver
Italian born Anna Maria Corazza Bildt will run for the Swedish conservatives in this summer's European Parliament elections. In 1998 she married Carl Bildt, now foreign minister of Sweden, whom she met in the Balkans, where she worked for the UN during the Yogoslav wars.
by Fran on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 02:12:07 PM EST
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Corazza Bildt is probably the most arrogant person I've ever met. I can't see how Carl can stand her.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 at 04:46:45 AM EST
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He's probably the second most arrogant person you've ever met :-)

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 at 04:49:11 AM EST
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Independent - Mark Seddon - The BNP is mining a rich seam in our former coalfields

The East Midlands, which includes the old coalfield, is one of their main target areas. The senior Labour MEP and veteran anti-fascist campaigner Glyn Ford believes that the BNP could win up to half a dozen Euro seats and that it is possible that only the north-east and south-west of England could be without a BNP MEP after election night. His grim prognosis is echoed by other MPs in the East Midlands, who believe that the collapse in support for the UK Independence Party will see more votes heading towards the hard Right.

Back in the 1990s, and for very different reasons, the Green Party finally broke the mould, winning Euro-seats. And a quarter of a century on it is easy to see how the BNP is honing its appeal to disillusioned Labour voters. The BNP like to present itself as something like the old worker friendly Labour Party, and then it throws in added xenophobia and racism. Their demand for "British jobs for British workers" is designed to appeal to marching unemployed construction workers who can't find work at the new Staythorpe Power station near Newark. It is a potent, if dangerous message, and the Westminster political class suddenly seems at a loss as to know what to do about it.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 at 08:46:29 AM EST
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See here...

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 3rd, 2009 at 08:49:21 AM EST
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the collapse in support for the UK Independence Party will see more votes heading towards the hard Right.

Hard right? The BNP?...

I note that the BNP has best ties with Hungary's Jobbik. They already met at top level last May, reportedly focusing on the EP elections(!). Also functrioning as permanent connection, a Jobbik vice-chairman resides in England. Nick Griffin was among the speakers for Jobbik's 1956 anniversary event on 23 October last year.

Aint' it funny: the fascists do manage to organise beyond borders.

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

by DoDo on Sat Mar 7th, 2009 at 07:23:48 AM EST
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