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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2009 at 04:54:19 PM EST
EurActiv.com - Crisis 'not helping' Eurosceptics gain consensus | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
The global economic crisis, which has severely hit Central and Eastern Europe, does not appear to have strengthened the positions of various extremist and Eurosceptic political groups there, shows a round-up by EurActiv's network in the region.

With just ten weeks to go until the EU elections, and despite numerous problems caused by the economic recession and its associated capital outflow, the political landscape in Central and Eastern European countries depicts a stagnant if not downward trend in support for the region's extreme-right, extreme-left, nationalist and anti-European forces.

After five years of EU membership, support for Eurosceptics in Poland - the biggest EU country in Central and Eastern Europe - has noticeably fallen. In Romania, the region's second-largest country, recent elections kept the extremists out of the national parliament  (EurActiv 15/12/08).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2009 at 04:57:55 PM EST
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EurActiv.com - Face-off between Italians, Poles over Parliament presidency | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
Banking on remaining the largest group in the EU assembly after the June elections, the centre-right EPP-ED group is already delving into its pool of delegates to select the appropriate candidate to nominate for the Parliament presidency: will it be Poland's Jerzy Buzek or Italy's Mario Mauro?

Jerzy Buzek, a former Polish prime minister (1997-2001), has been unofficially lined up for almost a year as the EPP-ED's candidate for the next president of the European Parliament (EurActiv 25/04/08). But EPP-ED Group President Joseph Daul recently announced a second candidate.

"We have two candidates: Mario Mauro, who has been designated by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and Jerzy Buzek, who was nominated by Polish PM Donald Tusk," said Daul.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2009 at 04:58:40 PM EST
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Berlusconi in bid to torpedo Parliament presidency deal | Policies | EU governance | Parliament | European Voice
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, has blown apart a deal between the two biggest parties in the European Parliament over sharing the presidency of the assembly for the next five years.

His intervention has put in doubt the assumption that the presidency would go next to an MEP from one of the countries that joined the European Union in 2004.

The centre-right European People's Party-European Democrats (EPP-ED) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) had privately agreed that over the Parliament's next five-year mandate the presidency would be shared. Jerzy Buzek, a former prime minister of Poland and an EPP-ED MEP, would be president for two-and-a-half years, followed by Martin Schulz, a German Socialist MEP who is currently leader of the Socialist group in the Parliament.

But Berlusconi has thrown the deal into confusion, announcing in a letter sent to national delegations of the EPP-ED group that Mario Mauro, an MEP since 1999, is his candidate for the presidency of the Parliament.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2009 at 05:39:44 PM EST
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Berlusconi's gambit would best be blocked by the rest of Europe, both left and right. Does the European conservative block wish to continue to harbour an openly fascist and racist party with strong and notorious anti-democratic intentions?
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sun Mar 29th, 2009 at 06:56:53 AM EST
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It's too late for the EU to censor Berlusconi. He has gone to far greater lengths than the Austrian government ever did when they had their membership rights suspended.

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 Sun Mar 29th, 2009 at 07:01:05 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | Politics | Tory donor gives £100,000 to UKIP

A multi-millionaire Conservative party donor has given £100,000 to UKIP, after becoming disillusioned with David Cameron's policies on Europe.

Spread-betting tycoon Stuart Wheeler said he was giving the money to UKIP in protest at the Tories' reluctance to talk about the EU.

Mr Wheeler, an outspoken Euro-sceptic, gave £5m to the Conservatives in 2001.

He said he would vote UKIP in European elections in June, but intended to remain a member of the Tory party.

"The European Union is doing so much damage to our economy and our way of life that I can no longer vote Conservative at the European elections," Mr Wheeler told the News of the World newspaper.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2009 at 08:24:06 PM EST
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