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by Fran on Tue Jun 2nd, 2009 at 01:43:08 PM EST
Pss! Wanna buy some votes? -  Il Sole-24 Ore/Presseurop

Times change, but one tradition in the south of Italy appears to be here to stay: the buying and selling of votes. Three candidates in the European elections told us about their experience, and how they were offered all-in packages at unbeatable prices, from as little as 80 cents a ballot.

Everything is up for sale in the European free-market for votes. On 20 May, Giacomo Mancini was canvassing in Puglia hoping to convince punters in the province of Bari to vote for him when he received a call on his mobile phone. He has had the same number for eight years; thousands of people must know it. "The man on the end of the line said he was a political activist, and asked if we could meet. We arranged a rendezvous in Andria. I am someone who has always lived among the people, and I have always flown the flag for transparency."

At the meeting, a surprise was in store. Mancini found himself speaking to three men who explained that they controlled ten polling divisions and could provide him with a package of 2,000 guaranteed votes. "To get those crosses next to my name, I just had to pay 3,000 euros." At that price, it was a bargain: €1.50 a vote. "My team and I had a few laughs talking about how we could buy our way into office, but not before I had seen off the three stooges. I just told them, I don't buy votes, I win them." And how did the trio react? "There was no reaction; they just walked off. They were probably going to make the same pitch to another candidate."

by Fran on Tue Jun 2nd, 2009 at 01:47:07 PM EST
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What are the powers of the European Parliament? | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 01.06.2009
The European Parliament has the final say over a wide range of European Union legislative, budgetary and oversight decisions, which affect the lives of the nearly 500 million people living in the 27-member bloc.  

LEGISLATIVE POWERS: Parliament shares legislative powers equally with the Council of the European Union. This means it is empowered to adopt European laws, directives and regulations.

It can accept, amend, or reject the content of European legislation proposed by the Council, or the European Commission. More specifically, it can legislate on issues, such as the free movement of workers, education, market policies and environmental protection.

Parliament has only a "consultative" role on judicial issues, foreign policy, taxation, industrial policy and in agricultural affairs, but EU member states are not bound to follow the parliament's opinion.

by Fran on Tue Jun 2nd, 2009 at 01:47:35 PM EST
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EUobserver / Merkel and Sarkozy in joint call for 'strong Europe'

With only a few days left to the 4-7 June European elections, Germany and France's centre-right leaders, chancellor Angela Merkel and president Nicolas Sarkozy, have made a joint call on Europeans to head to the polls in the name of a "strong Europe."

In a shared opinion piece published on Sunday (31 May) by the Journal du Dimanche newspaper in France and Die Welt am Sonntag in Germany, the two politicians said they wanted "a strong Europe that protects [its citizens]."

Mr Sarkozy and Ms Merkel called on "all Europeans" to vote in this week's elections

"A strong Europe does not necessarily mean more powers for the European Union, even more European legislation or even more financial means," Ms Merkel and Mr Sarkozy wrote.

"We refuse a bureaucratic Europe that mechanically applies the rules ... We want a European Union that listens to the citizens, innovates, revitalises."

by Fran on Tue Jun 2nd, 2009 at 01:48:03 PM EST
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EUobserver / Guide to the 2009 European Elections

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The seventh elections to the European Parliament since the chamber became a democratic elected institution in 1979 are just days away. From 4-7 June, around 375 million eligible voters out of a population of just under 500 million will be able to cast their ballot, making these the largest transnational elections in the world.

If it's Saturday and I live in Guadeloupe, am I allowed to vote yet? (

However, while it's a pan-European vote, due to national traditions, polling takes place on different days in different countries - and in one case, voting even occurs on different days depending on which part of the country you live in.

Here is a simple guide to the elections - who votes when; who is running; and, most importantly, when the results will be clear.

by Fran on Tue Jun 2nd, 2009 at 01:50:01 PM EST
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The Pirate Bay / Vote or die...

The 4-7th of june it's time for elections to the European parliament again. Some say it doesn't matter if you vote, some say it's just an election between a douche and a turd and all the politicians try to convice you that they all know whats best for you.

No matter what you think of the above, we have seen a lot of new very disturbing laws and directives from the EU these last years (telecom package, ipred, the data retention directive). Laws that each member country then are obliged to follow. So yes, it does matter who we elect! We at The Pirate Bay have our different political views and don't want to shove any politics down your throat, but we want you to vote! After all, it only takes a few minutes of your time. Please use the comments field below to explain how You will vote!

Linked by a very clear picture on the frontpage.

I suspect this one act will have more effect then the silly gotv campaign that the EU has sponsored in this neck of the woods:

Translation: Everybody votes except Emma, because she is at home.

In swedish it rhymes but that does not improve it much.

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

by A swedish kind of death on Wed Jun 3rd, 2009 at 05:25:51 AM EST
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