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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 14th, 2013 at 03:42:36 PM EST
Hungarian premier Orban rejects constitutional criticism | News | DW.DE | 14.03.2013

Hungary's prime minister has rejected criticism from the European Union over changes to the country's constitution. The EU is among those who fear the changes threaten Hungary's democracy.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban responded to a reporter's question in Brussels on Thursday by denying that the constitutional amendments were anti-democratic or contrary to EU regulations.

"Who is able to present even one single point of evidence, facts, may I say, which could be the basis for any argument that what we are doing is against democracy?" the conservative politician said. "Without facts there is no sense of any general political discussion," he added.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 14th, 2013 at 03:47:21 PM EST
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You know its bad when people start having separate facts.

I'll just go with "separation of powers": under the proposed new constitution, the judiciary is not independent, but an arm of the executive.

Cue counterarguments, "judges should be appointed by someone who has been elected because elections are the definition of democracy".

Let's start by defining "democracy". That will take a few years.

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 15th, 2013 at 05:46:27 AM EST
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Dangerous neo-Nazis drop off German radar | Germany | DW.DE | 14.03.2013

The number of right-wing extremists in Germany who have gone underground is higher than previously known. Forty-nine of them are convicted violent criminals. Yet a nationwide manhunt, the police say, is unfeasible.

"A ticking time-bomb" is how Ulla Helpke, the domestic policy spokesperson for the Left Party in Germany's lower parliament, describes some of the German neo-Nazis who have gone underground. "There are at least five from the NPD [far-right German nationalist party] and another nine from their militant groups," the spokesperson said. "You have to keep an eye on those people and put pressure on the authorities here, so they make sure they get arrested."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 14th, 2013 at 03:54:48 PM EST
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I know they've always been thee but now that austerity is everywhere we seem to be hearing a lot about right wing extremists growing in influence across the whole of europe.

Greece, Hungary, Austria, Germany. I worry about others.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 15th, 2013 at 04:34:02 AM EST
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Well, people are starving and there are no left-wing extremists worth shit. So what are ya gonna do?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Fri Mar 15th, 2013 at 01:12:38 PM EST
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EUobserver.com / Social Affairs / 'Doubts about benefits of EU are growing'

BRUSSELS - Rising unemployment, bleak economic prospects and continued austerity is making people question the benefits of the EU, Europe's top trade unionist has said.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's (14 March) EU summit, Bernadette Segol, head of the European Trade Union Confederation, said the current policies "have failed."

"We are in a double dip recession. Unemployment is up, up and up. When is growth going to come?"

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 14th, 2013 at 04:13:59 PM EST
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When the ECB becomes a force for good instead of a right wing ideological oppressor

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 15th, 2013 at 04:35:10 AM EST
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Cameron accuses other parties of posturing after Leveson talks collapse | Media | guardian.co.uk

David Cameron has accused Labour and the Liberal Democrats of posturing after the collapse of cross-party talks on proposed reforms to press regulation.

The prime minister announced plans to put Conservative proposals for a royal charter to introduce a new press regulator to a vote in the House of Commons on Monday. He said that the talks with other party leaders had been halted because the gap between them was too great.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Mar 14th, 2013 at 04:23:36 PM EST
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Don't think so. Everyone seems to think Cameron has been Murdoched into sabotaging an almost agreed position

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 15th, 2013 at 04:36:06 AM EST
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Russia Today: Thousands rally against the Troika in Brussels (March 14, 2013)
European leaders meeting in Brussels were met with protests against austerity as they try to work out a way to tackle the debt crisis crippling the Eurozone. Some of the protestors were arrested by police.

Thousands of protestors in Brussels were also demanding that EU leaders bring austerity measures to a close and focus on boosting growth and reducing unemployment.

The protests were led by the European Trade Union Association, and the direct action groups For A European Spring and Bloccupy.

(with video)

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 14th, 2013 at 05:29:10 PM EST
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focus on boosting growth and reducing unemployment.

that's the nub, there ain't going to be any more growth with the 'brown' economy, especially with the succubi of interest payments and energy cartels.

the only way to unleash growth is to save the daily bleeding of citizens and businesses to these leeches, who think they have found alladin's bottle with the present setup, and can't hear the cries of the people from the 30th floor penthoude offices they inhabit.

protesting austerity is great, but it's the reasons for the crises is still largely occluded from public awareness, thanks to the quisling media control of the euro hivemind.

the PTB will milk this cash cow till the sky turns like beijing and they're the last ones choking under it.

because that way they 'won' their sick game with its stupid/evil rules.

if energy passing through a system defines its nature, we are stuck in the glorious 1950's, with its wasteful, filthy technologies.

'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 Mar 14th, 2013 at 11:18:34 PM EST
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Ezra Klein captures the phenomenon

There's been a lot made in D.C. about how the sequester hasn't really been a disaster, how most Americans aren't feeling it yet. Well, it all depends on who you ask. The folks losing unemployment checks don't tend to know their congressman. Their parents don't hold fundraisers. They don't come to D.C., and before they come to D.C., they don't get a congressional staffer on the phone and build a relationship. They're hurting, but not in a way that the political system actually notices.

The furor over the White House tours is an unusually vivid example of this grossly unequal responsiveness. There's been much less concern over the pain the sequester will cause than the political pain the sequester will cause, and much less attention to the pain that is happening outside Washington, DC.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Mar 15th, 2013 at 04:38:57 AM EST
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Eurointelligence Daily Morning Newsbriefing: ECJ strikes down Spanish eviction practices (15.03.2013)
European Court of Justice says Spanish eviction practices contravened European law; says Spanish judges should be able to grant a stay of eviction while a legal case is resolved; also criticised that Spanish law offers less consumer protection than EU law; court specifically considers it as disproportionate that a lender can recall a mortgage if a borrower misses a single payment; ruling raises concerns about the Spanish banking system, which may now face a much slower resolution of its bad mortgage assets;  Spanish mortgage association plays down impact of the ruling; opposition Socialists are calling for an immediate stay of all evictions; Spain's retail sales dropped 9% in the last year; poverty rates among those in employment in Spain are rising fast; Matteo Renzi says he is ready to lead Italy, but only after a new round of elections; Pier Luigi Bersani lambasts Beppe Grillo for being irresponsible in his comments that Italy was already out of the eurozone; Italy's new parliament convenes today - with no signs of a government; the US ambassador to Italy applauds Grillo's use of the social media, and gives the impression that he supported the movement; over the last year, Italians have cut their spending on food by 10%; the Italian property market continues to slump; Grillo Senate whip is endorsing "happy de-growth"; the Bank of Italy imposes a ban on bonuses, and discourages tricks to circumvent the ban; the Greek government is ready to dismiss 5000 civil servants; the Greek approval rate for the euro is falling from 70% to 59%; the Portuguese government is to announce review agreement with the troika; eurozone employment hits seven year low; the French social partners have agreed on suspension of indexation for private pensions; Slovenia's incoming prime minister forms four-party coalition; Romano Prodi says austerity went too far and euro exchange rate too high; Ireland's has a successful bond auction thanks only to a single fund; the ECB plans to hire about 800 staff to get ready for the single supervisory mechanism by July 2014; the ECB says excessive debt ratios may be the reason for the low growth in some countries; the eurozone's cross-border repo market seized up last year, giving rise to increased fragmentation; the SPD is making no headway in the German polls; Olaf Storbeck, meanwhile, says wage moderation was the cause of Germany's improved competitiveness, not Gerhard Schroder's reforms.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 15th, 2013 at 05:23:38 AM EST
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