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One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:33:40 PM EST
Paris attempts to reclaim council homes from wealthy, well-connected tenants | World news | The Guardian

Paris city authorities are attempting to wrest back control of thousands of council-owned homes, many of them in the French capital's most exclusive areas, that have been let for decades at below market rents to wealthy and well-connected tenants.

Some of the apartments were reportedly given to politicians, their family members and friends more than 30 years ago by the city's then centre-right mayors.

With property prices and rents rising to beyond the reach of ordinary Parisians, the Socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is determined to free up more council housing.

As well as a pledge to build more council homes, an audit has been carried out of 39,000 properties, owned and maintained by City Hall, known as "free rent" housing and outside official control.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:33:50 PM EST
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It's not just "reportedly", it's a fact, a throwback to Chirac's abuse of power as mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995. Mme Chirac's brother, for instance, has a nice little place in the Marais at give-away rent.

But these apartments are kind of bijou. What will Hidalgo do with them? Sell them and use the money to create new housing? Or, um, change the political colour of the privileged residents?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Dec 13th, 2014 at 01:53:49 AM EST
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New Swiss law allows more scrutiny of Fifa and IOC finances | Football | The Guardian

Putting sports officials on a legal level with political dictators, Swiss lawmakers passed legislation allowing more scrutiny of bank accounts held by governing bodies and their leaders.

The law passed on Friday, in a 128-62 vote in the lower chamber of parliament, was prompted by Fifa bribery scandals in recent years. Switzerland-based sports leaders such as the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, and the IOC president, Thomas Bach, are now classed as "politically exposed persons" in wider legislation covering money laundering.

"Normally these rules are for politicians and dictators," said the Swiss lawmaker Roland Büchel.

Büchel said the law also applies to executive committee members and employees of sports federations. There are more than 60 based in Switzerland, taking advantage of traditional tax-exempt status and light competition regulation.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:34:01 PM EST
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Baden-Württemberg leads EU in innovation | EurActiv

For the sixth time in a row, Germany's state of Baden-Wuerttemberg scored first place in the EU-wide innovation comparison. The result was announced by the State Statistical Office of Baden-Wuerttemberg on Thursday (11 December).

No other European region showed a higher investment of economic output in research and development. No region had a higher share of the labour force in research-intensive branches of industry. And the number of patent applications, relative to the population, was also unparalleled in the EU.

They don't say why, but I suspect the PV industry is a significant part of the reason.

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

by DoDo on Fri Dec 12th, 2014 at 03:34:13 PM EST
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