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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 18th, 2017 at 08:46:17 PM EST
I'm certain that I could not have better written the current "state of play", given the "rules" or bounded rationality of the players.

Merkel's EU-policies: Paris can wait

Instead of dwelling on discussions about potential new financial means for the eurozone and the EU, Merkel drew attention to what she sees as the most important future challenges for the EU: digitisation, industrialisation, trade relations with third countries, strengthening of European competitiveness.

There are several reasons why Merkel chooses to remain tight-lipped about Macron`s reform agenda. [1], additional billion-euro payments to the European partners would go down badly with her conservative party as well as their voters.

Nor the other 25

[2] Merkel - whose victory in the elections seems almost certain - does not yet know who her coalition partner(s) will be.

in the 'tags, in the eurozone, or at the "periphery". Juncker threw out the 3% guidance in the SOTEU. And I'd be surprised as hell, if Barnier --after what he's been through wrangling "banking union-- came out supporting Macron's eurobonds.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 05:55:13 PM EST
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Brexit could lead to the development of a new form of the English language, according to a new academic paper.

Dr Marko Modiano, of Gavle University in Sweden, said there were already signs that "Euro-English" was developing its own distinct way of speaking.

And this could eventually be codified in a dictionary and taught in schools in much the same way that American or Australian English is today if English is retained as the lingua franca of the European Union after the UK leaves.


"It is conceivable that the American-English spelling system may be deemed more utilitarian. That some 70 per cent of `native speakers' use this spelling convention, which dominates the Internet, further strengthens the argument to implement it for Europe as well," Dr Modiano said.

Euro-English could help provide its users with a "sense of identity" among other benefits which were "both logical and welcome".

"In the act of recognising the validity of Euro-English," Dr Modiano wrote, "one liberates continental European [second language] users of English from the tyranny of standard language ideology."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 20th, 2017 at 06:06:14 PM EST
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Julia Reda - What the Commission found out about copyright infringement but `forgot' to tell us
Does copyright infringement negatively affect legal sales? This is a fundamental question with profound implications on the way copyright and copyright enforcement policy should work.

In January 2014, the European Commission awarded the Dutch company Ecorys a contract worth €360.000 to conduct a study on the question.

Then the Commission classified the results. Fortunately Reda has found and published it.

The conclusion?

In 2014, on average 51 per cent of the adults and 72 per cent of the minors in the EU have illegally downloaded or streamed any form of creative content, with higher piracy rates in Poland and Spain than in the other four countries of this study. In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements.

So a majority of the EU population is criminalised based on industry nonsense. And when the Commission found out about it they hid the data.

by fjallstrom on Thu Sep 21st, 2017 at 03:43:43 PM EST
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law and enforcement is such a perverse and invidious expression of capitalist principles --not only exclusive use (ownership) but profit maximization. That's all there is to it (any ethical or moral justification) beyond a very anti-social conceptualization of authority.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Sep 21st, 2017 at 06:14:44 PM EST
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It has been pointed out to me that it wasn't classified as such, it was merely never published or made public. With the EU federal level lacking much in terms of structures to help with freedom of information requests, this is usually enough. Reminds me of the transparency of public institutions (local and intra-galaxic) in The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy.
by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 11:37:11 AM EST
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And even if there was a pronounced displacement effect the argument for criminalization remains weak. For there to be economic damage you'd have to show that the unspent money is either hoarded beyond what is advisable or spent in harmful ways. And I don't think anyone wants to argue that Europe has a problem with excessive savings in the non corporate sector. And before you move on to the question of what level of economic damage actually justifies going the criminal justice route you still you have to answer the question of whether the general availability of cultural goods for low income populations has any value.
And if the answer is no then what justifies the special support for the production of those worthless cultural goods?
by generic on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 01:23:09 PM EST
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Auther Earnings
The only gatekeepers that matter now are readers

Is there any report like this for sales in Europe?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 07:08:30 PM EST
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Not that I have seen, no.

Great resource, thanks!

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 10:07:51 AM EST
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I don't know if it has reached any english press, but as it turns out the new big hospital in Stockholm was built as a Public-Private Partnership. And as it turns out, not only is the price tag looking like the most expensive hospital ever, another way the private investors are squeezing the county council is by having a monopoly on adjustments.

Need to put in a sink? 2000 euros. Need to rebuild a door so it is also an emergency exit 120 000 euros. And so on.

As always, the public pays and the private cashes in. That is what partnerships are all about.

by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 11:47:07 AM EST
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Doubt English language press would care: this is SOP here and UK, so not a story.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 12:01:47 PM EST
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Swedish factories cut language requirements as production booms - Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio
With Swedish industrial companies producing at capacity levels unseen in a decade, many are dropping the Swedish language requirements, helping those who came in the refugee crisis find jobs.

The combination of

  1. imported deflation from the eurozone => very low inflation => zero interest rate
  2. a continuing bubble in housing (seriously, it is getting ridiculous now)
  3. years with trade surplus has led to a very low public debt, weakening the prohibitions against government spending
  4. government using the money pump for handling the refugee situation
  5. election next year so government has a political need to spend
has led to really low unemployment. And lo and behold, when unemployment is down, employers actually has use for freshly immigrated persons who barely knows the language. Which leads to integration! Who could have known?!
by fjallstrom on Fri Sep 22nd, 2017 at 12:29:27 PM EST
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