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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 09:50:07 PM EST
Mitsotakis welcomes EPP's Weber at launch of EU campaign
"Mitsotakis said ND has fought against populism for years and now his party is ready to defeat the Left in the upcoming EU elections."

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by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 12:20:17 AM EST
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Greek centre-right party accused of `censoring' EPP's Weber
SYRIZA said New Democracy had obscured Weber's statement that "Europe welcomed the North Macedonia deal," in a recent press release.

ND has firmly opposed the name change deal, the Prespa Agreement, recently reached between Athens and Skopje, while all EU governments have been quite supportive, as well as the EPP,  New Democracy's political home in the EU.

Asked by journalists about the North Macedonia deal, WEBER replied: "Europe welcomes the deal" and added that the "internal discussion over the issue in Greece should be respected".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 07:30:58 PM EST
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Head Start
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and Junior Health and Solidarity Minister Christelle Dubos on Tuesday announced €6 million in initial funding for the free breakfast programme, which will be put in place at public schools that have been identified as "priority education network" (réseau d'éducation prioritaire or REP) establishments as well as in some poor urban neighbourhoods and rural areas.
A pilot programme was launched earlier this month in eight areas where schools are already working to serve students a healthy, free meal in the morning: Amiens, the overseas territory of La Réunion, Lille, Montpellier, Nantes, Reims, Toulouse andVersailles. The programme will be expanded nationwide in the fall, and is expected to provide breakfast to as many as 100,000 schoolchildren once fully operational.

Hunger leads to 'difficulty learning'

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by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 12:25:58 AM EST
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Inquiry opened after Yellow Vests goad police to `commit suicide'
Yellow Vests took to the streets of Paris for a 23rd consecutive Saturday this weekend, facing off against police at the city's historic Place de la République, where protesters chanted at officers to "commit suicide".
The jeers have struck a nerve in France, where the number of police suicides are on the rise. Twenty-eight officers have taken their own lives so far this year, the Information and Communication Service of the National Police (SICoP) confirmed to FRANCE 24.
"These chants incite real hatred against the police, and the interior and justice ministries must demonstrate firmness by pursuing any legal action that may be brought," ALTERNATIVE Police CFDT said in a statement on Saturday. Although there is no clear single cause for the high rate of suicides, police unions have pointed to the relentless pressures of the job.
French mayors urge government to do more to shelter asylum seekers
The signatories of the appeal come from an array of political parties, and include Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
In 2018, the number of people who requested asylum in France grew by 22 percent to 122,743, according to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons (Office français de protection des réfugiés et apatrides or OFPRA). But government reception centres only had room for 86,510.

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

FRANCE24 got kind of sassy this week. I reckon, Macron's um measured response fell flat.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 05:05:00 PM EST
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With a little help from our friends
Why does the Hungarian electorate put up with this? The answer is threefold. In economic terms the country is enjoying a relatively good decade, and many families are feeling the benefits despite the record-shattering income gap, and mind-boggling stories like the one of Orbán's childhood friend, the village gas fitter Lőrincz Mészáros, who since 2010 has risen from complete nobody to the 2057th richest person on the planet. Wages are up, unemployment is down, and about half a million mostly young and educated people have moved to other EU countries. Brussels is spending over 4 billion euros a year on Hungary, adding 3 to 4 percent to the county's Gross National Income.
But there is one more way Europe could help: By sending election observers. The guy is a cheater.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 06:05:27 PM EST
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Thousands march in Glasgow to support Scottish independence (eurogreen fille, top L, row 6 )
It is the first rally since First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said last month that she would introduce new legislation to stage a second independence referendum by May 2021, the end date of the current government in Holyrood.
Sturgeon's Scottish National Party (SNP) is campaigning ahead of the European elections later this month on a "Stop Brexit" platform, in a bid to reinforce Scotland's support for staying in the EU. The SNP is expected to win three or four of Scotland's six seats in the European Parliament, with Labour and the Conservatives taking one each.
Permission to vote

The devolved government in Edinburgh cannot hold a referendum without being granted the powers to do so by the Westminster government in London.  

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 04:26:58 PM EST
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PHOTO CAPTION: Let's make a Brexit deal, UK PM May tells Labour opposition at the Scottish Conservatives' annual party conference, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Friday 3 May.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 04:31:53 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 04:27:59 PM EST
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by rifek on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 08:31:12 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 10:28:48 PM EST
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European bloc not considering joining China's Belt and Road plans
EU officials told EURACTIV.com that "the EU position has not changed". The bloc decided not to become a member when the massive plan was presented more than five years ago. Member states are free to join individually, as nearly half of them have already done.
OpEd | Silk roads
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's presence at the Belt and Road Initiative Forum in Beijing Friday and Saturday, in addition to Greece's joining the initiative of 16 countries of Eastern and Southeastern countries with strong relations with China, shows how far Greece has come since 2009. That was when China's state-owned Cosco [!] took over part of Piraeus's [!] container port. That initiative by a New Democracy [!] government was opposed bitterly by other parties and vested interests. However, despite the obstacles that they set up, PASOK and SYRIZA contributed toward a closer relationship with China.
Leaders from 37 countries to attend second Belt and Road forum in Beijing
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on Friday that apart from the 37 state and government heads, the Apr. 25-27 event will also be attended by representatives of up to 150 countries and international organizations, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde.

Among the presidents or prime ministers likely to attend are from Italy, Portugal, Greece, Russia, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, Philippines, Kenya, Pakistan, Egypt, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Many western countries won't send their top leaders to attend the meeting. These include the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Australia or Spain.

Hammond says Britain [finance industry] a good Belt & Road partner

LEAK: Europe puts pressure on Beijing ahead of EU-China summit
< yawn >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 07:50:13 PM EST
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Swiss labour leader declares draft EU treaty 'dead'
"'This text is dead,' SGB head Pierre-Yves Maillard told the NZZ am Sonntag paper, saying labour could never accept diluting Swiss rules that protect Europe's highest wages from cross-border competition or subjecting the rules to EU judges' review."
Scandinavian Airlines strike in 4th day, affecting thousands
"The pilots' negotiations, which started in March, are mainly about salary increases and working hours. Details have not been released but the [SAS Pilot Group] says it wants salaries to be in line with the market rate, while SAS negotiators have called the requests 'unreasonable and extreme.'

"Jacob Pedersen, an analyst with Denmark's Sydbank, says the pilots want their share of company earnings after the carrier posted a profit in the past four years following a cost saving program that started in 2012.."
["]Consultants["] warn of industrial action over two-tier pay
"New specialists that have been appointed since late 2012 get lower pay. Addressing the conference, Minister for Health Simon Harris said that a process will be established to deal with the issue. ...[Dr Padraig McGarry] said the continuation of the pay differential was 'a key factor in explaining why 500 consultant posts in Ireland are vacant and patients are  being forced to  wait unacceptable lengths of time to  see a consultant'"
MEPs approve the creation of the European Labour Authority

"Combating social dumping [?!] requires real coordination at EU level," said socialist MEP Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy. "This body will help make Europe's labour market fairer by combating fraud and abuse and by enabling citizen mobility," she added.
The European Labour Authority, which should be set up in 2019 with more than 100 staff, should make it possible to respond - at least in part - to this problem. It would support the fight against fraud, in particular by promoting coordination between the EU member states' various labour inspection systems.
gee. that's strange.
In the EU Court of Auditors' annual report, the question of the status of workers posted abroad is not presented as problematic in itself. But abuses are difficult [!] for control services to grasp because concerned [!] foreign companies refuse to cooperate and assistance from countries of origin [!] is also difficult to obtain.

archived "Amazon of airlines"
Europa, wo bleibt die Mitbestimmung, A/V (DE)
Nurses' strike to go ahead after talks fail
Europe creates labour watchdog to fight against ["]abuses["]
German Amazon workers take pre-Christmas strike action
EU orders Ryanair to meet European rules on local contracts
Employee activism in this sphere is a direct result of defects in Art. 153
Lemmesee: base-cut, two-tier compensation structure? I bet they fell for it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 06:17:07 PM EST
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Poll Smoke
If a referendum on EU membership were held across the bloc today, a majority in favour of remaining would be impossible to reach in the UK, Czech Republic and Italy, according to the latest Eurobarometer released by the European Parliament on Thursday (25 April).
The survey asked 27,973 Europeans between 19 February and 4 March and noted an overall increase of undecided voters in 13 countries, including the UK.
Unsatisfied in France: Muted response to Macron sales pitch
"The sample of the Harris Interactive poll was relatively small -- 807 [!] adults aged 18 and over, with a margin of 2 percentage points [?!] -- but found that just 7% found Macron's proposals 'very convincing.'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 08:01:08 PM EST
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24 May: What are we voting on?
< wipes tears >


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 11:46:50 AM EST
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If a referendum on EU membership were held across the bloc today, a majority in favour of remaining would be impossible to reach in the UK, Czech Republic and Italy

That's an interesting contorsion. Desperately trying to find something negative to say about Europeans' attachment to Europe.
According to the poll, 47% of Czechs would vote to stay, 24% to leave. That's close to a two thirds majority. 49/19 in Italy, that's over two thirds.

I suppose it's an interesting thought experiment : design a referendum where unless an absolute majority of eligible voters votes to continue the status quo, the reverse applies.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 10:33:06 AM EST
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Most journalists are hacks. And the pro - anti EU frame is a way to replace a lot of politics coverage with horse race bullshit, that they love more than anything.
by generic on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 10:57:32 AM EST
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That's the new name for the FDP. After Der Spiegel published an attack on the cult of white asparagus, Christian Lindner defended it.
Lindner versteht das offenbar als unverschämten Angriff: Front werde gemacht gegen den Spargel, sagte er beim Parteitag der FDP am Samstag. Die Deutschen lebten in dem Bewusstsein, ,,Spargelnation der Welt" zu sein, sagt Lindner. Dabei habe China uns mal wieder längst überholt, denn da würde 60 Mal mehr Spargel angebaut als in Deutschland. ,,Symbolisch" sei das, so Lindner:  ,,Wenn wir nicht den Spargel anbauen, dann werden es andere tun, wie in jeder anderen Technologie auch." Dicker Applaus von seinen Zuhörerinnen und Zuhörern.

Die neuen FDP-Wahlplakate sind auch schon da. pic.twitter.com/FCmPhwLWMD

— Der Gazetteur (@dergazetteur) April 28, 2019
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 06:51:09 PM EST
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REUTERS | Czechs protest justice appointee, fear meddling in PM's case, 29 April
President Milos Zeman will appoint Marie Benesova on Tuesday after the resignation of her predecessor, bringing opposition accusations of pressure on courts as Andrej Babis faces a potential fraud trial over European Union subsidies more than a decade ago.
counting protestors cross-country
Despite the investigation, Babis's ANO party maintains a firm poll lead after sweeping to power in a 2017 election when it won three times the votes of its nearest competitor with pledges to end politics as usual and bring a businessman's touch to governance.

Babis, the country's second richest person, has long fought accusations of conflicts of interest because of his vast business interests. He put his Agrofert business empire into trusts in 2017 to meet new Czech legislation.

What protest?
Radio Praha (EN) |Czech prime minister says efforts to bring him to court are 'political plot', 18 April

archived 2017
Reaction to Macron's Europe Speech Says Much About EU Divisions
"'He should really concentrate on France,' Czech ANO party leader Andrej Babis said in an interview."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 09:36:21 PM EST
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by generic on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 10:40:47 AM EST
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Romania's witches harness the powers of the web
The witches also said they had recently turned their attention to politics, joining anti-corruption protests.

Minca said she connected online with nine witches and wizards from across Europe to the United States, seeking to put a curse on Romanian lawmakers seen by witches as corrupt.

Streamed online, the group had performed a mass ritual simultaneously with their overseas associates, against "those who don't do their jobs, those who have bad intentions, will lose their positions and suffer health problems," said Minca.

She said they plan to harness the global power of the Internet once more ahead of May's European parliament elections.

"We will continue this ritual on the 25th of May. We will do a powerful ritual against the Romanian government, so on the 26th when the European elections are taking place we will cast our spell for the good of the country."

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 12:16:47 PM EST
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What's their hourly rate?

At this point, the UK could use all the help it can get.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 06:56:44 PM EST
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