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French electorate in doubt and abundance of candidates: What could go wrong?
33 lists
Germans to choose from 41 parties in European elections
up from 25 in 2014

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:44:48 AM EST
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Acte XXV
AP | Yellow vest protests land at Paris airport in 25th week
"Three lists of yellow vest candidates are running in a May 26 election for France's representatives to the European Union parliament."
EURACTIV | French `yellow' list for the EU elections strikes alliance with far-right MEP Philippot
'gilet jaune' Jean-François Barnaba finally gave up running alone in the EU elections in May.
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"We have done everything we could to cross the `money wall', but the system has done everything to stop us. We lost our source of funding. The fusion with Florian Philippot was therefore imposed. Of course, not all my co-candidates are pleased with this result but it was the only possible alternative," said Barnaba.
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"We partnered up for these European elections. But for future elections, notably the municipal ones in March 2020, "Jaunes et citoyens" could strike an alliance with other movements. Emmanuel Macron unified the right and the left for the rich. We will do the same for the poor," he said.
DW | French actors and writers back latest yellow vest protests
"The turnout for yellow vest protests in Paris was thin following May Day marches earlier this week."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 03:42:48 AM EST
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Why the European Parliament's election video is going viral
The "Choose your future" title is a classic one. That is what the European elections are about as Europeans are voting for their MEPs, who will make tomorrow's laws.

However, it is an original take on birth as it is both raw and emotional. The first part shows about fifteen women giving birth to little Europeans, who were born in February and March 2019 in Greece, Czech Republic, Denmark and Hungary. There were shots of quite distressing pain, followed by raw images of giving birth and various reactions.
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Until the European elections on 26 May, this film will be screened in cinemas and aired on TV across Europe.

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sheela na gig

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:53:00 AM EST
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wtf
"Smaller French political parties such as the 'yellow vests', the Pirate Party, the Animalist Party and even the party calling for Esperanto to be adopted as an EU language, are flocking to the European elections. But they will have to dish out at least €300,000 to cover the costs of printing ballot papers."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:57:01 AM EST
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They won't.

They will encourage people to download and print their ballot papers, for at least a dozen of the lists.

Electoral expenses (posters, ballot papers etc) are only reimbursed for lists that get over 3%.

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

by eurogreen on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:39:21 PM EST
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34 now.

The latecomer is « Union pour une Europe au service des peuples », presented by the Union of French Muslim Democrats.

This is a first, as far as I can remember.

Mind, there are already two explicitly anti-Muslim lists, notably one led by Renaud Camus. Yes, the Great Replacement guy, ideologue who has inspired white supremacist Freedom fighters from ... California to Christchurch.
Second on his list is a one-eyed Gilet Jaune.

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

by eurogreen on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:48:01 PM EST
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11 May
Inequality tops agenda as Lithuania elects new president
Nine candidates are vying to replace two-term independent incumbent Dalia Grybauskaite, but surveys show that only three stand any real chance of making it to the expected 26 May run-off coinciding with European parliament elections. Top contenders include centre-left Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, conservative-backed ex-finance minister Ingrida Simonyte and independent economist Gitanas Nauseda.
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Phenomenal annual wage growth -- approximately 10% -- in recent years has raised the average gross salary to €970. But poverty and income inequality remain among the highest in the EU, largely due to weak progressive taxation.
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Lithuanian presidents are in charge of foreign policy and hold a seat at EU summits. They also appoint ministers, judges, the military chief and the head of the central bank, but must often seek approval from parliament or the prime minister.

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ABSTAIN: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Finland
'New Europe' Proxy States for America
secret CIA detention centres on their territories.
Ireland makes the big (Hanseatic) league
future of the eurozone

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 05:59:02 PM EST
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You forgot to tell us who funds euraktiv, so that we can tell whether the use of "weak progressive" as a euphemism for "flat" is due to ideology or ignorance.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 11:56:18 AM EST
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I didn't forget. euractiv is a commercial enterprise. Following ALPHABET/GOOGLE/YOUTUBE Style Guide, funding sources of commercial enterprise needs no disclosure.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 12:08:20 PM EST
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Who gives Google the authority to decide such matters?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 10:08:12 PM EST
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US federal gov, uncontested.

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A Trip to the Woodshed

SALGADO: That's the same for Google. We take that very seriously. We've made changes and we will continue to get better.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 10:24:27 AM EST
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Lithuania presidential runoff pits novice against ex-minister as PM quits
Nauseda, promising to seek the political middle-ground and build a welfare state, scored 31.07% of the vote, according to near complete official results.
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Simonyte, 44, a technocrat who also warns against deepening inequality and the rural-urban divide, has vowed to reduce it by boosting growth further. Socially liberal, Simonyte supports same-sex partnerships which still stir controversy in the predominantly Catholic country.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:32:37 PM EST
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The story is that two serious candidates defeated populism in the face of the policeman Skvernelis and lesser wannabes.

The Prime Minister Skvernelis is going to keep his vow to resign after this failure, signaling that the common electorate is making a mistake by yielding to high-brow public shaming of his party. Next Parliamentary election is scheduled for October 2020.

Both Nausėda (a mainstream economist) and Šimonytė (a former finance minister) look very similar to the outgoing Grybauskaitė (a former EU finance commissioner), particularly regarding expected EU/NATO/economic/social policies. Nausėda has a better chance, as much of the Soviet generation feels antipathy to the conservatives. On the other hand, Skvernelis called Nausėda a covert conservative this week (and was politely rebuked, of course).

by das monde on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 09:02:48 AM EST
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