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  • EU 'war' looms as German leader tries to cling to power [Parliament's Martin Schulz]

    09/13/2016 8:32:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 13 Sep 2016 16:24 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Moves to let European Parliament head Martin Schulz extend his tenure are sparking fresh infighting in the crisis-hit EU, with his opponents warning it would be akin to a declaration of war. The bearded 60-year-old German former bookshop owner has been in office for five years, more than anyone else since the parliament held its first international elections in 1979. Schulz now looks set to seek another two and a half years at the helm of the EU’s only elected body, a position whose profile he has raised with outspoken views on issues ranging from Brexit to Grexit. But Schulz...
  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage stands down

    07/04/2016 3:16:13 AM PDT · by usafa92 · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/4/2016 | BBC News
    Mr Farage said he had "done my bit" following the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU. He said the party was in a "pretty good place" and said he would not change his mind about quitting as he did after the 2015 general election. Leading UKIP was "tough at times" but "all worth it" said Mr Farage, who is also an MEP. He added that the UK needed a "Brexit prime minister". Mr Farage said the party would campaign against "backsliding" on the UK's exit from the EU, saying he planned to see out his term in the European...
  • Victorious Nigel Farage Addresses EU Assembly: ‘You’re Not Laughing Now Are You?’ (VIDEO)

    06/28/2016 8:57:04 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 66 replies ^ | 6-28-2016 | Joe Hoft
    UKIP leader Nigel Farage stood in front of the European Union Tuesday for the first time since the Brexit results were announced last week. told the assembly, “How things have changed… Isn’t it funny. When I came here 17 years ago and I said I wanted to lead a campaign to leave the European Union, you all laughed at me. Well I have to say you’re not laughing now are you?” This man has courage! Wow! Just spoke in the European Parliament, they were pleased to see me as you can tell.— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 28, 2016
  • Nigel Farage jeered and booed as he tells MEPs they are 'in denial' over Brexit

    06/28/2016 6:31:25 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06/28/2016 | By Michael Wilkinson
    Ukip leader Nigel Farage was jeered by the European Parliament after he told MEPs that they were "in denial" about Brexit and that they had "never had a proper job before". His astonishing speech at a special meeting of the European Parliament today ended with boos echoing through the Brussels chamber. Mr Farage used his speech to declare that Brexit was "a beacon of hope" to other member states but he also infuriated MEPs when he said: "Now, I know that virtually none of you have ever done a proper job in your lives or worked in business or worked...
  • European Parliament President Says “Christians Are Not Safe” in Europe

    12/07/2015 2:24:55 PM PST · by detective · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | December 7, 2015 | Warren Mass
    Speaking at a meeting discussing religious persecution held by the Open Doors organization in Brussels on December 2, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that "Christians are not safe" on the European continent. During his talk, Schulz said that the persecution of Christians is "undervalued" and does not receive enough attention and, consequentially, it "hasn't been properly addressed." Schulz continued, 'It should shake us up that on our continent, Christians are not safe."
  • Dear America, please don’t choose Donald Trump (Daniel Hannan)

    10/13/2015 7:08:54 PM PDT · by Isara · 99 replies
    CAPX ^ | 13 October 2015 | Daniel Hannan
    Like many bullies, Donald Trump has a dishing-it-out-but-not-taking-it problem. He has systematically insulted the other Republican presidential candidates, often in the crudest, most foul-mouthed way. But he goes ballistic at the slightest criticism. When, for example, Rich Lowry, the highly respected editor of the National Review, observed that Carly Fiorina had emasculated him with the precision of a surgeon – a pretty unarguable conclusion, by the way – he called on the regulators to fine Lowry and ban him from television. Lowry, he added rather lamely, was “a bad guy”.And yet, incredibly, Trump continues to lead the Republican field by...
  • Francis is not the Left's Pope

    06/13/2015 1:21:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2015 | Gene M. Van Son
    Apart from the recent misquote regarding Mahmoud Abbas (Pope Francis encouraged Abbas to “become an angel of mercy;” he did not say that Abbas ‘is an angel of mercy’), the silence from the Left has been pretty deafening in regard to Pope Francis lately. Perhaps the Left has finally realized that Pope Francis is not the progressive they hoped he was, and that apart from encouraging dialogue he is not going to be changing Catholic Doctrine after all. On March 7 Breitbart noted the shift in the Left’s attitude with an article by Thomas Williams titled, “New York Times Ends...
  • Pope Francis and the family, the next step

    04/27/2015 5:32:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | April 27, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    April 15 was the deadline given to dioceses to return the questionnaire to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in preparation for the up-coming Synod. Then, beginning on April 15, Pope Francis dedicated his address in two consecutive general audiences to the complementarity between man and woman. In his speeches, Pope Francis defended the traditional family, and attacked gender ideology, emphasizing that “difference is the solution, it is not the problem.” Those who believed that Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution presaged a doctrinal change in terms of marriage and family heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing his...
  • EU parliament’s euro-skeptic bloc collapses

    10/16/2014 7:29:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.10.2014 | ipj/es (AFP, Reuters, dpa)
    A Euro-skeptic bloc within the European Parliament has collapsed. A Latvian member has pulled out of the group, breaching an EU rule that at least seven countries must be represented in a parliamentary faction. […] The exit also prompted European Parliament President Martin Schulz to postpone the assembly’s decision over this year’s Sacharov human rights prize until Tuesday next week. Nominees include Ukraine’s pro-EU Maidan protesters. […] There was a celebratory response from the main center-right European People’s Party (EPP) faction in the parliament, which alternates its sittings between Brussels and Strasbourg. “First defeat for euro-skeptics!” the EPP responded in...
  • Europe’s Parliament Returning to the “Schoene Zeiten” (supporting antisemites, Islamists)

    10/05/2014 10:59:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | October 04, 2014 8:12 PM | Giulio Meotti
    From 1994 to 2011, the European Union donated €4.26 billion to the Palestinian Authority through various channels—and this figure does not take into account individual EU states’ donations to the PA. Much of this money went to finance the Palestinian Arab war against Israel through daily incitement, diplomatic warfare and salaries to terrorists. Europe has also been very careful in selecting its symbols, especially now that Jews are fleeing the old continent, plagued by anti-Semitism. […] I can list many other examples of the European incitement against the Israeli people. But I hadn’t imagined that Brussels could have even considered...
  • 5 Star Movement members overwhelmingly vote to join UKIP in EFD Group

    06/12/2014 7:51:46 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 7 replies
    UKIP.Org ^ | 6/12/2014 | Ukip staff writer
    Responding to overwhelming vote from 5 Star Movement members to join UKIP in the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group in the European Parliament, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “I am extremely pleased with this result. I look forward to working with 5 Star Movement very much to provide a genuine voice of opposition in the European Parliament. This gives a great confidence boost to those other delegation members who are coming to sign up to our common Group next week. This feeds into a process of solidifying what should be a big group. We will be the peoples’ voice....
  • Far-Right National Front Wins EU Vote in France: exit polls

    05/25/2014 11:36:22 AM PDT · by docbnj · 97 replies
    New York Times ^ | 25 May 2014 | Reuters
    France's far-right National Front was projected to win European Parliament elections in France on Sunday with 25 percent of the vote, with exit polls putting Francois Hollande's Socialists in a lowly third place behind the center-right UMP.
  • British elections dismay establishment leftists: Voters turning conservative all over Europe

    05/24/2014 11:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    All over Europe, voters are turning in a conservative direction, and against the autocratic European Union and its big government enablers. New York Times reporters Steven Erlanger and Stephen Castle write a dripping-with-disdain account of local election results in the UK, which will be followed tomorrow by results for the European Parliament. To them, conservatgives are “right wingers” or “far-right” and those who object to EU takeover of sovereignty are “anti-Europe.” Voters in Britain sent a forceful message of discontent to established political parties on Friday, as returns from local elections showed an even stronger following than expected for the...
  • Thousands able to vote twice in EU elections

    05/22/2014 1:35:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.05.14 @ 09:51 | Staffan Dahllof
    The Swedish election board in Solna should have received a complete data file of Swedish citizens voting in Denmark by 28 April the latest. It did not arrive. “We must have access to this data 30 days before the day of election to be able to make up our register of electors in time,” Hanns Lejsater, an official at the election authority, told Swedish paper Goteborgs-Posten. […] The Swedish election board is missing data about possible double voters from 10 EU countries, mostly the newest members of the EU but also Denmark and the UK. …
  • European Parliament candidate runs on anti-gay ticket

    05/22/2014 2:10:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.05.14 @ 09:53 | Michael Bird and Stefan Candea
    February 2013. It was supposed to be a pleasant night out for urbane movie-lovers. Bucharest’s ethnographic hub, the National Museum of the Peasant, was hosting Lisa Cholodenko’s film “The Kids Are All Right”, starring Annette Benning and Julianne Moore as gay parents of troubled teens. This was part of a month-long festival dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights, and supported by the American embassy in Bucharest. […] A minute later, around 40 members of the audience, who were draped in the Romanian tricolor flag, jumped from their seats yelling and screaming, and brandishing religious icons over...
  • A Dog Is Invited to Vote in the European Parliament Elections ... Norton, England

    04/15/2014 7:02:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Charlene Sakoda
    A dog is invited to vote in the European Parliament elections Zeus, an eight-year-old Rottweiler mix, was sent a polling card to vote in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament. The pup belongs to RussellHoyle of Norton, a village in north east England. Hoyle told The Evening Gazette, “I can remember when the people came round to do the census. I remember saying ‘There is myself and my wife. My son is not old enough to vote. We have got Zeus living here as well and he is 63 in dog years.’ When the polling card addressed to ‘Zeus...
  • Bahrain: Security Forces Detaining Children

    09/17/2013 7:03:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 5 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 9/15/2013 | Staff
    Bahrain security forces routinely detain children without cause and subject them to ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture, Human Rights Watch said today, based on reports from victims, family members, and legal rights activists. On September 12, 2013, the European Parliament issued a further resolution on the deteriorating rights situation in Bahrain, urging it among other things "to respect the rights of juveniles, to refrain from detaining them in adult facilities and to treat juveniles in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of a Child, to which Bahrain is a party." ... Information recently obtained from...
  • Stage set for budget showdown as MEPs back spending hike (EU)

    10/24/2012 10:35:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 23.10.12 @ 22:06 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU is set for a budget showdown between government ministers and the European Parliament after MEPs backed spending hikes for the 2013 settlement and the next seven year budget framework. During a marathon voting session in Strasbourg on Tuesday (23 October), MEPs demanded “significant increases” in spending on infrastructure projects and research and innovation.They also voted to keep spending on the controversial common agricultural policy and cohesion funds aimed at the poorest regions of the EU at their 2007-13 spending levels. They also want to ensure that the planned financial transaction tax, set to be adopted by eleven member...

    04/08/2011 8:20:20 AM PDT · by bremmer · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/04/2011 | Bremmer
    The modern history is able to provide many eloquent examples of use of practice of double standards in an international policy. First, it concerns ambiguity of approaches of influential western powers and the leading international organizations as to the estimation of election campaigns, and other democratic processes taking place in the states of the former USSR. Therefore, at elections in the countries where the ruling political regime is pro-Western, the international observers recognize that elections meet the European and international standards. On the contrary if a ruling regime or the winner of election has not pro-Western orientation, observers, as a...
  • Seized Laptop Shows Chavez-Rebel Ties

    03/05/2008 1:24:41 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies · 578+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Mar 5, 2008 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A single laptop can reveal much, and so it is with the digital treasure chest that Colombian commandos found in the jungle quarters of slain rebel leader Raul Reyes. Files in the computer seized in Saturday's raid into Ecuador that claimed the lives of Reyes and 23 of his comrades offer an intimate portrait of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's desire to undermine Colombia's U.S.-allied government. If authentic, the documents show that sympathies Chavez first aired publicly in January grew out of a relationship that dates back more than a decade. But Chavez is not one of...
  • EU to ban selling eggs by the dozen

    06/27/2010 12:18:05 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 89 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 6/27/2010 | Christopher Leake
    British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament. For the first time, eggs and ­other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet. Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members. The new rules will mean that instead of packaging telling shoppers a box contains six eggs, it will show the weight...
  • When is it OK to call people Nazis? When they're Euro-sceptics

    03/04/2010 2:32:47 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 8 replies · 323+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 4 MArch, 2010 | Daniel Hannan
    According to Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian Prime Minister who now leads the Liberals in the European Parliament, “The ultimate consequences of identity thinking are the gas chambers of Auschwitz“. Politicians should be careful about dragging Holocaust references into everyday arguments. Even Churchill – who arguably had more right to make such references than the rest of us – suffered when he tried to draw a parallel between socialism and the Gestapo during the 1945 election campaign. Yet Euro-integrationists make the link so habitually and so matter-of-factly that they no longer realise what they’re doing. During the last session of...
  • EU Mission to Tehran Draws U.S. Ire

    12/31/2009 9:12:04 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 494+ views
    An 11-person European Parliament delegation is scheduled to visit Tehran next week, drawing a rebuke from U.S. lawmakers concerned the visit could legitimize Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. The Jan. 7-11 mission marks the first visit by a Western parliamentary body to Tehran in more than a year. It comes as Mr. Ahmadinejad's security forces have accelerated a crackdown on Iran's political opposition. The trip, set to occur a week after the expiration of President Barack Obama's deadline for Iran to respond to international calls for negotiations over its nuclear program, is feeding debate among the U.S. and its European...
  • Conservatives score wins in EU parliament voting

    06/07/2009 8:22:50 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 797+ views
    BRUSSELS – Conservatives scored victories in some of Europe's largest economies Sunday as voters punished left-leaning parties in European parliament elections in France, Germany and other nations.
  • BNP wins European Parliament seat (anti-Islamic British National Party)

    06/07/2009 4:03:05 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 14 replies · 1,028+ views
    BBC ^ | 7 June 2009 | BBC
    BNP wins European Parliament seat The British National Party has won its first seat in the European Parliament after gaining more than 120,000 votes in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Labour could be on course to dip below 20% of the vote in what Harriet Harman has called a "very dismal" night. After the first three English regions to declare, Labour is third on 15.9% of the vote behind the Tories on 26.8% and UKIP [UK Independence Party] on 18.1%. There are still nine regions to declare their results. But if repeated across the UK it will pile pressure on...
  • ANALYSIS: European Sunday Weekly Rest Day Legislation Remains Unlawful

    04/29/2009 3:55:32 PM PDT · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies · 935+ views
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 4/29/09 | Brighton Kavaloh
    Whilst it is wholly appreciated to provide legal protection to ensure that every individual has the right to observe any day of their choice for worship it is entirely inappropriate to force a doctrinal position on all Union Citizens. This matter deserves a full debate engaging all the parties concerned and in particular the minority groups so that the legal position is made clear and that the possible future religious ramifications of this proposed Legislation are considered in light of the aims and objectives of the European Union.
  • So I said to Gordon Brown, I said... (Daniel Hannan speech in European Parliament)

    ...Gordon Brown was in town in advance of the G20 summit. There were a couple of things I wanted to tell him on behalf of my constituents...
  • Roof falls in on European Parliament building

    08/13/2008 11:46:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 137+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/08 | AP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Parliament says that part of the roof of its Strasbourg chamber has collapsed.
  • CIA flights: Romania denies presence of secret prisons

    11/16/2007 7:02:04 AM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 22 replies · 247+ views
    AKI ^ | 16 Nov.
    Bucharest and Brussels, 16 Nov. (AKI) - Romania, one two countries accused by Europe's top human rights watchdog of hosting secret CIA jails used to interrogate Islamist terrorism suspects, says it has written to the European Union executive denying the charges. The letter to the European Commission is a response to a request from EU justice and security commissioner Franco Frattini asking Romania and Poland - the other country implicated by the Council of Europe - for an explanation. A Romanian spokeswoman in Brussels, Doris Mircea, said that a committee of inquiry set up by the government concluded that the...
  • Far-right group formed in European parliament

    01/15/2007 10:58:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 648+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/07 | AFP
    STRASBOURG (AFP) - A new extreme-right group, including veteran French firebrand Jean-Marie Le Pen and Mussolini's granddaughter, was formally created in the European parliament, parliamentary president Josep Borrell announced. The "Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty," group which "slightly changes the political geography of our parliament" has fulfilled the conditions for its formal recognition, said Borrell at the start of a plenary session in Strasbourg. Those rules notably include the requirement that at least 20 MEPs from five EU member states to sign up for the new political group. The formal setting up of the bloc allows it various rights including receiving official...
  • Report: NATO Was Arrested Militants' Possible Target

    06/09/2004 6:34:36 AM PDT · by TexKat · 2 replies · 275+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/9/04
    MILAN (Reuters) - A group of suspected Islamic militants arrested in Italy and Belgium may have been planning an attack on NATO headquarters or the European Parliament, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said on Wednesday. Quoting Italian investigators, Corriere said a suspected planner of the Madrid bombings in March -- among those arrested on Tuesday -- had intended to travel from Italy to Belgium possibly to take part in an attack on a "symbolic" target. Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, known as "Mohamed the Egyptian," was seized on Tuesday with a fellow suspect in Milan, and Belgian police, acting on information...
  • EU member: Hamas, like Hitler, elected democratically

    06/07/2006 5:20:23 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 13 replies · 465+ views
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | June 7, 2006 | Roee Nahmias
    European Parliament member Charles Tannock said Wednesday the fact that Hamas was elected democratically, like Adolf Hitler, does not mean it should be accepted. “How can we negotiate with them when their charter calls for Israel’s destruction,” said Tannock, a member of the UK Conservative Party. Speaking to reporters at the European Parliament, Tannock launched a scathing attack on Hamas, saying that a political party with the same policy ‘would have been banned in Europe for being involvement in terror and the jihad.’ Commenting on the Iranian nuclear crisis, Tannock said “why does a country with so much oil need...
  • MEPs fight over anti-abortion exhibit

    11/16/2005 11:22:55 AM PST · by lizol · 10 replies · 469+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 16.11.2005 | Iwona Lejman
    MEPs fight over anti-abortion exhibit An anti-abortion exhibition organized at the European Parliament by an ultraconservative group of Polish representatives has provoked scuffles between rival MEPs. The anti-abortion exhibition ‘Life and Children in Europe’ opened by League of Polish Families evoked a very strong reaction among social democratic women MEPs in Strasbourg. The photos on display showed not only human foetuses but also children in concentration camps behind barbed wire. This association with the Nazis, was too much for the social activists. They decided to remove the pictures. Since the exhibition was in fact legal, the Polish ultraconservative MEPs didn’t...
  • Eurozone inflation hits highest rate since 2001

    10/19/2005 1:28:43 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 2 replies · 668+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | October 19th 2005 | Ralph Atkins
    Eurozone inflation jumped in September to the highest annual rate since June 2001, revised data showed yesterday - but higher oil prices still show few signs of feeding through into other costs. The leap in inflation, from 2.2 per cent in August to 2.6 per cent last month, means that the European Central Bank is almost certain to maintain the "strong vigilance" stance it adopted at its interest-rate setting meeting earlier this month. Preliminary estimates had put September's inflation rate at 2.5 per cent. In Germany, separate Bundesbank data showed producer prices were rising at an annual rate of 4.9...
  • Pro-Hijab Campaign Moves to European Parliament

    02/21/2005 6:53:03 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 3 replies · 368+ views
    Islam Online ^ | February 21, 2005 | Ahmad Maher
    CAIRO, February 21, 2005 ( – Pro-hijab activists are taking their case to the European Parliament with a written declaration that, if adopted, would ask European countries to respect the freedom of faith and dressing. The much-anticipated Written Declaration will see the light Wednesday, February 23, in a press conference organized at the Strasbourg-based European Parliament by the London-based Assembly for the Protection of Hijab (Protect Hijab). The event will be co-chaired by MEP Caroline Lucas and a number of her fellow MEPs. “We are really grateful to MEP Lucas and her colleagues,” Protect Hijab’s coordinator, Abeer Pharaon, told
  • US terror plot to ‘wipe out a neighbourhood’

    06/12/2004 4:29:09 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 62 replies · 460+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | June 13, 2004 | John Follain
    A MAN linked to Al-Qaeda and believed to have helped to mastermind the Madrid train bombings was overheard last month describing a plot for a woman to carry out a chemical or germ attack in America that he said would “wipe out an entire neighbourhood”. The Italian warrant for the arrest of Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, 32, an Egyptian seized in a suburb of Milan last week, details transcripts of bugged conversations and telephone calls in which he not only boasted of his involvement in the Spanish attack of March 11 but also spoke of future plans. The Spanish government...
  • Le Pen plans European Parliament far-right bloc

    04/27/2004 4:30:03 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 6 replies · 241+ views
    Expactica ^ | 27 April 2004 | Agence France Press
    PARIS, April 27 (AFP) - French extremist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen said Tuesday he was mulling the formation of an alliance with other far-right parties in the European Parliament after elections in June. Le Pen, leader of the National Front (FN) party known for its radical anti-immigration stance, made a visit at the weekend to Wales to support his political counterpart in Britain, the fringe British National Party. The FN holds only five seats in the European Parliament, the EU body which is elected by popular vote and currently has 625 deputies. The party halved its numbers in the last...
  • EU stabs Open Source, small software developers in the back

    09/08/2003 5:54:56 AM PDT · by FLAMING DEATH · 4 replies · 149+ views
    Knoppix Homepage ^ |
    Closed because of "Software-Patents" In the next few days, the European Parliament will decide about the legalisation and adoption of so-called "software patents" in Europe, which are already used by large companies in other countries to put competitors out of business. This can lead to the termination of many software projects such as KNOPPIX, at least within Europe, because the holders of the over 30,000 already granted "software patents" (currently without a legal foundation) can claim exclusive rights and collect license fees for trivial things like "progress bars", "mouseclicks on online order forms", "scrolling within a window" and similar. That...
  • Berlusconi apologises to European Parliament

    07/08/2003 9:43:53 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 203+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 08 2003
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has apologised to the European Parliament for what he has described as his "ironic" comments about a German member of the parliament. The chair of the parliament says this means the incident is now closed. Last week, following his initial speech to parliament as head of the European Council, Mr Berlusconi came in for sharp criticism from German MEP Martin Schulz. Mr Berlusconi responded by saying Mr Schulz would be perfect to play the role of a concentration camp guard in a film. Italy's junior Economics Minister Stefano Stefani has already invited German Chancellor Gerhard...