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  • France adopts 'combat budget' for 2013

    09/29/2012 3:15:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.09.12 @ 17:36 | Valentina Pop
    France's Socialist government on Friday (28 September) unveiled €30 billion ($38.6 billion) worth of tax hikes and spending cuts in a bid to bring the public deficit in line with EU rules next year. Dubbed a "combat budget" by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the fiscal plan is based on sharp tax increases for the rich (75% on millionaires) and for companies expected to bring in €20 billion ($25.7 billion).The budget is based on the assumption the economy will grow by 0.8 percent.This may prove difficult, as France's growth was zero this year and the continuing eurozone crisis is worsening the...
  • Romney campaign stirs climate unease in Brussels

    09/25/2012 5:32:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 September 2012 | Arthur Neslen
    EU officials are privately alarmed at the chilling effect that a Mitt Romney win in the US presidential election could have on global climate talks, EurActiv has learned. Although the Republican candidate is trailing President Barack Obama in the polls, his oft-stated doubts about a link between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change have led to “concern” at cabinet level, one source said. Speaking last October, Romney said: “My view is that we don’t know what is causing climate change on this planet and the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try and reduce CO2 emissions is...
  • EU's industrial policy plans hinge on hefty budget increase

    09/25/2012 5:26:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 September 2012 | Jeremy Fleming
    Innovative technologies will form the core of a new industrial policy that the European Commission will put forward next month. But its success relies on a sharp increase of the EU’s budget, which will be a hard sell for cash-strapped EU nations struggling to contain their budget deficits. The EU executive’s proposed “priority action lines” for innovative technologies—including clean production manufacturing, electric cars, key enabling technologies and smart energy grids—require a massive increase in the EU's budget for research and development. The European Commission wants to see research funds boosted to €80 billion in the EU’s next seven-year budget (2014-2020)....
  • The New Great Dictators Are Gaining Momentum In Europe

    09/24/2012 8:41:46 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 13 replies
    TESTOSTERONE PIT ^ | Sept 24, 2012 | Jan Bennink
    Contributed by Jan Bennink, a Dutch advertising guy and a columnist for the leading newspaper De Volkskrant. He is @superjan on twitter. This column was first published in Dutch on Volkskrant Opinie.As far as I can remember I’ve never been afraid of the government. When I was a young upstart protesting military parades with safety pins through my ears, I wasn’t afraid. Even if the place was swarming with soldiers. When I was the bass player in a punk band, the P.A. Splashing Tovs, screaming at all kinds of government injustice, I did not feel unsafe. And in protest...
  • 11 European States Chart Course For A Federal Europe With Army (killing off NATO)

    09/22/2012 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 9/20/2012, 4:08 PM | Amiel Ungar
    In an article for the New York Times, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his Polish counterpart Radek Sikorski have proposed a drastic revamp of the European Union. To provide the democratic legitimacy that must accompany greater centralization they propose a directly elected president of the European Commission and endowing the European Parliament with the powers to initiate legislation and not merely block it as is the practice today. … The centralization will not be merely economic, but will seek integration in foreign and defense policy that will no longer be hobbled by the need to achieve unanimity. Changes would...
  • Europe Finally Comes Out: Obama's Reelection "Uber Alles" Determines Europe's Future

    09/21/2012 9:02:02 AM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 9/21/2012 | Tyler Durden
    For those to whom this comes as a surprise, following the periodic jaunts of Tim Geithner to Europe explaining just what is truly important in life, not to mention Obama's daily phone calls to Mario Monti, we feel truly sorry: •EU-IMF REVIEW OF GREEK DEBT SITUATION SET TO BE DELAYED UNTIL AFTER U.S. ELECTION - EUROPEAN OFFICIALS And the punchlines: •"Obama doesn't want anything on a macroeconomic scale that is going to rock the global economy before Nov. 6," a senior EU official told •"As far as European leaders are concerned, they don't want Romney, so they're probably willing to...
  • Latvia still keen to join single currency despite euro crisis

    09/19/2012 10:07:15 PM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 Sep 2012 | Ian Traynor
    "We don't think it's a sinking ship. We still see more positives than negatives," Valdis Dombrovskis, the Latvian prime minister.. Governments have tumbled everywhere in a backlash against slashed spending. But Dombrovskis has inflicted arguably the most painful austerity package of all on his country and been rewarded with re-election. As Greece pleads with its eurozone creditors for more time in meeting its fiscal adjustment targets, Dombrovskis is a fierce champion of surgical austerity applied quickly and ruthlessly. "The most important lesson is the speed of adjustment," he said. "When you're in a situation where the markets don't trust you,...
  • Pic Of The Day: French Magazine’s Naked Mohammed Cartoons… (click to enlarge)

    09/19/2012 2:58:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 19, 2012
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  • Intelligence chief: EU capital is 'spy capital'

    09/17/2012 9:31:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer | 17.09.12 @ 09:17 | Andrew Rettman
    For many in the age of foreign policy "resets" and "win-win" talks, espionage sounds like a thing of the past. But for Alain Winants, the head of Belgium's state security service, the VSSE, the EU capital currently has more spy activity than almost any other city in the world. Winants told EUobserver in a rare interview with international media that "we are not speaking in the dozens, we are speaking in the hundreds, several hundreds" of foreign intelligence officers and agents in Brussels. "In Belgium, espionage, Russian espionage and from other countries, like the Chinese, but also others, [is] at...
  • Round 2: French Magazine Charlie Hebdo To Publish Mohammed Cartoons…

    09/18/2012 2:10:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 18, 2012
    The last time Charlie Hebdo mocked Mohammed their Paris offices were firebombed. (AFP) — Fears that a wave of anger in the Islamic world could spread to Europe mounted as it emerged a French magazine was planning to publish cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed.Satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo confirmed that its latest edition contains several cartoons featuring Mohammed that the publication’s editor said would “shock those who will want to be shocked.”The magazine is due to hit the streets today against a background of protests across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as...
  • The French Magazine Firebombed Last Year Is Planning To Anger Hardline Islamists Again Tomorrow

    09/18/2012 2:27:30 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-18-2012 | Adam Taylor
    The French Magazine Firebombed Last Year Is Planning To Anger Hardline Islamists Again Tomorrow Adam TaylorSep. 18, 2012, 2:05 PMCharlie Hebdo, a long-running French satirical magazine, angered hardline Islamic groups last year with a magazine guest-edited by "Mohammad", the Islamic prophet. For their efforts, the magazine eventually found that their offices firebombed. Luckily no-one was injured, and the magazine went on to put up another shocking issue, with a cover that showed a traditionally-dressed Muslim man (perhaps Mohammed?) sloppily kissing a male Charlie Hebdo cartoonist. Now, according to Le Monde, the editors of Charlie Hebdo are preparing to cause controversy...
  • 'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

    After days of protests over an anti-Islam film, American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa were braced for further violence after Friday prayers. The US put its overseas missions on high alert. Germany has closed its embassies in a number of Muslim-majority countries in fear of attacks. "We are observing how the security situation develops with great attentiveness and we have increased security precautions at a number of foreign missions," a spokesman for the German Foreign Office told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Embassies in North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be among those affected.
  • EU working on consumer labels for Israeli settlement products (antisemitic boycott)

    09/14/2012 6:58:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09/14/2012 @ 09:28 | Andrew Rettman
    Denmark is fronting an EU initiative to help consumers boycott Israeli settlement products. … The move comes after EU foreign ministers in May said they will "fully and effectively implement existing EU legislation" on the subject. The EU says settlements are illegal. But its regular complaints about settlement expansion fall on deaf ears. … An Israeli source said EU pressure on settlements is nothing new. He said settlement-bashing supports the Palestinian line that settlement-building—instead of Israeli security—is the main obstacle in the peace process. …
  • Brussels drops plans for EU law limiting right to strike

    09/14/2012 6:39:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 14 September 2012 | Marc Hall
    The European Commission has withdrawn proposed legislation limiting workers’ right to strike, amid a furor from trade unions and EU lawmakers in Parliament who waved a "yellow card" to Brussels for stepping over national sovereignty. … Critics had condemned the so-called Monti II regulation over its implications for European social rights and for interfering with national sovereignty. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) rejected the proposal as it “restricts the right to take collective action.” … Governments claimed the right to strike was an issue to be regulated at the national level, and so the Monti II legislation—named after Italian...
  • Clegg brands those seeking to reform the EU 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues'

    11/15/2011 11:34:28 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister today after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister said that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers. Mr Clegg warned that European politicians should focus on 'jobs and growth' rather than attempting to reform EU institutions. Read more:
  • Germany says U.S. debt levels "much too high"

    09/11/2012 5:47:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09.11.12
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned on Tuesday how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.
  • Report: Bribe money for contracts not prosecuted enough in European Union

    09/10/2012 6:19:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07.09.12 @ 09:30 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Obtaining lucrative contracts in Europe by companies or individuals still involves, in some cases, bribing foreign public officials. The prosecution and investigation into such illicit acts has improved somewhat when compared to previous years, according to a report released on Thursday (6 September) by the Berlin-based NGO Transparency International (TI). … TI looked at laws dealing with corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, or violations of accounting and disclosure requirements. The report did not look at cases involving domestic companies and their respective public officials. …
  • Banking union leak points to sweeping powers for ECB (Euroepan Central Bank)

    09/10/2012 6:01:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 September 2012 | Jeremy Fleming
    Blueprints for a European banking union to be published on Wednesday (12 September) will trigger fevered debate over the powers of the European Central Bank (ECB), if a draft leaked late last week remains unchanged. The draft proposal gives the ECB sweeping powers to carry out spot checks and withdraw banking licenses, previously the preserve of national supervisors. The ECB would assume its new duties on 1 July 2013, the paper says, taking sole authority at the beginning of 2014. The proposals—which still face months of negotiation between governments and the European Parliament—give the ECB the power “to authorize credit...
  • The Godmother: Germany's New Dictator, Angela Merkel?

    09/10/2012 5:07:39 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 23 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 6, 2012 at 4:00 am | by Peter Martino
    For two consecutive years, Forbes Magazine has elected Angela Merkel the most powerful woman on Earth. It might not be long before she becomes the most powerful person on Earth. That is what Gertrud Höhler, a former advisor of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl fears. Höhler has published a book to warn the Germans about Merkel, who, Höhler says, wants to establish a dictatorship in Europe. The 58-year old Angela Merkel began her political career in 1991 as a junior minister under Chancellor Kohl. After the German reunification of 1990, Helmut Kohl needed some ministers from the former East Germany,...
  • Iceland Shows Other Europeans How to Survive Bankruptcy

    09/10/2012 4:41:42 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 2 replies ^ | 7 Sep 2012 | Matthew Feeney
    Small Atlantic nation enjoys growth and employment gains after failing to rescue its banks. Mainland Europe remains stuck with stagnation, decline, and ruinous "rescue" packages.