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  • Luxembourg Prime Minister Becomes First EU Leader To Marry Same-Sex Partner

    05/15/2015 12:48:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | May 15, 2015 | Sharer Peralta
    Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his partner Gauthier Destenay on Friday, becoming the first European Union leader to enter a gay marriage. Teri Schultz tells our Newscast unit that Bettel becomes the second world leader to do so. Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir married her partner five years ago. The interesting part about this development is that gay marriage is a relatively new thing in Luxembourg. As The Guardian reports, Bettel's party won a prominent spot in the ruling coalition after campaigning for same-sex marriage The Guardian adds: "[Same-sex marriage] was previously knocked down in 2007 by the then...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • UK report accuses PwC of tax avoidance on industrial scale

    02/06/2015 8:14:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2015 9:53 AM EST | Danica Kirka
    A British parliamentary committee on Friday accused the accounting firm PwC of promoting tax avoidance on an industrial scale and urged the government to step in and do more to regulate the tax industry. The Public Accounts Committee issued a scathing report, accusing PwC of mass-marketing tax avoidance plans and diverting profits to Luxembourg through intra-company loans. “We believe that PwC's activities represent nothing short of the promotion of tax avoidance on an industrial scale,” committee chair Margaret Hodge said. “The effect has been to reduce the amount of corporation tax that some multinational companies pay in the countries in...
  • Death of a Prosecutor

    01/21/2015 5:39:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Death of a ProsecutorPosted By Kenneth R. Timmerman On January 21, 2015 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments Alberto Nisman, the Argentinean prosecutor who indicted top Iranian regime officials for the July 1994 AMIA Jewish Center bombing in Buenos Aires, was found dead by gunshot in his apartment on Sunday night, in what initially was called a suicide.Nisman was scheduled to address members of parliament the next day to reveal new information about alleged efforts by Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her foreign minister, Hector Timerman, to cover up the responsibility of the Iranian regime...
  • Steyer Hedge Fund Tied to Russian Oligarch Targeted by U.S. Sanctions

    05/07/2014 9:21:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/7/14 | Adam Kredo
    The hedge fund founded and, until recently, run by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer was involved in a deal to sell a stake in a Russian oil company to a Russian oligarch who is the target of U.S. sanctions. Farallon Capital Management sold a part of its stake in Russian firm Geotech Oil Services to the Volga Group, a Luxembourg-based investment firm owned by Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, in 2010. Four years later, in April 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would target Timchenko, Volga, and a number of companies associated with them, in a round of sanctions aimed...
  • City aims to jump-start Near South Side development

    07/11/2013 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 2 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Hal Dardick
    The city is trying to kick-start development of vacant 62-acre parcel near downtown controlled by a controversial Iraqi billionaire once linked to convicted Democratic influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
  • No, Bibi-Bashers, Israel Is not ‘Isolated’ Under Netanyahu

    01/05/2015 7:35:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/05/2015 | P. David Hornik
    [1]On Tuesday the Palestinians tried to get the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution to shrink Israel down to indefensible borders.They failed to get the nine votes from the 15-member council that they needed. Even if they had, the U.S. had promised to veto the resolution. But the Palestinians would have succeeded in painting Israel as a country almost friendless, hanging by the thread of U.S. support.The draft resolution demanded that Israel and the Palestinians wrap up all their disputes and reach an agreement within one year; that a Palestinian state be set up along Israel’s 1967...
  • Massive Terror, War Avoided As UN Rejects Palestinian State

    12/31/2014 4:21:32 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 9 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | December 30, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyNew York, New York — December 30 … Lethal, Islamic terror attacks and the potential for a new Middle East war were avoided this evening as the UN Security Council defeated a Palestinian resolution calling for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territories by late 2017. The UN resolution called for negotiations to be based on territorial lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the Six Day War. It also demanded that a peace agreement be reached within 12 months. If a bid for Palestinian statehood was...
  • EU Calls for Peace Talks After PA Fails at UN

    12/30/2014 10:30:49 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/14
    The European Union’s (EU) foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said Tuesday's vote at the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Palestinian statehood underlined the need for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to urgently resume peace negotiations. The Security Council failed to adopt an Arab-backed resolution that would have paved the way to a Palestinian state, setting a 12-month deadline for Israel to reach a final peace deal with the PA and calling for a full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria by the end of 2017. The vote "underlines once again the urgency of resuming meaningful negotiations between the...
  • Palestinian Statehood Resolution Fails at UN Security Council

    12/30/2014 5:05:41 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | December 31, 2014 | Itamar Sharon
    The UN Security Council on Tuesday rejected a resolution on Palestinian statehood, with the Palestinians failing to get the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption by the 15-member council: Eight voted for the resolution and two voted against, with five abstentions. France, China and Russia were among the countries that supported the text setting a 12-month deadline for negotiations on a final peace deal with Israel and an imposed full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem by the end of 2017. Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg also voted for the resolution. Australia and the United...
  • Reported text of draft UN resolution on Palestinian statehood

    12/30/2014 7:44:09 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 9 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/30/2014 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF
    The draft resolution by the Palestinians calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem within three years and revised to include language declaring East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state was presented to the UN Security Council late Monday. The draft resolution affirms the urgent need to achieve “a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful solution” to the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict within 12 months and sets a December 31, 2017 deadline for Israel’s occupation to end. Many of the changes to the draft are semantic, such as the addition of the word “just,” to...
  • Security Council Rejects PA's Statehood Resolution (falls short of 9 vote threshold)

    12/30/2014 2:39:28 PM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/31/2014, 12:32 AM
    PA's unilateral resolution calling on Israel to "end the occupation" fails to receive the nine required votes to pass. Only eight countries voted in favor of the resolution, two voted against, and there were five abstentions. The resolution needed nine votes in favor to have passed. Australia and the United States voted against.
  • Abbas Bucks Kerry and Runs to the UN to Throw Obama under the Bus

    12/30/2014 4:14:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | December 29th, 2014 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Abbas ignored Kerry’s hints of sanctions and told him Jordan will present a resolution to the UN to force Israel to "Auschwitz borders.” Abbas, the one who is short in size and common sense, with Kerry, the one who is tall in size but short on common sense. Mahmoud Abbas is ignoring hints of American sanctions and a possible defeat in the U.N. Security Council which is set to consider a resolution from Jordan on Monday, ordering Israel to sign a peace treaty with the Palestinian Authority in one year. The resolution calls on Israel to surrender within three years...
  • Mahmoud Abbas: Failing the Palestinians and Peace

    12/29/2014 4:40:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Mahmoud Abbas: Failing the Palestinians and PeacePosted By Joseph Puder On December 29, 2014 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Mahmoud Abbas, (aka Abu Mazen) has been a failure as the Palestinian “Rais.” He failed to lead the Palestinian Authority (PA) toward peace with Israel, and he mismanaged the alleged goal to achieve statehood for the Palestinians. Instead of facing the tough issues and making compromises required in negotiating peace and statehood with the Israelis, Abbas chose an alliance with the Gaza controlled terrorist group Hamas. Following Abbas’ pact with Hamas last April, Israel broke off peace negotiations with the...
  • Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?

    11/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 3, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    Will the UN Security Council Impose a Palestinian State?Posted By Joseph Puder On November 3, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments January, 2015 does not bode well for Israel at the United Nations (UN). The UN Security Council (UNSC) will officially induct five newly elected non-permanent member-states replacing outgoing Rwanda, S. Korea, Australia, Argentina and Luxembourg, representing all the global regions. Unfortunately for Israel, the incoming states, particularly Venezuela and Malaysia, are hostile to the Jewish state. The other three, Angola, New Zealand, and Spain are pondering their position on recognizing Palestine as a full member-state...
  • New Iraqi Defense Minister Warns Kurds

    10/19/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    BasNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | unattributed
    New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi. “The Kurdistan Region security forces and Iraqi police should arrest all those criminals, as they are threats to the security and stability of...
  • EU states promote settler boycott amid Israel crisis

    07/04/2014 6:16:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/04/2014 @ 09:27 | Andrew Rettman
    Twelve EU countries have warned investors not to do business with Israeli settler entities, amid a security crisis in Israel and Palestine. The group includes: Austria; Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; Finland; Greece; Ireland; Luxembourg; Malta; Portugal; Slovakia; and Slovenia. Portugal published its statement on Wednesday (2 July) and the others came out on Thursday. France, Italy, and Spain put out similar communiques earlier this week. Germany and the UK already did it months ago. Poland is expected to publish a warning shortly. The Irish foreign ministry said the action “has been coordinated at EU level”. …
  • EU nations agree on rules to fight tax evasion (tax avoidance actually)

    03/20/2014 5:43:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2014 8:31 PM EDT | Raf Casert
    European Union nations on Thursday agreed on a sweeping policy to fight tax evasion after tiny Luxembourg dropped its reservations to new rules which render its secretive banking culture more transparent. Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel confirmed at Thursday’s summit of EU leaders “the willingness of the government to take that road,” a key step to scrap the banking secrecy for foreigners. […] The legislation proposes an EU-wide automatic exchange of data on bank deposits to allow governments to identify and pursue tax evaders with foreign accounts on home soil. Van Rompuy said it would “close down loopholes, promote automatic...
  • The UN invites Iran to Peace Conference on Syria

    01/20/2014 4:17:34 AM PST · by markomalley
    Asia News ^ | 1/20/2014
    The UN has invited Iran to the Peace Conference on Syria in Geneva on January 22 . It was confirmed last night by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki -moon, who stressed the potential positive role of Tehran in the future transition in Syria. The decision, however, has been challenged by the anti-Assad opposition that threatens a boycott of the conference, as well as by the United States : they have set support for points set out in Geneva in 2012 as a condition for participation. If Iran were to accept more than 40 countries will be present at the...
  • UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II

    01/19/2014 6:35:34 PM PST · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Global Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Agencies
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference in Switzerland, also known as Geneva II. "I have decided to issue some additional invitations to the one-day gathering in Montreux. They are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Iran," Ban told reporters here at a press conference. "I believe the expanded international presence on that day will be an important and useful show of solidarity in advance of the hard work that the Syrian government and opposition delegations will begin...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • EU leadership approval ratings tumble to all-time low

    01/10/2014 10:39:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 10 January 2014
    Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg are the only EU countries where citizens approve the European Union’s leadership with a clear 50% majority, according to a recent poll by Gallup. Approval ratings in nearly all other member states have dropped dramatically since 2008, especially in the crisis-hit south. The approval of the EU leadership is lowest in Greece (19%), Cyprus (21%) and Spain (27%), according to Gallup poll released on Wednesday (8 January). Other countries with critically low approval ratings include the United Kingdom (29%), Sweden (30%) or the Czech Republic (30%). The EU is still backed by a majority of...
  • Angela Merkel fractures pelvis in ski fall

    01/06/2014 12:07:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6 January 2014 | unattributed
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fractured a bone in her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in Switzerland, her spokesman says. She will have to remain lying down as much as possible in the next three weeks and several visits will be cancelled, Steffen Seibert said. She also suffered heavy bruising in the accident, in the alpine Engadine region of eastern Switzerland. Ms Merkel was not skiing fast at the time, the spokesman added. He called the injury "severe bruising linked with a partial fracture on the left, rear part of the pelvis". Immediately after the accident, during the Christmas......
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • ‘Luxembourg is a rogue state, Ireland a parasite state’, says French MP

    10/28/2013 11:15:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 28 October 2013
    In an interview with EurActiv.fr, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the former French presidential candidate and leader of a small anti-euro conservative party, calls on France to impose minimum conditions on fiscal policy at the EU level, denouncing the fiscal dumping of Luxembourg and Ireland. Nicolas Dupont-Aignan is a French MP and founder of the conservative political party “Debout la République” (Arise the Republic), known for its strong positions against the euro currency. … In an interview with EurActiv France, the MP called Luxembourg a “rogue state”, because it “allows the creation of trusts that hide the identity of their shareholders, which costs...
  • Germany and Poland: EU needs more democracy

    09/18/2012 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | TL
    "We've been looking at how we can bring back confidence in the European Union," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Warsaw late on Monday as he arrived for a meeting of ministers in the Future of Europe Group, which he launched in March. The 11-nation group is poised to submit a raft of recommendations to Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso - heads, respectively, of the bloc's intergovernmental and executive branches, neither of whom are elected by the EU's 500 million people. "We have to understand that we are a community of values and we have to defend...
  • Euro Bailout Fund: Germans Pay Less Than Their Neighbors

    09/21/2013 8:45:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 20, 2013 – 03:57 PM | (Spiegel/chw)
    A new study shows that Germany contributes less per person to the permanent euro bailout fund than residents of several other countries in the European Union. Luxembourg, Holland and Ireland are among the nations paying more per capita. … EU member states have contributed some €48 billion ($65 billion) to the rescue authority to date. The cash contribution of the ESM is expected to increase to a total of €80 billion ($108 billion) by mid-2014, with the next installment due in October. …
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • EU agrees to rescue debt-ridden Greece

    03/27/2010 7:54:51 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 9 replies · 430+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 27, 2010 | Claire Rosemberg
    The euro firmed and Athens breathed a sigh of relief after European leaders agreed to rescue debt-ridden Greece, but markets stayed cautious amid lingering concerns over the currency's health. "I think Europe proved its capacity for action on a major issue," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel as European Union leaders wound up a two-day summit mulling a new 10-year jobs and growth strategy for the bloc's half a billion people. "For all of us it is important that our common currency ... remains stable and that's why yesterday was important for the euro," Merkel said of a rescue plan brokered...
  • Brussels gravy train like “last days of Rome”: EU MEPs earn up to 740% more than average citizen…

    05/23/2013 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:46 EST, 23 May 2013 | Alan Hall
    The gilded lifestyle of MEPs has been compared to the uncontrolled excesses of ancient Rome after research showed their perks have not been dented despite biting austerity measures. From Italian MEPs who enjoy free haircuts to Maltese ones who get 52 free gallons of petrol a month, the perks—and expenses—continue unabated for the representatives of European Union nations. MEPs from the 27 EU nations are paid salaries of £137 million ($207 million) a year, according to research by German pricing watchdog Preisvergleich.de, and some earn 740 percent more than the average citizen. …
  • Inside Iraqi Corruption

    03/29/2005 4:35:34 PM PST · by Softwar · 460+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/29/05 | Charles R. Smith
    Inside Iraqi Corruption Charles R. Smith Tuesday, March 29, 2005 John A. Shaw is a curious example of Washington politics gone mad. Shaw is a veteran government employee who served inside the White House under Presidents Ford, Nixon and Reagan and was an associate deputy secretary in the Department of Commerce. In 2001, Shaw was appointed by Bush Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld to head the newly formed Office of International Technology Security. In this post, Shaw began the difficult task of reforming government controls over the export of sensitive technology to foreign countries. In 2003, Shaw began investigating allegations of...
  • EU to ban olive oil jugs from restaurants

    05/17/2013 9:57:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:52PM BST 17 May 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The European Union is to ban olive oil jugs and dipping bowls from restaurant tables in a move described by one of Britain’s top cooks as authoritarian and damaging to artisan food makers. The small glass jugs filled with green- or gold-colored extra virgin olive oil are familiar and traditional for restaurant goers across Europe, but they will be banned from 1 January 2014 after a decision taken in an obscure Brussels committee earlier this week. From next year, olive oil “presented at a restaurant table” must be in prepackaged factory bottles with a tamper-proof dispensing nozzle and labeling in...
  • Apple’s cash is cached

    05/05/2013 12:37:04 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 05/05/2013 | JONATHON M. TRUGMAN
    --snip- To understand how big of a deal this is, you need to understand that Apple, the world’s most profitable technology company, works through a large and complicated array of offshore companies to hold its taxable profits overseas. By creating subsidiaries in tax havens like Ireland, Luxembourg, the British Virgin Islands and the Netherlands, the company saves billions in taxes.
  • UKIP will cause political earthquake in European elections, says Nigel Farage

    05/05/2013 11:06:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Sunday, May 5, 2013 | Nicholas Watt
    Amid growing calls from Tory MPs for David Cameron to respond to the Ukip threat by bringing forward legislation on an EU referendum, Farage warned that his party would not go away even if No 10 "starts singing the same song". William Hague, who famously suffered a major defeat in the 2001 election after tacking to the right, called for a cautious response to Ukip as he warned of the dangers of "quick fixes". Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, said many Ukip voters were "frustrated Conservatives". As the Tories work out their response to Ukip, which won nearly a quarter...
  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • EU to set up euro-election “troll patrol” to tackle Euroskeptic surge

    02/03/2013 6:32:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:33PM GMT 03 Feb 2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    The Daily Telegraph has seen confidential spending proposals and internal documents planning an unprecedented propaganda blitz ahead of and during European elections in June 2014. Key to a new strategy will be “public opinion monitoring tools” to “identify at an early stage whether debates of political nature among followers in social media and blogs have the potential to attract media and citizens’ interest”. Spending on “qualitative media analysis” is to be increased by £1.7 million ($2.7 million), and while most of the money is to be found in existing budgets, an additional £787,000 ($1.24 million) will be need to be...
  • Luxembourg Foreign Minister: “Israel Must Halt Settlement Construction Entirely”

    11/12/2012 8:54:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/12/2012 | Christoph Schult
    On Tuesday, the foreign ministers of the European Union, including Guido Westerwelle of Germany, are scheduled to conduct their first-ever joint meeting with their counterparts from the Arab League. At the meeting, top European and Arab diplomats are expected to discuss the civil war in Syria as well as the stalled Middle East peace process. Among the most contentious issues to be addressed is that of Israel’s policy of settlement-building in the occupied Palestinian territories.Last Tuesday, the Israeli government said it would move forward with the construction of 1,200 houses in East Jerusalem and on the West Bank. Catherine Ashton,...
  • Twelve EU countries likely to back Palestine’s UN bid

    11/10/2012 8:34:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.11.12 @ 09:27 (November 9) | Andrew Rettman
    Palestine can count on about 12 Yes votes by EU countries when it tries to upgrade its UN status, in a move expected later this month. … A senior EU diplomat told this website the Union remains divided on the question, however. He noted that member states’ votes “will probably follow the same pattern as with UNESCO,” referring to a decision by the UN’s Paris-based cultural wing to admit Palestine as a member last year. At the time, 11 countries—Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovenia and Spain—backed Palestine’s UNESCO bid. Another 11—Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy,...
  • British have invaded nine out of ten countries -- so look out Luxembourg

    11/10/2012 10:41:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Jasper Copping
    Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world in its long and colourful history, new research has found. Every schoolboy used to know that at the height of the empire, almost a quarter of the atlas was coloured pink, showing the extent of British rule. But that oft recited fact dramatically understates the remarkable global reach achieved by this country. A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe. The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only...
  • 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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061798/EU-treaty-change-Nick-Clegg-clashes-David-Cameron-reform.html#ixzz1dnt5E4wa
  • New cars in Europe may have to cut carbon emissions by one-third

    07/12/2012 4:53:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12 July 2012 | Fiona Harvey for the Guardian, part of the Guardian Environment Network
    New cars and vans in the European Union will produce one-third less carbon dioxide within eight years, under proposed new rules set out on Wednesday (11 July) in Brussels. By 2020, the average emissions from new cars will have to be no more than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer driven (5.4 oz/mile), a cut of more than 40 grams from today's levels and of 35 grams per kilometer compared with the 2015 target, if the proposed new regulations are accepted. Connie Hedegaard, climate chief of the European commission, said the goals were "ambitious but achievable" and would benefit...
  • MEPs agree on proposals towards (EU) 'fiscal union'

    06/13/2012 3:51:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 2012.06.13 @ 18:09 | Honor Mahony
    The European Parliament on Wednesday (13 June) approved draft laws that would strongly increase Brussels' power over eurozone countries' budgets. But they tempered the previously austere proposals with measures for growth, debt redemption and democratic scrutiny. "This is the core of a fiscal union," said Austrian MEP and socialist leader Hannes Swoboda. "This is the first time that there is a structural solution [to the eurozone crisis] on the table," said Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt. His Green counterpart Daniel Cohn-Bendit called it a "milestone" for the strength of agreement among MEPs. The pair of laws—also known as the two-pack—is among...
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 40 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • 'Real Rebound' in World Economy: Barclays' CEO

    02/29/2012 6:53:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Margo D. Beller Special to CNBC.com
    Once again the world economy has proved the naysayers wrong and there's been a "real rebound" so far this year, Barclays CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday. "One of the lessons we’ve learned in the last couple of years is every time it’s doom and gloom ... the economy is far more resilient," he said. "We see China at 8 percent to 9 percent growth, and reduction in unemployment [cnbc explains] in the U.S. So we’ve seen a real rebound." That even extends to Europe, which was stabilized by the European Central Bank's [cnbc explains] second liquidity injection. President Mario...
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • Rezko gave Gutierrez a deal on town house (Gutierrez, IL Dem Rep)

    11/14/2010 8:06:03 PM PST · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-8-10 | Natasha Korecki
    Congressman told FBI he asked for -- and got -- free home upgrades ### Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Gutierrez's comments to federal agents in a previously undisclosed 2008 interview contradict what the congressman told the Sun-Times in 2006 about the purchase. "I walked in with my wife -- as any other consumer could have -- and purchased the unit at the listed price, with no considerations," the Northwest Side congressman said then,...
  • Obama Donor Brought U.S. Embassy To “State Of Dysfunction”

    02/04/2011 2:10:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 4, 2011
    An Obama fundraiser awarded a cushy European ambassadorship after bundling more than half a million dollars for his presidential campaign ran her U.S. embassy like a hostile dictator, spent government funds on booze and bullied staff.Here comes the good part. State Department leadership (that includes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton) knew all about it but took no action, presumably because the wealthy donor—a Seattle philanthropist named Cynthia Stroum—is untouchable. At least that’s what an internal State Department investigation seems to indicate. Made public this week, a scathing report of the probe says that during her year-long tenure as U.S....
  • Cable: US ambassador praised ex-Gitmo inmate

    12/09/2010 9:13:52 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Google News ^ | Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | AP
    AP, linking only
  • Report: Suspected suicide bomber arrested in Copenhagen

    09/10/2010 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 71 replies · 1+ views
    M&C News ^ | 9-10-10 | STAFF
    Copenhagen - Police in Denmark arrested a suspected possible suicide bomber Friday following a small explosion at a hotel in central Copenhagen, media reports said. Danish daily Extra Bladet showed on its website a photo of the suspect, who had reportedly attempted to blow himself up. Police did not immediately confirm the report. No one was injured in the explosion at the Jorgensen Hotel. Police handcuffed the man after he was seen running away from the hotel and into the nearby Orstedsparken park. The park was evacuated and the surrounding streets were cordoned off as explosive experts were called in....