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In the loop October 2: Flemish separatism, F1 and the Juncker plan by POLITICO Europe
min 17 - behind-the-scenes fight in the European Parliament over the appointment of top managers for the so-called Juncker Plan: a €315 billion EU investment plan. // threat of White Elephants, roads and bridges to nowhere ... only politicians can put themselves in front of photojournalists for photo op. no productive investments into the future. renewable, smart grid, private public paternerships, carbon emission reduction projects ie urbanisation planning projects to half city traffic and put cycling network in place, and zero emission public transportation, ... --- no accountability, no oversight no transparency. risk of corruption, bribery, dirty handshakes, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Europe's economic challenge not just about Greece - BBC News
IMF, Christine Lagarde, said: "I remain firmly of the view that Greece's debt has become unsustainable." [...] Greek debt will reach 201% of GDP some time next year. [...] It is unlikely a portion of the debt will be written off but there may well be an agreement to extend current loans and to lower the rates of interest. [...] [ the overall health of Europe as a whole and its individual parts in question] [...] the eurozone economy splutters. There is a recovery - the eurozone is growing at an annual rate of 1.3% - but it is patchy. In the [Q2'15] France and Italy, which account for 40% of the eurozone economy, flat-lined. Italy which had only recently emerged from recession fell back, managing growth of just 0.2%. [...] [ ECB: on balance, outlook remains on the downside ] The eurozone economy is still smaller than it was in 2008. [...] The fundamental challenges to the European economy remain - how to innovate [...] modernise [...] [ EU project living up to its potential ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Deine Rechte sind in diesen Freihandelsabkommen nicht verfügbar [31c3] - YouTube
Wir zeigen, an welchen Stellen sich die Abkommen TTIP und CETA auf Netzpolitik, Datenschutz und Demokratie auswirken können, wie der kreative Protest sich mit digitalen Mitteln organisiert hat und und wie andere Kampagnen von diesen Erfahrungen möglicherweise profitieren können – und selbstverständlich auch, was die nächsten Schritte sein werden.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
AfD: Union reagiert auf Euroskeptiker von Wolfgang Münchau - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Abwarten, anbiedern, angreifen - drei Strategien, mit denen die Union auf die neue Konkurrenz durch die AfD reagiert. Richtig ist allein die dritte: Wer die Lucke-Partei kleinhalten will, muss offensiv für Euro und Europa werben. [...] die totale Konfrontation suchen. Schäubles Weg ist der richtige. [...] Befürworter der europäischen Integration werden als übereifrige "Integrationisten" abgekanzelt. Und man spottet über Brüsseler Bürokraten ohne Kenntnis der Fakten. Wenn man diesen Weg geht, wandelt sich auch bei uns die Debatte. Wenn wir die AfD bekämpfen wollen, dann sollten wir verhindern, dass die Partei die Debatte monopolisiert. Sonst schlafwandelt auch Deutschland in die Euroskepsis.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
The Rise Of Europe's Religious Right
For the most part, though, issues dear to social conservatives were a side issue in elections driven heavily by economic frustration. [...] The suddenness with which social conservatives became a force in Brussels has many progressives speculating that they are the creations of American social conservatives seeking to “export the culture wars.” [...] Today, American ties seem much more about a shared vision to build a global conservative movement rather than leaning on stronger and wealthier U.S. partners for support. // || Pro Progressive - the hard things are hard bc they are worth doing it. It's easy to turn ones back. But its hard to hold your face into the storm that is brewing. Holding onto status quo is not worth the struggle, it is a futile short-term view - as the status quo is not sustainable.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Farage hails 'extraordinary' UKIP win in European election
Anti-EU parties from the left and right have gained significant numbers of MEPs across all 28 member states in the wake of the eurozone crisis and severe financial squeeze. However, pro-EU parties will still hold the majority in parliament. Turnout across the EU is up slightly at 43.1%, according to estimates. Turnout in the UK was 33.8%, down slightly on last time.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Europawahl: Rechtspopulisten feiern Erfolg in Europa - SPIEGEL ONLINE
caveat - voter durnout. but but, still 2 black eyes for democracy and how Europe seems not to do well - politically and from a society landscape. etc etc _ +++ "It is clear the UK Conservatives have a real fight on their hands to win allies for their reform agenda in Europe. [...] The election has delivered a big blow to the political establishment in Europe - the establishment that pursued austerity and bank bailouts, at great cost to millions of ordinary voters." [...] "Martin Schulz, the former Socialist president of the European Parliament - said of the FN victory: "It's a bad day for the European Union, when a party with a racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic programme gets 25% of the vote."
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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