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Labour to oppose 'Henry VIII powers' being used to rewrite EU laws | Politics | The Guardian
[ no moderation, moderation is gone. Global Britain is here. 'indyref2 wil happen one way or another. no opposition and no say will infuriate Scots even more eventually ] It is expected that this will involve extensive use of “Henry VIII powers” – laws allowing ministers to change primary legislation (government bills) using secondary legislation (orders that go through parliament with little or no scrutiny). [...] Corbyn said Labour would oppose handing ministers such extensive powers when the House of Commons votes on the great repeal bill. [ less accountability, transparency, democracy, representation ... more technical! technocracy! that was voted actually against as it is practiced in EU ... the irony ] //&! The Observer view on triggering article 50. As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/26/observer-editorial-triggering-of-article-50-jeopardises-60-years-of-unparalleled-peace
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit: Government suffers second defeat in Lords - BBC News
VOTE ON DEAL OR NO DEAL - The government has suffered a second Brexit defeat in the House of Lords as peers backed, by 366 votes to 268, calls for a "meaningful" parliamentary vote on the final terms of withdrawal.
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
George Osborne vs John McDonnell - Treasury Questions - YouTube
"economic security for the country (& working people)" out of the mouth of Mr "Judgement Call" (that is what the tax credit cuts are, according to him, in front of select committee in house of commons hearing on the matter. // As if 12bn have no multiplier. 12bn for the corporate sharing it amongst their shareholders who have already bns, there is no multiplier at all. it just moves the digit after the comma. For the poop it is about paying for heating and new shoes. stupid. could afford welfare bill if corporates were to pay their fair share of taxes and not avoid and evade and no corporate welfare like for the steel industry (picking winners). = Show of Career Politician with some ideoligy and dogma and no principles. HE IS A MERCENARY. NOT A VISIONARY. A Career Politician. Calculated. Opportunistic. No long-term view. // IFS did say, in case of austerity, private sector has to pick up the slack. And it did since 2010. And new figures in household debt/credit card debt shows that.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credit cuts - will the House of Lords stop them? - YouTube
what constitutional crisis? democracy. separation of power. checks and balances. getting the voice of the minority heard who have no voice, nobody, no lobby in Westminster to speak and represent them. // 1:44:00 David Cameron and Osborne lied to win a small majority in the general election, withholding the details of further (12bn) welfare cuts in the next parliament if they were (re-)elected. The British public is fed up. Same with LibDems budging on Student Fees post-election and students went on the street in London and elsewhere. & 1:58-59:00 because of that fact, what the gov is asking us to do to waive this through, is unacceptable. & 2:00:00 no taxation without representation & 2:34:00 Poor have to make even more hard choices that Toff can't even imagine to make. & If you don't create middle-class jobs (job creation/industrial policy), you have to top up pay with tax credit for low income. Period. & 2:47:00 proposed amendments were just soft paced cut style. no principles!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
I didn’t think TTIP could get any scarier, but then I spoke to the EU official in charge of it | Voices | The Independent
[ vis Finance Watch on Facebook ] According to John Hillary, Cecilia Malmström (the European Trade Commissioner) said “I do not take my mandate from the European people”, when she was asked how she could continue her persistent promotion of the TTIP in the face of such massive public opposition.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
3sat.online - Mediathek: Das wird bitter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fructose_corn_syrup - High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) (also called glucose-fructose, isoglucose and glucose-fructose syrup) [ Is cheaper. = More profit. US agriculture lobby put their people and money in place in Brussels with succes. - http://www.agribenchmark.org/fileadmin/Dateiablage/B-Cash-Crop/Projects/Sugar-Isoglucose/zimmer_Isoglucose_final.pdf &! bit.ly/1hx2rGW ] Das wird bitter Industriezucker darf ab 2017 ungezügelt in die EU: Der Ernährungsmediziner Dr. Gerd Claußnitzer warnt vor dem Industriezucker Isoglucose: Er kann Fettleber und Diabetes auslösen helfen. // Isoglucose may take up to 30% of the current European sugar market after quotas are removed in 2017, according to a new report. - bit.ly/1hx2rGW // --- change has to be bottom-up --- //&! https://www.facebook.com/Frontal21/videos/10153248906885889/
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
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
TTIP, TISA Explained | Wikileaks | Jeremy Corbyn | Bernie Sanders | Julian assange - YouTube
BRIC rise and eventual dominance is a threat to USA economic and political and geo political dominance // Who is excluded from TPP, TTIP and TISA (and CETA)? - BRIC & South Africa. // This is a new type of protectionism, sanctions and economic warfare. // Corporations want to lock-in power.
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september 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
Mark Blyth Mackenzie Lecture 2015 – Austerity and the Politics of Money - YouTube
too big to bail, thus stick it to the countries individually. // Draghi Put - LTRO, LTRO 2, ELA, what ever it takes, TLTRO, // 5trn (40% of EU GDP) put into banks since the crisis (as of 2013). // NPL (via stress test) - 1.22trn in NPL in EU banking system as of 2013. // TINA - there is no alternative (same with UK budget2015) - bbc.in/1N3hrdu &! Angela Merkel "Alternativlos" // bailed out the assets (income for banks via mortgages, loans, businesses loans and credit lines, insurance policies, 401ks, pension fund contributions) of the top 20-30% of the income distribution. austerity is put on the bottom 70-20% of the income distribution. a bailout not just of the banks, the system, but also the top 20-30%, the Super Rich, 1%, the Establishment, the Privileged, the babyboomers, the pensioners. ... and add QE, you really reflate/bail out the 1% ... 10% ... 20%, their pensions, investments, and so forth. // this was and still is a Class specific Put Option for those with assets!
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
TTIP: EU-Parlament stellt sich hinter Freihandelsabkommen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Die Abgeordneten erzielten am Mittwoch einen Kompromiss. Die von Linken als undemokratisch kritisierten privaten Schiedsgerichte sollen durch ein neues System ersetzt werden, heißt es in dem Beschlusstext. Dieser wurde am Mittwoch mit 436 Ja- gegen 241 Nein-Stimmen verabschiedet. Stattdessen sollen unabhängige Gerichte über derartige Fälle entscheiden. Damit will Straßburg eine befürchtete Benachteiligung europäischer Unternehmen bei Klagen gegen Staaten verhindern." [...] Nach Einschätzung des Präsidenten des Bundesverbands der Deutschen Industrie, Ulrich Grillo, macht diese Entschließung den Weg frei "für echte Chancen und klare Regeln im transatlantischen Handel". [...] Die Verbraucherorganisation Foodwatch und die Bündnisse "TTIP unfairhandelbar" sowie "Stop TTIP" zeigten sich enttäuscht von der Resolution. Die Abgeordneten hätten damit die Gelegenheit verpasst, der Aushöhlung der Demokratie durch Freihandelsabkommen und Konzernklagerechte einen Riegel vorzuschieben, [...]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Greece isn't any old troubled debtor - BBC News
What is very striking - and important - about the agonised talks between Greece and its creditors is that no European leader has tried to bind the feuding sides together with a call to European solidarity, or with any emotive rhetoric about how this great monetary project is all about prosperity and peace for all eurozone citizens. [Career Politicians are are managing the status quo. They are no missionaries.] Nor has any great sense been conveyed that maintaining the wholeness and integrity of the eurozone is a matter of passionate principle. Instead the public and private debate has been couched in the language of national interests, rather than the imperative of keeping the so-called great European project on the road. [...] And some of them would say the creditors are in self-harming denial [not accepting a haircut or lengthy pause of repayment till economy is on a growth track] Or to put it another way, Mrs Merkel and Mr Hollande don't want the backlash from their own citizens.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: Minority Labour government 'would have to talk to SNP' - BBC News
Ed Miliband not even agreeing on a policy by policy coalition, is an affront to Scottish voters, democracy & representation. Westminsters handling of the scottish referendum & the last minute vow without consulting english mps & the consequences, is a symptom of how westminster sees scotland & its people, democracy, representation & their attitude towards them. ed miliband could have said 'everything is up in the air' & conservatives putting him&salmon on their election poster, was to concede the probable election outcome. vs saying what he said - a vague no, preserving what is to preserve & paddle back after the election results come in & hope his party will not lose 1 vote bc of this incident, bc the english constituency is on no good terms with the Scottish // its not the english constituency, its westminster. stupid // vs. bbc.in/1G2piCT - Sturgeon offers 'friendship message' to UK, 'vote SNP & Labour &we will move Labour further to the left in a coalition.' & bbc.in/1EgCXqY
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march 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
BND vermutet seit 2005, dass Deutschland Spionageziel für USA war - SPIEGEL ONLINE
https://netzpolitik.org/2014/bnd-dokument-belegt-bundesregierung-weiss-bereits-seit-einem-jahrzehnt-dass-nsa-co-uns-ueberwachen/ - Als die Snowden-Enthüllungen begannen, will die Bundesregierung von nichts gewusst haben. Als das Merkelfone einen konkreten Spionagefall aufdeckte hieß es, man habe sich bisher nicht mit Überwachung durch unsere Freunde beschäftigt. Das konnt eman damals bestenfalls als total naiv bezeichnen oder es entsprach nicht der Wahrheit. Heute berichtet der Spiegel von einem BND-Protokoll, das bereits Anfang 2005 darüber aufklärte, dass auch befreundete und verbündete Nationen uns überwachen [...] Man geht jetzt mit Strafanzeige gegen Whistleblower aus dem eigenen Haus vor, um diejenigen einzuschüchtern und mit Sicherheitsbehörden zu verfolgen, die dazu beitragen, Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen und über diese Vernebelungsaktionen aufzuklären: Regierung plant Strafanzeige gegen unbekannt.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool | Re/code
Symantec say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malware circulating the world that appears to be used for spying at Internet service and telecommunications companies, and was likely created by a government agency. And while its origin is unclear, a short list of capable countries would include the U.S., Israel and China. [...] The quality of Regin’s design and the investment required to create it is such that it was almost certainly made by a nation-state, - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8649402 &! 2 days later - https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/11/24/secret-regin-malware-belgacom-nsa-gchq/ "Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept." << NSA/GCHQ not only watch over Angela Merkel's phone.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
EU-Kommission entlässt Wissenschaftliche Chefberaterin Anne Glover - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Ich bedauere sehr, dass die Position des Chief Scientific Adviser des EU-Kommissionspräsidenten offenbar abgeschafft werden soll."
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Latest TPP Leak Reveals Even Harsher Copyright Rules - Forbes
The US is also calling for criminal sanctions for copyright infringement, even where the infringement isn’t being carried out for commercial reasons. “If the US gets its way, then criminal penalties will apply even against users who were not seeking financial gain from sharing or making available copyrighted works, such as fans and archivists,” write Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). “Such a broad definition is ripe for abuse.” Indeed, a similar provision in a free trade agreement between Columbia and the US led to copyright laws that saw a Columbian graduate student arrested for posting another student’s academic paper online without permission.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
EU-Parlament: Nebenjobs bessern Gehälter der Abgeordneten auf - SPIEGEL ONLINE
["Nebenjob" .... "NEBENJOB"] Lukrative Nebenjobs: Zwischen 5,8 und 18,3 Millionen Euro im Jahr verdienen EU-Parlamentarier nach SPIEGEL-Informationen dazu. Der aktuelle Spitzenverdiener in Deutschland ist der CDU-Politiker Peter Jahr.
Career  Politicians  No  Representation  transparency  Europe  European  Parliament 
october 2014 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
Juncker: Kritik am Wechsel der EMA ins Industrieressort - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Nicht nur EU-Parlamentarier und Wissenschaftler protestieren, jetzt melden sich auch deutsche Gesundheitsexperten zu Wort. Sie alle sorgen sich, dass etwa bei der Zulassung von Arzneimitteln und Medizinprodukten ab sofort das Interesse der Industrie wichtiger sein könnte als das der Verbraucher
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Lobbyismus: EU-Politikerin Sharon Bowles wechselt zur Londoner Börse - SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Die LSE hat Sharon Bowles eingekauft - die Frau, die unsere internen Besprechungen im Parlament und alle Kniffe kennt, die weiß, wie man unseren neuen Gesetzen die Zähne zieht", sagt Sven Giegold, finanz- und wirtschaftspolitischer Sprecher der Grünen im Europaparlament. "Vor nicht einmal zwei Monaten war sie noch eine von uns, jetzt hat sie ihren guten Ruf verkauft. Solche Seitenwechsel beschädigen die Demokratie." Olivier Hoedeman von der Lobbykritiker-Organisation Corporate Europe Observatory wirft Bowles vor, sie untergrabe den Ruf des Parlaments.
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august 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. // http://www.salon.com/2014/02/28/the_dying_right_why_christian_fundamentalists_are_in_panic_mode_partner/ || 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 _ http://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/europawahl-kommentare-der-presse-a-971668.html +++ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27559714 "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
DasErste.de - Monitor - Freihandelsabkommen TTIP: Angriff auf die Demokratie?
Asbestos is in USA still allowed, but not in schools. _ http://www.dw.de/ttip-serves-the-major-corporations/a-17655221 'TTIP serves the major corporations' The TTIP trade agreement between the US and the EU is continuing to cause a major row in Europe. Economist Christoph Scherrer tells DW that the corporations' right to file lawsuits will be particularly problematic.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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