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Race for a Top Job in Europe Hits the Road

Race for a Top Job in Europe Hits the Road | European issues | Scoop.it
Jean-Claude Juncker, seeking to be the next president of the European Commission, embarked on an American-style campaign bus tour.
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Vote for Europe!

Vote for Europe! | European issues | Scoop.it
This May, citizens will be called upon to vote on the future of Europe for the first time: What kind of a Europe do we want? Since the Lisbon Treaty came into force, and throughout the entire period of the crisis, the citizens have never had the opportunity to be involved in a democratic decision-making process on the future of the EU.Eine weitere WordPress-Seite
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Zygmunt Bauman:

“Viewed from one side, European Union is a shield protecting the aggregate of individual states, many of them too small or weak to defend themselves, against the worst excesses of unbridled and unscrupulous global powers. Viewed from the other side, that Union may well look a kind of fifth column of the same global powers, a vanguard of forces conspiring to erode and ultimately to render null and void both the nation’s and the state’s chances of sovereignty. The point is, though, that both views are sides of the same truth: given the present planetary condition, performing the first role is hardly possible without at least occasionally playing the second. Serving, then, as a laboratory in which ways to confront globally generated problems and challenges are daily designed, debated, and tested in practice, makes Europe uniquely significant for the future of a planet faced currently with the second seminal transformation in its modern history of human cohabitation.”

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Aid to Ireland and Spain: ‘Music to the ears of Angela Merkel’

Aid to Ireland and Spain: ‘Music to the ears of Angela Merkel’ | European issues | Scoop.it
Ireland, the first country due to leave the EU-IMF-ECB’s three year supervision programme, announced that it had chosen not to request access to an EU credit line of up to €10bn when it departs the bailout programme.
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“Goodbye bailout, hello credit", is how Cinco Días in Madrid welcomesthe Eurogroup announcement. The economic daily notes that the money injected into Spanish banks since July 2012 will allow credit to flow to companies and the economy to rebound. Of the €100bn granted by the EU, the banks have used €41.5bn. However, recalls Cinco Días, when the rescue of the Spanish banks was announced

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Students Try to Occupy Bulgarian Parliament Building

Students Try to Occupy Bulgarian Parliament Building | European issues | Scoop.it
The action was the latest of a series of angry demonstrations against the center-left government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski.
    
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Bulgaria has been convulsed by near constant protests since mid-June, when citizens took to the streets in outrage over the appointment of Delyan Peevski, a politically connected media magnate, as the head of the State Agency for National Security. Although Mr. Peevski resigned, some protesters said his selection proved that shadowy business interests controlled the government.

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EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism - SPIEGEL ONLINE

EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism - SPIEGEL ONLINE | European issues | Scoop.it
A vast survey conducted by the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights and published Friday contains troubling results almost exactly 75 years after Kristallnacht : Jews in Germany and seven other EU countries continue to live in fear of verbal or...
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The survey also found that Jews living in Germany were particularly concerned with two issues that have sparked much debate in recent years: the prohibition of circumcision (brit mila) and traditional Jewish rituals associated with slaughtering animals (shechita). Almost three-quarters (71%) said that banning circumcision would be a "very big" or "fairly big" problem for them, while half (50%) held the same view regarding prohibitions on traditional slaughter.

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You won’t believe what the press just did: their jobs on the public’s behalf

You won’t believe what the press just did: their jobs on the public’s behalf | European issues | Scoop.it
Does it matter that reporters are being stonewalled? The health of democracy is at stake
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Should you care? If you can read the latest press release on an official party website, or receive valuable information such as “wheels up to Brussels” on Twitter, does it matter that reporters are being stonewalled? I’d say that it does. Journalists are meant, in part, to act as proxy citizens – to ask the question you’d ask if you were lucky enough to buttonhole the prime minister, premier or mayor on the street. They’re meant to find the meat behind the message.

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Denmark-Sweden: Identical twins - or Cain and Abel?

Denmark-Sweden: Identical twins - or Cain and Abel? | European issues | Scoop.it
Few European countries are as similar as Denmark and Sweden. But while the states are becoming more economically integrated, their populations remain divided, writes a Stockholm-based Danish political scientist.
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Scapegoating the Roma, Again

Scapegoating the Roma, Again | European issues | Scoop.it
Discrimination against Gypsies is rising in Europe, in cruel violation of human rights.
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That is happening now. Faced with stubbornly high unemployment and strained budgets, some European Union members are finding it easier to stigmatize and expel Roma than to provide them with the education, housing and employment they seek.

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Press freedom: is that the right to make up stories about asylum seekers? | Aditya Chakrabortty

Press freedom: is that the right to make up stories about asylum seekers? | Aditya Chakrabortty | European issues | Scoop.it
The Daily Mail's attacks on Ed Miliband are just the thin of the wedge, the tabloids usually target groups that can't fight back
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WikiRendum's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:48 AM

This is Britain as seen by Tory tabloid editors: the poor are always on the rob, unionised workers like nothing better than to swing the lead and the darkies are forever sneaking into the country. It is a fantasy, fostered by a lazy and self-serving system of press regulation and indulged by nervous politicians. It turns Labour governments into tenants in a Tory Britain and grants Conservatives ever more freedom to run rightwards. This is the much-fabled press freedom that's apparently at risk this week.

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Spain's jobless claims rise in September, government data shows

Spain's jobless claims rise in September, government data shows | European issues | Scoop.it
The number of registered jobless in Spain rises for the first time in seven months, government data shows.

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The UK media needs to stop referring to refugees as "illegal immigrants"

The UK media needs to stop referring to refugees as "illegal immigrants" | European issues | Scoop.it
In a society where inequalities are increasing the struggle over scarce resources, the arrival of new groups of poor economic migrants or destitute refugees can put increased pressure on the poorest communities.
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Minorities: Sweden’s shameful secret

Minorities: Sweden’s shameful secret | European issues | Scoop.it
Sydsvenskan, Malmö – The recent revelations about the police registry of Roma lifts the veil on the persecutions the Roma have been subjected to down through history – and the discrimination they are still facing today.
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Sweden in 2013 obviously cannot be compared to Sweden of the 17th Century. We have no equivalent of the “biology of the races” that was in vogue in the country at the beginning of the last century. But we cannot pretend that these chapters have never taken place, or we will never analyse and combat the anti-Roma racism that prevails today. The police and the authorities must understand this. This is the condition for our confidence in the rule of law.

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Sweden: 'Police kept records on thousands of Roma'

Sweden: 'Police kept records on thousands of Roma' | European issues | Scoop.it
Police have maintained a Roma database since 2012, which currently includes 4,029 people, including a thousand minors, even though ethnically based registers are illegal in […]
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Among Ukraine’s Jews, the Bigger Worry Is Putin, Not Pogroms

Among Ukraine’s Jews, the Bigger Worry Is Putin, Not Pogroms | European issues | Scoop.it
Despite assertions by Russia, many Ukrainian Jews say there has not been a resurgence of anti-Semitism since the revolution in February.
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After "Recognizing" Kosovo, Facebook Denies Political Agency

After "Recognizing" Kosovo, Facebook Denies Political Agency | European issues | Scoop.it
After Facebook finally listed Kosovo as its own country, rather than lumping it together with Serbia, from which it declared independence more than five years ago, the Kosovo Minister of European Inte...
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In an email to RFE/RL, a Facebook representative wrote:

Companies have clearly no role to play in the formal recognition of countries as this is a matter for the international community to decide. We do try to ensure that our service meets the needs of our users and so will offer options for checking in and targeting communications that reflect geographical designations that are in common usage.

Yet for Kosovo activists and politicians alike, it is clearly a significant move and an accomplishment, of sorts.

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Young and Educated in Europe, but Desperate for Jobs

Young and Educated in Europe, but Desperate for Jobs | European issues | Scoop.it
High unemployment in countries like Spain, Portugal and Greece is hitting young people hardest as they take jobs below their skill level and seek work abroad.
    
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Those are Great Depression-like rates of unemployment, and there is no sign that European economies, still barely emerging from recession, are about to generate the jobs necessary to bring those Europeans into the work force soon, perhaps in their lifetimes.

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Albania Won’t Aid in Destruction of Syria’s Chemical Arms

Albania Won’t Aid in Destruction of Syria’s Chemical Arms | European issues | Scoop.it
The decision dealt a blow to Washington’s efforts to find a country prepared to undertake the politically sensitive disarmament project.
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“It is impossible for Albania to get involved in this operation,” Prime Minister Edi Rama said Friday in a televised address to the nation, according to Reuters. “We lack the necessary capacities.” Demonstrators and opposition lawmakers had shown strong resistance to the use of Albanian soil to dispose of chemical weapons, a process that would create substantial amounts of toxic waste.

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Czech Election Reflects Dissatisfaction of Voters

Czech Election Reflects Dissatisfaction of Voters | European issues | Scoop.it
The country will now enter what is likely to be a lengthy period of deal-making after the Social Democrats fell short of winning a majority in Czech parliamentary elections on Saturday.
    
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The Great Desperation

The Great Desperation | European issues | Scoop.it
Silvio Berlusconi’s mad legacy goes well beyond Italy: It symbolizes the corruption of European culture.
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This has been a strange European crisis. You catch glimpses of desperation across the Continent but there is enough bread and a sufficient variety of circuses, it seems, to prevent an uprising. People want to be amused; technology caters to that. There is anger at the rich but also a strong undercurrent of fascination. The centers of European capitals drip with money, real-estate brokers and brands. There is a market, among the global super-rich, for the rule of law. Old Europe has that.

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Romania: ‘Pungești-Chevron case. Behind the scenes of a huge scandal’

Romania: ‘Pungești-Chevron case. Behind the scenes of a huge scandal’ | European issues | Scoop.it
Pungești, a poor town in Vaslui county in eastern Romania, has become the centre of the Romanian revolt against shale gas. Since October 14, locals have been protesting against an exploration project that was to be conducted by Chevron.
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EU court jails 10 Kosovo Albanians for terrorism

EU court jails 10 Kosovo Albanians for terrorism | European issues | Scoop.it
An EU-led court in Kosovo has sentenced 10 ethnic Albanians to up to nine years in prison for terrorism aimed at provoking a conflict in southern Serbia, officials said on Thursday.
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Women should ask male colleagues how much they earn, says UK minister

Women should ask male colleagues how much they earn, says UK minister | European issues | Scoop.it
Lib Dem equalities minister Jo Swinson says 'very British' reluctance to talk about pay can hold women back at work

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The Elle campaign is designed to highlight the 17.4% average pay gap between men and women. It urges female workers to ask male colleagues what they earn if they do the same job.

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Is it true men can easily ask for pay rise, but women can't? Ridiculous

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The Challenge for ConstitutionUK is Finding New and Imaginative Ways of Exploring Democracy

Unlike any other term in our political vocabulary, "democracy" evokes entirely positive connotations. It is the political form of Western states, which we now take for granted, but it is also much ...

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WikiRendum's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:20 PM

Interestingly, ConstitutionUK does not reference democracy amongst its values or principles, preferring instead the slightly more tangible “Principles of Representative Government” or “Protection of Freedoms“. But can democracy play a role in public law? Can it offer answers to complex constitutional issues? Where does it fit so far as thinking about a new constitution is concerned?

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When will abortion become legal for women in Northern Ireland?

When will abortion become legal for women in Northern Ireland? | European issues | Scoop.it
When Suzanne Lee, a 23-year-old student, found out she was pregnant in August 2012, she knew she had to have an abortion. She decided to buy unregulated abortion drugs online for around £80.
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Britain accused of trying to block EU data protection law

Britain accused of trying to block EU data protection law | European issues | Scoop.it
The Guardian Britain accused of trying to block EU data protection law The Guardian The European parliament is planning to vote on a new, unified data protection law for EU member states in the next few weeks, but activists fear Britain is...

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Other countries in the EU, including Britain, see Safe Harbor as a useful mechanism by which to boost European regulation with tough US jurisdiction.

 

"What keeps Google awake at night," said one source, "is European regulation and FTC [federal trade committee] enforcement."

 

Data protection activists hope that Europe will use the pending revision of Safe Harbor and the negotiations over a new EU-US trade deal as a bargaining tool. But they fear the momentum gained by the Snowden revelations is being lost.

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