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  • EU Commission prepares ground for far-reaching economic powers

    03/23/2013 11:18:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 21.03.13 @ 17:46 | Honor Mahony
    The European Commission has started preparing the ground for legislation that would prevent member states from undertaking major tax, labor or financial reforms without running it by the commission and other governments first. In an ideas paper published Wednesday (20 March), the commission said this ex-ante coordination should concern “major national economic reform plans and should take place at an early stage before the measures are adopted.” The suggested scope of covered policies would implicate virtually all national government legislation—including competitiveness and employment laws, reforms that cover product and services markets, as well as those affecting tax systems and network...
  • Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus

    03/23/2013 11:49:39 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    Tbi ^ | 3-23-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus Joe WeisenthalMarch 23, 2013REUTERS/Christian Hartmann In a way, Europe should be thrilled by the week that was because financial markets barely batted an eye at the crisis in Cyprus. But Europe has a problem on its hands that's bigger than Cyprus: The economy stinks. This week we got fresh proof that things are bad or getting worse. In France, the Flash PMI report (which is a mid-month look at the combined services and manufacturing sectors of the economy) came in dismal, with the output index falling to a four...
  • Is Italy the Next Cyprus?

    03/23/2013 8:53:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 23, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Once trust is lost it is very slow to recover. For now, much of Europe is acting as if it believes Cyprus is a "one time" thing? But isn't that what we heard about Greece? Who is next? Italy? In an article on Handelsblatt the chief economist of Commerzbank says: Italy should bring a unique wealth tax. It is a myth to talk of crisis-strapped states. Even the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and the chief economist of Commerzbank, Joerg Kraemer says the numbers suggest a different view. Kramer relies on surveys of the European Central Bank. Net financial...
  • Cyprus weighs big bank levy; bailout goes down to wire

    03/23/2013 8:13:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/23/2013 | Michele Kambas and Costas Pitas
    Cyprus said on Saturday it was looking at seizing a quarter of the value of big deposits at its largest bank as it races to raise the funds for a bailout from the European Union and avert financial collapse. Finance Minister Michael Sarris said "significant progress" had been made in talks in Nicosia with officials from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. He confirmed discussions were centered on a possible levy of around 25 percent on holdings of over 100,000 euros at Bank of Cyprus, and expressed hope that a package could be ready by the...
  • Some Cyprus Savers Could Lose A Quarter Of Their Bank Deposits In New Deal

    03/23/2013 8:03:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/23/2013 | Jo Adetunji, The Guardian
    Savers in Cyprus could face losing one-quarter of their bank deposits under new proposals being discussed by the government as ministers flew to Brussels to salvage a European bailout. The new bank levy would only apply to people with more than €100,000 (£85,260) in their accounts, according to the finance minister, Michael Sarris, who also said that significant progress had been made in talks with European officials. President Nicos Anastasiades travelled to Brussels to work out an alternative plan to raise funds that would allow the country to qualify for an international bailout. Cyprus must raise €5.8bn (£4.9bn) before Monday...
  • Dangerous Times: Crypto-Fascism in Italy, Hungary, Greece, Albania

    03/23/2013 5:18:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 38 replies ^ | 3/23/2013 | James Lewis and Justine Aristea
    A great sense of alarm is spreading among ordinary Europeans today, especially in the south and east of the continent. Now even the elitist media are giving us the worst international news since the Cold War. Americans do not want to hear this, either. Well, you may not be interested in evil, but evil may be interested in you. Listen up. This could be important. The Washington Post just told us that a dictatorial strongman has risen to power in Hungary, a man named Viktor Orban. In a two-hour parliamentary session, Orban forced radical changes in the Hungarian constitution to...
  • Dangerous Times: Crypto-Fascism in Italy, Hungary, Greece, Albania

    03/23/2013 7:57:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 03/23/2013 | James Lewis and Justine Aristea
    A great sense of alarm is spreading among ordinary Europeans today, especially in the south and east of the continent. Now even the elitist media are giving us the worst international news since the Cold War. Americans do not want to hear this, either. Well, you may not be interested in evil, but evil may be interested in you. Listen up. This could be important. The Washington Post just told us that a dictatorial strongman has risen to power in Hungary, a man named Viktor Orban. In a two-hour parliamentary session, Orban forced radical changes in the Hungarian constitution to...
  • Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky found dead at his UK home

    03/23/2013 1:10:34 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies
    A police investigation has been launched into the death of the 67-year-old - a wanted man in Russia, and an opponent of President Vladimir Putin. A former Kremlin power-broker whose fortunes declined under Mr Putin, Mr Berezovsky emigrated to the UK in 2000. Thames Valley Police said the death, at a property in Ascot, Berkshire, was being treated as unexplained. The area around the property has been cordoned off to allow the investigation to take place, the force said. The inquiry was at a very early stage and more details will be released when available, it added. A South Central...
  • UK police: Russian oligarch Berezovsky found dead

    03/23/2013 1:36:39 PM PDT · by John W · 21 replies
    AP ^ | March 23, 2013 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Boris Berezovsky, a self-exiled and outspoken former Russian oligarch who had a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead Saturday in southeast England. He was 67. Thames Valley police said his death was being treated as unexplained. They would not directly identify him, but when asked about him by name they read a statement saying they were investigating the death of a 67-year-old man at a property in Ascot, a town 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of London. A mathematician-turned-Mercedes dealer, Berezovsky amassed his wealth during Russia's chaotic privatization of state assets in...
  • Bishop Labels Church of England 'Hypocritical’ Over Civil Partnerships [Gay Bishops! Gay Churches!]

    03/23/2013 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | March 23, 2013 | Edward Malnick
    Bishop Labels Church of England 'Hypocritical’ Over Civil Partnerships The Church of England is facing fresh divisions over same-sex unions. Its leadership has come under attack from one of its own bishops over its refusal to bless homosexual couples. By Edward Malnick 23 Mar 2013 The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, said the Church’s ban on offering blessings for civil partnerships was being flouted by several parishes across Britain. He said this was because some felt the blessings were “logical, natural and compassionate”. His comments come amid tensions within the Church over its opposition to the...
  • Mulberry harbour built off Normandy after D-Day uncovered on the seabed 69 years later

    03/23/2013 2:21:03 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2013 | Martin Robinson
    'These ghostly images reveal the forgotten harbour built off the coast of Normandy that for six months after D-Day became the world's busiest docks. British scientists have found the remnants of Mulberry B on the Channel seabed, which allowed the Allies to land troops, vehicles and equipment on French soil without having to capture a port first. The makeshift harbour, nicknamed Port Winston because it was the brainchild of Churchill, was the size of Dover and is considered to be one of the greatest military achievements of all time. Its development was even described by Albert Speer - Hitler's architect...
  • The little ones that got away: Incredible stories of Jewish children who survived the Nazi holocaust

    03/23/2013 2:14:17 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd March 2013 | Allan Hall
    'They were the children of the damned – Jews who had no place in the New World Order of Adolf Hitler and his stormtroopers. Their parents were rounded up and shipped off to die as the Nazi regime which came to power 80 years ago in Germany - set about the systematic 'cleansing' of the country. But there were good people too; people who looked beyond the religion of an innocent child and risked death by guillotine to hide them from the round-up squads. Now the heart-moving stories of 15 of these children are told for the first time in...
  • Did this man kill Cold War spy Georgi Markov with umbrella?

    03/23/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd March 2013 | Tom Kelly
    'It was one of the most audacious acts of the Cold War which could have come straight from the pages of a spy novel. Georgi Markov was jabbed with an umbrella which fired a poison pellet into his leg as he crossed Waterloo Bridge. He died three days later – and for almost 35 years mystery has surrounded the whereabouts of his killer. Now the prime suspect has been tracked down to a small Austrian town where he works as an antiques dealer. Francesco Gullino, 66, who was known by his Communist handlers as 'Agent Piccadilly', lives in a rundown...
  • 'Why we on the (UK) Left made a mistake on immigration'

    03/23/2013 2:04:09 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22nd March 2013 | David Goodhart
    'Among Left-leaning ‘Hampstead’ liberals like me, there has long been what you might call a ‘discrimination assumption’ when it comes to the highly charged issue of immigration. Our instinctive reaction has been that Britain is a relentlessly racist country bent on thwarting the lives of ethnic minorities, that the only decent policy is to throw open our doors to all and that those with doubts about how we run our multi-racial society are guilty of prejudice. And that view — echoed in Whitehall, Westminster and town halls around the country — has been the prevailing ideology, setting the tone for...
  • [Deputy UK Prime Minister] Nick Clegg: we were wrong to back illegal immigrant amnesty

    03/23/2013 11:52:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | March 22, 2013 | Rowena Mason, Political correspondent
    The deputy Prime Minister said it risked "undermining public confidence" to let illegal immigrants stay if they have been in the country for more than 10 years. In his first major speech on immigration, he abandoned the controversial proposal, which was championed by the Liberal Democrats at the last election. Mr Clegg previously supported the idea of "earned citizenship" for illegal immigrants. His 2010 general election manifesto stated the Liberal Democrats would allow an amnesty for those who had been in the country a decade, speak English and have a clean record......
  • Cyprus's choice: Iceland or Greece?

    03/22/2013 9:28:38 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 8 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Last updated: March 22nd, 2013 | Daniel Hannan
    What will the unhappy Cypriots do? Will they mortgage themselves to a dodgy, authoritarian kleptocracy? Or – drumroll – will they spurn the EU and take Russia's money instead? Actually, there is a far better option: an option offered by another thinly populated island on the fringes of Europe whose financial sector had outgrown its economy. Cyprus could copy Iceland, let its banks collapse, and leave their shareholders and bondholders to sustain the loss. There is often a perception lag when it comes to foreign countries. Most people in the EU still have the idea that Iceland is in economic...
  • Secret papers show extent of [British] senior royals' veto over bills

    03/22/2013 5:52:53 PM PDT · by annalex · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 January 2013 | Robert Booth
    Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills Court order reveals how approval of Queen and Prince Charles is sought on range of billsRobert Booth The Guardian, Monday 14 January 2013 The Queen was asked for consent on a range of bills, including those affecting her estates. There is growing concern in parliament at a lack of transparency over the royals’ role in lawmaking. Photograph: Sergeant Dan Harmer [...] The internal Whitehall pamphlet [...] shows ministers and civil servants are obliged to consult the Queen and Prince Charles in greater detail and over more areas of legislation than...
  • Major terror attack on scale of 7/7 foiled every year in UK, police reveal

    03/22/2013 3:41:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/22/2013 | By Tom Whitehead
    Officers also fear a hybrid of terrorist and criminal gangs could bring a new threat on the UK. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne warned that the country is facing the most complex terror threat in its history. He said the threat is constantly changing with al-Qaeda inspired Islamic extremists now plotting in smaller, harder to detect groups. The danger is coming from an increasing number of hot spots around the world and there is also a growing threat from republican groups in Northern Ireland, who would attack mainland Britain if they could. Mr Osborne, who is the senior...
  • Court convicts ex-Aptuit researcher over drug data

    03/22/2013 3:34:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 March 2013 | Andy Extance
    A UK court has found a man guilty of illegally altering pre-clinical trial data. Steven Eaton, a former employee at drug discovery and development firm Aptuit’s Riccarton site in Scotland, produced flawed data over six years. This is the first case of someone being successfully prosecuted under current Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Regulations. A spokesman for the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) underlines how unusual this is. ‘This type of activity is very rare and, based on the results of a significant number of inspections, we have no evidence to indicate the problem is widespread,’ he tells...
  • Last 1953 Everest team member George Lowe dies, aged 89

    03/22/2013 9:51:36 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22nd March 2013 | BBC News
    'The last surviving member of the team which first conquered Everest in 1953 has died in a Derbyshire nursing home. George Lowe, 89, died in Ripley on Wednesday after a long-term illness, with his wife Mary by his side. New Zealand-born M Lowe was part of the team that helped Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the summit in 1953. Family friend and historian Dr Huw Lewis-Jones paid tribute to a "gentle soul and fine climber" who shunned the limelight. Mr Lowe also took part in the trans-Antarctic expedition of 1957-58, which made the first successful overland crossing of...