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EU Parliament votes 663-13 against ACTA’s enforcement measures

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

The European Parliament resoundingly voted against the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), in a resounding 663 to 13 tally. The parliamentarians defied the EU executive and threatened to take the issue to the European Court of Justice if the EU doesn’t reject ACTA’s provisions on disconnection for infringement and other enforcement provisions.

French racists steal poster idea from Swiss racists

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

If you’re going to make a xenophobic poster, at least make it original:

MAIN FOCUS: Dispute over European Monetary Fund | 10/03/2010

from euro|topics

Germany’s proposal of founding a European Monetary Fund (EMF) has triggered a dispute between politicians and banks. While the European Commission is considering setting up such an institution the leaders of the Eurozone’s central banks are against the idea. The Fund could help crisis-stricken Eurozone countries, the press writes, but strengthening existing institutions could also prove worthwhile.

Swedish newspapers reprint Mohammed cartoon

from FT.com – World, Europe
Leading Swedish newspapers have published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog after the foiling of an alleged plot to kill the artist responsible for the drawing

Germany?s Worst School Names

from Strange Maps by strangemaps

German Exports and that Looming Double Dip

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

I hadn?t seen an advance release of the January German export data, when I wrote the following on Tuesday, honest injun I hadn?t:

Well, this is only a hypothesis. But if the hypothesis has any validity we should be able to make some predictions on the basis of it. I would make two. Firstly, since East Europe?s economies are often dependent for their growth on exports to the West, and in particular to Germany, then we should be able to see some ?shadow? of this German process cast out into the East.

Nightmare Lisbon Treaty

by Open Europe blog team

Today, the Lisbon Treaty has been in force for 100 days. The result? A more democratic and open EU? A Union which voters have an easier time understanding and identifying themselves with? Simpler and more ‘streamlined’ institutions? Not quite.

On it’s 100th day in force, the fundamental flaws of the Lisbon Treaty – which many of us warned against – are beginning to hit home around Europe.

Spain’s politics of memory,

by openDemocracy
Author:
Guy Hedgecoe
Summary:
The Madrid train-bombings on 11 March 2004 provoked a dignified outpouring of collective grief. But the moment was soon reclaimed by Spain?s enduring political warfare over the national past, says Guy Hedgecoe.

The centre-left Spanish government led by prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced in mid-February 2010 that it was going to ?repair? the memory of the poet Miguel Hernández, a Republican former goatherd who died in prison in 1942 – the third year of Francisco Franco?s dictatorship – at the age of 31.

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