Attacks on punks and goths are now hate crimes in Manchester

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Europe in figures: Eurostat yearbook 2012

from Docuticker

Source: Eurostat Europe in figures ? Eurostat yearbook 2012 presents a comprehensive selection of statistical data on Europe. With around 480 statistical tables, figures and maps, the yearbook is a definitive collection of statistical information on the European Union. Most data cover the period 2000-2010 for the European Union and its Member

 

How many wise men does it take to fix Italian politics?

from Open Europe blog by Open Europe blog team

Serbia, Kosovo in critical juncture amid EU push

from Hurriyet Daily News

The EU-led talks between Serbia and Kosovo reach its ?decisive stage? as EU and US call on two sides.

 

Details of Cypriot bailout agreement filtering through

by Open Europe blog team

The package is coming together. The IMF has officially announced that it will take part in the Cypriot bailout, providing ?1bn of the total ?10bn in loans – that gives a UK share of around ?50m (see our thoughts here on UK IMF shares). That leaves ?9bn to be provided by the eurozone, likely through the ESM. Below we breakdown the country shares (click to enlarge):

The EU’s Rubik’s cube: Who will lead after 2014?

by Centre for European Reform

Next year, EU leaders will decide who will succeed Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Catherine Ashton as, respectively, the next president of the European Council, president of the European Commission and high representative for foreign affairs. These (no doubt) excruciating deliberations will begin in earnest after the European Parliament (EP) elections in May 2014.

 

Are EU falling for a massive trick?

from Blogactiv by Hugh Barton-Smith

According to the partial results of the latest ECB survey, the median wealth of Spanish households stands at ?178,300 while that of their German counterparts languishes at ?51,400. This is largely due to contrasting approaches to bricks and mortar: nearly 50% of Germans rent their accommodation and only 25% own it outright, whereas less than 20% of Spaniards are tenants and nearly half have no mortgage or loan against their property.

 

Where will Cypriot growth come from?

by Open Europe blog team

This is now emerging as the key question for Cyprus following the severe mishandling of its bailout. The financial services sector, along with real estate and related businesses, which accounted for around 30% of Gross Value Added in the economy is now essentially gone as a source of growth.

Europe?s Political Stress Tests

from Project Syndicate by Jan-Werner Mueller

In recent years, the EU ? or, more accurately, the powerful countries of northern Europe ? has been subjecting its weaker members to social and political ?stress tests,” with varying results. Now, Europe’s leaders must move beyond austerity, and recognize that some countries need to renegotiate basic social contracts.

Cyprus bailout: What are individual EU member states on the hook for?

by Open Europe blog team

Now remember, contributions via the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) are loan guarantees, not upfront cash. But here’s the break-down of how much each EU country is on the hook for in the Cyprus bailout:

Draghi slams handling of Cyprus bailout (News)

from EurActiv.com

 

The Meaning of Cyprus

from Project Syndicate by Daniel Gros

The crisis in Cyprus represents an extreme and special case in many respects. But the way that the problem arose, and the solution that was finally adopted, is likely to have very important consequences for the way that Europe addresses its banking problems.

 

Football, fascism and the British

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Sunder Katwala

Sunderland manager Di Canio has apparently finally distanced himself from fascism. What can we learn from the furore, about power and sport, politics and the personal, and the UK’s relationship to fascist ideology?

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