Copenhagen Summit and Euro updates


#147 | Photos / videos from tonight in Athens:


In pictures

Athens police clash with youths

Copenhagen Climate Change

All eyes in the world should be on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference as we wait with a stuttering heartbeat to learn about the policies that will guide humanity through the next great evolutionary bottleneck. The topic I will be keeping an eye on is overpopulation.

How can culture and the arts help us understand and influence climate change?

from LabforCulture Blog

On December 7th ? 18th 2009 the United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP15) will take place in Copenhagen. To contribute to this some of the world’s most influential cultural networks, organisations and leaders will get together in Copenhagen for the Culture|Futures symposium (December 7th – 9th).

Climate tools for Copenhagen and beyond

from The Official Google Blog

Representatives from around the world arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark today to negotiate a successor treaty for the Kyoto Protocol. This 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) has been called the most important conference in a decade.

A Call for Action on Climate Change Published By 56 Newspapers Around the World

from Google Blogoscoped by Philipp Lenssen

The Guardian writes:

Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.

Act now on climate, summit urged

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Denmark’s PM describes the UN climate summit in Copenhagen as an “opportunity the world cannot afford to miss”.

MAIN FOCUS: Two weeks of saving the climate | 07/12/2009

from euro|topics

Every second species could die out, millions of people could be left homeless and entire countries may sink into the sea. To prevent all this 192 states convene today, Monday, for the climate summit in Copenhagen. Expectations are running high, with hopes for a new, climate-friendly world order.

The European Citizen: The State of the Euroblogosphere

from – Today’s posts
Thursday saw the first Euroblogosphere meet-up, and, despite being plagued by technical issues and general rebellion by the internet, it went quite well. An outrage of bloggers* gathered to discuss the language barrier, how to raise interest in and e…

EU Lisbon Treaty implementation: Presidency of the Council

by Grahnlaw

Article 16(9) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), as amended by the Lisbon Treaty, lays down that the presidency of the Council configurations is held by member state representatives (ministers) in the Council on the basis of equal rotation. (The Foreign Affairs Council is the exception, chaired by the high representative.)

Only Democracy Can Save The Planet,

from open Democracy News Analysis –

The only certainty at Copenhagen is failure – either a bad deal or no deal. This is because of the fundamental disconnect between those affected by climate change and those with the power to address it. Unless people have an equal say in the issues that affect them, we will never achieve just or sustainable agreements for global issues. We need democracy.

Unilateral action on climate change,

by Thomas Ash

Most forecasts for the Copenhagen summit on climate change – which opens today – are decidedly gloomy. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research recently released a study condemning the emissions cuts currently proposed, many of which may well fail to materialise, as inadequate to prevent a temperate rise of three and a half degrees centigrade by the end of the century. Any such rise would leave large parts of the world barely habitable.

Second Arab Bloggers Meeting Starts December 8 in Beirut


The Second Arab Bloggers Meeting will get underway in Beirut, Lebanon,  from December 8-12, 2009, according to a December 5, 2009, post at Global Voices Advocacy. See ?2nd Arab Bloggers Meeting.?


from – World, Europe
The eurozone’s fourth biggest economy has already suffered considerable pain during the financial crisis, but it can not afford to delay difficult economic decisions until mañana

Campaign against EU ban on herbal medicine

by Open Europe blog team

Today, a campaign to ‘save herbal medicine’ was launched. Campaigners are calling on the Government to prevent herbal medicines disappearing from the high street when an EU ban comes into place in April 2011.

Analyst: Spanish EU Presidency agenda ‘rather unfocused’

The agenda of the Spanish EU Presidency has set itself far too many objectives in too many areas, appearing ambitious but also ‘rather unfocused’, Carlos Buhigas Schubert, an independent analyst and consultant on European affairs, told EurActiv Germany.

MAIN FOCUS: B?sescu gets his way | 08/12/2009

from euro|topics

In Romania the incumbent centrist president Traian B?sescu has won the runoff vote by a razor-thin majority. The defeated social democrat Mircea Geoan? suspects electoral fraud and could now paralyse the country with a lawsuit.

The New Commission, What Happens Next?

from Stephen Spillane
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The European Parliament has created a new website to highlight the details of the confirmation of the new commission which will take place early in the new year. There is more information on the candidates as well as the procedure of how they will be confirmed.

The legitimacy of Lisbon

from Federal Union by Richard Laming

In a debate at University College London yesterday, the argument came forth from the anti-European speakers that the Lisbon treaty was illegitimate in a way that was not true of previous European treaties. It is hard to work out exactly what they mean ? they were quite confused in their reasoning ? but I think the argument rests on the supposed facts (1) that the Lisbon treaty is more far-reaching than previous treaties and (2) that the promised referendum on the treaty was not in fact held.

It?s All Greek To Me

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

In the long run we are all dead. But as someone else famously put it: we ain?t dead yet, and in the space between these two undeniable truths move forex traders, financial markets and a host of other would be economic participants. The financial press is full right now of headline catching stories about how Greece is at imminent risk of sovereign default. The German newspaper Die Welt even had a lengthy piece this weekend with the catchy title After Dubai, Who Will Be Next (the answer is obvious isn?t, otherwise what is the point of the question). One has the impression of a Europe filled to the brim with financial journalists busily rumaging the entrails, in search of the least glimmer of light which will confirm that something decisive and earthshattering might actually happen (soon), what with the German Der Spiegel announcing at the weekend that Greece?s growing public deficit problem is to be an item on the agenda at the next Governing Council meeting of the European Central Bank on December 17 (surely the big news would be if it wasn?t going to be there), and Bloomberg?s Maria Petrakis telling us that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is toiling away in what many might consider was a vain attempt to ?convince investors he can tackle the worst fiscal crisis in 15 years?. Even the normally staid and prudent Economist throws its weight in behind the charge with a piece whose title tells it all: ?Default Lines? (perhaps the words ?in the sand? could have been thrown in to add a bit more tension), which goes so far as to suggest that a partial Greek default might even be welcomed by some Eurozone member states, since it might take some of the heat off a hard pressed euro.

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