European banks will be subject to stricter regulation in the wake of the finance crisis. Governments and the EU Commission want to give more protection to depositors and up the onus on banks. The press welcomes the move in principle, but warns against the dangers of over-regulation.
from Institute for International Journalism by Yacong Yuan
By: Alexandra Laforce
In most countries around the world, gay and lesbian partners are seeking the right to marry or, depending on the country, enter into other legally recognized forms of domestic partnerships. The definition of marriage is up for debate across the globe, but the trend to legalize same-sex marriage is spreading. Denmark was the first European country to extend legal rights to same-sex couples in 1989. The number of same sex marriages continues to increase in Denmark as shown in the graph below.
It is a rather late stage in the game for the war effort in Afghanistan to claim its first political victim. But yesterday night the Dutch governing coalition broke up over the question of extending its mandate. And that less than a week after narrowly surviving a debate over the (purely symbolic) support for the war in Iraq back in 2003. The political process has its own pace in the Netherlands.