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.
If you’re going to make a xenophobic poster, at least make it original:
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.
from Strange Maps by strangemaps
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.
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.
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.