Another Euro roundup: Greek crisis, British elections, My Europe Week and even more…

Interactive Maps of the Status of Debt in Europe

from EU Pundit by Andis Kaulins

Take a look at this set of interactive maps in the Global Business section of the New York Times — Debt Rising in Europe.

Is Large-Scale Tax Evasion One Cause of Greek Financial Problems? Their GDP Indicates the Government of Greece Should Not Have Money Problems: Analysis of GDP in Euro Area States

from EU Pundit by Andis Kaulins
We generated the following chart at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Economic Outlook Database online for GDP, current prices, expressed in U.S. $$ for the Euro area 2009, i.e. not including all EU States (please note that we have retained the IMF original footnotes but have shortened some of the labels from the original chart to make the chart fit on LawPundit):

İBRAHİM KALIN – Muslim identities and Europe

About a year after the Sept. 11 attacks in the US, the British Home Office published a study on the ?fundamental tenets of British citizenship.? The report defined them as ?[to] respect human rights and freedoms, uphold democratic values, observe laws faithfully and fulfill our duties and obligations.?

UK elections: What’s at stake for the citizens of the EU?

by Julien Frisch

We, Europeans from other EU member states, may not care who wins the elections in the United Kingdom but we will be affected anyway.

Election sidelight

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Ajay

The gutter press (well, the Daily Telegraph: so the gutter in question is presumably attached firmly to the eaves of a rather nice vicarage somewhere in Buckinghamshire) has made much of the fact that Gordon Brown is an ?unelected prime minister? – i.e. he hasn?t yet fought and won a general election as party leader. The fact that he?s attempting to do so now should have answered that point – it hasn?t – but it?s interesting to note that this isn?t exactly a rarity in British politics.

Polls open in British general election

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Britain voted in the closest general election for decades with opinion polls showing the opposition Conservatives winning most seats but not enough to form a government.

Britain should invite in election monitors

from Federal Union by Richard Laming

The spread of democratic elections around the world after the end of the cold war was accompanied by the spread of election monitoring. The practice of allowing the quantity of Xs or numbers on the ballot papers to decide who should be in government is such a fragile way of taking decisions that it needs to be shored by external scrutiny. Any former dictatorship that wanted to become accepted as democratic had to prove that it had truly adopted the new way of doing politics.

Goodbye to Gordon Brown and All That, Gerry Hassan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Gerry Hassan

The last act of Gordon Brown has surely arrived. A gruelling election campaign fighting on two fronts. Three years of leading a disunited, unpopular government. Thirteen years in office and a culmination of mistakes made and enemies created.

Gordon Brown is as well as being the Prime Minister for the last three years and a senior Labour politician for more than two decades, a prolific writer who has ?written? and ?produced? more than a dozen books under his name.

From the U.S. to the U.K., new political winds

from – Op-Ed Columns by Mark Penn
Thursday’s elections in Britain could be a harbinger of what is likely to come to America in the not-too-distant future: new movements and even parties that shake up the political system. Cleggmania shows that even the most tradition-bound electoral systems are facing the pressures of rapid change made possible by modern communications. These movements may not win out of the gate, but they will become significant political factors.

Brown wins Fethiye’s British elections, now waits for UK

from Hurriyet Dailynews
With many Britons residing on the southern coast of Turkey or visiting for the sand, sun and fun, this week?s general elections in the UK make for a unique twist to a regularly held Quiz Night as a Daily News reporter initiates an informal snap poll among the participants. From 31 completed ballots, Gordon Brown?s Labour Party wins a landslide victory with more than 48 percent of the votes and 19.4 percent went to David Cameron?s Conservative Party

The truth about EMU conditions

by Open Europe blog team

The European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, is one of the more candid people in Brussels (he infamously once referred to the Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende as “a mix between Harry Potter and a rigid bourgeois without charisma” – a comment which didn’t go down particularly well in the Netherlands for understandeable reasons).

European Union EU Privacy Law as a Model for the United States

from EU Pundit by Andis Kaulins

New Congressional draft legislation outlining online and offline privacy rules has been released.

Stephanie Clifford at the New York Times writes in Privacy Bill Finally in Draft, as Both Sides Weigh In:

“A long-awaited draft of a Congressional bill would push American privacy legislation closer to the strict rules that the European Union uses, and would extend privacy protections both on the Internet and offline.”

Need we say that EU privacy law is years ahead of the USA? Whatever legislation the USA adopts, it is bound to be too weak by European standards.

Biden in the European Parliament: All quiet on the Western front

by Julien Frisch

Jo Biden gave a 30 minutes speech in the European Parliament today.

Most of it was charming Brussels, Europe and the European Parliament, mixed with statements supporting human rights, privacy, peace and individual freedoms. But all this was intertwined with the obligatory “triple axis” as @martiadroher put it: “Security, Security, and Security”.

Joe Biden proposes OSCE reform

from Julien Frisch

MAIN FOCUS: Riots exacerbate the Greek crisis | 06/05/2010

from euro|topics

Three people were killed on Wednesday in Athens after a peaceful demonstration against the Greek austerity programme staged by tens of thousands of protesters turned violent. The government is not the right target for the people’s anger, writes the press, calling for greater commitment to a common Europe in these desperate times.

Bailing out Greece is also in Germany’s self-interest

from WhirledView by Patricia H. Kushlis

By Patricia H. Kushlis

At last, some common sense.  After months of foot-dragging, the German government announced it would help bail out the Greeks contributing its a part – as the EU’s largest economy – to an international loan package rather than let this southeastern European country go bankrupt.  The Merkel government finally admitted that allowing a Greek default could severely damage the euro as well as, therefore, Germany?s own economic health.


from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Greece: Default would be no soft option. Here’s why

Greece and its neighbours

by Edward Lucas

Greece’s woes and the neighbours

Greased up
May 6th 2010
From The Economist print edition

The region may share in some of Greece?s pain

AVERTING a meltdown in Greece, at least temporarily, is good news for that country?s fragile ex-communist neighbours. Their big worry is Greek-owned banks, which account for as much as a quarter of banking assets in Bulgaria, some 15% in Romania and a tenth in Serbia. These institutions have been facing potential runs by depositors, as worries have grown over Greece?s solvency and thus over the Greek banks.

The Greek crisis, Germany and the future of Europe

from Nosemonkey’s EUtopia by nosemonkey

I?m on the other side of the world at the moment, with limited web/computer access (writing this on a combination of a mobile phone and a computer with a Japanese keyboard and operating system, so likely to be more typo-ridden and less coherent than I?d like), hence even less from me than usual. But this deserves to be noted:

My Europe Week: Why not the United States of Europe?

by Grahnlaw

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America are landmarks in human history. They attest to the continental vision and the political will of the Founding Fathers.

Still in the 21st century, Europeans cannot escape the example set by the innovative Americans at the end of the 18th century. For some visionaries the USA has been an inspiration. For others, tribal instincts are paramount, and they vehemently reject everything beyond classic international cooperation, even when sovereignty is turning into an empty shell.

My Europe Week: Dumbing down films by dubbing

by Grahnlaw

In the previous Grahnlaw blog post My Europe Week: Why language rights and multilingualism?, we found good reasons for both linguistic rights for EU citizens and for learning foreign languages (multilingualism).

French, Spanish, Czech and British youth on euroscepticism


Unpaid interns, taxes, recycling, the parliament in Strasbourg…you name it, our contributors from across the network have something to say about what irks them most about Europe. 9 May marks sixty years since the Schuman declaration was signed, when it was agreed that France, Germany and others would work together as a federation

Ignorant European elites fume at financial markets

from Brussels Blog by Tony Barber

One reason why the eurozone is sliding into ever deeper trouble is because its political and bureaucratic elites do not like, do not understand and have no wish to understand financial markets.  This is an attitude embedded in European history and culture.  Think of the 1793 Law of the General Maximum, an arbitrary attempt to fix prices at the height of the French Revolution.  Or thin

?Wise men? warn EU of gradual decline into irrelevance

from by Georgi

The EU must choose between becoming either a global “agent of change” or preparing “for a managed decline into irrelevance,” according to a report from the group of ‘wise men’ led by senior statesman Felipe González, seen by EurActiv.

Franco-German show of unity ahead of eurozone summit

from by frederic

After weeks of controversy on how to bail-out Greece, Paris and Berlin sought to paper their differences in a joint letter, tabling common proposals on reforming the single currency ahead of an extraordinary eurozone summit to take place in Brussels today (7 May).

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