“Two young French muslim women decided to protest the recent French ban against wearing veils that cover the face, by walking around Paris in Niquab veil and ….. mini-skirt. Creating quite a stir. French article and video here. English article here.” Found here.
Today’s gloomy revelations from Ireland were followed by rather disturbing news from the Greek parliament.
As part of a long-standing tradition to let tax evaders off the hook every three to four years, Greece?s parliament has rushed through a law which will allow the government to collect about ?2bn in taxes over two years. Only problem is that the outstanding amount of unpaid taxes in Greece is roughly ?35bn, which effectively means that its granting millions of citizens a tax amnesty.
Germany will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its reunification on Sunday. But many Germans are disappointed with the unification process and East Germans are still underrepresented among the country’s elites, the papers write.
The Dutch Liberals and Christian Democrats yesterday presented their proposal for a coalition agreement, allowing the two parties to form a minority government (supported in parliament by Geert Wilders’ uber-populist PVV party).
Hans-Dietrich Genscher, a German political veteran who served as foreign minister throughout the 1970s and 80s, says Europe should assume its role on the global stage if it wants its future diplomatic service to work. He spoke to EurActiv.de in an interview alongside Joschka Fischer, another ex-German foreign minister, and former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel.
Editorial Team: In view of a declining and aging population, German businesses will increasingly need to attract young talent and professionals from abroad, lest they risk Germany’s competitive position in world markets. Against this backdrop, the controversy that erupted over Thilo Sarrazin’s book carries far greater significance than might be apparent at first. How Germany deals with its immigrant population will determine not only its internal stability and economic prosperity, but also how well the country will be poised to deal with foreign policy challenges arising from parts of the Muslim world, be it Afghanistan or the question of Turkey’s EU accession.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday in several EU countries to protest against their governments’ austerity measures. The fear of unemployment and cuts in social welfare will increase the influence of Europe’s trade unions, commentators write.
PARIS – The French government introduced tough new immigration legislation Tuesday that would make it easier to expel illegal residents and strip recently naturalized citizens of their French passports.
Fearing an international backlash against the Netherlands for having a government that depends on the support of an outspoken anti-Islam party, the new Dutch minority coalition government is trying to downplay the influence of Geert Wilders’ right-wing populist party PVV.
from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh
One of the worrying things about the handling of the current European crisis is how many of those responsible for taking the decisions seem to view the Eurozone in a way which is every bit as rigid, timeless and dogmatic as the thinking of those old school scholastics whom Galileo, in his time, found himself battling against. Rather than facilitating a dialogue, and a free and open discussion, the guardians of fortress euro seem to want to keep the doors slammed tight shut, just in case any strange and unwanted ideas should inadvertantly slip in without them noticing.
Yesterday?s blog post, EU: From Monti report to Single Market Act, observed that the European Commission is going to publish its work programme (CWP) for 2011 and a Single Market Act, both during this month of October.