Eurosphere roundup: Elections in Greece and France.. Euro 2012

Greece: General Elections on Twitter

from Global Voices Online by Veroniki Krikoni
Under hashtags like #grelections, #electionsgr and #ekloges12, Greek netizens share their opinions, feelings and related media about the forthcoming general elections in Greece on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

Greece votes for new parliament

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Greeks begin voting in polls in which are expected to see mainstream parties punished at the expense of anti-austerity candidates.


Greek elections unlikely to yield any answers

by Open Europe blog team

‘Mass poverty’ warning for Greeks

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Greek socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos says his country faces a choice between austerity and “mass poverty” in elections on Sunday.


Choose4Greece, Kostas Gemenis

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Kostas Gemenis
As the clientelist networks of the past are crumbling, Greek citizens increasingly vote on the basis of their policy preferences. A novel voting advice application offers a tool to overcome the lack of information regarding the parties’ policy preferences and helps voters make an informed choice.

Putting the financial genie back in the bottle: the Euro crisis demands bold Keynesian solutions , Graham Room

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Graham Room
The ascendancy of the financial markets which developed in the 1980s must be put into reverse.  The genie must be put back in the bottle. A Keynesian ?euthanasia of the rentier? is now essential for both growth and democracy.

3rd May: Nicolas Montana vs. François Mitterrand, Philippe Marlière

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Philippe Marlière
In today?s instalment of Marlière Across La Manche, our author witnesses a cornered rabbit and celebrates a man of ‘quiet strength’.

France votes in presidential election

from – World, Europe
Voters choose between a socialist promising higher taxes or a centre-right incumbent vowing lower social charges and spending cuts


Cohesion of French left set to reap dividends

from – World, Europe
A striking feature about conversations with many French voters is how often discussions about Mr Hollande turn into a litany of complaints about Mr Sarkozy

French ponder Sunday poll choice

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
French President Nicolas Sarkozy spends the day with his family and his challenger Francois Hollande visits a market a day before the crucial second round.


France?s election

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by CENGİZ AKTAR

The first round of France?s election cycle will end this coming Sunday. After electing their president, French voters will elect their deputies on June 10 and 17. Then, they will probably go on holiday. Before discussing what will happen if Sarkozy or Hollande is elected, let us review the lessons of the first round of the presidential race held on April 22. There were six noteworthy candidates among the 10 running for president.

Armenian voters ?back? Sarkozy

from Hurriyet Daily News
Armenian voters in France lean strongly toward Nicholas Sarkozy in the upcoming presidential elections…


Elections in despair

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by YAVUZ BAYDAR
?There is no right or left. They are the same faces of the same system. We are the party who will reconcile the French; we are the great party of national unity.


Europe awaits the next French President

by Open Europe blog team
Sunday will be a big day in EU politics: both the Greeks and the French go to the polls.

Ahead of the French elections we’ve published a briefing looking at the impact on Europe of the French elections. In particular, we note that,

Sarkozy fails to down Hollande in French vote duel

from Hurriyet Daily News

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Francois Hollande clashed repeatedly in their only television debate but the conservative incumbent failed to land a knockout blow.

MAIN FOCUS: Hollande and Sarkozy face off in TV debate | 03/05/2012

from euro|topics
Shortly before the run-off vote in the French presidential elections, the two remaining candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande met on Wednesday evening for a televised debate. The challenger Hollande is the deserving winner, some commentators write. Others fear that the Socialist’s plans are unrealistic.

Irony and austerity ? The fall of the Dutch government

from Blogactiv by Protesilaos Stavrou
The Dutch coalition government collapsed just a few days ago, due to its failure to reach a compromise over a budget that would comply with the Maastricht fiscal criteria of the 3% deficit and 60% debt. According to the German newspaper Bild, this makes the Netherlands the 8th country whose government fell over eurocrisis-related issues.

How is Belgium ?playing? in the EU?

from Blogactiv by Blogactiv Team
I?m living in Belgium for 15 years already and to be more precise ? in Brussels, the capital of Europe. I?m amazed how this ?small? city managed to adapt and to ?open? itself to fit in the European structure. To host the main offices of the EU institutions and the ?army? of the EU lobby, Brussels needed to bring a lot of logistics and planning skills to the table. However, the Belgians viewed it as an incredible opportunity for them, and currently the EU is a prominent local ?industry?. It?s not by chance that the Brussels region is the 3rddeveloped region in the EU, behind the rich London metropolitan and Luxembourg. Yes, it is the same official ranking of the 268 EU regions, where the North-East Region of Romania is last.

Are European calls for Euro 2012 boycott meaningless? , Valery Kalnysh

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Valery Kalnysh
The recent mistreatment of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has caused European leaders to call for a boycott of Euro-2012. This is all very well, but the championship will go ahead and President Yanukovych isn?t bothered by empty threats. He would be if they were backed up by deeds, says Valery Kalnysh


MAIN FOCUS: ECB unwilling to lower base rate | 04/05/2012

from euro|topics
ECB head Mario Draghi has called on European governments to do more for growth and the fight against unemployment in Europe. A lowering of the base interest rate was not up for discussion at the meeting of the ECB’s General Council in Barcelona on Thursday. While some commentators express disappointment, others support the present course and oppose solutions aimed at providing cheap loans.

Europe made me do it ? Labour market reforms in Europe

from Ideas on Europe by Marco Scipioni
views expressed in this article are those of the author and not UACES
In these times of crisis for EU Member States, labour market reforms in a handful of countries have come to be seen as the final turning point for the so-called ?Euro-crisis?. This is because labour market reforms are those ?structural reforms? that have been regarded as necessary ingredients in the recipe to put Southern Member States? economies on firmer grounds. Taking the case of Italy, at the very centre of the Eurozone crisis since at least the summer 2011, with an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent of the labour force (and reaching 31.9 percent for the under 25 years old) as of February 2012, one has indeed the unavoidable impression that there is something flawed in Italian labour market. In addition, labour market reforms in Italy have been seen, both internally and externally, as the much-needed counterpart to an austerity package that if, on the one hand, has re-given Italy credibility, on the other has seriously put at risk its chances of growth.

Ukraine’s Euro-2012: a carnival for prostitutes and politicians, Sergei Zhadan

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Sergei Zhadan
In an article first published on oDR in August 2011, Sergei Zhadan explores how the Euro 2012 football championships have become something of a substitute national idea in Ukraine.


An historic reluctance

from Blogactiv by nucleus

Europeans, prepare for a huge, Watergate-type, transAtlantic crisis

from Blogactiv by David
A German Defence Minister resigned when it was revealed that many parts of his doctorate were plagiarized or ?in error?. The British coalition government was shaken when a minister resigned over alleged fraudulent reporting of an eight-year old speeding fine. The Hungarian President resigned when it was considered that he quoted references in his doctorate without proper sourcing.

Democracy in Hungary: the defence of Fidesz, Gellért Rajcsányi

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Gellért Rajcsányi
The author seeks a right to reply to the three recent anti-Fidesz articles carried by openDemocracy (by  Anton Pelinka, Gábor Schein and László Bitó). Politics in Hungary, he argues, are indeed vehement and passionate ? but also free

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