Meanwhile in Europe… A Eurosphere roundup: Hollande’s love life, France’s Roma policy, News from Eurozone crisis…

France: New Pro-Roma Employment Policy Strikes a Nerve

from Global Voices Online by Chellsy Alis Manning
[All links forward to French articles unless otherwise stated]
The recurring tensions surrounding ?nomadic? Eastern European migrants have yet again made the news this summer in France. On August 22, 2012, a new policy was enacted by the French government led by Prime Minister Ayrault [en] that would ease access to the job market [en] for the Roma community.

Hollande?s love life in the spotlight

from – World, Europe
The French leader?s tangled relationships are being dissected in the press ? rocking his carefully crafted image as a ?normal? president

MAIN FOCUS: Hollande in a tight spot | 04/09/2012

from euro|topics
The high-level visits between Europe’s leaders continue apace as France’s President François Hollande travels to Rome today to discuss the debt crisis with Prime Minister Mario Monti. Commentators criticise Paris for following too closely in the footsteps of crisis-ridden Southern Europe and note that Hollande’s crisis policy lacks even the full support of the French Left.

Norways Judicial System far removed from reality and Norwegian Press follows suit

by EU-Digest
Norwegian journalists reporting on the trial of mass-murderer Anders Breivik have admitted to holding back on details to spare the feelings of the nation.

Euro crisis on hold ? till after US election

from – World, Europe
An interesting twist has been written into the euro crisis as US election politics have entered into the plot

MAIN FOCUS: US election campaign heats up | 03/09/2012

from euro|topics
The US Democratic Party will meet on Tuesday in North Carolina, where it will nominate Barack Obama as its presidential candidate. For months the incumbent president has stayed just ahead of his Republican rival Mitt Romney in the polls. Commentators criticise both candidates for focusing on attacks rather than issues and doubt that Obama can move the masses as he did four years ago.

Italy’s other crisis

from open Democracy News Analysis – by James Walston
Italy’s weak economy is visible to all, but there is a parallel crack in the system which is at least as dangerous to the country?s wellbeing and stability, undermining its very structures. It is a clash between the powers of the state; the law on one side and the executive and legislature (usually referred to as la politica) on the other.

Debating Europe: Should Romania?s president have been impeached?

from – Today’s posts
On 29 July, a referendum was held in Romania on whether or not Traian B?sescu, the country?s president, should be impeached for abuse of powers (including allegations of wire-tapping and deploying the intelligence services against his politi…

Did Obama Really Abandon Central Europe?

from Atlantic Community RSS-Feed
Daria Wiktoria Dylla: Romney has attacked current US security policy for a missile defense plan unfavorable to NATO allies in Central Europe. Especially Poland may be in a vulnerable position without the external security balance provided by the US, but the removal of troops will be compensated for by the positioning of missiles. Thus, Poland has nothing to worry about.

MAIN FOCUS: ECB to decide on bond-buying support | 05/09/2012

from euro|topics
The ECB’s Governing Council meets on Thursday to discuss plans for further bond-buying by the Bank aimed at relieving the pressure of high yields on crisis-stricken euro countries. Some commentators call for the ECB to purchase bonds directly from the states in question. Others doubt that such measures will alleviate the crisis in the long term.

Creator defends BBC show accused of stereotyping Muslims

from Hurriyet Daily News
A BBC TV show depicting the life of a British Muslim family has precipitated..

Federalism or bust for Europe?by Jean Pisani-Ferryeur

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
August was quieter than feared on the European bond markets. So, while resting on Europe’s beaches and mountains, policymakers could take a step back from the sound and fury of the last few months and think about the future. Is the eurozone sleepwalking into becoming a United States of Europe? Is it exploring uncharted territory? Or are its constituent nation-states drifting apart?

Migration in Italy: a ?State of Emergency??

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Nina Perkowski
The ?state of emergency? declared in the wake of the Arab Spring ends in four months time, but Italy is still failing in the basics of migration control and management. Despite international criticism, controversial push-back agreements have not been buried with the legacies of Berlusconi and Gaddafi, says Nina Perkowski

Reading the riots: one year on

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Philippa Thomas and Miranda Iossifidis
A year after the English riots, Miranda Iossifidis and Philippa Thomas review the means by which scholarship and the media have reacted, disputed and converged in their responses. To what extent have these efforts been productive, and what voices are still to be heard?

The BBC and the North

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Alexander Beaumont
With the movement of key resources to MediaCityUK in Salford, the BBC looks to be expanding its frontiers of national representation. But as programming oscillates between depoliticised nostalgia and an admiring celebration of ?northern? authenticity, this shift has done little to combat the institution?s continued southern bias.

Will a new German constitution save the euro?

from Centre for European Reform by Centre for European Reform

If the Social Democrats win next year?s general election in Germany, they will ask voters to adopt a new constitution in a referendum. The new document, so they plan, would remove the legal fetters that currently prevent Chancellor Angela Merkel agreeing to eurobonds or joint deposit guarantees. Not only the Social Democratic Party (SPD), also politicians from Merkel?s ruling coalition are now speaking out in favour of a referendum. Some analysts are rejoicing that Berlin is finally preparing the ground for the fiscal union that will save the euro. But this is Germany, where policymaking is complex and slow. The debate about a new constitution might sap political energies without contributing much to the stability of the single currency.

Nobody will leave eurozone, more effort required: OECD

from Hurriyet Daily News
Angel Gurria, head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, is confident…

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