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Unread postby Lady Wu » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:37 pm

Gray Riders wrote:Virginia man forms Kingdon of North Sudan so his daughter can be a princess.

I question whether or not he understands the problems here.

I question whether or not setting your kid up for major disappointments in life is an "act of love".

...or perhaps it's meant to be a lesson? "You asked to be a princess. I made you a princess. Now go live in your land. Be careful what you ask for next time."
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:18 pm

Russia to form a Eurovision alternative ‘The Voice of Eurasia’ with the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation competing so: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. China in should be intresting but Russia is allowing itself to be painted as doing this (though they attempted to do this before) due to Wurst's victory.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:38 am

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is resigning his post so he can become President of the EU Council and Italy's Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini gets charge of Foreign Policy (presumably Tusk balancing out her perceived pro-Russian views). Even our press can't dismiss these two as a little known no-mark surely?

I know one thing Euro-sceptics love to bash the EU with is that it's officials are either unelected or, in ones where they are, simply officious nobidies. To be honest, that second part is deeply insulting to a whole lot of people. There good, able, clever MEP's, some of whom are quite experienced within their own parliaments. The current leaders of the EU include the ex-Prime Minister of Luxembourg and now the Ex-PM of Poland.

Now I realize, as a Brit, the whole universe revolves around these sceptred isles. That we invented football and the only reason we don't host world cups is because we too holy. That the Sun shines out of our bodies, that you all worship the ground we walk on. That we invented democracy and our system is the greatest in the world that no others can compare. We smile benignly on Germany and America who surely host great annual celebrations that we acknowledge them (that is what Thanksgiving Day is about right?).

However maybe we can try not being arrogant sods and maybe this EU Parliamentary period, try not insulting everybody else's country, government and democracy? Maybe? Argue against the EU, against the system (we didn't elect either of the heads so that is fair argument), argue against the person (next period, I'll urge us to try and do that accurately, with a degree of fairness, but one miracle at a time) but let us acknowledge that simply not being British politician doesn't mean the person isn't of value. Treating ex-leaders of their countries as no-marks is arrogant, saying we don't know them suggests our own ignorance (of which we are proud?) and we could be nice and not just dismiss a country that isn't Germany as meaningless and their leaders/ex-leaders or ex-ministers as some much trash and a pipsqueaks.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:23 am

Tusk is claiming that the new commissioner for the single market will be his deputy Elzbieta Bienkowska which would seem to be a job suited for her but leaves Poland without two senior politicians. Expected that former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici will get economic and monetary affairs with Germany dropping opposition. In exchange, Germany ensure former Finland Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, seen as a budget disciplinarian, will oversee budget portfolios and try to get France to actually meet it's budget obligations for once. Just rumours rather then confirmed as yet
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Sep 11, 2014 12:31 pm

My thoughts on Lord Hill's appointment can be found in the UK thread.

To add to that, Juncker has been given five former prime ministers, four deputy prime ministers and seven returning commissioners. Federica Mogherini is not only Foreign Minister but a vice-president, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has been highlighted by Juncker as his right-hand man and scrutiniser as the prime Vice-President. Other Vice Presidents: Euro and Social dialogue combined and given to Latvia's former Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, Finland's ex-Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen will co-ordinate policies on jobs, investment and competitiveness, the returning Bulgarian Commissioner and economist Kristalina Georgieva goes from international development type role (which was something she had intrest in) to the more economic Budget and Human Resources. Slovenia's former PM Alenka Bratušek gets Energy, Estonia's former PM Andrus Ansip get digital market.

Poland's deputy leader Elzbieta Bienkowska taking charge of the internal market with a special focus on small businesses (expected to be pro-trade and finical liberal) which means two powerful posts for Poland, while Sweden's Cecilia Malmstroem moves from Home Affairs to Trade, not an area of particularly expertise it would seem but another signal that economic policy may go a way that the British and Germans could favour. Denmark gets Margrethe Vestager, who is a minister for Economic and Interior Affairs there, for Competition which off the top of my head fits the pattern. Ex-Finance Minister of France Pierre Moscovici has indeed got the Economic portfolio which will appeal to the Med nations and France so intresting to see who gets upper hand but with budget disciplinarians in Vice President roles and most economic posts to countries that are deemed economic liberal, the Med countries and France have come off badly in their camapign to change the economic debate. Germany may be pleased at that but perhaps won't be pleased at Guenther Oettinger going from energy to Digital economy and society.

Tibor Navracsics of Hungary, a lawyer and their foreign minister, is a strange choice for Education, culture, youth and citizenship which involves human rights and selling the EU. From the black sheep of Europe and a somewhat anti-Eu party, he will likely get a tough time when EU Parliament does interviews. Greece's defence minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, former mayor of Athens and ex-foreign minister gets migration and home affairs. Greece and Italy have been concerned at getting a lot of immigrants and not getting much EU help but Greece has also been criticized for his treatment of immigrants.

Doctor and former minister of health, Vytenis Andriukaitis of Lithuania gets Health and food safety, Miguel Arias Canete of Spain tends to get rural posts with his country but gets Climate action and energy under Juncker, Romanian journalist and MSP Corina Cretu gets Regional policy. Austrian Johannes Hahn moves from regional to European neighbourhood policy and enlargement negotiations, Ireland's former Enviroment and local government minister Phil Hogan (Ireland) gets Agriculture and rural development, Czech lawyer and business woman Vera Jourova gets Justice, consumers and gender equality. Croatian diplomat and politician Neven Mimica gets International co-operation and development which seem to suit his interests, Portuguese engineer and banker Carlos Moedas gets Research, science and innovation, Maros Sefcovic of Slovakia remains as a Commissioner but this time for Transport and space. Cyprus MEP Christos Stylianides gets Humanitarian aid and crisis management, Belgian MEP Marianne Thyssen Employment, social affairs, skills and labour mobility which seems suited to her, long serving former Maltese minister Karmenu Vella gets Environment, maritime affairs and fisheries
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:46 pm

After eight years out of power, Social Democrats have won the Swedish elections with 31%, Fredrik Reinfeldt resigning as Prime Minister as his Moderate Party gets 23%. However former welder Stefan Lofven still needs to form a Coalition and the third largest party is the new Swedish Democrats who, as I understand it, are so toxic that none of the main parties will work with them at all.

With Sweden facing big challenges, fear here that whatever form the new government takes will be to weak to deal with the problems and Reinfeldt had a good reputation abroad.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:20 pm

Seems the usual "you guys don't oppose our guys and we will do the same" Eu Commissioner deal is breaking down.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:54 am

Tibor Navracsics blocked from culture and education role by 14-12 meaning Juncker has to find a new role for the controversial Hungarian choice.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:05 am

Dong Zhou wrote:Tibor Navracsics blocked from culture and education role by 14-12 meaning Juncker has to find a new role for the controversial Hungarian choice.


-Lord Hill has been passed for finical services by 45-13.


Pierre Moscovici passed as chief of economic affairs in the European Commission by 32-15 but Slovenia's Alenka Bratusek rejected as energy chief.

Edit: Apparently Bratusek nominated herself when she had lost the election and was caretaker PM.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Gray Riders » Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:25 pm

Soldier shot on Parliament Hill in Ottawa; reports of shots in the Parliament building. Someone has reportedly been apprehended.

Update: Soldier actually seems to have been shot at the war memorial. Still no idea how someone with a gun can get into parliament.

Update 2: Suspect apparently at large--might be several shooters. ISIS threatened Canada not long ago. Police apparently at Chateau Laurier.

Speculation: Think he was trying to get at the MPs, but was forced out by fire from security.

Update 3: Video of the attack on Parliament has been shown; attack seems to have been forced back by fire from security with nobody except attackers hit. Apparently the Sergeant at Arms shot the attacker.

Also hearing reports a second gunman has been shot.

Update 4: Police confirmed a third shooting at the Rideau Center shopping center. Not sure if anyone was hit, there.

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