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Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:23 pm

MEPs back Juncker EU Commission team by 423-209 with 67 abstentions. Greens and UKIP against, some hardline leftists against but main parties for and Tories split: 9 followed the party line and abstained (David Campbell Bannerman, Ian Duncan, Vicky Ford, Jacqui Foster, Ashley Fox, Syed Kamall, Charles Tannock, Geoffrey Van Orden, and Andrew Lewer), six for (Richard Ashworth, Julie Girling, Sajjad Karim, Timothy Kirkhope, Anthea McIntyre and Kay Swinburne)., three against (Nirj Deva, Daniel Hannan and Emma McClarkin).

Juncker says it is pathetic he was only give nine women for which he got applause, promises 300bn-euro (£237bn; $380bn) investment package to boost jobs and growth by Christmas, to break down Commissioner silo's and seems rather annoyed Tory MEP's refused to support his team as Cameron had promised. Talks of helping deal with abuses of Freedom of Movement but won't change the principle

Juncker seems to have played his hand well to ensure it did get passed: sacking Alenka Bratusek, the former Slovenia PM unable to shake off accusations she abused her position to become Commissioner after losing election, Vice President and businesswoman Violeta Bulc replacing her and becoming Transport Commissioner. Slovakia's experienced Maros Sefcovic becomes vice-president responsible for energy union in a bid to reassure green groups
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Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Oct 24, 2014 12:48 pm

Sad that the French government's response to woman being thrown out of opera, without refund, for the crime of wearing a Burka isn't "Your right, this is a crazy law. We will refund ourselves and change the law" but to strengthen the anti-Burka laws. I'm wondering if the European Courts will eventually intervene on the matter of religious clothing
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Unread postby Lady Wu » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:47 pm

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

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Should this gets it's own topic? Any thoughts from a Mod or Admin?

Feel free to start a new topic... Current Affairs can use a few more discussion threads. :pika:

I'm very glad that this is a one-off thing and the gunman acted alone. Nonetheless, the death of the soldier on ceremonial guard duty (at the War Memorial, no less) is pretty horrific.

The question is, how do you prevent further copycat attacks without falling into a state of fear or going back on our values of openness and freedom? I really didn't like CBC's calling it "Canada's 9-11" when it happened, but the fact is, we really hadn't needed to think seriously about this kind of thing until it's happened on home soil.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Gray Riders » Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:55 pm

Lady Wu wrote:The question is, how do you prevent further copycat attacks without falling into a state of fear or going back on our values of openness and freedom? I really didn't like CBC's calling it "Canada's 9-11" when it happened, but the fact is, we really hadn't needed to think seriously about this kind of thing until it's happened on home soil.

Hate to admit it, but I've been thinking about it for a while. After that train derailment was thwarted I realized that something would happen here, eventually. Security has to get lucky all the time, but people wanting to carry out an attack only need to be lucky once. I'm just glad the damage wasn't worse, though never did I think an attack on Parliament Hill would happen and get so close to the MPS and the Prime Minister.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:38 am

Big few days for Brussels, the Pope tears into it as lost it's values and become a haggard grandmother, Junkcer easily survives confidence vote and declares a stimulus package which EU badly needs but which relies on a lot of private funding he might not get.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:09 am

Donald Tusk calls for unity and ruthless from the EU against euro-sceptics and probably meant Russia. Not quite sure how much power he has for attempting that but he will push a hardline on the EU summits as their chair
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Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:02 am

European Court of Justice has blocked gay asylum tests for refugees claiming asylum due to sexuality.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:19 pm

Stefan Lofven's government has failed to pass their first budget only three months into their term after refusing to bow to Swedish Democrats demands for curbs on immigration. Elections have been called for March 22nd
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:57 am

Pakistan has, after recent tragic events, brought back the death penalty.
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Re: The General News Thread (formerly "Minor Headlines")

Unread postby James » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:07 am

Woman Who Stopped for Ducks Sentenced in 2 Deaths
"A Canadian woman who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in prison and a 10-year driving ban."

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