World News Round-Up: Europe
December 18, 2008, 6:14 pm
Filed under: economy, environment, Europe, European Union, International news, news, politics, war

Pictures from Inside the University of Athens – Vice 12/12/08

Greek-inspired protests spread across Europe – AP/Yahoo 12/11/08

Banks gas-bombed in Athens – AFp 12/12/08

In Athens, middle-class rioters are buying rocks. This chaos isn’t over – Guardian, UK 12/14/08

Helena Smith has reported from Greece for two decades, but had never seen anything like the riots that swept the country last week. Here she tries to make sense of an eruption of anger

Paris protesters block Champs-Elysees – USA Today 12/12/08

Demonstrators are blocking Paris’ most famous avenue after gathering in protest at the Greek embassy.

Britain to pull troops from Iraq next year – USA Today 12/10/08

Kosovo: A European Narco State – Global Research 12/7/08

Nato snubs US by resuming Russia contacts – Guardian, UK 12/2/08

How an Italian Judge Made the Internet Illegal – Cryptogon 11/28/08

Berlusconi plans to use G8 presidency to ‘regulate the internet’ – The Register, UK 12/3/08

ITALY: Ex-Head of Bank of Italy to Go on Trial  – CorpWatch 11/29/08

Now, three years after his time at the helm of the central bank ended in scandal, he goes on trial in Milan on Thursday, accused of rigging markets in order to keep Italian banks in Italian hands.

Bank cuts UK rates to 57-year low – BBC 12/4/08

The Bank of England cuts interest rates by one percentage point, from 3% to 2% – their lowest level since 1951.

France plans 20bn euro stimulus – BBC 12/4/08

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is set to unveil 20bn euros of support for the car industry, housing and household spending.

Kosovo: A European Narco State – Global Research 12/7/08

Irish papers gagged over corruption reports – Guardian, UK 12/1/08

Cameron anger at ‘Stalinesque’ arrest of Tory MP in leak inquiry – Guardian, UK 11/27/08

Postcode lottery in care for those approaching death, says NAO – Guardian, UK 11/26/08

17 judges, one ruling – and 857,000 records must be now wiped clear – Guardian, UK 12/4/08

The fingerprints and DNA samples of more than 857,000 innocent citizens who have been arrested or charged but never convicted of a criminal offence now face deletion from the national DNA database after a landmark ruling by the European court of human rights in Strasbourg.

In one of their most strongly worded judgments in recent years, the unanimous ruling from the 17 judges, including a British judge, Nicolas Bratza, condemned the “blanket and indiscriminate” nature of the powers given to the police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to retain the DNA samples and fingerprints of suspects who have been released or cleared.

Polly Toynbee: It is suddenly safe to tax the rich and spend to protect jobs – Guardian, UK 11/24/08 

British may ban ‘happy hour’ as drink deaths rise – USA Today 11/22/08

People who fail to tell authorities of amendments to personal details will face civil penalty fines – Guardian, UK 11/21/08

Belarus warns of new arms race – Raw Story 11/24/08

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko warned of a new arms race in Europe and derided his opponents in an interview with AFP on Monday that also left the door open to better ties with the West

Video: Barack Obama and Alistair Darling’s economic plans compared – Guardian, UK 11/25/08

Businesses hit by huge bank charges – Independent, UK 11/24/08

High-street banks are continuing to hit businesses with punitive interest rates for loans and overdrafts and are resorting to more severe measures to ensure they are paid.

Some are demanding that owners of small businesses put up personal assets as collateral in return for a business loan. Others are changing conditions of loans by sending emails rather than meeting in person, and giving borrowers just 48 hours to comply with unilaterally-rearranged overdraft and lending agreements.

The Spanish Crisis In A Nutshell – Roubini Global Economics Monitor 11/19/08

Greenland: Further cracks in ties with Denmark? – Int’l Herald Tribune 11/24/08

Greenland, the world’s largest island, is to vote Tuesday on whether it wants greater independence from Denmark, which colonized it nearly 300 years ago…Perhaps more importantly, a “yes” vote would allow Greenland the opportunity to wean itself from its annual grant of $550 million by giving it control of the revenues from potential oil, gas and mineral finds. Experts say that huge quantities of natural resources are lurking offshore and under Greenland’s melting ice cap, but it remains to be seen exactly what is there and how much it is worth.

German intelligence agents caught staging false flag terror – PrisonPlanet 11/24/08

German intelligence agents have been caught staging a false flag terror attack against an EU building in Kosovo, apparently in an attempt to create a pretext for EU police to be deployed in Kosovo after government leaders rejected the UN-mandated proposal.

“Germany declined to comment on on Saturday on reports that three Germans arrested on suspicion of throwing explosives at an EU office in Kosovo were intelligence officers,” reports Reuters.

UK ‘closer’ to adopting the euro – BBC 11/30/08

Europe Criticizes Bush; Follows His Lead in “War on Terror” – Alternet 11/25/08

French Socialists investigate voting allegations after Segolene Royal’s narrow defeat – Guardian, UK 11/25/08

Britain begins national identity card plan (AP)  – Yahoo 11/25/08

A Fiery Czech Is Poised to Be the Face of Europe – NYTimes 11/24/08

The rotating presidency of the European Union is about to be Czech, and there is fear that President Vaclav Klaus will embarrass the world’s biggest trading bloc.



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