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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (May 31: state elections in Styria and Burgenland) on: Today at 11:26:14 am
It's not clear what a country like Austria can do - especially considering its EU commitments in the areas of freedom of movements. Is Austria part of Schengen?

Personally the most pragmatic solution is obvious - let them in, across Europe.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (May 31: state elections in Styria and Burgenland) on: Today at 09:54:05 am
Just a question regarding both the national level and in Vienna, would a SPO-Grune-Neos coalition work as a possible alternative to team Proporz or having the FPO in government?

Even with today's crappy numbers for the SPÖ, there would still be another SPÖ-Green government possible in Vienna (49% vs. 47%).

And because Vienna has an election system which favors the strongest party, even more so (note how the SPÖ got 44% in the 2010 state election, but got 49/100 seats).

Which means NEOS would not be needed as a 3rd coalition partner.

On the federal level, SPÖ+Greens+NEOS is currently impossible because Black-Blue has a solid majority in all polls.

I don't know really what you mean with Proporz, because neither on the federal level nor in Vienna there is any Proporz. This remains only in Upper- and Lower Austria and Carinthia.

Thanks. In regards to 'team Proporz' I meant the continuity SPO-OVP coalition at the federal level.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics (May 31: state elections in Styria and Burgenland) on: Today at 09:32:58 am
Just a question regarding both the national level and in Vienna, would a SPO-Grune-Neos coalition work as a possible alternative to team Proporz or having the FPO in government?
4  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: July 02, 2015, 09:39:56 am


Many, many keks
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: July 02, 2015, 09:06:06 am
An NSA hack from the horses' mouth



TW: Vox.com - Vox have an interesting theory about this
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: July 01, 2015, 06:15:36 pm
Yanis Varoufakis' 6 reasons to vote NO on Sunday

Quote from: Yanis Varoufakis
1. Negotiations have stalled because Greece’s creditors (a) refused to reduce our un-payable public debt and (b) insisted that it should be repaid ‘parametrically’ by the weakest members of our society, their children and their grandchildren
2. The IMF, the United States’ government, many other governments around the globe, and most independent economists believe — along with us — that the debt must be restructured.
3. The Eurogroup had previously (November 2012) conceded that the debt ought to be restructured but is refusing to commit to a debt restructure
4. Since the announcement of the referendum, official Europe has sent signals that they are ready to discuss debt restructuring. These signals show that official Europe too would vote NO on its own ‘final’ offer.
5. Greece will stay in the euro.  Deposits in Greece’s banks are safe.  Creditors have chosen the strategy of blackmail based on bank closures. The current impasse is due to this choice by the creditors and not by the Greek government discontinuing the negotiations or any Greek thoughts of Grexit and devaluation. Greece’s place in the Eurozone and in the European Union is non-negotiable.
6. The future demands a proud Greece within the Eurozone and at the heart of Europe. This future demands that Greeks say a big NO on Sunday, that we stay in the Euro Area, and that, with the power vested upon us by that NO, we renegotiate Greece’s public debt as well as the distribution of burdens between the haves and the have nots.

I've bolded five because..... he doesn't really believe that, does he?
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: June 27, 2015, 09:14:27 pm
Thinking about Dublin Bay North next time around makes me want to invest in popcorn shares.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 27, 2015, 07:38:14 am
Question: Why do the Greek Islands have exemptions from VAT? And why is this worth preserving?
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: I think there is a candidate everyone is forgetting on: June 26, 2015, 06:23:56 pm
oh I forgot about this thread, ftr it was John Edwards.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: June 26, 2015, 05:46:54 pm
Here is a blog post by Paul Mason giving background to the referendum, what is being asked, and what can be expected. It is full of typical Masonesque overstatement and dramatics but the best summary I can find on the web as of now.
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: June 26, 2015, 05:41:20 pm
In the past two hours, Greek PM Alexis Tsipiras has announced that within the next week(!) Greece will hold a referendum on the provisions of the current deal between the Greek Government and the various institutions which represent Greece's international creditors. This is after a previous deal consisting of raising taxes to defend pensions and social security that was almost agreed upon before some of the creditors reneged on it. The deal that will be voted afaik is a far more stringent, less favourable to SYRIZA, deal.

I will post more on this as it comes through. Discuss the referendum here.
12  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 26, 2015, 05:34:35 pm
Actually I will add that my opinion of Tsipras has actually gone up during these negotiations.
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 26, 2015, 05:31:11 pm
Who cares whose fault it is? Does whatever the Papandreou governments may have done in the 80s justify literally starving the Greeks now? Since when has paying back debt become more important that fulfilling basic human needs?

The way this discussion is framed is sick. Just sick.

Starving? Don't be dramatic.

I've pretty much stopped caring about this conversation in the last few months - Greece will get what it's earned through outrageous fiscal irresponsibility and electing clowns like this idiot to office (not that previous Greek governments were less disastrous... but they might have accepted the need for further reforms instead of grandstanding).

The unfortunate thing is that if Tsipras continues to be so reckless and opportunistic there's a lot more than just his joke country on the line. It would be ideal if there was a feasible way for the Eurozone to depose these lunatics and appoint some kind of technocratic government, like when a company goes into receivership - maybe such a government could even convince people to pay their taxes? Ahaha, I kid. This is Greece. Maybe it wouldn't be "democratic" but Tsipras is going to be ousted by the military or something at this rate. He's playing with fire.

I'm sorry Oakvale but attitudes like this annoy me. Yes, there is a serious problem with tax evasion in Greece. But you think people in Ireland or the United States or anywhere else pay taxes out of the goodness of their heart? Don't be ridiculous.

The problem is with Greek institutions and the inability to create a functioning tax bureaucracy for whatever reason, and generally speaking tax bureaucracies cost money.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: UNHCR vs UNRWA on: June 24, 2015, 07:03:28 pm
nt

scrambled eggs vs. leather shoes, anyone?

Boots or Pushkin?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Denmark Parliamentary Election - June 18, 2015 on: June 24, 2015, 06:46:18 pm
It's hilarious how Left Copenhagen is...
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 24, 2015, 03:19:32 pm
He should have told the greedy bankers to take a hike.

You mean greedy greeks.

Nobody forced greece to take loans they couldn't afford.

and Nobody forced the various financial institutions to give them loans they can't get back.

Why can't everyone see there are two sides to this and it is not a morality play?
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Denmark Parliamentary Election - June 18, 2015 on: June 24, 2015, 05:16:27 am
What EU referendum?

I presume this is in reference to:

Quote from: Reuters
A right-wing eurosceptic party that was one of the biggest winners in Denmark's parliamentary election stood by demands including a referendum on European Union membership as its price for joining any center-right coalition.

...

DF has four policy initiatives which Espersen said were a "red line" for the party.

DF has said it wants to hold a referendum on EU membership, although only if Britain does the same after renegotiating its relationship with the European Union. DF wants reform of the EU but does not seek to leave the bloc.

Danes ride euroskeptic wave as kingmaker party sticks to referendum line, Reuters, 19 June 2015

So wait... is Denmark leaving the EU (Dexit?) a serious possibility? It seems too big an issue so surprising that this the first time I've heard of it. In the article it says 'EU Reform' hmmm... Any Danes wishing to comment?
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Denmark Parliamentary Election - June 18, 2015 on: June 23, 2015, 06:23:46 pm
What EU referendum?
19  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: June 23, 2015, 10:25:39 am
I assume the Conservative Parties are going to uphold the current government rather than bring it down and spark another election which would lead to SD increasing in votes?
20  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 22, 2015, 07:01:44 am
From another place

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On this point I think it is a good idea to bring up the latest Greek poll from Avgi:

SYRIZA 47.5
ND 19.5
XA 6.5
Potami 6.5
KKE 5.5
PASOK 4.5 (Who is still voting for PASOK ffs?)
ANEL 4.0
EK 2.0
Others 4.0
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of ag on: June 21, 2015, 07:42:53 pm
ooops... accidentally voted HP in the poll. What I meant to vote for was "probably the best poster on the forum".
22  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Alexis Tsipras on: June 21, 2015, 05:50:38 pm


I think this chart is relevant here.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: June 2015 Federal Election - President, VP and Regional Senators on: June 20, 2015, 07:34:14 pm

President

1. Bore/Averroës Nix

Senator

1. Türkisblau
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italian Elections Maps. on: June 19, 2015, 11:13:33 am
I'm kind of interested in the places that voted for Monti.
25  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Big Bad Swedish Politics & News Thread on: June 19, 2015, 10:09:10 am
The Sweden Democrats are rising fast in the polls: 20% in YouGov and 22% in Sentio. Not far behind S and M.

They are threatening to spank them!
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