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    Posted 22nd September 2013 10:50 PM
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    A dedicated thread to the German Federal Election September 22nd 2013:

    While Angela Merkel has become a figure of hate in many European states struggling under austerity, the Christian democratic union and it's Bavarian sister party the Christian socialist union look set to stay the largest party in the Bundestag possibly makings gains of over 5%, while voters potentially fleeing their coalition partners the liberal party (FDP/yellow).

    The CDU/CSU (black) have been polling from high 30% to low 40% while main rivals the socialist party (SPD/red) are languishing in the mid 20% range. The main shifts will be amongst smaller parties, the greens who made large gains in the federal state elections including becoming the largest party in the CDU heartland of Baden-Württemberg are only polling small gains of about 3 - 5% (They got 10% of the vote in 2009 election) while the FDP could possibly be knocked out of the Bundestag as they're hovering about the 5% mark. It looks like a meltdown for the FDP after a record of 14.6% in the 2009 election. The left (red) could drop a few % from 11% in 2009 election.
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    Posted 18th September 2013 04:30 PM
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    Stefan Kawalec and Ernest Pytlarczyk have written an interesting paper proposing the "Controlled dismantlement of the Eurozone".

    It's interesting stuff. The novel points that jump out at me are:

    * The crisis nations (us, Spain, Greece etc) don't leave the Euro at first, Germany does.

    * Once the process begins, only residents of Germany can have bank accounts in the new German currency.
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    Posted 10th September 2013 05:13 PM
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    Unbelievable stuff from a guy Jim Stafford earlier on RTE drivetime

    *** Listen Here ***

    At about 1.16 the most unbelievable conversation unfolds..
    According to this 'personal solvency practitioner' insolvent solicitors, accountants and hospital consultants in the PIP process should be allowed to stay in their trophy homes unlike PAYE sector people so that their status with their neighbours will not suffer...
    ''A solicitor should have a bigger house so that his neighbours and clients that can see that he is a good person''
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    Posted 31st August 2013 08:55 PM
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    In the last hour President Obama has said that he will use military force against Syria pending consultation with Congress:

    President Obama said Saturday that the United States has decided to use military force against Syria, saying last week’s alleged chemical weapons
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    Posted 10th July 2013 09:20 PM
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    Oh dear God it's almost over.

    After a resounding win for the pro side last week 138 to 24 today is seen as a formality. The real question is (aside from what's happening internally at FG) is what amendments will be added to the bill.


    The parties are lining up as:

    FF: In favour but allowing a free vote. 13 voted against, 6 for. Regardless of the motivation behind giving the party the free vote, it was certainly the smart thing to do by Martin. All the news this week has been about the FG rebels, partially because of the fact they're in government but also because of the acrimony involved. FF have avoided all that. Again:Martin gets the result he wanted with no infighting. Seems smart to me.
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    Posted 17th March 2013 11:08 AM
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    Didn't see this posted anywhere else; the reasons why IT writers are proud of ireland (our, style, our bakeries, our president for the oppressed).
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    Posted 15th March 2013 10:03 PM
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    Serious management questions here as five convicted drink drive offenders get walkovers at their appeals due to no-show by prosecuting Gardaí.

    Judge fumes.

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