European Union-who, what, and the issues

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Re: European Union-who, what, and the issues

Post by CielOnTap » Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:55 pm

Greece got a bailout but citizens are still limited to daily cash withdrawals, with a new weekly limit going to come into effect. Tomorrow, the banks will be open but cashing a cheque won't be easy.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/greek-b ... -1.3154303

http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 44265.html
Hope that the tourists in Greece are spending their cash freely to help the merchants and service providers keep in operation and to pay their staffs!
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Post by guitarblues » Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:04 pm

How much did the referendum in Greece cost? Was that an online vote process or were people pressed into service to operate polling stations with ballots and so on?

Summer's is going to be a long one. The money issue will pinch the Greeks unless they have some money elsewhere.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:03 pm

Two stories about the African and Middle Eastern migrants going to Europe for a better future. Their travels do depend on the kindness or incivility of the border police they encounter.

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/2 ... less-honey
http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21 ... em-forward
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:39 pm

Another viewpoint on the movement of people within Europe to chase jobs/opportunities or better lives.
Fifty hours to travel 4,000 kilometers through Europe in an old green Mercedes Sprinter van with 1.2 million kilometers on the odometer. The seats are rock-hard and worn, the biaxial trailer in tow filled to the brim. And then there's the Romanian disco-pop playing at full blast and in an endless loop, so that Talic doesn't fall asleep before he reaches northern Spain.

In France, he avoids the highways -- they're too expensive -- which means that Europe's largest country by area is crossed via country roads. A 10-hour break in Portugal is all Talic allows himself before turning around and heading home. That makes for 8,000 kilometers of driving, 100 hours at the wheel in a bit more than five days. Is this crazy, suicidal or just business as usual?

Talic is a pleasant man who has not been put off by the million kilometers he has spent behind the wheel. He understands people's criticisms of his lifestyle, and explains that he wasn't always a bus driver.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 43797.html

It would seem that there are EU countries that still have not fixed their economic development plans and see their residents becoming entrepreneurs elsewhere in order to have money to support others still at home.
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:43 pm

The Economist has reported in recent issues that Greece has become the new landing place for asylum seekers via the island of Lesbos as people turn away from Italy in their quest to enter Europe. Hundreds are coming daily and heading to Athens yet the officers responsible for fingerprinting and documenting the newcomers can only process 500 people per day due to only having two Frontex machines for the work. So some people are having to stay in camp for days until it is their turn to get documented.

Germany is not all-welcoming to refugee claimants. There are Germans who deliberately seek housing where refugees live to scare or to menace. Story from Spiegel's English news site:
Germany these days is a nation split in two. On the one side is a populace that is showing greater solidarity with refugees than ever seen before. Initiatives have been created across the country to assist asylum-seekers in their everyday lives.

The other half of the country is extremely difficult to tolerate in some places. Racist violence is on the rise. The German Interior Ministry registered 173 instances of criminal right-wing offenses against accommodations for asylum-seekers during the first six months of this year, almost three times as many as during the same period the previous year.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/ger ... 45207.html
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:27 pm

Some migrants in France just want to get shelter, work and have their needs covered.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/ ... gland.html
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Post by CielOnTap » Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:03 pm

The Spiegel article about the Romanian driver doing the EU minivan circuit was reprinted in a local paper for its international news section recently.

Greece continues to have migrants arriving at Kos. Some boats are coming from Turkey's mainland.
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Post by CielOnTap » Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:30 pm

Migrants in Greece are finding that movement into Macedonia and northwards is being hampered by police behind fences and with stun guns. In sum, the number of migrants coming through Europe is showing the strain and lack of resources to quickly move people to places and to provide basic necessities during the key high season summer tourist period.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/ ... olice.html

The Greek ferry that was to house Kos refugees is now carrying refugees to Athens.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:56 pm

Two recent stories about the masses of humans who have landed in Europe but have found easy movement on land to be a crowded endeavour. Not to mention there are questions of shelter, food, access to borders.

Medicins Sans Frontieres are working with Italian authorities but the agreement has some tensions of its own.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/wor ... 47535.html
During the rescue operation, the Italian destroyer Caio Duilio approaches. A masterpiece of military engineering, the 153-meter-long ship has anti-aircraft missiles, torpedoes and artillery on board. It is a floating outpost of Fortress Europe -- but it is poorly suited to rescue people. The soldiers climb onto the empty wooden boat, examining and eventually sinking it. Afterwards, the destroyer sails alongside the Phoenix for a time, a gray shadow on the horizon. This is what Phase 1 of EUNAVFOR Med, the military operation against human trafickers, looks like.

Friend and Foe

The army is simultaneously MSF's adversary and its partner. In order to save lives, the aid workers have to do what they otherwise avoid: cooperate with the military. The Italians determine which boats are to be rescued and where the refugees are to be brought. Only then is MSF informed by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Rome about boats in distress. Only then are they allowed to bring the refugees ashore. Under the law, the refugees are still considered illegal immigrants. A ship full of refugees not permitted to dock anywhere. It would be a nightmare.
The exodus from Macedonia involves a train trip to go north into Serbia. There's competition to get on board.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/eur ... 48856.html

In today's major newspaper, there was an article indicated that the police in Gevgelija, Macedonia permitted the crowd of refugees to go to the border after three days of waiting.
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From the website that MSF operates, detailing what the organization is doing in the migration zones:
http://www.msf.org/topics/mediterranean-migration
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Did the Speak-Ez readers all notice that former prime minister Alexis Tsirpas has resigned in order to get an election called in Greece? He was only elected in January of this year with his party, Syriza. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/ ... Q820150820
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:32 pm

A small number of migrants have used an overland route through Russia to get to Norway on bicycles:

He said that most of the migrants are from Syria, with some from Turkey and Ukraine, and that they mainly cross in motor vehicles although some have resorted to arriving on bicycles because the Storskog border post is not open to pedestrians, in line with a Norwegian-Russian border agreement.

"There have been about 100 during the past two months, at least 50 in July and looks like August will be much the same," he told The Associated Press. "But the conditions will be bad soon. It's getting colder by the day ... Soon no one will be able to bike, that's for sure."
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/ ... ycles.html

Germany's dealing with questions about how the migrant volumes are changing the country:
Günther Schulze has two mobile phones. One rings every couple of minutes while the other receives an unbroken stream of emails. A woman has a mattress to donate, 200 centimenters by 90 centimeters, but it has to be picked up. Another is collecting school bags: "How many do you need?" A third writes in with the information that the publishing house he works for has just made its online Arabic-German dictionary available free of charge. Schulze says he could spend the whole day writing answers. And he would like to send thank you notes to everybody. But he is starting to worry that, if he did, he would no longer have enough time to take care of his real work.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/ger ... 50406.html
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