Western & Central Europe

Report: Olympic Tickets given to foreign delegations are being sold on the streets of London

July 30, 2012

“The revelation came as a row raged over embarrassing scenes of banks of empty seating at many Games venues – including last night’s swimming finals.”

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Kaplan: Why Romney is a Foreign Policy Lightweight

July 30, 2012

“Does Romney believe the things that he’s said about arms control, Russia, the Middle East, the defense budget, and the rest? Who can say? He has no experience on any of these issues. But his advisers do; they represent the Dick Cheney wing of the Republican Party.”

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Empty seats at the Olympic Games prompt an investigation into how tickets were distributed

July 30, 2012

“Commentators noted the unfilled seats and members of the public who were unable to purchase tickets took to social media to express their anger. It comes after Locog faced criticism for the number of seats being given to corporate sponsors, Olympic officials and VIP guests.”

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500 Protesters in London demonstrate against the ‘capitalist’ Olympic Games

July 30, 2012

“About 500 people critical of the economic impact and corporate flavor of the London Olympics marched Saturday near the Olympic Park, determined to send a message that Britain is not united in backing the games.”

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Romanian President Traian Basescu survives an impeachment vote due to low voter turnout

July 30, 2012

“The centre-left prime minister, Victor Ponta, has been campaigning to remove the president since coming to power in May, raising questions about democracy and the rule of law in Romania.”

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Polish Solidarity, the trade union movement that helped free Poland from Communism, distances itself from Romney

July 30, 2012

“”Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of (trade union federation) AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million employees … that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees’ rights,” Solidarity said in a statement.”

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Mitt Romney arrives in Poland, the final stop on his foreign tour (Video)

July 30, 2012

“Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrived in Poland on Monday.”

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Spain’s Conservative Government announces plans to ban abortions in cases where the fetus is deformed

July 30, 2012

“The government announced Friday it would alter an abortion law introduced by its Socialist predecessors in 2010 which gave women the legal right to abortion on demand for up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.”

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Analysis: How the LIBOR Scandal could affect you

July 30, 2012

“Everyone who participates in the financial system stands to be hurt by the loss of confidence and cost of regulation that follows when a scandal like this comes to light.”

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Mitt Romney hosts a foreign campaign fundraiser in London, charging £50,000 ($78,625) a person and collecting almost $2 million

July 30, 2012

“At Mr Romney’s side will be Patrick Durkin, his top fundraiser and Barclays’ lobbyist in Washington. Bob Diamond, the bank’s former chief executive, quit the Romney campaign after resigning from the company last week.”

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NBC criticized for editing out the part of the Olympics Opening Ceremony that honored the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks

July 29, 2012

“The Daily Mail scoffed that NBC replaced a “tribute to 7/7 victims with bland Michael Phelps interview.”"

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Ridiculous Olympics Opening Ceremony featured the Queen and James Bond skydiving & went over time by 45 minutes

July 29, 2012

“Rather than a single figure to light the torch, a group of young athletes in line for the next Olympics was chosen, pushing the “Inspire a Generation” theme. Each nation’s copper petal was lit before they came together to form a gorgeous fire flower on elevated stems.”

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Report: The Federal Reserve failed to properly communicate British bank Barclays’ admission to rigging the Libor

July 29, 2012

The Libor, also known as the benchmark interest rate, is the primary benchmark, along with the Euribor, for short-term interest rates around the world.

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Iran’s biggest automobile company, Iran Khodro, coping with French car maker Peugeot’s decision to halt exports

July 29, 2012

“The decision appeared to be tied to Peugeot’s alliance with US group General Motors, and US sanctions pressure on Iran over its disputed nuclear activities.”

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Great Britain’s economy shrank more than expected during the Second Quarter of 2012

July 29, 2012

“Britain’s gross domestic product fell 0.7% from the first three months, the sharpest drop since the height of the global financial crisis in early 2009.”

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