Western & Central Europe

Analysis: Great Britain’s Economic Uncertainty Directly Led to Credit Downgrade

February 24, 2013

“…the British government will end this year with a primary deficit — the purest measure of how much more a government spends than it receives in taxes — of 4.3 percent of gross domestic product. That is by far the highest such figure in Europe.”

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Horse Meat Found in Packages Labeled as Beef for Danish Pizzerias

February 24, 2013

“Authorities across Europe started doing random DNA checks on meat products after traces of horse meat turned up in frozen supermarket meals such as burgers and lasagna.”

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United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Denies Covering Up Sexual Misconduct Allegations

February 24, 2013

“Allegations of sexual impropriety by former party chief executive Chris Rennard threaten to engulf Clegg and further undermine the Lib Dems, the junior member of Britain’s coalition government.”

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Spain Police Arrest At Least 45 Protesters During Anti-Austerity Demonstrations in Madrid

February 24, 2013

“Protests in Spain have become common since the government passed a series of unpopular cuts in a bid to cut one of the eurozone’s highest deficits.”

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Moody’s Investors Services Downgrades Great Britain’s Credit Rating From AAA to Aa1

February 24, 2013

“Moody’s announced on Friday night that it had cut the Government’s bond rating one notch from ‘Aaa’ – the highest possible level – to ‘Aa1’.”

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U.S. Urges Syrian Opposition Leadership to Attend Talks in Rome

February 24, 2013

“There appear to be growing tensions between the fighters on the ground and opposition members outside the country.”

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French Investigative Judge: Mali Military Intervention Raises Threat of Domestic Terrorism in France

February 24, 2013

“The concerns of the French authorities were once largely limited to residents of North African Arab ancestry, like Algerians and Tunisians, but attention has broadened to include those French with roots in Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Niger, the judge, Marc Trévidic, said in an interview.”

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Copyright Dispute Prevents Germans From Viewing Video of Russian Meteorite

February 20, 2013

“Germany doesn’t have an equivalent of the American fair use provision, which this would almost certainly fall under in the United States.”

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Proposes Diverting Funds From Foreign Aid to Defense

February 20, 2013

“Britain deploys thousands of troops in Afghanistan and his comments could allow the government to use funds originally intended for foreign aid for what it regards as peace keeping, easing the strain on public finances.”

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President Correa: Ecuador “Oppressed by the Tyranny of Capital” Just Like Europe

February 20, 2013

“”We need to make these capitalist states people-oriented for the benefit of all of us, with no discrimination. We have already achieved a lot, but things may roll back. That’s the message I’m trying to get across to Ecuadorians.”"

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Vatican: Pope Benedict XVI May Change Conclave Rules Before Leaving Papacy

February 20, 2013

“The Vatican appears to be aiming to have a new pope elected and then formally installed before Palm Sunday on March 24 so he can preside at Holy Week services leading to Easter.”

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Cardinal Peter Turkson Blames Gay Priests For Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

February 20, 2013

“Cardinal Peter Turkson, who comes from Ghana, told an American journalist that similar sex scandals would never convulse churches in Africa because the culture was inimical to homosexuality.”

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Man on Trial in Cyprus Confesses to Acting as a Courier for Hezbollah

February 20, 2013

“Lebanese-Swede accused of plotting July terror attack against Israeli tourists in Cyprus; case may influence EU decision to label Hezbollah terrorist entity.”

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Report: United Kingdom Government Warned of Illegal Horsemeat as Early as 2011

February 19, 2013

“The Government was last night urgently investigating allegations that ministers were alerted as long ago as 2011 that illegal horse meat was entering the food chain.”

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Nestle Recalls Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini Sold in Spain and Italy Due to Horsemeat Presence

February 19, 2013

“Nestlé, which is based in Switzerland, said it had increased testing after the discoveries of horse meat in British foods and “traces” of horse DNA in two products made with beef supplied by a German company, H. J. Schypke.”

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