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Network Europe

Published söndag 20 maj 2007 kl 05.30
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Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski
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Nicolas Sarkozy
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Cluster bomb
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Trajan Basecu (r) and his Lithuanian counterpart Valdas Adamkus
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The European Parliament

In this week’s round-up from European broadcasters:

  • Poland’s President is rebuffed by the courts
  • Romania’s president faces an impeachment referendum
  • Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration takes shape in France
  • Controversy over a cluster bomb ban in Sweden
  • Brussels bureaucrat’s special dating service?!
  • Viennese Public Library goes for the avant-garde

President impeached?

Romania’s president faces an impeachment referendum this weekend. Trajan Basecu was already suspended by Parliament last month for allegedly usurping the prime minister’s power.

The Constitutional Court ruled that Basecu didn’t break the law. The ruling was non-binding though, so the decision of whether or not to let him stay in office is put to voters. But this is more than a referendum on a president.

President inaugurated

The new French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, campaigned with proposals based on faulty economic analyses - according to an article posted on the website of ”The Washington Post”.

France’s new president who was sworn in this week, said he would boost France’s economy through tax cuts and pushing back the 35 hour work week.

But the article, written by Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, says that there is little evidence that Sarkozy’s proposals will actually increase employment or economic growth.

President rebuffed

The constitutional court in Poland last week shot down a vetting law aimed at purging ex-communist agents out of public life.

The ruling was a rebuke to President Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who campaigned on rooting out communists.

Some bombs are more equal than others?

In February at a two-day conference in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, 46 countries pledged to work towards a new treaty banning them.

But now the Swedish government is being accused of backtracking.

Public library erotica!

The Vienna public library is doing its best to shake off its staid image by setting up an erotic telephone hotline. Callers pay money to hear readings from the library’s collection of historic and contemporary erotic literature.

”From Brussels, with Love”

Brussels bureaucrats are a much-maligned mob, but for devoted bureaucrats there’s little time for a private life.

That’s why a dating service reserved for European bureaucrats in the home to the European Parliament was a big success. Unfortunately, there is a catch..

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