The question of the day, to which we all know the answer (but I want to ask the question anyway), Are the Nannycrats Afraid of Democracy?
Here is a comment someone posted on the Guardian Greek Election Blog
In spite of all the huffing and puffing and bluffing, once again the Greek puppets will likely dance to the strings of the Troika and pass austerity measures required for Greece to get the next tranche of money.
Unions, lawyers, pensioners, and workers in general are not pleased with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and have planned a major series of strikes.
I expect violence if Samaras musters the votes to pass the bills. There is likely to be violence before the vote as well.
ROME — The Italian Senate has expelled three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi from Parliament over his tax fraud conviction.
The vote on Wednesday halts the 77-year-old Berlusconi’s legislative run for at least six years, but does not mark the end of his political career.
Berlusconi maintained his defiance ahead of the vote, declaring Wednesday a “day of mourning for democracy” before thousands of cheering, flag-waving supporters outside his Roman palazzo.
There was good and bad news for Angela Merkel as today's exit polls from the Bavaria (GDP of $619 billion, bigger than the output of Poland or Austria) state elections - the bellwether vote ahead of next weekend's federal elections (
(NICOSIA, Cyprus) — The Cypriot government was struggling Tuesday to gain parliamentary support for a plan to confiscate a part of people’s bank deposits, a deeply unpopular scheme that needs to be passed if the country is to qualify for an international bailout and avoid financial disaster. The government amended its initial proposal Tuesday morning to shield small savers from the plan, which aims to raise €5.8 billion ($7.5 billion) in return for €10 billion ($12.9 billion) from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock index futures rose on Thursday after Wall Street suffered its worst day in eight weeks, but the session was predicted to be volatile ahead of a key vote later in the day on a bill to cut the U.S.
Afghanistan's electoral watchdog said on Tuesday that it has received over 3,000 complaints about irregularities in the run-up to Saturday's parliamentary election and on polling day itself.The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said 1,388 complaints had been received specifically about election day irregularities -- which could affect the results -- ahead of a 4 pm (1130 GMT deadline) deadline for submissions.ECC commissioner and spokesman Ahmad Zia Rafaat told AFP that on top of those complaints, another 1,700 had been lodged relating to problems ahead of the vote.
Richard Shelby, the senior Republican on the banking committee, mounted a full-bore attack on the record of Ben Bernanke ahead of what is expected to be a close vote on the Federal Reserve chairman’s reconfirmation later in the day