In light of new genetic evidence, the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature has been revised in respect of the botanical name for the species tomato. This will now be known as ‘Solanum Lycopersicum L.’. In order to reflect this change the European Commission published Implementing Directive 2013/45/EC. This Directive requires Member States to update their domestic legislation to take account of this change of name of tomato.
“Decreto-Lei n.º 34/2014 – Ministério da Agricultura e do Mar – Transpõe a Diretiva de Execução n.º 2013/45/UE, da Comissão, de 7 de agosto de 2013, que altera as Diretivas n.os 2002/55/CE e 2008/72/CE do Conselho e a Diretiva n.º 2009/145/CE da Comissão, no que diz respeito à designação botânica de tomate, procedendo à segunda alteração ao Decreto-Lei n.º 329/2007, de 8 de outubro, à segunda alteração ao Decreto-Lei n.º 257/2009, de 24 de setembro, e à terceira alteração ao Decreto-Lei n.º 88/2010, de 20 de julho”.
“Dado o valor que a minha palavra tem não estará à espera de resposta”
Switzerland practices a kind of direct democracy, which means the people is called several times a year to vote directly over initiatives and to make parliament or executive decisions binding. Matters otherwise decided by the political class, in advanced democratic countries, are subject to the direct judgment of citizens. Last weekend the Swiss rendered a decision regarding the unlimited entry of persons from countries that are members of the European Union – in which Switzerland does not participate, result of another popular vote that was strongly opposed by the elites. Should Switzerland, as a sovereign state, assert the right to control its immigration and to set rules for residency?
Additionally, a larger issue hovered behind the vote. It involved resisting the growing power of “Brussels” to centralize and bureaucratize Europe. Almost all the newspapers and the electronic media, as well as the executive, predicted the end of civilization should the people vote wrongly. That forecast was given support by threats fired off by the EU, which claimed that the screening of entrants involves a violation of bilateral Swiss-EU treaties. The threatened consequence: economic retaliation that amounts extortion by a promised boycott.
The story also reveals a sizable gap between the people and the ruling elites that claim to represent them. The difference expresses a crisis of contemporary democracy. This makes Switzerland into a place where one can hear the people’s voice about matters elsewhere are judged too complicated and delicate to be determined outside of governing clans.
…the anti-corruption movement causes much more psychological stress, even anxiety or paranoia in all strata of Chinese society: Everyone knows someone who is corrupt, but few want to get involved in any of this. That’s because China is not only cracking down on corruption, it is simultaneously going after the activists, democrats, and dissidents. China is an economic superpower – rich and mighty. But there also loom deep-rooted political and social maladies which if not treated properly might compromise the country’s former economic successes. While the year 2013 saw over 110,000 cases of corrupt officials, Xi’s campaign, now going into its second year, shows no sign of weariness. In fact, everyone seems suspicious, and the public can’t wait to hear about the latest scandal or obscenity. Yet while punishing some individuals for obvious misconduct is in itself wise and recommendable, the campaign lacks major reforms of the system. Just this month another activist, Xu Zhiyong, was sentenced to four years in prison. He demanded transparency and the disclosures of politicians’ assets and earnings.
“Corruption across EU ‘breathtaking‘ – EU Commission”…with the anti-corruption package, the Commission is pursuing a coherent approach for shaping EU policies on the fight against corruption. In addition to stronger monitoring and the proper implementation of existing legal instruments, the Commission foresees a wide range of EU-level actions to adequately tackle corruption…
We’ll have a therapy for corruption perception anxiety disorder before anything changes.
In a bid to defend the single market, the European Commission has raised customs tariffs from 17.6 % to 58.8% on 55 articles of porcelain and ceramic tableware imported from China on accounts of dumping.
There is nothing exceptional about this decision, which is similar to a number of others that have recently been taken in Brussels, like two other inquiries on solar panels, which play a much larger role in Europe’s trade deficit with China, more than 20 billion euros of imports last year. Chinese authorities and the Chinese media have begun to show signs of irritation with this harder line.
China is often depicted as an “irritated” country in reports. It’s like a romance gone bad. She is feeling irritated whatever I do. If I talk with her she gets annoyed. She said I’m not mature and she is not feeling that I’m with her! And now I’m trying to make her understand, but she is not hearing me no matter what I say!
Jonh Nash, o matémático, não o esquizofrénico, deduziu numa formula o comportamento de agentes em competição e colaboração. Em jogos não cooperativos descobriu o equilíbrio de Nash onde apesar dos participantes não cooperarem, é possível que a busca individual da melhor solução conduza o jogo a um resultado em que se verifique estabilidade, não havendo incentivo para que nenhum deles altere o seu comportamento.
Chegados aqui a Europa não é mais do que um grupo de rapaziada que a qualquer momento pode decidir unilateralmente apenas em seu proveito.
Para começar, “Ignorem a loira!” :)
“Felix Baumgartner raises the bar and try an even more impressive dive”
The word “gambit” was originally applied to chess by Spanish priest Rúy López de Segura, from an Italian expression dare il gambetto (to put a leg forward in order to trip someone). Lopez studied this maneuver in the broader sense of “opening move meant to gain advantage”.
The impact of other countries leaving the currency union would be more dramatic: «if Portugal went, Germany would lose €225 billion by 2020 and would have to write off credit amounting to €99 billion. Global losses in growth would add up to €2.4 trillion, with the US having to bear €365 billion and China €275 billion respectively.»