EU ridiculed for banning olive oil jugs from restaurants

Move to ensure olive oil is served in non-refillable bottles condemned as weirdest decision since curvy cucumber rulingEU bureaucrats have been ridiculed for shifting their focus from fighting the eurozone’s debt crisis to impose strict rules on how restaurants serve olive oil.From 1 January eateries will be banned from serving oil to diners in small […]
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Portugal’s fed-up youth pack and go as their nation slides into reverse

Job prospects are grim, health and education are in crisis and with more austerity to come, emigration is increasingly the only solutionYoung men like Bernardo Lima are close to giving up on Portugal. Although he speaks five languages and has a degree in international relations, he has only been able to find bar work since […]
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Portugal to introduce higher taxes to meet EU bailout terms

Biggest tax hike in democratic history proposed in parliament but latest plan to help cut budget hinges on constitutional courtPortugal’s parliament is expected to approve the biggest tax hikes in its modern democratic history on Wednesday, paving the way for a court fight over a budget that the government says it urgently needs to keep […]
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The root of Europe’s riots | Ha-Joon Chang

No wonder the protesters are back. They are angry at the backdoor rewriting of the social contractThroughout the 1980s and 90s, when many developing countries were in crisis and borrowing money from the International Monetary Fund, waves of protests in those countries became known as the “IMF riots”. They were so called because they were […]
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Europe’s austerity protests: mad as hell | Editorial

This is a pan-southern-European pushback against austerity happening while the package is still being negotiatedIn all the dozens of summits and meetings held over the past couple of years about how to keep the euro show on the road, one subject has been notably absent. Amid all their talk of haircuts (on debt values) and […]
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Letters: Taking to the streets to defend democracy

Seumas Milne’s warning to Labour that now is the time to oppose the coalition’s discredited ideology, “Better have that argument now than in the runup to an election”, ends with the significant, if quiet, coda “it’s not one that can be left to politicians alone” (The coalition’s phoney war is an exercise in political fraud, […]
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The politics that matters is happening on the streets of Europe | Suzanne Moore

While we allow ourselves to be distracted by Andrew Mitchell’s antics and conference season, in Spain and Greece citizens are fighting for control of their destinyCull the Lib Dems. No more apologies. Ask the Queen what she thinks. Or elect badgers, as they will be just as useful. Make Andrew Mitchell minister for truth! I may […]
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IMF hints at more time for Greece to implement hardline austerity

Managing director Christine Lagarde says IMF ‘prepared to be flexible’ – saying both growth and austerity are necessaryThe International Monetary Fund dropped the broadest of hints on Monday night that it would give Greece more time to implement its hardline cuts programme as it warned that Europe posed a “critical risk” to a weakening global […]
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How best to respond to a growing population | Matt Cavanagh

Britain can meet the challenges by avoiding a mindset that sees a growing population as essentially a drain on resourcesThe House of Commons will today debate the motion that the government should take “all necessary steps” to stabilise the UK’s population “as close as possible to its present level”. What the motion’s authors really want, […]
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