But in the EU, some facts never get acknowledged for the sake of keeping up appearances.
Guff from a man from nutjobland. Imagine someone from a country like he is from acting superior when so many over there suffer.
you live in a place with a democracy.
How long -exactly- did Athenian democracy last? There are some European exemplars but the United States of America is the record holder, hands down.
(Leastways, it hasn't been in the past: ersi keeps harping that I should read the Athenian Constitution!? How long -exactly- did Athenian democracy last?There are some European exemplars but the United States of America is the record holder, hands down.
I'll accept both qualms... Seriously, Athens and the U.S. are hardly comparable. As for the Netherland democracy, more than a few learned greatly from it -- first hand! (Thanks, BTW...for both.
On that note, here's a good paper on the subject: http://rdc1.net/forthcoming/DUTCH6_final_.pdf
Diplomats from European Union countries will this week discuss making the transport and buildings sectors pay for their CO2 emissions, according to an internal document seen by Reuters.The EU agreed last week to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions at least 55% by 2030 against 1990 levels - a new target that will require emissions to fall faster in all sectors, from farming to heavy industry. read moreNow Brussels must design the policies to make the target a reality. For cars and buildings, that looks set to include an emissions trading system (ETS), which forces polluters to buy permits to cover their CO2 emissions. read more"This would have to happen gradually, in a manner that does not lead to disruption of these sectors, and does not interfere with the carbon price in the current ETS," the Commission said of the potential policy, in a document shared with EU diplomats who will discuss it this week.The EU already uses an ETS to curb emissions from power plants and industry.
Today in GoogleTube recommendations, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv-aX-R3XcUIt got maps with lines on them. What's not to like?
Nothing good can come of Rail Baltica. Estonian government has taken it way too seriously, killing Estonia's existing rail line to Pärnu, basically destroying the summer tourism that Estonia used to have. At the same time, Latvians were granted an offshoot to their airport and Lithuanians an offshoot from Kaunas to Vilnius. Both of these offshoots have been completed from Rail Baltica funds, i.e. Latvia and Lithuania have already profited from the project as much as they wanted, but none of the main lines has been built, because they don't care, and meanwhile Estonia's summer tourism remains dead.Earlier there used to be another loudly promoted EU-supported project, the highways called Via Baltica that were supposed to provide broad lanes in both directions between Tallinn and Berlin. Also never completed. Some highways were broadened in some sections, while bottlenecks remained at other points, nullifying the overall purpose of the broadenings. The same will happen to Rail Baltica at best.
The point about the European routes, including E67 "Via Baltica", isn't that they necessarily are high-speed motorways, most aren't, but that they are European routes.
You ask your local government about that. The European routes themselves predate the EU, but the EU part-funds infrastructure projects through cohesion funds, and TEN-T road/rail/sea routes, including the North Sea-Baltic Corridor, are priority routes. But it is the member countries that actually build them (ot procure tenders).
If the Estonian government doesn't want to fund a fairly small and cheap upgrade to the Pärnu branch, that indicates that they don't value it highly, not that they have been bamboozled by the EU.
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