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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Brexit and Scotland: Scots share May's vision for Brexit deal, survey says; Brexit and Greece

Report, 25 pages (pdf): Does Scotland Want a Different Kind of Brexit? John Curtice, Senior Research Fellow at NatCen and Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University

From EU Observer - Scots share May's vision for Brexit deal, survey says

"Scots have similar expectations of Brexit to voters across Britain, but are more willing to accept freedom of movement if it means keeping free trade

Scottish voters show little appetite for special Brexit deal

Despite voting very differently in the EU Referendum, a new report from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) reveals that when it comes to the UK government’s Brexit deal Scottish voters have largely similar expectations to voters across Britain as a whole".

See also Scotland (Scandinavia)


Brexit Repercussions Costly to Greece, Greek Reporter

"The Federation (Hellenic Federation of Enterprises) asks from the EU to maintain current market and trade practices, safeguard, as much as possible, closer economic relations between the EU and Britain, organizing a smooth transition to a future trade agreement. Equally important will be the impact on tourism. Greece should expect a decrease in tourist arrivals as the depreciation of the sterling against the euro will reduce the purchasing power of the British and limit their travel options. It is estimated that currently over two million British tourists arrive in Greece each year. At the same time, there are concerns about the 60,000 Greeks who live and work in Britain. Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis met with the British Ambassador to Athens, Kate Smith, on March 15 to discuss the issue, namely, the legal framework in regards to the residence status of Greeks in Britain".

UK, Plastic Bottles and Marine Pollution - "Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans"

A campaign and petition to consider supporting

"In the UK we use a staggering 38.5 million single-use plastic bottles and a further 58 million cans every day! Only half of these are recycled, so it’s no surprise that many of these end up on our beaches and in our oceans.

Plastic bottles take 450 years to break down, killing marine life, harming the coastal ecosystem and ruining our beaches.

Placing a small deposit on plastic bottles and cans would dramatically increase recycling and reduce marine plastic pollution".

Corfu Port and Promenade: Corfu Town, The Joys That Await Corfu's Easter (and Summer?) Vacationers

Port pictures here:

From Corfu Post - Την Παρασκευή ξεκαθαρίζει το «τοπίο» για το μέλλον της εργολαβίας στον υπό κατασκευή κόμβο στο Λιμάνι

Garitsa images here:

Οριστική λύση στον κυματισμό που διαβρώνει την παραλιακή της Γαρίτσας εξετάζει ο ΟΛΚΕ

Misogynists or Misandrists? Neither.

A member of a women-only network and group (an admirable network) said, when asked on TV* why no men belonged to the group, "We're not misogynists, but we want to do our own thing".

I wondered whether there was a more accurate word than misogynist for use in this context. I had forgotten the word "misandrist".

As always, the Oxford English Dictionary had the answer:

"A misogynist is a person who hates women. A person who hates men can be described as a misandrist, and the corresponding noun is misandry. But however prevalent the attitudes described by these words may be, the words themselves aren't common. There are currently only 29 examples of misandrist in the Oxford English Corpus, while misogynist appears more than 1,500 times; 68 uses of misandry are overshadowed by over 2,000 examples of misogyny".

*Holding Back the Years-Series 1: 4. Arlene Phillips, BBC 1, iPlayer

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

UK: Brexit Article 50 Letter pdf letter

BBC (pdf),  Article 50 Letter, 29th March 2017

Plan for Britain - Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50,

Greece Reaches Agreement With Creditors (?)

From Reuters - Exclusive: Greece, EU/IMF lenders agree on key labour reforms, pension cuts - sources

"Greece will cut pensions by up to 1 percent of GDP in 2019, two officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity. Lowering the tax-free threshold to save roughly another 1 percent of GDP has also been agreed, an EU official said...On labour reforms, Greece will not be forced to ease present restrictions on collective redundancies initially sought by the IMF, another official said."

From Greek Reporter

Updates, Back and Forth: Από το 2019 η μείωση συντάξεων

Επίσπευση των μειώσεων στις συντάξεις κατά ένα χρόνο απαιτεί το ΔΝΤ, Kathimerini

More from Kathimerini 

Bid to get SYRIZA behind deal as euro zone officials meet, eKathimerini

"Greek and European officials refuted a Reuters report that a deal had been reached on pensions and labour reforms on Wednesday and sources said it was unlikely bailout monitors would return to Athens imminently".