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Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 209

by manu0601 (#48920107) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

On first point: I agreed the only power of the parliament was to reject a directive subject to codecision. That is thin.

On the second point, you misunderstand my point of view, which is surprising since it is quite common. I suspect you just do not want to understand alternative point of view on EU, but I will retry anyway.

I support democracy. Each treaty moves subjects from member state to EU, but there is still less democracy in EU institutions than in member states. At least member state MP can propose laws, something MEP still cannot do.. In my opinion, all moves we did to build EU have been regression of democracy.

In a nutshell, I refuse giving more powers to EU before it get democratic.

Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 209

by manu0601 (#48912905) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

we disagree on the interpretation of amount of power that MEPs have

You disagree with the fact that EU parliament cannot propose a directive? That it cannot push an amendment the EU council does not want?

[Lisbon treaty] is far from perfect, but it is objectively BETTER than what we had before.

How? In my opinion each treaty have been moving more powers from member states to the EU, and EU lack of democracy is never addressed. In my opinion the whole process is about removing subjects from the democratic field.

Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 209

by manu0601 (#48910481) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

The EU constitution indeed moved more matters to the codecision procedure, where the EU parliament is involved, I agree with that.

But the power of the parliament within the codecision procedure remained unchanged, as it was before and as it is now: the EU parliament cannot propose a directive (only the unelected EU commission can), and the EU parliament cannot trump the EU council on some amendment. Its only real power is to block a directive.

The EU constitution did not propose to change that, and the Lisbon treaty did not change it as well. The EU is an a-democratic framework where your elected MEP have very little power.

Comment: Re:california is a joke (Score 1) 80

by manu0601 (#48901789) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity

They have a double digit sales tax rate and the biggest deficit out of every state

Correct me if I am wrong, but it is also by far the wealthiest out of every state: the deficit is not a serious problem. Look at how EU screws itself with its obsession on member state deficits, this is not a path to follow

Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 209

by manu0601 (#48901685) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

Do you know the differences between the EU constitutional treaty and the Lisbon treaty? They almost bring the same changes, written differently. The EU constitutional treaty replaced all previously exiting treaties (Rome and Maastricht, modified by Nice, Amsterdam and the Unique Act), while the Lisbon treaty is a huge set of amendments on previous treaties.

There are subtle but important differences on the result, thought. The EU Constitutional treaty validated the EU Court of Justice decision that EU treaties trumped member state constitutions (which is not obvious since EU treaties exist based on member state constitutions). That highly controversial part was removed from Lisbon treaty, which led to the bizarre situation where EU treaties trump some member state constitutions, but not all of them: Germany's constitutional court had a decision rejecting EU treaties supremacy.

Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 209

by manu0601 (#48898901) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

Factually incorrect. Treaty was changed. The only ones I ever heard claiming otherwise are the rabid anti-EU parties well known to simply ignore facts when they don't suit their populist needs.

Valery Giscard d'Estaing, who was the lead writer of the EU constitutional treaty, told us Lisbon treaty was equivalent. You can trust him, he is not an anti-EU populist.

Comment: Registration (Score 1) 209

by manu0601 (#48896517) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

TFA says:

VPN services that wish to operate within China are required to register with Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for permission

Would it make sense for corporate VPN to register? I mean the situation where the VPN service is only accessible for non Chineese employees visiting mainland for business purpose.

And if it makes sense, what is the procedure?

Comment: No problem (Score 1) 60

by manu0601 (#48882013) Attached to: Calls For European ISPs To Filter Content Could Be Illegal
EU has no problem violating its own fundamentals. It praises democracy, bit ignored the results of referendums on EU constitution held in France and Netherlands in 2005: The constitution treaty was re-engineered as Lisbon treaty, which is almost equivalent according to lead writer Giscard d'Estaing.

Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 1) 148

by manu0601 (#48872171) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

There is no F******G war going on. 20 people where killed, 17 by terrorists.

Agreed, except these were not terrorists but just murderers. Common people are not terrorized by some inivisble threat that may kill them.

I must concede some journalists are terrorized, That twists press coverage of the situation.

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