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Comment: Bad faith (Score 1) 288

by manu0601 (#49803317) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

His bad faith is obvious. Many companies manage to do profitable business in France. Labor laws indeed protect workers, but this is just something you can live with and still succeed.

Moreover, I could argue that protective labor laws can help increase workers productivity. When you do not have to wonder about securing your income for the next year, month or week, you may start focus on your job.

Comment: Split (Score 1) 253

by manu0601 (#49771815) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn

I am split. On one hand I support freedom of speech and I think it would be nice to enforce it. On the other hand I support Democracy and if the Brits want to restrict freedom of speech, an outer undemocratic body like EU should not be able to bar them.

But after some though, I think that there should be no natural laws. People sovereignty should be the source of any law and therefore Democracy should trump freedom of speech. After all in a democratic regime, freedom of speech restriction wan be overturned later by another sovereign decisionn therefore it is no big deal.

Comment: Re:Slow torture (Score 0) 742

by manu0601 (#49766943) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Greece has a military?

Here is a table of per-country military spending, as shared of GDP.

Even after EU-mandated austerity plans, Greece spends more than Turkey, but also more than France, United Kingdom, or China. I guess EU "partners" considered they were the best country to keep the Germany submarine industry alive.

Comment: Slow torture (Score 1) 742

by manu0601 (#49766277) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

The term slow torture is interesting. Eurozone "partners" indeed pressure Greece government to act against its own national interests.

The primary tool so far has been BCE supply of money to Greece's banks. While this mechanism has nothing to do with sovereign debt, it has been used as blackmail: "act as we ask, otherwise your banking system will collapse because of liquidity shortage".

The reforms they were not asked to perform are interesting. Greece has been asked to reduce salaries and pensions, and even to sell some territory. But when did EU "partners" did push for a tax reform so that the wealthier pay their share? When did EU "partners" asked for military budget reduction? When you have trouble paying debts, it sounds strange to let wealthy people's money leaking into fiscal paradises, and to buy submarines from Germany.

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