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Polish President unexpectedly vetoes the Supreme Court reform [Polish]

Polish President unexpectedly vetoes the Supreme Court reform [Polish]

Now the law will go back into the lower chamber, which needs 60% of the votes for repealing the veto. Ruling party has only 51% of seats. House of Cards tier move by the president.

Although I'm not Polish nor a Polish citizen I'm proud of them for taking to the streets and successfully defending their democracy.

Now the law will go back into the lower chamber, which needs 60% of the votes for repealing the veto.

off-topic: we need this stuff in Romania. Our president can veto stuff to and send it back to the parliament, only once though, but even then it would still require a simple 50+1 majority. This just makes the veto pointless, because if they had a majority to vote the law once, they'll have it again without problems. And the president can't veto it a 2nd time...

PSD is doing this for quite a while. Send the president a law, he sends it back, PSD then send the exact same law again, the president is then legally forced to sign it.

You got a really nice system there Poland. Never let them change it.

Three big law changes were introduced by the ruling party (PiS), nominally to fight corruption and Communist legacy. Because they are seen to undermine the independence of the judicial branch, this lead to quite significant protests all over Poland.

AFAIK the first bill was passed and now vetoed, the second introduced, and the third is proposed: also vetoed:

The first would have ended the terms of 15 of 25 members of the National Council of the Judiciary (NCJ). That's the body which has the most say in appointing judges. Their replacements would have been chosen by the Sejm (lower chamber of Parliament)

A second bill would allow the Minister of Justice to freely dismiss any chief judge of the general courts in the six months after the law's passing. This is the one that is not vetoed.

A third proposed bill would have retired all Supreme Court judges, except those explicitly retained by the Minister of Justice. The minister would have the power to appoint the First Justice and replacements for the retired judges

http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_a_one_two_punch_to_the_rule_of_law_in_poland

I took the top posts in /sub/EarthPorn from all European and surrounding countries and made this map

I took the top posts in /r/EarthPorn from all European and surrounding countries and made this map

/sub/europe meets /sub/earthporn meets /sub/dataisbeautiful meets /sub/mapporn. Awesome work!

Edit: added more porn

Links to all images are included below. I know some of these images aren’t technically Europe, but I thought it would look nicer to include them than just grey them out. Also, I’m aware that Greenland and Faroe Islands are part of Denmark, and that Svalbard is part of Norway but I gave them separate images otherwise the images would have to be too stretched out to fit and it probably wouldn’t look great. 

EDIT: changed some broken links and tidied up the comment a bit to make it more readable

EDIT2: Please stop telling me that the UK should have been split up. My reasoning for deciding to keep it as one is because the official, internationally recognised name of the country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If I divided up the UK, I could, arguably, divide up Spain into autonomous regions who are also all very different from each other linguistically, culturally and geographically. There was no political motivation behind this move so stop calling me a Unionist. 

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Links to all images are included below. I know some of these images aren’t technically Europe, but I thought it would look nicer to include them than just grey them out. Also, I’m aware that Greenland and Faroe Islands are part of Denmark, and that Svalbard is part of Norway but I gave them separate images otherwise the images would have to be too stretched out to fit and it probably wouldn’t look great.

EDIT: changed some broken links and tidied up the comment a bit to make it more readable

EDIT2: Please stop telling me that the UK should have been split up. My reasoning for deciding to keep it as one is because the official, internationally recognised name of the country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If I divided up the UK, I could, arguably, divide up Spain into autonomous regions who are also all very different from each other linguistically, culturally and geographically. There was no political motivation behind this move so stop calling me a Unionist.

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Belgium by /u/GreatYourBeauty

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Bulgaria by /u/DaHitcha

Croatia by /u/bdavis171

Cyprus by /u/militantcookie

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Palestine by /u/DeliJalapeno

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Syria by /u/bassistmuzikman

Tunisia by /u/TucoTheUgliest

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UK by /u/hamjamham

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Can /sub/mapporn get included too?

Edit: love the edit; everyone loves more porn!

everyone loves more porn!

Not Theresa May

This awesome restaurant in Rome was so tiny, you had to hang your wine glasses

This awesome restaurant in Rome was so tiny, you had to hang your wine glasses

It says they can't serve and they don't have a menù.

It's how law is dodged, the Italian way. Rome's center's full of "cultural organizations" that sell alcoholics and food, but they pay less taxes than restaurants and clubs.

What's that about a restaurant license on the wall?

But have you heard of Finnish food?

But have you heard of ?

That food looks delicious. Italian food is amazing

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Vannes, Morbihan, France

Vannes, Morbihan, France

Sorry, but /sub/shittyhdr

Looks familiar ...

Je cherche un truc drole à dire, mais là, j'ai aucune Vanne...

Seriously, who the fuck thinks this is an improvement?

In honour of Belgium's national holiday!

In honour of Belgium's national holiday!

They did give a hand, it's true.

Do you really want to include Leopold II? It's like adding Hitler to Germany's national day.

We, Belgians, would like to thank all the people who have been involved in this beautiful project : Germans, the Dutch, the French, the British, Austrians, Spaniards and Luxembourgers.

Thank you.

The man who invents a Cara as big as an armored vehicle deserves to be the next king.

Europe: Top ranked "Things to do" according to TripAdvisor

Europe: Top ranked "Things to do" according to TripAdvisor

/sub/mapswithouticeland

Luxembourg: American cemetery memorial

I wonder what nationality most of the people on trip advisor have...

Erm, out of everything in the UK - the Harry Potter Studio Tour?!?

Ok, folks, it's time to wrap things up...

My favorite "hobby" on the internet is mentioning how I've been in the army, and then seeing how many Americans thank me for my service. Needless to say, Americans are apparently very thankful for the 6 months I spent laying cable and shooting metal targets in the Finnish forest.

Russia appears to be taking Georgia's land inch by inch

Russia appears to be taking Georgia's land inch by inch

Key part of this article is at the bottom

Countries seeking to join NATO cannot have any outstanding territorial disputes.

This is why Russia is happy to support breakaway states in Moldova Ukraine and Georgia

Only way to enter NATO is to recognize the new states which is a major blow to national pride and sovereignty. If a country were to do this it would open the path for further breakaway states to materialize - potentially disintegrating the country over time.

EDIT : I just read up on this - apparently exceptions can be made at the discretion of NATO and its members - see : Cold War West Germany

Here's an article on this topic

Here's the actual language from a NATO document on enlargement

6.States which have ethnic disputes or external territorial disputes, including irredentist claims, or internal jurisdictional disputes must settle those disputes by peaceful means in accordance with OSCE principles. Resolution of such disputes would be a factor in determining whether to invite a state to join the Alliance.

7.Decisions on enlargement will be for NATO itself. Enlargement will occur through a gradual, deliberate, and transparent process, encompassing dialogue with all interested parties. There is no fixed or rigid list of criteria for inviting new member states to join the Alliance.

SOURCE

TLDR : NATO suggests territorial disputes should be resolved before joining but reserve the right to add anyone at their discretion

This article really doesn't cover this problem well enough. People are literally being kidnapped because their villages are being split in half because of this "borderization" bullshit. You can go to a certain spot on one day, then go there the next day and be kidnapped for crossing the border. The border came as close as 200 fucking meters from the main highway of Georgia, the one everyone who lives or who passes in Georgia uses, the one connecting Azerbaijan and Turkey. You can check this shit on Google Maps.

Here is the original "South Ossetia" (you can see on the right side of the borders that they already started experimenting with going deeper into Georgia), though half the territories were populated by ethnic Georgians who were kicked out and whose villages were burnt so they wouldn't return. 

All of this can be checked on maps which have the option to select the date of the map. Basically satellite maps, where the villages which were completely fine in July of 2008 were first all roofless by mid August and then all of that rubble was cleared and the villages disappeared entirely. Google Earth has that option, towns at Tskhinvali, like Berula, Achabeti, Tamareuli and many more were entirely burnt down and then even the remains of those buildings disappeared.

No one will give a shit until we get completely conquered, and I have doubts anyone will give a shit even then. The only way for anyone in the West to give a shit is have Russia come to their own door and start knocking it down.

Edit: note that the first map of the original South Ossetia was the conquered part of the region, the next maps are the borders of the former South Ossetian SSR, which you can see the Russians and Ossetians are trying to restore entirely while disregarding the fact that the lands were and are majority Georgian.

This article really doesn't cover this problem well enough. People are literally being kidnapped because their villages are being split in half because of this "borderization" bullshit. You can go to a certain spot on one day, then go there the next day and be kidnapped for crossing the border. The border came as close as 200 fucking meters from the main highway of Georgia, the one everyone who lives or who passes in Georgia uses, the one connecting Azerbaijan and Turkey. You can check this shit on Google Maps.

(you can see on the right side of the borders that they already started experimenting with going deeper into Georgia), though half the territories were populated by ethnic Georgians who were kicked out and whose villages were burnt so they wouldn't return.

All of this can be checked on maps which have the option to select the date of the map. Basically satellite maps, where the villages which were completely fine in July of 2008 were first all roofless by mid August and then all of that rubble was cleared and the villages disappeared entirely. Google Earth has that option, towns at Tskhinvali, like Berula, Achabeti, Tamareuli and many more were entirely burnt down and then even the remains of those buildings disappeared.

No one will give a shit until we get completely conquered, and I have doubts anyone will give a shit even then. The only way for anyone in the West to give a shit is have Russia come to their own door and start knocking it down.

Edit: note that the first map of the original South Ossetia was the conquered part of the region, the next maps are the borders of the former South Ossetian SSR, which you can see the Russians and Ossetians are trying to restore entirely while disregarding the fact that the lands were and are majority Georgian.

The pratical reason behind this imo is trying to keep a buffer zone of neighboring neutral (non-NATO) countries and preventing them from joining NATO by keeping them unstable.

I've said it before: Putin is the one politician who plays the world like its EU4

Just keep map painting

Wildfire last night in Croatia [x-post from r/Croatia]

Wildfire last night in Croatia [x-post from r/Croatia]

Holy shit, that looks apocalyptic. :/ Stay safe!

You can't blame people living in the past for thinking the Gods were angry when seeing stuff like that!

croatia can now aply for being part of the iberian council

More pictures

Looks like a family dinner with the parents on the left side, meeting their daughter with their son-in-law [Shitpost]

Looks like a family dinner with the parents on the left side, meeting their daughter with their son-in-law [Shitpost]

Looks faked, you don't see the Eiffel tower.

Here is the real not-photoshoped picture: http://imgur.com/a/8hnTs

I think it's just that she knows how to pose for a camera.

While I like the idea that she hates Donald, I'm not sure it's entirely true.

I really appreciate the fact that Macron has gone out of his way to reach out to Trump.

Because it's obvious they're playing good cop bad cop with Merkel to make sure he has a "trusted foreign interlocutor" who represents a major EU power, smart move imo in case he doesn't get ejected. I'm sure Trump wants to see himself in Macron, as they both have common ground and rose to power around the same time : but one is popular and has much better control on whatever's going on. I'm sure in a way, Trump is intrigued by what makes Macron popular and that could have some influence on him, Trump has only so few peers he can identify with.

Raised-Relief Map of Western Europe (With a touch of North Africa)

Raised-Relief Map of Western Europe (With a touch of North Africa)

Sorry but this map is clearly wrong. We have a huge mountain called Himmelbjerget in Denmark, easily one of the biggest mountains in Europe, yet here the country is completely flat? It's obvious someone has an agenda.

Netherlands and Denmark are just painted on.

It's fucking 147m high x)

we're just the sea weed on the northern coast of germany and france

Try one of these subthreads