What a silliness that is rebel waffler. Semi-detached. How can Scotland be that when it IS fully attached. If independent then it would be detached fully. Hhmm, getting a bitty complicated for you.
Shall we start to call Scotland "semi-detached" now then?
What's going on in Italy?
Quote from: Colonel Rebel on 2014-03-24, 23:45:39What's going on in Italy?Judging by the participation of Italians in this forum, I'm afraid the Vesuvius has erupted again.
It is indeed tragic that you've not recruited any of your Italian friends on here, or better yet, a Catholic priest.
Moderaternas ledare Ulf Kristersson blir ny statsminister och Sverige får en ny regering med tre partier till höger. Det är Moderaterna, Kristdemokraterna och Liberalerna. Sverigedemokraterna kommer inte att vara med i regeringen. Men de kommer att samarbeta nära med regeringen.
Schröder clearly hasn't done anything illegal, that we know of.
I don't think in that case we should repeat the US mistake of criminalising foreign agents of influence, while the domestic ones are scot-free.
Nothing Schröder has done (that we know of) in government or after is illegal in any jurisdiction. Sure there has never been a fossil fuel project he didn't approve of or pushed for, but whatever the views we might have on that, shilling for the fossil industry is perfectly legal.
Murdoch is an agent of influence, with massive influence in the English-speaking world. Or for that matter Musk.
There are countless front pages of newspapers, books and documentaries devoted to the troubled relationship between political and economic power. Diamonds, pesticides, oil, agri-food, automobile, public works, pharma... all of them are entitled to the dilatory strategies of the shadowy influencers.And in doing so, the trust of citizens in our political system is eroded a little more. Ecolo can thus condemn Maggie de Block as "Minister of Lobbies" rather than Minister of Health.[…]To date, there is no direct regulation of the activity of lobbyists in Belgium. Parliamentary commissions and codes of ethics have been put in place, without however recognizing lobbying in the strict sense.The Belgian Association of Public Relations Consultants (BAPRC) has therefore been given the task of drafting ethical codes for its members. This is a welcome self-regulation, but it does not replace the legitimacy of the law.The Federal Parliament has therefore decided to move forward on the subject. Overshadowed by other issues such as pension reform or the migration crisis, the work of the "Political Renewal" group and a first bill to create a register of lobbies have begun to recognize the activity.However, citizens are likely to be disappointed. The proposed register of lobbies contains little information (name, telephone, company number). More surprisingly, the federal executive, the main instigator of the laws, would not be subject to this register and would continue to consult lobbies in the shadows.
These are oligarchs by themselves, not agents in somebody else's pocket.
Quote from: ersi on 2022-10-19, 06:52:54These are oligarchs by themselves, not agents in somebody else's pocket.Someone like Musk does have massive business interests in China. I'd imagine he wouldn't want to rock the boat too much if he can help it.
Bribery is illegal of course, and if Berlusconi was Swedish, those bottles of vodka would become property of the Swedish government.
ItalyThe violation of financial sanctions adopted either by the EU or Italy implies the application of administrative fines and may also imply criminal liability (for individuals only), to the extent that the Public Prosecutor finds that the violation is also of a criminal nature. As to the relevant administrative fines, the following penalties apply:violating the prohibition of using/disposing of frozen assets or of making, directly or indirectly, funds/resources available to designated persons is punishable by a fine of Euro 5,000 up to Euro 500,000; the same fine applies in case of a deliberate participation in activities whose objective is to circumvent, directly or indirectly, an assets freeze;breach by institutions and entities subject to anti-money laundering obligations of their duty to communicate details of the assets freeze measures adopted and of the amount and nature of frozen assets is punishable by a fine of Euro 500 up to Euro 25,000;any other violations of EU Regulations imposing restrictive measures or economic sanctions or the violation of the reporting duty/request of authorizations by member States is punishable by a fine of Euro 5,000 up to Euro 500,000.The above-listed administrative fines can be increased up to three times for serious, repeated and/or systematic violations. Moreover, as said above, the relevant conduct may be prosecuted as a criminal offence to the extent that it falls within the scope of one of the offenses set out in the Italian Criminal Code. In particular, providing financial resources to persons/entities designated under the sanctions regime targeting terrorism may ultimately lead to a sentence of up to 15 years imprisonment, regardless of whether those resources were used for terroristic acts.In addition, the Ministry of Economy and Finance can order the seizure of the items used or intended to commit the violation.Legislative Decree No. 109/2007—in connection with Law No. 689/1981—also provides that in the event that the above mentioned violations are committed by a director/employee of a legal entity, both the individual and the entity are severally liable, even where those who materially committed the violation are not univocally identifiable.Administrative fines applied according to Legislative Decree No. 109/2007 can be challenged according to Law No. 689/1981.