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Signs of Hope – A continuing series August 14, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. Tomboktu - August 17, 2020

The propsect of change in Belarus that has emerged a week after the (so-called) election (of the self-declared) president Lukashenko

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tafkaGW - August 20, 2020

It’s all gone a bit quiet on that front. It seems that the EU has learned a bit from the Ukraine crisis.

I’m hoping that an opposition figure / party emerges that can position itself relatively neutrally between NATO and Tzar Putin’s bailiwick. All the signs are that if he was convinced that Belarus wasn’t going to be dotted with NATO bases as is the PiSer’s Poland, Putin would go along with a transition.

And such a peace buffer would be good news for central Europe.

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2. sonofstan - August 20, 2020

Population of the state approaching 5m

https://www.cso.ie/en/csolatestnews/pressreleases/2020pressreleases/pressstatementpopulationandmigrationestimatesapril2020/

Highest number of returning migrants ever. We must be among the fastest growing populations in Europe?

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tafkaGW - August 20, 2020

That’s good. And potentially the Island could be run on renewable energy and be fed by sustainable agriculture / agroforestry.

Just a few lobby interests to overcome 😉

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Liberius - August 20, 2020

Interesting to note 4.98m divided by 30,000 is exactly 166, so looking like a 168 seat Dáil after the next boundary changes with a half of those extra seats being in Dublin.

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Paul Culloty - August 20, 2020

Interesting that it’s exactly 50/50 between the natural increase and net migration – pity the stats for the latter only mention Ireland, UK, and the EU, before lumping the rest together as “rest of the world” .

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sonofstan - August 20, 2020

Ireland must be pretty distinctive in having a combination of a relatively high foreign born population -12.9% – and a high rate of outward emigration.

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Fergal - August 20, 2020

Portugal? Italy? Greece? Just a hunch but no figures to back it up…

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Paul Culloty - August 20, 2020

Portugal is a good shout, as they tend to have significant inward migration from Brazil:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_to_Portugal

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sonofstan - August 20, 2020

Latest figures I can find -2016 – it has a lower foreign born proportion of population than Ireland

Click to access 41896.pdf

(figure 8)
Irish figure looks high though?

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3. tafkaGW - August 20, 2020

I know that it is never, but never, reported in the Irish meeja but the European Parliament is pushing for more say in many EC decisions.

For instance the Coronavirus Recovery Fund.

And will demand a say in whatever minimal Brexit Deal is arrived at perhaps … possibly … real soon now…

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4. sonofstan - August 20, 2020

Steve Bannon arrested on charges of fraud 🙂

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WorldbyStorm - August 20, 2020

Who’d have thunk it!

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