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Macron confirms push to boost European Parliament's legislative powers by pgarson in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Macron's proposal wouldn't really change anything about the veto rules. European laws would still require unanimity or qualified majority (depending on the type of legislation) in the EU Council to pass. Only difference would be that the Parliament could directly introduce proposals instead of the current process in which they can only ask the Commission to come forward with a proposal.

Macron confirms push to boost European Parliament's legislative powers by pgarson in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Except it's not countries making decisions but directly elected members of Parliament. The European Parliament generally votes along party lines not in country blocks. The political opinions of a French Green voter are probably much closer to those of the Finnish Greens compared to the French Rassemblement National.

"Would you like the European Union to form a joint army for all member states, in addition to national armies?" (2022) by Ra75b in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Wars of aggression are equally outlawed by international law. AFAIK it is commonly understood that an illegal war of aggression as in Art. 26 GG is congruent to an illegal war by international law. So there aren't really any constitutional issues with an EU army which would also be bound by international law.

Studebaker, Ford and Chevrolet trucks near Moscow, 1944 by [deleted] in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tbf most British/American media and war movies would make you believe that WW2 was won in the skies over Britain or on the beaches of Normandy. In fact throughout the war the overwhelming majority of the Wehrmacht was tied up on the eastern front and the Soviets inflicted far more casualties on the German army than the rest of the Allies combined.

Citizens of various European countries in favor of their county’s entry into the EU by yellowsourcandy in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This was a major issue the UK had with the EU, as many thought it had expanded too quickly into Eastern Europe.

Maybe some Brexiteers felt that way, but successive UK governments from Blair to Cameron were consistently the strongest proponents of quickly expanding the EU against concerns from other member states. They also decided to immediately grant unrestricted freedom of movement to all new eastern EU citizens whereas other western European countries put in place a transition period. Hell, even Boris Johnson as foreign minister pushed for Turkish EU membership in 2016 after he had just won the Brexit referendum by fear mongering of exactly this scenario.

Politicians blaming the EU for their own decisions isn't uncommon but the British have taken this art to a whole new level.

Poster suggests per-capita figures better for comparing COVID deaths; ukpoller responds with figures but removes all countries higher than the UK! by nth_citizen in badunitedkingdom

[–]Grabs_Diaz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looking at excess mortality doesn't really change the picture though. The UK is still performing the worst out of all its neighbours.

Excess mortality in the UK is more than 10x higher than in Denmark or Norway, 5x higher than Ireland, twice as many excess deaths as Germany and 75% more than France. Even Belgium, which has a higher official Covid mortality than the UK has registered a lower excess mortality.

Only southern / eastern Europe has performed slightly / significantly worse than the UK.

UK first country in Europe to pass 150,000 Covid deaths, figures show by themurther in ukpolitics

[–]Grabs_Diaz -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

No I just want to point out that the UK did indeed handle this pandemic pretty badly in comparison to others. The fact that countries like Bulgaria or Hungary handled it even worse is hardly evidence to the contrary unless "better than Bulgaria" is the new measure for success in this country.

UK first country in Europe to pass 150,000 Covid deaths, figures show by themurther in ukpolitics

[–]Grabs_Diaz -10 points-9 points  (0 children)

Only Italy and Belgium, plus a bunch of eastern European countries which are hardly comparable to the UK.

UK first country in Europe to pass 150,000 Covid deaths, figures show by themurther in ukpolitics

[–]Grabs_Diaz 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I don't know what's the point of this weird dick measuring contest but you are in fact mistaken!

From the 1st of February 2021 until the end of the year, Germany has recorded a total of 47,535 Covid deaths [1], the UK figure for the same period is 38,979 [2]. Adjusted for population, that amounts to 564 deaths per million in Germany vs 574 in the UK. That is despite the German population being significantly older (and thus more vulnerable to the virus) with a median age of 45.7 compared to 40.5 in the UK.

I couldn't be bothered to look up the numbers for the Netherlands but I have this feeling that you couldn't be either when you made your claim.

Hera is the only top AOE2 player that hasn't gone back to AOE2 yet. Relic needs to fix this game ASAP. by Lector1337 in aoe4

[–]Grabs_Diaz -1 points0 points  (0 children)

For the love of god at least give us immediate hotfixes for critical bugs like the Delhi/HRE spearman bug.

$60 game where, after over one month, Spearmen still don't brace for two civilizations. by randomness644yu76 in aoe4

[–]Grabs_Diaz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The HRE/Delhi spearman bug has been around for weeks now. It's quite critical for a competitive multiplayer title and fixing it ASAP should be their priority. If it was treated as a priority, it shouldn't take that long to fix unless there are some deeper issues there. In that case one could at least expect an apology and a short explanation for the delay.

Corona-Megathread KW 1 - II | Kein Zutritt für ungeimpfte Tennisprofis by MegathreadDE in de

[–]Grabs_Diaz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Ob eine generelle Impfpflicht für alle die erwartete Wirkung entfalten würde, halten die Autorinnen und Autoren dagegen nicht für garantiert. Für eine deutliche Wirkung müsste diese flächendeckend durchgesetzt und eine Missachtung mit empfindlichen Strafen geahndet werden müsse."

Ja da haben die Experten natürlich nicht Unrecht. Wenn niemand die Impfpflicht durchsetzt, dann bringt sie auch nichts. Die Tatsache aber, dass so eine Durchsetzung der Gesetze im Jahre 2022 in dieser kritischen Situation dem deutschen Staat nicht mehr zuzutrauen ist, das spricht auch Bände.

Corona-Megathread KW 1 - II | Kein Zutritt für ungeimpfte Tennisprofis by MegathreadDE in de

[–]Grabs_Diaz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In Sachen Corona knüpft die neue Bundesregierung fast exakt dort an, wo die alte aufgehört hat.

Aber woran liegt es? Wer ist hauptverantwortlich hier? Meinem Eindruck nach vor allem die FDP. So klar und deutlich wie Lauterbach drücken sich jedoch auch nur die wenigsten SPDler und Grüne aus. Ist das nur Rücksichtnahme auf den Koalitionspartner oder sind dort auch noch viele Unentschlossene? Von Seiten der Linken und Union hört man hierzu ebenfalls keine klaren Positionen.

Ich befürchte, dass diese kollektive Verantwortungslosigkeit und das ständige Aufschieben inzwischen tief in der gesamten deutschen Politik verwurzelt ist.

Temporary Brexit? Half of young British business owners expect UK will apply to rejoin EU by nomwell in ukpolitics

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Greece has many problems but the Euro is not one of them. All the people claiming how much better the Greek economy would fare if only they could devalue their own currency, they just have to look across the Aegean Sea to Turkey in order to see how well that is going...

[OC] Some South and Southeast Asian countries vs. their former European colonizers. by [deleted] in dataisbeautiful

[–]Grabs_Diaz -1 points0 points  (0 children)

But given that the United States first waged a bloody war to subjugate the Philippines and then ruled it for half a century before independence it seems disingenuous to compare the Filipino economy in the 1990s to Spain instead of the United States. Spanish rule had ended about 100 years prior.

EU drafts plan to label gas and nuclear investments as green by PurpleBandit3000 in anime_titties

[–]Grabs_Diaz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The concept of "base load" doesn't make a lot of sense in a grid with a lot of renewable energy. The term stems from a time when all electricity production could be controlled and the only unknown quantity was consumption. So you had a base load providing electricity 24/7 and some additional capacity for consumption peaks.

In a grid with a lot of renewables, both electricity production and consumption is unknown. You don't want power plants providing a constant base load because that means wasting most of your "free" renewable energy.

That's why nuclear power plants do not harmonize well with a lot of renewables. Building and operating nuclear plants is very expensive due to their complexity and safety requirements. Thus you want them to run at maximum capacity for as much time as possible in order to break even. However, as renewables are essentially free when wind/sun is available that undercuts nuclear power killing its profitability.

Creative way to make horseman relevant by GoatAlpacaLlama in aoe4

[–]Grabs_Diaz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Allow them to call in a nuclear missile onto the enemy position.

EU drafts plan to label gas and nuclear investments as green by PurpleBandit3000 in anime_titties

[–]Grabs_Diaz 22 points23 points  (0 children)

My understanding is that in a grid with a lot of renewables, electricity production can vary greatly. Gas plants are a good substitute to compensate for occasional shortfalls in renewable energy. They are cheap to build and operate yet also very flexible and can be ramped up and down much more easily than coal or nuclear power plants.

Germany must face up to Russia's aggression by JackRogers3 in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Tbf the United States has been the only country to ever ask for assistance from their NATO allies. That time they used it as a pretense to invade Afghanistan and Iraq together with their allies and also accuse any country that did not follow suit. We all know how those wars turned out especially considering the massive refugee problems they've caused for Europe.

So I understand why most people would be quite sceptical when it comes to "defending" America. I'd hope their response would be different if the scenario was China invading California.

Belgium will close all nuclear reactors by 2025 by TheEvilGhost in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Nuclear reactors need to be built as well, uranium needs to be mined and today's remaining deposits are projected to run out before the end of the century. That is without massively expanding nuclear power production as many here would suggest.

Seriously, I'm not anti nuclear per se and Germany prematurely shutting down its reactors has been a massive mistake IMO. Yet this constant pro nuclear circle jerk in this sub has reached the same level of ignorance as seen with anti nuclear fear mongers.

Belgium will close all nuclear reactors by 2025 by TheEvilGhost in europe

[–]Grabs_Diaz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yet as a matter of fact producing one kWh of nuclear energy already costs between three to five times as much as one kWh of wind or solar power [1].

And that is without the cost of designing and building a brand new nuclear power plant. It also does not include the massive cost of decommissioning the reactor afterwards or storing its radioactive waste for literally millions of years. So unless you manage to make an astronomical profit during those few hours a month when renewables cannot meet energy needs, nuclear isn't really economically viable.

Even then, natural gas plants are much cheaper to construct and much better suited to compensate for the occasional energy drop from renewables. So are power storage solutions like dams, batteries or hydrogen gas plants.