Fatherland by Robert Harris

By Robert Harris

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Fatherland is determined in an alternate global the place Hitler has received the second one global warfare. it really is April 1964 and one week sooner than Hitler's seventy fifth birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is termed out to enquire the invention of a useless physique in a lake close to Berlin's so much prestigious suburb.

As March discovers the id of the physique, he uncovers symptoms of a conspiracy that may visit the very most sensible of the German Reich. And, with the Gestapo only one step in the back of, March, including an American journalist, is stuck up in a race to find and display the reality -- a fact that has already killed, a fact which could topple governments, a fact that would swap history.

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This de facto existence of the political groups led the new Rules Committee to conduct a study on the implications of political party group formation and suggest courses of action. The report from the Rules Committee, which was adopted in June 1953, emphasised the crucial role of political parties in the internal organisation of the assembly. The report noted that the groups had, in practice, already formed and all that was needed was to establish some form of formal recognition. This recognition took the form of an addition to the Rules of Procedure, which stated that members of the Development of the European Parliament 23 assembly could form groups according to ‘political persuasion’.

For example, in the adoption of the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive in 2000, which introduced rules on the recycling of cars, a centre-right majority in the fifth parliament (1999–2004) watered down the draft legislation supported by the ‘red–green’ majorities in the Council and Commission. Meanwhile, in 2001, a centre-left coalition in the same parliament rejected the deal in the Council on the Takeover Directive, which would have liberalised rules on hostile takeover bids, as we show in Chapter 11.

If there is more than one dimension, the citizen-delegate view has no answer as to how decisions should be taken in a parliament. The rather unrealistic prediction of the theory is that a voting equilibrium does not exist (cf. Arrow, 1951; Mckelvey, 1976). The reason is as follows. Imagine that a bill is put to the floor of the parliament. Then, if there is more than one dimension, even if the first 36 Democratic politics in the European Parliament bill is proposed at the position of the median voter on that dimension, an amendment can be proposed that will move the position of the bill along a second dimension, and create a new majority in favour of the amended bill.

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