Europa round-up: Occupy London: more trouble for St. Paul's Cathedral; and Italians chafe against EU demands;


The Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, Graham Knowles, contemplating his future yesterday as he visited the Occupy London protest on his Cathedral's steps. Today Knowles resigned his position ov er the intense criticism leveled at the Cathedral for how it has handled the situation.



Another senior clergyman has resigned over the Occupy London protest which has pitched camp on St. Paul's Cathedral's steps. Today the Dean of St. Paul's, the Very Reverend Graham Knowles, said he was quitting.

Knowles, released a statement saying, "It has become increasingly clear to me that, as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press, media and in public opinion, my position as Dean of St Paul's was becoming untenable."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said a short while later, "The urgent larger issues raised by the protesters at St Paul's remain very much on the table and we need – as a Church and as society as a whole – to work to make sure that they are properly addressed.""

Knowles' resignation followed an announcement by the City of London Corporation that it would be serving the protesters with legal notice that they must remove their tents within 48 hours because their presence constitutes "an unreasonable use of the highway."

The Dean is effectively in charge of running the cathedral so Knowles' resignation is a very big deal and hints at major splits between the Cathedral and the people who run London's financial district, the City of London.

It is not clear what the Occupy London protesters will do ... best guess, is that they will force City of London police to remove them bodily.

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Italy's Labour Minister, Maurizio Sacconi told Il Sole, the country's main business newspaper, that the EU had to be careful in its demands about changes to the Italian labour market. There was a very real risk that the Red Brigades would be back in the terrorist business. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in The Daily Telegraph, has the full scoop.

Pritchard is no one's idea of a leftie - but he is a serious Euroscpetic. This may explain why he approvingly quotes Fausto Bertinotti, the grand old man of the Italian Communist Party, "We have three deaths in front of us: democracy, politics, and the Left," Bertinotti told Il Sole. "Not a single decision has been taken by the Italian parliament since the end of August except those imposed by the foreign power that now us under administration." (the foreign power is the EU - of which Italy is a member).

The story illustrates the problem the euro zone has in taking the measures necessary to stabilize its debt crisis.  It acts as a government for the 17 members of the single currency ... but it has no authority to do so.

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When your native land is a kleptocracy (allegedly) and you feel you have been bilked out of billions where do you sue? Not in Russia (the native land in question) but in the Oligarchs home away from home, Britain.

Today, oligarch Boris Berezovsky's breach of contract suit against oligarch Roman Abramovich got under way in a London courtroom. Berezovsky is seeking £3 billion ($4.85 billion) in damages ( he is not asking for tickets to Chelsea's next Champions' League match ).

The trial is expected to last 2 months.