Good news from Strasbourg!
1. The port services directive was heavily rejected when the MEPs voted in Strasbourg today (read more here).
2. Wolfgang Schüssel, the Austrian conservative PM, addressed the European Parliament. And Dr. Schüssel, of all people, said what a Fred Perry progressive thinks is way too evident: we need to use some smart taxes (on airplane traffic, financial speculation, etc etc) in order to fund the EU budget directly from its citizens, and not through reluctant governments.
The Austrian presidency of the EU might become interesting, after all.