Opinions differ widely among nations as to which voting system is best: the American arrangement wherein two-parties are dominant or the multi-party system in Europe and so many other countries. If a country has a multi-party system, it must choose whether it will be a "first-past-the-post" method, in which the candidate with a plurality of the votes wins, or a system by which seats are apportioned according to political party slates.
The bailouts of the four "PIGS" countries (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) continues apace within the European Union. Only days after grim news in bankrupt Greece — rising bond rates, a significantly underestimated debt-to-GDP ratio, and a looming nationwide union strike to protest "austerity" measures — Portugal has received a €78 billion loan from the EU.
The four European Union members known together as PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain) are those countries whose general irresponsibility and massive government overspending has been enough to drive down the value of the euro as the interest rates on their government bonds are pushed to unsustainable levels. Last year the financial collapses in these countries, especially Greece, caused the euro to plummet 15 percent in just the first six months of the year.
A Muslim beauty who bared all for Playboy may well be the next victim of an honor killing in Germany, if orthodox Muslims get their way.
Sila Şahin, a Turkish knock-out and soap-opera star who shed her clothes for pornographer Hugh Hefner's German edition of Playboy, is under fire from those calling her a "whore" and a "western slut" and who believe she must die.