Archive | March, 2015

Franklin D. Roosevelt

12 Mar

Franklin D. Roosevelt became president of the US in 1933. His presidency was strongly impacted by war and a huge economic crisis. When FDR became president there was a great depression in the US and almost 1/3 of all Americans were unemployed. Right after Roosevelt had entered office, he had a visitor who told him “You will either be our greatest or our worst president”, Roosevelt responded “No, if I fail I’m going to be your last president.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT LIBRARY

13 million people were unemployed and Roosevelt was given the huge task of trying to turn the depression around. FDR had ambitious plans and made a new reformative programme called the new deal. The American society needed dramatical changes and Roosevelt got to work. He got people into work by having them build new roads, train lines and buildings. Younger boys were also send to work camps where they got to work. The president also made new laws regarding the banks and asked employers to keep the wages up and the prices down to get the economy up and going again. New deal is an important part of American history and Roosevelt handled the depression and the crisis perfectly. I’m not sure about if American would have the great economy they have today if it would have been handled any other way. It also made the president were popular, because the people could see and feel how his plan was working on a personal level.

Roosevelt was president until 1945 and is the only American president who has been seated for more than two periods. He was married to Eleanor Roosevelt and was born into a wealthy family. He got polio in 1921 and he struggled with this disease through the rest of his life. As a President, he used tricks to make it look like he was standing to show power, when he was really sitting on a high chair because it was too difficult to stand.

Sources:

https://snl.no/Franklin_D._Roosevelt

http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_D._Roosevelt

The European Parliament

3 Mar

The European parliament is a parliament where all countries who is a part of the European Union are present.  The members of the European Parliament also known as MEPs are chosen by the people in their home country. The European parliament is based in several countries, but some of the key sights are Strasbourg and Brussels.

Some of the most important areas the MEPs work with is that they work and vote on European laws. Within EU legislation they are covering almost all of the EU’s areas of competence. They are also working on the EU budget. All of EU’s expenses are discussed here at some point. They also has a certain control over other EU constituencies and agencies.The MEP’s are the ones who decide how the EU is going to respond to incidents in Europe. The highest number of members a country can have is 96 witch is the number of members Germany has, but how many you get is based on the population of your country. The least amount of representatives a country can have is 6. Only the smallest countries Cyprus, Luxembourg, Estonia and Malta only has 6 members in parliament.  Elections to choose the 751 MEPs take place every five years, and every country are allowed to choose how they are going to vote.

The British right winged party UKIP has twenty-four members of the European Parliament. Witch makes it the largest UK party represented in the parliament. UKIP received the most votes in the 2014 European elections, and it was the first time in over a century that a party other than the conservatives or the labour party won a United Kingdom-wide election.  UKIP is generally against UKs  membership in the EU, and so are many brits.  A reason to why UKIP won the popular vote and has the  largest represented party in the European parliament from the UK could be just because of that particular reason that they are critical and sceptical. They also say that they are giving the UK their voice back in the parliament, as UKIP representatives are not afraid to speak their mind.

Here we have Nigel Farage (UKIP leader) represented in the European Parliament.  

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Independence_Party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_to_the_European_Parliament
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-and-local-elections-2014-what-will-happen-if-ukip-wins-the-popular-vote-9410357.html