Monday, April 26, 2004

EU: France is struggling to figure out how to preserve its power in the expanded EU. It also fears the "seat of power" now moves to Germany. Someone better tell them that it was already there, and Germany won't be played like a tool to boost up french ambition. Russia: Russia is uphappy seeing countries that were under its control joining the EU. Africa: Ivory Coast is looking to boil over again. U.K.: The decision by Blair to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution is not going over well with any of the Pro-Euro people since its looks to be headed to a heavy defeat next year. Now the pressure shifts to France and Germany. EU: Japan economy up, America's economy up, who is lagging? European Union and its consumers. Unfortunately, there is a fight between the EU central bank and EU governments on how to actually do that. George Bush: Washington Post article on the White House promoting the new Bob Woodward book. Canada/Kyoto: Damning article on how Canada wasted half a billion dollars(5 American dollars) on development on cleaner technologies and reducing gas emissions to comply with the Kyoto Treaty. Also shows other countries who have pushed for Kyoto are now backing off saying its too expensives or the goals are too high. Of course with all of that Canada is still going to pour almost 5 billion dollars(15 American dollars) into more kyoto programs.

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EU: France is struggling to figure out how to preserve its power in the expanded EU. It also fears the "seat of power" now moves to Germany. Someone better tell them that it was already there, and Germany won't be played like a tool to boost up french ambition. Russia: Russia is uphappy seeing countries that were under its control joining the EU. Africa: Ivory Coast is looking to boil over again. U.K.: The decision by Blair to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution is not going over well with any of the Pro-Euro people since its looks to be headed to a heavy defeat next year. Now the pressure shifts to France and Germany. EU: Japan economy up, America's economy up, who is lagging? European Union and its consumers. Unfortunately, there is a fight between the EU central bank and EU governments on how to actually do that. George Bush: Washington Post article on the White House promoting the new Bob Woodward book. Canada/Kyoto: Damning article on how Canada wasted half a billion dollars(5 American dollars) on development on cleaner technologies and reducing gas emissions to comply with the Kyoto Treaty. Also shows other countries who have pushed for Kyoto are now backing off saying its too expensives or the goals are too high. Of course with all of that Canada is still going to pour almost 5 billion dollars(15 American dollars) into more kyoto programs.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

France: unemployment revised up to 9.8% and there seems to be no end in sight, the only bright spot for Chirac is that by putting the most popular politician/rival in France ,Nicolas Sarkozy as finance minister, it will dull his favorability with the public and stop giving Chirac headaches. Germany: the other economic engine of Europe is also faltering more as investor confidence drops for the 4th straight month. England: On top of all that, the EU is being rocked by Tony Blair's decision to hold a referendum on the new EU constitution, Most of the press is angry/alarmed/surprised/scared Now other Euro leaders are being pressured to hold their own votes on the constitution. Leftist Guardian blames Rupert Murdoch and the "right-wing" press, The Sun of course is gloating. United Nations: Finally the Oil for Food scandal is getting major mainstream press coverage. Russia dropped its opposition to the investigation. It will be interesting to see if this is yet another UN report that gets buried when completed like the security report from the UN Baghdad bombing.

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Monday, April 12, 2004

Marlins world series ring on the left is seriously gaudy. France: Head Scarf ban in France takes place in September and french muslims are as expected not happy. Germany: This summary of this report doesn't leave much to spin. "GERMANY’S attempts to incorporate the deprived east into the wealthy west has been an "unmitigated disaster", according to a new government report." Canada: Baby Seal hunt is on! 350,000 baby seals to kill and so little time to kill them in. BBC: "BBC to screen first TV sperm race" doesn't need a punchline.

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