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  • The Great European Divide

    01/04/2009 12:25:15 PM PST · by nysuperdoodle · 3 replies · 575+ views
    The Evil Conservative Blog ^ | 04 January 2008 | Evil Conservative
    Perhaps nothing so clearly highlights the differences in perspective between Old Europe and the still first generation free Eastern Europeans like the current conflict in Israel. The Western Europeans who were given their freedom by hundreds of thousands of American soldiers are busy condemning Israel and ignoring hundreds of rockets fired by Hamas into Israel. The French, who hate everything good, lead the way...
  • Floating Around Europe New & Old

    07/20/2008 6:35:35 PM PDT · by Righting · 119+ views
    inrich ^ | July 20, 2008 | ROSS MACKENZIE
    Floating Around Europe New & Old... Old Europe tends to tell the U.S. what to do (about taxation, welfarism, Islamofascist terror, and foreign policy). New Europe -- perhaps more appreciative of America's role in its own de-satellization -- tends to want to learn from us, to take our lead, or even (on, e.g., taxation) to show us the way... Floating around for two weeks in Europe old and new, it certainly seems so -- not least in a service level, a desire to please visitors and customers, rarely seen in the U.S. That hospitality, even with the dollar plunged to...
  • America’s Fickle ‘Old Europe’ Allies

    04/14/2008 4:30:19 AM PDT · by Renfield · 116 replies · 114+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4-14-08 | Soeren Kern
    Europeans have been hyperventilating over their self-perceived “victories” vis-ŕ-vis the United States at the recent NATO Summit in Romania from April 2-4. “France and Germany Thwart Bush’s Plans,” ran a triumphant headline in the Hamburg-based Der Spiegel. “Europe Waits Out the Bush Administration,” read another. “Only One Lame Duck Here” said the London-based Guardian in commentary that waxes giddy about Russia’s growing stranglehold over Europe. “NATO Should Disappear” said the Madrid-based El Pais. But behind the spin, the 26-member NATO Summit (arguably the most important such gathering since the end of the Cold War) exposed a security-dependent Europe that is...
  • The Air Force Tanker Deal

    03/12/2008 9:01:43 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 28 replies · 981+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12 March 2008 | Thomas Lifson
    The Air Force Tanker Deal By Thomas Lifson The next generation of Air Force in-flight filling stations is slated to ride on the wings of an airplane designed in France. A consortium of Northrop-Grumman and Airbus beat Boeing for the contract to supply the next generation of Air Force tankers. Critics decry a job loss from outsourcing, fret at dependence on foreign suppliers for the capacity to fuel our strategic global reach, and don't want their tax dollars heading toward Europe. But it is worth at least considering the view that the brass are planning a canny game of strategy, looking...
  • 5 Myths About Sick Old Europe

    10/07/2007 10:40:57 PM PDT · by srotaG adirolF · 62 replies · 1,815+ views
    WaPo ^ | October 7, 2007 | Steven Hill
    In the global economy, today's winners can become tomorrow's losers in a twinkling, and vice versa. Not so long ago, American pundits and economic analysts were snidely touting U.S. economic superiority to the "sick old man" of Europe. What a difference a few months can make. Today, with the stock market jittery over Iraq, the mortgage crisis, huge budget and trade deficits, and declining growth in productivity, investors are wringing their hands about the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, analysts point to the roaring economies of China and India as the only bright spots on the global horizon. But what about Europe?...
  • Pelosi Holds Global Warming Talks ( in Old Europe on Memorial Day )

    05/28/2007 7:07:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies · 1,793+ views
    yahoo ^ | May 27, | Associated Press
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on an overseas trip to embrace an audience and a topic for which President Bush has shown scant affection: "Old Europe" and global warming. Pelosi, D-Calif., and seven other House members left Saturday for meetings with scientists and politicians in Greenland, Germany and Belgium on ways to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The trip comes shortly before a climate change summit next month involving the leading industrialized nations and during a time of increased debate over what should succeed the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 international treaty that caps the amount of...
  • France wrestles with its own decline

    04/15/2007 9:25:38 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 74 replies · 1,709+ views
    AP ^ | 04/14/07 | JOHN LEICESTER
    PARIS - Wars and weather have left few scars on Paris' Arc de Triomphe. Commissioned by Napoleon to celebrate his victories, the 15-story tower of bone-white stone stands as an eternal monument to French glory, a time when Europe trembled before this nation's might. The national mood now, as France enters the final week before Sunday's presidential election, is far less exultant. To Roland Perrossier, whose great-great grandfather fought for Napoleon, the arch has become a symbol of decline. "It's a feeling of lost glory," said Perrossier, sheltering under the arch from a spring squall. "The French have lost the...
  • Explosion Inside US Embassy Compound in Athens (Breaking: Fox News)

    01/11/2007 9:02:24 PM PST · by xzins · 291 replies · 14,420+ views
    Fox ^ | 12 Jan 07 | Fox
  • Say Goodbye to Europe

    01/09/2007 5:57:13 PM PST · by quidnunc · 113 replies · 3,209+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 9, 2007 | Michael Freund
    If you ever wanted to see Paris or Rome before you die, but haven't had a chance to do so, you might want to hurry. Soon enough, most of what we now think of as Western Europe will be transformed into a branch of the Muslim world, which is sure to make it an even less welcoming place for Americans, Israelis and for Jews. That, at least, is the unpleasant, yet entirely unavoidable conclusion to be drawn from Europe's headlong demographic drive toward oblivion. Think I'm exaggerating? Consider a few cold hard facts. According to a recent report by the...
  • America-hating Europe all talk, no action

    11/22/2006 11:19:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 1,213+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 31, 2006 | Jonathan Gurwitz
    Hypocrisy, thy name is Europe. Criticizing the United States is perfectly acceptable — in fact, Americans have raised political self-criticism to the level of an institutional art form. For goodness sake, the dictator of Venezuela — which won its independence from a European colonial power — went before the United Nations to commend a book by an American academic condemning Yankee imperialist domination. If you're going to condemn the United States for all its failings, then, please, offer some meaningful alternative, some heightened vision, afforded by your long acquaintance with war, bigotry and its victims, along with your censure. The...
  • Sweden: New Integration Minister Debates Islamic Veils

    11/03/2006 1:42:54 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 35 replies · 857+ views
    www.sr.se ^ | 11/03/2006 | SR International
    New Integration Minister Debates Islamic Veils Integration Minister Nyamko Sabuni Sweden’s outspoken new integration minister contributed to a growing debate in Europe about Islamic veils on Thursday, saying headscarves had the effect of ”isolating” Muslim schoolgirls. Nyamko Sabuni also told the news agency Reuters in an interview that she was closely watching the outcome of a dispute over a school that barred a nine-year-old from wearing a headscarf. Sabuni, who fled to Sweden from Burundi when she was 12, stated ”Where in the Muslim scripture does it say that children shall wear a headscarf? No where. The purpose of a...
  • French police face Muslim 'intifada' (14 French officers attacked each day on average)

    10/12/2006 8:04:32 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 13 replies · 694+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 10/12/2006 | David Rennie
    BRUSSELS -- Radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared "intifada," or uprising, against the police, with violent clashes injuring about 14 officers each day. As the Interior Ministry announced that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded this year, a police union declared that its members were "in a state of civil war" with Muslims in the most depressed "banlieue" estates. Banlieue, which means outskirts, is the commonly used euphemism for the low-income housing projects heavily populated by unemployed youths of North African origin. The police union said it had asked the government to provide police with armored...
  • Spanish Supreme Court rules that you can watch porn at work

    09/03/2006 8:05:25 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies · 801+ views
    Typically Spanish ^ | Mon, 28 Aug 2006, 09:06 | H.B.
    The Supreme Court in Spain has ruled in favour of a worker who was demanding to be given his job back or to be paid compensation by a company who sacked him for downloading personal emails, visiting chat rooms and even watching pornographic videos on the Internet during working hours. The sentence noted that in Spanish law there is no specific prohibition of using the Internet for private ends. The company who sacked the worker T&D Innovación y Mantenimiento S.A. also claimed that the worker spent 50 minutes a day ‘eating sunflower seeds’. They installed spyware on his computer to...
  • Knocking the French: Why?

    07/29/2006 5:20:07 PM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 166 replies · 5,763+ views
    NavySEALs.com ^ | July 30, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    But we Americans seem to have short memories. What else could explain the fact that we, generally speaking, so-often lambaste the French, calling them “cowards” for not allying themselves fully with us in every instance? We constantly throw in their faces the fact that we came to their rescue in World Wars I and II. And we’ve all heard the jokes: “Surplus French military rifles for sale. Never fired. Dropped once.”
  • Bush to Visit Europe This Week - Pro-US Sentiment Peaks in Kosovo

    06/20/2006 10:59:03 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 12 replies · 386+ views
    VIENNA, Austria — Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo. Haditha. America's problems with Iraq are casting a long shadow over President Bush's meeting with European Union leaders this week. The gathering is restricted to U.S. officials and the European Union leadership, and the agenda focuses on Iran's nuclear ambitions, agricultural subsidies and the West's dependence on imported oil and gas. But the United States' precarious world standing will be the unspoken theme of Wednesday's session in Vienna. Ahead of the visit, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said he doubted Bush would have much to say about the U.S. prison for terror suspects at...
  • Airlines pummel Airbus over A380 delays

    06/14/2006 1:40:27 PM PDT · by El Gran Salseron · 67 replies · 1,862+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 14, 2006 | By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press Writer
    PARIS - Airlines around the world punished Airbus on Wednesday for delays in the delivery of its A380 superjumbo, demanding compensation, reconsidering orders — and in one case, striking a major deal with its rival Boeing Co. Shares in Airbus' parent company crashed and Boeing's soared as repercussions of the production problems with the world's biggest passenger plane resonated throughout the industry. They also raised questions about the European planemaker's management and strategy, and the future of the double-decker A380. Boeing is staking its bets on a smaller, more fuel-efficient model.
  • Europe's Politics of Victimology

    05/27/2006 7:37:18 AM PDT · by GipperCT · 9 replies · 464+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 27, 2006 | Flemming Rose
    The worldwide furor unleashed by the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that I published last September in Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper where I work, was both a surprise and a tragedy, especially for those directly affected by it. Lives were lost, buildings were torched, and people were driven into hiding. And yet the unbalanced reactions to the not-so-provocative caricatures -- loud denunciations and even death threats toward us, but very little outrage toward the people who attacked two Danish Embassies -- unmasked unpleasant realities about Europe's failed experiment with multiculturalism. It's time for the Old Continent to face facts and...
  • Asia Rising (The future is happening there, for better or worse).

    04/23/2006 3:34:40 AM PDT · by jome · 16 replies · 1,106+ views
    National Review Online(NY) ^ | April 21, 2006, 6:06 a.m. | Rich Lowry
    Asia Rising Donald Rumsfeld infamously made a distinction between Old Europe and New Europe. He has been scored ever since for his sweeping and impolitic language, but he wasn't sweeping enough: In geopolitical terms, all of Europe is old, the world's most tourist-friendly museum piece. For the future of high-stakes U.S. diplomacy and of great-power politics, look no further than Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the U.S. It is Asia that should occupy an outsized place in our strategic thinking, and it is Europe that should be the relative afterthought, not the other way around. The media and foreign-policy...
  • The French Make Law in the Streets, Here Congress Does It

    04/11/2006 3:16:17 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 621+ views
    Quinnipiac University ^ | April 11, 2006 | Peter Brown
    During the Iraq war, much was made about how different France and the United States had become. There is no better example than the recent political eruptions in the two nations.In France, they apparently are able to make law in the streets.Here in the United States, it's still done in the halls of Congress.That's the only conclusion available after the French political system caved to political pressure from massive demonstrations and shelved a plan to attack the nation's 20-plus percent youth unemployment rate.Meanwhile, as advocates for immigration changes here that would legalize and perhaps grant citizenship to illegal immigrants continue...
  • EuroSummit 2006: "Old Europe" Prefers Russia to Poland

    03/24/2006 11:39:26 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 506+ views
    AIA ^ | 24.03.2006 | Simon Araloff
    EuroSummit 2006: "Old Europe" Prefers Russia to Poland Simon Araloff, AIA European section One of the main themes of the EU summit which opened yesterday is the question of a common European strategy in the sphere of energy. In this connection Warsaw has put forward its own initiative on maintaining energy security of the European Union. However, its key members, particularly Germany and France, categorically reject the Polish offer. On the other hand, Norway and the Baltic countries actively support Warsaw. Defining their own position on this question, opponents of the Polish initiative are guided first of all by economic...
  • Europe or Eurabia 2050?

    03/13/2006 5:22:37 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies · 515+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | March 4, 2006 | Sandra Carney
    Like a mellowing parent, America in the 21st century needs to plan for the best possible future for its children and grandchildren. Common to human nature, as our years advance, we begin to search out our roots and pass on hereditary information to our descendants. In this great melting pot of a nation, there are few of us who don’t have links to Europe and we look back at the “old country” with the greatest of affection. But do we want as an ally an aging Europe, with mounting debt and a population that is declining to grow by the...
  • Old Europe Fades Away

    03/12/2006 10:21:10 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 101 replies · 2,451+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 3/9/2006 | James Ringo
    "Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light." So Dylan Thomas urged his once-fierce father, then gone soft, to rekindle his spirit. Equally, Thomas could have been expressing the view of many Americans, culturally derived from Father-Europe at its looming death. The bad news from Europe is that its birth rates are low, far below the level needed to maintain the current population. The worse news is that the Europeans are not fighting it. Over the last couple of years Europeans have just begun to recognize a demographic problem exists. In a...
  • New iron curtain divides Europe

    02/09/2006 11:16:42 AM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 565+ views
    The Standard ^ | Friday, February 10, 2006 | Matthew Lynn
    New iron curtain divides Europe MatthewLynn Friday, February 10, 2006 When eight countries from the old communist empire in the east joined the European Union in May 2004, the rhetoric was all about healing historic divisions. And now? The relationship between eastern and western Europe is increasingly fractious. The easterners are becoming truculent members of the EU, while the westerners are growing ever more suspicious of their new partners in trade. An iron curtain is descending across Europe once again. The old one was political, the new one is economic. "This is one of the big issues facing the EU,"...
  • Is Old Europe Doomed?

    02/06/2006 6:06:42 PM PST · by Roy Tucker · 5 replies · 285+ views
    Cato Unbound ^ | 6 February, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The late Professor Joad, a popularizer of philosophy rather than a philosopher in the true sense, used to preface his answer to any question by saying, "It depends on what you mean by…"—in this case, "doomed." The word "doomed" implies an ineluctable destiny, against which, presumably, it is vain for men to struggle. And this in turn implies a whole, contestable philosophy of history. Historical determinism has two sources: first the apparent ability of historians, who of course have the benefit of hindsight, to explain any and all historical events with a fair degree of plausibility, even if their explanations...
  • Schwarzenegger erased from Graz [Tookie Williams Barf Alert]

    12/27/2005 1:25:21 PM PST · by indcons · 28 replies · 629+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 27 December 2005 | BBC
    Arnold Schwarzenegger's name has been expunged from the websites of his Austrian hometown in the latest chapter of the row over the US death penalty. The editing came a day after the California governor's name was removed from Graz's main football stadium. Local politicians berated Mr Schwarzenegger - one of Graz's most famous sons - after he refused to pardon a prominent US death row inmate. The governor subsequently made clear he wanted nothing more to do with Graz. He returned a "ring of honour" the city awarded him in 1999 and demanded his name no longer be used in...
  • Lancing the Boil

    12/16/2005 1:19:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 4,128+ views
    National Review ^ | December 16, 2005 | Victor Davis Hanson
    LANCING THE BOIL - We quietly keep on killing terrorists, promoting elections in Iraq, pressuring Arab autocracies to democratize, and growing the economy. For some time, a large number of Americans have lived in an alternate universe where everything is supposedly going to hell. If you get up in the morning to read the New York Times or Washington Post, watch John Murtha or Howard Dean on the morning talk shows, listen to National Public Radio at noon, and go to bed reading Newsweek it surely seems that the administration is incommunicado (cf. “the bubble”), the war is lost (“unwinnable”),...
  • Keep quiet about secret flights to secret jails, Rice tells Europe (Rice - Europe, shut up!!)

    12/06/2005 3:51:18 PM PST · by indcons · 27 replies · 1,088+ views
    Times Online ^ | 12/6/2005 | David Charter
    CONDOLEEZZA RICE challenged European leaders to back controversial American anti-terrorism tactics yesterday as she robustly defended the CIA’s extrajudicial seizure, transportation and interrogation of thousands of suspects. In a defiant statement delivered before flying to Berlin, the US Secretary of State responded to European demands for explanations of secret CIA flights from EU territory by insisting that aggressive US actions had “prevented attacks in Europe” and “saved innocent lives”. Despite the uproar in Europe over America’s “extraordinary rendition” of suspects to countries such as Afghanistan, and claims that secret CIA prisons are located in Romania and Poland, Dr Rice said...
  • New chancellor will give Germany, U.S. a chance for a new dialogue (Henry Kissinger Op-Ed)

    11/27/2005 10:55:06 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 685+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 27, 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    On Nov. 22, the German parliament elected Angela Merkel as the new chancellor. It could mark a seminal event. Ms. Merkel is the first female chancellor in Germany's history; the first leader who spent most of her life under Communist rule; and the first head of a coalition between the two major German parties since 1969. She takes over in a country that has been, in effect, without a government since May, when the outgoing chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, announced his intention to bring about new elections. Angela Merkel becomes chancellor at a moment of crisis for her country, poised between...
  • farewell to europe

    11/12/2005 1:13:31 PM PST · by haole · 30 replies · 1,244+ views
    catholic exchange ^ | 11/12/2005 | frank gaffney
    Farewell to Europe 11/12/05 Not too long ago, the conventional wisdom was that Europe was going to emerge as a unified and mighty economic and political superpower. We were told it would engage in earnest, if friendly, competition with the United States, but that, thanks to its substantially larger population and productive capacity, the European Union (EU) would inevitably displace America on the world stage. It took less than a fortnight of rioting in France, and now in several other countries of what Donald Rumsfeld has called Old Europe, to lay bare the preposterousness of this prospect. Even before Islamists...
  • Bush Years Witness Economic Boom in Developing Nations

    10/18/2005 6:19:24 AM PDT · by dangus · 1 replies · 846+ views
    The Bush years have seen an economic boom take place among the world's developing nations, according to my analysis of the CIA world fact book, and www.indexmundi.com, an internet site which keeps historical record of past CIA world fact books. This article is merely describing a positive trend that appears to be benefiting billions of the world’s poor. I make no inference as to why it is happening, apart from the title tease; I do find it ironic, however, that it is occurring at this time: Among those who most vocally profess concern for the world’s poor, their most hated...
  • Old Europe and the U.S: Its about that time

    09/26/2005 7:33:22 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 5 replies · 478+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | 25 September 2005 | Gary Schneider
    America, for too long now, has been subject to the reflexive and unthinking old-European past-time of abuse, blind recalcitrance and blatant expressions of ill-will toward the United States and her people. This frequent stench of blathering hatred regularly drifts from across the Atlantic to U.S. shores from those who, at one point in time, were deemed to be American allies or even friends; Yet, like a blindly loyal puppy, the United States has ignored the affronts and, with panting tongue and wagging tail, come back for more with the guarded hope that such one sided allegiance would eventually be reciprocated...
  • German Schroeder turns to old themes for election fightback

    08/13/2005 10:29:34 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 12 replies · 480+ views
    Reuters ^ | 13 Aug 2005
    BERLIN, Aug 13 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder turned to the themes that won him re-election in 2002 on Saturday, rejecting U.S. military action and attacking the conservative opposition over eastern Germany. Speaking at a rally to kick off his campaign for next month's general election, Schroeder rejected the threat of military force against Iran, just hours after U.S. President George Bush said he would consider it as a last resort to press Tehran to give up its nuclear programme. He also accused his rival Angela Merkel of weakness and another senior conservative leader of "tasteless swaggering" as the...
  • German leader: No military action against Iran

    08/07/2005 5:27:09 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 37 replies · 758+ views
    IranMania.com ^ | Sunday, August 07, 2005
    LONDON, August 7 (IranMania) - None of the western countries that have been confronting Iran over what they suspect may be plans to acquire nuclear weapons is believed to be planning military action against Iran, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said, AFP reported. While saying he was "very worried" about Tehran's refusal of a compromise deal put forward by Germany, France and Britain, Schroeder told the public ARD television station that: "I don't think anyone is currently thinking about military action." He said however that he was "very worried by the path of confrontation that Iran seems to have chosen." Schroeder...
  • French president plans air ticket tax for Aids

    07/27/2005 3:25:54 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 30 replies · 549+ views
    Business Report (South Africa) ^ | July 27, 2005 | Staff
    Paris - French President Jacques Chirac has written to 145 world leaders seeking their backing for his plan for an international tax on air tickets to finance the campaign against pandemics such as Aids, his staff said Tuesday. Paris estimates such a scheme could raise $3 billion a year. He wants the project discussed at the annual general assembly of the United Nations in New York in September. This is due to assess the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Goals set at a summit in 2000, one of which was a halving of world poverty by 2010. Chirac's...
  • AFP: Suspicions remain as Armstrong concludes career

    07/24/2005 2:43:36 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 198 replies · 3,517+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 7/24/05 | Matt Drudge
    The final Tour de France victory of Lance Armstrong has left a legacy which may takes years to beat, but France's AFP wire reports, Armstrong's domination of the race since 1999, 18 months after he had recovered from cancer, has always aroused suspicion. In 2001 it emerged he had been working with notorious Italian sports doctor Michele Ferrari who was suspected in Italy of distributing and administering banned products to a number of top athletes. Armstrong admitted his "periodic collaboration" with Ferrari, who last year was handed a one-year suspended sentence for sports fraud, but he stands firm behind the...
  • Shoring Up the Western Front Is Old Europe finally learning it must join the war on terror?

    07/24/2005 9:14:43 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 437+ views
    OPINION JOURNAL.COM ^ | JULY 25, 2005 | PETE DU PONT
    Nov. 9, 1989 and Sept. 11, 2001 each changed the modern world. The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of 75 years of communism, and the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks the beginning of what may be a similar period of global Islamic terrorism. But not all of Western civilization wants to fight this not so cold war. Turkey, fearing attacks by Muslim insurgents, ended its anti-terrorism efforts in 2003. Spain followed suit after the 2004 Madrid bombings. Then Hungary and the Netherlands also all but capitulated, even without any dramatic, world-attention grabbing, attacks on their soil....
  • American domination of Tour a sore spot to some French fans

    07/20/2005 7:58:43 PM PDT · by Dolphan · 70 replies · 1,903+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 20 July 2005 | BOB FORD
    REVEL, France - (KRT) - Lance Armstrong is counting down the days now, and the rest of international cycling is counting right along with him. "It's been great, but it's time to do something else," Armstrong said as he approaches Sunday's finish line of his seventh straight Tour de France victory. He doesn't get any argument from the other riders who have tired of chasing the Texan for all these miles over all these years. The American domination has become something of a sore subject, particularly in France. It is one thing for the French to be second-best to Italy,...
  • The Netherlands: Tolerating a time bomb

    07/19/2005 4:11:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 997+ views
    Religion News ^ | July 18, 2005 | Leon de Winter
    AMSTERDAM - For centuries the Netherlands has been considered the world's most tolerant and liberal nation. This attitude is a byproduct of a disciplined civic society, confident enough to provide space for those with different ideas. It produced the country in which Descartes found refuge, a center of freedom of thought and of a free press in Europe. That Netherlands no longer exists. The murder of Theo van Gogh last year and the assassination of Pim Fortuyn in 2002 marked the end of the Holland of Erasmus and Spinoza. Their killings showed the cumulative effect of two forces that have...
  • EU ready to help Iran build nuclear reactors

    07/17/2005 7:03:53 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 10 replies · 567+ views
    yahoo! News ^ | Sun Jul 17 | AFP
    TEHRAN (AFP) - European nations negotiating with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme may be ready to help build nuclear reactors and supply them with fuel, Iranian negotiator Hossein Moussavian said. He told the official IRNA agency that a proposal promised by Britain, France and Germany by August and aimed at resolving the crisis could include such an offer, as well as a several-month delay before Iran's nuclear ambitions are referred to the UN Security Council. The EU proposal could make or break the lengthy diplomatic process aimed at easing widespread fears Iran is seeking nuclear weapons technology. In contrast...
  • Paris Olympics failure is a blow for Chirac

    07/06/2005 12:37:08 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 77 replies · 1,772+ views
    reuters ^ | 07/06/05 | Timothy Heritage
    Paris Olympics failure is a blow for Chirac Wed Jul 6, 2005 7:16 PM BST By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - Paris's defeat by London in the race to host the 2012 Olympic Games was a bitter blow for French President Jacques Chirac that was all the more painful because he lost out again to his rival Tony Blair. Chirac badly needed a victory to lift his political fortunes after a French "No" vote on the European constitution that left him sorely wounded and a furore over comments attributed to him criticising British food. The prime minister not only emerged...
  • Senior Malmö policeman charged over racist e-mails

    07/05/2005 12:27:55 PM PDT · by Bushwacker777 · 33 replies · 710+ views
    The Local ^ | July 5 | Andy Butterworth
    "Malmö police commander, Bengt Lindström, has been charged with inciting racial hatred in e-mails he sent to two local politicians. Ilmer Reepalu, a city commissioner, and Ewa Bengtsson, head of healthcare, received the e-mails in April and reported Lindström to the prosecutor's office. In the formal charges, senior prosecutor, Sven-Erik Alhem, quoted extracts from the e-mails. Lindström wrote the following to Bengtsson: "You and Ilmar Reepalu treat old Swedes who have worked hard building up the fatherland like parasites and would rather give my taxes to criminals called Mohammed from Rosengĺrd." ..."
  • Germany: Land of the Lost

    07/05/2005 11:29:28 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 918+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | July 5, 2005 | Nico Wirtz
    If you thought raising taxes and pick-pocketing taxpayers was the exclusive domain of Germany's Social Democrats, it is time to think again. Once elections are on the horizon, politicians tend to indulge in populism. The latest outgrowth of this is the proposal of Gerhard Schröder's Social Democrats and their Green coalition partners to levy a special tax on the wealthy. This populist tax-and-spend attitude has energized Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats — but not in the way one might expect from a conservative party. Instead of arguing against further tax increases on Germany's taxpayers, many of the big shots in the...
  • Schroeder to pressure Bush for UN Security Council seat

    06/24/2005 5:12:58 PM PDT · by phoenix_004 · 47 replies · 831+ views
    expatica ^ | 24 June 2005
    - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will use talks with President George W. Bush in Washington on Monday to lobby for a permanent seat for Germany on the U.N. Security Council, Berlin governmental sources said on Friday. The chancellor continues to be confident that prospects are good for Germany's Security Council hopes, the sources said. The Bush administration has gone on record saying it favours adding Japan and one other nation as permanent Security Council members. But it has strongly indicated that a pan-European seat might be preferable to one for Germany alone. The chancellor, meanwhile, is said to be confident that...
  • Foreign investment drops sharply in France and Germany

    06/24/2005 1:06:17 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 20 replies · 860+ views
    EUObserver ^ | 06/24/05 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Foreign investment drops sharply in France and Germany 24.06.2005 - 09:58 CET | By Lisbeth Kirk Foreign investment in France and Germany, the two largest economies of the European continent, fell sharply in 2004, according to figures released yesterday (23 June) by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In France, inward investment almost halved last year, falling from $43bn to $24 bn. In the case of Germany, foreign investors actually withdrew about $39bn from the country, reversing the inflow of $27bn recorded in 2003, the OECD said in the report "Trends and recent developments in foreign...
  • Payback For Germany In Wrangle Over UN Top Seat

    06/20/2005 6:12:32 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 34 replies · 1,061+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | June 17, 2005 | James Bone
    New York – The United States poured cold water on Germany’s bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council yesterday, saying that it favoured adding only two full-time seats to the top table of international diplomacy. Washington, which can block any expansion of the 15-nation council, said that it wanted to add two permanent members, including Japan. Bush Administration officials were quoted as saying that the second seat should go to a developing nation and that Washington would also support the addition of up to three new rotating non- permanent seats. The long-awaited American position was interpreted...
  • Caustic Turn Jolts Europe

    06/19/2005 6:41:47 AM PDT · by demlosers · 30 replies · 1,113+ views
    NYT International ^ | June 19, 2005 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    BRUSSELS, June 18 - Something shattered in Europe Friday night. The leaders of the 25 European Union nations went home after a failed two-day summit meeting in anger and in shame, as domestic politics and national interests defeated lofty notions of sacrifice and solidarity for the benefit of all. The battle over money and the shelving of the bloc's historic constitution, after the crushing no votes in France and the Netherlands, stripped away all pretense of an organization with a common vision and reflected the fears of many leaders in the face of rising popular opposition to the project called...
  • 'Old Europe' must reform or crumble, Blair warns leaders

    06/14/2005 3:53:56 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 827+ views
    The Times ^ | June 15, 2005 | David Charter, Philip Webster and Charles Bremner
    PEOPLE throughout Europe will carry on rebuffing their leaders unless the European Union changes its priorities and cuts agricultural spending, Tony Blair declared last night.After tough talks with President Chirac in Paris the Prime Minister raised the stakes before tomorrow’s Brussels summit by linking the two issues that have brought the Union into crisis — the budget and the constitution. Mr Blair, objecting strongly to the EU deciding collectively to put 40 per cent of its budget into agriculture where only 2 per cent of its people were employed, said that it was difficult to see how differences could be...
  • Thomas L. Friedman: 35-hour week? 35-hour day!

    06/04/2005 1:39:55 PM PDT · by lizol · 58 replies · 1,363+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2005 | Thomas L. Friedman
    Thomas L. Friedman: 35-hour week? 35-hour day! By Thomas L. Friedman The New York Times SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2005 BANGALORE, India It was extremely revealing traveling from Europe to India as French voters - and now Dutch ones - were rejecting the EU constitution - in one giant snub to President Jacques Chirac, European integration, immigration, Turkish membership in the EU and all the forces of globalization eating away at Europe's welfare states. It is interesting because French voters are trying to preserve a 35-hour workweek in a world where Indian engineers are ready to work a 35-hour day. Good...
  • Old Europe fights to keep its club cosy

    06/02/2005 11:23:37 PM PDT · by twinself · 2 replies · 366+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/06/2005 | David Rennie
    It may take months, even years, for Europe to work out what this double No from Holland and France means for the European Union. But one message has already been made clear to all those countries hoping to join: Old Europe is turning in on itself. Frightened for their jobs and anxious about losing generous social welfare benefits, voters on the Continent have little enthusiasm for further expansion of their once cosy club. If one thing united the very different No votes in France and Holland it was a sense that the EU had expanded too far, too fast. In...
  • How the Old Guard Lost the Plot in a New, Expanded Europe

    06/02/2005 7:09:55 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 16 replies · 636+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 3, 2005 | James Kirkup
    In the game of Euro-Cluedo now unfolding, some unlikely names are being mentioned. A year or two back, any EU-watcher asked to name a culprit for the murder of the European constitution would probably have named Captain John Scarlett, in the conference room, with the lead pipe. Instead, Le Viscomte Lebleu and Dr Jan Orange are in the frame, for a joint killing on the streets, with the ballot-box. But while the crime is clear, the motives are murky. For the French, the treaty was the ghastly work of Anglo-Saxon liberals intent on prizing open long-closed markets and exposing them...