France to Germany: “We stink.”
You gotta love this EU infighting. Der Spiegel is reporting today that French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde urged Germany on Monday to boost domestic demand and said Germany’s large trade surplus was endangering the competitiveness of other euro zone economies. … “Clearly Germany has done an awfully good job in the last 10 years or so, improving competitiveness, putting very high pressure on its labor costs,” | Read More »
Poland Signs European Union Treaty….. What’s not been said….. An opinion from a nobody (me).
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/poland-signs-eu-treaty-czech-hurdle-remains-20091010-groc.html Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski on Saturday signed the European Union’s reforming Lisbon Treaty at a ceremony, leaving his ultra-eurosceptic Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus as the only holdout. “The fact that the Irish people changed their minds meant the revival of the treaty, and there are no longer any obstacles to its ratification,” Kaczynski said before signing. “Today is a very important day in the | Read More »
Nuclear Talks With Iran: What Could The Agenda Be?
From The Political and Financial Markets Commentator Why Are These Guys Smiling?Coming as little surprise to most logical thinkers, Iran has agreed to talks with the EU on October 1st regarding its nuclear ambitions and ongoing program to enrich uranium. Why wouldn’t the Iranians agree to talks? They understand how the game is played with governments around the world who recognize the dangers they pose, | Read More »
EU elections demonstrate a rightward shift in Europe
In elections held June 4th through June 7th in member nations of the European Union, it now appears that conservative parties have won convincing victories over their more left-leaning counterparts. In Germany, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats had less support, but so did their rival Social Democrats, who received their lowest electoral support since WWII. In France, Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative party handily defeated the Socialist party, and | Read More »
Coming soon to a level of govenment near you, from our friends across the pond. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5297606/MPs-expenses-Full-list-of-MPs-investigated-by-the-Telegraph.html
The obligatory “Yet another British MEP unloads on PM Gordon Brown” post
As I understand it, British MEP Nigel Farage had his own rant aimed squarely at UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown just a few minutes before the sensational dressing down from MEP Daniel Hannen began. The word “devalued” also features prominently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1waGanUNt0 With all of the attention Hannen got, Nigel must be feeling a little under appreciated!
EU: Obama has U.S. on the road to hell
The Telegrah reports: Mirek Topolanek, who is running the EU presidency despite the collapse of his government in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, highlighted European splits over the fiscal stimulus plans promoted by President Obama… Mr Topolanek warned the European Parliament that the Obama administration’s stimulus package and financial bail-out “will undermine the stability of the global financial market”. “All of these steps, these combinations | Read More »
Czech president compares EU to Soviet Union
Cross posted to The Political Class. Buy that man a beer! BRUSSELS – The European Union has turned into an undemocratic and elitist project comparable to the Communist dictatorships of eastern Europe that forbade alternative thinking, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told the European Parliament on Thursday. Klaus, whose country now holds the rotating EU presidency, set out a scathing attack on the EU project and | Read More »
AGW-denier set to be next EU president
h/t Herald TribuneThe Czech Republic is set to occupy the rotating European Union presidency. The current Czech president is one Vaclav Klaus, a trained economist in the Milton Friedman camp. He has a colorful and controversial political history, being a known dissident under Soviet rule, involved in the Velvet Revolution, and sometimes scandal-ridden. He’s considered center-right, and is a bitter rival with national hero Vaclav | Read More »
Dark Clouds Ahead
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called it cross border governance, French president Nicholas Sarkozy sent a stern demand for serious talks of increased regulations within the global financial sphere. He also demanded several meetings of the G8 and G20 nations tomorrow as well as the future. No this isn’t tea time with France and Great Britain, this is something far worse and apparently something thought | Read More »
BREAKING: Obama aide contradicts Polish statement on defense commitment.
The only mitigating factor here is that the aide is contradicting the head of state, not the head of the Polish government. So there may be a retreat on this. If not… well. Obama denies Poland missile vow US President-elect Barack Obama has not given a commitment to go ahead with plans to build part of a US missile defence system in Poland, an aide | Read More »
Our allies prepare for Obama’s damaging economic policies
This morning’s WSJ notes an agreement between Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and French President (and rotating EU President) Nicolas Sarkozy to expand trade relations:Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France signed an agreement Friday to begin negotiations for a free trade pact between Canada and the European Union. A Canada-EU study released last week outlines the joint economic benefits of such | Read More »