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A Grammy for Obama !

In 1999, at the height of the dot.com bubble in New York, many an entrepreneur was able to raise millions of dollars in cash from the stock market simply by presenting to hapless investors fuzzy business plans of inexistent products or services. We all know how this ended. This time around, the Nobel prize committee… » read more

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The second trilateral summit between China, South Korea and Japan ended this Saturday in Beijing with a commitment by prime minister Wen Jiabao, Japanese premier Hatoyama and South Korean president Lee to further strengthen ties between the three countries and to push together for the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. During the summit premier Hatoyama… » read more

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North Korea has recently announced that the country’s recovering leader Kim Jong-Il, is willing to come back to the negotiating table, provided the six-party talks (Russia, China, USA, Japan, North and South Korea) are complemented by direct talks between North Korea and the US. So, what determined Kim Jong-Il to soften his stance ? The… » read more

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The Intractable Mr Klaus

The 2nd of October Yes-vote from Ireland is overshadowed by Mr Klaus’ constant refusal to sign the Treaty of Lisbon, against better advice from most Czech parliamentarians. The tactics he used in avoiding to put his signature on the document are mind-boggling, to say the least. Contesting the treaty twice before the Czech Constitutional Court… » read more

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Flawed Missile Shield Arguments

MEP Corina Cretu’s passionate but largely misguided arguments on Blogactiv in favour of the missile shield go to prove my point, namely the fact that it had been designed to contain Russia, not Iran. What is really puzzling about the whole argument is that before being an MEP, Ms Cretu was former president Ion Iliescu’s… » read more

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Asian Union Plans Attract Japan

The plans for creating an Asian economic community grouping China, ASEAN and Japan have received an important boost recently. During his informal meeting in New York with Chinese president Hu Jintao, the new Japanese premier Mr. Hatoyama has proposed the creation of an East-Asian community which would emulate the model of the European Union. Closer… » read more

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An Alien Goes to Washington

Although on paper Japan has been a democracy for over six decades, true political change in leadership has sidestepped it until this fall. On the 30th of August the LDP, Japan’s traditional ruling party – which in practice ruled the country as a one-party state – lost the parliamentary elections in favour of the Democratic… » read more

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US: A Farewell to Arms

The Obama Administration’s decision to scrap the infamous missile shield in Europe has to be considered one of its most important foreign policy decisions to date. Almost immediately, premier Putin of Russia has called it “just and courageous” and has promised to abandon plans to place Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad. Chancellor Merkel and president Sarkozy… » read more

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UK Political Storm Over

The last two weeks or so have been especially testing for British premier Gordon Brown. First, the MP expenses scandal rocked the “mother of all parliaments”. Last week, backstabbing was the order of the day, no less than six cabinet members giving up their positions and provoking a huge reshuffle. By Monday night the storm… » read more

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