France’s Union for Popular Movement (UMP) – which, when previously led by Nicolas Sarkozy banned the burqa in France – sparked controversy recently as female British MPs criticized the party over a sexism row.
Three doses of me in The Independent on Sunday today. My column asks the question, What if the eurozone comes good?
Charles Arthur, one of my former colleagues, thinks this is like saying, “I’m sure the giant asteroid will see sense and swerve away.” Maybe, but on the Black Swan principle I consider the unexpected.
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According to the New York Times today, President Obama has been telling eurozone leaders here in Cannes that they should solve their own problems, rather than relying on the IMF.
The real object of frustration among some is now France. They think President Nicolas Sarkozy isn’t pushing the FTT hard enough behind the scenes, despite his commissioning of Bill Gates to conduct a heavyweight report on the subject for this G20 meeting.
Over the last week there has been growing political pressure to review the Schengen system of open internal borders inside the Continental EU. President Sarkozy led the call, reacting to the appearance in Italy of thousands of Tunisians, irregular migrants escaping the instability in North Africa. They arrived in Italy due to the relative [...]
It is sometimes difficult for the British and for the rest of the world to understand the European mentality. That is to say the mentality of some of Europe’s leaders. Hence President Sarkozy’s extra-loud declaration of commitment to the euro, just in case we didn’t believe it the first time.
How a momentary body language bloomer can set the news agenda
By intervening with his national team, the Nigerian president is on a hiding to nothing
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