Heul doch

Spiegel Online berichtet darüber, was passiert, wenn man Klein-Silvio sein Spielzeug wegnimmt: Eklat im Fernsehen: Berlusconi unterbricht wutentbrannt Live-Interview Die kritischen Fragen einer Fernseh-Journalistin passten Italiens Regierungschef Silvio Berlusconi nicht: Er bezeichnete den Sender als „Kriegsmaschine“, brach das Live-Gespräch ab und stürmte wutentbrannt aus dem Studio. Aber vielleicht ist er auch nur gereizt, weil er […]

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Kaczynski on the maths of human sexuality.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski apparently tries really hard to become respected by his peers. And since politics often is such a nonsensical game he probably figured that it will be best to do what he thinks politicians do when in Rome (incidentally that joke is not so funny these days) – make no sense. Interestingly, […]

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When my car’s windows were smashed twice during the world cup in 1998, when I was living in 10th Arrondissement, I had my car repaired in a garage in Clichy. I actually lived in a Banlieue for a couple of months before moving to the city . But „92“, or Val d’Oise, wasn’t what most […]

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Break’s Over.

My gentle readers, the break’s over. And now that my little quasi-diary is actually back online, I would like to formally introduce a blog I know many of you have been checking out occasionally during the past few weeks – A Fistful Of Euros. I am grateful to have been asked to be a part […]

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traffic data retention.

Ever wondered what the legal situation regarding internet traffic data retention by ISPs and governmental access is in EU countries? Don’t look further, saveprivacy.org has a note sent by the general secretariat of the EU council to the EU’s Multidisciplinary Group on Organised Crime (MDG) that outlines the current legal situation as well as possible […]

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Vive La France

We’ve come a long way. Honestly, this probably all there is to say when a German general heading the traditional French military parade on France’s national holiday not even makes a big news item in Germany.

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Oh Gino, Oh Gino Ginelli

Oh Gino, Oh Gino Ginelli Yesterday, a friend reminded me of what name Stefano Stefani reminded me of – a popular Italian Ice cream advertising character from the late 1980s, Gino Ginelli. As for Stefani, he has been signalled by someone important to take a longer vacation. He supposedly resigned a few minutes ago. Apparently […]

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Naumann on Ze Tschermans

Michael Naumann, editor of Die Zeit is pondering in the leader of this week’s Die Zeit about stereotyping Tschermans as blonde beasts, Kraut bashing and the historical hand „we“ have been dealt. He’s basically writing about the same I wrote about in my Kraut bashing comment from January, re-posted below. But his perspective is rather […]

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Spoke too soon.

I did indeed. Looks like this morning’s press reports have been wrong. Gerhard Schroeder is not going to do the Hanibal this summer, after all. Now he’s just staying at home in Hannover. Not quite the same, I have to say. Although the town does have beautiful corners here and there… According to Spiegel Online, […]

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Sommerloch.

Sorry for the recent lack of updates… my very own „Sommerloch“ – „summer-hole“ -, meaning lack of real news in July and early August. I thought this year there was not going to be a big one in Germany, given the economic situation and the government’s reform agenda. Well, I might have been wrong. Usually, […]

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Berlusconi apologizes. Or Not.

From the Guardian. Berlusconi apologized to Gerhard Schroeder (who was not exactly offended by him, but had demanded a formal apology). „Italy’s billionaire prime minister Silvio Berlusconi last night expressed regret for his Nazi jibe against a German MEP, in a bid to end a serious diplomatic stand-off between the two countries just as Italy […]

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www.eu2003.it

„Wouter Coppens, a 23-year old Flemish law student from Ghent in Belgium registered ‚eu2003.it‚, what would have been the address of the Italian EU presidency one and a half years ago and has now used it as a platform to mock the Italian prime minister.“ (from EUobserver).

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Italian Press Review.

The Guardian has compiled and translated a nice collection of commentary from today’s Italian newspapers regarding Berlusconi’s loosing his cool. It’s quite interesting to see the constrasting perception of reality – compare yourself (the Guardian has more quotes): La Repubblica (left-leaning) Editorial „As Silvio Berlusconi drifts tragically further each day, yesterday he crashed into Europe, […]

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From Bad To Worse?

In a press conference after yesterday’s Parliamentary session, MEP Martin Schulz told the press that he had been told that Mr Berlusconi had allegedly instructed his television channels to ignore his insulting remarks. I don’t if that is true, I haven’t heard any other source in relation to this matter. Personally, I doubt it. I […]

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Maybe Silvio Berlusconi had an overdose of the 1960s American tv series “Hogan’s Heroes“, in which a stereotypically imbecile Tscherman POW camp guard named Hans Schultz (played by John Banner) is the prime target of allied humour.

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CAP. Again.

However much I am fascinated by institutionalised European cooperation (aka EU), there’s one policy area in which even the most pronounced criticism is likely to be insufficient: The Common Agricultural Policy – reform resistent. Not that the US is only concerned with its effects on the world’s poorl, given the US farmers‘ export interests, but […]

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The Banality Of The Good.

Sometimes I wonder how Timothy Garton Ash finds the time to talk to people given the amount of well-written, thought-provoking stuff he publishes – in „Elf“ (English As Lingua Franca), to help foster a European public sphere. Today, Eamonn Fitzgerald links to his latest piece in the New Statesman. I think he is clearly more […]

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Can’t Buy Me Lo-hove!

So it turns out, my vote was not needed. The Czech Eu referendum is over – 55% turnout, 77,33% said ‚yes‘. Done. Welcome in the EU, guys! Nonetheless, judging from the opinions those (not too many) Czech people held whom I talked to in Praque, a lot of the 3,48 million votes in favour of […]

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I’m in Prague this weekend…

… and I really think I should be allowed to vote in the EU accession referendum the Czech Republic is holding today and tomorrow, given the apparent lack of any exitement for the community the people over here show quite visibly. I was wandering around the city all afternoon and late evening and all I […]

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