February 2002

Unfriendly Veal

by PapaScott on 28 February 2002

The tone is a bit hard for my taste, but James Lilek’s Olive Garden piece is a classic piece how Europeans view Americans, and get it all wrong. My favorite bit, though, was about the unfriendly veal.

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Blame It On Haider

by PapaScott on 28 February 2002

Spiegel: Schröder sagt Prag-Reise ab (Schröder cancels Prague visit). It all started with Haider’s campaign in Austria to block Czech entry to the EU. In an interview in response, Czech Prime Minister Zeman said that the Sudetendeutschen (expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1945) were all traitors loyal to Hitler. In the end both he and Schröder have election campaigns and would just as soon avoid the expulsion issue (seeing as they each have opponents more hard line on the issue). So let’s just call the whole thing off. Update: BBC: Schroeder snubs Prague.

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Who’s Boss In The EU?

February 28, 2002

Heard on NDR4: The EU Commission is suing the EU Council of Ministers for overturning a Commission decision. The decision (involving pork subsidies in Portugal) was rather minor, but was overturned for purely politcal reasons. It’s interesting in light of the ministers overturning the budget warning for Germany, and recent comments by European politicians that […]

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Blow Me Away

February 26, 2002

I’m tired. It’s blowing cats and dogs outside. And Mama’s new office was delivered while we were at work, 14 heavy cartons to bring inside and upstairs. Christopher’s ‘word’ of the past few days is ‘ohta’ (or sometimes ‘ohda’). He’s saying it repeatedly. I keep asking, ‘Who is ohta?’ But he never answers.

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Schröder Woos The Union On Immigration

February 26, 2002

Spiegel: Zuwanderung: Schröder umwirbt die Union (Immigration: Schröder woos the Union). The Chancellor offers a compromise on the immigration bill to be debated in the Bundestag this week. Today, the CDU said they wouldn’t take the bait. The real showdown will come in the Bundesrat in March. Update: FAZ Opposition Parties Reject Changes in Immigration […]

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