It was only last summer that the two leaders held ‘amity talks’ in a big Bedouin tent in the center of Rome ‘focusing on trade relations’. They celebrated the big friendship agreement singed two years earlier. It is astonishing that in 2010 these statesmen have celebrated their deal struck in 2008 where Italy pledged 5 billion dollars over 20 years to build a road across Libya from Tunisia to Egypt.
After the last general elections in Poland, and more recently in Hungary, a new political landscape emerged. Yesterday the Czech Republic has joined the wave a change, ending an almost 20-years-long stalemate with two new parties. The proportional voting system propelled five parties into the lower house of the national assembly. The first two are… » read more
Central Europe had an important Austrian and a rather unimportant Belorussian parliamentary election yesterday. To call the process ‘elections’ in Belarus is somewhat premature: the opposition candidates did not win any seats in the national assembly. After the Russian invasion to Georgia many predicted that Europe’s last old-fascioned dictator (leaving aside the breakaway Trandnistrian rulers)… » read more
Wordle let’s you focus on the essence with these beautiful visualizations of the two texts. According to the tradition, Barack Obama spoke first as the contender from the opposition:And here are John McCain’s most accented words: I think this will be a tight and interesting match as the best candidates competing from both parties. For… » read more
According to a recent poll that is quoted on the refurbished website of the Visegrad Group of Central European countries, few Czechs believe that the ‘Prague spring‘ could have brought democracy in 1968. Although the Czechoslovak Communists attempt to put a human face on Socialism was remembered with warm nostalgia after it was crushed by… » read more
The American democracy has an ironic twist: the campaign and the results have a global effect, but only American citizens can vote. There is a new site that wants to give a sight relief to those global citizens who are following the race but will not get the ballot. The multi-language iwanttovotetoo.com is a real… » read more
The Chinese policy has shut down a factory in the southern part of the country that was manufacturing Free Tibet flags for Western demonstrator. The factory owner reportedly told police the emblems had been ordered from outside China, and he did not know that they stood for an independent Tibet. This story reminded me to… » read more
It looks to me that somebody in Ireland thinks that the Lisbon Treaty is not sexy enough, or maybe sexism is a more controversial topic than the treaty and they hope that it will take you to the polls. I doubt that this campaign would benefit anybody but the no campaign in some parts of… » read more