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Eurpoeans can join change.org

The American president-elect has two sites: change.gov to help the transition to his administration, and change.org to maintain involvement in his campaign. Foreign nationals, including us, Europeans, can join in and try to influence the new American policies. The idea that a president-elect is fishing for policy ideas on the internet sounds a bit scary… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

After the IMF has formally accepted huge loan requests from Hungary and Ukraine (and also Iceland on the other periphery of the European economic area), Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Serbia are in the waiting line – not to forget our almost forgotten EU-applicant Turkey, too. I think the French presidency should send out another… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The Hungarian president has vetoed the ratification of the Hungarian-American visa waiver agreement due to concerns about data protection issues. The new American visa waiver scheme that involves six European Union members has been the cause of unpleasant debates within Europe. Obtaining an American tourist visa is costly, and the procedure is at least unpleasant,… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

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

Posted by Dániel Antal

I want to vote, too

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

Posted by Dániel Antal

Senator Obama’s Berlin speech (see video, images and full text) was seen by a huge success in his campaign. Although campaign speeches are aimed at the electorate, i.e. voting Americans, Obama’s Middle East-Europe trip was meant to show that he will find a common understanding with America’s allies. If you want overlook the key phrases… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

Although only American citizens have a vote, the whole globalized world will be effected by the presidential elections in the world’s strongest democracy. Europeans have high hopes and a high level of trust in Senator Obama. According to the latest international poll of Pew Global Attitudes Project, a very high number of Earthlings take the… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal

The high oil prices of 2008 have lead to a similar historical result as in the 1970s: the notorious oil-burner Americans cut back on their carbon-dioxide emission habits. I think this shows that the main source of carbon emission, namely fossil fuels, is price and income sensitive, and if you raise the price, consumption and… » read more

Posted by Dániel Antal