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France's pendulum swing to the left jolts a continent's fault lines

France's pendulum swing to the left jolts a continent's fault lines

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tone, tenor, and style separate Nicolas Sarkozy from Francois Hollande as much as clear political ideology divided the two contenders for the French presidency. But sentiments like voter discontent, backlash and anti-austerity describe the mood French voters were in when they elected the Socialist candidate. Francois Hollande’s victory […]

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Voices of experience from the Soviet bloc offer counsel to Arab Spring leaders

Voices of experience from the Soviet bloc offer counsel to Arab Spring leaders

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A seamless political thread running through the current General Assembly debate has been that of the “Arab Spring”, the movement which shifted the political sands throughout the Middle East. Yet, amongst the often self-congratulatory messages praising the Arab Spring, some former East Bloc states have offered sage socio/political […]

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Even Germany's economy is headed South: Is there a sugar daddy in the house?

Even Germany's economy is headed South: Is there a sugar daddy in the house?

By Sol W. Sanders It’s our tradition to control, like Erich Honecker and Helmut Kohl, remember him from the Ukraine to the Rhone. Sweet home uber alles, Lord, I’m coming home.yah Come on, Sugar Daddy, bring me home. – ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ George Soros isn’t the only sugar daddy whom former beneficiaries accuse […]

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How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

 By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The French are used to a pleasant lifestyle, cushioned by beaucoup benefits, and why not? But unlike the old tune, “C’est si bon,” sung by Yves Montand, this lifestyle comes at a high economic price. It’s is now challenged by the rising cost of these entitlements and naturally […]

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As goes France, so goes . . .

As goes France, so goes . . .

Americans arriving in Paris these days will notice that France’s planes, trains and automobiles are all being slowed or stopped by nationwide protests over President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal to raise the retirement age by . . . all of two years. Protesters are blockading refineries, truckers clog the roads, and yesterday air-traffic controllers walked off […]

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EU anxiety over the Euro, heartburn over Germany

By Sol W. Sanders The European Union has the jitters, raising the question of whether what used to be called a nervous breakdown lies ahead. The anxiety may not lead to a breakup of the EU, but the dream of a single currency may have to be abandoned. With 20/20 hindsight, the idea of a […]