The first thing I thought about Detroit is that the state’s appointment of a receiver demonstrated the Republican governor’s profound indifference to the democratic process of a Democratic city, not to mention a white governor’s profound indifference to a black city. This may be true, but it’s also true that Detroit’s finances are such a [...]
Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category
It being Valentine’s Day today, I suppose it’s as good a time as any to think about healthy and unhealthy relationships. In that vein, I give a brief overview below the fold of some recent developments in European domestic violence perpetrator rehabilitation.
Cameron’s hopeless plan to renegotiate undefined EU reforms and hold an in/out referendum in Britain on the results.
The precautions against superstorm Sandy worked because the US government FEMA listened to a European computer forecast, not its own.
Greek (and of course German) electricity is much more reliable than American.
Spanish labour costs are painfully converging with German ones.
Most of the media coverage of and commentary about the Euromess has focused, quite appropriately, on the potential enormous financial losses to European nations, banks and individuals. One proposed route toward a less painful European economic future is to give the Eurozone a centralized governing body with significant power over the member states’ fiscal policies. [...]
A proposal for large solar panel leasing scheme in Spain funded by puritanical Germans.
Hollande’s probable election as President of France.
Why did Merkel shake Sarkozy’s hand more warmly than at the last summit? Does that mean she’s softerning her stance on a Greek bailout? And did you overhear what a friend of a friend of mine thinks he overheard in a cloakroom in the Bundestag? These are the sort of parlour game questions to which [...]