Friday, February 18, 2005

Bush in Brussels, a Barroso balls-up and a bit on Iran

The Periscope is going to be keeping tabs on Bush's trip over the next few days, and already has lots of useful links.

It will, however, be a visit I shall probably avoid mentioning too much, as it appears that certain visitors to this blog are determined to misinterpret every single last thing I say whenever it comes to the transatlantic relationship (and various other areas for that matter). I really can't be arsed to get into more pointless spats with people who think I'm some kind of anti-American maniac due to their inability to bother reading what I've actually written rather than what their ill-formed preconceptions lead them to think I've said. (Can you sense some exasperation here, perchance?)

In other news, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has been a bit of an idiot, and got involved in a dispute about electioneering. He is, of course, supposed to be obliged not to poke his nose into partisan politics as the supposedly neutral effective figurehead of the EU. This Commission really hasn't been doing too well thus far, and is hardly helping the cause, it must be said...

Oh yes, and for those of us hoping that the Iranian situation can be resolved nicely via diplomacy may be interested by the news that Moscow is backing Tehran all the way on this one, and is determined to continue helping the Iranian nuclear programme. Or is this just another Putin ploy?

2 Comments:

Blogger DoDo said...

I wouldn't be ungrateful towards the UKIP if they brought down Barroso with some scandal...

That idiot who presided over economic near-stagnation at home, not to mention certain other issues, now styles himself as a neoliberal revolutionary (revolution from above), now pushing services liberalisation. He has chosen a former *finance minister* (they guy from Cyprus) as environment commissioner, whose very first move was to draft a new plan radically cutting CO2 emissions reduction goals - just when even more alarming predictions and a revised evaluation of Antartic ice sheet stability came out. Assholes. (I hope there aren't too many assholes among EP socialists - I'm already giving up on the governments - for them to vote such stuff down.)

BTW, Barroso - we can thank Bliar for him. He was sooo keen to prevent the Belgian or Luxemburgian candidate that he sided (again) with the conservatives.

2/19/2005 12:41:00 am  
Blogger DoDo said...

histologion has a new post with useful links on the services liberalisation issue (the Bolkestein directive).

2/19/2005 05:27:00 pm  

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