Nicolas Sarkozy has withdrawn his backing of Tony Blair to become the first president of the European Union.
The French president is understood to have changed his mind after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is thought he feels EU opposition to the former UK prime minister is too strong because he backed the Iraq war.
The role, to be created under the new EU reform treaty, would replace the six-month rotating presidencies. Sources also indicated that Mr. Sarkozy felt Mr. Blair was not right for the role because Britain has failed to adopt the European single currency and the Schengen zone of passport-free travel.
A …non worth …thousands of pictures!!! I would love to see Tony’s face when he heard it!!!
This is a photo of one of the 700 archeological sculptures recovered by the Spanish police recently. They were in the possession of a couple, in La Rioja. This couple stole historical and archeological sculptures of incalculable value from Peru, Colombia and Ecuador and used to sell them in Europe to different clients, mainly in France.
Money buys everything, even the heritage and culture of the so-called Third World! Who are the true underdeveloped barbarians?
Photo by EPA/Juanjo Martin
Chinese President Hu Jintao has begun a five-day state visit to Japan, the first such trip in a decade.
He is expected to discuss trade, security and a dispute over undersea gas fields with Japanese PM Yasuo Fukuda – and play him at ping-pong. Mr. Hu said before he left Beijing on Monday he hoped the visit would herald an “everlasting warm spring of friendship” between the two neighbors. Correspondents say there has been a deep chill during the past few years.
China suspended high-level contact with Japan from 2001 to 2006 during the premiership of Junichiro Koizumi, after he made repeated visits to the Yasukuni war shrine; a place most Chinese believe glorifies militarism. Mr. Fukuda has tried to repair the damage by promising not to visit the shrine while he is in power and by calling for Japan to be humble about its past.
In the temple of the Olympics the Chinese are willing to do anything, even meet with the Japanese!
International agencies are pushing to gain access for a massive aid operation in Burma, where the toll from Saturday’s cyclone continues to rise.
State media say 10,000 people died in one town alone, and put the number of dead at 15,000. Hundreds of thousands of people are said to be without clean water and shelter, with some areas still cut-off.
Burma’s dictators say they will accept external help, in a move correspondents say reflects the scale of the disaster. The military government has traditionally been suspicious of aid agencies, limiting their activities.
Perhaps this catastrophe is a chance for the dictators the drug dealers of Burma to go for good!
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