American “Wolves” and German Shepherds?: The Friedrich – Ebert – Stiftung and Iraqi Reconstruction

Posted by John Rosenthal

Regular readers of Trans-Int will remember the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES): the publicly-funded foundation of the German Social Democratic Party that disposes of an annual budget of some 109 million euro. The annual budget of the National Endowment for Democracy, from which both of the analogous American party foundations – The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the [...]

Franco-Israeli Détente?

Posted by John Rosenthal

[Originally posted on www.trans-int.blogspot.com]  Ariel Sharon, in Paris for three days of talks, met with French president Jacques Chirac yesterday and both leaders marked the occasion by emitting conspicuously friendly noises. The word in the traditional French media is that Franco-Israeli relations have entered a period of “warming”. Emmanuel of Politique arabe de la France, [...]

Yogurt Fever: Epilogue

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Monday, the French Financial Market Authority (AMF) announced that it had received assurances from the PepsiCo Corporation that, contrary to widespread rumors, the latter was not in fact preparing a takeover bid for Danone. The announcement seems to have brought to a close France’s recent bout of “Yogurt Fever”. Indeed, already before the announcement, [...]

For Whom Is Worse Better?: More on French Media and Iraqi Violence

Posted by John Rosenthal

Following the murderous suicide attack in Moussayeb over the weekend, yesterday’s editions of both of France’s major dailies featured remarkably similar headlines above the crease on their front pages. “Iraq Under Threat of Civil War” read the headline in Le Monde. For once less circumspect than its crosstown rival, Le Figaro pronounced a civil war [...]

Postponement and Observation

Posted by John Rosenthal

In light of the attacks in London, I am postponing the previously announced post on the Spanish Socialists. Shortly after the London bomb blasts, an anchor on the French 24 hour cable news channel LCI noted that George W. Bush had in a recent speech stressed the need to combat terrorism. Turning to a French [...]

More Contempt from the Poet

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Wednesday, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin published a plea for the construction of a “new political Europe” in Le Monde and five other European papers, including the Financial Times. The opening paragraph reads as follows: Europe is in crisis. Yet never have its peoples so forcefully expressed their hope to see a Europe [...]