Thursday, May 13, 2004

Good news from Europe 

From Germany:

"Citing a 'window of opportunity', a German government official said Wednesday Berlin would launch an initiative this autumn for Germany to be given a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council."
Because we need another veto. And in case you were wondering, the French are strongly supportive.

From Belgium:

"Belgium’s Defence Minister Andre Flahaut could well be questioned by magistrates investigating a massive fraud that has seen the Belgian army swindled out of millions of euros, it was reported on Wednesday."
Now at least we know where all the money in European defence budgets is going to.

And from France:

"The French economy expanded 0.8 percent in the first quarter, its fastest pace in two years and a better-than-expected performance that officials said confirmed a recovery was gathering steam. 'Our economy has come back toward growth,' Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin declared. 'We have forecast growth of 1.7 percent in 2004 - we will without doubt reach and surpass that'."
Living in an economy that is consistently growing at 4% per year, all I can say is "wow, those French must be doing something right!"


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