The two chambers have separately adopted the changes with large margins; opposition has been primarily on the political fringes – such as the Communist Party and the far-right National Front party – and some holdouts among Socialists and in Chirac’s centre-right party."
Guardian Unlimited: How worried should we be? Food additives main culprit in getting a cancer related disease
Dr Vyvyan Howard, leading expert in foetal toxicology at Liverpool University and a member of the government's advisory committee on pesticides, said there was an overarching argument for reducing exposure to carcinogens as far as possible. "You have an increasing cancer incidence in the western world - up 50% in the UK since the 1970s. When I was born in 1946 there was a one in four lifetime risk of getting cancer, now it's one in three. For American males it is nearly one in two. Dr Howard points out that other carcinogens in food such as acrylamide present a very high risk. Acrylamide is a chemical produced in foods high in starch that have been cooked or processed at high temperatures, such as chips, breads, crackers, crisps and cereals. "It's nasty stuff, there's more of it and it's in more foods."
Telegraph: Colin Powell: 'I'm very sore' - as he speaks out about Iraq, Europe and his days at the White House
Cayman Net News: An opportune time to strengthen the domestic economy- do the Cayman Islands see itself as Caribbean or European?
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia: Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Artis Pabriks, meets with the President of Turkey
by T. R. Reid
"T. R. Reid has covered the U.S. Congress, national politics, and four presidential campaigns for The Washington Post. He was the Post's Tokyo bureau chief from 1990 to 1995 and then became head of the paper's London bureau, where he chronicled the stunning rise of the European Union at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Reid is now the Post's Rocky Mountain bureau chief and a popular commentator on National Public Radio. He is the author of three books in Japanese and five in English, including The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution.
John Moe writes about Reid's book in Amazon.com
"While the United States flexes its economic and military muscles around the world as the dominant global player, it may soon have company. According to the Washington Post's T.R. Reid, the nations of Europe are setting aside differences to form an entity that's gaining strength, all seemingly unbeknownst to the U.S. and its citizens. The new Europe, Reid says, "has more people, more wealth, and more trade than the United States of America," plus more leverage gained through membership in international organizations and generous foreign aid policies that reap political clout. Reid tells how European countries were willing to discontinue their individual centuries-old currencies and adopt the Euro, the monetary unit that is now a dominant force in world markets. This is noteworthy not just for exploring the considerable economic impact of the Euro, but also for what that spirit of cooperation means for every facet of Europe in the 21st century, where governments and citizens alike believe that the rewards of banding together are worth a loss in sovereignty. Reid's most compelling portrait of this trend is in the young Europeans known as "Generation E" who see themselves not as Spaniards or Czechs but simply as Europeans. To illustrate America's obliviousness to this trend, Reid tells of former GE CEO Jack Welch, who never bothered to factor European objections into a proposed multi-billion dollar merger with Honeywell, leading to the deal being torpedoed and Welch disgraced. But what is most striking in The United States of Europe is the contrast between the new Europe and the United States. The Europeans cannot match the raw military size of the U.S., but by mixing wealth with diplomacy and continental unity (helped along by antipathy toward George W. Bush's brand of Americanism), they are forming an innovative and powerful superpower.
The Publisher weekly, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc., says about Reid's book:
"While "old Europe" is most often portrayed as more bark than bite in its differences with the current U.S. administration, NPR commentator and former Washington Post European bureau chief Reid finds the E.U. as a whole "determined to change a world that has been dominated by Americans." The opening chapters quickly summarize everyday Europeans’ love-hate relationship with the States, the legacies of the 20th-century wars, and the creation of the Euro. The center chapters present GE as a case study in transatlantic trade gone wrong ("Welch’s Waterloo") as well as other snafus that show Europe attempting to dominate market share of everything from cell phones to pharmaceuticals. A chapter detailing what’s left of Europe’s welfare states is followed by a relatively bleak assessment of Europe’s armies, and the spin that the E.U. is betting on economic "soft power" for eventual global dominance. The concluding chapters warn that the U.S. ignores Europe’s new 25-nation strong union at its economic and political peril, but also draw attention to Europe as a huge, tariff-free market and potential sharer of global burdens. There’s little surprising here, but Reid’s primer on recent U.S. European relations genially summarizes an evolving, if often reluctant, partnership.
T. R. Reid's The United States of Europe lays bare the ways in which the EU is positioning itself to be a global counterweight and second superpower, on equal footing with the U.S.A. Reid traces the rise of the EU from the days when Churchill and other visionaries set out in the post-World War II rubble to find a means to end war in Europe. He shows how this remarkably successful effort to "create peace" also created a global economic and political power that is often at odds with the United States. This drive toward unity has been accelerated by the powerful mood of anti-Americanism (or, at least, anti-Bushism) that has swept the Continent since the war in Iraq.
In addition to the political ramifications of the EU, The United States of Europe shows the great impact this alliance is having on the global economic market. The euro, which now has more daily users than the dollar, is fast becoming a reserve currency and a new standard for global finance, a globally recognized replacement for the once-almighty dollar. Unification has spawned a generation of European corporate managers who have led firms like Nokia, Airbus, BP, Vodafone, and Red Bull to catch and surpass their U.S. competitors in global markets.
The European Union, from its beginnings as an experiment in statecraft, has rapidly emerged as a resounding success; yet Americans have so far managed to ignore the geopolitical revolution under way across the Atlantic. Reid's book shows how quietly-and not so quietly-Europe is developing itself into an economic, political, and cultural powerhouse."
Cox-2 painkillers, already the focus of enormous controversy in the US, will be restricted in the European Union due to the risk of heart damage. The European Medicines Agency yesterday told doctors not to prescribe the drugs, which include Pfizer's Celebrex and Bextra, to people with heart conditions
In promoting democracy, the EU is certainly the actor with the best record in the last 10 years: There are now more than 450 million European citizens who can be assured of the democratic common destiny of their 25 nations. In the next two years, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania will be added to this group. With a role for the EU in the Ukraine transition, its attraction on the countries born from the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s and the beginnings of membership talks with Muslim Turkey, some 800 million people have now been attracted into the sphere of influence of EU soft power.
Sun Sentinel: Shaping Cuba's future - Oswaldo Payá Cuba's European Parliament's Sakharov human rights award winner works from within Cuba for change
It is precisely Payá's moderate stance and willingness to work within Cuba's current system that has made him a target for criticism among some hard-line sectors of Miami's exile community. The politically strong right-wing Miami exile lobby in Washington has so far had little or no success in trying to overthrow Castro with non-productive economic boycotts and isolation tactics.
note by EU-Digest: Articles like the above from the neo-conservative Front Page Magazine, which highlight incidental cases of religious or cultural intolerance, only serve to throw mud on the European concept of multiculturalism. Instead, maybe they should look at their own back yard.
Schools will be closed, public transportation diverted and both river and air traffic suspended on the day Bush passes through Mainz on a three-nation European tour that will also take him to Brussels and Bratislava.
Two highways will be closed to other traffic while Bush is driven the 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Frankfurt airport to Mainz. Should there be problems on the highways, two helicopters brought in from the United States will be used instead. Bush remains highly unpopular in Germany (Europe) despite recent efforts by Washington to move beyond Iraq and get the German-American alliance back on track.
In a recent BBC survey 77 percent of Germans said they believed his reelection made the world more dangerous. But U.S. organizers are still taking all necessary measures to ensure the German public's dislike of Bush does not mar his kiss-and-make-up session with Schroeder.
Initial plans for a "town hall" style meeting attended by local students, businessmen and Americans have been scrapped — to the relief of German government officials, who feared privately that such an open forum could backfire.
For the past four years, Washington has mismanaged its efforts to shape the European future. Uncomfortable with the compromises inherent in alliances and international institutions, the Bush administration focused in its first term on "key allies" and "coalitions of the willing", often trying to divide Europe between "new" and "old". Although this approach maximised flexibility, its many downsides have now become apparent. Far from creating a broad and thus durable coalition, an increasingly unpopular US is bearing the overwhelming share of global security burdens.
BBC NEWS : British Teens 'know little' of politics and notion of being European hardly occurred to anyone.
Barring an unforeseen development, the 447 members of the DNC will elect Dean as their chairman Saturday, putting him in charging of rebuilding - and revitalizing - a political organization that finds itself at one of its lowest ebbs.
Dean reportedly views the grass-roots, disciplined Republican revolution led by Newt Gingrich and Christian Coalition strategist Ralph Reed as a better model for a Democratic comeback than the approach taken by Bill Clinton. Fox television's Major Garrett quotes Dean in his book, "The Enduring Revolution: How The Contract With America Continues To Shape The Nation," as saying Gingrich and Reed "created a real success for the right wing" while Clintonism led the Democrats into complacency and defeat.
"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for, but I admire their discipline and their organization," Dean said at a DNC forum earlier this year.
FT.com- Europe is starting to dance to the Bush tune - (for lack of having unity on their own vision)
A Europe House Report
With more and more Europeans complaining about knowing very little about the new European Constitution, a recent investigation by Europe House showed that one of the causes might be that most European politicians are not very people friendly.
Even though most European politicians, and in particular those at the European parliament have an e-mail address, this e-mail address is usually difficult to locate and not easily accessible by the public they serve.
What is even more disturbing, say some of the people who tried contacting their local politicians serving in the European parliament on-line, is that after making a considerable effort to find their e-mail address, most of their messages do not get answered or even acknowledged.
The situation is not much better when it comes to the local member state government civil servants. The number of heads of state or ministers who have their e-mail address listed on their national websites is just about non-existent.
Our investigation showed that most EU member state governments websites usually only provide a clickable information or comments section. These electronic mail forms do not identify where your e-mail message is going to, or if you will ever get a response to your question. In that respect, we Europeans can learn from America. Every politician and public servant in that country, including the President is easily accessible by e-mail and you will usually get a response.
There are exceptions to the rule in Europe. Mr. Heinz Fischer, the President of Austria has his e-mail address on the Austrian Website (Heinz.Fischer@hofburg.at) and can be contacted by anyone.
Instead of blaming Brussels for doing a bad job at informing the people of Europe on their future, EU politicians should do a better job at opening communications with their own constituents and become more transparent.
Everyone will benefit. RM
Times Online - What is being done to protect the European economy from bearing all the risks of a global adjustment to the US imbalances
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