Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Europe Update

Bad news is abound

France is having problems. Chirac has cowardly dropped the new labor law yet the Fromage still protest. The law, partially past to appease the Fall protestors and give them jobs, was opposed by the middle class who does not want to lose their privileges. When the time for reform finally comes it will be painful for the French economy and people. Time magazine has an excellent break down of information (Hat tip: Instapundit).

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi may or may not have lost his reelection. He is the first pro-Iraq War leader to lose since al Qaeda decided to throw the Spanish elections. It seems Europe is losing its will. Berlusconi may still pull out by a hair because the Italian election system is no better than Florida's.

A threat to NATO that I forgot to mention in the last post was that in order to have a strong alliance one needs strong members. Europe is no longer the lion it once was.

1 comment:

Dan tdaxp said...

Interestingly, by trying to minimize talk about the source of the bombings, Aznar (who blamed the Basques) lost for taking a "liberal" line on the attack.