Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/15/2012

Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/15/2012During his inaugural procession, newly-elected President François Hollande of France was soaked by a sudden thunderstorm in an open-topped limousine. Later on his jet was struck by lightning when he was on his way to do the bidding of meet with German chancellor Angela Merkel. For those interested in haruspicy, the avian entrails do not bode well for the new leader of the Fifth Republic.

In other news, Moody’s ratings agency downgraded the debt of 26 Italian banks. The trade association for Italian banks considers this move an “aggression” against the Italian people.

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Joe Daniels said...

This is exactly what the founding fathers of the ECSC/EU planned for - to get ever tighter integration through the management of crises. What they left out of their Panglossian calculation was the reactions of the populace(s) to their handling of the crises.