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Atlantic Eye: One small step to Bulgaria

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 27 (UPI) -- It might be true. I take Bulgarians seriously. It could just as well be my Andy Warhol moment. On Friday, I opened my e-mail to Bulgarian press reports that I will be the next U.S. ambassador to Bugaria. Bulgarians are a tough and proud people with a grand history. They must start fighting corruption seriously.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: Obama's vice presidents

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 4 (UPI) -- On the last day of the primary calendar in South Dakota and Montana, Barack Obama became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. He must unite the party, bring the U.S. electorate behind him and select a vice president. London bookies are remarkably accurate in their political predictions. I will review their seven top choices for vice president, five of whom I know personally, in order of my preference.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: Of kings and kingmakers

BLOIS, France, May 12 (UPI) -- Lord Holme of Cheltenham was the former chairman of the British Liberal Party -- a classic European free-market oriented, centrist party. He was chair of the English College Foundation in Prague, where we became friends. To his enemies, he spent 30 years as the phantom behind the scenes, the kingmaker. A member of Global Panel America's Advisory Board, he lost his fight to brain cancer last week.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist
Atlantic Eye: Hardly a done deal

Atlantic Eye: Hardly a done deal

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 8 (UPI) -- Most Europeans see the U.S. presidential election as a done deal. They are quite surprised. They were convinced that Sen. Hillary Clinton was the sure thing. Now, and they are confused, they are expecting the inevitable: Sen. John McCain as president.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: Surprising pragmatic Danes

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, May 5 (UPI) -- Danes are the ultimate pragmatists. But behind their manner is a Nordic people as proud and passionate as their history is long.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: Tbilisi's European yearnings

LONDON, April 17 (UPI) -- Arriving in Tbilisi's modern airport still has some feel of arriving behind the Iron Curtain. The drive to the British ambassador's residence reminded me of driving in Azerbaijan -- large monuments line the wide boulevard into Georgia's capital. There the world begins to look different.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist
Atlantic Eye: Misreading Howard Dean

Atlantic Eye: Misreading Howard Dean

TBILISI, Georgia, March 20 (UPI) -- Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is still remembered as the Democratic front-runner in early 2004 who lost the Iowa caucuses and let out a much-played yelp or screech. It is a profoundly unfair picture. I have found Dean to be thoughtful, inspiring, honest and smart. He leads by example. And let me be very clear, I am not the DNC's spokesman or communications director. This is my own personal and unsolicited point of view.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: Momentum won, momentum lost

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 5 (UPI) -- As I boarded my flight to Columbus from Schiphol Airport, I remembered the dinner Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland hosted for the kickoff of Global Panel America in late October 2007. The evening struck an international theme with the guests from Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia. But the guests were interested in the U.S. presidential campaign as well. Here are my comments on the primaries in Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Vermont.
MARC ELLENBOGEN

Atlantic Eye: President-to-be Obama

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Dear Mr. President-to-be: On Jan 28, just a week before Super Tuesday, I co-hosted a dinner with 25 guests at a diplomatic residence in Prague. The main guest was former Czech Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, the chairman of the Social Democratic Party. Several ambassadors were present. After some discussion, I was asked who I would vote for on Super Tuesday. I said I would vote for you. A few days later, I flew back to Syracuse, N.Y. On Feb. 5 I did just that. Here is why.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: A communist-apologist wins

HAMILTON, Ontario, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus barely won a second five-year term from Parliament on the weekend. In a tough contest, Klaus was given a run for his money by US/Czech academic Jan Svejnar. Only after the third round -- and after a three-week delay -- did Klaus secure victory. Klaus should have been unceremoniously dumped.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: U.S. elections

TORONTO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- No U.S. presidential primary in recent memory has been watched overseas more closely than the 2008 contest. It has also brought out large numbers of previously unregistered U.S. citizens who live outside the United States to vote. Here are comments from some ranking individuals.
MARC S ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: As the votes came in

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- It is 8:50 p.m. EST on Super Tuesday. I have just gotten off the phone with former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Wesley Clark. During the long night other leading figures give me comment about the primaries being held.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: Kiwis, cows and kangaroos

LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- New Zealanders are informal, generous and pioneering, a spirit embodied by Edmund Hillary.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: Hillary's tear to victory

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Her defining moment is not really the tear she almost shed. The defining moment was her loss in Iowa. The show of emotion in New Hampshire was just a result of that metamorphosis. For many, Hillary went from being cold and calculated to being human.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Atlantic Eye: A Georgian rose half-opened

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- "He is charming, but glib. Saakashvili needs to step up to the plate if the Rose Revolution is to meet its promise. It is not enough to want to be in the European Union. You have to meet standards of democracy. That is his challenge," a ranking Democrat wrote to me in response to the presidential election results in the Republic of Georgia.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist
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