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Atlantic Eye: Scenes from Denver and U.S. politics

DENVER, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. presidential election season and political conventions are bizarre animals. Europeans and non-Americans in general marvel at and are intimidated by the frenetic activity, a mixture of glitz and shtick. It is loud. It is crazy -- what can only be described as typical Americana.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

The world's election

PARIS, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- More than any previous American election, this year's extraordinary presidential contest has caught the world's imagination.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The price of Putin

PARIS, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Russians are starting to count the costs of Vladimir Putin's policies in a way that may yet return to haunt them.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The world and Joe Biden

PARIS, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- America's allies in Europe welcomed the choice of Sen. Joe Biden as Democratic running mate; they could be wrong.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

NATO dithers in Russia

PARIS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The extraordinary meeting of NATO's foreign ministers Tuesday reached an uneasy and unsatisfactory compromise over their response to Russia's military incursion into Georgia.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The intelligence coup

PARIS, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Led by France and Germany, the European Union is planning to create its own super-spy agency, called a "central intelligence unit," that would require its 27 member states to pool information from their intelligence agencies and in the process undermine the longstanding special relationship between Britain and the United States.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

A more dangerous world

PARIS, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Russian bullying and the Georgian crisis were widely predicted, but a feeble NATO and a U.S. presidency that has forgotten how to lead have combined to made the world a more dangerous place.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

$200 oil is coming

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A top oil industry analyst sees oil rising to $200 a barrel because of under-investment, stock market pressure to return profits to shareholders and nationalized oil companies that can maximize their income by limiting supply.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The recession spreads

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The United States faces a second wave of financial crisis as the slowdown starts to spread to emerging markets.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Which Iran is in charge?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Iran ignores the latest deadline on suspending nuclear enrichment, but speaks of "common ground" and "a new start" with the United States. But Iranians may be just as confused about U.S. policy.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Why world trade stalled

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, July 29 (UPI) -- The world trade talks collapsed when China decided to back India's rejection of a compromise that could have made the world $200 billion a year better off.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

U.K.'s Brown looks doomed

LONDON, July 28 (UPI) -- After a humiliating by-election defeat in Glasgow, U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown looks doomed. But new crises lie in wait for his successors.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Europe's Obamania

PARIS, July 23 (UPI) -- Europe is awash in Obamania as the Democratic presidential candidate takes his campaign to Berlin, Paris and London with the promise of a revitalized Atlantic alliance. But they have yet to hear what Obama wants from Europe in return.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

European economies unravel

PARIS, July 21 (UPI) -- Europe's economies are running into trouble fast -- or are they? Foreign investors and the central bank don't think so.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Turk gray wolves prowl

TOULOUSE, France, July 16 (UPI) -- It was not easy to see in the glare of the cameras and the fierce Riviera sunlight. But as French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched his grandiose new Mediterranean Union project this week, the shadow of a gray wolf loomed menacingly offstage.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Euro and dollar clash

PARIS, July 14 (UPI) -- As France celebrates Bastille Day, Europe and the United States pursue clashing responses to the financial crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Indian nukes and the G8

PARIS, July 9 (UPI) -- Forget the G8's promises on global warming; the revival of India's nuclear deal with the United States is the real climate-changing event to watch.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Why not scrap the G8?

PARIS, July 7 (UPI) -- Is the G8 summit the right vehicle to tackle the 3F crisis of finance, fuel and food? Maybe not, but it has some value.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

France has nowhere to go

PARIS, July 2 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has a terrible sense of timing. He was elected last year, full of bold promises for sweeping reform of France's bloated pensions and public service and its clogged labor markets.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The new era of state rules

OXFORD, England, June 30 (UPI) -- Watch for more regulation and state control and an erosion of free trade and free markets at next week's G8 summit.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Oil price trade threat

PARIS, June 25 (UPI) -- The rise in energy prices is hurting China's exports by increasing world shipping costs and making North American manufacturers competitive again.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Two-speed Europe

PARIS, June 23 (UPI) -- The European Union summit ducked the problem of Ireland's "no" vote in its referendum and, in doing so, widened the gap between Europe's political elites and its people.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

France's new military

WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- France's new defense policy depends on German frigates, British aircraft carriers and a great deal of American understanding.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The Irish 'No' won't last

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- European leaders are plotting how to get around the rejection of the new European treaty in the Irish referendum. They have done it before and will do it again, but will weaken the EU's already fragile democratic legitimacy in the process.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Can France veto Turkey?

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- France's Senate is ditching a plan to keep Turkey's 73 million Muslims out of Europe just as President Bush visits France to urge Turkish membership in the EU.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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