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23 May 2007

President-Elect Sarkozy Chooses Cabinet, Details Reform Plan

On May 18, 2007, French President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy unveiled a 15-minister government consisting of seven women and left-wing human rights champion, Bernard Kouchner as Foreign Minister. Giving an equal share of cabinet positions to women, Sarkozy took his first steps toward achieving his declared aim of breaking France stagnant political

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23 May 2007

Turkey: Obstacles Along the Path to EU Membership

In the often tense relationship between Turkey and the European Union (EU) over membership talks, the relationship between Turkey and France and Germany to a lesser respect has been the most contentious and acrimonious. While some EU member states have expressed some reservations about Turkey’s potential membership, both France and

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23 May 2007

Myanmar: Economic Boost Overshadowed by Suu Kyi Row

Myanmar’s economic gains during the last fiscal year have been largely unnoticed as the United Nation’s (UN) call to free political prisoners receives global support. Suffering sanctions imposed both by the United States and UN due to widespread human rights abuses and suppressive governance, the resource-rich country has found new

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23 May 2007

Venezuela: An Update on Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution

The Chávez government continues to move aggressively to nationalize key economic sectors in Venezuela. Oil, telecommunications, and power sectors have fallen prey to nationalization. The Chavez government has begun taking initial steps to do the same with television. Likewise Venezuelan banks have been forewarned about the potential for nationalization. Food,

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16 May 2007

Italy: Thousands Rally Against Gay Union Legislation

On Saturday, May 12, 2007, tens of thousands took to the streets in Rome to protest Italian President, Romano Prodi’s recent legislation giving greater rights to unmarried couples, including homosexual partners. The legislation has come under critical debate in the historically Catholic country, but stops short of legalizing gay marriage.

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