Sunday, June 21, 2009

Verrrr-y Interrrr-esting

So, it seems that the Palace wants to kick a troublesome procureur général over to the Cour de cassation, and Rachida Dati, who for a little while still remains minister of justice, blocked the move. The president's representative then took the floor at the meeting of the Conseil Supérieur de la Magistrature that was considering the motion and said that the president had not withdrawn it. But Dati insisted that since the president wasn't there, she was the presiding official, and she did withdraw the motion.

Looks a lot like Dati, who isn't happy about the way she's been treated, has no qualms about making her pique known to the world. She may be off to the European Parliament (though Daniel Cohn-Bendit doesn't expect to see much of her there), but she's not going quietly. ... A dangerous game to be playing ...

PS Labo des idées

One of the secrets of Sarkozy's election victory in 2007 was the work of an advisory group of intellectuals organized by Emmanuelle Mignon, who coordinated and distilled advice to the candidate from a wide range of political analysts and thinkers. Martine Aubry appears to be creating a similar organization within the PS. There's an extended discussion here.

Woerth: Deficit Between 7 and 7.5 percent

Eric Woerth, budget minister, says the deficit will be between 7 and 7.5 percent in 2009 and probably the same in 2010. The Maastricht target of 3 percent seems like a fading dream, but there's no one left to lecture the French on fiscal discipline: the liberal Anglo-Saxons are in even worse shape, with the UK at 10 pct and the US at 12. Alan Blinder explains why we shouldn't worry about this--too much.

And from Wolfgang Munchau:

This general [German] level of debt-aversion is bizarre. Many ordinary Germans regard debt as morally objectionable, even if it is put to proper use. They see the financial crisis primarily as a moral crisis of Anglo-Saxon capitalism. The balanced budget constitutional law is therefore not about economics. It is a moral crusade, and it is the last thing, Germany, the eurozone and the world need right now.

German BND Report on Geopolitics

18-19 juin 2009 - Les services secrets allemands prévoient des bouleversements géopolitiques majeurs
La revue Internationale Politik consacre son numéro de juin aux conséquences géopolitiques de la crise économique et financière. Andreas Rinke, correspondant à Berlin du Handelsblatt, y présente en particulier le contenu d'une étude des services secrets allemands, le BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) qui élabore trois scénarios possibles, centrés sur la Chine.