Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sarko's New BFF

Well, who would have thunk, a few short months ago, when Nico and Angela were feuding about everything from the Mediterranean Union to the Georgia crisis to the Siemens stake in Areva, that today they would be whispering together in London and overlooking the summit from a perch in Never-Never Land, proclaiming, "À nous deux Paris le monde!"

Reinventing Democracy

La République des Idées is organizing a colloquium on the theme "Réinventer la Démocratie," which will take place in Grenoble on May 8, 9, and 10. I'll be there for all three days and will speak (about democracy in America) on Saturday morning May 9. It would be a pleasure to meet any of you readers who may be able to make it to Grenoble for what promises to be a very interesting event, about which I'm sure I'll have occasion to blog for the benefit of those who can't make it.

I note that executives of the Caterpillar plant in Grenoble, who had been held hostage by workers upset about their severance package, have been released, and negotiations with the company have resumed. A conference about the future of democracy in this morose social climate should be very interesting indeed.

Pope Gets Rejection Slip

The publishing world has sent a rejection slip to the Pope.