In Luxembourg the government has announced that nationals of eight of the Eastern Countries who joined the EU can now work in the country without the need of any special permit. This notice intends to exclude Bulgaria and Romania but funnily enough whenever Luxembourg seems to talk about THE new members they include 8 of the 2004 entry and the 2 latest members. Malta and Cyprus are nowhere to be seen.
In Brussels the European justice and interior ministers prepare to extend Schengen Rights to 8 former Communist countries and Malta. The new area extends the spread of the passport free zone to the borders of Ukraine and Belarus.
In the world the price of oil continues to surge towards the symbolic $100 per barrel price. In Europe, the rise of the Euro has acted as a hedge against fluctuations in the dollar denominated oil market (source IHT). World power balance now depends more than ever on access to Oil. Surely more muscle for Chavez and Putin… a little less for Bush and the Chinese giant.
In Italy, Tariceanu and Prodi met to discuss the Roma problem. The respective premiers of Romania and Italy were to discuss the problems being created by the wave of Romanians moving to the other areas of the EU – in this case Italy. Roma(no) Prodi assures Tariceanu that there will be no mass expulsions. The former Commission Meister is still strongly in favour of the free movement of citizens in an open Europe but believes that something has to be done to quell the tide of hatred after an Italian citizen was brutally murdered in a Rome suburb.
At Anfield, Liverpool defeated Besiktas 8-0 in a one-way Champions League encounter. This created a new record for the widest scoreline shattering the one held jointly by Juventus (vs Olympiakos 7-0, 10/12/93) and Arsenal (vs Sparta Praga 7-0, 23/10/07). The seven goals of Manchester against Roma do not count in this particular record since at the time the giallozozzi managed to get one goal back.
On the internet, this article by Pat Buchanan announcing the demise of the dollar is the most “Dug” article at the time of this post being posted. My last sentence is an example of what internet grammar can do to the English language.