Monday, 8 September 2008

Newspapers : 8th September (en)

Split looms for Serb nationalists. Neil MacDonald, The FT (en)
Europe looks for allies against inflation. Guy Dinmore and John Thornhill, The FT (en)
German SPD picks Steinmeier. Gerrit Wiesmann and Chris Bryant, The FT (en)
Sarkozy to urge Moscow to pull back. Tony Barber, The FT (en)
Slovakia faces antitrust proceedings. Nikki Tait, The FT (en)
Soviet Union’s Fall Unraveled Enclave in Georgia. Ellen Barry, The NYT (en)

Top EU official 'leaked secrets'. Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph (en)
"Fritz-Harald Wenig, one of the European Union's most senior trade officials, is said to have passed confidential information on import levies and market access to Sunday Times journalists posing as lobbyist middle-men for Chinese companies. The investigation into one of Mr Mandelson's closest aides, a department director in the top level of the Trade Commissioner's team, has raised fears that Chinese business espionage has penetrated the highest ranks of Brussels officialdom...."

Medvedev is 'fraternal' towards Georgia. The Telegraph (en)
""We regret greatly that there was this unexpected quarrel between Russia and Georgia," he said ... "I can even tell you that we currently feel sentiments of fraternity with regard to the Georgian people, and nothing could ever shake that,"..."

Peacemaker Sarkozy in mission to Moscow. Vanessa Mock, The Independent (en)
"..."I doubt very much the crisis will be over by Monday," said Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. "But by Monday evening we'll at least know whether Mr Medvedev is as good as his word,"he added..."

How the West is losing the energy cold war. Edward Lucas, The Times (en)
"Picture yourself as the autocratic leader of a small-ish former Soviet republic, bubbling with oil and gas and keen to sell it. But where? One route is old, cheap and easy. It leads north, to Russia. But memories of the Kremlin's imperial embrace are still fresh. The other is new, costly and tricky. It goes west, in both senses - via your neighbour, Georgia, and to supply Western customers direct...
... The absurdity is that Europe should be laying down terms to Russia. Not only is the EU the Kremlin's largest customer, Europe's economy is more than ten times larger than Russia's, its population more than three times bigger. The magnet of European integration has brought peace to the western Balkans: if it is a choice between snuggling up to Russia or getting on track to join the EU, countries such as Serbia choose West over East ...

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