Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Newspapers : 10th September

Ukraine’s EU hopes dashed. Tony Barber, The FT (en)
Italy upsets US over Georgia. Guy Dinmore, The FT (en)
Beijing attacks EU anti-dumping duties. Jamil Anderlini and Alan Beattie, The FT (en)
Quentin Peel: Prospects for a legal block are slim. Quentin Peel, The FT (en)
Warsaw in first step to reform. Jan Cienski, The FT (en)
Russia’s Recognition of Georgian Areas Raises Hopes of Its Own Separatists. Ellen Barry, The NYT (en)

Moscow facing lending crisis. Catherine Belton, The FT (en)

Wary of Protests, Russia Puts Few Limits on Smoking. Courtney Weaver, The NYT (en)
"... While the Kremlin tends to keep a strong grip on Russian politics, it remains sensitive to broad-based protests over issues like inflation, pensions and housing, as well as tobacco and alcohol .... officials did not want to curb smoking because they remembered the response to cigarette shortages and crackdowns on alcohol in the 1980s ...
... When the Soviet government ran low on state-brand cigarettes in the late 1980s, smokers took to the streets in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. Mikhail S. Gorbachev, then the Soviet leader, had to appeal to international tobacco manufacturers to send an emergency shipment of 34 billion cigarettes...
... “Fifty percent of citizens are smoking in this country,” Mr. Medvedev said. “That’s the highest rate in the world. I would not even mention alcohol.”..."

Nervous EU offers Ukraine hope for the future but no seat at the table. Charles Bremner, The Times (en)
"... Kiev has been planning for full EU membership by 2020. Even the pro-Russian population of its east is not opposed to joining, but is not keen on the Nato alliance, which President Yushchenko also wants to enter. Nato has delayed a decision on Ukrainian and Georgian membership, a step seen in Moscow as the ultimate US-led provocation in its “near abroad”..."

McCain angered by Obama 'backing'. Robert Winnett and Tom Leonard, The Telegraph (en)
"...The Prime Minister (Gordon Brown) heaped praise on Mr Obama and the Democrats in a magazine article, saying they were "generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times...
... Well-placed sources claimed that Mr Brown may not have read the article written in his name by a "junior Labour official" ... "To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession." No mention is made of Mr McCain or his proposed policies in the article... "

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