British Prime Minister David Cameron, in power since last May, arrives Tuesday to the US for his first official visit. In the UK there is a lot of expectation about the treatment he will receive by the Obama administration. The British have not forgotten the shoddy treatment the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown got last year during his White House visit. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday July 19th, 2010 17:43 The British are coming…
Tuesday May 11th, 2010 18:40 Who will be Prime Minister?
Now that we were a little more at ease with the future of the euro, it became time to think back again about the future of the United Kingdom which in some ways it can also affect Europe. It is Tuesday afternoon and still no clear indication of what is or can happen with the three British parties talks. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday May 7th, 2010 15:52 The UK wakes up to a hung Parliament
Well the United Kingdom had the predicted outcome of the voting, a hung Parliament, and for the time being Gordon Brown is still at Downing Street even though his Labour party did not do too well. The problem is that while the Conservatives, with David Cameron as their leader, ended up winning the most seats, they did not get enough of them to form a government and they are most probably to be forced into a coalition. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday May 2nd, 2010 15:54 An unexpected politician appears in Britain
In a few days Britain will get a new government after one of the most interesting elections for quite a while. When the country was almost ignoring the politicians, bored by what it was expected to be a defeat for Gordon Brown and the Labour Party and a victory for David Cameron and the Conservatives, along came Nick Clegg. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday November 27th, 2009 18:12 A detour to Copenhagen before Oslo
One could say that we have a president who does not rush to decide or do things. In some cases that could be a positive thing. In others like the decision on whether to send troops and how many to Afghanistan it could be less so. The decision on whether to attend the Copenhagen summit at the beginning of December should not have been so agonizing for the president, specially if he believes in global warming. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday October 5th, 2009 16:07 Will Obama return to Copenhagen?
For the first time the White House has admitted that it does not expect to see a climate bill this year. This has raised doubts about how strongly the Obama administration will press the Senate for a climate bill when they are in the middle of the struggle over health care. And yet Obama received already severe criticism last month when he failed to urge the Senate to act during his speech to the United Nations summit on climate change. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday September 3rd, 2009 18:34 More on the G20
As a proof that life does not stand still, When I wrote the article yesterday, it was Germany and France agreeing to reduce the bonuses paid to bankers and planning to impose control on this in the coming Pittsburgh summit of the G20. The United Kingdom did not seem to be on the same wave. Read the rest of this entry »