Atlantic Update 2/28/11


The resignation of President Sarkozy’s foreign minister prompted a cabinet reshuffle, and British PM Cameron debates the need for a military no-fly zone over Libya.


French Aid Bolsters Libyan Revolt (The New York Times)

France is moving quickly to side with the forces trying to overthrow the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, sending planes on Monday with aid and doctors to eastern Libya. 

Libya crisis: Britain mulling no-fly zone and arms for rebels, says Cameron (The Guardian)

Prime minister tells MPs he has asked defence ministry to work on plans for military no-fly zone over Gaddafi’s riven country

EU chiefs trump Franco-German competitiveness pact (EurActiv)

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and his counterpart at the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, disbursed a paper outlining new competitiveness targets this weekend. 

Bad weekend for EU-Turkey relations (EUobserver)

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused German society of "xenophobia" and the German government of "discrimination" ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. The remarks follow an unfriendly encounter with French President Sarkozy.

Belarus breaks Ivory Coast arms embargo – UN chief (BBC News)

Belarus has seriously violated the international arms embargo on Ivory Coast, UN chief Ban Ki-moon says.

Reshuffle as French foreign minister resigns (Financial Times)

Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, moved to restore confidence in his government on Sunday night, announcing a reshuffle after his foreign minister resigned.


The rising fortunes of Strauss-Kahn (The Globe and Mail)

Fortunes change quickly in politics. Four years ago, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was dismissed as an “elephant” – a member of the outdated old guard of the French Socialist Party – as Ségolène Royal, a somewhat erratic but charismatic politician, was soaring in the polls. She led the Socialists in a tough battle against Nicolas Sarkozy for the French presidency, and lost. Now, Ms. Royal’s star has faded, and the hero of the day is Mr. Strauss-Kahn, the current managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

The EU Has Failed the Arab World (Der Spiegel)

State-sponsored multiculturalism has failed. That proclamation by British Prime Minister David Cameron, following hard on the heels of similar renunciations of multiculturalism by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, suggests that a page is being turned in European society. But is it?


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