Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
That's a fabulous pic of Sarko as a student. He looks (even down to the fat gut he already had) exactly like today, with a wig on.

<PN ALERT> (BTW, he was first elected in 1981, not 1991... 25 years ago... local councillor of the swanky suburban town of which he is still the mayor). </PN ALERT>

On farming: farmers do want prices rather than direct subsidies. Having to fill in forms to get money from the State makes the poor dears feel like they're not real men. Those who can remember it, think back to the old CAP where prices were managed and a farmer's job was to get the highest possible yields to earn the most money (not all this sissy stuff about managing the environment). In other words, Sarko's appeal is to uncontrolled productivist agriculture.

Just one problem: prices fixed by the market would be too low compared to real costs. All the farmers would go out of business. Unless they were supported by subsidies... So Sarko is talking absolutely empty demagogy. Nothing new.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Oct 11th, 2006 at 02:11:31 AM EST

Others have rated this comment as follows:


Top Diaries

Occasional Series