You May Have Noticed

That there’s less blogging going on in August. On the other hand, you may already be en vacance and not have noticed.

In any event, a number of AFOE people got together in Paris this weekend just past. Alas, I was not one of them, so I can neither confirm nor deny that new innovations, guests, posts, seminars or interviews were discussed, planned or possibly even confirmed. You’ll just have to wait. For all I know, they just had a great time and completely neglected to discuss AFOE.

The world, of course, doesn’t stop for August. Last I checked: the intergovernmental conference was well under way and working on a reform treaty for the EU, text to be completed by the end of the year; Europe still did not have an Iraq policy; Turkey still has a good claim on membership; likewise Ukraine; Russia and Belarus had settled their latest gas-related spat, but Lukashenka’s regime was far from sustainable; Russia was also suspending its observance of the treaty on conventional forces in Europe; and demographic trends were good news for Polish plumbers (at home and abroad), but worrying over the long term.

On the other hand, it’s summertime. Why not enjoy?

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About Doug Merrill

Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.