Monthly Archives: May 2012

French and Greek Elections Shake up EU

This weekend’s French and Greek elections have shaken up European Union policy making, challenging the austerity measures that have been instituted in several EU member nations in an attempt to manage the Euro crisis. NPR reports on the economic policy … Continue reading

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Hollande Wins French Presidency

François Hollande has won the French Presidential Elections today, becoming the first Socialist President in France since François Mitterand stepped down in 1995. Hollande won by a narrow, but convincing margin: 51.7% to 48.3% (according to the latest results as … Continue reading

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Swiss Guard Saved Rome

The legendary Swiss Guard of the Vatican is in the news today on the anniversary of the Sack of Rome of 1527. NPR reports on the swearing in ceremonies of the Swiss Guard in Rome today. Northern Illinois University students … Continue reading

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Hollande-Sarkozy Presidential Debate

François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy squared off in a major presidential debate on French television this week, in preparation for this Sunday’s second round of the French presidential election. Sarkozy, the incumbent president, has been trailing Hollande in the polls … Continue reading

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