January 18, 2005

European leaders hail lead over

European leaders hail lead over US

"Good old Europe has made this possible," German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a packed hall. That was a barely-veiled barb recalling the US dismissal of France, Germany and other EU states in 2003 as "Old Europe" because of their opposition to the war on Iraq.

"The European states -- so easily accused of weakness -- backed this
fantastic challenge 35 years ago and have believed

French President Jacques Chirac called the project a "big success" and
said: "We can, and we must, go further on this path of European construction so
essential for growth and employment."

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Europe was
"unstoppable" when it pooled its efforts.

Zapatero said, "has turned this historic moment into a moment in which
cooperation and globalisation are giving rise to more peace and justice."

So what are all these people talking about. Joining the war on terror? Helping Iraq? Discovering the cure for cancer? Nope

They are talking about a fucking plane. Yep, that's right a plane. The new Airbus. Which looks like will end up in court because:
A bruising dispute over state subsidies between Boeing and Airbus is currently the subject of tense negotiations which, if they fail at the end of a three-month deadline, will blow up into a full-blown arbitration case at the World Trade Organisation.

I guess Europe will take any perceived advantage over the U.S. that they can make-up. Even if it has nothing what so ever to do with the Government. Which makes this even more pathetic, because all those countries have pooled their resources just to compete against one American Company.

Posted by Quality Weenie at January 18, 2005 10:11 AM