In France, a supposedly-secularized ‘modern’ nation, one's religious beliefs were overwhelming significant in choosing a presidential candidate in the recent elections.

On Wednesday, Russia commemorated the 67th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, with a massive military parade in Moscow. The hour long ceremony was akin to the old May Day and Victory Day rallies held by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

On Sunday French voters, angry over austerity measures, replaced President Nicolas Sarkozy with Socialist Francois Hollande. 

The "Euro Zone" is faltering, as  Markit’s Eurozone Manufacturers Purchasing Managers’ Index or PMI dropped to 45.9 points in April, which was lower than the preliminary estimate and a decline from 47.7 points in March. 

In anticipation of the NATO Summit, which is to be held from May 20 to May 21, the city of Chicago is preparing a practical police state. Federal officials are implementing security plans that are so broad they encompass all of Cook County, Illinois.

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