plenary room of the EU parliamentFormer Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek was elected president of the European Parliament on July 14, becoming the first leader from Eastern Europe to hold a top EU post.

GlobeIn a sign that globalists are running out of patience with the protracted negotiations known as the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organization, leading economic powers (the G-8 plus China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa) pledged this week in a communiqué to reach an accord by 2010.

G-8 summit in ItalyThe G-8 — the Group of Eight leading industrial nations (plus five other add-ons: China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa), meeting in the earthquake-ravaged Italian city of L’Aquila this week — have seldom looked more magisterial.

RussiaPresident Obama brought two things on his trip to Russia this week: thousands of outsourced American jobs and a proposal for more nuclear disarmament.

SwedenSweden assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union Wednesday and immediately announced the nation’s top priorities: the economic crisis and the war on “global warming.”

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