November 7, 2004 |
I could never fathom why people return to the same place over and over. There's so much of the world to see. But I'm now beginning to understand how a place can grow on you, having been twice to the Ardennes. I first visited this lovely, low-key corner of western Europe in August in stultifying heat and electrical storms to celebrate my 50th birthday. I passed that milestone with surprising contentment at a fine, old country inn.
September 24, 2002 |
European stocks swooned Monday on concerns that the narrow victory of Germany's Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in Sunday's election will fail to spur economic growth in Europe's largest economy. Investors' uncertainty about the global political situation and the possibility of war with Iraq also continued to weigh on European markets, and a weak opening on Wall Street further dampened investors' spirits. The Dow Jones Stoxx 50 index--which tracks European blue chips--shed 3.
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October 24, 2000 |
Foreign policy finally has emerged as a campaign issue, sparked by the proposal advanced last Friday by Texas Gov. George W. Bush's top national security advisor, Condoleezza Rice. Rice stated that one of the first priorities of a Bush administration would be to have the Western Europeans assume full responsibility for NATO's peacekeeping in the Balkans.
February 11, 2000 |
A dog's life just got better. At least, the life of a traveling dog, or cat, will be significantly improved starting Feb. 28 when Britain relaxes its century-old quarantine laws to allow some animals into the country on pet passports. This undoubtedly will be a great relief to French poodles, German shepherds and other continental canines that will be allowed into Britain without first spending six months in solitary confinement to prove they are disease-free. U.S.
December 21, 1999 |
The world was very old, precisely 4,952 years old, according to learned brains of the time, and novel and disturbing things were happening. Never had so much money been in circulation, and never had so many seemed so eager to possess it. As Europe approached the year 1000, the population--and cities--had begun to grow. Tracts of forest were being cleared and planted to feed the additional mouths.
April 25, 1999 |
Even the long-tolerant Dutch are reaching their limit over the influx of refugees seeking political asylum or more prosperous lives in Europe. For Dr. Toine Aarts, it came when authorities announced plans to open an asylum center in his exclusive neighborhood. He banded with eight other wealthy residents and bought the only building suitable for such a use, thus making sure it would not be a refuge for asylum seekers. "Do you have to be so tolerant that you accept just anything?"