Archive for April 2nd, 2009
Well, if Claus Hjort Frederiksen, Minister of Employment and Hatchet Man of the Liberal Party, comments Fogh Rasmussen’s chances for becoming the next Secretary General of NATO, then we are very, very close. The point isn’t that Mr. Frederiksen includes a number of reservations, the point is that he even as much as mentions AFR’s chances. Frederiksen is a much too senior and much too experienced politician to make a slip of the tongue when it comes to the position of the prime minister.
Update 2009-04-03: The Danish Foreign Ministry sticks out its neck as well.
Israel is a very fascinating country for political scientists – the multi-dimensional political life combined with a strictly proportional electoral system often makes Israeli politics really, really complicated. There’s the good ole’ economic cleavage, the different ethnic cleavages (between Jewish Israelis and between Jews and Arabs), religious cleavages (again: among Jews and between Jews and Arabs). And then there’s the … ahem … foreign policy thing and the … ahem … Palestinian thing.
The government which took office two days ago must count as one of the most ridiculously oversized cabinets in democratic countries – thirty full ministers, eight deputies – and, wait for it: despite having five ministers without portfolio, the government has no minister of health, so Prime Minister Netanyahu had to take on that job as well.
Now, as we all remember, the former government under Ehud Olmert had to resign due to corruption charges against the former prime minister, but it only took two days before the new Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had to spend seven hours helping Israeli police in the investigation of … a corruption case.
So, how long can we expect Netanyahu’s second term in office to be?
Well, at least Israeli police will run investigations against senior political figures. Israel is not Italy, after all.