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Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:
BERLIN. -- The G-8 summit brought in the clowns, and now the demonstrators are gone, with their painted sardonic smiles of greasepaint only a mocking memory. The jester foes of globalization aspired to apply the needle to deflate Chancellor Angela Merkel's moment of triumph along a Baltic coastline lined with storybook castles and glistening seascapes. She got her photo-ops with her seven male counterparts.
Perhaps it helps to have an 80 percent or 85 percent approval rating at home. Perhaps the prospect of an unwanted, mini-Cold War clears the mind. Or perhaps the guy is quite shrewd despite how unsavory his style of rule may be viewed in the West.
Forgive me. I thought I could avoid writing about the ironies of Paris Hilton. Alas, popular demand (my persistent wife) thought otherwise.
Talk about the irony of ironies, on his European tour U.S. President George W. Bush was met with protests in Christian countries and greeted as a liberator in Europe's largest Muslim nation.
Chess is the national sport of Russia. It is, therefore, as Soviet Communists like Vladimir Putin used to say, "no coincidence, comrade" that the proposal on missile defense he rolled out at last week"s G-8 meeting was a sophisticated gambit, a crafty effort not to advance the protection of Europe and the United States from future Iranian missiles, but to block such anti-missile defenses. Call it Putin's ploy.
For once, it is crystal clear where U.S.-Russian relations are headed in one of the most testy and testing times in their bilateral ties since the end of the Cold War: Kennebunkport, Maine.
HEILIGENDAMM, Germany — Anti-globalization demonstrators this week claimed victory after thousands took their message to the gates of the village where world leaders were meeting.
If President Bush follows through with his controversial plan to set up a defensive missile shield in two former Warsaw Pact countries, years from now historians will ask which came first: the missile shield to protect Western allies from rogue states, or a coalition of rogue states assembled by Russia to counter the missile shield proposed by the United States?