Friday, November 09, 2007


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Angela Merkel, José Manuel Barroso and Hans-Gert Pöttering during a meeting with religious leaders, Steinmeier(D) at ECFR, Kouchner(F).
The words FM Radio seem to get a new meaning:
Under the title "FOREIGN MINISTERS ROCK OUT" Spiegel tells (read here) that
German FM Steinmeier and French FM Kouchner are to record an R&B Song. The ditty, which will be recorded on the sidelines of a Franco-German summit attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, will later be premiered on the Internet portal YouTube and on the German Foreign Ministry Web site.

The Spiegel suggests behind it an image campaign for the new EU treaty, ("Throw in some banging tunes and some fat beats and they'll be crossing the "yes" box at the next referendum before you can say "European constitution."), but maybe there is another bow to it: The two politicians will record the song in a recording studio in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood together with young Turkish-German musicians, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jäger announced Friday in Berlin. Just by chance?

I go to the German edition of the website of the German Foreign Ministry and find A picture of Steinmeier holding a speech (or better sweet song for Solana?) today at the opening of the new created European Council of Foreign relations (titled "Quo Vadis European Foreign Policy?" in which he is praising the new Solana powers).

I jump to the English version of the German Foreign ministry-site: here I find the next event:
"Religion as a global power – the influence of the religions on international politics
At the 18th Forum Global Issues on 8 and 9 November 2007 at the Federal Foreign Office, politicians, scientists and civil society representatives examined the complex relationship between religion and politics at international level.
Here they discuss about questions like:
Religion and globalization – the renaissance of religion or the politicization of the religions?
Religions in conflicts – opportunities and challenges for peace policy
Value-driven foreign policy and the contribution of the religions
Religion in the global society – the role of the religions in international norm-setting
Besides offering a detailed programm with interesting participants (see here),
they placed also a good visible link to the High Level Report of the Alliance of Civilizations (AoC),and a link to a German-Turkish Group called
"Quantara - Dialogue with the Islamic World"

It's getting late. I am longing for a new song.

"11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived."
Revelation 13
"1Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. 3And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless."
Revelation 14

stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

Strange and stranger.



Anonymous said...

P.S. That EU, that is (also cannot wait to hear a new song).

johnny said...

I think I remember that song farmer.
The police sang it
De do do do
De da da da
Is all you have to bow to me.

No seriously, I see it to farmer.

Constance Cumbey said...

I was put on to the European version of CFR a few weeks ago and I noticed how so many names in the mix were names closely associated with Javier Solana such as Garton Ash. Farmer, I sleep better at night knowing you are on the case!