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There such disagreements among the EU "leaders" about the details of the desired super-bailout of the banks, that none of the three main options that have been on the table so far, may reach consent in the next two days' EU Summit. These three options are:        

1) an expanded EFSF role and/or a rescheduling of implementation of the ESM from 2013 to 2012;        

December 9th, 2011 • 1:09 PM

In an exclusive interview with Spiegel online, Dmitri Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, termed the western missile defense systems that are being stationed in Poland and several other east European NATO member states "illegitimate" and warned that since they were aimed against Russia, they would be eliminated if the Russians felt acutely threatened by them.

December 9th, 2011 • 11:13 AM

The Obama Administration has informed its European partners that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NAOO) will not be able to provide three sensing instruments for Europe's next-generation polar-orbiting satellite, due to "budget challenges." The EPS-SG is planned to be in service in 2019 to succeed Europe's current Metop satellites.

December 9th, 2011 • 11:11 AM

The Brussels EU Council summit was a complete failure. While a EU “treaty change,” imposing budgetary rigor and superausterity was held up as the “last chance” to give again credibility to the euro, after ten hours of clashes, it appears clearly that there will be no treaty change at all for lack of unanimity among EU members.

December 9th, 2011 • 11:07 AM

(Corrected version now posted.)

Given my personal role in the relevant international matters, the exploitation of an unfortunate remark...

December 8th, 2011 • 4:08 PM

As we are heading towards "the" European Council summit of Dec. 8th-9th in Brussels, it is clear that most of the disagreements remain and that what clearly is lacking is money for any more bailout facilities.

December 9th, 2011 • 1:04 PM

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today held a nearly two-hour meeting with leading activists of the National Peoples Front (NPF), the broad public organization he organized earlier this year, and whose members account for one-fourth of the people who won election to the State Duma Dec. 4 on the United Russia (UR) slate.

December 9th, 2011 • 11:12 AM

Today’s meeting of the NATO-Russia Council ended without agreement on ABM systems in Europe, as well as other issues. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at a briefing after the talks, said: “On a whole range of issues, our NATO partners are not prepared for serious cooperation, on ABM systems in particular.”

December 9th, 2011 • 11:08 AM

Blog Entry

Friday, December 9, 2011 • 10:10 AM

by Meghan Rouillard

Those were the words of Rick Howard, Webb Telescope program director at a hearing of the House Science and Technology Committee called “Assessing the James Webb Space Telescope.” I watched the webcast of this hearing. The word “assessing” made my stomach turn a bit, because if anyone has followed the story of this telescope to be launched in 2018, the most powerful space observatory and successor to the Hubble, they know that the future of it has been anything but certain.