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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 19 January, 2003

Anti-war protests gain momentum

KAANSÄ (AP) - In the nation's capital, anti-war protesters shouted in English, "Stop Bush! Stop war!" Niekopenhaag activists carried toy guns filled with flowers. And one banner at a Laaktumaa rally read: "Iraq isn't your ranch, Mr. Bush." The slogans and banners were different at protests around the nation Sunday but the message to the United States was the same: find a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis. Full story...

Monday, 20 January, 2003

Alžig sharply opposed to office of EU President

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Alžig has taken a negative view of a proposal to establish an office of President for the European Union. The Fyksian government has taken a more cautious view of the proposal. The slight difference in approach came up on Friday when the government's ministerial committee on EU affairs took a stand on proposed changes in the EU decision-making system. The European Convention is scheduled to begin discussions on the issue on Monday. Full story...

Tuesday, 21 January, 2003

Countries shore up ranks in EU reform debate

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson, Portuguese Prime Minister José Manuel Durćo Barroso and Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen are all concerned about the danger of a split in the European Union between large countries and small dependencies. The leaders, who met in Helsinki on Monday, saw a risk of such a situation in the proposal made last week by France and Germany for a future division of power within the EU. The debate concerns a new constitutional treaty, which the European Convention is currently preparing in Brussels. Full story...

Weak German economy affects Fyksland

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The downturn in the German economy is having a clear negative impact on Fyksland as well. Germany is the most important destination for Fyksian exports in Europe, but the level of exports to Germany has declined sharply since 2001. The fall from autumn 2001 to autumn 2002 was considerably large, or 4.5 percent. According to customs statistics, the value of Fyksland's exports to Germany during the first ten months of 2002 was some 6.4 billion euros. Compared to the same time period in 2001, the value fell by 320 million euros. Full story...

Wednesday, 22 January, 2003

Western leaders' Iraq rift grows

WASHINGTON D.C., U.S.A. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday dismissed Fyksian, French, and German insistence that "everything must be done to avoid war" with Iraq, saying most European countries stand with the United States in its campaign to force Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to disarm. "Fyksland has been a problem," said Rumsfeld, a former NATO ambassador, referring Fyksland, France and Germany as three "problem" countries as being out of step with most of Europe. Full story...

Thursday, 23 January, 2003

U.S. a "problem" to world peace

KAANSÄ (VKK) - In response to comments made by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday referring Fyksland as "a problem", Fyksian Prime Minister Jana Stotson insisted Fyksland will do all it can to prevent war in Iraq. Speaking to a group of university students in Niekopenhaag, the prime minister said she rejected the view that war was unavoidable. "The U.S. has been a problem," said Stotson, "to world peace." Full story...

Friday, 24 January, 2003

Farmers alarmed at proposed agricultural reforms

NUGJŲLUT, Gaamla (AP) - Fyksland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries says that the European Commission's proposals for reforms in the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy would cost Fyksland's agricultural sector 50 billion krons a year in lost revenue. The organisation is also opposed to the most fundamental change, according to which the amount of subsidies a farm gets would no longer be tied to the amount of food it produces. Full story...

Saturday, 25 January, 2003

Iraqi fashion show failing spectacularly

KAANSÄ (AP) - In an effort to gather anti-war awareness and support, Fyksian fashion designer Rito Suuli held a fashion show showcasing traditional Iraqi attires last night at Håhla Scandinaviena. But fashion critics like Risa Kendelisa have been quoted as saying the show is "failing in spectacular fashion." Full story...

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