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May 2006 Europress

By Taso Lagos

It was another typical month in the European presses.  The election in Italy brought in a new leader, Romano Prodi, but the old leader refuses to leave as of this writing.  Berlusconi has never been good at exits.  And this is the most important exit of his life. Actors know that no matter how good and how long, at some point you have to turn to stage right and face the curtain call. This is natural. But starstruck types don't know how to do this, so they refuse to leave.  We've all had bad relationships like this.  Berlie, baby, it's time, dude.  Gotta go.  On the bright side, you'll have plenty of time now to sun yourself! 

In Greece, conservative Ekathimerini has been following the weird case of the phone tapping scandal involving the Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, and his top cabinet members.  It seems that who ever did the taping, it was traced back to at or near the American Embassy. Was America involved in this? 

On top of this, the phone company employee who discovered this, Costas Tsalikidis, was found dead a few months ago. Apparently of suicide.  His bosses at Vodafone claim not to know anything about it, but recently a mysterious man has told Greek authorities that Tsalikidis was murdered. Evidence is forthcoming, he further claims.  The White House denies that were responsible, but one wonders.  With domestic more prevalent now in our own country, what's a little eavesdropping in Greece?  Is the entire world becoming one giant CIA outpost? 

What is going on?  Something odd about this phone scandal that won't go away.  The thought that we Americans would actually possibly spy on an ally just, well, it's weird.  I'm not the conspiratorial type (am I?!), but jeemenie, it's plain wrong. Here's my idealism kicking in, so forgive. But perhaps it's just naiveté on my part. Maybe this eavesdropping has been going on for a while.  I know some time ago Norway had been the recipient of CIA wiretapping.  So it's not that unusual. 

This scandal won't reach the level of the Danish cartoon imbroglio, but somewhere deeper in the sinews of inter-national relations, it stinks.

More on that in future.  Stay tuned.

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