The PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain) all show up in this chart pretty clearly. And the only reason Ireland shows a bit as an outlier is that she exports all her young people to other countries.
The Norwegian government claims it has directed criticism against China after Chinese authorities put down protests in Tibet over the weekend, but says it doubts a boycott of the Olympics would have any positive effect.
Johansen stressed, however, that there are some “positive” things happening in China in the area of human rights. He therefore has little faith that attempts to isolate China or boycott the upcoming Olympics would do much good.
Speaking for the Italian government, Italian Foreign Undersecretary Gianni Vernetti told Chinese Ambassador Sun Yuxi that China should avoid using force against demonstrators and should uphold human rights including freedom of expression.
Speaking on Italian radio, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema rejected calls to boycott the Olympics.
He said the Beijing Games were ”an unrepeatable opportunity” to put pressure on China to allow dissidents to voice their grievances.
The speaker of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, suggested that European Union leaders should boycott the Olympic opening ceremony.
*Ed – oooh – won’t that strike fear into the hearts of the leaders of a country that has no problem with driving tanks over its own citizens. An opening ceremony boycott!
France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says the European Union should consider boycotting the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics if violence continues in Tibet.
He insisted that France had no plans to boycott the entire Olympic Games, saying that would not be “just.”
Halt! Or I will say Halt! again.