This Week's Agenda: Financial Concerns in Spain and Italy, Israel-Palestine Talks, Fragile Ceasefire in Syria, Romneys' First Interview

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, holds a copy of the letter requesting Palestinian statehood as he speaks during the United Nations General Assembly September 23, 2011 at UN head (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty)

Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar-al-Assad ended a four-day-old ceasefire yesterday with shelling in Homs, just as United Nations military observers arrived in Damascus. How will the UN mission move forward? Just south of Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Tuesday. Fayyad will deliver a letter from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, demanding that Israel accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.

Meanwhile, the Eurozone's problems appear to be far from over, with borrowing costs skyrocketing in Spain and Italy. Finally, Mitt and Ann Romney will sit down with Diane Sawyer for their first interview this week. The interview comes just days after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen caused a firestorm, commenting that Ann Romney "has never actually worked a day in her life." Discussing the news for the week ahead are Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large at The International Herald Tribune, and Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and our co-producer, WNYC Radio.


Charlie Herman and Marcus Mabry

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

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"What happens over in Europe will definitely effect whats happening here.."

Does that include the European welfare state of the last sixty years and how that inspired Obama and his party today with no regard of how that system ends when the money runs out?
Europe needs "structural reform" while Obama restructures the US economy to copy the European model that is collapsing.
Did Europe cause this nation to spend trillions it does not have in the last three years?
Apparently Europe now joins the long line of those to be blamed for the ruinous US economy instead of this President and his administration. How will that inspire good will to the United States internationally?
Smart power at work at home and abroad.

"Decupel" with Europe or uncouple according to the dictionary should be the new policy?
"They have been saying that for 230 years in the United States.."
They certainly said that between 1920 and 1940. How did that turn out?
"I'm sure President Obama would prefer that.."
Does this mean the man who ran for President in Berlin in 2008 calling himself a "citizen of the world" is renouncing his citizenship?

Apr. 16 2012 10:29 AM

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