- In France, a country with a history of very complicated state affairs (Clearstream, Dreyfus, Bettencourt), the foreign minister lost her job over something as simple as flying in a plane that belongs to a friend of dictator Ben Ali's. (And a controversial statement on the repression of protesters.)
- In Germany, the defense minister is under heavy fire for plagiarism in his PhD thesis. But a whopping 68% of the population still support him.
- And in Italy, thousands of Italian protesters all across Europe joined demonstrations against their prime minister on 13 February. Yet, many Italians, in particular elderly women, still support the prime minister. Of those who demonstrate against him, quite a few believe that he will somehow manage to remain in power after all.
- in France you don't get away with stuff unless you control the public sphere (Sarkozy does. MAM didn't)
- in Germany you get away with quite a lot as long as you control the public sphere (Guttenberg receives favorable coverage from BILD)
- in Italy you get away with everything because you own the public sphere. And those defying you are either retarded or criminal
- France is gloating because a morally correct politician who didn't do anything "illegal or improper", is no longer "chef de la diplomatie française".
- Über-correct Germany has a new debate about the acceptability of cheating.
- And Italy spends more time debating "bunga bunga" than fighting unemployment.
I find that worrying.