Daily Archives: July 1, 2011

Gideon Rachman

The revelation that the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears to be unravelling raises an obvious question – is is too late for DSK to resurrect his presidential ambitions? If this were a novel or a TV mini-series, the next step would clearly be for him to return to France, a vindicated man, and to be swept to the presidency. However, reality is likely to be a bit more complicated. Le Figaro are running a poll of their readers, asking whether DSK could yet become president – by roughly two-t0-one, they feel that the answer is No. And that, surely, must be where the odds lie. Read more

Esther Bintliff

Welcome to the live blog where we are covering developments in the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK), the former head of the International Monetary Fund.

All times are London time; New York is five hours behind. By Peggy Hollinger and James Boxell in Paris, Esther Bintliff in London and Barney Jopson and Johanna Kassel in New York.

21.22: Barney Jopson says DSK  is still in New York and at lunch, apparently, at the TimeWarner Centre at Columbus Circle, which happens to be home to CNN.

Hang on, whispers that he’s now on his way back. Read more

Gideon Rachman

I don’t know whose bright idea it was to schedule peace talks with the Taliban in Munich. But somebody with a sense of history might have avoided that location. Ever since Chamberlain and Daladier signed over the Sudetenland to Hitler there in 1938, the phrase “Munich agreement” has had an unfortunate ring to it. Read more