Friday, March 03, 2006

Top 6 Friday Articles to read this week.

I could write a top 6 results of the riots or something similar. But I think many people have already addressed the issues of the riots. So here is my Top 6 articles I found this week that are worth a read. If you have some time to spend.

6. National Pride survey across 33 countries. Seemingly we are not as proud of Ireland as we were in 1996. We do rank high in certain categories though. Have a look through the tables.

5. The bewitching appeal of Berlusconi By Tobias Jones The Daily Telegraph. You have to wonder how a politian can be as dodgy as him and still be in power. This article explains.

4. In Focus Middle East Update: Engaging Hamas Robert Nolan Foreign Policy Association.

3. America and the United Nations by Mark Steyn. Interesting take on the U.N from the forever pro-American Mark Steyn

2. After Neoconservatism by Francis Fukuyama. Exactly what it says on the tin.

1. Voting in the European Union: The square root system of Penrose and a critical point. Fascinating paper about how to make voting fairer in Europe. See if you want to do something right get physicists to do it.

Abstract The notion of the voting power is illustrated by examples of the systems of voting in the European Council according to the Treaty of Nice and the more recent proposition of the European Convent. We show that both systems are not representative, in a sense that citizens of different countries have not the same influence for the decision taken by the Council. We present a compromise solution based on the law of Penrose, which states that the weights for each country should be proportional to the square root of its population. Analysing the behaviour of the voting power as a function of the quota we discover a critical point, which allows us to propose the value of the quota to be 62%. The system proposed is simple (only one criterion), representative, transparent, effective and objective: it is based on a statistical approach and does not favour nor handicap any European country.

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