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Klaus grudgingly signs Lisbon Treaty

The EU's long international nightmare seems to be over. Czech President Vaclav Klaus has signed the Lisbon Treaty treaty, nearly two years after the ratification process began. Klaus finally agreed to sign after the Czech constitutional court finally ruled against a legal challenge to the treaty, but the legendary Euroskeptic also took the opportunity for a parting shot: 

"With the Lisbon Treaty taking effect, the Czech Republic will cease to be a sovereign state, despite the political opinion of the Constitutional Court," Klaus said. 

The treaty will likely come into effect on Dec. 1, after which attention will quickly turn to the race for EU president. 

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Putin/Medvedev losing support?

Take this for what it's worth, but a new poll shows that Russia's slumping economy and recent evidence of vote-rigging in national elections might finally be having an effect on public support for Russia's ruling tandem: 

Public trust in the work of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin each fell six percentage points on Oct. 24-25 from a week earlier, the poll said.

Fifty-six percent of 2,000 people polled said Medvedev held their trust, down from 62 percent a week earlier. Sixty-six percent trusted Putin, down from 72 percent.

Support for the pro-Kremlin party of power, United Russia, fell four percentage points to 53 percent, the poll showed.

That would put Medvedev's approval rating about even with Obama's.