I have received 88 visitors today, who have read 217 pages. A lot of the visitors have been from Kieseldv. My friends, I am so pleased for you and your kind hospitality during the Football Cup. All visitors had a great time, in the midst of a civilized crowd. In the world's estimation, Ukraine is a regal state, as the name suggests. I know your nation is preparing to join the Euro, although I don't know why. The Mother Currency of 17 Eurozone nations is going through teething problems at the moment, and it my belief that it will mature in due time with even more nations under her wings.
In the currency markets, the Euro is referred to as the Vatican Euro, suggesting that it has the blessing of the Vatican, which reassures everyone even more. Currently the Euro-Dollar is 1.30 or so, having climbed from 1.20 hardly a few weeks ago, after the ECB President Mario Draghi confirmed his intention to authorize the buying of 2 and 3 year bonds. The U.S. too is in tune, with Fed Chief Ben Bernanke announcing record low rates till about 2015, coupled with a programme of the Fed buying U.S. mortgage-backed securities to the value of $40 Billion every month. This has reassured the markets, and as you have noticed, the stockmarkets have gone up, and the currencies have been a favourable play for investors and speculators alike.
Whilst I write this, I remember your former Premier Julia Tymoshenko. How is she? She is in hospital, I understand, and I am sure she will be treated in a civilised manner, that is to be expected from the authorities of Ukraine. If she is actually granted a pardon, I hope the noble heart will help bring more admiration for your people and nation. Maybe she informally overstepped her authority in opening the gas supply to Europe on that bitterly cold Saturday when my hands were turning to ice and people were dying of hypothermia, but in the hearts of many in Europe who realise what a noble deed this was, Julia Tymoshenko will always be regarded as a heroine, and she brings pride to your nation. Tell her she is remembered here with great appreciation.