Eurovision vs. financial crisis

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As an American, I have to confess bewilderment at the amazing annual spectacle that is Eurovision. Unfortunately, for one nation the current economic environment is creating some tough choices concerning the event. Blogger Ali Novruzov discusses Azerbaijan and Eurovision 2009:

For me personally, it is not a big problem who would represent Azerbaijan in Eurovision 2009 - but what really concerns me are these three things...Not to use our public money for [a] maybe million-dollars-worth Resurrection Mission. [The] World Economic Crisis is already threatening to empty our coffers, and Azerbaijan can't afford another costly Eurovision Adventure.

As econ 101 teaches us, we live in a world of scarcity. I'm just sorry that may mean less Eurovision for all of us. Isn't this a public good worth investing in?   


Ryan Hahn

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