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Wolfowitz Slovenia trip has corruption focus The Wolfowitz Resign bloggers have a nice piece pointing out the irony of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz traveling to Slovenia next week to present an award for an essay competition on corruption. They comment: "we assume this means he is leaving his fine sense of irony at home".

I'm in a position to add that at least some versions of the invitation for another European event Wolfowitz will attend in the coming days failed to mention his name. The invites to the German World Bank Forum - circulated in late April - coyly only said "the World Bank president" would attend.

Some Europe-based World Bank staff are evidently very uncomfortable with the situation they find themselves in. As we recorded last week's education conference in Brussels was a major missed opportunity because Wolfowitz's presence diverted all attention to the drama at the top of the Bank.

Luckily, however, we should be in the last few days of such a situation. That ticket to Slovenia will almost certainly have to be cancelled.

In the unlikely event that Paul Wolfowitz finds a way to hang on till then, this site will bring you full coverage of the corruption essay prize handover: one of our intrepid bloggers plans to be there.

Alex Wilks ~ May 11, 2007

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