Humanitarian/rocker/statesman Bono met yesterday with the European Union's development ministers at Dublin Castle to address the issues of aid and debt relief to the world's poorest countries. At the meeting, he dismissed British tabloid reports that he was in the process of planning a second Live Aid concert. "We would love to be talking about Live Aid II, but the sums of money we are dealing with are in the billions of euros, not the millions," Bono said. "It would help, but not fix the problem." Bono called upon European leaders to show their influence in the world in a way that went beyond trade or military strength by boosting aid efforts to the poorest countries and keeping promises on debt relief and assistance. "Continental Africa is bursting into flames right now, there's an emergency going on and for me it's not really about charity at this point, it's about justice," he said.
However, according to Billboard, one EU official said that Bono was badly misinformed about the issues and based most of his information on stories by non-governmental organizations. "He was taken aback when he heard about the realities of what the EU is doing, and what the obstacles were. I think he was impressed, and learnt something," said the official.
However, in this day in age I find it easier to believe non-governmental organizations and rock stars than an official for the EU. Maybe it's because my own government has lied to me for the past three years or soÖ who knows? Regardless, it looks like there is no hope for Live Aid II.