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Willem



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 7:50 pm    Post subject: Belgian PM to be first president EU... Reply with quote

... Britain shits self.

The Telegraph rants a bit.

The Daily Express froths at the mouth.

The Times forgets there are other people involved besides the British

The Daily Mail is remarkably civil about it, if we ignore the little bit at the end.

The BBC tries to sell Van Rompuy to their new target audience, British toddlers.

But yeah, next to the British press making great big fools of themselves (Though, to be fair, most of the mentioned papers are rubbish and probably not a good example of the British press. Except maybe the BBC), Herman Van Rompuy is the first president of the EU.

Good times? Not really, but there we go.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't realize anyone took Belgium seriously o_O
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, the EU is the most confusing thing ever. I know noone who has any idea as to what those guys do all day but shit there goes a lot of money towards it.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take belgium a lot more serious than, say, minnesota
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snorri wrote:
Honestly, the EU is the most confusing thing ever. I know noone who has any idea as to what those guys do all day but shit there goes a lot of money towards it.

Of course, there's a shitload of money that comes from the EU, so it all balances out.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
I take belgium a lot more serious than, say, minnesota



Oooooooooooh. Yoor gonna get it now yoo knoow.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snorri wrote:
Honestly, the EU is the most confusing thing ever. I know noone who has any idea as to what those guys do all day but shit there goes a lot of money towards it.


and there comes a shit load of money out of it.

Why is it that when two companies work together people go crazy because their combined super effectiveness will take over the world, yet when entire economies work together people go OH NOES more bureaucracy.

The EU is still first and foremost an economic treaty, all the people who participate do so for the economic gains it offers. The current centralisation effort is an attempt to cut overhead and increase the effectiveness of the EU.
For example, the european constitution and its replacement, the treaty of lisbon, are intended to simply take the defacto EU law - the way all the various crap works out - and make it law. This should pave the road for reducing the amount of bickering and tugging (if you don't stick by treaty X we'll stop sticking to treaty Y) and make it harder for countries like France or GB to temporary sidestep the rules the rest of the EU are sticking to.
All that's happening is that the current situation is being consolidated, and the power of the largest members is being slightly reduced.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mizike wrote:
Michael wrote:
I take belgium a lot more serious than, say, minnesota



Oooooooooooh. Yoor gonna get it now yoo knoow.


I was gonna say texas but they've got more guns
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, Minnesooooota has... Lakes, don't ya knooow. Ooooh ya, lot's of lakes.


Jesse Ventura too. Yooor gonna get it now ya knooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CNN had slim coverage, and it was still mostly about Blair, but I liked these parts.

CNN wrote:
As one Indian official said before the announcement: "If the EU chooses as its worldwide representative the prime minister of Belgium or Luxembourg I am not sure our leaders will have the time to meet him."

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Public backing [of Blair] from Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, a joke figure to much of Europe and another Bush ally, did not help.

I'd love to listen in on the first phone call from the Indian government to the new "president of Europe."
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_European_Union <-- theoretical position

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_European_Parliament <-- who?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_the_Council_of_the_European_Union <-- wha?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_European_Council <-- New guy!

I guess this is payback for your gubernatorial filibustering. Although I won't pretend to understand what this means either.

Anyway, he won't be visiting high schools in Eur force one, no waving at people, no speeches to the berliners of Berlin. It's simply not that kind of position
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will there be hockey?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what's the difference between a French kiss and a Belgian kiss?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least one of the two Belgian kissers must be underage.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One's got more flem.






PS tonsil hockey
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