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#31
Haha, Sweden has a proper government now! I mean, UK might not have noticed, being busy pointing fingers are how it took Swedes a while to sort things out, but it's functioning. Political bickering in full force and all that!

... but I do think they are tired of Brexit. Last I heard government made sure their resident Brits will be ok, and shrugged about the rest. Like any other normal country, Swedes have other things to do.

By the way, having a conversation with a very politically-involved Finnish friend right now - he is explaining to me what happened that isn't exactly in the official news releases: essentially the PM was being a somewhat corrupt shithead and wanted the Finnish healthcare to be more privatized because he owns a private healthcare company. The rest of the Finnish Parliament told him where to stick it. That's the 'reform' that failed. Cue happy applause from vast majority of Finns who are thoroughly sick of the latest government which had not been a good one.

So in short, the Finnish news isn't bad news for Finns, it's bad news for UK.
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#32
An interesting article to read,

Sibiu summit: Future Of Europe is about who we are and the model we can offer to the world ǀ View by Radu Magdin in Euronews @ 7/5/2019

The past 10 years have increasingly pitted East vs West and North vs South; not because member States were not thinking the same, but because they refused to deal with the same things. All four quadrants of the EU pushed and asked for more cohesion; a more unified front a spirit of ‘one for all and all for one’. The difficulties arose when the East wanted more security and the West asked for some caveats to security. Or when the South asked for more largesse on prudential norms, while the North asked for more rigour, and so on.

It is fair to say that all members was asking for more (and definitely thought they deserve more as being part of the EU club), but each wanted its own exceptions. Again, the irony is that the funds spent to mitigate various exceptions, deadline extensions and transitions could have covered the effort for everyone to march towards maximal objectives. Maybe we just need more flexibility in thinking, and this is valid both for our internal (within the club) and external (global) battles and objectives.



In order to renew our unity and sense of purpose we need to live and feel European again with everything this entails - and not just the dictionary definition of how democracies should be. We need to know who we are and what we stand for to continue leading the world in ecology, health, and quality of life, and to start harbouring global ambitions again. These ambitions do not necessarily have to be imperial: the competition for global power is crowded, but it's still better to be "power not prey," as Le Monde’s Sylvie Kauffmann wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times.

What the EU can do is to continue providing the global standard by offering a form of globalization with European hallmarks; where fairness and liberty are at the core of things, but also where citizens are at centre of attention and everything else - from industrial strategy to security and defence policies - is there to ensure that we never give up on our citizens or surrender our place in the world. Also, speaking of things to surrender, perhaps, we should also stop surrendering our Christian identity, while promoting interfaith dialogue and tolerance. Different churches or other faith locations in Sibiu bear witness that this can be done. There can be unity among diversity of identities.
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#33
Article in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, today's issue:

About the most influential journalist in Brussels, the Australian Ryan Heath, from Politico.


https://www.sueddeutsche.de/medien/polit...-1.4569896     (in German).


He has more followers on Twitter among members of the European parliament than any other reporter: 152 out of 751.


After 4 years in Brussels, he is leaving for another posting at Politico Washington.


More on Ryan Heath on:

https://www.politico.eu/staff/ryan-heath/


His Brussels playbook, a daily newsletter, is a must-read for all in Brussels.


I still relish his article dated 12/13/18:

Brexit Britain: small, boring and stupid.

https://www.politico.eu/article/brexit-b...awal-deal/

Worth re-reading!


Maybe some of you have seen interviews with him, too. He was the regular face of Politico.


Sorry to see him leave Brussels.
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#34
Thanks, Casey
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#35

Thanks - a thought occurred to me on reading this, when he talked of the UK rapidly shedding colonies after WW2 - the whole Irish Border issue in the Brexit context has an irony in that this is the agonizing process of shedding the first English colony of all  (arguably Wales was the first).  And perhaps there's some poetic justice in the fact that the consequence of crimes committed  400, or 800, years ago  (and since), will be the destruction of England itself.

His talk of British ignorance of the EU is another syptom of the final death-throes of the 800-year imperial adventure.  For all the talk in the UK, for decades, of us having to find a new role in the world, it is only now that, with this reckless plunge into isolationism, we shall finally find out what it means to be subject to all the legal rules which other counties have followed for centuries - and which Britain itself helped to create.
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#36
Slovenia is active on the world stage.

Meeting with China

https://www.total-slovenia-news.com/poli...initiative


Meeting with India

https://www.total-slovenia-news.com/poli...lateralism


A shining example for the UK? Maybe more talking to foreigners and less internal fighting...
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#37
Thanks, Casey.

Slovenia is an example of opennes and a true "European" country in the best sense of the word.
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#38
(23-08-19, 09:07 AM)TheWriggler Wrote: Thanks - a thought occurred to me on reading this, when he talked of the UK rapidly shedding colonies after WW2 - the whole Irish Border issue in the Brexit context has an irony in that this is the agonizing process of shedding the first English colony of all  (arguably Wales was the first).
 

******* My reply:

Eh? 

Northern Ireland was a Scottish colony. A clue: The IRA's Martin McGuinnnis, and Adams: both Scottish surnames. And, a funny sort of agony when the majority of colonists want to stay with us. 

Wales was occupied by the Norman French rulers as we were (never a colony), indeed, the Welsh re-asserted their natural rights in the Magna Carta. 

The Welsh and Scottish colonised England, not the other way around. They took over England in two coups: by the Tudors and the Stuarts. There are more people of those two ancestries living in England, than there are English in Scotland or Wales. 

In fact, the English cannot "colonise" Wales as we are of the race that the Welsh claim as the 'people'. The English are the Cymru. Look up what "Cymru" actually means and why they use the term. Then compare the DNA evidence. The Britons may have been in Britain including Wales longer than the Welsh have been in Wales. 

(23-08-19, 09:07 AM)TheWriggler Wrote:   And perhaps there's some poetic justice in the fact that the consequence of crimes committed  400, or 800, years ago  (and since), will be the destruction of England itself.
 

********* My reply:
Those "crimes" being what? Odd to use the word "crimes" when we bought one law for all (ie the ending of random punishment) to the world. And civilisation, health care, railways, schools. And we broke the power of despots and genocidal maniacs that were keeping their people or the people around them in servitude, terror or slavery like the horrendous Benin Kings, the Tippo Sultan, Theodorus, Bonaparte, the Malay and North African Slavers, the Zulus..... Leaving a British Commonwealth that counties actually want to join! 

Funny sort of crimes those must have been 


(23-08-19, 09:07 AM)TheWriggler Wrote: His talk of British ignorance of the EU is another syptom of the final death-throes of the 800-year imperial adventure.  For all the talk in the UK, for decades, of us having to find a new role in the world, it is only now that, with this reckless plunge into isolationism, we shall finally find out what it means to be subject to all the legal rules which other counties have followed for centuries - and which Britain itself helped to create.

******* My reply: 

Reckless plunge into...... FREEDOM. Freedom to trade with the world and free our entrepreneurial spirit you mean. 

If you have ever started your own business, the concept is similar. You can't tell what success you'll have. But we begin with massive advantages. We already trade around the world, we are a massive investor into America and we have a huge domestic market which other countries want access to. Reckless? Or plain exciting?
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