Page 1 of 12 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 170

Thread: Euro if you want to - a general European news and politics thread

  1. #1
    to the loneliest city in the world other pete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    shatter shattered
    Posts
    5,960

    Euro if you want to - a general European news and politics thread

    Is there scope for a breakout from the International Politics thread? Le monde est grand, après tout.

    In particular the French and Greek national elections this week could have collossal impact. If Hollande defeats Sarko, which is possible though not a certainty, it will break the core of blind faith in endless social cuts and market bailouts in the Merkozy-led continent wide groupthink. The fascists nationalists celebrated getting nearly 20% in round 1, but in some ways it could be good news if that is the BEST they can manage. It shows over 80% of voters sticking with (relatively) centrist parties even in these circumstances. But now Sarky now has to woo those "patriots" to try and cling on to power in round 2.


    Yes, M Le President is the one with his back to the tide, staring purposefully to the far right.

    And as for Greece. WTH. At least the French have a clear choice between two different approaches. I know nothing about Greek politics but this opinion poll tracker from wikipedia is telling me "decisive" is not a word that will be used there for some time:


    Anyone better informed?

  2. #2
    Senior Member eresos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    1,313
    wow. Greece. what is going on with my cousins over there?
    I guess when you have bigger problems it is harder to have decent solutions to get out of that mess.
    I can't imagine what they're going through right now.
    "this way, that way, i am of two minds" -sappho
    http://classicpersuasion.org/pw/sappho/index.htm

  3. #3
    skeptic. Chalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    2,124
    [...]it seems most Greeks are still undecided about who they will vote for.

    Not least because this year there are 32 parties to choose from, eight to 10 of which it is thought could enter parliament.
    ^^Excerpt from a BBC article , and it helps a little to understand what is going on right now with the elections in Greece.

    Also, in other words, chaotic and unpredictable.

  4. #4
    to the loneliest city in the world other pete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    shatter shattered
    Posts
    5,960
    "Golden Dawn" sounds too much like a supervillain alliance for comfort.

  5. #5
    Fake news. beanstew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    8,101


    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

  6. #6
    I hope that sinister EU plot won't spoil Kate and Wills' fry-up.

  7. #7
    A Midspring's Nightmare Rabih's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Beirut, Lebanon
    Posts
    4,167
    SARKOZY WENT HOME WITH CARLA.
    ADIEU!

  8. #8
    Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras Malike-pakile's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Berlin
    Posts
    943
    Merkel woooooon't be happy!(and that's normally a good thing!)

  9. #9
    tastes like pepsi cola samko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    2,335
    Marie Le Pen is a very happy woman now.

  10. #10
    to the loneliest city in the world other pete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    shatter shattered
    Posts
    5,960
    Quote Originally Posted by samko View Post
    Marie Le Pen is a very happy woman now.
    I'm sure she has dreams for next time, but for now I'm beyond delighted at this rejection of her and Sarko's hopes that all France's (and Europe's) problems can be solved with immigrant bashing, lower wages for the poor and lower taxes for the rich.

  11. #11
    condemned to wires and hammers ebby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    10,848
    A French Socialist secularist president in favour of gay marriage. Well now, I might move to France.

  12. #12
    We're currently figuring out which languages we should learn when we have to escape the UK.

    Anyway, how exciting that we are now entering the Hollande Days (HILARIOUS JOKE I STOLE FROM CAITLIN MORAN).

  13. #13
    to the loneliest city in the world other pete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    shatter shattered
    Posts
    5,960
    Right now Segolene Royale, who was Hollande's partner when she lost to Sarko last time, before they split the day after, must be like totes ¦l and then playing some Alanis.

    ETA: Oh, Hollande and Royale have 4 kids together and are "best of friends". Tres continental!

    Vivre le mariage.


  14. #14
    to the loneliest city in the world other pete's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    shatter shattered
    Posts
    5,960
    Oh, meanwhile in Greece:



    They "only" got around 10%, so not quite the Golden Dawn they're hoping for. Yet.

  15. #15
    the reichenbach hero fox in socks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    sgurr dubh mor
    Posts
    3,080
    thank zeus for hollande. sarkozy needed to go. he was a bit----narrow minded. it will be an interesting france (and eurozone) under hollande.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •