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Merkel’s misfortunes
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grip on power is suddenly looking less certain. [Foreign Policy / Paul Hockenos
  • What was supposed to be a routine coalition talk to form Merkel’s new government has turned into a political crisis as talks collapsed, which could trigger another election. [NYT / Melissa Eddy and Katrin Bennhold
  • Merkel’s party, the center-right Christian Democrats, were unable to put together a coalition after another party walked out of talks and the left-leaning Social Democrats declined to ally themselves with the Christian Democrats, after getting trounced in this year’s elections. [Politico Europe / Janosch Delker]  
  • The big reason behind the breakdown of talks was Merkel’s past stance on immigration, agreeing to take in about 1 million migrants in 2015. Europe’s migrant crisis has become a flashpoint in multiple countries and has turned into a rallying cry for populist and right-wing parties in Germany, France, and Austria. [Reuters / Paul Carrel and Gernot Heller
  • Merkel herself is actually in favor of a new election, saying there’s no clear path forward with the current government. [NPR / Scott Neuman
  • But a snap election comes with a significant risk for Merkel: that her party could lose more seats and she would have to step down as chancellor. [Foreign Policy / Paul Hockenos
  • There’s also the chance that the far-right Alternative for Germany party could pick up even more seats in parliament. The AfD now hold 12.6 percent of parliament, 94 seats out of 709. [Bloomberg / Rainer Buergin
  • It also casts a shadow of uncertainty over the entire European Union, in which Germany has served as a leader for many years. It will mean less certainty around Brexit talks and eurozone negotiations between Germany and France. [Guardian / Philip Oltermann and Dan Roberts
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Merkel's problems seem to be the result of her enthusiasm for refugee intake on a large scale.
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Originally posted by max manewer max manewer wrote:

Merkel's problems seem to be the result of her enthusiasm for refugee intake on a large scale.

Ya reckon?
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Might be time to drag this one out again with Brexit due in March and the UK in chaos.
Good job Theresa!

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Having a plebiscite which only only needed a simple (ie only one vote) majority requirement for such momentous action.

Hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.  No winners, possible return of the IRA and Military Reaction Force/Ulster Defence paramilitary.

Scottish disenchantment: likely push for another crack at Independence. 

Parliamentary and Cabinet disarray: Boris J orchestrating the opportunity to bag his PM and push his (questionable) claims for Leadership.

All too late realization of the likely downside of the decision both in terms of Britain's relationship with Europe and the attendant strictures on meaningful trade and other agreements with Oz, Canada, wherever.

And that's just skimming the surface after a few minutes consideration.  Others will have far more to say one way or the other.

ps hopefully the Poms can, for their own sake, win the World Cup.  Because it'd almost certainly be the last Cup they'll ever have in the trophy cabinet of World influence. 


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Did anyone see/hear Julie Bishop's relatively recent address to the Oz-Pom organisation?

Totally brilliant and clearly without notes.

She described the (fictitious) determination of positions under May's leadership, as they went through the candidates for various Cabinet positions.

And so, according to Julie, when Boris Johnson's name was mentioned Teresa's immediate response was "fiddlesticks Ouch".

Which was misinterpreted by bureaucrats to mean "for Foreign Secretary" as they inked his name in.  And as they say, the Rest is History.
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Fiddlesticks of course meaning f/f/s. 
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Originally posted by Second Chance Second Chance wrote:

Did anyone see/hear Julie Bishop's relatively recent address to the Oz-Pom organisation?

Totally brilliant and clearly without notes.

She described the (fictitious) determination of positions under May's leadership, as they went through the candidates for various Cabinet positions.

And so, according to Julie, when Boris Johnson's name was mentioned Teresa's immediate response was "fiddlesticks Ouch".

Which was misinterpreted by bureaucrats to mean "for Foreign Secretary" as they inked his name in.  And as they say, the Rest is History.

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Spot on there Stayer. Britain is crumbling under the weight of absent minded social revolution. 
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Much of Europe is beautiful and accessible and retains it's heritage, culture and character ... the places that the tour guides take you at least!

The Muslim no go zones and ghettos are growing exponentially though, and the tourist tracks will soon shrink.

The future is certainly looking Islam!Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by Dr E Dr E wrote:

Much of Europe is beautiful and accessible and retains it's heritage, culture and character ... the places that the tour guides take you at least!

The Muslim no go zones and ghettos are growing exponentially though, and the tourist tracks will soon shrink.

The future is certainly looking Islam!Thumbs Up

Well spotted Dr Doom, now go back to your bottle of fake red.
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What are you trying to say Carioca? ... what do you think happens to the millions of refugees that don't drown at sea, who keep flooding into the UK and Europe under the UN open borders policy - the same policies we will soon be adopting if Mal and Jules get their way, and Shorten or Albo will most certainly push for if given a sniff? ... do you think they just assimilate and become valuable contributors and an integral part of those societies ... like they do in Bankstown?LOL 

McLaren Vale Shiraz blends are far from fake - I could almost take offence at that statement!Wink
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Of course, nothing like this would happen in Europe's "Multicultural Utopia" ...



 
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Oh C,mon, Dr E . Everyone knows there are no  "no go zones " , either in London or Sydney !!!Big smile Just areas taken over completely by those that come to these cities for a better life, and then refuse to assimilate and integrate.

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Originally posted by Dr E Dr E wrote:

What are you trying to say Carioca? ... what do you think happens to the millions of refugees that don't drown at sea, who keep flooding into the UK and Europe under the UN open borders policy - the same policies we will soon be adopting if Mal and Jules get their way, and Shorten or Albo will most certainly push for if given a sniff? ... do you think they just assimilate and become valuable contributors and an integral part of those societies ... like they do in Bankstown?LOL 

McLaren Vale Shiraz blends are far from fake - I could almost take offence at that statement!Wink

Forgot to put a little smile Doc, only having my usual dig, when you attain a little class in the drinking dept. you might like to try Penfolds ST.Henri, just saying.
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Oh Carioca !   LOL  Whats wrong with a flagon of white lady ???Wink
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Originally posted by Carioca Carioca wrote:

Originally posted by Dr E Dr E wrote:

What are you trying to say Carioca? ... what do you think happens to the millions of refugees that don't drown at sea, who keep flooding into the UK and Europe under the UN open borders policy - the same policies we will soon be adopting if Mal and Jules get their way, and Shorten or Albo will most certainly push for if given a sniff? ... do you think they just assimilate and become valuable contributors and an integral part of those societies ... like they do in Bankstown?LOL 

McLaren Vale Shiraz blends are far from fake - I could almost take offence at that statement!Wink

Forgot to put a little smile Doc, only having my usual dig, when you attain a little class in the drinking dept. you might like to try Penfolds ST.Henri, just saying.

I haven't actually tried a St Henri that i can recall C, but I'll take your tip and try one (eventually) - they don't do a bad job the old St George Dragons sponsor - Famous for their Reds and Whites! Wink

Gotta say, I did enjoy their '88 Grange (they often include McLaren Vale grapes in the blend), but wasn't too fussed with their '99 RWT when I cracked that a couple of years ago (gave the others away!) - one of the best buys I ever made was their Koonunga Hill (just their cheap quaffer) a few years ago now, it was around an early 2000 vintage, but had been put down for about 10 years - it was pure, only paid about $15 a bottle, wish I'd bought more!Cry

If you like a bold, full bodied, berry fruits red, you can't go past McLaren Vale though - Wirra Wirra, Coreole, d'Arenberg are the commercial "go to's", Marius (cellar club) is my favourite.  

Not real fussed on European wines though ...
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... and it would be remiss not to make special mention of Northern Victoria for their Durifs and fortifieds - particularly Rutherglen. Big smile
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Originally posted by acacia alba acacia alba wrote:

Oh Carioca !   LOL  Whats wrong with a flagon of white lady ???Wink

Loved a white lady AA,..but not in a flagon.
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Originally posted by Carioca Carioca wrote:

Originally posted by acacia alba acacia alba wrote:

Oh Carioca !   LOL  Whats wrong with a flagon of white lady ???Wink

Loved a white lady AA,..but not in a flagon.


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Got me!Love Gin and Cointreau - major ingredients in a Singapore Sling!Hug

Ingredients in The White Lady Cocktail
  • 2 oz Gin. Try it with Beefeater. 2 oz. 60 ml. 2 parts. Gin. Try it with Beefeater.
  • 12 oz Cointreau or Combier. 12 oz. 15 ml. 12 parts. Cointreau or Combier.
  • 12 oz Fresh lemon juice. 12 oz. 15 ml. 12 parts. Fresh lemon juice.
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Your taste buds are varied Doc,..so it appears your not a one pot screamer.
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LOL. Those Rutherglen fortifieds sure beat the Yarra Valley crap Doc. I like Campbells, Morris and Buller. Have been going to all three vineyards for decades. 
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So May’s canned plan A. Apparently there is no plan B. Possibly hurtling towards two very different but wildly divisive scenarios here- no deal or even remain. Making the Yanks and the French look good atm. What a sh1tshow.
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Originally posted by JudgeHolden JudgeHolden wrote:

So May’s canned plan A. Apparently there is no plan B. Possibly hurtling towards two very different but wildly divisive scenarios here- no deal or even remain. Making the Yanks and the French look good atm. What a sh1tshow.

Bloody hopeless.

Just reread the first few posts of this thread in the context of recent french news. Pretty interesting before it turned to crap about racecourses or something.

The one good thing about Macron's address to the nation today was that it started with the French, not the EU, anthem.
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Originally posted by Shammy Davis Shammy Davis wrote:

Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

Good piece in today's New Yorker laying out the weekend's outcomes and future questions on the realignment of not only French but much broader politics

<h1 ="title" itemprop="line" style="border: 0px; margin: 5px 0px 2px; padding: 0px; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; text-rendering: geometricPrecision; font-size: 38px; font-family: "Irvin ing", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; text-trans: uppercase; line-height: 1.1; letter-spacing: -0.05rem; font-variant-ligatures: none !imant;">THE HUGE CHALLENGES FACING EMMANUEL MACRON</h1>
<div id="" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 16px;"><div itemprop="article" ="article" id="article" style="border: 0px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; : relative;"><p ="Msonormal">As Emmanuel Macron and his supporters celebrated his big
victory in the French Presidential election outside the Louvre on Sunday night,
you could almost hear the sighs of relief from other parts of Europe, and also
from this country. After a long and fractious campaign, which saw the two
parties that have run France for decades humiliated, and the far-right National
Frontenjoying record levels of support, the center ultimately held. Which is
good news all around.<o:p></o:p>

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<p ="Msonormal">Last November, it looked as if Donald Trump’s election,
which followed the Brexit vote in Britain, might herald a wave of successes for
far-right nationalist parties across Europe. That hasn’t happened. First in
Austria, then in the Netherlands, and now in France, the spiritual home of
European democracy, the extremists have been defeated in national elections.
For now . . .


Macron has as much chance of forming a successful working coalition as his elderly wife has of getting pregnant. Overtaking FR, China is now GE largest trading partner and FR has dropped to 12th with the USA. Not to mention the societal problems facing FR with open borders, high unemployment, and liberal welfare programs. Countries like France, Italy, Belgium, Holland etc have historically been cowardly when faced with societal decision-making. Like the link says, the nationalist conservative movements have been stalled for now, but not stopped.

    You might be right Shammy...

          She is rather Old.



















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Theresa May is to face a no confidence vote in Parliament tomorrow.

Who would want to replace her facing this Brexit mess?
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Originally posted by Passing Through Passing Through wrote:

Theresa May is to face a no confidence vote in Parliament tomorrow.

Who would want to replace her facing this Brexit mess?

she was always on a hiding to nothing - there is no good outcomes with such a spectacularly bad hand
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