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Old 21.08.2017, 20:03
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It's just a currency, a means of facilitating trade... if you were using monopoly money it would be the same outcome without the economic policies behind it. All of the PIGS can blame the Euro for their downfall, but the reality is that all those governments had the means to handle the situation, but they choose not to do so for political reasons.

I doubt at this stage if even the Greeks themselves would be willing to accept payment in a new Greek drachma.
I agree that at this stage Greece is a total failed state and there is no hope.
Hence my EU-citizen-point-of-view opinion that we should expel Greece from the EU.
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Old 23.08.2017, 17:57
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Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

The German parlimentary elections are just 4 weeks away, and yet amazingly 46% of the electorate haven't yet decided who to vote for!

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/b...-15163692.html

One month before the Bundestag election almost half of the voters do not yet know who they want to vote for on September 24th.
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The German parlimentary elections are just 4 weeks away, and yet amazingly 46% of the electorate haven't yet decided who to vote for!

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/b...-15163692.html

One month before the Bundestag election almost half of the voters do not yet know who they want to vote for on September 24th.
I am also amazed that there's such support for Merkel after the last years. Or is this due the poor competition?
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Old 23.08.2017, 18:10
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Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Apart from promising the refugees a paradise, I think she has done a very good job.
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Old 23.08.2017, 19:26
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The German parlimentary elections are just 4 weeks away, and yet amazingly 46% of the electorate haven't yet decided who to vote for!

One month before the Bundestag election almost half of the voters do not yet know who they want to vote for on September 24th.
Maybe not so surprising, for the last few state elections and the last couple of federal elections 30% did not even bother to vote!

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Well the Germans have every reason to be happy with Merkel.
Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, the fourth-largest by nominal GDP in the world, and fifth by GDP. In 2017, the country accounted for 28% of the euro area economy.
Unemployment is under 4%.

Sometimes the media (and even on here) claim there is a refugee problem but this has very little impact on the daily life of the average German.
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Old 23.08.2017, 19:26
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Apart from promising the refugees a paradise, I think she has done a very good job.
The Greeks and the euro crisis , the Balkanisation of the developed countries in Europe, the refugee crisis which was almost entirely of her personal making (a decision which has since been judged to have been not hers to make by the European courts) and which will plague Europe for generations to come.... by far the worst Chancellor in my lifetime.
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Sometimes the media (and even on here) claim there is a refugee problem but this has very little impact on the daily life of the average German.
Except the ones who have been murdered , pay tax,receive pensions or have been sexually assaulted yes.
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Old 23.08.2017, 19:33
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Except the ones who have been murdered , pay tax,receive pensions or have been sexually assaulted yes.
It shows your the perfect Irish :-(
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Old 23.08.2017, 19:51
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Except the ones who have been murdered , pay tax,receive pensions or have been sexually assaulted yes.
Well we will very shortly see the election results and who the vast majority voted for
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Well we will very shortly see the election results and who the vast majority voted for
Germans do have a history of wanting to destroy Europe
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Old 23.08.2017, 21:01
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Re: Do you believe in Merkel?

Edeka opted to solely sell only German food for a day in order to make a powerful statement about racism and ethnic diversity. As a result, the shelves were practically empty.

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Good idea but sadly many people only see what they want to see
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Edeka opted to solely sell only German food for a day in order to make a powerful statement about racism and ethnic diversity. As a result, the shelves were practically empty.

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Good idea but sadly many people only see what they want to see
Was all the food also from Africa and the Middle East?
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Apart from promising the refugees a paradise, I think she has done a very good job.
The German economy blooms mostly due to Schröder's reforms, and not due to things Merkel implemented. Schröder's became very unpopular be doing what was needed and it is Merkel who just could harvest what he planted.
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Was all the food also from Africa and the Middle East?
It doesn't matter. Probably 89% of all products come from Holland, France and Italy but that's not the point.
What is really annoying is that the new cultural marxism tries to forbid people to even think that there might be quite a few terrorists among so many immigrants from areas with high terrorism risks and no-one can do any check up on their backgrounds, not to mention you can't just send them back. You need 12 people to supervise only one suspect of terrorism. It's insane. We don't have immigration protocols with any of those countries, everything is based on a vague human rights legislation, which means they can basically do anything they want.

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What is really annoying is that the new cultural marxism tries to forbid people to even think that there might be quite a few terrorists among so many immigrants from areas with high terrorism risks ....
Says who?

ALTHOUGH...did we react this way about Irish people in the 70s and 80s? This attempt to blame a whole population for the actions of a few? No. And this despite the fact that the proportion* of Irish involved in the IRA was certainly much higher than the proportion of muslims involved in "islamic" terrorism.

*note I say proportion - in both cases the absolute numbers are rather small
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ALTHOUGH...did we react this way about Irish people in the 70s and 80s? This attempt to blame a whole population for the actions of a few? No. And this despite the fact that the proportion* of Irish involved in the IRA was certainly much higher than the proportion of muslims involved in "islamic" terrorism.

*note I say proportion - in both cases the absolute numbers are rather small
Says me, and you? Really, trying to shout louder does not impress me. I stated my opinion, and I bet the opinion of many, many others.

It has nothing to do with blaming all of them for the acts of some, don't distort anything vaguely critical to Merkel's open door policy.


Irish thing was isolated and couldn't affect me in the least (if I even was born in the -70s lol), what a false parallel. Irish thing was not based on a religious ideology and it was obviously it would stop, sooner or later. Now you see involvement in terrorism of the third generation of immigrants....really, when will we drop all this bias.
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Edeka opted to solely sell only German food for a day in order to make a powerful statement about racism and ethnic diversity. As a result, the shelves were practically empty.

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Good idea but sadly many people only see what they want to see
"while the EU imposes large tariffs on food imported from Africa and the rest of the world"

The stupid. It burns.
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The German parlimentary elections are just 4 weeks away, and yet amazingly 46% of the electorate haven't yet decided who to vote for!

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/b...-15163692.html

One month before the Bundestag election almost half of the voters do not yet know who they want to vote for on September 24th.


Thats not a bad thing.


One of the worst things about democracy is people who are so stubborn, that they refuse to consider chainging their political party allegiance, even in the face of solid evidence, our of stubbornness or misguided loyalty to an ideology. Theres a good few of those on this very forum.


That people are undecided suggests they are taking some time to analyse the candidates and not voting for someone based purely on historical loyalties.


When someone says they will vote for a particular party before that party has even released a manifesto, or done any real campaigning, i find that worrisome. It defeats the whole point of democracy.


Another example of Germans leading the way.

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"while the EU imposes large tariffs on food imported from Africa and the rest of the world"

The stupid. It burns.

Tariffs (in this case) balance the market, they dont prevent trade.
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Says me, and you? Really, trying to shout louder does not impress me. I stated my opinion, and I bet the opinion of many, many others.

It has nothing to do with blaming all of them for the acts of some, don't distort anything vaguely critical to Merkel's open door policy.


Irish thing was isolated and couldn't affect me in the least (if I even was born in the -70s lol), what a false parallel. Irish thing was not based on a religious ideology and it was obviously it would stop, sooner or later. Now you see involvement in terrorism of the third generation of immigrants....really, when will we drop all this bias.
"Irish thing was not based on a religious ideology" So terrorism is OK if not religious based?

"obviously it would stop, sooner or later" Really, where did you get this strange idea, in reality the Irish terrorists are more active than the Islamists?

February 2017, "A bomb explodes outside the home of a serving police officer in Londonderry on 22 February as Army experts try to defuse it."

January 2017
1. "Police officer shot in Northern Ireland in 'terrorist attack' "
"Our main line of enquiry at the minute is violent dissident Republicans."
2. Bomb discovered during a security operation in Poleglass, west Belfast, was "designed to kill or seriously injure police officers"

September 2016; "Police recovered an armour-piercing mortar during searches in Lurgan. Three men are charged with targeting a former member of the security forces in the Craigavon area. A fourth is charged with the attempted murder of police officers.

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Edit; - May 2016, The threat level from Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Great Britain is raised from moderate to substantial.
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