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  1. Re: "No more budget cut" - France openly defies Brussels' policy

    Defaulting is suicidal for any country, no matter how big.

    It is easier to understand if we look at why a country would default. A country would default because the government cannot collect...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Yes, the Russians cannot sneak in 4 divisions.

    But they have concentrated that amount at the border right after the invasion of Crimea. When they withdrew those troops, the Ukrainians started the...
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    Re: Czech Army in 1938

    The defense of Czechoslovakia was severely compromised by the Anschluss, because it gave the the Germans a way to bypass the Czechoslovak border fortifications.

    However had the French and the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I doubt the fighting will stop for the winter. The terrorists/vatniks/colorado bugs will keep trying to capture the Donetsk airport.

    When the terrorists and the Russian army have captured the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The previous liberation would have succeeded without the Russian invasion.

    The Ukrainians considered their army was not yet able to take on Russia then. So did the Croatians back in 1991.

    The...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Now Poroshenko has a pro-Western Parliament to work with.

    Wanna bet we'll see an Ukrainian version of "Operation Storm" (the liberation of the Croatian province of Krajina from the occupation of...
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    Re: Kosovo/Serbia

    Well, in spite of your "informed" opinion, both Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU.

    The thing is that both Romania and Bulgaria treat their minorities well, which made those countries fit for EU...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The USA or the EU need the guy to be a corupt politician on Putin's payroll or an ex-KGB / ex-Securitatea Statului officer or informat.

    If the guy is none of those things, they have nothing on...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The essence of the situation in countries like Ukraine and those parts of Eastern Europe where there were no lustration laws is that all the political parties are controlled by very bad people.

    So...
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    Re: Kosovo/Serbia

    That would be a very "interesting" read, since North of the Balkans everybody is accounted for from the 6th century AD onwards.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    You guys may want to check who is actually targeted by the laws. Ex KGB and top Yanukovich officials are the ones barred from office for 5 to 10 years.

    Nobody is shading a tear for those ones,...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Yes, you can and you should ban kleptocrats from running for office and have any sort of political activity.

    Here is why:

    In most of Eastern Europe, even the EU member countries, the largest...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    There are a lot of coal mines in the area under terrorist control.

    However, once those mines get depleted, the soil would be very suitable for agriculture, thanks to so many idiots who would be...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Russia has eating into those reserves at a very fast rate this year. It also helps putting the size of those reserves into the correct perspective by mentioning they represent...less than 6 times...
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    Re: Kosovo/Serbia

    Interesting logic: the identity of the Romanians emerged in the 14th century because the foreigners who visited the place reported the inhabitants call themselves "Romans". If say nobody would have...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I was saying some time in April that the Americans were planning to sell the oil from their reserves and that Saudi Arabia was ready to dump oil on the market as well when that happens.

    It is...
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    Re: Kosovo/Serbia

    Speaking of Transylvania, Wallachia or Moldova, the native population has used the name "Romani" ("Romans"/"Romanians") since the Roman conquest.

    Wallachians, Vlachs, etc are exonyms - names given...
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    Re: Time for a change of approach on welfare

    It can work only if the government is also the developer. And/or if the government nationalizes the houses/apartments currently rented.

    I for one would agree, but I grew up in a communist country...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    And judging by how desperate were the Transnistreans to get Moldavian passports so they could travel to the EU without visa, the inhabitants of Koenigsberg might not object at all being "annexed". ...
  20. Re: "No more budget cut" - France openly defies Brussels' policy

    The 3% deficit rule is derived from the accumulated experience of the last 200 years. Countries which ran such deficits for too long ended up in serious trouble.

    That means responsible members of...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Girkin/Strelkov's "We told them not to fly over our skies", followed by "they were dropping paratroopers" pretty much rules out "they didn't do it on purpose".

    Really?

    Did the Ukrainian Army...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Killing civilians, be they flying airliners, being political opponents or "guilty" of various "crimes" in the eyes of the assassins is terrorism.

    States which apply death penalty are States. The...
  23. Re: Good thing saint Snowden fled to Russia becuse they are so lilly white.

    The issue is not illegal behavior, but behavior which, if known to the voters, would cause the person to lose the elections.

    If one engages in behavior which makes one unpopular to one's voters,...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    You don't really bother to read about the deeds of those guys, do you?!

    Here's another reason, beside shooting down airliners, kidnapping and assassinating political opponents, pressing people...
  25. Re: "No more budget cut" - France openly defies Brussels' policy

    The real defiance would have been to cut nothing.

    21 billion euro budget cuts are BIG cuts by all standards, even though they fail to keep the budget deficit below the 3% deficit mark.

    The...
  26. Re: Good thing saint Snowden fled to Russia becuse they are so lilly white.

    Intelligence agencies and police need to be closely supervised in order to prevent abuse.

    That is easier said than done. The fundamental reason is the ones supervising them are...the politicians....
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The Russians do an excellent job by themselves.

    I love the new Minister of Culture, Miss Irina Filatova. Google search would show she gives a new meaning to the term "art exhibition". When it...
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    Re: Time for a change of approach on welfare

    @Mongrel:

    If the state subsidizes the building of the houses instead of the rents, you replace the landlords with the developers.

    Either way, somebody would take advantage of the following...
  29. Re: Good thing saint Snowden fled to Russia becuse they are so lilly white.

    In my opinion Snowden's actions had two distinct consequences:

    1) It might have helped the Americans pay more attention to how their intelligence agencies operate, with the possible but not...
  30. Re: Bulgaria: we need to abandon Russian military equipments or face catastrophe

    Add to the equation the fact that while there is a general positive attitude towards Russia in Bulgaria, the Russians enjoy less popularity there than they do in Serbia.

    The Bulgarian elites have...
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    Re: Time for a change of approach on welfare

    Maybe my English is not good enough to convey the ideas, but you have helped me by saying the UK is about 1 million houses short and you would need to build 150k or 200k a year minimum in order to...
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    Re: Kosovo/Serbia

    By the same standard the German and Italian nations only exist since the XIX centuries. Before we had Bavarians, Prussians, Venetians, Genoese like we had Wallachians and Moldavians.

    Well done!
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    Re: Kosovo/Serbia

    Out of curiosity, how can the Serbian clownish theories about the Turkmenistan or Caucasus Albanians can be reconciled with the fact the Albanians of Skanderbeg, were Christians?

    Did the Turks...
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    Re: Time for a change of approach on welfare

    You can build 10 floors blocks of flats faster?! Congratulations! We couldn't do it even during communist times, when things were built much faster than today.

    Building a one-family house takes...
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    Re: Time for a change of approach on welfare

    The fundamental issue of rent levels, rent control, rent subsidy, etc is market mechanisms can't work very well in this case.

    To begin with, dwellings aren't portable. As such, the cheap ones...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    fixed for you .

    And yes.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Speaking of tanks, the Russian are massing them near Mariupol. The fun is about to restart just before the Ukrainian elections.

    The West may not need to send the German soldiers to Eastern...
  38. Re: EU/Greek Economic crisis. Death threaths, buried scandals and the corrupted democratic proccess.

    How is printing money going to help a country faced with a multitude of problems ranging from legislation which kills business to corruption and massive tax evasion?

    The Argentinians had, among...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The German government wants to get the German military directly involved in Eastern Ukraine because otherwise the conflict would freeze like that in Transistria.

    The idea is to keep ramping up the...
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    Re: Kosovo/Serbia

    Yes, indeed, if the Serbs take a hard look at their own genetic makeup they would find out that many of them are Slavicised locals. Which ironically means many of them are actually Albanians...
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