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Old 3rd Feb 2014, 18:07
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Corruption in the EU
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Old 3rd Feb 2014, 22:34
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In contrast, the UK has retained its place at top of the league table.
I'm not sure that selling off most of London to the Russians and Chinese is really what most people think of as 'investment'.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 10:39
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The average Dutch household could be better off by over 8,000 a year and national income will grow by over 1 trillion if the Netherlands leaves the euro and the EU, according to a new study.

Dutch would be 'better off' if they left the euro - Telegraph

I look forward to discussing this with my Dutch friends next week.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 12:51
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selling off most of London to the Russians and Chinese

and the French - don't forget them !

(Better to keep your friends close and your enemies even closer - old Sicilian saying).
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 21:38
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The average Dutch household could be better off by over 8,000 a year and national income will grow by over 1 trillion if the Netherlands leaves the euro and the EU, according to a new study.
Wow, you know the EU is in trouble when even the Dutch start to come to these conclusions.
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Old 9th Feb 2014, 22:11
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The Capital Economics report is worth a read - I'm surprised it hasn't been leapt on by Nige and his co-drinkers.:

https://www.capitaleconomics.com/data/pdf/NExit.pdf

Apparently there will be few if any downsides if the Netherlands were leave the EU/Euro
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Old 10th Feb 2014, 09:04
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The response from my Dutch friend on email this morning. Worth adding that until recently he was as staunchly pro-EU as I am anti.
yes, there was quite some coverage on that in the media.

I also am a strong supporter of becoming non EU country, those idiots in the EU know how to burn money by the billions.... we all pay that.
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Old 10th Feb 2014, 10:22
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Almost 24 hours and surprised that nobody has brought this one on to here....

Swiss vote to set limits on immigration from EU | Reuters

Now there's an unexpected outcome - not !!

Exactly how much more evidence do the idiots in Brussels need before they actually start to listen to and try to understand what almost 200 million people in Europe think of their stupid dogma....
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Old 10th Feb 2014, 11:40
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There's more to come.

Apparently they are planning to stick their noses into Wills (probate variety).
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 09:17
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The eurozone crisis is just getting started - Telegraph
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 09:36
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Yes, I was a bit confused by the Torygraph web-site this morning - their lead article was about how France and Germany had finally turned the corner, yet further down was Warner's piece saying once again that the end is nigh. What gives?
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Old 14th Feb 2014, 13:50
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Apparently they are planning to stick their noses into Wills

I was showing some photographs of the Royal Family to a teenage girl here and she expressed a similar sentiment.
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 12:34
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When Angela Merkel phones the Ukrainian politician, what language do they speak - and does either fully understand what the other is saying?
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Old 20th Feb 2014, 12:41
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As Merkel had the misfortune to have grown up in the German 'Democratic' Republic, that wonderful communist paradise that needed to keep people from escaping by armed border guards, barbed wire fences, a wall, guard dogs, watchtowers, and minefields, it is possible she would have been forced to learn Russian, which is similar enough to Ukrainian for the two languages to be mutually intelligible.

More likely though that as a matter of protocol there would be an interpreter.
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Old 5th Apr 2014, 17:22
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Had lunch today with a young(ish) couple running a boat maintenance business here in Spain. They have more work than they can handle, clients getting fed up with delays in getting their boats anti-fouled, painted, engines/outdrives rebuilt. The obvious solution would be to hire more blokes to work for them. So why don't they ?

Last week down at the foundry we saw that there is also lots of work, but the owner/foreman is getting behind with his casting, clients (including Mrs OFSO) complaining that their sculptures are wanted NOW, not in two months time. The obvious solution would be for him to hire more blokes to work for him. So why doesn't he ?

It was explained to me that quite apart from the wages of new staff (which the business owners could afford) each new worker now also costs around 500 a month in taxes, social security, insurance and other "contributions", and that is just too much for small businesses to find.

So both businesses are staggering along with the owners (who largely do the work themselves) working 12 hours a day seven days a week, while a lot of customers get turned away and the men who could be hired sit at home, drawing unemployment benefit.

I heard a Spanish opposition politician saying last week that Spain needs to reduce taxes (etc) to give firms the incentive to take on more work and more staff, but this seems to fall on deaf ears, with the Premier insisting that Spain needs more (tax) income.

Do we give this a name such as "socialism" or just regard it as blind stupidity ?
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Old 5th Apr 2014, 18:04
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The outlook for employment for Spaniards is not too dark.

One has got a job as Prime Minister of France, and another has got a job as Mayor of Paris.
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Old 5th Apr 2014, 23:08
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It seems as if the cancer of communism is creeping southwards across the Pyrenees.
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 05:16
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This article appeared in the English language paper, Connexion....

THE FORMER director general of the World Trade Organisation has offered a radical solution to rising unemployment in France.

Pascal Lamy argued that France needed a more “flexible” job market, and suggested some short-term positions could “pay below the minimum wage”.

“A small job is better than no job,” he said on the Questions Info show on LCP.

“I would not have said this 10 or 20 years ago, but with this level of unemployment…”

He said that the French, “must accept from time to time to cross the symbolic spaces of this type.”

He also predicted that the tax cuts promised to households by President Hollande on Monday would add €10bn to the €50bn public spending cuts under the “Responsibility Pact”.
Not so much a "radical solution", more like common sense. But remember, it is socialism we are dealing with here, so common sense is going to be very thin on the ground.
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 17:13
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It was explained to me that quite apart from the wages of new staff (which the business owners could afford) each new worker now also costs around 500 a month in taxes, social security, insurance and other "contributions", and that is just too much for small businesses to find.
What is the "net wage paid" to the "new staff" if/when around 500 in additional taxes above are paid by the company...?! Please clarify. Otherwise that statement is too ambigious to comment on further.
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Old 6th Apr 2014, 19:34
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Wierdly the monthly wage in Spain offered to a technician always seems be be about 1000 a month. No, not much is it ? However if hiring someone to do a specific one-off job which requires skills, a fixed price is usually negotiated beforehand.












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