Brussels, Capital of the Free World!

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by stoatman, May 19, 2010.

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  1. ... or at least US Vice President and resident White House clown Joe Biden thinks.

    now, I know that the current American administration is big into doing itself down and bigging up others at its own expense, but really! He further described Brussels as "the bastion of European democracy". WTF?

    But then again the man is mostly kept under wraps because he can be guaranteed to drop an absolute clanger if he is allowed off autocue...

    full story: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/brussels-capital-of-the-free-world-joe-biden-at-the-european-parliament/
     
  2. Brussels - capital free of honesty, bravery, duty, loyalty, financial probity, democracy, (cont p94)
     
  3. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

  4. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

  5. Although many of them consider themselves culturally French, The Walloons would politically rather be big fish in a small and screwed up pond rather than just a couple of random Departments in France.
     
  6. Having lived in Brussels for three years when there wasn't a national government for 180 days (no-one noticed, bins still got collected, taxes paid, no mass demonstrations - everyone got on with their lives), it was muted to do this. However, both France and Netherlands didn't want Flanders or Wallonia! And neither did those Belgians want to be French or Dutch.
     
  7. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Maybe we are looking at this wrong - maybe there is something we could learn from them after all.....