Brussels, Capital of the Free World!

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

As you already know, ladies and gentlemen, … some American politicians and American journalists refer to Washington, D.C., as the capital of the free world. But it seems to me that in this great city, which boasts one thousand years of history, which serves as the capital of Belgium, the home of the European Union, and the headquarters of NATO, this city has its own legitimate claim to this title.
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/brusse...e-world-joe-biden-at-the-european-parliament/
 
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OldSnowy said:
Alsacien said:
Shut the place down and split the proceeds between France and the Netherlands....
I thought that's what they were doing already? Whether the French want 'their bit' is another story though!
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.
 
#8
Alsacien said:
Shut the place down and split the proceeds between France and the Netherlands....
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.
 

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#9
MightyBigEgo said:
Alsacien said:
Shut the place down and split the proceeds between France and the Netherlands....
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.
Maybe we are looking at this wrong - maybe there is something we could learn from them after all.....
 

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