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Next On The Downgrade Docket: Belgium

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Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:46 | 1259112 GottaBKiddn
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Finally someone sheds a little light on the smelly EU capitol.



Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:03 | 1259189 bank guy in Brussels
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Whatever one's opinion of the EU, Brussels is one of the most delightful and pleasant capital cities in which to live in the entire world. And it's the most affordable national capital in all of Western Europe. Lovely city, actually, just a little scruffy due to bohemian authenticity, but with many charms and great food and drink, a lot of fine architecture and welcoming cafés wherever you turn.

Belgium is the 5th richest country within the EU in terms of per capita income, it will be quite okay, quite meriting the 'benefit of the doubt' re economic evaluations.

Like Canada, Belgium has a perpetual conversation about 'breaking up' along language lines ... like Canada for the last 45 years or so. Belgium's dialogue about this is at an intense point now, like it was in Canada in the 1990s ... it won't happen, partly because of the economic complexity of Brussels, claimed by both language groups and with strong but different ties to both ... Belgians will work things out eventually ... There's nothing wrong with having a country where regional identity is stronger than the national one.

The general European Union debt and banking system issues are great ones ... but Belgium is only sort of a 'median' in that problem mix ... Belgium is an awfully sweet place in many ways, and I am sure it will remain so whatever happens in terms of general banking and currency calamity.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:49 | 1259369 jtaskinen
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I lived in three occasions in Belgium. Have to say that it one of the most disgusting places I have ever been.

Very dysfunctional, arbitrary and bureacratic. I am happy not to be anywhere nearby.

A non-country like Belgium is a perfect place for EU, they fit together like a fist and a glove

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:39 | 1259530 Sudden Debt
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It's not because you couldn't got laid in belgium That belgium sucks.
I bet your just to ugly and stupid to pick up à girl.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:48 | 1259566 jtaskinen
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Pretty sad...you are Belgian?

Belgian males are smelly, but at least women do not have a bush under arm as in Germany.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 13:59 | 1259761 kaiten
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Next time you go to Belgium you need to try some hotels as well, not just searching the trash. It will be less smelly, also.

Ah, and dont forget to leave your arrogance at home.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 14:58 | 1260015 falak pema
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What has me in fits is to hear these arguments that generalize national traits... I love doing it but its to laugh at myself not at others... It gets really funny when it is said in all seriousness...Then we are in xenophobic country...like hunting the Apache.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 14:30 | 1259900 butchee
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Monty python's Predujice game show


Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:06 | 1259191 MarketTruth
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Belgium is not just smelly, it is also has a very large concentration of **pedophiles**(!). Add to that, Belgium is a dirty, ugly city you would never want to take the family. As for their financial stability, it is in fact worse than many here could imagine.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:07 | 1259201 American Dissident
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"Belgium is a dirty, ugly city you would never want to take the family"  Seriously - NO - S E R I O U S L Y!  Yikes!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:31 | 1259306 Sudden Debt
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Detroit is your city of choice right?


Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:59 | 1259381 magpie
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This is bullish, it's only municipal debt right ?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:05 | 1259405 Hephasteus
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You should say no Belgium is EXTREMELY dirty and extremely ugly. Play up your strong points.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 13:39 | 1259724 MarketTruth
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best bet, you can go visit Belgium and report back. Be sure to bring the kids :)

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:22 | 1259263 pazmaker
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I thought Belgium was a country not a city?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:00 | 1259391 MarketTruth
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Apologies for typo (thank you Typo ZH Police), yes it is a country. One that i hope to NEVER be doomed to spend time within. This is echoed by my family and friends, who each had separate visits to Belgium over a period of time and each experienced this ugly country.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 12:48 | 1259557 Sudden Debt
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Are you That Chinese Guy who's Chinese restaurant was shuttle down because of THE filth?

We don't hate Chinese people. Only THE dirty once.


And your family.

And those rats you kept in you basement and You call friend

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 13:40 | 1259726 kaiten
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He just had to let it out somewhere. Now he feels better. Ehm ...

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 16:51 | 1260532 Nnthnt1
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Belgium just does a better job in keeping statistics of crimes& it is less (read not) patriotic and thus strategic in hiding news about its pedophiles..

What people don't understand is that Belgian debt is majorly held indoors. Moreover, Belgium is a net creditor nation. I hope ZeroHedge readers understand what that means.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:47 | 1259118 Seasmoke
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that could be a hard one to kick the can down road any more.....time may be up !

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:48 | 1259121 Jim Lahey
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Short waffles bitchez!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:36 | 1259317 DoChenRollingBearing
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Anarchy in the EU, bitchez!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:49 | 1259125 Aengrod
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Burn Brussel BURN we the PEOPLE want to see your BURN to ASH!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:49 | 1259126 Zero Debt
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Is this just a lot of noise S&P is instructed to make to distract the attention from the dollar?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:50 | 1259140 Ethics Gradient
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That only works if you can only hold one thought in your mind at a time. If that's the case, you probably shouldn't have anything to do with finance of any sort.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:22 | 1259250 Zero Debt
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Those relying on ratings are more likely to be single threaded decision makers

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:04 | 1259194 Josh Randall
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I concurr - the unspoken currency war is is in full swing with the US throwing more sand in the EU's face by bad rapping their situation.

Next shot to be fired by the EU in retailiation will be innuendo that US has some other catastrophic tumor of it's own (ie. muni bond collapse, failed baks, Fannie/Freddie bailout redoux, etc..)


Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:51 | 1259131 nmewn
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Lawsuit bitchez!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:51 | 1259134 Oh regional Indian
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THAT is the EU dilemma right there.

It is headquartered and governed from a country without a government.

Fractally priceless.



Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:56 | 1259147 Cassandra Syndrome
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In Bruges Bitchez

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:53 | 1259148 Don Quixotic
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Belgium has been on the brink of fracturing into two countries for a while as it is. They've been front-running the EU for years.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:55 | 1259157 Buckaroo Banzai
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Man, I wish we could go 6 months without a federal government. Lucky Belgians.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:22 | 1259252 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The US didn't have a budget last year, does that count?

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:31 | 1259288 nmewn
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Lights were on, nobody was home.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:33 | 1259315 TheTmfreak
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Nobody has been home for a long time. Probably ripe for buglarizing... oh wait.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:38 | 1259331 nmewn
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I would have to agree...hang on to your silver ;-)

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:56 | 1259162 RobotTrader
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I'm sure this piece of bad news will be bought along with everything else the last 6 months.

Seems like Wall St. thinks "Well, can't get any worse, I might as well buy stocks!"


Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:00 | 1259172 Don Quixotic
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Does that mean there are very few marginal buyers of equities left or way too many... markets have been irrational so long I can't even tell where we are in the cycle any more.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:00 | 1259175 American Dissident
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Ahh Belgium aka LIBTARDIA - Just another of World Governments many rotten teeth.  Soon they will all be rotten.  Beware the implant falsies...

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 10:59 | 1259176 Gordon Freeman
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What a pathetic joke...

"Foreign ownership", heading for the exits?  WTF is that?  How does that work?  There's nowhere to go!

As Mauldin puts it, this is Endgame--everyone's in the same leaky boat.  The way it works, for the time being, is everyone takes a turn being the "problem", dutifully reported by the MSM propaganda machine, so it looks for awhile that the others  are in comparatively good shape.  It's like a bunch of lepers picking on the one with the gonorrhea...


Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:46 | 1259178 Mercury
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The very existence of the state of Belgium should be put on outlook negative.

Gotta love how the epicenter of the world government movement (which no doubt overlaps significantly with the "Diversity"  movement) can't figure out how to organize their tiny, boring (with apologies to Bank Guy in Brussels) country so that their two main ethnic groups don't kill each other over the right way to make a pancake.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:03 | 1259187 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Belgium, if my memory serves me correctly, has the highest debt/gdp in the world.  It is time they consider nationalizing their chocolate industry.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:11 | 1259214 American Dissident
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Prefer the Chocolatiers in The Land of the Money Whores myself.  Nestle crapola excepted of course.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 22:55 | 1261566 S-hai High
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running at around 100%, not quite as bad as Japan, Greece, Italy... but still pretty poor. Their saving grace is that the govnt deficit is only around  -4%, which is low by warzone... sorry, 'eurozone' standards

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:15 | 1259217 web bot
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I'm sure Nigel Farange will have something to say on this...

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:57 | 1259379 Dick Darlington
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I think Nigel called Belgium a "non-country" when he was mocking the guy who has an appearance of a bank clerk. Wait, who was that? Oh, yes, it was Mr Van Rompuy, the so called president of EU counsil. Nice to be a president when you don't even have to get elected.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 13:49 | 1259742 Non Passaran
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But he tweets superior haiku!

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 14:28 | 1259881 Aengrod
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Nigel rulez, and Brussel should burn in fire. Fire of damnation along with whole EU.


Greets from IRELAND.

Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:16 | 1259218 camaro68ss
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Im sorry Tyler but do you really think "goverment" will make thinks better if Belgium had one. When was the last time goverment actually did something good for the people, besides the trillions its pissed away to bail out its buddys.

I think belgium is better off with out a goverment regardless of down grade


Tue, 05/10/2011 - 11:13 | 1259221 Al89
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We assume the EU doesn't want a weaker currency. How is it good for Germany for their exports out of the EU to be costing so much. Likewise the US wouldn't want the DXY to continue dropping like a stone, to go through the 2008 lows and for the erosion of value to potentially turn into a disorderly collapse.

This song and dance coming as QE2 winds down provides further reason to think we will see a $ rally and the end of the inflation trade. It will buy some breathing space ($ strength and commodity price wise) for QE3 and the monetisation of US debt to continue.

Rally could be fairly strong given how 1 sided the long EUR/USD bet had become. I also spotted the SocGen piece on the breakdown in the Greek CDS/EUR correlation. Watch out for Belgium and surging Spanish/Italian CDS spreads (+6% and +7% respectively).

Then again what do I know. EUR/USD will probably be trading at 1.6 soon and the Bernank might skip the deflation part entirely and just skip right on to (hyper)inflation. 

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