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France Threatens To Kick Belgium Out Of The Socialist Club

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As more and more wealthy French bourgeousie flee (first Arnault, now Depardieu) the nation of their birth to the smaller and better-beer-making nation of Belgium, it seems that socialist president Hollande is not amused. His cunning plan to tax the crepe out of the uber-wealthy has back-fired - quelle surprise - and in the most passive aggressive statement in a while, Agence France-Presse notess that Hollande 'patriotically' demands "there's no other way" than to revise fiscal agreements with countries (cough Belgium cough) offering advantageous tax rates. AFP goes on to note his additional rantings, "We're reconciling our budget policies, we must reconcile our tax policies," Hollande said at a press conference in Brussels as France is "forced to renegotiate the tax convention to deal with those who have moved to some Belgian village." Shame really.


Via AFP (Google Translate): Depardieu: Holland wants to renegotiate tax treaties with Belgium

December 14 (AFP) - President François Hollande has Appeal in Brussels on Friday, a "ethical behavior" of each, and has called for a renegotiation of tax treaties with Belgium, about exile tax actor Gerard Depardieu.


"Everyone must be ethical, regardless the business that, "said the head of the French state, interviewed during a press conference after the summit Europe.


He felt that there was "no other way to do" that "review (the) tax treaties" with countries offer tax advantages. France would thus he said, "have to renegotiate the tax treaty (with Belgium) to treat the case of those who settled in a Belgian village. "


"They are suspicious, it's a socialist mayor," he quipped Mr. Holland, in an allusion to the village where Néchin Gérard Depardieu acquired a property, as before him other wealthy French.


"We align our fiscal policy, we harmonize our tax policies, "he said.


Castigating the "dumpings tax" charged by some European countries with respect to companies or individuals, it warned that it was "not in favor of procedures amnesty "tax.


The departure of Gérard Depardieu for Belgium is "quite pathetic, "said Wednesday the Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault.


Néchin village, distant only a mile the French border and the town of Roubaix (Nord), in 27% of French residents, often very wealthy, including members Mulliez family, which controls the distribution group Auchan.


Belgium offers special conditions advantageous for large fortunes French: there is not tax on capital, or capital gains tax and inheritance are cheaper than in France.


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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:07 | 3062806 hugovanderbubble
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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:16 | 3062831 hedgeless_horseman
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"We align our fiscal policy, we harmonize our tax policies, we begin bombing Mulligan's Valley in five minutes."

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:32 | 3062869 TruthInSunshine
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Unless you've had a fine Belgian Trappist & Abbey Ale, you haven't lived.

France is in a state of internal strife, as they see their manufacturing base ravaged, and the bulk of the population refuses to realize or accept that going along with the "printing will save the day" memo forwarded by every elected "leader," "wise" appointed/nominated regulator, and central reserve fiat banker will lead to an even larger and more rapid compression of what exists of their middle class.

You can't really print jobs, productivity, economic growth, prosperity or true aggregate demand.

C'est la vie.

C'est la guerre.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:35 | 3062892 Dalago
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People vote with their feet. Belgium should put their taxes to 0 in spite of these frog munchers.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:51 | 3062962 Mister Ponzi
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Or, as London Mayor Boris Johnson said: In the U.K. they are welcoming them all - rich Frenchmen, Lakshmi Mittal, entrepreneurs. Not that England is such a great place to live and work. But with neighbors like France, it is easy to attract the money.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:58 | 3062999 Ghordius
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if you are seriously, seriously rich London (not England) is the best primary residence you can wish for

the tax deals you can get are simply unbelievable

and you can still go hunting foxes in France, or chill in the Toscana in summer or just take your yacht around the world

two generations of Greek shipowners can attest this, as various Russian oligarchs, Saudi princes etc. etc.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:04 | 3063010 Dick Gazinia
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"There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them"


           Inspector Jacques Clouseau

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:40 | 3063128 nofluer
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London? Nope. Close but no cigar. Jersey. (NOT "NEW Jersey.)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 15:21 | 3063702 kaiserhoff
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The Caymans, Vanuatu, Monaco..., a world of choices.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:08 | 3064005 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Happy to help


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 15:23 | 3063722 kaiserhoff
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Gentlemen prefer, Olde Frothingslosh - Pale Stale Ale - The Pint of No Return.

 as to what in the hell they do with it????

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 04:29 | 3065872 MisterMousePotato
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Samuel Smith's Old Tadcaster Taddy Porter. If I could, I would live on it.

As to Belgium being better beer ... are you kidding me?!? Sure. Easier to get drunk on beer with 12% alcohol content, but it tastes vile. Utterly vile.

I'd rather drink Pabst or Old Milwaukee.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:20 | 3062845 The trend is yo...
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or they could do what NJ does to sheep that can't afford to live here and leave to cheaper states(about a 1k a day)

An exit tax for anyone who sells their home and leaves the state

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 21:21 | 3065314 philipat
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Wouldn't it be easier to start with Monaco?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:07 | 3062809 gdgenius
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ha! the "crepe" out of them...clever...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:10 | 3062815 Sanksion
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When one fails his tax policies, one might expand his failures around the world.
Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:09 | 3062816 frenchie
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funny 'cause Roubaix is like El djazair; u need a visa if u r white and want to enter...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:12 | 3062823 gould's fisker
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"We align our fiscal policy, we harmonize our tax policies, " and then we ask everybody to stand up and then touch their toes.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:13 | 3062825 Vashta Nerada
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France should just invade Belgium and repatriate the citizens.  All they need is some non-Frenchman to lead them.  Perhaps a Corsican again?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:56 | 3062991 Desert Irish
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I'd put money on the Flemish kicking the crap out of them....long white flags and while we are at it here's Dexia and it's all yours France...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:22 | 3062826 THE DORK OF CORK
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Just Print the Fucking Franc - for christ sake !!!!!!!!!!

There is rail stuff lying around under used.



Dec 9
Passenger rail service between Mulhouse France & Freiburg Germany brought back after 30 years with the relaying of a old freight line.


Mobility of the French

Only a slight rise in rail when the British rail system is breaking all records..........


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:14 | 3062827 azzhatter
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Don't forget that Belgium also has Herman Von Rumpboy

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:05 | 3063014 Dick Gazinia
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And Waffles

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:23 | 3063072 ATM
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Mussells, eels and pomme frites.......

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:39 | 3063485 ThirdWorldDude
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...EU's tax coffers, corrupt unelected bureaucrats and a few thousand corporate lobbyists.


Oh, I almost forgot, they also have a free public transportation (at least in Brussels and Hasselt), the serfs from around the continent are picking up that bill. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:15 | 3062829 suteibu
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One wonders why some opportunistic nation (perhaps Japan) doesn't take advantage of the developed world's growing high-tax socialism by becoming a tax paradise for wealthy individuals and global corporations to inject some life into their dying economies.  I suppose they would not want to run afoul of the US-led scheme to destroy personal and economic freedom wherever it raises its ugly head or, as it is know in foreign policy circles, "soft power."

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:31 | 3062889 Cookie
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Singapore took this position some years ago, and with incredible success


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:36 | 3062908 suteibu
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Indeed.  Surprisingly enough, there are people in Japan who are advocating economic and foreign policy neutrality for Japan, just like Singapore.  Unfortunately, the entrenched bureaucratic, corporate, political classes, heavily influenced by the US, will never consider it until such time as American interests determine Japan no longer holds value in Asia.  Of course, by then it will be too late for Japan.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:55 | 3064347 Nick Jihad
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It seems like some sort of normalization of relations with Russia, China and North Korea would be requisite to any kind of real neutrality. That would mean renouncing a variety of disputed territorial claims, e.g. Sakhalin Islands. And really, neutrality with respect to NK? That's crazy talk.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:16 | 3062830 Zola
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I cannot wait the day when China tells USSA and EUSS to suck a giant **** and vaccum all the talent, wealth and skilled labor from all these pathetic clowns while introducing a Gold backed Yuan...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:24 | 3062860 orangegeek
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So we can all be communists?  Great idea.


It appears China has a little debt problem of their own.


Building empty cities is always great for the economy, right?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:27 | 3062881 suteibu
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"So we can all be communists? "

As opposed to the creeping socialism/fascism the West is experiencing now?  My Chinese friends laugh at Americans who are losing their freedoms while the Chinese are gaining theirs.  Of course, even they realize that it is all relative, but the trend is in their favor.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:31 | 3063102 alangreedspank
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Point I've made for a while. Developing nations have an uptrend in just about everything good while the 'West' still has it good, it's going down though.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:44 | 3063138 Mr Joshua
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China is hardly a communist state.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:11 | 3063279 nofluer
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China is a kleptocracy. Which also explains why the Chinese people are buying so much gold - the government has 6 - 8% inflation designed into their economy.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:23 | 3062864 Aegelis
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Waiting for the news report a few years from now, "Belgium Buys Bankrupt France"

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:24 | 3062870 pcrs
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advantageous is defined here as :anything below 'your output totally belongs to me' comply or face jail.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:25 | 3062873 orangegeek
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It will be a great day when Germany financially stomps France once and for all.


France is a great place though.  The only problem is the french.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:32 | 3063108 alangreedspank
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Nah, not the french. Just the socialists.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:27 | 3062875 RobotTrader
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CAC40 pinned at 6-mo. highs, not backing down

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:35 | 3062907 liszt
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Who cares ?

By-the-way, what is Ron Paul thinking about this ?

The problem is not your acquaintance with fascists like R. Paul or van Mises, the problem is your flawed thinking about economics, witch makes you believe capitalism is sustainable for ever. Moral opinions are not the worst things, the worst is logic failure. Think about J.B. Say's law of production : true or false ? Just for 1 time in your life, read an economist instead of thinking you've got the knowledge by birth. You are a trist market analyzer, an narrow-minded sub-enlighted red necked average American nerd. Face it. You never read ANY economist, even neo-cons. face your absolute mental vacuity instead of writing useless crap. 

You used to write very good papers, until it came to the conclusion, because there you had to disclose your nasty ideas.

It's all logic, i'm not more communist than you. The only difference is, that i know what logic means, while you don't. Only few people here have the courage to think, and face reality, not the fake reality they use to. And please, forget your rants against keynesian, they are only the nurses of capitalism !

Maybe i'm the only one who absolutely don't care about who's opinion ever. If i don't tell you're wrong, who will ? Not the followers. 



Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:42 | 3062938 jimijon
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Who cares about what?

And why are you so defensive of economists?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:52 | 3062975 LostAtSea
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Capitalism is sustainable until government gets involved. 

Ron Paul a facist?  Haha, that is the funniest thing I've heard today.  I think you forgot the </sarc>  at the end of your rant.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:29 | 3063094 pcarpenter
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Spoken like a true Frenchmen (and written poorly).  Your views are not correct just because YOU think they are ... of course the French are smarter than we are ... just ask them

Your quasi-socialist City of Lights is in an economic FLAT SPIN ... .

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:49 | 3063147 Mr Joshua
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I junked you because YOUR MAMMA WAS A SNOWBLOWER!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:24 | 3063359 nofluer
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"Scuse... but am I correct in thinking that based on your comment, you think Say's Law of production is VALID??? It's complete and utter Bullshyte!!! Put another way, "Build it and they will come." That might work as a plot for a BS baseball movie, but it doesn't work in the real world. If there is no demand, (artificially created or not), any production will be a waste of resources. It's entirely BACKWARD!!! Period. I bet you're one of the 5 people in the world who bought a Chevy Volt... YOu claim to be able to apply logic... apply Say's Law to the Chevy Volt.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 10:25 | 3066132 ISEEIT
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Who cares?

It seems to me that ZH not only allows, but encourages all to share their opinions. I've encountered a few allusions to censorship, however I have not seen it myself. I've personally posted some of the most inane, rude, obnoxious, and flat out stupidest crap imaginable and yet am allowed to continue doing so to my drunken hearts content.

I sincerely hope that you continue to do the same. I further suggest that you remain in school, soak up all the propaganda on offer, go forth into the world and become a fully functioning sheeple. If at age 40 or so you feel true inner peace and happiness then by all means you will have been correct as a child, and will from that point continue FORWARD into the land of unicorns and fairy dust to live happily ever after.

Best of luck:)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:43 | 3062939 alex_g
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So all new jobs for the french will be commuting over the border to Belgum and tending to wealthy former French it.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:44 | 3062943 Walt D.
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Make the following substitutions:

1) Replace France with California.

2) Replace Belgium with Texas (or Nevada),

3) Replace President Francois Hollande with Governor Jerry Bown.

4) A small viilage near the Belgian border with Incline Village, Nevada.

Same problem - whats the difference?

It seems that governments with out of control spending problems feel that they have the right to confiscate the wealth of anybody, with no other justification than that they need the money. - Not much different from the average alcoholic or drug adict, who will steal from friends, family, strangers to support their habit.

... My name is Francois and I'm a taxaholic.




Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:28 | 3063096 ATM
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If the people can just up and leave does the government really have power over them?

Better to get all the governments together and enforce the power ACROSS borders. That solves all of governments problems.

First it is capital controls then total controls.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 17:07 | 3064411 Nick Jihad
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Same problem - whats the difference?

The obvious difference is that Jerry Brown can demand a bailout from the Feds. And if it weren't for those meddling republicans in the house, it would have worked!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:45 | 3062947 falak pema
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The French position is all wind n piss for internal use in socialista flash of mirrors. The Euro charter says : free movement of people, capital and goods within Eurozone. Game over for brow beating neighbours. This is just bravado for the crowds.

In fact as Mitterrand proved the socialists were the greatest friends of Big Business; after they had their dogmatic butts kicked for two years; creating the french big bang and the Cac 40, tying in with Germany big time and opening up the great Euro market. 65% of french capital markets belong to foreign investment and 90 % of government debt is foreign owned. Nation state is totally subservient to markets. We all know that, and thats why the Oligarchy rules the world. So this is just pissing in the wind to please the crowd.

WHAT THIS TRULY IMPLIES IS FISCAL HARMONY NOW HAS TO COME ONTO THE  EURO group AGENDA. It should have when they created the euro...

Nothing new, Hollande will turn the screws on the government spending, up the bureaucracy retirement age and ALSO the working hours of France for 35 more like 40/hrs per week. Its part of the new "competitve" package that will become mandatory, as austerity hits France in 2013/2014, bigtime. He has NO choice as Frau Merkel is breathing down his neck.

So then, like in 1983, he will turncoat like Mitterrand did, and open up the flexibility, productivity valves in industry/services, cut down on government spending, to bring France in tow to Germany. All planned for 2013/2014  as next presidential elections will be 2017; and all he is interested in is meeting that deadline, having done the hard lifting (he hopes, and nobody in Europe looks to the black cloud of debt without redemption yet) so that french  government sector is more ship-shape. 

What this scenario does not address is corporate financial banksta debt, oil energy crunch and surging industrial competitivity of BRIC world. France, like all of first world is having to rewrite its social-industrial paradigm in an age of energy crunch and world wide competition.

We'll all end up as farmers or as Internet wizards! With nothing in between! Two buns and no hamburger! 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:47 | 3062951 guasilas
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"We align our fiscal policy, we harmonize our tax policies"

Well, why not align French tax policies on Belgian ones: Problem solved!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:56 | 3062970 magpie
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This will not end well, France will just use the EU to smack down their "naughty" neighbour.

(Like the Asterix reference working against French advantage)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:02 | 3063006 Ghordius
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you have no clue about that "EU stuff", eh? why do you post this kind of clueless comments?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:05 | 3063016 magpie
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Why ? They are big enough to bend the rules to their advantage e.g. farm subsidies, kicking out Gypsies etc.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:41 | 3063132 Ghordius
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bending the EU rules in the own country is a national sport, here in Europe (pun intended)

the only ones that don't "get it" are the Brits, with their disorderly love for "The Law" and "The Rules"

bending the rules - tacit or EU ones - so that another EU country gets the shaft is a completely different matter

again, the only ones that "don't get it" are the Brits, with their barbaric "sportive aggression"

and so it's again the Brits that have this wish to be kicked out but don't understand why they are not kicked out

there is something about the Anglo(American) Political Psyche that is against all cooperative thinking, I suspect

some sadomasochistic "Rule or be ruled", or "Lead or be Led". no sense at all of treating other countries as peers

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:37 | 3063478 nofluer
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Peers? Good concept until you get a country like France whose belief in equality is second to none.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:47 | 3063525 Non Passaran
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I prefer to treat other EU countries - ALL EU countries, in fact - as PIIGS.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:52 | 3063551 Canucklehead
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Basically you've said "It's an Anglo-American World"...

Your approach means the Anglo-Americans simply sit on the sidelines while the Euro-family fights amongst themselves and asks for an outsider to settle their internal arguments.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 19:24 | 3064944 Ghordius
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the other way round. the AngloCanadianKiwiOhLet'sSayCommonwealthersAmericans are just 100% sure that because they all have a serious cultural and political crisis after a century of solving 50% of the problems by bombing them and the other 50% of the rest by throwing irredemable paper promises at them THINK that of course all the rest of the world has the same attitude

ergo the French and the Germans must be for example at least be at their throats by Christmas or your worldview just shatters

and of course a bigger nation like France must be fucking Belgium because that's the way the world is

after a century of predominance, you are "dominance oriented" in politics, instead of "exchange oriented"

you changed and the rest of the world changed but you aren't aware of both

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 21:41 | 3065380 Bazza McKenzie
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The Brits and Americans seemed to manage to cooperate well enough to vanquish Germany in WWII, when Germany of course was not cooperating all that well with the rest of Europe, though there were some French (Vichy) who were happy to cooperate with Germany in rolling up Jews and suppressing others.  Perhaps Germany was only emulating the behavior of France under Napolean, when it too did not play well with others in Europe.

The "European" idea of cooperation apparently is to suppress the liberty of others.  Which is why France and Germany have never forgiven Britain, and more recently the US, for preventing them from imposing cooperation on everyone else.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 05:57 | 3065923 Ghordius
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lol, your comment is a perfect example for what I was trying to say


"Brits & Yanks cooperating" = good, per definition

"others cooperating" = bad, per definition

"European idea of cooperation" = suppress liberty of others

"France and Germany have never forgiven Britain, and more recently the US, for preventing them from imposing cooperation on everybody else"

this last one is a true gem. it encapsulates the faith that the US & the UK can't do evil and other's can't do good

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:07 | 3063024 Mercury
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France Threatens To Kick Belgium Out Of The Socialist Club


Sounds like some French are kicking themselves out of the socialist club.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:17 | 3063051 Taterboy
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France should invade Belgium as soon as Belgium is made to give them gas money to do so.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:21 | 3063059 matsoR
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Maybe Hollande should have thought about his policy instead of blaming shit on other countries? #FuckHollande

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:25 | 3063067 No Euros please...
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There's always a warm welcome and a very special place for the French in Diksmuide.

Sorry, if you're French, that's Dixmude.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:23 | 3063071 alangreedspank
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There you have it, this is what the New World Order is about: eliminating competition between various tax farms and make sure capital can't escape the global statist mindset.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:26 | 3063084 americanspirit
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"Pathetic" is the right word, but Jean-Marc Ayrault should realize that it applies, in spades, to M. Hollande. Also "arrogant" and "stupid" work equally well.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:20 | 3063360 Joe A
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And they already have a near trade war over the French taxing Belgium and other foreign beers. France is getting quite protective of its markets and either taxes foreign products or nationalizes foreign companies.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:53 | 3063566 Joebloinvestor
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One of the first things the EU will do if/when they get their shit together (as in consolidated banking) will be PAYING TAXES and who is due what.

In other words, all EU members will pay the same tax rate (a lot).

You can't consolidate the banking (well you can try) and ignore taxation.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 14:53 | 3063567 Joebloinvestor
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One of the first things the EU will do if/when they get their shit together (as in consolidated banking) will be PAYING TAXES and who is due what.

In other words, all EU members will pay the same tax rate (a lot).

You can't consolidate the banking (well you can try) and ignore taxation.


Fri, 12/14/2012 - 15:04 | 3063620 Peterus
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By getting shit together you mean when going further in transformation towards fascist super-state?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 15:12 | 3063659 Joebloinvestor
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Super Socialism, the EU equivalent of indentured servant.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 15:06 | 3063636 Peterus
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We own our merchandise and will hunt it down abroad if we deem it necessary. We will steal what we want in the name of law. Running sheep will just be tired (and beaten up) when they get their wool shortened.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 15:49 | 3063851 Arthur Borges
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Oh what a good giggle! Depardieu started out as an ex-convict who became lover to the alcoholic if brilliant author Marguerite Duras, whom the French president would have admired in his youth (and mine). And that was very brave of Mr. Depardieu for she was by then a woman you could only ogle at for her mind.

Anyhow, after playing Richelieu, Robespierre or some other spuerstar of the French Revolution, Depardieu became a national icon -- sort of like Charlton Heston after he played Moses for Hollywood.

I have to guess Mr. Hollande is taking this slight to his authority very, very personally.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:05 | 3063986 WhiteNight123129
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Mr Hollande,  Allez vous faire foutre!

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 16:11 | 3064024 Steve in Greensboro
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Another French defeat at Waterloo.  Sucks to be a commie.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 17:13 | 3067067 thisandthat
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So... I take it all you fucks voted for MR's tax policies, then?

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