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  1. Brexit...

    This is how all EU myths get started
  2. Brexit...

    I don't think anyone is questioning the fact the UK is leaving, Rubes. The negotiations are about how the UK leaves (yes/no withdrawal agreement, and subsequently yes/no trade deal), and they are currently deadlocked.
  3. 2018 World Cup

    I'm sure they don't. But every neutral that watches Greece vs X, is most likely going to be supporting X because of Greece style of play.
  4. 2018 World Cup

    Greece? Horrible team to watch, extremely defensive.
  5. 2018 World Cup

    final four Uefa spots : sweden - italy; denmark - ireland; croatia - greece; NI - switzerland I expect (and hope) Italy, Ireland, Croatia and Switzerland will go to Russia.
  6. What Grinds Your Gears...

    pensioners who drive during rush hour.. just book your appointments, do your shopping etc between 10 am and 2 pm. please don't drive between 6 am - 9 am and 3 pm - 6 pm, old people.
  7. Who should replace Koeman?

    I voted "someone else" as I think Laurent Blanc deserves consideration. Did a decent job in France, experience with top players, big name.
  8. Brexit...

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/15/britains-missing-billions-revised-figures-reveal-uk-490bn-poorer/ (behind paywall: Foreign Direct Investment fell by £145 billion to a £25 billion deficit. The article links this directly to brexit as it states "the apparent resilience of FDI flows shortly after brexit was an illusion: the spending that took place in late 2016 had already been committed earlier.") Forget all the back and forth on citizens rights, etc.. It's stuff like this that will break the deadlock, as it did with Greece.
  9. Brexit...

    Two major points of difference spring to mind. 1) if American voters so choose, they can throw out the Republicans (2018) and Trump (2020) and thus save Obamacare. Brexit on the other hand was decided on 23rd of June 2016 to be the will of the people for all eternity. (or at least the foreseeable future) . There was an election in which the current government asked for a stronger mandate to continue their handling of brexit. They were denied such mandate, yet are proceeding none the less in exactly the same way 2) Trump (and/or the republican establishment) are not affected by whatever happens to Obamacare, they are covered either way. In a no-deal chaotic brexit, everyone in the UK will take the hit. -- "will someone step in and sabotage Britain's relationship with the EU?" - actually I believe this is the official government policy, no?
  10. 2018 World Cup

    Spain is not going to be group leader.. more than likely they will be in "group of death". (Germany, Spain, Croatia, Japan is possible for example) Good news for England though, they wont face Spain or Italy in group stage. Russia, England, Tunisia, Panama would be one of easiest draws.
  11. 2018 World Cup

    wow absolutely unbelievable US didn't qualify looking at the other teams in CONCACAF.
  12. Brexit...

    I agree. I would like the EU to be able to act much more independently from the member states and to be able to stray from the instructions it has been given. That would require more integration and strengthening of democratic accountability though (pan-European elections, right of initiative to the European Parliament, and so on..). Won't happen as long as (most) member states only view the EU as a tool to further their own national agenda.
  13. Brexit...

    Problem with that is the EU's hands are rather tied. It is a rules based organisation and, on brexit, can only act as instructed by the member states. I'm sure some at the Commission want to go faster, but as long as Ireland doesn't get what it wants on the border, Poland doesn't get its money, etc. things will continue as they currently are.
  14. 2018 World Cup

    Shame Wales won't be there, fun team to watch. Although I wasn't looking forward to possibly facing them again. I'm really glad Egypt managed to qualify for the first time since 1990. Egyptians are crazy about their football; close to a 100.000 people in attendance for their last game against Congo. The Dutch are staying home, again.
  15. Brexit...

    On the Juncker speech: much like Verhofstadt, I think he has one major political goal left in his life: to say whatever he can and do whatever he must, to make sure the UK doesn't reconsider leaving. He raised some good points, but as always, the future of the EU is not decided in Brussels but in every capital city in the EU. The real danger for the UK remains that when the Tory leadership finally realizes it wants to stay in the EU, the EU27 will have decided it is better off with the UK out.