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Citius Altius Fortius

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  1. I ask myself what are the best answers of the general questions of our time... We all are facing in my point of view two major revolutions at the moment, which depend/interact on/with each other: globalisation and a world-wide technical one... Globalisation is everywhere and we recognise that our neighbourhood/region/country isn't as before - labour, which doesn't rely on your neighbourhood/region/country directly, like groceries, services, cultural institutions...., can be done everywhere in the world, due the technical development makes it more and more possible. Our earth became a "village" - and we all face the consequences - the good and the bad... At the same time we had major political changes in Europe, which we all welcomed and made our continent different - we shouldn't think in patterns like "East-" and "West-Europe" anymore, but we see a lot more of immigration of the former "East-Europe" to "West-Europe"than the other way round. The article is about how we people from "former West-Europe" esteem people from "former East-Europe" and Suzana shows us, that we still differ between two Europes. When "West Europe" is really interested in "democracy" and "liberty" we have to find a way to "cope" with this immigration, since Putin will do everything to unstable Europe and get Russia's influence sphere back. When I read the last sentence it seems that this immigration is just a burden, but thats not - it is funny when you talk in general you esteem it as a burden, but when you talk with one person from e.g. Poland - you start to differ, like: yeah, there is a lot of immigration and there are so many people, who abuse our social system, but you are different... Is that right? This Polish person might feel very offended or humiliated, since they are proud in their country and countrymen like us... At the same time we have huge political changes/wars in the Middle East and Africa going on, which make people try to escape - do we have a responsibility for them respectively for the changes/wars? Yes, since our deeds had and have impacts on the Middle East and Africa and we committed ourselves when we all the convention relating to the status of refugees (all European states did that)... So how can we handle best the challenges of today: - immigration - refugees - "Putin's threat" - globalisation - social injustice? I am sure that we don't find answers in the past (where the sun was always shining, the lawn was green, you got an appointment at the GP right away, you didn't have to stand that people are talking in a foreign language in the bus, the technical development has to be ignored therefore labour stays where it is...) We all tend to keep in the comfort zone, but the world around us is changing permanently and even faster than before
  2. There are so many thoughts going around in my head - and i want to reply "appropriate" toward your post, Ripley - please give me some time!
  3. A thought provoking article The Atlantic - A 'Second-Class' European in a Post-Brexit World by Zuzana Boehmová
  4. ... and when you imagine that Jonas Hector (the guy, who scored the winning penalty) played his first 1st Bundesliga match in 2014 and became in the same year player in the Mannschaft also - he had never shot a penalty in a professional match before...
  5. Germany has never won versus Italy at an European Championships and World Championships so far - but Germany just won in a penalty shoot out... EURO 2016 - Quarter Finals - 6:5 (after penalty shoot out) - 1:1 (after extension) WC 1962 - Group Stage - 0:0 WC 1970 - Semi Final - 3:4 (after extension) WC 1978 - Group Stage - 0:0 WC 1982 - Final - 1:4 EURO 1988 - Group Stage - 1:1 EURO 1996 - Group Stage - 0:0 WC 2006 - Semi Final - 0:2 (after extension) EURO 2012 - Semi Final - 1:2
  6. I talked this week with a colleague of mine, who is British, but lives in Germany for many years - he has no residence in the UK and therewith he was not allowed to register for the referendum. He was really annoyed that he was not able to cast his vote, but is directly affected by a Brexit, due he is British citizen - he told me that 2 Mio British citizens in the EU were concerned by this "not-allowed-to-vote" situation... Since the referendum he is in an emotional emergency mode.
  7. I am in 6 minutes walking distance from General Osorio - I rented an AirBNB apartment also...
  8. We are also neighbours - the route via "Central" is easier and shorter: Metro to Central Train (Santa Cruz branch) to Magalhaes Batos
  9. I think it is the same wish-wash what he has already maudered on Friday, but just two words of wish wash more... He tries to calm down the people and distract them of that he has no clue of all... On the other hand I wonder why he isn't invoking article 50 - he drivel during his leave campaign to get a Brexit vote - why does he wait? I think he recognised that he is doomed to fail = UK will stand with less in its hand after Brexit than before...
  10. ... isn't that exactly what he maundered in his first statement on friday morning? That sounds very old news to me ...
  11. It is not only the problem in areas of high migration - it is a problem of the "globalization" - "foreigners" don't need to live next to your house/flat anymore, there is the same effect, when they live thousands miles away... Due the internet/technial/communicational revolution we all are in a global competition - China think about Europe, but not about Germany, Italy or the UK - when you want to have a chance you have to work together vs our global competitors outside Europe... I do understand the fears of the people - I am afraid myself, but we can't change it - we can't turn back time... I don#t want to miss my MacPro either...
  12. This is a very interesting article from Nick Clegg - published the day before the referendum... It is "frightening" how much his prediction became true... Nick Clegg: what you will wake up to if we vote to Leave...
  13. First of all I would like to thank you that you are talking about this issue with me - and I am very grateful! It helps me to understand what happened and what is going on now... I think it is good when the "European Side" is explained to the UK people also: Did you see the press conference with Mrs Merkel and Mr. Seehofer? She said something like: "Let the British government tell us what it wants and then we 27 states will decide if we can agree on that or not" - which could be perfect, when the UK wants exactly what the EU wants, but when there is something in it, what one single state of the EU doesn't want is the UK out - since that are the contracts of the EU If e.g. Poland or Spain says "No" - the UK is out of the common market - when one Spanish politician gets the idea to say: if you want to have access to the common market than we want that Spain and the UK rule together over Gibraltar - and nobody can force them not to say "No"... At the moment it can't work like this, since the UK is a complete member of the EU, when they start "Article 50" it is over... I have the impression that this Tory politician has no clue how the EU works - and that he will find the UK very soon in a situation he didn't want.
  14. You are totally right, but everything is just a joke - the UK would never be allowed to take part in an European common market without "free choice of residence" and without paying a fee therefore it is allowed to take part - wasn't that exactly the point the leave-side didn't want anymore?
  15. It has already started - did you read what is going on in the UK? It is like Germany 1938 before the Reichskristallnacht - people are 'attacked' by white British racists. Polish families are threatened or a waitress from an Eastern EU-state is asked: "why she is laughing - she should pack as fast as possible"? That is just awful and these Brexit-morons opened the box of pandora and I wonder how the Tory party will handle that - it is a disaster and I wouldn't be astonished when we see more casualties than Cox soon...
  16. I hope you are right, but you should think about the situation of Europe, also - it is like that you heard your partner telling a third person that he/she wants to leave him/her, but she/he doesn't say anything directly to him/her... You (Europe) knows all the lies the partner (UK-government, UK-press) told about yourself - you are very sensitive and you suspect everything bad of this partner now... Especially when the proposed new prime minister is one, who told so many lies - what would you propose as an UK-citizen?
  17. I have another question for our Brazilian members: My accommodation is in Ipanema and I wonder if there is something planned that streets will be closed due the venues close by - e.g. it is for me important to know if bus 539 (I have to take this one to Beach Volleyball) and bus 426 (I have to take that one to the Lagoa Stadium)...
  18. A very interesting article in one of the most reliable newspapers of Germany - I would love to hear comments from our British members - please use a translator and I hope that not too much is lost in translation F.A.Z. - Aussitzen des "Brexits" - Cameron größter Coup?
  19. that is interesting - a totally new situation: Independent - Brexit: Expats denied say in EU referendum due to missing postal votes ...
  20. HELP - I have a question for our Brazilian members... I checked the travel times from my accommodation to e.g. Maracanã One result is to use the two Metro lines or one Metro line - both routes take 60 minutes... Another result is to take busses - with 40 minutes Would you recommend foreigners, who don't speak Portuguese to take the metro during the Games or can "we" use city buses also? What are the predictions that the street traffic breaks down and that the travel times during the Games would be much longer?
  21. The most interesting thing for me is - how the political system of the UK is broke down since Thursday. And I nearly pissed my pants laughing, when I heard that this guy, who started this petition about a 2nd referendum is a LEAVE voter, who is shocked now that his petition is highjacked... For me this just shows that such complex question is not good for a referendum, since there are so many totally different/contradictory reasons, which made the people vote yes or no...
  22. It is so hateful, since the national governments (in this case the UK government) didn't protect the people, but let the market do everything - e.g. the UK government supported landlords to refurbish the houses and expel their old tenants (mainly british) over the price and the people from Poland rented these flats... And at the same time the UK government - that is not the British government only, but every national government loves to blame Brussels for everything and use it as scapegoat - without saying that every rule which "Brussels" take is agreed by the national governments beforehand. Then the rules, which were taken in Brussels, are not seen by the people in the different countries - the UK people, who lives in Essex love their clear water - but who did it? The European Union since they decided the beach clean rules! Blackpool used the money of the EU to renew its tower - but votes "Leave", since they think they lost their sovereignty, due the "Ode of Joy" from Beethoven is the EU anthem... Mostly the people with lower wages voted leave - I really wonder from where they got the idea that this will improve with a government run by the rightest of the right wing Tory party? They got their money from the EU-rules, which protect social weak persons more this UK-government... And to make things worse the Farages, Le Pens, Wilders, Höfers, five star movement and our Nazi slut are pretending that they are the voice of the simple man on the street and working together to destroy our Europe (EU) but Wilders' says to his own people: we don't want to finance the Italian slackers. The Five star movement wants to stop the power of Germany - and these "LEAVE" voters in UK play into their hand... UNBELIEVABLE One positive thing is that we are talking about such things now - I would have never used this wording before, since I was to nice to people, who are totally wrong in their point of view or trusted lieers like this blonde oxford debate boy (who does everything for his own good) and this scumbag Farage...
  23. ... and we didn't even vote in a free elections for this moron - he become in power due a national party leader, who thought he could keep him under control...
  24. are you serious you voted "leave" due "Ode of Joy" is the anthem of the EU? That is a joke - there is no change of the british anthem "God Save The Queen"... ... I am glad that there are more intelligent people in the UK, which didn't talk such nonsense...
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