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by Loew
Sat May 22, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All about containers
Replies: 9
Views: 3436

All about containers

I was lucky enough to catch a flight during these times, and it is these containers being loaded into the plane that caught my attention. Who owns them? How are they made? Can they withstand a fire or explosion in flight? Do they have preassigned route, or are they just being sent to whichever desti...

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by Loew
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part XI: 2021
Replies: 648
Views: 36186

Re: Brexit part XI: 2021

The British and Irish produce for beef/dairy are among the best in the world anyway so its not as if we are being forced to have inferior produce. Can anyone remind me, which European country had a huge BSE (mad cow disease) outbreak that actually forced the EU to abandon the principle of the singl...

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by Loew
Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Belarus
Replies: 44
Views: 3498

Re: Unrest in Belarus

Russia is ready to provide military support to the regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, if necessary. Lukashenko is threatened by mass protests after a manipulated election. During a phone call on Sunday, Putin assured the Belarusian leader that Moscow is ready to provide assistance...

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by Loew
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Belarus
Replies: 44
Views: 3498

Re: Unrest in Belarus

As expected, Lukashenko has secured yet another term. "Exit poll" suggests 79,7% for Lukashenko and only 6,8% for main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. A candidate must receive more than 50 per cent of the vote to win outright in the first round. Arrests are already well under...

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by Loew
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Belarus
Replies: 44
Views: 3498

Re: Unrest in Belarus

As expected, Lukashenko has secured yet another term. "Exit poll" suggests 79,7% for Lukashenko and only 6,8% for main opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. A candidate must receive more than 50 per cent of the vote to win outright in the first round. Arrests are already well under ...

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by Loew
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Belarus
Replies: 44
Views: 3498

Re: Unrest in Belarus

The presidential elections in Belarus started on Tuesday. President Alexander Lukashenko, "the last dictator of Europe", faces his greatest electoral challenge in years. He accuses the opposition of colluding with Russia. Last week, a group of 33 Russian mercenaries were arrested in the B...

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by Loew
Thu May 14, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s the last big purchase you made?
Replies: 115
Views: 6206

Re: What’s the last big purchase you made?

I just ordered a Renault Clio IV to replace my Renault Clio IV... 19000€ but I'm not paying, it's my company car. Gas instead of the current diesel one so that's a plus, it supports android auto so that's also good. I'd have preferred a Clio V though, but apparently they stockpiled Clio IVs for us....

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by Loew
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5834

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

No, rigid and dogmatic interpretation of the Schengen treaty is almost guaranteed way to kill the whole idea. Comnission failed to act in the beginning to help mitigate the spread so I only hope they are sane enough not to intervene now against the wishes of national governments. I am very surprise...

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by Loew
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5834

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

Using these examples to justify other countries going the same way, now because of covid is an express way to death of Schengen agreement. Personally I hope that covid will finally push the Council and Commission to take real and effective measures to reinstate this agreement as soon as possible. N...

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by Loew
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5834

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

No, it has not been reduced because the Court of justice of the EU has not provided any judicial decision yet, at least not to my knowledge. As for border checks between Denmark and Germany, and Denmark and Sweden we all know these have been place for years now, and we all know they are in breach w...

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by Loew
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5834

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

Ok, I am not a lawyer, and I am not interested in a legal debate if the current situation constitutes a serious threat to keep the border closed or not. But even if it is not, they can still keep all shops closed, all tourist attractions, all restaurants, all bars etc. If the Spanish government dee...

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by Loew
Tue Apr 14, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?
Replies: 65
Views: 5834

Re: When will Europe be “open” for tourism?

I personally think the borders will remain closed as they are now for a minimum of another 12-18 months. Its not just Europe closed to USA visitors, its a two way street. In 18 months they will partially reopen, but significant restrictions will remain in place. If you are looking for life the way ...

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by Loew
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How to deal with Russia, Dutch perspective
Replies: 33
Views: 1352

Re: How to deal with Russia, Dutch perspective

Russia is actively meddling in elections, internal poitical affairs and is more or less openly suporting certain political figures in the EU countries. Even in the Netherlands. Russia has brought war back to european continent with its Ukrainian insurgence. Russian close ties with Hungarian governme...

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by Loew
Sun Dec 22, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox
Replies: 2565
Views: 172792

Re: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox

The people of Spain are also wanting to leave: https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2019/12/20/spanish-news-spexit-trending-on-social-media-following-eu-court-ruling-catalan-separatist-was-mep-with-immunity-when-jailed/ #Spexit The people of Scotland are also wanting to leave.https://www.theguardian.com/...

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by Loew
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy
Replies: 190
Views: 23597

Re: Lufthansa Catering Reductions in economy and premium economy

Whole point of Lufthansa measures is not lowering costs but making flights more sustainable. Vegan food is important part of human digestive system so that means that Lufthansa cares about it’s passengers health and their quality of life. Sure thing buddy. And desserts will be replaced by an option...

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by Loew
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Czech Airlines converting from 7 A320neo to 4 A220-300 and 3 A321XLR
Replies: 38
Views: 10720

Re: Updated: Czech Airlines converting from 7 A320neo to 4 A220-300 and 3 A321XLR

So, OK is replacing five 64 seater ATR72's with four 149 seater A223's. I wonder what will happen to destinations such as KSC. It is under 300 miles and I'm not sure they could fill 298 seats per day there. The number of flights is already reduced compared to the times when I used to fly KSC-PRG re...

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by Loew
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Czech Airlines converting from 7 A320neo to 4 A220-300 and 3 A321XLR
Replies: 38
Views: 10720

Re: Czech Airlines orders 4 A220-300s

It has been reporetd by Czech media today, that the outstanding order for 7xA320neo has been converted into order for 4xA220 + 3xA321XLR. Remaining ATRs in the fleet are going to be replaced by A220, with deliveries starting in Q4 2020.

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by Loew
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Use of 2nd World term
Replies: 7
Views: 3679

Re: Use of 2nd World term

The “three worlds” model of geopolitics first arose in the mid-20th century as a way of mapping the various players in the Cold War. The origins of the concept are complex, but historians usually credit it to the French demographer Alfred Sauvy, who coined the term “Third World” in a 1952 article en...

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by Loew
Tue Oct 15, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox
Replies: 2565
Views: 172792

Re: Brexit part 7: The Frog who Aspired to Become as Big as the Ox

"Northern Ireland would not be part of the EU’s customs territory, but the bloc’s full customs code would have to be enforced in the Irish Sea. “Northern Ireland would de jure be in the UK’s customs territory but de facto in the European union’s”, said an EU source." Who and how is going t...

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by Loew
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Erdogan threatens to flood EU with refugees
Replies: 26
Views: 3513

Re: Erdogan threatens to flood EU with refugees

Uhm, and how exactly is he going to do that? It´s not like the EU is clueless and has open outer border while good uncle Erdogan is holding off hordes of immigrants just because he loves the EU so much. Lets put aside, that today Erdogan doesn´t even have those immigrants to flood Europe with. For e...

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by Loew
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Oh, for crying out loud will you all calm down? 1. @Dutchy - The UK remains a world power. It may not be a superpower, but it is a powerful country nonetheless. Unlike the Netherlands, I would hasten to add. 2. Prorogation is a perfectly normal process, which is clearly defined in law. Moreover, th...

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by Loew
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

And one has to be honest, what is the problem of showing your passport when crossing a border or declaring the goods you transport? The benefits of the UK-Irish CTA are still in place and much more important. Only the hard border fully respects the sovereignty of the UK. First problem is, that sett...

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by Loew
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

seahawk wrote:
nconvenience is acceptable and after that the joys of being sovereign again will be felt by all.


Exactly. Spontaneous street celebrations are to be expected.

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by Loew
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

That’s where with all his faults BJ has a clear policy and will give certainty to the electorate on Brexit. One only has to look at Winston Churchill he won the war but lost the election, something I say will happen to BJ It is true that Boris has a clear policy, his policy is to change sides and c...

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by Loew
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump wants to buy Greenland
Replies: 229
Views: 20292

Re: Trump wants to buy Greenland

Clever idea, with the ice melting it could become a prime farmland for development. That´s a joke right? On a side note, Greenland is of a high strategic diplomatic and military value, but I doubt that´s on Trump´s mind. Anyway Denmark is not going to sell and I would advise Trump to tread lightly ...

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by Loew
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

At this stage, we have to concede that Britain is leaving the EU. Labour, even if it does take over, will not support a new referendum. Some want it, but Corbyn and the unions won't wear it . The most important focus now is to avoid a no deal scenario; that's entirely the responsiblity of the UK Pa...

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by Loew
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Seriously, what has the military got to do with Brexit? Actually there are some military and possibly intelligence implications, but not exactly those A101 claims there are. After Brexit, UK won´t be participating in EDA for example. Same goes for CSDP and CFSP. UK is not participating in PESCO alr...

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by Loew
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Dear A101: 1. That is your perception which is irrelevant and also has nothing to do with my original statement. 2. You said global. And global means global. So explain, how is the UK going to "project itself" on the other side of this planet all by itself? Let´s say in some conflict deep ...

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by Loew
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals
Replies: 63
Views: 8304

Re: Airports with Hotels, smack in the middle of Terminals

Amsterdam: Hotel Mercure located in the departure lounge of the AMS Schipol airport right after security, has both day and night rooms, stays above 24 hours are not permitted. Helsinki: Hote GLO is located inside the public area of the terminal building, both day and night rooms are available, rooms...

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by Loew
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Smallest airport in EU with longhaul service
Replies: 19
Views: 3076

Re: Smallest airport in EU with longhaul service

In 2016 there used to be a flight between OSR (Ostrava, Czech republic) and Dubai DXB. OSR served exactly 258 223 travellers in 2016, and in those days it had 3 other scheduled flights (Prague, Milano and London). Today only FR to London remains plus a bunch of charter flights.

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by Loew
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

All that shows is that there is a market that the UK can tap into to help replace the food bowl of EU imports, but the main point of difference between the UK-NZ in the EU context is that the UK accounts for roughly 14% of the EU’s GDP,and can contribute roughly 40% of its global military power, ab...

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by Loew
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

Let me ask my European friends here--is the EU sustainable long term if it continues along the premise of trying to be an all-encompassing pan-European model of governance? Is it possible? People--all people--are the product of culture, history and traditions, language, social mores, etc. How can t...

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by Loew
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Main question is, whether are these guys going to turn their backs on MEP salary :rotfl: As far as I know, mr. Farage has kept the 3million Euro's the EU has paid him for doing nothing. It may look like nothing to an untrained eye, but Mr. Farage has been a great contributor to local economy, thank...

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by Loew
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission
Replies: 21
Views: 2216

Re: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission

KLDC10 wrote:
It's a joke. The entire Election Campaign was based on the Spitzenkandidat system, which has just been abandoned. The way the EU has gone about this really is indefensible.


Yeah? And who cares what do you think about the EU in Moscow?

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by Loew
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission
Replies: 21
Views: 2216

Re: Germany's Ursula von der Leyen to Head EU Commission

Main point here is that the V4 countries, and eastern EU in general completely lost their representation. Yes, Timmermans is no the EUCO president, however price for this achievement is the fact, that neither V4 nor other eastern EU countries got any representation in EU bodies after this EU council...

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by Loew
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Main question is, whether are these guys going to turn their backs on MEP salary :rotfl:

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by Loew
Tue Jul 02, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Thankfully we never joined Schengen. We like to know who and what comes in to our country (within reason). Yet, you glorious kingdom is full of immigrants, and you know jack squat. And that is only thanks to completely inept border force, which per your own words, you are a proud member of. British...

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by Loew
Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Yawn, here we go again. You now what? I can recognise that there is a true democracy, when trolls like you can just spit out this nonsense all around the internet without any repercussions whatsoever. People you don't agree with = Trolls who should be silenced. Good to know where you stand on that....

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by Loew
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Let me see: a group of elected politicians elect their next leader... I'd swear something very similar is happening right now in the UK, isn't it? :scratchchin: The only difference is in the EU this is done on a cross-party basis, so the next leaders can work with a stabe majority, both in number o...

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by Loew
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

So will Hungary have accomplished what they wanted to do by the time the EU completes its investigations and implement the force of Article 7? If the issue is / was to rid the nation of immigrants, they may accomplish the feat, so where is the protection? So what’s the priority in EU? Our biggest E...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

German economy is headed towards a recession. That will be the canary in the coal mine. With a debilitated Germany, Italy (already started) will be pushier against the EU. Even Netherlands has its own version of Brexit (Nexit) which is becoming more popular. IMO the key is France. As far as globali...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

Dutchy wrote:
Loew wrote:
What is the target however? EU federation? Or EU as an intergovernmental organisation? Or EU as an confederation?


That is the eternal question nobody agrees upon.


After 50 + years it´s time to choose 8-)

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

Interesting, why do you include explicitly Poland to your inner circle, when in that region Slovakia is already much more integrated than Poland? Plus it is currently and has been the most eurooptimistic country in that region. Also what about the Baltics? Southern EU countries, Spain, Portugal, It...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

Let´s imagine Brexit has happened. Which steps should EU take next? Where would you like to see the EU in say 10 years from now? What do you think the future holds for the EU? I´d love to hear your opinions :chat: My opinion: With the UK out of the picture, we will probably see more integration, pr...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

Re: EU after Brexit: What´s next?

I think you will get the EU of the inner circle and the outer circle. The inner circle will integrate more and more and will function as a country and the outer circle will consist of countries with various degree of integration. The inner circle will consist of the Nordic countries, Benelux, Germa...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU after Brexit: What´s next?
Replies: 46
Views: 3570

EU after Brexit: What´s next?

Let´s imagine Brexit has happened. Which steps should EU take next? Where would you like to see the EU in say 10 years from now? What do you think the future holds for the EU? I´d love to hear your opinions :chat: My opinion: With the UK out of the picture, we will probably see more integration, pro...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!
Replies: 61
Views: 6847

Re: $1500.00 not enough to switch seats in Y!

From Paris to Dallas I might have only because it's a daytime flight. I'm not sure I would have taken it if it was a red-eye. I don't mind too much flying middle seat when I'm surrounded by my family but with strangers it's a different story and if the guy next to is 6'5", 245lbs he's most lik...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

in the end, I guess among other things we are goint to read A101 and melody boys posts well into 2020. Yet after Brexit, there will still be a CONTINUOUS need for the UK to remain in PERMANENT and MASSIVE contact with the EU! The idea that somehow the EU is magically going to disappear from the Bri...

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by Loew
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 3167
Views: 201808

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

One has to wonder, how surprised are all these hardcore brexiteers going to be, when Boris asks for yet another extension. The UK is not ready to crash out of the EU at all, and Boris is a well known unscrupulous liar. Several EU diplomats have already suggested another extension beyond October 31st...

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