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I sometimes add the URL of an ET post to my FB page to advertise the site. There might be an advantage to so doing on the ET FB page, as it could go to people who don't see my FB page.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Since I moved to android/chrome and lost tribext, it's a pain to rate and quote, so I'd vote yes, though FB has its issues too...

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

Re: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?
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There are a myriad of different constitutional and territorial designations within the former British empire:

The UK is the United Kingdom of Britain and N. Ireland. The Unionist population in Northern Ireland consider themselves to be British even though they live on the Ireland of Ireland.  The Nationalist population regard themselves as Irish.  Britain is the Island comprising England, Scotland and Wales.  It does not include the Jersey Islands and isle of Man which are a Crown Dependencies, or Gibraltar which is a British Overseas Territory.  Merely because a territory is ruled by Britain doesn't make it British... as the linked author states:

Option 2 would be for Northern Ireland to leave the UK in part or in whole, becoming a Crown Dependency (like the Isle of Man), British Overseas Territory (like Gibraltar), a Commonwealth Realm (like New Zealand) or even a republic (like Malta).

It can get even more complicated...


by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

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It is the only EU state sharing a land border with British territory...
Surely the Spain-Gibraltar border also counts. And then there are the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.
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by Bernard on
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'The Bill Is Over' House GOP Pulls Health Care Bill Before Sure Defeat - TPM
Late Friday afternoon, minutes before they were supposed to fulfill eight years of promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans choked and pulled their bill amid resistance from both the party's conservative and moderate wings and fears a floor vote would go down in flames.

President Donald Trump, after demanding a Friday vote less than 24 hours previously, agreed with House Speaker Paul Ryan that the bill be pulled.

"This bill is done," Energy and Commerce Chair Greg Walden (R-OR), whose committee had jurisdiction over the legislation, told reporters.

"The Freedom Caucus wins. They get Obamacare forever," quipped Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) who chairs the subcommittee on Health under Energy and Commerce.

"I think the Democrats are celebrating big time," grumbled Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL). "This is a major victory for them."

by Bernard on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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I generally only lurk these days, so FB doesn't necessarily add anything for me. Easy to share, though, when articles/threads are particularly interesting.


by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on
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You only indulged in a time honored cliche.

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Point taken. My apologies for muffing the analogy.

by budr on
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by Bjinse on
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The invasion of the Baltic states must have become significantly cheaper.
by fjallstrom on
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Done.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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But life is all about muddling on.

I thought you'd have keys. :) Would you mind adding me (and Frank) as admins?

by Bjinse on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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It's in my control: I can add admins to it if people  have a plan.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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In story: 20 - 26 March 2017

Re: North speaks to South
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So Dijsselbloem either says so because it's his opinion, or he thinks it's the opinion the German finance minister wants to hear. Either way, a frightening look into elite opinion.

Nine years, countless theoretical and practical refutations of their worldwiev and policy, a far-right on the rise and a union that is splitting apart, and they still have learned nothing.

by fjallstrom on
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As a violinist, I find disturbing to see Trump compared to a "fine" violin.
Putin may be like a virtuoso playing a clunker of a violin, but a mere open string of my Bernard Salin sounds better than any Trump speech!

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

Re: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?
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I always post a link to any stories I write here onto Twitter which automatically re-posts them to Facebook.  It is useful for bringing in readers who wouldn't normally go to the European Tribune or register as a user here and who thus wouldn't otherwise be able to comment.  Sometimes its creates a good parallel discussion on Facebook, but overall I wouldn't say it adds much functionality to the blogging experience...

I also blog on a closed Facebook rugby forum group mainly for Irish rugby fans.  It has grown very rapidly to 11K+ members so discussions tend to be lively and the participation rate is high. Most posts tend to be short comments, links, photographs or videos and so the level of analysis is often not very detailed or high.  I don't think it would be very suitable for the 1000 word plus posts we often produce here.

If we ever have to ditch scoop as a platform, Facebook might serve as a temporary emergency replacement.  At least it gives you some out of the box functionality and you don't have to worry about hosting or spam attacks. TBH I'd forgotten we had a Facebook page and am unclear what its intended purpose was or how it might expand our userbase here. Unless we create a closed group, it doesn't create a sense of a distinct community, but then that would defeat the purpose of disseminating our work as widely as possible.

So overall I am open to ideas/suggestions, but am unsure what value having a separate Facebook page adds to our work.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

Re: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?
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There will be a hard border. The only question is where?
Notions of a high-tech unseen border are a pipe dream or smokescreen, Brexiteer promises of a soft border almost worthless. British prime minister Theresa May has other priorities. Anyway it depends on negotiations involving 27 other states and on what people in Ireland North and South do - or fail to do. A 56 per cent Northern Ireland majority, including many unionists, voted Remain; few Leavers want a hard border and most in the South are strongly opposed. But there will be a hard border. The only question is where?

The land Border between North and South leaks like a sieve. It meanders for 499 contorted kilometres through towns, villages, local communities, farms and occasionally houses - front door in one state, back door in the other. Even during the Troubles, when highly militarised and with 200 cross-Border roads closed, it was leaky. It is virtually useless for stopping an inflow of immigrants, the main reason behind Brexit.

So the real or hard border will actually be the sea around the island of Britain and the ports and airports connecting with the island of Ireland.

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The Government must be directly involved in Brexit negotiations. While the EU does not owe Britain any favours, it certainly owes the Republic. It has been EU loyal to a fault. It is the only EU state sharing a land border with British territory and will suffer more from Brexit than other EU states. Northern Ireland will have a major concentration of EU citizens living outside the EU and they can demand to be taken into consideration. If the EU is politically smart - always a question - it will reward its supporters.



by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

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Newton Emerson, who describes himself as a "liberal Unionist", is one of the more interesting Northern Irish commentators on politics.

United Ireland most likely option if unionists outvoted

If nobody in the North really wants a federal Ireland, its attraction to the South is clearly the preservation of a cordon sanitaire around a lunatic asylum.

Concerns have been raised about the threat of loyalist violence, although Southerners should note this is barely an issue for Northern nationalists. Sinn Féin has persuaded its supporters that Britain directed every act of loyalist violence throughout the Troubles, so an end to British rule means no more loyalism - all rather convenient, to put it mildly.

A better reason for optimism is the example of the 1970s, when loyalists considered then abandoned every scenario they could think of for resisting Irish unity by force - and that was when they were at their strongest, with tacit support from the unionist electorate.

All loyalists do now is wreck their own neighbourhoods and shoot each other, while unionism looks the other way. Their likeliest future in a united Ireland mirrors Dublin's criminal gangs.

Southerners need to accept that if unity happens, the asylum wall comes down. Northern Ireland was created to encompass a British majority inside the UK. This is no more of a "sectarian gerrymander" than any nation drawing a border around itself.

Nevertheless, if the majority evaporates, the Border becomes unsustainable. Nationalists will want it gone and unionists will see no point to it. The Northern Ireland identity is associated with centrist voters, and although they will be the decisive demographic in a Border poll, there are not numerous enough for their identity to prevail.

The likeliest outcome of this will be a unitary state, with a national minority that looks to the neighbouring state - a common scenario across the world. In the proportions applicable to a united Ireland, which would have a 15 per cent British minority, a standard political system emerges: the bulk of the population votes along conventional left-right lines, while the minority elects a purely ethnic party or bloc and hopes to hold the balance of power.



by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: Should ET make more use of its Facebook page?

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Well, if we can't post to it, it's not a lot of use

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Either that, or the finale will consist of all our eyes melting during the thermonuclear apotheosis.
by Bjinse on
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I think Putin is playing Trump like a fine violin. There will be tears in our eyes by the finale.

by budr on
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Evidently the espionage involved in handbag designing has taken an interesting turn of late

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 20 - 26 March 2017

Re: Electronics ban
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But couldn't these countries respond by introducing their own security measures, applying the US rules to US flights as well?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

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What about trains? Do they also run based on EU treaties?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

"frozen out" of the EU like Greenland...
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With everyone seeming to agree that there cannot be a return to a hard border between Republic/North, there has to be some kind of compromise deal like keeping N.I. in customs Union or even within the full EU.  There is a limited precedent for this when Greenland (part of Kingdom of Denmark) left the EU, but the rest of Denmark did not.  England Wales could be "frozen out" of the EU like Greenland...

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

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I suggested something like that. :)
How about this: England & Wales leaves the UK. The United Kongdom of Scotland & Northern Ireland remains in the EU.
by Gag Halfrunt on
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In story: An Independent Northern Ireland within the EU?

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England and Wales being less than helpful with thru' traffic could be a problem if things really turn nasty, but I don't see how an Ireland/Scotland merger would solve that problem.  More likely a nasty Scottish divorce would make things worse.  At least we would have the option of shipping direct to France.

The EU is already warning UK airlines they will lose their landing rights within the EU which they currently enjoy under the open skies agreement unless they move their bases to the EU and are majority owned by EU citizens... All disputes under Open skies are also referable to the ECJ for arbitration, so if the UK is serious about rejecting the ECJ they have no choice but to exit the agreement.

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on
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More seriously, being stuck out on the edge of the Union with a potentially less than helpful Kingdom of England and Wales between us and the mainland may be all the motivation we all need.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on
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News and Views

 20 - 26 March 2017

by Bjinse - Mar 20, 43 comments

Your take on this week's news

 13 - 19 March 2017

by Bjinse - Mar 13, 43 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 13-26 March

by Bjinse - Mar 13, 35 comments

He was going to thread forever, or die in the attempt

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by Bjinse - Mar 5, 5 comments

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