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Open Thread 11 - 17 Dec

by Bjinse Mon Dec 11th, 2017 at 10:18:01 PM EST

The thread is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled

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11 - 17 Dec 2017

by Bjinse Mon Dec 11th, 2017 at 10:03:04 PM EST

Your take on this week's news

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04 - 10 Dec 2017

by Bjinse Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 10:51:32 PM EST

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Open Thread 4 - 10 Dec

by Bjinse Mon Dec 4th, 2017 at 10:46:25 PM EST

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer threading

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27 Nov - 3 Dec 2017

by Bjinse Mon Nov 27th, 2017 at 09:11:30 PM EST

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Open Thread 27 - 3 Dec

by Bjinse Mon Nov 27th, 2017 at 09:07:01 PM EST

Don't cry because thread's over, smile because thread happened

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20 - 26 Nov 2017

by Bjinse Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 10:00:28 PM EST

Your take on this week's news

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13 - 19 Nov 2017

by Bjinse Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 08:25:00 PM EST

Your take on this week's news

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Open Thread 13 - 26 Nov

by Bjinse Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 08:15:09 PM EST

That thread which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling

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Open Thread 13 - 19 Nov

by Bjinse Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 08:15:04 PM EST

That thread which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling

6 - 12 Nov 2017

by Bjinse Sun Nov 5th, 2017 at 08:40:50 PM EST

Your take on this week's news

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Open Thread 6 - 12 Nov

by Bjinse Sun Nov 5th, 2017 at 08:34:45 PM EST

A new thread is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire

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23 - 29 Oct 2017

by Bjinse Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:55:15 PM EST

Your take on this week's news

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Open Thread 23 - 29 Oct

by Bjinse Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 07:51:45 PM EST

You knew there would always be a new thread, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen

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14 - 22 Oct 2017

by Bjinse Sat Oct 14th, 2017 at 08:01:05 PM EST

Your take on this week's news

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2 - 8 Oct 2017

by Bjinse Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 at 07:33:03 PM EST

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Open Thread 2 - 15 Oct

by Bjinse Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 at 07:31:24 PM EST

So many threads, so little time

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25 Sep - 01 Oct 2017

by Bjinse Mon Sep 25th, 2017 at 08:58:05 PM EST

Your take on this week's news

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German Elections Open Thread

by Frank Schnittger Sun Sep 24th, 2017 at 09:38:15 PM EST

Some discussion of the German election results has already taken place here buried deep within the 18 - 24 Sep 2017 discussion forum. However I think it merits a discussion forum all of its own. How will the results effect Germany, Europe and Merkel's continued leadership?

Historic rupture?

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has won the German federal election and a likely fourth term in office, amid a dramatic voter swing to the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).

The four-year-old populist party will enter the German Bundestag as its third strongest party with around 90 seats, after tapping voter concerns over immigration and security to secure 13 per cent of the vote.

Support for Dr Merkel’s centre-right CDU collapsed eight points to around 33 per cent, according to preliminary results, the party’s worst result in almost 60 years.

“We have to win back the AfD voters by solving problems and by addressing their concerns through good politics,” said Dr Merkel to supporters in Berlin.

Her outgoing grand coalition partner, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), appears headed for the opposition benches after winning just 20.6 per cent in projections, its worst result since 1949.

“This government is over, this grand coalition was dropped,” said SPD leader Martin Schulz, calling the AfD’s arrival in parliament a historical “rupture”.

Dr Merkel’s most likely option to remain in power is a three-way alliance with the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), back in parliament with a projected 10.5 per cent, and the centre-left Greens on around 9 per cent.

However, such an untested alliance would be an uneasy option for Dr Merkel, and risk increased uncertainty for Germany’s European allies.

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German Elections Open Thread

by Frank Schnittger Sun Sep 24th, 2017 at 09:37:42 PM EST

Some discussion of the German election results has already taken place here buried deep within the 18 - 24 Sep 2017 discussion forum. However I think it merits a discussion forum all of its own. How will the results effect Germany, Europe and Merkel's continued leadership?

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 11 - 17 Dec 2017

by Bjinse - Dec 11, 30 comments

Your take on this week's news

 04 - 10 Dec 2017

by Bjinse - Dec 4, 28 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 11 - 17 Dec

by Bjinse - Dec 11, 6 comments

The thread is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled

 Open Thread 4 - 10 Dec

by Bjinse - Dec 4, 66 comments

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer threading

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