Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I'm past a very exhausting and stressful three weeks at the job, most of it out of the office. Towards the end of it, I spent half a day and attended a dinner with three German-speakers involved in the project.

Some of the discussion touched on themes popular on ET. One guy, representing a private company, told that an eventual further rise of the Eurosceptic AfD party in Germany would be a big concern for them because a re-introduction of the D-mark would kill the export industry. Another of them, who resides in France, then told that the Greeks would have been better off had they re-introduced the drachma when the crisis hit, and explained the other two how continuous devaluation worked for Italy before the Euro.

I could barely contain a laughter when the third guy told of his opinion that everyone should speak English as business language and learn no other secondary language, essentially re-capping Oettinger's infamous speech from before he became a Commissioner.

I was less humoured when, on the occasion of the space probe that landed on a comet, the first guy opined that space research is a waste of money to know stuff no one cares about, but I contained my fury and didn't show the amateur astronomer monthly in my bag. Fortunately the second guy came to my help and told that for a real waste of money, one should look at military hardware.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 21st, 2014 at 02:44:56 PM EST

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