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It’s (Russian) Diplomacy, Stupid ! #Ukraine #Crimea #BraveRealWorld

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Talk(er)s not walking/working, pretending to work/walk – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell : a place somewhere in Orthodox Catholic East-Central Europe (not far from the famous “Balkans”) is called “Ukraine” (formerly part of Soviet Union) ; the place East of Ukraine (and West of Alaska, North of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China …)  is called “Russia” (formerly heartland of Soviet Union) ; a place with sandy beaches and a good harbour somewhere South of both Ukraine and Russia (not enormously far from the skiing resort Sochi) is called “Crimea” (formerly part of Russia, then of Soviet Union, then of Ukraine, now of Russia again).

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Ukraine – Credits : internet / press

Ukraine says Crimea belongs to Ukraine, like California or Louisiane belong to the USA (since they were taken over and/or bought from Mexico and France by the people who had taken over America from the Brits and Native Indians), or Greece belongs to Europe.

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Real talk(er)s walking – Credits : internet / press

Russia says Ukraine is like Panama or England, and Crimea is like Alaska or Hawaï, but they don’t mind about Alaska and Hawaï, and don’t ask Panama or England to be really independant. Yet.

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The Russian Boxer Nikolay Valuev in CRimea C) Reuters – Credits : internet / press

Lots of people talk, twit and post about it.

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Official talk(er)s pretending to work … – Credits : internet / press

That’s Diplomacy.

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Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

There was a vote, in Crimea, and over 90% of local citizens said they wanted to (re)become Russians, rather than stay Ukrainians.

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It’s democracy, Stupid ! – Credits : internet / press

That’s (not increased) reality.

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Master and Commander, or vice-versa – Credits : internet / press

Some walk their talk.

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Official and Real Talker and Walker – Moscow 2014 – Credits : internet / press

That’s Russia.

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“Steak tartare as a starter”, says smiling Putin – Credits : internet / press

Now, the game seems to be over (and Russia won this one).

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Not everybody outside of Crimea (and Russia) seems 100% happy about it all (by the way, it seems some people in Eastern Ukraine are jealous and would also like to be Russians …), but who knows what’s Diplomacy and what’s reality ?

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Franco-Russian Diplomacy – Credits : internet / press

Anyway, that’s the way it is, there (in Europe) and now.

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European Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell, it’s like a football game : some players win (and usually, the Germans), some lose (not always the same), trainers and managers call their lawyers, supporters shout, journalists talk, so called “experts” sell their comments at tv shows, twittos twit, facebookers post, activists walk in the streets, politicians talk among politicians and on TV, but nobody can do nothing but laugh, cry, shout, put their flags back in the garage, and go back to work or watch something else on Google’s Youtube, Apple TV, or Netflix, when the game, Olympic or not, is over.

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Good (Olympic) Game – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Ukraine.

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Europe & Co.

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The “Winner takes all” Game – Credits : internet / press

Good joke (and good luck), Brussels !

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Europe … Credits : internet / press

Good luck, Brave New World, and good luck, citizens of here and now.

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Crimea / Airport 2014 – Credits : internet / press

The trouble is, from a Western viewpoint (China, which incidentally took over Hong-Kong and Macao in the recent past without much noise in the West, doesn’t seem to care that much, as it is busy with it’s own real economic, environmental, social, politic and other issues), there’s plenty of communists and other nasty people, plus gas, oil, unemployment, social unrest and religion turmoil around …

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

But the game is over in Crimea, let’s play and watch another one.

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The Players – Credits : internet / press

What, who, where next ?

The (win-win, lose-lose or whatever good else) Game – Credits : internet / press

More about it (and other issues) in French (but with pictures & internet links) : http://cestalire.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/un-e-cafe-suspendu-au-hasard/

Renaud Favier – March 20, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

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I have a Franco-German Dream …

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Should France and Germany merge into a single economic body, that would create the third economic powerhouse in the world, right behind the United-States and China, with 147 million people and a common GDP close to 6,000 bn dollars …

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Of course, mega-mergers are management nightmares and big dreams may fail (small is beautiful, some have been saying and re-saying for a while), there are a few issues including Euro-things, some national political realities and quite a lot of economic constraints, to begin with, and of course not all French, neither all Germans, nor their neighbors and partners have that same dream, all the less, since even people who know well, or love, or both know and love well Europe, don’t necessarily feel like learning and speaking German, French or both on top of English or whatever works to survive and be reasonably happy in XXIst century real Europe.

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Source : unknown, probably not (pro)European, not German, not French

And of course, it may not be taken for granted, that nowadays’ French and German leaders could be up to the job (not everybody is Konrad Adenauer or Charles de Gaulle), or may at least manage to join forces and share visions to save the Euro(pe).

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But what a Euro-Dream !

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Besides, what else ?

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Who else ?

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Same old story ?

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Remake of the same old story ?

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Who can be against “Mariage pour tous” ?

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Rainy (better, stormy) wedding, happy wedding, as the French saying goes …

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Read more about the Beffa (France) – Cromme (Germany) report on competitiveness : http://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/france-allemagne-la-lecon-du-rapport-beffa-cromme.N198104

Read more about Germany and France solidarity : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/competitivite-lallemagne-peut-elle-se-rejouir-des-difficultes-de-la-france/

Read more about Europe, Euro, and other Euro-issues : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/lor-allemand-sexile-lui-aussi-de-france-maintenant-syndrome-depardieu-ou-premices-dun-euro-or/

Read more about France, French cars and other French issues : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/la-competitivite-cest-complique-et-il-y-en-a-pour-qui-ce-sera-plus-complique-que-pour-les-autres/ ; http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/frenchonomics-france-ta-bagnole-a-foutu-le-camp-et-a-ce-point-la-ca-devient-genant-dirait-audiard/

Read more about Germany, German car and other German issues : http://renaudfavier.com/2011/11/25/mad-in-france-quen-dirait-on-a-berlin/ ; http://renaudfavier.com/2011/01/13/mark-euro-economie-pour-les-nuls/

Renaud Favier – June 10th, 2013 – Facebook Competitiveness – LinkedIn

Frenchonomics      Compétitivité 2012 couverture

Don’t (ever) believe the French (media & politicians) : Gerard Depardieu is not the (only) French Bad Boy

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Read more about it (in French) : http://renaudfavier.com/2012/12/13/j-12-ou-8-inutile-dinsister-cest-la-guerre-des-gaulois-sardou-contre-depardieu-maintenant/

Or just watch the good guy (in some kind of English from Ireland) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agy4VJcAxDU

Or, better, watch his good movies (in good English) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFXO0giXDoY

Or better still, listen to some bad (not the worst) guy (in French, too bad) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WywjQG3jxY

That’s all, folks.

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Renaud Favier – December, 13th, 2012 – Café du matin à Paris

Some additional e-reading may be needed about artists, politicians, our common world, Europe, Euro-nomics, France, Frenchonomics, the options for future Competitiveness in France in spite of all reports, elections, airports, funerals and funerals of reports, airports or elections …
… about French Politics, French Wine, French Climate, French Changes and other sad issues that may be of interest even if of little importance for the real XXIst century in the world.
Please click on hereafter pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on Fox TV and let others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times or the Economist.

            

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To “change 2013” : Please click : http://bonneannee2013.wordpress.com/

Let's Rush Together !

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Where do the #French go ? Very Bad Trip ? The Answer, my Friend, is Blowing in the Wind …

German reunification and the Euro were the last big footsteps for small Europe, which mankind watched on TV. Now, if the French wanna try reborn socialism with gay marriage, no food, no Euro and no free press, let’s see about it on the internet.

If some other broke European countries wanna join second class Euro(pe), be it because they too wanna believe in utopias because they think dreams are better nightmares than real life, or because they have no more choice than Eastern Europe after WW2 or German democrats after 1933 elections or the free world after 1929 crisis, let’s not start a war for that and remember what the previous French socialist Leader Maximo, François I, used to say before Germany reunified : “I love Germany so much, that I am happy there are two”. Everybody loves Euro(pe) so much, let François II create its Europe II with the Club-Meds (and perhaps let French German speaking Alsace-Lorraine and Northern German thinking Italy stay in Berlin/Brussels co-managed Europe I to avoid the risk of WW3 this time, and let the Brits chose freely if they prefer to join Euro(pe) 2 for the sake of “Entente Cordiale”, Euro(pe) 1 in Memory of the German name of the Royals, the United States at last, or no new alliance yet because they wanna wait and see who wins, because they trust they can afford a Churchill/Elisabeth fortitude (though they are not sure America could/would help), again, or because they have the Commonwealth and they think it’s enough to rule the Pacific waves again in the coming brave new Asian world. Anyway, if you cannot avoid it, watch it.

And if some French wanna escape this France, let them do : some will choose Germany in Memory of their ancestors (be they collaborators or Europhiles, or both, or neither but just German speaking for some Reason) and because they like German beer and free driving ; some will choose London for the sake of “une certaine idée de la France” and because they prefer lower taxes and fish and ships to Currywurst ; some will go to America because they have got used to slow driving and poor coffee or want to do business with Asia but prefer junk food to Chinese Soup or Japanese Sushi ; others will go anywhere but France, because they think people should be allowed to work and get paid for it and create entrerprises and make money out of it and not be insulted for that whatever works, but France. Of course, some of the French press will say that such people don’t deserve the honour of the Grande Nation’s citizenship : let the media talk as long as they can and let the French walk their talk, as long as they can …

Honni soit qui Noah’s (tax strategy) Ark y pense …

As the French (economic advisor to François II, Karine Berger and co-writer Valérie Rabault) say, “Les trente glorieuses sont devant nous”.

Let it be (French ?) and hope it will not last 30 years.

It’s not as if it could last 70 years anyway, the world has changed. And even Franch laws and promises and advisors and polls and media ownership can change, re-change, re-re-change …, be they in favour to or against more or less (usually silly) taxes, marriage, the size of housing or the price of electricity, for instance, with the exception of the petit livre rouge du code du travail and the dialogue social(iste), et environnemental à visage humain, of course, even if all this goes against economic rationale and/or European laws, if the exception française or the next elections so require …

After all, France is “LE Pays de la Raison“, isn’t it ?

Renaud Favier, September 11, 2012.

Some additional e-reading may be needed about Europe, Euro-nomics, France, Frenchonomics, the options for Competitiveness in France in spite of it all

French Politics, European Politics, Future with or without Civilized Face, Whatever Works or even more important issues like the proper temperature for  Sauternes Sweet Bordeaux White Wine with Foie Gras (some drink Red Bordeaux with Foie Gras, as long as they do it at home without witnesses …) or the Religion of Groucho Marx French Ancestors.

Please click on hereafter pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on Fox TV and let others enjoy sun, success, beach, love, Champagne, French learning bashing whilst you seat back in your chair reading the Sun, the Guardian or even worse and more biased against civilisation, the Financial Times and the Economist.

            

Downloading some relevant pdf for printing is another option for readers with a taste for “real” paper books (or just no Kindle, but an iPhone, an iPad or whatever else works to e-read).

               
           
          
           
       

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To Go to France’s President’s Hollande speech on TV, September 10th, 2012 : http://renaudfavier.com/2012/09/10/le-president-hollande-parle-sur-tf1-de-croissance-et-de-competitivite-maintenant/

A Good Laugh a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away from the Red Carpet … at least a Couple of Days

Unexpectedly enough, French athletes are ahead of all Europeans as regards gold medals, second only to China and the US. Let’s laugh as long as it lasts. More unbelievable, Euro-ptimists smile at the moment. Let’s cross fingers and hope it lasts.

Some additional e-reading may be needed about this strange world as it goes, this bizarre Europe as it slows and this amazing France as it rows. (Please click on pictures).

    

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Strange Weather Indeed in Southern Europe These Days

Black clouds could as well be very welcome in severalSouthern Europe places, where they lack rain and would be happy with some free water (or free whatever, these days), but some fear, that what looks like clouds could be black smoke from fires.

Those who would like to read more about ongoing climates and other changes in Europe (and the rest of the world including usually sunny France) may click on the following pictures to reach a few series of eBooks.

        

Political Business as usual in #Greece, #France, #Europe

Elections are over, let’s prepare next elections … Politics as usual in Greece and France. Europe should overcome, as usual, whatever the Greeks and French may invent to stimulate democracy, this time. Business as usual, for two centuries, or milleniums.