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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.

Ukraine Crimée Russie

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.

Good Olympic Game

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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European Fat Cats Suck ? And, they Drink, into the Bargain !

Fat Cat speak fast, eat fast, drink too ... fast

European Fat cats eat too much without thinking about the future of their children. They drink what they should export instead of thinking about whatever paradox that doesn’t work. And they seem pretty serious about sinking with their privileges.

Chabada Cat at Home Paris (c) Renaud Favier

Professional politicians are still doing good, year after year.

Always Xmas for fat_cats doing politics

Ecologist and other social (democrat ?) activists have learnt fast (fast cats ?)

Fat-cat after overdose of chili con carne

Banksters have been among the best adapted to the Euro environment.

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Well known Euro artists are attempting good enough (though they are nothing compared to English singing or playing global stars, not to mention soccer players with German cars or tennis retirees with Swiss chalets and accounts) but they sometimes lack talent and/or don’t train and work enough.

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Very watched (loved or hated, who cares as long as Paris talks ?) Depardieu is fat, too, but it is not the same Euro-Money Cat story. Not all people looking like fatcats, or even really being fatcats too some extent, are real Euro Fat Cats, the kind that kill their parents, f… their friends, never paid (more) taxes (than politicians), have been living in Ireland (like the unknown but screaming self-called writer Houellebecq), Patagonia (like maybe you know who, but I never remember the name of that other French screamer with a beard sometimes, sometimes not) or elsewhere like Gstaad (by the way, how is Johnny doing these days ?), Geneva (Montecarlo is not appopriate for French) or anywhere not too far, but not too close either,  from La Bastille (byzeway, where is Yannick these days ?) and have a nice Monday whatever end of other worlds (in French : “la faim dans le monde des autres”).

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One should not listen to Sardou or other French screamers like old politicians doing show-business or real business when growing still older, neither young show-business or other social activists doing politics when growing old enough to drive a car, being appointed ministers of unserious issues nobody cares about in France like culture, women, justice, digital economy, housing or nature, or cook a chili con carne themselves,  when they sing or talk or scream about Frenchonomics (meaning in normal XXIst century globish “economics that may work sur un malentendu with a lot of so French sens de l’humour”) , “égalité” (meaning in English “what is yours should be mine”) or other Euro-issues (meaningless nowadays), if one is not a French masochist. But reading, and thinking, may held avoid sinking into the ridiculous like Titanic or France, as the French (even ministers and other politicians) say when they haven’t smoked too much cannabis, and think when they are sober (which happens more than Xmas, when normal years used to be normal).

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But anyway, who cares today about what and where French European Fat Cats will eat  and drink tomorrow, if any (or for Xmas, if any) ?

Chabada Cat at Home (c) Renaud Favier

Renaud Favier – December, 17th, 2012 – Café du matin à Paris

Boules de Noel 2012

But let’s Xmas anyway : http://joyeuxnoel2012.wordpress.com/

And Go 2013 (give it a try at least) : http://bonneannee2013.wordpress.com/

Some additional e-reading may be needed about artists, politicians, our common world, Europe, Euro-nomics, Euro-Fatcats, Eurocrats, 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.

            

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).

               
           
          
          
          

To “Compétitivité” : Please click : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/

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

Let's Rush Together !

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To “France” : Please click : http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com/

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All U need to know about couac happened (or not) in France last fortnight (or so)

You know you should not ever trust what you read on the front page of The Economist about France, or continental Europe, for that matter …

Never.

Really never.

Never, ever.

Definitely.

That being said, every rule has its exception …

But better read a (free) “Café du matin à Paris” in French every day to know what is really happening, or not, in Frogland these days ( http://renaudfavier.com/ ) and/or click on the hereafter pictures for a shortview (backwards, which seems more appropriate for France) on recent events (or non-events).

November 16th : the French Senate aborted a project of tax on Palm Oil. Nobody would have cared, had Nutella not seized he opportunity to launch a 50/50 lobbbying-advertising campaign.

November 15th : something smells in Corsica (a murder, as usual), but as nobody knows nothing, and nobody would talk if anybody knew, and nobody saw or heard nothing of course, nobody really cares, all the less, since France has a lot of stinking cheeses everywhere.

November 14th : first big press conference by the French President, François Hollande, at Palais de l’Elysée. Many French citizens listen to the President, more twit, write and talk about what he said (or not).

November 13th : the French, especially the Parisians, try to be nice with everybody, as it is THE day of kindness worldwide and they know a day lasts only 24 hours. So do the Germans, however hard it may be, in certain cases.

November 12th : THE week of the Beaujolais Nouveau begins, the French worldwide start talking and thinking about it rather than about anything else, though noboby can drink it before Thursday, as a matter of French principle and French tradition.

November 11th : The French talk about dead soldiers including Charles de Gaulle (it used to be a great general of theirs, before it became the major Air France Airport) and all wars they lost without losing their sense of humour and of “Grandeur”.

November 10th : The French discuss about litterature and season’s French “prix littéraires” like Goncourt and Renaudot …

November 9th : the French are happy, that Xi Jinping, the new World Leader (based in Beijing), drinks red wine and hope he will not drink Chinese beverages only in the years to come and they will be able to export some of their wines to China.

November 8th : the French hope, that somebody will be able to help for Europe’s, and specially France’s socialist economic recovey.

November 7th : the French are happy that President Obama was re-elected in America, as they alread know him, the Washington airport and the twitter account for their questions.

November 6th : the French consider French communities management to foster competitiveness.

November 5th : Super happiness among Paris politicians not on trip abroad (like President Hollande) and journalists not on season’s holiday, the über-expected Gallois report on Gallic (garlic ?) competitiveness is officially delivered to Prime Minister Ayrault and widely spread on the internet.

November 4th : some French are reading about real competitiveness.

November 3nd : France is getting damn serious about competitiveness.

Real serious : playing hard, working hard !

November 2nd : a prayer for France, its taxpayers, and its creditors, all equally dead.

November 1st : France is THE romantic country and will remain so forever, and death can nothing against l’amour, toujours …

October 31st : the French celebrate Halloween, like everybody else in the real world, but don’t tell them, the believe they have invented it (too).

October 30th : the French socialist politicians are having fun inside (France) whereas there Perfects Storms are outside (France), everywhere in the economy and around New-York and Haïti as far as heavy rains are concerned.

October 29th : the French managed to sink their own boat (again) in their own harbour (again) and the Napoleon Bonaparte (not again !) is at bay 3 meters away from the pier in Marseille Vieux Port. Please don’t pay attention.

Again , so French

October 28th : the French go for winter time. Every is happy to be allowed to sleep one hour more, and the trade unions warn the (ir)relevant minister that this should happen every night, otherwise they’ll go on strike.

October 27th : the French discuss among themselves about drugs and how it could improve their international competitiveness, after Lance Armstrong was denied his “Tour de France” victories.

October 26th : the French brainstorm with partners on business intelligence and practice new French economic diplomacy to try and improve their external trade huge deficit (second only to Britain, as often enough).

October 25th : France is waiting for Louis Gallois’ report en French competitiveness and its whereabouts. Severe haircuts are expected from the French minister of finance, Pierre Moscovici, though some people have their doubts.

Some French are not just waiting, but working, and writing too.

Renaud Favier – November, 16th, 2012 – Café du matin à Paris

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Some additional e-reading may be needed about our common world, Europe, Euro-nomics, France, Frenchonomics, the options for future Competitiveness in France in spite of all reports, funerals and funerals of reports …
… 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.

            

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).

               
           
          
           
       

To “Compétitivité” : Please click : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/

To go to “Voyage en 2012” : Please Click : http://rf2012.wordpress.com/

To “France 2012” : Please click : http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com/

To “English Coffee” : Please click : https://bestcoffeeinparis.wordpress.com/

To go to “Café du matin à Paris” : Please click : http://renaudfavier.com/

To go to “U Are What U Read“: Please click :  http://cestalire.wordpress.com/

Frenchonomics “à la Sauce #Hollande” in Châlons en #Champagne

France is at crossroads between the Wine, or “ClubMed” Europe, with Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy … and  Beer, or Serious Euroland, with Germany, Finland, the Netherlands … Now, President Hollande knows where to go, but he needs a scapegoat.

Renaud Favier, September 2nd, 2012.

Some additional e-reading may be needed about France,  Frenchonomics, French Politics, French Countryside, French Gentry, French Champagne or even more important issues. (Please click on pictures if you don’t wanna be a potatoe couch watching the weather forecasts on 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).

               
           
          
           
       

To “Compétitivité” : Please click : http://madeinfrance2012.wordpress.com/

To go to “Voyage en 2012” : Please Click : http://rf2012.wordpress.com/

To “France 2012” : Please click : http://occupyvousdefrance.wordpress.com/

To “English Coffee” : Please click : https://bestcoffeeinparis.wordpress.com/

To go to “Café du matin à Paris” : Please click : http://renaudfavier.com/

#German Miracle and #French Normality Should Join Forces for the Sake of #Europe. Now !

The French and  Germans share many things, including a taste for a beer or a glass of wine, whatever works, at a French “terrasse” now and then, an appetite for big German cars and vision for Europe. They should be able to discuss about normality …