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Comment on EU raffles by Jean NEW
eurotalks 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Hi, nice post, I especially liked the comparison made with a "lottery". I would just add another point here just to go deeper: the analogy with lottery does not end once you have passed the MC computer tests. In fact, from my own experience of a s...
eurotalks 3 Years, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Imagine a German, a Brit and a Greek having dinner at a three stars Michelin restaurant. The food is good and the atmosphere very pleasant. The Greek and the Brit eat as there is no tomorrow. The German enjoys the food too but always keeps an eye on...
Comment on Eurodates and euroloves by ThesisUndAntiThesis NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
I am surprised you didn't mention golfing among the top extracurricular activities! Brussels has the perfect weather for practicing, especially this year! You don't need to find love when you have a true golf passion.
Eurodates and euroloves NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 11 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
PART 1 – Extracurricular activities Ils sont tous beaux!  This is what one would say seeing the crowd of young expats that populates Brussels. They are young, smart and beautiful in their nice grey suits, trendy glasses and shiny shoes. Each one o...
The multiple holes of the EU internal market* NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
* This article has been generously and kindly  provided by another fellow penitent eurocrat Brussels and Europe are built on the pillar of the “creation of an internal market between Member States”.  That’s what Lisbon Treaty- the euro primar...
Eurosausage and Eurocrauts* NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
* This article has been generously and kindly provided by another fellow penitent eurocrat Some decades ago on British TV a popular program described the typical setting of UK public administration, civil servants and bureaucrats dealing with minist...
The sex of the angels NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Negotiating in Brussels is a big issue and part of everyday work. People around the town spend large parts of their valuable lives and their precious time discussing and arguing about where to place a comma or a semicolon or whether is better to use...
Comment on One day in the life of a Brussels lobbyist by europhil NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 12 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Dear "penitent" eurocrat, it seems you live quite a lot of such days! either from the desk of some anonymous "policy officer" on some Lisbon 2020 predicament, or on the side of the "meat and processed intestines" interest group advocates in the Schu...
One day in the life of a Brussels lobbyist NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 21 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
  The reader might know that together with the European Institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament) Brussels is also home to a profusion of associations, law firms, think tanks, consultancies or PR companies bringing interests of any kind...
EU raffles NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 2 Months, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 5 Minutes ago
Participating in an EPSO* competition or concours is like buying the ticket of the national lottery. You know you’ll never win but still it’s worth giving a try. The number of people who participate in the 2011 edition is scaring. I don’t know...
Eurojokes NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 2 Months, 3 Days, 31 Minutes ago
Joking in Brussels is tricky. With 23 languages and 27 nationalities there is a high risk that your joke won’t be fully understood and maybe even badly taken. Some nationalities have more sense of humor than others. Germans are nice people but norm...
Can anybody hear us? NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 2 Months, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Walking around the European neighbourhood on a Sunday or on a bank holiday day is depressing. Nobody is around, bars and restaurants are closed and the silence that reigns is only broken by the caw of crowns. The buildings that host the European Ins...
The elephant in the room NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 12 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Since the beginning of the economic crisis nobody dared to name the beast. I mean, not that in Brussels nobody talked about the crisis. Au contraire! Each and every presentation given by eurocrats in every corner of Europe touched upon it. It was cal...
If only Schuman could see NEW
eurotalks 3 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
The latest news from Greece is gloomy and rather apocalyptic. I heard of the army presiding banks and of Greeks citizens run banking and empting their deposits (sources talk about anything from 700 million to 1,2 billion euro withdrawn in the days fo...