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The European Project: the future of the EU.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Hrothbern, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Hrothbern

    Hrothbern Warlord

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    Ahhhh
    Max Euwe !
    Dutch worldchampion chess in the 30ies. His older opponents were people like Capablanca (I love that guy), Lasker, Aljechin.
    My father had some old chess books written by Max Euwe.
    Max Euwe was BTW teacher Math at a secondary school for girls. Some didactic qualities were there.
    He was also of the (rare) opinion that playing a game of chess was not about playing against your opponent, but about understanding the situation at the chess board.
    That delivered me a split personality. I studied chess like Euwe, I played like that with my friends, but in competition I played only to destroy the self-confidence of my opponent, and pick up the spoils after that.
    Me badass and jerk.
     
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  2. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    Byzantine chess is better.

     
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  3. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    Looks like drunken British chess.
     
  4. Kyriakos

    Kyriakos Alien spiral maker

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    The central circle is (afaik) not used in play, so in effect you have to defend from two sides. Also various pieces move differently (I think the Queen only moves for one tile each time, and only diagonally)
     
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  6. Kyriakos

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  7. Hrothbern

    Hrothbern Warlord

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    A radical change
    normal chess is mostly about conquering, controlling the centre.
    Here there is no centre !

    The other (practical) advantage is that you do not need to learn chess openings 20-30 moves deep.
    I "solved" that issue by playing the Bird opening as white (f2-f4).
    Suboptimal, but do-able.
     
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  8. Kyriakos

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    Going by the site I posted, there was also a variant (not sure if historical) called "Citadel", where the central circle apparently is split to four spaces and is accessible. But afaik traditional byzantine chess treats the center as a high mountain or sea.
     
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  9. innonimatu

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    The EU's attempt to coerce Switzerland to surrender sovereignty is apparently not going according to plan:

     
  10. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Wait, so you want the EU to open its financial services to yet another money laundering jurisdiction and tax haven?
     
  11. innonimatu

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    You think that Ireland, Cyprus, the Dutch Antilles, etc are not enough?

    This is not about blocking any financial malefactors, because the EU was quite willing to do a financial services agreement if Switzerland gave in on different demands.
     
  12. mitsho

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    This has nothing to do with money laundering, it's about the mutual acceptance of equivalency. It's a technical aspect of the financial markets having been taken up by Juncker after he returned angrily from a trip to Berne some years ago. He thought he could finish a deal, but since we have 7 presidents instead of one, they'd first needed to have a meeting by themselves which was not possible on that trip. So Juncker got angry and wanted to retaliate.

    And then came Brexit and the EU can't really continue negotiating until that mess has been cleared so that bourse equivalency has been taken hostage. Nobody likes that, neither the Swiss nor the EU commission... You also have to see it in connection to the framework agreement between CH and the EU which has also been kinda holed up by Brexit and the (European) Trade Unions.

    It's a huge topic here in Switzerland, probably the biggest political one for nearly a year now. Interesting that nobody outside has heard about it. (and that's probably the message the EU commission wants to send to Britain).

    Not sure I explained that eloquently... But the take of that wolfstreet blog was new to me, interesting. They'll find a way to trade all they want, the rich always do, it's just a bit more complicated for them.
     
  13. Kyriakos

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    Pretty funny to see the german government not agreeing with the german committee of legal experts which presented its assessment that the never paid war reparations to Greece have legal merit/are outstanding. Respect of law is only good when it supports Germany, yet again :)
    Seems likely this issue will end up in the court of the Hague.
     
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    Pardon me, but what is CH in this context?
     
  15. Kyriakos

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    Likely Canton governments.
     
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    Confoederatio Helvetica - Switzerland
     
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  17. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    When I go through customs I've sometimes wondered what people not in the know makes of this sign:

     
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  18. Hrothbern

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    CH is the country where they use CHF as currency

    As side note... Switzerland has kind of an issue with its own country name because of all these different languages there.
    On their post stamps you just see Helvetia as elegant solution.
    From the celtic tribe, group of celtic tribes, living there, and named Helvetii by the Romans.
     
  19. Kyriakos

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    That is what they are called in Greek too.

    Likewise, Netherlands is called Hollandia, Scotland Scotia, Germany Germania and so on.
     
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    Coagulated Hobbits.
     

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