Merkel to address British parliament and have tea with the Queen


Blackleaf
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making a visit to Britain today to speak to both the Head of Government and the Head of State.

The leader of Europe's richest country is to address both Houses of Parliament and have tea with the Queen during a one-day visit to the UK.

Mrs Merkel will follow in the footsteps of other leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, in addressing British MPs and peers.

The last time a German chancellor addressed both Houses of Parliament in Westminster was in March, 1970. Willy Brandt came and met Harold Wilson and expounded at length in English.

As well as holding talks with Prime Minister David Cameron she will also talk with the leaders of the other two main parties - Labour's Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrats' Nick Clegg, the Deputy PM.

Germany is one of Britain's biggest allies in the EU but Merkel, like other EU leaders, is worried that the British people may vote to leave the EU in a 2017 referendum.

Cameron is hoping to persuade Mrs Merkel to accept the need for EU treaty changes that would allow him to return powers from Brussels before a promised referendum on Britain's EU membership in 2017.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Berlin was prepared to offer "limited opt-outs" to the UK over its future compliance with existing EU directives and to make sure some other regulations were more flexibly enforced.


Angela Merkel to give symbolic address to UK Parliament

27 February 2014
BBC News


Angela Merkel is widely regarded as Europe's most powerful political leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to address both Houses of Parliament and have tea with the Queen during a one-day visit to the UK.

Mrs Merkel will follow in the footsteps of other leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, in addressing MPs and peers.

She will later hold talks with the three main party leaders.

David Cameron is pulling out all the stops as he sees the German leader as crucial to his aims in Europe.

He is hoping to persuade Mrs Merkel to accept the need for EU treaty changes that would allow him to return powers from Brussels before a promised referendum on Britain's EU membership in 2017.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Berlin was prepared to offer "limited opt-outs" to the UK over its future compliance with existing EU directives and to make sure some other regulations were more flexibly enforced.


David Cameron has spoken of his enormous admiration for Angela Merkel

'Disappointed'

The newspaper said it was a sign of the lengths that Germany was willing to go to to ensure the UK remained a member of the EU amid fears in Europe that a referendum could lead to British withdrawal.

But the BBC's Berlin Correspondent Stephen Evans said sources close to Mrs Merkel were playing down expectations of new proposals for the kind of changes British Conservatives wanted to see.

One Merkel adviser said: "Those expecting a thunderbolt in the speech will be disappointed."

Instead, Mrs Merkel will offer warm words about Britain and her desire to keep the country in the EU. But, says Evans, people close to the German leader are also expressing dismay that, as they see it, the British government has not come to them to spell out what changes it wants.

Although not an official state visit - Mrs Merkel is not head of state - the trip has been planned for months, with both governments aware of its political significance at a time of looming change in Europe.

Mrs Merkel is expected to speak for half an hour, in German, in front of an invited audience of dignitaries in the Palace of Westminster, including MPs, peers, diplomats, business and cultural leaders.





Leaders previously accorded the honour of addressing both House of Parliament include French Presidents Charles de Gaulle, pictured above, Valery Giscard d'Estaing and Francois Mitterrand, US presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the Tibetan opposition leader the Dalai Lama, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and former Russian president Boris Yeltsin - click here for a full list.

Mrs Merkel's predecessor, Willy Brandt, addressed both chambers in 1970.

'Not a priority'

After Thursday's address, Chancellor Merkel will meet a delegation of MPs and peers before having a working lunch with the prime minister at Downing Street.

The two centre-right leaders, both of whom govern in a coalition with other parties, will hold a press conference in which Mrs Merkel is likely to be pressed on whether she will support the UK's call for future treaty change in the EU.

David Cameron has said that if the Conservatives win the 2015 election, he will seek to renegotiate the terms of the UK's membership of the European Union and put the outcome to an in-out referendum of the British people in 2017.

But he faces a battle to convince leaders of other EU member states to agree to the treaty changes he will need, with French President Francois Hollande recently telling the prime minister, on a one-day visit to the UK, that it was "not a priority".

Mr Cameron is seen as having a warmer relationship with Mrs Merkel than Mr Hollande, although Berlin was angered by his decision to veto a fiscal compact in December 2011 in response to the eurozone debt crisis.

The prime minister and his wife Samantha visited the German chancellor's country residence last April, following a visit made by Mrs Merkel and her husband to Chequers in 2010.


Mrs Merkel and the Queen, Europe's two most powerful women, are to have tea together later at Buckingham Palace

The leader of Mr Cameron's junior coalition partners, the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and opposition leader Ed Miliband, who both oppose calls for a referendum and who have warned that Conservative calls for a root-and-branch renegotiation will alienate EU leaders, will hold separate meetings with Mrs Merkel.

The German chancellor will round off the day by having tea at Buckingham Palace.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26362034











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Walter
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Gotta love how she is leading the strongest economy in the EU. Good on you, Angela.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

Gotta love how she is leading the strongest economy in the EU. Good on you, Angela.


Unemployment rate

Germany: 7.3%
UK: 7.2%


Economic growth rate 2013

Germany: 0.4%
UK: 1.9% (The British economy grew almost 5 times faster than the German economy in 2013)


Predicted economic growth for 2014

Germany: 1.8%
UK: 3.4%

As I've said before, Britain's economy is currently the best-performing of all major Western economies.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has hailed Germany's "close partnership" with the UK in an historic address to both Houses of Parliament.

But she said those hoping for her to back EU treaty reform - or the opposite - would be "in for a disappointment".

Somebody should tell Merkel that no EU treaty reform = Britain voting to leave the EU in 2017.


Germany's Angela Merkel has addressed UK Parliament

BBC News
27 February 2014


Angela Merkel speech in the Palace of Westminster, home of the UK Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has hailed Germany's "close partnership" with the UK in an historic address to both Houses of Parliament.

But she said those hoping for her to back EU treaty reform - or the opposite - would be "in for a disappointment".

She began her remarks in English before delivering the main part of her speech in German.

David Cameron is pulling out all the stops as he sees the German leader as crucial to his aims in Europe.

Mrs Merkel hailed the peace and stability she said the European Union had brought, saying war between EU member states was now "inconceivable".

But she stressed that the EU's mission of maintaining peace in Europe was not over as some thought, telling the audience of Britain's political leaders: "We need to stand up resolutely against extremists and the inhumane."


The speech was anticipated by all sides of the UK EU debate

She hailed the "unparalleled success" of the EU free market - and the freedoms European integration had delivered - but stressed that "we need to change the political shape of the EU in keeping with the times".

She called for the EU to be made "stronger, more stable and more competitive than it is today".

David Cameron is hoping to persuade Mrs Merkel to accept the need for EU treaty changes that would allow him to bring back powers from Brussels before a promised referendum on Britain's EU membership in 2017.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that Berlin was prepared to offer "limited opt-outs" to the UK over its future compliance with existing EU directives and to make sure some other regulations were more flexibly enforced.


PM David Cameron, right, awaits the speech with opposition leader Ed Miliband, left, and deputy PM Nick Clegg, centre. Left of centre at the top is Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

The newspaper said it was a sign of the lengths that Germany was willing to go to to ensure the UK remained a member of the EU amid fears in Europe that a referendum could lead to British withdrawal.

But the BBC's Berlin Correspondent Stephen Evans said sources close to Mrs Merkel were playing down expectations of new proposals for the kind of changes British Conservatives wanted to see.

BBC News - Germany's Angela Merkel addressing UK Parliament







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EagleSmack
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I hope she gives the Queen B a big hug and pat on the back.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

I hope she gives the Queen B a big hug and pat on the back.


I hope she didn't touch the Queen. She isn't allowed to.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Unemployment rate

Germany: 7.3%
UK: 7.2%


Economic growth rate 2013

Germany: 0.4%
UK: 1.9% (The British economy grew almost 5 times faster than the German economy in 2013)


Predicted economic growth for 2014

Germany: 1.8%
UK: 3.4%

As I've said before, Britain's economy is currently the best-performing of all major Western economies.




Germany GDP - 3.4 trillion USD (2012) whereas the United Kingdom has a measley GDP of 2.435 trillion USD (2012).
 
Tecumsehsbones
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It's always nice when Germans get together with relatives for a nice cup of tea.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

It's always nice when Germans get together with relatives for a nice cup of tea.


The UK is more like the smaller, feeble younger sibling that could never quite run as fast or jump as high.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

I hope she didn't touch the Queen. She isn't allowed to.

Kinda makes you wonder how Liz had four kids, don't it?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

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Come back and say that after we overtake Germany economically and in terms of population within the next 15 years.
 
El Barto
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Quote: Originally Posted by tecumsehsbonesView Post

kinda makes you wonder how liz had four kids, don't it?

rotflmffao
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Come back and say that after we overtake Germany economically and in terms of population within the next 15 years.

15 years?

Think more in terms of 15 generations and you might have a chance... Assuming, of course that the Germans spend that amount of time not producing in any way
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

15 years?

Think more in terms of 15 generations and you might have a chance... Assuming, of course that the Germans spend that amount of time not producing in any way

Britain's economy is expected to overtake France's this year to become the fifth largest in the world and will overtake Germany's by 2030. France won't even be in the top ten by 2030.

Germany's population is shrinking whereas Britain's is growing rapidly and Britain's population is also expected to overtake that of Germany within the next couple of decades so that Britain becomes the largest country in Europe. Britain will be Europe's top dog once again.

Crow all you like, but Britain's "poxy" economy (nothing poxy about it, is is the sixth largest in the world, bigger than Canada's poxy economy) is set to sweep Germany aside. Germany is on the wane, and so is France.

Between now and 2030, the US is to fall down the rankings like Germany and France and Canada is to stay in 10th place. Britain will be the only one of those countries to climb the economic rankings.


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captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Wow... A projection.

How impressive
 
Blackleaf
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UK population 'largest in Western Europe by 2050'


By Wesley Johnson , Press Association
Friday 30 July 2010
The Independent

The UK will be the biggest country in Western Europe by 2050, overtaking both France and Germany, figures showed.

The UK's population will increase to 77 million in just 40 years' time from 62.2 million today, a rise of almost 24%, the US-based Population Reference Bureau projected.

The surge would make it bigger than both France and Germany. France's population is forecast to be 70 million in 2050, whereas Germany's population is to fall to 71.5 million.

The population of Western Europe as a whole will remain fairly constant - 190 million in 2050 compared with 189 million today - while figures for the whole of Europe suggest the population will drop from 739 million to 720 million.

UK population 'largest in Western Europe by 2050' - Home News - UK - The Independent

In 2009, Britain accounted for a THIRD of the total EU population growth of that year.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

UK population 'largest in Western Europe by 2050'


By Wesley Johnson , Press Association


Another projection.

We have a saying here in Canada, you'd be wise to heed the advice:

former prime minister jean chretien explains - YouTube

 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

UK population 'largest in Western Europe by 2050'

Don't you ever get tired of waving your pecker around, shouting "my naughty bits is bigger than yours!!!"?
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote:

Just accept that the days are coming in which Britain willd ward Germany.

NOOOOO! You can't willd ward Germany!

That'd be inhuman.

Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Don't you ever get tired of waving your pecker around, shouting "my naughty bits is bigger than yours!!!"?

Well, empirically, clearly not.

Get it? "Empirically?" As in "Empire?" Ha ha.

I'm here all week.
 
El Barto
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

Another projection.

We have a saying here in Canada, you'd be wise to heed the advice:

former prime minister jean chretien explains - YouTube

As silly as he looked for saying that He was definitely right for not being blinded by Bush to go to Iraq
 
SLM
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Don't you ever get tired of waving your pecker around, shouting "my naughty bits is bigger than yours!!!"?

The part that's inexplicable is how the UK can be the best and the brightest while at the same time completely going to hell in a hand basket due to being over run with all those immigrants he hates.

I guess it just depends what thread he's currently in.
 
El Barto
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Don't you ever get tired of waving your pecker around, shouting "my naughty bits is bigger than yours!!!"?

Bah , he will never win at Poker , he is a few cards short of a good hand
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

The part that's inexplicable is how the UK can be the best and the brightest while at the same time completely going to hell in a hand basket due to being over run with all those immigrants he hates.

I guess it just depends what thread he's currently in.

And what the Daily Mail and the Torygraph are saying today.
 
Blackleaf
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QUOTE=Cliffy;1877682]Don't you ever get tired of waving your pecker around, shouting "my naughty bits is bigger than yours!!!"?[/QUOTE]

No, I never get tired of that.

And all this came about because somebody thought they'd take a little dig at my comments that Britain's economy is outperforming sluggish, declining Germany's by pointing out that Germany has a larger economy than Britain (no mention of the fact that Germany's economy is only larger than Britain's because it has, for now, a larger population than Britain).

I couldn't just ignore this little jibe without pointing out that, within the next 15 years, Britain's economy will overtake Germany's to become the largest in Europe depite Britain still having a smaller population than Germany (Britain will overtake moribund France to become the world's fifth largest economy this year) and that Britain will also overtake Germany as the largest country in Europe in terms of population not long after, now could I?

Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

The part that's inexplicable is how the UK can be the best and the brightest while at the same time completely going to hell in a hand basket due to being over run with all those immigrants he hates.

I guess it just depends what thread he's currently in.


Don't worry. UKIP will kick them out when they are elected.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Don't worry. UKIP will kick them out when they are elected.

Too bad the aboriginal Americans didn't kick out the British squatters when they had the chance.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Too bad the aboriginal Americans didn't kick out the British squatters when they had the chance.


Not my problem.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Not my problem.

Have to agree with you there. Cliffy, where the heck did that complete non sequitur come from?

And I'm forced to point out, you're throwing it at the wrong person. Schwarzblatt and his are what us savages call "good Europeans," i.e., the ones that stayed where Jesus flang 'em and didn't come over here bothering us.
 
Blackleaf
#28
In a significant boost to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s austerity programme, the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) hailed the UK as the second-best performing economy in the Western world after the United States – and said France was one of the worst.

Our strong currency, low taxes and the projected rise in our population – in contrast with some of our competitors – means our GDP will soon outstrip France's and then Germany's.

The study by the CEBR looks at the 30 largest economies in the world and predicts how they will fare in the coming years.

It finds that China will overtake the US as the world’s largest economy in around 2028.


Why Britain’s economy will overtake Germany’s

Our population’s growing – and we’re not in the eurozone


Matthew Lynn
5 October 2013
The Spectator



What’s the most surprising thing that could come out of the current economic upturn? A rapid revival in northern manufacturing? The City really getting behind small British businesses? Ed Balls admitting higher public spending wasn’t always the best way to promote growth? Any of these eventualities would be fairly amazing. But the biggest surprise would perhaps be this: a gradual realisation that the UK is on track to become the largest economy in Europe.

In the 19th century, at the height of the industrial revolution, the UK outproduced all of its European competitors. It steadily lost that position, however, ceding industrial leadership to the Germans and the French. In the next couple of decades that pattern will start to reverse. As the recovery gathers steam, we are likely to out-perform the rest of Europe. And that will change the way this country is perceived, both by global businesses and by investors.

The rankings of European economies are not set in stone. Right now, Germany is by far the biggest, with a GDP of $3.6 trillion. France stands at $2.7 trillion, the UK at $2.2 trillion, Italy at $2.1 trillion. If you count Russia as part of Europe, it slots into the table between us and the Italians. But over time, those positions have moved around. Back in 1987 the Italian economy overtook ours, a moment celebrated in that country as ‘Il Surpasso’, and indeed in the early 1990s Italy even overtook France. A couple of difficult decades later, Italy and Britain are tussling for fourth place.

The next decade will be a lot better for us, however. Our recovery may look tepid by historical standards; the mountain of debt, public and private, is too enormous for a rapid acceleration of growth, and there is little sign of a surge of productivity to kick-start a really strong upturn. But that’s not the point. As Alan Hansen likes to point out on Match of the Day, to move up a league table you don’t just need to pick up points yourself — you also need your competitors to drop a few. And that is what’s about to happen.


100 years ago Britain's economy was the largest in the world. Now Britain is set to reign supreme economically in Europe once again, with its economy overtaking France's in 2014 and Germany's probably around 2025

If UK growth hits 1.5 per cent this year and 2 per cent next, that will be better than most people expect. But the Eurozone (which, of course, Britain wisely decided to stay out of against the advice of Europhiles) has locked itself into what looks like a permanent recession, each minor burst of growth followed by a fresh downturn. And over time, that will change the rankings of the largest economies.

Italy, in its fifth recession since joining the euro, is not going to catch the UK up again. The Italian economy is no bigger now than when it joined the single currency in 1999. The OECD predicts it will shrink by 1.2 per cent this year, and only expand by 0.5 per cent next. France does not look likely to hold on to second place in Europe for much longer: it spent the first half of the year in recession, and has emerged from it only as far as an annual growth rate of 0.1 per cent — more of a rounding error than an expansion. Socialist President François Hollande seems to be doing everything he can think of to destroy wealth, from punitive income tax rates to lowering the retirement age to taxing smartphones. The Centre for Economics and Business Research has already predicted the British economy will be bigger than the French by next year.

But Germany? That really is a serious economy — Europe’s largest both before the first world war and since its recovery after the second, partly because Germans are very good at making stuff, but also because there are a lot of them — 82 million, compared with 64 million Britons. But even Germany is getting sucked into the eurozone’s depression. It was growing at just 0.1 per cent at the start of the year, and has recovered only slightly since then. Germany is the only eurozone economy still in respectable shape — but with even the Dutch next door in recession, that can’t last. The reality is that Germany is fated to a decade or more of faltering output just like its neighbours. If the UK starts to grow consistently faster than Germany, the gap will close.


Britain's population is the fastest growing in Europe, whilst Germany's shrinks. Britain also isn't hampered by being in the Eurozone, unlike Germany. Britain is on course to become the EU's biggest country and largest economy

There is another, more important factor. From 2015, Germany will have a sharply declining population. By 2020, it will have 80 million people, according to the Federal Statistical Office. By 2060, that will be down to 64 million. By contrast, the UK by 2050 will be home to 80 million, according to a report last year by the Population Reference Bureau. It would require miracles of productivity in terms of output per worker for Germany not to lose ground.

The French have already noticed. The state-sponsored French Economic Observatory recently published a paper on these changing demographics, forecasting that the French economy would overtake Germany by 2040. That’s very likely. But as you might expect, the French study left Britain out of the equation.

In fact, the UK and France are the only two European countries with healthy demographics, and the contest to be Europe’s largest economy will be between them. But with its state-heavy, over-regulated model, locked into a struggling single currency, heavily dependent on a shrinking German market for exports, it’s hard to believe France can outperform us. If the UK manages to combine faster growth with better demographics, we should overtake Germany somewhere between 2025 and 2030.

That will have big consequences. A region’s biggest economy attracts people and investment. Every multinational will want a stake in the British market. Migrants will flock here in even greater numbers. Global investors will be hungry to own British stocks. And it will make the UK a far more powerful voice in European politics — money talks. Our recovery so far may not feel very exciting, but if we do better than our neighbours, one day soon we’ll have something to celebrate.


Why Britain’s economy will overtake Germany’s » The Spectator
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Have to agree with you there. Cliffy, where the heck did that complete non sequitur come from?

SLM: "The part that's inexplicable is how the UK can be the best and the brightest while at the same time completely going to hell in a hand basket due to being over run with all those immigrants he hates."

Blackhead: "Don't worry. UKIP will kick them out when they are elected."

What I said seemed to follow.

Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post


And I'm forced to point out, you're throwing it at the wrong person. Schwarzblatt and his are what us savages call "good Europeans," i.e., the ones that stayed where Jesus flang 'em and didn't come over here bothering us.

In Kanada, the Brits never left. We still have Lizzy and her inbred family.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

I hope she didn't touch the Queen. She isn't allowed to.

Michelle Obama did. She gave her a pat on the back. It was hilarious. Michelle wasn't going to suffer any of your silly rules.

Atta girl Michelle!





Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Come back and say that after we overtake Germany economically and in terms of population within the next 15 years.

With guys named Mohammed? Romanian gypsies?
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