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British gentlemen bargained for their exclusivity

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The past week was held in Europe under the sign of a two-day summit of heads of state of the EU in Brussels. The meeting of European leaders first of all had to give a final answer to the question: is the European Union ready to make concessions to Great Britain and to preserve to it a certain extraterritoriality - freedom in making political and economic decisions?




Bargaining length of two years

British Prime Minister David Cameron began to bargain about this two years ago. Then he considered that the UK contributes more funds to the EU funds than it receives back. Cameron offered to review contributions and quotas. Otherwise, he threatened to leave the union. He even promised to hold a corresponding referendum in the country. Since then, the British prime minister has arranged similar demarches with enviable regularity, if decisions that did not suit London were ripe in Brussels. So it was, for example, in the summer of 2014. Then between the leading countries there was a sharp dispute about the candidacy of the President of the European Commission.

Cameron lost the argument. Despite the British resistance, the head of the European bureaucracy was the ex-premier of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, the creature of Germany and France. There were other tensions between EU leaders. In the end, the British Prime Minister announced last fall the preparation of a referendum on secession from the European Union and outlined the requirements of the United Kingdom for its status in Europe.

They fit into four base points. First, the EU should not involve Britain in the creation of a European superpower. This promise emerged from the plans of the European bureaucracy for the further integration of the states of the Union, up to the formation of a single budget. Such events are now being worked out, a new version of the EU Charter is being prepared. Britain is not satisfied with it categorically.

The second requirement was a multi-currency union. This reflected the long-standing rejection of the single European currency by the islanders, expressed in the preservation and strengthening of the British pound. The third condition - London demanded the right to reject the directives of Brussels and repeal existing laws. Finally, in the fourth paragraph, Cameron called for the creation of a new European Union structure. According to the British, the block should be reorganized so that “non-eurozone 9 countries of the EU could be protected from the dominance of other 19 countries”. At the same time, London wanted more “special guarantees”.

These were the basic conditions under which the United Kingdom would remain in the European Union. But there are also details. Some of them clarified the head of the British Ministry of Internal Affairs Teresa May. Supporting the premiere, she unprecedentedly harshly spoke in favor of restricting migration. Moreover, it was not so much about refugees from the Middle East and Africa, as about labor migrants from the EU countries.

Among the first critics of the British policy was Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. This is natural, because half of Lithuanian migrant workers are currently working on the British Isles. The closure of the UK borders for Eastern European migrants threatens Lithuania with serious problems - if not a social and economic disaster. Grybauskaite called the requirements of the British authorities unacceptable, as for their implementation it is necessary to revise existing agreements in the European Union, adopted by consensus. In the heat of controversy, the Lithuanian president did not notice the sobering warning of her main patron, the United States.

Americans are worried about the situation in the Old World. They immediately clearly expressed their position: the UK should remain in the EU. State Department Deputy Head Philip Gordon put the final accents: The United States is interested in a “strong British voice” that Europeans would listen to.

Britain has achieved special status


After such support, David Cameron, as they say, could now play "one wicket." So it happened. The British media, summing up the two-day summit almost without interruption, noted with satisfaction that London received even a little more than it had required before the Brussels meeting. This refers to the resolution of a long-standing dispute about social assistance to migrants from EU countries. Under the current regulations, they received benefits immediately after registration in Britain. London insisted: the right to benefit must be earned. Now it is recognized by the EU summit.

The heads of all 28 EU countries agreed: Britain will not pay benefits to newly arrived migrant workers for four years from the moment they get a job. The new social regime will operate for seven years - from 2017 to 2023, inclusive. A weak consolation for the East European summit participants was the extension of this right to all countries of the bloc. It seems that democracy is triumphant. In practice - shaped mockery. This is how, for example, payment of children's allowances will now look. Britain has achieved that migrant workers receive it at the rates of the country from which they arrived at work.

For example, a family Lithuanian who is employed in the British Isles will receive a child allowance of about 20 euros per month - as established in Lithuania. To a family Brit who has been seduced by his work in Lithuania, Vilnius is obliged to pay a child benefit at the rate of 27 pounds per week. In euro it turns out - 140 per month. In other words, Britain, together with the leading countries of the bloc, received the right to indicate a place in the union to its less successful partners.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite (as well as her Eastern European partners who actively criticized the British premier) signed the new rules. Cameron was supported by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the final press conference, she said: “We believe that David Cameron received from us such a“ package ”that will increase the number of Britons who intend to vote for the country to remain in the EU.”

Admittedly, Merkel has not recently criticized the British prime minister, and even supported. On the eve of the summit in Brussels, an article by Mark Seddon appeared in the American newspaper The New York Times, recently holding the post of communications assistant to the head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Seddon offered Angela Merkel as a possible successor to the current UN Secretary General, whose powers expire at the end of this year.

In accordance with current regulations, this time, an Eastern European politician must replace Ban Ki-moon. The New York Times considered that Angela Merkel could well do this, since she was "originally from the country of the former Eastern Bloc." It is unknown whether the unexpected news Merkel in favor of greater support for Britain. Only critics of Cameron during the hours-long debates were somehow “blown away”, while he himself, at the final press conference, exuded not thanks to the partners, but victorious self-confidence.

The gene of exclusivity invigorates mind

“Britain will never become part of the European superstate,” the United Kingdom media quotes a catchphrase from the press conference of its prime minister. This is the key. Until now, the British arrogance, formed in the Victorian era, makes itself felt. She grew up on the leaps and bounds of colonial conquest and the expansion of the empire, which has reached a truly cyclopean size in 34 with more than a million square kilometers.

Along with the empire, consciousness of superiority over other nations grew. Psychologists say that the British have a strong conviction that the world secretly recognizes their exclusivity and tries to take an example from them. As is known, the dominant feature of Victorian morality was the postulate: prosperity is a reward for purposefulness, will and perseverance, and losers are not worthy of respect and attention. This colonial mentality entered the blood and flesh. Even today, a true Englishman is distinguished by a polite, but by all means scornful attitude towards foreigners.

If psychologists somehow sin in their conclusions, it is probably not very strong. The arrogance of the British is well known. Even the fact that the once omnipotent pound has now dropped to second-rate world currency has not hindered it, it has shrunk to the islands of the United Kingdom the largest stories empire, and the current influence of Britain is limited by the possibilities of the City of London.

Even the right to exclusivity from London was taken overseas to the United States. Now the American president strenuously pedals this topic. So much so that it has already begun to annoy its closest allies. A few days ago, Japan was reminded that the pretentious Barack Obama had “black blood slaves running in his veins” in his veins. Then, however, began to deny the assessment, apologize. The author of the scandalous speech was even dismissed. But this little changed the meaning of the incident: the world no longer recognizes anyone's right to be exclusive. This was confirmed by inaccurate estimates by the Japanese.

The British have not yet embraced the new political realities. The gene of exclusivity is still invigorating. Therefore, to be equal in the block, where decisions are made by consensus, and to become like, for example, a loser-Lithuania, London is not ready today. So he bargained for various preferences.

Business resists leaving the European Union

Meanwhile, the dependence of Britain on Europe has seriously grown. The business of the kingdom is already so merged with the continental that it can hardly exist separately. Recently, the British Research Institute Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a survey on the attitude of entrepreneurs to the country's withdrawal from the European Union. 76 percent of respondents spoke out against the release.

They expect unpleasant consequences. Three years after the UK’s exit from the EU, 36% of entrepreneurs predict a collapse in trade, 31% - a fall in investment, 29% - an increase in unemployment. This will force business to make radical decisions. In the event of an exit from the EU, every third surveyed firm will limit production capacity, or transfer production to the continent.

More than half of the leaders of the largest companies in the country were in favor of maintaining Britain within the European Union. TASS, citing the Financial Times, reports that an open letter has been prepared, stating that the UK will be "stronger, safer and richer" in a reformed EU. Support has already been expressed by such business giants as oil corporations BP and Shell, mining Rio Tinto, telecommunications Vodafone and BT, defense BAE Systems, bank HSBC.

The largest rating companies Fitch and Moody's made their forecasts. They believe that withdrawal from the EU will harm the UK economy, and in the long run will lead to a “substantial” increase in risks. However, British politicians did not calm down. The split occurred even among the ruling elite. Justice Minister Michael Gove and London Mayor Boris Johnson have already announced their readiness to agitate for secession from the European Union.

... European passions show - the world is changing. Tectonic processes take place in it. The old forces are leaving, resisting. Hope to live by their own rules. So the British gentlemen managed to bargain for the past exclusivity. Only this already fully corresponds to the main challenge of the time: it is now impossible to hide from the global peace on the islands. Even if they are British ...
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  1. Cetegg
    Cetegg 24 February 2016 06: 20
    15
    Anglo-Saxons are exceptional only in their meanness!
    1. sherp2015
      sherp2015 24 February 2016 07: 54
      +3
      Quote: Cetegg
      Anglo-Saxons are exceptional only in their meanness!



      These Saxons will never be brothers to us, you should not have hopes
      1. mirag2
        mirag2 24 February 2016 08: 04
        +4
        Anglo-Saxons WILL NOT be any brothers. Accept Islam, you will become a brother to a Muslim, embrace Christianity, you will become a brother to a Christian ... Having accepted Judaism, I doubt that you will become a brother to a Jew, because you have to be EXACTLY a Jew.
        And the Anglo-Saxons do not recognize anyone as equal, because they feel too superior to others. Therefore, they found a response to the idea of ​​Nazism in England before the Second World War.
      2. horoh
        horoh 24 February 2016 08: 12
        +3
        Yes, they actually were not, only enemies.
        1. Volzhanin
          Volzhanin 24 February 2016 09: 28
          +1
          So it is necessary to treat them accordingly - to destroy, like mad dogs at any slightest opportunity.
      3. 4ekist
        4ekist 24 February 2016 13: 37
        +3
        Here the word "brothers" is not appropriate. And how David Cameron "raped" his colleagues is even funny to watch. They are not even in a pittance. First of all, your interests !!!!!
    2. nils
      nils 24 February 2016 08: 11
      +2
      Quote: Cetegg
      Anglo-Saxons are exceptional only in their meanness!


      Elder Anthony (prophecies): “There will be no England, the island will go into the sea, weighed down by an ocean of sins, sinful betrayals to God. Sin, as the wrong way, by way of error ”

      St. Basil the Blessed: "at the beginning of the third millennium, most of England will be flooded by the sea."

      Boy Vyacheslav: "When disasters occur everywhere, England will sink, the British government knows about it, but they don't believe it, and when a small part of the land remains from England, they will be forced to evacuate to Russia."

      Being an authentic trap,
      A volcano lives near England ...;
      In which the rage will not calm down,
      And soon the fire will wake up in him,
      And ocean water
      Will close over those lands
      Absorbing everything forever ...

      poem "The Angel sounded the trumpet"
    3. siberalt
      siberalt 24 February 2016 08: 26
      +4
      It seems that it is not entirely true to say that the Americans are shaved. It is believed that over the past 500 years, only two of the states remaining on the world map have not lost their sovereignty. These are Russia and England. And even then it is debatable whether Igo was a "visitor" in Russia. At least the UK is less dependent on the US than the rest of Europe.
  2. aszzz888
    aszzz888 24 February 2016 06: 27
    +2
    All the fuss on leaving the geyropa, at the Britons, is yet to come. And not the fact that most want to stay in the geyrop.
    1. mirag2
      mirag2 24 February 2016 08: 08
      +1
      There is no "way out" and there will never be. And there could not be. The Angosaks consider the money too well. All this was just an excuse to reduce the level and breadth of coverage of the social sphere in the EU. The economy suffered too.
      And Cameron-he might even NEED Europe more than anyone. This is the politician who said (as opposed to tolerant Merkel):
      - Enough of the migrants.
      In short, another point of view in Europe, which should be, otherwise more and more large-scale protests are coming.
      1. mirag2
        mirag2 24 February 2016 08: 18
        0
        As for the economy: I remember how, at the beginning of his career as prime minister, Cameron flew to Moscow to see Putin, personally, to negotiate NOT to close an enterprise that provided 500 (!) Jobs in England. Not 2, and not 000 , but five hundred! -therefore it is worth not "learning" from them, but LEARNING.
        And I saw his visit, etc., obviously, that he played in public. I won’t say which one (British or anyone else), but he clearly made himself decisive.
        And the EU just bent, wiped their feet about them.
    2. mirag2
      mirag2 24 February 2016 08: 21
      0
      All the fuss on leaving the geyropa, at the Britons, is yet to come. And not the fact that most want to stay in the geyrop.
      -British business world has already said "no". What are you still waiting for? This is the main driver of Western politics. Yield. It is not profitable to leave, they will not come out. But it is not profitable for them. IMHO
    3. kotvov
      kotvov 24 February 2016 18: 55
      0
      And not the fact that most will want to stay in the geyrop.
      probably in Brussels it is necessary to think, but will anyone else want to become exceptional? have the Americans outplayed themselves?
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 24 February 2016 06: 29
    +3
    Blackmail Cameron failed ...
    1. The black
      The black 24 February 2016 07: 18
      +7
      Well what can I say. WELL DONE! Cameron. Once again, the EU indicated its place under the Anglo-American shkonkoy. And there is nothing left for free Europe but how to dutifully wipe its snot laughing
  4. Hooks
    Hooks 24 February 2016 06: 35
    +2
    "The UK must remain part of the European Union."
    Of course, they were not driven in the same pile. They are now only in one house to measure exclusivity.
  5. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 24 February 2016 06: 42
    +3
    Something tells me that Cameron’s thoughts at that moment somewhere under Merkel’s skirt. Naughty however!
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 24 February 2016 06: 55
      +2
      Quote: VNP1958PVN
      Naughty however!

      On the old woman sinks-Pervert!
      1. Per se.
        Per se. 24 February 2016 07: 08
        +3
        Frau Merkel herself was a little rascal in her youthful years, perhaps the leash from the United States was not without compromising evidence from the CIA at pranks and drew. In the photo, young Merlin Merlin with friends (nudist beach).
        1. Blondy
          Blondy 24 February 2016 09: 19
          +3
          Well, what is there to blackmail here, lack of intimate haircut?
          1. 4ekist
            4ekist 24 February 2016 13: 42
            0
            And no one is blackmailing anyone. It’s all so natural. Is not it?
        2. x587x
          x587x 24 February 2016 09: 20
          +3
          In the GDR, nudist beaches this was the norm.
        3. CONTROL
          CONTROL 24 February 2016 12: 27
          0
          Quote: Per se.
          Frau Merkel herself was a little rascal in her youthful years, perhaps the leash from the United States was not without compromising evidence from the CIA at pranks and drew. In the photo, young Merlin Merlin with friends (nudist beach).

          ... the figure is nothing!
          Yes, this is all - little things in life ... She worked for the Stasi, for the SED ... where indicated, there she "served"! and now serves ... I met my first husband in the USSR ...
          1. Blondy
            Blondy 24 February 2016 18: 33
            0
            Quote: CONTROL
            Yes, this is all - little things in life ... She worked for the Stasi, for the SED ... where indicated, there she "served"! and now serves ... I met my first husband in the USSR ...

            Well, to hell with yourself, Stirlitz! The SED is god with him, they seem to have democracy there, but with the Stasi - in my opinion, this is too much. Both the MAD and the service are protected by the constitution, with their order, the former agent Stasi would certainly be inhibited by the long-distance approaches to the helm,
    2. midivan
      midivan 24 February 2016 08: 08
      +3
      Quote: VNP1958PVN
      Something tells me that Cameron’s thoughts at that moment somewhere under Merkel’s skirt. Naughty however!

      belay yeah, and as in an old old joke, a breath of fresh air will definitely not hurt him there laughing
  6. midivan
    midivan 24 February 2016 06: 45
    +4
    something tells me that it’s not the British matter that’s exceptional, but simply that Europe has moved away from flea-like knots laughing
  7. VP
    VP 24 February 2016 06: 59
    +1
    Looks like the EU is everything.
    If individual members began to bargain for special conditions by blackmail, then the "union of equals" would not live long.
    But Schengen is already in fact.
    1. chikenous59
      chikenous59 24 February 2016 07: 07
      +4
      Quote: VP
      Looks like the EU is everything.
      If individual members began to bargain for special conditions by blackmail, then the "union of equals" would not live long.
      But Schengen is already in fact.

      Well, not everything is so simple.
      London is the financial capital of the world. This is where you need to build on. They began to lose their money.
      Hence all this blackmail.
      1. VP
        VP 24 February 2016 07: 30
        +1
        About the financial capital - exaggerated. A significant country in terms of the concentration of financial institutions, but not the capital.
        And if we consider the situation from the point of view of the “financial capital”, then leaving the EU is just contraindicated for them - the complication of business with continental Europe is likely to make financial instruments and operations in the UK less attractive.
        Therefore, the English elite never seriously intended to go anywhere, they were always interested only in "special conditions" and nothing more. Those. nishtyaki to us, smut to you.
        1. chikenous59
          chikenous59 24 February 2016 09: 08
          +2
          Quote: VP
          About the financial capital - exaggerated. A significant country in terms of the concentration of financial institutions, but not the capital.

          How is it not the capital?) Well, unofficial of course, but all economists know where the most money is spinning)
          1. VP
            VP 24 February 2016 10: 01
            +1
            In New York, Hong Kong is spinning no less
            1. SlavaP
              SlavaP 24 February 2016 23: 09
              0
              Unfortunately, more capital is spinning on the London Stock Exchange than in New York and Hong Kong combined. And this, indeed, gives Cameron good bargaining chips for the Euro game. By the way, a referendum on Britain’s exit from the EU is already scheduled for June 23, so we will soon find out who is who.
  8. Great-grandfather of Zeus
    Great-grandfather of Zeus 24 February 2016 07: 08
    -2
    Country prostitute has become an exceptional country prostitute?
  9. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 24 February 2016 07: 41
    +4
    The paradox is that as soon as someone starts trying to trynd about the exclusivity of a nation without measure, something very bad starts looming over this nation. But Cameron (although he is a decent bastard) can be praised for having achieved his goal and the EU has made concessions.
  10. VP
    VP 24 February 2016 07: 45
    +2
    Quote: rotmistr60
    But Cameron (although he is a decent bastard) can be praised for having achieved his goal and the EU has made concessions.

    The question is that these concessions cocked a bomb under the EU, it began to tick.
    But Cameron, of course, is on the drum - when all this begins to crumble he will not be the prime minister, he will have to disentangle others, and he will have other concerns - to write memoirs and lecture.
  11. HAM
    HAM 24 February 2016 08: 03
    +1
    Some "exceptional" - and no one to send!
  12. 1536
    1536 24 February 2016 08: 08
    +1
    The British swineherd won tactically, but he cannot develop a long-term strategy. So Britain will hang out between the EU and the United States. In the end, either these or those will merge it as unnecessary.
  13. Cap.Morgan
    Cap.Morgan 24 February 2016 08: 11
    0
    You need to learn from the British.
    Court proceedings.
    Free independent press.
    Ability to work.
    Business organizations and educational systems.
    Attitude of the authorities to their own people.
    Now, when we have what they have, then it will be possible to arrogantly criticize them.
    In London it is impossible, for example, to drive a supercar under 200 or to drive with wedding convoys blocking the road ....
    1. HAM
      HAM 24 February 2016 08: 33
      +3
      To fart, you also need permission from the House of Lords, and if, seriously, the "free independent press" just touches! And with education, you need to focus on Soviet standards, and not on tests for the crazy ..
      1. SlavaP
        SlavaP 24 February 2016 23: 20
        0
        Well here, as they say, 50 on 50. Indeed, the freedom of the local press, as of the Moon (although I don’t know a single state where this is not so), but as for education or healthcare, I'm sorry. They are taught and treated here at a very good level. I know this from my own experience.
    2. kagorta
      kagorta 25 February 2016 06: 09
      0
      The only thing they need to learn from. This is a school for the formation of the elite. And then our Russian quickly degenerates. In the 20th century, this happened twice. And for the British for 500 years everything is fine. And everything else is a big question and the press is not dependent and the training system (the Soviet one was better).
  14. Siberia 9444
    Siberia 9444 24 February 2016 08: 13
    0
    Throw Grandma Merkel lol She already has enough problems sanctions against us, immigrants scatter like cockroaches and on the threshold of the collapse of the European Union! And if it falls apart, they will suffer such losses that for a long time they will see a steep peak. And I must say thank you to all our American partners. laughing
  15. afrikanez
    afrikanez 24 February 2016 08: 17
    +1
    The Britons as always lit the EU and got it. what they wanted. And if all EU countries do the same, then what happens? It turns out that the EU will no longer be a union, but simply a rabble! Although even now it is not very similar to the union of European countries. For Americans, it’s the very thing, is it not clear that with such a stagger there will not be any unity, and, accordingly, no strength.
  16. Private27
    Private27 24 February 2016 09: 15
    +1
    Boy Vyacheslav: "When disasters occur everywhere, England will sink, the British government knows about it, but they don't believe it, and when a small part of the land remains from England, they will be forced to evacuate to Russia."
    And let them remain on which member they need in Russia in the English Channel. am
  17. Sargaras
    Sargaras 24 February 2016 09: 44
    +1
    Back in the 19th century, British Prime Minister Palmerston said that Britain has only permanent interests.
  18. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 24 February 2016 10: 29
    0
    The special status of Great Britain will be followed by the special status of Poland. And this will be the beginning of the end of the EU - the main, so far, US economic competitor in the world ...
  19. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 24 February 2016 10: 45
    0
    In the EU, everyone is equal, but some are more equal. For some, there are rules; for others, exceptions to the rules. It’s funny to hear how the Bulgarians say that they cannot make their own decision on the gas pipeline without the permission of Brussels. They have solidarity there. But the British did not want to accept refugees and will not.
  20. Flat5160
    Flat5160 24 February 2016 10: 48
    0
    Quote: Cetegg
    Anglo-Saxons are exceptional only in their meanness!

    Not only in meanness but also in treachery and greed.
  21. Nikolay71
    Nikolay71 24 February 2016 11: 21
    +1
    In other words, Britain, together with the leading countries of the bloc, got the right to indicate a place in the union to its less successful partners.
    On the one hand, this is correct, as Britain, Germany and France can be equal, for example, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
  22. Cucumbers
    Cucumbers 24 February 2016 11: 36
    0
    England not without reason considers itself Great Britain. They simply do not like noise - money love silence. During the development of America, they died from their rabble, therefore they consider it below themselves, but keep it like a chain dog. The British Commonwealth of Nations has 53 formally independent countries. the monetary system makes the English great bookkeepers.
  23. complete zero
    complete zero 24 February 2016 13: 21
    +1
    BRAVO CAMERON ... he showed who is the boss in the house ... and what is the rest of the HOLOPE EUROPE ... Ukraine where do you climb ?????
  24. DimYang
    DimYang 24 February 2016 20: 44
    0
    Well, the Britons have always sought to dictate their terms to the French and Germans. Within the EU, this was not possible, well, or, say, very limited. Now the shaving will be lower or even bolder. Well, it's the end of the EU. Now it is not clear what to do with the euro?
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  26. tracer
    tracer 25 February 2016 06: 46
    +1
    By the will of fate, he is quite familiar with the mentality of the Anglo-Saxons. In vain you roll a barrel at all. There are also quite good people. But the essence and basis of their entire worldview is profit and latent hatred for any non-Anglo-Saxons. They smile at you and almost kiss you in any place for money (profit), but they will immediately substitute them without a twinge of conscience (by the way, conscience is generally an absent essence in their mass character). The essence, the very basis of thinking, is this. I find it funny when the media write about the "double" standards of the West ... It's funny because, double for them is too small and simple, they are ten and twenty, and to any extent. They always build clear conditions for the rules of everything, everything and for everyone. But they themselves NEVER observe them. And all these rules are for losers (they are doomed to failure by definition), who had the imprudence to negotiate with them in something. He will not come to an agreement with the sharper, and he will never win at cards. America is such a super-large England with all that it implies. The entire history of their colonial conquests is based solely on deceiving and destroying the weak in the most brutal way. For people with this mentality, all the rules of politics, international organizations, the strictest "international" courts in The Hague are like a "stop signal hare".
    1. SlavaP
      SlavaP 25 February 2016 23: 05
      0
      And I, too, in the same place ....