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The new dutch rail map for 2018

The new dutch rail map for 2018

This is better than porn.

Herzogenrath?? How about a connection to Aachen?

Memories of spending the day in Maastricht, heading home and having to walk from Vaals to Aachen because the bus stops at night and there are no trains :(

Tag this NSFW.

hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng

The statue of Arminius in the Teutoburg Forest, Germany.

The statue of Arminius in the Teutoburg Forest, Germany.
a well known character in German schools until the 1970s

Arminius ("Hermann" in German) was a member of a Germanic tribe, who was taken from his family as a child and raised in Rome. The Romans regularily did that in order to "romanize" the elite of subjugated peoples. As an adult, he came back to Germania with the Roman legions, but started questioning his allegiance to the Roman Empire. He then organized the Germanic resistance against the Roman invasion and finally defeated 3 entire legions under the command of Quintilius Varus in 9AD. Consequently, all annexation plans for Germania were dropped and the Romans retired behind the Limes border line. Arminius was finally murdered in a conspiracy plotted by his own family.

In the 19th century, national romanticists rediscovered his legend and the fact that he united many free Germanic tribes to defeat a "tyrannic" foreign aggressor and linked it to their own struggle against the French Empire and the Napoleonic occupation. He thus became a national symbol of unity and freedom of the German people against a foreign occupant and . In recent decades, especially after the 68s, this romanticized view of Arminius as the heroic freedom fighter against a foreign occupant was heavily criticized and finally replaced with a more sober view on History.

The perceived threat of France not only led to such patriotic songs as "The Watch on the Rhine", but also in 1838 to the beginning of the construction of this memorial to Arminius. After defeating France in 1871 and the creation of the German Empire, the memorial was finally inaugurated in 1875.

Arminius' sword, which points towards France, reads:

"Germany's unity is my strength. My strength is Germany's power." thus by logic implying that Germany's strength is based on its unity.

Interestingly, France has a very similar statue for Vercingetorix.

R.I.P. Varus

While the victory at the Teutoburg Forest was not insignificant it's also too much to say:

Consequently, all annexation plans for Germania were dropped and the Romans retired behind the Limes border line.

In fact starting just 5 years later one of the Imperial family, Germanicus, led multiple campaigns against the Germans.

He actually defeated Arminius in battle before being recalled from Germania. The Emperor Tiberius ultimately decided that attempting to complete the integration of Germania would be too costly, though he is also often accused of being envious of his nephew and the glory he was winning against the Germans avenging the defeat of Varus.

The first Euro-skeptic...

Germany Is Preparing to Send Refugees Back to Syria

Germany Is Preparing to Send Refugees Back to Syria
Germany Is Preparing to Send Refugees Back to Syria

Well they are needed to rebuild the country.

financial profligacy in the south

... what.

completely given up to dissipation and licentiousness

... WHAT.

Turns out I don't understand English as well as I thought I did.

The kinds of fundamental changes across the country required by the UNHCR for safe return may not occur for a generation

Nah, that's okay, now would be good.

Europe has gotten itself into a pickle. But it must not take out its failure on the migrants.

I don't see why the moral burden is on European countries that have sheltered refugees. These people would have been in danger before and are less so if they return now. The failure was not in accepting the refugees, but rather letting in massive numbers of illegals along with them. Should Europe be punished for not slamming the door on all of them in 2015? What kind of precedent does that set for future crises?

The author just really likes the thesaurus function in MS Word.

Comparison of homicide rates of Malmö with a selection of other cities in Europe and USA [OC]

Comparison of homicide rates of Malmö with a selection of other cities in Europe and USA [OC]

So you're telling me Swedistan is not full of no-go warzones like Iraqistan?

So Paris is safer than Malmo? Interesting

Or rather that Malmo's problems are overstated by the American right-wing, which is ironic, considering that the city is still less murderous than the safest of American ones.

Just random cities that are frequently mentioned in the homicide rate debate - St. Louis is the so-called murder capital of America, Colorado Springs is among the safer metropolitan areas in USA, Baltics have the most homicidal capitals in EU, and Zurich is well known to be very safe despite being a big immigration centre.

EU parliament add, anyone notice a few strange things.

EU parliament add, anyone notice a few strange things.

It seems that we have an United Ireland, Britain has sank, the whole balkans are inside the single market and Ukraine is part of the EU.

Ukraine is not on the map.

*apparently their flag is tho

France had been crushed by a huge truck!

Damn, Kaliningrad got absorbed by either us or Poland, huh

Which European countries attract the most immigrants?

Which European countries attract the most immigrants?
Which European countries attract the most immigrants?

Crazy numbers.

Population of Poland 38 million

Population of Ireland 4.7 million

What's crazy about that?

800K polish is 2% of Poland. 800K Irish is 17% of the population of Ireland. Of course 17% of Irish can't friggin move.

All the rich ones do. Saved you a click.

Almost 3x as many Poles in the UK than Irish after just 12 years of freedom of movement for them.

Almost as many Romanians as Irish after just 2 years of them having freedom of movement.

Crazy numbers.

BTW the guy who made these nice charts is also active on reddit (/u/d-qn) and he listed the source data sets he used to make these infographics in this comment.

Poorly five-year-old 'marries love of her life' before undergoing serious heart surgery

Poorly five-year-old 'marries love of her life' before undergoing serious heart surgery
Poorly five-year-old 'marries love of her life' before undergoing serious heart surgery

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This is actually really beautiful. The problem is, of these two split up in the future and with this online, it's gonna get really awkward. Let's hope all the best for them.

Happy married life for this cute little couples. God bless them. Long live.

Are you personally affected by corruption in your daily life ? (Tweeted by European Commission today)

Are you personally affected by corruption in your daily life ? (Tweeted by European Commission today)

the spanish way to look at it is, if corruption affects in any way the way the government or public services work, it is affecting everyone's lives. there's also a lot of awareness of the issue lately

Spain is much higher than I thought. Anyone want to give an example of what they experienced?

Dammit the dutch beat us this time around.

Thats a good way to look at it though!

Bucharest, 1977, Vrancea Earthquake

Bucharest, 1977, Vrancea Earthquake

According to Romania Insider, the city is even after 40 years not yet prepared to withstand such ...

Fake news. The earthquake was obviously a result of our godless streak under Communism and authorities have taken steps to correct that. 

Such as building a big-ass €200 million cathedral downtown.

Fake news. The earthquake was obviously a result of our godless streak under Communism and authorities have taken steps to correct that.

Such as building a big-ass €200 million downtown.

Funny thing is most of the ugly commie blocks likely wouldn't collapse, because they were built with strong seismic standards in mind. So all the nice buildings built before the 1950s and many built after 1990 would likely collapse, leaving only a sea of ugly, nearly identical commie blocks standing.

??? Are you serious? These kinds of buildings make up the hearts of most European cities, attract tourists from all around the world and around them gravitates the urban life of those cities. Take Paris, Munich, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Warsaw, Wien, and basically any major European city, and you'll only see old buildings in the city centres.

Something wierd has happened to my neighborhood (in the UK) overnight... What is this?

Something wierd has happened to my neighborhood (in the UK) overnight... What is this?

Do you live anywhere near the coast? I've heard seagulls have been suffering from dandruff recently.

The strange light in the centre appears to be a reflection of an even stranger light in the skies. The latter one is, in spite of being totally unknown in the UK, a thing we see frequently in continental Europe. We call it the "sun".

Obviously a colombian drug deal went wrong in your neibourghood

I don't know, looks like too little to be called 'snow'.

Try one of these subthreads