Belgium is for sale !

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  1. ccheese

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    Someone Tries To Sell Belgium On eBay

    Hidden among the porcelain fox hounds and Burberry tablecloths
    on sale at eBay, this week was an unusual item: "For Sale: Belgium,
    a Kingdom in three parts ... free premium: the king and his court (costs
    not included)."

    The odd ad was posted by one disgruntled Belgian in protest at his country's
    political crisis which reached a 100-day landmark Tuesday with no end in
    sight to the squabbling between Flemish and Walloon politicians.

    "I wanted to attract attention," said Gerrit Six, the teacher and former
    journalist who posted the ad. "You almost have to throw rock through
    a window to get attention for Belgium."

    Six placed the advertisement on Saturday, offering free delivery, but
    pointing out that the country was coming secondhand and that potential
    buyers would have to take on over $300 billion (euro220 billion) in national debt.

    Like many of Belgium's 10 million citizens, Six is exasperated that the power
    struggle between the county's French- or Dutch-speaking political parties has
    left Belgium in political limbo since June 10 elections.

    Demands for more autonomy from the Dutch-speaking Flemish are resisted
    by the French-speaking Walloons, making it impossible to form a government
    coalition and triggering concern the kingdom is on the verge of a breakup.

    Six decided to vent his frustration through the Internet ad.

    "My proposal was to make it clear that Belgium was valuable, it's a
    masterpiece and we have to keep it," he told Associated Press Television
    News. "It's my country and I'm taking care of it, and with me are millions
    of Belgians."

    Six' idea got a mixed reaction on the streets of Brussels.

    "Very funny, typical Belgian humor," said Anne Graux. "It's ridiculous,"
    snapped Nathalie Ginot, a Brussels resident who had her own pragmatic
    solution to Belgium's woes. "We think it would be good to split Belgium
    into the three and make Brussels a tax-haven, a capital exempt from all
    taxes," she said hopefully.

    Six vaunted Belgium's attractions to potential buyers from art nouveau
    architecture to the headquarters of NATO and the European Union and
    some great beers. But he also warned of the pitfalls of taking on the
    cacophonous mix of Flemish nationalists, Walloon Socialists and the
    mayors of all 19 Brussels' boroughs.

    EBay was happy to take Six' advertisement.

    "It was a really fun listing made by a Belgian," Peter Burin, PR manager
    of eBay Belgium. "This person, in a very funny way, reminded the Belgians
    what a great country Belgium actually is and it would be a shame to sell it."

    However, the company decided to pull the add Tuesday after receiving
    a bid of euro10 million ($14 million)

    "We decided to take it down, just to avoid confusion," he told APTN


    Anybody wanna buy a country ?

    Charles
     
  2. Udet

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    I do.

    But first i have to check on the offers i made to buy the whole U.S.A. -Hawaii included- and Germany.
     
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    Well I wouldn't mind selling my country and mine comes with lots of hot girls so I'll have to charge extra :D
     
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    Another example here of exactly how far are you going to take the idea of national sovereignty...
     
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    I've put a bid in for Hungary, Romania, Austria and Switzerland..... So, it's YOU that I'm bidding against over the US Udet?
     
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    :) a bit sad though........
     
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    All the countries listed come with a lot of debt. How are you going to cover that? LBO the whole country (sell the parts off at a profit to cover the cost of buying and debt?).

    I dunno, I don't want to buy anyone else's problem.
     
  8. DerAdlerIstGelandet

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    I have won the bid for Germany and since I lost my bid for France I think I am just going to take it!

    :lol:
     
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    If you buy it, would you get the Belgium beer for free?
     
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    I need a new Belgium, my last one broke.
     
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    Damn. Here I just signed a lease on a new apartment, and Belgium is for sale. This happens to me every time. :rolleyes:
     
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