Friday Caption Contest (Train in Ukraine Edition)

mdi-timer 17 June 2022 @ 12:30 17 Jun 2022 @ 12:30 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Boris Second Only to Zelenskyy in Ukrainian Popularity Poll

While FBPEers try sniping the government at any opportunity, in the real world an astonishing poll puts into perspective just how well the PM’s handled Ukraine in the eyes of those who matter: Ukrainians.

The poll conducted by US outlet Cyngnal finds Boris’s net approval rating in Ukraine is second only to that of Zelenskyys, and is well ahead of Biden and Sholtz.

  1. Zelenskyy: +79%
  2. Boris: +49.6%
  3. Biden: +25.8%
  4. Scholz: +23.4%
  5. Xi Jinping: -19.4%
  6. Putin: -86.7%

The UK also stands as the most popular ally in all this, 14 points ahead of the EU and 23 points ahead of the US:

  1. 🇬🇧: 56%
  2. 🇪🇺: 42.2%
  3. 🇺🇸: 33.3%
  4. Nato: -16.8%

Following the Kosovo conflict, parents started calling boys Tonibler – will Boris be the new baby name de jour of Ukraine when all this is over?

mdi-timer 9 March 2022 @ 17:00 9 Mar 2022 @ 17:00 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Scholz Rules Out Cutting Off Supplies of Russian Energy

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has again ruled out suspending purchases of Russian gas and oil on the grounds that Europe’s energy supplies “cannot be be secured in any other way”:

“All our steps are designed to hit Russia sensitively and to be sustainable over the long term. Europe has deliberately exempted energy supplies from Russia from sanctions. At the moment, Europe’s supply of energy for heat generation, mobility, power supply and industry cannot be secured in any other way. It is therefore of essential importance for the provision of public services and the daily lives of our citizens.

The German government has been working hard for months with its partners within the European Union and beyond to develop alternatives to Russian energy. However, this cannot be done overnight. That is why it is a conscious decision on our part to continue the activities of business
enterprises in the area of energy supply with Russia.”

Obviously saying the quiet part out loud. So long as Russia can keep selling its oil, it can keep firing its weapons…

mdi-timer 7 March 2022 @ 14:04 7 Mar 2022 @ 14:04 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Germany Shifts on Long Held Policies

Shipping 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 surface-to-air missiles from German military stocks* to Ukraine isn’t the only policy change from Berlin, in an emergency meeting of the Bundestag he told the assembled German parliamentarians that

“In attacking Ukraine, Putin doesn’t just want to eradicate a country from the world map, he is destroying the European security structure…”

As a result Germany would allocate this year €100 billion to modernise the threadbare German armed forces, “From now on, more than 2% of our GDP will be invested in our defence”.

In addition he signalled that renewables alone could not wean Germany off Russian gas, the phasing out of coal would be reconsidered. Germans won’t shiver at Putin’s whim…

*Less widely reported is that  Estonia and the Netherlands were also given the permission of the German government to transfer German-made weapons to Ukraine.

mdi-timer 27 February 2022 @ 11:45 27 Feb 2022 @ 11:45 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Scholz Pulls Plug on Nord Stream 2

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has killed plans for the $10 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline and ordered a reassessment of Germany’s energy supply, following Russia’s invasion of eastern Ukraine last night. The pipeline was completed last September, although it was never operational. Scholz this morning said “the situation has fundamentally changed”…

mdi-timer 22 February 2022 @ 11:07 22 Feb 2022 @ 11:07 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
Olaf Scholz Elected German Chancellor, Merkel Steps Down

Social Democrat Olaf Scholz has been elected Chancellor of Germany, with 395 lawmakers in the German parliament officially voting him in this morning. Merkel’s 16-year reign comes to an end…

mdi-timer 8 December 2021 @ 09:44 8 Dec 2021 @ 09:44 mdi-twitter mdi-facebook mdi-whatsapp mdi-telegram mdi-linkedin mdi-email mdi-comment View Comments
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