pepec (Jun 14 2010, 09:49 AM) said: > original post
While I understand your argument, I also think there is the usual judgment against the Dutch behind it. For example Belgium has exactly the same coffee culture as the Netherlands, and also the same lack of Starbucks. But I am sure that nobody would use the same line of argument against the Belgians. Italy has no Starbucks at all. But nobody would even suggest that their clinging to their espresso culture has anything to do with resistance to change.
At most Dutch cafes and restaurants are espresso machines worth thousands of Euros, where you can get a very decent cup of coffee. Maybe the Dutch coffee culture is different then in other countries, were Starbucks apparently is very popular. But that doesn't make it worse. Starbucks is no sign of a superior coffee culture.
schuufieser (Jun 11 2010, 11:23 AM) said: > original post
the need to feel accepted... when that's not met, he goes into the "If you hate me, I will hate you right back" state. Maybe I am wrong, but if you are comfortable with who you are, what others think about you will be less important. We are all the center of our own little universe...
veldrin055 (May 28 2010, 09:55 AM) said: > original post
I already thought about this. If they try to make changes and things to to European courts, there will be a new election before anything gets resolved. I wouldn't worry about any extreme changes to immigration policies.