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Racism and xenophobia more and more openly shown in Europe.

That is the message those right populist and alt-right groups have given to the people, that it would be perfectly ok to be racist and xenophobic. Thanks FN, thanks Wilders, thanks AfD, thanks SVP, thanks UKIP! Wonderful job you are doing (not!). You are destroying Europe and the peaceful living of people together.
A video showing a French restaurateur apparently calling all Muslims terrorists and refusing to serve two Muslim women sparks anger and calls for protests.
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Faça alguma coisa:  para Mudar esta situação aí na Europa.
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(a friend moved there...)
TL;DR: They built an absolute concrete block village with an empty big concrete "Park" in the middle and now they find out that there was "No pulsating life".

Dear planners: 1. There is no "pulsating life" in Switzerland besides in some very old districts in a few streets of the bigger cities of Switzerland in a very restricted setup so you end up being in always the same 3 areas because all others are dead, silent, ordered.
2. Your obvious model "Berlin Marzahn Hellersdorf" - built from the GDR (communist East Berlin) in the 1960ies - is nowadays a drug and criminality hotspot (and also rightwing NPD and AfD success area) in what they call "Berliner tristesse".
3. Switzerland is working, sleeping, family, all ordered and thoughtfully planned by the day. And not much room for more. If you reflect this in such an architecture then you should not be astonished by the result.
4. You block yourself as most people moving into those apartments are foreigners and your direct democracy successfully prevents the infrastructure improvements of those areas - as the Swiss voters do not live there. Like the referendum which got turned down at a city referendum to prevent tax increases.

Germany and France learned those concrete nightmare lessons beginning in the 1980ies. They don't build like this anymore. Those "satellite towns" (Trabantenstädte) were the ultimate failure of city planning.

#Switzerland #Architecture #Brutalism #Concrete #Housing #SatelliteTowns
Rund 2300 Bewohner sind in den letzten Jahren ins Dietiker Neubauviertel Limmatfeld gezogen.
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Last minutes in a country where I had the restful escape from German and Swiss culture...

Behind me there is a bachelor party of a British bachelor and obviously friends from all over the world (looking at colors and shapes) - all speaking - as far as I can tell - British flavor of English and they are happy.

In Switzerland this would be very likely a round of people which are friends for ages and mostly from the exact same region. And they find it perfectly ok like this (which I respect, it is their country!).

There is no immigration culture towards foreigners. It is the foreigner who is supposed to do all like the Swiss expect and to be always thankful of being a guest. The foreigner has to integrate. Together with a notion that Swiss were very selective on who they let in and even becoming a friend.

There is no immigration culture with a positive story around becoming a Swiss citizen. There is no encouragement to become part of this nation. No one told me "We need people like you, you should become Swiss" - however I heard that multiple times in the US.
The whole process is more designed to make sure you have assimilated and think like them. In public discussions naturalization/acquiring citizenship is mostly regarded negatively and a significant portion of people would like to put the hurdles even higher.

In TV series produced in Switzerland you only see pure Swiss couples, and they are always picked from the same region as being the normality of life here (See "Der Bestatter" - a otherwise fine series!).

Foreigners - especially those having another skin color - are nearly only mentioned in negative articles (criminality, "overpopulation" (come on, 8 million people, there are people calling that overpopulated), wage dumpers). They have no space in ads, TV shows, public life.

No wonder foreigners remain in their bubble and live with their family and meet other families in a similar bubble.

If you know Germany a little bit : Switzerland is like living in a country where a PEGIDA and/or AfD party has 30% of voters and their program has become part of mainstream politics.

If you are white, married with a white, have white children it is likely you won't understand why I am unhappy and why I do not find it lovely - because of all the benefits, social security, pension system and security regarding criminality numbers I should be glad to live in "the paradise on earth"...

I found it already very difficult to understand why an older lady in the Zürich tram asked me "when I would return to Germany, the economy grows there again?" because she thought that someone will always regard his/her "Heimatland" as real home.

And others who invite me to "German Stammtisches" - why the heck would I move to another country to live there and then have people around me who are from exactly the country I left? Why? If I would like to rally around Germans then I would have remained in Germany!

Australia has that immigration culture, Canada, the US, the UK, Belgium to some extent (with a little festivity to welcome the new citizens), and also France. 

#Switzerland #Immigration #Emigration #Society #Culture
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+Pascal Gienger According to polls, a clear majority of Germans are pro gay marriage, for example.

The situation is probably different on some immigration issues, but our government is showing that it doesn't need referendums to bow down to the will of the AfD voters, they're doing it all by themselves.
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Your smartphone usage pattern defines your interest rates for a credit - at least a company in Singapore sells this.

My lifestyle would - sure - again result in a high interest rate (texting in many languages incl Arabic, very frequent usage, battery often drained due to non-planning of usage/charging, impulsive usage pattern).

And - for me the worst - the Swiss thorougly planned lifestyle I am completely incompatible with becauses it removes every bit of room to breathe would be again the winner - stable friendship rings since kindergarden, everything is planned, communications mostly in the same culture.
*sigh*
Lenddo is using smartphone data to determine how likely it is for someone to default on a loan.
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#Europe, quo vadis?

The leader of the right populist party PVV in the #Netherlands starts the election campaign with the wish to close all mosques, ban the Quran as illegal book and deny all muslims entry to the country. And this party is the strongest polls say.

If PVV would win with that program and implement this, the Netherlands would stop immediately being part of the European Union.

And - sure - no one of those measures and wishes would result in any attempt to live in a peaceful country.

Wilders calls this "De-Islamisation".
No it is not 1936. But people seem to forget so rapidly.

/via +Kristian Köhntopp

 
Sein Ziel: die "Ent-Islamisierung": Die Partei von Geert Wilders fordert die Schließung aller Moscheen und will Migranten aus muslimischen Ländern die Einreise verwehren.
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+Axel W In Switzerland >30% vote for SVP. People do not care, they still come because they are white, married with white, having white children, meeting with other white families with children - and do not feel opressed by such bullshit and they get more money and pay less taxes than everywhere else. I bet it is very similar in the Netherlands regarding the high influx of high skilled workers to the Netherlands.
Those people sometimes do not even understand that there is a problem with those politicians and parties because for them there is none - it does not affect them. They have so much things to do in their families and their daily lives and they think "I am high skilled, they will never deport me as they need me".
Or they adapt because they "anticipate the win of the far right in the long run" and "apply for citizenship as fast as possible to be not affected then". Money, family, low taxes. Everything for that.

There is less and less room in Europe for people like me who like a multicultural surrounding around them and not a homogenized setup (or societies wanting that).


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In Switzerland, real estate companies take slowly motorcycle riders into consideration.
They offer two wheel secured parking with a reserved parking spot for a monthly fee. Access only to renters and owners with a NFC badge and an access gate. This is a relatively new phenomenon.

In public garages this is still nonexistent. Nearly all of them forbid two wheel vehicles.

Also cities do not offer any parking for motorcycles in Switzerland. You get fined everywhere.
It is interesting that the private market is the first one offering space.

This one is very near my house.

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When I park with my bike in a public garage, I never have problems: The gates usually have a gap and there is always some space where your bike fits.
If you don't do it too boldly, you can also park on a wide sidewalk.
With some risk though. 😉
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Doing Spaghetti in an Al Amatriciana style to remember the victims of the beautiful village of #Amatrice in #Italy which was caught by that horrible earthquake.

The village gave the name of the well known Spaghetti dish with tomatoes and lard.
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+Pascal Gienger lol I know, I live in UK and proper ingredients are nearly impossible to find...
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Unbelievable that those think tanks get power again.
"The races are not equal"
"If a white person says, ‘I like being white, and I prefer my associates to be white’, that’s hate? Why?"

And he (Jared Taylor) calls that "scientific". And he complains that "mainstream conservatives" would not "listen to him". But #Trump , sure.

It is just utterly ashaming and disgusting.
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For +Gilles Bourdin​ :-)
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+Alexander Stickler​​​ Those 9 hours IC trains "Iris" and "Vauban"?
The sad little reminders of the former luxury TEE? They will terminate at Luxembourg soon AFAIK because the new Belgian government cuts down SNCB. Which means new tracks and improvements only in Flanders and a slow retreat in Wallonia.
CFL (Luxembourg) wants that train however. And SNCF (France) uses it as additional commuter train offer around Strasbourg and Metz. Alsace/Lorraine isn't so much served via train.

I took Zürich - Bruxelles often back in time before Swiss rail retreated from funding that train.
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Worth to note! A beneficary concert in NYC at Carnegie Hall where a substantial amount goes to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen to feed the homeless.
I have served there twice during my NYC stay and I would continue at any time if I lived in NYC.

Absolutely admireable people. I am glad that they got selected to get a share from this concert.

#NYC #HolyApostels #homeless
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Awesome immigration story of a man who immigrated to the US to find his love.


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