european nationalism


  • So uh, Yuuri competing at the GPF in Nagoya!! He’s got his YOI outfit on which doesn’t make much sense because I doubt he’d use the same program two years in a row, but it makes sense they wouldn’t reveal his program for the inevitable S2. What’s got me is that Victor is on the sidelines in his coach suit. If he’s coaching and skating, he wouldn’t be wearing that. Does Victor just do nationals, Europeans, and worlds and then retire to just coaching Yuuri? I’d be more than fine with that. 
  • That being said these are just fun calendar images so the actual canon could do something else. 
  • I like that the GPF picture gives the clear impression that Yuuri has totally just SLAIN his free skate though. 
  • Yuuri is obviously in the center of the Worlds Gala image not because he’s the protagonist, but because he’s the gold medalist so duh he’s in the center. 
  • The idea that Onsen on Ice as a fun exhibition will now be a yearly thing is canon and you can’t take that away from me. I love it. 
  • I’m really happy to see that Mila and Sara have such a noticeable presence in the calendar. It makes me think that, despite their non-existence when it comes to merchandise, the people at MAPPA really like them, thus we might get to see them a lot more in future YOI!! 

anonymous asked:

Would reunification for the purpose of joining the European Union even be a good thing? Like we want to Ireland to be under one flag and government so that we can unit behind our Irishness and celebrate our centuries-old common roots. But the EU is totally antithetical to that. You can't be in the EU and preserve your national identity/culture/ethnicity.

First of all, I don’t want an Ireland under one flag and government so that we can unit behind our Irishness and celebrate our centuries-old common roots. I want an Ireland united in front of centuries of understanding and fighting oppression to use our common understanding to protect and celebrate all kinds of people so that they don’t have to suffer at the hands of others and can work together to build fulfilling lives.

Second of all, you can absolutely have a strong national identity and culture within the European Union. A national drawback to the EU would be some of it’s overriding powers of the nation-state, but that really has little to do with culture and identity. In fact, the EU gives a lot of funds for encouraging and growing projects around culture, for example language programmes. You can absolutely be in the EU and have national identity and culture flourish. The idea that membership of the EU is allowing Irish culture to decline is right-wing nonsense, but I feel like you already know that, anon.

Finally, who is talking about Irish reunification for the purpose of joining the EU…?

Science leads to war. Ignorance leads to war. Wealth leads to war. Poverty leads to war. Pacifism leads to war. Religion leads to war. Atheism leads to war. Capitalism leads to war. Communism leads to war. Socialism leads to war. Democracy leads to war. Dictatorship leads to war. Anarchy leads to war. Gold leads to war. Land leads to war. Sex leads to war. The war between the Hatfields and the McCoys was started over a pig. Everything leads to war.
—  Wyatt Kaldenberg, in response to First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans’ statement that nationalism in Europe “is the road to war”

European barn owl photographed near Parco Natura Viva, Bussolengo, Italy.
(Video by @joelsartore on IG)

Die Bastei is a rock formation towering above the Elbe river in the Sandstone Mountains of Sachsen, Eastern Germany. Reaching 305 m above sea level, its jagged rocks were formed by water erosion over 1 million years ago. They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna near Dresden, and are the main landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. They are part of a climbing and hiking area that extends over the border into the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic. The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. The spa town of Rathen is the main base for visiting; the town can be reached from Dresden by paddle steamer on the river Elbe.

You can definitely tell that Les Invalides was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. 

Les Invalides, Paris, France

German passports are issued to German nationals for international travel. Besides serving as proof of identity and presumption of German nationality, they facilitate the assistance from German consular officials abroad (or other EU-members in the case that a German consular facility is absent). German passports are valid for 10 years (for those older than 24) or 6 years (for those under 24) and share the standardized layout and burgundy red design with other EU passports, though with a hard cover that is unique to Germany. Every German citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national ID card, allows for free movement and residence in any EU country. Getting a passport issued costs €59 (24+) and €37.50 (under 24). Processing time is 4-6 weeks, but it can be issued in 3 days via the Express service.

Rūta Meilutytė (b. 1997) is a professional swimmer from Lithuania. She is currently the world record holder in three events: 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke (long course) and 100-meter breaststroke (short course).

She has set several national and European records, breaking even her own. By the age of 15 she had broken 11 Lithuanian records in women’s swimming. At the same age she won a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the youngest athlete from her country to do so.

We don't have a "queen" in figure skating right now

Some people really have the nerve to call Evgenia Medvedeva  a “queen”. It’s inappropriate and a sign that people don’t take figure skating seriously anymore.

Who is the “queen” of sport: Someone who has a long, successful career- means many years of competing and winning medals and especially gold medals. Someone with good attitude, someone who is gracious, who acknowledge his rivals strengths, who understand his sport, who admits his own flaws, who is helping to make the sport better, someone who is humble.

But let us talk about Medvedeva. Last year was her first senior year and the ladies field in general was pretty weak, that’s why the russian federation had to push her- they needed a new “star”. Tuktamysheva, Sotnikova, Lipnitskaya, they are not in form, Pogorilaya was still the “queen of falls”, Radionova is inconsistent and sloppy (the judges are pretty clear about it since her first senior appearance), everyone else was still a junior. But Russia just got a new senior girl, the new junior champion (let’s be real, Wakaba Higuchi was robbed) the 16 years old Evgenia Medvedeva.

And figure skating suddenly changed.

Do you remember the times, when ladies figure skating was still ladies figure skating? Strong, elegant ladies with beautiful spins, strong jumps, choreography, emotions? That’s all gone now.

Podium European championships 2008:

Podium European championships 2011:

Podium World championships 2013:

What we have  now are underweight, sloppy, cheating russian children, yes, children, and inflated scores. Medvedeva is one of them. She is not a woman yet, she still has the body of a child, which helps her to jump, jump, jump, but that’s it. There are no emotions,  they told her where in the program she should open her mouth or make a grimace, she don’t understand the music she is skating to, there is no elegance. The same music every season, same movements, ridiculous pantomime, "tano jumps" all over the place. 

She is a robot.

Something changed: podium European championships 2014

Podium GPF 2015:

European championships 2016:

Medvedeva's  “world records” are meaningless, the scoring rules change every few years and the judges do whatever they want.

Let us talk about her attitude. Her 3-3-3 attempt (was under rotated anyway) at nationals and her “intentional zayaking"  at European championships 2017 are a sign of arrogance. Her message is ”look what i can,  i’m better than you“.

Her reaction after National championships and her 3-3-3 attempt:

The success has gone to her head. Her reaction in the k&c at Trophee de France 2016, when she saw her scores and it wasn’t a new world record, not even a SB or PB, speaks for itself. We saw her attitude at Rostelecom cup 2016, where she was in the audience and laughed at Radionova’s SP performance.

Trophee de France 2016:

Some people claim she has "nerves of steel” and is a “good competitor”. Well, she knows the judges will give her the scores she needs to win, no matter how her performance is going to be, that’s why she is not worried. She is too arrogant to worry.

And you say she is a “queen”? A queen of what?

But you know what they say: Who flies high, falls low

If she is still  on the podium in the next 10 years and is not skating like a junior, then we can call her a “queen”.