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Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 17:23:14 Reply

(This isn't so much a political thread as it is a social one.)

Okay, so us 'Muricans love to argue about politics. Democrat vs. Republican, Liberal vs. Conservative, Candidate 1 vs. Candidate 2; you name it.

Now, it might be just me, but I feel like Europeans just generally give less of a care about politics. I mean, there are exceptions, but Europeans are usually more chill about the subject and don't seem to have an opinion one way or the other. Why is that? Is it just not socially acceptable to talk about? Is it because they have less of a voice in their government? Is Europe some kind of political utopia where there are no issues worth talking about? What is it?

Hoping to get some answers, preferably from Europeans, kay thanks.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 17:25:54 Reply

I don't see that about Europe at all. I feel they are just as political if not more so, maybe it's not prominent without the media circus that they have in the US.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 17:27:36 Reply

At 1/17/13 05:23 PM, T3XT wrote: Is it because they have less of a voice in their government?

Yes.

Is Europe some kind of political utopia where there are no issues worth talking about?

Of course we have worthy issues that need to be addressed but what's the point? The government don't give a shit about what any of us think. They're all posh toffs who live in la-la-land and have no idea of the real world.


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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 17:29:24 Reply

We're just as political but lots of places in Europe have a far superior more-than-two-party system, so democracy is more varied than the crazy tribal propaganda fest that we see America having. Britain is as close to American politics as it gets, and even then it's still different.

I'm amazed you think we're not political though, that's very odd.


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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 17:31:46 Reply

I don't wanna be that guy but they have a politics forum!

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 17:42:06 Reply

Idgaf about politics. It's a bunch of babies in a room yelling at each other. Americans make a big deal out of politics, for some reason.


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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 17:44:05 Reply

Yeah, no.

If you go out into Leeds or Manchester city centre on any Saturday you're likely to see the Socialist party and the Communist party and the BNP and the UKIP performing some kind of demonstration or handing out leaflets or whatnot.

Just because Europeans don't turn their politics into a spectator sport where each 'side' can be summed up with little sound bites doesn't mean they aren't politically aware.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 18:02:28 Reply

At 1/17/13 05:23 PM, T3XT wrote: (This isn't so much a political thread as it is a social one.)

Hoping to get some answers, preferably from Europeans, kay thanks.

I would say that the social issues in Europe aren't as much of a problem as in the States.
People in Europe (or at least in Germany) pretty much tend to all agree on the same thing when it comes to guns, abortion, etc.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 18:05:34 Reply

At 1/17/13 06:02 PM, Taraa wrote:
I would say that the social issues in Europe aren't as much of a problem as in the States.
People in Europe (or at least in Germany) pretty much tend to all agree on the same thing when it comes to guns, abortion, etc.

Also, Europeans tend to not mix politics with religion as much.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 18:12:56 Reply

At 1/17/13 05:23 PM, T3XT wrote: Now, it might be just me, but I feel like Europeans just generally give less of a care about politics.

No, that's not the case. It's just not presented in an "I'M GOING TO SHOUT AND SCREAM AND SHOVE MY OPINION IN YOUR FACE UNTIL YOU AGREE" kind of format - at least in the UK, it's not. Couple of shows on right now (on one of the main / most popular channels) are politics based.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 18:15:23 Reply

I really didn't want to click on this thread because it looked so boring, and now that I have, I regret it. 0/10 would not click again

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 18:33:23 Reply

When we go voting we have 15 parties to choose from and we have to pick one out of 300+ candidates who we think represents us best. In practice people often just vote for the first one on a party's list though.

Anyway, the political climate here just isn't as polarised as it is in America. Sure, there are left wing and right wing parties, but some of their views overlap and generally there's always something someone agrees on with a certain party. As such, most people don't vehemently support one party and hate all the other ones. Also, people just vote on the party they agree with the most at that moment in time, but their opinions might change during the next elections.

I guess that's why the debates on which party is best or which candidate is best just aren't as heated here, but that doesn't mean people don't care about political matters or never discuss it with each other. I hear people discussing politics all the time actually and people seem to be very anxious at the moment with what's going on in European politics (Greece, the Euro) and the economical crisis.


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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 18:46:06 Reply

Crap, I feel like I rustled a lot more jimmied than intended. I didn't mean to stereotype or anything, I was calling it based on what I have personally seen.

Anyway, I suppose the political climate is just as thriving there, maybe just a bit different in how it's represented. Sorry.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 19:38:54 Reply

At 1/17/13 06:46 PM, T3XT wrote: Sorry.

Why? You asked a question, people were answering. I don't see what you're apologising for...

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 19:39:43 Reply

At 1/17/13 07:38 PM, liljim wrote:
At 1/17/13 06:46 PM, T3XT wrote: Sorry.
Why? You asked a question, people were answering. I don't see what you're apologising for...

there is always something to apologize for


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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 19:43:36 Reply

I dunno. England seems to get pretty heated.


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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 20:01:49 Reply

At 1/17/13 05:29 PM, Otto wrote: I'm amazed you think we're not political though, that's very odd.

It goes back to the American media. Our news is so self-centered that we're lucky to even hear about anything else. War in Georgia? Revolution in Tunisia? Riots in Britain? Who cares, the evil socialists are taking our jobs and a famous teenage girl is back in rehab! Honestly, I hardly watch the news anymore; I get better information checking the front page of Wikipedia every week.

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Response to Europeans and politics 2013-01-17 20:05:35 Reply

The general theme most of the UK has when it comes to politics is to not take a keen interest for countless years and then complain when something happens which we never cared to vote / state opinions against when we had the chance.


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