Let’s recreate the Hanseatic League

“I can’t imagine a situation where we have more barriers on trade in both directions. You are our fourth biggest export market. It is in our mutual interest to find a solution, and the majority of the EU now agrees that anything other than a soft Brexit would have a huge cost,” he said.

“We will be able to negotiate a trade agreement. It may be sui generis but it can be done,” he said.

Mr Bourgeois said the idea of North Sea Union was first proposed by the German ‘Land’ of Bremen six years ago but has suddenly become topical again with the Brexit vote. Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, and Norway would be the obvious members.

Can’t have the French in though. The point would be to gang up on them, no?

7 thoughts on “Let’s recreate the Hanseatic League”

  1. Which France? Pas de Calais/Nord is as much Flanders as Vlaamland. As far as les Flamandes are concerned, the border hardly exists.

  2. My favourite French cartoon (and if anyone with superior Google skills can find it, I’d be very grateful) is two Énarchs talking, with the caption:

    Your idea is all very well in practice, but it could never work in theory.

  3. The last time I looked at a map there was something called Belgium between the NL and France so it seems harsh to exclude it – especially since it has rather more North Sea coast than France.

    BiS – why do you single out the female Flemings and do you mean Waloons? There aren’t that many Dutch speakers in the Nord – Pas-de-Calais region.

  4. “There aren’t that many Dutch speakers in the Nord – Pas-de-Calais region”: there presumably were more until the French state tried hard to suppress that sort of thing in the 19th century.

  5. ” There aren’t that many Dutch speakers in the Nord – Pas-de-Calais region.”
    No, there aren’t. Flemish speaking plummeted during the 19th & 20th centuries due to the aggressive Paris policy of stamping it out. But there are still French Flemish speakers in France in the Dunkerque area. And you only have to look at the street names to know you’re not really in France. I lived in a “Rue” but its junction was with a “Straat”.. Our village name was french but the next one along was pure dutch.
    Yes. Superfluous e in Flamands. Disenfranchised half the mecs in the bar.

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