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Elio Di Rupo, Europe’s second openly gay government leader sworn in

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  1. Congratulations to Mr Di Rupo …

    Challenging and difficult times to become a leader in Europe. Wish him well.

  2. A journalist said: “They say you are a homosexual.”
    He replied, “Yes, so what?”
    Way to go love. Bless you.

    1. In 2001, when Klaus Wowereit was nominated as the SPD’s candidate for Mayor of Berlin he said “Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so.” (“I’m gay, and that’s also a good thing.”). He figured Bild Zeitung (German tabloid) would out him messily and negatively so he took the wind out of their sails. The expression has now become a rallying cry for gay people in germany.

  3. jamestoronto 7 Dec 2011, 12:37pm

    Belgium is a difficult country to govern given its complicated constitutional arrangements. All the best Mr. Di Rupo.

    The candid, matter-of-fact way he handled his “outing” by the press was classic.

  4. Well done indeed and good for Belgium where same-sex marriage is legal. Puts us to shame.

    1. We just don’t let homosexuals walk over us, the UK stands up to them, but could take a lesson from Russia. UK gays have civil partnership, which suffices, and should be grateful, they will never be equal, because they are not equal.

      1. Ignore the troll

        1. Its not even a real troll.

      2. jamestoronto 8 Dec 2011, 2:31am

        @Matt – did you forget to take your meds to-day? For an alleged straight you seem to be all over a gay site to-day.

      3. Matt, go and play with something other than the keyboard, dear!

  5. Europe now has a whole list of prominent LGBT politicians, including the Prime ministers of Iceland and Belgium (where the seat of the EU is), and the mayors of Berlin and Paris (two of the continent’s most iconic cities).

    This shows that Europe has come a long way since just 50-60 years ago.

    1. I would hope so in 60 years. In fact, a long way in 10-15 years.

  6. It looks a right mong, are we sure it isn’t a tranny? Sure has the look of one.

  7. What drivel is this? I smell a troll – someone curse it please.

    1. It’s a fake troll.

  8. GingerlyColors 8 Dec 2011, 6:37am

    Good luck to Mr Di Rupo who has the difficult job of keeping his country united as the Eurozone crumbles around it.
    Alan Duncan for Prime Minister of the UK?

  9. It must be the latest compliment! When the going get’s tough like in Iceland or Belguim, then you get the best to be the PM’s!

    1. This is an extra compliment to both Belgium and Iceland. Often countries in crisis would move sharply towards extremism and radical stances. The Belgians and Icelandic people have not and they should be commended, as they elected progressive governments in both Reykjavik and Brussels.

  10. He’ll get a hard time in Belgium if he doesn’t speak Flemish confidently. Good luck to him!

    1. He has promised to take lessons

      1. English speakers have an advantage when learning it anyhow. Shouldn’t be too hard.

        1. Really? Is Flemish particularly easy?

          1. Flemish and English are both West Germanic languages, but Flemish (or Dutch – they are really the same language, but you mustn’t say that aloud in either Brussels or Amsterdam!) is much closer to Old English (Anglo-Saxon) than Modern English, which has gone through huge changes in the last millenium – dramatic loss of grammatical inflection, big shifts in pronunciation, and the replacement of more than half the original Germanic vocabulary by French/latinate forms. This means that Dutch/Flemish are not as easy to learn as they should be. Dutch speakers learn English very young and sometimes see it as a funny form of Dutch with too much French and Latin in it!

          2. Thanks Riondo … interesting … might try Dutch/Flemish as next language …

          3. Well, I learned English long before starting with Dutch lessons and I must say It didn’t helped much in the process to learn Dutch. I love both languages.

          4. I speak Flemish fluently, having lived in Belgium. It’s basically Dutch with an accent! The official language of two-thirds of the population is Algemeen Nederlands, or Standard Dutch.

  11. Derek Williams 9 Dec 2011, 6:12pm

    Amazing – let’s hope he will be allowed to last the distance.

    All good wishes.

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