Old Jean-Claude is not someone you want to listen to on the eve of EU elections.
On the eve of the sole EU elections of any significance in your lifetime, the only thing you’re in need of is a moment of refuge and possibly peace, especially if you’ve been drowning in those sinister issues — let’s say, wildly — for one year or so. Especially in the evening — as you’ve opted for a quiet night in — you’d rather be browsing about less burdensome and way more heartening topics, such as KISS final tour soon to hit Moscow, Vegan diet, Chinese tech advancements, or whatever might give the slightest hope in a chance of redemption for mankind. Coffee and pistachios work just fine, as do Roger Waters’s tunes in the background. But then you happen to get entangled in the net — the Internet — and accidentally, there you are, back to the twisted reality enabled by the sadistic purveyors of democracy.
“These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries!”
Did he really say that? I take a long sip, peeping at his leering face over the rim — yes, he did. Those were real words and that was a real belief of the EU Commission President. And he’s not done yet. His brain soaked with European values illuminates us further. When asked what the greatest thing about the EU is, he replies, “One word: peace. And when it comes to peace we have to do it together with the U.S.”
My coffee goes down the wrong way. Old Jean-Claude’s just cleared up any doubts he’s not following Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini’s advice, ‘Drink water!’
That was indeed well-given advice.
On July 2018, Juncker made quite a show of himself at the NATO summit in Brussels. He stumbled repeatedly and struggled to make his way down the stairs assisted by Macedonian and Portuguese PMs Zoran Zaev and Antonio Costa, the president of Finland Sauli Niinistö, and the then-president of Ukraine — his name escapes me at the moment but he seems like he knows a thing or two when it comes to this sort of business. “It’s sciatica,” old Jean-Claude said. “Which sometimes affects my movements.”
OK, fine. Let’s call it sciatica. After all, the upper echelons of the Union have a weakness for calling things by other names despite being such paragons of sobriety. However, we should also take into consideration that he might be drinking out of desperation because of endangered democracy in Poland and Hungary. As for his commitment to democracy, old Jean-Claude saw “a glimmer of hope” in what has happened after Britain’s landmark referendum back in 2016.
“Since Brexit, the number of those in favor of the EU is increasing because people are watching what is happening and they are seeing that leaving the EU is not as easy as they were told.”
That’s right: pulling out is not that easy, and indeed things may not end well for the PM in charge. In fact, on May 24, after nearly three years, Theresa May resigned acknowledging that she failed to honor the result of the referendum. At the end of her farewell speech in front of 10 Downing Street, she broke down in tears and the MSM front-page headlines didn’t go easy on her: Broken by Brexit (The Guardian), The Crying Lady (Daily Mirror), A Crying Shame (Daily Mail), It all ends in tears (The Times).
The British government signed a withdrawal agreement with Brussels but it was unable to get it through Parliament before its scheduled departure on March 29. As a result, it had to request an extension and participate in the EU elections.
Fast forward to May 26: the dust settled on four days of elections in the Union.
Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party campaigned on the demand that Britain left without a deal and scored an amazing 33% of the vote, with which it won the most seats.
In the UK, the elections were seen as a judgment on the two largest parties — the governing Conservatives and the opposition Labour — and the results have been a disaster for both. Those “stupid British nationalists in love with their country” don’t kowtow to the bureaucrats in Bruxelles and still believe they’ve made the right choice at the Brexit referendum! And as if all that’s not enough, they went to the polls in droves to prove it! The voter turnout was 37%, the second highest since 1979.
The UK was neither an exception nor a special case. These EU elections marked the first increase in turnout in the Union as a whole in the last 40 years and the best since 1994. The voter turnout increased in Denmark, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands. In France, it was 50% — significantly higher than the 42% of five years ago.
France is one of the founding member states and the second biggest economy of the Union. There, the pro-EU champion Macron was defeated by the champion of the Euroskeptics, Marine Le Pen, who’s calling for leaving the EU and dumping the Euro. Her Rassemblement national (National Rally) scored about 24% of the vote, compared with roughly 22.5% of Macron’s centrist-liberal party La République En Marche! Le Pen’s victory goes beyond expectations and far beyond the polls, which incidentally showed Macron overtaking.
Before the elections, Macron, the former Rothschild banker, said that anything less than 1st place would be a defeat. This was his first major electoral test and took place amid dismal approval ratings, despite the fact that the MSM were as much on his side as they had ever been. He was the main leader committed to pursue tighter integration and defeat Euroskeptic, anti-establishment, and nationalist parties across the bloc. He called these elections “the most important since 1979 because the Union is facing an existential risk” from (stupid) nationalists seeking to divide the bloc and invoked repercussions against Italy and Hungary because of the anti-immigration policies of Salvini and Orban — it doesn’t sound like much of a “Union”. The result was a major setback for him even because during the campaign he played a more prominent role than any other European leader as he sought to mobilize voters. It might have worked actually but the increase in turnout was particularly marked in regions where Le Pen gained ground in recent years. In other words, those “stupid French nationalists in love with their country” are demanding to be heard.
Europeans have been getting poorer as a result of Brussels’ deliberate policies and centralized economic command. On top of that, the EU bureaucrats want to let in whoever wants to come, despite being aware that the welfare state can’t survive the pressures being put on it. On CNN, Junker stated, “They [the nationalists — Ed.] don’t like those coming from far away. I like those coming from far away. We have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in.”
Hugs and cheers to those coming from far away! But as for those in a worse situation, what about the nearly 4 million unemployed, young citizens already in the EU? In recent years, the unemployment rate for them has been from 15 to 20%. Don’t politicians have a moral imperative first to give them a job and a future before welcoming more new labor force? Well, the answer is far from reassuring: it depends on who the brass in charge is working for.
Macron’s program included all-out privatizations, crushing job security, tax increases to mend the failed policies dictated by the banking elite — that’s not exactly prioritizing solidarity. And when the «rabble» protested, he set the riot police against them. No wonder the polls showed that the majority of gilets jaunes voted for RN.
Traditional parties took it squarely on the chin: the center-right party (once headed by Nicholas Sarkozy) and the center-left (Francois Hollande’s party) both had been into serious decline since a while and now have totally collapsed. The far left, headed by major Freemason Jean-Luc Melenchon, got trounced too. The Greens ranked 3rd (13%). It seems they have become a non-traditional, non-nationalist option in some EU countries (maybe, benefiting from the trendy interest in the environment).
In Germany, the Greens doubled the result from the previous elections and ranked 2nd, taking almost 21% of the vote, while Merkel’s CDU/CSU lost 7% compared to its share in 2014, and stuck to a meager 28%. The support for her coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), fell from 27% to 16%. In the local elections on the same day, they lost even in Bremen, a city they had held for 73 years.
So, even there things went bad for traditional parties, which were all united in a pro-EU stance, along with big business and the German church. Anyway, the rise of Euroskeptics didn’t take place. How’s that? Less of “stupid nationalists in love with their country” in Germany? The German electorate used these elections to pass a vote of no confidence in the governing parties but a credible opposition that could open up debate on the Union was missing. Both the left party Die Linke and the nationalist AfD have watered down their anti-EU stance in recent months. The AfD began calling for the EU to be reformed from within [the real Mission Impossible — Ed.] and largely went quiet on its once main pledge: the abolition of the Euro.
Sea battles paid off well for Salvini. Less than a week before the elections, when 47 illegal immigrants on board a vessel of the German organization Sea Watch were disembarked on the island of Lampedusa. The operation was permitted by prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio, contrary to Salvini’s policy of closing ports to human-traffickers employed by NGOs. He’s the very same prosecutor who placed Salvini under investigation because he refused to allow 177 illegal immigrants to disembark a coastguard ship in August 2018. Salvini maintained a standoff with the EU until other states agreed to host the immigrants.
“I’m ready and proud to be arrested because I’m fighting to defend the Italian border,” he wrote on Facebook as news of the investigation emerged.
By violating Italian territorial waters despite Salvini’s warning the Sea Watch vessel showed the usual German disdain toward Italy. Its move and the action of the prosecutor, who considers himself above the Italian government, led the voters to perceive Salvini as the only politician to act in their interest. After all, his remarks didn’t leave much room for doubt: “For many Europeans the EU is a nightmare”, “If there are European rules that are starving the continent, these rules must be changed”, “Italians’ right to a job, life, and health comes first”, etc.
Salvini’s Lega won big with 34% of the vote. Considering that in 2014 it was stuck at 6.2%, that’s an amazing leap forward indeed.
Its coalition partner, the 5-Star Movement, took a more moderate stance and fell to 17%. When the coalition came to power last year, they were the largest party. They kept the ministries that would allow them to oversee the economy and labor market. It was precisely the EU budget constraints that hampered recovery and employment growth, and voters realized that without a turnabout in economic policies, which requires flouting EU diktats, no change is possible, as the Greece Case demonstrates thoroughly.
Tsipras, the Greek Turncoat, despite his pledge during the 2015 campaign trail, capitulated to the requests of the Troika (European Central Bank, European Commission, IMF) to enact harsh austerity measures and gave up any attempt to implement social responsibility policies — lost miserably, while the main opposition party, right-wing New Democracy, took a solid lead with 33% of voters.
The wave of “stupid Italian nationalists in love with their country” made another loser in these elections: Pope Francis.
During the campaign, he steadily took a pro-EU stance and never missed a chance to say that all immigrants must be welcomed. He repeatedly attacked Salvini and declared that he wouldn’t meet with him unless he didn’t change his policy. Pope Francis supported Più Europa, a party funded by Soros and in favor of abortion and euthanasia, which collapsed below the minimum threshold of votes and won’t enter the EU parliament.
Salvini ended his campaign in Piazza del Duomo in Milan. When he mentioned Pope Francis, the audience booed and hissed. “Today, he said it’s necessary to lessen the dead in the Mediterranean. This government’s policies are zeroing the dead in the Mediterranean Sea! That’s what we are doing! With pride and Christian spirit.”
Back in December 2017, Pope Francis said, “Men are migrants. Today, Europe is made up of migrants who have been arriving on the continent for centuries […]. Europeans are not a race born here in Europe […]. They have migrant roots.”
The ignorant Pope seems not to understand that Europeans may not be “one race”, but they have “a culture”, and they’ve defended it for centuries against hostile invaders: battle of Thermopylae and victory of Salamis (480 BC), second Punic War against Hannibal (218-202 BC), battle of Poitiers (732 AD), centuries-long resistance of the Byzantine Empire against the Turks, until the fall of Constantinople (1453), battle of Moàacs (1526), first siege of Vienna (1529), battle of Lepanto (1571), second siege of Vienna (1683). It would be a good thing to study well the last battle of Vienna at schools across Europe (and also in Argentina). Austrians, Venetians, Tuscans, Poles, Ukrainians, Swabians, Bavarians, and Saxons fought together on the city walls to prevent Europe from becoming Turkish.
In 2019 Austria, the right-wing parties have been left unshaken by the “Ibiza-gate” (allegations that Heinz-Christian Strache, head of FPO party and Austrian vice-chancellor, discussed offering business dealings to a Latvian woman in exchange for favorable media coverage) that caused Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s governing coalition to collapse. The vote had importance to domestic politics since it served as a test of support ahead of the national elections in September. Kurz’s People’s Party showed its best-ever result and gained 34.9% of votes. Its ally, the nationalist FPO party, lost just 2 points.
In Hungary, the turnout was extraordinary. PM Viktor Orban’s party received the support of some 52% of the voters. His closest competitors, the leftist Democratic Coalition and centrist Momentum Movement got 16% and nearly 10% respectively.
“The election victory means that […] Hungarians gave us the task of […] stopping immigration all across Europe,” Orban told cheering fans in Budapest.
Definitely, they don’t like those coming from far away.
Don’t they know that illegal immigrants provided Sweden with such a cultural enrichment, like the appearing of no-go zones where police don’t have any control, one of the highest levels of lethal gun violence in Europe, and a skyrocketing rape rate? In the “Lost Country” of Europe, the nationalist Swedish Democrats took 17% of the vote, an increase of 7% on their last EU elections performance, while the ruling Social Democrats dropped to a historic low.
It looks like those “stupid nationalists in love with their country” made progress everywhere! The general trend of the EU electorate is a solid shift toward parties promoting national sovereignty, direct democracy, and patriotism. Their main objective is to have the Union’s power slashed and returned to national governments.
Eventually, years of Brussels interference in the member states’ domestic policies have exposed the EU as nothing but a finance-driven, faceless behemoth unresponsive to the concerns of broad sections of the citizenry and aimed at eradicating their historical and cultural identity. Because nothing prevents citizens from ceding sovereignty as much as Europe’s shared historical and cultural identity. And That’s What Made Europe Great!