EU Juncker Trashes the Consent of the Governed Again

 

Unelected Juncker Orders Austria’s Kurz to Form ‘Pro-Europe’ Government

The unelected president of the European Union’s (EU) executive arm has urged the democratically elected Austrian premier to form a “pro-European” government. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker made the comments in a letter to Sebastian Kurz, whose Christian Democrat Austrian People’s Party (OVP) topped the polls with 31.7 per cent of the vote. The right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) came in second place on 27.4 per cent, above the Social Democrats (SPO) on 26.8 per cent. Whilst the SPO is pro-EU, the FPO is Eurosceptic, promising to hold a referendum on withdrawing Austria from future EU bailouts and opposing EU migration policy.

Mr. Kurz is expected to form a coalition government with the FPO, which could be hostile to the EU and form alliances with other Eurosceptic governments like Hungary. Mr. Juncker’s intervention, therefore, could be seen as the EU president pushing Mr. Kurz to go into coalition with the SPO rather than the FPO.

In an incredible display of tactless arrogance, Juncker, a man who has never received the consent of the 500 million people he governs, directed the newly confirmed leader of Austria’s OVP to form a coalition government, not with the FPO, a party with a similar philosophy and who came in second to OVP, but with SPO. SPO is a pro-EU party that would be Mr. Juncker’s lackey. OVP plus FPO would form an overwhelming majority of Austrians, a true mandate.

Juncker’s imperious command is a corrupt insult to everyone’s respect for the democratic process. Mr. Kurz is only 31 years old but he shouldn’t listen to the old fool for one minute. Kurz should do what is best for Austria and let the EU fend for itself.

The EU is the Soviet Union with better wardrobe and catering. What a plus.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    I hereby order Jean-Claude Juncker to sit on his thumb and spin.

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  2. DocJay Inactive
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    I’m sure Kurz will take it in to consideration during a nice visit to the urinal.  Then he will flush that advice and do what is right for his people.

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  3. WI Con Member
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    @WICon

    For those that are dismissive and skeptical of these ‘populist/nationalist’ movements – @jamesgawron presents “Exhibit A”.

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  4. James Gawron Thatcher
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    @JamesGawron

    Gentlemen and Ladies,

    You must learn to crawl before you can walk. Step by step Europe is recognizing the anti-democratic nature of the EU and the EU’s schizophrenic policy views on migration and finance. So far Italy, Poland, Hungary, and now Austria have come to recognize that the EU is a mixed blessing at best and more often than not a threat to their sovereignty. So far the two major EU players Germany and France have stuck to the EU narrative as best they can. However, there are cracks appearing in the German EU mindset.

    Migrant Crisis Threatens Germany’s Governing Coalition

    Austria a ‘Bulwark Against Mass-Migration’: German Populist Leader

    For the moment the election of Macron has stabilized France into the EU’s strongest friend. However, the mercurial French, especially the French left, can’t sit still unless it has power. Already Macron is losing support. They are undermining Macron the same way they undermined Sarkozy. The French left just can’t leave things alone. The history of the Le Pen family destroyed the chances of the right in the last election. However, Kurz proves that a fresh face can be a very strong thing for the modern European right. If the French right can move past Le Pen they may break through at some point once the French left destroys Macron as they are sure to do.

    Steve Bannon in a recent interview told people the truth. You can’t drain the swamp in just one or two elections. You must keep working. Europe is realizing the same thing. Keep working and looking for opportunities. Take the small victories because sooner or later the walls will come tumbling down and you will win.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  5. The Reticulator Member
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    First it’s Putin interfering with our election, and now Juncker interfering with the German election. Is it ever going to end?

    At least we have Mueller to investigate these things.

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  6. Valiuth Inactive
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    James Gawron: The EU is the Soviet Union with better wardrobe and catering. What a plus

    And without the crimes against humanity, military might, or expansionist military doctrine. So yah basically the same thing kind of how Donald Trump is exactly like Mussolini, but with better wardrobe and catering.

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  7. Stina Member
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    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Take the small victories because sooner or later the walls will come tumbling down and you will win.

    Keep walking…

    (One of the cocky peas is name Jean Claude, lol)

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  8. Richard Easton Coolidge
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    First it’s Putin interfering with our election, and now Juncker interfering with the German election. Is it ever going to end?

    At least we have Mueller to investigate these things.

    Yes, and Obama never interfered with foreign elections (back of the line with Brexit).

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  9. Hang On Member
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    Macron and Juncker are proponents of closer European integration especially once Brexit occurs. By contrast, last March while Austria’s Foreign Minister, Kurz stated while addressing the EU:

    “Brexit is a turning point in the history of the European Union…We therefore need to strengthen subsidiarity. The EU once again must withdraw from less important issues which the member states or regions can handle much better on their own”

    So starkly different visions: centralization vs. federalism.

    One of the sticking points on Brexit is the “divorce bill,” i.e., the amount of money Britain will be required to pay the EUcrats to walk out. Michael Barnier last May set a tab of 100 billion Euros. Theresa May refuses to set a figure, but the speculation is that it is about 20 billion Euros – and Boris Johnson is saying that that is too much.

    “The UK’s exit will raise questions on the future structure of the EU budget since the loss of the British net contributions means billions of euros lost for the EU. “We need to compensate this loss with savings and reforms of the EU. Instead of raising the contributions of the net payers we should think about a leaner EU”, explained Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz.” So, Juncker and his EUcrats should tighten their belt according to Kurz. This should make him about as popular as the bubonic plague with Juncker.

    And what is particularly notable is that Austria will be holding the Presidency of the EU (second half of 2018) when Brexit negotiations should be finalizing. So you can see what Juncker is all about. Question is whether Kurz will stick to his guns.

    Telegraph article.

    So what does this have to do with the US? Get NAFTA right and make it the North Atlantic Free Trade Area and offer membership to Britain and anyone else withdrawing from the EU. Including Catalonia.

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  10. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron
    @JamesGawron

    Hang On (View Comment):
    Macron and Juncker are proponents of closer European integration especially once Brexit occurs. By contrast, last March while Austria’s Foreign Minister, Kurz stated while addressing the EU:

    “Brexit is a turning point in the history of the European Union…We therefore need to strengthen subsidiarity. The EU once again must withdraw from less important issues which the member states or regions can handle much better on their own”

    So starkly different visions: centralization vs. federalism.

    One of the sticking points on Brexit is the “divorce bill,” i.e., the amount of money Britain will be required to pay the EUcrats to walk out. Michael Barnier last May set a tab of 100 billion Euros. Theresa May refuses to set a figure, but the speculation is that it is about 20 billion Euros – and Boris Johnson is saying that that is too much.

    “The UK’s exit will raise questions on the future structure of the EU budget since the loss of the British net contributions means billions of euros lost for the EU. “We need to compensate this loss with savings and reforms of the EU. Instead of raising the contributions of the net payers we should think about a leaner EU”, explained Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz.” So, Juncker and his EUcrats should tighten their belt according to Kurz. This should make him about as popular as the bubonic plague with Juncker.

    And what is particularly notable is that Austria will be holding the Presidency of the EU (second half of 2018) when Brexit negotiations should be finalizing. So you can see what Juncker is all about. Question is whether Kurz will stick to his guns.

    Telegraph article.

    So what does this have to do with the US? Get NAFTA right and make it the North Atlantic Free Trade Area and offer membership to Britain and anyone else withdrawing from the EU. Including Catalonia.

    Hang On,

    Good analysis. Thanks for contributing. What always amazes me, maybe I should stop being amazed, is that nobody asks the really crucial question. “Mr. Juncker, when were you planning on standing for election as the chief executive of the EU?”

    We all know the answer, “Never!”

    Regards,

    Jim

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  11. Hang On Member
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    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Hang On,

    Good analysis. Thanks for contributing. What always amazes me, maybe I should stop being amazed, is that nobody asks the really crucial question. “Mr. Juncker, when were you planning on standing for election as the chief executive of the EU?”

    We all know the answer, “Never!”

    Regards,

    Jim

    He was PM of Luxembourg, with a population 1/4th of city where I live.

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  12. Kay of MT Member
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    James Gawron: The EU is the Soviet Union with better wardrobe and catering. What a plus

    And without the crimes against humanity, military might, or expansionist military doctrine. So yah basically the same thing kind of how Donald Trump is exactly like Mussolini, but with better wardrobe and catering.

    Maybe you need to read Victor Davis Hanson’s

    The Method to Trump’s ‘Madness’

    by victorhanson

    By Victor Davis Hanson| American Greatness The Democratic Party, as it did after Hubert Humphrey’s close loss in 1968, seems still to be misdiagnosing its 2016 defeat. Democrats see too little identity politics rather than too much as their trouble, and thus are redoubling on what has been slowly shrinking the party into coastal enclaves. […]

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  13. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron
    @JamesGawron

    Hang On (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    Hang On,

    Good analysis. Thanks for contributing. What always amazes me, maybe I should stop being amazed, is that nobody asks the really crucial question. “Mr. Juncker, when were you planning on standing for election as the chief executive of the EU?”

    We all know the answer, “Never!”

    Regards,

    Jim

    He was PM of Luxembourg, with a population 1/4th of city where I live.

    Hang On,

    Juncker’s glad he doesn’t need to go through all that election nonsense again. Now he is the chief executive of 500 million and the 500 million can’t do a thing about it. Nice work if you can get it.

    Regards,

    Jim

     

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  14. The Reticulator Member
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    Interesting article in the editorial section of today’s WSJ:  “Why the Eurocrats Can’t Stand Poland’s Law and Justice Party,” by Ryszard Legutko.  Here are a couple of paragraphs:

    Western European governments and the leadership of EU institutions have long treated the countries of Eastern European as adolescents under their tutelage. European commissioner Günther Oettinger asked the Polish government to bring legislative proposals to Brussels before submitting them to the Polish parliament. During an informal meeting with Polish politicians last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel couldn’t disguise her irritation at Poland’s new economic relationship with China, arguing that such an opening should have had the blessing of “friends.”

    Most irritating to the Eurocrats has been the growing cooperation among the Visegrád Four—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia—and the Trimarium, composed of the V4, the three Baltic states, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. Poland has played a major role in bringing these Central and Eastern European perspectives together.

    The article is probably behind a paywall, but I can have a workable link e-mailed to you if I have an e-mail address to use. No promises that your e-mail address won’t get sold to the Russians if you send me one in a personal message and I use it on the WSJ site.

     

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  15. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron
    @JamesGawron

    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    Interesting article in the editorial section of today’s WSJ: “Why the Eurocrats Can’t Stand Poland’s Law and Justice Party,” by Ryszard Legutko. Here are a couple of paragraphs:

    Western European governments and the leadership of EU institutions have long treated the countries of Eastern European as adolescents under their tutelage. European commissioner Günther Oettinger asked the Polish government to bring legislative proposals to Brussels before submitting them to the Polish parliament. During an informal meeting with Polish politicians last year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel couldn’t disguise her irritation at Poland’s new economic relationship with China, arguing that such an opening should have had the blessing of “friends.”

    Most irritating to the Eurocrats has been the growing cooperation among the Visegrád Four—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia—and the Trimarium, composed of the V4, the three Baltic states, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. Poland has played a major role in bringing these Central and Eastern European perspectives together.

    The article is probably behind a paywall, but I can have a workable link e-mailed to you if I have an e-mail address to use. No promises that your e-mail address won’t get sold to the Russians if you send me one in a personal message and I use it on the WSJ site.

    Ret,

    I’ll send you my email. The Russians well OK. I plan to sell Putin my family recipe for borscht. In exchange, I think Putin has some baseball cards with the 1960 World Series winning Pirates that I’d really like. Please don’t mention this transaction to Mueller or Claire Berlinski. They aren’t worried much about the majority of the US Uranium stock but baseball cards & borscht that’s out!!!

    Regards,

    Jim

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  16. Sisyphus Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    First it’s Putin interfering with our election, and now Juncker interfering with the German election. Is it ever going to end?

    At least we have Mueller to investigate these things.

    Mueller didn’t prosecute fast enough. Now emerging is his malfeasance as FBI director in burying the bribery investigation when the Clinton’s received Russian megabucks for 20% of the American uranium supply.

    There’s a Russia story the emo media can choke on.

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  17. Skyler Coolidge
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    @Skyler

    James Gawron:

    The EU is the Soviet Union with better wardrobe and catering. What a plus.

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    Well, they are communist, but they aren’t quite Soviet.

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  18. Valiuth Inactive
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    Kay of MT (View Comment):

    Valiuth (View Comment):

    James Gawron: The EU is the Soviet Union with better wardrobe and catering. What a plus

    And without the crimes against humanity, military might, or expansionist military doctrine. So yah basically the same thing kind of how Donald Trump is exactly like Mussolini, but with better wardrobe and catering.

    Maybe you need to read Victor Davis Hanson’s

    The Method to Trump’s ‘Madness’

    by victorhanson

    By Victor Davis Hanson| American Greatness The Democratic Party, as it did after Hubert Humphrey’s close loss in 1968, seems still to be misdiagnosing its 2016 defeat. Democrats see too little identity politics rather than too much as their trouble, and thus are redoubling on what has been slowly shrinking the party into coastal enclaves. […]

    Read more of this post

    I’ve read it not sure about its relevance to how the EU is like the USSR argument.

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  19. Doctor Robert Member
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    James Gawron (View Comment):

     The Russians well OK. I plan to sell Putin my family recipe for borscht. In exchange, I think Putin has some baseball cards with the 1960 World Series winning Pirates that I’d really like.

    Well, mr Putin has at least one Super Bowl ring…I can’t get a clean link, but you can see it on YouTube or read about it.

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  20. James Gawron Thatcher
    James Gawron
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    Update: I have talked to a few of my Israeli friends whose opinion I value. They think that Kurz is like Geert Wilders in that he is a very strong supporter of Israel. In the modern world, antisemitism is always linked to anti-zionism. However, we need to realize the criminal nature of the left. They know no limits and telling lies about who is Hitler like is their standard modus operandi.

    German Magazine Posts Picture of Sebastian Kurz Saying It Is ‘Finally Possible to Kill Baby Hitler!’

    One user commented on the post saying: “Call to murder under the guise of satire – you’re disturbed! If your issue was not that expensive, I’d use it as toilet paper.”

    Kurz like everyone else should ignore these left-wing creatures and move Austria forward. Aside from the immigration issue, he is very pro-growth pro-capitalism.

    Regards,

    Jim

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