The Deep State – European Edition

The technocrats, who for years have been having their way running the European Union, and not happy. (Where’s my tiny violin?) Populist governments – who don’t like the EU are popping up all over. Italian government fumes at European Commissioner’s ‘little Mussolinis’ jibe.

So they insult Italy. To which the Italians take offense.

The attitude from some European commissioners is unacceptable, really intolerable. “They dare to say that in Italy there are many little Mussolinis, and that should not be permitted,” Mr Di Maio, the head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, said.

“This shows how these people are totally divorced from reality. Our government has the strongest popular support of any in Europe yet this is how we are treated by European commissioners, who within six to eight months will probably no longer have jobs.

Because they have been free, over the past several decades, to ignore democratic elections in their quest for European unity – as they see it.

But they aren’t too popular in some circles.

Britain is leaving, and maybe not even on good terms. Hungary and Poland have been sanctioned, and I would not be surprised to see them leave the EU. But then I was surprised when Greece decided to stay in the EU.

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The EU Seems To Be Shattering on Merkel’s Immigration Policy

There was supposed to be an “emergency” meeting on Sunday. EU ON BRINK: Italy to BOYCOTT summit and claim Germany and France are RULING Brussels. Doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.

Poland, Hungary, The Check Republic and Slovakia (The Visegrad Group) had already declined to participate. (FAZ.net has a good story, but it is in German. Google Translate can be your friend.)

The Commission’s draft paper is giving heavy attention to secondary movement of immigrants, which sees asylum seekers move from the country they arrive at to seek resettlement elsewhere, an issue which is threatening Mrs Merkel political survival in Germany.

Merkel (Bundeskanzlerin of Germany) and Macron (Prime Minister of France) are the only 2 players in the EU still trying to support asylum and immigration in line with what Merkel ushered in a few years back. Which was why the Visegrad Group basically said, “We have already rejected this proposal.”

Merkel’s CDU party is in coalition in the Bundestag with the CSU. The head of the CSU, Horst Seehofer, has given 2 weeks notice, on the subject of immigration. This could lead to a no-confidence vote, or at least a dissolution of the coalition in Germany. It took months to form a government after the last election, and that process would have to start again.

The meeting scheduled for the weekend was basically an appeal to the rest of the EU to interfere in the internal politics of Germany, over the immigration dispute. Seems that only France is up for that. But then Macron is far enough to the Left only his opinion matters. (Not say the population of Italy or half of Germany.)

ITALY’S new leadership has accused the European Union of ignoring Mediterranean nations bearing the burden of refugees to instead help Angela Merkel keep the German leadership.

There is a brief snip of video at that first link of Nigel Farage on the subject of Germany (Merkel) versus Italy (Salvatini).

Some More Cracks Are Forming in the EU

The EU leadership – and the media, which seems to have appointed itself as the cheerleaders of the coalition – would like everyone to believe that all is well. But some cracks are beginning to show.

First, Poland is not too happy with the way things are going in the EU. Poland Foreign Minister Waszczykowski Interview – SPIEGEL ONLINE

As many people have pointed out, there are aspects of the EU governance structure that are not exactly democratic.

The European Council, for example, consists of representatives of elected governments, meaning it has a high degree of democratic legitimacy. As such, it should have the most power. The Commission, by contrast, is made up of deputies sent by the member states. They are bureaucrats. As such, the Commission shouldn’t have the right to monitor member states, as happened to us with the Rule of Law Framework. The Commission should only be able to carry out directives from the Council and should not have its own political ambitions.

There are other problems between Poland and the EU (and between Poland and Germany) that are festering. It is an interesting read, and not terribly long.

Next, Germany is about to start charging foreigners a toll to use the Autobahn. Not everyone thinks that is living up to their obligations. Austria says it will take Germany to court over autobahn ‘foreigner tolls’ – The Local

Germany’s upper house of parliament on Friday approved a controversial law imposing tolls on the country’s famous autobahns (motorways), in the face of objections from neighbouring countries who say it discriminates against foreign drivers.

The headlines (for the most part) imply that all is well with the Greeks and their economy. The truth isn’t quite so simple. Greece-Creditors Negotiations Stall Again Over Labor Law Issues and Pension Cuts | GreekReporter.com

The International Monetary Fund is not backing down on Greece’s request to implement pension cuts from 2020 onwards, insisting that pension reforms must be implemented in 2019. Furthermore, there are still differences on labor market legislation on issues like mass layoffs, the lockout and collective bargaining.

On pensions, the IMF argument was that since the present government’s term expires in 2019, the Greek side cannot guarantee that the next government will implement the changes.

Who will budge? I’m not sure either side can at this point.

That doesn’t even cover the rift between Germany and the US over Germany’s military budget, and whether or not the 2% goal is binding on NATO members or not. But that is a post for another day.

Italy May Be the Next EU Domino to Fall

Maybe, maybe not. Italy’s Referendum | EU | Brexit

They article isn’t that long, and it is worth your time to view the YouTube video of UK Independence Party’s Nigel Farage giving the EU parliment the what-for. (The video – which is toward the bottom of the page at the link above – is about 7 minutes long.)

Italy, like Greece, is struggling under the terms imposed by Brussels. It has a banking sector in some trouble, and there are opposition parties calling for a Brexit-like referendum. Mostly to dump the Euro, but you can’t dump the euro and stay in the EU. Not if you play by the rules.

In Case Anyone is Interested in “Why Brexit?” (Aside from claims of xenophobia…)

The people who hate democracy – and there are a lot of them – want you to believe that Brexit is all about immigration. But that is simplistic and self-serving. Why Britons Should Vote to Leave the EU, by The Editors, National Review. The arguments from before the vote…

First, the EU was designed to suppress democracy. The folks who started the ball rolling blamed democracy for WWII. They wanted to stamp it out for that reason, and because they knew better.

They quite consciously set out to avoid submitting their grand design to democratic debate and the verdict of the voters. Instead it would proceed “functionally,” treaty by treaty, regulation by regulation, committee vote by committee vote, largely shielded from oversight, until one day the peoples of Europe would discover they were living under a new “European” government. That bright new day has now dawned.

Today the non-democratic nature of the EU is pretty clear for all to see.

There is no right, said European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker recently, to vote against Europe.

You don’t have the right to choose. You gave away your rights be Britain or France in the 50s, 60s and 70s. You now have to abide by whatever we say, even when we break the agreements we made with you in good faith, because “good faith” is for suckers.

[The agreed upon rules for the EURO] above all the “No Bailouts” rule, were swept aside by the European Central Bank in the interest of safeguarding the euro against the currency crises it had invited. EU institutions backed by the French and German governments removed two democratically elected prime ministers under the thinnest veil of constitutionality. They replaced them with technocrats (one of whom, the Italian, received a derisory share of the vote in the subsequent election). Chancellor Merkel’s unilateral decision to invite the world to Europe broke the Dublin Accords on refugee reception.

I can’t find the quote now, but at one point during the Greek financial crisis, Juncker (or one of his lackeys) said that there was no time for democracy. The Greeks had better just do what Brussels ordered. (So, how’s that working out?)

Next up: Netherlands Exit or Nexit.

[Hat tip to Jim Treacher.

The United Kingdom Votes to LEAVE the EU

The experts are up in arms that the people didn’t vote the way the experts told them to vote. EU referendum: BBC forecasts UK vote to leave – BBC News

The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests.

The experts boo-hooing summed up as follows.

Labour former Europe Minister Keith Vaz told the BBC the British people had voted with their “emotions” and rejected the advice of experts who had warned about economic impacting of leaving the EU.

How dare they exercise their democratic right to ignore the experts.

Will it be tough? Maybe. It was getting tough under the EU bureaucratic regime.