Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

von der Leyen, quatta quatta, procede con la ‘deSelmayrisation’.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2020-02-11.

Dürer. Nemesi, la dea della vendetta.

Dürer. Nemesi, la dea della vendetta.


«Martin Selmayr (born 5 December 1970) is a European civil servant who was Secretary-General of the European Commission from 2018 to 2019 and Chief of Staff to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker from 2014 to 2018. During his time in the Juncker Commission, Selmayr was widely described as one of the most influential figures within the European Union. After taking office as Secretary-General, he was described in a debate in the European Parliament as “the most powerful bureaucrat in the world.” A resident of Brussels since 2000, he is a member of the Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) party of Belgium. He is considered by many to be close to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany and its leadership, but the European Commission said he has never been a member of that party.» [Fonte]

Mr Selmayr era stato imposto con un classico colpo di mano dal passato presidente della Commissione Europea Jean-Claude Juncker al posto critico di Capo dello Staff della Commissione.

È stato per anni il burocrate più potente del mondo, alter ego di Juncker ma attentissimo ad eseguire i desideri di Frau Merkel ancor prima che questa li avesse espressi. Se Robert Maugham lo avesse conosciuto per tempo, sicuramente sarebbe stato lui il personaggio del suo noto romanzo.

Forte delle protezioni dei potenti del momento ed ancor più forte per il fatto di essere loro indispensabile esecutore di tutti i più reconditi desideri, non immorale bensì amorale, era il Rasputin dell’Unione Europea.

Da servi perfetti, gli euroburocrati lo adulavano ed osannavano, per poi maledirlo e sparlarne nel segreto dei conciliaboli sibilati. Se apparentemente era pieno di amici e di supporter, nei fatti costoro aspettavano solo l’occasione, come Bruto con Cesare. Nessuno è più vendicativo dello schiavo che si rivolta.

Con la fine dell’epoca Juncker e con il tramonto crepuscolare di Frau Merkel, il destino di Selmayr era segnato.

Tutti ne reclamavano la testa, che divenne conditio sine qua non per far procedere la candidatura della von der Leyen.

Selmayr. Meno popolare di Macron, si dimette.

Top Brussels civil servant Martin Selmayr sent to Vienna backwater

«Martin Selmayr, the most controversial, powerful and shortlived head of the European Commission’s civil service who one critic said should be sent to “Outer Mongolia”, is leaving Brussels for the relative backwater of Austria.

In what the German official’s many antagonists will see as an abrupt demotion, Mr Selmayr is to be posted to Vienna as head of the EU’s delegation there, representing the bloc in what is a quasi-ambassadorial role.

A close lieutenant of Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing president, Mr Selmayr’s unrivalled grip on the bureaucracy of Brussels, as well as his notoriety and ruthless working methods, quickly overshadowed many of the politicians on the commission.

“The five years of the Jean Claude Juncker commission would be inconceivable without his contribution,” said Günther Oettinger, the commissioner for human resources.»

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Ma chi si fosse illuso che i suoi più stretti collaboratori avrebbero potuto vivere sereni nei posti occupati si sarebbe davvero illuso: von der Leyen ha iniziato il processo di deSelmayrisation.

«Cut off the head of the snake, and the body will die, the old adage goes»

«In the European Commission, the process is a little bit slower than that»

«The start happened, when Martin Selmayr, went from being Secretary-General and captain of the cruise ship that is the European Commission, to Head of its Representation in Vienna»

«At that moment, it seemed Ursula von der Leyen was making a necessary sacrifice in order to guarantee her acceptance by the European Parliament, but even this relatively early hindsight suggests otherwise»

«Von der Leyen came from the outside, as did her most trusted people, so it’s not clear why she would not want to use an already in place network of people in key position, loyal to the European Commission and the governing structures»

«Martin Selmayr spent years carefully vetting the people who were promoted across the institution, to make sure they were loyal to the hierarchy and to the EU, and did not try to market their power within the system to any third party’s benefit without the agreement of the powers that be»

«Selmayr became hated by many within the ranks for imposing a structure to the power at all levels of the European Commission hierarchy and imposing rules, and more importantly control over as much of the system as he could»

«targeting specific officials thought to be part of the Selmayr system»

«Paraskevi (Vivi) Michou, was the first to lose a critical position, having the position of Director General of Migration and Home Affairs portfolio swiftly taken away from her, practically overnight.»

« Next came the tragic case of Irene Souka, who was not only cast aside, but it was found necessary to spin the story in a way to try and shame her in the press.»

«We’ve (semi-jokingly) heard that somewhere in the Berlaymont is a pinboard with pictures of Selmayr and all those that were seen to have been part of his network»

L’elenco sarebbe ben più lungo.

Ma nessuno si faccia illusione di sorta.

Sono cambiati i padroni, ma i servi continueranno a servire.

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Von der Leyen’s deSelmayrisation of the European Commission

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Cut off the head of the snake, and the body will die, the old adage goes. In the European Commission, the process is a little bit slower than that. The start happened, when Martin Selmayr, went from being Secretary-General and captain of the cruise ship that is the European Commission, to Head of its Representation in Vienna. At that moment, it seemed Ursula von der Leyen was making a necessary sacrifice in order to guarantee her acceptance by the European Parliament, but even this relatively early hindsight suggests otherwise.

Von der Leyen came from the outside, as did her most trusted people, so it’s not clear why she would not want to use an already in place network of people in key position, loyal to the European Commission and the governing structures. Martin Selmayr spent years carefully vetting the people who were promoted across the institution, to make sure they were loyal to the hierarchy and to the EU, and did not try to market their power within the system to any third party’s benefit without the agreement of the powers that be. A nearly impossible task as von der Leyen and her top brass will undoubtedly find out.

Selmayr became hated by many within the ranks for imposing a structure to the power at all levels of the European Commission hierarchy and imposing rules, and more importantly control over as much of the system as he could. The Commission, as we have written before, should not have autonomous pockets of power that do as they please, but instead operate under a clear structure where accountability can be traced from the top to the bottom and vice-versa.

But instead of Von der Leyen coming in and trying to work with the system in place, gradually seeing what changes are necessary and at what level, strategic removals quickly started; initially, with carefully selecting who makes the transition, and then targeting specific officials thought to be part of the Selmayr system.

Paraskevi (Vivi) Michou, was the first to lose a critical position, having the position of Director General of Migration and Home Affairs portfolio swiftly taken away from her, practically overnight.

Next came the tragic case of Irene Souka, who was not only cast aside, but it was found necessary to spin the story in a way to try and shame her in the press. Souka has been giving her life to the EU since 1980.

We’ve (semi-jokingly) heard that somewhere in the Berlaymont is a pinboard with pictures of Selmayr and all those that were seen to have been part of his network. There’s at least two big X-marks going through more than just the two aforementioned women’s pictures already. Certainly some people never made it through the transition, and it remains to see who comes next…

Kassandra has been asked whether this attack is more about the women’s nationalities than there relationship with Selmayr. In the case of Michou, it seems that Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson is said to not be the biggest fan of… Greeks… but in reality as a new Commissioner, this decision was way above her head though her approval and insistence made things much easier. That said, the added “loss” of Margaritis Schinas, and Gerasimos Thomas, from the top levels of the Commission administration hierarchy, has left Greece much less reach within the institution in terms of sheer volume.

Greek (but not Selmayr-related) Bonus question

Kassandra keeps getting asked, if a certain someone, was (already) having an affair with their ultimate boss when they were appointed (last term) to one of the most prestigious posts the EU machinery has to offer. Kassandra shrugs at these questions, but a body like OLAF might not…

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