Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Mrs May. Dimissioni dopo il quarto voto, indipendentemente dal risultato.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-05-18.

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«British prime minister Theresa May has agreed to step down at some point after her fourth attempt to pass an EU exit deal in June, no matter what the outcome»

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«Her decision was revealed on Thursday (16 May) by a senior Conservative MP, Graham Brady, the chairman of the so-called 1922 Committee, an influential backbench group within the party»

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«We have agreed to meet to decide the timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party as soon as the second reading has occurred and that will take place regardless of what the vote is on the second reading – whether it passes or whether it fails»

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«The deal has already been defeated three times on grounds that provisions related to the Irish border could see Britain stuck in a customs union with the EU for an indefinite amount of time»

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«The first defeat, in January, by 230 votes, was the largest ever for a government motion in British history»

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«May, who herself wanted to keep Britain in the EU during in the 2016 referendum, has been vilified by hardline Brexiteers for her handling of the process»

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«further procrastination which is causing appalling damage to the Conservative party»

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«For his part, Boris Johnson, a former foreign minister and hard Brexiteer, said he would “of course” throw his hat into the ring to take May’s job when she left.»

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Diamo atto a Mrs May di come sia stato, e sia tuttora. impossibile trattare con persone quali Mr. Juncker, Mr Tusk, Mr Oettinger, Mr Macron e Frau Merkel, la rigidità mentale delle quali supera l’immaginabile e l’inimmaginabile. Si sono comportate come galline isteriche, avendo recepito il Brexit per quello che è: un severo e pesante giudizio sul loro comportamento ed operato.

Ma nel contempo non possiamo negare quanta sprovvida imperizia abbia dispiegato Mrs May nello svolgere il ruolo di primo ministro di Sua Maestà Britannica. Un esempio per tutti, la convocazione delle elezioni anticipate, dalle quali Mrs May è uscita con le ossa rotte.

Sia l’Unione Europea sia il Regno Unito avrebbero un disperato bisogno di personaggi politici meno ideologizzati e ben più pragmatici.


EU Observer. 2019-05-17. May to step down after fourth EU vote

British prime minister Theresa May has agreed to step down at some point after her fourth attempt to pass an EU exit deal in June, no matter what the outcome.

Her decision was revealed on Thursday (16 May) by a senior Conservative MP, Graham Brady, the chairman of the so-called 1922 Committee, an influential backbench group within the party.

“We have agreed to meet to decide the timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party as soon as the second reading has occurred and that will take place regardless of what the vote is on the second reading – whether it passes or whether it fails,” Brady said, following what he called a “very frank” 90-minute long discussion with the British leader.

British MPs are to hold two days of debate on the exit deal on 3 June, shortly after the European Parliament elections, with a vote likely on 5 June.

The deal has already been defeated three times on grounds that provisions related to the Irish border could see Britain stuck in a customs union with the EU for an indefinite amount of time.

The first defeat, in January, by 230 votes, was the largest ever for a government motion in British history.

The third defeat, in March, saw the bill fail by just 58 votes.

It prompted May to hold talks with the opposition Labour party, but these are expected to break up in the coming days without a new compromise due to Labour’s red lines, which include staying in the customs union in any case.

May, who herself wanted to keep Britain in the EU during in the 2016 referendum, has been vilified by hardline Brexiteers for her handling of the process.

Brady said on Thursday that she was “determined to secure our departure from the European Union”.

But Andrew Bridgen, a pro-Brexit Tory MP, continued to attack her, saying that her plan for a fourth Brexit vote was “further procrastination which is causing appalling damage to the Conservative party”.

May was “an increasingly beleaguered and isolated prime minister, who is desperate to salvage something from her premiership and is prepared to drive through an agreement that would fatally hamstring any future prime minister in negotiations with the EU,” he added.

For his part, Boris Johnson, a former foreign minister and hard Brexiteer, said he would “of course” throw his hat into the ring to take May’s job when she left.

The UK was due to leave the EU in March, but the political stalemate in Westminster have seen that delayed to 31 October.

They have also seen support for the Tories plunge to new lows – just 11 percent of people plan to vote Conservative in the European Parliament (EP) elections, according to recent polls, putting it in fourth place behind the Brexit Party, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats – in what would mark its worst result in any vote since the Conservative party was formed in 1834.

The prospects of a potentially protracted Tory leadership battle and new general elections, on top of Westminster’s summer recess, bode ill for the UK agreeing a new exit deal by the October deadline.

The prospects of a new, anti-EU Tory leader taking over the talks, in the context of a powerful show of support for the anti-EU Brexit Party in the EP vote also bode ill.

Some in Europe have said it should offer to extend the deadline still further in the hope that Brexit might fall by the wayside.

“We should go soft on Britain, give them time, they are still in the EU, let’s give them space,” Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz told the Reuters news agency this week.

“It’s a matter of changing the rhetoric to let the Brits rethink their decision,” he said.

Others, such as German chancellor Angela Merkel, are playing their cards close to their chest.

When asked in a recent interview what might happen if a new British leader tried to renegotiate the UK’s exit terms in the autumn, she said merely: “Should there be anything to negotiate, the European commission will do so on behalf of the 27 member states, as it has done so far”.

But with few in the UK or in Europe keen for Britain to live with no deal in place, in what would likely wreak economic havoc on both sides of the English Channel, she added that British indecisiveness could see the process strung out even further.

“In order for the UK to leave the EU, there needs to be a parliamentary majority in London for, rather than merely against, something,” Merkel said.

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Eurozona. I dolori del giovane Juncker. Mica che sia sua la colpa.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-05-10.

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Mr Juncker ha 65 anni, età che per i tempi che corrono sconfina ancora nella giovinezza. Di conseguenza gli siano perdonate frasi spiritose che nell’età adulta non avrebbero dovuto uscire di bocca.

Il mea culpa di Juncker: “Lʼausterità fu avventata, con i greci poco solidali”

«Eʼ stata molto criticata la politica dellʼEurozona, è una cosa che mi riguarda perché sono stato presidente dellʼEurogruppo»

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«Le riforme strutturali restano essenziali ma, durante la crisi del debito in Ue,l’austerità fu avventata, e non perché volevamo sanzionare chi lavora e chi è disoccupato»

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«Non siamo stati sufficientemente solidali con i greci»

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«E’ stata molto criticata la politica dell’Eurozona, è una cosa che mi riguarda personalmente …. perchè sono stato presidente dell’Eurogruppo nel momento più grave della crisi economica e finanziaria …. Mi rammarico di aver dato troppa importanza all’influenza del Fondo monetario internazionale. Al momento dell’inizio della crisi, molti di noi pensavano che l’Europa avrebbe potuto resistere all’influenza del Fmi. Se la California è in difficoltà, gli Stati Uniti non si rivolgono al Fondo monetario internazionale e noi avremmo dovuto fare altrettanto.»

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La Germania ha violato il Patto di stabilità 18 volte, come dice Juncker?

«i tedeschi amano lamentarsi degli italiani. Ma loro stessi hanno violato il Patto di stabilità 18 volte»

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Ammettere i propri errori è sempre cosa buona, ma Mr Juncker non trova difficoltà alcuna ad identificarne i veri colpevoli.

E qui arrivano le sorprese.

«The Netherlands, Austria, and Germany prevent deepening Eurozone integration»

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«Juncker was making reference to what he suggested was an obstructionist agenda by countries that are net contributors to the EU budget loath the prospect of any form of transfers union»

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«There is no progress with the deepening of the monetary union because The Netherlands, Austria and all too often, Germany, all stand in the way of more solidarity and joint responsibility»

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«Throughout the sovereign debt crisis, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland resisted any notion of Eurobonds»

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«One of the most vociferous opponents of deepening the project for the political integration of the Eurozone has been the president of the German Central Bank, Jens Weidman, who is also a candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as the head of European Central Bank (ECB).»

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«This candidacy has limited support in the ECB board, as Weidman has also been a staunch critic and opponent of Mario Draghi’s quantitative easing and “whatever it takes” position»

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Ricapitoliamo.

Mr Juncker ammette di aver fatto molti errori, pagati ben salati dal popolo europeo.

Ma la colpa sarebbe degli olandesi, degli austriaci e dei tedeschi.

Toh!! Chi mai lo avrebbe detto??


New Europe. 2019-05-06. Juncker says several core EU members actively resist Eurozone integration

The Netherlands, Austria, and Germany prevent deepening Eurozone integration, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told German newspaper Handelsblatt, published on 3 May.

Juncker was making reference to what he suggested was an obstructionist agenda by countries that are net contributors to the EU budget loath the prospect of any form of transfers union.

“There is no progress with the deepening of the monetary union because The Netherlands, Austria and all too often, Germany, all stand in the way of more solidarity and joint responsibility,” said Juncker, who added that he is “still hopeful” that several German politicians want to make progress when it comes to taking the next steps towards further integration of the 19-members of the common currency.

Throughout the sovereign debt crisis, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland resisted any notion of Eurobonds, which would resolve the “death loop” between national banks and sovereigns, by pooling the credit-rating of the Eurozone members. Juncker also said jointly issued debts should be expected in the future.

One of the most vociferous opponents of deepening the project for the political integration of the Eurozone has been the president of the German Central Bank, Jens Weidman, who is also a candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as the head of European Central Bank (ECB).

This candidacy has limited support in the ECB board, as Weidman has also been a staunch critic and opponent of Mario Draghi’s quantitative easing and “whatever it takes” position, a policy that is largely credited with helping the Eurozone recover for the worst of the global financial crisis. Asked whether he would support Weidman’s candidacy, Juncker said he was “not advocating for or against.”

“I wouldn’t mind at all if there was a German president of the ECB,” Juncker said, adding that “I definitely do not share the view that is prevalent in parts of southern Europe that a German should not be president of the ECB.”

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Macron nella fossa dei serpenti. – Bloomberg

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-15.

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Francia. Il Senato arrostisce Mr Macron a fuoco lento.

Germania ripudia in toto il progetto europeo di Macron

Macron. Tasso di esecrazione arrivato al 74%.

Francia come Venezuela, Soudan, Haïti e Zimbabwe. L’Onu condanna Macron.

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«Le gouvernement français, devant l’exigence formulée par l’Onu d’ouvrir une enquête sur «l’usage excessif de la force», s’est dit «étonné» de se retrouver sur une liste entre le Venezuela et Haïti et a donné sa vision de la situation.»

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«No matter how charming the French are — in France, it’s always and above all about French interests» [AKK]

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Il problema è semplicissimo

«Emmanuel Macron portrays himself as the great proponent of European Union integration. But his electioneering is opening rifts with his EU allies.»

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«In the past 48 hours, the French president has taken divisive positions on Brexit, trade talks with the U.S. and the explosive situation in Libya. On all those issues, Macron has found himself opposed by the rest of the EU.»

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«That means speaking out against a potential trade deal with the U.S., even as the EU moves toward negotiations. It means fighting the rest of the EU to limit the amount over extra time given to the U.K. to complete Brexit»

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«It even meant watering EU criticism of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar»

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«That might not resonate much with voters, but it’s another sign of the new fighting spirit in France»

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«EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Macron of hijacking the Brexit talks to serve his own domestic political purposes»

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Tra quaranta giorni circa ci saranno le elezioni e le manfrine elettorali dovrebbero terminare.

Però gli equilibri sono stati rotti, e la gente ha memoria buona. Mr Macron si sta isolando con le sue mani.

«No matter how charming the French are — in France, it’s always and above all about French interests» [AKK]

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Bloomberg. 2019-04-12. Macron Picks a Fights With Friends and Rivals

Emmanuel Macron portrays himself as the great proponent of European Union integration. But his electioneering is opening rifts with his EU allies.

In the past 48 hours, the French president has taken divisive positions on Brexit, trade talks with the U.S. and the explosive situation in Libya. On all those issues, Macron has found himself opposed by the rest of the EU.

The 41-year-old leader is gearing up for the European parliamentary elections at the end of May, his first major electoral test since winning power in 2017. With only a narrow lead in polls over the nationalist group led by Marine Le Pen, Macron is on the look out for any opportunity to show French voters he will fight for their interests.

That means speaking out against a potential trade deal with the U.S., even as the EU moves toward negotiations. It means fighting the rest of the EU to limit the amount over extra time given to the U.K. to complete Brexit.

It even meant watering EU criticism of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, a French ally, despite the fact he ignored French calls to halt his offensive against Tripoli. That might not resonate much with voters, but it’s another sign of the new fighting spirit in France.

In Brussels, on Wednesday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Macron of hijacking the Brexit talks to serve his own domestic political purposes. “I assume this role but I think it’s for the common good,” Macron told reporters as he left the meeting.

Macron’s courtship of voters will continue next week with the results of his 10-week debate with citizens across the country on how to tackle France’s problems. The president is due to set out his conclusions from the process, designed to take the heat out of the Yellow Vest protests which have been roiling the country for almost six months.

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Summit Eu – China. Dichiarazioni di intenti.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-09.

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Si è aperto il summit tra Mr Li, Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk.

Come si vede dalla fotografia, pur essendo Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk equiparati a capi di stato, la Cina era presente con il suo primo ministro: sbavatura sostanziale ai comuni protocolli diplomatici. Capi di stato ricevono capi di stato.

È uno dei modi cinesi per ricordare come stiano le cose.

Subito gli eventi lieti. Mr Juncker barcollava per gli evidenti segni della sciatica alcolica che lo affligge da anni, la voce era abburattata, ma questa volta però non ha urinato sulle parti della sala riunione. Ma c’è ancora tempo.

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Germany’s Manfred Weber warns of China ‘shopping spree’

«The European Union should prevent Chinese firms from going on a “shopping spree,” buying up strategic assets, a top contender for the European Commission presidency said Saturday.

Manfred Weber, the leader of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP), warned that the EU should not be naive in its approach to China.»

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EU seeks more assertive strategy with China

«The “distortive” effects of China’s economic policies and growing power top the agenda on the final day of the EU summit. Leaders are looking for ways to counter what they describe as a “systemic rival.

European leaders are set to sign off on a 10-point plan regarding relations with China at the EU summit Friday. 

In the face of China’s growing economic and political influence, Brussels is seeking a “more realistic” and “assertive” approach towards what the bloc describes as both a “partner” and a “systemic rival” due to China’s tightly controlled market.”

The strategy formulated by the EU includes:

– protection against “unfair practices of third countries and investments that threaten security or public order”

– a more “balanced and reciprocal economic relationship” including a reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

– addressing the “distortive effects of foreign state ownership and state financing”

– reciprocal access to public procurement markets

-strengthening cooperation on climate change and in international organizations».

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Con questi presupposti non si poteva attendere altro che dichiarazioni di intenti.

Poi, forse, potrebbe anche maturare qualcosa di più consistente, ma Mr Li sa bene come questa dirigenza europea stia volgendo a termine mandato.


Deutsche Welle. 2019-04-09. EU announces ‘breakthrough’ on trade with China

China has vowed at a summit with the EU not to make companies share intellectual property. The talks marked a significant shift for Beijing amid growing concerns about China’s influence in Europe.

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The European Union and China pledged to strengthen their trade relationship and work towards opening up China’s economy for foreign investors at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday.

The annual summit comes a month after the European Commission branded Beijing a “systemic rival” over what they said were unfair trade practices, and amid an ongoing US trade war with China.

The main takeaways from the summit:

In a seven-page joint declaration that was signed after last-minute negotiations, Brussels and Beijing agreed to the following changes:

– A commitment toward “broader” and “non-discriminatory” market access, in wording that the EU saw as a shift from China on opening up its economy.

– On surrendering intellectual property to gain access to China’s market, both sides agreed “there should not be a forced transfer of technology.”

– Increase efforts to strengthen international rules against state subsidies for industries.

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Equal treatment’ for European companies

Speaking after the summit in Brussels, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said that European companies will enjoy “equal treatment” in China.

“We will not treat EU companies, especially those registered in China, with discriminatory policy, including solely foreign-owned companies in China,” Li said. “And likewise Chinese companies should not be discriminated against in their operation in the European Union, he added.

European Council President Donald Tusk hailed China’s signing of the joint statement as a “breakthrough,” particularly Beijing’s commitment to strengthen rules against industrial subsidies.

“This is a breakthrough. For the first time China has agree to engage with Europe on this key WTO reform,” Tusk said.

Concerns over China’s influence

The EU has grown increasingly concerned about Chinese state-led companies buying key European assets, while the level of market openness is not reciprocated in China.

Politicians and businesses in the EU and the United States have criticized China for forcing foreign companies to hand over intellectual property in order to gain access to China’s economy — which is the second largest in the world.

Beijing has repeatedly pledged to open up its economy to foreign companies and investors, but critics say that China hasn’t done much to fulfill this promise.

As US President Donald Trump’s administration is currently embroiled in a trade war with China, Washington has also been pressuring Brussels to take steps against Beijing. Most notably, the US has urged the EU to ban Chinese tech giant Huawei over the company’s alleged ties to state security.

High stakes talks: The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, with two-way trade between the bloc and China worth around €575 billion ($648 billion) annually. The stakes were high for the EU as well, as China is the bloc’s second-biggest trading partner, coming in only after the US.

What happens next: Prime Minister Li will now head to Croatia for another European summit in Croatia on Thursday and Friday with the so-called 16+1 summit. The meeting grants central and eastern European states the chance to meet alone with Beijing, in a move that has garnered criticism from other European countries.

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Deutsche Welle. 2019-04-09. China to ‘further open’ its doors to Europe, PM Li says ahead of summit

China’s Li Keqiang has attempted to quell European skepticism towards China’s investment approach ahead of this week’s EU-China summit. Some fear projects like the Belt and Road initiative aim to bind countries to China.

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China is prepared to “further develop its cooperation” with Europe “to build an open world economy,” Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said in an op-ed published in business daily Handelsblatt on Monday.

“China is ready to work with Europe to promote a mutual opening and a fair and equitable business environment for enhanced cooperation between firms on both sides,” Li said.

Li said China intends to “further develop its cooperation” with Europe over the maintenance of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Deal, the fight against terrorism and reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO).

China and the European Union are set to hold a summit on Tuesday on trade relations and global governance.

‘United and prosperous Europe’

Some Europeans worry that China is taking a “divide and conquer” approach to the EU. Those fears were enhanced by trade agreements struck with the 16 countries comprising the Central and Eastern European Cooperation (CEEC) last year and recent nonbinding agreements with some EU countries as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an industrial investment project spearheaded by President Xi Jinping.

Read more: Can the new foreign investment law level the playing field in China?

But Li said the China-CEEC cooperation “is beneficial to balanced development within the EU, serves to bring unity to the EU and is a useful compliment to relations between China and Europe.”

“We strongly support the European integration process in the hope of a united and prosperous Europe,” Li added.

Fears over ‘New Silk Road’

China has made a strong push to expand their Belt and Road Initiative to Europe. In March, Italy became the first G7 country to join the scheme. Xi has also sought to recruit France for the initiative.

However, since its inception in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative has drawn complaints that it racks up huge debts and leaves nations reliant on China. Some countries, such as Malaysia, have cancelled plans to join the project. Others are also critical of how China forces foreign businesses to relinquish trade secrets to do business within its borders. 

Germany’s Manfred Weber, who aims to succeed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has cautioned that the bloc should not be naive in its approach to China. He believes that the Belt and Road Initiative has “political motivation” to leave countries beholden to China. 

The European Commission has also recently labeled China a “systemic rival” and an economic competitor. Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU commissioner, has even called for EU veto rights  over China’s attempts to commandeer European infrastructure projects. 

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Unione Europea ed i passaporti di oro, venduti sottobanco. Più il resto.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-04-06.

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Nulla più del crimine disonesto ama ammantarsi di legalità e giustizia.

Il denaro esercita un richiamo sfacciato ed imperioso ed alla fine chi vi cede ne diventa schiavo. Non ne sarà mai sazio.

L’ingordigia si ingigantisce quasi senza fine, fino ad arrivare al punto di rottura.

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«Cyprus and Malta have made billions of euros from the passport industry.»

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«They have attracted hundreds of wealthy Russians, many of whom were Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – people who posed a high risk of money laundering.»

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«Cyprus sold an EU passport to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska who is currently under US sanctions for “malign activities”»

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«It also offered one to Viktor Vekselberg, another Russian tycoon, who is under US sanctions, but who owns a significant part of Cyprus’ largest bank, the Bank of Cyprus.»

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«Malta sold passports to Alexey Marey, the former CEO of Alfa Bank Russia, the country’s largest private lender; Alexey De-Monderik, a co-founder of Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab; and Alexander Mechatin, the CEO of Beluga Group, Russia’s largest private spirits company.»

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«The schemes have also attracted wealthy Middle Eastern buyers.»

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«The two member states, the only ones which sell their nationality, as well as the 18 others who sell residency permits, were urged to end the practice»

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«The golden passport and visa schemes all too-often acted as “a gateway for money laundering and organised crime” into the EU financial system»

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«Malta and Cyprus have already sold about 6,000 national and EU passports in “schemes … that potentially pose a high risk to the integrity” of European financial due diligence»

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«these schemes may serve Russian citizens included in the sanctions list adopted after the illegal annexation of Crimea [from Ukraine] by Russia … as a means to avoid EU sanctions,»

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«Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and the Netherlands played host to “deplorable cases of money laundering” which showed “complete lack of responsibility”»

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«Denmark’s largest lender, Danske Bank, admitted last year that it handled some €200bn of “suspicious” transactions emanating mostly from Russia in the biggest case of its type in EU history.»

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«other crimes in the EU amounted to €110bn a year. »

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Il commercio dei passaporti, il riciclaggio di denaro sporco, ed tutte le altre manifestazioni di una vera e propria criminalità organizzata hanno assunto nell’Unione Europea dimensioni impressionanti: il giro di affari della criminalità supera ampiamente il budget europeo.

«mille miliardi di euro all’anno, tra elusione ed evasione fiscale»

Nessuno venga a dirci che la dirigenza europea ed il corpo burocratico ne fossero all’oscuro.

Significativo è questo titolo, fatto dall’Espresso, la cui dottrina liberal socialista è fuori discussione.

Così Jean-Claude Juncker ha ucciso il sogno dell’’Europa

«Favori giganteschi alle multinazionali. Aiuti ai miliardari. E beffe ai cittadini. Ecco come il numero uno della Commissione ha scatenato il populismo.

Una voragine nei conti dei 28 Paesi dell’Unione europea: mille miliardi di euro all’anno, tra elusione ed evasione fiscale. Multinazionali che non pagano le imposte e smistano decine di miliardi di dollari dei loro profitti, accantonati grazie a operazioni finanziarie privilegiate in Lussemburgo, verso altri paradisi rigorosamente “tax free”. Stati membri dell’Unione che si fanno concorrenza sleale sulle tasse. È disastroso il bilancio che sta lasciando Jean-Claude Juncker, presidente della Commissione europea, nonché ex padre-padrone del Granducato, mentre imbocca l’ultimo anno del suo mandato, in scadenza dopo le elezioni del 2019: il suo viale del tramonto. Ormai ogni giorno il numero uno della Ue deve incrociare i ferri con populisti e sovranisti, pronti a sfidare regole, limiti e vincoli europei. In Italia ad attaccarlo è soprattutto Matteo Salvini, con un avvertimento: «Pensi al suo paradiso fiscale in Lussemburgo». Dove Juncker è stato presidente del Consiglio dal 1995 al 2013 e, già prima, più volte ministro delle Finanze, esordendo con il primo incarico politico nel 1982, ad appena 28 anni. Ed è proprio il Lussemburgo il vero nodo del caso Juncker, di cui ora approfittano i nemici dell’Europa. Il nodo di un paese fondatore della Ue che spinge i ricchissimi a eludere le tasse. ….»

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Pensiamoci bene sopra.

«mille miliardi di euro all’anno, tra elusione ed evasione fiscale»

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Eu Observer. 2019-02-28. Golden EU passports more risky than indicated

The EU substantially watered down its recent warning on golden passport schemes, an investigation has shown.

The European Commission published a report on 23 January on the “security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption” risks associated with the schemes.

But it left out tougher provisions contained in an earlier draft, seen by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a club of investigative journalists.

This October 2018 draft had proposed “member states should not accept investor scheme applications from persons listed on UN and EU sanctions lists.”

But this was cut from the published text.

The EU commission report also called for “clarity in procedures and in responsibilities” of private firms involved in passport sales to avoid conflict of interest.

But it redacted detailed recommendations on how to do it.

“Intermediaries involved in the handling of applications should not have any decision-making power or screening duties, tasks which should be reserved for government authorities,” the October draft had said.

“They should make publicly available information about those intermediaries and the procedure for selecting them,” the draft had also said.

Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Malta are the only member states that sell EU passports, while several others have golden residency schemes.

The sales are governed by national law, but the October draft indicated that commission lawyers were looking into whether EU legislation could get a hook into the practice.

“Whether such legislation and practice, which permit third country nationals to obtain national citizenship, and hence citizenship of the [European] Union, without requiring any genuine connection to the country, are compatible with Union law is being questioned,” the draft said, according to the OCCRP.

Cyprus and Malta have made billions of euros from the passport industry.

They have attracted hundreds of wealthy Russians, many of whom were Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) – people who posed a high risk of money laundering.

Cyprus sold an EU passport to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska who is currently under US sanctions for “malign activities”.

It also offered one to Viktor Vekselberg, another Russian tycoon, who is under US sanctions, but who owns a significant part of Cyprus’ largest bank, the Bank of Cyprus.

Malta sold passports to Alexey Marey, the former CEO of Alfa Bank Russia, the country’s largest private lender; Alexey De-Monderik, a co-founder of Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab; and Alexander Mechatin, the CEO of Beluga Group, Russia’s largest private spirits company.

The schemes have also attracted wealthy Middle Eastern buyers.

Cyprus sold an EU passport to Rami Makhlouf, a senior member of the Syrian regime, in 2010.

It later rescinded his citizenship when the regime began to massacre its own people in the Syrian war.

Malta also sold 62 EU passports to two billionaire Saudi Arabian families – the Al-Muhaidibs and Al-Agils – in 2018, according to its official gazette.

Bulgaria was less successful, however.

Its justice ministry said in January it had failed to attract enough buyers and would fold its scheme, leaving Cyprus and Malta on their own.

Golden EU passports offer the prospect of free movement of people and their money in the 28 member states, as well as visa-free travel to 160 countries worldwide, including the US.

But Malta’s relations with foreign PEPs ended in tragedy when a car bomb killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist, in October 2017.

She had alleged that top people in the Maltese government had taken kick-backs from passport sales to Azerbaijan prior to her murder, in a case which remains unsolved.

PEPs also harmed Cyprus’ image, when it emerged that a Russian used a Cypriot firm to fund a far-right party in France and that Ukrainians used a Cypriot bank to pay Paul Manafort, a US lobbyist on trial for Russia-collusion in the 2016 US election.

For Cypriot authorities, neither its passport sales nor its bank probity were at fault, however.

For Maltese leader Joseph Muscat, Caruana Galizia’s corruption allegations were also little more than “dubious” social media “gossip”.

“I’m in a quite horrible situation of having to criticise someone who was killed brutally,” Muscat told British broadcaster the BBC in an interview in January 2018.

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Eu Observer. 2019-03-28. Malta and Cyprus EU passport sales under fire

Malta and Cyprus should end their golden passport schemes, MEPs have said, while sounding an EU-wide alert on Russian money laundering.

The two member states, the only ones which sell their nationality, as well as the 18 others who sell residency permits, were urged to end the practice by MEPs in a plenary vote in Strasbourg on Tuesday (26 March).

The economic benefits of the schemes “do not offset the serious security, money laundering, and tax evasion risks they present” the European Parliament (EP) report said.

Inflows of criminal money served to “weaken” EU “democracies” and “institutions”, it warned.

The EU should also create a joint financial police to go after cross-border money laundering and clamp down on tax avoidance, the wide-ranging proposals added.

The golden passport and visa schemes all too-often acted as “a gateway for money laundering and organised crime” into the EU financial system, Markus Ferber, a German centre-right deputy, who helped draft the recommendations, said.

EU states are not bound to take the ideas forward – and recently diluted related ones from the European Commission.

But the EP report bore the weight of one year of research by a special committee set up in times of mass-scale leaks on financial fraud, bank scandals of vast proportions, and murders of journalists who tried to expose them.

Malta and Cyprus have already sold about 6,000 national and EU passports in “schemes … that potentially pose a high risk to the integrity” of European financial due diligence, the MEPs said.

Both of these, as well as several of the golden residency schemes, “have been used profusely by Russian citizens and by citizens from countries under Russian influence,” they added.

The risk of money-laundering aside, “these schemes may serve Russian citizens included in the sanctions list adopted after the illegal annexation of Crimea [from Ukraine] by Russia … as a means to avoid EU sanctions,” they also said.

Malta looked especially worrying, the MEPs found, because it failed to stop money-laundering by Azerbaijan and Russia in the now-defunct Pilatus Bank and because senior Maltese officials were connected to a shady energy project.

The EP also “noted” that Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist who wrote about the issues, was murdered in 2017 in a crime which remains unsolved.

For their part, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and the Netherlands played host to “deplorable cases of money laundering” which showed “complete lack of responsibility”, the MEPs’ findings added.

Denmark’s largest lender, Danske Bank, admitted last year that it handled some €200bn of “suspicious” transactions emanating mostly from Russia in the biggest case of its type in EU history.

It remains to be seen if it will lead to criminal convictions.

But with no joint EU financial watchdog, the European Banking Authority (EBA), an EU agency now moving out of London due to Brexit, is the only European body with a mandate to put pressure on national regulators.

The MEPs highlighted that the “various recent cases of money laundering within the [European] Union are linked to capital, ruling elites, and/or citizens who come from Russia and from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in particular”.

The CIS also includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and four central Asian states.

But inflow of criminal money aside, the MEPs also cited estimates that income generated by corruption, arms and human trafficking, drug dealing, tax evasion, and other crimes in the EU amounted to €110bn a year.

They said VAT fraud cost EU taxpayers up to €147bn a year and aggressive tax planning cost them a further €50bn to €190bn a year.

They also shamed six EU jurisdictions – Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, and The Netherlands – for behaving like “tax havens”, which drained income from their EU neighbours.

Transparency International, a Brussels-based NGO, welcomed Tuesday’s vote, saying it was “happy to see that [the EP] … has adopted” its “report on fairer and more effective taxation and tackling financial crimes, including money laundering and risky golden visa schemes”.

The EU commission has voiced similar misgivings to the MEPs.

But the non-binding EP report comes amid resistance from member states to gran EU bodies extra powers over sensitive areas of their jurisdictions.

EU ministers, last Thursday, diluted commission proposals to give the EBA, which currently has just a few staff who specialise in money laundering, a greater oversight role.

“It is irresponsible that EU governments blocked a true European restart for common financial supervision,” Sven Giegold, a German green MEP, said at the time.

All 28 EU states, earlier in March, also blocked commission proposals for enhanced due diligence in bank transactions from Saudi Arabia, Panama, and Libya, among others, in a sign of the mood in EU capitals.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Senza categoria, Unione Europea

Romania. Arrestata Laura Kövesi, candidata di Juncker a capo della Procura Europea.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-29.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573–1610). Die Festnahme Christi (1598) - Il bacio di Giuda. Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art.

Questo era il titolo ed il relativo incipit del Financial Times, a suo tempo.

The right woman to be Europe’s chief prosecutor

«EU should resist Romanian demands and appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi.

A majority of EU governments, backed by the European Parliament’s main political parties, often speak up strongly in defence of judicial independence and the rule of law in their 28-nation club. Now it is time for them to put their words into action. The EU is in the process of appointing the first head of its newly established European Public Prosecutor’s Office. They should choose the person best qualified for the job. She is Laura Codruta Kovesi, a brave and distinguished prosecutor from Romania. There are several excellent arguments in favour of Ms Kovesi, not least of which is that Romania’s government, fast becoming a serial abuser of EU norms and values on the rule of law, fiercely opposes her appointment. Doubtless the two other candidates for the job, one each from France and Germany, would do it well. But neither has Ms Kovesi’s frontline experience of conducting a struggle, arduous and sometimes lonely, against deep-rooted political corruption in her homeland.»

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Di Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi già ce ne occupammo.

Unione Europea. Quella cesta di serpi velenosi vorrebbe colpire ancora.

Bruxelles. Laura Kövesi. Ricordatevi bene questo nome.

«EU states have already endorsed French candidate Bohnert.

For a prosecutor with an uncommon record of putting corrupt politicians behind bars, the former head of Romania’s anti-graft agency is facing one more hurdle than her rivals: the opposition of her own government.

Laura Codruta Kövesi, who was fired by Romania’s ruling Social Democrats after she put dozens of corrupt politicians behind bars, will try to convince European Parliament members in Brussels on Tuesday to support her bid to become the European Union’s first chief prosecutor after the bloc’s governments endorsed a French rival for the job.

Bohnert received almost twice as many votes from member states last week as Kövesi and Ritter did ….»

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Nonostante che gli stati membri abbiano dato a Mr Bohnert più del doppio dei voti dati a Mrs Kövesi, Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk non sanno darsi pace e requie. vogliono molto democraticamente imporla come capo della Procura Europea. Sono infatti sodali.

Mrs Laura Codruta Kövesi, classe 1973, a soli 33 anni fu nominata il 2 ottobre 2006 Procuratore capo della procura dell’Alta corte di cassazione e giustizia ed il 17 maggio 2013 Procuratore capo della Direzione nazionale anticorruzione della Romania.

La Kövesi ha sposato la fazione giustizialista, ossia quella che ha usato il potere giudiziario per eliminare gli oppositori dell’élite dominante. E lo ha fatto molto bene, quasi eguagliando Andrej Januar’evič Vyšinskij.

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«Romania silences candidate to be EU’s first prosecutor»

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«Romanian authorities on Thursday indicted the leading candidate to become the first head of the European Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruta Kovesi. After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press»

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«After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press.»

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«Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor, was indicted on corruption charges Thursday»

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«Kovesi received the news during a six-hour hearing in front of a special panel charged with investigating magistrates»

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«Kovesi would be forbidden from exercising her profession and would have to report regularly to police in Bucharest.»

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«she would not be allowed to leave the country»

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A questo punto sarà ben difficile che Mr Juncker e Mr Tusk possano imporre la Kövesi a capo della Procura Europea.

Passi che la volevano imporre contro le votazioni fatte in europarlamento, ma contro la volontà della Romania hanno morsicato la lastra di marmo.

È uno dei segni che i tempi sono cambiati. Intanto, Mrs Kövesi sta bevendo la pozione che aveva fatto trangugiare ad altri.


Eu Observer. 2019-03-29. Romania silences candidate to be EU’s first prosecutor

Romanian authorities on Thursday indicted the leading candidate to become the first head of the European Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Codruta Kovesi. After seven hours of questioning, she was also banned from leaving the country and speaking to the press. Romania’s social democrat-led government has long opposed her candidacy. As head of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate she had the social democrat leader Liviu Dragnea convicted of vote rigging in 2015 and corruption.

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France 24. 2019-03-29. Romania former anti-graft chief indicted

Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, a hot favourite to become the EU’s first-ever top prosecutor, was indicted on corruption charges Thursday, a judicial source told AFP, confirming local media reports.

Kovesi received the news during a six-hour hearing in front of a special panel charged with investigating magistrates.

Kovesi told reporters after the hearing that prosecutors had barred from publicly discussing the specifics of the case.

However, she said: “It’s a measure intended to silence me, to harass all of us in the judicial system who did our job.

“Probably some people are in such despair that I might get this job (of chief EU prosecutor) that I’m not allowed to speak to the media anymore.”

Kovesi became a household name as head of Romania’s National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA), which she led from 2013 to 2018 before being controversially removed at the government’s behest.

She was questioned in two different cases. In one she is accused of abuse of office, bribery and giving false testimony, charges she rejects.

A source told AFP that Kovesi would be forbidden from exercising her profession and would have to report regularly to police in Bucharest.

Local media reported she would not be allowed to leave the country.

Kovesi is expected to challenge these measures in court but they will complicate her candidacy for head of the new European Prosecutor’s Office.

The former anti-graft chief has been locked in an escalating battle with Romania’s leftwing government in the last few years.

The rows have overshadowed Romania’s first-ever term as president of the European Union, with the government in Bucharest making clear its opposition to Kovesi taking the job in Brussels.

During her time as head of the DNA, hundreds of elected officials were convicted of corruption offences, earning her the enmity of many in Romania’s political class and criticism that she had overstepped her mandate.

Many Romanians retain a positive view of her as a symbol of the fight to rid the country of endemic corruption.

Bucharest has sought to dissuade other EU countries from appointing the 45-year-old to lead the European prosecutor’s office, meant to be in place by the end of 2020.

MEPs defied Bucharest and threw their support behind the Romanian magistrate, but member states have backed Kovesi’s French rival Jean-Francois Bohnert.

Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Macron Piccola Europa in Grande Francia. Accordi con Xi per 40 mld.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-27.

Richelieu. 001

«Per essere grande la Francia deve rinunciare ad essere immensa»

Cardinal Richelieu.


‘Human rights abuse’??

Ma di che parla costui?? Calunnia la Cina, grande amica e partner commerciale della Francia??

Unione Europea?? E che mai sarebbe a confronto della Francia?? Suvvia: la Francia è l’Unione Europea.

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«France has signed €40bn of business deals with China, despite concerns on strategic investment and human rights abuse.»

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«The bulk of the new deals, worth €30bn, were in the form of 300 airplanes to be sold by European firm Airbus to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, while the rest covered energy, transport, and food»

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French president Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced the moves at a bilateral meeting in France on Monday (25 March).»

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«They will meet again in an enlarged format with German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker also in France on Tuesday»

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«Xi is in Paris after having earlier gone to Rome to sign a memo on Italy’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a vast scheme for Chinese investment in European infrastructure projects, among others»

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«French investors are welcome to share development opportunities in China»

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«The wave of Chinese investment, which had so far focused on poorer central European states, has raised alarm in Europe that China’s acquisition of sensitive assets, such as commercial ports, or involvement in high-end IT projects, such as 5G telecoms networks, posed strategic, intellectual property, and security threats to the EU»

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«”If some countries believe that they can do clever business with the Chinese, then they will be surprised when they wake up and find themselves dependent,” German foreign minister Heiko Maas warned on Sunday»

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«in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, rapid rail lines or harbours [will] no longer be in European, but in Chinese hands»

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«The European Union is based on respect for individual freedoms and fundamental rights, – Macron said – That’s why France brings up this issue in its dialogue with China – to express concerns that are ours and those of Europe on the question of respecting fundamental rights in China»

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Concludendo.

Gli affari sono affari.

Se i cinesi hanno messo un milione di mussulmani nel laogai è solo un trascurabile problema di loro politica interna : se ciò fosse ostacolo insuperabile per i tedeschi, questo sarebbe fatti loro. La Francia, tira diritto per la sua strada, mica come gli identitari populisti italiani.

Siamo chiari. Non i populisti, bensì Mr Macron ha distrutto l’Unione Europea.


EU Observer. 2019-03-26. France takes Chinese billions despite EU concerns

 France has signed €40bn of business deals with China, despite concerns on strategic investment and human rights abuse.

The bulk of the new deals, worth €30bn, were in the form of 300 airplanes to be sold by European firm Airbus to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, while the rest covered energy, transport, and food.

French president Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping announced the moves at a bilateral meeting in France on Monday (25 March).

They will meet again in an enlarged format with German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker also in France on Tuesday.

Xi is in Paris after having earlier gone to Rome to sign a memo on Italy’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – a vast scheme for Chinese investment in European infrastructure projects, among others.

He said alongside Macron in the Elysee palace in Paris that “French investors are welcome to share development opportunities in China”.

“I also hope that Chinese companies can do better in France and make a greater contribution to its economic and social development”, he added.

“We want our development to benefit others and that’s the case with the BRI,” he said.

The wave of Chinese investment, which had so far focused on poorer central European states, has raised alarm in Europe that China’s acquisition of sensitive assets, such as commercial ports, or involvement in high-end IT projects, such as 5G telecoms networks, posed strategic, intellectual property, and security threats to the EU.

“If some countries believe that they can do clever business with the Chinese, then they will be surprised when they wake up and find themselves dependent,” German foreign minister Heiko Maas warned on Sunday.

Gunther Oettinger, Germany’s EU commissioner, also voiced concern the same day that, soon, “in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, rapid rail lines or harbours [will] no longer be in European, but in Chinese hands”.

Macron himself, speaking on Monday, said he had invited Merkel and Juncker precisely to address those fears by creating a common EU front.

“Europe must be united and have a coherent message. That’s what we are doing on strategic investments,” he said.

“Beyond the bilateral relationship, we have placed at the centre of our discussions the question of the partnership between China and Europe,” he added.

Xi’s visit to Paris was marked by protests against China’s mass imprisonments of its Muslim Uighur minority and of its oppression of Tibet.

Grace Meng, the wife of Meng Hongwei, a reformist Chinese official who was president of Interpol, the international police agency based in France, until he vanished while on a trip to China last year amid bribery allegations, also spoke out.

“I hope the president [Macron] can help Mr Meng and his family, to protect our fundamental human rights,” she told French media.

“They [Chinese authorities] have no bottom line. Even if I am in France, they want to kidnap me and my children,” she warned.

The French and Chinese leaders, who also held a private dinner with their wives on Sunday, nodded to the protests.

Values?

“China will always back cooperation and development with Europe, which falls in line with our multilateral values,” Xi said at the Elysee on Monday.

“The European Union is based on respect for individual freedoms and fundamental rights,” Macron said.

“That’s why France brings up this issue in its dialogue with China – to express concerns that are ours and those of Europe on the question of respecting fundamental rights in China,” he added.

They did not take questions from press on the potentially prickly issues, however.

The aviation firm at the centre of the new deal, Airbus, was even more deaf to mention of values.

“We are honoured to support the growth of China’s civil aviation with our leading aircraft families – single-aisle and wide-bodies,” Airbus’ commercial aircraft president and its new CEO-in-waiting, Guillaume Faury, said.

Barriers to fall

Top EU officials and China will meet at a subsequent summit in Brussels on 9 April.

A draft summit communique, seen by the Reuters news agency, called for the removal of market access barriers on both sides to stimulate further investment despite the strategic concerns.

China and the EU will “agree by summer 2019 on a set of priority market access barriers and requirements facing their operators,” the draft statement said.

The two sides would set “deadlines for their swift removal by the next EU-China summit in 2020 at the latest”, it added.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Europea, Unione Europea

Orbán rimpatria in Ungheria gli ungheresi emigrati in Venezuela.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-03-07.

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I liberal socialisti si stupiscono ogni giorno che passa del fatto che l’Elettorato europeo abbia loro voltato le spalle e che non li amino, non li gradiscano più. Ultima giusto ieri la Estonia.

La superbia è un vizio terribile. Dapprima si limita ad una esagerata stima di sé e dei propri meriti (reali o presunti), che si manifesta esteriormente con un atteggiamento altezzoso e sprezzante e con un ostentato senso di superiorità nei confronti degli altri: un vero e proprio razzismo. Quindi si distilla nella sua essenza: in una considerazione talmente alta di sé stessi da giungere al punto di stimarsi come principio e fine del proprio essere. Mr Macron è un fulgido esempio.

Il superbo si domanda stupefatto per quale motivo gli altri non lo adorino, non gli riconoscono quella che presume essere la sua intrinseca grandezza. La gente non si piega alla sua volontà, ed alla fine lui stesso si rende conto di quanto il suo volere cozzi contro quello altrui.

Da questo punto di vista il superbo esperisce già su questa terra l’inferno che lo sta aspettando come sistemazione definitiva. Passa il suo tempo a rodersi il fegato.

Comprendendo questo passaggio si comprende anche la profonda motivazione dell’odio rancoroso che nutrono contro chiunque si opponga loro. Se hanno il potere, lo esercitano in modo spietato, se non lo hanno, si tormentano di odio e rabbia impotente. La revisione critica del proprio operato è loro aliena: son sempre alla ricerca di capri espiatori, di persone alle quali addossare ogni colpa dei loro insuccessi.

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Mr Soros e Mr Orbán non hanno per nulla gradito gli ultimi cartelloni politici del Fidesz, il partito di Mr Orbán. Eppure Mr Juncker vi appare persino quasi sobrio.

Se già da tempo Mr Orbán era loro inviso, adesso lo è ancora di più, ed i fidi scudieri liberal si stanno scatenando contro l’uomo, appigliandosi ad ogni minimo pretesto, ma rodendosi il fegato che Fidesz ha la maggioranza assoluto.

«Most Venezuelans with Hungarian ancestry emigrated in two waves»

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«The first, after World War Two, included many associated with the Miklos Horthy regime which sided with Nazi Germany. Some had been involved in the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Nazi death camps»

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«A very different group of around 400 followed after the 1956 failed revolution, including some who had fought the Soviet army on the barricades in Budapest»

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«The community has since swelled to several thousand»

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«Only when the situation deteriorated rapidly in 2017, when hunger was accompanied by arbitrary violence, did community organisers turn for help to the Hungarian government. The 350 who have arrived have been generously received, with enrolment in language classes and accommodation and integration for the first 12 months.»

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«About 350 have already arrived on plane tickets funded by the state. Another 750 are on a list, waiting in Caracas, and more may follow»

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Serve proprio essere liberal socialisti con denominazione di origine controllata per confondere, volutamente ed artatamente, il rimpatrio di compatrioti in difficoltà con l’immigrazione clandestina illegale di persone che son tutto tranne che ungheresi.

Il giornalista della Bbc ci riesce, ma l’effetto è l’opposto: gli si ride in faccia. Già: i liberal socialisti non hanno proprio il senso dello humour.

In ogni caso, le elezioni europee si stanno avvicinando ogni giorno che passa.

Nota.

Se questi cartelloni sono stati riprovati dalla dirigenza del’Unione Europea è segno evidente di quanto siano giusti e corretti.


Bbc. 2019-03-04. Venezuela crisis: Secret escape to anti-migration Hungary

It may come as a surprise to see refugees from the turmoil in Venezuela warmly welcomed in Hungary – by a government widely known to be hostile to immigration and asylum.

About 350 have already arrived on plane tickets funded by the state. Another 750 are on a list, waiting in Caracas, and more may follow.

But there’s a catch.

All those who apply must prove Hungarian ancestry, however distant that might be.

Government spokesmen have been at pains to insist that they are genuine Hungarians “coming home”, though very few were actually born in Hungary, let alone speak Hungarian.

Who are they?

Most Venezuelans with Hungarian ancestry emigrated in two waves.

The first, after World War Two, included many associated with the Miklos Horthy regime which sided with Nazi Germany. Some had been involved in the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Nazi death camps.

A very different group of around 400 followed after the 1956 failed revolution, including some who had fought the Soviet army on the barricades in Budapest.

The community has since swelled to several thousand. Many young Venezuelans without any Hungarian ancestry were attracted by the vibrant cultural life of the community in Caracas, with its dance and scout groups.

Only when the situation deteriorated rapidly in 2017, when hunger was accompanied by arbitrary violence, did community organisers turn for help to the Hungarian government.

The 350 who have arrived have been generously received, with enrolment in language classes and accommodation and integration for the first 12 months.

Orban and his anti-immigration campaign

The irony is that the programme has been drawn up by an inter-ministerial team from the Fidesz government, which has bitterly opposed immigration for the past four years.

Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has built his campaign for the European Parliament elections in May entirely on opposing immigration to the European Union.

The campaign of billboards and newspaper ads has been condemned by the EU as distorting the truth and aiming to “paint a dark picture of a secret plot to drive more migration to Europe”.

Most refugee integration programmes here were abolished by the government in 2016 and 2017.

Only 94 people were granted asylum in Hungary in the first nine months of 2018. Another 290 were given lesser forms of protected status.

The Venezuelans’ arrival was revealed by independent news website Index and Hungary’s authorities have asked those taking part in the scheme not to talk to the media.

“The government made clear to us that this would be difficult to communicate – because of its own hysterical anti-migrant campaign,” said one of the Venezuelans already safely in Hungary, who asked that his name not be used.

“They insist on the word ‘repatriation’ – but this was rather loosely applied at the start. Now, the conditions have been tightened.”

A difficult task of persuasion

Their cause was eventually championed by deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen.

“It was hard at first persuading the government just how bad the situation there had become. That my monthly pension barely covered a single meal,” my source said.

“We did not become refugees lightly. Especially those of us who were refugees from Hungary in the first place. We knew that we may lose our life’s work, our flats, everything we had in Venezuela.”

Plane tickets and even transport to the airport were arranged through the Hungarian embassy in Ecuador and the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service.

The first Venezuelans arrived in April 2018 and all are deeply grateful to the Hungarian government for its assistance.

But the peculiar anti-migrant atmosphere cultivated by the Orban government has led to some tragicomic scenes.

When the new arrivals were placed initially in the tourist resort of Balatonoszod, local Hungarians boarded up their windows and phoned the police in panic when they noticed what they called “negroes” in the streets.

“It’s true some of us are quite dark-skinned,” laughed my Venezuelan contact. “But some of us are more Hungarian than Hungarians!”

What next for Hungary’s immigrants?

One year on, the children are already fluent in the language, and well-integrated into their local schools.

“They love the freedom to go out in the streets safely. The freedom to study, to be themselves here, to be exotic,” said another parent.

But worries plague the older people among them.

“What will we do when our year is up, and the charity extended to us ends? We are not entitled to pensions here,” one told me.

That is just one of the problems Hungary’s ministry of human capacities is trying to solve.

Opposition parties have accused the government of hypocrisy for taking in Venezuelans but rejecting Syrians, Iraqis or Afghans.

The Venezuelans fear such attacks might dilute the government’s willingness to allow in those still queuing to escape.

They have noticed a lull in new arrivals, as the government assesses whether the current Venezuelan government will survive.

Under laws passed in Hungary in 2018, organisations and individuals which help migration can be fined or even jailed and have 25% of their income confiscated by the state to fund border defences.

The Hungarian opposition jokes that the state should in this case fine itself.

I ask my contact: if the Maduro government falls, would you return to Venezuela?

“Of course. That is my home.”

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Juncker vorrebbe cacciare Mr Orban dal Ppe. Mr Juncker crede di essere ….

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-21.

Dosso Dossi. La zuffa. Galleria Estense. Modena

Dosso Dossi. La zuffa. Galleria Estense. Modena.


Despota, da δεσπότης, indicava nell’antica Grecia il padrone di casa, che esercitava potestà su persone e cose. Poi, con il tempo, indicò la caratteristica divina. Manco a dirlo, in breve se ne impossessarono i potenti, che molto umilmente ritenevano di essere soltanto Dio: iniziarono gli Imperatori d’Oriente, poi le loro famiglie, ed infine nobili e nobilastri. Da ultimi, i Dogi veneziani: ma questi contavano per davvero ed avevano anche dei caratterini che te li raccomando.

Caratteristica tipica del despota è quello che ritiene di avere una potestà assoluta, che pretende di essere immediatamente obbedita. Con quanti non obbedissero ne nasceva una questione personale, che terminava con la morte tormentosa del ribelle.

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Mr Juncker è la classica personificazione attuale del despota, con la variante che conta oramai poco o nulla: da maggio poi dovrebbe semplicemente scomparire.

Questa è una realtà molto dolorosa per il misero Mr Juncker: dover constatare quanto la sua imperiosa volontà sia disattesa. Ecco che scatta il meccanismo che fa provare ai superbi già su questa terra quello che sarà uno dei principali tormenti in quello che sarà poi il loro definitivo  inferno futuro: la livorosa rabbia impotente.

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«European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party should leave the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament (EP).»

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«Against lies there’s not much you can do …. They didn’t vote for me in the European Parliament ….»

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«The far right didn’t either. I remember Ms. Le Pen, she said: ‘I’m not voting for you.’ I said: ‘I don’t want your vote.’ There are certain votes you just don’t want»

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«The Juncker-Soros campaign was a “ludicrous conspiracy theory”, an EU commission spokesperson also said in Brussels earlier on Tuesday»

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«There is no way we are going to campaign with them overshadowing what we want to do for Europe. The time of Fidesz in the EPP is up»

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«I strongly denounce Hungary’s attacks and baseless conspiracies against president Juncker»

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Quanto sopra è l’opinione di Mr Juncker.

Ma Mr Juncker è un fu-despota: ci sono anche gli altri. Già: gli altri. I conti si fanno con l’oste.

«The EPP needs the MEPs that Fidesz can deliver in the European elections, in which it is polling to lose dozens of seats to populist and nationalist parties»

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«The EPP’s leader, Manfred Weber, also needs the Hungarian prime minister’s support to become the next president of the EU commission»

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«Weber kept silent on Tuesday, but Juncker said he ought to ask himself “if I need this [Orban’s] voice” in the EPP»

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«He is also popular with EPP parties in Croatia and Slovenia, with the Bavarian CSU party in Germany and with Italy’s Forza Italia»

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«Some EPP officials also draw parallels with Brexit as a reason to keep him in the fold.»

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Staremo a vedere quanto potere sia rimasto a Mr Juncker, ma i silenzi di Herr Weber dovrebbero essere significativi. Poco o nulla.

Bene. Lasciamo Mr Juncker a crogiolarsi nel calderone del suo odio: nessuno sa più cosa farsene di lui, e questa è un’altra severa punizione per i superbi. La gente li ignora.


EU Observer. 2019-02-20. Juncker: Orban should leave Europe’s centre-right

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party should leave the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament (EP).

“Against lies there’s not much you can do,” Juncker was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency, adding that he had called for Fidesz’s expulsion from the EPP.

“They didn’t vote for me in the European Parliament,” he said in Stuttgart, Germany, in a speech.

“The far right didn’t either. I remember Ms. Le Pen, she said: ‘I’m not voting for you.’ I said: ‘I don’t want your vote.’ There are certain votes you just don’t want,” Juncker said, referring to the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

His sharp comments came after Orban’s government unveiled a new campaign accusing Juncker of collaborating with US billionaire George Soros in flooding Europe with migrants.

The Juncker-Soros campaign was a “ludicrous conspiracy theory”, an EU commission spokesperson also said in Brussels earlier on Tuesday.

The dispute comes amid long-standing EU concerns over Orban’s abuse of rule of law and democracy at home.

The EPP group, which dominates the EP, the commission, and the EU Council has shielded him to an extent.

But EPP deputies, last year, voted to trigger a sanctions procedure against Hungary, prompting a debate within the group on whether Fidesz ought to be expelled.

That debate flared up on Tuesday, with Frank Engel, a centre-right MEP from Juncker’s home country, Luxembourg, also calling the Juncker-Soros campaign a “last straw”.

“There is no way we are going to campaign with them overshadowing what we want to do for Europe. The time of Fidesz in the EPP is up,” he said in a post on Facebook.

The EPP’s French president, Joseph Daul, called the campaign “deceitful, misleading”.

“I strongly denounce Hungary’s attacks and baseless conspiracies against president Juncker,” he added.

Daul, who amicably calls Orban the party’s “enfant terrible”, did not indicate he would support expelling Fidesz from EPP.

Frans Timmermans, Juncker’s deputy, who hails from the centre-left Socialist & Democrats (S&D) group, also weighed in after a meeting of EU affairs ministers who, among other things, discussed concerns over the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.

EU ministers had met on Tuesday to discuss the threat of anti-EU disinformation, he noted.

But on the “the same day the council [of member states] discussed the collective fight on disinformation, we also saw, on an official government website, a picture of the commission president with a private individual, alleging all sorts of things that have nothing to do with reality,” Timmermans said.

“It would be a good joke, if it wasn’t so serious,” he added.

For its part, Hungary protested during the meeting that Timmermans, being the lead candidate for the Socialists in the European elections, leads the criticism and assessment of Hungary’s adherence to EU rules.

According to EPP rules, seven parties from five member states are needed to trigger a procedure to expel Fidesz.

But so far, only one party, Finland’s National Coalition Party, has indicated it might be willing to enter into talks on doing so.

The EPP needs the MEPs that Fidesz can deliver in the European elections, in which it is polling to lose dozens of seats to populist and nationalist parties.

The EPP’s leader, Manfred Weber, also needs the Hungarian prime minister’s support to become the next president of the EU commission.

Weber kept silent on Tuesday, but Juncker said he ought to ask himself “if I need this [Orban’s] voice” in the EPP.

The 64-year old Juncker, who also served as Luxembourg’s prime minister for 18 years, is on his way out of politics.

But the 55-year old Orban aims to stay and has made no secret of the fact he wants to push the EPP to the right.

He is also popular with EPP parties in Croatia and Slovenia, with the Bavarian CSU party in Germany and with Italy’s Forza Italia.

Some EPP officials also draw parallels with Brexit as a reason to keep him in the fold.

Orban’s departure would recall the then British prime minster, David Cameron’s decision to pull his Conservative party out of the EPP, which set the ball rolling on Britain’s EU exit, EPP officials have said.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Merkel. Cresce il numero di quanti vorrebbero un cancelliere vero.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-09.

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«It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required» [ Winston Churchill]

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«Britain is suffering terribly from a weakness of political leadership and the whole of Europe is suffering along with her. In the entire UK, there appears not to be single political figure capable of organizing the withdrawal from the European Union in a sensible, rational manner»

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«However, the European Union doesn’t seem much better off with its current crop of political leaders»

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«Since the appearance of the “gilets jaunes” protests, French president Emanuel Macron, once so keen to depict himself as a model European, seems to have left the stage»

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«His grand political plans for Europe – a digital tax, a common euro-zone budget – have died a pathetic death. France has other more pressing worries right now»

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«Spain’s minority government is fighting for its life»

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«The nationalist populists in power in Italy and Poland care little for a united Europe»

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«For many years, Angela Merkel enjoyed great success as a crisis manager on the European stage, driving integration forward in the process. But all that has changed since the last German election, and the EU must now do without the German chancellor’s leadership»

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«In Brussels, the talk is of Merkel’s loss of authority»

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«The old Angela Merkel is sorely missed»

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«But the bloc is marching, eyes wide open and fully aware, straight into a crisis of historic proportions»

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«Europe will face a severe economic crisis.»

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Nell’Unione Europea sono ben pochi i governi che si basano su di un forte consenso popolare: Italia, Polonia, Ungheria.

Tutti i rimanenti sono coalizioni obbligate tra partiti con programmi divergenti, ovvero deboli governi di minoranza.

Tranne Mr Salvini, Mr Orbán e Mr Kaczyński, nessun altro capo di stato o di governo ha un’audience degna di tal nome, applaudita da una parte e maledetta dall’altra.

Nemmeno la potenza, vera o presunta, degli stati torna di aiuto: sotto Mr Macron e Frau Merkel Francia e Germania sono diventate lo spettro di ciò che erano in passato.

In Europa le loro voci quasi non si sentono più, e quando sono udite scatenano dileggio.

L’asse francogermanico che aveva retto l’Unione Europea per decenni è privo di idee ed accasciato come un barbone durante la sbornia.

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Quella che è stata l’élite dell’Unione, Mr Juncker, Mr Tusk, Mr Moscovici, Mr Oettinger si sono dimostrati essere personaggi levi e volatili: inconsistenti.

Intanto nei paesi dell’Unione Europea la quota di persone che vive in povertà è arrivata al 20%.

Ed a maggio si vota.


Handelsblatt. 2019-02-06. Merkel’s loss of authority spells trouble for the EU

The German chancellor has done little to deal with Brexit and Trump’s aggressive trade policies. At this critical juncture, her absence from the European stage is disastrous.

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Once upon a time there was a statesman who led Britain through the worst crisis in its history. A healthy pragmatism was among the many qualities which allowed Winston Churchill to accomplish this feat. He himself put it like this: “It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.”

By doing so, Churchill put his country’s well-being above all else. For precisely this reason, Theresa May will never manage to step out of the shadow of her giant predecessor. Posterity will regard her, in comparison, as a mere pipsqueak. 

Britain is suffering terribly from a weakness of political leadership and the whole of Europe is suffering along with her. In the entire UK, there appears not to be single political figure capable of organizing the withdrawal from the European Union in a sensible, rational manner. Continental observers quite rightly bemoan the political incapacitation afflicting their island neighbor.

However, the European Union doesn’t seem much better off with its current crop of political leaders. Since the appearance of the “gilets jaunes” protests, French president Emanuel Macron, once so keen to depict himself as a model European, seems to have left the stage. His grand political plans for Europe – a digital tax, a common euro-zone budget – have died a pathetic death. France has other more pressing worries right now.  

The leaders of the EU’s other large members are not paying much attention to the organization either, because they cannot or because they do not want to. Spain’s minority government is fighting for its life. The nationalist populists in power in Italy and Poland care little for a united Europe. Among the major EU nations, that leaves only Germany.

Merkel’s diminished influence

For many years, Angela Merkel enjoyed great success as a crisis manager on the European stage, driving integration forward in the process. But all that has changed since the last German election, and the EU must now do without the German chancellor’s leadership.

There is palpable disappointment at her disappearance from the scene. In Brussels, the talk is of Merkel’s loss of authority. She has done little to address the Brexit problem, they say, and not much about Trump’s aggressive trade policies either. This is despite the fact that the German economy would be hard hit by a chaotic Brexit and new American tariffs.

The old Angela Merkel is sorely missed. It was she who ultimately steered the European ship through so many storms over the past few years. During the euro crisis, she pushed for the currency union to be equipped with new collective institutions: the European Stability Mechanism, designed to provide help for member states in financial difficulty, the European Central Bank’s regime of banking supervision, and the Single Resolution Mechanism, to deal with failing banks. She prevented Greece from being kicked out of the euro zone.

Lessons for Ms. May

To do so meant overcoming considerable political resistance at home. During her fraught coalition with the business-friendly Free Democrats, she was even prepared to reach out to the Social Democrats, then in opposition, in order to get things done. Theresa May could learn a lesson or two from that.

One of Merkel’s more memorable interventions came during the Ukraine crisis. The Minsk Accords she negotiated may not have brought peace to that country, but at least it stopped any further escalation of the conflict with Russia. The refugee crisis was an even greater triumph: The Chancellor personally shepherded the migration agreement with Turkey through, even while facing skepticism from many EU countries, including France. That agreement made a vital contribution to stopping the flow of refugees along the Balkan route.

If the European Union were in better shape, Merkel could be content with her achievements. But the bloc is marching, eyes wide open and fully aware, straight into a crisis of historic proportions. There have been no shortage of warnings about the drastic economic consequences of a chaotic Brexit. But precisely this is coming closer every day. Everyone looks on, apparently helpless, including Angela Merkel. But who else could lead Europe through this crisis, if not the leader of the group’s largest country?

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, cannot manage this alone. A king without a kingdom, his authority only stretches as far as the large member states will allow. They have made the Commission responsible for the two most dangerous challenges that the EU faces: Brexit and trade conflict with the US. If both go badly wrong – the worst case scenario – Europe will face a severe economic crisis.

In that case, many European governments may be tempted to use Brussels as a scapegoat. But that simply won’t work. Responsibility will fall back onto the larger member states – and their people will ask why their leaders were not able to prevent an all-too-predictable disaster.