Merkel’s Migrants: “Worst Piece of Public Policy in 50 Years” Germany and France Told
“Back us or break us” French President François Hollande told Europeans on Wednesday during an historic Franco-German demarche designed to rally a European Union bitterly divided over its disastrous handling of the migrant crisis.
Sharing a spot at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — the first time leaders of the two countries have made a joint address since 1989 — he warned deepening dissent, and widening cracks over the (mis) handling of the EU’s crisis (migrants, the euro, austerity and jobs) threatened the “end of Europe”.
His solution — “more Europe” or an ever closer federation and further subservience of EU nation states to Brussels — is increasingly under challenge by the rising Right in successive European elections.
This video clip shows eurosceptic MEP Nigel Farage reacting to the Franco-German addresses by claiming that member states are “living in a German-dominated Europe of Disharmony”.
Published to YouTube on Oct 7, 2015
• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 7 October 2015
• Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) Group in the European Parliament
Voter anger is on the rise around Europe as the true impact of the disruptive migrant tsunami unleashed on the continent, and immeasurably worsened by Germany, becomes daily more apparent. A poll this week, by Forza for Germany’s Stern magazine shows a dramatic loss of support for the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Her approval ratings have dropped a massive nine per cent over the last ten weeks, unprecedented in her long reign as the Iron Chancellor and clearly related to the chaos in Germany thanks to the huge migrant influx she has generated.
In his address President Hollande admitted EU leaders had been slow to react to and deal with the migrant crisis, which after a slow start at the beginning of the year had turned into a suspiciously coordinated stampede by mid-summer.
The French President had strong words for those who fail to back the Franco German demarche. “If you do not support this European Union you should leave it” he said, a clear dig at eurosceptic states like Britain, preparing for a referendum on Brexit, and anti-immigrant east European states such as Hungary which demand Europe’s Judeo-Christian values be preserved and oppose moves to force quotas of migrants — the majority of whom are Muslim — on them.
President Hollande’s remarks pleased the majority of MEPs present, but were derided by France’s Marine le Pen, co-Chair of the right-of-centre Europe of Nations and Freedom grouping in parliament which is pledged to dismantle the EU as well as by Nigel Farage, leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) equally committed to EU destruction. In a tweet Marine Le Pen referred to the joint demarche as an address by the “Chancellor and deputy Chancellor” of Europe.
The video clip above is of Marine Le Pen’s speech in response to President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In it she refers to the French President as the “deputy Chancellor” and warns that her France does not accept being turned into the vassal of Germany. She makes a strong attack on Germany and its policies and is particularly critical of Merkel’s emotional opening of European borders and welcoming embrace extended to all “Syrian refugees”.
#Hollande says, “No barbed wire fence is going to protect us from the challenges we face.”
— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) October 7, 2015
Despite his fine words opposing razor-wire borders in the EU, President Hollande offered little in the way of fresh solutions to the huge inflow of migrants. As Farage (above) made clear with a reference to the “worst piece of public policy in half a century”: “80% [of those coming] are not Syrian refugees … in fact what you’ve done is open the door to young, male, economic migrants … [who] behave in an aggressive manner … the opposite of what you’d expect from a refugee”. “This isn’t a Europe of peace, it’s a Europe of division,” he added, scorning the two leaders for attending the European Parliament only to declare that “Europe isn’t working so we must have more Europe … more of the same failings”.
Open Europe reports October 8: In a joint address to the European Parliament alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday, French President Francois Hollande said that, “Institutional choices will be necessary in order for the Eurozone to be governed…These choices will be binding for the member states that so wish. The European Parliament will exert its control and will guarantee the overall coherence of a Europe that will progress under a differentiated integration.” He also warned that “the debate is not between more or less Europe. It is between the assertion of Europe or the end of Europe”, adding that “a federation of nation states must remain our horizon.”
Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta appeared on LBC yesterday arguing that Hollande’s remarks “show that EU leaders have started to realise that the EU needs more flexibility to allow for different levels of integration. This is significant and encouraging for David Cameron’s renegotiation.”
However, during heated exchanges with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Hollande said, “I heard what Mr Farage say that the only road is for those who are not convinced of Europe is to leave Europe…There is no other way. It’s a horrible path, but it’s a logical path. Leave Europe, leave Schengen and leave democracy. Do you really want to participate in a common state? That’s the question.”
Meanwhile, Politico reports that, during a meeting with MEPs, Merkel said EU leaders should be open to considering important treaty changes if they want the Union to “evolve.”
Merkel’s comments echoed ones made earlier in the day alongside French President François Hollande in Brussels where she called for “more Europe” and “more cohesion,” to deal with the crisis. She added that the Dublin regulation was “obsolete.” Politico reports that in a closed-door meeting of the centre-right European People’s Party, Merkel slammed the Eastern European countries for not doing more, saying, “The eastern Europeans – and I’m counting myself as an eastern European — we have experienced that isolation doesn’t help…A rejection [of refugees] as a matter of principle, that is…a danger for Europe.”
Ahead of an emergency session of the Bavarian Cabinet tomorrow, Bavaria’s state Premier Horst Seehofer (CSU) has said the state might have to implement emergency ‘self-protection’ measures in the event the German government is unable to bring the number of refugees arriving into the country under control. On its front page, German tabloid Bild asks its readers to call in to declare their support for either Seehofer’s stance or that of Chancellor Merkel. Meanwhile, 34 politicians from Merkel’s CDU party have written to the Chancellor, urging her to change her stance. They say, “Germany’s capacity to take more asylum seekers is already stretched to the limit, and in some areas, it is exhausted.”
Die Welt reports that around 8,000 people turned up at a protest in Erfurt against Merkel’s refugee policies organised by the right-wing AfD party at which Alexander Gauland, the party’s leader in Brandenburg, called on the Chancellor to “find another people” and argued that Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban should be awarded the Charlemagne Prize.
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The migrant crisis has prompted a plethora of conspiracy theories on the Internet, some plain nonsense, others with far more than a ring of truth to them. The problem with the scale of the religious and economic conflicts currently destablising so much of the world, is that those who attempt to place the turmoil in anything but a “mainstream” context will almost automatically find themselves dismissed as conspiracy theorists.
The video below suggests those seeking an explanation of the migrant crisis could do worse than “follow the energy”:
The original report is from this a private Russian TV station.
and was published to YouTube on Sep 18, 2015.
“An invisible organising hand with a clear purpose is behind Europe’s waves of refugees, according to Nikolai Starikov, a Russian writer and geo-political analyst, who observes:
– A pretext has been made to bomb Syria;
– A new Russia-Germany gas pipeline is to be built;
– Somehow the authorities knew that 4,000 ISIS fighters are among the refugees;
– Official asylum rules are being disregarded;
– Refugees from war-torn Ukraine are denied entry.
N.Starikov whose blog (in Russian) is here, is a “conservative Russian writer, opinion journalist, social activist and co-chairman of the Great Fatherland Party and an NGO the Union of Russian Citizens” (according to his Wikipedia page).
While his views, expressed in the English subtitled video above, may seem contrarian, some mainstream EU leaders are now voicing at least some of these same views themselves.
Here for example is Donald Tusk a former Polish PM and President of the European Council: “An influx of hundreds of thousands of people is a “weapon” and a “political bargaining chip” used by the EU’s neighbours who want to harm the continent, Donald Tusk said.
He made the comments as the European Union announced it would give an extra €1bn in aid and dangled the offer of visa-free travel in an effort to force Turkey to close its borders.
Sources said his remarks were not aimed specifically at Turkey, but he was thinking of leaders across the region, including the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who threatened to turn Europe “black” unless it handed over billions in aid.
Mr Tusk also appeared to ridicule German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to grant asylum to hundreds of thousands of Syrians without conditions.
It was a “beautiful moral gesture”, but she now faces an “exam in responsibility for the protection of the European political community and its external borders”, he said.
“For us, refugees are specific people, individuals, who expect our help. There are forces around us, however, for whom the wave of refugees is just dirty business or a political bargaining chip.
“We are slowly becoming witnesses to the birth of a new form of political pressure, and some even call it a kind of a new hybrid war, in which migratory waves have become a tool, a weapon against neighbours.
Finally readers with an hour to spare may appreciate this full length Dutch-made documentary which is critical of the way a noble post-war European ideal to end any further German led wars, has turned into a nightmare:
(Turn on the English subtitle option using the “cc” button at the bottom RH side of the frame and clicking the gear wheel next to it).
After making his widely broadcast debut documentary – Panopticon – about the loss of privacy and civil liberties, filmmaker Peter Vlemmix is back. He sees the imbalance of power between corporations /governments and citizens as the most important theme of our modern society.
Published to YouTube on May 16, 2014
Among those interviewed are:
As one of the Dutch figures interviewed by the journalist notes towards the end of the clip: “The European Union is not a democracy but a technocracy, a political entity in which collective decision-making is no longer subject to democratic accountability… the Netherlands is no longer a democracy it has fallen under the dictatorship of the European commission.”
Story: Ken Pottinger