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Long-time iSteve favorite, the often tired and emotional EU supremo Jean-Claude Juncker, summed up his views in a speech that sounds like I wrote it for him. From CNN:

Juncker lashes out at ‘stupid nationalists’ on eve of European elections

By Frederik Pleitgen and Luke McGee, CNN

Updated 1858 GMT (0258 HKT) May 22, 2019

Brussels (CNN) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has lashed out at “stupid nationalists” on the eve of European elections in which euroskeptic politicians are expected to make gains in the European Parliament.

“Jean-Claude Juncker” would be a great name for the villain in a Die Hard sequel.

In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, the outgoing president said he was only too aware of the threat that nationalist politicians pose to European solidarity, which Juncker called the “main objective of the EU.”

Some polls project that populists may become the most powerful group in the parliament following this week’s elections in all 28 EU nations, resulting in a lasting impact on the future of the bloc and the continent at large. “These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries,” Juncker told CNN in his Brussels office.

“They don’t like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away … we have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in,” he said.

Okay, but isn’t acting in solidarity with those coming from far away (i.e., non-Europeans) the opposite of the “European solidarity” that is supposed to be, according to Juncker, the “main objective of the EU”?

I’ve been pointing out for roughly ever that there is, theoretically, a compromise between nationalism and globalism: continentalism.

Indeed, the European project was set up specifically to benefit Europeans, which is why it has been moderately successful. And yet, the leaders of the European Union now talk as if its founding purpose was to inundate Europeans with the Global South.

Juncker said he saw a glimmer of hope in what has happened since the Britain’s decision to leave the EU, back in 2016. “Since Brexit … the number of those in favor of the European Union is increasing because people are watching what is happening and they are seeing that leaving the European Union is not as easy as they were told.”

The EU’s secret motto is “the world’s biggest Chinese Finger Trap.”

 
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  1. BB753 says:

    The EU: you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave!

    • LOL: Cortes
  2. Kirt says:

    “Jean-Claude Juncker” would be a great name for the villain in a Die Hard sequel.

    Steve, you crack me up!

  3. Local beats global (because global is TMI).

  4. “Jean-Claude, you imbecile! You were supposed to issue these remarks the day AFTER the election, not before!!!”

    • Agree: Hail
    • LOL: ben tillman
    • Replies: @Realist
  5. Forbes says:

    Junker: they are seeing that leaving the European Union is not as easy as they were told.

    And Junker says that in defense of the EU, as if it were a good thing… LOL.

  6. Anonymous[249] • Disclaimer says:

    … the often tired and emotional EU supremo Jean-Claude Juncker …

    Nice Private Eye-ism. His dead name in Luxembourgish was apparently Hans-Klaus Druncker.

    (For those who don’t know, Private Eye is a British satirical magazine. Needing to survive under a regime of draconian English libel law, the magazine evolved a series of code words to convey sensitive concepts. Other examples include “Ugandan discussions” between a male politician and a female, “vivacious” married women, “sensitive” males, etc. The Queen is “Brenda.”)

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  7. BB753 says:

    No wonder Juncker can’t appreciate love of one’s country. His native Luxemburg is a dump, albeit a gilded one.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Art Deco
  8. “Okay, but isn’t acting in solidarity with those coming from far away (i.e., non-Europeans) the opposite of the “European solidarity” that is supposed to be, according to Juncker, the “main objective of the EU”?”

    Aww, why did you have to go and spoil the joke for him?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  9. J.Ross says: • Website

    Macron was babbling about Russian hackers. “Russian” is clearly the globalist term for “constituents who disagree with you.”
    ——-
    The thing that gives Juncker “hope” is the globalist’s slimy disregard for voters? He normally sounds like the sloppy, pampered, soft-handed alcoholic nobleman he is, but that line read as from the Emperor from Star Wars:
    “They are seeing that it is not so easy to leave.”
    [evil laughter]

  10. J.Ross says: • Website
    @OEMIKITLOB

    It’s an understandable mistake. The Eurocrats all live about as far from real Europeans as they do from Africans.

    • Replies: @OEMIKITLOB
    , @anon
  11. @Forbes

    It’s great to be a member of the EU because when you try to leave we crush you.

  12. JerryC says:

    “Tired and emotional” is a delicate way of saying that he was drunk…again.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  13. Another isteve commenter elsewhere linked to this article expressing the same utter contempt that Juncker has for those not onboard with “European Solidarity”:

    Why Europe should worry about rising Dutch populist Thierry Baudet
    His party dresses a racist, authoritarian project in centre-right and middle-class clothing.

    https://www.newstatesman.com/world/2019/05/why-europe-should-worry-about-rising-dutch-populist-thierry-baudet

    • Replies: @Dave Bowman
  14. eded says:

    How much of the support for the EU among bureaucrats like Juncker is the result of their own personal ambitions to occupy a greater spotlight on the world stage than they otherwise could in their small countries?

    If there was no EU the highest position Juncker could hope to hold would be Prime Minister of a tiny powerless country, but with the EU he becomes an international big shot.

    • Replies: @L Woods
  15. IIRC, Hans Gruber claimed to be helping various national liberation groups when listing his demands.

  16. Cortes says:

    Johnny Depp featured in the “Suit You, Sir” sketch in the BBC’s Fast Show. But Juncker was a regular…

  17. Michael S says:

    …seeing that leaving the European Union is not as easy as they were told

    Ne’er a truer statement was spoken, but I can’t help thinking he meant something different from what I and at least half of Europe just inferred…

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  18. Hail says: • Website
    @BB753

    His native Luxemburg

    This makes him a Luxembourgeois.

    That appellation is as poetically fitting as the name “Jean-Claude Juncker” itself.

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Eagle Eye
  19. OT:

    ‘Keep Your Mouth Shut’: New Evidence in Murder of Aussie Woman Released (VIDEOS)

    A trove of audio files and body camera videos presented as evidence in the trial of Mohamed Noor, a former cop with Minnesota’s Minneapolis Police Department, was released to the public this week, offering a glimpse into the confusion that unfolded on the night that Aussie Justine Damond was killed in 2017.

    https://sputniknews.com/us/201905251075319774-audio-video-bodycam-footage-released-police-shooting-justine-damond/

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  20. @Forbes

    I want to hit “agree” on all these comments. I agree with you!

  21. This is the point Ann Coulter makes in this article. Why are Americans are so enamored with saving the European damsel in distress? People are fretting over Europe, when, apparently, migrant invaders constitute a much smaller portion of Europe’s population than America’s.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/22/coulter-u-s-isnt-becoming-europe-were-becoming-rome/

    Except for maybe Carpenter Gothic and some of the Craftsman / Prairie and other Chicago-based architecture, the Europeans have better applied arts and architecture than us, possibly explaining some of the intense devotion to their culture, but they are not keeping up the churches around their countries, just like Notre Dame was neglected before the fire.

    Coulter is also saying she’s going to vote for Bernie, assuming Feel the Bern reverts to his anti-mass immigration position from 2007————his avowedly pro-American-labor position that he backtracked on, trying to court the [unregistered] illegal alien vote.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ann-coulter-says-shed-consider-vote-for-bernie-sanders

    If Trump doesn’t build the Southern Border Wall, I’m going to do it, too, even though I have to be concerned about Bernie’s love for pay-per-birth socialist programs that undercut welfare-ineligible citizens in a welfare-rigged labor market.

    It does me no good to vote for Republicans, though, since they favor wage-undercutting, womb-productivity-based welfare for their servants just as much as Dems.

    It’s only the SS retirement fund that citizens have to pay into at either 7.65 or 15.3% of every dime earned that they cut and / or oppose, not the totally free stuff—from free rent, to free food, to up to $6,431 in refundable child tax credit cash—that enables citizens and noncitizens to work on the cheap, staying under the earned-income limits for welfare by working part time for the employers of America’s politician-buying Cheap Labor Lobby.

    Turns out Bernie, the Bronx-bred New Yorker and Chuck Grassley, the Iowa farm boy, are the only congressional critters who ever even bothered to put up a bill to stop the mass flow of wage undercutters from South of the border.

    These two old schoolers are the only not-for-sale legislators. They have no replacements——even themselves if you count the “pro-labor” Democrat caving to the PC pressure groups.

    I didn’t have to pay for mine, so I don’t have the right to oppose kids getting their college free via Uncle Bernie, albeit we already have too many college grads with degrees that aren’t paying off in this vastly underemployed nation.

    Just because the rich are taxed to pay for the college of the Millennials and Zs, it does not mean that the rich will hire them, full-time, at wages sufficient to cover rent.

    If you tax the rich more to pay for college, they might hire less……

    Whereas if tariffs were handled in the way Paul Craig Roberts suggests, it might actually bring back offshored jobs. It’s not just factory jobs, either. There would be office jobs with those as well for college grads.

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2019/05/14/the-tariff-issue/

    With more substantial jobs, you also have more SS contributions, taking care of that issue without “scrapping the cap,” as Bernie often suggests.

    Whereas with an illegal alien underground economy, you have 1) under-the-table work that shortchanges the SS trust fund, 2) $113 bilion per year in welfare-for-womb-productivity consumption and 3) $28 billion in remittances sucked across the border just to Mexico.

    One thing with Bernie: The Xers don’t have to worry about contributing to SS for years, while working for low pay, then being the generation that gets the shortest end of that stick.

    Wait and see, Xers: the two bigly, bigly, bigly generations—the Boomers & the Millennials—are going to take care of their balance-sheet woes by s*******g the smaller Xer generation. It’s a numbers game with almost all of these politicians (if not all). They see Millennials and Boomers as bigger blocks of votes than the Xers. They ignore us.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  22. J.Ross says: • Website

    Why would anyone want to leave?
    Lyon attack: ‘Parcel bomb’ explosion in France injures at least seven

    Seven people have been injured in an explosion believed to be a “parcel bomb” in Lyon, France.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/lyon-attack-parcel-bomb-explosion-in-france-injures-at-least-seven

    No deaths have been reported, but the bomb caused minor injuries according to a report. A young girl was among those injured.

    The explosion went off on the pedestrian street Rue Victor-Hugo outside the bakery chain store Brioche Dorée.

    French President Emmanuel Macron said the bomb was an “attack” and sent “a thought for the injured and their families.”

    Le Progrès, a French newspaper based in Lyon, said the parcel bomb was filled with nuts, bolts, and screws.

    Reports say a man riding a bicycle dropped the “parcel” off in front of the bakery minutes before it went off.

    BFMTV on France explosion: Man in bicycle left a suitcase in front of a bakery around 5:30pm. Suitcase exploded. Man now wanted. https://t.co/g4xS86PfK9

    — Steve Lookner (@lookner) May 24, 2019

    Soldiers have blocked off streets as an investigation has started.

    Explosion à #Lyon angle rue Victor Hugo et rue Sala. Périmètre de sécurité mis en place. Pour votre sécurité éviter le secteur. pic.twitter.com/g9bAgH2oaf

    — Préfet de région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes et du Rhône (@prefetrhone) May 24, 2019

  23. Lot says:

    Top two candidates for next Prime Minister of England are 1/8 Ashkenazi and “passionate Zionist” Boris Johnson and half Ashkenazi but devout Christian Dominic Raab.

    Raab (a boxer) would be the first G20 leader who could beat up Putin, Johnson the first who could outdrink him.

    I liked May, but like both of them even better.

  24. newrouter says:
    @Lot

    >I liked May<

    You have a soft spot for timid creatures.

  25. L Woods says:
    @eded

    I’d rather be a big fish in a small bowl myself.

  26. Lot says:
    @Hail

    “This makes him a Luxembourgeois.”

    If you’re speaking French.

    If you are speaking in English, he’s a Luxembourger. If you are speaking his native language, he’s a Lëtzebuerger.

    Come on Brudder, get with the Lëtzebuerger Sproochesituatioun!

    • Replies: @Hail
  27. Anon[740] • Disclaimer says:

    By the way, has the US ever done anything to pull out of the Paris Agreement?

    When there’s any action on that, you can talk about Chinese finger traps.

  28. @J.Ross

    His head grew heavy and his sight grew dim.

    “They are seeing that it is not so easy to leave.”

    You can check in any time you like.

    • Replies: @Dieter kief
  29. @J.Ross

    They don’t like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away … we have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in,” he said.

    The only time Juncker ever gets anywhere near those coming from far away is when he garçons some Morroccan busboy for a fresh vomit-bucket.

    • LOL: bomag
    • Replies: @vinteuil
  30. Hail says: • Website
    @Lot

    All of those languages are problematic.

    After his retirement as EU Head, Herr-slash-Monsieur Juncker should get to work on creating a new language for New European Man.

    Recommended name for the new lang.: EUsperanto.

    • Replies: @Eagle Eye
  31. @Lot

    Too bad you’ll have to settle for Farage until the UK gets what’s left of their sovereignty back from the EU. Maybe the Queen and future King can charm Trump into giving up some of the American Empire’s claims in exchange for the dirt on the coup.

  32. Clyde says:

    Jean-Claude Juncker…. His nickname at the UK Daily Mail comments section is Jean-Claude Drunker. The man does drink, which has fueled his treachery. The EU honchos are Germany, German bankers, Germans, half-Germans and Germanics derived from nations that border Germany. Juncker is a half German from Luxembourg.

    England/UK are off Continent Islands and should leave the German project called the EU.

    WIKI>>>Speculations about alcoholism have been surrounding Juncker for several years and have been discussed by several high-profile EU politicians.[75][76] In 2014, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, at the time Dutch Minister of Finance, described Juncker in an interview as a “heavy smoker and drinker”, but later apologized for his comments.[77] Juncker himself has always denied these allegations in interviews.[78][79]

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  33. It’s hard to imagine Luxembourg nationalists – what would they be so proud to preserve, exactly?

    By the way, I refer to Jean as “Junker the Drunker”.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  34. Clyde says:
    @J.Ross

    Macron was babbling about Russian hackers. “Russian” is clearly the globalist term for “constituents who disagree with you.”

    You are getting good J Ross!

  35. @J.Ross

    Oh! Just like in the U.S.

  36. @Forbes

    Pensive, I cannot but wonder how many of those exasperated by this aspect of the European Union (as a scam that cannot be left once joined, even if it goes from the promised advantages to harming members) are also those who smugly revel in certain events during the middle of the nineteenth century in North America….

  37. @Michael S

    Ne’er a truer statement was spoken, but I can’t help thinking he meant something different from what I and at least half of Europe just inferred…

    Was he speaking English, or are we getting a translation?

  38. @Endgame Napoleon

    This is the point Ann Coulter makes in this article. Why are Americans are so enamored with saving the European damsel in distress? People are fretting over Europe, when, apparently, migrant invaders constitute a much smaller portion of Europe’s population than America’s.

    The UK, France, and Germany (like the US, Canada, and Australia) have policies of UNLIMITED IMMIGRATION. The number who have invaded so far means NOTHING when the governments intend that the number of invaders shall be INFINITE.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  39. @BB753

    Or, it’s the roach motel of politics: Countries check in, but they never check out.

    • LOL: BB753
  40. Anon7 says:

    Did you guys ever consider that poor Juncker has his own point of view? He’s a hard-working technocratical global politician guy who looks at Europe as one big fly over country. It’s full of empty space going to waste!

    For example, my wife and I watch Britbox mystery series that really show off the countryside of England. I thought England was full! Castles, villages, towns and of course London.

    But there’s loads of empty space, it’s going to waste, and you could plant like about 100 million Somalians, Pakistanis, Syrians and even Papuans (Jared Diamond says they’re brilliant) in England and have a vibrant economy that would benefit everyone! Well, mostly billionaires in a position to invest, but what is there to lose?

    Who needs nation states when Planet Earth Mall is so close to becoming a reality! People just want to shop, they’ll all get along.

    • Replies: @GermanReader2
  41. @newrouter

    I see your Ju87 and raise you the Focke-Wulf 190 A5 with BMW 801 radial engine:

    Think of this clip as over 16 minutes of great moments in whiteness.

  42. Eagle Eye says:
    @Hail

    This makes him a Luxembourgeois.

    Luxembourgeois are the quintessential petits bourgeois.

  43. Eagle Eye says:
    @Hail

    Herr-slash-Monsieur Juncker should get to work on creating a new language for New European Man.

    What’s wrong with nEUspeak? Sounds doubleplusgood, and does away with a lot of useless vocabulary like nation, local, people, etc. Such words are quite useless on tax forms.

  44. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    The Queen is “Brenda.”

    A nickname also applied to Sir Michael Philip Jagger by his bandmates. Probably not a coincidence.

    I suspect he regrets not having taken Keith Richards’ advice and “held out for a peerage”. The rumor I have heard that if any rock and roller get one in the reign of Elizabeth II (or the short rump reign of Charles if it comes to that) it will probably be former Akronite Chrissie Hynde. She has full UK subjecthood and passport at this point and votes in UK elections and they like immigrants a lot. And she identifies as Hindu from what I understand. Very chic you know.

    On the other hand, Her Majesty doesn’t like pottymouths and Chrissie can certainly make sailors blush with some of the stuff she says.

  45. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Lot

    Raab (a boxer) would be the first G20 leader who could beat up Putin,

    I would not bet on it. Putin is black belt judo and knows sambo. Unlikely a boxer without any training in wrestling or jiu jitsu would win such a fight.

  46. notanon says:

    which Juncker called the “main objective of the EU.”

    the main objective of the EU is to provide big business with ever cheaper labor in exchange for bribes and campaign funding.

  47. The funny thing is that I am in love with France, England, and Greece, all of which I have visited.

    But, most of all, I am in love with the United States of America. As much as my native country often exasperates me, I am quite certain I could never be anything except an American.

    And, even funnier, I suspect that Nigel Farage actually loves France, Italy,, Hungary, and all the rest — and therefore wants them to remain Frnace, Italy, and Hungary.

    And, I doubt that Herr Juncker can understand any of this at all.

    • Agree: vinteuil
    • Replies: @Desiderius
  48. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Some historians claim that the japanese A6M Type Zero fighter had the cleanest silhouette of WWII fighters, but it’s hard for me to see how it was any better than the FW-190.

  49. jim jones says:

    Every time Juncker opens his mouth Nigel Farage becomes more popular. The EU fills the role of external enemy beloved by politicians.

    • Replies: @Eagle Eye
    , @vinteuil
    , @vinteuil
  50. And, I doubt that Herr Juncker can understand any of this at all.

    I thought it was Monsieur.

  51. @Sextus Empiricus

    It’s hard to imagine Luxembourg nationalists – what would they be so proud to preserve, exactly?

    Hey, the Luxembourgeois are the shrewdest nationalists in Europe.

    Wedged between Germany and France, they can’t be German because the official language is French.

    Likewise, they can’t be French, because the spoken language is German.

    Would that the Alsatians were that smart.

  52. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    A magnificent airplane.

  53. Eagle Eye says:
    @jim jones

    Maybe this time the good guys have something on Juncker.

  54. Anonymous[150] • Disclaimer says:

    Juncker is, quite frankly, full of shit.

    He moans and chides against ‘stupid nationalists’ and their ‘stupid attachment to their countries’.

    Well the EU as envisioned by Juncker has the ambition to morph into a fully fledged federalist ‘nation state’ within itself, with a single government – ultimately run by the Head of the EU Commission (the post occupied by Juncker), who apart from having absolute and supreme power is unelected, unaccountable and unanswerable. The EU Parliament is merely a rubber stamping exercise with no powers to originate policy or legislation.

    Yet it is ‘good’ to love the new Empire and superstate and to passionately defend it, but ‘bad’ to have any attachments to the old states.

  55. Anonymous[150] • Disclaimer says:

    ‘I like those coming from far away’.

    Well, I for one don’t.

    And neither do a clear and substantial majority of persons of pure, indigenous autochthnous European blood. In fact, some of us actually have the temerity to express our discontent through the medium of the ballot box.

    Perhaps the rational solution is that if Herr Juncker loves those ‘who come from far away’ so much whilst a majority of ethnic Europeans do not, is for Juncker himself to move far away to live amongst those he loves, and leave the rest of us alone.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @95Theses
  56. Anonymous[150] • Disclaimer says:
    @ben tillman

    Never has a truer word been spoken.

  57. Mr. Anon says:

    “These populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries,” Juncker told CNN in his Brussels office.

    I guess that’s never been a problem for Belgians.

    Did the CNN correspondent mention if Juncker reeked of booze?

  58. @BB753

    The EU seems a bit like Islam, the penalty for apostasy is death.

    • LOL: BB753
  59. Jean Claude Juncker and his sidekick Hans Blix.

    • Replies: @95Theses
  60. Altai says:

    But Brexit happened due to massive EU migration. Europe doesn’t ave a notion of ‘Pan-Europeanism’ which considers different ethnicities as interchangeable at least.

  61. vinteuil says:
    @Lot

    I liked May…

    Good God, man – how was she interestingly different from David Cameron or Tony Blair?

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @LondonBob
  62. vinteuil says:
    @bored identity

    The only time Juncker ever gets anywhere near those coming from far away is when he garçons some Morroccan busboy for a fresh vomit-bucket.

    BI, I love your stuff, but it spoils a joke when one has to work too hard to figure it out. What’s wrong with:

    The only time Juncker ever gets anywhere near those coming from far away is when he cries “garçon!” to some Moroccan waiter when he needs a fresh bucket to vomit in.

    • Replies: @bored identity
  63. @Cagey Beast

    Seeing from the photos that he had a tactical flashlight attached to the gun used to shoot her is even more damning as he would’ve illuminated her before firing.

  64. @Clyde

    In all fairness, Winston Churchill was probably a functioning alcoholic. Competence and ideology should be the determining factors, not sobriety. By those measures, Junker is a clunker.

  65. vinteuil says:
    @jim jones

    Farage again:

    Juncker get’s a shout-out at 2:00.

  66. @Lot

    Your Little Englander BoJo also eights as Kemaloglu:

    “To become such a Little Englander is silly,” said Mr Sinan. “His family is as cosmopolitan as it gets!

    “He doesn’t strike me as being very honest about his views.

    I think he’s playing at populism. He’s worth much more than this.”

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/istanbul-letter-lunch-with-boris-johnson-s-turkish-cousin-1.2650967

  67. Then there was that time Juncker the Drunkard admitted to consulting with the leaders of other planets ….

  68. LondonBob says:
    @vinteuil

    She was mildly more critical of immigration, she wasn’t great but she was better on the issue than most of her colleagues.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  69. Art Deco says:
    @BB753

    Why call it a dump?

    It’s an affluent country, but they don’t have a critical mass of people there large enough to constitute important institutions domestically. They might have enough personnel to have a properly trained coroner or a set of specialized superior courts. There are enough to have a teaching institution at the tertiary level. But you don’t have a sufficient mass for a university medical center or a research university or a bourse or aught but a skeletal diplomatic and consular service. Quite apart from their military weakness, they are structurally a dependency of Belgium.

    One oddity is that the country is filled with foreigners, rather like one of the Gulf emirates. Only about 1/2 the population consists of natives. The largest bloc comes from Portugal for whatever reasons.

    • Replies: @BB753
  70. ic1000 says:

    > The EU’s secret motto is “the world’s biggest Chinese Finger Trap.”

    Also the motto of the manufacturing sector of the latter-day U.S. economy.

  71. BB753 says:
    @Art Deco

    It’s a fairly non-descript country, lacking soul and utterly boring. It’s not a third-world dump, for sure, but I’d rather live in Brazil than in Luxemburg. Most of the foreigners are either Portuguese or Italian.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  72. @Anon7

    There is an official eu paper that claims, that the current eu countries have enough space and resources for more than 4 billion (!) people.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  73. @Lot

    Raab (a boxer) would be the first G20 leader who could beat up Putin, Johnson the first who could outdrink him.

    Hahahhahhh…

  74. Very funny. This is a “gaffe” in the sense that a politician mistakenly spoke his true beliefs in public.

    The Brexit Party should take this as a gift and hammer it over and over.

  75. Jean-Claude Juncker is a baby boomer drunk puppet whore rat for evil bankers and evil globalizers and evil transnational interests.

    The European Union and the European Central Bank must be destroyed.

    Farage has foregone the beer to campaign and steer England and the UK out of the EU. Juncker won’t stop boozing like a bastard for even one day, let alone a few weeks!

    Farage has recently refrained from imbibing beer during the EU Parliament campaign and Juncker has been slugging down booze like a drunken skunk!

    Tweet from 2014:

  76. Jean-Claude Juncker and the other treasonous rat whores for the various ruling classes of the EU member states want an EU Army and EU military structure to confer some legitimacy on the EU.

    Drunk whore baby boomer rat Juncker couldn’t lead a troop of starving puppies to a saucer of warm milk and this boozehound sonofabitch Juncker thinks he’s going to lead an EU army? What a bullshit artist whore this baby boomer rat Juncker is!

    Tweet from 2015:

  77. @vinteuil

    No Sailerite should donkeywork themselves to death on this Memorial Day weekend-as we remember all the people who died while making Westworld more accessible to the Kebab Industrial Complex:

  78. Stupid globalists hate their own countries and their own people.

  79. @newrouter

    The Nazis had the best stuff. Say what you may about Adolf and his crew, they certainly were stylish.

  80. Edward says:
    @BB753

    Actually, it’s perfectly possible for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Just don’t expect them to give you a deal, unless you accept the trade-offs. The greater the divergence from the EU, the less market access there is to the European Single Market, and the greater the damage to the UK economy.

    In any case, I distinctly remember people like Farage and Gove and even the official Leave campaign praising the likes of Iceland, who aren’t in the EU but are still in the Single Market (and therefore accept free movement of workers). They’ve changed their tune now!

    Who would have thought that the largest and most successful trading bloc in human history would hold all of the cards? Apparently not the Brexiters, who thought that the “German carmakers” would pressure the German government and the EU into giving the UK everything it wanted without accepting any of the responsibilities of market access.

  81. Okay, but isn’t acting in solidarity with those coming from far away (i.e., non-Europeans) the opposite of the “European solidarity” that is supposed to be, according to Juncker, the “main objective of the EU”?

    I hope you’re not going to run away with the idea that Jean-Claude Juncker is intelligent, and therefore able to process that sort of basic logic ?

    Lying, scheming, disloyal, dishonest, deeply politically dangerous, and drunk, Yes. But intelligent ?

  82. Art Deco says:
    @BB753

    lacking soul

    ??

    and utterly boring.

    What, you want Las Vegas?

    • LOL: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @BB753
  83. @Calvin Y Hobbes

    His party dresses a racist, authoritarian project in centre-right and middle-class clothing.

    Sounds great to me.

  84. @GermanReader2

    There is an official eu paper that claims, that the current eu countries have enough space and resources for more than 4 billion (!) people.

    And if you folks don’t wise up … you’re going to get them!

  85. “They don’t like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away … we have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in,” he said.

    Separation.

    Put aside that Jean-Claude is lying through his teeth, as are 99% of US elites who push this stuff. This is about money, power, virtue signalling and rubbing the deplorables nose in it. And it’s worth noting that–repeatedly.

    But the critical and winning point here is: “If you want to live with diversity–fine. But you have no right to *force* us to give up our nations. We have the right to live like we want to live–with our people, traditions, culture, nations and pass those on to our children.”

    The establishment/minoritarian “diversity” ideology is inherently a thuggish one. “You must live with diversity. You can not leave. You can not live with whom you want–your own people. You can not have your culture. You must not have your own nation. You must lie back and allow others to enter. You can not say ‘no’.” It’s the ideology of the rapist.

    And its essential thuggish character needs to be constantly, repeatedly pointed out.

    • Agree: GermanReader2
  86. anon[217] • Disclaimer says:
    @J.Ross

    Diversity for thee, but not for OUR children.

  87. @PhysicistDave

    That is the quintessence of our argument. If Trump really homes in on that one, he’ll be unstoppable.

  88. BB753 says:
    @Art Deco

    No problem, you can keep Luxemburg!

  89. BB753 says:
    @Edward

    Perhaps it’s too soon to call the EU a success. It looks like the Soviet Union in 1980, just about to implode.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  90. @Edward

    Iceland can accept that deal because it naturally limits inmigration. Cannot Britain seek something like that? Or the Norwegian solution. Either way, ideally the EU would be reformed. But Brexit already happened. Let’s see what the nationalist wave resolves to, maybe not outright refusal of the EU (smaller nationalist countries like Poland do like it enough) but certainly conditioning of terms at least. The fates of the native populations of the “trading bloc” are not so rosy than even the recent past, there is reason for more than mere nativist nostalgia or mere economic fears. It’s a potent combo, has to be dealt with. I do doubt the euro will go away fully, but debt crises must be prevented other than by selling out to China…

  91. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @Edward

    Obviously the theory of ‘free trade’ as espoused by Smith and Ricardo goes right over your head.

    As also does the fact that the EU nations have an enormous trade surplus with the UK, thus having more to lose.

    Add this to the fact that the EU has been more or less economically stagnant these past 30 years whilst the rest of the world, notably China and the far east, has been powering ahead at a rate of knots.

    • Replies: @Edward
  92. Anonymous[128] • Disclaimer says:
    @BB753

    The one thing you can truthfully characterize the EU as is a dictatorship.

    An undemocratic, autocratic incipient totalitarian dictatorship.

    This alone, never mind the other huge moral failings, is reason enough to hate it.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @Dieter kief
  93. @Desiderius

    Applause!, applause! is shakin’ this mythical bird-cage of a once famous Southern-Californian house, now – or is it only the last thing I remeber?!

  94. @Anonymous

    Dieter Grimm, once a judge at the German Constitutional Court, said last Thursday in an interview in the liberal weekly Die ZEIT, that the European High Court (EuGH) has “constitutionalized” it’s own decisions.
    This little word expresses by and large in juridical expert terms, what you said: It means, that what the EuGH decides is what counts, and no national legislation can oppose it – let alone delegitimize it. – An incredible but nonetheless powerful mechanism of elite governance via the EuGH. So: – : The EuGH itself is free to decide, and neither controlled nor controllable by the Nation-states, which constitute the EU.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  95. Edward says:
    @Anonymous

    Anyone who understands a thing about free trade would support membership of the Single Market. As Mrs Thatcher said:

    It’s your job, the job of business, to gear yourselves up to take the opportunities which a single market of nearly 320 million people will offer.

    Just think for a moment what a prospect that is. A single market without barriers—visible or invisible—giving you direct and unhindered access to the purchasing power of over 300 million of the world’s wealthiest and most prosperous people.

    Bigger than Japan. Bigger than the United States. On your doorstep. And with the Channel Tunnel to give you direct access to it.

    It’s not a dream. It’s not a vision. It’s not some bureaucrat’s plan. It’s for real.

    As for your next claim:

    As also does the fact that the EU nations have an enormous trade surplus with the UK, thus having more to lose.

    Irrelevant. First of all, any damage done to the EU will be spread over 27 nations. Secondly, what actually matters is the proportion of each side’s GDP involved in trade with the other side. A far higher proportion of UK GDP is involved in trade with the EU, than vice-versa. Hence why every single study has found that the UK (and the Republic of Ireland) would incur far more damage than anyone else from a no-deal Brexit, and why some EU countries won’t suffer at all.

    Add this to the fact that the EU has been more or less economically stagnant these past 30 years whilst the rest of the world, notably China and the far east, has been powering ahead at a rate of knots.

    Great, then let’s be like Iceland, which is a member of EFTA and the EEA (Single Market) but not a member of the EU. Iceland has signed a free trade agreement with China. Unfortunately, the hard Brexiters don’t seem to want that, despite the fact that they did back in 2016.

    Also, we must be sure that any free trade agreement will protect our national security, in the case of China. In the case of India, they will demand a liberalisation of the visa scheme. In the case of the US, Congress will never pass a free trade agreement if we go for a no-deal Brexit, as Nancy Pelosi said. And because geography matters in international trade (look up gravity equations), free trade with the rest of the world won’t come close to making up for leaving the Single Market. So, how about we be like Iceland?

    You people are hilariously ill-informed.

  96. @LondonBob

    That presupposes she was being honest. Also, nothing changed on immigration so it was empty rhetoric.

  97. Realist says:
    @Kevin O'Keeffe

    “Jean-Claude, you imbecile! You were supposed to issue these remarks the day AFTER the election, not before!!!”

    He’s a drunk.

  98. Lagertha says:

    Had to chime in – bc everything is really funny and weird in the EU, today.

    Check out the beautiful boys (some have crazy hair-doos) who sing with a Metropolitan Opera star (retired, for some time). The entire song is about nationalism – a lot about Karjala (Karelia) which Finland lost and still is stewing over. The refrain says, that the ” homeland is irreplaceable and we must remember, even if we sing songs to our children to remember out precious homeland.” It is kind of moving – I was a big fan of Hynninen when he performed at operas in NY or Europe. I love opera. Finland, weirdly, has produced the most opera singers per capita.

    Here you hear Hynninen’s beautiful bass voice..one of a kind, from a relatively short man:

  99. Lagertha says:

    for those you, here, who want a full translation, let me know. Basically the refrain is: ‘ Our brothers sacrificed their lives; let them not be forgotten. Remember them because they sacrificed their lives for our precious homeland (Suomi/Finland); Sing to your children about their bravery and might in song, because we only have our memories of our struggle to save the homeland to tell them.’

    Well, someone in Finland will say I got it all wrong!. However, both my grandpas were fighting for liberty, so whatever. And, one of them was unique and important.

    So proud of the choir – several relatives, and the fathers and grands of my friends, singing their hearts out at the 100th Independence Celebration in 2017.. BYT, did you check out the one veteran officer on his smart phone!!! – he probably got grief from his “brothers” at veterans’ sauna, the following weekend!

  100. @Edward

    No, we’ve weighed all those things on one side of the balance and on the other side being free from the rule of half-wit assholes like yourself.

    Really not that close, thanks.

  101. Anonymous[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Edward

    Of course, North Korea is a ‘free trade zone’ within itself, just like the EU.

  102. Anonymous[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dieter kief

    One manifestation of this autocracy will be that chain migration of the Merkel wave of ‘refugees’ into Germany will be institutionalized beyond any democratic response by the German people.

    Expect the entire Middle East – and a substantial chunk of the Indian subcontinent and Africa – to impose itself upon Germany.

    • Replies: @Dieter kief
    , @Art Deco
  103. Anonymous[112] • Disclaimer says:
    @Edward

    Anyhow, the UK’s economic growth rates – the only thing that really matters at the end of the day – were higher in the decades *before* we joined the EU and its forerunners in 1973, than after – revealing the ‘economic’ argument for EU membership to be a pure load of crap.

  104. @Anonymous

    Yours is the nightmare version of what’s ahead. – If the Lord above has any weak spots, he might empower the dissidents – as he already has in GB – and now in France, in Poland, in Hungary, Italy…The Danes just decided to keep their frontiers closed, no matter what Schengen and the EuGH say. Thing is. As soon as such dissident activity is taking place, the EU – up until now – does nothing but complain (=nothing!).

    So – – – . May the Lord above be with us (and the dissidents!).

    That Grimm (et. al. = Di Fabio, Hailbronner, Sinn, Milbrandt (!), Sarrazin) of the German intellectual and juridical and political elite speak out in public about the shortcomings of the EU should not be underestimated, too. Even the CDU head Kramp-Karrenbauer took a stand against the NGO refugee-ships in the Mediterranean. A year ago, when Salvini started to oppose this practice, he was threatened by its own Italian juridical elite – maybe we see a change here… – Hopefully so!

  105. Art Deco says:
    @Anonymous

    There’s a certain amount of resistance in the German public to this, but not enough. Judging from election results, close to 70% of the German public is willing to accede to their own replacement.

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