Jean-Claude Juncker in the Express:
EU FACES RUIN: Staggering admission from Juncker as he admits EU DOES meddle too much
VOTERS all over Europe have lost faith in the EU because of its meddling in their lives, the most senior Brussels bureaucrat admitted yesterday.
Jean-Claude Juncker said the dream of European integration could collapse “in ruins”.
Public support has collapsed right across the EU’s 28 member nations, said Mr Juncker, who is European Commission President.
In an astonishing confession of failure, he added: “We are no longer respected in our countries when we emphasise the need to give priority to the EU.”
His remarks, in a speech in Strasbourg, were being seen last night as recognition of public revulsion at the EU ahead of Britain’s in-or-out referendum on June 23…
Mr Juncker told a meeting of the Council of Europe: “The European project has lost parts of its attractiveness. One of the reasons EU citizens are stepping away from the European project is the fact that we are interfering in too many domains of their private lives.
“We were wrong to over-regulate and interfere too much in the lives of our citizens.”
Like, for example, the EU smoking ban (29 Jan 2010: EU declares war on smokers) approved by the European parliament in 2009? That’s really when I flipped from being pro-Europe to anti-Europe. This seemed to me to be totalitarian micro-management of people’s lives, and the EU ceased to seem benign, and started looking tyrannical. And how were Europe’s 150 million smokers going to respond to finding that they were no longer welcome in Europe? Could any state that demonises and excludes a third of its population have any hope of survival? It was political madness.
The odd thing about it all is that Jean-Claude Juncker is a smoker (right, Jean-Claude Juncker of Luxembourg gets a light from Gerrit Zaim of the Netherlands). Shouldn’t he have realised smoking bans were examples over-regulation of people’s private lives, since he experienced it himself?
The most likely answer is that the rules didn’t apply to top people like him. They only applied to the “little people”. So he didn’t experience it himself.
Smokingscot asks whether Juncker will now do something about the 2016 Tobacco Products Directive.
Anyway, via ZeroHedge, what about THIS?
Europe is planning on recolonizing Libya, and so it will send in armed forces in the coming months to restore order and stem the flow of migrants coming from Africa. If this expedition army succeeds in securing parts of the country and restoring law and order, Italian and German engineers from ENI and Wintershall will follow suit to help resume the country’s oil production, which will add 1.3 million barrels per day (Libya produced 1.7 million barrels per day before Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011) to the world oil glut…
For a year, the Europeans have been trying in vain to create a unity government. In the meantime, the security situation is increasingly deteriorating. Libya has become a sanctuary for ISIS and other Jihadist groups and a transit country for millions of Africans that want to migrate to Europe. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in March that some 800,000 migrants are in Libya hoping to cross the Mediterranean this year.
The only way to prevent this from happening outside their jurisdiction i.e. neither on European soil nor using European law enforcement, is for the Europeans to regain control over the old Italian colony. It is no option for the Europeans to wait for the Libyans until they sort out their internal problems.
Much the same story here.
I simply can’t imagine a European invasion fleet sailing to Tripoli, and storming up the beaches. Think of all the triplicate forms that would have to be filled in before doing anything like that!