European Roundup

As its peoples turn their back on it, how long can the EU survivee?

ZeroHedge Macron interview: French would have voted to leave EU:

In an interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr, Emmanuel Macron admitted that he would lose a French referendum on EU membership. Asked about the Brexit vote, the candid president told Marr:

“I am not the one to judge or comment on the decision of your people.” But, he added “my interpretation is that a lot of the losers of globalisation suddenly decided it was no more for them.”

Marr then pushed the French president, regarded by many as the EU’s new leader, on whether Britain’s decision was a one-off. Quoted by Express, the BBC journalist asked: “If France had had the same referendum, it might have had the same result?”

Macron responded: “Yes, probably, probably. Yes. In a similar context. But we have a very different context in France” although he said he would not make it easy: “I wouldn’t take any bet though – I would have fought very hard to win.

“My understanding is that middle classes and working classes and the oldest decided that the recent decades were not in their favor, and the adjustments made by the EU were not in their favour.”

ZeroHedge on Italy:

Italy Embracing Populism Is A Major Headache For Europe

Having made a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and two smaller center-right parties, the Leag Norda (Northern League) is now in a great position to win the election.  It’s leader, Matteo Salvini has wholly embraced populism and is now in open opposition to Europe as a whole. From a report at Breitbart:

During a heated interview with Italian TV Channel Rete 4 this week, Mr. Salvini reaffirmed his eurosceptic credentials, blasting: “Europe can go f*ck itself!”

“Europe has been punishing us for the last 15 years and we are worse off than 15 years ago,” he added. “European measures are the last thing I am interested in.”

Salvini’s populist stance goes much further than that.  His Twitter feed reads like Nigel Farage’s after a lengthy stay at the pub.  He’s pushing for a 15% flat tax, the bane of the Progressive left who understands that a progressive tax system is the biggest obstacle to wealth generation.  Salvini invokes U.S. President Donald Trump whenever he can especially on defending Italy’s borders and EU immigration policy.

ZeroHedge on Spain:

…the Spanish media is abuzz with speculation that “Puigdemont might attempt a dramatic return for an investiture vote in the Catalan parliament this month. He fled to Brussels in October after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fired him for engineering a declaration of independence from Spain and he faces arrest if he attempts to return.”

Asked about the possibility that Puigdemont might try to sneak back across the border to attempt another embarrassing media coup for the Spanish government, Zoido replied that Spanish security forces were vigilant and prepared, with Civil Guard and National Police experts working on the problem.

“Although there are a lot of country paths and you can get in by boat, in helicopter, or in a light airplane, we are working towards that not happening”, he said quoted by The Spain Report: “so that Puigdemont can’t even get back in in the boot of a car”.

Zoido also said it was “outrageous” that Mr. Puigdemont might be reappointed via Skype.

The Catalan Parliament, with new Speaker Roger Torrent in charge, is due to make a decision today on whether or not to accept proxy votes from those MPs in self-imposed exile in Brussels at the upcoming confidence debate to choose a new First Minister.

On Monday, Mr. Torrent put forward Mr. Puigdemont as the only candidate for the job.

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7 Responses to European Roundup

  1. Clicky says:

  2. Rose says:


    In reference to yesterday’s post, pretending to fall asleep during a speech in Parliament as demonstrated by Theresa May today.

    WATCH: Theresa May ‘FALLS ASLEEP’ as PM and Hammond mock Corbyn’s tiresome NHS argument
    Jan 24, 2018

    “THERESA MAY and Philip Hammond brilliantly mocked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he presented his tired NHS argument once again, with the Prime Minister even pretending to fall asleep during a heated PMQs exchange.”

  3. Philip Neal says:

    The Macron interview (full transcript here) is all over the place, even allowing for his use of the word ‘liberal’ in the French sense. He seems to interpret Brexit as a working class revolt against capitalism, to be placated with more regulation, cohesion and convergence, or, in other words, he thinks that the Leavers want “more Europe” not less.

    He reminds me a lot of Gordon Brown, taking the votes of the uneducated people for granted while privately denouncing them as right-wing bigots. But I long ago ceased to understand left-wing views on class. It now seems to be their main grievance that the stupid, ignorant people stand in the way of their importing, er, yet more stupid ignorant people.

  4. Doufglas Hall says:

    Frank, I have read you for the past ten years or so, I follow. I am an angry man (smoker) who can give first hand accounts of how this terrible smoking ban has devastated MY LIIFE, my career, alienated my family and friends and its high time to join in the fight…I’m with you 100%…………………………Doug

    • Frank Davis says:

      Would you like to tell us about it? I was devastated by the smoking ban too. I lost all my friends, one by one. Nowhere to meet them any more. Or nowhere that I enjoyed being.

      But my career wasn’t devastated, mostly because it was pretty much over when the smoking ban came in. And I didn’t get alienated from my maternal family. And it hasn’t devastated me: it just made me very angry. And that’s why I write this blog.

      So it sounds to me like you were hit a lot harder than I was. And we need to hear from people like you. People must speak up and say what happened to them.

      • Douglas Hall says:

        Thank you for your reply. I am sorry I made these comments under the topic of European Union – this topic really has nothing to do with the anger I feel about smoking ban. I just got all caught up thinking about the past ten years , and how my life could have been better and more enjoyable, if not for the ban. Perhaps I would have known my sibling’s children better, if they were not taught to hate smokers. I was a victim of corporate downsizing at age 57 – and capable of finding a new office job, but could not go back to having smoke breaks out in sub-zero weather, without even the tiniest bit of shelter. And how could I impress a new employer, where the status quo really do look down on smokers with disgust?
        Through all the hardships imposed on smokers over the years, it is apparent that some of us will not quit. Not me, not 2 siblings, not my daughter. Why can’t Anti-smoking accept this? Why can’t they just offer some decency to us? No, they can’t – they are a nasty hateful bunch.

      • beobrigitte says:

        I was devastated by the smoking ban too.
        This and what the anti-smoking zeal…. erm… advocates come up with next is quite often the subject in the smokydrinky bar, even though none of us REALLY seems to want to talk about it.

        Through all the hardships imposed on smokers over the years, it is apparent that some of us will not quit.
        The anti-smoking zeal.. erm… advocates don’t care; to them the utopia of a smoke-free world is worth millions of people being collateral damage and being blatant liars.

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