The nationalist group that became Germany’s largest opposition party at the last election, Alternative for Deutschland, has launched an attack on the globalist European Union bureaucracy, calling on voters to make the EU election a referendum on how the increasingly authoritarian Brussels bureaucracy is running the 27 member bloc. AfD’s parliamentary leader Alexander Gauland told supporters that voter have an opportunity to teach Brussels some humility during the elections at the end of May. In the recent past several prominent figures in the EU have made statements to the effect that public opinion is irrelevant and the elections are a purely cosmetic exercise to maintain the illusion of committment to democracy. The warning comes amid the creation of an alliance between nationalistic, eurosceptic parties, led by Italy’s Matteo Salvini, ahead of the crucial ballot that could force fundamental changes on the future direction of the EU.
Mr Gauland told AfD activists to send a wake-up call to European establishment figures in the vote. He said: “I really hope that the result of these elections will teach them self-doubt. It could have happened with Brexit but apparently that wasn’t enough for them.”
The German politician was speaking alongside other European political leaders who aim to turn the European Alliance of Peoples and Nations into the most powerful voting bloc in the Parliament. Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini is leading the efforts to put together a Europe-wide alliance of nationalist, anti-immigration parties.
Earlier this week, Mr Salvini visited Hungary in a bid to convince Viktor Orban to join the alliance. During the meeting, Mr Orban remarked: “For this, I think Salvini is the most important person in Europe today.”
Anxiety among European Union officials is high, with fears of a Eurosceptic, nationalist victory in the Europe – wide election later this month as polls suggest a surge in support for nationalis and anti – Brussels parties.
Meanwhile France’s Emmanuel Macron, the ultimate Europhile who made his devotion to the ideal of a federal European superstate clear when he signed the treaty of Aachen with Angela Merkel, agreeing to tie France more closely to Germany even as the Yellow Vest protests by groups disillusioned with his globalist administration were tearing his country apart, – admitted in a speech that the bloc’s future could be in doubt as Brexit uncertainty drives a wedge between France and Germany.
When on April 10, UK Prime Minister Theresa May secured a second extension to Brexit, after EU leaders agreed to grant Britain a six-month flexible extension until October 31. French President Macron was the only leader who opposed the effort to secure a deal that would keep Britain ties closely to EU laws and policies, the so called brexit-in-name-only option supported bt Theresa May (it rhymes with ‘betray’,) to force Britain to leave with no deal or stay as an associate member with vastly diminished influence in EU policy making. During the tense day – long standoff in Brussels Marcon argued that wanted to see Britain out of the bloc as soon as possible but was ignored by other EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who agreed to delay Brexit until October 31 without attaching strong political conditions to the extension.
The French President believes Brexit is monopolising the European agenda, at the expense of other important issues and the upcoming MEP elections.
For this reason, M. Macron recently admitted Paris and Berlin are at odds over the Brexit issue, with the German economy likely to take a much bigger hit than France because without Britain’s contributions German taxpayers alone will have to prop up the cash burning bureaucracy that runs the EU.
Last week, the French President told reporters he and Ms Merkel were “not completely on the same page” when it comes to Britain’s departure from the bloc.
The frank admission of a rough patch in Franco-German relations is rare from Mr Macron, who has tried to build a close relationship with the German Chancellor to launch an ambitious reform programme for the EU which would push forward the long term plan for political integration into the dreamed of federal superstate.
His comments are also likely to worry europhiles, as the French President has often claimed how important it is that Berlin and Paris “get along” for the future of the EU and even suggested that a rift between the two nations could bring about the demise of the bloc.
Most recently, in an interview on Italian state TV which aired in early March, Mr Macron claimed that the bond between Berlin and Paris is indeed his “first responsibility”. Neeedless to say Macron’s love affair with Berlin goes down like the proverbial lead Zeppelin with French voters who are aware of their country’s history of conflict with Germany.