This Man Encapsulates What’s Wrong With The EU.

 

Selmayr’s  dogmatic attachment to European unity is matched by his bullying arrogance (Image: GETTY•EPA)

Our economic future has dominated the turbulent debate over Brexit in recent weeks. Yet British withdrawal from the EU is not primarily about economics. Many people on the Remain side of the Brexit debate have never understood that many Brexit supporters were driven by the desire for national independence and democracy, those noble ideals that have inspired freedom movements throughout history.

If ever the British people want a reminder of the need to break free from the EU’s authoritarian, quasi-imperialist rule, then the case of the European Commission’s sinister secretary-general Martin Selmayr (reported here earlier in the year,) provides one.

Selmayr,  a ruthless German bureaucrat and lawyer who has worked for the European Commission since 2004, embodies all the EU bureaucratic dictatorship’s authoritarian impulses, anti-British sentiments and ideological fervour for the integration of twenty seven sovereign nations into a single, political unit ruled from Brussels by unelected bureaucrats.

Selmayr been dubbed “the Rasputin of Brussels” with good reason. Like Grigori Raputin, the peasant – born, self proclaimed mystic and holy man who befriended the family of Russia’s Czar in the late nineteenth century and whose malign influence did a lot to exacerbate anti – royalist feelings and drive people to support the communists, Selmayr’s fierce personal loyalty to the reputedly alcoholic EU Commission president Jean Claude Juncker, dogmatic attachment to the ideal of European political unity (federalism) and bullying arrogance have prompted complaints about the “poisonous” atmosphere he creates.

“What is the difference between God and Selmayr?” the long serving German politician Wolfgang Schauble once asked: “God knows he’s not Selmayr.”

The Rasputin of Brussels has developed a fearsome reputation in the  EU organisation, despite remaining relatively unknown to the public. His authoritarian tenure as Juncker’s chief of staff  earned him a variety of nicknames in addition to Rasputin, Darth Vader, Himmler, the Monster of the Berlaymont, and Pit Bull.

But his brutal style of running Juncker’s office –  demanding that access to Mr Juncker for even the most senior EU officials was first channeled through him, has also led to a queue of enemies. Former European Commission vice president Kristalina Georgieva blamed her resignation on his aggressive style, which she branded ‘poisonous’.

British officials have accused Mr Selmayr, who has privately expressed his dislike of Brexit, of ‘hating’ the UK while describing him as a ‘psychopath’.

But nothing highlights Selmayr’s corrupting influence more than the underhanded way he was rocketed into the role of secretary general by his mentor, Jean Claude Juncker, the Luxembourgois drunk who has vowed to punish Britain for voting to leave. In February this year. he was the chief aide to the EU’s bibulous president, lacking the experience and the qualifications to run the Commission’s 33,000-strong workforce. Operation Night and Fog” a German Green Party European Palrliament called it

Because of his commitment to their cause of creating a single state, the Euronazis, headed by Juncker, were determined to put him in charge of E U administrative functions. So in blatant stitch-up, defying any concept of openness, he was catapulted into the top job.

Confirmation that Selmayr’s dramatic rise was effectively an internal coup by supporters of the federal European superstate project came this week in a scathing report by the EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. Having conducted an extensive investigation into the bizarre events surrounding Selmayr’s rapid rise through the ranks, Ms O’Reilly reported that both “the spirit and the letter” of EU law had been broken by the Commission, whose conduct had been “extraordinary” in failing to challenge the abuse of procedures.

Anyone who has studied the Selmayr promotion fix (link to our report provided for people who missed the story,) would have come to the same conclusion as Ms O’Reilly. the whole business was a grotesque charade which exposes the rottenness at the core of the EU.

Over the space of a few minutes in February this year, Selmayr was shifted from his post as EU Commission Predident Juncker’s chief aide to the position of deputy secretary general on Juncker’s recommendation, thus putting him in the position of principal candidate for the top job. should it become vacant with, mysteriously it did almost instantly.

Moments after Selmayr’s promotion (which borke EU rules because all job vacances should be advertised and applications invited,) the incumbent EU secretary general, Alexander Italianer announced his retirement. At Juncker’s behest, Selmayr was immediately appointed  by the commissioners as Italianer’s replacement, though, again in line with EU rules, the vacancy should have been advertised and a proper selection process instigated.

Even within the Brussels organisation, usually so compliant with the Commission’s megalomania, there was outrage at this cynical manoeuvre. One German MEP, Werner Langen, denounced the move as “anything but transparent. It reminds us of 19th century secret bureaucracy.”

But even after the damning Ombudsman’s report published this weekt, it is unlikely that anything will change. Unassailable in his position with the protection of Juncker whose anointed heir Selmayr must now be, and other Brussels federalists, Selmayr will continue to exercise near total control over the EU’s officialdom because, more than any other figure in Brussels, he promises to fulfil the federalist agenda.

Since he first joined the EU as a press officer, aged 34, he has shown the dedication of a zealot to the goal of the creating a politically united European superstate.

Having conducted an in depth investigation, Ms O’Reilly said that both “the spirit and the letter of EU law had been broken by the Commission, the conduct of which had been extraordinary in failing to challenge the abuse of procedures.”

In the UK, where mainstream media is dominated by people who supported our remainingt any price, even the surrender of our national sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats in  EU headquarters the subject seems to be getting very little attention. Nothing to see here! Small administrative matter! Just a civil servant! Look, over here, more silliness from the ridiculous Brits on the Irish border, far right extremists are gaing ground in Germany, Italy and Sweden and those whining Jewish bigots are complaining about Muslims torching their synagogues.

I and other Brexit supporters have been called a fascist, xenophobe and racist for my well informed decision to vote in support of Britain’s leaving the EU, which only demonstrates that our critics don’t know what any of those words mean. What kind of organisation indulges in this sort of stitch up at the behest of Juncker to set things up for his ghastly sidekick, Selmayr, to be the boss of thousands of officials, extending his pal’s power? An organisation worth leaving, that’s what.

And what kind of people would want their country to be part of such an organisation? Not the kind I’d want to have a drink with for sure. But as if the stitch up was not enough, it gets worse: Though the EU’s recreation of Kristallnacht took place in February, the story was only broken (by Politico) in March and details were still emerging in August

The reporter who has made the running, breaking a series of revelations and allegations, is Jean Quatremer, EU correspondent of the French newspaper Libération.It’s getting worse by the day. Politico has a report of the insurrectionist press conference held yesterday in Brussels, in which the spokesman Schinas came under unprecedented pressure.

While Europhiles will dismiss the affair as a trivial administrative matter and certain European leaders will probably declare that ‘the little people’ are not intelligent enough to understand the complexities of running an organisation like the EU, transparency matters on a practical as well as an ethical level. The European Commission, already emired in Brexit negotiations, is also in conflict with states such as Italy, Poland, Austria and Hungary over their alleged breaches of EU rules. Why should any of those states that have shown their willingness to assert their sovereignty listen to the Commission now its corrupt and secretive modus operandi has been exposed?

All this runs contrary to the prevailing narrative in the London political establishment and UK media, that a brilliantly organised, sophisticated and united EU makes the British negotiating team look like characters from a Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch. In fact I nave known since working for the EU in Luxembourg thirty years ago it was more like an old Three Stooges film.

 

The EU’s no-deal Brexit plan show Brussels’ bluster is phoney

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For all the EU’s threats, promises that Britain would be punished for leaving, and predictions that we could not survive as a nation outside the bureaucratic dictarorship of Brussels, it has emerged the pen pushers are more fightened of Brexit than the majority of British voters who voted to leave. A source within the European Commission told The Sun that EU plans for a No Deal exit exist, but claimed they are being kept secret to increase the pressure on the UK to accept a soft Brexit deal.

According to the source: “The EU doesn’t want 20 mile tailbacks [at border crossings] as much as the UK doesn’t. The thinking is we’ll keep things as they are because the regulatory platform is the same.n This will stay in place for a few months and then there’ll be a mad dash to get a new agreement in place.”

This probably means that the EU and UK would continue to recognise each other’s regulatory standards for a time, as it was unlikely that a divorce deal cabable of being ratified by all 27 remaining member states could have ben completed even if serious negotiations had begun the day after the referendum. It could also see EU-UK borders kept open to all but the most high-risk goods to reduce the chances of huge queues developing at customs points.

This contradicts the EU’s public no-deal plans, which are significantly more stringent. They include goods being checked for: “Customs, sanitary and phytosanitary standards and verification of compliance with EU norms”. The official plans predict UK-EU trade would be “severely impacted” by a no-deal Brexit and suggest there would be “significant delays” at the borders. Brussels has come under pressure from the more economically powerful members to remove such obstacles.

Earlier this week Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab released a series of Government papers setting out “practical and proportional” advice in case Brexit happens without an exit deal.According to these papers the UK will automatically recognise European drug and medical standards to avoid delays.

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Michael Froman, the US Trade Representative, said America is “not in the market” for trade deals with individual states and would only consider free trade agreements with blocs of nations. “I think it’s absolutely clear that Britain has a greater voice at the trade table being part of the EU, being part of a larger economic entity,” Mr Froman told Reuters.

 

MERKEL CLINGS ON: German refugee deal with Greece saves Chancellor’s Job


Merkel haunted by the immigration issue (Picture: express.co.uk )

German Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL, whose leadership has been in deep trouble since the inconclusive election in September 2017, is continuing to cling onto her job as the fragile coalition she formed staggers from crisis to crisis. In the latest, a last minute deal with Greece that will see Germany send back migrants to Greece if they have already applied for asylum there allowed Merkel to escape a no confidence vote that could have forced her to resign.

The beleagured  Chancellor told a news conference today: “It’s good that we have got a result,” but Merkel’s Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Peterman added that she would not be able to reveal any details before the deal was formally signed.

Last week, the Ms Merkel struck a similar agreement on returning migrants to Spain, confirming a deal reached in June when her increasingly divided Government accepted it would take back asylum seekers whose “first entry into the European Union was Spain”.

The Greek deal would affect migrants entering via Germany’s border with Austria, enabling it to send the migrants back to the Mediterranean country within 48 hours.

The German government is also in “very advanced” negotiations on a similar deal with the Italian Government, and fully expects an agreement to be struck in the near future according to Peterman.

Last week, the Interior Ministry spokeswoman said last week that both Italy and Greece had made counter-demands on any deals agreed after announcing the breakthrough with Spain.

A pact with Italy would provide the biggest breakthrough yet in Angela Merkel‘s struggle to get a stranglehold on a migrant crisis that once again threatens to tighten its grip on Europe again.

The Italians are likely to be the fly in the ointment, having been at loggerheads with Brussels and several European allies including France, after refusing to take in thousands of migrants rescued at sea while demanding that others take them instead.

UK heading for BLIND EU exit – Barnier warns

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Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier cast fresh threw ano ofther spanner into the works the negotiating process when he said political declarations on the UK’s future trade and security partnership with the EU will not be complete by “Autumn 2018”.

Negotiators from both sides are hoping to complete the final 20 percent of the withdrawal agreement, which sets out the terms of Britain’s severance from the increasingly political bloc.  The £39bn Brexit bill, transition period and the Irish backstop, are yet to be completed, but there are issues around free movement, immigration policy and whether the European Court of Justice will still have a role in UK laws.

In an article syndicated in many European newspapers, Barnier said: “Since we will not know what the future relationship will bring by Autumn 2018, we need to have a ‘backstop’ solution in the withdrawal agreement.”

The minor detail in the Frenchman’s 891-word article will likely frustrate Britain who have stressed the link between the withdrawal agreement and the declaration on the future relationship.

On his recent visit to Brussels, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab called for “a clear and precise vision for our future relationship, and set this out in a political declaration to be signed alongside the withdrawal agreement”.

The withdrawal agreement has to be ready by October and is due to be signed off by leaders at the EU Council summit that month. Britain holds the expectation that there will also be a political declaration outlining the future relationship in place as well.

Since replacing David Davis, Mr Raab has reiterated the link between so-called Brexit bill is dependent on the EU fulfilling its obligations to the negotiations. There is no sign of this happening as the EU attitude continues to be that negotiation is a process in which they lay down conditions and Theresa the Appeaser overruled her ministers and agrees to whatever brussels demands.

Teresa Appeaser Sidelines Elected MPs, hands Brexit To Pro EU Bureaucrats

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Ollie Robbins – couldn’t look any more queer if he had shirtlifter tattooed on his forehead (Picture: Getty)

The Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has miraculously been transformed by Teresa the Appeaser into the Department for Shafting British Democracy Up The Arse, after the Prime Minister removed responsibility for the Brexit negotiations with Brussels, from elected representatives and handed its powers to a couple of rabidly pro EU Old Etonian bum chums and Downing Street Civil Servants Oliver Robbins and Jonathan Black. These unelected bureaucrats will now take control of talks with the EU.

In a statement, published only hours before MPs leave parliament for a 6 week summer break, euphemistically titled “Machinery of Government Change”, (well “Piss on you voters, I’m Prime Minister and you have to do what I say,” would be uncharacteristically honest,) Prime Minister Theresa May showed her contempt for democracy and her hatred of Britain by effectively demoting the newly appointed Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, declaring:

“I will lead the negotiations with the European Union… supported by the Cabinet Office Europe Unit,” which is largely led by Olly Robbins (pictured above, right), the Prime Minister’s chief Brexit adviser.

Mr Robbins is a career civil servant, former adviser to Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair (which should automatically disqualify him from any position on the public payroll,) and an admirer of the Soviet Union (the most undemocratic and elitist political system ever, before the formation of the EU,) who is widely accused of pushing a “soft Brexit”.

The statement adds that the “Europe Unit will have overall responsibility for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations, drawing upon support from DExEU and other departments as required”.

At Parliament’s Exiting the European Union Committee, moments after the announcement, Conservative MP John Whittingdale joked that Mr Robbins and Brexit secretary Dominic Raab should “swap places” as the bureaucrat was essentially in charge of Brexit instead of the secretary of state.

Last week, Mr Robbins quietly purged the DExEU of 50 of its best negotiating staff, securing himself more power in Whitehall and over Brexit ahead of the official power grab.

The Boggart Blog bookie is taking no more bets on whether Teresa May will still be Prime minister when Parliament returns from the summer break.

Italy stuns EU as Conte reveals shock migrant plan.

With Angela Merkel’s political future at stake as a special EU summit to discuss the immigration crisis, and almost half of all member states having rejected a Franco – German plan to resolve the problems caused by mass immigration with even higher levels of mass immigration, the recently inaugurated Italian government made a bold bid to become leader of the Eurosceptic states which reject federalism and greater surrender of national sovereignty to Brussels bureaucrats by presenting their own plan for dealing with unwelcome migrants.

The newly-appointed Italian leader revealed his country had presented 15 leaders
attending the migration summit in Brussels with the new proposals.

Giuseppe Conte told the press: “We are here to present the Italian proposal for a new migration policy.

“A completely new Italian proposal based on the new resolution paradigm to solve the migration issue. It’s called the European Multi-Level Strategy for Migration, articulated on six premises and ten objectives.

“It’s aimed at proposing a timely regulation and management policy to control migration flows that is truly effective and sustainable.”

The new proposal demands EU member states accept their share of economic migrants entering the bloc through Italian shores or face a reduction of EU money. There is an element of sarcasm in the proposal as Germany and France have previously, while making a lot of noise about their politically correct ‘open doors’ immigration policies, been happy to let southern European members Italy, Greece and Malta deal with the influx of uneducated, illiterate, hormonally incontinent young males from Africa.

The document includes 10 points that Rome suggested would help manage the influx of migrants coming to the European Union putting a strain on welcoming countries such as .

According to the current policy, countries welcoming refugees and migrants in the first place are charged with handling asylum requests. The new Italian plans impose joint responsibility on EU members  to address the migrant crisis, suggesting that failure to work together would put the Schengen Area at risk.

Mr Conte continued: “It’s a proposal aimed at completely surpassing the Dublin Agreement (which dumps responsibility for refugees on the first safe nation they reach). “We believe that agreement is based on emergency logistics but we want to tackle the issue structurally. Our public opinion demands it.”

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The Italian message to Europe was simple: having been the port of landing for tens of thousands of migrants in the past two years, Rome would no longer accept boat after boat of North African (or middle eastern) refugees.

Italy’s vocal resistance to accepting further migrants sparked outrage among European leaders who are still ‘on message’ about immigration but Hungary’s Victor Orban and a few others expressed support for the Italians. The move prompted prominent Marxist billionaire (if there’s one thing the left are consistent in it’s hypocrosy,) George Soros, who funds many ‘charities’ involved in helping illegal immigrants get from Africa and Asia to Europe, and the person many have accused of being behind Europe’s unsupportable migration patterns, to urge the EU to compensate Italy for the 100,000+ migrants landing there, noting that the strong showing of far-right parties partly is due to Europe’s ‘flawed’ migration policies.

So just get that straight: Soros and EU leaders including Macron of France and Germany’s Angela Merkel think that the swing in the political balance to the right, which has been triggered by mass immigration can only be fixed by more mass immigration. That only makes sense if you believe the warnings of ‘conspiracy theorists’ that the elite plan to flood Europe with ignorant, semi literate third world peasants and displace the indigenous populations because primitive, religion obsessed peasants are easier to control than educated, questioning Europeans.

Italy of course it a bit too big to be pushed around as Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Ireland have been pushed around by the EU and with Britain on the way out, Spain fragmenting and Poland, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovenia already at loggerheads with the EU it’s only a matter of time before the whole thing explodes.