Italy vs EU Clash – When Will It Kick Off?

The League / Five Star coalition Italian government’s economic policies will almost certainly bring the country (opulation 60 million) into conflict with the financial diktat of the Brussels wannabe bureucratic dictators, if the county’s new hard line on immigration do not do so first.

On Italy this is likely just the calm before the next storm given the Five Star and League coalition government’s economic policies are almost inevitably going to be in conflict with the fiscal rules set by Brussels — though the confrontation may take longer to come to a boil because of the presence of technocrats in the new government, a compromise required by Italian president Sergio Mattarella for the government to be formed on June 1. Signs are that the coalition paln to press ahead with the program agreed by League and Five Star leaders regardless of attempts by the EU appointed technocrats to bring the government into line behind Brussel’s push for fiscal integration of its member states.

Over the weekend however, Italy once again roiled Europe,  by demonstrating its drastic shift in immigration politics, when the country’s new populist leader, Matteo Salvini, now operating as Minister of the Interior, made good on his warning last weekend that “the good times for illegals are over”, writing an urgent letter ordering Malta to accept a ship carrying 629 shipwrecked North African migrants currently sitting off the Italian coast – calling Malta the “safest port” for the passengers, and advising that Rome will no longer offer refuge.

rsz_gettyimages-655958494-640x480_0The M V Aquarius carrying over 600 undocumented economic migrants

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.

 

 

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Italy To Become The Hub Of The EU’s Change Or Die Dilemma

The Eurosceptic,  populist coalition that won the right to form a new government in Italy, Five Star Movement and Lega have agreed their government. The legislative program is very independent and nationalistics  And the bureaucrats in Brussels hate it.

At the moment Brussels is trying to scare the outsiders now in charge in Italy, just as they scared greece, Portugal and Ireland, to soften their stances on reform and maintain a status quo which is destroying a great country and culture. The problem is, excluding Britain which is on the way out, Italy is the third largest EU member nation by both population and economy. And the leaders of the coalition have made clear the position that what is good for Italy is their main priority and what’s god for Brussels and Germany (which are the same thing realy,) are minor considerations.

The League and Five Star Movement leaked demands for $250 billion in debt relief from the ECB.  There was also a demand for developing a mechanism for countries to leave the euro, according to a, now discredited, report from Reuters.

The final proposal doesn’t have any of this inflammatory language, but don’t think the leak wasn’t part of their negotiating strategy or part of where the are ultimately planning to take their country.

The rest of the proposal is hostile enough to Brussels (see below) to cause a major schism with other south European nations and possible the Visegrad group led by Poland’s Eurodissidents supporting the Italians.  And with ECB President Mario Draghi now signaling the need to consolidate European sovereign debt under its umbrella, the stage is set for a huge bust up.

Here’s conservative economist Martin Armstrong’s take:

So everyone else understands what this is about, the ECB President Mario Draghi has come out and proposed interlocking the euro countries to create a “stronger” and “new vehicle” as a “crisis instrument” to save Europe. He is arguing that this should prevent countries from drifting apart in the event of severe economic shocks. Draghi has said it provides “an extra layer of stabilization” which is a code phrase for the coming bond crash. [emphasis mine]

In effect Armstrong is telling us that Draghi understands how bad things truly are and that Italian leadership knows they have the upper hand in debt negotiations. They are prepared to push Brussels hard to get what they want.  And well they should.  League leader Matteo Salvini understands how ruinous the euro as administered by Germany has been for Italy and most of Europe, particularly Greece, Cypris, Portugal and Spain.

So, to him, if the price for Italy to stay in the EU is to force the northern countries to accept debt consolidation and write-down then so be it.

If they won’t agree to that, then Italy’s new leadership is prepared to back to the people and say, “We tried.  Screw them. Let’s walk.”

The rest of the coalition proposals are a mishmash of right and left policy prescriptions that will drive the IMF and Brussels mad.  But it is a credit to these very different parties that they have managed to agree the compromises they must make work if they are to take back their country from the insanity of the status quo in Europe, which serves no one’s ends except the globalist cartel which stands behind the public faces of the EU – Juncker, Merkel, Tusk, Macron, etc.

One is calling for lower taxes and regulation, the other wants generous pensions and universal income.  These are not easy differences to overcome. But they have, to no one’s complete satisfaction. Both leaders and their parties understand the main issues facing their government are immigration and Italy’s relationship with the EU.

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Martin Selmayr - source: Daily Mail
Martin Selmayr – would you buy a used car from this man? (Image: Daily Mail)

The former Prime Minister of little Luxembourg (population less than Leicester,)Jean-Claude Juncker who now struts the world stage as if he is important, has worked one of the slimiest political stitch ups ever to ensure his favourite sycophant and chief of staff (pictures above, right) was installed as the new Secretary-General of the European Commission, in what one senior Eurocrat has called “an impeccably prepared and audacious power-grab” at the top of the European Union.

At a surprise press conference in February, Jean-Claude Juncker announced he had been keeping a secret: the commission’s top civil servant, the secretary-general, was retiring. Martin Selmayr would take his place.

It emerged that Mr Selmayr had applied for the role of deputy secretary-general, got that job and was then instantly promoted.

It has been suggested that the only other candidate in the race to become deputy unexpectedly and without explanation withdrew, meaning Mr Selmayr became deputy secretary – general by default.

But then the story of the power grab Juncker engineered for his favourite sidekick gets even sleazier.

The coup began at 9.39 a.m. on 21 February, when 1,000 journalists were sent an email summoning them to a 10.30 a.m. audience with Jean-Claude Juncker. The short notice suggested something big was going on — especially as Juncker regards members of the press corps as even lower on the evolutionary scale than citizens of EU member states. And as Jucker is known to loathe press conferences (they keep him away form his beloved of Chateau Petrus (€3000 per bottle) that the meeting had been called was unusual in itself.

The news broken by the President of the European Commissionws was the surprise promotion of deputy secretary general Selmayr, effectively Juncker’s Chief of Staff, to the position of Secretary-General, in charge of the Commission’s 33,000 staff. The reaction from the journalists present was astonishment. No one had been aware of a vacancy. There was no sign that the 61-year-old incumbent Secretary – General, Alexander Italianer had been thinking of retiring. But as Juncker announced other appointments, it quickly became clear what had happened. Selmayr had been given control by Juncker, and anyone who resisted the move had been unceremoniously fired. Juncker had handed control of the European Union’s administrative branch to his favourite Eurocrat.

It has been alleged that members of the European Commission were offered more generous severance packages as inducements to smooth Mr Selmayr’s path, which is vigorously denied. What does the commission’s public relations office say, apart from “Ve haff vays of making you akcept our authority”?

The European Commission’s spokespeople have endured hours of questioning about the promotion. Many of the stories are described as “post-truth”, especially the one about commissioners’ retirement pay-offs. But isn’t everything connected with the EU post truth, perception is everything.

And they say the recruitment process was followed “religiously” which prompted a social-media meme of Mr Selmayr dressed as a nun, but he’s German, the joke would be lost on him.

Martin Selmayr, known as The Beast and The Monster by EU colleagues in Brussels and Luxembourg has always dreamed of being known beyond the Brussels bubble. His wish has now been granted, albeit in not quite the way he might have hoped. It has arrived in the form of a brilliantly executed coup that has handed this 47-year-old German bureaucrat near-total control of the EU machine at a time when in the wake of Brexit and the Italian election and with opposition to the European federalisation project growing throughout the remaining 27 member states, the Union looks to be staggering towards disintegration.

The unseemly hate with which the unpopular Selmayr has been shoehorned into power pushed that process a few more wobbly steps forward.

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We’ve said it before and its certain all of us will say it again. If you lumped the whole of the parliamentary Labour Party together, they would just about equal the intellect of a retarded five year old suet pudding. Why would any sane person want to keep us in the EU customes union, which is all about isolationism and protectionism, the opposite of free trade, when once we leave we have the opportunity to trade with the world, free of the suffocating bureaucracy imposed by Brussels.

But the Labour Party will never see that as an opportunity; the authoritarian little creeps merely see power slipping away from the central authority.

The International Trade Secretary and leading Brexiteer Liam Fox has lambasted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to keep the UK tied to a European Union (EU) customs union whilst shunning a trade deal with the U.S. and other large economies as a “sell-out of Britain’s interests”.

Dr. Liam Fox pointed out such a situation would leave the UK unable to take advantage of future trade opportunities with growing markets, and keep the UK tied to the rules of the EU’s economy as it shrinks in terms global GDP share. Membership of the customs union would prevent our parliament from concluding bilateral trade agreements. It should not be forgotten that the EU has no trade deals with major trading nations or large population nations because deals can only be negotiated on behalf of all member states and it is impossible to formulate a codex that caters for small nations like Malta or Luxembourg (both with less than 500,00 population, and economic powers such as Germany or France.

It would be a “betrayal of the voters in the referendum” [to remain tied to the EU,] Dr. Fox added.

“As rule takers, without any say in how the rules were made, we would be in a worse position than we are today. It would be a complete sell-out of Britain’s national interests,” he said in a speech at Bloomberg in London on Tuesday.

Dr. Fox dismissed Corbyn’s claim the UK would get a “bespoke” deal from the EU, giving it the freedom to trade, explaining that the UK would have to cede “considerable control” of its trade policy to Brussels in any customs union. EU negotiators have already ruled out a bespoke deal for Britain.

UKIP’s interim leader Leader Gerard Batten employed a similar argument to that put forward by Dr. Fox on Monday, also using the word “betrayal”. but then we would not expect an alleged former Soviet spy to act in Britain’s best interests would we?

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Why Brussels is not buying Theresa May’s ‘No Deal’ minister bluff

Theresa May is to create a “No Deal” Brexit minister as part of the cabinet reshuffle, appointing a minister of non-cabinet rank in the Department of Exiting the European Union (DexEU) to make preparations for a catastrophic fallout with the EU.

The minister – tipped to be Steve Baker – will attend cabinet and will have a budget designed to lend credence to the idea that Mrs May really will walk away from the Brexit negotiations if she does not get what she wants. Really. She will.

This news is unlikely to go down well in Brussels where it was assumed that the December deal over the Brexit bill and expat rights (and a four-way fudge on Ireland) had finally laid such fighting talk to rest.

As one senior EU negotiator put it, the biggest EU take-away from December was that Mrs May and the Brexiteers had decided not that ‘no deal was better than a bad deal’, but rather that “any deal was better than no deal”.

The notion of the bill buying leverage only works if you believe the UK is really prepared to walk away before March 2019 without paying the EU a penny – but throughout this process Mrs May has made it abundantly clear she is not prepared to do this. And the EU knows it.

Put another way, the biggest prize in this negotiation was simply to sign the Article 50 withdrawal agreement on March 29 2019 and thereby take an irrevocable legal step to end the UK’s membership of the EU – pretty much whatever the price.

The cost of a hard crash-out would, according to Treasury long-term forecasts, cause UK GDP to be 7.8%-9.5% lower by 2031. Such numbers are boisterously dismissed as “project fear” on the hustings, but in the Cabinet Office they cannot be brushed off so lightly.

Which ultimately explains why the Prime Minister has engaged in an entirely rational and gradual series of climb-downs after first allowing the hardliners in her party to blow off steam.

Treasury forecast to 2031??? Seriously – are they having a laugh?

A Treasury forecast in May 2016, which focused “on the immediate economic impact of a vote to leave and the two years that follow”, asserted (in the foreword, p.3): “A vote to leave would represent an immediate and profound shock to our economy. That shock would push our economy into a recession and lead to an increase in unemployment of around 500,000. GDP would be 3.6% smaller. Average real wages would be lower, inflation higher, sterling weaker, house prices would be hit and public borrowing would rise”. And then (p.45): “The analysis shows that immediately following a vote to leave the EU, the economy would be pushed into a recession, with four quarters of negative growth.” WRONG!

The same Treasury, staffed predominantly by Oxford PPE graduates of less than 30 years of age, has been wrong over and over and over again. They have been wrong about the EMS. They have been wrong on what drives economic growth (in particular in how they have suppressed entrepreneurs in various ways). They have been wrong about the euro. They have been wrong about giving Gordon Brown such broad discretion in overspending, thus eventually tanking the economy.

They were wrong in not predicting the crash. They have been appallingly wrong (as many analyses, such as those performed by Civitas, have shown) about the alleged benefits of being in the Single Market and about the alleged disasters that would befall us if we voted to leave.

In light of this, why does anyone take ANY notice of the Treasury and its laughable, biased and (almost) always entirely incorrect forecasts? They are Remainers through and through – enough said.

I’m inclined to believe it is no so much Brussels buying Teresa the Appeaser’s no deal bluff as certain members of the government preventing her from falling for the EU’s “Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated” schtick.

Why Brexit: A Reader Explains

In answer to the question “Why Does Britain Want To Leave The European Union” posed in a comment thread (in one of our other locations) a reader gave this explicit answer which is worth sharing as widely as possible.

David Reardon

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Manfred Weber criticised Britain’s apparent desire to still do business with the European Union while not being a member of the bloc.

He also claimed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was attempting to “provoke” Brussels with his recent choice of words while speaking in India.

However, an angry Neil railed against the MEP and asked was he not concerned about the rise of Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, with the Netherlands and France both facing general elections this year.

Manfred Weber criticised Britain’s apparent desire to still do business with the European Union while not being a member of the bloc.He also claimed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was attempting to “provoke” Brussels with his recent choice of words while speaking in India.

However, an angry Neil railed against the MEP and asked was he not concerned about the rise of Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen, with the Netherlands and France both facing general elections this year.
Quitaly? Will Italy follow Britain out of the EU?

With a referendum in Italy, ostensibly on constitutional reforms but perceived as a referendum on the leadership of the ruling elite, looming in November and the anti – globalisation, pro sovereignty Five Star Party growing in popularity all the time. Should the constitutional changes be voted down, and the against campaign is showing a comfortable lead in opinion polls at the moment, it will put a Quitaly in-out referendum, similar to the so called Brexit vote that kick off the process of Britain leaving the European Union, at the top of the agenda.

‘Have you learned NOTHING from Brexit?’ Brilliant moment Andrew Neil SKEWERS German MEP

Threat Of Major Scandal Prompted Early Election Move – UKIP
Leaders of the (UKIP) have made astonishing claim that Prime Minister Teresa May’s calling an early General Election was done to pre-empt a series of by-elections that could be called following alleged electoral fraud. Accusing the Conservative government of “putting party before country”, UKIP appeared to suggest the scandal and ensuing disqualification of MPs could rob the government of its slender majority.

Nigel Farage Swipes Back At Irrational, Screeching, Crazy Clinton
US Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched a hysterical, irrational attack, filled with half truths and blatant lies, against the most prominent figure in the campaign to get Britain out of the EU (Brexit), UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, during a speech at a rally today. Mrs Clinton, responding to Farage’s address to a large and enthusiastic audience at a Donald Trump rally, may have been rattled at the prospect of having such a hihly effective campaigner in the rival camp …

Rebellion Against EU Authoritarianism Escalates As 8th Member Nation Threatens Referendum

Brussels went too far, they crossed the line in moving from an economic union to a political pan – European political empire. In the end it was a race as to which member state would quit first, Britain, Natherlands, Denmark or Italy. In the event it is Britain.

Is Brexit A Harbinger Of Doom For The ‘Experts’
The Brexit vote, the decision by a democratic majority in Britain to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves around the world. Not only does the EU now face a tsunami of departures, the usurpation of democracy by ‘experts’ ( technocrats ) has been challenged and exposed as a sham.

BREXIT vs. GREXIT – The Truth About The European Union And How It Treats Members

Unless the testicularly deficient politicians stand up for their nations he only thing that will halt the European Union’s push beyond Europe’s geographical borders to incorporate Asian, middle eastern and north African nations is war. Power is addictive and the bean counters of Brussels have ambitions far beyond Europe.

The Hypocrisy and Snobbery Of The Remain Campaign And The Antidote
When I had to defriend a Facebook contact because she was arguing in favour of the EU, it was not simply because I support Brexit that I had become pissed of with her, it was the snobbish and condescending way she dismissed supporters of LEAVE and their case. People are entitled to their opinion on the European Union, but they should check the ‘facts’ they post in support of their arguments.

The Labour Case For Brexit by Kate Hoey M.P.

After my short intro is a savage indictment by Brexit supporting Labour MP Kate Hoey of the way the Labour Party has abandoned the working class and is now trying to betray the party’s proud heritage and its roots in the industrial areas by taking Britain into an undemocratic, corporate controlled, capitalist friendly, elite dominated globalist control freak project.

Dutch Referendum This Week Shows why We Should Leave The EU.

Few of you were aware probably that there is an EU referendum vote in The Netherlands this week. As usual with anything negative about the EU barely a word has been printed in the topic in mainstream media and the silence from our notionally unbiased national broadcaster The Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been deafening.

French, Belgians, Dutch, Italians Follow Britain in Euroskepticism

Europeans want us British to lead them out of Europe. Don’t be fooled by project fear, the European Union (aka the Euronazi Federal Superstate) is falling apart. There will not be chaos if we leave, there will be chaos if we stay.

Head Of European Institute: Brexit ‘Better’ For Everyone

Brexit would be the best result of Britain’s in / out referendum for both Britain and the EU i a Belgian professor who heads up the European Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE) has said.

Johnson’s article lines up his reasons why Britain must exit on June 23rd. It’s time to be brave

OK, I know a lot of you think Boris is most accurately described by a word many people find offensive, but he’s put together a very good argument here on why we must leave the EU. Published in part here under ‘fair use’ terms and conditions, in the public interest …

Cameron’s EU Package: Not A Deal But A Few Turns In The Spin Machine
As we and almost everybody else predicted, David Cameron’s deal to improve Britain’s relationship with the EU is worthless. It changes nmothing, and can be vetoed once we have voted to stay in.

 

EU President Branded a Tool of Germany and ‘Europe’s Left-Liberal Elite’

Following an astonishing attack on his home nation, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and former Prime Minister of Poland has suffered an immediate backlash from the Polish government, which has called into question  his ability to act as an honest broker between EU member-states.

Repeating a pattern we have seen many times before, particularly for us British from former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, these anti – establisment maverick political figures get on the Brussels gravy train and become devoted supporters of globalism and the ideas of supra – national authoritarian government.

The EU president’s emotional, late-night message began. “Bitter dispute with Ukraine, isolation within the European Union, departure from the rule of law and independent courts, attacks on the NGO sector and free media — the strategy of [Poland’s government] or a Kremlin plan? Too similar to sleep peacefully.”

When Tusk refers to a departure from the rule of law, he is probably talking about an EU law which would force Poland and other  of the less prosperous EU nations to accept vast numbers of illiterate semi educated immigrants from backward societies in the third world who have flooded into Europe on the back of hausfrau Volksfuhrer Merkel’s idiotic open doors immigration policy and are now causing mayhem in neighbouring Germany. Poland has chosen to uphold Polish law and continue to enforce border controls in order to ensure new entrants are a) able to speak some Polish, b) Willing to accept Polish law and customs and c) are employable.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło‏, shot back, saying he had “done nothing” for Poland since he went to Brussels, and is now using his position to attack it. Szydlo’s conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) turfed Tusk’s left-liberal Civic Platform (PO) out of office in a landslide shortly after he took up his EU position Tusks idea of liberalism, i.e. sucking up to Germany and Brussels was so popular that after the election his party did not have one single member in the new parliaments,

A statement on the website of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) kicked Tusk’s balls even harder, that “Donald Tusk remains an instrument in the hands of Europe’s liberal-left elite, who find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that Poland is governed by a conservative party”.

The MFA also notes that Tusk has “cut himself off from Polishness” since he stepped down as prime minister under the ousted Civil Platform Party (PO) in order to take up his EU position — swapping a 240,000 złoty (€60,000) salary in Warsaw for a package of pay and perks worth well over €300,000 a year, including a five-limousine personal motorcade in Brussels.

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