EU Heading for Breakup and Conflict Warns Former French P M.

A former Prime Minister of France, Dominique de Villepin has made a speech warning that the European Parliament election next year could be trigger a major political crisis for the 27 member Union (Britain will be gone before the election takes place), adding that attacking anti – integration or nationalist parties as “extremeists” in the way current French President, Emmanuel Macron repeatedly has  recently, could help the Eurosceptics win votes.

The EU election has been framed by leaders favouring Europe’s progressive integration as an opportunity to push for more political leagislative and economic union, while the bloc’s far right populists hope a surge in the number of European Parliament Members, (MEPs), will hamstring the ruling elite of unelected bureaucrats in Brussels of its authortirian power.

We are witnessing the early stages of “an extremely serious political crisis,” M. de Villepin said in a joint interview with the TV station CNews, Europe 1 radio and newspaper Les Échos. He added tensions between Europhiles and Eurosceptics would likely reach boiling point in the coming months.

De Villepin also warned Macron is folish to engage in a political “arm-wrestle” with the extremes. “I think he [Mr Macron] is being a little bit presumptuous. The president is trying to highlight the deep gulf between progressives and nationalists… But polarisation inevitably leads to, in times of crisis, the victory of the toughest candidates.”

He also called on Europe’s so-called progressives to avoid lumping together all types of nationalism.

Macron overestimates his ability to wage a war against forces which have become extremely powerful because they are, in the eyes of voters, more effective and efficient. That’s the problem with populism,” he said,  adding a further warning that surges in support for anti-EU, radical right parties in the May election was highly likely.

Mr de Villepin also dismissed Mr Macron’s calls for a ‘true European army’ to defend the bloc against threats from powers including the US as stupid.

US President Donald Trump slammed Macron’s call for an EU army as “insulting” soon after landing in Paris for a weekend of events to mark the end of World War One on Friday. that he published a fiery tweet criticising his French host over his proposal.

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Le Pen Leads Macron For First Time, Latest Poll Shows

Le Pen on the up, Macron stuggling

As the USA prepares for its mid term elections tomorrow, with early predictions that a huge backlash against Donald Trump would result in The Democrats winning by large margins and taking control of both The Senate and The House Of Representatives looking to have been wildly optimistic, we look ahead to Europe’s next significant election, where a massive surge in support for natonalism looks set to shake the Euronazi bureaucracy in Bu  russels to its foundations.

Though the European Parliament is known as a toothless creature which exists only to give a veneer of legitimacy to the diktat of the unelected bureaucrats who weild the real power in the EU, election results are symbolically important, which makes developments in France quite interesting.

French President Emmanuel Macron is less than two years into his term yet his poll ratings are already abysmal. The former Goldman Sachs office boy, who swept to power on an Obamaesque wave of scaremongering and vague, undeliverable promises, has seen his popularity fall precipitously as an exodus of cabinet officials made his government a laughing stock. He was also tone deaf to the message his “lavish” lifestyle, controversial immigration policies and a scandal involving brutality by a Macron bodyguard and confidant (and alleged gay lover,), have already slid to their lowest level since his presidency began, putting him on pace to eventually match the single-digit approval ratings enjoyed by his predecessor, socialist Francois Hollande, which inspired Hollande not to seek a second term.

Over the weekend, polls dealt another blow to France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, when they revealed that the National Rally (formerly National Front) party’s candidates for the May European Parliament election are polling higher than candidates running on Macron’s “En Marche” ticket. This is the first time the anti – immigration, French nationalist party has overtaken Macron’s centrist movement in the polls since the new party, a mash up of conservatives and socialists disillusioned with their parties’ weakness in the face of Le Pen’s Eurosceptic challenge, was cobbled together by the Franch establishment and the EU as a “stop Le Pen” option.

As the IFOP opinion poll showed, National Rally candidates – who belong to the party led by Marine Le Pen, Macron’s former opponent in the 2017 presidential campaign – were polling at 21%, compared with 19% for En Marche:

We have been constantly reminded in recent years that polls are not reliable indicators of election results, but a constant downward trend of the kind that Macron’s popularity has shown, should be taken seriously.

 

France: Shock resignations and ‘chaos’ threaten Macron government.

Emmanuel Macron, the man who, in the biggest political stitch up since Hitler grabbed power in 1933, came from nowhere to be shoehorned into the French presidency, is now, less than two years after triumphantly proclaiming he would rule “in the style of a Roman God, finds himself desperately clinging to power as his government falls apart. Following the shock resignation of his steadfastly loyal interior minister Gerard Collomb, which could cripple the second phase of the unceasingly unpopular Macron’s plan to transform France into a one party state, the French President looks very much like a lame duck.

The shock resignation of Mr Collomb, Mr Macron’s most senior cabinet member, hot on the heels of several other senior officials handing in their resignations, poses a fresh dilemma for the president – whether to replace him or use it as an opportunity to reshuffle his team.

The resignation itself was not entirely shocking: Colomb has been making his dissatisfaction with Macron known for some time, but it was the way it was handled and the subsequent mockery of Mr Macron’s leadership style that gave the French President yet another problematic month.

Despite Mr Macron pleading with Mr Collomb not to leave and shockingly refusing to accept his notice, he left anyway and spoke of his desire to leave Mr Macron’s cabinet “as soon as possible”.

The very act of speaking to the French media is considered a debacle in itself, as Mr Macron has banned any member of his team from doing so without his permission.

That, teamed with his meticulous leadership style, which caused the French media to nickname him the “manager-President” due to him interfering in minuscule matters, 2am texts and colour-coordinating his timetable in a manner similar to a student approaching exam week has resulted in his popularity taking a nose-dive by 30 percent.

Mr Collomb is not the only addition to Mr Macron’s cabinet that resigned just 18 months into his presidency. Other officials in Mr Macron’s team who have stepped down include defence minister Sylvie Goulard and former party chief Richard Ferrand to name a few.

French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot was another who quit, citing huge differences with Mr Macron as his reason, as he added: “I can’t lie to myself anymore”

So much for governing in style of a Roman God. If Macron had a proper education instead of that STEM bollocks that passes for education these days, he’d know that Roman Emperors were declared gods shortly before they were stabbed in the back.


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The military-industrial-humanitarian complex: Western hegemony spread by virtue signalling?

 

The terms ‘humanitarian’ and ‘democracy’ were once used to describe honourable behaviour and just causes. Now they have become contenders, along with science, socialism and liberal for the dubious honour of being the most abused words in the English language, routinely deployed to justify politically motivated acts of aggression which lead to death and destruction.
Words such as ‘humanitarian’ and ‘democracy’ have acquired a darker and more cynical meaning following their misappropriation to justify the invasion of sovereign nations, effect regime change and promote the spread of Western military, economic and cultural dominance around the world. The mainstream media and many human rights activists, assist these ventures by broadcasting and publishing propagandised news and by tapping into negative emotions such as fear and outrage to soften public opinion and make interference in the political affairs of sovereign states appear justified.
If you remember 2001 and the lies of western politicians and media about Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, supposedly capable of being deployed against western targets within 45 minutes, the strategy was used to swing public opinion behind the US / EU / NATO push for a war that would rid them of a maverick leader.  The public were deceived into accepting the invasion through attention-grabbing headlines crafted to abhor readers with ‘evidence’ of Saddam’s butchery and to generate strong emotional reactions which would cause people to think with their hearts rather than their heads.
One story was written by UK Labour MP Ann Clwyd, and published by the one time newspaper of record The Times  two days before the US-led Coalition of the Willing began pounding Iraq’s cities and infrastructure with carpet bombing attacks. Clwyd claimed that Saddam had demonstrated a ‘human-shredding machine’ into which adversaries were fed and reduced to fish food. It is of course a variation on a scence in the Coen brothers film Fargo in which a wood shredder is used to render a corpse unidentifiable.
The article, under the title “See men shredded, then say you don’t back war” was quoted by other newspapers and by TV and radio news and caused readers to feel revulsion towards Saddam and his regime, and made the anti-war lobby appear sympathetic to a murderous regime dubbed by one tabloid, “The Butchers Of Bagdhad,” and indifferent to the plight of the Iraqi people. The story was challenged by anti – war campaigners and no evidence of such a device has been found. And for the record Saddam was supported by more than half of Iraquis, a popularity he achieved by the simple expedient of using a significant proportion of his country’s oil revenues to provide generous welfare payments.

The Iraqi dictator was certainly no angel, but he did manage to keep down the extremist elements in his country ,and of course, his removal by the the western military powers, USA , UK and France (The FUKUS axis,) facilitated the rise of ISIS some years later. Saddam’s real crimes were well known to US and NATO intelligence services, who kept him informed about the locations of Iranian troops during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, in the knowledge that he would use mustard gas and sarin against them.

The US also provided Saddam with cluster bombs and helped him acquire chemical precursor agents. US-based Human Rights Watch estimated that Saddam killed at least 290,000 of his own people while in power.  However, this figure is dwarfed by the number of Iraqis believed to have died in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion, due to occupation forces, sectarian violence or ISIS – this figure is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, if not in excess of a million.

The psychological shock-and-awe strategy was again employed in the lead up to NATO’s bombing of Libya, as the US and UK’s on-off relationship with Gaddafi took a turn for the worse after he planned to start selling oil in dinars (a new gold-backed pan-African currency) instead of US dollars or euros, and encouraged his African neighbors to follow suit.

The release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server in late 2015, just as the 2016 election campaign was getting under way revealed that such a move would have strengthened African economies and led to competition between the dinar and the dollar or euro. In fact there is in progress now a move led by Russia and China to dump the US$ as reserve currency and move to a system of settling cross border trades in the vendors currency. And earlier this year, China launched the Petroyuan, a gold-backed contract for trading oil futures, on the Shanghai stock & commodity exchange. So old Mad Dog Muammar was just unfortunate enough to be ahead of the game when he had no powerful allies to back him up.

On this occasion, we were treated to the excuse that bombing Libya and supporting the anti-Gaddafi rebels, including Al-Qaeda-affiliated elements, was necessary as Gaddafi was about to commit a massacre against the people of the rebel-controlled city of Benghazi. Another emotive claim designed to mould public opinion into accepting the war affirmed that Gaddafi was giving his soldiers Viagra so they could commit mass rape. An investigation by Amnesty International found no evidence to support this allegation and revealed that on several occasions anti-Gaddafi forces in Benghazi had made false allegations or manufactured evidence of human rights violations.

Without any sense of irony American, European and British politicians and the media now try to justify censorship of news and opinion, seeking to justify this illiberal and undemocratic activity by claiming it is necessary to silence those who spread ‘fake news’. Do we really believe governments and the media are going to censor themselves? Do we believe Google are suddenly going to cease and desist from suppressing factual information and opinions critical of their cronies in Washington? Do we believe Facebook are going to remove the globalist bias from their algorithms and give equal prominence to news and ideas that do not support Zuckerberg’s world domination agenda? Do we look as though we were born yesterday?

The concern of governments and their corporate friends about fake news is that with the rise of new media real news will leak out into the public domain and expose the fact that governments have been feeding us fake news since the modern era began with the protestant reformation.

France’s President Macron drops to RECORD LOW in polls for ‘acting like KING of France’

President Emmanuel Macron of France reports back to work this week, politically weakened after his clumsy handling of a scandal involving his top bodyguard and his imperious attitude to public opinion, pushed his approval ratings to a record low in August.

Polling company Ifop’s deputy chief Frédéric Dabi said public perception of the French President has become negative, with voters angered by his cuts to welfare and employment reforms.

Mr Macron was described as acting like a “monarch” with no connection with his voters, by Mr Dabi who also told France’s Europe 1 radio: “He is entering the new political year undeniably weakened.

“The benevolent mood towards Mr Macron has soured, and most people are now disappointed [with his performance] … There’s a growing feeling among voters that his policies are unfair.”

The number of people who view the 40-year-old president favourably has slumped by five percentage points through August to a record low of 34 per cent, an Ifop poll for Le Journal du Dimanche published on Sunday showed, The Guardian reports.

The poll also showed his “dissatisfaction rating” has risen to 66 per cent from 61 per cent in July.

The aftershocks of the so-called “Benalla affair” are still being felt, and the scandal has damaged Mr Macron’s reputation.

Last month a video of Mr Macron’s former bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla and gay love (allegedly), beating up two protesters while off duty and dressed as in police riot gear sparked furious opposition claims of a cover-up after it was found that Elysée officials had known about the incident since early May.

But it was Macron’s aloof response to the incident that had the biggest impact on his presidency, denting his popularity and throwing parts of his agenda off schedule. A second poll published on Sunday echoed the downward trend reported by Ifop.

The survey, conducted by Viavoice for the left-wing daily Libération, showed only 36 per cent of French people having a “favourable” opinion of Mr Macron.

Illegal Immigrants In Paris No-Go Zone Suburbs Passes 400,000 Mark

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In the northern suburbs of Paris public spaces have been taken over by illegal immigrants (Picture source: blazingcatfur.ca )

A report from two members of the French National Assembly claims could be up to 400,000 illegal immigrants living in Seine-Saint-Denis department. According to their figures between eight and 20 percent of the population of Paris’s troubled northern suburbs may be constituted by illegal immigants and that many live on the streets because of the strain put on social services by the magnitude of the influx, Le Figaro reports.

The department, consisting of three northern suburbs, Saint Denis, Hauts de Seine and Val de Marne suffer the highest poverty rate in the Paris conurbation at 28 percent and an unemployment rate three percentage points higher than the city to the south.

The report was authored by representatives from different parties, Rodrigue Koukouendo, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s Le Republique En Marche (LREM) party and  François Cornut-Gentille of the conservative Republicans, with both authors emphasising that social services and police in the area were struggling to cope with the huge numbers of illegals.

The two MPs suggested a reform of the way the government collects statistical data to help government departments understand the problem they are dealing with, writing: “To identify urban phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic statistics is raised.”

The report’s conclusions can only point to more trouble in store for the boy Macron who is already suffering record negative ratings after statking is presidency on his ability to sell French voters the ideas that part of the solution to the immigrant problem is to increase immigration levels and abolish border controls.

 

 

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Is Germany Disintegrating Like Yougoslavia Did?

All sorts of centralized organizations that appear rock-solid may well melt into air as the disintegrative dynamics gather momentum.

Germany has long been seen as the rock on which the European Union is founded. Never mind that the formation of the EU’s first incarnation, the 6 member Common Market came only a few years after the defeat of the Nazi attempt to unify Europe’s culturally and economically diverse nations as a single political, financial and cultural entity under a common flag, or that the plainly stated goal of the Common market’s founders was from day one the political integration of Europe, somehow the ruling elites were either stupid enough or perhaps, given that they might have been singing from a very different song sheet to us punters, cunning enough to let Germany sieze a pivotal role in this new ‘free trade’ organisation, or that Britain was kept out until German domination was well established.

But with nationalistic feeling resurgent in Italy, Spain, Poland and many of the smaller EU nations and the push for ‘ever closer integration’ encountering increased resistance almost everywhere, suddenly we find that all is not well in Germany, that purported bastion of political and economic stability and social cohestion

Rising political and social discord in Germany, as in the rest of Europe, is generally being attributed to “populism” as the national elites and Brussels bureaucrats try to pretend everything is under control, but  may actually signal the re-emergence of the ancient geographic and cultural fault lines that led to the formation of Europe’s many nations. An often-overlooked manifestation of this might be the nation-state of Germany.

It may be convenient and expedient for politicians and the media to blame “populism” for the fracturing of the status quo in Germany, but to do that is to conveniently forget that Germany does not have the thousand plus year history of some other EU member states such as Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Portugal (in spite of several hundred years of Muslim incursion,) and Austria, but only became a single nation in 1870 when Otto von Bismarck united a number of independent principalities and grand duchies.

Given the undertones of ethnic/religious bias attached to “populism,” this allows media-savvy politicians to paint opponents as racist by using the the code-word “populist” as a substitute. In fact populist does not equate to racist, Hitler may have been a populist and a racist, but Mohandas K Gandhi was also a populist and a nationalist but nobody would call him a racist.

Labeling dissenters “populists” as the Merkel government and other establishment parties along with left wing extremists like the greens and Marxists have doesn’t explain or predict anything. In terms of economic classes, it’s more insightful to distinguish between the Protected Class (insiders and favored elites) who benefit enormously from the status quo and the Unprotected Class (outsiders, marginalized workers, those without privilege or access to cheap capital).

But this wealth gap doesn’t exhaust the sources of profound social discord. As historian Peter Turchin explained in Ages of Discord, historical eras are either integrative, in which people find reasons to cooperate, or disintegrative periods in which reasons to split apart become dominant. Clearly, the geopolitical order is entering a disintegrative phrase, and dismissing those who dissent from the establishment’s all-joi-hands-and-sing-kumbaya narrative as “populists” is not going to reverse that. For insight on how the disintegrative phase may manifest in Germany, let’s turn to Mark G.’s commentary:

Merkel faces own ‘German BREXIT’ Chancellor’s immigration crisis is ‘Threat to Europe’

The breakdown of the Bavarian CSU and German CDU center-right coalition (refounded post WWII by Konrad Adenauer) is historic. And it has definite regional implications. I think we could be watching the beginning moves not in a “German Brexit” but in the political collapse of the modern German state into multiple components. As I mentioned last year, I personally expect this because modern Germany is a rump survival of Bismarck’s Wihelmine German Empire. It has lost all strategic rationale for its existence. And under Frau Merkel it has almost no military forces and no control of its own borders. Such a ‘state’ cannot long endure.

“Mr Seehofer – who is also the chairman of coalition partner the Christian Social Union (CSU) – has agreed to give Mrs Merkel two weeks to try and thrash out a Europe-wide migration policy with other leaders at the European Council meeting at the end of the month.”

Merkel has zero point zero chance of reaching any Europe-wide agreement on immigration given the present composition of the governments of Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia and Poland. Since 2015 all of them have been electorally remodeled into populist based governments with fundamental anti-refugee and anti-migrant views. As an example, when we passed through the Sudetenland last year in Czechia the highway billboards openly proclaimed “No Islam – No Terrorism”.

Their thinking is vastly closer to Seehofer’s than to Merkel’s. Merkel can’t even control her primary CSU coalition partner any further. What is more likely to occur is the German government, or multiple successor German governments, will move much closer to the eastern European position.

And if Merkel attempts to construct a hard left domestic coalition consisting of the CDU, the SDP, the Greens and “The Left” (Die Linke) to continue her present policies, then I expect the CDU itself to experience an internal split and also further hemorrhaging to Alternativ fur Deustschland. Its difficult to see her retaining her position in the CDU after presiding over the collapse of the historic CDU/CSU coalition.

New elections are highly likely in these circumstances. And in the last elections the main Center parties – CDU/CSU and also SDP – all lost significant numbers of supporters to the AfD and Die Linke. Another round at this point will probably produce a much larger AfD, plus political gridlock as the Establishment attempts to ignore the democratic result.

On an anecdotal basis, last year I again met individuals in Rheinland-Pfalz who in 2015 had been members of The Greens. Come 2017 they all had left the Greens and were wavering between the CDU & AfD.

On a related issue: it seems to me the present migration induced political crisis in German politics will cause the PIGS to attempt to rebid and renegotiate the terms of their ECB/IMF bailouts.

In the light of points made in the above extract it is fair to say that Marx’s famous summary of the disintegrative forces inherent in capitalism–“Everything solid melts into air”– aptly describes the core dynamics of disintegrative phases.

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If we look at a map of the states which make up modern Germany circa 1866 and ask if the geographic, political and cultural lines visible on this map still pertain beneath the surface of a monolithic modern state. All sorts of centralized organizations that appear rock-solid may well melt into air as the disintegrative dynamics gather momentum.

It would be foolish to compare Germany to Yugoslavia in the early 1990s? But the social and economic problems in Germany  and other European Union member states, 25 years after its founding is a warning signal of the dangers of trying to foist changes beneficial to the elites onto the mass of working and middle class populations. In particular the immigration policy imposed by Brussels of simply allowing in all arrivals has been a social disaster.

The EU’s central bureaucracy along with the main advocates of political integration, Germany and France have long portrayed the union of European states as a political, economic and historical success story. But the downside of this merger is all too often ignored – and this is increasingly endangering its future.

The Maastricht Treaty, the 25th anniversary of which passed last week, was the European Union’s founding document and the point at which all pretence of the EU being nothing more than a free trade area was abandoned. For a few years after the treaty was signed, it seemed that no one was able to recognize the European Union’s innate defects, or those that did were dismissed as right wing reactionaries.

Ever since Maastricht one of the European Union’s faults has been the ineptitude of its attempts to put together a common approach to foreogn policy. First its inability to correctly assess the conflicts in Yugoslavia, which were going on at the time or to exert a moderating influence on the warring parties and to prevent civil wars in the region. Before it even evolved into the EU, the European Community was inconsistent and unconvincing when it came to applying the values it claimed to represent to its dealings with Yugoslavia.

One of the main reasons for this has been the fact that the main EU power, Germany, still suffering an enormous guilt hangover from the 20th century’s two great wars, has declined to act but has by inaction, by failing to lead, prevented the rest of the EU from doing what needed to be done.

With the signing of the Maastricht treaty, Germany transferred not only its economic power and postwar instinct toward non – intervention to the EU but also it’s moral authority. And a bunch of smooth cheeked deal makers, which is what the EU Commission, the committee which effectively controls the EU, are always going to shirk moral responsibility, preferring to take refuge in rules and regulations.  Just like West Germany during the Cold War, the newly constituted union of states was an economic giant, but a dwarf in the foreign policy arena.

This dwarf has barely grown in the past quarter century. Occasional forays into international conflicts while hanging onto America’s coat tails have ended disastrously for the people the effort was supposed to help, while purely diplomatic initiatives  have all failed. Thus today, for example, there is no consistent foreign policy line on the Balkans – and the western Balkans are, again, increasingly unstable.

Meanwhile in Germany, Angela Merkel’s fragile coalition totters on the brink of collapse as the Christian Social Union (CSU), a conservative party which dominates the federal province of Bravaria threatens to quit is support of Merkel and thus bring down her government over her idiotic insistence on maintaining the ‘open doors’ immigration policy that has allowed millions of illiterate, culturally backward and unemployable third world peasants to flood into the country.

“With populist parties AfD (Alternatif fur Deutschland) and FDR (Free Deomcrats) having made vast gains in last year’s inconclusive election, if Merkel falls Germany could end up with an anti – EU coalition vehmently opposed to mass immigration in power. Yet some German states are very left wing and collectivist and would find this intolerable.

So where could federal Germany go from there?