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 Post subject: Gulag of Nations
PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 5:22 am 
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Germany has been accused by allies of Theresa May of trying to influence the general election by undermining the Prime Minister over Brexit talks.

Allies of Mrs May believe Germany, in tandem with the EU, is embarking on a new 'project fear' by repeatedly briefing against her.

Senior officials in the German government and in Brussels have openly mocked Mrs May or leaked sensitive information about private meetings in what is being seen as an attempt to undermine the Prime Minister.

Last week Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, also suggested Britain had “illusions” over what it could hope to achieve from Brexit.
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Theresa May met Jean-Claude Juncker at Downing Street last week Credit: EPA

Weakening Mrs May’s mandate with the electorate would tilt the balance in favour of the EU negotiators, and Conservative sources have suggested she is the victim of a co-ordinated plot ahead of next month’s election.

One close ally of Mrs May said: “There is a long-standing tradition that countries do not involve themselves in the elections of other countries, and they seem to be breaking that.”
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Mrs May has warned Jean-Claude Juncker that he will find her to be a “bloody difficult woman” if he refuses to compromise during Brexit negotiations.

Asked by the BBC if she was taking a “realistic” approach over the negotiations, Mrs May said: “I think what we've seen recently is that at times these negotiations are going to be tough.
PM warns Juncker she will be a 'bloody difficult woman' in Brexit negotiations
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“Now during the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a bloody difficult woman. And I said at the time the next person to find that out will be Jean-Claude Juncker.”

Martin Selmayr, the German chief of staff to Jean-Claude Juncker and a personal friend of Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, is believed to be behind a leak that claimed Mrs May was “deluded” over her Brexit demands.

Michael Roth, Germany’s finance minister, also sought to undermine Mrs May, using Twitter to say: “The British government must abandon [the] myth that all British will be better off post-Brexit.”

And Guy Verhofstadt, the lead Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, has openly mocked Mrs May’s negotiating skills.
May dismisses Juncker comments during campaign visit to Cornwall
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Picking up on her campaign slogan of “strong and stable leadership”, he said: “Any Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking - it's time to get real.”

Tory MP Sir Bill Cash, chairman of the Commons European scrutiny committee, said he was “certain” that Germany and the EU were trying to influence the general election by undermining Mrs May.

He said: “What they are doing is trying to exploit a new kind of 'project fear' and that is not going to work on the British people.

“They are also trying to use negotiations as a means of influencing the German general election later this year. They are playing an unwise and dangerous game and I think they have been working towards this for a long time.”
PM dismisses Juncker spat as 'Brussels gossip'
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Margaritis Schinas, European Commission spokesman, said he would not comment on leaks, but added: "I have the impression sometimes that our British friends - not all of them - do underestimate the technical difficulties we have to face... there are issues that clearly are not understood the same way.”

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, insisted that the Government would not enter into a “briefing war” with Brussels because it would be a “mistake” to be drawn into one.

She said: "I'm not surprised that there is briefing coming out from different sides of a negotiation.

"But what we will always do is make sure that we conduct our negotiations more discreetly, shall we say, so that really we can have a freer negotiating hand.

"I think it's a mistake to allow those sort of details, if they are true, to come out from a dinner."
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Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary Credit: AFP

Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister and an outspoken critic of the EU, told BBC Radio 4's World At One programme: "Nothing was more predictable than this kind of clash, the substantial policy and tactic of the Brussels politicians and bureaucrats of effectively stalling and constantly shifting the goalposts in any such negotiations."

He said any attempt to negotiate a mutually beneficial deal "is going to be defeated by the reality in Brussels".

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit minister, said: "I think the talks have got off to a very, very bad start.

"That rigid approach, that fixed approach that she has taken here in the UK is simply not working with our EU partners.

"We need to be flexible, we need to be smart and we need to understand how negotiations go.”


It's an odd sort of voluntary union that tries to stop people leaving with threats and abuse. Wonder when they'll start building walls... to keep people in, not keep them out, naturally.

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‘Monster’ at the Berlaymont

Martin Selmayr is admired, despised and feared. What’s clear: He’s the most powerful EU chief of staff ever.

By David M. Herszenhorn

11/17/16, 5:33 AM CET

Updated 11/22/16, 3:53 PM CET

Illustration by Ellie Foreman-Peck for POLITICO

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For a true believer in democracy, Martin Selmayr runs the European Commission not as some curator of debate but like the merciless hand of a king, who will stop at nothing to protect his vision of the realm: Europe, united and free.

Make that an extremely heavy hand. Or maybe an armored bulldozer.

As chief of staff to President Jean-Claude Juncker, Selmayr has spent the last two years astonishing and infuriating the EU establishment. He is a gatekeeper, restricting access to his boss even for high-level commissioners. He is an enforcer, imposing Juncker’s imprint (or his own) on virtually all initiatives, and plowing through those who disagree.

His peers in power say they cannot trust him. Subordinates say they fear him. Already, one Commission vice president and several high-level aides have quit, decrying his authoritarian control of the Commission, which he has remade unapologetically, in Juncker’s name, as a top-down institution. “He is the president,” Selmayr said in an interview in his 13th floor office at the Berlaymont. “He sets the political guidelines and the others have to follow.”

And they do. Selmayr gives them no choice.

His goal, as chief of staff of what Juncker has called a “last-chance Commission,” is nothing less than saving the Continent, and he claims to be doing just that, having rescued Greece from financial collapse, navigated the worst of the migrant crisis, and mostly held ranks in the face of Brexit and an onslaught of populist forces.

Critics say he is presiding over the demise of the Europe he seeks to protect, with Brexit the most glaring failure, Greece’s future still uncertain, the migrant crisis still unsolved, and perhaps the worst fallout of the EU’s recent failings still to come as the Netherlands, France and Germany vote next year.

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http://www.politico.eu/article/monster- ... e-juncker/

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Heh, authoritarians gonna authoritate :mrgreen:

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Heh, authoritarians gonna authoritate :mrgreen:


Guess so.

I'm pleased that the EU has finally torn off the mask though. Aside from the usual mob of leftist quislings that every western nation has to endure, I can't imagine this sort of bullshit going down well with the actual voting pleb.

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Heh, authoritarians gonna authoritate :mrgreen:


Guess so.

I'm pleased that the EU has finally torn off the mask though. Aside from the usual mob of leftist quislings that every western nation has to endure, I can't imagine this sort of bullshit going down well with the actual voting pleb.


That, is why they will fail . . . probably ;)

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Tess the Terrible giving em both barrels.



Holy shit. Much will be forgiven by me in the voting booth.

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So one party to the divorce wants it to be amicable but the other one wants to drag it down into a muddy death match . . . hmmm

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So one party to the divorce wants it to be amicable but the other one wants to drag it down into a muddy death match . . . hmmm



This is about a whole lot of money and influence.
The Brits aren´t running a charity here either - this is about national interest.

British voters would be seriously disappointed if Theresa May´s positions in the Brexit negotiations were any sort of "amicable".
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For the UK, the big prize is continued tariff free trading...but that is also in the interest of the EU.

So, really, what does the EU want out it...reparations? Free movment of EU citizens?

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But there is no "the EU".

Poland, Bulgaria or Romania for ex will be big on access to work and welfare for their citizens living in Britain, Greece and Italy more interested in creating tax loopholes, France will make certain British made cheese must not be called "Camembert" under any circumstances while the Spanish will take some more time before coming up with a non-negotiable plan involving EU-administered fishing grounds and how its now all theirs.

What our Staatsratsvorsitzende Frau Merkel might be interested in at this point - I can no longer tell.

Merkel is victory-from-beyond-the-grave for the old DDR, communist East Germany, the former socialist youth secretary come to the head of the grandest of all coalitions.

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