Merkel & Hollande: Road To War Roadshow

Hollande & Merkel

Having outstayed their welcome in their own countries the Merkel & Hollande Roadshow brought their popular policies to the European Parliament in October.

Angela Merkel was extremely glum as she listened to François Hollande prattle on whilst wondering whether this was her last gig in Strasbourg.

In reality, unease in German elite circles with Merkel has been growing for some time – ever since it became clear last autumn that the Russians were not going to back down over Ukraine, and that the sectoral sanctions she had imposed on Russia were not therefore going to be lifted any time soon.

This put Germany’s vital economic interests at risk by putting in jeopardy plans for Germany’s long term import of Russian gas, and plans by its businesses to expand in the Russian market.

Merkel’s mishandling of the Greek debt negotiations – in particular her decision to override Wolfgang Schauble’s demand for a Grexit – hardened concerns about her in Germany even further by showing that Merkel in a crisis always in the end plays to the Atlanticist gallery instead of defending German national interests.

The refugee crisis was the final straw, the moment when – since this is an issue which caused public opinion to become enraged – the doubts and criticism that have been growing in private, were able finally to go public.

As Merkel Crumbles Berlin Turns To Moscow
Russia Insider – Alexander Mercouris – 1 Nov 2015

This allowed the other half of the Desperate Duo [François Hollande] to take centre stage and bask in the limelight [before he is also unceremoniously dumped into oblivion].

Based on previous presidential elections, incumbent President François Hollande is likely to run for his second and final term.

However, Le Figaro has speculated that the Socialist Party will nominate a different candidate, due to Hollande’s low approval ratings.

Hollande has suggested that he may not stand for re-election if he fails to reduce the French unemployment rate by the end of his term.

He stated this point again in February 2015, saying that “if after five years, a President cannot meet the objective that he had when he got elected, he cannot be once more a candidate for the highest office in the country”.,_2017

François Hollande hit the stage [and his audience] with a bravura, rabble rousing Back to the Barricades – Brothers speech [4:30 in the video] that he’s been practising since 1968.

The volatile period of civil unrest in France during May 1968 was punctuated by demonstrations and massive general strikes as well as the occupation of universities and factories across France.

At the height of its fervor, it virtually brought the entire advanced capitalist economy of France to a dramatic halt.

Unsurprisingly, François Hollande didn’t [or couldn’t] bring himself to reply to Marine Le Pen.

Hollande began gently by reminding his audience that the European Parliament is part of a new peaceful Europe before he changed gear by introducing “asylum” [a euphemism for the current immigration crisis sweeping across Europe] as he tried to establish his moral superiority and politically correct credentials.

Now in full flight, François Hollande feels comfortable introducing the Desperate Duo’s real agenda which is to transform the European Union into a stronger “independent superpower”.

Hollande didn’t let a good immigration crisis go to waste because he then proceeded to announce to the European Parliament that “we” need a common defence policy.

Unsurprisingly, François Hollande didn’t explain why Europe needs a common defence policy because Europe is already chock-a-block with sovereign defence forces plus the supra-national forces of NATO which have been provocatively occupying Europe for the last 66 years.

Extremely symbolic is the fact that since the inception of the organization, all Allied Commanders of NATO’s defense forces in Europe were US military men.

The leading role of the US in this system leaves no doubt.

Its proponents justify this with theories that the Americans come from Mars, and Europeans come from Venus (this was Robert Kagan’s formulation, who incidentally is the husband of the famous Victoria Nuland from the American State Department).

NATO is the American occupation of Poland and Europe
Voltaire Network – Mateusz Piskorski – 29 October 2015

Neither did Hollande explain why he was talking [like a xenophobic populist] about “a common defence policy” in the context of the immigration crisis.

Unsurprisingly, François Hollande didn’t consider whether the sovereign democracies across Europe want a militarised, anti-democratic European Superpower wielding arbitrary power.

The President of the European Commission is the head of the European Commission (the executive branch of the European Union) and therefore the most powerful officeholder in the EU, (loosely) analogous to the role of a country’s Prime-Minister / Head of Government (as opposed to the separate role of President of the European Council, who could be seen as the European Union’s Head of State) – although, unlike a national head of government, the President of the Commission does not determine foreign policy, command troops or raise taxes.

The post was established in 1958 and is elected by the European Parliament, on a proposal of the European Council for five-year terms.

Qualified majority in the Council has led to more candidates being fielded while there has been greater politicisation due to the involvement of Parliament and the change of policy direction in the EU from the creation of the single market to reform of it.

However, despite this, the choice within the Council remains largely behind closed doors.

The European Union already has enough power to wreak antidemocratic havoc across Europe – just ask the people of Greek, Portugal and the Ukraine.

A militarised, anti-democratic European Superpower commanded by Atlanticist Empty Vassals [like Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and Jean-Claude Juncker] is a recipe for totalitarianism and/or World War Three.

Germany is attempting to escape from the rôle it was assigned during the Syrian conflict. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is trying to organise a summit meeting between the major powers in order to negotiate a peace settlement.

But this project promises to be very difficult to realise, in part because Germany bears a weighty reponsbility in the war, and in part because France persists in seeking to destroy the Syrian Arab Republic.

Germany seeks to extract itself from the Syrian conflict
Voltaire Network – Thierry Meyssan – 30 October 2015

Frighteningly, Hollande successfully garnered loud applause and many cheers from the main body of the European Parliament when he played the classic Anglophobe card.

it’s so simple to leave Europe, there is no other way, it’s a terrible way.

But in the end, it is a logical way of leaving Europe, leaving the Euro, leaving Schengen, and even, if you can, to leave even democracy, because sometimes I wonder when I’m hearing you.

Do you really want to participate in a common European space, well”

Ironically, while concluding his self-righteous [and populist] speech he attempted to stifle any dissenting voices [using the classic techniques of Cultural Marxism] by stigmatising dissent as nationalistic, populist and extremist.

Sadly, it appears the ruling Cultural Marxists are determined to march the European Union headlong into totalitarianism and war.

Martin Armstrong optimistically observes: The sovereignty of people should be respected.

Hollande & Merkel fail to grasp that a successful Europe does not require one government and one cultural policy nor one currency with one debt.

Europe should be the freedom of movement, free trade, but not one government.

Even in the USA, there are rumblings of separatism for one policy in Washington that is against the culture of one state.

Such dominant central governments have never survived. Even in Germany, Bavaria sees itself as Bavarian first and Germen second.

The sovereignty of people should be respected.

Le Pen vs Merkel & Hollande at the European Parliament – Martin Armstrong – 31 October 2015

Gilbert Doctorow hopes “a new, genuinely humane and anti-imperialist EU rise from its ashes.”

The departure of Merkel will uncork forces for changing direction of Europe in a good many areas, including the austerity program and, of course, the sanctions against Russia.

As I have written to the FT journalist Stephens in answer to his pessimism over the fate of the Union should she leave:

“In its present form, the EU is hell-bent. But the idea is too important to die with the present structures. May a new, genuinely humane and anti-imperialist EU rise from its ashes.

German Rapprochement With Russia — Reconsidered
Russia Insider – Gilbert Doctorow – 1 Nov 2015

Personally, I’m not holding my breath after watching the Merkel & Hollande Roadshow.

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12 Responses to Merkel & Hollande: Road To War Roadshow

  1. malagabay says:

    From ZeroHedge:
    EU Commissioner’s Dire Warning:
    “The Only Alternative To Europe Is War”
    Tyler Durden on 13 Nov 2015

    While the saying goes “good fences make good neighbors,”it appears the leadership of The EU is starting to get frustrated with the lack of acquiescence among some of the ‘union’s’ newer or more marginal members.

    In a somewhat stunning statement, following ongoing and contentious meetings to discuss solutions to the migrant ‘problem’, EU Commissioner Timmermanns appeared to warn disagreeable member states, “There is an alternative to everything. I believe in EU cooperation because of all other forms in history have been tried to help Europeans get on better, and with the exception of this one, all other forms have led to war – so let’s stick to this one.”

    Also filed under:
    “Politicians Never Admit They Are Wrong”
    “Imperial Delusions of Grandeur”
    “An EU Treaty Too Far”
    “An EU Country Too Far”
    “If You Can’t Convince Them: Frighten Them”

  2. malagabay says:

    In a curious twist of fate.

    1) France and Germany are playing football in front of Francois Hollande.

    The stadium was hosting a football friendly match between France and Germany, which was attended by the French President Francois Hollande.

    2) Coordinated attacks rock Paris with dozens dead and many injured.

    A series of apparently coordinated attacks have rocked central Paris, resulting in at least 40 casualties, according to local media.

    Aside from the three separate shootings, police also confirmed several explosions near a Paris stadium, and an unfolding hostage situation.

    At least six separate violent incidents have taken place in Paris on Friday night, including several shootings and explosions. The French station BFM TV claim the death toll could be in excess of 60 people.

    Gunfire near a restaurant in the vicinity of Paris’ Place de la Republique has killed at least 11 and injured at least seven people, according to BFM TV and police sources.

    People in the vicinity reported seeing several bodies lying on the ground.

    3) French President declares state of emergency, closes borders.

    The President was rushed out of the stadium and is personally dealing with the unfolding emergency situation, officials told France 24.

    Amid the “unprecedented terrorist attacks” that have resulted in dozens of deaths, French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency and announced that France will close its borders.

    Dozens of people have lost their lives in a series of apparently coordinated attacks in the French capital on Friday evening.

    Addressing the nation, President Francois Hollande called on everyone to remain strong and show “compassion and unity.”

    “There is much to fear, but we must face these fears as a nation that knows how to muster its forces and will confront the terrorists,” the president said.

    In the wake of the “unprecedented terrorist attacks,” Hollande has ordered the French military to deploy reinforcements in the capital.

    Sat 14 Nov 2015 01:43:00 CET


    Sat 14 Nov 2015 09:25:00 CET
    Daily Telegraph

    Sat 14 Nov 2015 16:17:00 CET
    Daily Telegraph

  3. malagabay says:

    ZeroHedge: Tyler Durden
    France’s Far-Right Party Calls For Nation To “Re-Arm Itself”, Revoke Muslims’ Passports, “Eradicate” Radical Islam

    If there is one ‘winner’ from last night’s terrible events in Paris, it is France’s anti-EU, anti-immigration far-right wing Front Nationale party leader Marine Le Pen.

    Having already ascended to the lead in yet another poll ahead of France’s 2017 elections, Le Pen came out swinging this morning call for France to “re-arm itself,” stating that radical Islam must be “eradicated” from France.

    She further demanded that border controls be made “permanent” and binational Islamists must be depreived of their French passport.

    ZeroHedge: Tyler Durden
    Passport Found Next To Paris Suicide Bomber Belongs To Syrian “Political Refugee” Who Entered Greece

    Just one thing was missing: a link between the Paris suicide bombers (for whose actions ISIS has already claimed responsibility) and refugees.

    That missing link appeared earlier today today, when the Greek government said that not only was a Syrian passport found next to the body of one of the suicide bombers in Paris yesterday, but that passport was registered on the Greek island of Leros, suggesting that the holder came into Europe claiming to be a political refugee according to Bloomberg.

    ZeroHedge: Tyler Durden
    Assad Condemns “Savage” Paris Attacks, Blames French Foreign Policy

    The events that ultimately led to the enormous people flows into Europe and to Friday’s attacks in Paris have been unfolding in Syria for the better part of five years and because this probably isn’t the time for a scathing Western foreign policy critique on our part, we simply present comments below from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with not further comment.

    From today
    (via Reuters)

    Syrian President Bashar al Assad condemned Friday’s attacks in Paris and said that such acts of terror were similar to what his people had faced in years of violent civil war.

    “What France suffered from savage terror is what the Syrian people have been enduring for over five years,” the Syrian President was quoted as saying on state media and Lebanese TV station al Mayadeen

    Global Research: Tony Cartalucci
    Attack in France = State Sponsored Terror, But Which State?

    While France will undoubtedly try to use this attack to justify further intervention in Syria to topple the government in Damascus, it was most likely France’s own allies in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and even Paris itself who were directly or indirectly involved in the training, arming, and funding of those who spilled blood on Parisian streets this week.

    The first and most important question in examining any great crime is “cui bono?” or to whose benefit? Attacking Paris, and in particular a football match full of nationalists already increasingly violent and hysterical seems to only benefit a government seeking further justification to wage wider war abroad – a war it is currently losing and a war it currently lacks wide public support to continue fighting.

    It now, all so conveniently, has the support it was looking for.

    Le Monde (via Google Translate):
    Francois Hollande: “We will lead the fight, he will be ruthless”

    François Hollande : « Nous allons mener le combat, il sera impitoyable »

    Le | 14.11.2015 à 02h20

    Sun 15 Nov 20:37 Daily Telegraph

  4. malagabay says:

    RT: French jets drop 20 bombs in massive anti-ISIS raid in Syria

    France has carried out a massive airstrike on an Islamic State stronghold in Raqqa, Syria.

    It struck dozen’s of targets including a command and control center, training camp and munitions warehouse, the country’s defense ministry announced.

    Twelve French aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, took part in the country’s biggest air raid in Syria, the statement from the defense ministry read.

    Footnote from 5th Nov 2015
    France Deploys Its Only Aircraft Carrier To Fight ISIS

    We concluded by saying that whatever the reason behind the US naval “gap” may be, one thing is clear: the departure of the Roosevelt comes at a particularly awkward time – just as Russia is setting up its own aicraft base in Syria.

    We may have been too early.

    As Reuters reported earlier today, just as one US carrier was leaving the middle east, another widely feared and respected geopolitical superpower was set to replace US carrier presence in the Middle East in the ongoing war against “ISIS” – France.

    Earlier today, in a statement by the French presidency following a meeting of its defence cabinet, the government said it would send its only aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle warship, to the eastern Mediterranean for operations against Isis in both Syria and Iraq.

  5. andrewfitts says:

    The hegemon can not let Russia ‘win’ in Syria. Got to find a pretext to get more involved. The deep state will stop at nothing, including killing western people to advance its agenda. Divide and conquer – problem, reaction, solution. Use false flag and media to deceive. Same as it ever was…

  6. malagabay says:

    From The Automatic Earth: Raúl Ilargi Meijer
    9/11, 3/11, 7/7, 11/13 = New York, Madrid, London, Paris

    “They” don’t resent us for our freedom, “they” resent us for not allowing them to have their freedom, too.

    We need to recognize at some point that we owe our affluence to the misery of others, not to our superior intelligence or morals or religion or way of life.

    Pope Francis said in a reaction to the Friday 13th attacks: “This is not human”.

    Unfortunately, 2000 years of Christianity say he’s dead wrong, wrong as he could be.

    This is very human.

    It’s as human as feeling an overbearing love for our children.

    It’s all human.

    It’s very human, too, to go for the ‘us’ vs ‘them’ meme.

    Because it feels good, and you can be sure it makes those around you feel good too.

    Which is a big help in times of fear and insecurity and not having the answer, not having any other answers than the ubiquitous ones the media feed you.

    But that still is not what the dead deserve.

    They deserve much more

    9/11, 3/11, 7/7, 11/13 = New York, Madrid, London, Paris
    The Automatic Earth – Raúl Ilargi Meijer – 15 November 2015

  7. andrewfitts says:

    Raul’s follow-on from the article quoted above:

    “They” don’t resent us for our freedom, “they” resent us for not allowing them to have their freedom, too. We need to recognize at some point that we owe our affluence to the misery of others, not to our superior intelligence or morals or religion or way of life. But there’s not a single voice among us which wants to make that recognition happen.

    We are not a benevolent force, no matter what we tell ourselves or how many times we repeat it. We are a civilization of oppressors. Just like the Romans and the Mongols and so many others before and after. We seek to uphold our status and our wealth at the expense of others, of strangers, people who live conveniently far enough away in conveniently impoverished conditions.

    We have been building our empire this way since well before Columbus, we’ve greatly expanded it over the past 500 years, and we’re now looking at the terminal phase of that empire. Just like the Romans and the Mongols and so many others before and after.”

  8. andrewfitts says:

    RT finally willing to let a reporter tell the real story of terrorism supported by western imperialists:

  9. malagabay says:

    ZeroHedge: Tyler Durden
    “France Is At War”: Hollande Unleashes 2nd Day Of ISIS Strikes, Mobilizes 115,000, Moves To Change Constitution

    Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says more than 100 people have been placed under house arrest and dozens have been arrested in the sweeping crackdown.

    “Under a state of emergency – which has been in place since the attacks on Friday – security services, police have extra powers and freedom to make arrests, search houses and confiscate weapons without judicial oversight,” The Sydney Morning Herald notes.

    President Hollande told a joint session of the French parliament on Monday that “France is at war” and that he wants the state of emergency extended by three months.

    Hollande also proposed constitutional changes.

    As The Herald put it on Tuesday, Hollande wants “to create a new version of ‘exceptional measures’, giving the government some emergency powers available under martial law.

    A couple of things stand out here.

    First, note that according to the source cited above, the French (using US “intelligence”) are hitting targets where there are no fighters.

    Second, the Russians are the ones doing the real damage to ISIS although there is of course the allegation that they are targeting hospitals because these days, everyone has to accuse everyone else of bombing hospitals.

    Craig Murray: 18 Nov 2015

    Thrashing Not Swimming

    The French are pounding the city of Raqqa as I write and the truth is, whatever the propaganda, that they have already killed more entirely innocent civilians in their bombing than were killed in the horrible atrocity in Paris.

    The killing on both sides is mindless.

    The majority of those the French are bombing into oblivion in Raqqa are people horrified at being occupied by ISIL, just as the people killed by ISIL in Paris were ordinary people as powerless as the rest of us to affect the way the elite run our foreign policy.

    Those who believe that the random killing of bombing is the solution to random killing are crazy.
    Terrible as these attacks were, they killed 0.01% – that’s one in ten thousand – of the population of Paris.

    They increased the tiny chance of being murdered in France by only 20%.

    There are over 600 murders a year in France.

    Many more people die every year in traffic accidents in Paris than were killed in this atrocity.

    I am not trying to mitigate the evil or atrocity, I am trying to put it in context.

    The drama of the incident is used vastly to exaggerate its impact and to justify those moves which the Establishment had up their sleeve anyway as the vast and growing disparity between rich and poor calls for more weapons of social control.

  10. malagabay says:

    ZeroHedge: Tyler Durden
    Nigel Farage Warned Hollande In 2013, EU Warmongery Will Mean “Unending, Unwinnable Misery” For Europe

    “The EU is increasingly about war,” exclaimed the outspoken UKIP leader in 2013 in front of Francois Hollande and his European parliamentarian peers.

    Amid the collapse of the French economy and capital flight, Farage jabs at Hollande it is clearly “impossible for France and Germany to stay together inside the same economic and monetary union.”

    So on the basis that the country is bankrupt (as France’s employment minister has said), Farage asks rhetorically, “what do you do? Well, the old trick – launch a foreign military intervention.”

    He concludes ominously prophetically, “taking on fundamentalist, radical Islam in battle is something that will launch ourselves… on a decade of unending, unwinnable misery.”

  11. malagabay says:

    H/T Off Guardian:

    On the eve of this weekend’s NATO summit in Warsaw, Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) delivered a government statement to the Bundestag (parliament) demanding the acceleration of German re-armament.

    In addition to expanding the military budget by almost two billion euros in the next year, and “more than an additional 2.5 billion euros” after 2018, Merkel announced that the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) would engage more actively alongside NATO in Iraq, Syria, Libya, the Mediterranean and Afghanistan.

    At the heart of the chancellor’s speech was a justification for war preparations against Russia, which NATO plans to announce in Warsaw

    Merkel calls for German rearmament ahead of NATO summit
    World Socialist Web Site – Johannes Stern – 9 July 2016

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