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”.
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
ArmstrongEconomics.com – 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.