Chaos Ensues As Europe Splinters In Response To Trump: UK, France, Hungary Snub EU Emergency Meeting

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While America's so-called "establishment", the legacy political system and mainstream media, appear to be melting, and transforming before our eyes into something that has yet to be determined, Europe also appears to be disintegrating in response to the Trump presidential victory: as the FT reports, in a stunning development, Britain and France on Sunday night snubbed a contentious EU emergency meeting to align the bloc’s approach to Donald Trump’s election, exposing rifts in Europe over the US vote.

Hailed by diplomats as a chance to “send a signal of what the EU expects” from Mr Trump, the plan fell into disarray after foreign ministers from the bloc’s two main military powers declined to attend the gathering demanded by Berlin and Brussels.

The meeting, which comes as Trump appointed his key deputies - chosing the more moderate establishment figure, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, to be his chief-of-staff over campaign chairman Stephen Bannon, who becomes chief strategist and counsellor - was supposed to create a framework for Europe in how to deal with a "Trump threat" as Europe itself faces an uphill climb of contenuous, potentially game-changing elections over the coming few months as we described last week in "European Politicians Terrified By "Horror Scenario" After Brexit, Trump."

Instead The split in Europe highlights the difficulties "European capitals face in coordinating a response to Mr Trump, who has questioned the US’s commitments to Nato and free trade and hinted at seeking a rapprochement with Russian president Vladimir Putin" much to the amusement of famous euroskeptic Nigel Farage who was the first foreign political leader to meet with Donald Trump at the Trump Tower over the weekend.

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage. Taken from Nigel Farages twitter page.

Trump's move infuriated members of Europe's fraying core, with Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister, tweeting: “If Trump wanted to look statesmanlike to Europe, receiving Farage was probably the worst thing he could [do].”

As the FT adds, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson dropped out of the Brussels meeting, with officials arguing that it created an air of panic, while French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault opted to stay in Paris to meet the new UN secretary-general. Hungary’s foreign minister boycotted the meeting, labeling the response from some EU leaders as “hysterical”.

Johnson’s refusal to attend will add to an already difficult relationship with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has told colleagues that he cannot bear to be in the same room as the British foreign secretary.

In short: total chaos.

Ironically, the German foreign minister had wanted to demonstrate that the EU was capable of rapid response when it came to foreign policy. Instead the disarray highlighted a familiar problem for Berlin, according to diplomats. “When the EU’s most powerful country wants to lead, other member states don’t necessarily follow,” said one EU diplomat. But the German foreign ministry put a brave face on events, saying on Sunday: “It’s good that the EU meets … to look into the consequences of the election of Donald Trump for Europe.”

A combination of Trump’s election and Britain’s vote to leave the EU had triggered calls for a total overhaul of the EU’s foreign and defense policy, with Berlin and Paris demanding greater integration. “If the US disengages from Europe, we need to look after our own security,” said one EU diplomat. Those ministers who do attend the meeting, will discuss plans such as bolstering the EU’s ambition to mount joint operations during a scheduled meeting on Monday, which Mr Johnson and Mr Ayrault will attend.

Elsewhere, as reported yesterday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned both the US and its European partners against “going it alone” on defence matters. Paris and Berlin had been co-ordinating their response to Mr Trump’s election, while London has jockeyed to maintain its position as the US’s main European ally. The French president and German chancellor spoke before releasing two separate, guarded welcomes to the president-elect last week. 

Meanwhile, other European leaders have openly criticized the incoming president. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker last week accused Mr Trump of ignorance. “We must teach the president-elect what Europe is and how it works. I believe we’ll have two years of wasted time while Mr Trump tours a world he doesn’t know.”

But the most concerned of all will likely be Italy's PM Matteo Renzi, who as explained on various occasions, and as Bloomberg writes, is "Next in the Crosshairs for Anti-Establishment Wave."

Of course, with the US finding itself in a state of post-presidential election shock, it is only reasonable that Europe's own establishment forces are next, and this time the impact will be far closer to the core, slamming first Italy, then France, the Netherlands, and ultimately - perhaps - Germany itself.

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evoila's picture

This is hilarious to watch. The biggest fear the progressives/democrats/liberals have is that Trump will be successful. If he does that, they will be done as a political party inside of 2-4 years.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) evoila Nov 13, 2016 9:31 PM


Make the world SANE again!!

hedgeless_horseman's picture


"Fuck the EU."

Victoria Nuland
US-Assistant Secretary of State
European and Eurasian Affairs
Assumed office, September 18, 2013
Appointed by President Barack Hussein Obama

United States Ambassador to NATO
June 20, 2005 – May 2, 2008
Appointed by President George Walker Bush

TeamDepends's picture

The best laid central plans of mice and men....

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Do you want to bet money that Nuland doesn't get a job under Trump?

Handful of Dust's picture

"Fuck the EU" was Hillary Clinton's staff person, right?

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Red Team, Blue Team, same League ownership.


I am giving 3:1 that Nuland has a job in Trump's Department of State.

Forget cousin Nigel, just ask Uncle Bibi...

Boxed Merlot's picture

just ask Uncle Bibi...


Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;...

Matthew 27:50-51


This is not news for anyone with knowledge of the Christian canon of scripture.  Jesus' death destroyed the separation between "Jew" and "Gentile".  The difference is and has always been between the truly "called out" of / by God and the world.  There's only one living person's geneology that survived the destruction of Jerusalem and both copies are found enshrined in the Christian canon.



Rearden-Steel's picture

They are starting to become concerned about protecting themselves and their own security instead relying on the US to foot the bill. Trump's win is already having positive effects!

CuttingEdge's picture

The most powerful man in Europe (other than Vlad)?

The man of the people, Nigel Farage.

Karma is a wonderful thing, eh Mr Junker.

Please excuse me while I go and wet myelf with extreme merriment.

de3de8's picture

So much for the " United States of Europe "

StychoKiller's picture

Well, they (EU) most certainly do not have the wherewithal to actually pay the USA for their NATO expenses.  Good luck Brussels, you're gonna need it.

Boxed Merlot's picture

They are starting to become concerned...


They who?  I too am sick and tired of any citizenry who have adopted an identity as though they are legitimate descendents of Jacob through any other means than by faith into committing atrocities against fellow human beings whether residing in the nation founded in 1948 or holding dual allegiences with that being one.

What's interesting to me is the Muslim that cuts my hair was born and raised in Jerusalem and still returns "home" from his home here in CA to visit family all the time.

Faith is faith and it needs to be pointed out as just that.  By the way, I have Dupuytren's Contracture and have opted for surgical remedy, because it is genetic, the release procedure is regarded as temporary and will return in time, kinda like hair straightening.  I guess that makes me an "Uncle Tom".


Al Gophilia's picture

It's not the Eewwwwww ministers panicing, it's their handlers in the deep state and oligarchal power who are in crisis mode.

HowdyDoody's picture

It is nice to see the TTIP-supporting bankster Farage doing his best Blankfein impression in the first photo.


Vageling's picture

the TTIP-supporting bankster Farage

Stop spouting nonsense. Farage is against TTIP. If you don't like him just say so but don't spread bullshit. 

Argentumentum's picture

You can ELECT but not SELECT - Trump to Israelis: Together we will stand up to Iran.

If voting could change anything... it would be illegal. Emma Goldman


How many times will the monkeys push the button before they realize they never get the banana?

Antifaschistische's picture

I'm no political optimist.  The US has sunk a long way in 40 years.

But, Trump is interesting because he's not a tool and the globalist know he will do whatever he wants to do...and that he probably can't be bought with a high dollar speaking engagement in Monte Carlo.  So they're afraid of him.

....and that, I find entertaining.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Knowing that these evil scum are capable of anything, and for the reasons you've outlined above, Mr.Trump needs to be extremely vigilant about his personal security.

nmewn's picture

"You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan". But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!

Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!" 

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!" "

Are you sure that inpredictability implies fairness?

Skeero's picture

I'm 99% sure its from a Batman movie. Heath ledger as the joker lol.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) hedgeless_horseman Nov 13, 2016 11:24 PM

Trumps longtime butler "he likes gold"

ya think? lol

HardlyZero's picture

Just what if...Nigel lands a new job over the pond ?

Maybe that is why Mr. Farage is lately available.

Interesting times.

Vageling's picture

I would love to see the bitter look on drunken clown Juncker his face if that happens. You see... 

"We will need to teach the president-elect what Europe is and how it works,” Juncker, arguably the EU’s most powerful politician, told students during a conference in Luxembourg, his home state. “I think we will waste two years before Mr. Trump tours the world he does not know."

He would be humiliated by Farage... Again. I bet that will keep him up at night. ;)

CuttingEdge's picture

Was hoping more along lines of lemmings, but I'm not fussed - it's all gravy.

Biggest loser of this election, both in financial terms and ambitions?

A cunt in the NWO coterie by the name of George Soros.

johngaltfla's picture

BTW, if you didn't click on the link I posted, you should watch the video of this pilot flying. With mom jeans Obama riding a bike with a bike helmet compared the Bulgarian President doing a full air show demo in a Mig-29 Fulcrum, it should comfort everyone that the Golfer in Chief is leaving office now.

Redev, the President Elect in Bulgaria, is a bad ass.

Bunga Bunga's picture

Finally South Stream can be built. 

cowdiddly's picture

long shocking elections 2017

Never fight the trend my friend.

I want to see Hollande, Merkel and Rajoy's asses hit the floor.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Is that John Revolta, sucking up to Obola?

Amun's picture

Bulgaria's President General Radev MIG-29 flight:


X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) Amun Nov 14, 2016 3:12 AM

Fuckin' A, Amun!


A MUST-WATCH Folks..... X-

Amun's picture

Rollover and flying inverted over the runway, full flaps and gear down configuration, with maximum afterburner on the pullout.

Flight acrobatics right from take-off - insane bravery and professionalism.

 This MiG-29 was flown by General Radev, commander of the Air Force (as of today new President of Bulgaria) in 2014 when he already was well over 50 years old.


johngaltfla's picture

I have that in my original story at the link above. He's a bad ass.

gonetogalt's picture

Dirt is bad. Airplanes should avoid dirt. He's real close to the dirt.

BeanusCountus's picture

Hahaha. With you all the way, but lets just keep em guessin.

gatorengineer's picture

The Republicans are in the worst shape of all.  the libs will rally around schummer and Warren, and Warren will be the candidate in 2020. the Republicans can't decide whether to love him or impeach him.   if Ryan is really elected speaker it's not a good sign.

johngaltfla's picture

You are obviously very young. In 1968 and 1972 the commielibs freaked out then too.

Guess what?

They went further Captain Insano.

If Trump doesn't do the Watergate type of thing, he's got smooth sailing. The minute he fucks up and goes progressive like Nixon? He's toast.

gatorengineer's picture

Not young sorry... Remember 72 very well....  we had Reagan clean up Carter but the party was behind him.  the Republican are not behind trump.  Priests was a concession by trump to make peace.... way too many RINOs

johngaltfla's picture

Then you are just blind. Totally blind.

BabaLooey's picture

1) Spell check. Your intelligence - or lack thereof - unmasks you as a doofus. It was 1980 - "not old guy"

2) The PEOPLE are behind Trump - FUCK the "party", and;

3) The "party" is scared shitless (meaning, Ryan, McConnell, etc.) that if they don't get along with Trump, out they go.

4) Just keep sitting there. Presidents have changed CoS before - many times.

5) Trump is the boss. NOT the fucking "RINO's"


King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) gatorengineer Nov 13, 2016 9:46 PM

don't Bogart that joint, broseph

RaceToTheBottom's picture

I think that watching the republicans dealing with the Trumpster is going to be very interesting.  

How he controls the republican establishment or they control him is going to be an ongoing fight.  I am not sure but I think people will not really let him jetison all his commitments.


zorba THE GREEK's picture

EU officials, wake up and smell the coffee ( nice way of saying "get your
head out of your ass ) First you have Brexit and now you have The Donald,
The party is over and the rats leaving the sinking ship has just begun.
Drachmas and Liras and Deutchmarks and Francs are all coming back
and there ain't a dam thing you can do about it. Power to the people!!!!

Handful of Dust's picture

...and border controls, limits on rapefugees entering the country and deportation of the 3 million whom Merkle allowed to flood in. I'm sure they'll be grateful to be back home once there.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

And put Merkel on the bus with the rapefugies when you ship them back to their prospective countries. That will keep them occupied for the trip back.