Oettinger Apologizes After Saying "Markets Will Teach Italians" Not To Vote For Populists

Update: Following what must have been a full court press by the top brass in Brussels on EU budget commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, to retract his statement that "the markets will lead Italians not to vote much longer for the populists", which as we reported earlier infuriated Italians because it revealed the true nature of "democracy" in Europe, Oettinger found himself with no way out but to apologize for a comment that would have assured a negative outcome in the upcoming Italian Euro referendum:

  • OETTINGER APOLOGISES FOR HIS COMMENTS ON ITALY, SAYS DID NOT MEAN TO BE DISRESPECTFUL: RTRS

Unlike ABC and Roseanne, he doubt the EU will cancel the "Oettinger Show" as yet another unelected bureaucrat is allowed to slide after exposing the truth about what democracy really means to Europe: keep voting until you get the outcome we want.

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When it comes to Italy, unlike most other insolvent European nations which at least have an passing ideological affinity toward the EU and the common currency project, the Italian population has been growing increasingly disenchanted and belligerent over the years toward the EU, and as shown in the BofA chart below, Italians score the lowest when answering if "EU membership has benefited the country" or if "the EU contributes to economic growth in the country."

Between the growing animosity toward Europe, and the recent political chaos in Rome, where the country's president - under implicit orders from Europe - blocked the formation of a democratically-elected parliament just because he didn't like the Euroskeptic finance minister, one would think that Europe would keep a lower profile and certainly not say any words out of place that may further infuriate the Italians, who are not set to vote not only in a repeat round of national elections, but what is shaping up to be a nationwide referendum on the euro.

So what does Europe do? With all the grace of a drunk elephant (not to be confused with Jean-Claude Juncker) in an Italian China store, Europe uttered not one but several words very badly out of place.

And the reason why Italians are seething with growing rage aimed squarely at Europe's unelected institutions, is because European Budget Commissioner, German Guenther Oettinger, said the one thing that he should not have: that "the negative development of the markets will lead Italians not to vote much longer for the populists" according to an interview set to be published in Deutsche Welle later in the day.

Oops.

The Italian reaction was fast and furious, with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and anti-migrant Euroskeptic League both blasting Oettinger for bringing up Italy's painful past, when the ECB's indirect intervention in Italian markets prompted the resignation of Berlusconi back in 2011, with his suggestion - which while 100% accurate makes a mockery of the one thing that nobody dares to talk about, that there is no democracy in the EU - that markets would persuade Italians not to vote for the two populist parties.

The head of 5-Star's European Parliament delegation, Laura Agea, said "we ask European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to immediately deny Commissioner Oettinger. Quoted by Ansa, she said  "his words are of an unprecedented gravity and are proof of the clear manipulations that Italian democracy has suffered in the last few days".

League leader Matteo Salvini pounced: "They are without shame in Brussels. "The European budget commissioner, Germany's (Guenther) Oettinger, says that 'the markets will teach Italians to vote for the right thing'. If that isn't a threat...I'm not scared #Italiansfirst".

Indicating just how tone deaf Europe is vis-a-vis Italy's populist anger, even a spokesperson for the supreme bureaucrat himself, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said that Oettinger's remark was "ill-considered."

"Juncker has been informed of this ill-considered comment, and has asked me to clarify the Commission's official position: it is up to the Italians and only them to decide the future of their country, and to no one else".

Others also scrambling to do damage control, as European Council President Donald Tusk also appealed to European institutions to respect Italian voters after Oettinger's remarks, saying "my appeal to all European institutions is please, respect the voters: we are here to serve them, not to lecture them".

By this point it was, however, too late and Italy's anger and disgust with Europe not only just hit an all time high, but likely assured that the upcoming "euro referendum" election will be a landslide.

And speaking of said election, according to Italy's LA7 TV channel, Italian parties are now considering to hold the vote on either July 29 or August 5.

And there goes every European's 4-6 week summer vacation.

Comments

Beam Me Up Scotty RumpleShitzkin Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:19 Permalink

Ya, don't vote for people like Trump.  We will pull the rug out from the "MARKETS".   You can damn well bet they will let the markets tank, US elections in a few months.  What better way to get the D's back into power at least in the House.  Then they can waste all kinds of time trying to impeach Trump.  These globalist fucks are trying to control us all. 

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bigkahuna evoila Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:21 Permalink

Italy, the EU is perhaps going to teach you a lesson that the Greeks did not learn.

The EU is going to fuck up your economy until you get on board - then they are going to take over your country with technocrats.

So - the lesson is: do you want to end up like Greece? Then lay down and take it like they did.

Do you want to end up like Iceland - then tell these bozos to pound sand and never let them back in.

Here is what we said once long ago in this once great country which we are ourselves struggling to regain:

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Samuel Adams

Edit: Sam Adams would never tire of his quote being used - so use it!!!

 

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CuttingEdge BullyBearish Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:31 Permalink

You see, the last time the Germans (you say EU, I see the Vaderland's interests) had a crisis this big, the Stukas and Panzers were primed, fueled and ready to rock 'n roll.

Word the other day is that right now Germany has 4 combat-ready Eurofighters at it's disposal (from 84).

 

Point being, if you want to say take a dump on zee Germans Target2, amici - right now what the fuck are they gonna do about it? Use harsh language? Or steal your sunbeds in protest?

Fuck em.

Do it.

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macholatte Stan522 Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:11 Permalink

 

And there goes every European's 4-6 week summer vacation.

How about raising NATO contributions to 4% of respective GDP and allow the very wealthy EU Parasites to fund about half of what it costs American Sheeple to “protect” them?

Adios summer vacation ... hello politicians hanging from street lamps.

 

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DownWithYogaPants toady Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:37 Permalink

Private Central Banking "soft power" slow and patient has always been more effective than tanks and guns in every time window except for the very shortest of time frame.  Even the communists like Lenin in the Soviet Union said that there seemed to be a hidden hand behind things running the show.  Note that a person who could summarily take people out and have them shot said this.

This is the lesson the people need to learn.  They need to realize all strategies need to be thought out in the same time frames.  Once you ditch the private central banks they'll immediately start trying to crawl back into their familiar locations.

These words said by this guy should not come as a surprise in any way / shape / form.  Displaying anger at this is only notifying your enemies that you are woefully ignorant of how the system is really working.

Death to central bankers.

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el buitre Luc X. Ifer Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

Yup. Told you so. This is the revenge of the left fascist globalists going down - burn the world down together with their shattered ideological dreams and rulling ambitions.

What are the positions of the right global fascist?   Was the father of modern fascism, il Duce, a left or right winger?   Why did he state that corporatism would be a better name for his system than fascism?  If he were a left winger, who have been the right wingers who have been in control of any countries over the last 50 years?  If the left is defined by say Stalin and Mao, and the right by Mussolini, while there are some differences in how they structured their economies, they all maintained their total control over their subjects by violent thug coercion through the economy, the police state, and the controlled media.  The point that I am trying to make is that this left-right paradigm, dating back to how 18th century France seated their members of parliament, is way obsolete.  People are better served by regarding politicians as either being statist or voluntarists and stop this ridiculous left-right shit.  It just keeps them in power through divide and conquer, their top strategy dating back to the Roman and Babylonian empires.

 

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Victor von Doom NidStyles Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:39 Permalink

Incorrect. Adolf was left wing as well - Nationalism historically is a left wing movement as it is inclusive of all the people within a given nation. Just not as lefty as Internationalism.

Either way he was a Socialist as well - and Germany's command economy was controlled under every tightening screws under his reign.

Sad but true. Not a right wing champion at all.

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bshirley1968 tmosley Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:53 Permalink

That's because sheeple like you imagine that Trump somehow equals "out of control" when in fact he picked up the control ball from Obama and got EVERYBODY on board the control train.

Obama gave us Obamacare to fleece the masses a little more, and now Trump is spending that imaginary "surplus" on bread and games.  The Obama "masses" were given what they wanted, and now the Trumptards are getting what they wanted.  The bill will come soon enough......and no one will want that.

I use to think you could think, but as time goes by you reveal you are just a smart mouth trying to be like your hero.  He pretends to be intelligent by making vague, open ended statements and letting people try and figure out what he said.  Then he sides with the "interpretations" that makes him look good.  The cleverness of a dumbass will still only carry a dumbass so far.

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bshirley1968 Bill of Rights Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:10 Permalink

You must have gotten your ass kicked a lot over the years and the computer screen is your last hope at being a tough guy.

Your mental development clearly ended around the 13 year mark.  I will now refer to you as "Nelson".  Of course there is always a need for stupid people like you when it comes time for volunteers to play "see what's in there" or "you go first".  That't why we keep you around.

I'll be here when your dumb arrogant ass is long gone because the world you put your full faith and trust in and the man that is a world class idiot will shit on your parade and turn out to be the "cunt" you were calling everyone else, and that will be a world where you will go sit in a corner and suck your thumb until you fall over dead.  Unless,of course, your butt buddy, Mosely is there to hold your hand.

Until then, could you please quit hurting my feelings?  Your mean remarks are hurting my self esteem.

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FBaggins Bill of Rights Tue, 05/29/2018 - 13:00 Permalink

That may be the best advice to bshirley1968.  Trump is a huge disappointment to most populists in North America because in foreign relations all he is doing is continuing US mafia-like polices, wars, and nation pillaging and destruction that his predecessors started. He is clearly a bitch for the Rothschild syndicate and  Western multinational oil interests. The populist movement in nations like the US, the UK, Italy, and France, is essentially of movement of people motivated to control their own borders and their own domestic and foreign affairs according to their own moral standards, and not the amoral ones of power elites, the CIA, MI6 or any of the bastards.  They are people mainly fed up with imperious government bureaucratic control (i.e, all the EU, the US, the UK, the Canadian, the Aussie governments),  and the control by fake media and corrupt politicians who are in fact puppets of financial elites who play god with everything that matters. The US Zio-masonic establishment can only see short-term gain by encouraging the fragmentation of the EU. In its desperation it is trying to save the US petrodollar, and breakaway nations like the UK and Italy serve to undermine confidence in the Euro in the US hope of offsetting trade relations with both Iran and Russia. The reality is that Europe is morally and economically as tired and spent as is the US petrodollar. Their days are numbered. The elites pulling Trump's strings can think only in terms of regime change and wars, and the more they meddle for their own gain the more enemies they make in an ever-increasing waking world, which despite their power entails their own demise.    

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dark fiber bigkahuna Tue, 05/29/2018 - 11:43 Permalink

The Greeks voted overwhelmingly to tell the EU to go pound sand.  It was their government that ignored their vote and caved in.  Then again selling out and being a whore is what the left is all about.  The more radical the more treacherous and sold out.

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