12 European States Revolt Against Merkel, Macron Plan To Reform Europe

Two days ago, when we laid out the components of Merkel and Macron's blueprint to reform the EU, we said that while "Macron suggested the proposal will be presented to other countries, with specifics to be worked out later this year and the plans to take effect from 2021, it was unclear how he plans to get "other countries" to vote for a proposal which has already led to the alienation of Central and Eastern Europe, Brexit and an openly populist government in Italy."

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We did not have to wait long for confirmation, because just two days later, Europe's two self-proclaimed leaders were facing an unexpected backlash from most other European governments against the German and French plans for a common eurozone budget, dealing a blow to the two countries’ ambitions for a big overhaul of the single currency area.

As the FT reports, the rest of Europe's "core", including the Netherlands, Austria and Finland are among 12 governments questioning the need for any joint eurozone “fiscal capacity”, challenging a central tenet of French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision for the eurozone that he has successfully pressed Berlin to endorse.

As we reported on Wednesday, increasingly unpopular French president Macron and the politically embattled Merkel tried to restart their close collaboration this week ahead of a wider summit of EU leaders. They agreed that a new common pot of eurozone money could be funded by a mixture of national contributions and new EU levies, such as a financial transactions tax.

Ironically, while their agreement supposedly forms part of a broader deal between Paris and Berlin on how to strengthen the currency bloc, the rest of Europe generally disagreed, which incidentally is also the reason why any attempt at "Federalizing" Europe is doomed to failure: Europeans tend to frown upon self-declared "master states" who tends to decide for everyone else, even if these states end up paying for much of the outlays (largely thanks to the presence of the EUR and the absence of the DEM).

As a result, EU diplomats said Merkel’s concession to Macron - as a reminder, having found herself isolated at home, Merkel has been forced to see support abroad - had emboldened other countries to resist the blueprint, out of concern that it would leave their taxpayers too exposed to problems in crisis-hit member states.  And, as the FT writes, the splits were observable at a meeting of EU finance ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday, with increasing signs that governments have formed competing camps with distinct visions on the direction of further integration.

According to a letter seen by the Financial Times, Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra has written to Mário Centeno, the president of the eurogroup, to underline that there is “wide divergence” on the need for any budget, with a number of countries concerned about “moral hazard risks” and questions of “fiscal neutrality” posed by the plan.

The letter insisted that the lack of the agreement on the budget be clearly communicated to leaders at next week’s summit.

"There was clearly no consensus on starting to explore options" at Thursday’s meeting of finance ministers, the Dutch finance minister said in the letter, adding there was also no agreement to start exploring the use of a financial transactions tax to finance it.

And the punchline: the letter was written by the Dutch finance minister on behalf of Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ireland and Malta.

The simple math: 2 vs 12, and it is safe to say that the rest of the eurozone is not aligned with France and Germany either.

It gets better: according to the FT, the 12 countries expands a coalition called the “Hanseatic League” (a reference to the commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and market towns in Northwestern and Central Europe, which in the late 1100s, grew from a few North German towns to dominate Baltic maritime trade for three centuries along the coast of Northern Europe), an initial group of eight smaller fiscally conservative countries, which have insisted on more national responsibility to solve economic problems in the eurozone.

Meeting with vocal resistance, Berlin and Paris have insisted that the Franco-German deal on reforming the monetary union is not a fait accompli for the rest of the eurozone; it is however mandatory that at some point Europe will have to be reformed, and Germany and France will have to likely lead that effort (assuming of course that Merkel is still around). And judging by the Thursday backlash, Europe's core has just carried out a coup.

Trying to soften the harsh reception, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said that “it is not a take it or leave it road map. It is open for discussion for negotiations among members of the eurozone.”

And judging by the reaction, Europe is done "negotiating" when the outcome is the one pre-decided by just two nations.

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But wait, it gets worse, because while Merkel and Macron may have been hoping to lay the groundwork for what Europe will look like in several years, Merkel may not make it if she is unable to find a common ground in the coming "migration" summit, and fails to provide a satisfactory answer to the CSU's 2 week ultimatum.

As Reuters reports, Merkel played down expectations of any major breakthrough at hastily-arranged talks among EU leaders on Sunday on the migration dispute dividing Europe. Plans for the emergency meeting, before a full EU summit at the end of next week, were thrown into chaos on Thursday when Italy’s new prime minister said a draft accord on migration had been withdrawn because of a clash with Merkel.

The German chancellor is under pressure to get EU leaders at the main June 28-29 summit to agree to share out migrants more evenly to placate her conservative allies, Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU). But Italy and others are very reluctant.

Initially expected to involve eight EU leaders, the Sunday talks will now bring together at least 17, according to the latest count by officials in Brussels.

“The meeting on Sunday is a consultation and working meeting at which there will be no concluding statement,” Merkel told reporters in Beirut with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday. “It is an initial exchange with interested member states.” She said conditions in Syria were not yet right for refugees to return. Germany has taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrians and others since 2014, and migration policy is threatening her ruling coalition.

If no “satisfactory” deal is achieved at next week’s summit, German Interior Minister and CSU chief Horst Seehofer has threatened to defy Merkel and turn people away at the German border who have applied for asylum in other EU states.

However, with Italy now taking a hardline approach and refusing to accept any more migrants, Europe finds itself in migrant chaos with no way out, one spawned by Merkel's own disastrous 2015 "open door" policy, and absent a "Merkel Miracle" over the next week, the chancellor may be out of a job as soon as early July, with Germany facing new elections potentially as soon as September, an outcome which the SPD is already actively preparing for.

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macholatte Looney Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:30 Permalink

 

had emboldened other countries to resist the blueprint, out of concern that it would leave their taxpayers too exposed to problems in crisis-hit member states.

What a fucking joke.
The EU is admitting that it’s a group of Stalinists and parasites leaching off the productive citizens while secretly giving up individual sovereignty. Just one more good reason to say adios to NATO and let them swim in their own cess pool.

 

 

                               

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El Vaquero Yellow_Snow Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:54 Permalink

Y'all want to see what one of the EU's future plans are?  Feast your eyes on this shit:

 

Objective 3: Promote regular migration and mobility, especially of young people and women, between Europe and North, West and Central Africa, and within these regions

And

Action 7: In accordance with the national legislative frameworks, promote projects which aim to strengthen the portability of the rights and social protection of regular migrants and their families, for example, through the conclusion and the implementation of appropriate bilateral, regional or international conventions.

Wanna bet on whether or not they include censorship of "hate speech" here?  Fucking cultural Marxists.

 

https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/20180503_decl…

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philipat IridiumRebel Fri, 06/22/2018 - 19:23 Permalink

Of course, "reform" in Europe could go both ways. The only thing that any of the peoples of Europe have ever voted for is a loose alliance of independent sovereign States within a free trade area. Its only the Globalist scum that want to keep pushing for "reform" in the other direction towards a "United States of Europe" which the peoples of Esurope DO NOT WANT. Migration is another front in the Globalists' push to break down sovereign states, national borders, national cultures and languages because these are the largest barrier to the Globalist takeover via establishment of a centralized anti-democratic Europe run from Brussels with absolute totalitarian powers by an unelected "politburo" answering only to the demands of the Global "elites". Fortunately, like in the US also, the people are finally, belatedly waking up to reality. 

Hopefully Merkel WILL get kicked out and things go into reverse because Macron alone has no authority and no ability to lead, as intended by his Rothschild masters.

 

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shortonoil char_aznable Fri, 06/22/2018 - 16:36 Permalink

It is common knowledge that the EU is a dead fish in open water. What is not so commonly known is that German Nazis are born - not made. As far as the Hanseatic League is concerned Americans have never been that interested in English wool, Flemish table cloths, or herring. We are not accustomed to being out smarted by a fish. Only the the mid set of a German monopolist could appreciate such luxuries. The League failed to stabilize Germany into a federation, just like Merkel has failed to stabilize Europe.

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lincolnsteffens Yellow_Snow Fri, 06/22/2018 - 13:22 Permalink

They are probably panicking over the possibility of an Italian default causing French and European banks to collapse.

The default herd round the world.

Hard to believe with all the hoopla of several countries trying to plot their own agenda in reaction to central planners gross actions they would attempt to further consolidate control. Imagine if they succeeded with this plus a Euro zone military!! Its the unrelenting march of the globalist One World Government.

Next up is financial chaos and finally the begging of the sheep for help. "Hi! I'm from the Government and I'm here to help."

Who says there is no plan B?

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Heros hedgeless_horseman Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:38 Permalink

Merkel has only one chance left.  The inverse Havara agreement.  She needs to make another havara agreement with the jews, this time she will train arabs and blacks and send them back in a Volkswagen.

If she were really smart she would convince them that since gods chosen people had shown the rest of us that land theft is approved in the talmud that it is good for everyone else. 

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flapdoodle WOWurstupid Fri, 06/22/2018 - 15:35 Permalink

Israel has no problem controlling "muslim dominated" Gaza with IDF snipers targeting pregnant women, so why would they be afraid of muslim dominated countries?

The purpose isn't to create "countries dominated by muslims", rather the purpose is to destroy existing culture and national identity however they can. They are already in control of the mainstream media which will given them cover in taking control over the "muslims" when the time comes. A good example of how control is exercised is UKRAINE, which purportedly is run by "Neo-Nazis" where it is actually run by (((Talmudist))) crime bosses.

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Bollockinell flapdoodle Sat, 06/23/2018 - 09:15 Permalink

" The purpose isn't to create "countries dominated by muslims", rather the purpose is to destroy existing culture and national identity however they can. "

Well that is indeed one popular theory, probably amongst many. Another is that they are being imported to create division between the people which will eventually lead to civil war, thus allowing the globalists to sit back with popcorn in hand and watch depopulation take place rather than commit an act of genocide for which they risk being hung by all the survivors.

Just look at what is happening in terms of punishing rapists and those that dare to report on rapists in the UK. I believe it is similar in Germany and Sweden. The law protects the migrants and shits on its own people. That is just one of many examples of riling the indigenous population to lose their rag and spill blood on the streets.

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Blue Vervain WOWurstupid Fri, 06/22/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

Yes, they want more countries (including the West) dominated by a medieval version of Islam (exported by their ally Saudi Arabia) that regresses those countries to a brutal pre-Enlightenment theocracy.

Such Dark-Age countries (unless they sit on oil wells and can access foreign engineers) are one bad harvest from starvation and are no obstacle to global Zionist domination.

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swamp Ghost of Porky Fri, 06/22/2018 - 13:11 Permalink

She despises women. Queen bee Merkel and all others raped or dead. 

Famous photos of mean looking Muslim selfie and Merkel cosying up to him, literally leaning in, smirking in a coquettish manner, head dipped like a shy teen, in her state of severe delusion of sexual attractiveness, which I have seen her do in other photos with men. 

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OverTheHedge macholatte Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:49 Permalink

So if you ignore the rhetoric, this is just a way to redistribute euros from the core to the periphery. Suprise, suprise, the core doesn't want to pay.  The periphery will want to get as much as they can, at the expense of the core, but knowing the EU and governments in general, I would expect the the overall result will make every single nation poorer, and the centre much wealthier. New EU defence budget to rival the US, new federal benefits payable to "the poor", one-leged lesbian film producer training budgets, etc.

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