EU chief Juncker: Borders are the worst invention ever made
Jean-Claude Juncker speaks to Alpbach Media Academy reporters on Monday, August 22, 2016.
FOR EUROPEAN UNION COMMISSION PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER, the enemies of Europe are nations and borders, not out-of-control migration and the changing racial-religious makeup of the continent. Or people like himself who encourage both.
Speaking at the Alpbach Media Academy Monday morning, Jean-Claude Juncker made some shocking comments, including saying that “borders were the worst invention ever made by politicians.” He called for all borders across Europe to be opened and said solidarity must be given to refugees and their children.
Unsurprisingly, he sees nationalism as the root problem. Juncker said it was “still true that we have to fight against nationalism,” referring back to former French president Francois Mitterand (a Socialist who served 1981-1995) who said nationalism added to nationalism would end in war. Juncker was quoted as saying:
'We have to fight against nationalism, we have the duty not to follow populists but to block the avenue of populists.'
BLOCK the popular will? His antidote against the rising trend of nationalism across Europe is a stronger EU … more Europe, less individual nations. He did accept that the EU Commission, which he presides over, “deserves criticism” for recent setbacks (like Brexit) but he insisted the national governments “have to share the blame.”
Reaction from some of these governments can be expected in the face of such extreme comments from the EU chief. What was he thinking? But this is the genuine core of “the European idea” – to make Europe a federal state. However, the sudden increase in migrants and “refugees” has woken the national people to what can happen when they give up sovereignty of their own borders. Invasion.
Juncker's talk fell on the same day the leaders of Germany, France and Italy met for crisis talks on how to steer the EU after the Brexit. The agenda of the three leaders' meeting (the Big Three?) included tackling the ongoing refugee crisis, dealing with Europe's economic woes, and security in the wake of the terror attacks that hit French and German cities last month. A French diplomatic source said the summit aimed “to show the unity of Europe's three biggest countries.”
The location of their meeting on the Italian island of Ventotene, off the coast of Naples, is where one of the EU's founding fathers, Altiero Spinelli, a communist opposed to Mussolini, wrote a manifesto for a federal Europe while he was imprisoned on the island during the second world war.
Polling shows populace is not in agreement
At least six out of 10 people in France and Belgium, which have recently suffered deadly jihadist attacks, believe immigration has had a "negative impact", said the Ipsos polling institute.
What's more, four in 10 want to close their nation's borders entirely.
Similar figures were found in Russia, Hungary and also Italy, which has had to deal with large numbers of migrants fleeing the Middle East or Africa.