Comments on: Europe is under siege from both the left and right http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Nojer http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/#comment-86401 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 09:56:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31226#comment-86401 The most striking aspect of the Euro Elections was the continuous barrage of “Racist!” chants at the anti-Europeans.

I know it is hard for pro-Europeans to understand but the desire to abolish the nations of Europe out of fear of war is just another sort of racism.

This “Racism of the Second Kind” is worse than gangs of yobs because it seeks to eliminate whole races. It is an attempt at a final solution to the race “problem” in Europe.

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By: lkofenglish http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/#comment-86324 Tue, 27 May 2014 04:15:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31226#comment-86324 i think to be considered relevant as a journalistic source Reuters has to truly delve into the phenomenon known as “UKIP.” Not reporting on Nigel Farage and what he has done is truly an astounding feat of ignorance and only goes to show how reporting is fast becoming a thing of the past puts on full display the willingness of Reuters to descend itself into complete mediocrity and irrelevancy.

Their reporting on US politics is simply inconsequential now as well. Simply put the entire news organization on that front has become a parody of a news organization as the entire editorial board and management simply spends another wasted day of trying to defy reality while even failing at being the news, let alone “making some.”

Wake up Reuters…Europe was shaken to its core this weekend. Trying to spin this as “Germany is Europe now” is really quite pathetic and simply makes a mockery of any attempt at being incisive.

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By: f00 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/#comment-86295 Sat, 24 May 2014 01:20:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31226#comment-86295 Strange how Browne fails to mention Greece’s Golden Dawn.

But then, maybe not so strange, as the right-wing parties he names have all disavowed “racism,” i.e., explicit defense of their nations’ native populations. No doubt this lends them “legitimacy” in his eyes.

And Tsipras is hardly an extremist, or even a challenge to the establishment. He’s as internationalist as any multinational corporate CEO.

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By: paulos http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/#comment-86279 Fri, 23 May 2014 13:17:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31226#comment-86279 If the EU was not so arrogant, un democratic, corrupt and wasteful it may well get more support from its citizens. When the Irish didn’t vote the way they wanted they forced them to vote again until they got the result they wanted. The are turning a blind eye to the Greek government using a non existent surplus to buy votes. Likewise the Spanish government are restricting press freedoms but it suits the EU as they toe the EU line. Every European poll shows that people do not want ever closer integration yet this is ignored as the people cannot possibly know what they want. The EU is despicable.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/#comment-86263 Fri, 23 May 2014 04:05:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31226#comment-86263 Europe is fundamentally schitzophrenic. Europeans are increasingly dependent upon government and union largesse to maintain the way of life to which they have become accustomed. Perpetually in denial as to adopting steps necessary to remain or become competitive in a maturing global market, their economic productivity is increasingly inadequate to cover steadily increasing expenses.

The party will go on until no one is left standing. Same as always, nothing to see here.

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By: Huson http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/#comment-86261 Fri, 23 May 2014 01:46:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31226#comment-86261 The anti-European movement only reinforces the status quo. Because of the widespread mistrust of the EU, national governments want to keep tight control over the European Union. But because of this, the day to day leadership of the Union, the European Commission, is more accountable to governments, than to the citizens they are supposed to serve. They never have to defend their actions to citizens, because they are not elected by them. This is the root cause of the faceless, bureaucratic character of the EU, and the lack of trust that Europeans feel towards ‘their’ Union. Anti-European parties are the result of that, but they are also the ones who prevent reforms that would make the Commission more accountable.

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By: RichardCorbett http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/05/21/the-eu-populist-paradox/#comment-86260 Thu, 22 May 2014 23:32:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=31226#comment-86260 Wrong to say “European Parliament political groups have decided to use the Lisbon Treaty for a power grab, interpreting a vague commitment about political direction as their right to nominate and impose candidates for president of the European Commission”
It is not the EP political groups that have nominated candidates for Commission President, it is European political parties (for example, Juncker was cosen as the EPP candidate by Merkel, Rajoy, Kenny, etc at the EPP meeting in Dublin, not by the EPP’s MEPs).
And it was the national govts who changed the treaty to say that, when nominating a Commission President, the European Council has to take account of the European elections.
This nomination has to be someone capable of securing a parliamentary majority – something not abnormal in democracies!

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