Well, yes, obviously

Europe’s president Donald Tusk has warned EU leaders in the bluntest terms that their “utopian” illusions are tearing Europe apart, and that any attempt to seize on Brexit to force through yet more integration would be a grave mistake.

In a passionate plea to Europe’s top conservatives, he accused the EU elites of living in a fool’s paradise and provoking the eurosceptic revolt now erupting in a string of countries.

“It is us who today are responsible,” he said, speaking at a conclave of Christian-Democrat and centre-right leaders in Luxembourg. “Obsessed with the idea of instant and total integration, we failed to notice that ordinary people, the citizens of Europe, do not share our Euro-enthusiasm.”

People will start to look askance at, think about leaving, an organisation run by utter cunts. Hardly a new finding….

22 thoughts on “Well, yes, obviously”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    It would be so easy to create a European Union most people would support. A Federal Parliament with actual elections. A budget that is actually passed by the auditors.

    Imagine a Europe of regions. One where Catalonia, Swabia and Savoy got to send delegates to sit in an Upper House. Where the Central Bank was at arm’s length from the state and each region had its own currency fixed 1:1 with every other region’s currency. One where Europe was strictly limited to, at best, regulating actual real physical inter-regional trade.

    That would not be a hard sell.

  2. Make that upper house an inherited position and you’ve got Peter Simple’s version of it.

  3. And that’s part of why Brussels is investigating Poland: the new government isn’t fellating the Brussels Class enough.

  4. SE

    He’ll be straight out the door at the earliest opportunity, then.

    Perhaps. But my reading of what Tusk said is that it is meant to be a reassuring dog-whistle aimed at those UK voters leaning towards Leave. Give them the feeling that reform is in the air, and then it’s business as usual once Remain have won.

  5. SMFS,

    “One where Europe was strictly limited to, at best, regulating actual real physical inter-regional trade.”

    But in that case, why not just scrap it and use the WTO and cover the whole world? See, I think the EU is basically an organisation that suits the Europe of the late 1960s – most trade taking place in Western Europe between Western Europe, not much elsewhere except maybe natural resources like coffee or chocolate. You didn’t have Japanese (then Korean, now Chinese) electronics or clothing from Bangladesh, or call centres in India. The labour laws are based on the same thinking – that you can’t ship work out to the Phillipines.

  6. Donald Duck is a more worthwhile individual and he doesn’t even exist.

    Hey–Donald Dusk?–now there’s a name for the ultimate self-hating anti-white white. Symbolic on several levels.

  7. “Europe’s president Donald Tusk”

    When did the president of the European Commission morph into the president of Europe?

    Is this something else that was buried in the treaties, ignored or denied by all UK politicians, but which has now come to pass as planned?

    I think we should be told.

  8. We thought we were joining a free trade zone. In fact we were joining a zollverein… er, customs area. More fool us.

  9. CNN styles Merkel as the “de facto Leader of Europe”. I don’t know where that leaves the other Presidents.

    Clearly we should have more European Presidents, if only because it reduces the EU jobless figures, and provides some harmless fun for the rest of us.

    It’s easy to think of Belgium as a rather miserable, dull place. but that Rompuy still makes me chuckle.

  10. Tusk is the president of the European Council, not the European Commission. That’s Jean-Claude Juncker. The rest of the anonymous five are Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Eurogroup), Mario Draghi (European Central Bank) and Martin Schulz (parliament).

    Obviously that’s five too many but politicians do like to produce cozy jobs with fancy titles for themselves and other members of their class.

  11. Clarissa,
    Knowledge is a great thing, and I certainly don’t wish to be rude, however knowing that there are 5 EU Presidents, and knowing who they are suggests you’ve been over-doing it.

    You should lose yourself in Rubbish TV or similar for a couple of months.

  12. Jack,
    Thank Google. Without it I wouldn’t have been able to name either Dijsselbloem or Schulz, let alone their titles… nor what Tusk’s title is (aside from it not being commission president). I’m sad but not that sad.

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