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One possible answer

The European election results both confirmed and invalidated a widely expected rightwing surge. But what does this mean for Europe’s place in the world at a time when Putin has the upper hand in Ukraine, war in the Middle East shows no sign of ending, Trump is a threat on the US electoral horizon and China is throwing its weight around?

Who gives a toss?

16 thoughts on “One possible answer”

  1. The displays of butt hurt are certainly entertaining. Certainly more so than that Eurovision borefest, couple of weeks back.

  2. “The people have spoken, the bastards.”

    Does it never occur to them that a record of competence is a pre-req to get votes? And not declaring war on your own people (for their own good) might help too..

  3. not sure you have the right link, Tim.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jun/11/europe-eu-election-vladimir-putin-china

    The European election results both confirmed and invalidated a widely expected rightwing surge. But what does this mean for Europe’s place in the world at a time when Putin has the upper hand in Ukraine, war in the Middle East shows no sign of ending, Trump is a threat on the US electoral horizon and China is throwing its weight around?

    It’s funny how “Joe Biden” deliberately fucked the European economy by forcing them to sanction their energy supplier, bombing their pipelines, and then refusing permission to Texans who had planned to export LNG to the newly energy poor EU, but Trump posted mean tweets so he’s a major threat.

    So the EU’s place in the world is “gay losers”.

  4. Finally, it is one thing to address the concerns of the global south by recommitting to international law and significantly increasing climate finance. It is quite another to pursue short-term mercantilist funding deals aimed at stopping migration. The EU’s standing in the eyes of the global south has already plummeted over the past few months. A more illiberal EU would neither have the political will nor the credibility to talk about human rights and international law in most corners of the world.

    You must live with Infinity primitive foreign tribesmen so the EU has “credibility” when it tries to encourage Africans to try bum sex.

  5. When you ignore your own people in order to favour random foreigners who don’t thank you for it, you ought to remember the former have votes and the latter do not.

  6. “The far right-on-the-march narrative was not borne out however in most other countries or within the EU itself. In Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and even in Hungary, the far right underperformed.”

    Ummm… For the Netherlands the “far right” ( aka Wilders’ PVV) jumped from no seat to 6 seats, becoming the runner-up in size.
    And would have been the largest fraction and “won” if Timmermans and Klaver hadn’t pulled their little trick.
    If you look at the parties that are outright to moderate Eurocritics the balance has hit roughly 50/50, up from a mere 20% compared to last elections.

    How that is not a “movement-on-the-march” is beyond me.
    But then again, it’s the Guardian. Blinders galore….

  7. “When you ignore your own people in order to favour random foreigners who don’t thank you for it, you ought to remember the former have votes and the latter do not.”

    No doubt the Commission has plans to fix that.

  8. decnine: Labour certainly have published plans to fix it. Franchise handed out to children and foreigners like sweeties.

  9. Finally, it is one thing to address the concerns of the global south by recommitting to international law and significantly increasing climate finance.

    I would think the ‘Global South’ considered international law entirely on an ‘as needs’ basis and do they give a fig about the concerns of the ‘Global North’

    It is quite another to pursue short-term mercantilist funding deals aimed at stopping migration. The EU’s standing in the eyes of the global south has already plummeted over the past few months

    God forbid they should ‘lose standing’ from a Global South most of whose people seem to want to emigrate?

    A more illiberal EU would neither have the political will nor the credibility to talk about human rights and international law in most corners of the world.

    Physician, heal thyself springs to mind. We really are fucked.

  10. Europe’s place in the world

    If Europe’s bien pensant fuckholes were more concerned with the wellbeing of Europeans and less about Europe’s place in the world, they might not have to panic so much.

  11. A more illiberal EU would neither have the political will nor the credibility to talk about human rights and international law in most corners of the world.
    Isn’t it Iran was voted in to chair that UN Human Rights thingy?

  12. We must turn Europe into a Third World shithole, so Italian and German imbeciles can lecture other Third World shitholes.

    This is your brain on Clown World.

    Honk honk.

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