Opinion: What’s trending on Jean-Claude Juncker (with tweets) · dralfoldman · Storify – What’s trending on Jean-Claude Juncker (with tweets) · dralfoldman · Storify – John Gelmini

Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I tend to agree with Dr Alf that  Jean-Claude Juncker is already a lame-duck. From my vantage in the UK, here are my views on Mr. Juncker.

Juncker is there as Mrs Merkel’s placeman, which is why he is there in the first place.

What David Cameron wants or doesn’t want is an irrelevance because Germany runs the EU and Merkel is the person with the most power in Europe and the person to whom the Chinese, the Russians and the Americans pay attention.

Juncker is a man who is the architect of the tax haven known as Luxembourg and it’s biggest client is Vodaphone which has been saved £17 billion gbp thanks to poacher turned gamekeeper Dave Hartnett, the former CEO of HMRC.

Also beneficiaries of advance tax agreements designed by PwC for the Grand Duchy are HSBC, Glaxo and Guardian Media Group (Source: Private Eye 1315 and Premier Lignes, the French TV station).

Juncker is reputedly fond of his alcohol and in the same mode as Catherine Ashton and Van Rumpuy, both of whom are un-elected, and ineffectual apparatchiks, in my view.

So beyond assisting Merkel and wealthy firms avoid tax, Jucker, in his role as head of the European Commission, serves no real purpose, other than to help fleece EU taxpayers.

John Gelmini

EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Remarks by President Barroso following the European Council

The legislative triangle of the European Union

The legislative triangle of the European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a good read. These are remarks by President Barroso following the European Council. Check it out!

via EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Remarks by President Barroso following the European Council.

It’s interesting to see that Barrosa has used the word strategy. But he’s talking about strategic priorities determined by the European Council. He is not looking at Europe’s competitive position and how to leverage its effectivess. For example, he refers to the importance of energy and energy security. Sadly, he is a long way from recognizing the importance of investing directly in Europe’s growing energy sector, especially offshore gas and oil in Cyprus.

Elsewhere, there is talk about unemployment but the existing fiscal strait-jacket is continuing. This is steady-as-she-goes stuff –  Angela’s at the wheel!

I fear that Juncker will struggle to match Barroso in achievement. For me, Juncker, the designate leader of the European Commission is looking like a lame duck already. See separate blog.

Any thoughts?

 

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