Jeroen Dijsselbloem: Jean-Claude Juncker damaging Commission’s credibility – POLITICO

This is an important article from Politico, citing the Eurogroup chief slamming Juncker’s comments that Commission goes easy on France ‘because it’s France.’

Source: Jeroen Dijsselbloem: Jean-Claude Juncker damaging Commission’s credibility – POLITICO

Let’s face it, the EU is not about equals. Since the beginning France has drafted the rules in her favor and then is always ready to bend the rules.

The financial crisis in Euroland has been perpetuated because French banks were protected from debt write-offs. France has again and again been a special case.

France did not suffer the extended doses of austerity prescribed to Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Cyprus.

Why is France allowed to get away with bending the rules, without sanctions?


Opinion – Fathom – Hitler and the Nazis’ Anti-Zionism

English: Flag of Israel with the Mediterranean...

English: Flag of Israel with the Mediterranean sea in the background, in Rishon LeZion. עברית: דגל ישראל בראשון לציון (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 26JAN08 – Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, United Kingdom captured during the session ‘SlimCity – Managing Urbanization’ at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum at the Hotel National in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2008. Copyright World Economic Forum ( by Annette Boutellier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Adolf Hitler Wax Statue in Madame Tus...

English: Adolf Hitler Wax Statue in Madame Tussauds London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fathom publishes an outstanding must read article by US history scholar, Jeffrey Herf, examining the historical accuracies behind ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone’s charge of Hitler as a Zionist.

Source: Fathom – Hitler and the Nazis’ Anti-Zionism

As I reflected on this article, I concluded with a number of emerging threads.

Firstly, there is an important need for historians and other scholars to publish evidence, so that lies and distortions are refuted before they become half-truths. Too often the main stream media is heavily biassed these days, seemingly with headlines penned before the article.

Secondly, there’s an urgent need to challenge the rhetoric of both the hard-left and the hard-right. Both frequently suppress the evidence and portray carefully crafted lies to justify the dogma, based on the maxim that the end justifies the means.

Thirdly, both London and the United Kingdom have been tarnished by Livingstone period in high office as London’s mayor. Livingtone has crafted his political profile based upon his anti semitic slogans. For London and the UK to regain the moral high ground, Livingstone must be thoroughly discredited (this is similar to Germany’s overwhelming support for recognizing the genocide of the Armenian people).

Fourthly, the UK Labour Party needs to recover the moral high ground and not scurry around in the lies and half-truths peddled by the hard-left, like Livingstone.