EU Commission president, Juncker, is showing fear. He wants to know what a Trump presidency will do with respect to the failed NATO and EU Commission? He is making demands before Trump even takes office. He is making defamatory statements about Trump and even ridiculing his knowledge of Europe. Not a good start in making ‘friends’.
His most recent rant was to tell students that it will take him two years to explain to Trump what Europe is and how it is run… WOW – how to ingratiate yourself without really trying!
What’s his beef? Fear. He is attempting to create an offensive attack thinking that somehow this will make Trump cave. Stupidity. He obviously has not studied either psychology or military tactics, and has not read The Art of War. I imagine Trump will not take his remarks lightly.
What is he afraid of?
- If the US were to pull out of NATO, they would lose 23% of their income. A fair cause for concern given NATO is the primary military agency for many EU countries. Including Junker’s own Luxembourg which is a Socialist Monarchy.
- Junker is an EU stayer, Trump supported BREXIT. The EU Commission is funded by EU members, when they leave, they take their money with them.
- With a population of just about ½ a million, Luxembourg has over 40,000 registered conglomerates using their tax haven status to pay sometimes less than 1% in taxes. With over $1 trillion under management, banking is their only real asset supporting the economy. If that rug were pulled – they’d go under fast.
- Despite Luxembourg boasting one of the world’s highest standard of living and the second highest income to gdp, their net contribution to the EU is rather small…they need the EU to help prop them up and anything or anyone who proposes to untangle their structure is – the enemy.
Recently, those havens have come under scrutiny as not being in compliance with EU Rules, and questionable clients such as North Korea. These irregularities make Junker look bad given this all came to be under his tutorial. And a cornered critter is likely to bite!
Disrespecting Trump isn’t exactly the best game plan. Perhaps Trump could give him a lesson in ‘diplomacy’…
Quickly attempting to hedge his bets, Juncker is calling for Europe to form their own military. Luxembourgs own military is comprised of 800. That would require quite a bit of fresh new taxes on the people who otherwise have a relatively $-0- defense budget.
The NATO numbers are a bit convoluted given they have three distinct budgets; defense, civil and investment. While the US ante’s just over 22% of the defense budget, that would be in addition to our own military. Most of the NATO countries have NATO because like Luxembourg they have no military. So basically the US is paying for ‘two’ separate and distinct militaries.
While the NATO budget is significantly less, the US has been propping up the budget for decades as other countries simply refuse to ante their share. Many countries in the EU feel NATO has over-extended it’s main function, and is a political swamp of overinflated budgets. The US – is not alone.
The only way Europe will approve an EU military would be if it were a combined effort instead of an added military for say France, Germany, and Italy who ante the bulk on behalf of EU countries as well as maintain their individual militaries.
So Junker has a rather rocky uphill battle in his attempt to keep failed agencies from falling away – including his own EU Commission. Alienating the US via Trump was a stupid move. Biting the hand that feeds you – is a stupid move.
Not recognizing what The People want and what The People are sick of – will earn him the same fate as Hillary/Soros. He would be wise to be humble and to learn.