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EU’s Tusk: “Special place in hell” for Brexiteers

Tusk tweeted: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”

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Speaking in Brussels Tusk issued a brief statement subbing the removal of the backstop from the agreement, the failsafe to prevent a hard border in Ireland.

In comments likely to enrage Brexiteers, he said the EU “will not gamble with peace” in the event of a no-deal Brexit and told May to come back with a “realistic suggestion”.

With just 51 days left before Brexit date on March 31, Tusk said the EU has been preparing for the “possible fiasco” should no deal be struck.

He ended the statement by saying: “By the way, I’ve been wondering what the special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it safely. Thank you.”

He repeated the provocative comments in a tweet posted to his official Twitter account moments after the press conference.

Tusk tweeted: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”

In a later tweet he wrote: “Today our most important task is to prevent a no deal #Brexit. I hope that tomorrow we will hear from PM @theresa_may a realistic suggestion on how to end the impasse.”

His stinging remarks come as May attempts to renegotiate her Brexit deal to include  “alternative arrangements” for the Irish backstop.

Via Reuters…

British leaders who sold Brexit with no plan for how to deliver it deserve a “special place in hell”, the EU’s Donald Tusk said, revealing frustration in Brussels and sparking fury among anti-EU campaigners.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the Polish European Council president said: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”

Tusk, who hosts British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, was speaking after talks with Ireland’s prime minister on how to salvage a Brexit deal before Britain drops out of the bloc in just 50 days, risking the peace in Northern Ireland.

Saying Britain would leave as a “trusted friend” if it drops objections to giving Ireland a “backstop” guarantee on the border, Tusk’s blunt language revealed the hostility London may face if fails to find a compromise with European neighbours whom it will be counting on to maintain good relations in the future.

May’s spokesman suggested he had not been “helpful”. Some of her allies were franker, calling Tusk a “bully” and a “devilish euro maniac”, disrespectful of those who voted for Brexit.

Seen as a plain-speaking centrist with a big-picture view of Europe forged as an anti-communist activist in Cold War Gdansk, Tusk, a historian by training, had held out hope of stopping what he calls a “tragedy” for both sides. But, he said, May’s “pro-Brexit stance” now made British departure inevitable — the only issue being trying to avoid it being a chaotic “fiasco”.

He has niggled May before; an online gag of him offering the diabetic premier a cake with no metaphorical Brexit cherries on top went down badly. His latest scripted comment, EU officials said, exposed frustration among the national leaders he speaks for at rejection of a done deal and anger at how London seems ready to risk jobs and peace while blaming EU “intransigence”.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar was picked up by microphones laughingly telling Tusk “I know you’re right” but he would get “terrible trouble in the British press” for his jibe at Brexit.

Nigel Farage, who long campaigned to leave the European Union, hit back within minutes on Twitter: “After Brexit we will be free of unelected, arrogant bullies like you and run our own country,” he said. “Sounds more like heaven to me.”

The EU rejects complaints that leaders like Tusk are unelected. He was prime minister of Poland when he was chosen in 2014 by fellow elected leaders of EU member states, including Britain, to chair and seek consensus at their summits.

As May struggles to find any consensus solution in London, her spokesman said: “It’s a question for Donald Tusk as to whether he considers the use of that kind of language helpful.”

Brexit campaigner Peter Bone from May’s Conservative party called it an “outrageous insult”. Arlene Foster, her Northern Irish ally, said Tusk was being “deliberately provocative” and “disrespectful” to voters — though Tusk’s target has always been political leaders who promised an easy, profitable exit.

Brexit opponents in Britain rallied behind him. The Europe spokesman for Scotland’s ruling nationalists said he “hit the nail on the head” in deriding “charlatans and chancers”.

Tusk echoed widely held sentiments across Europe.

“There is growing frustration among our leaders, who cannot understand why she still has not been able to do what they do every day – talk to the opposition, build coalitions,” said one senior EU diplomat. “The EU is not to blame.

“Those at fault are those in the UK who completely forgot about Northern Ireland. They haven’t thought it through at all.”

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The arrogance of the EU and it’s minions … in full display

Olivia Kroth
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Tusk in Poland is the pendant to Macron in France. The EU is sewer, where the worst filth is being flushed up.

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Agreed. Globalists hate sovereignty.

John2o2o
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Hardly that. Does it make you feel good to use such foul language Olivia?

Jane Karlsson
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The EU has actually behaved remarkably well. They’ve had to put up with extraordinary provocation from Theresa May, who is a master at making everything look like the EU’s fault. Hardly anyone sees what she is doing because they don’t have the time or inclination to follow it. I have followed it very closely, and I am constantly appalled at her duplicity, blame shifting and wilful ignorance.

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At least Hell will be warm, when you again side with the Yanks to force the stoppage of Russian gas supplies.

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Well, that settles it: as a UK citizen I am going to press as hard as I can for a no-deal Brexit.

While the Poles have many admirable qualities, and many great achievements to their name, they do not seem able to resist antagonising everyone at the slightest opportunity.

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It’s okay Mr Paranoid. Tusk wasn’t having a go at you. He was having a go at the conmen who have been leading poeple like you by the nose. The people in government who ran a leave campaign but who make no plan to carry Brexit out, because they never expected to win. It was a big laugh for elitists like Johnson and Gove.

Olivia Kroth
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Tusk – a Polish fool, one of many Polish fools.

Peter Milne
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I imagine he loves Russia
This guy has always from day one made my skin crawl !!

John2o2o
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What does Russia have to do with it?

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onanist socialist

He’s right though. Cameron concocted the referendum hoping it would fail; there was never any serious planning going on in the Tory party. If they fumble Brexit, it will not have been because of EU mandarins, arrogant as they may be.

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He is, but he was not addressing Cameron, who was a remainer. Tusk was not attacking attacking Brexiters in general, he was attacking those in government who promoted Brexit, but who made no plans to carry it out. People like Johnson and Gove treated the whole thing as a joke. They never expected to win the vote.

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Who is this shallow poseur kidding? The ‘special place in Hell’ looks just like Poland.

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Tusk’s comment has been misunderstood. He meant exactly what he said: the special place in hell is for the Brexiters who claimed Brexit was easy when they hadn’t a clue whether it would be easy or not. They pretended to have a plan, and the electorate believed it and voted leave. In fact, they had no plan. Leaving the EU is turning out to be extremely difficult, but the Brexiters will not take any responsibility for their mistake. It’s that abrogation of responsibility that Tusk finds so offensive, and I do too.

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I’m a Euroskeptic remainer, but I agree with him.

Tusk was not attacking attacking Brexiters in general, he was attacking those in the British government who promoted Brexit, but who made no plans to carry it out. Elitist politicians like Johnson and Gove who treated the whole thing as a big joke. They never expected to win the vote. It was a case of “Shit, we won. What do we do now?”

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For some reason, I think he will have a chance to get to know the place very well.

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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