Jean-Claude Juncker: Europe’s Demons Still Alive
Jean-Claube Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, sounded less-than-optimistic about the Eurozone recently:
Jean Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg, who chaired a group of Euro-zone finance ministers at the height of the financial crisis, claimed that elections in Italy and Greece brought “national resentments to the surface, which we’d believed had gone away”.
He said that he had been appalled by protesters’ banners in Greece which showed Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, in Nazi uniform.
Mr Juncker said in an interview with the magazine Der Spiegel: “Anyone who believes that the eternal question of war and peace in Europe is no longer there risks being deeply mistaken.
“The demons have not gone away – they’re only sleeping, as the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo showed. I am struck by how much conditions in Europe in 2013 are similar those of 100 years ago.”
Those are strong words from the PM.
EU-enthusiasts who want to keep the hopeless, and misguided, European project alive are well-advised not to ignore the warnings from around the continent. They have serious issues to deal with, or else they’ll go the way of the Dodo bird.
Edit: And there’s a new German party rallying behind the idea that Germany should break off from the Euro.