We would not trust Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the EU Parliament, regarding migration or downsizing the swollen powers of Brussels. His power resides in Brussels and his interest is maintaining and expanding an all-powerful EU.
Weber (CSU) is lobbying others to increase the power and scope of Brussels over nation states by endorsing Article 7 against Poland. Manfred’s “EU solution” on migration is EU Parliament-based and merely changes the “method of transfer”. We have heard this slick rhetoric before from others at the Malta Summit last year.
It must be election time in Bavaria. The CSU is again talking tough on migration but they always go back “on their knees” to Sister Merkel to keep their seats of power. They were even willing to form a coalition with the Greens until Christian Lidner (FDP) pulled-out. Now, they will bargain with Martin Schulz. This game has been played before!
Weber seems interested in building power bases in Brussels with some very radical elements. Between 2014 and 2016, Weber was a member of the now defunct “G5 group” along with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice President Frans Timmermans, Socialist group leader Gianni Pittella and Martin Schulz, then President of the European Parliament.
In early 2017, Weber established the so-called “G6”, a group of parliamentary leaders including Pittella as well as Guy Verhofstadt of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), Syed Kamall of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), Ska Keller of the Greens, and Gabriele Zimmer of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left.
Manfred Weber is nothing more than a political opportunist and useful tool of Brussels. Weber is from Germany and his CSU Party is in coalition with Angela Merkel. He wants a “final solution” (his words) from the EU on migration in 2018.
This is impossible. We saw the solution given by his EU Parliament with mandatory relocation quotas and new “legal pathways” for people in “refugee-like” situations who were once considered migrants from Africa. It is a non-starter. There is no European Solidarity on migration. Western Europe and Central Europe remain very divided.
Weber may be some “power-broker” in Brussels and Germany, but most in Central Europe would not recognize him, nor are they interested in solutions from some EPP, Socialist or ALDE bosses trying to meddle in the internal affairs of their state.
Maybe, the leaders of Germany, Italy, France and Sweden should clean up their own streets before demanding “EU solutions” for those who got it right from the beginning.
There is far too much power in Brussels and too many opportunists feeding off the system. It is impossible to change the nature of man, which is why it is vital to drain the power of the Institutions that nourish their appetites.
The Battles of 2018 will be intense in Europe, especially if Manfred Weber and the EU try forcing a “final solution” regarding migration on the Central-European nation states.