Great video action: Italy’s Matteo Salvini continues to rock and challenge the “old EU” establishment. This provoked a vulgar outburst from Luxembourg bureaucrat Jean Asselborn in another bitter row over migration.
The EU is deeply divided and it is beyond repair. The hate emanating from France, the UN and some Western Eurocrats – directed at Salvini, Viktor Orban and Visegrad – is revealing and illustrates just how desperate the establishment has become.
Asselborn is well-known for his diatribes directed at the V4 nation states over their refusal to accept EU migrant quotas and is another overrated “dead weight” Eurocrat from the Benelux region who suffers from delusions of grandeur. Somehow, Asselborn is under the illusion that he possesses the moral superiority “to enlighten” Salvini, Visegrad and others over so-called “EU values”.
The video shows a visibly shaken Asselborn, who then desperately tries to equate Italians in Luxembourg with illegal migrants from Tunisia. Next, Asselborn turns to his cell phone…maybe he was texting Berlin or his buddy Juncker to report Salvini to the “principal’s office” in Brussels.
How dare one challenges the moral highness of a Minister from Luxembourg! Please, spare us the drama Jean.
* Salvini said he was totally opposed to the view, espoused by some European leaders, that with aging populations, EU nations need to accept more migrants.
“I’ve heard colleagues say that we need immigration because the population of Europe is getting older, but I have a completely different viewpoint,” said Mr Salvini, who heads the anti-immigration League party.
“I believe that I’m in government in order to see that our young people have the number of children that they used to a few years ago and not to transplant the best of Africa’s youth to Europe.”
“Maybe in Luxembourg they need to do this, but in Italy we need to help people have more children, rather than bring in modern-day slaves (from Africa) to replace the children we’re not having.”
The remark provoked the irritation of Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s foreign minister, who was sitting close by and started mumbling “Blah, blah, blah.”
Mr Salvini asked the minister if he could be allowed to finish his address, but Mr Asselborn became unglued and interjected in French, “In Luxembourg, sir, we have welcomed thousands of Italians who came to work in our country, as migrants, so that you in Italy had money for your children.”
Here we go again. The great state of Luxembourg, specializing in tax havens, has saved Italy’s children from starvation. How can Italy survive without Luxembourg?
Asselborn finished with the words “Merde, alors”, while Salvini eagerly posted the exchange on Twitter: “Look at the reaction (of the minister); he didn’t take it very well.”
** Maybe not, but Salvini and Orban remain strong and highly popular among their people, something Asselborn and others in Europe will just have to get used to. They are here to stay.