Once considered the model of economic and political stability, the European Union appears to be steadily descending into chaos as Pres. Donald J. Trump slaps on trade tariffs to level the international playing field.
Just a few years ago, far-left American politicians such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Pres. Barrack Obama idolized the EU for universal healthcare, Co2 reduction policies and economic progress. But the curtain has been pulled back that reveals unfair trade practices, dissent between nations and a populist movement that wants out of the multinational bloc.
Brexit Leaves U.K. Workers in Limbo
Mirroring the wave of national pride that swept away globalists Democrats and Hillary Clinton, U.K. citizens called for withdrawal from the EU. After liberal extremists such as Germany’s Angela Merkel started open borders policies that created widespread crime, violence and increased rape, British voters stunned the left with the Brexit mandate. Now, workers who freely bounced from country to country find themselves in an employment limbo.
Workers that have relied on the EU’s free travel policy are being locked out of the process. The Brexit negotiations have been hard-ball politics with some EU advocates looking to make an example of the U.K. under the guise of public policy.
“There are many people out there who are trying to punish the United Kingdom without saying it — if you ask them they will deny it,” Luxemburg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna said at the World Economic Forum. “Let’s try to be more positive, let’s try to de-dramatize the whole negotiation.”
EU negotiators have already rejected a continued free trade arrangement with Britain. The formerly idealized EU leaders that were a touchstone for the left are being unmasked. Petty politics and self-interest rule the day in the EU. Workers are being used as pawns.
Spanish Government Toppled
To remove a U.S. president, the House of Representatives must pass Articles of Impeachment and the Senate must hold a trial and vote the Commander-in-Chief out by two-thirds majority. In Spain, such bloodless coups are done through a no confidence vote. The Socialists just ousted long-standing Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy by a 180-169 vote.
The incoming Socialist, Pedro Sanchez, will be backed by only 84 party seats, making his tenure the least stable in recent history. Without a clear mandate or supporting votes, experts expect his left-wing policies to be at continued odds with the majority of the country. Already, he has cowed to the Basque Nationalist Party to maintain a somewhat unpopular budget that passed. He will also be thrust into the Catalan secession crisis.
Sanchez has already taken out the liberal playbook by labeling Catalan Pres. Quim Torra a “racist” and “supremacist.” This sounds eerily familiar from an American perspective, as they are similar to the tactics employed by U.S. Democrats in their attempts to slander Pres. Trump. Spaniards are already clamoring for an election to outs Sanchez and elect a new prime minister. Political instability sweeps Spain.
Populists Take Control Of Italy
Like the U.K. vote that ushered in Brexit, Italy has increasingly been at odds with the EU. The predominately conservative-voting nation and third-largest EU economy have finally formed a government led by populists.
Recently sworn in Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has taken the reins, and his political worldview stands in stark contrast to the EU elites that called for open borders and other liberal policies. Conte hails from the anti-establishment party known as the Five Star Movement, and is backed by the far-right party known as League.
This marks the first EU member country to complete the leadership shift to the populist right, and many fear Italy is on its way to break from the EU.
Trump’s America First Trade Tariffs Fuel EU Upheaval
In the midst of political chaos, Pres. Trump has deftly backed the EU elite into an international trade corner.
Once able to tout economic successes that buoyed the price tag on expensive policies, Europe may soon have to pay its fair share. From embarrassing NATO members to pay the agreed upon portion of their military defense to shining a light on unfair trade tariffs, the U.S. president has taken the high ground in the fight for economic justice.
In a move that makes good on yet another campaign promise to end unfair trade deals and deficits suffered by the U.S., Pres. Trump announced the days of unfair trade “are over.” The White House leveled a 10-percent duty on aluminum and 25-percent duty on steel imported from the EU, Canada and Mexico.
Despite suppressing U.S. imports for years by imposing tariffs upwards of 25 percent compared to the America’s low 3 percent, foreign leaders feigned outrage over the move.
French Pres. Macron called the U.S. leveling the playing field “illegal.” Germany called it “unlawful,” Canada dubbed Pres. Trump a “bully,” and one EU trade official called it a “bad day.”
In all fairness, when criminals are sentenced to lengthy prison terms, they also call that a “bad day.”
What is truly bad for the EU leaders is they will feel a political backlash as internal and external forces call for social and economic fair play.
~ Conservative Zone