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EU parliament chief tells Italians not to vote for Berlusconi


stopdoingstuff

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The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.

The German president of the European Parliament, once compared to a Nazi concentration camp guard by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, warned Italians on Thursday not to back the scandal-ridden media tycoon at the ballot box.

Martin Schulz is the latest in a line of German politicians to express fears about a possible Berlusconi comeback largely due to worries he will halt Rome's reform drive that has helped to lift investor confidence in the euro zone.

"Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.
In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:

Monti risked embarrassing her this week by saying Merkel did not want the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to win, following Berlusconi's remark that Monti would join forces with the PD after the election "with Merkel's blessing".
There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-italy-election-schulz-idUSBRE91K0A520130221
 
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Sister Mercedes

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The last time someone told Italians who to vote for, it just increased the vote for Berlusconi.

 

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schulz is one proper ahole mf , he is one of the most dangerous eurocommies .If he had his way we would all be good little slaves and serfs to his boys and girls .
 

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Well there's nothing like getting people to vote for someone , once they've been told not to and a German Politican to boot, in which the citizens of most states think the Germans have totally control, say and monetary control over the EU.
 

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The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.



In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:



There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.
You probably need to re-think your definition of undemocratic and meddling.
 

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"Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.

At what point did he say you shouldn't vote for him? You didn't provide any links. From your OP it seems your just sensationalising a factual statement as an excuse to bash the EU and the Germans.

When were these comments made? Was he perhaps asked his opinion at a press conference?
 

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The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.



In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:



There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.
Can the Germans not advise their Euro neighbours on the best choice of Gauleiter?
 

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Such arrogance!

I agree with the sentiment that Silvio should not be in power but it is not the business of the EU or German parliaments to tell people how to vote.
 

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"Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.

At what point did he say you shouldn't vote for him? You didn't provide any links. From your OP it seems your just sensationalising a factual statement as an excuse to bash the EU and the Germans.

When were these comments made? Was he perhaps asked his opinion at a press conference?
Supplied.
 

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Schulz, a centre-left European politican, states that he doesn't want to see a corrupt rightwing populist elected in a part of Europe.

I don't see a problem here.

Berlusconi is more than bad news for Italy, his election would be bad for all of Europe.
 

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Schulz, a centre-left European politican, states that he doesn't want to see a corrupt rightwing populist elected in a part of Europe.

I don't see a problem here.

Berlusconi is more than bad news for Italy, his election would be bad for all of Europe.
The head of the EU parliament has no business telling others how to vote. He should resign.
 

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"Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.

At what point did he say you shouldn't vote for him? You didn't provide any links. From your OP it seems your just sensationalising a factual statement as an excuse to bash the EU and the Germans.

When were these comments made? Was he perhaps asked his opinion at a press conference?
Maybe, just maybe if you read the article from Reuters that is cited in the OP you will get the answers you seek? ;)
 

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You probably need to re-think your definition of undemocratic and meddling.
Democratic coming from 'demos', people, in this case Italian people. So, not German representative in a very official position in an international construct which very specifically and explicitically has no say whatsoever in the national level matters. Meddling is too mild of a word.
 

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He should given an immediate and substantial kick in the arse, not least because his big mouth is likely to have increased the vote for the gangster Berlusconi.
That's the worst thing- he will increase support for a very unworthy man.
 

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Schulz, a centre-left European politican, states that he doesn't want to see a corrupt rightwing populist elected in a part of Europe.

I don't see a problem here.

Berlusconi is more than bad news for Italy, his election would be bad for all of Europe.
When Sarkozy was running for re-election last year, an enthusiastic Angela Merkel announced that she would campaign for him. It quickly dawned on all that Merkel's support would be a negative in France, so she zipped it and didn't take any further role in the French election.

Deep recessions increase bitter Nationalism. As evidenced by Europe during the 1930's Depression.
 

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The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.



In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:



There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.

EU parliament chief tells Italians not to vote for Berlusconi | Reuters
European Parliament head warns voters away from Berlusconi

European Parliament chief warns against Berlusconi comeback

Getting a bit of coverage now.
 

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The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.



In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:



There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.

EU parliament chief tells Italians not to vote for Berlusconi | Reuters
hes just sore about the time berlusconi compared him to a concentration camp guard
 

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The head of the EU parliament has no business telling others how to vote. He should resign.
You've totally lost me, He's an elected MEP, European politicians assist their allies across Europe all the time, he's an active politician not the Pope or Queen.. He is leader of the biggest political grouping in the EP.. it's his job to represent his political group.
 

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Ah lads - this is our German friend emerging from the long grass to greet old Bunga Bunga when he least expects or wants it.

Herr Schulz's remarks may be something to do with this.

MEPs' fury at Berlusconi's Nazi jibe | World news | guardian.co.uk

The controversial Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, today assumed the EU council presidency, and immediately provoked furious controversy saying a German MEP should take a film role as a Nazi concentration camp leader.

Mr Berlusconi was giving a speech inaugurating his country's six-month presidency of the EU to assembled MEPs, but his plans for Italy's tenure of the union were completely overshadowed by a comment made to a German socialist MEP, Martin Schulz, in the subsequent question-and-answer session.

In response to a question from Mr Schulz alleging a conflict of interest between his political office and his extensive Italian media interests, Mr Berlusconi replied:

"Mr Schulz, I know there is in Italy a man producing a film on the Nazi concentration camps. I would like to suggest you for the role of leader. You'd be perfect."
Remember that old adage - revenge is a dish best served cold.
 

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