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Jean-Claude Juncker and the Anglo-Saxon ‘Other’

The Daily Telegraph reports:

The president of the European Commission has risked angering Britain after comments warning that the “Anglo-Saxon world” would seek to dismantle the European project if Greece was ever allowed to leave the single currency.

Speaking to an audience at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Jean-Claude Juncker said a “Grexit” would expose the EU to huge risk, leaving the euro prey to forces who “would do everything to try to decompose” what remained of the monetary union.

“Grexit is not an option,” said Mr Juncker.

“If we were to accept, if Greece were to accept, if others were to accept that Greece could leave the area of solidarity and prosperity that is the eurozone, we would put ourselves at risk because some, notably in the Anglo Saxon world, would try everything to deconstruct the euro area piece by piece, little by little.”

I note Juncker’s description of the euro zone as an ‘area of solidarity and prosperity’, a description that may surprise the millions who have lost their jobs (or the young who have failed to find any) as a direct consequence of the devastation caused by the euro, one of the more destructive financial instruments yet devised.

The Daily Telegraph:

A spokeswoman for Mr Juncker said the reference to the Anglo-Saxon world could be “understood in the sense of the markets and speculators,” rather than a reference to Britain specifically.

Because “markets” (dread word) and “speculation” is what those wicked Anglo-Saxons do.

This is an old theme on the European right, conspiracy talk with a touch of Vichy about it, and it is one to which those who work in Britain’s financial sector (and not just them) should pay attention.

Back to Juncker:

“The world wants to know which way we are going. We should make sure that everyone understands that the economic and monetary union is irreversible…”

This is not the language of a man who believes in democracy, which is fair enough: Juncker does not. 

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