It’s been a rough few years for the European Union. What started as a loose organization to promote cooperation between countries, has morphed into a failing nation state. Many of its members are in a debt crisis so large that the rest of the members are forced to bail them out. It’s a bad sign for the Euro experiment, as the currency bloc was already in economic decline.
To add insult to injury, many EU nations have been forced to take on more refugees than they can handle. The policy has led to an outbreak of violence across Europe at the hands of radical Islamic jihadists. Despite this, the EU shows no signs of hitting the breaks, instead doubling down on their refugee policy.
Needless to say, some countries are fed up with the failing organization. So fed up, in fact, that one of its most important members voted to pull out of the EU altogether. It was a stunning blow that has EU bureaucrats in Brussels fuming.
Across the ocean, President Donald Trump has been vocal in support of the UK’s “Brexit” campaign. The new American president has even gone so far as to encourage other members to ditch the union. Of course, Trump’s support didn’t sit well with everyone in Brussels. As their control over Europe collapses around them, one high ranking official decided to publicly lash out at President Trump.
From The Express:
European Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit.
In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU.
The remarks are diplomatic dynamite at a time when relations between Washington and Brussels are already strained over Europe’s meager contributions to NATO and the US leader’s open preference for dealing with national governments.
While some may believe the comments were firmly tongue in cheek, media members that were present believed it was not a joke:
Mr Juncker’s comments did not appear to be made in jest and were delivered in a serious tone, although one journalist did report some “chuckles” in the audience and hinted the EU boss may have been joking. The remarks came in the middle of an angry speech in which the top eurocrat railed widely against critics of the EU Commission.
Of course, the timing of the criticism of President Trump was seen as unwise. EU leaders are trying to convince the U.S. to commit to protecting its Eastern flank from Russia, but have made very little contribution to NATO themselves. Europe simply can’t afford to antagonize its most important ally.
Whether or not the comments were serious is still a matter of debate. However, Mr. Juncker has not made any effort to clarify the remarks, indicating he stands behind what he said. Ultimately, it shows the desperation of a failing organization. At some point, the EU is going to have to take responsibility for the mess it created, and not pass the blame onto foreign leaders.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]