Yesterday in Davos at the World Economic Forum where national leaders, think-tankers, journalists and lobbyists gather for four days each year, the EU’s new Commission President — German Ursula von der Leyen — gave a keynote speech. In it, she laid bare the EU’s pretensions of being a single country and a coming military power.
Excerpts from the speech of Frau Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission President
World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 22 Jan 2020
“…if you engage with Europe you will find a reliable partner, working for a more sustainable world. But we ask for fairness in return.
“We have a lot to offer. We are the largest single market in the world. We are one of the three largest economies. We are the largest source and destination of foreign direct investment. We have more than 80 free trade agreements, and over 700 international economic agreements. And the next negotiations will start in February with our British friends.”
“We have learnt the importance to invest more in long-term stability and to prevent crises. This is where Europe can make a real difference.
“We are the largest donor for development cooperation — in fact, we invest in this more than the rest of the world combined. But we must also do more when it comes to managing crises as they develop.
“For that, Europe also needs credible military capabilities and we have set up the building blocks of the European Defence Union. There is a European way to foreign and security policy where hard power is an important tool — but is never the only one.
“Hard power always comes with diplomacy and conflict prevention; with the work on reconciliation and reconstruction, which is something Europeans know well because we have gone through this, here in Europe.”
WHY IS THE ABOVE IMPORTANT? — COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
One of the problems with the insidious nature of the EU and its plans for nearly half a billion people is the gradual acceptance of its promulgation of total nonsense as fact. Sadly, in this endeavour, it has benefited from the support of large elements of the UK broadcast media (BBC, Sky, ITN), large elements of the UK press, and most of the media across the EU27 countries.
Once again it seems that we British must be a lonely voice, ridiculing the EU’s latest pronouncements.
1. What legitimacy does this woman have to speak for “Europe”?
Frau von der Leyen apparently spoke for “Europe” yesterday. She holds the title of President of the EU Commission — a group of bureaucrats wielding enormous power yet with no popular mandate from the peoples of the 28 EU countries soon to be 27. She was the last-minute compromise candidate thrown at the EU Parliament last year, to replace Jean-Claude Juncker. Hers was the only name on the ballot paper, and yet she scraped through by only nine votes out of 750.
2. A lesson in geopolitics
Frau von der Leyen’s speech yesterday is littered with references to “Europe”. The words “European Union” did not pass her lips even once.
As I have pointed out many times, “Europe” is a continent of over 50 countries. (This varies slightly according to different definitions.) In a week’s time, the EU will consist of just 27 countries. It is NOT “Europe”.
The problem is that the EU has slowly adopted this term over the years and the Europhile media has not corrected them. This does not make the term correct. I consider both Norway and Switzerland to be part of “Europe”, for example, and yet neither are members of the EU. Nor will the United Kingdom be one week tomorrow.
3. The EU lays bare its superstate credentials and ambitions
During the Referendum campaign in 2016 — and in the years since — Brexiteers have been wrongly ridiculed on many levels by Remainers. Let’s just take a couple of instances from Frau von der Leyen’s speech in Davos.
Firstly, Brexiteers were ridiculed for the idea that the UK would become part of one country — the “United States of Europe”. And yet here we have the EU Commission President talking of “We are one of the three largest economies. We are the largest source and destination of foreign direct investment.” If that isn’t talking as if the EU were one country, then we would like to know what is. The EU is not “one economy”, it consists of 28 economies, soon to be 27.
If Remainers still wish to argue the point, Frau von der Leyen also said: “We are the largest donor for development cooperation — in fact, we invest in this more than the rest of the world combined.” This is patently and demonstrably untrue. Several times in the last four years I have published the official aid figures, which show that the US is №1, followed by the UK, followed by Germany. (Technically Germany overtook the UK last year but this is only because it started including the costs of its massive influx of migrants into its “foreign aid” figures.)
This is all another demonstration of how the EU refers to the actions and spending by individual member state governments as somehow being it's own.
4. The EU’s now-brazen moves to become a military power
Importantly in the former German Defence Minister’s speech, she raised the topic of the EU’s Defence Union. This new EU Commission President says “Europe also needs credible military capabilities and we have set up the building blocks of the European Defence Union.” She goes on to say: “There is a European way to foreign and security policy where hard power is an important tool.”
The simple fact is that the EU is now no longer hiding its military ambitions in any way.
On watching Frau von der Leyen’s speech in Davos yesterday, however, and with just one week to go before the technical Brexit day, I felt it was important to raise once again the creeping (some would say creepy) geopolitical intentions of the dysfunctional and undemocratic machine that is the EU.
In the coming years, a newly-independent and powerful United Kingdom will have to face the unpleasant reality emerging on its doorstep. You read this here.
We are the largest source and destination of foreign direct investment. We have more than 80 free trade agreements, and over 700 international economic agreements.
At this point, I would like to say a few words about what she said about the so-called 80 trade agreements and 700 international economic agreements.
Last year I showed how many trade agreements the EU has, I showed just how many they have and who they are and its nowhere near 80 never mind OVER 80. At the time of writing Feb 2019, it was only 36. Since then they have added two more. They kept very quiet on both of them that is why at the time of writing about those 36 I failed to notice that in December 2018 they had added Mongolia to the list making it 37.
Why do I mention this? Well, it's indicative of the type of deals the EU has signed. 26 of those deals are with countrys like Mongolia and without in any way wishing to be disrespectful to many of the countries on the list where are the large countrys with economic pull? Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia USA? (All members of the G20? They are just not there. You can read in more detail about EU Trade agreements here.
It will surprise you while at the same time show how the EU is actually for want of a better word conning everyone.
The other country they added was Singapore, they added that one last December 2019. You probably did not hear about that one either, it's a shame because if you had you would know that the EU delegation came away shocked because the Singapore PM let slip that we British are ready to sign the exact same one once we leave the EU. Now you know why they kept very quiet about what is for the EU quite an important trade deal.
The EU has “more than 700 international agreements,” says EU Commission President von der Leyen.
Well, let's spend a little time on this subject. Again just this month I broached this subject. On 4 January, I showed that these so-called 700 agreements are small and insignificant. In recent weeks a new EU statistic has started appearing. It was most noticeably used by new EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her pre-Christmas speech to the EU Parliament.
I have now seen this being repeated, and even being misinterpreted as being about trade deals by some news sites. Below I debunk it.
No trade deal this year, and the UK will lose 700+ international agreements, claims Ursula von der Leyen
But most agreements have no relevance to trade and no relevance to the UK’s post-Brexit interests
Many agreements are with tiny countries and/or are small amendments to existing agreements.
What is the nature of some of these “international agreements”?
Let us delve into the details and a few of many examples of the international agreements to which Frau von der Leyen referred.
Agreement with the Kingdom of Tonga on the short-stay visa waiver
(This was counted several times, for countries such as Vanuatu, Dominica, etc)
Agreement with Seychelles on access for fishing around the French island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean
Agreement with Lebanon for scientific cooperation in the Mediterranean Area
Again you can read the full version here
The EU has “more than 700 international agreements,” says EU Commission President von der Leyen
In recent weeks a new EU statistic has started appearing. It was most noticeably used by new EU Commission President…
Von der Leyen in her speech makes it sound as if these 700 international agreements are wonderful and important. I think you may agree with me that they are neither.
Meanwhile back in the UK the Brexit Bill finally gets through the Lords and is with Her Majesty for Royal Assent
HM the Queen will give her consent today
Since the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019–21 was passed by the Commons after the New Year, the Remainer-dominated House of Lords has debated more than 100 amendments. Yesterday their Lordships sent the Bill back to MPs in the Commons with five key amendments, all of which were rejected by the MPs.
On then being sent back to the Lords, the peers finally gave up the fight and the Bill is now with Her Majesty for Royal Assent. Following certain formalities, the EU Parliament will vote on the Agreement on 29 January, where it is expected to pass. It will then become an international treaty between the EU and the UK effective from 11 pm GMT on Friday 31 January 2020.
[ Sources: World Economic Forum | EU Commission| Westminster ]