Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko Churchill | August 5, 2014

Traveling with Jean Claude Juncker: A new start for Europe

We travelled and spend some quality time with the new President of the European Commission in Athens and we can safely report that he represents a sea change from the old Barosso-bosso president of the commission — a Portuguese man of German subservience.

Jean-Claude Juncker is a Luxembourgish politician and bureaucrat, from the monarchical wealthy Ducate  of Luxembourg. He was and still is a bureaucrat/politician from the smallest yet richest state of Europe. He is a member of the tiny Luxembourg nestled in the armpit shade of Germany, and Belgium and He is now the President-elect of the European Commission.naturally with Luxembourg having a median income of 73,000 Euros per capita and being a Tax avoidance heaven — he has no compassion for the poorer citizens of Europe as his tenure as head of the Eurogroup proved.

Juncker was previously the Prime Minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013. He was the long-serving head of government as he was also Luxembourg’s Minister for Finances from 1989 to 2009, and the first permanent President of the Eurogroup from 2005 to 2013, his tenure encompassing the height of the European financial and sovereign debt crisis.

Juncker was the candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP) for the President of the European Commission going into the 2014 European Parliament elections, which saw the EPP win the most seats. On 27 June, the European Council officially nominated Juncker for the position, and on 15 July, the European Parliament elected him with a majority of 422 votes from a total of 729 cast. He is scheduled to succeed incumbent Jose Manuel Barroso into office in November of 2014…

A lot is expected of him.

And rightly so…

Having muddled his way through as leadeer of the Eurogroup what he will deliver is unclear especially as he is seen to be the Angel of Austerity and the man of Berlin.

However am sure he heeds the clarion call that the people are fed up with Austerity and Berlin led colonialism and all the airy fairy announcements and general lack of real sea changing action.

Now that Juncker will squarely speak on behalf of the richest continent on Earth that does not take care of it’s own people — he just might wake up and have a Damascus moment.

Or not.

So in this trip the President-elect of the Commission Jean Claude Juncker, had some realizations spending time with “Yours truly” and some other realists, who have seen the shambles that European policy represents in a country like Greece.

If he doesn’t have a Paul of Tarsus revelation now — he will never have.

And if he can reconcile this nasty reality of Greece’s structured default and structured famine for Greece’s people with his new patently PR created vision called: “A new start for Europe” — we’ll all be better for that…

Otherwise we’ll have a new French Revolution all over Europe with predictable results of the pitchforks and the gillotines ruling the day. Things are that bad…

“A New Start For Europe” is Jean-Claude Juncker’s agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change in the Continent that has been ravaged by dismal crisis largely caused by bureaucrats and now he hopes to correct the errors of the past and craft a new course.

Albeit not much is expected and with a low bar of expectations he might just surprise us.

Himself being a career bureaucrat we’ll see how this plays out and if in his new position he becomes more than a bureaucrat and maybe a true leader, it remains to be seen. At the present time he is colourless and gray as a typical bureaucrat. But things change…

Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the European Commission by a strong majority of 422 votes in the European Parliament plenary session.

As Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his political guidelines for the next European Commission as set out in a document entitled ‘A new start for Europe: My agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change’.

These guidelines are the basis on which Jean-Claude Juncker was elected.

The following are the key quotes from Candidate for President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker’s intervention and constitute a good benchmark to help us measure the progress of the European Commission..

Jean-Claude Juncker went on to state for the record:

“I want to work for a Union that is committed to democracy and reform; that is not meddlesome but works for its citizens rather than against them. I want to work for a Union that delivers.”

“My number one priority and the connecting thread running through each and every proposal will be getting Europe growing again and getting people back to work. To do this, within the first three months of my mandate, I will present a Jobs, Growth and Investment Package to generate an extra EUR 300 billion in investment over the next three years.”

“SMEs are the backbone of our economies, creating 85% of new jobs in Europe – we can’t bury them in paperwork. We must unshackle them from burdensome regulation.”

“It is in everyone’s interest that energy not be used as a political tool. It’s time Europe stood tall on its own feet, pooling our resources, combining infrastructures and uniting our negotiating power.”

“The rescue of the euro was necessary but was weak on the social side. It is unacceptable to me that workers and retired people had to shoulder the burden of structural reform programmes, while ship owners and financial speculators became even richer. In the future we need a more democratically legitimate replacement for the Troika and thorough social impact assessments for any new support programmes.”

“I want a reasonable and balanced trade agreement with the U.S. But I will not sacrifice Europe’s safety, health, social and data protection standards or our cultural diversity on the altar of free trade.”

“We need more solidarity in our immigration policy. I will step up cooperation with third countries to deal with irregular migration more robustly and I will promote a new European policy on legal migration to put Europe on the map as a favourite destination for talent.”

“My firm conviction is that we must move forward as a Union but not necessarily all at the same speed. For some, their final destination may already have been reached. I always was and very much remain ready to listen to and help find solutions for the concerns of each and every Member State.”

“Gender balance is not a luxury but a political must and should be self-evident to all – particularly national leaders when it comes to proposing a candidate for Commissioner. This is in itself a test for the commitment of national governments to a new, more democratic approach in times of change.”

“The European Parliament’s campaign motto was ‘This time it’s different’ – help me make deliver on that promise today. Help me show the world that together we can give Europe its fresh start.”

And for all of us the real Technology and Science leaders reading this Bleeding Edge Blog; here is Juncker’s take on our chosen field of vision: “Europe’s next frontier: Creating digital jobs” Sadly this is how distant his approach is from our reality and You can see this when Juncker describes himself: “I am not really a techie. I still prefer the feel of a newspaper in my hands. And I am convinced that the complexity of European politics cannot always be explained in a 140 character tweet. But you don’t have to be a techie to believe in technology”

“Over the next five years, the most important task of European politicians will be to bring Europe back on track to growth and jobs. I am convinced that the transformative role of digital technologies can be used for creating growth and jobs. The Internet and digital communications can transform our economies as profoundly as the steam engine did in the 18th century or electricity did in the 19th century. For me, a fully digital Europe will therefore be one of my priorities as next President of the European Commission.” Juncker’s vision is that “Europe’s path to growth is paved with tablets and smartphones.” http://juncker.epp.eu/my-priorities/digital

That’s all from Mr Juncker…
Sorry that his English language skills suck but there you have it. Francophonie at it’s best…

The significant thing is that Europe for the first time tilted it’s autocratic direction and started to elect it’s Supreme Leader in a quasi Democratic way.

Better late than never…

Now our next hurdle is to change this old school mentality of Colonialism and start trusting our populations and our people to be mature enough to start electing as our Leaders the people that are already Real Civic Leaders and who have proven that they merit our vote.

And let’s start choosing those good folks directly.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

I’ve got a question for the new President of European Commission, and we welcome your questions too because we’ll pose these crowdsourced question to Mr Juncker himself in subsequent discussions.

My question is this: Are these admittedly modest goals just mere words and idle talk or maybe our stale “Bureaucrat Extraordinaire” can surpass himself and become a champion of the people of Europe?

Time will tell…

For the Policy Mavens amongst You here is the PDF of his policy agenda: http://ec.europa.eu/about/juncker-commission/docs/pg_en.pdf

And here you can watch the press conference President-elect of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of Greece A. Samaras, gave in Athens: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I091894


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