“Supreme Juncker in the black boot”
A new president of the European Commission has appeared. Jean-Claude Juncker has replaced the Russophobe Barroso. I have decided to inform readers of what can be expected from this player on the European political scene. Compared with Barroso, he’s a darling. And the fact that Cameron (the faithful poodle of Washington) fiercely hates him adds dramatically do his points.
It is worth recalling that each politician has his own price and his own vulnerability, so the new leader of the Eurocommission could “raise someone else’s flag” at any time, but at the present moment Juncker is from the flesh of “old European business,” i.e., it is most likely that his only true loyalty (insofar as he is capable of loyalty) belongs to the holders of offshore accounts in Luxembourg (for those who understand what it means to have accounts in Luxembourg, not the British Virgin Islands, Zurich, or Zug).
Now he is strongly supported by Merkel, but their relationship should not be considered cloudless. Merkel (to some extent and with serious limitations) is a representative of German business, while Juncker represents European business. Their interests do not completely coincide.
Answering the question “What is he like as a politician?” is quite difficult, but I will try to show him from the point of view which the European and American press don’t see, even though the information is well known. I’ll be silent about Russian media, as it (with rare exceptions) generally doesn’t understand anything in European politics.
Juncker is known for “pathologically good as considering money.” Being a minister of finance in Luxembourg for many years and then the prime minister of Luxembourg – the largest EU offshore -, we are not dealing with any “petty theft” as with Navalny and Kirovles.
He’s also known for being one of the architects of the Eurozone and if his ideas were to be considered, then the Eurozone would be much healthier now, but the most interesting thing is that he has a huge stain of terrorist and spy scandals, and he prefers not to remember the truth of this aspect of his career.
In order to understand Juncker, one needs to know the history of how he lost premiership. A complete retelling of this story would lead to a novel, so I will restrict myself to very brief explanation.
In 2012, the press leaked a record of wiretapping on a conversation between Juncker and the then head of the Luxembourg secret services de ITA Intelligence Service (SREL), Marco Mille, in 2008. It should be noted that Juncker was actually Mille’s boss in the sense that, according to domestic laws, the prime minister automatically heads SREL.
In the conversation which to a large extent was more of a report, Mille mentioned many interesting aspects which allow one to understand the disposition of forces inside Luxembourg and Europe as a whole:
It turns out that SREL actively followed the Duke of Luxembourg, i.e., spied on the head of state.
The Duke of Luxembourg, Henry, was a puppet of the MI-6 and this is a family tradition.
The Duke of Luxembourg attempted to use MI-6 as his own unofficial intelligence service in order to listen in and monitor key figures of SREL.
The fact that SREL actively spied on the political opponents of Juncker was casually mentioned.
Luxembourg intelligence services engaged in financial work in Cuba, Libya, and Iraq and made a lot of money in bypassing sanctions.
In general, a picture emerges of a rigid confrontation between MI-6 and the local “security forces” which governed financial flows and the banking sector.
In the conversation, connection was revealed between the family of the Duke and “Bommelee r” affair, a series of terrorist acts in the ’80’s which the authorities “blamed” on the communists and socialists and used to promote their political interests. Based on what Mille said, the conclusion can be drawn the SREL has evidence that these terrorist attacks were done on the order of the ruling Duke’s family.
In this conversation and from subsequent events it become clearly apparent that Juncker and Mille, despite the fact that they worked on the same side of the barricade, have very different ideas on how to achieve their goals. Mille is a radical who was interested in “blowing up” the “Bommelee r” scandal and in general acting to maximally aggravate existing conflicts. Juncker resembles more of a German-French version of Machiavelle who would prefer behind-the-scenes intrigue without fireworks. Personal conflicts (and some would assert clan conflicts) between Juncker and Mille ultimately led to Mille leaving SREL and…he was immediately taken to work at the post of director at the company Siemens. In fact, when liberal say that “security forces can only rule in business in Rashka,” you can freely laugh in their face and recall the story of the chief security office of Luxembourg. Such as successful “landing” of Mille in this post at one of the top German companies can serve as indirect proof of the correctness of the analysts who believed that Berlin wanted to use SREL as a battering ram against English interests in Europe, and Juncker simply didn’t want to expose himself for the sake of German interests.
Let’s fast forward to 2012. The leaked wiretaps of Juncker provoked a huge scandal, and the scandal clearly bore the handwriting of British intelligence. A parliamentary commission for investigating the activities of Juncker was not interested in the evidence that the Duke was an agent of British influence. It was equally uninterested in the participation of the Duke in terrorist acts. The prime minister indicated that he did not “ditch” Mille and that he did not inform the parliament of the “illegal actions of SREL” including the surveillance of the monarch, action against the opposition, and illegal operations in Cuba, Libya, and Iraq. Parliamentary debates on the topic recalled only the statement of Juncker in which he said that it was absolutely normal for the security services to violate sanctions and earn money in illegal financial transactions. It should be noted that the former prime minister of Luxembourg in was generally characterized by public cynicism and complete disdain for “sacred European cows”: democracy, the rule of law, transparency, etc. The result of the “investigation” was predictable. Juncker lost the post of prime minister and along with all positions in the official structures within the European Union, and the positions of Germany were greatly weakened in the context of its fight against Anglo-American influence in the EU.
Based on the considerations mentioned above, it is easy to understand that the election of Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission is a savory spit in the face of London and Washington. The new leader of the main EU organ is not a Russophobe and does not have an “ideological charge” of Euro-Atlantic values, but has serious support from Germany, is a lover of European business, a veteran of the struggle against Anglo-American influence in the EU, and has serious, long-standing and personal scores to settle with London and Washington. If we look at things realistically, then it is difficult to imagine a more comfortable policy in terms of negotiations with Russia. I am inclined to think that Putin is a pragmatist and the cynic Juncker has all the chances to negotiate and bring EU-Russian cooperation to a whole new level. Of course, no one can guarantee this, but there are reasons to be optimistic.