Frans Timmermans, the vice president of the European Commission, pointed to President Donald Trump as an example of the “politics of paranoia,” and warned the West that such shock elections are indicative of looming wars.
Here we go – another elitist politician who thinks freedom and self-governance are notions of peasants.
Specifically, Timmermans referred to Trump’s election, as well as to the Brexit vote, as “disruptive forces of xenophobia, intolerance and liberalism,” the Express reported.
And, he warned, during a speech to the Future Force Conference, Europe better take notice and adjust accordingly.
From the Express:
“He said: ‘Europe is a union of unlikely allies. If you think nationalism is a welcome breath of fresh air, think again: It is the road to war.’”
He then spoke of the historic warring between the Dutch and Belgians, the French and Germans, and so forth, and of the years of peace that followed after the countries signed the Treaty of Rome.
But now, after watching Brexit and Trump, peace is in jeopardy, Timmermans said.
“Timmermans warned recent political upheavals threatened to jeopardise the hard-earned peace across the block.
“He said: ‘Right here, on our own doorstep, our fundamental values are under threat.
“‘In Europe, we see the return of the politics of paranoia. Fuelled by alternative facts in Internet echo chambers, the disruptive forces of xenophobia, intolerance, illiberalism and nationalism and are on the march.
“‘New parties are peddling old, dangerous ideas.
“‘Brexit, Turkey, Poland, Hungary and even in the Western Balkans we see the return of fault lines in Europe. Not an iron curtain of machine guns and minefields, but a barrier of the mind, between inclusion and exclusion, between open and closed societies.’”
And he then took this jab at Trump:
“‘Just imagine the Cuban nuclear missile crisis fought out on Twitter between Presidents Trump and Putin …
“‘[W]e need a new escalation control in a world where social media prompts politicians to respond with the speed of light, where actually more cooler heads should prevail.’”