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    The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

    Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.

    The German president of the European Parliament, once compared to a Nazi concentration camp guard by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, warned Italians on Thursday not to back the scandal-ridden media tycoon at the ballot box.

    Martin Schulz is the latest in a line of German politicians to express fears about a possible Berlusconi comeback largely due to worries he will halt Rome's reform drive that has helped to lift investor confidence in the euro zone.

    "Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.
    In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:

    Monti risked embarrassing her this week by saying Merkel did not want the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to win, following Berlusconi's remark that Monti would join forces with the PD after the election "with Merkel's blessing".
    There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...91K0A520130221
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    The last time someone told Italians who to vote for, it just increased the vote for Berlusconi.


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    schulz is one proper ahole mf , he is one of the most dangerous eurocommies .If he had his way we would all be good little slaves and serfs to his boys and girls .

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    Well there's nothing like getting people to vote for someone , once they've been told not to and a German Politican to boot, in which the citizens of most states think the Germans have totally control, say and monetary control over the EU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stopdoingstuff View Post
    The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

    Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.



    In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:



    There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.
    You probably need to re-think your definition of undemocratic and meddling.

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    "Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.

    At what point did he say you shouldn't vote for him? You didn't provide any links. From your OP it seems your just sensationalising a factual statement as an excuse to bash the EU and the Germans.

    When were these comments made? Was he perhaps asked his opinion at a press conference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stopdoingstuff View Post
    The German head of the European Union Parliament has warned Italians not to vote for Silvio Berlusconi. Now whatever the problems with Berlusconi, this represents a totally unacceptable meddling in the internal affairs of a member state by the head of a European institution. For this reason Martin Schulz should resign immediately. Other than the obvious interference in areas not within the remit of the European parliament, it also shows remarkable unprofessionalism, since he is clearly acting based on a past spat with Berlusconi.

    Now it doesn't matter whether his opinions are right or wrong- the fact is that this is an internal matter and such meddling is dangerous and is a sign that Brussels continues to lose the run of itself.



    In a further sign that the leaders of Italy are now conspiring with non-Italians to deprive the people of anything resembling democracy, Mario Monti, former Goldman Sachs advisor, dropped the following klanger:



    There is no doubt now that the democratic process in Europe is entirely meaningless and is seen as nothing less than a hindrance and something to be worked around. It is time to bring this sick anti-democratic front organization for the interests of global finance to heel.
    Can the Germans not advise their Euro neighbours on the best choice of Gauleiter?

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    Such arrogance!

    I agree with the sentiment that Silvio should not be in power but it is not the business of the EU or German parliaments to tell people how to vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvran View Post
    "Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.

    At what point did he say you shouldn't vote for him? You didn't provide any links. From your OP it seems your just sensationalising a factual statement as an excuse to bash the EU and the Germans.

    When were these comments made? Was he perhaps asked his opinion at a press conference?
    Supplied.
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    Schulz, a centre-left European politican, states that he doesn't want to see a corrupt rightwing populist elected in a part of Europe.

    I don't see a problem here.

    Berlusconi is more than bad news for Italy, his election would be bad for all of Europe.

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