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: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.
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.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".