Matriarchy in the European Union
After three days of intense bargaining, during which, due to the sharp contradictions within the European Union, the originally scheduled candidates for leadership positions in the community fizzled out, the 28 EU member states at their record long summit gave up a completely out-of-the-ordinary decision and closed the question of the leadership of United Europe at least five years ahead. This was largely helped by the acute antipathy of some European countries towards Russia and the desire of the “greens” gaining strength in Europe, as well as the liberals and leftists to have the reputation of “progressive” because for the first time in EU's history and a full-fledged “matriarchy” appeared. The loyal Lieutenant of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, will head the EU government - the European Commission, and the IMF Managing Director, Frenchwoman Christine Lagarde, will take over the community’s finances and become the head of the European Central Bank.
Thus, 60 years of “male” power in the EU came to an end, which was noticed by all European media. “Europe was saved on the edge of the abyss,” says the French newspaper Le Figaro.
These two factors - gender and anti-Russian - outweighed the traditional fears of many European countries about their marginalization in the EU by the leading powers - Germany and France. Meanwhile, their influence on the new EU leadership will by no means be limited to the aforementioned figures, since the post of head of the European Council, which determines the EU policy, goes to the Belgian francophone Prime Minister Charles Michel.
Who will be the speaker of the European Parliament in this situation - Italian, Czech or German, is not so important, because this institution is the weakest in the triad of EU power.
"Outsider" will get only one of the main leadership posts in the community. The position of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will be received by the head of the Spanish Foreign Ministry Josep Borrell and, most likely, not because he is a socialist, who also must be represented in the EU leadership, but because he recently called Russia the “old enemy” of Europe.
How was this possible?
The anti-Russian-minded countries of the “new Europe”, joined by Italy, swallowed the appointment of von der Leien as head of the European Commission. This happened after they jointly “hacked” the candidature of the Dutch Social Democrat Frans Timmermans picked up by the FRG and France for this post. This activist, as the right hand of a Luxembourgish citizen Jean-Claude Juncker, who was leaving this post, sharply criticized the national-conservative authorities of Poland for reforming the judicial system and curtailing media freedom. He threatened Hungary with Viktor Orban for her migration policy and generally advocates “open doors” for illegal migration, trying to distribute “according to quotas” for lovers to live well at someone else's expense from around the world across EU countries, threatening to deny funding for their refusal to accept “refugees” .
Merkel offered an alternative that suited everyone.
It is hardly surprising that the newly appointed politicians, voting on candidates for whom in the European Parliament is a formality, are very pro-American.
The biographies of the new EU leaders are well known. Therefore, it makes no sense to retell them. One has only to pay attention to some features of the career and views of these people. We confine ourselves to start with the two most important female characters that are strikingly different from each other.
One of the main qualities of von der Leyen is loyalty. This woman was a loyal supporter of Merkel, and painfully experienced the political decline of her boss.
Loyalty, so rare in politics, is not the only merit of the new head of the European Commission. Her main advantage is that she is the mother of seven children, which, against the background of the rampant child-free lifestyle of leading European politicians, seems simply incredible. And she is also quite a cultured and pretty woman.
However, Ursula von der Leyen also has a lot of shortcomings that are not limited to Russophobia. The gynecologist by profession, von der Leyen, a supporter of Internet censorship, did very poorly in practical work outside her narrow professional field, especially in the military.
For six years at the head of the Ministry of Defense, she not only failed to prevent the decline of the Bundeswehr, which began because of the absence of a real threat to the FRG under its predecessor, but also aggravated it. She quarreled with the command, periodically offended her officers and soldiers with her amateurishness and distrust. The main efforts were aimed at combating neo-Nazism that does not exist in the modern German army, encouraging “modern values”, purely paperwork with the involvement of costly experts. As a result, the once fearsome German army became unrecognizable.
In 2018, according to official statistics, only 12 out of 53 Tiger combat helicopters, 18 out of 71 NH90 transport helicopters, 18 out of 71 CH-53 helicopters, 16. CH-53 transport helicopters and ancient Tornado airplanes mostly remained the earth. The latter, due to the backwardness of equipment, have even ceased to take part in NATO missions abroad. At one time in Germany, all the submarines she had at once broke down. The situation with tanks is no better, even the most necessary for training soldiers like shooting galleries for shooting, most of which are faulty, supplying ammunition, equipment, uniforms ...
And this is despite the fact that the Federal Republic of Germany on military spending is in the top ten leading countries of the world and spends on defense amounts comparable to Britain and Japan. Nevertheless, von der Leyen failed the reform of arms procurement announced by her. Not only the new combat systems did not go to the army, the problem of lack of spare parts for old ones was not resolved either, although the defense minister wanted it very much.
All this was not a secret for Merkel, who, of course, considered von der Leyen unpopular with the military and the people as ballast in intra-German politics. The chancellor successfully attached her supporter to the “warm place”.
It is clear that, being in Brussels, von der Leyen will rely on bureaucracy in everything. We'll see if she remains faithful to Merkel and her political legacy, when the latter will soon retire.
With Christine Lagarde, the situation is completely different. This is a professional of the highest class. Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin drew attention to this in an interview with the Europe-1 radio station: “Before, European leaders sought to nominate politicians in EU posts who would not overshadow them. But this time they took the risk. ”
In the face of Lagarde, who has been heading the International Monetary Fund since 2011, the world elite got its persona at the head of the ECB. According to insiders, the president of France played a leading role in this.
The banker himself, in the past, Macron, of course, is pleased not only with the fact that real power belongs always to those who have money, but also because the political weight of von der Lyayen is inferior to Lagarde in all respects, which means that the role of France in the EU is increasing . The fate of the euro will be in the hands of a French woman who became the first woman at the head of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of France at the height of the economic crisis and was twice re-elected as head of the IMF. For Macron’s plans of turning the EU into a globalist super-state, this will be a great help.