The 2019 European Elections Part 3: Elsewhere in Europe
Macron’s popularity rating is at record lows with polls put it at around 26%, on par with Hollande. Paris is burning and the populists he defeated during his stunning electoral victory in 2017 made some very serious electoral inroads.
Britain isn’t the only country rebelling against the EU as we are led to believe in the mainstream media (MSM). I will first talk about France.
The Yellow Vests
You all heard about the Yellow Vest protests taking place in France. I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t because there isn’t much coverage on MSM. How did the Yellow Vests come about? There was the prospect of an end to Macron’s short-lived presidency. Macron wanted to bring in a gas tax, which is another form of carbon tax as part of an overall agenda to create a post-industrial world whereby the West makes nothing.
Macron’s popularity rating is at record lows with polls put it at around 26%, on par with Hollande. Paris is burning and the populists he defeated during his stunning electoral victory in 2017 made some very serious electoral inroads. French President Emmanuel Macron finally caved, and ordered a six month suspension of planned ‘fuel taxes’ which spurred widespread and destructive protests across France. The Yellow Vest movement, which kicked off with paralysing protests on the 17th November 2018 as word of the protests spread on social media won a crucial victory in its attempt to force Macron to reverse a policy many decried for squeezing household spending at a time when France’s economy struggles with tepid growth.
The overall aims of the Yellow Vest movement in France were numerous. On the economy, the Yellow Vests advocated a constitutional cap on taxes at 25%. They also wanted to increase the basic pension and social welfare to 40%. In politics, the Yellow Vests in France wanted France to regain French economic, monetary and political sovereignty. In other words, this meant respecting the 2005 referendum result, when France voted against the EU Constitution Treaty, which was then renamed the Lisbon Treaty, and the French people were ignored. The 30th-31st March 2019 was the 20th weekend of protests. They weren’t backing down. In France however, Macron deployed French troops to the streets of France.
Comparison between the Yellow Vests and the Romanian Revolution
I want to make some comparisons with regards to the Yellow Vests in France and that of the Romanian Revolution of 1989. This is because there are some similarities with the two. This uprising came about for similar reasons including a repressive regime and low living standards. It was an uprising against the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu who ruled Romania from 1965-1989. In that time, the Romanian economy went into deep trouble. There were food shortages, which were so bad, that rations had to be introduced. The ration scheme was called the Rational Eating Program. Ceausescu’s regime was eventually met with opposition ranging from the Jiu Valley Miners’ Strike in 1977, the Motru Miners’ Revolt in 1981, the Brasov Rebellion of 1987 and the Letter of the Six in 1989. The climax was the Romanian Revolution.
How did the two leaders respond? Ceausescu and Macron used the same tactic but in different ways. Where Marcon just deployed troops, Ceausescu deployed troops including his repressive Securitate to shoot at the protestors in Timisoara who wanted to retain Laszlo Tokes as the pastor of Timisoara. The Securitate made more than 700 arrests as a result of the riots in Timisoara. The two uprisings start out aiming for one thing, which leads to another. In the case of the Romania in 1989, the protests in Timisoara aimed at defending Laszlo Tokes turned into something bigger, which eventually and quickly ousted Ceausescu and had him executed. With the Yellow Vests, the protests started out as standing up against carbon taxes, but turned into wanting to get rid of Macron.
I’m not trying to put Emmanuel Macron in the same basket as Nicolae Ceausescu. The two cases are important to compare. There is another aspect in play here. Top French generals wrote a letter to Macron accusing him of committing treason but haven’t mutinied. In the case with Romania in 1989 however, the Romanian military initially sided with Ceausescu. That was until the 22nd December 1989 when the Romanian military defected and sided with the revolutionaries who wanted change. This became a fight between the Romanian revolutionaries, the military verses the Securitate and other Ceausescu-loyalists. The military defection came about when Defence Minister Vasile Milea was mysteriously killed. There are different opinions as to who killed him or whether General Vasile Milea committed suicide.
Back onto the subject. In the case of Macron in France, he pretended to establish some dialogue. It was short. It didn’t satisfy the Yellow Vests. Like Macron, Ceausescu tried desperately to offer something to keep the support he had left. Unlike Macron however, Ceausescu gave a speech. In this case, it was a raise of $2 a month, or 2,000 Romanian lei. 8 minutes into his speech, things went pair-shaped. From the rear of the crowd there were sounds of booing and catcalls and the low chant TI-MI-SOA-RA. At first, it was faint. It grew louder and more confident. Ceausescu looked nonplussed for a second or two and tried to continue his speech. The booing continued and whistles started being heard. Romanian state TV was ordered to screen the rally live and so continued filming. Ceausescu froze with his mouth open. This showed fatal weakness. The crowd sensed it. Eventually, Ceausescu and his wife were forced to flee, were eventually captured, put on trial and sentenced to death by firing squad.
Onto the rise of nationalism in France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally are polling in first place across France ahead of the European Elections. The Opinion Way poll on the 25th April for Les Echos has National Rally on 24%, ahead of Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche on 21%. President Macron’s popularity plummeted. France could be yet another country where more Eurosceptic forces are on the rise once again.