April 4, 2014
The appointment of Arnaud Montebourg – an outspoken critic of German and EU-mandated austerity and pro-competitivenesses policies – as the new French Economy Minister has not gone down well in Germany.
“He sees himself as the legitimate successor of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the finance minister of the legendary French Sun King Louis XIV… In his previous post of Minister for Re-industrialisation, he above all others terrified foreign investors with class warfare slogans, and now has acquired even more powers in the government of President Francois Hollande”.
“The EU is the only one that does not protect itself against unfair competition. We have become the idiots of the global village…For 30 years, consumers have made the law in Europe and the result has been a disaster. Me, I defend the producers.”
“[These people] exercise law in the manner of the taliban, [they are] fundamentalists who apply the [legislative] texts blindly to the detriment of European interests”.
“The issue of German nationalism is resurfacing through the policy à la Bismarck [of Angela Merkel].”
“Mrs Merkel is killing the euro, and it would be time to show the failure of the German model, rather than singing its praises.”