With apologies to Niemöller:
First they came for Greece,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Greek.
Then they came for Spain,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t Spanish.
Then they came for Cyprus,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Cypriot.
Then they came for my country,
and there was no one left to speak for my country.
DWN provides two pithy quotes on the principles of EU policy by former ECB chief Jean-Claude Juncker, now “ably” replaced by Jeroen Dijsselbloem:
- Man müsse lügen, wenn es ernst wird.
- es sei Praxis der EU, etwas in den Raum zu stellen, dann zu sehen, ob es überhaupt jemand versteht oder Geschrei aufkommt – und dann zu marschieren.
- One has to lie when things get serious.
- It is a modus operandi of the EU to put something in the room to see if anybody understands it at all or if there’s uproar – and then to proceed.