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Shock in Germany as Presiden of the European Parliament Schulz set to take on Merkel in election

A political earthquake hit Germany on Tuesday with Sigmar Gabriel’s resignation as leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD). Mr Gabriel, party chairman since 2009, has proposed ex-European Parliament president Martin Schulz as his successor – and de facto challenger to chancellor Angela Merkel in the autumn federal election.

In a surprise announcement that shocked even senior SPD allies, Mr Gabriel described himself as more of a political liability than an asset to his party as Germany enters election season.

“If I ran, then I would fail and, with me, the SPD,” he told party insiders. “The party has to believe in its candidate and gather behind them.”

After mulling his future for six months, Mr Gabriel made up his mind to go after a private poll of SPD members showed Mr Schulz (61) as the more popular man to hinder a fourth Merkel term. He is likely to switch from economics to the foreign ministry.

Mr Gabriel, in comparison, has long been viewed as a mercurial and unpredictable figure. Just 19 per cent of voters backed him to challenge Dr Merkel in a public television poll last month, compared with 36 per cent for Mr Schulz.


http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/shock-in-germany-as-schulz-set-to-take-on-merkel-in-election-1.2949755



"Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
"If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    We agree: Brussels can't regulate everything. I'm driven by something else: There are forces in Europe that want to generally give national policy priority over a common European approach. We have to prevent this.


    Martin Schulz
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    My worry is that Donald Trump may inspire copycats, also in Europe. That's why I hope Hillary Clinton wins.


     Martin Schulz
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    President Of The European Parliament: "It Is Not The EU Philosophy That The Crowd Can Decide Its Fate"


    If anyone needs another confirmation that the European Union is fundamentally the most anti-democratic entity currently in existence, then the following statement by European Parliament Martin Schultz should put all confusion to rest.

    Schulz: "The British have violated the rules. It is not the EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate".

    Schulz: "The British have violated the rules. It is not the #EU philosophy that the crowd can decide its fate". #TBChttps://t.co/z0mujO09eG

    — TaleofTwoTreaties (@Taleof2Treaties) ;June 27, 2016


    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-27/president-european-parliament-it-not-eu-philosophy-crowd-can-decide-its-fate

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    EP President Schulz: Germany exists only in order to ensure the existence of the Jewish people.


    Martin Schulz has been active in European politics for almost thirty years, and so he is a person who does not need an introduction. His position however is not one that is understood very well by normal people, because a lot of people don’t know what the roles of the institutions of the European Union in the post-Lisbon Treaty environment are.

    In his role as President of the European Parliament, Schulz would be responsible for the overall direction of international relations, and also is the custodian of the fundamental values of the European Union. The European Parliament is the first institution in the European Union, which prior to the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty had been seen as a mere talking shop, but subsequently developed into becoming one of the most powerful legislatures in the world in terms of both its legislative powers and executive oversight powers.

    Of course, informally, the political history which the individual was acculturated with along with that person’s connection to the national political power, means that it can usually be considered advantageous to a member state if one of their citizens is holding such an EU position.

    Schulz hails from Germany, but what does Schulz think Germany’s raison d’etre is? A look at his own words in Haaretz as reported by his friend Avraham Burg, reveals something interesting:

    Haaretz, ‘Say a big ‘thank you’ to Martin Schulz’, Avraham Burg, 14 Feb 2014 (emphasis added):

    [...] Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, is a close friend of mine. On most issues connected to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict we disagree. He is closer to the Israeli mainstream, and his positions resemble those of Labor Party chairman Isaac Herzog. He once told me, during a frank and stern conversation, “For me, the new Germany exists only in order to ensure the existence of the State of Israel and the Jewish people.” [...]


    https://majorityrights.com/weblog/comments/ep_schulz_germany_exists_to_ensure_the_existence_of_jewish_people_31012016



    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    2015: 

    EU's Schulz: UK belongs to Europe

    Speaker of the European Parliament says Cameron demand on EU pre-amble cannot succeed


    Schulz: "You cannot have a relationship with yourself. The EU is and Britain are one thing. The UK belongs to the EU."


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11682879/EUs-Schulz-UK-belongs-to-Europe.html
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    EU SUPERSTATE: Brussels bureaucrat Martin Schultz calls for FEDERAL EUROPE post-Brexit


    Mr Schulz said his plans for a European government do not mean just "more Europe" as he called for a clear separation of powers between an overarching federal government and member states.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/686177/EU-superstate-Brussels-bureaucrat-European-federal-government-Brexit
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    UKIP's Godfrey Bloom calls Martin Schulz an 'Undemocratic Fascist'


    Uploaded on 24 Nov 2010


    UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom on Wednesday was ejected from the European Parliament in Strasbourg after directing a Nazi slogan at a German colleague.



    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    It’s the end of the line for Martin Schulz in the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs will elect his successor as he prepares to head back to Germany to seek a seat in the Bundestag.

    He’s been a divisive figure during his time as the Parliament’s main man; increasing the influence of the assembly but irritating many with his gruff leadership style.

    Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi. Objecting to the German MEP’s tone, Berlusconi said: “I know of a film producer in Italy who is making a film about Nazi concentration camps. I will recommend you for the part of a Kapo [a prisoner put in charge of other inmates]. You are perfect!”



    http://www.politico.eu/article/martin-schulzs-best-insults-fights-and-friendships/
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator

    "EP President Schulz: Germany exists only in order to ensure the existence of the Jewish people."


    ^ If people only understood the profundity of this statement and what really goes on in the world behind the scenes, the would be a lot of correction going on today

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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Germany’s new frontrunner: The Schulz

    In a zany political climate, the former president of the European Parliament sees his electoral fortunes rise.

    BERLIN — That a small-town mayor turned MEP could be a serious contender for Germany’s chancellorship would rank as nothing less than a political earthquake — that is, if it weren’t for Brexit, Donald Trump or the sudden implosion of François Fillon in France.

    But in this zany political climate, Martin Schulz’s sudden surge in popularity is more par for the course than a surprise, the latest example of the punditry’s conventional wisdom being turned on its head.

    Less than two weeks ago, the German press caricatured Schulz’s bid to resurrect his moribund Social Democrats as a Kamikaze mission. With the party plumbing historic lows around the 20 percent mark — a full 17 percentage points behind Angela Merkel’s conservatives, Schulz’s decision to take up the party’s mantle looked to be an act of desperation by the man just ousted as president of the European Parliament.

    As so often in Schulz’s unlikely political career, he is having the last laugh. News Monday that the SPD had overtaken Merkel’s Christian Democrats for the first time in more than a decade in a regular horse-race poll published by the daily Bild sent shockwaves through Berlin. A flurry of recent polls had shown the SPD gaining steam, but few believed the SPD would actually pull ahead.

    The big question is whether the Schulz effect is sustainable.


    http://www.politico.eu/article/germanys-new-frontrunner-martin-schulz-angela-merkel-election-chancellor/

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    GERMAN ELECTION LATEST: Ex-Brussels bigwig's party overtakes Angela Merkel in the polls


    ANGELA Merkel’s future as German Chancellor looks shaky with the SPD taking its first lead in the opinion polls since 2006.

    The Social Democrat Party, which has former EU Parliament President Martin Schulz challenging Mrs Merkel for the country’s leader in elections later this year, now appears to be ahead of the German leader's CDU/CSU union.

    The Social Democrats have gained four per cent compared to the beginning of February and are now at 32 per cent, according to Deutschlandtrend by Infratest.

    The CDU and CSU are at 31 per cent, having lost three points.The SPD appear to have been given a boost with Mr Schulz running against Mrs Merkel with the party getting a small boost in members after years of declining fortunes.

    Since he was appointed to run against the Chancellor the party has picked up and additional 6,564 members online.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/771736/Angela-Merkel-Martin-Schulz-lead-opinion-polls-SPD-CDU-CSU


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Not my favourite Schulz.


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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • tazweisstazweiss Member, Permitted to post new threads
    edited February 24

    Image result for sgt schultzMine either.

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

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