EU threatens to break up the US in revenge for Trump’s support for Brexit

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

EUROPEAN Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit.

In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU.

The remarks are diplomatic dynamite at a time when relations between Washington and Brussels are already strained over Europe’s meagre contributions to NATO and the US leader’s open preference for dealing with national governments.

They are by far the most outspoken intervention any senior EU figure has made about Mr Trump and are likely to dismay some European leaders who were hoping to seek a policy of rapprochement with their most important ally.

Speaking at the centre-right European People Party’s (EPP) annual conference in Malta this afternoon, the EU Commission boss did not hold back in his disdain for the White House chief’s eurosceptic views.

He said: “Brexit isn’t the end. A lot of people would like it that way, even people on another continent where the newly elected US President was happy that the Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same.

“If he goes on like that I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas in the US.”

Mr Juncker’s comments did not appear to be made in jest and were delivered in a serious tone, although one journalist did report some “chuckles” in the audience and hinted the EU boss may have been joking. The remarks came in the middle of an angry speech in which the top eurocrat railed widely against critics of the EU Commission.

They will be seen as totally inexplicable at a time when EU-US relations appeared to be on the mend, with Vice-President Mike Pence having completed a largely successful trip to Brussels and the commander-in-chief himself significantly softening his tone towards the EU project.

Mr Juncker did not criticise Britain at all during his speech, and only made reference to Brexit in relation to Mr Trump and the opportunities it presents for Europe to reform itself.

He told the audience in Malta: “Brexit isn’t the end of everything. We must consider it to be a new beginning, something that is stronger, something that is better.”

Speaking before him, EU Council president Donald Tusk was less reserved in his remarks about the UK vote as he tore into the populist politics which led to Brexit.

The Polish eurocrat said the argument over sovereignty – epitomised by the Vote Leave slogan ‘take back control’ – was “a view that is both foolish and dangerous” and that the EU guaranteed countries’ strength of the world stage.

He also accused populist politicians, such as the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders and France’s Marine Le Pen, of promoting “organised hatred” with their views on immigration.

However his conservative colleague Antonio Tajani, the EU Parliament president, received a rapturous ovation as he launched an impassioned defence of Europe’s “Christian values”.

In a series of thinly veiled comments about immigration, a major political issue in his homeland and Malta, the Italian official said Europe should do more to defend its historic identity.He said: “We shouldn’t be ashamed of saying we’re Christian. We’re Christian, it is our history.

“If we leave our identity we will have in Europe all identities but not European identities. For this we need to strengthen our identity.

“It is impossible to win without identity, without our values. Of course we are different, many languages, many ideas, but we are united on the values and this is the most important content.”

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36 responses to “EU threatens to break up the US in revenge for Trump’s support for Brexit”

  1. Mr Juncker how do you split Ohio from the US and what will Ohio do on its own ?
    Just like Trump doesn’t seem to know and understand Europe , you don’t seem to have a clue about the US geography and how the country operates

    1. Niemals Avatar

      It seems that YOU don’t have a clue about the US with your nonsens about Ohio split from the US.

      What about CALEXIT? CALIFORNIA PAVES WAY FOR INDEPENDENCE VOTE for exempel? If you thought Brexit caused political chaos, wait until California makes its own bid for freedom.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        Californians in their majority are in favor of remaining in the union. Trump is not going to erase their love of the nation, quite the contrary they’re a major part of the opposing forces.
        These calexit people are just a bunch of selfish sore losers

        1. Niemals Avatar

          Are you a Californian?

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            What exactly is a Californian? The simple answer in the US is that such a person resides in California. No more, no less. It has not developed into a full identity simply because Americans identify first and foremost as Americans. Are people attached to their states? Sure, but not enough statalism to overtake their nationalism and that’s simply due to movement within the nation and between states where you are born in one state, go to university in another and later land jobs in 4, 5 other states before retiring in one specific state…
            The losers of Calexit have a long way to go and an enormous amount of difficulties both economical and social convincing California residents to secede.
            It’s mostly a reaction to the election and that’s why we’re hearing more about them, but that Orange gasball will not divide the country, nor will these losers.

          2. Niemals Avatar

            If the losers of Calexit have a long way to go, why should I care about it?

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            Who cares if you care or don’t care
            we’re speaking facts here, not asking you your favorite color.
            You brought the subject of some secession movements and I explained to you that these movements are weak and therefore your argument that some states are ready to secede is also weak, proving that YOU have no clue about the US with your nonsense about calexit…

          4. Niemals Avatar

            Who cares what you care…

          5. MekensehParty Avatar

            Are we singing a song now?

          6. Niemals Avatar

            Do you?

        2. Niemals Avatar

          Why should I care about it.

      2. I talked only about Ohio .
        Never mentioned California or Texas .
        Are you from Ohio?
        I would love to know how Ohio can survive on its own as a land locked country

        1. Niemals Avatar

          Take the exempel of Switzerland.

          1. Completely different situation. No comparison

          2. Niemals Avatar

            Absolutely nonsense!

          3. Since you like to argue
            If you are an enemy of the US and want to break it up would your priority be Ohio or states like Florida, California, Washington , Texas , New York .
            Think about it

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Two things. You forgot the UP and nowhere did I see where Niemals even remotely spoke of his wanting to break up the US. Show a little class.

          5. Niemals Avatar

            As non american, I can’t dictate the Americans their way of life or politics.

            For some reason to many non american blame Americans for the acting of the US government, a government and the president that can be change in the next presidential election.

            In Syria the presidential power is transformed from father to son, in Lebanon, it takes long time before they manage to find a new president…
            Generally it is the Arabs who wish to live in the land of opportunity, those who don’t live in the US are complaining nonstop.

          6. You obviously didn’t understand his comments and didn’t notice how much class I had in not responding to his rude ” Absolutely nonsense” remark .

          7. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I understood quite well. You should have used Wyoming for an example instead of a state that has done so well in various areas of agriculture, manufacturing and a home to some the largest corporations in the world. Then you should have checked how well Switzerland has done for centuries.

          8. Ohio was not my choice . It was Juncker’s

          9. @rudy1947:disqus doesn’t read articles, only comments pertinent enough to stir the pot.

          10. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I did read the article. Can you tell me the difference between Ohio and Wyoming?

          11. Different states within the USA.

          12. Rudy1947 Avatar


          13. Let’s just say it wasn’t a tough question.

          14. Haha, look who’s talking about class.

          15. Rudy1947 Avatar

            So says Al-Deflecto, the champion of the copy/paste.

          16. You still have not told me what I deflected from. You asked for something (laws the Zionist state broke/break) and I gave them to you. The fact that you don’t like the answer is another story.

            Also, try and understand the modern technique of being able to cut and paste excerpts by way of citation and not fear it. It is merely a wonder of the modern age that precludes the need to rewrite everything one has just read. I’m afraid I am simply unwilling to rewrite lengthy and burdensome passages because of superstitious fear and loathing of copy and paste on your part. It seems both pointless and fruitless although I understand your frustration at being confronted with the same incontravertible facts until they actually sink in.

          17. Rudy1947 Avatar


          18. If it is ‘everything’ as you say, then it should not be a problem for you to find one example. I am waiting.

          19. Niemals Avatar

            I am neither a friend or an enemy of the United States.
            Like everyone else, I get information through various news media, so I’ve heard about the CALEXIT.

            I am indifferent when it comes to the United States, only when it affects Europe, I become more interested in what it’s all about.

          20. But you acted as if you are an authority on American geography when you defended the break up of Ohio from the US and branded my comment as nonsense. I tried not to be as rude to you , but I lived enough years in Europe and the US to understand both. On the other hand I am really shocked that high ranking EU official like Juncker knows so little about his number one ally . What a shame

          21. Niemals Avatar

            I never act as if I am an authority on American geography, or defended the break up of Ohio from the US.
            If Ohio or states like Florida, California, Washington,Texas,New York wish to be independent from the US – its up to them to decide, it’s not mine concern.

            I didn’t stigmatize your comment.
            You lived enough (what is enough?) years in Europe and the United States to understand both – how many years and where in Europe / US, and how many years did you spend at home (“we Lebanese cannot determine our own fate”)?

            Arzna a month ago
            Russian President Vladimir Putin once said, Russia could destroy the US in “half an hour or less “, But the fact is US Minutemen III rockets would vaporize the Kremlin just seconds later. Instead of spending trillions of dollars, and escalating an arms race, the US has been relying since the Kennedy era on a doctrine known as mutually assured destruction (MAD). It seems that Trump wants to vaporize Putin before he gets the chance to destroy US in half an hour .
            Both countries can destroy each other and the whole world with the current arsenal so why all this escalation ?

            Now take some rahat lukum, if I gave you a bitter taste.
            The EU has turned into a joke – an elephant in the porcelain shop…

    2. MekensehParty Avatar

      Sounds more like a joke than a threat,
      I doubt he thinks he can push for any splitting in the US
      but the “joke” is harsh enough, and well deserved. That moron in the WH better keep his mouth shut on things he knows absolutely nothing about.

      1. Trying to keep the mouth of the moron in the WH shut is the challenge all the world is facing .
        I guess Putin is the only one who seems to be enjoying it all , but I don’t know for how long .
        His dream is to see EU and US disintegrate like the former USSR did.

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