World view – Wednesday

Wednesday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Missy

     /  September 5, 2018

    In February Martin Selmayr, Jean-Claude Juncker’s Chief of Staff, was fast tracked into the position of the Secretary General of the European Commission in very dubious circumstances. At a meeting of the Commission Selmayr was promoted to deputy Secretary General after the other candidate conveniently pulled out the day before, and almost immediately the then Secretary General announced he was retiring. Slammer could only become S-G by being the Deputy S-G. It was a promotion that was considered at best a little dodgy and at worst corrupt.

    The appointment of Selmayr was referred to the EU Ombudsman, whose findings were released today. The Ombudsman stated there were several issues of concern around the appointment, including:
    – Mr Selmayr had not “recused himself” from decision-making that led to the deputy vacancy that he ultimately filled
    – The appointment procedure for the deputy role was carried out “to make Mr Selmayr eligible for his immediate reassignment as the new secretary-general”
    – The Commission reacted to valid concerns in an “evasive, defensive and legalistic manner”.

    The Ombudsman stopped short of recommending that Selmayr’s position be impacted.

    Meanwhile the European Commission disagrees with the Ombudsman’s report, and has defended the appointment of Selmayr, however they will not issue a formal statement in response until later this month.

  2. sorethumb

     /  September 5, 2018



    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 5, 2018
    • Patzcuaro

       /  September 5, 2018

      Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

      God save the people not the King.

      “The United States of America was forged out of a deep longing for freedom and the bravery of colonists who sought liberty from the oppression of England. In 1775, just the year before the Declaration of Independence, Massachusetts formed a government that proclaimed, perhaps for the first time, “God save the people,” rather than “God save the King.” The revolutionary movement’s refusal to mindlessly recite the mantra of authority of Great Britain was an essential part of the establishment of the United States of America.”

      Modern day loyalist (Republicans) are the equivalent of the Royalists demanding unquestioning allegiance to the anthem & flag.

      “It is deeply ironic that the nation is divided in this way. The modern day loyalists, who have appropriated symbols of the original independence movement, are deeply angered by the refusal of black folks to honor the anthem or to pledge their unconditional allegiance to the government. The Trump campaign and its racist figurehead are most violently outraged by the resistance. Those symbols – the flag, the Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of Allegiance, the ubiquitous “God Bless America” – once the anthems of freedom, are now the rallying cries of the oppressor. They are the contemporary iteration of “God Save the King.””

      Many people make sacrifices in the pursuit of freedom and justice not just soldiers.

      “Patriotism inhabits the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Patriotism is demonstrated by the bravery of men, women and children who love the country enough to demand that it fulfill its overdue promises. ”

      • sorethumb

         /  September 5, 2018

        What exactly binds a nation together. Not cheap slogans like “diversity is our strength”?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 5, 2018

      Seems to have a few screws loose when it comes to sex matters. Has a feud with his father over them too.

  3. British Prime Minister Theresa May will make an emergency statement to parliament on Wednesday, most likely on national security, the Times newspaper reported.

    • Gezza

       /  September 5, 2018

      Doesn’t say what time. Aljazeera might show this live on tv.