Clegg and the College of Europe

Wheels within wheels. Via Sackerson, Jose Manuel Barroso gave a speech at the College of Europe in 2004:

“ … it important to promote his positive views on the separation of powers that reflects that the EU’s three powers are working separately from but in cooperation with each other.

According to Barosso, his main task as a president is to successfully carry out the ratification of the European Constitution, which would make the European Union into an even stronger leading power.

However, some member states do not favour the strengthened power of the EU as they fear that it would mean the weakening of their own national power and identity.

In order to spread acceptance in all the member states Barroso finds it important that every member of the European Union recognises the significance of ”

No surprises there. How about this though, about one Antonio Barroso:

Antonio received master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Sackerson had previously written:

It is, I think, significant that Clegg’s postgraduate learning included a spell at the College of Europe in Bruges, an outfit whose purpose was described by postwar Euro-idealist Henri Brugmans as “to train an elite of young executives for Europe.”

I read that as a sort of McKinsey for pliable idiots. Other British Isles alumni include former Tory MP Nigel Forman, Neil Kinnock’s sprog Stephen, LD stiff Simon Hughes, ScotNat MEP Alyn Smith (how a nationalist and a federalist? explain!), and Irish-born ex-Gen Sec of the European Commission David O’Sullivan.

The College of Europe is listed, by Google this way:

A postgraduate private institute specialising in education and training. Intensive programmes are offered in European integration issues …

Wiki lists, among other alumni of the College::

Of course, there are less well known people, such as Nick Miller, whose Linked-In gives:

• Director, Government Relations Morgan Stanley
• Senior Policy Adviser Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Specialties

• Government Relations
• European Union policy & law
• Financial Regulation
• Trade Policy

and of course Education:

• College of Europe
• University College London, U. of London

You might like HL 1515, from Hansard, in which Lord Wallace of Saltaire asked:

Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom officials in European Union institutions have studied at the College of Europe; and what assessment they have made of how the withdrawal of United Kingdom scholarships for the College of Europe will affect recruitment.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead replied):

The Government do not hold statistics for how many UK officials in EU institutions have studied at the College of Europe. However the college estimate that from a total of 675 British alumni, at least 80 are currently working in EU institutions, and at least a further 80 to 100 are actively engaged on EU affairs either in Brussels or in the UK.

The Government believe that UK nationals are under-represented in EU institutions, and are undertaking a programme of activities to resolve this.

So, there are the out-and-out EUists [I shan’t grace them with the epithet European – an entirely different thing] in the UK and the U.S., as well as in Europe itself, obviously and then there are those of the 675 out in the community in key positions, such as our Nick Miller.

Then there are the less apparent EUists but one knows a man by the company he keeps and by where the praise is coming from:

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy rose, “without a hint of mischief” Cameron noted, to offer the prime minister his “solid support” as “one longstanding pro-European now to another” for his efforts in the budget negotiations.

And former Labour Europe minister Denis MacShane said there was nothing the prime minister had said in his statement with which he could disagree and welcomed him to the “club of euro-pragmatism”.

While Labour leader Ed Miliband said he recognised Cameron may have some trouble making sure his government’s broadly eurosceptic Tory MPs and Europhile Lib Dem MPs remained friends.

“We all know you have a slightly tricky predicament on Europe. You have got your old friends and your new friends on the front bench,” he said. “I do want to say to you on Europe, very, very sincerely, we are here to help you.”

Isn’t that so chummy? You might recall that the College was where Miliband delivered his infamous speech on his vision for Europe, including calling for an EU army:

Some parts of the speech are, however, very revealing. In calling for the EU to intervene around the globe he calls for the deployment of EU ‘hard power’. This will lead to an EU army, as well as a common EU defence and foreign policy.

Vote for none of the Big Three if you have any hope we might escape the clutches of the body dedicated to destroying England as an entity, as well as subjugating its people as 9 regions of an undemocratic, federalist superstate

3 comments for “Clegg and the College of Europe

  1. April 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    “how a nationalist and a federalist? explain!”

    He just hates the English.

  2. April 22, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Exactly.

  3. April 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    If that’s Clegg, is he seriously constipated?

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