In an article written on Jan. 19 for the German weekly Neue Solidarität, the chair of the Schiller Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche denounces the fawning letter of 31 German leaders to the Britons dated January 18, calling on them to remain in the European Union. Helga Zepp-LaRouche writes:
“If any proof were still needed that the German neo-liberal leaders still think like the proconsuls of an occupied country, then we have it in the form of the letter to the editor of so-called ‘leading figures from German politics, industry and society’ to the Times of London, in which ‘from the bottom of their hearts’, they want the Britons to stay in the EU. And that, just at the point where it is even being discussed in The Economist, that the total impasse in which the British Establishment’s policy has maneuvered it, proves just one thing, and that is, that the British model of leadership is ‘disintegrating’.
“’Britain is governed by a self-involved clique that rewards group membership above competence, and self-confidence above expertise. This chumocracy has finally met its Waterloo,’ is the judgment of a column signed Bagehot in the Dec. 22 Economist. And an op-ed in the historically pro-British New York Times evokes in harsher tones the ‘malign incompetence of the British Ruling Class‘, comparing the current fiasco of British policy to the use of brute imperial power worldwide by woefully incapable elites at the time of Lord Mountbatten. As for the former mayor of London Ken Livingston, he comes to the conclusion that ‘Brexit or not, things will get worse unless neo-liberalism is brought to end’.
“It is quite revealing that while voices can still be heard in such in-house publications of the declining British Empire, that at least describe the symptoms of the failed imperial model, the obsequious attitude of so-called German leading figures is shameful. In the above-mentioned letter to the Times, the signers say that the choice of a Brexit will of course be respected, ‘but Britons should equally know that we believe that no choice is irreversible. Our door will always remain open, Europe is home.’ They go on to say that they will miss the United Kingdom and its traditions. ‘Therefore, Britons should know: from the bottom of our hearts, we want them to stay.’”
Helga Zepp-LaRouche notes further in her article that “the subservience of the German elite to the British Empire” is all the more scandalous as it coincides with revelations on the way in which the British Foreign Office and secret services, among others, are involved in massive information wars not only against Russia and China, but also in other Western countries, via institutions such as the Institute for Statecraft and Integrity Initiative.
Among the 31 signers of the letter are the chairmen of major political parties: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), Andrea Nahles (SPD), Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck (Greens); the head of the German Industry Association Deiter Kempf, the president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry Eric Schweitzer, the head of the DGB trade-union Reiner Hoffmann, the chairman of Daimler Dieter Zetsche, the CEO of Airbus Thomas Ender, etc.
The original article by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in German, can be read here.