*SCHAUBLE PLANS TO OFFER UK STATUS OF ASSOCIATE PARTNER COUNTRY, FLEXIBLE TIMEFRAME FOR BREXIT TALKS
*GERMANY FEARS FIVE MORE COUNTRIES COULD SOON LEAVE THE EU
*FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS TWEET THEY ARE GOING TO AN IRISH PUB TO GET DRUNK AHEAD OF AN EMERGENCY DIPLOMATIC MEETING IN BERLIN
*MARINE LE PEN PLEDGES TO GIVE FRENCH THE RIGHT TO DECIDE IF ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 2017
Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble plans to offer the UK, one of its biggest trade partners, the status of an associate partner country and “constructive negotiations” amid fears five other countries could leave the EU, reports Die Welt.
The German Finance Ministry fears that France, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands and Hungary could seek to leave the EU, a secret strategy document reveals.
The strategy outlined by the German government is sure to ease fears of an economic meltdown in the UK and Europe as a result of the decision of Britain to leave the EU.
In a separate development, officials in Germany’s Foreign Ministry tweeted that they were going to an Irish pub to get drunk, a decision applauded by twitter users and given the thumbs up by Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier who wrote “Cheers” on his facebook page (might also help the Brexit negotiations).
The trip to the pub will hopefully have made the officials less efficient when they host an emergency meeting of foreign ministers in Berlin today. The idea that Germany might have a stronger role to play in an EU without the UK is creating uneasiness.
More visits to Irish pubs in Berlin are sure to be on the agenda for foreign ministry officials as the euro currency continues to wreck havoc on the economies European countries in combination with uncontrolled immigration , fuelling the rush to exit.
The Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger called for the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker to resign, something I can only second.
Marine Le Pen has pledged to hold a referendum “after six months of negotiations with Brussels” if she is elected president of France in 2017 “with the aim of recuperating our four fundamental souvereignties, monetary and budgetdary, economic, territorial and legislative.”
On the other side of the political spectrum, the eurosceptic left wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon also celebrated the decision of Britain to leave the European Union.
“The Brexit is a lesson to all of Europe. Either the European Union changes or people will leave it,” he said.
Other strong contenders for leaving the EU not mentioned in the document are the Czech Republic as well as Denmark.