PANDEMIC CORRUPTION OF EU ELITES

 

Pandemic Corruption of EU Elites

The implementation of the EU agenda, that is centralisation of power in the hands of the EU institutions and imposition of liberal ideology against Europe’s traditional values, serves primarily the corporate interests, especially in the energy sector. The European elites, who carry out the EU agenda with unceasing determination, are offered a variety of different incentives and privileges that are not accessible to an ‘ordinary man’. They either already have shares or executive positions in major European or international corporations which strive to dominate European and global market, or have been promised them after the expiry of their term of office.

One of the best examples of politicial corruption takes place when the EU politicians get extra cash for advice, lectures and ‘consultancy’ they provide for the various bodies and initiatives, which often brand themselves as not-profit but in reality they are set up by the corporations and banks, to lobby a particular agenda. The fees these politicians receive for these kind of services are often placed in the offshore bank accounts, in tax haven jurisdictions. Other privileges offered in return for political favours include high public offices in the European Institutions, prestige awards and international recognition.

The extent of the corruption of the European elites and the scale of Russian influence in Europe is best portrayed by studying the construction of the Nord Stream system of offshore natural gas pipelines that run under the Baltic Sea, from Russia to Germany. This energy project, set up by international consortium, lays the foundation for a new German-Russian alliance that is going to make Europe dangerously dependent on Russian gas supplies and consequently threaten the political and economic independence of the EU member states.

German-Russian co-operation in energy sector

The Nord Stream project was championed in 2005 by former KGB officer, Russian President Vladimir Putin and by German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, leader of Social Democratic Party (SPD), who had close relations with other leading social democratic politicians in Europe. After standing down as German Chancellor in 2005, Gerhard Schröder was unanimously elected as Chairman of Nord Stream Shareholder Committee, whilst Matthias Warnig, former member of Stasi (secret communist police in East Germany), became Managing Director of Nord Stream. Matthias Warnig was the head of the Russian division of Dresdner Bank in Moscow, who according to the German press, forged relationship with Vladimir Putin, former KGB Lieutenant-Colonel, when the latter was stationed in Dresden.

In Finland, the Nord Stream project received support from former Prime Minister of Finland, Paavo Lipponen, who, according to Finnish scholar Alpo Rusi, was on the so called Tiitinen list, that included names of Finish politicians suspected of having links with Stasi. In Sweden, matters were arranged by former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, who after leaving politics in 1994 joined two oil companies Lundin Petroleum and Vostok Nafta, which had invested most of its assets in Gazprom, and which were owned by oil baron, Adolf Lundin, accused of complicity in war crimes in oil-rich Sudan. In 2006, when Carl Bildt became Minister of Foreign Affairs, he arranged Sweden's consent for the Nord Stream project. Soon thereafter Lundin Petroleum went into joint venture with Gunvor Ltd, a Russian oil company registered in Cyprus and controlled by Putin's associate Gennady Timchenko, Russian oligarch who specializes in investments in energy, transport and infrastructure assets. In Denmark, Vladimir Putin managed to pave the way by using dynastic connections between Dutch Royal Family and the Russian Royal Family of Romanovs and by signing in 2006 a gas deal with Dutch company DONG for supply of Russian gas.

The Rothschilds were also interested in joining Nord Stream project. They maintained good relations with the chairman of the Shareholder Committee, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder who in 2006 joined the advisory board of the investment bank of Rothschild. They were also affiliated with the companies that were shareholders of Nord Stream such as GDF Suez and Royal Dutch-Shell. The Rothschilds had traditionally been closely linked with Russia, lending money to Tsarist regime and later supporting Soviet Russia. Today they maintain links with various oligarchs in Russia. For example, Nathaniel Rothschild was in a business venture with Oleg Deripaska, the owner of aluminium company, Rusal and close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2004, Nathaniel Rothschild introduced Oleg Deripaska to a prominent British Labour politician, Peter Mandelson. Shortly thereafter Mandelson had been appointed the European Trade Commissioner and in that capacity he reduced the tariff rates for exporting aluminium to the European Union, a favour that benefited Oleg Deripaska's aluminium company, Rusal. British newspaper Daily Mail wrote at the time about Nathaniel Rothschild's role in bringing Peter Mandelson with him on a Siberian trip to visit a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska. The paper suggested the meeting arranged by the Rothschild paved a way for a £500 million deal that involved Deripaska aluminium smelter, and called Nathaniel Rothschild “puppet master”. Nathaniel Rothschild subsequently sued the newspaper but the High Court judge found the paper's allegations to be “substantially true.”

Therefore, if anyone believes that allegations about the Rothschild family and their influence in the world are based on pure speculation we would like to quote the words of the High Court judge in this case:

"In my judgment that conduct foreseeably brought Lord Mandelson's public office and personal integrity into disrepute and exposed him to accusations of conflict of interest, and it gave rise to the reasonable grounds to suspect that Lord Mandelson had engaged in improper discussions with Mr Deripaska about aluminium..."
..."Mr Rothschild states that he took Lord Mandelson on the trip as a friend and not for any other business reason. I cannot accept that the position was as simple as that."
"I accept that Lord Mandelson had no role in the joint venture, which is what the trip was arranged to promote. But I do not accept that there is a clear line between the business and the personal sides of Mr Rothschild's relationship with Mr Deripaska. They have very extensive business relationships."

(Ben Walsh, “Nat Rothschild looses 'Puppet Master' libel suit”, Business Insider, 10 February 2012)

The case of Peter Mandelson, Nathaniel Rothschild and Oleg Deripaska shows how the EU politicians act in conflict of interests and in favour of international corporations, primarily Russian corporations.

Jean Claude Juncker, a former Luxembourg's Prime Minister, oversaw the signing of 548 tax rulings (!) with 300 multinational corporations and Luxemburgish tax authorities between 2002 and 2010 allowing them to shift their profits to Luxembourg thus eroding the tax base of other countries in Europe and beyond. One of the most common practices was making series of internal loans, where payments of interests on these loans substantially reduced the tax bill. Major companies which collaborated with Luxembourg authorities in various tax avoidance schemes included: Amazon, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Pepsi, Apple, drug group Shire, vacuum cleaner firm Dyson or City trading firm Icap run by the leading British Conservative party donor Michael Spencer.

In 2014, Jean Claude Juncker became President of the European Commission as a leader of the European People's Party (EPP). He was the key man among the European elite club responsible for achieving EU agenda, facilitating open door policy and welcoming influx of illegal migrants, as well as supporting the EU energy policy, which worked in favour of the Nord Stream consortium, primarily Germany and Russia. In 2018, Jean Claude Juncker stated clearly in an interview that Europe is “small and weak part of the universe. We are losing economic power.” He then added that “Russia is a major player. There is no security agenda for Europe without Russia....”

Judging by his words and actions, it transpired that the EU structures were going to be strongly based on German-Russian alliance in energy sector. Furthermore, Jean Claude Juncker’s celebration of 200th birthday anniversary of the infamous founder of communism Karl Marx in Trier in 2018, suggested that the European elites were going to draw inspiration from past communist regimes, in terms of market and population control.

Jean Claude Juncker’s right-hand man, Frans Timmermans, Dutch politician and Vice-President of European Commission since 2014, worked closely with Jean Claude Juncker on the implementation of the EU agenda. His acquaintance with Soviet Russia dates back to time when he served as member of Dutch Military Intelligence in Russia and later as Deputy Secretary of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow in 1990, witnessing the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1994, he returned to Brussels for a year, to work as an assistant to the Dutch European Commissioner, Hans van den Broek, who was in charge of external relations and European neighbourhood policy. In 1998, he was elected to the Dutch parliament and became European affairs spokesperson for the centre-left Labour party. He soon became the passionate advocate for European integration. He co-authored the European Constitution which expanded Qualified Majority Voting into policy areas which had previously been decided by unanimity among member states. The project was eventually rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005 but Timmermans and his associates did not give up. The subsequent Treaty of Lisbon was created to replace the Constitutional Treaty. It contained many of the changes that were originally placed in the Constitutional Treaty but, instead of repealing and replacing the existing treaties, simply amended them and abandoned the idea of a single codified constitution.

Timmermans repeatedly criticized Poland, especially for its judiciary reform which aimed to cleanse the Polish courts of judges with communist past. The Polish Constitution of 1997, which was incorporated during the rule of socialist government in Poland (SLD), provided that judges in Poland were appointed by National Judicial Council which consisted of the active judges of the Supreme Court, Administrative court, civil and military courts. Most of these judges had communist background and thus Law and Justice Party wanted to change the appointment procedure of judges in Poland, to remove these judges from their office as they often ruled against public interest. The European elites, some of whom had communist links, were unhappy with the change, as these Polish judges frequently blocked decisions made by the Polish government, ruling in favour of the European elites or other groups of interest.

One of the best examples of the criminal activity of judges in Poland was the asset stripping process that took place in the city of Warsaw where the deputy leader of Civic Platform, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the professor of law, succeeded Lech Kaczyński in 2006 and became a mayor of Warsaw. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz was a member of Collegium Invisible, an academic society established in 1995 with support of George Soros and modeled on Invisible College in London, the predecessor of the Royal Society, founded with a mission to shape events behind the scene. In her capacity of mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz oversaw the so called re-privatization process in Warsaw, whereby properties, which were nationalized during the communist era, were being transferred to fraudulent claimants and curators, who falsely claimed themselves heirs to those properties. The bogus claims were made by people linked to political establishment and former communist Military Intelligence Services (WSI). The courts and tribunals were facilitating these transfers on grand scale, consequently helping to defraud the municipal assets and throw thousands residents into homelessness.

The location of Timmermans' principals is evidenced by his famous blunder made during the debate in the European Parliament in June 2018, when the deputy head of the European Commission admitted that for talks on the reform of the judiciary in Poland he will go on Monday to... Moscow.

"I'm going on Monday to Moscow, to talk, to continue the dialogue with the Polish government...” blurted Timmermans.

Frans Timmermans has been so engaged in implementing the plans of the EU elites that he has been appointed to supervise the European Green Deal, which aimed to curb carbon emissions and promote renewable energy, officially to protect the climate and unofficially to create market for Russian-German gas. In September 2020 Frans Timmermans met number of European directors from the financial sector, where he stated that he: “..would like to form a partnership with the financial sector in order to develop a regulatory framework…”

Poland, which economy was still largely based on coal, wanted to opt out from the new EU policy but the EU elites used various measures to make it toe the line, also by using the European courts. In 2021, the European Court of Justice ordered the immediate closure of the coal mine near Turów, which provides around 7% of Poland's power, having no regard for the loss of thousands of jobs or causing disruptions in Poland’s power system. The decision was made by one Spanish judge, Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, who previously supported financially Spain’s Partido Popular that belongs to the European People's Party (EPP), the largest party in the European Commission.

Rosario Silva de Lapuerta acted on the application made by the Czechs, who claimed that mining at Turów was affecting groundwater levels on its side of the border. It is worth to note that the Czechs have many coal mines close to the Polish border, as does Germany, and they have a number of joint ventures with the Germans in the energy sector. Additionally, the Czech president Andrej Babiš, one of the wealthiest businessmen in the Czech Republic, had been under investigation by both the Czech Police and the European Anti-Fraud Office, for misappropriating EU funds. Andrej Babiš has been the subject of sustained criticism from political opponents and the media regarding a number of issues, including alleged conflicts of interest, his past role in the communist secret police and allegations of intimidation of opponents.

Věra Jourová, a member of Andrej Babiš’s ANO political party, who in 2014 became European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, was brought into custody in 2006 on suspicions of corruption in what has since been called the Budišov Affair. She was accused of accepting a bribe from Ladislav Péťa, mayor of Budisov, South Moravia, for securing EU subsidies to the reconstruction of the Budišov Chateau. Several other politicians were also arrested in the case, accused of illegally enriching themselves by about 1 million euros. The charges were eventually dropped. Despite her background, or perhaps because of it, she advanced her political career in the European Union, becoming European Commissioner for Justice in Juncker Commission and in 2019, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency. Věra Jourová criticized Polish judicial reforms.

Another unrelentless critic of Poland, Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium and chief of an Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe – a liberal political group in European Parliament - was among many members of European Parliament who in addition to the salary he received for his office, also made money from the work he did on the boards of various investment firms, including Exmar — a Belgian shipping firm — which had a subsidiary operating offshore and which had a contract with Gazprom for the delivery of liquidated gas. It is worth to note that Guy Verhofstadt founded the inter-parliamentarian federalist Spinelli Group named after Altiero Spinelli, a former Italian communist who promoted idea of federal Europe, which in practise meant further centralisation of power in hands of European Institutions. Guy Verhofstadt frequently verbally attacked the conservative Polish government Law and Justice Party, for its judicial reform, and made offensive comments about the Polish patriots who in November 2017 manifested joy on the anniversary of Polish independence day.

Another Belgian minister and critic of Poland, Didier Reynders, who served as Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium in 2004, in the government of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, and who became European Commissioner for Justice in 2019, succeeding Věra Jourová, was accused by the Belgian media of corruption and money-laundering activities. The allegations concerned, inter alia, construction of the Belgian Embassy in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The accusations pointed to accepting bribes for the favorable settlement of tenders and awarding contracts to appropriate companies. Arms dealers and one of the DRC presidential candidates were to be involved in the corruption practice.

The corruption of the Polish opposition leaders

The European elites often used corrupted, subservient politicians in Poland to undermine the conservative political groups in Poland.

The tragic and suspicious death of the Polish conservative President Lech Kaczyński in a plane crash in Russia in April 2010, brought to power Bronislaw Komorowski, member of Civic Platform government that was the main opponent of Law and Justice Party. Between 2001-2002, he served as Defense Minister and in that capacity he supervised the activities of the ex-communist officers of Military Intelligence Service (WSI). An investigative journalist, Wojciech Sumliński, discovered that during his role as Defense Minister, Bronisław Komorowski covered the operations of WSI-linked Pro Civili Foundation that channelled millions of zlotych from Poland to Russia via Cyprus and Ukraine to the detriment of the Polish tax payers.

Bronisław Komorowski was the key member of Civic Platform government alongside Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, Foreign Affairs Minister, Radosław Sikorski and Finance Minister, Vincent Rostowski.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk was completely subservient to the interest of German-Russian elites. He was a former member of Liberal-Democratic Congress (KLD) which was financed by German CDU and Military Intelligence in the early 1990s, in the period of political transformation. Given that CDU was infiltrated by Stasi agents, it is more likely than not that Donald Tusk was the protégé of the agents of Stasi. In the early 1990s, he was a member of Liquidation Committee which sold out the state publishing house, “Press-Book-Movement", which owned about 178 titles, to foreign investors, thus facilitating German elites in the takeover of the media market in Poland. In 1992, he also took part in the overthrowing of the government of Jan Olszewski who attempted to eradicate ex-communists from public administration.

In 1994, Donald Tusk became leader of a new party, Union of Freedom (UW) that came from a merger of Liberal-Democratic Congress (KLD) and Democratic Union (UD). In the 1990s, Union of Freedom (UW) ruled in coalition with Solidarity Election Campaign (AWS), which was penetrated by ex-communist agents. Its leader, Jerzy Buzek, member of Solidarity and former secret communist agent, continued Soros-Sacks-Balcerowicz disastrous reforms selling out state assets, especially those of strategic importance, under slogan of privatization. When in 2000, Bronisław Geremek, former communist agent, won the leadership of Union of Freedom (UW), losing public support, Donald Tusk and other politicians, who often had communist background, left to pursue their political career in a new formation - Civic Platform.

Law and Justice Party was founded in 2001 by former activists of Solidarity movement, twin brothers, Lech and Jarosław Kaczyński, to counter the activities of Civic Platform in particular the privatization of state assets and political corruption. Furthermore, Law and Justice Party was undertaking efforts to diversify energy sources, to make Poland less dependent on Russian gas supplies, and started to consider making claims for financial compensation from Germany for the Second World War.

The death of President Lech Kaczyński in the tragic plane crash near Smoleńsk in Russia in April 2010 had thus served multiple interests: those of Nord Stream consortium (mainly Russian-German interest), foreign corporations and banks which either did business with Russia or invested capital in Poland on privileged conditions, as well as Civic Platform, which was on their payroll and strived for full control in Poland.

On April 13, 2010 Prime Minister Donald Tusk agreed that Smoleńsk investigation will be conducted according to Appendix 13 of Chicago Convention, which vested all investigative powers in the country where the crash had occurred, that is Russia, discarding the bilateral agreement that Poland signed with Russia in 1993, which guaranteed both parties equal representation in one investigative body and equal rights and access to all evidence and information.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was so pleased with the performance of Donald Tusk that a month after his accepting of the attachment 13 of Chicago Convention, on May 13, 2010, she awarded him Charlemagne Prize by for being a “patriot and great European."

In the months after the Smoleńsk plane crash, the government of Donald Tusk made a number of decisions that were detrimental to the interests of the Polish state. First, it appointed Marek Belka, former advisor to Rockefeller's World Bank and to J.P. Morgan Chase for Central and Eastern Europe, new head of the Polish National Bank. Marek Belka thus replaced Sławomir Skrzypek, former chairman of the bank, who was chosen by the conservative Law and Justice Party and who died in the Smoleńsk plane crash. In June 2010, Marek Belka submitted new application to International Monetary Fund for the new credit line, which was strongly opposed by Sławomir Skrzypek. The credit was approved immediately.

Then, in October 2010, in preparation of the asset stripping process, the cabinet of Donald Tusk issued a decree which changed the list of companies of strategic importance to Polish defense. Three weeks later, on October 29, 2010, Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak signed on behalf of the government a new gas deal with Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft. The terms of that gas deal were extremely unfavourable to Poland. The agreement obliged Poland to buy 1.5 times more gas than Poland actually needed at a much higher price than the one offered to western European countries and on condition that Poland won't sell it to third countries. The Agreement cancelled Gazprom's debts towards Poland and diminished the control that Poland had over the strategic company EuRoPol Gaz SA that operated the transit pipes. Also, in 2011, Donald Tusk’s government engaged in sale of shares in a number of other strategic companies. This included banks: PKO BP, BGZ BOS, and large companies: coal company, Jastrzebska Spółka Węglowa; copper company, KGHM Polska Miedź; state insurance company, Panstwowy Zaklad Ubezpieczeń (ZUS) and energy company, Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his ministers spread an umbrella of protection over various other fraudulent schemes including one of the worst Ponzie schemes in history of Poland - the operations of the para-bank called Amber Gold. Amber Gold lured the Poles to invest into the scheme that guaranteed returns of 10 to 14% a year for what it claimed were investments in gold. Amber Gold was advertised in German-controlled media such as internet portal, Onet.pl, owned by Axel Springer Group, and was promoted by the pro-German president of Gdańsk and member of Civic Platform, Paweł Adamowicz. In mid-2011, Amber Gold acquired majority stakes in the Jet Air airlines, then in German OLT Germany, and at the end of 2011 in the Yes Airways line. Amber Gold also established OLT Express operating OLT Express Regional lines based in Gdańsk, and OLT Express Poland in Warsaw. The purpose was to make the Polish national airlines LOT bankrupt and to channel money out of Amber Gold through OLT Express. Throughtout its operations from 2009 until 2012, Amber Gold had full protective cover from all branches of the government of Donald Tusk, public administration, local government, prosecution service, financial supervisory bodies as well as intelligence services. To guarantee Amber Gold immunity from prosecution, Donald Tusk's son Michał Tusk worked for OLT Express, before the company went bankrupt, embezzling thousands of Poles for billions of zlotys

For his impressive performance, Donald Tusk was awarded in 2012 with Walther Rathenau’s award "in recognition for his commitment to European integration during Poland's Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2011 and for fostering Polish–German dialogue". The award was named after German-Jewish industrialist who was the author of the treaty in Rapallo in 1922 that established German-Russian military and economic cooperation which resulted eventually in the destruction of Poland during the Second World War. Donald Tusk accepted this award, although, being a historian by education, he knew what this award had implied.

In order to provide Donald Tusk with full immunity from prosecution, in 2014, the European elites appointed him President of the European Council.

Corruption of the EU elites as a new political standard

Donald Tusk and his political principals in the European Union were subsequently pursuing their agenda of further centralization of power in the hands of the EU institutions, often breaching EU treaties and discriminating countries whose conservative governments opposed the EU’s liberal and leftist agenda. European Court of Justice, which is not a democratically elected institution, became the main instrument in their hands. By using broadly defined terms and catchy slogans such as "diversity", "tolerance", "equality”, “rule of law” and “European values”, European Court of Justice, devoid of any democratic backing, aimed to impose a new legal framework on all member states attempting to overwrite the member states’ national constitutions.

In September 2021, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal stated that “...Acceptance of the state of affairs in which the European Union creates norms addressed to Poland outside the area of delegated powers and giving these norms the advantages of direct precedence, not only over national laws, but also over the Constitution, means a loss of legal sovereignty...”

Similar judgments were issued in the past by the Constitutional courts in France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain and Romania. Yet, only the Republic of Poland and Hungary has been punished by the EU elites with suspension of the EU funds. Why? Because Poland and Hungary are the only countries which do not submit to the liberal agenda of the European elites and to the centralization of power in Brussels, and Poland especially is the only country that warned so firmly and for many years against the gas monopoly of Nord Stream and growing Russian influence in Europe.

Over the past decade, the European elites, who act on behalf of their corporate superiors, have radically and unilaterally changed the rules of what EU membership meant. When countries such as Poland and Hungary dare to expose this and preserve the original spirit of the treaties, they become subjects of vicious attacks. By doing so, the corrupted European elites desperately try to protect their own economic and political interests, at the expense of the European energy security, economic stability and basic safety and welfare of the European citizens, putting the entire European Union project at risk of collapse...

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