September 30, 2015
Have Marxists infiltrated Jean-Claude Juncker’s team? The question is worth raising, after a strange slogan made its way into one of the President’s speeches.
As Juncker was speaking in Paris on Tuesday (28 September), in front of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Commission chief said that he wanted the “same wage for the same job, wherever it is” in the EU.
Or at least that’s what the speech published on the Commission’s website said: un même salaire pour un même travail, à n’importe quel endroit
Lenin could very well have stated this, and Communists would also love to hear that. But the sound of it seems a bit weird in Juncker’s mouth. A member of the EPP, the Commission President is on the right, and has always been.
Providing the same salary in Bulgaria and the UK would give a boost to the EU economy, according to left-of-center economists like Joseph Stiglitz and Thomas Piketty. It could enhance growth, as consumption would grow quickly in the poorest member states. The idea of a basic income for any EU citizen is not very far from this, as it would also feed growth, investment, and jobs,
But, unsurprisingly, Juncker’s statement did not remain online for very long. A few hours later, the speech changed, as this newer screenshot shows: un même salaire pour un même travail, au même endroit.
Did the President change his mind ? Was the anti-capitalist culprit found on his team? Nobody knows.
One thing is certain: Do not trust the Commission’s publications too much. Both speeches have the same date (28/07/2015, for some reason), and the same number.Heard in Europe