Behind your Back

Doubly-deported bombers, swarm of EC ‘helpers’ descend on the Greek colonies, Labour’s EU kerfuffle, and secret French capital controls (allegedly)

Does anyone out there know where the alleged Brussels bomber Ibrahim El Bakraoui was deported to when Turkey chucked him out two years ago? Rather like the cowardly Japanese Kamikaze pilot Ori Gami who flew twelve successful missions, Bakraoui was apparently deported twice by Turkey. Logic suggests that he got back into Turkey again fairly easily, which in turn hints that it might not be that hard a country to hop in and out of; as of course it isn’t, because there are at least three unguarded routes into Iraq, and two into Syria.

Mind you, I suppose Bakraoui would’ve stuck out a bit, walking in the opposite direction to all the tanks, munitions and Jihadists heading for Assad’s palace. Anyway, if you know what fotunate country was designated to receive Ibrahim, please let me know.

Meanwhile, Erdogan’s in the clear on this one. He deported the bloke, and warned Brussels about him. So it was their own fault. You can can almost hear him saying, “Didn’t you get my email?” Rather like posting some anthrax spores to the London Central Post office marked “Special offer – open today”.


The creeping colonisation of Greece continues. Most of the Western press went gangbusters this week on how the Greeks were ‘dragging their feet’ about sending refugees back to Turkey as part of the Erdogan “deal” (an odd accusation to level at Greece given it does more for refugees than anyone).  I would hazard a wild guess that not having any money might have something to do with it.

Anyway, the poor Sprouts have run out of patience with the Greeks, as a result of which this small army is descending on Athens (my emphases):

  • For the asylum process: 200 Greek asylum service case workers, 400 asylum experts from other Member States deployed by EASO and 400 interpreters
  • For the appeals process: 10 Appeals Committees made up of 30 members from Greece as well as 30 judges with expertise in asylum law from other Member States and 30 interpreters
  • For the return process: 25 Greek readmission officers, 250 Greek police officers as well as 50 return experts deployed by Frontex. 1,500 police officers seconded on the basis of bilateral police cooperation arrangements (costs covered by FRONTEX)
  • Security: 1,000 security staff/army

Greek friends continue to tell me that all real decision-making in the country is now carried out by Eurocrats, mainly recruited by Dijesslbloem and Schäuble…although from which budget (given their eurogroupe is a remit short of legal existence) remains unclear. Talking of our old friend Wolfie Wheels – being kept in a locked dungeon by Geli until the UK referendum is safely out of the way – the FOI-released emails to and from him to President-elect Hillary Clinton make for very interesting reading on the subject of the ‘Plan B’ clearly laid out by Wolf and his gang in the event of a ‘problematic’ election  result in 2015. The Plan and the ensuing actuality are astonishingly close.


“Hello? Hello yes…is that Mr Corbyn’s office? Ah, right – where is he then? Er, at the AGM of the FGM Society. Right-ho. Do you know when he’ll be back? You don’t. Is he doing anything this afternoon? Um, going to a Remain rally. Right. What? No, not really…it’s just that I’d rather he didn’t go the rally. Yes, I’m sure he made the arrangement weeks ago and he hates to let people down, but that isn’t really my point. No. You see, he’s in the wrong….what? Well, I’m not so sure that’s……………….I see. Well, fair enough. Can you at least just tell him that there’s are some words missing on his Remain logo…do you have a pen and paper? Good, the words are ‘a bit of a kerfuffle’. Yes, that’s K, E, R, F…you know the rest? Excellent. Thank you. Have a good Easter.”


I don’t really understand why Corby the Scourge of Capitalist Crony Corruption wants to stay in the EU, which is palpably obviously the EUCCC. I can understand why Jeremexis Corbychov the Internationalist wants to be in it, but as he hasn’t been on the fourth moon of Saturn for the last decade, he must surely see that annexing Greece, breaking the German Constitution, exceeding the remit of the ECB, illegally subordinating EU bondholders, manipulating the French bond market, covering up Italian bank embezzlement and signing  up to the American TTIP without any sovereign or citizen democracy isn’t the sort of internationalism we all had in mind at the outset.

Equally, I’d imagine we didn’t think that, once the eurine went a bit pear-shaped, there’d be secret currency controls to stop the flight of capital from the eurozone. We were a little surprised when Signor Dragula simply stopped publishing the numbers. But then, as time’s gone on, nothing surprises us any more about Count Mario.

But can one put it all down to Draghi?

Some of you may recall a Slogpost from early 2015 about me trying to send a money transfer to Athens, and then another one to Poland. And another to Hungary. The stock excuse from my French bank Credit Agricole was “this is part of an EU-wide crackdown on money laundering”. Spookily, however, all three countries I wanted to send to are, um, in confict with Brussels and Frankfurt on a number of big issues…and seen as potentially ‘dodgey’ when it comes to getting paid.

Two days ago, I got this email from an expat who, like me, now lives in France – ie, in the eurozone. This is a telling extract from it. On trying to send to ‘Turkish’ Cyprus, he’d been told..

‘….a new law had been brought into force prohibiting businesses from transferring any sum in excess of €8,000 out of the country. Apparently, I am now permitted to send €8,000 per month so, in order to pay this bill, my supplier would have to be content with 3 separate payments over a 3 month period.

 Asking my ‘conseillère’ what this bollox was all about, she responded “It’s a new initiative designed to prevent fraud and the finance of arms for terrorists. It’s nothing personal you understand. The same applies to all businesses and it only concerns transfers outside of the European Union.” ‘

Well, it all sounds like capital controls to me. So, having a daughter in Australia, I popped into a branch yesterday on the pretence of trying to send her the deposit on a flat of “around €12,000″. Ah, they said. Much tooth-sucking. That would be problematic, M’sieur. You see, there’s a new law just been passed…”.

Greece, I asked?

Ah, well. No. Greece is, as you know, a special case.Correct, I said – but that’s for funds leaving Greek banks. I’m doing the opposite. I was stared at.

I must choose the following words carefully….given there is a freedom-loving media ban here on all negative comments about French banks. It carries a whopping fine of €25,000 – which just goes to show that Comment isn’t Free, and C P Snow is thus proved wrong yet again.

I don’t think the problem is an EU one in this case, I think it’s a French one. As to what the problem is, well, I couldn’t possibly comment.

But I will add this. I tried to unload some surplus parquet flooring a month ago, at around 50% off list price, via three sites. I had one serious respondent. He said thanks, but “I can get it cheaper at the bankruptcy auctions”. Two years ago, that flooring would’ve flown out of the door within hours.

To the north of me here, I know an English techie buying near-new pcs at 10 cents on the Dollar and, with minimal remedial work, selling them on at half-price. But even she is now finding she can’t sell them on.

Not having a spare €25,000 of wonga hanging about, I must ask you to draw your own conclusions.

Yesterday at The Slog: At last, the Bullingdon backlash is under way

20 thoughts on “Behind your Back

  1. Would any intelligent internationalist support the EU? The EU is not trying to abolish national borders; it is trying to rebuild the Roman Empire as a protectionist technocracy. That’s why the medal you get for great service to the EU cause is called the “Charlemagne Prize”, after a previous attempt to rebuild Rome.

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  2. BTW, the often peddled reason for the (continued) existence of the EU, preventing war in Europe, now lies in tatters as it is now a major import. It seems we just can’t live without it….

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  3. Dear Karioke

    No, because it still won’t be independent. I’ll come back when we dump the Special Relationship (Me slave, You master) with Wallingpentaton; and when both Labour and Tories are no longer people with very fat pimply bottoms or very empty heads stuffed with nothing but media training.

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  4. The special relationship is an obsession of the British government and media. Yes, in the days of Reagan and Thatcher it was perhaps was but now it is unequal and less relevant. When you start deporting UK citizens who’ve never stepped foot in US for trivial offences that is the time to reconsider things.

    How about a foreign policy and relationship with other states based on doing the right thing and away from ideology and sucking up to idiots?. Clinton, Bush and Obama all idiots who have caused chaos in the last 20 years and now they’re going to elect the most dangerous idiot of all – Mrs Clinton. Trump actually is less dangerous.

    If I was running the show I’d be trying improve our relationships with China, Russia and Africa. We’ve no right dictating others about their human rights. Especially not when the UK has sponsored the evil regimes of Saudi Arabia and Turkey who may well start the next world war. These states are on par with Hitler’s Germany.

    Who will take the UK forward in the world?
    No one in this government or any other party, I fear as history shows it’s going to take us being on the receiving end of something very unpleasant for us to re-evaluate and sensible UK citizens to step forward.

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  5. The two wheeled Hieron rightly noted that that Mr Bakraoui was deported to Holland, from where he re-entered Belgium. Which is being used to argue the case that the EU needs stronger integration of bureaucracy’s.

    The special relationship lives in my heart over here but the majority (in the US) don’t even know what the term means..

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  6. @Loverat

    I think the ‘Special’ relationship has always been a myth, as I suspect is U.K. sovereignty. It has been this way at least since WWII. The treatment of the UK during Bretton Woods and the U.S. domination of the World Bank and IMF, the betrayal over Suez, the blackmail/bribery of the criminal Blair over Iraq, and more recently the illegal detention of Assange and the Obama order that the UK should stay in the EU is evidence enough. Perhaps the U.S. views the UK as ‘special’ in the sense of ‘small bus special’ as they say over here, but that is it.

    When the ‘leaders’ of a nation act slavishly in the interests of another, national sovereignty is non-existent.

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  7. Maybe Jezza’s clued up on the history & application of the special relationship & doesn’t fancy the sort of help Harold was subjected too for being perceived as only a little more than slightly to the right of Fiddler in Quba. A very English coup indeed. He Might be right. I am quite looking forward to what might happen should the Central Insurgency Agency get to meet Home alone Bozza.

    Isn’t modern home entertainment marvellous.


  8. @Jean LeQuartier . So there we have it . You prefer to drill deeper into the rabbit hole of EU vassallage by remaining inside it rather than debunking to your motherland which would only be living under solely the USA not also the EU yolks ( as it is doing now and will continue to do if GB Remains).

    To paraphrase a Sixties French early rap song title:.

    Vraiement ” Les elucubrations d’Antoine ” ( je m’ excuse , “de Jean”)


  9. @carroccio1958

    Eggsactly what are these EU yolks of which you speak, do they somehow relate to perfidious albumen? Your wild imaginings are proof of the old adage: empty vassals make the most noise.


  10. Hahahaha – c’est sur! Und zen ve mussen alles in ordre devenir, und lernen nicht to schnitzel avant de noodler…


  11. @LeQuartier, HireOneYerMush and ( any) Others.

    Sticks and Stones dudes . But you know your positions are untenable by dint of rational ( if not oval) argument.


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