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Former Russian president laments low high quality of present European leaders

Modern “puny technocrats” aren’t any match for the giants of previous who knew about duty, Dmitry Medvedev mentioned

The present era of European politicians are vastly inferior to those that ruled the continent a number of a long time in the past, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev mentioned on Thursday.

Modern “technocrats” don’t have the spine wanted to take daring selections and stand as much as the US, not like the statesmen of previous, he claimed.

“I don’t mean to offend anyone, but it’s obvious to everyone that Mario Draghi is no Silvio Berlusconi and Olaf Scholz is no Angela Merkel,” Medvedev wrote on social media, evaluating the present and former leaders of Italy and Germany.

“The political class of people, who embodied powerful political movements and in some cases entire eras, was replaced with puny individuals who call themselves technocrats,” he mentioned.

The Russian official, who now serves as deputy chair of the National Security Council, mentioned he had witnessed the alternative of the previous guard personally throughout his profession. Previously, Europeans had the center to take motion and face the music, in the event that they turned out to be unsuitable. The fashionable era could also be largely competent at governing, however they don’t have the persona to take private duty, he mentioned.

“They will hide, weasel out, cite instructions, the state of markets or even climate change, but won’t make decisions. Or when they do, they come disastrously late,” he mentioned.

Medvedev mentioned such politicians can’t command respect due to these private qualities, as evidenced by the remedy they get from Ukrainian officers.

“Could the Ukrainian ambassador call Chancellor [Helmut] Kohl ‘liverwurst’? Would the current president of Ukraine wear a green T-shirt to a meeting with President [Jacques] Chirac? Of course not,” Medvedev mentioned, referring to the previous leaders of Germany and France.

The first incident he referred to was the name-calling of Chancellor Scholz by Kiev’s envoy in Berlin. Weeks later, Andrey Melnik mentioned he “regretted” calling Scholz an “offended liverwurst.”

Medvedev’s second comment apparently referred to the way in which Volodymyr Zelensky was dressed when he hosted the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Romania in Kiev earlier this month, who all wore enterprise fits and ties.

The Russian official blamed what he described because the “degradation” of European politicians on the rising subversion of the insurance policies of European nations to the curiosity of the US.

“[Former French president] Charles de Gaulle could object to any American president. Who among the Europeans now could do so without their hands trembling? They don’t think about the future. They are limited by their flaccid electoral goals,” Medvedev mentioned.

He famous that he was making this criticism public though it will have been thought of a significant fake pas previously. He mentioned such remarks had been now deemed permissible “for obvious reasons” within the West and in Russia.

There was little hope for constructive change when it comes to the scope of politicians, Medvedev mentioned. He added that President Vladimir Putin’s previous joke that “since Mahatma Gandhi died, there is no one to talk to” has confirmed to be spot-on.

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