The fact that EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen entered into a gas deal with an authoritarian ruler – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev – who is now attacking Armenia – financially supported by the EU – makes Martin Hans Sonneborn (57) stunned, so stunned that that all he seems to have left is sarcasm. Right from the start of his speech in the European Parliament it was clear that he had nothing flattering to say to the President of the Commission. “Dear Ms. von der Leyen, speaking to Karl Kraus: I can’t think of anything about the state of the EU.”
The German satirist and chairman of the party for work, the rule of law, animal protection, elite support and grassroots democratic initiative (Die PARTEI) alluded to the first sentence of Kraus’ great essay “Third Walpurgis Night”, which begins with the sentence: “I fall to Hitler nothing.” Like Karl Kraus, Sonneborn came up with a few things.
“In order to free us from a gas supplier who is waging a brutal war of aggression – Putin – you looked for us one who is waging a brutal war of aggression – Aliyev.” The eXXpress recently reported on the war that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev started against Armenia and which the EU is now co-financing thanks to Von der Leyen’s gas deal. “Even if many German media are silent – the oil dictatorship, which you have declared a ‘trustworthy partner’, is currently attacking democratic Armenia.”
Sonneborn’s comment: “Respect for your choice, after all our new best buddy Azerbaijan is still far behind Russia in terms of democracy, press and civil liberties. Aliyev is only at the forefront when it comes to bribing corrupt CDU honks.”
Sonneborn, who has been a member of the European Parliament since 2014, becomes even clearer towards the end: “When you started your service here, I thought you were just incompetent and a bit criminal, I now know that you are also impressively immoral,” and mentions also her deleted “SMS about billions in payments to Pfizer”.
At the end there was a nasty play on words: “I can’t think of anything more about the EU. Except: We shouldn’t leave Europe to the Leyen!”