EU council president blasts former London Mayor

European Council President Donald Tusk condemns Boris Johnson for saying the EU was behaving like Adolf Hitler.

Ben Ariel,

London Mayor Boris Johnson with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai in Israel
London Mayor Boris Johnson with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai in Israel
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European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday blasted former London Mayor Boris Johnson, after Johnson said the European Union was behaving like Adolf Hitler, AFP reports.

"I cannot stay silent," Tusk told reporters in Copenhagen. Johnson, a leading campaigner for Britain to leave the EU, had "crossed boundaries" of acceptable political debate, added Tusk.

"Such absurd arguments should be completely ignored if they hadn't been formulated by one the most influential politicians of the ruling party. Boris Johnson crossed the boundaries of a rational discussion, demonstrating political amnesia," Tusk continued.

Johnson’s remarks came in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph as he spoke about the UK referendum on leaving the EU, which is set for June 23.

The referendum, which touches upon hot-button issues from immigration and multiculturalism to globalism and economic growth, has divided political allies, pitting party members against one another. Johnson, a prominent figure within the Conservative Party, has been vociferously opposed by Prime Minister David Cameron, a fellow Tory.

"Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods," the former mayor said in Sunday’s interview.

Taking the Nazi comparison a step further, Johnson suggested that the European Union’s currency, the Euro – which the UK has not adopted – was a tool for advancing German control over the continent.

“The euro has become a means by which superior German productivity is able to gain an absolutely unbeatable advantage over the whole Eurozone. This is a chance for the British people to be the heroes of Europe and to act as a voice of moderation and common sense, and to stop something getting, in my view, out of control.”

Tusk, while promising not to intervene in the British political debate, said Tuesday he felt that Johnson's comments were irresponsible.

"The EU may be blamed for many things, but it still remains the most effective firewall against the ever dangerous and often tragic conflicts among the nations of Europe," he said, according to AFP.


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