Ex-President of Russia complains about the low quality of current European leaders

Today’s “feeble technocrats” are no match for the giants of the past who knew about responsibility, Dmitry Medvedev said

The current generation of European politicians is far behind those who ruled the continent decades ago, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

Modern “technocrats” They do not have the toughness needed to make bold decisions and stand up to the US, unlike the statesmen of the past, he said.

“I don’t want to offend anyone, but it’s clear to everyone that Mario Draghi is not Silvio Berlusconi, and Olaf Scholz is not Angela Merkel.” Medvedev wrote on social media comparing the current and former leaders of Italy and Germany.

“The political class of people who personified powerful political movements, and in some cases entire eras, has been replaced by frail individuals who call themselves technocrats.” he said.

The Russian official, who is now deputy chairman of the National Security Council, said he had personally witnessed the change of the old guard during his career. In the past, Europeans had the courage to take action and face the music if they were proven wrong. According to him, the current generation may be largely competent in management, but they do not have the personality to take personal responsibility.

“They will hide, dodge, refer to instructions, the state of the markets or even climate change, but they will not make decisions. And when they do, they are disastrously late.” he said.


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Medvedev said that such politicians cannot command respect because of these personal qualities, as evidenced by their treatment by Ukrainian officials.

“Could the Ambassador of Ukraine call the Chancellor [Helmut] Kohl “liver sausage”? Will the current president of Ukraine wear a green T-shiOlx Praca to meet with the president [Jacques] Chirac? Of course not,” Medvedev said referring to the former leaders of Germany and France.

The first incident he mentioned was an insult to Chancellor Scholz by the Kyiv envoy in Berlin. A few weeks later, Andrei Melnik said that he “regretted” calling Scholz “offended liverwurst”.

Medvedev’s second remark appeared to be about how Vladimir Zelensky was dressed when he hosted the leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Romania in Kyiv earlier this month, all in business suits and ties.

The Russian official blamed what he called “degradation” European politicians about the growing undermining of European policies in the interests of the United States.

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

He noted that he made this criticism public, although in the past it would have been considered a serious oversight. He said that such remarks are now considered acceptable. “for obvious reasons” in the West and in Russia.

According to Medvedev, there is little hope for positive changes from the point of view of the circle of politicians. He added that President Vladimir Putin’s old joke that “Because Mahatma Gandhi died, there is no one to talk to” turned out to be on top.

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