International House of Pander-cakes - Greece & France Vote

  • Aired:  05/07/12
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Either the fault line between Europe's ruling class and its denizens has just cracked open, or Manchester United has drawn with Barcelona. (5:54)

MOVING WEST.

SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMBINE DISPARATE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WITH A VARIETY OF

CULTURES AND LANGUAGES, ONE MADE-UP CURRENCY, A GLOBAL FINANCIAL MELTDOWN AND A

SOCIAL SAFETY NET THAT OFFERS WORKERS 30 WEEKS PAID VACATION A YEAR, WORKERS RETIREMENT AT

26 AND CHOCOLATE.

LET'S GO EUROPE.

EITHER THE FAULT LINE BETWEEN EUROPE'S RULING CLASS AND ITS DENISONS HAS JUST CRACKD OPEN

OR MANCHESTER UNITED HAS DRAWN WITH BARCELONA.

YES, AUSTERITY HAS PROVEN TO BE QUITE UNPOPULAR AMONGST THE NEWLY AUSTERE.

IT'S EFFECTS ARE NOW BEING FELT ELECTORALLY.

>> IN GREECE THE TWO MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES CENTER RIGHT AND SOCIALIST PARTIES WHO

BACKED THE BAILOUT TOGETHER WON ONLY ABOUT A THIRD OF THE VOTE.

VOTERS REJECTED THEM BOTH IN FAVOR OF MORE EXTREME PARTIES ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT.

>> Jon: INTERESTING CHOICE.

RATHER THAN CHOOSING A SINGLE PATH GREECE HAS GONE WITH THE BY POLAR APPROACH.

>> THE LEFT WING PARTY WHICH HAS A VERY RADICAL PROGRAM AND PROBABLY HOLDS THE SWING VOTES

IN THE PARLIAMENT NOW.

YOU KNOW, IT'S BASICALLY AN OLD LINE COMMUNIST PARTY.

>> GREECE FOR THIS ELECTION OVER THE WEEKEND YOU SAW 20 NEO NAZI CANDIDATES WHO CAME

INTO POWER.

THAT'S THE FIRST TIME THAT'S HAPPENED SINCE 1974.

>> Jon: GREECE ELECTED OLD LINE COMMUNISTS AND NEO NAZIS TO RULE AT THE SAME TIME.

YOU KNOW WHAT MIGHT GET US OUT OF OUR CHAOTIC POLITICAL SITUATION?

WHAT IF WE TOOK TWO FAILED YET OPPOSING IDEOLOGIES, YOU KNOW,

THE ONES THAT BATTLED IN WORLD WAR II, AND HIRED THEM?

IT'S LIKE IF YOU TAKE A REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BUT INSTEAD OF CHOCOLATE AND

PEANUT YOU, YOU USE (BEEP) AND POISON.

STILL NOW I MAY BE WRONG THOUGH.

THESE ARE NEO NAZIS.

THEY ANY BE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR NAZI CLASSIC.

LESS HATE.

MAYBE A YOUNG TUNE FOR THE KIDS TO DANCE TO.

LET'S HEAR THEIR PLATFORM.

>> SEAL OUR BORDERS WITH MINES.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

(BEEP) SEAL YOUR BORDERS WITH MINES?

I GUESS THAT EXPLAINS GREECE'S NEW TOURISM MOTTO.

ALL RIGHT.

GREECE WAS JUST ONE OF TWO COUNTRIES HOLDING ELECTIONS THIS WEEKEND.

THE OTHER FRANCE.

WHERE PRESIDENT NICOLAS SARKOZY SQUARED OFF AGAINST FRANCOIS HOLLANDE.

FRENCH VOTERS GIVEN THE CHOICE A BUREAUCRAT WITH A IMPLAUSIBLY HOT WIFE OR THE BUREAUCRAT WITH THE

IMPLAUSIBLY HOT GIRLFRIEND.

WHERE'S MY LIST OF THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT FRANCE.

LET ME PUT THIS ON THERE.

WHY DO ALL YOUR ELDERLY MIDDLE AGED BUREAUCRATS HAVE REALLY HOT SPOUSES OR GIRL FRIENDS?

IT'S ON MY LIST WITH WHY ARE ALL YOUR SKUNKS SO DATE RAPEY?

WHY WHEN YOU BUY BAGUETTE DO YOU ONLY GET HALF A BAG TO PUT IT IN?

AND I MEAN, BAG IS IN THE NAME.

WHY DO YOU PUT YOUR MOST HUNCH BACKED PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF RINGING YOUR HEAVIEST BELLS?

DO YOU REALLY THINK YOUR KIDS SHOULD BE DRINKING WINE?

WHY DO YOU HAVE SO MUCH TROUBLE WALKING AGAINST THE WIND?

HOW WINDY DOES IT GET THERE?

GIRARD DE PAR DUE.

ANYWAY ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) I HAVE A WHOLE LIST.

I CAN KEEP GOING.

ANYWAY, THE WINNER OF THE ELECTION HOLLANDE.

HE PROMISED TO ECHBD THE SHARP CUTBACKS INITIATED BY SARKOZY.

IN AN EXCITING MOMENT IN EUROPEAN HISTORY THE VERY...

GREECE AND FRANCE SENDING A COURSE-CORRECTING MESSAGE THAT THE AUSTERITY MEASURES IS PART

OF AN HE U STABILITY PACT WERE NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE CITIZENS OF THOSE COUNTRIES AND WILL

NOT STAND.

>> GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL HAS ALREADY STARTED FIRING OFF THE WARNING SHOTS.

>> WE IN GERMANY ARE OF THE OPINION-- AND THAT INCLUDES MYSELF PERSONNELY-- THAT THE

STABILITY PACTS CANNOT BE RENEGOTIATED, MERCKEL SAYS.

>> Jon: GERMANY.

I FORGOT EUROPE'S MOST POWERFUL ECONOMY HOLDS MOST OF THE CARDS.

IN SOME WAYS THEIR POWER CAN NULLIFY THE EFFECTS OF OTHER COUNTRIES' ELECTIONS.

THAT'S RIGHT.

NEARLY 70 YEARS AFTER THE END OF WOFLD WAR 2, GERMANY CONTROLS ALL OF EUROPE.

THE IRONY.

THEY DON'T HAVE AN ARMY.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE KEY TO GERMAN WORLD DOMINATION WOULD WIND UP BEING AN

INTERNATIONAL BANKING CONSPIRACY?

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