Source: The Guardian, May 17
One of the Europe’s most senior leaders has accused Boris Johnson of suffering from “political amnesia” and making “absurd arguments”, after the former London mayor drew a comparison between the aims of the EU and Adolf Hitler.
EU institutions have so far avoided getting drawn into the UK’s increasingly bitter referendum campaign, but Donald Tusk [a former prime minister of Poland], the president of the European council, said on Tuesday that he had to respond when he heard the EU being compared to the Nazi leader’s plans.
He said: “When I hear the EU being compared to the plans and projects of Adolf Hitler I cannot remain silent. Such absurd arguments should be completely ignored if they hadn’t been formulated by one of the most influential politicians in the [UK’s] ruling party.
“Boris Johnson crossed the boundaries of a rational discourse, demonstrating political amnesia.” These views were in the minds of many Europeans, not just Britons, Tusk added, but this was no excuse for Johnson’s “dangerous blackout.”
The former London mayor, seen as a leading figure in the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, caused outrage when he drew a comparison between the EU and Nazi subjugation of Europe.