Salami Agreement

Salami tactics, also known as salami-slice strategy or salami attacks,[1] is a process of divisive and conquering the process of threats and alliances that are used to overcome opposition. Thus, an aggressor can influence a landscape, typically political, little by little, and ultimately dominate. In this way, the opposition is eliminated “slice by slice” until it realizes, usually too late, that it has almost completely disappeared. In some cases, it includes the formation of several groups within the opposing political party, and then the dismantling of that party from within, without the “cut” sides protesting. Salami tactics will be most effective if the culprits keep their long-term motivations secret and maintain a cooperative and aid attitude while working to deal with the intent of progressive subversion. The question of the timing and scope of the UK-EU trade agreement is at the centre of concerns in Brussels, where it is necessary to decide whether the agreement is legally considered a “mixed” agreement. For the EU, this means a potential Plan B of more sectoral agreements, as the British put in place the attractions of the negotiations that are progressing by gradually winning instead of waiting for a last-minute final. It is generally accepted that the term “salami tactic” (szal-mitaktika) was coined in the late 1940s by Stalinist dictator Métys Rékosi to describe the action of the Hungarian Communist Party in its ultimately successful quest for total power in Hungary. [2] [3] He claimed that he had destroyed the non-communist parties by “cutting them like slices of salami”. [3] By portraying his opponents as fascists (or at least fascist sympathizers), he could lead the opposition to cut off its right, then its center, and then most of its left wing, so that only passengers willing to collaborate with the Communist Party remained in power.

[3] [4] However, an EU diplomat warned that “these potential sectoral agreements would obviously not be completely independent of each other. It`s very important for the calendar. If it is declared `mixed`, it must be ratified by some 40 national and regional parliaments across the EU. This makes an 11-month timetable virtually impossible and greatly increases the prospect of resistance.

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