Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl | Giusepp Lami/EPA
Austrian foreign minister: Hell is other people
‘I don’t believe in a place called hell.’
Updated 2/10/19, 12:23 PM CET
Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl blamed Brexit frustration for Donald Tusk’s controversial remark about Brexiteers.
Tusk said last week after a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely.”
On Sunday, the BBC’s Andrew Marr told Kneissl that the remarks were “very very unhelpful, perhaps, to the EU side.”
“My personal reaction when I read that is I don’t believe in a place called hell.” Kneissl said, “and what jumps to my mind is the famous quote by the late French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, L’enfer, c’est les autres — hell are the others — and we are exactly in that situation. We are in a situation of frustration, moods and everybody calls the other the hell-maker.”
#Brexit: “I don’t believe in a place called hell,” says Austrian Foreign Minister
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