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Au Revoir to European Democracy: “A Calm Judgement of Business Necessity”

 

[1]Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s pro­pa­ganda chief, once said [3]: ‘In 50 years’ time nobody will think of nation states.’

COMMENT: View­ing events in Europe [4] brings to mind the clos­ing words of James Stew­art Mar­t­in’s All Hon­or­able Men [5]. Qui­et­ly, the Euro­zone debt cri­sis has brought about an order­ly tran­si­tion to the “calm judge­ment of busi­ness neces­si­ty” [6] with which Mar­tin closed his book.

As Greece and Italy have seen gov­ern­ments appoint­ed by the Ger­man dom­i­nat­ed “tech­noc­ra­cy” [7] with no demo­c­ra­t­ic input what­so­ev­er from the pop­u­la­tion of those coun­tries, we can begin to see the out­lines of the gam­bit of “fas­cism instead of finan­cial col­lapse.”

The alter­na­tive to a glob­al finan­cial meltdown–we are told–is to hand over the con­trols to “tech­nocrats” to imple­ment the “busi­ness neces­si­ty” brought about by the delib­er­ate­ly irre­spon­si­ble, destruc­tive poli­cies of the large finan­cial insti­tu­tions whose prof­it-mak­ing has engen­dered the cri­sis.

In this regard, it is use­ful to under­score a cou­ple of arti­cles researched by R. Wil­son from the Dai­ly Tele­graph [UK].

“Ger­man Memo Shows Secret Slide Towards a Super State” by Bruno Water­field; Dai­ly Tele­graph; 11/17/2011. [8]

EXCERPT: The six-page memo, by the Ger­man for­eign office, argues that Europe’s eco­nom­ic pow­er­hous­es should be able to inter­vene in how belea­guered euro­zone coun­tries are run.

The con­fi­den­tial blue­print sets out Germany’s plan to tack­le the euro­zone debt cri­sis by cre­at­ing a “sta­bil­i­ty union” that will be “imme­di­ate­ly fol­lowed by moves “on the way towards a polit­i­cal union”.

It will prompt fears that Germany’s euro cri­sis plans could result in a Euro­pean super-state with spend­ing and tax plans set in Brus­sels.

The pro­pos­als urge that the Euro­pean Sta­bil­i­ty Mech­a­nism (ESM), a euro­zone bailout fund that will be estab­lished by the end of next year, should be trans­formed into a ver­sion of the Inter­na­tion­al Mon­e­tary Fund for the EU.

The Euro­pean Mon­e­tary Fund (EMF) would be able to take full fis­cal con­trol of a fail­ing coun­try, includ­ing tak­ing coun­tries into receiver­ship.

The leaked doc­u­ment, The Future of the EU: Required Inte­gra­tion Pol­i­cy Improve­ments for the Cre­ation of a Sta­bil­i­ty Union, comes as David Cameron meets Angela Merkel, the Ger­man chan­cel­lor, in Berlin today to talk about treaty changes and the euro­zone cri­sis.

The Ger­man plan begins with a pro­pos­al to cre­ate “auto­mat­ic sanc­tions” that could be imposed on euro mem­bers spend­ing beyond tar­gets set by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. Ger­many is demand­ing that if euro rules are “con­sis­tent­ly vio­lat­ed”, it should be able to demand action from the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice.

The six-page memo, by the Ger­man for­eign office, argues that Europe’s eco­nom­ic pow­er­hous­es should be able to inter­vene in how belea­guered euro­zone coun­tries are run.

The con­fi­den­tial blue­print sets out Germany’s plan to tack­le the euro­zone debt cri­sis by cre­at­ing a “sta­bil­i­ty union” that will be “imme­di­ate­ly fol­lowed by moves “on the way towards a polit­i­cal union”.

It will prompt fears that Germany’s euro cri­sis plans could result in a Euro­pean super-state with spend­ing and tax plans set in Brus­sels. . . .

COMMENT: Chan­cel­lor has turned her thumb down on a pro­posed British ref­er­en­dum on the EU.

It was a pro­posed Greek ref­er­en­dum that led to the installation–without any demo­c­ra­t­ic input from the Greek people–of a pro­vi­sion­al gov­ern­ment [9] includ­ing doc­tri­naire fas­cist [10]s in promi­nent posi­tions.

“Ger­many’s Secret Plans to Derail a British Ref­er­en­dum on the EU” by Bruno Water­field; The Tele­graph; 11/18/2011. [11]

EXCERPT: Angela Merkel, the Ger­man chan­cel­lor, is today expect­ed to tell David Cameron that Britain does not need a ref­er­en­dum on EU treaty changes, despite demands from senior Con­ser­v­a­tives for more pow­ers to be repa­tri­at­ed to Britain.

The leaked memo, writ­ten by the Ger­man for­eign office, dis­clos­es rad­i­cal plans for an intru­sive new Euro­pean body that will be able to take over the economies of belea­guered euro­zone coun­tries.

It dis­clos­es that the EU’s largest econ­o­my is also prepar­ing for oth­er Euro­pean coun­tries, which are too large to be bailed out, to default on their debts — effec­tive­ly going bank­rupt. It will prompt fears that Ger­man plans to deal with the euro­zone cri­sis involve an ero­sion of nation­al sov­er­eign­ty that could pave the way for a Euro­pean “super state” with its own tax and spend­ing plans set in Brus­sels.

Britain would be rel­e­gat­ed to a new out­er group of EU mem­bers who are not in the sin­gle cur­ren­cy. Mr Cameron will today trav­el to Brus­sels and Berlin for tense nego­ti­a­tions with Mrs Merkel amid grow­ing dis­agree­ment between the lead­ers over how to deal with the euro­zone.

The Prime Min­is­ter is increas­ing­ly exas­per­at­ed that Ger­many refus­es to pro­vide more finan­cial help for Italy and oth­er strug­gling coun­tries amid con­cerns that the cri­sis is hav­ing a “chill­ing effect” on the British econ­o­my. Mrs Merkel yes­ter­day said she expect­ed Mr Cameron to “exam­ine a stronger involve­ment with oth­er coun­tries” once the euro­zone cri­sis had been resolved.  . . .

COMMENT: “Ter­rafractyl” pro­vid­ed us with anoth­er arti­cle indi­cat­ing that the trans­for­ma­tion of the PIIGS coun­tries (Por­tu­gal, Italy, Ire­land, Greece, Spain) into Ger­man vas­sal states is accel­er­at­ing.

“Merkel Tight­ens Grip on Euro­zone: Why did Irish Bud­get Plans End Up in Berlin?” by Rob  Davies and Hugo Dun­can; Mail Online; 11/18/2011. [12]

EXCERPT: Fears that Germany’s grip on the euro­zone is tight­en­ing increased last night after it emerged that details of Ireland’s bud­get plans were leaked to Ger­man politi­cians.

A doc­u­ment cir­cu­lat­ed in the Ger­man Bun­destag revealed Dublin’s pro­pos­als to save the debt-rid­den coun­try £3.25billion.

The details were for next year’s bud­get, which have not yet been approved by the Irish Taoiseach Enda Ken­ny.

He was forced into an embar­rass­ing denial that his plans were being inspect­ed in Berlin.

Any sug­ges­tion that Ire­land is run­ning its aus­ter­i­ty cuts past Europe’s eco­nom­ic pow­er­house for approval will fuel con­cern that Ger­many is using its wealth as a lever to amass pow­er over the 17-nation sin­gle cur­ren­cy bloc.