COMMENT: Previous posts have highlighted the profound influence of Prussian military theoretician von Clausewitz on the evolution, theory and practice of German power structure. We have also noted that the German insistence on austerity has had the effect of decimating the societies subjected to that doctrine and driving their populations in the direction of totalitarianism.
Recall that it was German chancellor Heinrich Bruning’s insistence on budgetary austerity that helped pave the way for the rise of Hitler.
As the European debacle continues, we are in a position to further evaluate the depth and scope of the social destruction stemming from it.
A recent report notes that Europe faces several “lost generations” as impoverished young people incur the damage resulting from “austerity.” Interestingly and significantly, large numbers of desperate, unemployed youth are seeking work in Germany.
Ultimately, this figures to have the effect of increasing the social stress and pressure on the German workforce, who will face increased and intense competition for available jobs. “Anti-immigrant” sentiment has proved an effective recruiting tool for the far right around the world.
The dire circumstances in Greece have fueled the rise of the Golden Dawn–a Greek neo-fascist party that successfully exploits the social chaos in that country to increase its ranks. Golden Dawn has begun actively recruiting among Greek expatriates who have moved to Germany in search of work.
The National Action Party, a Turkish fascist/nationalist party established a presence in the ’70’s and ’80’s among the “guest workers” in Germany. Golden Dawn may be attempting to re-create the success of the NAP.
Will the “lost generations” of Europe become the cadre for the successful rise of “Euro-fascism?” Is that precisely the goal of the Underground Reich and its economic foundation, the Bormann capital network? It would be foolish to overlook the possibility.
Recalling the theoretical tenets of von Clausewitz, what we are seeing is, quite literally, the continuation of war by other means.
. . . . The end of battle in 1945 had signaled the start of a new kind of war–a post-war. Germany’s classical military theorist, von Clausewitz, is famous for having declared that “war is the continuation of diplomacy by other means.” In dealing with a Germany which had gone to school with von Clausewitz for generations, we knew that, conversely, a post-war is the continuation of war by other means. Since Bismarck, wars and post-wars have formed a continuous series, changing the quality of the events only slightly from year to year, with no such thing as a clear distinction between heat of battle and calm of peace. This post-war of the German occupation was different from the “cold war” between the United States and Russia, which broke out at about the same time. The latter complicated the diagnosis, like a man getting typhoid fever and pneumonia at the same time. . . .
EXCERPT: Children across Europe are being driven into poverty by harsh government austerity and youth unemployment is soaring, threatening to create “lost generations” that could fire up a new continental crisis.
Global charity Caritas said on Thursday that around three out of every 10 children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain are in or have been pushed to the brink of poverty.
Greece said its youth unemployment had now exceeded 60%. Spain’s is above 50% and Portugal has just topped 40%.
Think tank Bruegel said the problem extended well beyond the debt-laden peripheral eurozone economies and could come back to reverse Europe’s slow recovery from financial crisis.
In a report, Caritas said eurozone countries that have received international loans — plus Italy, which hasn’t — are creating a huge class of poorly-educated and poorly-fed young people with low morale and few job prospects.
“This could be a recipe not just for one lost generation in Europe but for several lost generations,” Caritas said, citing the European Union’s own statistics.
While these countries’ future workers may suffer a loss of morale, qualifications and prospects, those that struggle through are likely to take their talents elsewhere.
Those with qualifications are already leaving in droves to seek work elsewhere, particularly in Germany where the number of Spanish and Greek jobseekers almost doubled during the first half of 2012.
Bruegel economist Zsolt Darvas said the relentless rise in youth unemployment not only destroyed morale at an important age of development but also threatened to reignite an economic crisis that appeared to be easing.
“This is not just a problem for these (peripheral) countries. This is a European problem,” he said. Thirteen of the European Union’s 27 member states have youth unemployment above 25%.
Since 2010, Greece, Ireland, and Portugal have received billions of euros in loans from the EU and the International Monetary Fund in return for spending cutbacks and tax rises. Spain has had its banks bailed out. . . .
... In 2010, 37.6% of children were at risk of poverty or exclusion in Ireland and 28.9% in Italy. Figures for 2011 are not available.
Children are defined as nearing poverty and exclusion if they live in families with 60% or less the median income or have parents with little or no employment or lack basic essentials such as protein-rich foods, heating and clothes.
Caritas said governments must ask themselves what these trends will mean for children in the long run.
Studies show children from poor households are more likely to underperform at school and to struggle to find or keep a job.
“They are looking at a future where the prospect of unemployment is stretching out ahead of them,” de Burca said.
EXCERPT: German and Greek rightwing extremists have been forging close contacts in Germany in an attempt to strengthen their power base in Europe, according to German officials.
Members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn are believed to have set up a cell in the southern German city of Nuremberg with the aim of recruiting young Greeks who have flocked to the country in search of work.
Greek community leaders in Germany have condemned the arrival of the party, also known as Chrysi Avgi, and called on authorities to clamp down on a group that they said had shown its readiness to use violence in Greece and could attempt to do the same in Germany.
Golden Dawn, which has close to 20 seats in the Greek parliament, has described the move on its website as the “answer of expat Greeks to the dirty hippies and the regime of democratic dictatorship in our homeland”.
In a statement, the Bavarian office for the protection of the constitution said: “We are keeping an eye on developments.”
It said Golden Dawn had “an international network of contacts, including contacts with neo-Nazis in Bavaria. These contacts are cultivated via mutual visits as well as at meetings at rightwing extremist events in Europe.”
It confirmed that members of Golden Dawn and far-right German groups had organised reciprocal visits to each other’s countries as well as meeting at rightwing extremist meetings outside Germany and Greece. . . .
... An estimated 380,000 Greeks live in Germany, mainly in the industrial Ruhr valley, though the actual figure, as – many do not register with the authorities – is believed to be nearer 900,000. Roughly-speaking in modern times they have come in three waves – after the second world war and then during the Greek dictatorship, when many Greek communists were given refuge, particularly in East Germany.
The third wave is occurring now as many, particularly young Greeks, come to Germany looking for work and to escape unemployment at home.German neo-Nazi groups, such as the Bavarian-based Freies Netz Süd, have been following the political successes of Chrysi Avgi for some time, making open reference to the Greek party on their websites.
The anti-Nazi organisation Nuremberg Union Nazi Stop said it would be monitoring Golden Dawn’s activities in Germany.
Over the past months Golden Dawn, which is widely considered to be racist and antisemitic, has been held responsible for numerous attacks on foreigners in Greece. The party, whose symbol resembles the swastika, won 18 parliamentary seats in last year’s election. Its popularity currently stands at around 12%. . . .