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Democracy? Nichte! [Not!]

Germany on a roll: direct budgetary intervention

COMMENT: As cited by “Pterrafractyl” in a comment about “History Teaches Us that We Learn Nothing from History,” Floyd Norris  commented in The New York Times, “Why Not Give Greeks Their Say?” A stark answer is to be found in a characteristically excellent piece from German-Foreign-Policy.com, which feeds along the bottom of the front page of this website.

The recently concluded Euro Crisis Summit featured German proposals for direct intervention into the national budget of indebted countries–a fundamental negation of national sovereignty!

This is why the Greeks are so angry and scared–feelings shared, no doubt, by other Southern Euro Zone countries.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a thinly veiled threat that if the Euro were not saved, war could be expected to be an eventual outcome!  “In conclusion, a personal note: No one should believe that another half-century of peace and prosperity in Europe is a matter of course. It is not. . . .”

Note that Germany has nixed the notion of another country theoretically intervening in its budgetary affairs, while reserving the right to interfere directly in those of other nations.

We must remember that the German elite has tacitly endorsed and foreshadowed the phasing out of democracy, as set forth in a previous article from German-Foreign-Policy.com. The elimination of democracy is to be expected, ultimately, in Germany as well.

This is not the Germany that reopened the investigation into the Munich Oktoberfest bombing of 1980–this is the other Germany, the corporate Germany preserved by its American cartel partners at the end of World War II and dominated by the Bormann capital network.

(The latter, for newer listeners, is the economic component of a Third Reich gone underground and perpetuated in mafia-like style through enormous capital accumulation and resultant political dominance. The seminal research on this was done by the late Paul Manning, a colleague and protege of Edward R. Murrow, at whose suggestion Manning undertook the work. Underwritten by CBS News, the story was never broadcast and Manning’s text was actively suppressed. Available for download for free on this website, a reading and understanding of Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile is fundamental to an understanding of my work and, sadly, the world in which we live. Newer listeners may well view my pronouncements as madness if they don’t get this vital, albeit overburdened, book under their belt.)

The fact that the U.S. economy will suffer greatly if the Euro fails will, no doubt, produce consensus among American commentators that such steps are necessary. That, along with the super committee in the U.S. congress, might be seen as the “calm judgment of business necessity” warned about at the end of FTR #511.

“Europe the German Way (II)”; German-Foreign-Policy.com; 11/01/2011.

EXCERPT: Following the German victory at the Euro Crisis Summit, Berlin has been preparing the next steps for expanding its unabashed hegemony over Europe. An option, permitting direct intervention into the national budgets of indebted countries, is to be inscribed as soon as possible in EU treaties. This would remove key aspects of state activity from democratic control and expose, particularly the southern Euro countries to Berlin’s permanent direct interventions. At the same time, the German government is pushing the transformation of the Eurozone into a future core Europe. Just last week, the non-Euro countries – including Great Britain – were excluded from significant summit decisions. Experts see this as creating a two-speed Europe, and warn that Berlin, in light of German predominance, should not become “the new Brussels.” German media has been accompanying Berlin’s summit victory with vociferous jubilation and even blatant chauvinism, giving an idea of the true character of Berlin’s emerging domination. . . .

. . . Berlin’s envisaged steps to broaden its unabashed hegemony include the option of direct intervention in national budgets of other Euro countries. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs published plans to this effect already before the summit. According to these plans, the imposition of a budget on indebted Eurozone countries should be made possible under certain circumstances. The Foreign Ministry diplomatically expressed that, as a last resort, it could be imaginable that Brussels even “actively supports” the governments in question in the implementation of their “administrative measures,” meaning, for example, the cuts in social benefits.[2] Sovereign budget planning is one of the fundamental elements of parliamentary democracies. The plan put forward by the government of the Netherlands, calling for the right of intervention in national budgets being transferred to an EU “Stability Commissioner” has met with Berlin’s rejection. Berlin opposes this idea because an “intervention” in the German budget cannot be ruled out with formal certainty. The German Bundestag’s budgetary autonomy should not be interfered with, according to the justification given for the rejection. Nevertheless, it could be imagined that the EU’s “Stability Commissioner” would halt EU payments to renitent countries, according to the German Foreign Ministry. This would seriously prejudice the poorer countries of Southern Europe.

The German Chancellor declared that the so-called right of intervention should be inscribed in the EU treaties. If Berlin is successful with this demand, all 27 EU member nations must initiate the ratification processes. Because a clear rejection is to be expected from at least some of the populations – not only the Greek, but, for example, also the British – referenda must be strictly avoided. The German Chancellor once again [3] links Berlin’s demands to hardly-veiled threats. Last Wednesday, October 26, 2011, she literally declared in the German Bundestag, “In conclusion, a personal note: No one should believe that another half-century of peace and prosperity in Europe is a matter of course. It is not. And therefore I say, if the Euro fails, Europe fails and that should not be allowed to happen.”

Alongside plans for budgetary interference, the German government is obviously promoting the transformation of the Eurozone into a future core Europe, boding serious consequences. Already at the Euro Crisis Summit last week, non-Euro countries – including Great Britain and Poland – were excluded from decision making, even though these decisions were very significant for the EU, as a whole. The justification given was that, decisions concerning the Euro could only be made by countries with the Euro. This, according to experts, creates a sort of two-speed Europe. . . .

. . . German media has been accompanying Berlin’s summit victory with vociferous jubilation and even blatant chauvinism. For example, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), which is being carefully read by the German elite, writes that during the debates in Brussels, “the Greeks” had “not gone all out on the questions of their destiny, so at one point in the course of the evening, the conduct of the negotiations was taken out of their hands.” Following the summit, the Greek prime minister thanked his country’s population “for its willingness to make sacrifices.”[5] The so-called Troika comprised of the EU, IMF and the ECB (European Central Bank) will maintain a “permanent presence in the country to make sure that the Greeks are really reforming their country.”

The Italian Prime Minister, the FAZ writes, “came to Brussels with a 15 page letter,” in which “he describes his country’s future reforms” – “as ordered by Ms Merkel and Sarkozy.”[6] “The stringent chancellor” noted “benevolently” that Rome vowed to reduce its debts. “And otherwise” Italy’s letter “neatly lists timeframes and numbers,” so that “the ‘chiefs’ could express their friendly approval and, at most, remark that what counts now is the implementation.” The journal continues, “the EU Commission has been ordered to keep an eye on everything, just to make sure.” . . .

. . . At the beginning of this year, Germany’s leading foreign policy magazine “Internationale Politik” had already anticipated the conditions now in development – at the time, provoking, but today, seen quite realistically. At the time, “Internationale Politik” proclaimed Angela Merkel, “Chancellor of the EU,” who successfully established a sort of “authority to set guidelines” in the “circle of 27 heads of states and governments.” Looking at the EU leadership as a “government,” one could “allot roles.” The French president “doubtlessly has the role of vice-chancellor,” who can “take initiatives,” but “in cases of conflict, can always be reined in by the chancellor.” . . .

Discussion

2 comments for “Democracy? Nichte! [Not!]”

  1. Maybe The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)will stand up for Greece. If that organization wants to grow they could also soon accept Italy, Spain and Portugal as members. However, at this time, perhaps we should decline to hold our breath in anticpation such a course of action will be followed.

    Posted by George Karnazes | November 5, 2011, 5:24 am
  2. The microcosm in the macrocosm:

    Columnist: ‘Registering The Poor To Vote Is Un-American’ Piece ‘Indelicately Worded’

    Ryan J. Reilly November 15, 2011, 11:48 AM

    Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum explained to the Texas-based King Street Patriots on Monday night that his “Registering The Poor To Vote Is Un-American” article may have been “indelicately worded” but said his larger point stands.

    “Why do I hate democracy and the poor?” Vadum joked, clarifying that he “wasn’t saying that people shouldn’t have the right to vote if they’re poor.”

    He went on to criticize the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the “Motor Voter” act) calling it “an evil thing” that was “created to muck up” the election process.

    “How else can you justify a law that mandates that welfare recipients be given — be encouraged — to vote when they’re there in the cheese line picking up their check?” Vadum said.

    “Now this is not to say you should have a property qualification to vote, I’m not going to go back to that period in American history, but you shouldn’t be encouraging people to destroy the country, you shouldn’t be encouraging people to vote themselves benefits from the government,” Vadum added.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 15, 2011, 10:10 am

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