Monday, December 20, 2010

EU Keeps Going Down The Elite, Anti-Democratic Path

FLG apologize. He started drafting this post a few days ago, and now he can't find the original article.

Le Monde:
Les dirigeants des 27 pays européens sont tombés d'accord dans la soirée du jeudi 16 décembre pour modifier le traité de Lisbonne. Ces changements permettront de créer un Fonds de secours permanent en faveur des pays de la zone euro, qui sera activé en cas de grave crise financière...

Rough translation:
The leaders of 27 European countries agree on December 16th to modify the Lisbon Treaty. These changes will permit the creation of an permanent fund for the eurozone to be used in case of a grave financial crisis...

What continually amazes FLG is the audacity of the European elite and the contempt for their constituents. Let's leave aside for a moment whether the fund is necessary and look at this in context. FLG isn't an expert in the Lisbon Treaty, but apparently they put provisions in that don't allow this sort of thing, which makes sense given the implications for sovereignty and whathaveyou. This seems like it might be important to the citizens of the various countries, but they move ahead anyway. Then one must consider that the Lisbon Treaty itself was just recently ratified by the countries, itself an end around directly asking the people because when they are asked, as in France and Ireland, they have this habit of saying "No."

There's a case to be made that the economic situation demands quick action on this eurozone stabilization, and so the people don't need to be consulted. Moreover, these are elected leaders who will have to justify their actions to the people. Granted. But there's this troubling history throughout almost the entire European project of pushing forward without consulting the people and FLG thinks the chickens are going to begin to come home to roost. At each step, European elites felt the people would come along. And so far more or less they have. The problem is that the Euro isn't ever going to make real economic sense without coordinated fiscal policy, which means, for all intents and purposes, the Euro won't work without an integrated superstate to which the current nation-states basically yield all sovereignty.

The Euro was always a political tool, not an economic one, and FLG has been saying that in real life and on this blog for years. Well, now that use of a monetary unit for political ends has come to a crossroads. They'll need to fully commit to a European superstate or step back and in their incessant desire to step forward regardless of public opinion, they cannot possible cross that threshold without huge problems. Perhaps they can hold on, using things like this stabilization fund, for a little bit, but FLG thinks they'll have to make the choice within the next five years or so. Probably what will happen, like everybody seems to think, is that the "core" nations (France, Germany, Benelux, etc) will stick it out and the rest will break off. But once that happens the European Dream is dead. And it's all because they were so eager to move forward at each step that they didn't consult the people.

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