Thursday, 9 January 2014

Weak German opposition a concern for Eurozone

Germany has finally formed its next government. Steffen Stierle and Christoph Mayer write in the blog EUROPP of the London School of Economics and Political Science on what 2014 might hold in store for the rest of the Eurozone. They argue there is very little cause for optimism among those who support a change of direction in Germany’s European policy because the coalition holds a huge majority of seats and any effective opposition within the German Parliament will be extremely difficult.

Germany and EU institutions have responded to the Great Recession inside the Eurozone by implementing austerity policies and authoritarian transfers of power to the supra-national level. This has dramatically reduced Germany's popularity in most Eurozone countries. A majority of the countries are currently governed by neoliberal political elites who favour anti-democratic and anti-social responses to the crisis. Without cooperating elites in the governments of Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland it would not have been possible to push austerity reforms through at the EU level.

The European Council, with Germany as its leading member, is currently about to enhance a neoliberal, authoritarian transformation of the EU. It was not only the former German conservative-liberal government which put pressure for radical austerity reforms throughout Europe. In this respect there has always been a consensus within the German political elite. A serious political shift at the EU or Eurozone level is not to be expected.


  1. Dear Germans, you made tremendous efforts to recover from a dangerous economical situation a decade ago while we were not close to even think of making one. Let me tell you that we appreciate your efforts but now you have to share our burden if you want us to buy your Mercedes and other goodies, now and later You were dumb enough not to think about this inevitable fact and therefore you must pay now, there is no escape. You see, we have tought our people that rights are more important than duties and there is no way they could rethink what has been hammered onto their skull for so long. You're doomed, at best. You see, in our beautiful Europe, there are similarities between the so-called poors living on subsidies and the so-called richs playing with an ever growing demand as they both survive on other people's work. I dare to call them both crooks as without any doubts, they're perfectly aware of the situation and reluctant to care about the general interest. I exist therefore THEY should feed me. Let us collapse and make sure that you still know how to defend yourself because, as long as the word "neoliberal" is in use, tomorrow will be worse than today. Not because neoliberals don't exist but just because they're given a power they don't have and which takes the fight to a dead end rather to where it should take place: building strengh for the future generations.

  2. Me aburre escuchar tantas veces la misma canción. El enfrentamiento entre Alemania y los países del norte contra los países del sur es sólo una cortina de humo, una farsa inventada. En realidad el enfrentamiento trata de ocultar el expolio de la élite dirigente hacia las clases populares. En Europa no hay una lucha entre el norte y el sur, la lucha (aunque suene anticuado) es entre ricos y pobres. Como han demostrado muchas veces, los políticos de toda Europa gobiernan para los intereses de unos pocos. Lo único que les interesa de nosotros es nuestro voto y nuestro silencio ( Ejemplo: cierre de Presseurop).

    El mayor problema europeo es ideológico, los neoliberales han creado un continente de pobres con mentalidad de ricos. Votamos neoliberal, como si todos fuéramos grandes empresarios, pero la gran mayoría trabajamos por salarios cada vez más miserables.

    El enemigo no está en Alemania ni en Grecia, el enemigo está en la élite parasitaria que nos gobierna. Pero para eso tenemos que empezar a pensar con la cabeza, reivindicar nuestros derechos y desintoxicarnos de toda la verborrea neoliberal que llevan años tratando de implantar en nuestros cerebros. El truco de la tarta más grande ya engaña a nadie, aquí la tarta sólo se la comen unos pocos y el resto la pagamos.

    1. Agreed. Europe has caught the US political disease, which is also the English political disease: government by and in the interests of the gentry. In anglo-american political language they are called "whigs" and their assumption is that institution of the government is what is sovereign.

      The natural enemies of the whigs are the republicans who know that sovereignty lies with the people being governed.

      What we seem to be faced with are internationalist whigs who find being tethered to any particular local population tedious and a hinderance to their ambitions.