Europe is in crisis
Author: Alberto Miranda Bedate
Europe is in crisis. It is obvious from an economical perspective because the consequences are far more than evident in the common citizen. However, there is another type crisis, particular from this period, less manifest than the first one and barely understood within the general population: the socio-political crisis.
Recently, some traditional left wing strategies have failed in the pursue of a more equal society, like in the case of accessing to the power (Syriza, in Greece), syndicalism (in France) and populistic discourse (Podemos, in Spain). All of them encountered a powerful counterforce, that negatively influenced their appearance in the socio-political board: the European Union (EU). The European oligarchies, which used to be our politicians, reacted with an unusual virulence against any minimal possibility of social justice. The case of the Greek economical rescue is paradigmatic. More than 300.000 million Euros were intended to save the country since 2012. However, approx. 90% of it didn’t remain in
Greece but reached the account balances of the biggest creditors: French and German banks. Translated into a simple language: it was a rescue to those banks and a socialization of the debt between the EU countries. The rescue was accompanied by a memorandum by which the country became basically intervened and was literally stripped of from its sovereignty. Situation of Greece today: doubling of the newborn mortality, almost doubling of the sovereign debt, intrinsic 25% of unemployment (55% in the case of youth), pensions have been lowered by almost 50%, the biggest privatization plan in History, … and no signs of short, even long, term recovery. While some people were thinking that it was an particular negative situation, the refugee emergency arose in 2015. What was the reaction of the European Union? It closed its frontiers, created physical barriers to stop the human stream and made a non-sense deal with the (semi-)authoritarian Turk’s government. They tried to sell us that 600 million people in Europe are not able to welcome 2 million of Syrian emigrants, which left their country because of a war in where the EU is actually involved.
Moreover, the public opinion was recently aware of a certain commercial agreement with both Canada and The United States, CETA and TTIP respectively, negotiated since long time ago under a complete secrecy. One of the included points equates any of the signatory countries with the private multinationals in case of commercial conflict, which will be solved by a supranational committee. The election of the members of this tribunal is naturally not public and not submitted to any control. Result: To put EU lands in the hands of the market and not under their democratically elected governments.
If we have to recapitulate, the lack of transparency, the absence of control by the people (see the “Euro group” and the European Central Bank, between others), and an absolutely forgotten social policy are leading the EU to its disintegration. The rise of extreme right wing parties in several countries with serious possibilities of touching power (PVV in The Netherlands, Front National in France, Alternative für Deutschland in Germany, FPÖ in Austria,…), the Brexit and several local referendums against EU proposals are serious signs that indicate the beginning of this process. The fact that it is a political and not a sporadic problem is highlighted by the words of the European Parliament spokesman, Manfred Weber, at the end of last year’s State of the Union debate, underlining that the Greek example demonstrates that in the context of the EU it’s not possible a left wing government. So if we want to change the political intentions of those who should be ordered by and subjected to control of the European people, it’s time for action. That’s why DIEM25 movement recently appeared.
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