The EU’s architects never meant it to be a democracy
The rise of a “technocracy” was always part of the plan for Europe.Greek police face the wrath of the people in Athens, the cradle of democracy Photo: EPA
So, as headlines scream that vain bids to save the euro threaten us with “Armageddon”, the EU’s ruling elite has toppled two more elected prime ministers, to replace them with technocratic officials who can be trusted to do Brussels’s bidding.
The new Greek prime minister, Lucas Papademos, was the man who, as head of Greece’s central bank, fiddled the figures to enable Greece to get into the euro (against the rules) in the first place – before being rewarded with a senior post in the European Central Bank. He is no more democratically elected than Mario Monti, who will most likely be Italy’s new prime minister and had hurriedly to be made a “senator for life” to qualify him for the job. Monti’s main qualification is that, as a former senior EU Commissioner, he has long been a member of the Brussels elite himself.
Strange, and presumedly significant, that the only place where the totalitarian character of the EU and of the current machinations is pointed out is the papers of Great Britain and the US, while in the German speaking world it’s either the cry for making an end to democracy altogether or at least an uncritical consent to the replacement of elected politicians with technocrats!
On November 7, 2009 Booker wrote in the Telegraph:
So the trap has snapped shut. It was somehow apt that the politician who finally let the EU get the constitution it has craved so long should have been President Vaclav Klaus, the veteran anti-Communist who predicted, just before the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004, that it would mean the end of his country as “an independent sovereign state”. And what a delightful irony that Pravda, of all newspapers, greeted the news last week with the headline: “Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the EU is now a reincarnation of the Soviet Union”.
Sickle joke: a protester in Prague gives a graphic demonstration of his feelings about the EU Photo: MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/GETTY
For the records here, there is no legitimacy in democratic terms to the EU, and no citizen of any of the countries of which the politicians completed the Anschluss owes EU law even a jota of obedience. To follow through, those Anschluss regimes themselves are to be seen as traitors against the national constitutions, in any most serious sense of the term, guilty of high treason.
The junta of experts
An article in Spiked (Bruno Waterfield on the EU-crisis) of Nov. 10, 2011 deals with the “New Order of Europe”:
In a series of important articles, EUobserver’s Leigh Phillips has documented how the crisis has seen national governments remodelled along EU lines to remove them further from voters, whether opposed to austerity or paying for bailouts, in order to uphold a new European order of experts. ‘This has not happened by putsch or coup d’état, at least not one involving any guns or tanks. There are no colonels or partisans who have captured the garrisons and seized the telephone exchange’, he wrote this summer. ‘Yet a junta has installed itself nonetheless, a junta of “experts”, technocrats, those educated in the knowledge of What Needs To Be Done.’
‘Of course, there is no question that you are still allowed to vote however you like. Nevertheless, the policies absolutely cannot change even if the government does.’
Using extreme financial blackmail, these external coupists are pressuring Papandreou, and all other Greek politicians, to suspend political debate, shelve normal democratic procedures and install an EU-approved, austerity-enforcing government of bank managers. A Regime of the Technocrats, if you like.