Aus dem Telegraph, 16. Nov. 2011:
Slavish adherence to the demands of monetary union has succeeded in the past week in dislodging two democratically elected prime ministers – George Papandreou (already gone) and Silvio Berlusconi (not yet gone, but going). Elections in Spain will shortly sweep away Jose Zapatero, too. At least in that case, it will be via the ballot box, but the effect is much the same. In its struggle to stay alive, the single currency is exacting a heavy toll among Europe’s political leaders.(…) [T]he virtual suspension of the democratic process that euro membership seems increasingly to demand should be viewed with alarm. Legitimacy, it appears, is expendable; the single currency is not. From the start, the march to European unification has always implied an erosion of sovereignty. But we seem to be reaching the point where the diktats of a small policy elite vastly outweigh the decisions of national parliaments.