European Union Elections

Many are deeply ignorant of how Europe “works”. Left to themselves, European countries go to war. That is the clear lesson of a millennium of having separated Western Francia from the rest of the Imperium Francorum.

Western Francia, composed mostly of Neustria and Aquitaine, became the so called kingdom of “France” in the Thirteenth Century. It was an abuse of language, as said kingdom covered not even half of present day France, and a fraction of the “Francia” of 1000 CE.

Core Of Latin Roman Empire Successor State To Rome, 811 CE.

Core Of Latin Roman Empire Successor State To Rome, 811 CE.

A bit more than 12 centuries ago, the Latin speaking core, direct institutional successor state of Rome, defined itself as the “Renovated Roman Empire“. It kept on expanding in the following centuries, back into Rome’s old borders.  Great Britain (1066 CE), Spain, Southern Italy all the way to Sicily were reconquered from the savage barbarians who had overrun them.

The apparition of narrow minded nations and intolerant religious factions in the late Middle Ages and so called “Renaissance” brought great mayhem, and vast regression. To prevent this devolution into barbarity, wisdom requires first to re-unify the empire that once was, where it makes sense to do so (clearly, culture ought to be excepted, as its variety enriches minds).

The European Union is actually an evolutionary mechanism to unify the continent, driven by Germany and France. It is a set of construction projects: parliament, executive, justice, currency, etc.

The EU is also governed by the existing democracies, independent nations legislated by their own parliaments.

Thus there are two intertwined systems: national democracies cooperating, entangled with more or less European institutions they more or less control, and increasingly weave together, while reinforcing them, or creating new ones, as the need arises.

For example, France is crumbling under an avalanche of European decrees from the European Commission (EC), applied throughout the EU. Yet, unbeknownst to many, especially in France, a plurality of these decrees is suggested by the government of France!

American progressives ought to relax: democracy is doing fine in Europe. The EU does not have millions of citizens incarcerated, as the USA does. The EU has no debt. The EU does not rule the planet with its Pentagon. The EU does not have a NSA. When European private banks need more money to leverage, they cannot go straight to the central bank and ask for more, as is the practice in the USA.

The incoherent discourses of a few extreme nationalists who dislike each other (and often are already elected European MP) are not a threat for the EU. Even those critters agree that the European Monetary Union has to be greatly improved (and a banking union is on the way). Even Marine Le Pen, an European MP, as her father is, can talk more cogently about the European currency than many an American economist.

The excellent Martin Schultz is the perfectly French speaking, and French like, German president of the European Parliament. He is a socialist (SPD). He is one of five candidates to head the EC. Chancellor Merkel supports the conservative, financier friendly Jean-Claude Juncker from Luxembourg, a native French speaker.

Natürlich, Martin Schultz is supported enthusiastically by the socialist French government.

For American plutocrats, the real threat is that Martin Schultz will become the first head of the European Commission next week to be elected by the European Parliament (instead of selected by the national governments).

That’s what this election is about.

Patrice Aymé

 

 

 

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16 Responses to “European Union Elections”

  1. Ian Miller Says:

    It may well be that the EU has no debt, but there is plenty farmed out. The so-called PIIGS are not debt-free by any strectch of the imagination, and neither are most of the other countries.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Ian: One has to compare comparables. The USA has about 17.3 trillion in debt, the EU, zero. All persons, moral of physical, have maybe in excess of 60 trillion of debt, inside the USA. This is well known.
      http://mhodges701.home.comcast.net/~mhodges701/debt-nat.htm

      Overall the debt levels of persons, in Europe, is much lower than in the USA.

      The PIIGS’ debt was caused by using the sovereigns to save the banks (bailing-out). A crazy conspiracy. Officially, next time, it will be bailing-in (part of the banking union charter).

      Spain started the bail-out with a 37% debt to GDP.

      Thus PIIGS and other European debt is mostly consecutive to a plutocratic take-over. Remedy? Tax into extinction persons, physical and moral, who profited from this grandest of all grand thefts.
      PA

  2. Benign Says:

    Here is the problem: the EU has no debt; it is all “farmed out” to the countries, and they have plenty–but the EU implicitly backstops it (and is willing to overthrow democratically elected governments to get their austerity-obsessed way). In the US there is only one sovereign (who can print money and bail financiers out); the states actually have to balance their budgets at some point or no one will lend them money. Moreover, the European banks who hold a lot of the Euro sovereign debt are *highly* leveraged, far more than the American banks. So until the EU starts issuing EU sovereign debt, the problem remains. The EU is still fundamentally flawed and will crash unless fixed.

    I am just as concerned about the plutocratic takeover of the planet as our moderator, and just as desirous of social justice, but these are the facts, and why Europe’s problems are yet to reach fruition.

    We will either enter a new Dark Age or liberte egalite fraternite will sweep the world. The next twenty years will tell. I hope to see the end of it.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      European banks more leveraged that USA banks? That’s hard to believe. Last I heard, they USA banks were at 3% capital reserves. In Switzerland, a law passed by We The People requires 20% capital.
      Moreover, some giant European banks are actually nationalized (Royal Bank Scotland, Hypo Real Estate).

      In a way, the situation is inverted: many USA states can’t have debt, by law.

      It’s not that the “EU is still fundamentally flawed and will crash unless fixed”. It’s just the fact one can’t have a monetary union without a banking union.

      The USA way to massively (8 trillion) use public money making to re-capitalize the banks has led to an increase of plutocracy.
      In Europe, Draghi went above his mandate, and gave a trillion.

      In any case that “Quantitative Easing” Krugman is so enamored with has directly led to more plutocracy. Yet Krugman wants even more of it. The fish is rotting by the head.

      I agree that things are coming to a head, a rotting head.
      PA

  3. Andrej Dekleva Says:

    Benign, you just can’t restrain yourself from magical clairvoyance… What is for sure is that next twenty years will sweep the world, but it won’t change anything -and it won’t decisde the course of history as it is always evolving and there is no point of departure of arrival, but a mess on a mission. There is no end to it, breathe…

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Andrej:
      This site is full of people with clairvoyance, starting with your truly. Personally I used to do deep diving, before it became popular. Did hold my breath more than 5 minutes some times. Not breathing is sometimes best to go on… 😉

      No end to it, indeed, hopefully.
      There is a competition between exhaustion of resources, and advancing tech.
      In maximally fascist plutocratic theocratic Rome, that competition did not happen, and most of the population disappeared.

      Yet a lesson, all over, even very recently: look at Ukraine! is that civil society and civilization are just a varnish. At their peaks, recent atrocities in the Balkans were not distinguishable from the worst of WWII. (Some Kosovars are on trial in La Hague for war crimes, BTW… It’s not just Serbs and Croats).

      And indeed what happened to Rome, starting with Augustus, was a take-over by the spirit of plutocracy unchained, and Antique Rome could not get off.

      There was a Isaac Asimov aspect to it: the Franks were the new foundation, discreetly empowered by Roman strategists, starting with Constantine himself (!) That’s an inconceivable level of psycho-history, and some will say I am being silly.

      However, Constantine and his successors in the following nearly two centuries may not have had a mathematical plan down, but it’s quasi certain that many Roman generals having a drink thought that the Franks could re-launch a sort of Roman republic, and that generations before the some of the official top Roman generals were themselves Franks.

      And many Roman generals did their best to implement that plan, conscious or not, explicit or not. It certainly became explicit in the year 400 CE, when the Franks were put in total control of the Germania Inferior and Superior Limes.
      PA

  4. Chris Snuggs Says:

    PA: “The European Union is actually an evolutionary mechanism to unify the continent, driven by Germany and France.”

    Chris Snuggs: It is a quasi-fascist project to create a European empire WITH NO POPULAR MANDATE WHATSOEVER. It is a BETRAYAL of the European peoples.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Ave, Chris! I had been missing you! Seems like your friends in the Netherlands bit the dust. Wilderst back to the wilds, it’s open season on him! The Netherlands Independence Party finished like fourth… Apparently UKIP is less popular in London (only 7%). A party hack explained that was because people in London read and know too much…

      Many are deeply ignorant of how Europe “works”. Left to themselves, European countries go to war…

      You should learn that the British actually gave a certain Cameron a mandate. It was Thatcher, with also an electoral mandate, who voted IN the SINGLE EUROPEAN ACT. As I explained in “Empire of Justice”, you can’t have justice without an empire. That’s actually how the USA works: when the police stops you there, if you don’t put your hands on the wheel, they have a mandate to shoot you for resisting arrest (or so I was told by a belligerent police officer).

      Europe is also a question of which civilization you want: All-American… Or with a European alternative.
      PA

  5. Dominique Deux Says:

    Don’t hold your breath about a Schulz presidency of the EC.

    Judging from what is happening in France, on one side not a ballot will be missing on Juncker’s behalf, while on the other side, Schulz has been targeted by an assortment of political thugs who claim they hate Barroso’s UE, yet do everything they can to ensure it goes on unimpeded.

    I fear this is going to happen. And this will be no freak incident. It will be the outcome of a plan.

    Like in 2005 when the rejection of the Constitutional Treaty was greeted in the City with whoops and bubbly. And with an incredibly cynical celebration by The Economist.

    http://www.economist.com/node/4033035

    If other countries react differently Schulz may yet make it. In that case he’ll have a special place for France in his heart.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      “Schulz has been targeted by an assortment of political thugs who claim they hate Barroso’s UE, yet do everything they can to ensure it goes on unimpeded.”

      I have no idea what this is alluding to. Dominique, are you saying elections are rigged in France? Not content with selling carriers to Putin, we now imitate his ways?

      Call me naïve, but I was feeling Schultz would make it (in spite of Merkel’s opposition). Juncker is clearly tied in to organized crime (plutocracy) claiming it is not what it is.

      Seeing Schultz and the French PM in Barcelona was heart lifting.
      PA

      • Dominique Deux Says:

        No need to rig the process. It was amply sufficient to create more than one hundred so-called “progressive” lists, MEANT to grab votes from Schulz. And to arrange for their high media visibility.

        If you don’t fear being bored to death by relentless anti-Euro and anti-Schulz rants, you could have a look at the forums a newspaper is maintaining.

        http://www.liberation.fr/politiques/2014/05/24/europeennes-que-retenir-de-la-campagne_1024321

        You’re not seeing many posts by me because they get deleted.

        And “Libération” is supposed to be on the left.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          You get deleted too? Even you? Wow. Some sites, such as the famous Huff-whatever or Yahoo (I have not been tender with bombshell CEO Mayer) practice silent censorship: no explanation, just posts never appear. Anyway, we will see. I hope Schultz will go through, because getting Juncker would just be too big as step backwards.

          In the USSA, what we have are racist bluster against France. It has real consequences for people who are not afraid of hiding and perverting their French/African culture in the USA.

          There again, a silent blockade is a method, but not the only one (violent rants in person, out of the blue, also happen).
          PA

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          “Supposed to be”: I never saw a difference between Liberation and Le Figaro.

          Also many claim to be on the left, but the only thing that truly matters if whether they have achieved Marine Le Pen’s understanding of money creation. Yeap. We’ve sunk that low. Weirdly only Melanchon, Le Pen and some new cuties on the “”””far””” left seems to have achieved elements of understanding of finance.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      BTW, the referendum was another stupid idea of Chirac. Chirac never struck me as very pro-Europe.
      I’m for referenda, as in Switzerland, but holding one every 20 years calls for rejection.

      This is the first, very interesting part of that “Charlemagne” editorial of The Economist:

      Jun 2nd 2005 | From the print edition
      Charlemagne
      The triumph of perfidious Albion
      How Britain unexpectedly emerged victorious from votes on the EU constitution

      IT IS perhaps tactless to point it out, but France’s rejection of the European Union constitution is, in lots of ways, a triumph for Britain. For at least 50 years, the British have had two main goals in Europe. The first was to blunt the drive towards European political union; the second, to prevent Franco-German domination of European politics. With the death of the constitution both goals have been achieved at once. Michel Barnier, who was expected to lose his job as French foreign minister after the referendum, commented gloomily that “this is the first time in 50 years that the French and Germans have diverged in Europe on a fundamental issue. Without this constitution, Europe is broken down politically.” When Jack Straw, the British foreign secretary, claimed to be saddened by the French vote, you could almost hear his officials popping champagne corks behind him.

      Success is all the sweeter because the European issue has bedevilled Britain for so long. The difficulty was that the two goals, avoiding entanglement in a political union and preventing a Franco-German partnership from dominating Europe, have so often conflicted. Britain at first stayed out of the European Economic Community, because it seemed an unacceptable infringement of national sovereignty. But as the economy suffered and British influence waned, a new strategy was adopted: join the club, but try to focus it on economics and block any more moves towards European federation. It was a tricky game to play. Many British Eurosceptics, including, latterly, Margaret Thatcher, feared that, in the name of preserving British influence, the country was being gradually drawn into a political union.

  6. Benign Says:

    @Andrej – ah, you are lurking there, trying to find a weakness (thank you Patrice for spring to my defense).

    However, I will add detail. I subscribe to a view of the Anglo-American historical cycle laid out in a prophetic book from the 1990s called “The Fourth Turning,” which (in brief) stipulates an 80-year saeculum to our history with major Crisis every fourth “turning,” the sequence being approximately 1700, 1780, 1860, 1940, 2020 (?) …

    Also see the work of physicists Sornette and Johansen on their version of “the singularity,” not the one where the robots take over, but where we reach the finite time singularity at the “end of the growth” era due to faster than exponential growth. See http://www.er.ethz.ch/publications/complex_systems/ENDofGROWTHeraESSAY3.pdf

    IMHO and that of these physicists, we are fast approaching the greatest “climacteric” in human history, the fabled mother of all crises. One can only hope that there will (somehow) be a leveling of wealth that occurs endogenously during it.

    cheers
    benign

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Indeed. Most people know too little physics to have a feeling about inertia. The forces in presence are starting to move civilization where it can’t be, and that will only accelerate.

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