Do the markets cause the end of Democracy in Europe? If their pressure on elected governments is immense, the answer is most probably…. “Yes!”. There is this interesting article published on New York Times about “Conspiracies, Coups and Currencies“. It coincides more or less with the KTG-article “ Post-Post Modern Coup D’Etat; It’s the Markets, Stupid!”. However there is another question that arises: What if Papandreou was real capable of solving the crisis with more clever maneuvers?
“But for the inhabitants of Italy and Greece, who have just watched democratically elected governments toppled by pressure from financiers, European Union bureaucrats and foreign heads of state, it evokes the cold reality of 21st-century politics. Democracy may be nice in theory, but in a time of crisis it’s the technocrats who really get to call the shots. National sovereignty is a pretty concept, but the survival of the European common currency comes first.
There were few tears in Italy and Greece for Silvio Berlusconi and George Papandreou, the prime ministers — respectively corrupt and hapless — whose downfalls were engineered by the Brussels-Berlin-Paris axis. But their forced departures, however welcome, open a troubling window on what a true European state would look like. Stability would be achieved at the expense of democracy: the rituals of parliaments and elections would endure, but the real decision-making power would pass permanently to the forces represented by the so-called “Frankfurt Group” — an ad hoc inner circle consisting of Germany’s Angela Merkel, France’s Nicolas Sarkozy and a cluster of bankers and E.U. functionaries, which has been spearheaded European crisis management since October.”
Read Full NYT Article Here
PS What a pity that the Frankfurt School of social theory (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas) turned into a simple Frankfurt Group of technocrats and conservative politicians. Why do the European intellectuals remain silent to these trailblazing developments?