A bit of a swirling day of turmoil in the EU. But some things have stuck in memory. From yesterday:
Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, … earlier called for the elected Syriza government to be replaced by “technocrat” rule until stability is restored.
It speaks volumes about the attitude of the imperial EU aristocracy to democracy that they can openly call for governments to be overthrown. The same message comes from this today:
Greece’s referendum was not “legally correct”, the European Commission has declared.
i.e. we don’t care what the Greek people may or may not want. They’re irrelevant.
The message that people are going to take away from all this is that the EU aristocracy is completely indifferent to what ordinary people may think. And not just in Greece, but everywhere else too.
It’s all top down control. And top down control not just of the peoples of the EU, but of all its governments as well. There can be no negotiation. Everyone must do exactly what they’re told. And if they don’t, they’ll be bankrupted, and ousted from government.
Tsipras has thrown Varoufakis under a bus, as a sop to EU aristocrats who didn’t like his lectures, because he still seems to think he can get a deal. But all the EU leaders want to do is throw him under a bus too. And maybe they’ll succeed.
At this rate, I’m beginning to think that UK public support for remaining in the EU is going to collapse. Seriously, who wants to remain in this dystopic union? And not just in the UK.
But maybe what ordinary people on the street think simply doesn’t matter.
Beyond that, EU leaders are all increasingly looking like a bunch of political midgets, who somehow managed to get elected to offices they’re too small-minded to fit, and now meander from crisis to crisis.
Best thing would be to revert to the older, looser EEC. That actually seemed to work pretty well. But reversion would mean abandoning the imperial EU dream of “ever closer union”. And the aristos don’t want to abandon dream.