EU Turmoil

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.


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17 Responses to EU Turmoil

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Top down control just like the EU selected Pope! Its all a grand scheme can we now say is out in the total open and they don’t even try to hide the scam anymore. Its not the first government the EU put in charge either they’ve done it in many countries.

  2. 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.

    It’s a bit more complicated than that, Frank. Yanis Varoufakis’ replacement, Euclid Tsakalotos, is an extraordinarily gifted economist (PPE Oxford followed by PhD in Economics) who has been a member of Syriza for ten years and a Greek MP since 2012. He is the thinker behind Syriza’s economic policies, and actually has even less love for the EU autocrats than Varoufakis. He’s also been attending many of the EU meetings for months in his capacity of Minister for International Economic Affairs, although not in the limelight. Varoufakis is certainly charismatic and popular but can be a bit of a loose cannon. Tsakalotos will surprise you, in a good way, I suspect. He’s being sworn in as Finance Minister this evening.

    Apart from all that, isn’t it just serously cool to have a Finance Minister called Euclid? ;)

  3. waltc says:

    Today’s quote-from one of my must-read columnists, Victor Davis Hanson:

    “Europe and the United States are seeing glimpses of the ultimate leftist trajectory — a mixture of Greece and Detroit, de facto non-enforcement of the law, the Iranian nuke deal, a new McCarthyism, and race, class, and gender hatred — and are becoming afraid and perhaps appalled. A growing number of people sense that 21st century leftist elites are not pragmatic working people, but a privileged sect that callously experiments with other people’s lives on the understanding that they are insulated and immune from the inevitable disasters that follow from their own ideas.

    A great pushback is awakening here and abroad, but its timing, nature, and future remain mysterious.”

  4. c777 says:

    Whatever happens the EU is doomed by its own inefficiency, recession?
    We haven’t seen anything yet try depression.
    Now if theres one thing that is guaranteed to topple any regime its economics.
    And the EU does it very badly.
    All over Europe nationalist politics is in the ascendancy, AfD UKIP PFF FN and others.
    The Eurofanatics are heading for a fall, its now just a matter of when.

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      We just hope that the ECB has done its math right and what it believes will be the contained demolition of Greece does not spiral out into an out of control tumble of dominoes, because not even a hollow “whatever it takes” threat from Draghi would offset that, especially if and when the deposit run moves from Greece to Italy, Spain and the rest of the Europe.

  5. Rose says:

    Same old stuff

    WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic
    7 July 2015

    “Raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to reduce consumption of products that kill, while also generating substantial revenue,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.”

    Strategic Thinking on State Tobacco Tax Increases
    RWJF 2006

    “For the most part, this unprecedented success can be attributed to state fiscal crises resulting from the downturn in the national economy.
    State policymakers were desperate to find new revenues to plug growing deficits in state budgets.
    In many states, public health advocates were ready and able to partner with policymakers in
    developing tobacco tax strategies that advanced public health goals and filled budget holes.”

    “This document is designed to assist public health advocates in recognizing and weighing the strategic decisions that must be made before beginning a campaign to increase tobacco taxes at the state level.”

    “After answering the questions above and examining polling data,choose the highest increase that is politically viable”

    “From a strictly economic standpoint, tobacco taxes fall under this definition because the same amount of tax is charged to all individuals regardless of income.
    This means the tax is a greater percentage of the income of low-income persons than those with more income.

    Critics charge that regressive taxes are easiest to raise because they place the heaviest burden on those without a political voice”

    • nisakiman says:

      Which, Rose, leads inexorably to:

      WHO ‘unfit for health emergencies’

      The Ebola crisis proves the World Health Organization (WHO) lacks the “capacity and culture” to deal with global health emergencies, says a damning independent report, commissioned by the WHO itself.

      Of course, if they weren’t obsessed with persecuting law-abiding citizens who enjoy tobacco, perhaps they would have time to address the problems they are meant to address.

      • beobrigitte says:

        I was going to ask if it is the same WHO which only quietly mentions that the Ebola death toll exceeds 10 000 now…

        Officials in Sierra Leone fear that complacency over the waning of the outbreak led to a resurgence of infections. And in Guinea, where the outbreak began, new infections continue to be reported, according to the WHO.

        Nothing about it in the BBC, I’m afraid. Perhaps Mrs. Chan is just too busy with tobacco control’s fictional tobacco deaths? More Crimea champagne and red caviar, Mrs. Chan?

      • Rose says:

        WHO Chief: Ebola Is Important, But So Is Tobacco-Control
        October 14, 2014

        “The head of the World Health Organization took time out from the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak Monday to attend a convention in Russia on tobacco control, and said that as important as Ebola was, so too was the anti-tobacco campaign.”

        She defended her presence at the five-day conference of signatories to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – where officials are pushing for ramped-up taxation on cigarettes – at a time when Ebola fears were spreading.”

        “In her speech which Smith then read out, Chan said that in her long career which included dealing with the SARS, H5N1 (avian flu) and H1N1 (swine flu) outbreaks,”

        The pandemic that never was: Drug firms ‘encouraged world health body to exaggerate swine flu threat’
        4 June 2010

        “Declaring a swine flu pandemic was a ‘monumental error’, driven by profit-hungry drug companies spreading fear, an influential report has concluded.
        It led to huge amounts of taxpayers’ money being wasted in stockpiling vaccines, it added.
        Paul Flynn, the Labour MP charged with investigating the handling of the swine flu outbreak for the Council of Europe, described it as ‘a pandemic that never really was’.

        The report accuses the World Health Organisation of grave shortcomings in the transparency of the process that led to its warning last year.
        The MP said that the world relied on the WHO, but after ‘crying wolf’, its reputation was in jeopardy.

  6. beobrigitte says:

    Greece’s referendum was not “legally correct”, the European Commission has declared.

    Which bit was not ‘legally correct’? The outcome?

    I have lost track of this whole thing……

  7. Rose says:

    Apparently, it’s not the same old stuff.

    WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic
    7 July 2015

    “The main findings of the report, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies…”

  8. jltrader says:

    The hair of mummies from the town of San Pedro de Atacama (SPA) in Chile, shown here, reveals the people in the region had a nicotine habit spanning from at least 100 B.C. to A.D. 1450. Additionally, nicotine consumption occurred on a society-wide basis, irrespective of social status and wealth, researchers say.

    • Rose says:

      It would be very odd if they didn’t show traces of nicotine, various tobacco plants were used as medicine, for religious purposes and as an everyday habit in the South of the Americas, slowly worked it’s way North and thence to the rest of the World.

      It was in the food they ate too.

      “The family has a worldwide distribution, being present on all continents except Antarctica. The greatest diversity in species is found in South America and Central America.

      The Solanaceae include a number of commonly collected or cultivated species. The most economically important genus of the family is Solanum, which contains the potato (S. tuberosum, in fact, another common name of the family is the “potato family”), the tomato (S. lycopersicum), and the eggplant or aubergine (S. melongena). Another important genus, Capsicum, produces both chili peppers and bell peppers.

      The genus Physalis produces the so-called groundcherries, as well as the tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), the Cape gooseberry and the Chinese lantern. The genus Lycium contains the boxthorns and the wolfberry Lycium barbarum. Nicotiana contains, among other species, tobacco. Some other important members of Solanaceae include a number of ornamental plants such as Petunia, Browallia, and Lycianthes, the source of psychoactive alkaloids, Datura, Mandragora (mandrake), and Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade). Certain species are widely known for their medicinal uses, their psychotropic effects, or for being poisonous.

      Most of the economically important genera are contained in the subfamily Solanoideae, with the exceptions of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum, Nicotianoideae) and petunia (Petunia x hybrida, Petunioideae)”

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