Italy’s crisis and the crisis of democracy in Europe
unelected pro EU President has just set a democratic election aside
by preventing anti-EU parties forming a government
analysing what has just happened in Italy and discussing its likely
consequences, it is necessary to say something about the fact of what
has just happened.
the European Union collapses as a result of this crisis this will be
the moment when that collapse begins. The European Union is
supposed to be a union of democracies yet faced by the greatest
crisis in its history its response is to impose its decisions by
arranging the removal of the government that is supposed to be
accountable to the people affected by those decisions whilst denying
those same people a say. Moreover it seems that Greece is
only the start. Steps are apparently already underway to
engineer through the Italian Presidency the overthrow of the
democratically elected government of Italy so that it can be replaced
with a new government that is more amenable to the wishes of the
French and German governments and to those of the central European
in a democracy to deny the people the right to a say in the way
they are governed amounts to a coup d’etat. This is so
regardless of whether this coup is carried out legally or not.
The political crisis in Germany in the early 1930s was precipitated
by the perfectly legal and constitutional step of forming
technocratic governments that had not been elected and which
were not accountable to the German parliament the Reichstag,
which sought to use Presidential powers to impose by decree
austerity measures the German people had not voted for.
The result was a crisis of legitimacy that ended in
do not think that this time things will go this far but no
one should be under any illusions about the momentous nature of the
events that are now starting to unfold. Europe is on the brink
and its crisis has just stopped being only economic.
don’t think it’s a constitutional crisis in Italy, I think it’s
a constitutional crisis in the whole of Europe. We’ve seen
now systematically how members of the European elite, of which
President Mattarella is an excellent example, use every method they
can to prevent parties wielding power if that power is to be wielded
against the euro or against the European Union.
of analysing and responding to what is happening the European
establishment across Europe is retreating into denial.
the parties and leaders who are increasingly winning votes are
dismissed as “populists” – a label which is both meaningless
and deeply anti-democratic –
their voters are dismissed as ‘ultra-right’ and racist, and their
electoral successes are explained by sinister Russian meddling which
to occur but
of which no
evidence is ever found…..
as its denialism about its repeated electoral defeats might lead one
to expect, the establishment in Europe instead of changing its
approach is simply digging in.
we have seen the manipulation of the French electoral process in
order to engineer the election of Emmanuel Macron in France, the
cobbling together of the ‘grand coalition’ in Germany, the
threats against Poland and Hungary, and the increasingly frantic
attempts in Britain to reverse or water down the Brexit vote.
as everywhere else in Europe, the political system in Italy looks
increasingly discredited and broken, but no viable alternative exists
to put in its place.
Gramsci once said
crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and
the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid
the current political paralysis – what the Greeks called statis –
“standing still” – the chaotic electoral result in Italy is
just one more of the “great variety of morbid symptoms” which are
bound to appear.
Italy - The Beginning of the End of the European Union - by Debs is Dead
by Debs is Dead
29 May, 2018
The news out of Italy over the last two days has the potential to completely change the game as it could end in the destruction of the EU.
The original Euro Community was an admirable ideal as it emphasised the rights of all citizens of member states, guaranteeing them a range of protections from unjust and stupid demagogues. Unfortunately the neolib corporatist globalists took over the machinery and turned it over to a gang of cold-hearted technocrats who used the once estimable governance structure to enforce a draconian monetarist policy. - see Greece.
Now Italy has finally jacked up and the EU, mimicking Amerikan methods that have wreaked so much havoc upon the world (see the 1975 dismissal of the elected Australian Labour Government by the englander queen), the EU has bribed, blackmailed or extorted the Italian president Mattarella, into destroying Italy's newly elected government just because he suspects this government sees Italy's future outside the Franco-German dominated Eurozone (Germany bludgeons with money, France has the military power). Italy's prez just like Australia's Governor-General is alleged by the PTB to be apolitical then when the ordure hits the ventilator citizens discover that the loudmouths weren't nutter conspiracy theorists, they had been speaking the truth.
The new government is a strange marriage of left and right which perplexes neolibs but makes sense to voters who aren't over the moon about the innate racism of the rightists or the old school leftists regard for centralisation, but who consider that the extreme tendencies will be cancelled out with the new government unifying around their shared belief in the primacy of the Italian people. Mattarella has completely ignored the election result and is trying to install an IMF technocrat as the leader of an unelected government. Even that worthless neolib whore england's grauniad sees Matarella's move as problematic:
Privately, some analysts who were supportive of Mattarella said it was far from clear whether he had made the right moves and whether his actions would inflame populist sentiment at a fragile moment in Italian history.
It pays to remember that unlike Greece who had suffered the effect of being oppressed and robbed by the Amerikan installed fascist military junta for 40 years, a junta which simply took control of the pre-1945 German Nazi machinery, Italy has been somewhat luckier. Although Amerika used the likes of heroin pushers/pimps Meyer Lansky and Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano to install a mafia government, Italians successfully used their system, which was freer than Greece's to push back The Italian economy is number 3 after Germany and France in the EU. The EU needs Italy.
Remember when the same stunt was attempted in Greece, the people chucked out the cold hearted arsehole at first opportunity (even though they reckoned without the spineless puppet Tsipras (of course the Italians have checked out their nominees thoroughly to ensure there should be no repetition), but the Italian constitution which Mattarella has so shamelessly used and perverted to pull his stroke, will bring his strategy undone.
That same constitution gives parliament the power to veto the President's pick, which it almost certainly will do, meaning there will be an immediate new election, one where a majority of Italians appalled by their Presidents tyranny will swing behind M5S and the Northern League with a vengeance and the odds of Italy staying in an unreformed EU must be considered to be extremely slim.
The real question is will Merkel and Macron have the good sense, will and political control to recognise that the jig is up and it is long past time to make the remote Brussels EU mechanism far more responsive to the wants and needs of its members' citizens?
Such a move would almost certainly take the momentum out of the little englander's Brexit as while it wouldn't do a thing for that dying out breed of "Let's put the 'Great' back into Great Britain" mob, it would slice off the somewhat conflicted humanist base who are torn between a desire to be a part of Europe and the need to GTFO of such a crudely undemocratic mess that is the EU in 2018.
I reckon that although Merkel has the balls to force a change she now lacks the political power and though Macron may be able to convince his neolib cronies, every one of whom owes his/her gig to Macron's corrupt deceit skills, Macron lacks the strength of purpose to make changes and save the EU.
Unfortunately that means that Europe is likely to fall into the millennia old warring factions that finally kippered it from 1914 onwards. Amerika will be happy in the short term, but without a unified Europe to back it up, the Amerikan empire will be buggered pretty quick.
The appointment of a former IMF director as interim PM shows that Italy’s president is "with the bankers," not the people, the head of Euroskeptic Lega Nord has said, exemplifying the widespread anger over the unprecedented move.
“They are with the bankers and the powerful ones. We are with the Italian people," Matteo Salvini, the leader of Lega Nord, wrote on Twitter shortly after President Sergio Mattarella announced his decision to make ex-IMF director Carlo Cottarelli interim prime minister on Monday. The defiant message was accompanied by a photograph showing Mattarella, Cottarelli, former prime minister Matteo Renzi, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Mattarella. Salvini is pictured below, rallying a crowd.
Cottarelli’s appointment comes a day after Mattarella refused to sign off on a new government assembled by Lega and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S). Both parties have criticized the euro and the European Union. After lengthy negotiations, the two parties joined forces to create a collective majority in parliament and form a new government.
Lega and Five Star wasted little time before lashing out at Mattarella’s decision to block the appointment of their choice for economy minister.
“What a terrible day for Italy and for democracy,” Salvini said in a Facebook post on Sunday, following Mattarella’s decision to veto Paolo Savona's nomination for the post of economy minister. Savona has been a vocal critic of the euro, and Mattarella said he could not approve his appointment because it could potentially risk Italy’s exit from the shared European currency. “The government ‘of change’ could not be formed, because the Lords of the Spread and of the banks, ministers in Berlin, Paris and Brussels were against it,” Salvini wrote. He later added on Twitter: “Italy is not a colony, we are neither German nor French slaves. We are not the slaves of the spread or finance.”
His coalition partner and leader of the Five Star Movement, Luigi Di Maio, echoed a similar sentiment, noting that apparently only goose-stepping EU cheerleaders are qualified to serve as minister of economy.
“None of those who in their lives have been critical of the EU or of euro, can be a good fit for Minister of Economy,” Di Maio said in an emotional live stream video on Sunday night.
“This is not free democracy. I have always esteemed President Mattarella, but this choice is simply incomprehensible to me,” he said.
Veneto’s governor and former Minister of Agriculture, Luca Zaia, also slammed Mattarella’s decision to block the new government as “a pretext to stop the wind of change that was identified during the elections.”