The European (Economic) Civil War

Why waste a good crisis? Or so the adage would have it. North-western Europe is using the ongoing euro-crisis to wage a ‘civil’ war against the south-east. And the purpose of that civil war is a desperate effort to bolster the fading dominance of the north-west. Having ensured that the old communist bloc of Eastern Europe is an economic basket case, now the target is Greece. After all, the time has come to relegate Greece to its true status as a Balkan country in Eastern Europe. For instance, in 2008 Romania cut all public wages by 25% and is sitting on the same rate of unemployment. In the recent package of ‘austerity measures’, Greece is set to emulate such a wage cut while unemployment has passed that figure. And in the midst of that war, the propaganda war is at full tilt. In north-western European countries, news reporting on crimes always makes a point of commenting if the perpetrator is Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish, Greek …, but no comment is made if the perpetrator is an ethnic Dane, German, Dutch. Spoken as if it were the gospel truth, people observe that Greeks are lazy and have been sponging off the government purse, Italians are corrupt, Poles criminals. The increasing opinion is that Eastern Europeans are not European at all. Meanwhile, back in Greece with its massive strikes and protests, the Germans are portrayed as reborn Nazis out to dominate Europe, the French as imperialists under a new Napoleon, and the craven politicians (including so-called socialists) as lackeys of these supposedly dominant powers. But are the Germans and French really that strong? The Germans for one are in deeper trouble than they make out: aging infrastructure, relying on workers from the east, threadbare public institutions, universities that are running purely on reputation. No wonder they want to take out someone else.


4 thoughts on “The European (Economic) Civil War

  1. As Malcolm X said “The Chickens coming home to roost”.

    “According to the commonly-used international definition of low-wage work i.e earning less than two-thirds of the median hourly wage, about one-fifth of German workers are low-wage compared to one in eight in Greece and one in 12 in Italy . In Germany, the number of full-time workers on low wages rose by 13.5% to 4.3 million between 2005 and 2010, three times faster than other employment. Jobs at German temporary work agencies reached a record high in 2011 of 910,000 — triple the number from 2002 when Berlin started deregulating the temp sector. But no prizes for guessing where this super-exploitation of workers is most prevalent in advanced capitalist economies!”

      1. Citing the ultra-left saboteur responsible for the secular humanist hooliganism that is “China and Socialism: Market Reforms and Class Struggle”? If the principles of sola scriptura are sufficient for understanding contemporary China, why not Germany?

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