Complete codswallop Garton Ash, total tripe

The EU as a whole is the most reluctant empire in European history,

Nonsense.

The entire thing has been planned. By technocrats, to be run by technocrats.

And what we\’re seeing is analagous to that socialist calculation problem. The world is simply too complex to be run by technocrats. Which is why the system is as fucked as it is.

Why are we in this downward spiral of mutual resentment? Because of the basic design flaws of the euro, certainly.

It\’s deeper than that. It\’s a basic design flaw of the EU.

6 thoughts on “Complete codswallop Garton Ash, total tripe”

  1. Surreptitious Evil

    I’d love to see his explanation of why

    The German people were never asked if they wanted to give up the deutschmark

  2. Surreptitious Evil

    (I do keep forgetting the borked comment system 🙁 )

    I’d love to see his explanation of why

    The German people were never asked if they wanted to give up the deutschmark – the answer would have been -no- – and roughly one in three of them now say they would like to return to it. In saying this, they profoundly misunderstand their own national economic interest …

    But, even a Guardian column is too short for so much error.

  3. … In saying this, they profoundly misunderstand their own national economic interest …

    I love the concept of national economic interest.

    German manufacturers benefit from being locked into a cheap – for them – currency
    German consumers lose out by having a cheap currency, relative to how productive they are as workers

    Which one of these is the national interest

  4. > The EU as a whole is the most reluctant empire in European history,

    There they were one day, just trying to run a customs union, when all of a sudden, quite by accident, they had a nascent super state on their hands. The poor loves, my heart bleeds.

    How anyone with a measurable IQ could believe this is beyond me.

  5. They may be nostalgic for West Germany as well as the Deutchmark.

    Last Monday Bavaria and Hesse filed suit to stop the fiscal transfers within Germany. They seem to think that 23 years of bailout is long enough for Berlin and West Pomerania to have learnt to manage their finances prudently.

  6. Utter fantasy – The idea of Jacques Delors as a ‘reluctant Empire builder’ suggests the author has been partaking of too much European Liquor. The only way you could make the argument is that the original conception upon expansion in the early 1970s was one of an economic Union (at least on the part of the three nations coming in) and events have made the decision to go for a Stalinist superstate inevitable – I don’t buy that and I’m sure most people on this blog (Arnald – any chance you can take a moment off flipping those Burgers for a comment?) don’t either.

    As ‘Bloke in France’ (#5) rightly points out, even within countries there are tensions – Taking aside Germany – I think the Northern League in Italy continues to poll 30% plus within certain regions and there are obvious Nationalist tendencies within Spain. The entire project is based on a profound delusion and the Cypriot crisis is the first of many – Don’t be surprised to see the prospect of ‘Finexit’ discussed, nor to see the next small Ezone nation (Tiny Slovenia) be in the crosshairs within 6 months.

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