Berlusconi: Germany a ‘Hegemonic’ Dictator

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Berlusconi: Germany a ‘Hegemonic’ Dictator

Post by Willease » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:11 pm

October 3, 2012 • From
It’s becoming unmistakably obvious that democracy has ended in Europe.


Germany is “a hegemonic state,” former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said in an interview for Huffington Post’s new Italian website last week. ... K020120925

“With respect to Monti, I would have been less obedient to Germany, a hegemonic state that dictated to the other European countries the rules of rigor and austerity with the pretense that through austerity debt could be cut,” he said.

Then, at a book signing on September 27, Berlusconi called the euro a “big swindle” and accused Germany of showing “hegemony, not solidarity.”

Berlusconi has a colorful past and often talks a lot of nonsense. But he is good at saying what is popular. His statements echo the feelings of many Italians.

Meanwhile, emphasizing Berlusconi’s point, Italy’s current, and unelected, Prime Minister Mario Monti said that he would consider remaining at his post after the next election, scheduled to be held by April next year. Monti had previously said he would stand down at the next election. Just a few days earlier, he had said that “it’s important that the whole political game resumes in Italy.”

Now, he says: “If political forces, under special circumstances, were to ask me to serve the country, I would consider doing it.” This is democracy EU-style—the public gets to vote, but if it votes for the “wrong” thing, Italy will continue to be ruled by an EU-enforced dictatorship. ... VE?id=9347

Writing on the Guardian’s website, Die Welt’s Alan Posener said that he agreed that the EU was under a dictatorship—but not from Germany. ... ing-europe

“Are national budgets now decided in Berlin?” he wrote. “I might have been inclined to agree with Berlusconi before the French presidential election, the European summit of June 28 and Mario Draghi’s announcement that the European Central Bank is ready to buy unlimited amounts of eurozone government bonds.”

Instead, true power is in “the hands of three unelected officials: the bosses of the ecb [European Central Bank], the esm [European Stability Mechanism] and the European Commission,” he wrote.

It is clear that in Europe, power is no longer in the hands of the people. Instead, Germany is competing with unelected officials such as the ecb’s Mario Draghi for control of Europe’s future.