Pan Drakopoulos: To give back Europe to the Europeans (part 2)
To give back Europe to the Europeans (part 2)
5. The euro and its minefield
Let’s see the scenery before us clearly. After a 60 years course towards union, 200.000 pages of legislation, innumerable agreements and immense number of sessions, and whilst President Van Rombuy is about to inaugurate the new majestic building in Brussels under the name Europa , we are drawing near the point to see that we are building up a Europe when Europeans are removed from or even turned out of it.
The European leaders does not seem to conceive that neither Commission nor Eurogroup nor buildings define what Europe is, where it goes and whenever, if ever, will reach where it goes. The Europeans themselves are the ones, who already answer rejecting the without impulse and vigor politicians. It’s doubtful whether in the Europarliament elections of 2014 the 30% of citizens will cast their vote, despite the propaganda whose cost not a small amount… That alienation of citizens from what should be their Parliament, the body of their community, it is politicians’ work, and it is their own achievement.
Which is the Europe of the so called qualified? Each one of economists or politicians proceeds to statements and explains who should go out, and how exactly should move the ones who remain. Every one from these specialists forget that Europeans did not through centuries create a civilization to surrender it to the qualified ones. And those who founded Europe through the flames of war, did not make it to serve the funds. The European peoples and the Founding Fathers of European Union struggled for the values of this civilization — within which the right of Europe’s fate to be defined by financial circles and counselors of funds is not included.
There is undoubtedly an economic crisis, and a crisis is not confronted with santimentalism. We absolutely agree! However, the crisis in Europe is very grave to be left in the hands of the managers –unless it’s about a stature like Monti’s. It’s a crisis that demands a political answer; it’s a crisis that claims the participation of Europeans, of all Europeans.
It’s not necessary for one to be an economist to realize immediately that there are only two ways before him: either the abolition of euro or the abolition of the obstacles to it.
Actually, there are no choices, because there is one thing for sure: the abolition of euro cannot take place without meaning the immediate breaking up of European Union. Let’s not forget that EU is not (not yet we hope) able to have a common defense, it is unable to appoint and defend its boundary, unable to define and defend its geopolitical interests. Moreover, if European Union is also unable to have a unified currency, then what is it able to have? A common football team, perhaps? Whatever discussion so that European Union might remain without euro, presupposes another advisability, and an anti-European at that. That advisability introduces the old British view: Europe to be nothing more than a zone of free trade area, nothing more than a district of tax-free transport of capitals and products. Something that almost all Europeans refuse. A resent research of PEW House showed that majorities of approximately 2/3 of euro zone’s Europeans support euro and want to remain in it – even Greeks who go through so many sacrifices. The support of euro is greater in citizens, of medium or higher education at that.
In reality, then, there is only one solution, one direction: the abolition of obstacles to euro. They are obstacles that will be overcome only if a common fiscal policy, and in succession, a common economic and social policy will be put into practice. The obstacles are derived from national bureaucracies’ refusal to subordinate themselves to the rules of Union. The national bureaucracies have nationalism as their ideology. Consequently, the required thing is a steady and consistent European policy, whose unshakeable target would not be the maintenance of the centrifugal “national domination” but instead the strengthening of European community and European civilization.