European Procrastination

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When Herbert Henry Asquith was prime minister of the UK a hundred years ago, the public loved him, but they did not really know what he wanted.

“Wait and see,” he said. 

Similarly, Angela Merkel is also a duchess of procrastination, she studies another person's policy, the puts it down again, no one knowing or understanding what her real intentions are.

In reality, the Asquith method is shit. What has recently become a European disaster is the proof in the pudding.

Back in his day, Asquith's procrastination kept Ireland waiting 40 years for home rule, in this time Ireland experienced civil war, division and great bloodshed for another 50.

Merkel and Wolfgang Schäuble, have been postponing the rescue of Greece for years, and now, it has finally been agreed, it is with ridiculously unfulfillable conditions.

A memo from the IMF was leaked last week and it detailed that the demands made by the EU to Greece would only make the debt crisis worse. They went ahead anyway! 

However, this is in fact the second example of Europe's limitations.

Cast your mind back to the bloody war in Yugoslavia in the 90s. Even with it's many European armies, the end of this war was down to NATO and the US finally sending warplanes to fight against the Bosnian Serbs.

That was the first example of Europe unable to make clear and prompt decisions. To lead an army and indeed a country / zone, the ability to make rapid, functional decisions is necessary.

In its current incarnation, the EU will always depend on the US for protection. 

Now, with the Greek crisis, it is again proven that the European Union cannot deal with a major emergency. Once again, the US/IMF are getting ready to clear up the mess that the EU and eurozone has created. 

There are many reasons behind this disaster. The design of the eurozone, Germany's tunnel vision, but of course the main reason is the continuing grasp of neoliberal beliefs and it's control over European leaders and bankers trying to solve deficits by reducing living standards and privatising public services. This fear of socialism has driven several eurozone governments (not only Germany) to try to halt Syriza and we are sure to see the same with Podemos in Spain.

The union can survive, not as a super state, but as a confederation of nations. Nations which buy and increase their authority by contributing to the fund. The euro currency can live on, but only if it is within a group of similar economies and a single tax system.

The EU and it's member nations must be led with assertiveness, tolerance, culture and shared prosperity. Each state working together to ensure the best for their own people and a collective best.

It's clear that capitalism and market idolatry are not what the EU needs, this coupled with indecisiveness is a recipe for more pain, hardship and disaster. 

 

Daniel Dixon