Wednesday, 8 May 2013

EU Austerity kills!

EU Austerity kills! Peoples Movement chair, former MEP Patricia McKenna, says:
The Government is understandably hesitant about marking Europe Dayon 9th May with any great fanfare.
Two of the central assertions of the Europeanismthat the day is supposed to honour the EU as a peace projectand that small states by poolingsovereignty increase their influence over larger ones and in the world stand exposed as ideological cover for political and economic interests that have been the engine of EU integration.
There has always been a neo-imperial dimension to the EU integration project.
The establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951 was to facilitate German rearmament at the start of the cold war. In December the EU will discuss further militarisation. German chancellor Merkel and other EU leaders have compunction in presenting plans for a European armywithin wider EU integration.
In addition the EU which purported to unite Europe is now dividing its peoples and nations from one another in an unprecedented way.
The doctrine about poolingsovereignty is equally dubious. For EU members, most laws come from Brussels and the reality is that sovereignty pooledis in fact sovereignty surrendered.
Peoples Movement patron Robert Ballagh says:
As people face into years of misery and impoverishment to make the euro-currency work and keep the EU projecton the road, EU President José Manuel Barroso has announced that the unelected EU Commission will set out a range of EU Treaty changes by early next year that will be of such a far reaching nature as to seem like political science fictionand that these changes will be reality in a few years time, sooner than we might think.
The vision of the unelected Eurocrats is that the peoples of the euro-zone countries must completely abandon their national independence and democracy, reversing centuries of democratic and social gains in order to try to save the euro. 

The prospect ahead is one of stagnation as the euro zone prevents peripheral member states like Ireland from dealing with the immense burden of debt which now rests on their governments, private citizens and business firms, imposing instead a continuous assault on living standards and a pro-cyclical austerity regime that is geared to ensuring that creditor banks, investors and governments are compensated to the maximum for their improvident lending during the bubble years.
Europe Dayis part of an elite rather than a democratic project and should be marked as such.’