Europe isn’t working

It would be easy to take that sentiment and apply it as an observation of the Euro and the EU in general.  But that isn’t what is meant.  The reference concerns the news that for the first time ever there are more than 25 million people across the 27 member states who are unemployed.

As government has grown, both at EU and national level, and hyperactively sought to increasingly regulate and legislate in ever more spheres of business life it should come as no surprise that the jobless total has risen.  The notion that government has the duty to direct everything for the ‘good of society’ comes at a price and part of the cost is the shocking unemployment and lack of competitiveness.

Rising taxation and ever growing government budgetary needs should be a warning claxon, not as some would have it, a cause for relief that something is being done.  We need smaller government that takes less from us and borrows less and focuses on essential public services.

No doubt some tribal Tories would see that assertion and rush to claim David Cameron is championing that very approach with his theatric threat to veto the EU budget.  Deeds, not words, matter and when it comes to reality the fact is the UK with its claims of deficit busting austerity is actually taxing, borrowing and spending more than Labour did.

All the political elites talk about ‘sustainability’.  But just what is sustainable about the current disturbing approach to managing the economy?  The European approach to governance has failed.  The absence of real democracy, where the people would decide if their servants can spend and borrow money for their pet projects, is the root cause of this collapse.  Until people take back the power grabbed by the political elite and their corporate sponsors this state of affairs will continue.

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14 Responses to “Europe isn’t working”


  1. 1 blackswansblog 09/10/2012 at 7:44 am

    What is the worse aspect of the EU’s current unemployment nightmare is youth unemployment. That is, unemployment among those who are 24 years old & younger – who are looking for work. In both Spain & Greece, this number is not just 25% – instead it’s around 53%! Over half of the young people in these two countries can not find even a basic job to start their careers off with there. Italy & Portugal are not much better. Their youth unemployment rates there are both around 36% – in both their cases, over one third of their young people can not start their careers, however much they might want to. Truly, the euro-zone is Europe’s greatest disaster since WWII.

  2. 2 Furor Teutonicus 09/10/2012 at 8:14 am

    Blackswanblog, considering we are always being told that the “youth numbers” are forever shrinking, then their unemployment is of only minor passing interest.

    MUCH more important is the people 30 and over, who now can not find work, and are left with commitments to pay, that some kiddy bastard (Under 25) can only have vaguly worrying nightmares over.

  3. 3 Furor Teutonicus 09/10/2012 at 8:22 am

    XX Until people take back the power grabbed by the political elite and their corporate sponsors this state of affairs will continue. XX

    And, there is only ONE way that they will be able to do this, and we then get pictures of Russia 1917, Bosnia, Libya, Syria…. Because the public, ie the voter, are TOO imbicilic to vote themselves out of a pissed in bed.

    No matter how much they tut-tut and totaly agree with what you say in your post, when it comes to the ballot box, they will do as they always have done, and vote for whichever party has pronmised them 0,000002% more of an income tax cut than the other party have done.

    OR, “That XYZ party man had a nice coloured tie, I will vote for him.” or the third option they vote for a certain party in a national election, on national issues, because xyz party, who run the local council, once came close to fixing that dodgy paving stone in the shopping precinct.

    The public are an imbicilic shower of cretinous bastards. You will wait for EVER if you wait for “Power to be won back” by using this “democcracy” crap.

  4. 4 blackswansblog 09/10/2012 at 9:55 am

    Wow. ‘Saeva indignatio’ alright! Ok, Furor Teutonicus, your beef in this employment issue is people in allegedly democratic societies wasting their votes at election time. Fair enough

    But my beef is the danger to societies of their young people having little chance of joining as adults into their societies. It’s like islands. If there is no work on an island, most – even all – the young leave for the mainland to work there. Only a few return, often as elderly people to live out their remaining years in the place where they enjoyed their happy youth, ie before life got hard for them – & they had to travel here, there, & everywhere for work. Meanwhile, their island dies!

    And so too will Spain & Greece, & perhaps Italy & Portugal too, if their young people have no career opportunities in their homelands. As I said before, truly the euro-zone is Europe’s greatest disaster since WWII.

  5. 5 james higham 09/10/2012 at 12:30 pm

    No doubt some tribal Tories would see that assertion and rush to claim David Cameron is championing that very approach

    Wow – you really are back with a vengeance, AM. All power to your drinking arm.

  6. 6 donwreford 10/10/2012 at 5:57 am

    Within living memory, the Germans whom were defeated, now decide who gets a slice of the cake.

  7. 7 Furor Teutonicus 10/10/2012 at 9:11 am

    XX Within living memory, the Germans whom were defeated, now decide who gets a slice of the cake.XX

    OUR bloody money, WE decide under what conditions we are willing to “lend” it.

    The answer is simple, no one is shoving a shot gun up their collective fat arses and MAKING them take the money. They don’t want to follow the rules, they don’t have to take OUR money.

  8. 8 Richy 10/10/2012 at 10:23 am

    Somewhere along the line the EU will solve youth unemployment at a stroke by introducing conscription.

    Probably the reason why they are down grading armed forces across the region

  9. 9 donwreford 11/10/2012 at 2:43 am

    As to who owns the Euro is ambiguous, Germany needs to keep the Euro together, as they are finding the Euro profitable, they do not want any one to leave the club, for that reason.
    As you are well aware, the rules are a arbitrary factor as to who makes the rules?
    The arses of the Greeks no doubt are getting fatter owing to unemployment.
    The Greek elite have a lot of cash, there is plenty of money in Greece, but in the hands of the few.
    The World Bank is interested in buying the Greek infrastructure, cheap, we no longer go to war, in terms of the Western Front, or trench warfare, the new conquests are to buy the Land, infrastructure and what ever is going.
    A concern to me is Greece being punished for war crimes against Germany? with reference to WW2.
    The banking system has a problem with socialism, although they back any system as a result of corruption that money is invariable able to buy, or buy the front men.
    Its my view the Greeks, Italians, Spain, Portugal, and possible others should abandon ship.
    The problem with the Germans is echoed in Furor’s Ts, they have a propensity to have a mind that operates as like a machine, what they are good at is machinery, and they suffer from being in a cramped confined environment, that creates to many rules that weigh upon their psyche.

  10. 10 Brian H 11/10/2012 at 7:50 am

    Each new regulation and government initiative has a de facto job cost. Those don’t just cumulate, they congregate and replicate.

    Socialism kills (jobs and people).

  11. 11 Furor Teutonicus 11/10/2012 at 11:08 am

    XX donwreford 11/10/2012 at 2:43 am

    As to who owns the Euro is ambiguous, Germany needs to keep the Euro together, as they are finding the Euro profitable, they do not want any one to leave the club, for that reason. XX

    Bollox! As far as WE are concerned you can shove both the Euro AND the E.U up your arse. What the FDJ Tussi, Merkel, wants to do is NOT what GERMANY wants to do.

    In fact just last week polls showed upwards of 70% of GERMANS would leave the Euro and the E.U YESTERDAY, given the vote on the matter.

    And this is a constant in all such polls. But the shower of commy bastards in the Reichstag would never even DREAM of allowing a DISCUSSION about a referendum, because they know, they would be RIGHT up shit creek.

  12. 12 Autonomous Mind 11/10/2012 at 10:11 pm

    Do you speak for all Germans, Furor?

  13. 13 Furor Teutonicus 11/10/2012 at 10:16 pm

    If you had read my last post you would see;

    XX In fact just last week polls showed upwards of 70% of GERMANS would leave the Euro and the E.U YESTERDAY, given the vote on the matter. XX

    The polls on this new “European rescue fund” or whatever it is called in English shows similar. So no. I only speak for 70 to 80%. Which, unless you work for the BBC is quite a large majority, I would have thought.

    And that is not taken into account the “I am sorry, I appear to be too much of a thick bastard to understand the question so put “Don’t know.” crowd.

  14. 14 Brian H 24/10/2012 at 11:53 am

    Furor;
    You give me hope for Germans. I’d thought they were gung-ho for Green Energiewende.


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