22 October 2011

European Economic Government by Nigel Farage

"If you strip people, if you rob people of the most powerful thing they posses in a free society: their ability to vote for and to fire their governments, their ability to be the masters of their on destiny... If you take that from them, all they're left is civil disobedience and violence"
Nigel Farage, UKIP MEP
One of my main interests now regarding current affairs is European politics. A few weeks ago I realised the existence of a very Eurosceptical politician in the European Parliament: Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party and speaker of the "Europe of Freedom and Democracy" group in that parliament.

After watching several videos of his speeches and, despite my overall disagreement, I think he has been very consistent in pointing out an issue that should have our attention. What is the state of democracy nowadays in Greece and other bailed out countries? Can we really talk about democracy when a few people from the IMF, the ECB and the Commission are deciding the policies to follow in Greece and the Greek government is a mere executor? What is left for people's sovereignty?

These questions have, if any, a difficult answer. We know what Farage would support: a step back in Greek integration within the EU based on a return to their own currency and, therefore, to their own fiscal policy. But, without discussing if that is what makes more sense in economical terms, there is another political question. Could a federal EU back this intervention in Greece? Or, in other words, if the EU developed democratic federal institutions, would European sovereignty back this measures in Greece?

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