While the European push for centralization has only in recent years met with sporadic but easily-suppressed democratic pushback, there is now real resistance forming in the only major functional Eurozone economy, Germany.
It seems that in Germany an undeniable reality- that large-scale centralization creates unknowable and unmanageable risks. A new party is forming this spring, intent on abandoning European efforts to prop up the common currency. And its founders are a collection of some of the country's top economists and academics.
Named Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany), the group has a clear goal: "the dissolution of the euro in favor of national currencies or smaller currency unions." The party also demands an end to aid payments and the dismantling of the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund.
and can only lead to systemic paralysis and rule by technocracy - is finally hitting home.
The groups website declares:
Wow, what a bunch of racist, flat-earth, anti-semetic, misanthropic, conspiracy nuts."The will of the people regarding (decisions relating to the euro) is never queried and is not represented in parliament. The government is depriving voters of a voice through disinformation, is pressuring constitutional organs, like parliament and the Constitutional Court, and is making far-reaching decisions in committees that have no democratic legitimacy."
It is obviously the work of narrow-minded little-Germaners and extremists who have never been part of mainstream society:
Isn't it becoming more and more obvious just how dysfunctional and aloof this crazy Union has become? It is a welcome development to see that democracy is finally emerging in a civil society that has been thus far firmly under the thumb of the pro-Brussels fifth columnists in the mainstream parties. This whole silly project has only come this far because of the absence of democratic debate and the abuse of the incumbency of the main parties, and the results have been nothing but the horrifying decline of a once great continent. It is a beautiful thing to see resistance forming- perhaps now we can begin to take back our continent and our economy, and return the union to a smaller, more democratic, more sustainable, more easily managed, and more robust form.The most notable name on the list is Hans-Olaf Henkel, the former president of the Federation of German Industries, but it also includes such economists as Joachim Starbatty and Wilhelm Hankel, who were part of the group that challenged Greek bailout aid at Germany's Constitutional Court.
Main initiator Bernd Lucke, a professor of macro-economics from Hamburg, was a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats for 33 years before leaving the party in 2011 as a result of euro bailout efforts. "The current, so-called rescue policies are exclusively focused on short-term interests, primarily those of the banks," Lucke told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung this week.
So now we must ask ourselves if the democratic resistance to the EU usurpation project grows, what is the best possible alternative Europe we can hope for?