There was a big hue and cry from people over a previous article here that suggested that Germany was using the EU as a vehicle to promote Germany hegemony, and that Brussels itself is merely a fig-leaf masking the unilateral nature of German control within europe. It seems like it hit a nerve because this blog was promptly attacked and the article deleted from within the content management system. So…
To those who are having a little trouble coping with reality, today we present a strong dose from the little island that told its banking system it wouldn’t sacrifice its own nation for its financial sector: Iceland.
Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmindur Gunnlaugsson, has come out and told a truth which everyone else seems to have a little trouble digesting, by saying that Germany is beginning to rule the EU unilaterally.
“When it comes to the big stuff, the decisions are made by two, and increasingly one, country,” he said.
This , of course, has some rather serious repercussions for the U.K. electorate voting on a British exit from the EU in about 100 days: an understanding that remaining in the EU is really the final surrender of sovereignty to Berlin… and not devolvement to a ‘voice’ in the shadow puppet-theatre called, Brussels.
“Others are called to meetings to approve of what has been decided… this seems to have become the standard way of doing things in Brussels.” Gunnlaugsson said. It should come as little surprise that Iceland has now completely withdrawn its application for membership in the EU. Gunnlaugsson says that it would be pointless for Iceland to join, as it would have no power at all. Outside the EU, some decision making can still be retained. The conclusion is pretty clear: If you want to retain an influence in your own future, stay out of the EU.
So, for those who believe that the UK staying in the EU means the British voice will be heard, and influence can be exacted, we present you with the new reality of German hegemony: total control. If you think Britain has a limited influence in Brussels now, just wait until after any so-called referendum. Britain will soon have none, and orders will be issued from Berlin; orders which serve Germany, and, as the situation in Greece shows, have no consideration for other ‘member’ (vassal) states.
One of the foundational points of the article, was that Germany is actually creating the new Reich. This was taken as fantasy. But it shouldn’t be. Such down to earth commentators as Jim Rickards himself have noticed the same thing, and called it the same thing. Historical precedent is scaring the politically correct into silence about speaking re: ‘certain’ things… uncomfortable things… things that demand ‘safe spaces’ to be protected from. Honestly, if you can’t see why political correctness is being pushed and what it was supposed to do by now, well, frankly, you are blind.
The truth is that Berlin is calling all the important shots in the EU. With Berlin controlling Brussels, the Reich is established. But that doesn’t imply ultimate success. In fact, the EU has done very little on the ground to create ‘ever closer union’ with member states in the past year. Schengen’s implosion is proof that there appears to be limits. The attempt by Germany to dictate who will take how many refugees shows how out of step Germany is with the rest of the EU, and how they think they can dictate all terms without political repercussion.
If collapse within the EU does come, the collapse will come from the inside, and not from outside attack. Germany has cornered its own political landscape into a series of impossible choices. The coming dust-up over the expense of a German-inspired refugee crisis is going to set up a battle royale for the distribution of public monies at a time of extreme financial stress. No lowering of interest rates into negative territory for an indeterminate period of time is going to stop this collapse either.The central banks are out of monetary ammo. Increasingly, German political hegemony is running out of ammo too. The continuing rebellion against that hegemony will persist, regardless of any referendum result.