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Interesses vs. União

Posted in notas ao café by JN on Junho 5, 2010

Joep Bertrams

Hans-Jürgen Schlamp, na Der Spiegel, escreve que os verdadeiros responsáveis pela actual crise europeia, financeira e “existencial”, não são os gregos que fogem aos impostos ou os hedge funds; são os líderes políticos da zona euro os que têm a maior fatia de responsabilidade — não tiveram a vontade e/ou a capacidade de estarem à altura dos cargos para que foram eleitos e estão mais interessados em preservar o seu próprio poder e interesses que resolver os problemas da União:

When the financial institutions of the Western capitalist world began to wobble in the autumn of 2008 — with some collapsing and taking others with them — fear swept through the corridors of power. What could be done to stop an economic meltdown? Finance ministers and world leaders gathered at hectically planned crisis summits, where they applied Band-Aids to a severely wounded financial sector using billions of dollars and euros of taxpayers’ money and promised to stabilize the fragile system for all eternity.

More than a year has passed since then, but not much of substance has been done.

When the first states found themselves on the brink of bankruptcy — Latvia, Estonia, Hungary and then Greece — the leaders donated more and more billions of taxpayers’ money and prescribed drastic remedies in the form of stringent austerity measures — including for themselves. “We did what was necessary,” a confident German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at each stage of the crisis. Her colleagues nodded in satisfaction.

At the same time, most of them don’t even have a clue as to whether their activities have been helpful or counterproductive, or if they are even having any effect at all. […]

The fact is, however, that politicians aren’t even thinking about this. The men and women elected to higher office are mainly interested in one thing: getting re-elected and retaining their power. Anything else is secondary. […]



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