The conspiracy of indifference to avoid the debate on the analysis-complaint of Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding: management of the crisis has taken precedence over democracy

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02/17/2014
Maurizio Turco

The conspiracy of indifference to avoid the debate on the analysis-complaint of Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding: management of the crisis has taken precedence over democracy


Over the course of the past years, new powers have been conferred to the European Institutions to avoid the future re-occurrence of an economic crisis as the one we are overcoming. In a certain sense the management of the crisis has taken precedence over democracy, but it is now time to re-establish the equilibrium.” And thus "I want the United States of Europe, (...) where important economic reforms are discussed in public, within a democratically elected European Parliament, instead of decisions taken behind closed doors by Troikas or financial experts.”(1). These are the words of Vice-President of the European Commission Viviane Reding, published in the newspaper “La Repubblica” on January 16th.

Given the seriousness of the analysis - the complaint that the management of the crisis has taken precedence over democracy - one would have expected an outcry from both those who have shared the choices made and those who opposed them. Instead, the silence has been deafening.

And yet it is clear that in order to prevent an economic crisis like the present one, necessitates the management, the maintenance, the conquest and the affirmation of new democratic spaces. For example, citing the same Viviane Reding “As in the U.S., we will need a two-chamber system for the United States of Europe. A durable political Union with a strong government (the Commission) and two Chambers: the European Parliament and a 'Senate' of Member States.”(2).

And, rather than against the analysis-complaint of the Vice President of the European Commission, it is exactly the opposition to this proposal, which united in a conspiracy of indifference those who accepted and those who opposed the succumbing of democracy to the management of the crisis.

Translation: Laura Harth

 

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