Showing posts from June, 2012

The Euro and more nonsense.

This is the second article by Antonio Martino which I have translated into English. If you'd like to know who Antonio Martino is, please check out the first post: Switzerland: the Forgotten Miracle. The following article is a critique of an editorial  which Angelo Panebianco , an important Italian editorialist and a professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna , published on the Corriere della Sera , the most widely read Italian newspaper. Angelo Panebianco Martino's critique is important because it points out the main flaw that unfortunately, I think, mars the thinking of many European and especially Italian intellectuals. That is, the contradictory idea that overarching super-national structures are needed to guarantee democracy and that the self-determination, the freedom and the well being of the European people depend on transnational organization which are nearly unaccountable to voters.. It is symptomatic of a certain a

Europe will collapse because it resembles Italy

This a translation of an article by Dr. Luigi Marco Bassani which appeared on the Italian newspaper Libero on June 19, 2012. It seemed interesting to me for the analogy the author sees between the European situation and the financial situation of his own country: Italy.     Your comments will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, (special thanks to J.J.P. who reviewed my English text). Leonardo Pavese Europe will collapse because it looks exactly like Italy. By Luigi Marco Bassani. (Translation and adaptation by Leonardo Pavese). Europe is undoubtedly going through the most serious crisis since the end of the Second World War. A tiny and peripheral nation (Greece) is going to the polls as we speak. Their vote won’t save them or the Euro — but maybe it could just postpone the disaster. The present crisis is nothing but the final settling of the accounts, on a continental scale, of the Market vs. State conflict, which has afflicted European politics for the last century.