The End of Democracy in Europe

Now, let's talk about democracy.

Greece just had elections.

Greece is trying to find a way to meet its obligations.

Several members of that new Greek government are incapacitated, thus forcing those within Greece to find new leaders and follow whatever procedures are in place to move forward. Greece cannot meet its obligations unless it follows the rule of law and finds a way to put the right people in places where decisions are going to be made. Greece is trying to apply a democratic solution here. That is not possible given that the position taken by those who control the fate of Greece will not allow any deviation from a path that is already laid out.

The way for Greece to meet those obligations is to negotiate within its borders and with the European governing bodies that are helping it.

If there is a political settlement here, it has to come from negotiation. With these new elections and with these new figures, there has to be some flexibility or else the voice of the Greek voter becomes drowned out by a process that is certainly not democratic. The process hasn't been voted on by anyone, but those making the decisions have just faced the voters.

However, the German position is, no more negotiations, and no more politics. No more democracy, in other words, no matter what the circumstances.

Democracy, then, does not exist in Europe. Certainly not if one country is dictating to another how to proceed.