The European Political Games Have Hit the Point of No Return

Saturday, April 21, 2012
By Paul Martin

by Phoenix Capital Research
ZeroHedge.com
04/21/2012

European politics have hit the point of no return.

As I’ve noted in previous articles, politics, not economics, rule Europe. What I mean by this is that most major decisions in Europe are determined by political agendas that ignore economic and financial realities.

This is at the core of the “welfare state” mentality that permeates Europe as a whole. The EU in general is comprised of an aging population that is more concerned about receiving the pensions/ health benefits/ social payouts that were promised to them by the system than anything else.

As a result of this, EU voters, who determine EU elections, don’t take action until what has promised to them comes under threat.

For this reason, EU political leaders will maintain their agendas regardless of whether said agendas go against financial or economic realities (or common sense for that matter) until these agendas begin to have real negative consequences for their political careers.

A perfect example of this paradigm in action is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was relatively “pro-bailout” until German voters began to thrash her political party in Germany’s state elections (March 2011). She then altered her strategy to one of offering to provide bailout funds to Greece and others but only if these EU members met fiscal demands that were so onerous that the likelihood of them accepting the deal was little to none.

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