by Fabio De Masi
There’s a crisis in the EU. First Brexit, now stress with Italy’s banks. Meanwhile, former EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso sets off to work at Goldman Sachs, while his country buckles under the penalties resulting from its budget deficit, despite Portugal’s obedient implementation of the Troika’s reforms. In France, Italy and Sweden, too, there is growing support for leaving the EU. So it’s not enough to point fingers across the Channel. The EU clearly is in deep trouble.
There is no doubt that the Brexit campaign was marked by racism, lies and migration fears. This is nothing new. It happens during every election. What is new is the left’s helplessness in the face of this. In Austria, almost every second vote in the presidential elections went to the FPÖ. Hence, it is of little use insulting your audience. [Read more…]