The story below — about the German parliament’s capitulation to the Eurozone — arrived just as I walked out the door to catch my flight to Brussels, and had to be delayed until now. Ah, well — better late than never.
Many thanks to JLH for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:
Everyone is Watching Karlsruhe
by Pieter Stein
Horror was creeping up for anyone who was following the Bundestsag debate and vote on the ESM (European Stabilization Mechanism) last Friday. You saw a parliament that had surrendered itself. With a mixture of casual routine and jocose holiday mood, late in the evening, a monster treaty was waved through — a treaty which deprives the Bundestag of authority over its own budget and exposes Germany to the liabilities and extortions of EU debtor states.
Only a few upright representatives stood out, who honored their name as representatives of the people: Peter Gauweiler, Frank Schäffler and Klaus-Peter Willsch, who were speaking for those who had decided to vote Nay. Nota bene, the Left Party too, whose interjection on behalf of Germany’s nationalist constitution cannot be diminished.
All eyes are now on the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, where urgent motions have been entered against the ESM decision. The announcement of an oral hearing indicates serious objections. But it would border on divine intervention if the highest German justices considered and then stopped the constitution-inimical act of the federal administration, the federal parliament and the federal council.
All foolish chatter about “sustainability” notwithstanding, our nation and our continent are in the grasp of an irresponsible nomenklatura which has internalized how to drain supplies without creating new ones. Which maintains its position by constantly making new promises to the people, so as not to be voted out of office. No one before has ever lived so high at the cost of coming generations. And so the decay of morals spreads when debts are communalized and economic misfeasance, whether by banks or by nations, is not punished with bankruptcy. The ESM is working here like an accelerant which will raise the willingness to conduct economy on credit to an unmanageable level.
There is an internal logic to the report on the 2011 birthrate in Germany, which has again fallen to a shocking, historic low. “A land is dying out,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung laconically headlines its article on this traumatic report, which relentlessly documents the dissipating vitality of our people. And the political establishment? It prefers squandering hundreds of billions for a currency union built on unstable foundations, instead of getting to work on a renewal of our own substance.
Last weekend, a “storm of the century” with 8,000 lightning flashes came down on the capital city. Standing at the window was like looking into an inferno. Meanwhile, it is appalling how quietly the unraveling of Germany seems to be passing across the stage. Or is this just the calm before the storm?