The EU, Corporate Power, and the ‘Democratic Deficit’ at the Heart of Europe

Last night I reblogged and commented on Mike’s piece, over at Vox Political, on the forthcoming American-EU trade agreement, the TTIP, and how this will lead to further destruction of the British welfare state, the NHS and British national sovereignty and democracy in favour of multinational corporations, all thoroughly backed by George Osborne. Robin Ramsay, the editor of Lobster, is an opponent of the EU, though from a Left-wing, rather than Conservative perspective. His opposition to the EU is based on the way it undermines national sovereignty in the interests of multinational big business. As well as running articles on the propaganda campaigns by Edward Heath and his successors to persuade the British public to accept membership of the EEC, as it then was, Lobster has also published reviews of a number of books critically analysing the EU, its policies, and the role and immense power of big business within it. One of these was of the book Europe Inc: Regional and Global Restructuring and the Rise of Corporate Power, by Belen Balanya, Ann Doherty, Olivier Hoedeman, Adam Ma’anit and Erik Wesselius, published by Pluto Press in 2000, published in Lobster 39, Summer 2000.

The book was produced by the European Corporate Observatory, which had a website at http://www.xs4all.nl/~ceo/. The magazine considered the book ‘a devastating analysis of the various forums attached to the EU, which ensure that corporate opinion prevails’ and states as an aside that there are 10,000 corporate lobbyists in Brussels. The book provides immense information on the role of the Bilderbergers and other elite groups, such as the European Round Table of Industrialists and their PR firms, in setting up and managing the European Union.

The review begins with a very telling anecdote taken from Norman Lamont’s memoir of his period as Chancellor, In Office, about his meeting with the Dutch Finance Minister, Wim Kok. During their conversation the question came up, whether the European electorate themselves should vote on joining the single currency. According to Lamont, Kok was very firmly against letting the European peoples’ have a say in this vital question:

‘If we let Parliaments interfere (sic) in this matter then they may vote against the single currency and Europe will never find its destiny.’ This little snippet can be found on page 23 of Lamont’s book.

The single currency has been a disaster, and the austerity imposed by the EU authorities on countries such as Greece to manage the fiscal crisis created by the banking crisis has led to immense suffering and unemployment. Nevertheless, the big corporate interests that seek to control the European economy continue their demands for even greater control of the international economy. Osborne’s championing of the TTIP will give this to them, and cause even greater damage to the lives and livelihoods of everyone else in Britain and Europe.

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4 Responses to “The EU, Corporate Power, and the ‘Democratic Deficit’ at the Heart of Europe”

  1. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political.

  2. seachranaidhe1 Says:

    Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

  3. Jeffrey Davies Says:

    daves Britain ruledby Unum and other yanky firms

  4. beastrabban Says:

    Very much so, Jeffrey, though a large number of firms in Britain are also owned by companies elsewhere in the world. Much of our electricity and water industries were bought by the French. Bristol Water was, and as far as I know, possibly still is, owned by the Indonesians.

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