British voters bravely rejected a profoundly undemocratic, neoliberal EU, which is perceived as placing the interests of the financial elite ahead of the needs of ordinary citizens.
It was one year ago when “leftist” activists across Europe and around the world declared that the European Union had effectively staged a coup in Greece, blackmailing the Mediterranean country into accepting harsh austerity measures after it had already rejected a referendum against more austerity.
Yet these same activists are now decrying the British referendum result in favor of a “Brexit.”
I sense some hypocrisy here.
British voters bravely rejected a profoundly undemocratic, neoliberal EU, which is perceived as placing the interests of the financial elite ahead of the needs of ordinary citizens. Indeed, despite the claims of international media and numerous “intellectuals,” the British referendum result has nothing to do with racism or xenophobia.
The EU: An unrepresentative, anti-democratic institution
The bloc’s center of decision-making, the European Commission, is led by an unelected leader. And it’s current president, Jean-Claude Juncker, recently stated that European prime ministers “listen too much to voters.”
“Too many politicians are listening exclusively to their national opinion. And if you are listening to your national opinion you are not developing what should be a common European sense and a feeling of the need to put together efforts. We have too many part-time Europeans,” the Telegraph quoted Juncker as saying in May.
Juncker was heavily implicated in the “Lux Leaks” scandal, which revealed that the Luxembourg finance ministry helped multinational corporations “slash their global tax bills” during Juncker’s time as prime minister.
Instead of punishing Juncker or members of his government who enabled this tax evasion, it is the whistleblowers who have been convicted. In the meantime, Juncker and other EU officials wag their finger at the people of countries like Greece, scolding them for not paying their taxes.