By Arno Froese
Midnight Call Ministries
Incoming Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has named a government entirely composed of unelected figures, just days after a technocratic government was installed in Greece, where the presence of far-right figures linked to the military junta are raising hackles.
Monti, an ex-EU-commissioner, was appointed officially by the president of the republic.
The absence of democratically endorsed characters will allow austerity measures to proceed without obstruction. “The absence of political personalities in the government will help rather than hinder a solid base of support for the government in the parliament and political parties because it will remove one ground for disagreement,” the foreign minister told reporters in the Italian capital.
On 13 November, President Giorgio Napolitano appointed Monti, a committed free-marketeer, advisor to Goldman Sachs and two-time European commissioner, senator-for-life - normally a post reserved for individuals having achieved “outstanding patriotic merits in the social, scientific, artistic or literary field” rather than simply being seen as a safe pair of hands.
The establishment of a new government by the president of the republic itself has raised eyebrows as the head of state is traditionally only a ceremonial post that has now been heavily politicized.
The lightning speed of the displacement of the Berlusconi administration with a regime of technocrats will be matched by how rapidly Monti moves to push through austerity measures demanded by EU power brokers.
The hard-right Northern League, the outgoing administration’s main ally, has also said it prefers to sit in opposition than join the new government, with some characters calling the toppling of Berlusconi a “coup d’etat.”
Following the resignation of Berlusconi, Northern League lawmaker Massimo Polledri declared: “We salute the Franco-German directorate before it officially takes control of the country,” Polledri said, adding: “Maybe they’ll let us speak Italian for a bit longer but the decisions are going to be taken elsewhere.”
In both Greece and Italy, polls suggest that a majority of the public are willing to give the new administrations the benefit of the doubt. However, according to the same surveys, this backing is conditional on the governments ending austerity - a path neither leader is likely to take.
-euobserver.com, 17 November 2011
It is self-evident that people’s democracy does not always work. Calling for an election could cause unexpected chaos; subsequently, leaders of the European Union decided on this shortcut.
Although this type of technocratic government has been installed in many countries in the past, this definitely is new for the European Union.
What this article reveals is that the people are willing to go along with this new government, hoping to end austerity - that being most unlikely. Yet a precedent is being set for unelected government officials to take over a sovereign country.
With this development, we are entering the shadow of things to come, not only in the case of Italy and Greece, but also for all of Europe and the rest of the world, who will enthusiastically support the man the Bible calls the beast, “…and all the world wondered after the beast…saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”
Monti names unelected government of technocrats and bankers - EUobserver.com
Word of the Day: Technocrat - RT
Italy's Monti Gears up for Key Week of Debt Talks - ABC News
Debt crisis strikes at heart of Europe - Reuters
The European Union coup nobody noticed - San Francisco Examiner