I'm not quite that pessimistic, but those who could benefit appear to be already stirring the pot a bit....Italians of today aren't the Italians of WW2 - while admittedly happy to keep collecting pensions from 30 to 80 years of age when possible, methinks any extreme-right-wing government would be herding cats in Italy.
I'm not sure that national attributes
have much to do with the appeal of extremist ideologies. Rather, I think
, difficult situations provoke a search for easy or, at least, simple answers. The ideologues offer them. And I agree with T6
about America following some
Europeans down a destructive path which says that one can have ones cake and eat it, too.
What is disturbing, to me, is that while some countries - notably the UK - have managed to contain
public spending, to slow, even stop growth in public spending, in most major European countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and even Greece public spending continues to grow
. Now it may
be true that public spending in the profligate latin
states is not growing as fast as it did in, say, 2010, it is not being cut and still the people want less and less austerity
. This makes them prime candidates for the ideologies with the easy answer.
The most obvious "easy answer" for Greece, to start, is to abandon the Euro
and reintroduce the drachma
at a rate of 1:1 with the €. They can, then, quickly and radically debase their currency, à la Argentina in the 1990s, and accept inflation rates of hundreds, even thousands of percent. One can always print more and more money to, temporarily, stave off domestic unrest while forceing the bond holders to take more than a haircut
~ they, the mostly foreign, bond holders will get scalped
is that Germany is not prepared to do for its latin
neighbours in 2012 what America did for Germany nearly 90 years ago: bail them out. Germany might
bail out the Netherlands, Denmark of Finnland, in the unlikly event any of them needed help, it might
even bail out the UK, but not Spain, not Italy and not even France. How will those countries manage? By giving up on the long, hard roiute and buying into easy answers.
I think the modern media have made it easier for ideologues to spread their message and I also think that they have found new, attractive ways to 'sell' ugly ideas.