History repeats itself, Marx wrote, first as tragedy, then as farce. If you wonder how it might repeat itself the third time, look at Italy: a country where the most effective opposition to government are – literally – comedians, and where the prime minister himself is a joke. This has distorted most analysis of the country’s economical and political situation, as if Italy’s problem is just its PM, distracted by sex and trials.
To understand the true nature of the Italian crisis we need to look at it in a wider European context. The limits of the eurozone are well known: it has a “single currency” that isn’t backed by political sovereignty, a central bank that doesn’t act as lender of last resort or finance government borrowing, and no significant European public budget.… Seguir leyendo »