Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Finally: The BBC realises that supporters of parties hostile to Brussels are "real people"

Has the BBC began to see the light?:

What is being exposed is a major flaw with Mrs Merkel's fiscal pact. It is undemocratic. It ties the hands of future governments - and that, of course, was its intention but it doesn't stop voters opposing further cuts. 
In the eurozone, deficits are being reduced. But debt - in many cases - is still growing. Growth is almost non-existent. Recession has returned for countries like Spain and Italy. The gap between the German economy and the southern economies is only widening.
Privately in Brussels there are fears that a revolt against more cuts will draw them in. They have become the enforcers of austerity. Some officials are worrying they will be caught in the backlash. Last week over 30% of French voters supported parties hostile to Brussels. The vote was dismissed as "populism" - which is the default response to most criticism - but they were the votes of real people.
The economist Nouriel Roubini described the eurozone crisis as a "slow-motion train wreck".
As we go into May, there are signs of a revolt against austerity gathering pace. If it happens it will be a new and unpredictable phase of the eurozone crisis.
Read the entire article here
Hopefully this column by Gavin Hewitt is the beginning of a more critical approach towards the euro - and the EU in general - in the Beeb. Although, knowing how deeply devoted to the European "cause" the overwhelming majority of the BCC journalists are, this hope is probably too optimistic. But still - at least a beginning ....

1 comment:

A K Haart said...

Even sitting on the fence would be a move in the right direction for the BBC. After all - in crude terms, that's what it is supposed to do.