Paul Sweeney: We need vision and leadership in Europe. The lack of this leadership among the Europe elite/authorities, of which its citizens are fully aware (and will punish them for it), finally appears to have forced this “leadership” to realise that there was a threat unless it acted decisively. It appears that some major decisions may have, at long last, been made at the 20th summit last Thursday which could get Europe moving again and may give hope to Ireland – if executed.
However, as the Irish government leaders have admitted a lot more needs to be done, around the opportunities provided in the deal for this country. Ireland did get a leg up, but as Joe Stiglitz says here, the deal will not stabilise the euro. Much more needs to be done, overall. I think we are in an era where the role of the state and states acting together makes markets. This is an era of real political economy at work. At present, markets, in crisis due to governments’ continuing indecision on the rules governing them, are causing chaos. This is understandable.
I don’t blame “Germany” but I blame those conservatives who are in power in Germany. They are wedded to 1930s economics.
Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. He was a President of the Statistical and Social Enquiry Society of Ireland, former member of the Economic Committee of the ETUC, a member of the National Competitiveness Council of Ireland, the National Statistics Board, the ESB, TUAC, (advisor to OECD) and several other bodies. He has written three books on the Irish economy and two on public enterprise, including The Celtic Tiger; Ireland’s Economic Miracle Explained and Selling Out: Privatisation in Ireland, chapters in other books and many articles on economics.