From Germany to Greece – and from Finland to France – voters in Euroland are suffering from the disastrous, one-size-fits-all nature of the currency that was foisted on them by EU politicians so intent on their dream of an EU superstate that they chose to ignore economic reality – and the interests of their own people.
It’s not as though EU voters have much affection for the currency. In Germany, in particular, the public – with, as usual, more sense than politicians – had been hostile to the Euro from the start. I discovered this, very graphically, when I was in Cologne, doing some Christmas shopping, in 2002, just after the wretched new currency came into being.
The Germans ‘do’ Christmas better than anyone else and, in particular, their hand-made Christmas tree decorations are second to none. One, in particular, caught my eye, in a shop in the shadow of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral; it depicted a little chap with his trousers down, with a 1 Euro coin inserted in what one might politely describe as his derriere.
A shop assistant told me that the craftsmen who made the decorations wanted to demonstrate their contempt for the new currency. It had proved so popular that mine was the last one in stock. It has had pride of place on my Christmas tree ever since.
If so many EU citizens loathe the Euro, why don’t they rise up against the dishonest and inept politicians who have brought them such unnecessary hardship?
It’s a question I plan to put to Timo Soini, Leader of the True Finns, who is in London this week, speaking at a Freedom Association event. Timo is that rare phenomenon in the EU – a successful Eurosceptic politician who has dared to challenge the cosy consensus of the EU political elite. In the last European “Parliament” elections, he was elected with the highest personal vote share. Last year he achieved a sensational success for his Eurosceptic True Finns, leading them – from nowhere – to third place in Finland’s general election.