Germany Has Created An Accidental Empire – Ulrich Beck – Social Europe Journal

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article by Ulrich Beck, published in the Social Europe Journal, is WELL WORTH A READ. Check it out!

via Germany Has Created An Accidental Empire – Ulrich Beck – Social Europe Journal.

For me, Ulrich Beck’s model seems to be designed around recent German history. In my view, it does not necessarily clarify matters as to the future direction of socialization in Europe. Let me share my own views.

I agree that Germany is the dominant force in Europe; I further believe that the dominance has come from Germany’s economic strength. From Germany’s economic strength, given economic weakness in much of Southern Europe, Germany has secured political strength.

Germany believes in conservative national economic housekeeping; in formal terms, this model is called neoliberalism. However, in Germany’s case, because of her history and firm belief in effective state controls, there is a unique German brand of neoliberalism which is referred to as ordoliberalism, in formal terms.

I very much accept that Angela Merkel‘s Germanic model or vision is based upon ordoliberalism. Whilst I respect ordoliberalism, I also believe that Keynesian interventions are appropriate too, especially in the case of Southern Europe.

Let me express this differently by way of an open question:

Are we entering a new age of Germany led socialization in Europe?

Any thoughts?

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If the NHS embodies our social conscience, we’re in big trouble – Telegraph

NHS Job Shop: "Working for Health" i...

NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent, MUST READ article, by Charles Moore, published in the Telegraph. Check it out!

If the NHS embodies our social conscience, we’re in big trouble – Telegraph.

For me, this story highlighted the real depths of the crisis in the NHS and why this blog has argued that the NHS is in terminal meltdown. This story is rich in personal context, and I am sure that every family in the UK has a similar story.

In my view, case studies provide a rich qualitative research basis to underpin the reality of the NHS; the NHS is beyond statistics.

Elsewhere in today’s news, Prime Minister, David Cameron caught out by a heckler responded that the NHS was about politics; doesn’t David Cameron understand that the NHS is now about human tragedy and increasingly fear?

Any thoughts?

 

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