'I acted like a dictator to bring in the euro': Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl admits power-trip forced continent to accept single currency … Newly published 2002 interview reveals candid admission about euro project Helmut Kohl says: 'Chancellor must be a man of power to achieve' But also admits that he would have lost a referendum on the single currency … Helmut Kohl has admitted that he 'acted like a dictator' to bring the euro into Germany to replace the beloved D-Mark. Germany's longest-serving postwar chancellor said that he would have lost any popular vote on the euro by 'an overwhelming majority'. – Daily Mail
Dominant Social Theme: Helmut Kohl was a man of vision …
Free-Market Analysis: The Kohl administration actually donated funds to French politicians to influence French domestic opinion. And now it turns out that Kohl himself confesses he "acted like a dictator" to ensure that Germany adopted the euro.
Kohl explains that he acted like a dictator because he believes a centralized Europe with a single currency is the greatest hope for a peaceful Europe. Only if Europe is a single region can it be assured that states will not go to war against each other.
Of course, there are plenty of questions about Europe's last two wars. If it is true, as history books now allege, that Adolf Hitler and National Socialism received a good deal of funding from American and British industrialists, then it would seem the historical recipe is incorrect. Germany was perhaps built up as an enemy of the Anglo-West and the war was more of a British and American production than a German one.
The apparent goal of both wars was to create further conditions for globalism. After World War I the League of Nations was created. After World War II the United Nations was set up along with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, etc.
Kohl's position is that he acted as he did for the good of greater Europe. It is difficult to ascertain a man's heart, but certainly this argument is one in which the "end justifies the means." Here's more from the article:
He said in an interview conducted in 2002 – but only just now published: 'I knew that I could never win a referendum in Germany. We would have lost a referendum on the introduction of the euro. That's quite clear. I would have lost and by seven to three.'
The interview was conducted by Jens Peter Paul in 2002 when the Deutsche Mark was subsituted by the euro.
Kohl said he adopted the euro as an 'emblem' of the European project which he believed prevented war on the continent.
'If a Chancellor is trying to push something through, he must be a man of power. And if he's smart, he knows when the time is ripe. In one case – the euro – I was like a dictator … The euro is a synonym for Europe. Europe, for the first time, has no more war,' he went on.
What he did NOT address in his interview were the lies he and his ministers told to get the common currency in place across Europe – a decision now seen to have fatal consequences as the continent thrashes around in the sixth year of a financial crisis without end.
Hundreds of pages of German government documents from 1994 to 1998 and released last year stated clearly that Italy – now one of the floundering southern European euro states – should NOT have been allowed to join the euroclub. Later on the files bring up another country that was poised for catastrophe: Greece.
We can see from the statements above how dangerous it is when one man has the power to decide the fate of nations and the people who live in them.
Kohl either did not understand or did not care that the euro would deprive nations less industrialized than Germany of the ability to devalue as necessary – and thus compensate for various cultural difficulties that often resulted in failed state policies.
Presumably, Kohl believed that a one-currency policy would force incompetent nation-states to become more disciplined. But it hasn't worked out that way.
German media dubbed the information in the files as 'Operation Self Deception.' The German ruling class seemingly knew they were driving the continent into a fiscal cul-de-sac… but went ahead with it anyway.
The result of this self-deception has been massive suffering and impoverishment of Europe's PIGS. And it is not over yet.
Nations are no panacea for human injustice and suffering but competition between regions (nations) does provide flexibility in terms of currency, industrial policy, etc.
By centralizing "Europe" and making various kinds of monetary and industrial competition impossible to implement, Kohl did his beloved Europe no favors. Ironically, the violence wracking Europe now can break down civil society and lead to extremism and increased violence.
Did Kohl really act as a dictator and install the euro? We ask this question now, at the end of this article, because it is worth contemplating. The Germans are not responsible for the EU or the euro – that is obvious. They are a twice-defeated people.
But in making this assertion, Kohl re-emphasizes the German role at the expense of the City of London which we think is really driving the EU forward. Is that actually the point of this confession … now?
One way or another, Kohl apparently helped reengineer the violent Europe he claims he was trying to remove.