German corporatism

Pubblicato il 1 Marzo 2019 da Veronica Baker

Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong : it is a geographical expression.

Otto Von Bismark


Once again history pops up.
In Europe people are so different from each other.

Ever since the run up to the € in the 90′s there has been a lot of “We are all Europeans”.
Continental supermarkets were called “Euro Shop”, coffee shops “Euro Cafe”.
And if you are a little bit younger than I am and go out dancing, then you have danced in an ”Euro Disco”.

European history is completely different from a cultural point of view

German corporatism
In Europe people are so different from each other…

The Nordics and the Netherlands (and of course also UK) are free trade countries throughout history.
They have been reasonably democratic and transparent for centuries.

Southern Europe and France have a totally different background and have been rather extreme trade protectionists and – except France – there is no democratic heritage.

Italy did not become a country until the 1860′s and it is still a little bit in it’s making.

Spain – apart from being a dictatorship less than 40 years ago – had a civil war not long time ago.

Belgium – not German speaking, split language and geographically with a split of the country possible – finally found it’s salvation by becoming the neutral centre for the EU admin, giving the country (temporarily) the opportunity to forget about its troubled national identity.

I voluntary leave countries like Slovakia, Slovenia, the Baltic States aside because EU was just a way to break away from dictatorship and state run economies only two decades ago.

Then there is Germany and its governance principles established by Bismark 150 years ago.
Germany was not a country until the 1860′s and has ever since struggled with the fact that what counts is if you speak German or not.

What Bismark established, being the core of German governance also today, is a huge rational agreement between government and business on a national level.

German corporatism

Look at the boards of most of the companies.
For example iG Metal has almost the majority of directors, then the province (State) has some and the owners are in minority.
They all have the same mind set, working for the common good.
What is good for the company, the employees and Germany in the long run.

It also worked as a governance model those years after WW2 when the Russians stood outside the “door” of West Germany and the country was in ruins.
Market economy (or kind of) could be built with social responsibility and pragmatism.

It works in Germany.
But when the ideas are “exported” and forced upon others it does not work, being quite annoying to them : “it works here, so we know how to do it”.

But they are forgetting their own history and the circumstances behind why it works in Germany.

If you do not as a foundation have the deep collaboration between the state, the business society and others for the common good, then it coudn’t work.

From where does all those EU Summits come from, by the way ?
From Germany of course, because that is Germany’s governance model.

With recent years’ financial turmoil in the EuroZone, the historical aspects becomes more and more visible.

Those are the reasons why no real solution is in sight.
Germans don’t know any other way to do it than the German way and have no understanding for alternatives.
And the rest of Europe do not share Germany’s history or culture.



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