Genuine leadership doesn’t seek out headlines – in fact, it sometimes deliberately avoids them in order to get things done. The best example of this comes from a close contender for the Leader of the Free World now that the United States has largely abandoned the role in practical terms.
The leader in question is not Angela Merkel, although she is indeed the most important leader of a democracy today. This comes from the more junior Theresa May, Prime Minister of the UK, who has taken to solving the most important conflict left over from a by-gone era – Cyprus. Stepping into the British role as sometime creator of order she pushed a lot of heft behind the re-started talks which may, just yet, create a bridge between Europe and the Middle East.
The critical point is Turkey, as always, and the relative isolation this critical nation has been saddled with.
I have been slow to write about the Eurozone crisis of the moment, Cyprus, for one important reason – I didn’t understand it. I read about how the big banks became under-capitalized and as the central government contemplated default like so many other European nations and thought it was about the same as we’ve seen repeated in far too many nations. Then, it got weird. What was so hard to understand? It was the way the European Central Bank (ECB) put the hammer down that pretty much forced a run on Cypriot banks and guaranteed a major depression. Was there something in this that I missed? Or was the ECB really that unbelievably stupid?
After looking this over for a while, I have come to a very frightening conclusion – the ECB really was that stupid, and more. This isn’t about Cyprus anymore, it’s about how the ECB is unworthy of any faith at all. If that scares the Hell out of you, welcome to the club. I certainly didn’t want to come to this conclusion, but here it is. It all starts, like everything Euro, with Greece …