The government of Italy has been handed over to a "technocrat" professional economist who was not elected to anything by the people. Mario Monti (you must admit, it has an emperial ring - in an Italian sort of way) was named "senator-for-life" in order to put him "in line" to lead. He will replace the formerly elected leader, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The Italian Senate fell all over itself handing him the power to start screwing the Italian people with the austerity measures demanded by the Eurozone bankers.
Let the "nut-cutting" begin. Yes, I know it is a rather vulgar expression, but there really is none better to describe the pluotcratic emasculation of democracy underway across Europe. The long knives are out, and the people will bleed.
And they're not even trying to disguise the coup. As Herman Von Rompuy, President of the Eruopean Council, said, "The country needs reform, not elections."
I will spare you the form any comment of mine would take, and instead offer the milder and more eloquent thoughts of Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman:
"It’s a dubious idea to supplant democratic governance with allegedly non-political management even in the best of times. But to assign authority to unelected men whose actual record suggests that they govern based on prejudices rather than analysis is even worse."