From World Socialist Web Site - October 26
Even before negotiations between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)/Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) over forming a new German government began and the ministers were named, let alone sworn in, the government has gone on the offensive.
Just before the opening of the European Union (EU) conference in Brussels on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed that the EU Commission be given more influence over the budgets of individual member states. Merkel’s office has already dictated massive social cuts through the EU’s institutions to a number of states. In Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and other countries these policies have had devastating consequences. Now this social counterrevolution is to be intensified.
Merkel reportedly agreed on the initiative with the SPD, who demanded in exchange the right to name the new EU commission president. The SPD want to replace the current commission President José Manuel Barroso with the current chairman of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, an SPD member.