When we speak of corporate rule, in America or elsewhere, we usually speak notionally, not literally. In view of this article from The Independent, it appears that referring to “corporate rule” in Europe, in particular by Goldman Sachs, should be taken quite literally: their direct high-level involvement in several European governments is broad and deep. For the situation at a glance, look at the map of Europe in the linked article. (Americans of my generation are quite good at reading a “bleeding map”; in my youth, though, the red areas of the maps were intended to convey the spread of communism. The more things change…)
There is much food for thought here, to be addressed later; I just wanted to acknowledge the fact so everyone can begin exploring the reality.
(H/T L’Enfant de la Haute Mer.)
AFTERTHOUGHT: this is not entirely and only a European problem. America has its share of Goldman exes in government, which Enfant was quick to note in the comments. Please read the comment thread. I just reread the post above and realized that I may have unintentionally implied that the problem is European but not American. It is very much America’s problem too.