Looking at Europe these days some people (at least of my generation) may remember the lyrics of a famous song of the rock band AC/DC from the late 1970s: “I'm on my way to the Promised Land — I'm on the highway to hell.” More and more countries of the Euro zone are drifting into another recession, and some Southern European countries have been driven into an ever deepening economic depression which has lasted for four years already. The stranglehold of cutting public expenditures is not just blocking the road to economic recovery; this obsession with austerity makes it increasingly difficult to draw lessons from the economic policy failures in the pre-crisis period. These lessons, however, are desperately needed for any re-orientation of socio-economic models (or “growth models”) in the crisis-ridden countries, but equally in the allegedly “healthy” economies. Moreover, European countries are being directed politically into national egoisms which are about to drive the European project to the brink. Europe is being forced into a fiscal dictatorship which suffers from a fundamental lack of democratic foundations for economic governance at the European Union (EU) level and has already begun to interfere with fundamental democratic rights within member states. The complexity of the challenge to find a way out goes well beyond a more appropriate macroeconomic policy.