Actually, Goldman Sachs rules the world.. but lately its been running Europe, or at least various governments inside the continent. They're called technocrats which is a fancy, polite way of saying people not elected by the people who enter a particular nation and run its government, enacting financial policies with the goal of squeezing out every last euro from the populace of such nation to re-pay the loan-sharks.. um.. banks and Investors.
The Independent UK wrote about this last week:
"While ordinary people fret about austerity and jobs, the eurozone's corridors of power have been undergoing a remarkable transformation. The ascension of Mario Monti to the Italian prime ministership is remarkable for more reasons than it is possible to count... By imposing rule by unelected technocrats, it has suspended the normal rules of democracy, and maybe democracy itself. And by putting a senior adviser at Goldman Sachs in charge of a Western nation, it has taken to new heights the political power of an investment bank that you might have thought was prohibitively politically toxic..."
"It is not just Mr Monti. The European Central Bank, another crucial player in the sovereign debt drama, is under ex-Goldman management, and the investment bank's alumni hold sway in the corridors of power in almost every European nation, as they have done in the US throughout the financial crisis. Until Wednesday, the International Monetary Fund's European division was also run by a Goldman man, Antonio Borges, who just resigned for personal reasons."