It is true that critics from the right and the left of the political spectrum are correct to see Goldman Sachs as the symbol of decadent capitalism operating under cover of the US government. Goldman Sachs, however, is not out to undermine the EU, for it also has its tentacles deep inside the US government. If it were not Goldman it would be JPM, or some other financial institution. For that matter, is Deutsche Bank, EU's symbol of finance capitalism's decadence, any different than Goldman, given the massive scandals in which the German bank has been involved?
Would the economy and society be any different if in the place of Eurocrats we had bourgeois elected politicians? Was Berlusconi, the ultimate in decadent billionaire politician, so wonderful that Italy will do worse with Monti, or anyone at all in charge? Is the political class in charge anyway, or is it simply carrying out orders by the financial elites? And are things that much better in the US or Japan that does not have the burden of Eurocrats?
To a certain degree, the EU media blame of the US as the culprit behind the economic contraction and related public debt problems stems from the fact that the US has been pressuring EU to move fast on fixing its problems that are causing global instability. Another factor is that the US is moving aggressively to strengthen existing trade blocs and create news one in the Asia Pacific zone (US, Latin America, and Asia), while it calls on the rest of the world to deregulate and remove obstacles to trade and movement of capital across borders. Another issue is that the US remains the center of world finance capitalism on a discredited credit system backed by China and others buying the paper that the US government prints. In short, American exceptionalism in monetary, fiscal, and trade policies angers Europeans as much as it does the Chinese and others around the globe.
People's commitment to nations and political parties blind them to the reality that capital transcends all borders and prevents them from seeing that even Socialist parties that once claimed to pursue social justice now pursue neo-liberalism and globalization in order to strengthen finance capital. That society's biggest criminals are those who deliver social injustice on a massive scale, but do so legally under the protection of the law and they are rewarded in the process, is a structural problem and a manifestation of an unjust social contract driven by an unjust economic system, and not particular to the US or any other country.