Germany would like the US foot off its neck


August 10, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– Boris Zherelievsky, in Kolokolrussia, translated by Tom Winter –

The Germans are discarding the US sanctional grip from their necks. Today, there is no doubt that the core of the “new pragmatic policy” of the US regarding its European allies is the myth of the “Russian threat” and the need to counter it. 

Well, how else can Europeans be forced to buy American liquefied natural gas instead of Russian gas, to take on the lion’s share of spending on NATO, and financing the US military-industrial complex by buying expensive and ineffective US weapons like the F-35?

Yet, the American plans to rally Europe against a common enemy and to cash in at this were greeted with enthusiastic support, except in Poland and the Baltic regions. That is, in countries from which, strictly speaking, there is nothing to take. 

But for the rich and developed European states of Europe, the confrontational model of relations with Russia, persistently introduced by Trump’s team, is clearly not to their taste. Since for them the question “at whose expense is the banquet?” is far from idle — unlike the Poles and Balts, who never really paid anything. 

That is why the opposition to the pro-American course is gaining strength in the countries of “Old Europe”, as well as the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. 

A particularly striking example of this trend is the mood in the most powerful EU country – in Germany. And it’s not by chance. Among other things, the Germans know better than anyone else that it is much better to trade and cooperate with Russia than to quarrel. 

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In recent days, one of the brightest German politicians, the deputy of the Bundestag and the candidate for Chancellor of Germany, Sarah Wagenknecht, announced at the meeting with journalists that the main point of her program with which she will enter the election race for the post of head of state will be the demand to return to friendly relations with Russia. 

As Wagenknecht noted at the press conference, this is a matter of the country’s survival, since under the leadership of pro-American politicians Berlin acts at the expense of its own interests and is becoming increasingly vulnerable to foreign, primarily American, interference. 

As we understand that a politician goes to the polls to win, the fact that this candidate for  Chancellor has made friendship with Russia the basis of her election program, suggests that the normalization of relations between our countries is very desirable for the majority of Germans. Sarah Wagenknecht is a politician experienced enough to understand exactly what needs to be put in the forefront. 

Another German politician, the leader of the Free Democratic Party of Germany, Christian Lindner, suggested that the European colleagues “temporarily forget” about the territorial disputes over the Crimea and start removing anti-Russian sanctions amid the complicated situation connected with US pressure and the deteriorating situation in Ukraine. The situation develops in such a way that even the members of the German government, which until recently could be called pro-American, today strongly oppose Trump’s initiatives. In particular, the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany directly said that Washington is seriously mistaken if it hopes that Berlin will obey it.

In an interview with Westfälische Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that the new US law on sanctions against Russia was contrary to the interests of the EU, since it could have a negative impact on European enterprises, which, according to the minister, “does not go anywhere.” In addition, he said that in the current regional crisis, the deterioration of relations between Russia and the United States “does not promise anything good.” 

The minister added that sanctions undermine the unity of Europe and its alliance with America: if before the positions of the countries of the euro area and the United States on sanctions were similar, now, depending on the interests of the individual countries, there are disagreements. Gabriel recommended that Donald Trump, if he is interested in cooperation with European countries, consult with European colleagues before making such decisions. 

Here it should be noted that Gabriel’s speech is not just a job on the electorate evinced by the statements of Wagenknecht and Lindner. The situation is much more serious. After all, the discriminatory measures imposed by the United States, including the cessation of Russian-German cooperation in the energy sphere, can inflict enormous damage to the FRG’s budget and even undermine the foundations of its economic, and therefore political, domination in Europe. 

In fact, Americans are taking Germany by the throat, and the attitude towards such a threat on the left and right, from the authorities and the people, from the rich and the poor, will be exactly the same. With his clumsy and obviously harsh politics, Trump risks turning his country’s allies into her opponents.

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