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Europe dragged into a division of the world between debtors and creditors: the United States’ desperate solutions for not sinking alone

Posted by seumasach on April 18, 2014

A new cold war led by the USA has become a fashionable theme. However, core US diplomacy has consistently contradicted such a scenario. The USA, more than Europe, needs to reach out to the BRICS for its own salvation. The problem is that vested interests, the imperial state if you like, continue to rely on a strategy of geopolitical tension. But the CIA, the neo-cons, the Israel lobby, the Military Industrial Complex and their congressional representatives have emerged from the fiascos in Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine embittered and weakened. This should enable Obama to pursue policies in accord with US national interests whereby US retreat from empire is rewarded by inward investment from China and others. For that surplus to be available a new motor of global development must emerge which can only be the Eurasian economic space from Shanghai to Lisbon. The resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, the first step of which was completed at Geneva yesterday, will facilitate this happy development. Certainly Russia and China are emerging as leading global players but their prime goal is geo-strategic partnership with the USA. By an agonised path Obama is positioning himself to reciprocate

LEAP 2020

17th April, 2014

In the present confrontation between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of the Cold War inevitably comes to mind and the media are obviously fond of it. However, contrary to what it gives us to understand, it’s not Russia that seeks the return of an iron curtain but really the US. An iron curtain separating the old powers and emerging nations; the world before and the world afterwards; debtors and creditors. And this in the crazy hope of preserving the American way of life and the US’ influence over “its” camp in the absence of being able to impose it on the whole world. In other words, go down with as many companions as possible to give the impression of not sinking. 

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Uncouple Europe from the USA

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2014

Europe is at a crucial turning point: it can either go on to emerge as sovereign, political union at the heart of  the post-imperial, multipolar world order or it will fragment politically and revert to a fiefdom of Anglo-Saxon financial feudalism. Given the terminal economic crisis in the US/UK,  and the weakness of the dollar/pound, the latter prospect seems unlikely, but, if the disfunctionality of the European leadership which the Ukrainian crisis has revealed is not remedied, the worst cannot be discounted.

Découpler l’Europe des Etats-Unis

Jean-Paul Baquiast

15th April, 2014

Admiroutes

Cette idée ne doit pas être confondue avec celle recommandant une rupture avec les Etats-Unis. Il s’agirait seulement de prendre beaucoup plus d’indépendance à leur égard. La politique qu’ils conduisent actuellement dans la crise ukrainienne, en entrainant l’Otan avec eux, ne peut que conduire à des difficultés insurmontables pour l’Europe. Beaucoup d’Européens sensés commencent à s’en rendre compte, mais les vieilles adhérences sont difficiles à dénouer.

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German intellectuals support Putin

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2014

“Instead they want to bring Ukraine under the NATO control,” retired serviceman told RT, stressing that he supports Putin’s proposal to build a “common European House,” united under “a common economic zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”

US wants to destroy Ukrainian ‘bridge’ between EU and Russia

RT

9th April, 2014

Members of German civil society have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemning Russophobia in mass media and German political establishment while showing support for Moscow’s actions in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

 

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European Union’s double standards

Posted by seumasach on April 8, 2014

New Europe

6th April, 2014

Not long ago, the Ukraine was on the brink of a new economic meltdown. Its debt was roughly €140 billion or approximately 80% of its nominal Gross Domestic Product.

However, the Ukrainian economy was largely supported by loans from Russian Banks, which injected Kiev with almost €28 billion. In addition to that, the European Union, also injected €11 billion last week without any conditions attached.

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Protest in EU capital prompts security scare at US embassy

Posted by seumasach on April 5, 2014

EUObserver

4th April, 2014

Stone-throwing protesters prompted a “lock-down” at the US embassy to the EU in Brussels on Friday (4 April), as the US ambassador briefed press on the merits of free trade.

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Bulgarian nationalists may topple government over Russia sanctions

Posted by seumasach on April 4, 2014

Reuters

1st April, 2014

(Reuters) – Bulgaria’s nationalist Attack party will work to topple the government if Sofia backs a new round of Western sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea, the party’s leader told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

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Euroland in the hands of Eurolanders

Posted by seumasach on March 31, 2014

Harald Greib

LEAP 2020

31st March, 2014

The present pause in the march towards the creation of the new political European entity Euroland, consequence of the approaching European elections, which virtually put the entire communitarian system on stand-by, enable us to dedicate this lead article of our April newsletter to an abnormality in the handling of the evolution of Euroland : How is it possible that a member states of the European Union, which is not a member of the Eurozone, has such a disproportionate clout on the institutions where the coming of age of Euroland is being masterminded and prepared?

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Ukrainian crisis: Eight strategic recommendations

Posted by seumasach on March 31, 2014

GEAB N°83: Global systemic crisis – The Ukrainian crisis, the ultimate test of Europeans’ ability to build their political union to take control of their common destiny

Newropeans Magazine

31st March, 2014

This crisis is well and truly a test of national leaders’ ability to grasp the tools of independence, power and peace that their fathers (the generations of politicians which ruled right until the end of the 80s basically) have put at their disposal, this united and institutionalized Europe which only remains to be put under political control.…

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Former German chancellor Schmidt criticizes West’s Russia policy

Posted by seumasach on March 27, 2014

New Europe

27th March, 2014

Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has criticized the West for its Russia policy of imposing sanctions and stopping cooperation in the G8 amid the Ukraine crisis, according to media reports on Wednesday.

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TTIP: You nightmares it… Obamashton is about to do it!

Posted by seumasach on March 27, 2014

 

There was something unbelievable about Obama’s speech yesterday in response to those of Van Rompuy and Borroso, something of pure theatre you might say. Suddenly a completely bankrupt, de-indistrialised former superpower is conjuring up a series of highly unlikely agreements with all and sundry. Is their special relationship with Asia or is it Europe?- and, by the way whatever happened to the reset with Russia? Wasn’t the real deal yesterday that between Hollande and Xi? Clearly , all is not what it appears to be. The USA has little to offer with regard to trade deals other than GM crops and the fantasy of fracking, neither of which are acceptable to Europe regardless of what Borroso and Co. think.( good to see Obama’s quiet humor as he thanked the latter for their unwavering commitment to the Atlantic partnership- the only thing he said which was true!). What the USA desperately needs is inward investment. However, only the creation of a Eurasian economic space, the greatest vehicle for economic development in human history, will be able to create the capital for such investment. Everything else is just hot air, including, especially, the new cold war rhetoric. Germany has made it quite clear, despite Merkel’s bizarre flirtation with the Maidan men and cold warrior Ice Maiden, Timoshenko, that they will not undermine relations with Russia. It has no intention of de-industrializing itself for the benefit of Anglo-Saxon finance capital. Elder statesman Schroeder and Helmut Schmidt have reinforced the point. All that is required now is the diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis, the outline of which, completely ignored in the media, has already been sketched by Lavrov and Kerry. Obama is running, or running down, a whole series of projects dating from the old, defunct, Full Spectrum Dominance agenda: regime change in Syria, Iran and Venezuela, incorporation of Ukraine into NATO, and now, the old chestnut, conceived before the failed attempt to overthrow the Euro, TTIP. They all going to fail, at which point Obama will do the only thing left to him: embrace multipolarity.

Newropeans

26th March, 2014

Bet he will not leave empty-handed: a promise of TTIP, a joint declaration against Russia and threats/penalties style of a stop in Russian gas supplies, de facto a promise to import oil and U.S. shale gas, allow U.S. companies to exploit our basement (facilitated by the TTIP) , the maintenance of U.S. nuclear weapons on European territory…….

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Germany and UK diverge on Russia sanctions

Posted by seumasach on March 20, 2014

EUObserver

19th March, 2014

BRUSSELS - EU countries are heading into a summit on Thursday (20 March) nowhere near a consensus over what to do about Russia’s annexation of Crimea and on how far economic sanctions should go.

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