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Pour Berlin, prendre le leadership de l’Otan, ça en vaut la peine

Posted by seumasach on September 9, 2017

This report contains the highly significant conclusion that the USA is not adopting “leur rôle traditionnel en tant que leader dans l’Alliance ou tout au moins pas de manière fiable” [it’s traditional role as leader of the NATO Alliance, or. at least, not in a reliable manner]. As a consequence of this conclusion Germany seeks to take on the leadership role. Of course, a NATO not led by the USA is no longer NATO but something else: it appears it may become the foundation of an independent European defense capability.


7th September, 2017

Alors que la chancelière Merkel et le président Macron sont déjà convenus de gouverner ensemble l’Union européenne, le think tank officiel de l’Allemagne fédérale, la SWP, préconise que Berlin prenne le leadership militaire de l’Union et de l’Otan. Prenant acte de la position du président Trump qui limite l’influence états-unienne au sein de l’Alliance transatlantique, les experts gouvernementaux considèrent comme possible pour Berlin de prendre la tête de l’Otan face à la Russie en investissant massivement dans le développement de son armée et la création de forces multinationales.

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Merkel-‘Peace order in Europe can only be achieved with Russia’

Posted by seumasach on September 3, 2017


2nd September, 2017

A stable European security architecture only can be built by involving Russia in the process, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. She also called on the West to honor its obligations under treaties signed with Moscow. Despite current tensions between the West and Moscow, “we can establish a European peace order only with Russia,” the chancellor said in her Saturday video podcast published on the German government’s website. She went on to say that, “in the field of the European defense and security policy, we should do our best to improve our contact with Russia.”

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Merkel: Germany won’t necessarily take US side in potential Korea war

Posted by seumasach on August 24, 2017


23rd August

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has warned the United States that Berlin would not necessarily take the side of Washington in a potential war against North Korea, saying the two sides of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula had better seek a diplomatic solution and avoid direct military confrontation.

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A ray of hope

Posted by seumasach on July 28, 2017

Coming from Paul Craig Roberts, who routinely dismisses Europe as a US surrogate, this is strong confirmation that the potentiality of an independent Europe may be becoming an actuality. This prospect is greatly strengthened by British withdrawal from the EU. As the UK descends into political and economic chaos the benefits of Brexit are to be found entirely on the other side of the English channel.

Paul Craig Roberts

26th July, 2017

America has been a discouraging landscape ever since the neoconservatives took over US foreign policy during the Clinton regime and started the two decades of war crimes that define 21st century America and ever since US corporations betrayed the US work force by moving American jobs to Asia.

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Washington and Berlin on a collision course

Posted by seumasach on July 4, 2017

Pepe Escobar

Sputnik News

30th June, 2017

The Russia sanctions bill that passed the US Senate by 98:2 on June 15 is a bombshell; it directly demonizes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, under the Baltic Sea, which is bound to double Gazprom’s energy capacity to supply gas to Europe.

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The final straw: Germany mulling over sanctions… this time against the US

Posted by seumasach on June 27, 2017

Sputnik News

24th June, 2017

It appears that the US-EU “geopolitical marriage” is bursting at the seams due to the irresponsible foreign strategy of the US political elite, Russian economist Ivan Danilov wrote for RIA Novosti, revealing what could become the final straw for the long-lasting trans-Atlantic union.

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Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms

Posted by seumasach on June 24, 2017


16th June, 2017

Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms.

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Wagenknecht: ‘Dissolution of NATO, military alliance with Russia’

Posted by seumasach on January 24, 2017


17th January, 2017

A military security system, which would include Russia, should be set up instead of NATO, Sahra Wagenknecht, leader of the German Left party said in an interview, echoing Trump’s recent statements on NATO.

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France’s Fillon seeks European defense boost

Posted by seumasach on January 23, 2017

Brexit and now the Trump presidency have been instrumental in pushing Europe towards integration and independence. Europe must now look east and forge close ties of cooperation with Russia, Iran and China.


22nd January, 2017

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Conservative French presidential front-runner Francois Fillon urged Europe in an interview published on Sunday to boost its defense capacities with a pooled fund to finance foreign operations.

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Germany seeks closer military ties within EU after Brexit

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2016

Brexit has already had dramatic geopolitical consequences. This is the first one: an independent Europe logically leading to the demise of NATO. Meanwhile “independence day”, as you might expect, means for Britain an even deeper integration into the US security sphere.


Berlin and Paris will push for closer military ties with EU member states, the German defense minister said, adding that the long-contended issue was let loose by UK’s vote to leave the bloc. It comes as Germany is looking for a new global role for its military.

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EU proposals will force multinationals to disclose tax arrangements

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2016

“This will anger Washington, which is already on the warpath over what it perceives as partial targeting of the big US digital companies by the EU.

Robert Stack, the US Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, said last month he is concerned about the “basic fairness” of investigations of US companies and their tax affairs in Europe. Meanwhile the commission has said it will consider adding Google’s heavily criticised £130m tax deal with the UK to its lengthy list of inquiries.


7th February, 2016

US multinationals such as Google, Facebook and Amazon will be forced to publicly disclose their earnings and tax bills in Europe, under legislation being drafted by the EU executive.

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