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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

Reuters

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

RT

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.

CNBC

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.

RT

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.

Guardian

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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Juncker says EU needs a better attitude towards Russia

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2015

The chaos resulting from the destabilisation of Libya and Syria, for which Europe cannot escape responsibility, have at least triggered a decisive shift towards a more independent European foreign policy

Deutsche Welle

8th October, 2015

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned that Europe’s refugee crisis will continue for “years.” He also criticized Western countries for ostracizing Russia amid growing tensions.

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Major US allies to join China-backed AIIB bank

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2015

Deutsche Welle

17th March, 2015

Against the advice of the US, several European nations have decided to join the China-backed AIIB development bank. Washington had expressed concern over funding transparency and competition for the World Bank.

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Cracks In Washington’s empire

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2015

Paul Craig Roberts

17th March, 2015

Washington’s EU vassals might be finding their backbone. Britain, Germany, France, and Italy are reported to have defied Washington’s orders and applied to join the Chinese-led Asian Investment Bank. Australia, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Luxembourg might also join.

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