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Merkel draws the line against Trump

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2019

Tom Luongo

21st february, 201

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has turned the corner on relations with the United States. Her speech at the Munich Security Conference should be considered Germany’s divorce filing from the U.S.-led post-WWII institutional order.

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Pompeo, Pence & the alienation of Europe

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2019

Patrick Lawrence

Consortium News

19th february, 2019

What a job Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did in Europe last week. If the objective was to worsen an already critical trans–Atlantic rift and further isolate the U.S., they could not have returned to Washington with a better result.

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Putin positive on Macron’s ‘European army’ plan

Posted by seumasach on November 17, 2018

So much for the theory that Russia seeks to undermine the EU by backing brexiteers and eurosceptics.
11th November, 2018
Europe’s desire to create its own army and stop relying on Washington for defense is not only understandable, but would be “positive” for the multipolar world, Vladimir Putin said days after Donald Trump ripped into it.

“Europe is … a powerful economic union and it is only natural that they want to be independent and … sovereign in the field of defense and security,” Putin told RT in Paris where world leaders gathered to mark the centenary of the end of WWI.

He also described the potential creation of a European army as “a positive process,” adding that it would “strengthen the multipolar world.” The Russian leader even expressed his support to French President Emmanuel Marcon, who recently championed this idea by saying that Russia’s stance on the issue “is aligned with that of France” to some extent.

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Europe and Iran plot oil-for-goods scheme to bypass US sanctions

Posted by seumasach on September 27, 2018

“What is certain now is that thanks to Donald Trump’s policy, Europe is working closer now with China and Russia,” a western diplomat told The Independent.

It will be interesting to see where this leaves the Little Englanders’ anti-Russian crusade.

Independent

27th September

 

Diplomats are examining a scheme to barter Iranian oil for European goods through Russia as part of mechanism to bypass American sanctions on the Islamic Republic, The Independent can reveal.

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Europe finally has an excuse to challenge the dollar

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2018

“Creating “a defensible banking architecture” may well be the end goal for the Europeans, China and Russia, anyway. Iran is only a convenient pretext: the nuclear agreement is one of the few things that unite the EU, China and Russia against the U.S. But working to undermine the dollar’s global dominance isn’t ultimately about Iran at all. In his recent State of the European Union speech, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called for strengthening the euro’s international role and moving away from traditional dollar invoicing in foreign trade. China and Russia have long sought the same thing, but it’s only with Europe, home of the world’s second biggest reserve currency, that they stand a chance of challenging American dominance.”

Bloomberg

25th September, 2018

With more and more European companies fleeing Iran following the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, it may be tempting for Americans to write off Europe’s efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal. It would be wiser to resist the temptation.

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The euro has the power to challenge the dollar

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2018

Bloomberg

12th September, 2018

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker isn’t a nationalist populist, but he devoted his State of the European Union address on Wednesday to the defense of “European sovereignty.” This means, among other things, using the euro to challenge the U.S. dollar’s global dominance, particularly in an era of growing American unilateralism.

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It’s time for realism in EU-Russia ties: France’s Macron

Posted by seumasach on September 2, 2018

This looks like the decisive,long-awaited moment. Prompted by Trump, who seems intent on US withdrawal from Europe, the EU leadership knows that it must now look east. Rumours that Turkey is about to default on its debt could draw the EU closer to avoid heavy loses but negotiations would no longer be about Turkey joining the EU but, rather, the EU joining Turkey, Russia, Iran and , above all, China. The EU project becomes the Eurasian project.

Reuters

30th August, 2018

HELSINKI (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron urged the European Union on Thursday to modernize its post-Cold War ties with Russia and pursue “strategic relations” with Turkey as well as other close neighbors, including in defense matters.

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Putin’s wedding trip seals marriage of convenience with Merkel

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

25th August, 2018

It was supposed to be a low-key, traditional Austrian wedding until Vladimir Putin pulled up in a black limo. The bride was Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, a top energy analystand former professor at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and the European Business School in Frankfurt.

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Germany calls for global payment system independent of the US

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2018

Tyler Durden

Zero Hedge

In a stunning vote of “no confidence” in the US monopoly over global payment infrastructure, Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US that would allow Brussels to be independent in its financial operations from Washington and as a means of rescuing the nuclear deal between Iran and the west.

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The EU has signed a deal to integrate 23 armies

Posted by seumasach on November 25, 2017

WEForum

20th November, 2017

It took 70 years, but the European Union finally signed a pact today (Nov. 13) agreeing to integrate military funding, weapons development, and deployment of European defenses.

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EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

Posted by seumasach on November 14, 2017

“Similar efforts to build up military links have been unsuccessful in the past. Britain, the bloc’s biggest military power, has long sought to thwart EU defence cooperation, opposing anything that might lead to a European army.”

British and American self-marginalization have finally allowed Europe to begin to caste of it’s vassalage to the Anglo-Americans and a key piece in the multipolar jigsaw falls into place. Of course, an “enemy” is required to serve as a justification for any military project and this role, of course, falls to the usual suspect: Russia.

Euractiv

13th Novemebr, 2017

The EU took a major step towards building closer defence ties on Monday (13 November), with 23 member states signing a landmark agreement, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and boost cooperation following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

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