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    Germany Calls on the EU to Form a ‘Counterweight’ to the U.S.

    Germany Calls on the EU to Form a ‘Counterweight’ to the U.S.

    “The EU must become a cornerstone of the international order,” says the German foreign minister.

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has laid out an ambitious plan to counter the United State at the world stage.

    In an article titled “Making Plans for a New World Order,” Minister Mass talked about forming a “counterweight” to the US and called on the the European Union to become “a cornerstone of the international order.”

    “[W]here the USA crosses the line, we Europeans must form a counterweight,” German Foreign Minister wrote on Wednesday. “The main goal of our foreign policy is therefore to build a sovereign, strong Europe.”

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support for the plan. “The article by Minister Maas conveyed much of what constitutes the common stance of the government towards the United States,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a regular government press conference.

    Writing for the German financial newspaper Handelsblatt, Maas talked about Germany seizing “a historic opportunity to redefine the EU’s role.” He added:

    Of course we can’ t fill all the gaps. But together with others, we can cushion the most damaging consequences of the thinking that says success is measured in dollars saved. That is why we have increased funding for relief organizations working with Palestinian refugees and sought support from Arab states.

    Stressing that the proposed policy shift has little to do with the current US president, Mass added, “Not because Donald Trump is always setting new percentage targets [for NATO spending], but because we can no longer rely on Washington to the same extent.”

    Germany’s state-run DW News explained the context behind the foreign minister’s drastic proposal:

    Maas’ article comes amid strained relations between the US and its European allies after US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU, and pulled out of a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.

    Europe has been scrambling to persuade Tehran to remain in the 2015 accord. But with European firms wary of far-reaching US financial penalties, it’s proving to be a challenge.

    Iran called on Europe to speed up efforts to save the deal after French oil group Total formally pulled out of a major gas project on Monday.

    The EU has vowed to counter Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran, including by means of a new law to shield European companies from punitive measures.

    “Given the circumstances, it is of strategic importance that we tell Washington clearly: We want to work together,” Maas wrote. “But we will not allow you to hurt our interests without consulting us.”

    Mass proposed setting up of banking networks “independent” of the US in order to “save the nuclear deal.”

    “That’s why it is indispensable that we strengthen European autonomy by creating payment channels that are independent of the United States, a European Monetary Fund and an independent SWIFT system,” Maas wrote. “Every day the deal is alive is better than the highly explosive crisis that would otherwise threaten the Middle East.”

    Predictably, mainstream German media welcomed their foreign minister’s pro-EU pronouncements.

    The German foreign minister’s plan amounts to a “reset on relations with Washington,” commented Handelsblatt in an editorial. “[Maas] is recasting the trans-Atlantic relationship. It’s high time. He wants Berlin and Europe to become a counterweight to the fake news and fury coming from Washington.”

    “Maas Draws a Red Line for Trump,” said the headline in the newspaper Berliner Morgenpost.  The German government “doesn’t want to endure and hope that Trump’s tenure comes to an early end. Government wants to push back.”

    German weekly Der Spiegel broadly agreed with the foreign inister’s assessment. “Merkel has repeatedly said that she doesn’t consider the US to be fully reliable anymore,” wrote Der Spiegel. The magazine, however, urged the EU to “keep the door open for the US for it to revert to the international agreements [Iran Deal, Paris Climate accord].”

    The strategy of propping up the EU to serve as a counterweight to the US or forming a “multilateral alliance” to counter the US in the international arena, as articulated by the German foreign minister, is a not a new approach, but a permanent feature of Merkel’s foreign policy. There are signs that she may be doubling down in this approach. Germany’s proposed financial aid to Erodgan’s Turkey following the US sanctions and the German chancellor’s backing of a multi-billion Russian gas pipeline to Germany, despite the US objections, shows Berlin’s intention to exploit Washington’s conflicts–with Turkey and Russia in this case–to earn diplomatic brownie points.

    However, the “Plans for a New World Order” that Germany’s foreign minister proposes, might come at a high price tag for Germany. Berlin is already overstretched in wake of the European migrant crisis. Banking institutions within the eurozone are still reeling from the 2008 currency crisis. The German army, deployed in Afghanistan and other troubled spots, remains chronically undermanned, underfunded, and overburdened. Despite having been crowned the “Leader of the Free world” by the liberal media, Merkel’s position at home has been weakened following the 2017 Bundestag election. Globalist pipe dreams aside, the German leader can’t even bend ‘insubordinate’ eastern European countries to her will, let alone challenge the US at the world stage.

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    mathewsjw | August 25, 2018 at 12:55 am

    the GOP should make Several Midterm 2018 elections ads of these globalist new world order chumps

    Arminius | August 26, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Good luck with that, Germany, meine hubsche madchen.

    This article is from 2015. Things have only gotten worse.

    “It won’t be a loss on the battlefield that destroys Berlin’s armed forces, but rather massive underfunding.”

    As I understand it 2/3rd of German armor and aircraft are inoperative. So it’s not even a paper tiger. Oh, and looking beyond the land and air forces at the Kriegsmarine…

    So, again, good luck with that whole counterweight thingy. I don’t mean this as a disparaging remark because I have the highest regard for the Coast Guard.

    “Rough Sea Coast Guard bar crossing”

    They work every day. My dad was a senior chief radioman in the USCG. In bad weather we in the Navy stop flying a loooong time before they will. My credit union is Sea West Coast Guard FCU. My dad is gone now, but I still have the accounts he opened for me.

    As far as the Marines go, I wouldn’t be a Naval officer if a few drill instructors didn’t thing it was permissable.

    Semper Paratus.

    Semper Fidelis.

    Sic Semper Tyrannus.

    What it all amounts to (I bet you were wondering) is if all we had were those two services, two services that don’t even exist in Europe in anything like the form we have, we’d still have a larger and more capable army, navy, and air force than the entire EU.

    Arminius | August 26, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Meet my DI.

    “Pressure Point (1990)”

    He was so awesome we nicknamed the anti-Christ. I guess I can name him as he volunteered for the video. Gunnery Sergeant Holt was and is (as far as I know he’s still with us) an absolute gentleman. But he was an animal when he wanted to be. He toned things down for the video. A lot. In real life he was scary as f***. And I’m not easily intimidated.

    If I were, I’m sure he wouldn’t have allowed me to make the grade. The DIs at P’Cola are pretty confident about their ability to make men quit. There was only one time I witnessed when they doubted their ability. An enlisted EOD diver. Nearly all of the officer candidates they had dealt with were straight out of college. There were some who were prior enlisted. This was the first EOD diver they had dealt with. I had filled up plenty of circles of chalk they drew for me with my sweat. The EOD diver wore THEM out. They had to take him aside and say, “Look, we know you’re tough. But work with us as we have others to train as well.” He did, but only after he made his point.

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