Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
May 26, 2016
Over the past few years I and other bloggers on the internet have been watching developments in Europe closely, and particularly in the big three continental powers, Italy, France, and Germany. In previous blogs I have been arguing that the policies of the German government were increasingly irrational, and subservient to Washington in a way detrimental to Germany’s, and hence Europe’s, long term economic and security interests. The focus here has been on the loony refugee policy advocated by Frau Merkel’s government, and the equally, if not more, irrational policy of sanctions against Russia in the face of the Ukrainian crisis, a crisis largely minted in Washington, not Berlin and certainly not in Moscow. Western lamestream media opinion notwithstanding, it simply is not in Russia’s long term political, economic, or military interest to attempt a “resuscitation” of the old Soviet Empire.
Last year recent developments indicated that a long-term struggle between Washington and Europe(read, Paris, Berlin, and Rome here) is looming, a struggle most recently apparent in growing European opposition to the TTIP (Trans-atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or, as one regular here suggested, Truly Terrible Investment Plan), a scheme conjured in Washington to give American corporations all but royal status in Europe, bypassing national legislatures, and even the regulatory bloat in Brussels. But there have been other significant indicators of a long-term looming problem:
Not the least of these have been two stories from last year: the merger of the largest French and German armaments firms, a step needed to create a trans-European military, with Germany and France taking the lead. This trans-European military is a step to loosen the squeeze of NATO, and hence, of Washington, around Europe’s political neck, and a necessary step according to the following opinion from Russia-follower, The Saker: