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Europe starts to put forward its own conditions

Europe starts to put forward its own conditions

August 28 2018 LJ cover – Европа начинает выдвигать США собственные условия
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, Security, Defense, USA, Analytics, Politics, EU

Europe should take responsibility for its security, and therefore its sovereignty. Almost simultaneously, statements were made from Paris and Berlin. In other words, the two key EU countries want to change the relationship of the whole of Europe with the United States. What do these truly revolutionary statements mean?

The coincidence of the statements made in Berlin and Paris by chance, but the similarity of their meanings is completely unsurprising. It is noteworthy that even the format of events at which European leaders made their statements is absolutely identical: they were meetings with diplomats, but not with strangers, but with their own. At the meetings of ambassadors in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke, and in Berlin - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

«Европа больше не может вверять свою безопасность только Соединенным Штатам. Сегодня нам нужно брать ответственность и гарантировать безопасность и, стало быть, суверенитет Европы» – these words of Macron were then repeated in his "Twitter". In this regard, Makron said the need to give new impetus to the development of the European defense project - adding that Russia (but after making progress on Ukraine) and Turkey should participate in the discussions on military cooperation.

"Strategic partnership with Russia and Turkey, because these two powers are important for our collective security, they need to be attached to Europe."

Heiko Maas was less harsh, but said, in fact, about the same. Calling the US "the closest partner" of the EU, he said that Europe "needs a new, balanced partnership with the US"

"By strengthening the European direction of the transatlantic partnership, we create conditions for the EU and the US to rely on each other."

The head of the German Foreign Ministry explained this idea in more detail in his article published last week:

"It has long been time to reassess the transatlantic partnership: soberly, critically, even self-critically ... As a plan, we propose the idea of ​​a balanced partnership ... When the United States crosses the red lines, we, as Europeans, should set up a counterbalance ... It is necessary to strengthen the European pillar North Atlantic alliance ... To create a European Union for security and defense - as part of the transatlantic security order and as a European project of its own ... Only from this point of view, it makes sense to increase the cost of defense "Y and security.

That is, although the Maas constantly specifies that it is a question of the European pillar of a two-part NATO, and Makron dispenses with references to Atlanticism, it is about the same thing: Europe wants to become an independent military-political force.

That is, to regain sovereignty, limited after 1945 year.

The difference between the tonality of Paris and Berlin is not accidental. France is still a nuclear power and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and Germany is the way and a more powerful economically-but an Anglo-Saxon-occupied country with a trained elite.

As a reason for the awakening of European autonomy, both Macron and Maas call the current US foreign policy.

"The threat that is looming lies in the crisis of multilateralism (система многосторонних торговых привилегий – противоположное тому, что делает Трамп, отказываясь от Транстихоокеанского торгового партнерства и североамериканского НАФТА – прим. ВЗГЛЯД)».

This crisis, in particular, is caused by "American policy, doubts about the future of NATO, unilateral and aggressive trade policy that almost led to the trade war with China, the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, the US withdrawal from the Iranian agreement": "

"The partner with whom Europe fought for multi-lateralism after the war seems to have decided to turn its back on our common history ... France was every time the first country to oppose these decisions and made it clear. Each time, France tried to convince that it is not worth taking this or that decision, which could harm a good dialogue between our countries. And I continue to speak for it. "

The Maas also criticized the US for withdrawing from the Iranian deal and imposing sanctions:

"We will not allow ourselves to act through our heads, so it was right to protect European companies from legal sanctions."

At the same time, although the head of the German Foreign Ministry said that "the election of Donald Trump showed that we do not know America as well as we thought," he did not reduce everything to the personality of the American president. And he recalled that the roads of Europe and the USA began to diverge not under President Trump:

"The crossing of values ​​and interests, linking the strength of which was the conflict between East and West, is declining. Today, it is possible to achieve balance with the US only through close cooperation of Germany with France and other Europeans within the framework of a sovereign, strong Europe. The EU should become the basis of the international order, a partner for all those who are committed to this order. "

Thus, we are dealing with a specific declaration of Germany and France - the two key EU countries want to change the relationship between Europe and the United States. "The junior partner" wants to become an equal partner - and in matters of war and peace, in global politics, and in the world economy. NATO is not encouraged to dissolve, but they want to receive equal rights in it. This is, of course, a revolution, let it be so in words.

Yes, Merkel first stated that Europe should take its destiny into its own hands, last year, after the first meeting with Trump. Yes, Trump almost openly plays, if not to collapse, then to the weakening of the European Union (in which he sees a commercial competitor, not an ally). Yes, the disagreement between the geopolitical interests of the US and Europe has been growing in recent years. Yes, Brexit changes the balance of power within the EU, not to mention the fact that as the EU itself grew stronger, German ambitions inevitably had to grow. But still something prevents us from believing in the decisiveness of Macron and the Meuse.

To build a sovereign Europe, one must have a clear idea of ​​the values ​​on which it will be based. But the current European project not only carries such mines inherent in it as multiculturalism and non-nationalism, but in principle it is nothing more than a product of Anglo-Saxon globalism. That is, if globalization in the American way is collapsing, then there is no need for a single Europe - in the form in which it was created over the last decades.

And the collapse of globalization in the form in which it promoted the Anglo-Saxons, is no longer a secret. The phenomenon of Trump itself is just an attempt to save the US as a national state from destruction under the wreckage of the collapsing "tower of Babel". And many people in Europe understand this. But there are also those who, on the contrary, want Europe to pick up the flag of globalization that has fallen out of the hands of the US and replace the Americans, who failed to cope with the task, as the center for assembling the "one mankind". At least, all the rhetoric of Haiko Maas gives out in him just a typical globalist - that is, he is a classic product of education in the spirit of loyalty to the only true doctrine of "Atlantism."

For Russia, however, the mere fact that Europe strengthens its independence in the medium term will be only beneficial - because it will work to bring about a multipolar world order. Three months ago in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin in a half-joking form suggested Macron not to worry that Europe has obligations to the US, on which it depends on security:

"But we do not need to worry about this - we will help. We will provide security. And, in any case, everything that depends on us, we will do so that there are no new threats. "

Then Macron said he was absolutely not afraid of anything, because he has a French army, but he must think about the European security architecture and about the obligations. Today, Makron gave Putin a more specific answer.

Peter Akopov
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