In 1940, the German Wehrmacht was modern history’s supreme fighting machine. But only four years later, the Wehrmacht was broken. Most Americans, British and Canadians believe that D-Day was the decisive stroke that ended WWII in Europe. But this is not true. Germany’s mighty Wehrmacht, which included the Luftwaffe, was destroyed by Stalin’s Soviet Union.
Nord Stream II is thus a double-edged sword for the US because it would cut into its profitable LNG business but would at the same time provide the strategic pretext for “legitimizing” its expanded presence in Poland and the Baltics.
Europe cannot cave in to US pressure, but it cannot realistically break ties with Washington when rejecting it, much less lay a claim to the mantle of global leadership. Europe simply wants more independence, which is already asking a lot, given the current state of world affairs. To achieve this, Europe needs to develop a more favorable balance of forces and interests.
No matter what the outcome of all the diplomatic and economic conflicts between the two shores of the Atlantic, it is already safe to say that Europe has broken free of Washington’s grip, and future relations between the US and the EU will become increasingly tense.
The US attacks on Germany’s economy are nothing new. But previously those had been limited to just Trump’s words and infamous tweets. Now Washington has moved from words to deeds and seems to mean business, as evidenced by the March tariffs on Chinese goods.
For as liberal as Germany is on the domestic and continental front, its leadership embraces ruthless realism when it comes to non-European affairs in Africa and the Mideast.
So who initiated irreconcilable confrontation right in the heart of Europe after the WWII and 40-year division of the German people?
London and Washington’s primary goal in the debut of their Hitler project was to crush any potential competitors to the Anglo-Saxon currency and to create a new, dollar-based world.
The scandalous remark from Germany’s top military official immediately led to a strong rebuke from all levels of the Polish government.
The right-wing’s fracturing, the Social Democrat’s mediocre support, and the uncertainty over the prospective “Jamaica Coalition” evidence that the German politics will never be the same again.
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Last week NATO held its summit in Warsaw, Poland. As citizens in NATO countries wonder what benefits they get from NATO membership, it is important to consider some facts. Historians and analysts in Western Europe and the United States imbue disproportional blame on Russia while neglecting opportunities for cooperative economic […]