Berlin, Germany. After poor meetings with new US President Donald Trump in Washington, then Brussels, German-and defacto head of Europe-Angela Merkel is going her own way down life’s highway and preparing her people for a split from the American orbit.
Following the White House meeting, NATO summit in Brussels and the G-7 summit on Sicily, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed to change the foreign policy course of Germany and the European Union and forget about relying on the US, and count solely on their own forces in the struggle for a better future.
A disagreement between Donald Trump and the leaders of the G-7 countries on the Paris Agreement on Ecology and Counteracting Global Warming is the breaking point for the western european liberal democracies and Trump’s America.
Back In 2015, the document was signed by 142 states, including the United States, which pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere over the next few years. However, this is not a very plausible reason for Europe to radically change its foreign policy.
This agreement regulates purely environmental issues of a global nature and has nothing to do with the transatlantic cooperation between the EU and the US, including in the sphere of security. Merkel must have other reasons for discontent with the policy of Donald Trump besides a difference in ideology.
Merkel has lost her interest in the US, because Donald Trump is skeptical about concluding a free trade agreement with the European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). At a meeting with EU representatives, Trump and President of the EU Council Donald Tusk did not agree on an open multilateral trade.
The idea of creating a free trade zone between the EU and the US appeared during the presidency of Barack Obama. Then Germany could derive substantial benefits in the event of cancellation of customs duties and facilitating conditions for investments between the EU and the US.
Fuhrer Angela Merkel’s views about the future of European-American relations is not the position of the whole European Union. The countries of Central and Eastern Europe continue to cooperate with Washington in the sphere of security after Donald Trump won as a president.
Britain and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe are traditionally skeptical of the formation of EU defense structures that duplicate NATO. Ukraine, for example would fall into complete civil collapse without unconditional American support.
A divorce between America and Germany is fueled by the conflict between Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia with Germany over the placement of refugees from countries in Asia and Africa within the limits of the EU quotas. The Baltic States, after Merkel’s arm twisting are taking tens of thousands of African migrants and Ukraine, not even in Europe yet, is agreeing to at least 200,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, for a price.
A clear majority of the countries from Central and Eastern Europe do not want to host immigrants from Muslim countries on the initiative of Angela Merkel, who was supported only by western european bodies of the EU.
Central European countries may simply not want to agree with another “proposal” of the German Chancellor and spoil the established relationship with the US governments. Young European democracies see in this cooperation with the United States and NATO a reason to consider a different path in the BRICS or some new Eastern European Union, possibly sponsored by Russia and China as a free-minded alternative to a Fuhrer in Berlin, a crazy man in Washington and a Brussels simply looking for money and a place to dump migrants.
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