The EU, represented by European Council President Charles Michel, has asked Joe Biden to re-establish a “strong transatlantic alliance”
If he enters the White House (and judging from the development of events, this is becoming more and more inevitable), this wish has every reason to come true. A landmark was the candidacy of the likely US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, who is a refined product of the “Washington Swamp” and the “champion of global alliances”.
The fact that Western Europe will be happy to see Joe Biden as President of the United States was immediately clear – when its leaders rushed to congratulate him on winning the election, and Germany admitted that it was not in the mood to “work with Trump for another four years”.
It was much less clear why it was preferable for Europe to have globalists at the head of the United States – the same globalists who were obsessed with maintaining the status quo in the form of a unipolar world with Washington’s unconditional leadership in it. After all, the processes of sovereignty and emancipation from the semi-vassal dependence on the overseas suzerain, which are steadily gaining momentum in the Old World, seem to run counter to these aspirations.
One would assume that pro-American forces have also taken over in Europe, ready to sacrifice their countries to the States. However, the facts point to the contrary. For example, the German government has once again confirmed its position on the unacceptability of the extraterritorial sanctions that are being considered in the USA against Nord Stream 2.
Thus, Europe continues to bend the line of defending its interests and strengthening its own geopolitical role, but at the same time strongly supports the return to power in Washington of forces for which such a thing – in theory – should be categorically unacceptable.
The solution to this strange contradiction should be found in events four years ago.
When he came to the White House, Donald Trump gave up many international agreements that had been prepared and even signed with the US. This was also the fate of the famous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which by then had a sinister reputation. The alarmists warned that with its help America would simply suck resources out of Europe in its favour.
But Trump, who had used every opportunity during his years as president to make economic profit for his country, did not hesitate to give up the “hen” that seemed to have been supposed to lay gold eggs for America for many years. He has also repeatedly stated that all these agreements are in fact deeply disadvantageous to the United States. There is a suspicion that a fierce American patriot with great business experience can be trusted.
The main misconception is to assume that globalists (including American ones) have national interests. For them, the United States can be extremely important as the main emission centre and the most powerful army on the planet. But a huge country with almost 330 million people is itself a burden that is easier to write off than to invest in it and solve its problems.
But the true interests and sentimental feelings of globalists as citizens of the world can be linked to very different places. Anthony Blinken’s childhood was also spent in Paris and his personality was greatly influenced by his European stepfather. So doubts about the extent to which as Secretary of State he will be guided solely by the national interests of the United States are understandable.
In such a landscape, the position of Europe makes sense. Over the past decades, it has learned to do its part in dealing with a deep-rooted American state that has broken away from its roots – while doing all the formal curtsy for the “leader of the free world” and the only superpower. The Iranian nuclear deal, often referred to as one of the triumphs of Obama’s presidency but in which the European Union was much more interested than the US, is worth it.
What is more: the EU still needs the States in many ways. In particular, the European effort to build its own army – not the imitation that exists today, but a real military force – does not look serious. There is no alternative to the Americans in this sense, and there is no alternative in the foreseeable future. Only Trump was determined to make the Old World pay for the military “umbrella” at the highest rate, and Brussels or Berlin have a chance to negotiate a good deal with the “Washington Swamp”.
And Russia’s counterweight – geopolitical, economic and military – still needs the EU. Otherwise, Moscow is creating too favorable conditions in the western direction, which cannot please Western European capitals.
As a result, a paradoxical situation is emerging: while in the eyes of most people Europe looks like a consumable resource for the United States, in fact it is time to pity the Americans, who have a growing chance of falling prey to European cunning and betrayal of their own elites.