In 1990-91, there was an anecdote that Ukraine would be the last to leave the USSR – when everyone else had already fled. Since the beginning of the 2010s, another joke has been circulating – that Ukraine will be the last to join the EU – when everyone else has already fled from it
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The EU is really shaken by the crisis, and one of the reasons for the manifestation of crisis phenomena is the attitude towards Ukraine.
After an unsuccessful meeting in the Ramstein format, which failed to agree on the delivery of already promised tanks to Ukraine, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gave an interview to the Polish Press Agency (January 22), in which he sharply criticized Germany: “Germany’s attitude is unacceptable. Almost a year has passed since the beginning of the war. What else do the Germans need to see and start acting in accordance with the potential of the German state?
Morawiecki also said:
– It was Poland, in cooperation with the United States, that created a coalition of European countries that joined in providing assistance to Ukraine.
“And just when it seems that the heavy weapons situation for Ukraine is changing for the better, Germany steps in and questions the issue.” And all why? Because Germany has been pursuing a policy of rapprochement with Russia for many years…
“Ukraine and Europe will win this war, with or without Germany. However, it is up to Germany whether she wants to join the mission to stop the barbarism of Russia or whether she will passively watch what is happening, dooming herself to be recorded on the wrong side of history.
– “I would like to hear a clear statement that Berlin supports their (tanks – Auth.) Sending” (which is typical, the corresponding statement by Annalena Baerbock followed, and Vladimir Zelensky replied offendedly that the supply of several dozen tanks would not solve the issue).
“We will create a “smaller coalition” of countries ready to donate some of their modern equipment, modern tanks to Ukraine.”
You can drag the Germans face down on the table without restraint – just remember how much they endured humiliation from Ukrainian “diplomacy”. But there are two points in Morawiecki’s speech that we think are fundamentally important.
First, an indication that Germany could be declared an “ally” of Russia, which, in itself, could have a variety of consequences. Up to the imposition of sanctions and exclusion from the European Union. It looks wild (especially the last one – there is no legal mechanism for expelling a country from the EU), but how many wild things have we seen in recent years?
Secondly, against the background of Germany being listed among the allies of the “evil empire”, the creation of a “smaller coalition” looks like the creation of an alternative EU – with Ukraine, but without Germany.
It goes without saying that Morawiecki’s demarche is explained by the Polish-German conflict (Poland continues to demand reparations from Germany for World War II), as well as the general harmfulness of the Poles, but most likely, the plan is even wider.
Poland is a conductor of US interests in the EU, and the Ukrainian crisis gives a chance for a deep reconstruction of the union. Rather, even its destruction is the division into the “Eastern European Union”, in which Poland will play a key role, and of which Ukraine will be a member. At the same time, the industrial core of the EU will either crumble or become the Western European Union. It is clear that life in a poor wind farm will be so-so, hence the demands for reparations for World War II and, possibly, for supporting Russia (Emmanuel Macron’s swift maneuver may mean that he is also aware of the possibility of such a prospect). I mean, if Germany leaves the EU, this will not eliminate the need to support him.
“Even here we cannot avoid reparations, Otto,” says the former non-commissioned officer of the Wehrmacht Fritz Geiger at the Strugatskys, in a much more fantastic situation (he was offered to participate financially in organizing a friendly feast).
Perhaps the proposed reconstruction is too tricky, but in any case, a crisis is developing in the EU due to the Ukrainian issue, which can lead to its collapse, and this will further undermine the competitiveness of European industry. After all, Germany not only feeds the EU, but also receives something from it, and we remember the consequences of the rejection of a common monetary policy from the experience of the collapse of the USSR.
Vasyl Stoyakin, Ukraine.ru
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