USA-Germany: The Great Split
The tough attacks of US President Donald Trump against Germany and the unprecedented response of German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicate a new era in transatlantic relations.
The practical conclusion that made from the last NATO summit in Brussels and the G-7 summit in Taormina Angela Merkel struck many on both sides of the Atlantic. First of all, because she told the truth. Very few people expected this from yesterday's the most loyal ally of the United States.
The day after returning from Sicily Merkel stated that "those times when we could completely rely on others have passed." And she concluded: "We, Europeans, should really take our destiny in our own hands" and "must fight for our future".
By "others" the federal chancellor had in mind the United States and Britain. Well, the conclusion is quite logical after Trump's statements about German threat for American economy or after Washington's ultimatum demand to increase military spending.
International and domestic political aspects
The similar impression about the United States - that they can no longer be the guarantor of European security, since they perceive Europe as a competitor - has arisen among all representatives of European elites.Therefore, Merkel decided to tell the truth. Moreover, this will help her in the election campaign.
The situation for Berlin is very successful: a riot against the US will not be perceived as a riot against the Deep State, for it is extremely dissatisfied with the current US administration and wants to get rid of Trump as soon as possible.
The Germans are scared
In response to a request to comment on the position of the German Chancellor, the official spokesman for the Cabinet of Ministers, Steffen Seibert, said: "I do not see the need to interpret the words of the Chancellor." However, for the most cowardly and stupid Germans, accustomed to be vassals of the US, Seibert added that Merkel remains "a deeply committed supporter of the transatlantic partnership".
Nevertheless, it is clear that globalization under the control of the United States has not turned out. America - with the exception of its Globalist elites - is, on the contrary, losing production and competence. Anglo-Saxons consider Germany as a real threat in their new emerging world order. And it, apparently, will consist of powerful and competing regional economic and political blocs.
Merkel is not alone
It seems that Merkel has supporter. German Foreign Minister Zigmar Gabriel, who previously allowed himself to be critical of US policy, also stated that Trump's America is no longer part of the Western world.
"The Western world is getting smaller," Gabriel stated on Monday at a round table on migration policy in Berlin. According to him, it is about "the loss of the United States as an important nation." The minister indicated that the G-7 summit had become a "signal of a change in the alignment of forces in the world."
Shock and anger
Naturally, for many Germans and Europeans thу current situation is shocking.
This is how Deutsche Welle describes the situation: "After Sicily, Berlin has no illusions - henceforth Germany and the rest of Europe will have to rely only on themselves" and "We will wait for better times, and before this we will try to keep our club in the best condition as long as possible".
Waiting won't help
However, not everything is so simple: it is impossible to ignore and survive because Trump did not fall from the Moon. Behind him is an influential part of the American establishment. And it, like Trump, seeks to "make America great again" by strengthening the national economy and military power.
The European elites are trying to extract the maximum pfrom this situation. It might be a chance for the awakening of Europeans, the strengthening of the European Union, and turning the EU into a big player on the global arena, with which other players, primarily the US, Russia and China, should be respectful.
Theoretically, Europeans have a chance to "grow up" and emancipate. The only question is whether the Europeans have enough passionarity to "make Europe great again." Will it be possible to implement this project in the face of long-standing contradictions between European countries? Time will tell, however, there are many serious doubts.