The EU is the quagmire of statism and anti-intellectual thinking…
“Merkel’s Germany has largely aligned itself with tyrannical regimes in authoritarian Russia, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Communist China. Her country’s vulgar, pacifist foreign policy, coupled with an addiction to Russian gas, endangers Europe”.
Germany must re-embrace America, Europe
President Trump has been pointedly criticized for putting pressure on America’s European allies. Critics have even insinuated that he is endangering the alliance.
Yet it is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Germany that has abandoned Europe and America. And she needs to bring her nation back to the fold.
Merkel’s Germany has largely aligned itself with tyrannical regimes in authoritarian Russia, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Communist China. Her country’s vulgar, pacifist foreign policy, coupled with an addiction to Russian gas, endangers Europe and struggling democracies seeking to stymie Russian President Vladimir Putin’s jingoism.
Take the example of the Merkel administration’s full-throttled campaign to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport natural gas from Russia to Germany, running under the Baltic Sea. This pipeline is opposed by the EU Parliament, President Donald Trump’s administration, Ukraine, and environmental groups.
Russia’s state-owned gas company, Gazprom, is spearheading Nord Stream 2. Put simply, Nord Stream 2 means that Europe’s most important economy will be beholden to an authoritarian regime for its energy supply. And profits from Nord Stream 2 can be used by Putin to sow further discord in Western democracies.
To add weight to the accusation that Germany is carrying Putin’s water, the country’s largest newspaper, Bild, reported that Emily Haber, Berlin’s ambassador to the U.S., engaged in high-intensity lobbying for the Russian president’s pipeline project. According to the March article, Haber wrote to U.S. senators demanding that they “stop threatening two Russian ventures in Germany with further sanctions.” A congressional staffer told Bild that people were “shocked” by Haber’s letter, which “unambiguously sides with Russia.”
The Bild article was scarcely noticed by the U.S. media. But to its credit, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee internalized the danger of the German-Russian energy alliance. In late July, the committee advanced legislation to sanction construction of the Nord Stream project.