Trump Versus Merkel’s EU

After meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had the following to say according to the Guardian:

“The times in which we could completely depend on others are to a certain extent over,” she told an election rally in Munich on Sunday. “I’ve experienced that in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”

 

The chancellor told a 2,500-strong crowd in the Bavarian capital that Germany and Europe would strive to remain on good terms with the US, Britain and other countries, “even with Russia”, but added: “We have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.”

Notice how she says “we Europeans” instead of “we Germans.” It seems evident from Merkel’s past behaviour that she has an aversion to any manifestations of national pride, most probably the result of growing up in Communist East Germany, and the trauma caused by an official history of the country which begins with Hitlers ascent to power, and ends with the Holocaust.

Also, one is left wondering how many of the 2,500-strong crowd were recently settled “refugees,” who she has so enthusiastically welcomed into the country – not her own home of course – to the detriment of the countless victims of violent crimes, which have surged since the migrant crisis was engineered. Considering this it’s hard to believe that 2,500 Germans would still want to listen to her, much less give her their votes.

The leaders did vow to fight protectionism, reiterating “a commitment to keep our markets open”. They also agreed to step up pressure on North Korea, cooperate more closely on terrorism and look into placing tougher sanctions on Russia.

Keep markets open to China and their unfair trade practices? While they flood the EU and the US with their cheap – in both senses of the word – products while our manufacturing industries go out of business and blue-collar workers are left jobless, the effects of which are felt throughout the economy?

So she mentions Russia twice. The first time is to express her wish to remain on good terms with it, then the second mention is a kick in the proverbial balls by suggesting tougher sanctions on a country she would be wise not to provoke considering how badly their last war together ended for Germany.

But while six of the seven present renewed their commitment to the 2015 Paris accord on climate change, Trump said he needed more time to decide.

Merkel said the result of the “six against one” talks was “very difficult, if not to say very unsatisfactory”.

He needs more time to decide if the CO2 we exhale is a toxic armageddon gas?

Yes, the talks were extremely unsatisfactory for a woman used to getting her way, especially when the odds are six against one. Perhaps Trump should send her an autographed copy of The Art of the Deal.

At the Nato summit in Brussels on Thursday, Trump repeated past accusations that other members of the alliance were failing to meet its military spending commitment of 2% of GDP, saying this was “not fair” on US taxpayers.

 

He also failed to endorse the pact’s article five mutual defence clause – an omission seen as especially striking as he was unveiling a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the US, the only time it has been triggered.

President Trump gave them a stern telling off, and in typical schoolboy fashion a few of them giggled as his back was turned. If NATO member nations insist on maintaining an organisation whose usefulness ended with the Cold War, then the bare minimum they can do is pay what they agreed on.

Article five may have only been triggered once, but from the sounds of it Merkel and her lackeys were repeatedly triggered by Trump.

Speaking of lackeys:

By contrast, Merkel said she wished the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, every success and promised Germany would do what it could to help France in a bid to revive the ailing Franco-German engine that has long powered Europe.

Macron will certainly have the same success Merkel has had destroying the nation she presides if he has his way. His power handshake with Trump was meant to project the image of a strong leader onto this upstart beta male, establishment stooge, and former Rothschild banker, but he certainly didn’t fool Donald Trump with his act.

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