The trend was most clearly demonstrated by European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who called for the EU to create an army. He told Die Welt on March 8 that “a common European army would convey a clear message to Russia that we are serious about defending our European values.”
His statements received broad support, especially in Germany. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that “a European army is the future,” and Chancellor Angela Merkel called for “deeper military cooperation in Europe.” Continue reading
As stated before, the whole spying ‘scandal’ is the biggest spying non-scandal in modern times. The BND has virtually been in bed with the NSA since 1952, its year of inception. Because of German laws, the BND was never allowed to spy on its own citizens. This then allowed the German government to use the legal loophole of allowing the NSA to spy for them, or do the spying for the NSA as in this case, and then distribute the intelligence findings.
Why all the outrage then? You have to look at the bigger picture. In a nutshell, Germany wants the American ball and chain detached from it, thus enabling it to become a superpower on its own. It already has established its hegemony over the Europe and the EU, the largest economy in the world. NATO forces, while needed, are not welcome in the eyes of many Europeans and to turn such a non-scandal to an overly dramatic show is pure propaganda for the domestic front. This intentionally ramps up support among European citizens and successfully drives another wedge between Germany’s rising Fourth Reich and America. The government has to shape the thinking of people and manipulate public opinion before it can garner support to carry out its goals. What you’re seeing is a historical split and Moscow is also playing its part to drive NATO out of Europe as well.
According to the available information, the NSA was trying to get information about the multinational arms companies EADS and Eurocopter. This was contrary to German interests, and the BND had rejected the requests at that time. Continue reading
Ironically, as the article mentions the European Army, it could come to fruition in the form of compromise. America created ISIS to take Syria down. Ukraine was also swiped away from Russia in order to keep the Soviets from forming a wedge between NATO and a Germany’s Fourth Reich-dominated Europe.
In return, Russia has sent nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, it’s strategic enclave right in the Mediterranean. Now as Russia’s making it known it can have a substantial and strategic military foothold right next to the heart of Europe, European leaders might find themselves joining the team instead of trying to beat them.
Russia is playing the Wests game and winning. Eventually the West will be kicked out of Europe as Germany wants to stand on its own and finds that in its best interests it should side with Russia and combine forces.
So, if you’re looking at an European Army, Russia could very well be part of the strategic shift taking place as we speak. Only time will tell how it actually forms, but it’s clear at this moment that a shift is heading in this direction.
Just days after Russia lifted sanctions on providing anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, Reuters reports that The Greeks are in talks with Russia to purchase missiles for the S-300 defense system. Greece, a NATO member, has been in possession of the advanced Russian-made systems since the late 1990s and in a defiant show of independence towards Troika, is now negotiating with Russia for the purchase of additional missiles and for their maintenance. Continue reading
Violent conflicts are spreading throughout the Middle East. Germany is working with Egypt, supporting Saudi Arabia and delivering weapons to the peshmerga – but the government opposition in Berlin is critical.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been in office for almost a year. Soon he’s due to visit Germany. In March, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel extended an invitation on behalf of Chancellor Angela Merkel. That marked a departure from the government’s earlier position that parliamentary elections in Egypt were a precondition for an official state visit by the president. Continue reading
Five years old, but vindicated, still quite relevant and accurate:
Who is China’s largest trading partner?
If you guessed the United States, you’re wrong. It’s the European Union.
If you got the first one right, here is another question: Who are the biggest exporters in the world? First place goes to the European Union. Second goes to China. Third would then go to Germany if it wasn’t already included within the EU. America comes in at a distant fourth place, followed by Japan.
The world has changed. Not long ago, America was both the largest exporter of manufactured goods and the world’s most important economy.
Yes, a shift is occurring—and it is titanic. Today’s global power centers of manufacturing and trade have swung back to Europe and China. The most important and lucrative trade routes are once again between the old world’s East and West. The modern Silk Road is swarming with the new merchants.
Guess who’s playing a more leading role in NATO:
People today are understandably confused when they hear “Fourth Reich” and Germany combined in the same sentence. They cannot put two and two together because they continue to look for Nazis running the country. There are none.
The Fourth Reich of today is economic dominance and subjugation of the European continent which will later turn the landscape into a United States of Europe — the only way for the Euro, or single currency bloc to survive. The only solution is further integration, and further integration means destroying national sovereignty from country to country and doing things the hegemon’s way.
Along with an upcoming United States of Europe will be a European Army, thanks in part to the suicide of the United States and Russian threats from the East. Many may not see it, but it’s going in that direction step by step. Whether one chooses to believe it or not doesn’t change the fact that it in fact is happening, albeit at a slow pace, before their very eyes.
If you’re still looking for Nazis, you’re 70-plus years late to the party.
Following World War II, a German return to dominance in Europe seemed an impossibility. But the euro crisis has transformed the country into a reluctant hegemon and comparisons with the Nazis have become rampant. Are they fair?
May 30, 1941 was the day when Manolis Glezos made a fool of Adolf Hitler. He and a friend snuck up to a flag pole on the Acropolis in Athens on which a gigantic swastika flag was flying. The Germans had raised the banner four weeks earlier when they occupied the country, but Glezos took down the hated flag and ripped it up. The deed turned both him and his friend into heroes.
Back then, Glezos was a resistance fighter. Today, the soon-to-be 93-year-old is a member of the European Parliament for the Greek governing party Syriza. Sitting in his Brussels office on the third floor of the Willy Brandt Building, he is telling the story of his fight against the Nazis of old and about his current fight against the Germans of today. Glezos’ white hair is wild and unkempt, making him look like an aging Che Guevara; his wrinkled face carries the traces of a European century. Continue reading
Where does Germany stand in Europe? And are its downtrodden southern neighbours justified in comparing its current dominance to the dark days of Nazi rule? These are the questions that a group of journalists attempt to answer in a special enquiry for German weekly Der Spiegel. They draw from Germany’s troubled past to argue that Europe’s “reluctant leader” paradoxically considers itself both too big and too small to fulfil its current role:
The eurozone is clearly ruled by Germany, though Berlin is not unchallenged. It does, however, have a significant say in the fates of millions of people from other countries. Such power creates a significant amount of responsibility, but the [German] government and other policymakers nevertheless sometimes behave as though they were leading a small country.
Modern Germany is a new reich, at least in an economic sense, Der Spiegel concluded in the cover article of its March 21 issue.
With a circulation of over 1 million, Der Spiegel is one of Germany’s most popular and well-respected newsmagazines. An English version of the article is available on its website, and is worth reading in full.
“People have even begun talking about the ‘Fourth Reich,’ a reference to the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler,” states the article’s introduction. “That may sound absurd given that today’s Germany is a successful democracy without a trace of national-socialism—and that no one would actually associate Merkel with Nazism. But further reflection on the word ‘reich,’ or empire, may not be entirely out of place. The term refers to a dominion, with a central power exerting control over many different peoples. According to this definition, would it be wrong to speak of a German Reich in the economic realm?” Continue reading
As mentioned in the past, Greece isn’t going anywhere as far as a “Grexit” is concerned. Greece plays too much of a strategic importance for Europe and has the potential to be a giant oil & gas energy hub if the logistics and politics with Cyprus (who also fell victim to a German-led EU takeover) beneficially play out.
Much like Cyprus, Greece has had its national sovereignty swiped away and the Fourth Reich is coming back for more in exchange for not allowing it to economically implode. The worst case scenario is leaving the Euro and having its own currency. Or what’s more, leaving the Euro but forming a second-class ‘Euro B’ currency where the more powerful nations have a ‘Euro A’ currency. Greece could be part of a two-tier ancillary Euro currency system where the impoverished nations plagued by unemployment would become German vassal states with cheap labor to keep the economic wheels rolling — as well as for keeping social order in tact.
BERLIN/ATHENS (Own report) – The Greek government’s continued resistance is placing numerous German projects for restructuring the Greek economy and administration in jeopardy. In the short term, these projects – under the auspices of the German Foreign Ministry and Germany’s Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – are aimed at overcoming German production bottlenecks by using idle Greek suppliers and unemployed workers. The medium-term action program includes siphoning finances from Greek municipalities and providing the German health system cheap Greek auxiliaries (“Nursing Leave on Rhodes Island”). To comply with future higher requirements, Athens is being asked to establish an “innovation system” to form a network between “science, economy, and administration” to create “business-friendly structures.” These measures will be coordinated by the German-Greek Assembly (DGV), working allegedly in the “spirit of a grassroots movement.” The DGV has no legal function and is registered under a German government address. Disguised as a civil society organization, while also serving the German Foreign Ministry and its “German-Greek Youth Foundation,” the DGV was established by the German Chancellery during the first peak in the so-called debt crisis.
As oft stated here, Greece will not leave the union and it’s all leading back to Berlin, the world’s next superpower, who runs the show on the continent. Worst case scenario: There could be a compromise entailing a two tier currency system that allows regional states to retain their economic sovereignty to some degree — or at least they would think.
Such an idea already has backing from Angela Merkel and if the crisis deepens — because it’s not going to magically go away — look for ideas like these to gain even more traction and possibly become reality. ‘Eurobonds‘ were also another scenario.
For further info on a plausible two tier currency system, please see the following posts:
Greece’s last-ditch attempt to get desperately-needed funds from its euro zone neighbors failed on Wednesday, but the country appears eternally optimistic that a list of reforms — as yet to materialize — will unlock vital aid.
Greece appealed for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) to return 1.2 billion euros ($1.32 billion) it said it had overpaid when it transferred bonds intended for bank recapitalization back to the fund this month, Reuters reported Wednesday.
However, euro zone officials ruled that Greece was not legally entitled to the money, the news wire said. Continue reading
Following several minutes of tortured logic, Varoufakis explains that devaluation is, drumroll, bad for a country that is on the verge of doing so and seems not quite clear with the concept of currency controls (he applauds Argentina for “sticking the finger to the IMF” and says Greece unlike Buenos Aires doesn’t have a Chinese export market ready: perhaps he should read up on the whole Dry Bulk shipper thing) yet completely ignoring the the very reason why a country devalues in the first place: to implement an external rebalancing – something it should have done years ago – the reason for which is that Greece will soon be if not already is, on the verge of outright social conflict as there is no further room for internal rebalancing, i.e., wages and welfare cuts. Just wait until the people realize their pensions are being used to repay the IMF… Continue reading