Over the past few years I and other bloggers on the internet have been watching developments in Europe closely, and particularly in the big three continental powers, Italy, France, and Germany. In previous blogs I have been arguing that the policies of the German government were increasingly irrational, and subservient to Washington in a way detrimental to Germany's, and hence Europe's, long term economic and security interests. The focus here has been on the loony refugee policy advocated by Frau Merkel's government, and the equally, if not more, irrational policy of sanctions against Russia in the face of the Ukrainian crisis, a crisis largely minted in Washington, not Berlin and certainly not in Moscow. Western lamestream media opinion notwithstanding, it simply is not in Russia's long term political, economic, or military interest to attempt a "resuscitation" of the old Soviet Empire.
Last year recent developments indicated that a long-term struggle between Washington and Europe(read, Paris, Berlin, and Rome here) is looming, a struggle most recently apparent in growing European opposition to the TTIP (Trans-atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or, as one regular here suggested, Truly Terrible Investment Plan), a scheme conjured in Washington to give American corporations all but royal status in Europe, bypassing national legislatures, and even the regulatory bloat in Brussels. But there have been other significant indicators of a long-term looming problem:
Not the least of these have been two stories from last year: the merger of the largest French and German armaments firms, a step needed to create a trans-European military, with Germany and France taking the lead. This trans-European military is a step to loosen the squeeze of NATO, and hence, of Washington, around Europe's political neck, and a necessary step according to the following opinion from Russia-follower, The Saker:
There's some real meat here to ponder. Consider, for example, this exchange:
Q.: As a Russian, do you think that in the long run, Russia would be better off with an independent and unshackled Germany? I think the EU e.g. is mainly an institution to prevent a “German Reich”. And when it falls, which will be soon, who knows what could happen.
A.: In August 2014, President Putin said that we can never forget the lessons of the World War II. However, German people cannot be held for thousands of years responsible for what Hitler had done. Many Germans had died fighting with fascism, also.
As we say… Putin is always right.
Russia wants to deal with an independent Germany, free from NATO and the US.
Q.: When the Empire begins to lose its grip on Germany and Europe they will simply set fire to it. They have all the charges in place. And why would Russia stop them?
A.: They would in the past, but they can’t do this any longer. They might be able to create small conflicts like in Donbass. But nothing big.
Russia believes that the European Army with Germany as its leader will be instrumental in preventing any kind of “fire” coming from the US, Five Eyes and Israel.
Europe doesn’t want a war in Europe. The Empire does, because they are not in Europe. The devastation of Europe in a war would solve ALL their problems.
Pay attention, those who scream against the European Army are British Nationals, Americans, and Zionists.
The European Army as designed by Germany, France and Russia will be instrumental in squeezing NATO out of Europe and liberating Germany from American occupation.
Q.: If I were King of Germany tomorrow, would I go to Putin and ask him to support my purge? The purge that would not even be necessary if my people were not completely brainwashed?
Would I ask for Russian protection if I were to expel US troops from Germany? How else do I get them out of here? Could my army even get the job done? If I need Russia to get rid of US vassalage, would Russia really support me for the sake of my own independence?
A.: Germany has already done this. Germany has already asked Russia to support its struggle for independence from the US and NATO occupation.
This video is an interview of historian and journalist Peter Feist to the German internet channel Quer-Denken.TV.
The idea is to create a new economic and political union with free trade and open borders between Russia, and Germany, France and Italy with secure energy delivery and common markets. China and Kazakhstan have also invested politically and financially into this project. Just think about thousands of Germans who were born in Kazakhstan and lived there and moved to Germany, but never severed connections with Kazakhstan. Nazarbayev wants them to come back. You understand why…
As expected, the “new democracies,” and also the UK, Sweden, Nederland, Switzerland with their governments and elites completely owned by the US are putting fight against those plans. They won’t be a part of this project.
All the “terror” attacks that you have. All the “workers’ ” protests in France. A fascist putsch in Ukraine. So called “refugee crisis” was organized starting with the USAID and UN cutting billions of dollars for refugee camps food programs in December 2014. The demands to sign TTIP, or the second kidnapping of Europe. All these was engineered to scare Germany and France from their cooperation with Russia.
That’s why Merkel is so determined to deal with “refugees” and to pay off Turkey. She just wants to pass this stage of unrest created by the Empire and to continue with a plan of squeezing the US out of Europe. She knows that an alternative is a war in Europe that the US planned to start.
Whether or not Merkel is attempting to "deal with the crisis and pass a certain stage of unrest" so she can continue with a plan of "squeezing the US out of Europe" remains to be seen. The real point here is that one is dealing with an increasingly restive Europe, and this extends up to an includes the political class. The mergers of French and German armaments firms as a prelude to a common military, one which, thus far, we've heard little about its plans or relationship to NATO, says it all.
What's of interest here is the focus on the TTIp agreement, and a little-mentioned theme(at least in the mainstream media in the USA, and I suspect it is not given much play in Europe's mainstream media), that at least some of Europe's refugee crisis is not of European manufacture, but is being driven by the USSA via its various NGOs and intelligence fronts. What emerges from this is that Washington's heavy-handedness is being appreciated in Europe at some level for what it is, and that every means is being sought to extricate Europe from its satellite status.
So, where's the high octane speculation in all this? What can we expect to see if this extensive analysis is, in fact, the case?
Expect, for one thing, to see more of what we have seen in Europe: German Laender politicians breaking openly with Berlin, to establish ties with Russia and quietly circumvent de facto what Berlin, in subservience to Washington, decrees de jure. Similarly, expect to see European corporations also establishing such ties, as we have seen recently from Italy in connection to agricultural cooperation between the two countries. But here, I suspect again, the key for the foreseeable future is not in Berlin or Rome, it's in Paris. There the TTIP is under increasing scrutiny and attack, and the country remains on emergency status in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks. I suspect that even the recent downing of the Egyptian airliner may not only be a terrorist act, but my intuition smells "deeper players" trying to send messages to France. France, I suspect, is having quiet but definite conversations of reassessment of the wisdom of rejoining NATO.
And that may mean there's another De Gaulle waiting in the wings.
See you on the flip side...