BEFORE THE BREXIT: STRANGE MOVES IN GERMANY: CALLS FOR INCREASED DEFENSE SPENDING, AND ALLEGATIONS OF A SECRET RAPALLO

BEFORE THE BREXIT: STRANGE MOVES IN GERMANY: CALLS FOR INCREASED ...

As you might imagine, my inbox has been stuffed with articles and more articles and even yet more articles about the BREXIT referendum in the United Kingdom last Thursday, and its already apparent huge implications. And all of this in a week in which there have been important "other stories" that stand to be swamped by the focus on BREXIT. So accordingly, I am going to try to focus on those other stories a bit more this week, but also to blog a bit about the geopolitical and financial earthquake that just hit with the BREXIT vote, by way of today's blog and some very interesting "tidbits".

Just prior to the BREXIT vote, this very strange article appeared in RT, concerning Chancellorin Merkel's calls for a dramatic increase in Germany defense spending:

Merkel wants Germany military budget boosted to counter ‘external threats’

What's interesting - and from my amateur historian's point of view, a bit heart-stopping - is that opening series of statements in this article:

Germany should substantially increase its defense spending to cope with “external threats,” Chancellor Angela Merkel has said, stressing that Berlin can’t count on the US, and the EU is incapable of defending itself.

During an economics conference in Berlin on Tuesday, Merkel said the EU can’t rely on the transatlantic partnership with the US to deal with external threats, Reuters reports.

“Sure enough this means that a country like Germany, which today spends around 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, and the United States, which spends 3.4 percent of GDP for defense will have to converge,” Merkel said.

(Bold-italics emphasis added)

Now, before we got to my high octane speculation of the day, consider also this reminder from RT of what the recent German Defense Ministry White Paper also stressed about the nature of those "external threats", which Chancellorin Merkel left unspecified, were:

In June, the German government announced it was seeking to make changes to its “White Paper”, a document outlining the country’s security policy and stating it would regard Russia as a threat. Placing Moscow on the list of the 10 most serious threats to Berlin, the German Defense Ministry said Russia is no longer a “partner” but has become a “challenge."

Other “threats” mentioned in the document included international terrorism, radical nationalism, the migrant crisis and an increased risk of epidemics that might occur due to the surge in Germany’s population.

Lest we forget, the RT article reminds us, however, that the German Foreign Minister, Herr Steinmeier, has also condemned the NATO saber-rattling against Russia, as as I've pointed out in recent blogs, many German businessmen and Laender politicians have journeyed to Russia to quietly circumvent Ms. Merkel's "America and refugees first: foreign and domestic policies.  And, as the article itself recalls the moves for a trans-European Army being called for by Paris and Berlin, the reader should recall and I(and others on the internet) have been of the opinion that this is really a way for the two major European powers to have a counterpoise to NATO and American unipolar dominance in European security affairs.

With the spreading reactions to the BREXIT vote, however, these dreams for a common European military appear once again to be on hold, as already there are similar calls for referenda on EU membership in the important European economies of France, Italy, and the Netherlands, and this is a movement that will not be stopped, even should those votes go against the exit supporters. The reason is very simple: the EU, as currently constituted, is not a democracy nor even a republic; as I detailed in The Third Way, it is a regulatory bureaucratic dictatorship of unelected commissioners, which heavily weight the decisions of Paris and Berlin, and at a much deeper level, of Berlin. The EU will not survive in its current fashion, simply because the people of Europe have had enough of the eurocrats' "multiculturalism" and the globaloney of Mr. Global. The TTIP agreements have been another sore sticking point.

Which brings us to Frau Merkel and her "external threats." Given the fact that many German politicians, including her own Foreign Minister Steinmeier, are against the Russian sanctions, and do not see Russia as a threat, and moreover, given the fact that Germany has quietly gone forward with the plans to increase energy ties with Russia, the idea that Russia poses any sort of immanent threat of invasion of Germany is, to be entirely realistic, preposterous. Russia frankly doesn't need the headache of mounting an invasion of the Baltic states or Poland, let alone Germany. Such actions would isolate Russia on the world stage in a hugely detrimental fashion, and create instantaneous colations against her.

So who are the "external threats" Frau Merkel is referring to. I suggest that the hint is provided in the very first paragraph of the RT article: the USA can no longer be relied upon for Germany's, let alone Europe's, security, and since the refugee crisis has been in one sense largely of America's making, a much stronger German military is needed. And let us not mistake what Germany is saying here(and recall that Kohl-Lammer's document from the 1990s that I referred to in The Third Way), with the impending fracture of the EU and the euro, that expanded German military is likely to become a permanent feature of European and global geopolitics over the next few decades. With the BREXIT vote, Washington's grip on Europe has begun to weaken, and it will only grow more so, and the German "deep state" has foreseen this, and is responding accordingly.

Don't believe me? Well, check out today's tidbits, for a mit more context on the developments.

See you on the flip side....

16 thoughts on “ BEFORE THE BREXIT: STRANGE MOVES IN GERMANY: CALLS FOR INCREASED ...”

  1. This is the Russian response to Germany’s threat to slightly-grow it’s military:
    HAH,HAH,HAH,HAH,HAH!

    Germany, under the US/NATO umbrella, has minimized it’s defense spending for so long that it is a semi-joke. (All that money saved went into industrial expansion.) France has done the same, although French pride has demanded that it at least match Britain’s defense-spending levels. So, as a result, Russia could overwhelm continental Europe with little fuss. Of course, Russia is not the USSR, so it does not want to do so…

    Merkel’s posturing should be seen as diverting and/or wishful thinking from her masters. There may be a European input, of course, from the industrialists. Dollars are dollars…

    By the way, I do note that Joseph has shied-away from naming WHO appoints the “unelected commissioners” at the top of the pecking-order of the regulatory bureaucratic dictatorship in the EU…

    1. I probably should have said who REALLY appoints the “unelected commissioners.” I am sure there is some formal legalese as to how they are appointed. In reality, it is probably as ‘neutral’ as the US political process in appointing presidential candidates…

      1. ZDB, those are just ‘public face’ bad-guys. I am looking more for the Sith-level personalities. The ones you mentioned are just the go-fors scurrying-around to fulfill their masters’ orders…

  2. Recall when Chancellor Merkel was outraged at the NSA spying upon her? She went to Washington furious, and she returned Obama’s lap-dog. Since that moment everyone has watched her stellar career self-destruct in a most public way. Prior to BREXIT by many months few noticed that a certain Bavarian politician opine that Bavaria had no need to remain in the BRD if Chancellor Merkel and the BRD’s politicise were contrary to the best interest of Bavaria. I imagine most saw it as an internal squabble, but I saw a blue-and-white gauntlet thrown down.

    It has been strange to see Merkel suggest the names of five nations that could soon exit the EU when it is very well known that another long list of nations have been in a series of very private, private, and somewhat public meetings about an alternative structure for those nations: Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia.

    I note that a number of those nations have governments in power that appear to be bought and paid for by Washington or are at least under Washington’s thumb, but what lies underneath is a desire to shake off control and domination by the “Nazis in Washington”.

  3. The rumor mill:

    HELLO RAPALLO! THE INEVITABILITY OF THE NEW GERMAN TREATY ON ECONOMIC COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA

    Secret negotiations have been under way for some time between high German and Russian officials, to which Chancellor Angela Merkel has been excluded. Warned by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, and in a recent coded communication from outgoing President Barack Obama that she must act to save her authority, and enforce European Union sanctions against Russia, Merkel has also received an ultimatum from her cabinet and party. This was delivered in the form of a page torn out of an Old German bible in which a large black spot had been inked. Either she step aside in secret, Merkel understood the signal, or she will be forced to resign in public.

    http://johnhelmer.net/?p=15929

    1. Ah the ripped page from a bible with a black spot isn’t from. Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Treasure Island novel I thought that a had been made up for that children’s novel.

  4. Let’s just come right out and say it, the EU is dead. Zero Hedge is saying that there are other EU countries pondering pulling the rip cord. It will take just one country to have a referendum on leaving and that is the death roll.
    Merkel talking about expanding Germany’s military seem out of context after Brexit, so in reality, what’s next for the EU ???

  5. Unipolarism is dead. With Brexit, EU is on its deathbed. With calls for Ne-Xit, Frexit, De-Xit, It-Exit etc. (success or not), EU as we know it is dead.

    The external threats to the EU & Germany about which Merkel speaks may include the Nazi International (one part of The Cabal), which was opposed to Brexit.

    Given pro-Brexit editorials from UK Telegraph & Times (and lukewarm anti-Brexit views of The Economist), the Rotten-Childs were apparently pro-Brexit (along with Queen Liz, closely advised by Rotten-Childs).

    The Cabal is not monolithic and certainly not united. With the re-ascendency of semi-autonomous nation states and the rising importance of individual autonomy for EU and U.S. voters, The Cabal is also dead — sooner or later.

    1. Of course, as per Putin’s advisers, the Nazi International has a significant base in the U.S. (especially Washington DC with the Bush-Clinton/NeoCons etc.).

      Obama & U.S. MSM were primarily anti-Brexit, which is consistent with the U.S. being a Nazi International base and therefore anti-Brexit.

      Putin was nominally Brexit neutral, but Russian media were pro-Brexit. If the Nazi International was anti-Brexit, this is understandable.

  6. What threat does Russia posse to Europe it’s Europe that pose a threat to Russia. The elites of Europe have this idea that Europe can only be united by destroying Russia much like the idea that destroying the Eastern Roman Empire would benefit Europe. In what fantasy world video game do these idiots exist in.

  7. A supposedly “European-minded” Germany has recently cut Greece to shreds. As the country again seems to be seeking geopolitical hegemony, we could see a return to the 1990s policies of encouraging the regionalisation of the other European countries (except the Heimatland of course!), through cut-outs like the Pan-Europa movement. Scotland could be on the German menu too (I think I should copyright this, I doubt if anyone else has made this suggestion!); all this talk about a “break-up” of the UK just hours hours after the referendum is more than a coincidence.
    But they are obiously well aware that there can be no repeat of 1914, since the name of the game is no longer geopolitics but geospace politics.

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