This is a very unusual, and though-provoking, op-ed piece that was shared by Ms. K.F., and I want to discuss a few of its salient points. First, the article:

The Worst Ideological Enemy of the US is Now Europe

The premise of the article is that basically the institutions of the European Union itself, as those of many of its member governments, are now thoroughly dominated by the political(and, I would aver, more importantly, the cultural left), and that as such, Europe is emerging as a primary ideological opponent of the USSA:

Not anymore. In a sense, Europe looks like a continent where American Democrats have been in power for 30 years, not only in the European states, but also at the level of the European Union.

In the US, the political spectrum still spans a vast range of views between Democrats and Republicans, globalists and nationalists, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, pro-government control and pro-individuals' control, and pro-whatever. Even today with a president and a Supreme Court clearly on the political "Right" these divisions, and the all-important separation of powers, allow for and encourage vigorous debate. By contrast, in Europe, at the "official" level, such a spectrum of views no longer exists.

In Western Europe, politically speaking, in the press and in universities, either you are on the "Left," or you are a pariah. If you are a pariah, you are most likely to be prosecuted for "Islamophobia", "racism", discrimination or some other "trumped up" charge.

Now, this premise intrigues me, and I have to confess at the outset of my daily high octane speculation, I'm at rather a loss, simply for the reason that many of the regular readers of this website are not only Americans, but Canadians, Mexicans, Australians, Chinese(!), Estonians, Poles, Germans, Italians (or, at least, Americans living in Italy), Greeks, Croatians, Spaniards, Belgians, Dutch, French, British, Norwegians, Austrians, and Swedes. So we are pretty well scattered across the board at this website.

My distinct impression from interacting with all these people is (1) Europeans are anything but monolithic in their commitments to the political-cultural left, and (2) Americans on the other hand, while very diverse in the political-cultural commitments, are no better off than Europeans, for the institutions of the American government and culture are no less dominated by the left than the article alleges Europe's are. Indeed, from years of interacting with all these people, one thing seems unusually clear to me about Europeans, namely, they are no only conscious of a uniquely "European" culture and how that culture forms the bedrock of what we call "Western" culture, but they are not ignorant, by any stretch of the imagination, of the uniqueness of their own national culture and its contributions to that overall "Western" or "European" culture. How could they be? If one pauses to reflect on the enormous influences of Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and Britain on this culture, one would be hard pressed to ignore it.

As I have mentioned before on this website, if anything, the USSA's actions since 9/11 in the unipolar pursuit of a pax Americana have have provoked a worldwide backlash against America, as long and staunch allies are reconsidering the stability of that alliance system. This will only continue, so long as American policy is focused on the same old paradigm (which, given my recent blog on the recent Pentagon assessment, it appears to be).

Every now and then, in these blogs, I "throw things open" because I really want to know what people think about an article, and this is one such case. Am I wrong, or is this article painting a picture of Europe and Europeans that simply is not true? And by the same token, is it painting an accurate picture of America, or one that is simply untrue? I suspect the latter, but I am not sure. By the same token, speaking as an American, I can say that the final paragraph in my citation above, reads a bit like make believe: "In Western Europe, politically speaking, in the press and in universities, either you are on the 'Left' or you are a pariah,"as if the same phenomenon is not in abundance in this country. Speaking only for myself, this is the way I've increasingly felt in America ever since my days teaching in college.

But more importantly, what is to be done about it? The author of this article, Dr. Drieu Godefridi, takes note of a frustration that many Europeans feel with the institutions of the E.U.: they are all centralizing, one-size-fits-all, and trample on the wishes of local and national populations and their institutions:

While Italy is "drowning" in refugees, Austria has deployed armored vehicles close to its border with Italy, to stop more migrants from coming north.

The vast majority of these European courts -- whether the ECHR or the CJEU -- in their attempt to be moral and just, have dismissed the sovereign laws of Italy as irrelevant, and trampled the rights of the Italian state and ordinary Italians to approve who enters their country.

I thought as I read this that there's little difference between Europe and the USSA, as the following "creative substitutions" in the quotation - I hope - will make clear:

"While California is drowning in refugees, Arizona has deployed armored vehicles to close its border with California, to stop more migrants from coming north.

"The vast majority of these American Courts - whether the Ninth Circuit or the Supremes - in their attempt to be moral and just, have dismissed the sovereign laws of Texas and Arizona as irrelevant, trampled on the rights of American states and ordinary Americans to approve who enters their country."

Far from seeing the differences between Europe and the USSA, at least as Dr. Godefridi paints them, I'm seeing much more the similarities. So, I want to know, what do you think, not only of the article and analysis, but much more importantly, what is to be done? Is it merely a matter of being able to "discuss" things or, to use that hated term, "dialogue" with "the other side", or is something else going on that really, ultimately, precludes it?

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Robert Barricklow on July 26, 2017 at 11:38 am

    The U.S, Europe and indeed the World’s Worst Enemy:

    Go 13.20 clicks in for 2nd half

    • Robert Barricklow on July 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Its Max Keiser’s Report 1101[google same]
      one more try

      [forgot the s in http s]

      • Robert Barricklow on July 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

        Just google it.
        It’s about the International Banking Cartel Run by The BIS run out of Basel Switzerland.

  2. anakephalaiosis on July 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    1. Americans think Europeans are indigenous people living in medieval mud huts, whereas Europeans think Americans are long lost cousins from the New World.

    2. Americans THINK they are God’s chosen people, whereas Europeans ARE God’s chosen people, but they don’t know it, because they have lost faith in Christ.

    3. Solution to the overall problem is the Second Coming. Exiting times ahead!

    • Cate on July 25, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Curious parapraxis there- ‘exiting times’. Let’s hope so on a couple of levels..
      Was listening to an absolutely brilliant talk from Clint Richardson (on Spingola Speaks) last night about religion and law. In a nutshell the New Testament is a law book that has been lost in translation from Latin to English. It was never meant to be a religion. But follow that law and you will always be on ‘the Right path.’ Only got halfway in, but mind was blown. Now, if only I could beam that info to every religious christian head and tweak it to be absorbed and understood. They’re good people, Christians, I know this. Many in my nuclear/extended family. But led astray.

      • anakephalaiosis on July 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        Geopolitics are conducted by legal entities, that are founded on the common principle of sovereignty. From viewpoint of legislation, the most important sentence in the scripture is “By my self have I sworn”.

        The second most important sentence is “It is finished”. By contract law a transaction was completed through millennia. Christian nations are founded by contract law, between sovereign entities, that are legally bound together and expressed in geopolitics.

        Perhaps Christianity is more than meets the eye. Sometimes the letter of the law applies to the spirit of the law. The second coming implies a return to origin. The origin is in the oath of sovereignty. Contract law is pivotal.

  3. enki-nike on July 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Flamboyant Milo Yannopolous has had some success at breaking through the mainstream media barrier in the UK. He gets a big reception when he comes to the USA.

  4. GW on July 25, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Ideology is only a mask, the money and energies are more important things to watch.
    There is an US ally in Europe, which is Poland. The Russian case, from my point of view, is unclear. But from what we could see on the last G20 summit, there are common interests and common enemy amidst of Trump and Putin (and also current polish government, I guess, that’s why is now clash between Poland / EU/=Germany+France).
    When speaking about Germany, NASA has been also penetrated by Nazis.
    NASA cooperating with the German Aerospace Center:
    This concerns the german elites invented global warming-decarbonization tall story. It ties also to biofuels (vastly financially supported by EU), which is one big crime against nature and humanity.
    German investments on Ukraine in 2013:
    I guess you remember the Ukraine-Monsanto story, and later the Monsanto-Bayer story. This is not good, not at all…

    • DanaThomas on July 25, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Yes GW all the German interferencce in the Ukraine has gone very much under the radar. Let’s see if what seems to be the Drang nach Osten faction is the same as, or cooperating with, the industrialist faction that wants more trade with Russia and no sanctions.

  5. DanaThomas on July 25, 2017 at 4:16 am

    My PERSONAL impression from Europe is that the USA population is more mind-controlled, but it would be unwise to generalise too much. This impression is probably due to the fact that even if you belong to the (growing) minority that does not watch TV, you still mainly hear about the misdeeds – military and monetary – of the upper 0.0001 per cent who still hold the reins of the moribund imperial machinery.
    And as Bluenose pointed out in the previous comment, politicians really do enjoy being re-elected, whatever the cost.

  6. goshawks on July 24, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    (Let’s try it again, slightly obscured…)

    Most basic:
    “Europe’s Transition from Social Democracy to Oligarchy” by Michael Hudson
    informationclearinghouse dot info/article29943.htm
    Culture matters:
    “Rant about a stolen Europe” by The S@ker
    thes@ker dot is/saker-rant-about-a-stolen-europe/
    At home (US):
    mileswmathis dot com/murder.pdf
    “But it seems to me that both parties have tra shed the Const itution, though I don’t see how tra shing the Const itution can be called either liberal or conservative. I think if we play by the real definitions of the words, tra shing a Const itution must be called tyranny. Both parties are now serving tyranny. The so-called left is dead. It has joined the right and both are now supporting a rightist fascism, one that is aggressively pro-war, anti-environment, anti-union, pro-corporate, anti-rights, and anti-Consti tution.”
    And most fundamental:
    “How to bring down the elephant in the room” by The S@ker
    thes@ker dot is/how-to-bring-down-the-elephant-in-the-room/

  7. goshawks on July 24, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Too many URLs?
    goshawks – July 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm.

  8. goshawks on July 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Most basic:
    “Europe’s Transition From Social Democracy to Oligarchy” by Michael Hudson
    Culture matters:
    “Rant about a stolen Europe” by The Saker
    At home (US):
    “But it seems to me that both parties have trashed the Const itution, though I don’t see how trashing the Const itution can be called either liberal or conservative. I think if we play by the real definitions of the words, trashing a Const itution must be called tyranny. Both parties are now serving tyranny. The so-called left is dead. It has joined the right and both are now supporting a rightist fascism, one that is aggressively pro-war, anti-environment, anti-union, pro-corporate, anti-rights, and anti-Consti tution.”
    And most fundamental:
    “How to bring down the elephant in the room” by The Saker

    • Robert Barricklow on July 25, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks for the links Goshawks!

  9. Leon on July 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    You know – more than a hundred years ago the Anglican Church of Lambeth Palace said that whatever happens in the world happens first in South Africa. It was an odd comment but the past century has proved it to be oddly true.

    Just in my short lifetime, consider: South Africa had terrorism back in the 1960s and passed laws to counter this terrorism. The world was outraged and condemned S.A. vociferously. After 9-11 when the west started experiencing terrorism too the passed laws far, far more draconian that South Africa ever had.

    And now with the inrush of so called refugees swamping the systems of Europe – Heck, South Africa had that 20 years ago.

    Good luck to all of you.

  10. Robert Barricklow on July 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I don’t know how it is in Europe; but I suspect there populations are under attack as well. Immigration has certainly been weaponized and it looks like the selected leadership is not at all representing the wishes of the people, as is the case also in the U.S.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      Americans are now gently coerced to live in an ad-infested bubble of intense privatization, commodification, and civic illiteracy. The public does not merely dissolve into the private, the private is all that is left.

      • Robert Barricklow on July 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm

        A totalizing system of pay-as-you-go society, in which money is free speech, politics, and leadership. Those w/o money are voiceless, openingly unrepresented in any political campaigne, and forced to pay in a horrible price in human suffering

        • enki-nike on July 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

          As people become more and more desperate Earth will become more and more agitated, until she erupts …

  11. Robert Barricklow on July 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I see it more as the virtual take over of democracies he rich & powerful internationalist who abhor democracy. The governments of the people are no longer there; instead, the opposite is in place: Public, Enemy #1.
    As power is separated from politics, it becomes ever more reckless.
    The university is currently under attack by the ultra-rich & powerful because it is a public sphere where critical thinking, engaged scholarship, and resistance are still possible.

  12. marcos toledo on July 24, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    The problem is Europe never politically and culturally consolidated. It does not even know what it’s borders really are is Russia part of Europe the way the spin is going Turkey to the elites at times is more European than Russia though both are treated at times as pariahs and or useful idiots. This problem will not be settled until this problem is dealt with once and for all.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Join and/or create a movement toward developing an insurrection democracy, to advance forms of egalitarian communities to celebrate the voice, well-being, inherent dignity of every person in the ever-evolving fabric of a living democracy. Live, breath, and teach it to the young. Let them participate at a very early age. Normalize democracy for the young so it becomes as common as breathing. Weave it into the very fabric of life so it lives throughout everyone’s lifetime; one of participation and contribution.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      my reply was supposed to be under my comment.

  13. Neru on July 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Native Belgians are pariahs in their own country. We have to put up and shut up and work harder and harder to compensate for the new arrivals that are in the workplace playing with cell phones. Not much is required of them or they shout “racist” and that scares the hell out of the bosses. They have free housing, free health care, free monthly allowance, free swimming pool and other free entrances for relaxation, free cell phones with monthly call minutes and free whatever I forgot.

    Race hate is at an all-time high but hidden, probably comparable with Soviet times. Indigenous needy get no help and in worst case scenario become homeless and sadly every town in Belgium is saturated with homeless natives.
    The situation is deteriorating rapidly and incomparable with even a mere decade ago.

    I predict that within 30 to 50 years we will have an open slave trade on our markets embedded as normal. Nothing will be done, Western Europe is a lost cause. Maybe Eastern Europe if their politicians can be weened off the huge bribery salaries off the EU they might have a chance.

    One big difference compared to the USSA is the nuttiness of social justice warriors, more than 2 sexes have not arrived yet. I don’t know it ever will because the Muslim majority probably won’t allow it. Same sex marriage is already established here as is euthanasia, abortion, organ donor (harvesting) if you don’t explicitly lawful register it for refusal every 5 minutes.

    • Nannie on July 24, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Yes, you are right. In the Netherlands it is the same as in Belgium. America and te EU is so increasingly intertwined. I saw it comming after WO-II (I am from 1942)that everything from our own country must be the same as in America. Even at school nowadays is the same education. My grandson (8) has te go to a school far from our neighbourhood because does not understand the “logical” as told in the article from Joseph Farrell laat days.

      Everything to the glory of the The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan for the NWO.

      The Coudenhove-Kalergi plan – The genocide of the Peoples of Europe

  14. WalkingDead on July 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Bleh, moderated.

  15. WalkingDead on July 24, 2017 at 10:12 am

    “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslims then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslim minorities are not Russians.” – V. Putin to the Duma, 2/4/13.
    Now substitute “your nation” for “Russia” above, and you have my opinion. The current “invasion” of Europe is nothing less than an act of war using proxy “immigrants” by Soros and company. It is forced “globalization” in order to create chaos to pass laws which criminalize virtually every right you thought you had to bring about a police state. It is rule by an elite minority, the peoples wishes be damned.

  16. Sophia on July 24, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I am inclined to view this from the perspective of Christopher Lasch’s book “The Culture of Narcissism.” The negative similarities between the EU and US is due to the common narcissistic etiology. (Grandiosity–including social justice warrior moral grandiosity–, a sense of entitlement, expectation of automatic compliance with wishes, manipulative and exploitative nature, lack of genuine empathy despite superficial charm, punitive vindictiveness towards those who fail to mirror, etc.)

    The differences I attribute to differing gender aspects to narcissism manifesting at the collective level. The EU is primarily feminine in its narcissistic nature, the US more towards the masculine. However, the division of powers in the US is stronger, making it more of a challenge for it masculine nature to truly dominate. Within the EU there will be expression of masculine narcissistic tendencies (e.g., current German automakers cartel & dieselgate), just as there is expression of feminine narcissistic tendencies in the US (e.g., oppressive culture of feminist / gender-as-a-social-construct political correctness on campuses, adoption of academically discredited feminist domestic violence ideology in social policy).

  17. Katie B on July 24, 2017 at 8:22 am

    It’s true. In England you are either on the left or a pariah. Most people are quiet pariahs. And many are waking up at a vast rate and calling out the new world order, soros etc. People who would not normally consider themselves conspiracy theorists or well read are acquainting themselves at a fast speed with what British law actually is, their culture and how it’s being taken over and who is doing it and why but people’s voices are still quiet due to news after news article broadcasting the latest in the gagging of freedom of speech on anyone whose views are at odds with the extreme left narrative. Rumours of Coventry Council fining someone over flying the Union Jack etc. The ghost of Hitler cackles…

    • Katie B on July 24, 2017 at 8:31 am

      What needs to be done about? People need to seek out the political alternatives and infiltrate and take their communities back individual by individual. That is our only hope. That and a military coup.

    • Katie B on July 24, 2017 at 8:39 am

      But not true that US is ideologically opposed. It’s looking like the same homogenous machine

  18. Bluenose on July 24, 2017 at 6:55 am

    If you tell a lie often enough it becomes the truth. When I read the article my first thought was, who spun this around 180 degrees? Are the people falling for it? Yes, but only those on the left who have been poorly educated by believing everything they’ve been taught, especially in the universities. I used to believe, here in Canada, that common sense had long gone spiraling down the drain but when I read any comment section in the main stream media dealing with Prime Minister Troodumb especially, the people are very much awake and not falling for his empty meaningless statements on diversity, women’s right etc. Our main propaganda machine the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) tried to stifle this by making people “sign up” in order to post comments on internet articles and “sign up” they did thus tossing that little ploy of curbing free speech down the drain where it belongs. Of course the CBC isn’t the only media outlet pushing the left’s agenda hard. What is too be done? Keep pointing out the facts to these idiots who continue to support the politicians who push the globalist agenda not matter what side of the coin these elected people inhabit. These politicians do seem to enjoy being reelected. If facts can’t convince them, shun them. I do it all the time now. I just walk away while telling them to educate themselves and to stop wasting my time with trivial clichés and cute little memes designed for gullible people such as themselves. Is this cruel? No more cruel than what I’ve had to deal with in some conversations and it lowers my stress and anxiety levels immensely. One can’t look after others unless one looks after number 1 first, and no that’s not being selfish that’s using common sense. “You can’t win an argument with someone who will never know they’ve lost the argument”.

    • Phil the Thrill on July 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

      We were rooting for you in COMER v Bank of Canada. Sorry about that; we know how you feel.

      • Bluenose on July 25, 2017 at 4:11 am

        COMER is still pushing ahead I believe but political interference in the court system is bogging them down.

  19. basta on July 24, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Just reading the title of the blog, I knew that the article was coming from the Gatestone Institute, that notorious propaganda nest of uber-neocons drawn from Mossad and the CIA (go to the site and see who sits on their board). They play the old Divide and Rule (compass to divide + angle to rule = freemasonry = kabbala=just another mafia) card, sowing dissension through these provocative articles pitting everyone against everyone else and generally turning the Shriekometer to 11 (ht CAF). They were the ones who put out the ridiculous article about Saudis buying a controlling share in a Nordic drug manufacturer, therefore they would weaponize pharmaceuticals. Be very afraid! Well sorry, I for one was left indifferent, as pharmaceuticals have been weaponized by Western corporations for decades and at this point it can hardly get any worse (research the history of AZT for just one example).

    With that caveat that what we are dealing with here is propaganda by provocation scripted by far-right neocons (yikes), let’s unravel the premise.

    First off, the basic truth of the matter is the Europe is its own worst enemy, and the worst enemy of the US is reality.

    The rising discord in Europe against the US is orchestrated, and is coming from that Open Society bolshevik Merkel and the Brussels politburo, which are firmly under the thumb of Mr Global (aka the Magic Fiat ™ crowd, aka the good old international banker mafia, aka the biblical Money changers and all who they bought with fake money) is that the US is being set up for a fall and is being played big time with the current theatre of the absurd going on in Washington, scripted by a whole slew of former Golden Sacks apparatchiks (who run the ECB and thus Europe as well) and good old-fashioned corporatists and NYC real estate players on the one hand, and the US version of the bolsheviks, the brainwashed masses of the zombified and weaponized left on the other. Divide and rule on steroids.

    No need to bother with Europe; it’s done, caved long ago, in their pocket deep with the lint and only a disaffected minority rail against the current course of planned demolition. After all, Germany is the font of Bolshevism, gave us (oh joy) Engels and Marx and those ideas are firmly entrenched in Western Europe and are leveraged to great advantage for control.

    As you just saw with the missive from the corrupted and captured US army, the US population is now a target. Gatestone here is flattering the US dupes who actually think the US has a real diversity of political expression with the objective to get them riled up, the better to do a head count with the tools of the paranoia surveillance complex. Ultimately, the libertarians and Constitutionalists and the non-zombified are to be pushed to insurrection (probably by crashing the markets and finally depriving the hollowed-out and totally manipulated husk of the economy of its fiat heroin) and then quashed, to get rid of the most pesky of useless eaters once and for all. By now they’ve been so impoverished by rentier parasitism that there’s nothing left to steal, so just kill off the trouble makers replace the useless eaters with robots and make do with the indoctrinated leftists and be done with it. (If this sounds like an updated playbook of what happened in the USSR, don’t be surprised; it’s the same game plan by the same crowd).

    Playing both sides. This one is for the big enchilada. But I don’t think they’ll go for the kill until they can somehow outlaw guns.

  20. Albert Hopp on July 24, 2017 at 6:42 am

    This is my first comment on your site Dr Farrell. Hopefully I´ll be able to express my thoughts in an understandable way, I do´nt write in english very often. You have to take to account that my comment is made from my viewpoint in Sweden, a traditionally leftist country governed by a social democratic government for many years/decades, interrupted by shorter terms with ruling of the swedish right/liberal wing parties. The latter can in many ways be compared to your democrats, although that is a simplification that is not totally correct.

    I think the author of this article Drieu Godefridi, grossly exaggerates, and I suspect that he is well aware of that. His agenda is to spread concern among european thinkers as a reaction to the process you have yourself speculated in Dr Farrell. Namely that Germany and Merkel is slowly turning away from the USA.

    If this hypothesis is correct the implication is that he or the forces he represents are worried about such a development. The “forces he represents” may well be american ones, who knows?

    • Albert Hopp on July 29, 2017 at 12:53 am

      First off Dr Farrell, I would like to state that I can agree with your impression of europeans and americans. At the same time I would like to stress, that american and european politics differs a lot and to a degree I`m not sure is reflected in this discussion. In general I would suggest that European politics and society has been more positive toward state interventions. Look at France for instance.

      I think the “nordic model” has to a degree become an ideal within the EU and the heaviest player Germany is a developed welfare state.

      And as you say Dr Farrell, Europe is by no means monolithic. National politics differs, and each country definitely has it´s own national identity. Europeans think formost of themselfes as swedes, french, brittish, and spanish etc and not as EU-citizens.

      The statement that you are either left or pariah in the academic world is an exaggeration and over simplication. Possibly it is applicabel whitin some academic fields but in no way in general.

      Even though my first comment was just a hurried reflection on your blogtext and the things mentioned without answering your questions, perhaps it holds some merit. The other day I heard that the congress is about to vote for new sanctions agains Russia, a move one can infer is coupled to domestic as well as international motives. The EU emmediately reacted as the sanctions would hirt european energycorporations and european economy.

      Now the high octane speculation: could the proposal be an american stick and signal to keep Merkel in line with american interests?

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