in ,

Germany starts to pull away from U.S. orbit, and towards Eurasia (Video)

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the Munich Security Conference, and Angela Merkel’s stunning defiance of Mike Pence, after the United States Vice President urged Germany to cease its economic activities with Russia and China, starting with Nord Stream 2 and the deepening energy links to Russia.

Remember to Please Subscribe to The Duran’s YouTube Channel.

Follow The Duran Audio Podcast on Soundcloud.

Merkel Draws the Line Against Trump“, authored by Tom Luongo:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has turned the corner on relations with the United States. Her speech at the Munich Security Conference should be considered Germany’s divorce filing from the U.S.-led post-WWII institutional order.

It’s clear that to me now that Merkel’s priorities for what is left of her term in office are as follows:

  1. Carve out an independent path for EU foreign policy from the U.S. through the creation of an EU army, obviating the need for NATO and…
  2. End U.S. occupation of Germany.
  3. Secure Germany’s energy future, which also secures its political future as the leader of the European Union, by stitching together the continent with Russian energy arteries — Nordstream 2, Turkstream.
  4. Manage the shift away from NATO as a controlling force in Europe’s relationship with Russia which doesn’t serve Europe’s long term purposes.

Merkel will play both sides of the game for as long as she can but Trump and his merry band of Neocon psychotics are determined to stop Nordstream 2. They realize pipelines like these represent near permanent connections between Europe and Russia which the deadens Trump’s desire to maintain the empire through controlling the flow and price of energy.

For Trump there are three areas he is pushing Merkel. As I noted in my latest piece for Strategic Culture Foundation:

Trump’s pressuring Germany over the Nordstream 2 pipeline, withdrawing from the JCPOA and increasing NATO funding all have a common theme…
… Trump is trying to make Germany’s economy uncompetitive by raising the cost of imported energy.

This is obvious when we look at the US’s opposition to Nordstream 2….

… Ending US involvement in the JCPOA was meant to destroy the agreement and end all European investment in Iran’s energy sector, thereby stopping a steady flow of relatively cheap Iranian oil to Europe through its oil majors like Total (France) and Eni (Italy)…

{Increasing NATO funding} — Germany, in particular, would have to raise defense spending to such a degree that it would be unsustainable for them to maintain their current government funding in other areas.
This will pull capital out of the productive part of German society and lower their competitiveness vis a vis US producers.

In my interview with Radio Sputnik Moscow recently I made the point that if Germany were to spend two percent of GDP on defense it would represent spending 20% of the annual government budget on defense.

But the numbers are even worse than that.

The German government’s budget in 2018 was just shy of €569 billion. Nominal German GDP was €3677.44 billion, 2 percent of which is €73.54 billion or nearly 15% of the German budget.

Merkel understands that would grind the German government and its economy to a halt. What Trump wants is for Germany to plough its budget surplus (which stood at €59.2 billion in 2018) wholly into defense spending while also maintaining complete control over NATO’s mission.

We pay the lion’s share of NATO’s costs because we receive the lion’s share of the benefits NATO provides. And those benefits are not protecting Europe from the scourge of the evil Russians contrary to the insane fulminations of the laptop bombardiers on K Street.

No, the benefits of NATO exist wholly to weaken Russia and keep Europe from hooking up with its natural ally to the east. And along this vector, Merkel is, for once, acting in Germany’s best interests, but only because they dovetail with the EU’s.

Guys like John Bolton and all of our top brass at the Pentagon lie awake at night fearful most of a German/Russian economic and political alliance. And everything we do is to force Merkel into difficult choices, especially as an occupied country.

The Silence Heard ‘Round the World at Munich during Mike Pence’s speech should be a wake up call to everyone in D.C. that the world as we’ve known it has changed.

And regardless of the future of the European Union as it stands on the edge of political and economic collapse, Germany will command some transnational bloc of countries in the coming years.

Pipelines outlast presidents. Trump is demanding our allies destroy themselves for no tangible benefit to themselves. The threat of Russia is to U.S. hegemony, not Germany’s.

This is why Bolton, Pence and Pompeo were ignored and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was the toast of the conference. Russia has made it very clear it will look east to China, Iran and the rest of Asia if Europe continues to kowtow to the U.S.

This is why Germany is no longer interested in adding new sanctions on Russia and is now officially looking for new political solutions to the situation. Germany needs new growth opportunities now that a no-deal Brexit is upon them.

This wasn’t that hard to see coming. Last summer’s garden summit between Vladimir Putin and Merkel set the stage for this shift in tone. I said at the time that I felt Trump’s belligerence was pushing Merkel into Putin’s arms.

Merkel, for her part, has been so terminally weakened by her immigration policy and strong-armed approach to dissent that this whirlwind weekender by Putin was as much for her benefit, politically, as his.

The implication being that if Merkel wants to stay in power with her weakening coalition and poll numbers it’s time for her to reverse course. And if that means cozying up to Russia then so be it.

Merkel will continue to talk a good game about Crimea and Ukraine while Putin will speak directly to the German people about ending the humanitarian crisis in Syria as a proxy for ending the threat of further immigration.

Rubber meet road. The times they are a’changin’.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

What do you think?

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
March 1, 2019

Greetings Mr. Mercouris and the Duran, previous efforts, may also be Ur I AH the Hittite. Rome wanting to continue in Greek Affluence.. form, was carefull in its approach with Greece. A area that I maybe short in, Ive been firmly Eliam oriented, in suspicion of Amiel Bathshua name change 2nd Chron.? However Mr. Macron difficulties afyer declaring Jupiter Zeus..Your continium maybe in need of Amiel reconisition for system functionalities, proceed accordingly and look for lightning strikes! Marshall

Reply to  Marshall
March 19, 2019

update, Do not use amiel name, this can lead into collaspe! My systems, most of them went down..offline due to adverse empowerment of the above commentary, (which ezekiel ref. I must suffer the consequences.. not really), but Europe stay away from this terminology, I can handle the challenge, you cant afford to, its deadly, complex interconnection all the way back to two whores seeking judgement before Solomon! I hope the The Duran is acting in good faith with these presentations? I might have to go Antlers, Stag if not.

March 1, 2019

This is OT concerning this article….but all of these RT articles about censoring are absolute dung….Rt has censored me for life and you would not believe why….like I said a long time ago that the Trump-NKorea summit would get little or nothing done….I said I would give 20/1 odds, then declared I was the winner….and am now censored from RT for life. How do I know what got me censored….they sent a list of 5 things that had no profanity, threats, attacks…that one would expect to get one banned for life. Now that Duran uses links and does not have… Read more »

March 1, 2019

Smeagle Twopence – AIPAC agent and Magic Fake Christian.
That is the only company that Murkel will have until she dies – demons.
Being a female Judas to Germany, and the human race, had to carry a stiff price. She should not be surprised.

John Nolan
John Nolan
March 2, 2019

This is the best news we, the global citizens, have had for some time and it is the German citizens who have declared they are sick of their government’s bum licking, grovelling, self effacing attitude to the most war desperate nation on earth, and is commendable!
Yes, every nation should expunge their grounds, their governments, their natural assets of Amazian control and subservience, to become truly free nations, free of the insanity, the terrorist activities of the United Chumps of Amazia, then the world would finally find peace, wouldn’t it?

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
March 2, 2019

And it is about time!!! As a matter of fact, all of Europe should be pulling away.

Wayne Fee
Wayne Fee
Reply to  Vera Gottlieb
March 3, 2019

Wow Vera this is getting scary.Politicians waking up to reality or was it the price of gas or maybe the location, could have been the truth about WW2 and the real plan for Russia and Germany.France would have squeezed in anywhere it could fit.Car’nt say to much already banned from facebook and a few others truth hurts.Vera enjoyed my 3mnth trip to Russia this was my 3rd trip, as it was summer spent most of my time at the Dacha.Loved Swan Lake,first football game of the season was brilliant, so good to be one amongst 85000 supporters.God Bless

Olivia Kroth
March 3, 2019

Germany pulling here and there – going nowhere. Always stuck in the same old quagmire since 1945.

North Korea Talks Breakdown – Trump Keeps The Empire Happy

Trump Sticks To Sanctions – U.S., North Korea Summit Fails