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Europe Day - May 9th 2019

by Oui Thu May 9th, 2019 at 05:50:40 PM EST

Started as a response to a new member here @EuroTrib ... StillInTheWilderness

Nowadays I try te leave US politics and focus on the effect of its foreign policy on Europe, the Middle East and all other continents. Hopefully here @EuroTrib we can focus on the most urgent issues at hand for planet Earth - Gaia - and its living creatures.

Americans and their trauma of 2016 - h/t Cat

America in denial: Gabor Maté on the psychology of Russiagate | Grayzone |

Today I read an artikel about the US Ambassador to Germany ... why doesn't he get the boot from Berlin?

More below the fold ...

US envoy to Germany Richard Grenell | DW |

    Iran tensions

    Speaking to Bild, Grenell reiterated that German companies active in Iran risked falling foul of US sanctions. "You can do business in Iran all you want, but we get to have a policy," he said. "If you do this, we're not comfortable having you come into our country."

    Germany's lessons

    The ambassador also said Germany had learned the wrong lesson of "we don't like war, we'll stay out" from its experience in World War II.

    "That saddens me, because I think that the lessons of World War II should be that the Germans are the first to recognize a madman gassing children in Syria," he said, referring to Germany's reluctance to take military action against President Bashar al-Assad in 2018.

    Grenell has repeatedly been criticized by German lawmakers and commentators for his confrontational style and vocal support for Trump's "America First" foreign policy.

All of this written on a day in memory of the first step in the Founding of a United Europe which has assured 75 years of peace on the continent. The ugly century of genocides left behind ... with a number of exceptions across the globe. However, no Third World War ... we must fight to keep it that way. To create a new image of an "enemy" is not what Europe is about ... we have left the Cold War rhetoric behind us. Someone please silence the warmongering coming out of Washington DC - John Bolton - Mike Pompeo - Trump - U.S. Congress.

Europe Day - May 9th

EU plans for life after Brexit and the tussle for top jobs at Sibiu summit | France24 |

The EU will probably try to stay out of the firing line while the main battle between the USA and China heats up - on the principle that even Trump wouldn't be stupid enough to open a second front on the rest of the world while the US/China battle is ongoing and unresolved.

But if the US picks a fight over Iranian economic ties or Russian pipelines then the EU should fight back. MAGA implies that Europe must also seek to be great again (MEGA) and look after its own economic interests first. Brexit and Israel/Palestine remain complicating factors creating disunity and indecision, but these are factors ultimately outside the EU's control.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 09:55:29 AM EST
Purposefully ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 10:57:24 AM EST
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It would be unwise to bet against Der Drumpfenfuehrer's stupidity being other than a bottomless pit.
by rifek on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 01:05:53 PM EST
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European elections: Tories could come sixth, officials fear | The Guardian |

The fears of a dismal performance have been stoked by the fact that the party plans to spend no money on candidate campaigning, will not publish a manifesto and is refusing to hold a launch.

One MEP said candidates were funding their campaigns out of their own pockets, unlike previous years when there was a central pot of funding available.


Another Conservative source said internal data showed the party could do worse than the Brexit party, Labour, the Lib Dems, Change UK and even potentially the Greens, with support at less than 10%. That would translate to only a handful of seats, down from the current 22.

A second CCHQ source said the outlook was "absolutely dire" and worse even than the public pollsters were predicting because the party was planning to put in no effort whatsoever, apart from a free mailshot.

Part of the problem is the party's activist base, as they are not motivated to campaign for the Conservatives when Brexit has not been delivered as previously promised.

After a meeting with Brandon Lewis, the Conservative party chairman, earlier this week, MEP candidates were left with the impression that Theresa May would give a speech next week setting out the party's European election message. However, a No 10 source said there were "no plans" for such an intervention.

Reply to Ann Widdecombe by Nick Reeves

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 11:12:42 AM EST
Is there a level of brain damage these people are not willing to explore?
by rifek on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 01:02:16 PM EST
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Oh dear, my prediction 5 weeks ago of 15% is looking more and more too generous by far...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 03:25:12 PM EST
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