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New Age Baerbock's Transatlantik Moment

by Oui Fri Aug 12th, 2022 at 11:07:39 AM EST

Amazing to be part of Biden's New American Century or Pax Americana. Just waiting for the moment US Congress turns from Blue to Red this fall. Biden didn't change a number of foreign policy initiatives started by the former president.

East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe

Old wine 🍷 in new bottles ... what a disaster Ampelkoalition is.

Nachrichten zum thema Ampel-koalition

The new age military narrative of #transatlantikmoment. All I can think of is Nazi Germany and it's defense on North Sea, English Channel and Atlantic Coast ... the Verteidigung des Atlantikwalls in Europa.

As a child I played in the dunes and these bunkers of which many were located nearby with the munition bunkers on the east side of the dunes. Some were blown up by dynamite where possible, the last ones were buried deep underground by removing sand underneath.

There was only a small pathway fenced off to reach the beach as the dunes were mined. There were occasions the sea mines washed up on the beach where we enjoyed the sunny summer days. My parent's home and business was located in close proximity later designated as Sperrgebiet or restricted zone. All buildings were to be demolished.

German invasion of the Netherlands

History of the Atlantic Wall

If you are walking or cycling in the dunes, you will surely come across them sooner or later: German bunkers from the Second World War. Not everyone knows they are the visible remnants of the "Atlantic Wall," a 5,200-kilometer line of defenses that stretched from Norway to southern France.

The construction of the New West Wall, later renamed the Atlantic Wall for propaganda reasons, progressed slowly at first. Only after 1942 did the fear of an Allied invasion become so great that all available forces were used to fortify the coast. The Netherlands soon felt the consequences of this decision. In April 1942, the beach and dunes along the entire coast were declared a restricted area. From July 1, 1942, there was a general building ban because a large part of the building capacity was to be available for the Atlantic Wall. The original plans called for 15,000 bunkers on the Dutch, Belgian and French coasts. However, due to a lack of manpower, material and fuel, only 6,000 bunkers had been completed on the planned completion day, May 1, 1943; in the Netherlands it was 510 out of 2,000.

Structure of the Atlantic Wall

The Atlantic Wall consisted of a series of individual, independent bases of different sizes, which had to be defended on all sides and which could give each other fire support. In many cases, they consisted of bunkers - some with reinforced concrete walls and ceilings two meters thick. Depending on their importance and size, the fortifications were called a nest of resistance, a base, a group of bases, a defense area or a fortress. Nests of resistance are the smallest fortifications, fortresses - ports and port approaches - the largest. There were four defense areas in the Netherlands: Den Helder, IJmuiden, Hoek van Holland and Vlissingen. In 1944 Hoek van Holland and IJmuiden were given fortress status.  

Of course I was very interested in the new narrative and the wisdom of Germany's new foreign minister Annalena Baerbock ...

The German Marshall Fund marks its 50th anniversary and the 75th anniversary of the Marshall Plan

Thinking Big

Thinking Big: Transatlantic Trade and Technology after Ukraine

For the past year, the transatlantic conversation on trade and technology has focused primarily on smoothing over areas of tension in the relationship rather than building a collective vision for 21st-century cooperation between the United States and Europe.

But after setting aside their disputes on commercial airplane subsidies, steel and aluminum tariffs, and data flows, it is now time for Washington and Brussels to think bigger.

Russia's brutal war in Ukraine has underscored just how important the transatlantic relationship remains in a world where authoritarian countries are flexing their military muscle, using economic coercion, and spreading false narratives at home and abroad through disinformation.

But one should not underestimate the risk of old transatlantic cracks re-emerging if the United States and Europe do not seize this moment and hammer out a longer-term agenda, based on common values and the spirit of free and fair competition, that binds their vast economies and markets together.

"In a world where economies of scale are
shrinking as decades of unfettered trade and
investment come to an end and geopolitical
tensions rise, creating the geographic scope
and scale to do business will be vital."

Companies that have put too many eggs in the China basket are now reassessing their global footprint. German carmaker Volkswagen recently announced plans to more than double its market share in the United States to 10 percent by 2030. But firms that are pivoting away from China will need assurances that they will not bump up against "Made in America" or "European strategic autonomy" hurdles that favor domestic producers at the expense of those from allied nations.

A prime example is in the area of green technologies. As countries turn away from Russian fossil fuels and invest heavily in renewables, there is a risk that their dependencies on China will rise. In wind, solar, and electric batteries, China is a dominant player in key parts of the value chain. This will force hard questions in Europe and the United States about how to reconcile decarbonization goals with the push for supply-chain security. Only through the development of a truly transatlantic market--with formal and informal barriers to trade stripped away--can this transition be navigated responsibly.

"Reviving talks on a transatlantic free trade
agreement, as some European officials have
called for, is not the answer. The political
hurdles are simply too high on both sides of
the Atlantic."

Another crucial area is export controls, where the Russia crisis has demonstrated just how closely the United States and Europe can work together when pushed to do so. Members of the TTC working group on export controls have driven coordination on the sanctions against Moscow. This has created a degree of trust that might have taken many years to build had there been no war.

Thus the elder Cold Warrior figured a new Cold War needed a strong Atlantic Alliance that needed to cut out Russia and ultimately China from the Western economy, ending the very profitable globalization. If war is needed to bring the necessary chaos, so be it.

Joe Biden using the strategy of the pressure cooker, you are either with us, or the enemy. The reasoning of many earlier presidents of the United States.

America Uses Sanctions On Russia as a Weapon of War ...

The June deal with Angela Merkel wasn't worth a nickel as far as Biden was concerned ...

America Fills Void Left by Merkel

She's Green. She's Young. And She Wants to Change Germany | NY Times - Sept. 7, 2021 |

Just how much change Germans really want after 16 years of Ms. Merkel remains to be seen. The chancellor made herself indispensable by navigating innumerable crises -- financial, migrant, populist and pandemic -- and solidifying Germany's leadership on the continent. Other candidates are competing to see who can be most like her.

Ms. Baerbock, by contrast, aims to shake up the status quo. She is challenging Germans to deal with the crises that Ms. Merkel has left largely unattended: decarbonizing the powerful automobile sector; weaning the country off coal; rethinking trade relationships with strategic competitors like China  and Russia.

Green Party Ambitions

Era of the Trump administration with Mike Pompeo

Transatlantic relations in times of uncertainty: crises and EU-US relations | Oct. 8, 2018 |

Ties between the US and the EU rival those between any other pair of international actors. This Special Issue makes conceptual progress and empirical contributions in accounting for if and how EU-US relations have been impacted by a context of multiple crises and a parallel change in US policies. All the articles find strong evidence to suggest that EU-US relations are weakening. This is partly a consequence of the EU's own, internal policies, as it becomes more unified and autonomous of the US in some areas, while fragmenting in others. Most importantly, it is a consequence of the two actors' increasingly diverging perspectives and positions on international issues, institutions, norms and indeed the value of the transatlantic relationship as such. Although the long-term effects remain to be seen, it is likely that the cracks in the foundation of transatlantic relations will continue into the present and foreseeable future.

A stronger transatlantic relationship for the stability of the Middle East and North Africa Biden and Draghi Atlantic Council June 2022

A new transatlantic relationship for the Middle East and North Africa [ Video]

Opening the discussion, Weschler emphasized the necessity of transatlantic cooperation in creating sustained policy change in North Africa, presenting a strong counterargument to the perception that the US has vacated the region. Salleo contextualized North Africa at-large, emphasizing the impact of the Ukrainian conflict on the economies of both Europe and North Africa. Smitham contended that these challenges can be addressed by greater US-Italian partnership in the region, which has grown stronger in the past year under the Italian presidency of the G20 and bilateral meetings between President Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Remarks from Keynote Speaker Yael Lempert, representing the Abraham Accords

In her keynote speech, Yael Lempert, acting deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, addressed widespread misconceptions of US withdrawal from North Africa and the Middle East (MENA), affirming that the Biden administration has focused on affirmative engagement in the region. Through this initiative, the US is empowering North African nations to decide with whom and when they cooperate on issues. Lempert made clear that regional stability is in the best interest of nations across the globe, and that the US will continue to have a newly defined presence in North Africa that highlights the region's human potential.

According to Lempert, the US has also been at the forefront of enacting a sustainable political vision in the MENA.

Overwhelmed by meeting with John Kerry, Green Party leader Annalena Baerbock

New coalition, an abrupt change in German foreign policy under #baerbock

Advocating a strong transatlantic partnership and friendship: Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s first official visit to Washington, DC

German Official Says Berlin Unambiguously Supports 'One China' Policy: Report

A German government representative, Wolfgang Buechner, reportedly told journalists at a press conference on August 3 that Berlin does not comment on foreign trips by representatives of third countries. In regard to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, he reportedly said that the German government unambiguously supports the One China policy.

On August 2, Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock warned China against escalating tensions with Taiwan and expressed support for the island nation. Notably, tensions between the US and China escalated on Tuesday NIght after Pelosi, despite strong objections from Beijing, landed in Taiwan's capital, Taipei.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on August 3, 2022

Germany’s Foreign Minister reportedly said at a UN meeting that if the mainland invades Taiwan, Germany will give support to Taiwan. Does the foreign ministry have any comment on this?

Hua Chunying: I assume you are referring to the remarks made by the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the Review Conference of the NPT. Her indication that China broke international law and attacked its smaller neighbor lacks basic knowledge of history and does not square with facts.

The historical ins and outs and legal facts about the Taiwan question are crystal clear. No individual or force can deny or distort them. I do not have to go far back into history to find an example. Around the end of the Second World War, the Cairo Declaration of 1943 and the Potsdam Proclamation of 1945 were very clear about China’s rights over Taiwan. “All the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, including Taiwan and Penghu Islands, shall be restored” to China. The UNGA Resolution 2758 of 1971 decided to restore all these rights to the PRC and reaffirmed the one-China principle.

The Taiwan question is China’s internal affair. Some people compare Ukraine to Taiwan in order to twist the logic and mislead public perceptions. This constitutes interference in China’s domestic affair and we will definitely not accept that.

The one-China principle is a universally recognized norm in international relations and the political foundation and fundamental prerequisite for China’s relations with other countries. Violating that principle will undermine bilateral relations. We hope Germany will have an objective and accurate understanding of the Taiwan question and be careful with getting swayed by the US. We hope Germany will keep its commitment to the one-China policy with concrete action and act prudently on Taiwan-related issues.

Bewährte Fiktion der Ein-China-Politik: Biden zünselt daran

ATTN: LSE chapters of NATO African and Oriental Studies in Taipei, Brussels, Washington D.C.

From: The People's Republic of China, Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and The State Council Information Office

a white paper titled "The Taiwan Question and China's Reunification in the New Era" (EN)

Executive Summary
• Get. Out.

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After reunification, foreign countries can continue to develop economic and cultural relations with Taiwan. With the approval of the central government of China, they may set up consulates or other official and quasi-official institutions in Taiwan, international organizations and agencies may establish offices, relevant international conventions can be applied, and relevant international conferences can be held there.
Over its 5,000-year history, China has manifested a splendid culture ...

White man American history 1492-present ...

.... In between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. CIA and MSM joint Operation Mockingbird. Wild country, death penalty, crowded prison system, environment, healthcare,... obscene wealth 0.1%.

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Taking a chance with the August siesta, 11' coffee at teahouse in the Mordor park?
by Oosterbeek on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 07:14:41 AM EST

The gap between escalating climate reality and declining climate policy is widening.
What is slipping in Europe - and especially in Germany - and what that means: Ours

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 13th, 2022 at 01:51:06 PM EST
Maybe Stukenberg needs someone to show him the light: EU hubristic expansionism (see the Associate countries and which ones are associated or not in which call for tenders and projects...)
by Oosterbeek on Sun Aug 14th, 2022 at 03:33:58 AM EST
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Syria under Bashar Assad was an associate member of EU Mediterranean expansion until the American Israeli lobbyists (Neocons) crossed the economic ties by NATO military expansionism of permanent war. The others side of Brussels, NATO HQ with US  uncouth Command - see Blunt General Breedlove. Ugly bastard crossed European politicians untold times.

Trump's Revival of anti-EU Sentiment in Warsaw | July 6, 2017 |

Old War Hawks Never Die

Ex-NATO commander: Air 'policing' no longer enough

Speaking at the Atlantic Council think tank, retired General Philip Breedlove, the former NATO supreme allied commander in Europe,  praised this decision. He encouraged the alliance to look at other "options that would tell [Russian President Vladimir] Putin that he's going to get the opposite of what he asked for."

Europe is under command by U.S. Congress and the Pentagon through its military Command in Brussels. #WeAreNato ... and f*cked

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German SPD party under Willy Brandt and relations with Palestinian people under occupation ...

Germany's Position on Palestine: Twice on the Wrong Side of History? | Palestine Chronicle by Ilan Pappe |

Germany, that is West Germany until the late 1980s, and the West in general, believed that the road to West Germany's rehabilitation and re-admission to the "civilized nations" had to go through the legitimization of the colonization of Palestine. Thus, within three years after the end of the Second World War, the West was asking the world to grant, simultaneously, legitimacy for the new Germany and for the creation of a Jewish State over much of historical Palestine, as if the two demands were logically and, worse still, morally connected. Hence, Israel became one of the first states to declare that there was a "new Germany", in return for unconditional support for its policies, complemented by huge financial and military aid from West Germany.

After the unification of Germany and the hegemonic role it played since then in the EU foreign policies, the German position on Israel and Palestine became paramount and influenced the continent's overall policy. It is only recently that those of us who are active for, and on behalf of, Palestine noted the slippery road on which Germany - as a state - slides once more onto the wrong side of history.

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Statement Mahmoud Abbas in reference to joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin

RAMALLAH, August 17, 2022 (WAFA) - President Mahmoud Abbas reaffirm that the Holocaust is the most heinous crime in modern human history.

Stressing that his answer was not intended to deny the singularity of the Holocaust that occurred in the last century, and condemning it in the strongest terms.

What is meant by the crimes that President Mahmoud Abbas spoke about are the crimes and massacres committed against the Palestinian people since the Nakba at the hands of the Israeli forces. These crimes have not stopped to this day.

Denial of Palestinian suffering in an Apartheid State is not sound policy of the German government under Chancellor Scholz. Two leaders apparently very uncomfortable in the role they play before the television camera's.

Scholz reaction to Abbas' Holocaust remarks draws criticism

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 03:15:56 PM EST
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All German political leaders will spout remarks of criticism on the holier that thou rhetoric, washing their hands of own failures. Self-serving politicians in a social media culture of one hour refreshing of the news cycle.

Israel and Germany condemn Palestinian leader's '50 Holocausts' claim | BBC News |

As the inhumane treatment continue by the present Lapid administration, just as bad as the regime under Bibi Netanyahu. Just like favorite Trump, most Israeli leaders will stand trial for corruption and money laundering.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 03:17:42 PM EST
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In a very volatile Middle East and especially on deutscher Boden, any leader should choose their words very carefully. True, Palestinians have suffered at the hands of Israeli terror groups, the Nakba remembered and dozens of villages razed to the ground. Palestinians to this day are losing their homes to foreign Israeli settlers, murdering innocent Palestinian youths on a daily basis, hate speech in the media and in Jerusalem politics. Never make any reference to the German extermination camps by the Nazis of Hitler and his most inhumane deeds causing tens of millions of deaths across Europe. The genocide of Jews was deliberate and the worst atrocity on German soil. Lower the tone of revulsion towards the Palestinian cause, nearly 75 years under occupation. Will mankind never learn? Will the Israelis too do some serious soul searching?

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 17th, 2022 at 03:13:51 PM EST
As the inhumane treatment continue by the present Lapid administration, just as bad as the regime under Bibi Netanyahu. Just like favorite Trump, most Israeli leaders will stand trial for corruption and money laundering.

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Haaretz's Danny Rubeinstein Calls Israel 'Apartheid State' | Tikun Olam - Sept. 2, 2007 |

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Ill Treatment of Palestinian Youth and Imprisonment

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Rightwing Kahane Member to Enter Knesset | March 24, 2021 |

Sign of the times in Israel when a member of a terrorist designated group enters the Knesset to join forces with a corrupt Bibi Netanyahu to keep him out of prison.

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Ex-Israeli Minister Avoids Bribery Charge With Plea Bargain in German Submarine Affair | Haaretz - July 24, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 02:02:55 PM EST
Hypocrisy, Holocaust and Abbas

The manufactured outrage over Abbas' remarks obscures Israel's routine exploitation of the Holocaust

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Germany, where he held a press conference with German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.  During the event, he was asked a Gotcha question:

Asked whether as Palestinian leader he planned to apologize to Israel and Germany for the attack ahead of the 50th anniversary, Abbas responded instead by citing allegations of atrocities committed by Israel since 1947.

    "If we want to go over the past, go ahead," Abbas, who was speaking Arabic, told the reporters.

    "I have 50 slaughters that Israel committed in 50 Palestinian villages ... 50 massacres, 50 slaughters, 50 holocausts," he said, taking care to pronounce the final word in English.

Nakba - Ilian Pappe

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 02:04:13 PM EST
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The Dutch Stop Funding Palestinian NGO | Jan. 17, 2022 |

We strongly condemn the Dutch government's blow to Palestinian civil society | Mondoweiss |

The European Legal Support Center (ELSC) and The Rights Forum strongly condemn the decision of the Dutch government to end its funding to the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC). This decision was made despite an external investigation that affirmed UAWC's institutional independence and cleared the organisation of the main charges levied against it by the Israeli government and its extremist allies.

UAWC is the largest agricultural development organisation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), providing crucial training and supplies to Palestinian farmers and fisherfolk in the West Bank and Gaza.

Decision made by caretaker cabinet of Rutte III, in last days before new ministers in cabinet Rutte IV would be sworn in. Cowards.

Nevertheless, it is best for this group of states to establish a more Democratic EU-9 to further goals of original founders EEC, separate from the Bucharest Nine (B9), Visegrad-4, and Three Seas Initiative.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 02:38:50 PM EST
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My diary - Winston Churchill Explains Enigma Russia | Jan. 19, 2022 |

The Bucharest Nine (B9)

Bucharest Nine (B9) was established on Poland's and Romania's initiative. It comprises countries on NATO eastern border - Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania Slovakia and Hungary.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 02:44:07 PM EST
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Sarkozy attacks Visegrád Group | by DoDo on Nov 6th, 2009 |

Ireland said Yes to the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, Czech President Václav Klaus gave up on his obstruction and signed it this week, and British opposition leader David Cameron no longer wants the referendum desired by his Eurosceptic constituency. However, French President Nicolas Sarkozy found a new threat to the EU: the Visegrád group... (hat tip In Wales):

EUobserver: Sarkozy warns Visegrad countries not to make a habit of pre-summit meetings

The Visegrad Cooperation: Central Europe divided over Russia --Hungary--

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 02:43:19 PM EST
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New group is established Central-Eastern European (CEE-12)

Visegrad Insight organises the "Three Seas Initiative Digital Civil Society Forum" conference -- a foresight event ...

One of speakers is:
Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy under President George W. Bush (2001-2005),

The conference is designed as part of a broader effort to research and brainstorm practical and actionable policy recommendations that will help shape the 3SI Digital Civil Society network from Central-Eastern European countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.

This Europe is disunited but glued together by NATO military, NGOs filled with Neocons. Nice, fascist groups undermining the social fiber and culture of Old Europe. STOP WAR. Put in investment and effort for peace on the continent! ☮️

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 02:47:03 PM EST
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New menace from Russia? NATO is the real threat | CND UK by Alan Mackinnon | (May 2015)

    Labour Party conference opens tomorrow in Brighton. The issue of Trident and nuclear weapons is one of intense discussion, both on the conference floor and around the conference hall.

    Last week all of us heard the tragic news of the death of Alan Mackinnon who had been a friend to many of us.

NATO has, therefore, provoked the very Russian threat it ostensibly seeks to deter. That 'threat' is already being used to ratchet up the arms race, creating a new NATO 'Spearhead' rapid reaction force and new military bases across eastern Europe. It has also been used to legitimise Britain's nuclear weapons system which is assigned to NATO. For the peace movement in Scotland and across the world, NATO and the events in Ukraine are issues that we cannot ignore. Challenging the aggressive expansion of the military alliance, the dark forces behind the Ukrainian coup and the one-sided media narrative that goes with it will be essential if we are to explain and counter this new threat to world peace.

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Of course all "sources" used in this CNN article are anonymous.

CNN spoke with several Western officials and diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Getting On the Biden Bandwagon Was the Easy Part - 180 Days

A grim winter will test Europe's support for Ukraine like never before | CNN News |

On top of the economic and military costs affecting the generosity of the West, there is also serious concern that the world starts to experience war fatigue as the conflict stagnates.

"Back in February, it was easy to jump on the anti-Putin bandwagon. Now the war is in the boring strategic stage. There are fewer daily gains and losses and there are fewer photo opportunities," says a NATO diplomat.

Of course, this won't be as straightforward as countries simply withdrawing their support. But it might involve countries changing the parameters of exactly what outcome they support.

Some Western European countries, most notably Germany and France, have said publicly that dialogue will have to exist between the West and Moscow. [Not true for Olaf Scholz - Oui] French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly said that he believes at some point negotiations will need to take place between Russia and Ukraine, while Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz has come under fire for mixed messaging on Russian gas and most recently on whether or not Europe should ban Russians from obtaining travel visas.

"Do we all still have the same view of the end game? Is it just getting back to the borders of before Russia invaded? Or is it back to pre-2014, before Russia annexed Crimea? And will we deal with Putin after the war or will he need to stand down," says a European diplomat. "These are the long-term questions we need to be asking, but are not. It's better not to ask these questions right now."

A younger Green generation in Germany have shed feathers of pacifism and are most war hawkish in the Ampel-Koalition of Olaf Scholz.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 12:21:10 PM EST
Wer ist "wir"? | FD - July 27, 2022 |

Escalations harbor the danger of exclusion

This position is not represented by the Federal Chancellor, but by large parts of the traffic light-colored party spectrum, by the majority in the CDU and CSU anyway. For example, Ralf Fücks, a former top politician in the Greens , accuses dissenters of "submissive pacifism" - a particularly striking but not the only example of the tone of the debate.

Behind such harshness is likely to be genuine desperation at the doom Putin is bringing to the people of Ukraine. But escalations of this kind also harbor the danger of excluding from the "we" those who come to different conclusions out of just as honest desperation - such as the sociologist Hartmut Rosa, who in response to Fücks' accusations has again called for ways in Der Spiegel to explore negotiations with Moscow.

  • Whiff of Munich In the Air

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    Russia must be defeated, demand top politicians in Berlin. According to Green Party thinker Ralf Fücks, anyone who doesn't see no alternative to the war against the alleged Hitler revenant #Putin is a "subjugation pacifist". A reply. (S+)

  • Axis Berlin-Paris Deters NATO War Provocation
  • For the Greens, a responsible climate policy is the sine qua non for participation in an SPD-led federal government, says the co-founder of the Center for Liberal Modernity, the former Green politician Ralf Fücks, in SWR2.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 12:35:01 PM EST
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    Ralf Fücks is the managing partner of the Zentrum Liberale Moderne and previously worked for 21 years on the board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the political foundation of the Greens. Before that he was co-chairman of the Green Party (1989/90) and Senator for the Environment and Urban Development in Bremen.

    What's In A Name?

    Ralf Fücks as agent provocateur, a war hawk who refuses dialogue ... another Rasputin.

    Russland Verstehen

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 12:36:11 PM EST
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    See long lists of articles written about confrontation with fossil fuel superpower Russia today.

    Die langen Linien des rus­si­schen Imperialismus | 9. Jun 2022 |

    Ralf Fücks calling for regime change??

    Der Kli­ma­wan­del und die fossile Groß­macht Russland | 4. Mrz 2021 |

    It remains questionable to what extent the current Russian leadership is willing and able to initiate an ecological change of course that calls the previous system into question. In contrast, reform-oriented forces in Russia see climate policy and ecological modernization as one of the few fields in which constructive cooperation seems possible despite ongoing political tensions. An ecological transformation of Russia could become the motor for overdue economic and political reforms.

    Another advisor to German politics who has no understanding of UN Charter definition of sovereignty.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 12:37:25 PM EST
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    Euro € struggles to keep parity against US $

    Grand Larceny across Europe, failure of political courage and leadership ...

    Financial crisis - Austerity - Covid pandemic - Inflation - War in Ukraine - Loss of savings - rise in cost of living

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 02:54:52 PM EST

    Felixstowe: Dock workers strike for first time in 30 years

    Unite national officer, Robert Morton, acknowledged it had not put the employer's offer to its members but said they had wanted an improved pay offer in line with at "least the rate of inflation".

    "So when we get further up the negotiations, perhaps we will put an offer to them, but it certainly won't be at 7%," he said.

    He suggested a figure between "7% and 12.3%" would be "acceptable".

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 02:57:57 PM EST
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    Baerbock defends arms shipments to Ukraine

    At the federal government's open day in Berlin, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock defended her support for Ukraine. According to Baerbock, the German arms deliveries to Ukraine are correct. Doing nothing in the Ukraine war is not responsible.

    Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has defended German arms deliveries to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia's war of aggression.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to negotiate the simplest of issues, such as international humanitarian law, and there is no response to attempts at mediation, criticized the Green politician on Sunday at the Federal Foreign Office at the federal government's open day in Berlin.

    A citizen had previously asked what was being done about the diplomatic end of the war beyond the supply of arms.

    Baerbock answer is FALSE and earns another series of 🤥🤥🤥

    Clearly Annalena is a follower of her 🍀 Rasputin, insane former Green politician Ralf Fücks.

    More on FM Baerbock 🇩🇪 here ...

    Baerbock On Willingness to Accept Mediation

    Not even disinformation, pure LIES facing voters in Berlin.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 06:02:49 PM EST

    German state leader 'not wanted' in Ukraine after war remarks

    The state premier of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, drew the ire of Ukraine's ambassador in Germany over a suggestion that the Russian war be "frozen" to give diplomacy a chance.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 29th, 2022 at 12:54:26 PM EST

    #StopNato  #NeverWar  #NotInMyName

    America under Joe Biden and bullying foreign policy brings Duress, Inequality and Solitude ... not #Liberty

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 29th, 2022 at 12:55:28 PM EST
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