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Europe's Last Stand

by Oui Sun Jun 16th, 2024 at 07:22:27 PM EST

Rapidly losing competitiveness ...

Setting higher import tariffs admits weakness in industrial power ..

Electric cars and energy transition will be more costly in Europe.

Coming report by former ECB president Draghi ... rebuilding a European manufacturing base, sleepwalking a decade behind America. Enslaved by U.S. tech giants and fossil fuel corporation, adding to allied aggressive military approach to weak adversaries like Russia.

EuropeFirst! Building Trump nations inside the EU ...

drawing the bridge and building walls ... Medieval Times and stupidity ...

Speaking in Belgium at Diplomatic Academy on October 13, Borrell said "Europe is a garden, but most of the rest of the world is a jungle," he said

"And the jungle could invade the garden."

"The gardeners should take care of it, but they will not protect the garden by building walls. A nice small garden surrounded by high walls in order to prevent the jungle from coming in is not going to be a solution," he added.

"Because the jungle has a strong growth capacity, and the wall will never be high enough in order to protect the garden," Borrel stressed.

"The gardeners have to go to the jungle. Europeans have to be much more engaged with the rest of the world. Otherwise, the rest of the world will invade us, by different ways and means."

A lot of users and critics said that Borrell's remarks had a "racist" and "colonialist" undertone in them and reflected long-outdated views of European superiority.

Trumpism thrives during the four Biden years ...

China, Russia concerns top Pompeo agenda in Central Europe | AP News - 10 Feb 2019 |

U.S. fears about China and Russia's growing influence in Central Europe will top Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's agenda as he heads to the region this week, Trump administration officials say.

Pompeo leaves Sunday on a five-nation tour of Europe that will begin in Hungary and Slovakia where he will raise those concerns and the importance of promoting democracy and the rule of law to counter Beijing and Moscow's efforts to pull the countries away from the West and sow divisions in the European Union and NATO.

The centrepiece of the trip will be a Conference on the Future of the Middle East in Poland that is expected to focus on Iran and will also be attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's Mideast peace team of senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

EU Commission has failed to protect the interests of the European Union

Policy Address: Ursula von der Leyen on the US-EU Relationship

Why the EU-US summit won't yield any breakthroughs on trade

The leaders of the US and the EU institutions meet in Washington today for a summit that was intended to normalise trade relations.

But with those talks stuck despite intense round-the-clock efforts, the summit will now focus on simpler issues, such as support for Ukraine and Israel, write Andy Bounds and Alice Hancock.

Context: Diplomats planned the date to force an agreement on a green steel club to end a transatlantic tariff war triggered under former US president Donald Trump. But differences appear irreconcilable, leaving nothing to announce.

The US will permanently lift its tariffs on EU steel and aluminium imports -- they have been suspended for two years -- only if Brussels agrees to levy similar ones on China, which Washington says is flooding the market with cheap metal. The EU insists it has to abide by international trade rules, first running an investigation to prove China is subsidising its producers.

The two sides are likely to prolong their truce at least until after elections next November, in which Biden needs to win steelmaking states such as Pennsylvania.

A parallel deal on critical minerals, which would allow EU carmakers access to US subsidies under the Inflation Reduction Act, is also stuck.

Instead, they will focus on things they agree on.

Biden made a rare Oval Office address last night calling for the divided Congress to commit to military aid for Ukraine and Israel. Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, gave a speech at the Hudson Institute think-tank to boost his cause.

There was "no room for hesitation or half measures" in the West's support for Ukraine, von der Leyen said. She called on the EU's allies "to double down -- whether on finance or equipment".

"Europe intends to step up," she said, adding: "We recognise that US support should be one important piece of a global effort."

Leaders will also talk tough on Iran, attempting to dissuade Tehran and Hizbollah in Lebanon from getting involved in the Israel-Hamas conflict amid fears of it spreading.

Diplomats were still haggling over the summit statement on China, with the US, as usual, going further than the EU would like.

Officials insist relations between Brussels and Washington are closer than ever despite the trade tensions. "We are dependent on each other, we just have to keep negotiating and find solutions," said Ville Tavio, Finland's trade minister.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to receive honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | Ynet News - 13 June 2022 |


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