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10.11.2018 - 07:14 [ unian.info ]

European defense coalition launched in Paris – media

A coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises near the continent’s borders was launched on Wednesday with Finland becoming the 10th country to join, amid calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for a „real European army.“

The French-led initiative would not conflict with the almost 70-year-old, U.S.-dominated NATO alliance, proponents say, but reflects in part concerns about a more isolationist United States under President Donald Trump, as reported by Reuters.

04.11.2018 - 13:25 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Olmert: Send us ‘real soldiers, not pensioners’

(3.August 2006) The ground battle inLebanon is widening, but on the eve of a new United Nations Security Council decision on the Israeli- Hizbullah conflict, its days may be numbered. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is already dealing with “the day after,” the diplomatic arrangement that will install an international force north of the Blue Line to replace the Israeli army.

03.11.2018 - 17:33 [ Sputniknews.com ]

Iranian Foreign Minister Discusses New US Sanctions With EU Officials – Tehran

„During his Friday night conversations with Mogherini as well as Heiko Maas of Germany, Margot Wallstrom of Sweden, and Denmark’s Anders Samuelsen, the top Iranian diplomat discussed with them Washington’s re-imposition of sanctions against Iran and Europe’s efforts to counter such US moves,“ the statement read.

03.11.2018 - 17:29 [ en.mehrnews.com ]

EU’s purposeful delay in implementing SPV

Reuters has recently reported that a new EU mechanism to facilitate payments for Iranian exports should be legally in place by Nov. 4, when the next phase of US sanctions take effect, but it will not be operational until early next year.

03.11.2018 - 17:20 [ BourseandBazaar.com ]

China Unexpectedly Gambles on European Mechanism to Sustain Iran Trade

„It seems that the fate of our trade with China is linked to the support package being prepared by the European Union,“ Hariri told Bourse & Bazaar in reference to the SPV promised by Iran’s key European trading partners.

03.11.2018 - 17:11 [ Sputniknews.com ]

No EU Member Ready to Host Mechanism to Defy US Anti-Iranian Sanctions – Report

(29.10.2018) No EU member state is willing to host the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to safeguard Brussels‘ trade ties with Tehran from Washington’s anti-Iranian sanctions, according to The Financial Times.

„No EU government wants to cross the US by having the SPV. Member states are not exactly queueing up for it,“ the newspaper quoted EU diplomats as saying on condition of anonymity.

03.11.2018 - 11:35 [ Downing Street Nr.10 ]

Joint Statement by the UK, France and Germany on the Iran Nuclear Deal

It is our aim to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN Security Council resolution 2231.

As parties to the JCPoA, we have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas. On these, as on other topics, our work continues, including with Russia and China as participants to the JCPoA and with third countries interested in supporting the JCPoA. These efforts have been intensified in recent weeks, particularly those underpinning the European initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle which we are proceeding with work to set up. This will enable continued sanctions lifting to reach Iran and allow for European exporters and importers to pursue legitimate trade.

03.11.2018 - 11:30 [ cleveland19.com ]

The Latest: EU expresses deep regret over US-Iran sanctions

In a joint statement Friday, they said they aim to protect European firms „engaged in legitimate business with Iran.“

They added that their „collective resolve to complete this work is unwavering.“

26.10.2018 - 18:46 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Merkel and Iran

(2.10.2018) But as Jerusalem Post correspondent Benjamin Weinthal reported, Merkel and her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, also back the European Union’s “special purpose vehicle (SPV)” mechanism to permit financial transactions with Iran. The SPV undercuts the US financial sanctions on Iran’s regime that are due to go into effect on November 5.

23.10.2018 - 16:37 [ New York Times ]

Clinton Urges United Europe to Include Russia

(JUNE 3, 2000) Standing under an unforgiving sun in the courtyard of the ninth-century cathedral where Charlemagne is buried and where many Holy Roman emperors and German kings were crowned, Mr. Clinton told an audience of several hundred people that to do otherwise would destroy the vision of an undivided Continent.

Mr. Clinton delivered his speech after he was given the Charlemagne Award, which is given to a world leader who furthers the cause of European unity.

18.10.2018 - 12:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

No deal is better than partition, or reducing Britain to a vassal state

It was the Europeans who insisted that the Irish border must be resolved before our future relationship with the EU could be discussed. Of course, they knew the border could not be fixed until the future relationship was decided. They were laying a trap to tie the UK to European laws beyond Brexit.

14.10.2018 - 21:01 [ New York Times ]

Merkel’s Bavarian Allies Bleed Votes to Center-Left Greens and Far Right

The election result, which also saw the Ms. Merkel’s other coalition partner, the Social Democrats, collapse and fall behind the far right, is certain to reverberate in Berlin, where some see it as a harbinger of further losses for Ms. Merkel’s conservatives, already at a postwar low. In two weeks, her party is expected to lose ground — and possibly the whole election — in another regional election, in the state of Hesse.

02.10.2018 - 04:38 [ The Express Tribune ]

PM Imran accepts Angela Merkel’s invitation to visit Germany

PM Imran thanked the German chancellor for her call and reciprocated desire for enhancing partnership with Germany. He added that Germany was the largest trading partner of Pakistan in Europe and there was substantial potential for cooperation in spheres of energy and automobile sectors, and investment in hydroelectric power generation.

02.10.2018 - 04:22 [ MEMO ]

Germany approves $295m arms sale to Saudi

The exports are said to have been approved despite an agreement not to sell arms to countries “directly” involved in the Yemen war. The deal was forged during the formation of the coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the Social Democrats in March after months of political wrangling. It was not made clear which countries were meant by the phrase “directly”.

26.09.2018 - 13:32 [ EUObserver.com ]

World upside down as EU and Russia unite against US

The threat of US sanctions has seen EU firms such as French and German car makers Daimler, Peugeot, and Renault, German engineering company Siemens, and French energy firm Total walk away from new ventures in Iran.

But „we [the EU] cannot accept that the US decided the regions with which European companies can or cannot do business,“ Belgian prime minister Charles Michel said after meeting Iranian president Hassan Rohani in New York.

„We’re working hard on this [the SPV] with our European partners,“ German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.

26.09.2018 - 13:23 [ CNN ]

Mogherini: Is war the alternative to Iran diplomacy?

„In times of conflict and crisis is there a better way than diplomacy and dialogue? Is war the alternative?“, says EU Foreign Policy chief on dealings with Iran.

26.09.2018 - 13:19 [ Al Jazeera ]

Top US official John Bolton to Iran: ‚There will be hell to pay‘

„So I might imagine they would take me seriously when I assure them today that if you cross us, our allies or our partners, if you harm our citizens, if you continue to lie cheat and deceive. Yes there will indeed be hell to pay,“ the US National Security Advisor said.

Speaking at an organisation that opposed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which the Trump administration withdrew in May, Bolton criticised the deal as „the worst diplomatic debacle in American history“.

26.09.2018 - 13:17 [ Breitbart.com ]

Watch: U.S. ‘Disturbed, Disappointed’ by E.U. Plan to Evade Iran Sanctions

This is one of the of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security,” he said in a speech delivered against a backdrop of protests from anti-war protesters.

“By sustaining revenues to the regime, you are solidifying Iran’s ranking as the number-one state sponsor of terror,” Mr. Pompeo added, observing Iran’s “corrupt ayatollahs” and elite Revolutionary Guards had to be “laughing this morning.”

26.09.2018 - 10:35 [ Al Jazeera ]

EU and Iran agree on new payment system to skirt US sanctions

In a major snub to the United States, the European Union has decided to set up a new mechanism to enable legal trade with Iran without encountering US sanctions.

The EU will create new payment channels to preserve oil and other business deals with Iran, Federica Mogherini, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said late on Monday, in a bid to evade US punitive measures.

25.09.2018 - 09:48 [ European External Action Service / Europäischer Auswärtiger Dienst ]

EU HR Mogherini at the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran: press point – Part 1

Press point by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 and Iran on the implementation of the JCPOA, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, on 24 September 2018 in New York.

25.09.2018 - 09:16 [ European External Action Service / Europäischer Auswärtiger Dienst ]

Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Joint Ministerial Statement

10. ​​Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle, to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.

25.09.2018 - 09:07 [ Haaretz ]

Remaining Powers of Nuclear Deal Looking to Save Trade Ties With Iran

In a statement after a meeting of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran, the group said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible.

25.09.2018 - 09:05 [ Washington Post ]

The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran’s exports

Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran’s exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by Tehran following the U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of sanctions.

Foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran said in a joint statement late Monday that the so-called “Special Purpose Vehicle” will “assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.”

16.09.2018 - 15:13 [ alarabiya.net ]

Germany ‘cannot rule out’ longer-term military role in Middle East

Von der Leyen spoke during a visit to the Azraq air base in Jordan where some 300 German troops support a refuelling plane and four Tornado warplanes that fly reconnaissance missions as part of U.S. led-coalition operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Asked if Germany needed a strategic base in the Middle East, von der Leyen said, “First we must bring this deployment to a successful end. I don’t want to rule the idea out, let me put it this way.”

16.09.2018 - 14:07 [ Straits Times ]

Germany’s Merkel backs air strikes on Syria as ’necessary and appropriate‘

(14.4.2018) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (April 14) backed air strikes by the United States, France and Britain as a „necessary and appropriate“ action to warn Syria against further use of chemical weapons.

16.09.2018 - 14:05 [ Indian Express ]

Germany to start work on trade, China, Syria war: Angela Merkel

(5.3.2018) Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she would work with France to tackle pressing issues such as trade policy and the war in Syria after the Social Democrats (SPD) voted to join a coalition government with her conservatives. Merkel welcomed the vote by a majority of SPD members that ended more than five months of political deadlock in Europe’s largest economy after an inconclusive election and said the right-left government must quickly get to work.

16.09.2018 - 07:16 [ Xinhua ]

Turkey, Russia, Germany, France agree on political solution in Syria’s Idlib

(15.9.2018) „It is everyone’s common belief that the solution in Idlib must be political rather than military,“ Ibrahim Kalin told reporters after hosting a meeting in Istanbul with officials from the three states.

He said there was a general consensus that the consequences of an attack on Idlib would be severe, including triggering a new wave of migration.

16.09.2018 - 07:08 [ Al Jazeera ]

Turkey warns Europe of ’new wave‘ of Syrian refugees from Idlib

(15.9.2018) Kalin said that there is a general consensus that the consequences of a full-scale military attack on Idlib will cause humanitarian crises and a new wave of refugees.

He said on Friday that his government seeks to maintain Idlib’s current status, protect civilians, and prevent a humanitarian crisis in Idlib.

16.09.2018 - 06:57 [ Xinhua ]

Officials of Turkey, Russia, Germany, France meet in Istanbul over Syria’s Idlib

(14.9.2018) Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, German chancellor’s foreign policy adviser Jan Hecker and French president’s diplomatic adviser Philippe Etienne joined the meeting hosted by Turkish presidential advisor Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey’s state-run broadcaster TRT Haber said.

According to the broadcaster, the main agenda of the meeting, also attended by technical experts from the four states, is setting the program and other details of a summit meeting of leaders of the four countries in the upcoming days.

03.09.2018 - 12:15 [ RT ]

Qatar looking to invest billions more in Germany – finance minister

„We see Germany as a key player in the world economy and are looking at the German market with great optimism,“ Qatar’s minister of finance, Ali Sharif al-Emadi, told Handelsblatt newspaper ahead of a Qatar Germany Business Investment Forum in Berlin on September 7.

18.08.2018 - 09:26 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Russian, Turkish officials meet, keep low profile on Idlib ideas

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Aug. 14 in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, with Syria dominating the agenda, largely against the backdrop of a planned Sept. 7 meeting of the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France in Istanbul.

04.08.2018 - 16:23 [ Newsweek.com ]

U.S. Attempts to Change Europe’s Mind by Accusing Iran of Terror Plots

The U.S. is reportedly adopting a new approach in its ongoing efforts to convince European countries to renounce the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and isolate Tehran.

The U.S., Israel and Iranian dissidents say that Iran is „hunting its enemies in Europe,“ according to The Wall Street Journal. American and Israeli governments say alleged terror plots and killings are sponsored by Tehran and are telling European governments to withdraw from the nuclear accord and ban Iranian officials.

03.08.2018 - 15:54 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. Pushes Europe to Abandon Iran Over Terror Plots—but Meets Resistance

Washington, Israel and Iranian dissident groups say the alleged recent operations show that Iran has ended years of caution about hunting its enemies in Europe. They are urging European governments to withdraw support for Iran and ban Iranian officials …

25.07.2018 - 09:17 [ Japan Today ]

Japan, Germany agree to promote free trade, rules-based order

„The free, open and rules-based international order faces a serious challenge,“ Kono said during a joint press appearance with Maas. „Closer cooperation between Japan and Germany, (nations) that share the same values such as democracy, and lead Asia and Europe…is taking on greater importance than ever.“

23.07.2018 - 14:04 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

Foreign Ministry: Smuggling hundreds of “White Helmets” by Israel in cooperation with other states discloses their support to terrorism

The source added ”Israel has always lied claiming that it doesn’t have a relation to the war waged on Syria, yet it has smuggled hundreds of members of the “White Helmets” terrorist organization and of the leaders of other armed terrorist organizations in cooperation with the governments of the US, Britain, Jordan , Germany and Canada and this has uncovered the support provided by these states to the terrorist groups in their aggression against the Syrians and in destroying the infrastructure in Syria under false pretexts.

22.07.2018 - 10:48 [ apnews.com ]

US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to transit camps in neighboring countries. From there, they will be sent to third countries, including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Canada, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

14.07.2018 - 16:25 [ New York Times ]

It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica

For the first time, astronomers followed cosmic neutrinos into the fire-spitting heart of a supermassive blazar.

14.07.2018 - 16:24 [ TUMuenchen1 / Youtube ]

IceCube Neutrino Telescope Detects Origin of Extragalactic Particles

For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by IceCube scientist Elisa Resconi, spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Center SFB1258 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.

14.07.2018 - 15:41 [ IceCube Neutrino Observatory at Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station ]

IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator

An international team of scientists has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth.

The observations, made by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station and confirmed by telescopes around the globe and in Earth’s orbit, help resolve a more than a century-old riddle about what sends subatomic particles such as neutrinos and cosmic rays speeding through the universe.

14.07.2018 - 15:32 [ zlotonews.com/ ]

Scientists capture mysterious ‘ghost particle’ in a giant ice cube in ‘triumph’ that changes how we see the universe

Scientists have captured a ghost-like subatomic particle on Earth, helping to solve a mystery baffling scientists for 100 years.

The so-called “ghost particle” was trapped by researchers in a giant ice cube at the South Pole.

It’s actually a high-energy neutrino, and is the first of its type ever detected by scientists.

Importantly, researchers believe they’ve tracked its likely source: a supermassive black hole that emits light and cosmic rays.

12.07.2018 - 13:19 [ CNN ]

Trump says NATO allies agreed to boost defense spending after his pressure

President Donald Trump said Thursday in an unscheduled news conference that all NATO members have agreed to increase their defense spending after he told them he was „extremely unhappy.“
„Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they never thought of before,“ Trump said.

11.07.2018 - 13:35 [ CNN ]

Trump opens NATO summit with blistering criticism of Germany

President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here ahead of NATO’s annual summit, accusing a close US ally of being „a captive of Russia“ and all-but ordering members of the alliance to increase their defense spending „immediately.“

09.07.2018 - 13:49 [ Politico.eu ]

Trump envoy seeks to sweet talk Germany Inc. out of Iran

(4.7.2018) In a bid to coax small- and medium-sized German companies active in Iran away from the Islamic Republic, Ambassador Richard Grenell has quietly begun engaging business executives with an offer to help them tap the much larger and lucrative U.S. market, according to people briefed on the talks. On Tuesday, he met with the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry and about a dozen companies to make his pitch.

09.07.2018 - 13:46 [ Xinhua ]

Iran denies assets frozen in Germany: spokesperson

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday dismissed the reports that Germany has blocked parts of the Islamic republic’s financial assets as „baseless,“ according to the ministry’s website.

The reports aimed at creating a „psychological war“ as Iran and Europe are in talks over the former’s nuclear standoff, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said

09.07.2018 - 13:35 [ albawaba.com ]

5 World Powers Commit to Iran Deal, Back Oil Exports Despite US Sanctions Threat

„All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,“ Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.

„This is the first time they have shown this level of commitment, but we will have to see in the future what they really want to do and what they can do,“ Zarif said.

„If they continue to demonstrate the political will they showed today, they will get things done without any problem.“

09.07.2018 - 13:32 [ Sputnik ]

US to Use EU Stance on Iran Deal to Pressure NATO Over Defense Spending – Prof

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK have agreed to establish a permanent expert mechanism that will be tasked with finding ways to maintain trade with Iran regardless of US sanctions. Sputnik discussed this with Professor Christopher Bovis.

08.07.2018 - 16:11 [ Haaretz / googlewebusercontent.com ]

Splitting the EU: Israel’s Tightening Alliance With Central Europe’s Nationalist Leaders

In tandem with the upgrading of relations with Israel, there is growing friction between central European states and the EU. This revolves mainly around the issue of migrants. Tensions reached new heights this month over a compromise on closing the EU’s external borders and the establishment of screening centers for migrants. The measures were opposed by Germany, but strongly promoted by Hungary and Poland.

07.07.2018 - 19:00 [ Newsweek ]

U.S. Iran Deal Exit Brings Russia and China Closer to Europe as They Meet Behind Trump’s Back

The top diplomats of China, EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. have assured Iran that they were willing to salvage a historic nuclear deal abandoned by the U.S.

The deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was forged under the administration of former President Barack Obama in 2015 and scrapped by his successor, President Donald Trump, in May. With Iran looking to face stricter U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministers of the EU and five other nations who signed the nuclear agreement met Friday in Vienna in an attempt to negotiate a viable framework in the absence of Washington.

02.07.2018 - 11:51 [ New York Times ]

Angela Merkel Seemed to Get a Reprieve Over Migrants. It Didn’t Last.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany thought she had fended off a mutiny within her own conservative alliance after returning from marathon talks with fellow European leaders on Friday with an agreement on how to handle migration.

But instead, the rebellion escalated late on Sunday, further weakening Ms. Merkel, who was once seen as a rock of European politics and the guardian of the liberal world order.

30.06.2018 - 12:10 [ Hurriyet ]

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

(5.6.2018) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday that Iranian meddling in the Middle East could touch off massive new refugee flows to Europe, as they clashed about the future of the nuclear deal with Tehran.

30.06.2018 - 12:02 [ Washington Post ]

U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe

The Pentagon analysis of basing in Europe comes as relations between Trump and Europe have plunged over his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, sparking tit-for-tat measures, and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, a pact viewed in Europe as a model for peaceful conflict resolution.

25.06.2018 - 09:09 [ Toronto Star ]

Canadian peacekeepers arrive in Mali as yearlong mission begins

Vance was greeted by several German officers, who have a large peacekeeping contingent in Mali, which includes a unit of helicopters, some of which Canada will replace in the coming weeks.

The members of the advance team are only the first of what will be a steady stream of troops and equipment to arrive between now and August, including eight helicopters, to help the beleaguered UN mission.

15.06.2018 - 09:42 [ Bloomberg ]

Europe’s Fragile Unity Crumbles as Migration Quarrel Spills Over

The issue has returned most visibly in Italy, where Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant League, lost no time in falling out with some close European allies over his decision to deny access to port for a refugee vessel. But it’s also forced uncomfortable decisions in Spain and is threatening Chancellor Angela Merkel, who faces renewed domestic turbulence over her open-door stance on migrants that could yet spell her early departure.

03.06.2018 - 10:41 [ FirstPost.com ]

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to push his stance on Iran to leaders during Europe trip

Merkel, May and Macron are still waiting for the Israelis and Americans to present another way to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, but are under no illusions it will happen in next week’s meetings, according to a European diplomat.

30.05.2018 - 11:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘It’s a financial coup!’ Five Star RAGES as President makes Italy ‘colony of Germany’

ITALY has become “a colony of Germany”, according to a Five Star MEP who lashed out after President Sergio Mattarella brought in his own unelected europhile Prime Minister to keep a eurozone crisis at bay.

29.05.2018 - 16:33 [ Rosa D'Amato, Abgeordnete des EU-Parlaments ‏/ Twitter ]

Dear Commissioner #Oettinger repeat with us, with Italian people „The sovereignty belongs to the people”, not to European Commission, not to financial markets. #Italy is not a colony of Germany, no more! We #M5SEuropa will defend italian democracy! #ilmiovotoconta

28.05.2018 - 09:53 [ Ignazio Corrao, Mitglied des EU-Parlaments / Twitter ]

The Italian Constitution clearly says “the sovereignty belongs to the people”, not to financial markets. Today #Mattarella is denying the result of free elections and is declaring that Italy is a colony of Germany. It’s a financial coup! Help us. Stand up for italian democracy!

23.05.2018 - 10:36 [ Washington Post ]

Europeans want to break up with America. Deep down, they should know that they can’t.

A poll taken in the immediate aftermath of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea found more Germans preferred a position of neutrality than did standing with Western allies. A Pew survey the following year reported majorities in Germany, Italy and France opposed defending a NATO ally hypothetically attacked by Russia — a more categorical rejection of alliance solidarity than anything to come out of Trump’s mouth. While the president’s threats to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel may be counterproductive to strengthening transatlantic ties, so was the 2015 Berlin protest, with a crowd estimated at 150,000, against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.