The Nordstream 2 issue is a consequence of Merkel’s energy policy. The decision to remove nuclear power from German energy production was a monumental mistake. It is not just the extra CO2 that gets released, its also now disrupting global politics.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 11:07 AM CEST
give em hell donald
germans along with everybody else need to start paying; free ride is finished
and after you pay ur defense bills n u get current then u can still pay the 3,000 euro pensions and 4,000 euro salaries to ur school teachers n ur free medical n ur free this n that and all else if you have still the money
there’s a new sheriff in town and all bets are off meine damen und herren
Posted on 7/11/18 | 11:39 AM CEST
Wow! The two Donalds are united on NS II! So, let’s see who is in opposition? Oh, yes – of course – Mutti…
Posted on 7/11/18 | 11:51 AM CEST
Finn (of Suomi)
Sure. Let’s do that, let’s stop the ‘free riding’, shall we.
US dollar’s reserve status needs to stop. You leeches are taxing the rest of the world since 1944 merely on the back of your military might. The milking of your currency gives the US 2-3% lower interest rates than other wise possible, thus enabling your military expenses.
And. The EU should make the US pay for all and any refugee from the wars you initiated.
So. Be careful what you wish for, buddy. Reality is more complex than your simplistic narrative of free riders.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 12:33 PM CEST
A recent poll indicated that most Germans would welcome a complete withdrawal of US-Troops from their country. Likewise, support for NATO-Membership is dwindling. At the same time, the Russian president Vladimir Support enjoys considerable and growing support in parts of the German population.
If Trump continues to wield the axe at NATO, and tries to put further pressure on the German government, he shouldn’t be surprised if one day the German parliament follows the example of the former French president Charles De Gaulle and opts for the complete and immediate departure of US-Troops from German territory.
Trump is not known as someone standing for agreement and cooperation. Trump attacks, strikes and wins – or loses interest. Donald Trump is the Chuck Norris of Politics.
Trump wants to force other NATO members to increase their defense spending? And where, according to Trump, should those countries buy their weapons? Let’s make an eductated guess…..in the US?
If Trump continues like this, and nobody stops him, he will find his place in history books as the destroyer of NATO.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 12:36 PM CEST
Mr Trump is right. We should all put our country first. So no more buying military equipment from the USA – to start with the F35. A EUDO (European Defence Organisation). We can do without an unreliable and unpredictable ally. Too bad and sorry for the thousand young boys who lost their lives in liberating Europe but it is the American’s president and thus their choice.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 12:42 PM CEST
@ Fake Finn (of “Suomi”)
Why don’t you take your pathological and pathetic anti-Americanism somewhere else, perhaps to that alternative site that your friend Priscilla La Trolleuse allegedly set up?
Posted on 7/11/18 | 12:45 PM CEST
I wonder what Putin’s PR machine, including German media, and his friends: Merkel and Schroeder will invent this time to deny reality summarized so brilliantly by Trump ?
Posted on 7/11/18 | 12:50 PM CEST
Trump does have valid points on both defence and trade. Germany has fashioned the EU trade policies to suit its market and by under-spending on defence, expects its allies to defend it at the expense of their own infrastructure and social security etc.
However in order for America to be ‘top dog’ you have to outspend your rivals. You therefore create an aura which causes others to cluster round you and spend money on your goods services, culture, hi tech etc. In previous times we have had Pax Romanus, Pax Britannica and now Pax Americana.
If you don’t project power by being top military dog then people will go elsewhere for the associated economic, social and cultural elements
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:01 PM CEST
@Finn (of Suomi)
“US dollar’s reserve status needs to stop. You leeches are taxing the rest of the world since 1944 merely on the back of your military might. The milking of your currency gives the US 2-3% lower interest rates than other wise possible, thus enabling your military expenses.”
I’ve just had a look on Bloomberg.
Yield on 10 year US bond = 2.84%
Yield on 10 year German bond = 0.36%
Its a pity the data does not support your theory.
It is true that, because the dollar is a reserve currency, foreign governments invest in US government bonds rather than spending money on buying goods from the USA. Thus by reducing demand in the US economy this reduces inflationary pressure in the US and perhaps interest rates can be lower.
However, given the choice I’m sure US citizens would prefer foreign governments to be spending their dollars in the US rather than keeping them for a rainy day. That is what Trump is trying to do by trying to reduce the US trade deficit with China and the EU.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:09 PM CEST
Donald Trump is a child who is throwing a tantrum, 24 hours a day. He has no idea how to lead, has no plan, all he does is destroy. People, relationships, businesses, marriages, the presidency, America. His schtick is to look bored when he is in a photo with Obama, Trudeau, May. Extend his hand to Kim, Putin. Kidnaps children. Assaults women. By any measure, Donald Trump is a total failure. Primarily as a human being.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:19 PM CEST
He can’t stand the fact that Merkel rules over his own country of origin. She has been too successful for decades, to his taste. He just can’t accept it when people, women preferably, challenge his lack of intelligence, his stubbornness and male supremacy. Poor man: a vestige of past thinking when women were only good enough to cook meals and carry men’s children. How pathetic.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:24 PM CEST
“@ Fake Finn (of “Suomi”) Why don’t you take your pathological and pathetic anti-Americanism somewhere else…”
I am afraid that chronic anti-Americanism is endemic in Germany and elsehwere in continental Europe, especially within (but by no means only within) the SPD and other left-leaning parties, as is apparent from comments by Germans here (e.g. Fake Finn, the fake Canadian Peter Monta, “XKM”, Irene Duym etc.
So best to ignore them all, as there is little or no sense of gratitude for the huge sacrifices that Americans and others made to liberate Europe.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:25 PM CEST
The orange gorilla thumping his chest at the NATO meeting. Right out of the box he sets the tone for the meeting, acting like a combatant instead of a partner. The fact is its all for show, its ineffective and for domestic consumption back home for the November elections. NATO member are increasing their budgets and not because of Trump, but because Russia under Putin in on the move again on their Eastern border. Trump is too deluded to see this reality and thinks its because of him and these counter-productive tactics for the alliance.
Trump is deluded and doing harm to everyone’s national security while the great bear is smiling across the border. He’ll get plenty of attaboy’s from Putin when he meets with him next.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:42 PM CEST
I honestly don’t know why Europe allows itself to be put in such a compromised position. It’s like Germany has some kind of pathological desire to destroy both itself and Europe with it. The Russian gas issue could be solved if we tapped our own natural gas and oil reserves instead of banning all fracking on the fear of environmental damage. The military should be clear Europe shouldn’t need the USA for it’s security. No one is better at waging war than Europeans only we have neglected our military and allowed others to surpass us. Now who is ultimately to blame for this state of affairs ?
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:49 PM CEST
@ Finn (of Suomi)
“dollars status as reserve currency needs to stop”
go for it; stop saying n start doing
finns can lead the way n no one is blocking you
and just because i can tell finance is not your forte here’s a quick 101 in Q&A form:
money is about trust,
to the tune of lets say 100%?
central banks buy $ because they trust; no other reason
Q: but why do they trust those americans?
so, here’s another 101 for you:
A: because the international credit system is premised on the concept of the risk free asset
Q: and what are these?
A: they don’t really exist; the closest anything comes to that is the U.S. Treasuries, especially the 10 yr bill
Q: what do u mean u.s. treasuries? why only those? why not the german equivalent or the japanese or anybody else’s?
A: because u.s. treasuries are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. federal government;
Q: so, and the german treasuries are backed by the german govmt completely; are they not?
A: they are; however, the u.s. fed gvmt has never defaulted in its debt in over 200 yrs
the german gvmt has; repeatedly, and so has everyone else
so we come full circle to trust again my suomi amigo
congrats you’ve aced the test
so now ru still up for to go it alone on the reserve currency thing?
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:52 PM CEST
Germany pays pro GNP dollar earned much more than the USA. So it is actually the USA who should contribute more to NATO not Germany.
It is not the EU’s fault that the US spends over 50% of its budget on the military. You want to be the enforcer and have your way, you have to pay the price.
And didn’t they always maintain, that they waged WWI and WWII to rid the world of German military might?
So stop complaining Trump boy you are just a dumb nuisance.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 1:52 PM CEST
In an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė called on NATO to equip submarines with American-made Patriot missile defense systems to strengthen the defense of the Baltic region.
When asked whether she would ask the US to deploy the MIM-104 Patriot long-range surface-to-air missiles in her country, Grybauskaite had a peculiar suggestion about how it could happen. “NATO’s air defense in our regions is insufficient and must be strengthened,” she said. “Patriot can be installed on submarines or on our territory.”
As far as the public record goes, there is no naval version of the Patriot system, and making a submarine-launched long-range anti-aircraft missile makes little sense. But when you’re dealing with the Russian threat, apparently nothing is impossible.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 2:15 PM CEST
Trump is right and not alone in his remarks. It’s hardly justifiable Germany’s preference to rely on a a rival for energy security, instead of an ally. Portugal LNG terminals already received US shale gas, and it would be a much more reliable source than Russia. Besides, the economic benefits would be significant. But then, as usual, Germany is taking Europe hostage of its own self interest.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 2:24 PM CEST
I would say yes fair enough he has a point when he says “I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you’re supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia,”
However when we are looking at the facts the NATO countries that “pay billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia” are the following:
Netherlands: US$31.7 billion
Turkey: $14.8 billion
Poland: $6.67 billion
United Kingdom: $4.7 billion
So, what on earth is Trump (and everyone else who support him) talking about when the facts are that Germany does not run a trade deficit with Russia? (i.e. send billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia)
Posted on 7/11/18 | 3:14 PM CEST
The Disruptor In Chief (DIC) will destroy anything you hold dear.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 3:39 PM CEST
Donald Trump can complain all he wants, but the fact is Merkel has had a much more successful tenure than he has so far. He has a measly 32% approval amongst women in the US, and whereas Merkel has been in office for over a decade with overwhelming mandates.
The open secret is Trump is the one who doesn’t support NATO, not Germany. His attacks on Merkel are a pretext for an eventual withdrawal from it, because his ultimate goal is US isolationism.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 3:42 PM CEST
Hey, no fair! I thought the brits were supposed to have the monopoly on cherry picking? Its no use relying on semantics and obfuscation. Are you a Remain supporter or something?
‘Trade between Russia and Germany has increased by about a quarter in the past 12 months. The surge came despite sanctions which the European Union imposed against Moscow for its alleged role in the Ukraine conflict.’
Germany imported around 30 billion of product from Russia in 2017 . It looks set to be rather more this year.
We are not in the same league as Russia or the Netherlands
Posted on 7/11/18 | 4:00 PM CEST
There are legitimate concerns about Germany, but some perspective on the 2%;
Greece spends over 2%, but most of it’s military is aligned to deter Turkey, a NATO ally (nominally..).
France do not spend 2%, but are engaged in operations all over Africa and the middle east.
The obsession with a particular percentage point is bizarre, and typical of Trumps inability to think non-linearly.
Posted on 7/11/18 | 4:06 PM CEST