Voices from Russia

Sunday, 13 May 2018

“Goodbye Europe!” Der Spiegel Depicts Trump as Middle Finger Flipping Off EU Amidst Iran Deal Tensions

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German magazine Der Spiegel released its latest issue, with a cover featuring Donald Trump on a middle finger, flipping the bird. It comes just days after the USA angered Europe by walking away from the Iran nuclear deal. Reaction from EU officials is still pouring in since Trump announced his decision earlier this week, so it didn’t take long before the cover was retweeted by French Ambassador to the US Gerard Araud. On Friday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also had a few words to say to Der Spiegel about Washington pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, saying:

The USA has shown very little willingness to take the arguments of its allies seriously. The decision has already taken hold of transatlantic ties.

Der Spiegel’s tone on the cover was matched inside the magazine, with an editorial titled “Time for Europe to Join the Resistance”. The article said that US President Donald Trump is “only proficient in destruction”, referencing his pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate agreement. The self-explanatory cover came just one day after German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel said that Europe can no longer count on the USA, and must take matters into its own hands. French President Emmanuel Macron, who agreed with Merkel, echoed that sentiment, “Something should be done”.

Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal despite America’s three biggest allies (the UK, Germany, and France) putting forth their best efforts to convince him to stick with the landmark agreement signed in 2015. However, the US President walked away from what he deems the “worst deal ever negotiated” on Tuesday. Much like Merkel and Macron, the decision also left EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to say that the USA must be replaced as a leader on the international stage because it has “lost vigour”. As for Merkel, it seems that Trump’s Iran decision didn’t entirely fuel her statement. Last year, she made a similar statement following a G7 summit, when attendees of the meeting were unable to convince the US President to stay with the Paris Climate Agreement. She said at the time:

The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days.

12 March 2018

RT

https://www.rt.com/news/426550-spiegel-trump-cover-iran/

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Monday, 29 May 2017

29 May 2017. Merkel: “We Europeans Must Truly Take Our Destiny into Our Own Hands”

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German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel said:

The times in which we could rely on others completely… they’re partly past. I experienced this in recent days. So I can only say… we Europeans must truly take our destiny into our own hands.

Clueless Americans, both “conservative” and “liberal” are misreading this. Merkel is saying loud n’ clear for the whole world to hear:

If the USA refuses to act rationally, we’ll ally ourselves with Moscow and Beijing. We’ll become part of the “One Belt-One Road” and bugger the USA.

Don’t forget… Merkel grew up in the DDR and she speaks Russian. Yes… Putin’s duty-station was in the DDR and he speaks German. Fancy that. Russia’s position is that Europe and Russia are natural partners, unlike the USA’s Euro-Atlanticist vision. Trump and the Republicans had best take a care… if Germany were to realign with Russia most of Europe would follow. The only place that the USA would retain on its side would be the UK… if it managed to stay together. I’d watch Scotland and Ireland…

BMD

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Hollande sez France doesn’t Want the Ukraine in NATO nor Wants to Send Them Arms

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French President François Hollande told a press conference in Paris that France finds Ukrainian NATO membership “undesirable” and that Paris doesn’t plan to supply arms to the Ukraine, saying, “We must state it clearly, we should tell other countries the truth, including about what we aren’t ready to accept. This is France’s position”. He noted that Paris is ready to do everything possible to prevent war in the Ukraine by diplomatic means, “France doesn’t fight in the Ukraine and doesn’t want to see war in the Ukraine; we want to prevent war. We must do everything possible in order for diplomacy and politics to gain the upper hand”. Earlier, Hollande said that he’d travel to Kiev with German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel on Thursday to seek a solution to the intensifying conflict in Novorossiya. On Friday, Hollande and Merkel will hold talks with President V V Putin. Presidential Press Secretary D S Peskov confirmed the meeting, “Indeed, I can confirm that we plan talks tomorrow (6 February) between Putin, Merkel, and Hollande. Leaders of the three countries will discuss what they can do to help end the civil war in [Novorossiya] that has considerably intensified over the last few days and resulted in many casualties”.

5 February 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/en/world/775625

Editor:

Mixed signals out of the West… bellicosity from the USA… France pulls back… Germany tries to (unsuccessfully) steer a middle course between the two. This is why the West will fail in the Ukraine. It’s internally-divided. Do note that countries with relatively larger Galician diaspora populations are more hardline than those without such a pressure group. The Galician Uniates and “Ukrainian Orthodox” are sellouts and suck-ups to Langley (as the ROCOR/OCA duopoly once was… some elements in it still are)… that’s why the US Republican Party will use it as a political football to gain their approval (these groups have concentrations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, two states that always seem in contention in US presidential elections).

BMD

Sunday, 29 September 2013

29 September 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Sing Out, Europe, Angela Held On to Power!

00 Sergei Yolkin. Sing Out, Europe, Angela Held On to Power! 2013

Sing Out, Europe, Angela Held On to Power!

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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On 22 September, elections for the Bundestag were held in GermanyAngela Merkel, the current Bundeskanzlerin, was seeking her third term. Sergei Yolkin takes a look at all that.

24 September 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130924/965403007.html

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