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Germania. Confindustria sempre più attrice politica anti-Merkel.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-11-07.

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«Countries don’t have friends; they have interests»

Bismarck.


Questi tempi correnti ci trovano testimoni di grandi cambiamenti di idee e di modo di esprimerle.

Una delle principali mutazioni è stata quella della confindustria tedesca, che tradizionalmente era muta, mentre ora prende posizioni, opinabili sicuramente, ma chiaramente espresse in un linguaggio sobrio ma inequivocabile. Per avere un riscontro analogo si dovrebbe risalire ad un secolo fa: quando purtroppo non riuscì a farsi ascoltare dalla gente.

La confindustria tedesca rigetta e critica severamente sia l’ideologia sia la passata politica della Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel, ed indica strade che per i politici tedeschi sarebbero nuove.

«When Donald Trump was elected US president almost a year ago, Germany lost its most important friend»

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«When it comes to foreign policy, the upcoming German government will need to readjust its relationship with the United States, especially since it seems that Mr. Trump could, in fact, change the country permanently during his term»

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«Despite all justified criticism of Mr. Trump’s governing style, the United States remains a democracy with functioning checks and balances»

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«Equating America with the autocracies in Russia and China invariably will lead to foreign policy aberrations.»

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«The call for a post-Atlantic Western policy by some German columnists also misses the mark, as it suggests the West could exist as a political force without the United States»

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«NATO’s eastern border certainly cannot be secured if the German military turns up with broomsticks instead of bullets»

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«we have to take Washington’s demand for a stronger distribution of burdens within NATO seriously and fulfill Berlin’s commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on the defense budget»

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«Reports of the death of the West are greatly exaggerated»

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«it is also true that Germany and Europe are too weak, especially in military and strategic terms, to stand up to the autocratic leaders in Moscow and Beijing»

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«Contrary to the beliefs of many people here, the West’s political model is not universally accepted in the rest of the world»

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«the West’s political model is not

universally accepted in the rest of the world»

Questo è il cuore centrale della questione. La dottrina Merkel imponeva l’esclusione dai contatti diplomatici, politici ed economici di tutti gli stati che non avessero condiviso la Weltanschauung tedesca, ovvero, quella della Bundeskanzlerin.

Su questa base, Frau Merkel ha litigato con tutti, ivi compresi gli Ungheresi e di Polacchi: confindustria dice che è l’ora di finirla con questa manfrina.

Fondamentale la posizione assunta da Mr Macron.

«I believe in the sovereignty of states, and therefore, just as I don’t accept being lectured on how to govern my country, I don’t lecture others».

Sarà un gran brutto rospo da ingoiare per Frau Merkel, e ci si domanda seriamente se non sarebbe meglio andare ad elezioni anticipate con un nuovo candidato cancelliere.

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Confindustria prende atto della presenza di Mr Trump al vertice degli Stati Uniti, e condanna quanti sostengano che l’Europa, la Germania, possa, o debba sopravvivere nel contesto internazionale senza gli Stati Uniti: senza esercito non è possibile politica estera alcuna. Frau Merkel, o chi per lei in futuro, sarà non solo obbligato ad adeguare le proprie ambizioni a quanto permetta Mr Trump, ma anche a seguirne le direttive,

Infine, cosa non da poco,

«Mr. Trump could, in fact, change the country permanently during his term».

Verissimo. Mentre i liberal democratici americani si baloccano con i loro deliri sessuali, Mr Trump sta sistematicamente rimpiazzando i giudici federali nominati a vita con persone a lui fedeli e sta tagliando i finanziamenti pubblici a tutte le realtà non governative gestite dai liberal.

Certamente sarà una mutazione permanente: senza potere e senza denaro pubblico i liberal sono condannati a morire politicamente. Ma con la fine dei liberal democratici avrebbero fine quelli che in passato furono i sodali di Frau Merkel.

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Ci si pensi bene. Secondo confindustria il mondo è entrato nella

«Trump Era».


Handelsblatt. 2017-11-02. Redefining Relationships in the Trump Era

Germany’s incoming government needs a US strategy — one based on Western values that doesn’t alienate Washington and its temperamental leader, writes Handelsblatt’s international correspondent.

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Countries don’t have friends; they have interests. When the members of the so-called Jamaica coalition — the Christian Democrats, the Free Democrats and the Greens — discuss Germany’s future foreign and security policy in Berlin this week, Bismarck’s old adage will hang like a warning over the meeting. When Donald Trump was elected US president almost a year ago, Germany lost its most important friend. When it comes to foreign policy, the upcoming German government will need to readjust its relationship with the United States, especially since it seems that Mr. Trump could, in fact, change the country permanently during his term.

Outgoing Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), is right to ask the new federal government for a US strategy. But that strategy cannot assume that Washington is as politically distant from Berlin as Moscow and Beijing, as Mr. Gabriel has. Despite all justified criticism of Mr. Trump’s governing style, the United States remains a democracy with functioning checks and balances. Equating America with the autocracies in Russia and China invariably will lead to foreign policy aberrations.

The call for a post-Atlantic Western policy by some German columnists also misses the mark, as it suggests the West could exist as a political force without the United States. This completely fails to recognize that without the American promise of security, the Western community would be reduced to a club of powerless people who would not be taken seriously by powerful politicians, like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. Referring to Europe’s economic and political soft power is misleading. Soft power can only make a difference during conflicts if it is backed by hard power — military strength. NATO’s eastern border certainly cannot be secured if the German military turns up with broomsticks instead of bullets. And in the fight against terrorists and cybercriminals, Germany remains dependent on close cooperation with American intelligence agencies.

What would a new Atlanticism look like? Could it underscore Germany’s interest in preserving an open and liberal world without severing ties with the United States? First, we have to take Washington’s demand for a stronger distribution of burdens within NATO seriously and fulfill Berlin’s commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on the defense budget. Barack Obama insisted on this, as will Mr. Trump’s successor. If Germany’s new coalition government meets the United States’ demand, it would strengthen Mr. Trump’s involvement in NATO’s multilateral alliance. Currently, the US plays the leading role in the Ukraine crisis by deterring Russian aggression, which is in Berlin’s interest and is coordinated with Germany. Broadly speaking, including the United States in NATO is the best chance to keep Mr. Trump from going it alone and for saving the Iran deal.

«Including the United States in NATO is the best chance to keep Mr. Trump from going it alone and for saving the Iran deal»

Standing in stark contrast to international security issues is the Trump administration’s stance on trade and climate — a common denominator is nearly impossible to find. With these policy issues, it’s important to openly address conflicts and defend our own interests. Since the US president has largely isolated himself internationally on both issues, Europe is not alone. Europeans can cooperate on climate policy with numerous US states that do not want to toe the line drawn from Mr. Trump’s ignorance. And with the help of members of Congress, German companies in the United States can make it clear that Mr. Trump’s isolating policies betray the interests of the blue-collar workers in automobile factories.

Reports of the death of the West are greatly exaggerated. Yes, it is true that Mr. Trump has seriously undermined the community’s foundations and values. But it is also true that Germany and Europe are too weak, especially in military and strategic terms, to stand up to the autocratic leaders in Moscow and Beijing. However, if Europeans want to defend their interests, this is exactly what is needed.

Contrary to the beliefs of many people here, the West’s political model is not universally accepted in the rest of the world. Countries in Asia and Africa are flirting with the Chinese mix of economic nationalism and political autocracy. The only way the West can win in a competition for the world’s leaders is by sticking together. This doesn’t mean that Europe and the United States need to be best friends. They just need to recognize their common interests.

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