Germany mulling over sanctions against the US

Posted: June 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

from  Sputnik,  Moscow

It appears that the US-EU “geopolitical marriage” is bursting at the seams due to the irresponsible foreign strategy of the US political elite, Russian economist Ivan Danilov wrote for RIA Novosti, revealing what could become the final straw for the long-lasting trans-Atlantic union.

It seems that the geopolitical divorce between the US and the EU may take place sooner than anyone expected, Ivan Danilov, a Russian economist and author of the popular blog Crimson Alter, notes in his op-ed for RIA Novosti. In his earlier articles Danilov called attention to the growing dissatisfaction with Washington among European leaders, highlighting that the US-EU “marriage” had begun to crack. However, there is a factor that could accelerate the process, the economist pointed out.

“When the US senators voted for a new package of sanctions against Russia, they were solving domestic political issues, and also tried to limit the freedom of foreign policy maneuver for President Donald Trump. They couldn’t imagine that their actions would not only cause a sharp diplomatic reaction from the leading EU countries, but would also lead to the emergence of the issue of retaliatory sanctions against the United States of America in the European media,” Danilov wrote.

Indeed, the recent package of anti-Russian measures which is meant to be codified into law has caused a storm of criticism from US allies in Europe. The problem is that the new bill is targeting Russia’s energy sector, most notably the Nord Stream 2 project which is intended to carry cheap natural gas from Russia to Europe.

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Furthermore, Germany’s Wintershall and Uniper, Austria’s OMV, Anglo-Dutch Shell and France’s Engie are directly involved in the project. In a joint statement, Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austria’s Chancellor Christian Kern slammed the decision by the US Senate to impose new sanctions on Moscow over its alleged interference in the US presidential election as well as the ongoing situations in Ukraine and Syria.

“Threatening German, Austrian and other European enterprises with penalties on the US market only because they take part in the gas supply projects such as the Nord Stream 2 together with Russia or finance them, is adding an absolutely new and highly negative aspect in relations between the US and Europe,” the joint statement reads.

For his part, the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD), Martin Schulz, lambasted US senators’ move and called upon German Chancellor Angela Merkel to oppose it.

“We have seen that the US is pursuing a course in energy policy that is dangerous and is directed against Germany,” Schulz told the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI). “We have the right to defend the industrial interests of the Federal Republic of Germany and Europe,” Schulz stressed.

It cannot be excluded that the EU resistance may translate into concrete action, Danilov noted. The economist referred to the article by Stuart Elliott of S&P Global Platts who emphasized that the reaction to sanctions from Germany and Austria was “as fierce as it was immediate” and that “there has even been talk already in Berlin of reciprocal sanctions against the US.”
What Elliott was writing about isn’t just a rumor given the fact that earlier, on June 16, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries told Reuters that Berlin would mull over counter-measures if US President Trump signs the anti-Russian sanctions bill . . .

 

Source: Germany mulling over sanctions against the US

Comments
  1. Alan Scott says:

    Go for it,Angie! no more Mercs and BMWs for America!

  2. Alan, I think this is the strongest evidence yet of the waning of the Washington consensus. Thanks for commenting.

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