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Merkel Defends Her Legacy and Russia Policy

by Oui Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 11:49:56 AM EST

Nothing here to see, it's about Angela and not really about the global politics during her 16 year career as Germany's chancellor and leader of Europe. No new insights and just a short interview with questions about today's main event: Russia's war on Ukraine.

"I don't see that I have to say that was wrong,
so I won't apologize either."


«Dafür gibt es keine Entschuldigung» - Merkel verurteilt Russlands Ukraine-Invasion scharf

Um die frühere deutsche Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel was es nach ihrem Amtsaustritt zuletzt ruhig geworden. Am Dienstag hatte die CDU-Politikerin nun ihren ersten grösseren medialen Auftritt als Ex-Kanzlerin. In einem Interview mit «Spiegel»-Reporter Alexander Osang, der sie mehrfach porträtiert hatte, gab Merkel Auskunft in ihr Leben und ihre politische Karriere - auch zu Russland, das sie während ihrer 16-jährigen Amtszeit vehement verteidigt hatte.

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Things had recently become quiet around the former German Chancellor Angela Merkel after she left office. On Tuesday, the CDU politician had her first media appearance as ex-Chancellor. In an interview with "Spiegel" reporter Alexander Osang, who had portrayed her several times, Merkel gave information about her life and political career - including about Russia, which she had vehemently defended during her 16-year tenure.

When Osang asked whether she could have done more or done something differently to prevent the war, Merkel said, "I don't blame myself." However, she also stated: "It was not possible to create a security architecture that could have prevented this."

At the same time, Merkel defended aspects of her policy that are now viewed critically. "Could one have done more to prevent such a tragedy - I already consider this situation to be a great tragedy - could it have been prevented? And that's why you ask yourself, and of course I keep asking myself these questions.«

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Merkel also responded to a question that the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany , Andriy Melnyk , had previously sent to Osang. Melynk accused Merkel of pursuing a kind of appeasement policy towards Russia and wanted to hear her opinion on it. "That's not my opinion," Merkel said of the accusation. Diplomacy, if it fails, is not wrong.

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The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was also long considered a project to strengthen relations with Russia. Merkel, who had campaigned for the project during her time in office, only mentioned it in one context: she was very angry that the USA, under President Joe Biden, had imposed sanctions on companies that had been active in Nord Stream 2. You do that with Iran, but not with an ally with whom you fought together in Afghanistan, for example.

An agreement reached with the USA last summer was a "quantum leap". At that time, the USA and Germany had settled the dispute over the pipeline. The USA had declared that it would refrain from further sanctions. The statement also warned Russia against using energy as a political "weapon".

First real public appearance of the former Chancellor

The motto of the event was »So what is my country?«. Merkel raised this question in a widely acclaimed speech on the Day of German Unity in 2021. Merkel briefly addressed this: Perhaps she was only able to give this speech because it was one of her last - because she also showed a bit of vulnerability.

Osang has portrayed the CDU politician several times for SPIEGEL, he is also an author at the Aufbau Verlag and, like Merkel, grew up in the former GDR.

The Brief - Germany's troublesome Social Democrat appeasement | EuroActiv - Apr 19, 2022 |

Over the weekend, fault lines between Germany (or rather its Social Democrat leadership) and Ukraine became evermore visible through a public clash between former Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Ukraine's Ambassador to Berlin, Anrij Melnyk.

Melnyk accused current German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of having "weaved a spider's web of contacts with Russia for decades" during his time as foreign minister.

In a guest article for Der Spiegel, Gabriel rebuffed Melnyk's criticism as "untruthful and evil" and accused the Ukrainian envoy of "conspiracy theories".

SPD leadership now wants to meet with the Ukrainian ambassador.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to address the press in Berlin this afternoon at 6pm.

In normal times, a scuffle like this would have ended with both sides walking away and calling it even. But in current circumstances, with Scholz's short-lived Zeitenwende already waning in the country's foreign policy, it is politically explosive material.

After a short intermezzo, Germany has become an obstacle, disrupting Europe's sanctions efforts, while the country's internal debate about whether to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine risks the stability of the governing coalition.

Because the truth is that Germany's ruling SPD is staring at the ruins of its long-standing Russia-Ukraine policy, including the party's biggest Russlandversteher and former chancellor-turned-Nord Stream 2-advocate Gerhard Schröder, Gabriel, and Steinmeier's struggles with the Minsk Peace process.

After all, it was the Social Democrats who influenced German foreign and energy policy in one way or another since 2005 through foreign ministry control except between 2009 and 2013.

Scholz, some critics point out, and a large part of the German Social Democrats are trying to already position themselves for the time after the war (whenever that might be).

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, many German politicians have publicly admitted they got Vladimir Putin wrong.

Steinmeier was the only one to speak his mea culpa, unlike his party colleagues, and admitted mistakes made during his term.

But more than a few pundits have countered that the ultimate outcome of the so-called 'Steinmeier formula' - an attempt to unlock the Minsk peace process for Ukraine and find a solution after the occupation by pro-Russian separatists of large parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions - is the war we're seeing now.

The United States, Britain and the rightwing bloc inside Ukraine refused to accept the Minsk 2 agreements and the cease fire agreement turned into a hot war mid-February 2022.

Noteworthy remarks off the cuff by Angela Merkel:

      Merkel also responded to a question that the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, had previously sent to Osang. Melynk accused Merkel of pursuing a kind of appeasement policy towards Russia and wanted to hear her opinion on it. "That's not my opinion," Merkel said of the accusation. Diplomacy, if it fails, is not wrong.

Corruption, unstable and run by oligarchs

      Merkel also argued that Ukraine was a different country back then - "not Ukraine as we know it today." At that time the country was still divided, "democratically unstable" and "ruled by oligarchs".

      "I don't have to blame myself for not trying enough," said Merkel, asking to what extent she could help prevent an escalation with Russia. "Fortunately, I tried enough. It's a great sadness that it didn't work out."

U.S. Congress Nord Stream 1 and 2 sanctions - a long history of economic meddling

It's official: Congress has handcuffed Donald Trump on Russia | Vox - July 28, 2017 |

The president just grudgingly signed a sanctions bill that puts him on a leash.

President Trump grudgingly signed a bill into law that imposes new sanctions on Russia and sharply limits his ability to lift them. Since the bill sailed through Congress with a veto-proof majority, his only options were to sign it or to veto it and then endure the humiliation of seeing Congress -- controlled by his own party -- override him with ease, as lawmakers in both parties pledged to do.

When he signed the bill, he issued a statement calling the law "significantly flawed" and claiming that it contains "unconstitutional provisions" in its restrictions on presidential authority.

The bill is a major blow to Trump's agenda to warm relations with Moscow, and demonstrates that even in a time of partisan rancor and near-total legislative dysfunction, both parties can agree that Trump simply can't be trusted to deal with Russia without their input.

Last week, sanctions legislation targeting Russia soared through the Senate by a margin of 98-2, just days after it coasted through the House of Representatives 419-3.

One sided voting only seen in a dictatorship where no healthy debate is allowed.

Bill on Nord Stream 2 sanctions filed to US Congress | July 19, 2018 |

The summit between the US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki brought no clarity on the US position on Nord Stream 2 that competes with US supplies of LNG to Europe and is seen as an energy security threat by some EU members.

Moreover, some analysts suggested that domestic bi-partisan outrage over Trump siding with Putin on election meddling [see US intelligence and PropOrNot allegations] and other critical issues in Helsinki could backfire with more sanctions and tougher stance on Russia in Washington.

Similarly, Trump's contradictory position on Russia led the Congress in summer 2017 to pass the sanctions bill that makes the president unable to lift sanctions without Congress' approval. In compliance with the bill the infamous Kremlin Report of Russia's richest was later published by the Treasury, which in April directly sanctioned Kremlin insiders Oleg Deripaska and Victor Vekselberg and their businesses.

United States President Donald Trump signed a law  that will impose sanctions against companies associated with the construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Among them is Swiss firm Allseas which announced overnight that it was suspending work on the project.

Washington and its allies in Ukraine worry the construction project would increase the dependence of Europeans on Russian gas and thus strengthen the influence of Moscow. The European Union (EU) slammed US interference in its energy policy. "As a matter of principle, the European Union opposes the imposition of sanctions against European companies engaged in legal activities," an EU spokesman said.

The sanctions aim to ground the Russian project to a halt. The pipeline is 80% complete and was due to come into service at the end of 2019. Crossing the Baltic Sea, it aims to double supplies of natural. gas from Russia to Germany, the main beneficiary of the project. Berlin has also objected to the US decision.

In February the remark by US leading foreign policy expert on Eastern Europe called out "Fuck the EU." That was the moment Ukraine and its extreme rightwing supporters turned away from the European Union and made the choice for NATO belligerence and US Politics. A breaking point as a split with its large Russian speaking minority followed. Ethnic disparity and a flow of legislation to ban Russian media, television and newspapers plus in the end Zelensky told that part of its citizens they were not wanted or needed for a future of Glory to Ukraine! The election campaign promises were forgotten as the role of rightwing policy took hold and Zelensky fought for his political survival. The state of affairs and the economy in ruins.

New Dawn: Russia and the West after the US Presidential Elections | Nov 3, 2016 |  

This conference comes at what may prove to be a turning point in US-Russia relations. With the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, the rise of far-right political parties in Europe and their ideological affiliation with the Kremlin, and alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, the next US president will need a clear and definitive strategy for addressing Putin's Russia. The Foreign Policy Research Institute (gen. Philip Breedlove) and its partners - The Atlantic Council, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and The Charles Koch Institute - will convene the top experts in the field to discuss these challenges and to make recommendations on what the next administration should prioritize in their Russia policy.

Nice comments in a warm bath of applause ...

      Madeleine Albright's personal story frankly brings to mind the stirring words of President Kennedy's Inaugural Address at the very beginning when he said, "Let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike, that the torch is passed to a new generation of Americans-- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage-- and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed at home and around the world."

      Madeleine Albright was born in Czechoslovakia, and twice, as a child, she fled from the horrors of the 20th century. First from Hitler's fascism, and then from Soviet communism. During the years that I was privileged to serve under her when she was Secretary of State, she dedicated herself to fighting for freedom and fighting against the enemies of freedom that she knew all too well: tyrants and those who would abuse human rights, and the principles of democracy. And today she continues this leadership as Chair of the National Democratic Institute.

John F. Kennedy was my hero for détente, the Peace Corps, strength and supporting people in third world countries. None of his vision has survived the decade of the sixties when America assassinated their President, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and the Civil Rights true hero Martin Luther King. Albright, Brzezinski, McCain, (Dick) Cheney, Nuland, Biden are all Cold War relics destroying the chance of peace between nations.

Perpetuating the Cold War: Domestic Sources of International Patterns of Behavior - 1992

The 9/11 attacks changed the power structure across the globe ...

The European Invasion | Air Force Mag - June 2006 |

The name "EADS"--for European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co.--is not exactly synonymous with "United States Air Force." Just a few years ago, its prospects for selling to USAF many billions of dollars' worth of tankers seemed nil.

First, Boeing seemed to have a lock on military aircraft derived from commercial types. Second, EADS' Airbus-based tankers were built in France and Germany--two nations seemingly held in low esteem by the Bush Administration. Third, the EADS entry seemed to be technically unsuited; it didn't even have a boom compatible with US Air Force aircraft.

Then a series of extraordinary events created an opening. The Boeing contracting scandal caused an unraveling of a plan for USAF to lease Boeing 767s and convert them to tankers. Congress wanted other options, and EADS responded aggressively. It now is competing strongly for the prize.

EADS is not alone. With big boosts in the Pentagon's spending profile since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and with budgets in Europe flat or declining, the United States has become the target market for some of Europe's biggest defense firms.

The EADS case is instructive. To compete for the tanker contract, the company created a North American subsidiary, under senior executive Ralph D. Crosby Jr., that would allow it to bid on US contracts not otherwise open to foreign-based firms. Crosby formed plans to open new EADS facilities in a number of states and expand others, generating political support in Congress.

Then, last fall, the company announced a partnership with Northrop Grumman. The US firm became the prime contractor on a new tanker proposal designed to compete with Boeing. (See "Aerospace World: EADS, Northrop Team Up ... " November 2005, p. 19.)

"We recognized foreign ownership was an issue," said Crosby. "My activities since the first day have been focused on creating citizenship for us here in the US."

Today after four years of MAGA Trump, Biden has forced NATO's hand and lucrative defense contracts will support US manufacturing for European NATO partners.

European autos tumble as U.S. tariff threat rattles Germans | Reuters - May 24, 2018 |

Under Trump and Pompeo U.S. Congress passed legislation to halt Nord Stream 2 ... a permanent policy by NATO (Gen. Breedlove) and US Foreign policy to interfere in European sovereignty. Same with all evil coming from the Afghan and Iraq War: torture, rendition and detention centers. Eastern European states - Poland, Romania - from the former Soviet bloc were all eager to comply with the Pentagon and CIA. Europe did too little and is caught up in that same evil policy started during the Bill Clinton administration to undercut agreements with Yeltsin. Foreign policy architects by Madeleine Albright and Zbigniew Brzezinski. From training Saudi Arabian jihadists in Northern Pakistan and supplying Stinger missiles to fight the Soviet Union. In the meantime the international  jihadists were Al Qaeda and fought across the globe in Chechnya, Bosnia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen.

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OECD Cut Its Predictions for Global Growth | CNBC |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 8th, 2022 at 03:01:30 PM EST
Rising cost Oil & Gas and Russia sanctions to blame ...

Green energy transition is only possible through free global trade ... MAGA is counterproductive and aggressive trade policy towards Europe, Russia and China are detrimental to reach net-Zero Emissions by 2050.

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Crony Capitalism versus Pure Capitalism

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Loophole could let North Sea oil and gas giants slash UK windfall tax bill

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Bloomberg | Fire at Key US Gas Export Terminal Hurts Fuel-Starved Europe, 8 June
The Freeport LNG export facility will remain closed for at least three weeks after a fire on Wednesday, a company spokesperson said. It issued a force majeure to buyers with shipments scheduled till at least June 30, according to traders with knowledge of the matter. Almost one-fifth of all overseas shipments of gas from the US went via the terminal last month.

The US sent nearly three-quarters of its LNG to Europe in the first four months of the year, with the region now getting almost half of its LNG supplies from across the Atlantic.
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The Freeport plant, which has the capacity to ship about 15 million tons per year, supplies gas to BP Plc and TotalEnergies SE in Europe, as well as Japan's Jera Co. and Osaka Gas Co., and SK E&S Co. in South Korea.

Insider | European natural gas prices soar by almost 40% after fire at key US export terminal, 9 June
UK natural gas futures surged around 33% to 172 pence per therm after the outage, while benchmark Dutch gas prices rose just under 12% to 88 euros per megawatt hour. Meanwhile, US Henry Hub gas futures fell just under 5% to $8.27 per MMBtu, as the outage would lead to a rise in domestic supply.
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Ambassadors' conference - Speech by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic

Paris, 27 August 2019

We experience this world all together and you know that better than I, but the international order is being disrupted in an unprecedented way, with massive upheaval, probably for the first time in our history, in almost all areas and on a historic scale. Above all, a transformation, a geopolitical and strategic reconfiguration. We are probably in the process of experiencing the end of Western hegemony over the world. We were used to an international order that had been based on Western hegemony since the 18th century - probably French hegemony in the 18th century, inspired by the Enlightenment; probably British hegemony in the 19th century thanks to the Industrial Revolution, and American hegemony in the 20th century thanks to two major conflicts and the economic and political domination of that power.

Things change. And they have been deeply affected by the mistakes made by Westerners in certain crises, by American decisions over the last several years which did not start with this administration, but have led us to re-examine certain involvements in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere, and to rethink fundamental diplomatic and military strategy and on occasion elements of solidarity which we thought were forever inalienable even though we had developed them together during periods of geopolitical significance, which have however now changed. And it is also the emergence of new powers whose impact we have probably underestimated for far too long.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 09:17:39 PM EST
... to bring democracy.

What he's saying: "That's why we're here today: to stand against the forces in America that value power over principle, forces that attempted a coup ..."

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 09:21:18 PM EST
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Indeed, the same powers present in the Jan 6th insurrection are present today ... a threat to our democracy.

As US Senator, 8 years Vice-President and today as President you were in the halls of power and became part of the great failure in citizens losing faith in US Congress and the Federal Government. America divided in Red and Blue and the model portrayed to the Free World is broken. Succes of capitalism cannot white-wash the failures to the poor.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 09:23:02 PM EST
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Customary in Holland when you passed the exams and graduate to next level of education.

My big grandson turning sixteen this month succeeded with excellent marks.
Am very proud knowing what a struggle it has been the past 15 years.

Unfortunately I don't own the red-white-blue of the House of Orange 🇳🇱 ... only prize possession an American flag. Had to find a solution ... the backsliding of democracy is a serious problem ...

How I solved the matter ... distress !! 🇺🇸

My neighbour is a high ranking military official ... I wonder if questions will be asked. 😄

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How US and Saudi Arms Helped ISIS - Research Report | Dec 18, 2017 |

From the diaries ...



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 10th, 2022 at 09:25:38 PM EST
Of your diary (if you don't mind)
I agree with Merkel that she can't be blamed for engaging with Russia (though it can be argued that engagement should have been conditional on evolution towards genuine democracy).
Perhaps if she could have imagined the current incredible act of self-harm on the part of Russia,  she might have made a strategic décision to keep German nuclear power, rather than relying so heavily on gas from the east?
Those who can be blamed are the wannabe oligarchs of the SPD, paid agents of Russian semi-soft power.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 10:01:54 AM EST
I'm not one to defend the SPD out of general principle, but for what exactly are you blaming them? Not building gas pipelines around half the globe to noted non genocidal regimes Saudi Arabia and the USA?
by generic on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 11:00:54 AM EST
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I'm talking about Schröder, and his SDP henchpersons who stacked the board of the German Nord Stream company

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder becomes chairman of Russian state-controlled Nord Stream pipeline company directly after leaving office

In November 2005, just weeks before stepping down as Germany's chancellor, Gerhard Schröder signed the controversial North European Gas Pipeline deal (later renamed "Nord Stream") with Russia. Directly after leaving office, Schröder accepted the nomination as chairman of the Russian state-controlled company (a subsidiary of Gazprom) responsible for the project, leading to allegations of corruption and cronyism. Members on both sides of the aisle in Germany denounced Mr. Schröder's actions.

The geostrategic decision to deepen Germany's energy dependence on Russia is one thing... but...

The presumption of corruption is unequivocal, and in any decent democracy such an act would be illegal.

(if anyone knows of such of a democracy, please let me know. Are there any Nordic countries which would have given him a pass?)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 11:44:47 AM EST
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United States revolving door military leadership and Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon, contracts ...

The Pentagon's Revolving Door Keeps Spinning: 2021 in Review | POGO - Jan. 20, 2022 |

The Industry Agenda: Military-Industrial Complex

The largest among them include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and United Technologies. These groups in turn fund networks of think tanks including the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), New America Foundation, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings, Heritage, and more. A recent report
from the Revolving Door Project found that CNAS, one of these think tanks, repeatedly advocated for policies that would enrich or benefit top arms manufacturers without formally disclosing its receipt of donations from these companies.

Post-EU career ex-Commission president Barroso and Gold-plated revolving door | Aug. 2016 |

The Dutch under Mark Rutte has not complied with EU principle for a cooling off period of his ministers to a lobbying position.

PM Mark Rutte and special relationship Royal Dutch British Shell and Unilever ... dividend tax and relocation HQ to London.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 02:43:45 PM EST
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Block the revolving door: why we need to stop EU officials becoming lobbyists

Germany should have had a cooling off period in place ... I have no qualm for Europeans on the board of business enterprises in Russia, from the moment of clear risk of a military intervention, he should have stepped down

Nord Stream 2 was a joint business venture between Dutch Gasunie, Russian Gazprom and a German consortium. Nothing illegal or against EU principles, on the contrary. Close cooperation works both ways, Russia has been under unilateral U.S. sanctions for more than a decade.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 02:44:45 PM EST
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Diplomatic War Between Rutte and Putin | Oct. 16, 2013 |

The rhetoric around the Sochi Winter Games was another pivot to harass Putin and Russia by the West.

Ahh ... even Abu Dhabi had joined the fossil fuel investment fun ...

TAQA and Gazprom export sign MoU to partner on Dutch Bergermeer gas storage | Dec. 2008 |

The EU's core tasks

The Dutch government believes that the EU should limit itself to areas in which it adds value, such as security, or climate and the environment. Matters like pensions, taxes, culture, education and health care should be the domain of the member states themselves. There is no need for EU legislation in these areas.

Related reading ...

Lifting the Lid On Lobbying Enhancing Trust In Public Decision-Making In The Netherlands

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 02:48:27 PM EST
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she might have made a strategic décision to keep German nuclear power, rather than relying so heavily on gas from the east?

In Germany gas is mainly used for heating, then for industrial purposes and only 10.5% (2021) for generating power. Why this focus on "keeping nuclear power" then? Merkel killed the German wind and solar industries. That is the strategic decision she must be blamed for, but not for the decision to eventually end nuclear power when there was a large majority demanding this end. Even before Fukushima there was a lot of fury in the environmentalist movement when she tried to prolong the lives of nukes. The movement built up rapidly. There was a lot of creativity spent on actions against nukes. It was lovely to see the growth of resistance against her decision. We expected to have a lot of fun and a lot of success. Ha! Then Fukushima... Only a complete idiot would have prolonged nuclear power generation after that, and she is not an idiot.

All this has nothing whatsoever to do with Russia or with German foreign policy, by the way.

by Katrin on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 08:43:18 PM EST
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To clarify (I put that ambiguously): only 10.5 % of electric power is generated by gas plants.
by Katrin on Sun Jun 12th, 2022 at 08:44:53 PM EST
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To add to your points, the importance of gas for electricity is as topload - the regulating source of power. You can easily increase and decrease amount of gas burned. Similar with hydro, where you can easily increase and decrease amount of water flowing, and thus balance the load.

This isn't true for wind or solar, but neither is it for nuclear.

by fjallstrom on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 09:15:34 AM EST
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In the case of wind and solar, you over-provision to enable dispatching. There's plenty of curtailment of wind turbines (in the US, at least) due to limitations of grid or lack of sufficient demand. Obviously it doesn't work if the wind's not blowing or the Sun's not shining.

Similarly, nukes get curtailed when the weather is hot and their cooling systems become the limiting factor. And coal plants are notorious for going off line just when you need them.

"Dispatchable power" is a slippery term.

by asdf on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 03:50:10 PM EST
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While power generation from solar and wind has grown, Alison Silverstein, an electric system reliability consultant and researcher, said insufficient transmission and infrastructure makes it harder for consumers to receive energy from renewables.

A lack of transmission causes bottlenecks on the grid, affecting available energy produced by low cost wind and solar generation, boosting energy costs. And the impact is greater on renewables than on thermal power generators, she said.

Texas ERCOT getting bailed out by wind and solar.

by asdf on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 03:54:00 PM EST
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This is undoubtedly true in the USA. However, it is becoming a matter of the past in the EU, as trans-border links allow dispatching of Scandinavian wind or Iberian sun.

EU states are more integrated in this respect than the United ones of America, or is that just a superficial impression?

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by eurogreen on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 11:49:03 AM EST
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 "Similarly, nukes get curtailed when the weather is hot and their cooling systems become the limiting factor. "

Indeed. The minority of French nukes that was technically still able to operate now mostly has been shut due to the heat wave, but we must talk about how renewables, and only renewables, depend on the weather.

by Katrin on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 07:43:08 PM EST
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Another point is that after three decades of engagement by the west, Russia has shown that it is, for whatever reason, not a reliable partner. Any future engagement should come with very substantial prerequisites, enforcement, verification, etc.

China is up for review next. My guess is that the west is in big trouble in that case, because the engagement is much more comprehensive.

by asdf on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 03:24:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 13th, 2022 at 12:21:19 AM EST
Expectations this decade ...

The Future of Replacing Coal and Gas with Renewable Energy



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 04:42:15 PM EST
Greenwashing ...

HSBC executive's cavalier attitude to climate change might be shared by many

An HSBC presentation titled "Why investors need not worry about climate risk" raises the chilling idea that one of the largest and most influential sectors of the global economy is unconcerned about climate change, say researchers.

HSBC has invested $130 billion in fossil fuels since the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a report. Should we take its climate committments seriously?

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 17th, 2022 at 04:43:02 PM EST
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"Why investors need not worry about climate risk"

Because by definition, they have enough money to mitigate their personal, physical exposure to climate change.
i.e. keep the aircon running.

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by eurogreen on Tue Jun 21st, 2022 at 11:51:56 AM EST
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BHP winding down thermal coal mine after failing to find a buyer | FT |

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Olaf Scholz: Tweeting on thin ice | ECFR - Feb. 21, 2022 |

The measure of Germany's credibility is not only in polite compliance with the geopolitical course set by the US. It also lies in actively shaping this course and leading the EU in a responsible manner.

On 13 February 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz finally appeared on Twitter. He used his first tweet to congratulate Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his re-election as president of Germany that day. But this was not the reason for the chancellor's decision to embrace Twitter - nowadays, it is the medium that provides politicians with the greatest visibility. Scholz visited Kyiv on 14 February and Moscow the day after that. He had long faced significant criticism for his inactivity on Twitter and, more importantly, on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. So, at stake in these new efforts at engagement were not just a potential opportunity to de-escalate the Russia-Ukraine conflict but also the reputations of Scholz as a statesman and Germany as a pillar of the West.

"Working for peace is our goddamn duty," Scholz tweeted after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, before adding the well-known formula: "lasting security cannot be achieved without Russia." While in Kyiv, he tweeted that Ukraine's sovereignty was "not negotiable". But he chose his words on possible sanctions carefully, writing: "we'll know what to do." So, Scholz's Twitter diplomacy was not especially brilliant. But has it achieved its main goals?



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Related reading ...

Talk by Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach, Chief of the German Navy

Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), India is organising a Talk by Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach, Chief of the German Navy on `Germany's Indo Pacific Strategy' On Friday, 21 January 2022.

The Admiral's statement "die Halbinsel Krim sei für die Ukraine verloren" has become more factual, not less.

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In a survey conducted by the @FESonline, 41.7% of respondents said they associated the term Zeitenwende (turning point) with the end of a pacifist stance.



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Sees exceptionalism and democratic leadership ...



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Timothy Snyder compares Russian grain blockade to Stalin's starvation tactics | DW News |

US historian Timothy Snyder has compared Russia's blockade of grain supplies from Ukraine with Stalin's terror of hunger.

"This is a disaster," said US historian Timothy Snyder of the situation in Ukraine. Speaking at DW's Global Media Forum, the contemporary historian and expert on Eastern Europe referred to Russia's grain blockade in the Black Sea as a policy resembling the Soviet period of Stalinism in the early 1930s.

He drew parallels to Stalin's terror of starvation in Ukraine, which claimed millions of lives. But at that time, Snyder said, there were no journalists drawing international attention to the famine. Russia's war of aggression will now lead to a new famine that will last for two years, Snyder warned.

Looking back in history

At the time, Stalin's terror regime also had an impact on Germany's Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, who invaded Soviet Ukraine during World War II.

"The famine in 1933 and 1932 was also an inspiration to Adolf Hitler, whose main goal was to control the fertile agricultural territory of Ukraine," Snyder said at the conference.



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I suspected his role as such ...

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Russia and Ukraine are battling over underwater mines as the global food crisis worsens | CNBC |

William Alberque, director of strategy, technology and arms control at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told CNBC that Ukraine would have been "crazy" not to have mined the approaches to its ports and that its reluctance to remove them now was rational.

    "You can completely understand why Ukraine would be using sea mines right now. The chance of amphibious assault on Odesa has been something explicitly made by the Russians."

But strategists agree that Russia is now using the mines to its economic and military advantage.

"The mines are a real barrier to grain exports from Ukraine ... and they're a big problem," Sidharth Kaushal, a naval power expert with the Royal United Services Institute think tank, told CNBC Thursday, noting that Russia had been strategic about the mines.



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German Green Party Incentives

Europe may trade Russian natural gas for coal, cause emissions to soar | S&P Global - Mar 4, 2022 |

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At least 60,000 people took to the streets of Tbilisi to protest the decision by the European Commission to defer Georgia's EU member candidacy status while giving the go-ahead for Ukraine and Moldova.



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Merz fordert längere Laufzeit für Atomkraftwerke - Scholz und Grüne dagegen | Der Spiegel |

CDU-Chef Friedrich Merz hat sich für längere Laufzeiten der drei noch verbliebenen Atomkraftwerke in Deutschland ausgesprochen. Dies sei technisch möglich und juristisch vertretbar, sagte Merz beim Tag der Industrie in Berlin. Es sollte möglich sein, die drei Atomkraftwerke länger laufen zu lassen, um Deutschland ausreichend mit Energie zu versorgen. Die Atommeiler sollen eigentlich Ende 2022 vom Netz gehen.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2022 at 09:54:07 PM EST

"The idiot #Habeck sanctions Russia and thereby increases gas and fuel prices and thus exacerbates inflation in Germany."

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Joe Biden blames Putin for high fuel price. Scholz, Habeck blame Merkel for reliance on Russian gas. Light panic and clearly German politicians figured it would be an easy ride ... #whining

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 09:43:31 PM EST
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Translation:
Military expert Sönke #Neitzel:
Most explosive point of the evening:
"Devastating communication between
the government and the Bundeswehr. A
poking around in the fog" 🤦‍♂️ #Lambrecht


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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 10:21:37 PM EST

Translation:
#Neitzel: The government has no plan; loud strong words, but had no concept.
Never again means, on the one hand, never again from us, on the other hand, never again alone: so always be there with the others.
We do what the others do.

Pitiful in this discussion bit of propaganda was shown ...

Hunger games

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Discussion ends in a large murky pool.

In the finishing sentence Mrs. Berlin urges NATO to intervene and punish Putin for #Völkermord.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 10:56:45 PM EST
Yet quite stunning in the debate some revisionism of history about WWII. Gave all credit for freedom from authoritarianism to the Canadian and American heroes "we" owe so much. The Ukrainians have suffered from two sides, but a large part saw the invading German army as liberators. WTF ... Lvyv and surroundings the heart of Nazi-fascism, slaughter of Poles and where millions of Jews were executed or exterminated in death camps. The topic of collaboration was briefly hit upon. No one dare speak about European security together with national security interest of Russia. Fools.

Rewriting History: The Politics of Memory in Poland

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 05:14:47 AM EST
Is RAND still around?

I vividly recall the report on the Vietnam War, even got one of their own in Kennedy's cabinet as Secretary of Defense. The report became infamous through hero whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg.

The most famous leak in history nearly sent Daniel Ellsberg to prison for espionage

After 18 months and dozens of researchers, RAND delivered the 60-pound set to McNamara under the title, "United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967."

The findings, which showed the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations repeatedly lied to the American public, were damning.

The U.S. had geographically expanded its war with the bombing of Cambodia and Laos and coastal raids on North Vietnam, which was unreported in U.S. media. The Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations had perhaps violated the Geneva Accords. Kennedy knew of plans to overthrow South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem well before the 1963 coup.

And Johnson had decided to increase American involvement in Vietnam, while publicly saying "we seek no wider war" during his 1964 presidential campaign.

    In 1968 after the TET offensive by the Viet Cong early February on multiple fronts including the capital Saigon, the false military reports through the media became quite clear. The anti-Vietnam protests surged across the globe with chants and signs: "Johnson murderer". Protesters would be arrested as it was against the law in The Netherlands to insult the leader of a friendly ally.

Further, a Johnson administration Defense Department memo said that 70 percent of the reason the U.S. should remain in the Vietnam War was "to avoid a humiliating U.S. defeat."

Throughout 1969, Ellsberg lived a double life. As an advisor on Vietnam policy to newly-inaugurated President Richard M. Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger [betrayal and treachery of Paris Peace Talks of 1968 negotiations with  North Vietnamese], he grew increasingly frustrated with their insistence on expanding the war. He also began attending peace rallies and lectures.

Ellsberg knew leaking the report would be damaging to the president's case for escalation, "evidence of a quarter century of aggression, broken treaties, deceptions, stolen elections, lies and murder."

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam | By Robert S. McNamara - 1995 |

In essence little has changed in deception and war propaganda by the Pentagon and political leadership in Washington DC. Likely more brutal, arrogant and disregard for human life.

This brief summary also highlights my reasoning to leave the US and seek employment in Europe in the late sixties. Unfortunately, America in the person of Joe Biden followed me to Europe to create chaos. The American Way of Life.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 07:26:31 AM EST
h/t MofA

Covers content of RAND Corp. report on war strategy ... the West carries on confident that Russia is a "gas station with nuclear weapons" and its feeble economy can be easily collapsed.

Overextending and Unbalancing Russia

Assessing the Impact of Cost-Imposing Options Harshest Economic Sanctions Regime

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 07:27:42 AM EST
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Dmitry Medvedev will always be remembered about his decisions as President of Russia and the Georgian attack on South Ossetia and the compliance with president Obama to bomb Gaddafi armed forces in their advance on Sirte that led to regime change and the Libyan War and further chaos in MENA countries. R2P policy of intervention now "advocated" by Russia.

Vladimir Putin was not at all pleased with the latter decision on Libya, especially since the betrayal by the West during the Kosovo War and its independence, illegal bombing of Serbia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 07:29:04 AM EST
In Lysychansk many pro-Russian citizens choose to stay and call the evacuation a forced deportation by Kyiv.

Severodonetsk: Ukrainian forces told to retreat from key eastern city | BBC News |

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Zelensky says 'fate of the Donbas' being decided in Severodonetsk - BBC News June 9, 2022

Zelensky: Fate of Ukraine's Donbas is being decided in Severodonetsk as "fierce battle" continues | CNN News |

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Unprepared, now the EU in a second phase of energy disruption due to war in Ukraine. No guarantees ... not all will suffer equally.



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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 01:48:08 PM EST

Is there a single sensible word uttered by Jens Stoltenberg, NATO never intended to engage with the Kremlin to discuss the decades long concern for its national security. Just more sterile rhetoric, not sincere and just propagandizing for the television media and journalists ... little more than note-takers.

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Meanwhile on the battlefield daily loss of lives of young men - hundreds - with their personal dreams and goals in life ... #sosenseless temporary gains on the battlefield reminiscent of the ground war of WWI, in the trenches of Northern France. About territory, coal and resources ...

World War I: When northern France was on German time

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February 17 and 18, 2021
NATO Defense Ministerial Day 1

On the 'NATO 2030' initiative, the Secretary supported the overarching goals of ensuring the Alliance remains strong militarily, becomes stronger politically and takes a more global approach.

The Secretary welcomed recognition by NATO Allies that China's growing influence and international policies present challenges to trans-Atlantic security and looks forward to working together to address these challenges.

Secretary Austin welcomed the unique opportunities offered by increased NATO Partnership with the European Union, including efforts by EU countries to build capabilities that add value to our trans-Atlantic security, but emphasized that the NATO Alliance remains the essential forum for consultation, decision and action on issues impacting our collective security.



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Austin Says U.S. Supports EU Common Defense Plans That Strengthen NATO | RFERL - Oct. 22, 2021 |

The EU aims to agree on a master military strategy document ahead of next year's NATO summit in Madrid, where the alliance is expected to agree on joint strategic objectives.

In an interview with Politico Europe, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the parallel strategic reviews present a "unique opportunity" to bring EU and NATO policy into line.

"These processes must be linked," she said. "It makes no sense to conduct them separately and then look where there is common ground and where there are contradictions only afterward."

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also warned against duplicating NATO and EU efforts.



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German defense minister warns Europeans: Don't detach from NATO | Politico - Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer |

In war disagreements are forgotten, bloodshed in battle unites ... but will it last? Propaganda and succes in war is good medicine.

From the diaries ...

East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 03:51:03 PM EST
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Secretary Blinken's Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg - Feb. 24, 2022 |

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke tonight with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to condemn Russia's premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified attack on Ukraine and discuss the Alliance's coordinated response. The Secretary and the Secretary General also discussed further steps to ensure the security of Allied territory, especially on NATO's Eastern Flank. Secretary Blinken stressed that the U.S. commitment to NATO's Article 5 is ironclad.



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Translation:
Question: the Russians are advancing, are you worried? Should Europe do more?
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#Draghi: no, let's see how it goes, the situation is different compared to ONE MONTH AGO, when the Ukrainians repelled the Russians from Kiev
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Draghi is distracted on warfare, just as he was on COVID


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 09:26:29 PM EST
Stop sending weapons to Zelensky! Italy parliament (minority) protest Draghi



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Italian government rocked by Five Star party split

Italy's government was plunged into turmoil on Tuesday as foreign minister Luigi Di Maio announced he was leaving his party to start a breakaway group.

Di Maio dà l'addio al Movimento 5 stelle: "Uno non vale l'altro"

Former education minister Lucia Azzolina left the M5s group and moved to the Ipf group. "I have been experiencing enormous discomfort for months-she said-she. It's like a boyfriend you hope he can change, but he doesn't change". #ANSA

Azzolina follows Di Maio, then the prophecy on M5s

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Agreement in principle reached on Modernised Energy Charter Treaty

Today marks the end of the negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). With the tentative agreement reached among 53 Contracting Parties, the Commission has fulfilled the negotiation mandate it received from the Council.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 11:04:07 AM EST
Former leaders Merkel and Obama meet in Washington

Obama has already seen Merkel several times since he left office in 2017, and has always been full of praise for the German leader. In his 2020 memoir "A Promised Land," he called Merkel "reliable, honest, intellectually precise and friendly in a natural way."

In an interview with the German channel of RTL to promote the book, he added that she was "an outstanding political leader, not only for Germany, but for Europe and the world." He has also referred to her as a "good friend."

A spokeswoman for Merkel told the German news agency that the former chancellor had been in Washington since Monday and would return Thursday. Merkel is in the United States for "political talks after her time in office," the spokeswoman said.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 11:04:51 AM EST
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Translation:
#Merkel had a zero relationship with the #military, says Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP) @mastrackzi, Chair of the Defense Committee. The #UkraineWar had begun. In order to be able to defend ourselves, the #defense agenda must now be implemented.

Idiot. Germany under Merkel participated in Afghanistan, Iraq War and the toppling of regimes in Libya and Syria. Not militaristic enough for NATO warmonger @mastrackzi? Amazing.

FDP in the traffic light coalition of Scholz and Baerbock ... managed to make a bloody mess of it in no time. Power play in a supporting role for Washington.

Strack-Zimmermann fordert ,,harte Entscheidungen" von Lambrecht

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 30th, 2022 at 11:12:08 AM EST
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December post-heroic* Großer Zapfenstreich

Not crazy, "mah-cho" enuough for BoJo

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 4th, 2022 at 06:48:57 AM EST
World Bank calls for sovereign debt changes ahead of looming crises

World Bank economists estimate that low- and middle-income economies owe a record $9.3trln to foreign creditors

Western governments traditionally negotiate separately to other lenders such as China when countries they both lend to run into trouble. Those efforts are also separate from negotiations by big global investment firms such BlackRock and Vanguard.

Second, all sovereign debt contracts should limit how much a creditor can collect through law suits outside the Common Framework and, in addition, include "Collective Action Clauses" which mean all bonds can be restructured as long as the vast majority of bondholders have agreed.

That in turn would clip the wings of so-called vulture funds that try to hold out and then take governments to court to score a bigger payout for themselves.

Third, it should be made harder for creditors to seize the assets of a debt-distressed government if it has acted in good faith. During one of Argentina's debt crises, a  U.S. hedge fund (Paul Singer) seized one of its navel ships when it was in Ghana.

Paul Singer was the major donor to finance the Fusion GPS and Dodgy MI6 Steele dossier to leading to the RussiaGate spook hunt.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 4th, 2022 at 06:51:21 AM EST
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Credit markets: "Don't panic", they beg | Jerome a Paris on Aug 8th, 2007 |

    As you can see above, the price of an IOU of 100 dropped brutally this month from 100 to 95 in the US (and to 97 in Europe). This is the lowest level ever for that market, and an unprecedented drop.

    This is a credit crunch.

How will the next financial crisis manifest itself?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 4th, 2022 at 08:17:24 AM EST
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Apart from Cryptobubbles, I am persuaded 'leveraged credit' is the weak link in the current financial system.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Jul 4th, 2022 at 02:42:43 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 4th, 2022 at 06:53:42 AM EST
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Italy 🇮🇹 Draghi

Translation:
".... the moral, cultural and political supremacism towards the # M5S and the plebeian interests still widely represented by it is largely prevalent in the building and in a very large part of the media" #Fassina
For #draghi and his friends, the starving must be even more hungry.


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 15th, 2022 at 04:46:30 PM EST
Molinari: La crisi italiana allarma Europa e Stati Uniti e fa gioire i russi| | La Repúbblica |

"The alarm and concern that Draghi's resignation is causing in Europe and North America are the mirror of the close collaboration between the Prime Minister and the leaders of the allied countries" said the director of Repubblica , Maurizio Molinari, at Agorà Rai3 . "Europe - explains Molinari - is worried about the implementation of the Recovery Plan and Ursula von der Leyen attributes a central role to Draghi."

"Biden," - continues the director of Repubblica - "considers Draghi the best European interlocutor. As evidenced by the convergence on the war in Ukraine. It is not surprising - concludes Molinari - that due to the crisis of the Draghi government, Russia is opening bottles of champagne"




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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 15th, 2022 at 04:49:18 PM EST
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The Netherlands, Gasunie partners with Gazprom as energy hub ...

Report to the Senate: Economic Impact of the Dutch Gas Hub Strategy on the Netherlands (2010)

Dutch gas reserves are now in decline, and the Netherlands will become a net importer of gas around 2025. The Dutch government wishes to capitalise on the existing industry and skills and sustain the Netherlands' place in the European gas industry beyond the life of the existing gas fields. In November 2009 the Minister of Economic Affairs published a paper describing the strategy of turning the Netherlands into a `Gas Hub' or `gas roundabout' for north-west Europe, which we refer to as the `Government Report' for convenience. The Dutch government intends that the gas hub would capitalise on the existing skills and industry, increase competition and security of supply in the Dutch gas market, create employment and make a significant contribution to the Dutch economy.

The Netherlands 2020 Policy Review by IEA

Related reading ...

State Visit to the Kingdom of Netherlands | 1-2 Nov. 2005 |

Putin and Dutch king meet for a beer at Sochi Olympics

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 26th, 2022 at 12:25:51 PM EST
The Hill | NASA director says Russian counterparts have not officially backed out of ISS
NASA's Robyn Gatens, who leads the agency's ISS operations, told Reuters she "just saw that" on Tuesday morning and that there was "nothing official yet" to confirm Roscosmos was pulling out.

Gatens, speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C., told the news outlet that international agreements required Russia to notify them of any such decision.

France24 | Russia to withdraw from International Space Station 'after 2024', top official says
The confirmation of the long-mooted move comes as ties unravel between the Kremlin and the West over Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine and several rounds of devastating sanctions against Russia, including its space sector....
MSN | NASA's head warned that China may try to claim the moon, 16 July
archived
Borisov announced in April 2021, 2022
Rogozin was placed on a sanctions list, 2019
Russia and China to work together on space explorations, 2018
by Cat on Tue Jul 26th, 2022 at 08:21:25 PM EST
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GermanForeignOffice: for our national security across the globe ...

  • Now more than ever, we as #NATO allies need to stick together and resolve differences together. Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean can only be achieved through dialogue. It is important that we reduce tensions, not exacerbate them.
    @ABaerbock

  • We, the @G7 Foreign Ministers condemn Russia's attempts to weaponise energy exports and use #energy as a tool of geopolitical coercion. Together we will secure energy supplies and mitigate price increases driven by Russia's war of aggression.

  • During her visit to New York, FM @ABaerbock also met with @UN SecGen Antonio Guterres. The two discussed a whole range of topics: from Russia's war of aggression against #Ukraine over #grainexports to the #JCPoA and situations in #Mali and #Libya.

  • We, the @G7 Foreign Ministers reaffirm our shared commitment to maintaining the rules-based international order, peace & stability across the Taiwan Strait and are concerned by recent and announced threatening actions by the People's Republic of #China.

Germany, EU Brussels, G7, US and NATO are sidelined in mediation on Black Sea Grain Corridor. The war parties.

For @baerbock foreign policy is copy/paste. Shame

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 04:52:44 PM EST
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German's Baerbock and G7 Colonial Power Dream

Provocation came from America and Speaker Nancy Pelosi ... what is so difficult to comprehend? Living in a wealthy contemporary age with zilch knowledge of history or International treaties. Go Green ... Go Down.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 05:54:15 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 05:55:46 PM EST
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Europe Must Learn Quickly to Speak the Language of Power | Oct. 29, 2020 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 4th, 2022 at 06:42:46 PM EST
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Or did I miss a UNSC resolution or a verdict of the ICJ in The Hague? International law based order ... the US is the worst nation this century for abusing human rights and sovereignty of states. Stop all wars.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 5th, 2022 at 08:06:05 AM EST
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