Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 01:57:15 PM EST
Just viewed another BBC interview from New York. An exponent of today's leadership reigning from Brussels with a mandate from present EU-27 heads of state. However did these people find such a jacka$$ ... unbelievable. 🥲
Witnessing the unraveling of Europe starting in Brussels at the NATO HQ, US Command and the political project of the EU. A deadly mix of mission and goals.
Anti-Americanism in Spain: The Weight of History | Nov. 7.- 2006 |
Dancing With the Dictator | Los Angeles Times - Jan. 4, 2004 |
A little more than 50 years ago, the United States signed a pact with Generalissimo Francisco Franco allowing U.S. military forces to use air and naval bases in Spain. The agreement was a momentous event for Spain, and its repercussions still matter. For Americans, however, the pact, though significant, was a minor moment in the Cold War. U.S. historians barely mention it. The 50th anniversary passed in September with hardly any notice in Washington.
Yet, the event should not be overlooked, especially at a time when the president proclaims his commitment to whip up democracy throughout the Middle East. The pact is a bald and astonishing example of how easily the United States can abandon a commitment to freedom -- even one for which almost 300,000 American soldiers died during World War II. What counted more in 1953 -- and probably still does -- was stability and the U.S. perception of what is best for the United States in the short term.
Spain's Josep Borrell: 'Europe is not a supermarket' | BBC News - Sept. 11, 2018 |
Spain's foreign minister Josep Borrell has told the BBC Hard Talk [Full video] that no country in Europe can accept splitting the four freedoms of the European Union - the free movement of people, goods, services, and capital.
Mr Borrell said he regrets Brexit but that Europe is a "political project" and can not be treated as a supermarket, in which Britain just chooses the fundamental freedoms it likes.
Spain: foreign relations and policy
Columbus sailed, by mistake, to America at the service of Castile, paid by Spanish bankers, in ships populated by Spanish visionaries, to be followed by conquistadors who traversed the continent for glory and for gold. It is ironic that the mineral riches extracted by American natives enslaved by Spanish colonial officials were used to finance the European wars that the Spanish monarchs needed in order to anchor the imperial presence in the old continent.
Europe's Four Freedoms | Sept. 13, 2018 |
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Three years ago, who would have imagined that the United States would stay neutral between Canada, our democratic neighbor and second largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia, a monarchic, client state that treats women as third-class citizens? It's also hard to imagine that Israel's Netanyahu government would have moved to pass the recent "nation state law", which essentially codifies the second-class status of Israel's non-Jewish citizens, if Benjamin Netanyahu didn't know Trump would have his back.
All of this is not exactly a secret. As the US continues to grow further and further apart from our longtime democratic allies, the US ambassador to Germany recently made clear the Trump administration's support for rightwing extremist parties across Europe.
In addition to Trump's hostility toward democratic institutions we have a billionaire president who, in an unprecedented way, has blatantly embedded his own economic interests and those of his cronies into the policies of government.
Borrell returns: His vision for Europe | May 22, 2019 |
A conversation between Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and José Ignacio Torreblanca ahead of the European elections
José Ignacio Torreblanca (JIT) - Is Europe in Crisis?
Josep Borrell Fontelles (JB) - Actually, that's a bit of a stereotype that's been used perhaps too often, don't you think? I am reminded of the `permanent crisis' or at least the successive crises, when we would say we were at a crossroads, we had to decide where we were going and so on. This has probably been the natural state of the process of European construction that only gets going as a result of the response to a crossroads or crisis. But now it could be argued that we're guilty of the same thing, of saying we're in a crisis like the ones of before. But perhaps this crisis is a bit different from the others in that it's a poly-crisis. Namely, it's a crisis from a multitude of perspectives. There are many factors causing a situation of uncertainty, and also an opportunity to respond to unknowns. The eurozone debt crisis -which certainly was a crisis- has been joined by the migratory crisis, the crisis produced by Brexit ... there are many factors of uncertainty.
This one reaction would disqualify him for any high office in Europe -- so full of nothingness. 😠 🇪🇸 🇪🇺
Tactic of the EU Commission is to circle the wagons and make Unity the singular priority ...
Faced with Russian threats, the European Union must stay firm, united and act | EEAS - Jan. 12, 2022 |
A policy doomed to failure. In the end all will be scalped.
On arms control, military arrangements, and other security issues, the EU has almost nothing to bring to the table. So, Russia can simply ignore it.
Thus from the beginning, the confrontation has been between the American alliance of Canada, UK and NATO and the Russian Federation.
Interview Josep Borrell where he states the EU is tied to the apron strings of the US ...
Foreign Affairs Council, 3844th meeting: doorstep by Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission | Jan. 24, 2022 |
As the US is preparing for war, Borrell has a wait and see attitude ...
But Secretary Blinken will inform us and I do not think we have to dramatise. As far as the negotiations are going on - and they are going on - ⁉️ I do not think that we have to leave Ukraine. But maybe Secretary Blinken has more information that he will share with us.
How can you ask if I could see in Berlin a reliable partner? All members of the European Union are reliable partners.
The process of deciding about sanctions is a complex one. Sanctions have to be decided by the Council at the proposal of the High Representative - that is to say, me - or a Member State. But we want to act in strong coordination with our allies, with the United States, in particular, also with Canada and the United Kingdom. For the time being, we continue building up a strong package of sanctions, but nothing concrete will be approved today because there is a process. The process is underway. Be sure that everything will be ready when needed, but we are not going to announce any concrete measures.
Bested by Lavrov, Borrell faces fury in Brussels | Politico - Feb. 2022 |
Amid calls for resignation or removal, the EU's foreign policy chief defends his difficult visit to Moscow.
Last April, Borrell was called before the European Parliament to answer allegations that his office had watered down a report on disinformation to appease China.
Last month, standing with the Turkish foreign minister in Brussels, Borrell failed to read out prepared remarks expressing concern about "rule of law and human rights." Instead, he voiced concern "about the situation in Turkey from any point of view."
Among diplomats and EU officials, however, there was widespread concern that Borrell's mishandling of the Moscow trip had damaged the bloc's standing and weakened its position, particularly vis-à-vis Washington, as Brussels prepared to work with the new Biden administration to reinvigorate transatlantic relations.
"He has managed to disappoint almost everyone, before it was only the Baltics and a few others who were in favor of further sanctions, now it's going to be more difficult for everybody to say no," a second EU diplomat said.
Seventy-three MEPs have so far signed a draft letter by Estonian European People's Party MEP Riho Terras saying they are "concerned about the humiliating developments" during Borrell's visit to Moscow. [Retired Gen. Riho Terras served as commander of the EDF from 2011-2018]
The list of signatories largely includes MEPs from the European People's Party and European Conservatives and Reformists groups, plus a few Renew Europe lawmakers. Terras said he plans to send the letter to von der Leyen on Monday evening, and more MEPs could sign it before then. [letter co-signed by Radoslaw Sikorski]
"The scene of Borrell smiling and staying there instead of walking off while Lavrov was saying that we are unreliable, that was humiliating," the second diplomat said.
To remove Borrell from his post would require a vote by qualified majority of the heads of state and government on the European Council, as well as von der Leyen's agreement -- neither of which seem likely. But the second diplomat predicted Borrell would find himself constrained.
"He's going to have a tighter leash, for sure on Russia," the diplomat said.
Under pressure, Borrell hardens towards Russia sanctions
Highest Democratic forum in Europe infested by ugly war hawks ... makes aggression against former Communist state Russia inevitable.
Former military leaders' open letter to the leaders of democratic governments of the world | Estonian World - March 10, 2022 |
The former Western military leaders, including the Estonian member of the European Parliament and the former commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, Riho Terras, are demanding that Ukraine be supplied with air defences; the petition was signed by 15 former military leaders from the US, the UK, Latvia, Germany and Lithuania - including Philip M. Breedlove, a former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO.
For over a decade NATO Commander Breedlove has interfered with internal political process of the European Union by warmongering, undermining activities and gone beyond his responsibility providing Europe's security.
Estonia Celebrates Annual Waffen SS Division Heroes | July 26, 2014 |
Estonia Waffen SS
The two Zvezda journalists, special correspondent Maxim Gritsenko and cameraman Vyacheslav Amelyutin, who had arrived in Estonia to provide coverage of the so-called annual meeting of veterans of the 20th Waffen SS division in Sinimae, were detained at a passport control desk of the Tallinn airport without any explanations. Their documents and personal belonging were taken away from them.
Nord Stream 2 will not be opened
Response of the EU-27 to Moscow in line with the promised diplomatic effort ...
Hid behind the response formulated in Brussels by the other HQ of NATO and Jens Stoltenberg ... 😡 nada!
NATO Narrative: Josep Borrell How to Destroy a Country
How War In Ukraine Ends Matters, Says EU Foreign Policy Chief
BRUSSELS, April 6 (Reuters) - The European Union wants the war in Ukraine to end as soon as possible, but how that happens is important too, its chief diplomat said, calling for the bloc to send more arms to Kyiv. "We want it to end as soon as possible, but not in any way," Josep Borrell told European Parliament. "Because if we're going to have a destroyed country that has been dismembered territorially and neutralized, with millions of people in exile, and millions of people dead, then no, we don't want this war to end like this," he said.
As America goes to war, the choice will always be unilateralism ...
The Trouble with Propaganda: The Second World War, Franco's Spain, and the Origins of US Post-War Public Diplomacy
This paper explores the internecine conflict that characterised and undermined US propaganda toward neutral Spain in the Second World War. These tensions primarily confronted those who saw US propaganda as an ideological weapon of mass persuasion in a crusade against Fascism with those who defended that US informational and cultural operations should be subservient to traditional diplomacy, and so be limited to explaining US foreign policy and advancing bilateral friendship. In addition, the article argues that the unambiguous subordination of propaganda to diplomacy that characterised US public diplomacy during the cold war was one of the lessons learnt out of the civil war that US propagandists fought over Spain between 1941 and early 1945.
My conclusion has been and has been enforced, Europe has been had by over a decade of American anti-Russia propaganda what during the Cold War amounted to brain-washing. Apparently Eastern European countries of the former Soviet bloc were an easy ratjetoe for US influence. America used the EU as a tool to expand its sphere of influence which it is falsely accusing Russia of imperial policy to expand. Mirroring evil. Western Ukraine and the strong minority of neo-Nazi's were a welcome breeding ground of evil.
Related topic on a vision of Europe's future ...
Eastern Partnership Summit | Europe as a civilisational choice (Day 1) | March 9, 2022 |
THE END OF THE EUROPEAN UNION