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German authorities are entangled in strategic landmarks and once again showed the world their inconsistency

This is reflected in the events that occurred in Germany in recent days. On Friday, June 3, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at the regional party congress of the Christian Democratic Union in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Here Merkel made an unexpected statement: “I am in favor of Russia gradually moving closer to the European economic space, so that we ultimately have a single economic zone from Vladivostok to Lisbon.”

Why does Europe need our Vladivostok?

The idea of ​​"Greater Europe" has a long history. For the first time, it was expressed by the charismatic French President Charles de Gaulle. In the 1959 year, at the beginning of his presidency, he delivered a famous speech about “Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals”. De Gaulle raised this topic quite often, including during his visits to the USA and Germany.

The idea of ​​the French president drew attention in Moscow. Nikita Khrushchev called out the Frenchman deeply outraged. Khrushchev took it as an attempt to dismember the Soviet Union, and instructed the embassy to find out what specific meaning the French president had put into his words. Charles de Gaulle then told the Soviet ambassador S.A. Vinogradov: “The time will come when we will build Europe together with the Soviet Union.”

That was in 1962. Gaining momentum "cold war". No one could have imagined some deep political or military cooperation on the continent. The closed Soviet economy did not favor this either. Charles de Gaulle was not understood either in the East of Europe or in the West.

The unifying theme appeared in Russia only half a century later. It has been transformed into a broader concept - “The Common Economic Space from Lisbon to Vladivostok”. Authorship of the new idea is attributed to different politicians. What is important is not this, but the fact that it was accepted by the supreme power of Russia. She was inspired by the deepening cooperation with Germany, actively supported by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and saw real prospects for broad economic interaction on the continent.

However, the yard was already 2012 year. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel was now the boss, announcing from a threshold that she would reconsider German policy towards Russia. By inertia, she, together with the leaders of the European Union, responded to the proposal of the Russian president to visit Siberia, to realize its vastness.

This trip took place, but did not bring any results. In European politics, there was already a mood to restrain Russian initiatives, to make Russia dependent on the European Union. Moscow occasionally reminded of the “Greater Europe” project, but few people paid attention to these calls, but in vain.

The proposal of the Russian authorities, in fact, reflects the trend of world development. Today the center of the world economy is shifting to Asia. According to forecasts of the World Bank, in Europe (including Russia) the population will rapidly grow old and shrink. At the same time, in developing countries by the 2020 year, only the middle class will grow to 1,2 billion people. Growth over 2005% compared to 200 year. In 40 years, these countries will produce almost 80% of the material benefits of the world and largely claim the resources of the planet.

These trends are already visible in a number of projects. One of them is the Chinese “New Silk Road”. A serious struggle has unfolded over the routes of moving goods from China. Without abandoning it, Russia proposes not only to become a part of transit, but to bring developed economies closer to new industrial production centers, which is in line with the “Greater Europe” project.

Non-engaged European politicians are aware of the importance of this approach. In April, for example, the head of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Christoph Leitl told the Wirtschaftsblatt newspaper that a single economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok would strengthen Europe’s position, and spoke in favor of negotiations on this topic.

What is the difference between the April statement of Austrian Leitl and Friday's speech by Chancellor Merkel? Christoph Leitl insists on equal partnership with Russia. Angela Merkel sees the Russian economy subordinate to Europe, hence her demand that "Russia gradually get closer to the European economic space." Such an approach is unlikely to contribute to the development of partnerships. And this is not the only obstacle for them.

Germany’s “White Book” Denied Russia Partnership

The other day in Germany came the "White Book". This document determines the strategic course of the country, serves as a guide for the nation, and guides the government in making policy and security decisions. According to the newspaper Die Welt Torsten Jungholt, the German government has not updated the "White Book" for ten years. This means that a new strategy has been determined not for a year or two, but for a decade.

The White Paper, which was actively quoted by the German media at the weekend, explicitly states that Russia is “no longer a partner, but a rival”. It turns out that Chancellor Merkel is now contrary to Germany’s strategy when he says, as she did on Friday, about the development in Europe of a single economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

It is impossible to imagine cooperation on this broad field in a competitive environment. Moreover, in the White Paper, Russia is named among the primary threats to Germany, along with terrorism, uncontrolled migration, global warming and other global problems.

Germany’s concern is the use by Moscow of “hybrid tools to blur the boundaries between war and peace”, as well as “subversive activities in relation to other countries”. As the White Book cites the Die Welt newspaper, “if Russia does not fundamentally change its course in the near future, it will be a threat to security on our continent”.

“Russia is ready to promote its interests by violent means,” this statement of the German White Book not only repeats the rhetoric of the American administration, but also intimidates the Germans with the Russian threat. With her, they lived a long period of the Cold War. With it come in a new strategic decade.

It is noteworthy that almost simultaneously with the wave of publications in the German media about the “Russian threat” recorded in the White Book in the Baltic Sea, the NATO large-scale Baltops-2016 exercises began. The maneuvers involved 50 ships, 60 aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles from 18 of NATO countries and alliance partners. More than 4,5 thousands of troops are involved in the exercises. The maneuvers are held at sea, on land, in the air and are close to the western borders of Russia. Germany is the most active participant.

In this regard, it is appropriate to recall the recent interview of the representative of Russia to NATO, Alexander Grushko, to the German television channel Das Erste. Grushko then pointed to the sharply increased military activity of NATO: “A new exercise is taking place in a day in accordance with the Action Plan to improve the readiness of the alliance. The number of NATO exercises (in 2015) has exceeded 200. ”

Of particular concern to Russia are the plans of the United States to deploy in Europe, in Germany, the modernized B-61 nuclear bombs. According to the Pentagon, the nuclear charges of bombs will be of lower power. This will allow, according to the US military, "to reduce civilian casualties if they are used." The upgraded B-61 plan to make 400 units, while now only 200 nuclear bombs are placed in the NATO arsenal in Germany.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its concern about the new plans of the North Atlantic Alliance. The statement of his representative noted: “Analysis of the characteristics of new air bombs suggests that their deployment could significantly lower the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. Instead of a means of deterrence, such weapons potentially become weapons of the battlefield, as was the case during the Cold War. ”

The examples given without any White Paper show where the real threat to the continent comes from. They know about it in Germany, but prefer not to notice, blaming Russia for everything. Now it has been elevated to the rank of the strategic policy of the German government, and thus set a serious barrier to mutual partner cooperation. In such a situation, the proposal of Chancellor Merkel to return to the “Greater Europe” project is a clumsy attempt to combine the incompatible. She is clearly doomed to failure.

Europeans will feel it very soon. As well as the fact that the time for making a strategically important decision for the continent remains little. So it is possible to miss the moment when the center of the world economy will finally shift to Asia, leaving a self-confident Europe on the outskirts of civilization. This is still very few people believe ...
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  1. Armored optimist
    Armored optimist 6 June 2016 06: 46
    The critical mass of discontent in Europe is growing.
    1. Tatyana
      Tatyana 6 June 2016 07: 34
      Not a single good word from Merkel to Russia can be trusted! Merkel is a creature of the United States, which only "speaks" of Russia's teeth in the interests of the United States.
      In addition, Merkel will soon be re-elected in Germany.
      If we take into account that the “White Book” in Germany is compiled once every 10 years, then we must assume that the new edition of this book for Merkel is, in a way, a program document-the legacy of Chancellor Merkel herself for Germany in relations with Russia for the following 10 years. Moreover, it’s also a kind of “summary report” of Merkelyukha for the US State Department to the post of UN leader, whom she dreams about.
      In this case, excerpts from the book:
      • “Russia blurs the line between war and peace.”
      • “Russia turns away from the West, strengthens strategic rivalry and intensifies military activity on the external borders of the European Union.”
      • “The use of digital communications to influence public opinion: from informal control over discussions on social networks to the manipulation of information in the news.”
      • “All this can have serious consequences for Germany, therefore, without a fundamental change in course, Russia will pose a challenge to the safety of our CONTINENT in the foreseeable future”
      not only show that the work done by Merkel as German Chancellor was very encouragingly successful for the United States. (The Germans do not count!) Merkel, after all, with her iron sanctions against the Russian Federation at the insistence of the United States, turned Russia from a partner into a competitor to Germany. At the same time, Merkel constantly stubbornly, like a mantra, transferred her guilt and the guilt of the United States in spoiling relations with Russia, as they say, "from a SICK head to HEALTHY", without soap slipping out of their own personal responsibility in international relations!
      Merkel can rejoice! Her abilities, her "report-summary" in the so-called. The German "White Paper" will definitely find their approving response in the US State Department, and the American leadership will not leave its very "successful" agent Merkel without work in Europe for the next 10 years! If, of course, there is no war!
      1. The black
        The black 6 June 2016 08: 13
        I don’t think that this is an initiative of Berlin, the Germans do not have an independent foreign policy, Germany is an occupied country and it follows in the wake of the political adventures of its occupants: the bastard imperialist Barack Obama and the office of A. Navalny, the US State Department.
        1. kotvov
          kotvov 6 June 2016 10: 59
          I do not think that this is an initiative of Berlin, the Germans do not have an independent foreign policy, Germany is an occupied country and it follows in the wake of the political adventures of its invaders: ,,
          for us it doesn’t matter. she (Merkel) openly declared, the Cold War, we must look for a counterweight.
          1. demo
            demo 6 June 2016 14: 51
            Okay. This is Merkel. She follows in the fairway.
            But read about Lukashenko.
            “Globes on which Crimea is listed as a part of Russia have disappeared from sale in Belarusian Mogilev,” the Belarusian version of Radio Liberty reports.

            Earlier, the Department of Trade and Services of the Mogilev Oblast Executive Committee recommended that urban subjects of trade avoid selling "political maps of the world and globes on which the territorial affiliation of Crimea differs from the generally recognized international community."

            A letter with the corresponding recommendation was sent to the First Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party "Gromada" Igor Borisov, who demanded the cessation of sales of such globes. He argued that such products mislead the buyer and contradict the official position of Belarus.

            "The fact that the authorities heard a voice of protest against the sale of globes with the Russian Crimea, indicates an adequate reaction of state structures to this protest," Borisov said, commenting on reports of the cessation of globes sales.

            As noted by "Freedom", most bookstores belong to the joint-stock company "Mogilevsoyuzpechat." It was in these stores that such globes were removed, the publication says. Previously, the company itself could not comment on this information.

            The referendum on the status of Crimea and Sevastopol was held on March 6, 2014. According to its results, 96% of Crimeans and 95% of Sevastopol residents spoke in favor of the region joining Russia. Kiev and Western countries did not recognize the results of the referendum.

            Then the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Crimea is part of Russia, and nothing will change from the recognition or non-recognition of this fact. Later, the same position was voiced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus.

            Read more at RBC:

            And these in whose channel follow?
            1. aba
              aba 6 June 2016 20: 31
              And these in whose channel follow?

              Golden Calf! wink
        2. alexmach
          alexmach 6 June 2016 23: 37
          What difference will they go to fight with us as a result of their independent policies, or as a result of the American occupation? It is necessary to prepare for war seriously.

          There were few Germans of the 20th century. We decided to repeat the number in the 21st. Here are just a nuclear bomb vryatli will talk about where is fascism (Europeanism) that comes and goes, and where is the German people.
      2. Bobxnumx
        Bobxnumx 6 June 2016 08: 28
        Apparently, for her ideas about a "single economic zone", Merkel from Washington got a good kick in the ass. And the opinion changed to the opposite.
  2. Knowing
    Knowing 6 June 2016 06: 59
    And it is possible and so:
    The king of animals decided to divide all the animals into smart and beautiful. He roared loudly and rushed - smart ones to the right: a bear, a snake, an owl, a wild boar ... To the left are beautiful: a peacock, a fox, a deer, a squirrel ... And all the animals have already been sorted into two groups, only one monkey rushes about from one heap of animals, to another. The lion looked in surprise at these throwing, but how he barked: "Why are you running around like crazy ?! Get up in place!"

    The monkey froze for a moment, jerked to one side, to the other ... and shouted in despair: "Why should I burst myself or something?"
  3. Andrey Yuryevich
    Andrey Yuryevich 6 June 2016 07: 00
    German authorities entangled in strategic guidelines
    "easy behavior" in Germany ...
    1. cap
      cap 6 June 2016 07: 45
      Quote: Andrew Y.
      German authorities entangled in strategic guidelines
      "easy behavior" in Germany ...

      It is interesting to know or not, after 50 years, for which zugunder the former "German Komsomol member" was held.
      I suppose not only for the love of nudists, but something more serious. Type of cooperation with the Stasi.
  4. beer-youk
    beer-youk 6 June 2016 07: 07
    And you want, and pricks, and the mother does not order!
  5. Uncle Murzik
    Uncle Murzik 6 June 2016 07: 13
    We are at the moment all the strategic guidelines of Germany in the USA! and all that bears fraudu cunning!
  6. askort154
    askort154 6 June 2016 07: 19
    "White Book" of Germany - German crusts, German paper, German letters, and Anglo-Saxon content.
  7. Stinger
    Stinger 6 June 2016 07: 24
    They are not confused. Germany is an occupied country. NATO is a well-tuned instrument to support the occupation regime in Europe. From time to time, someone kicks back (like France in 1966), but the networks are strong and it is completely impossible to break out. We must pay tribute to the states. Climbing once to any country, they never let it out of their claws. Unlike us.
  8. Same lech
    Same lech 6 June 2016 07: 27
    Germany’s “White Book” Denied Russia Partnership

    and why only RUSSIA withdrew its troops from the GDR? (allowing GERMANY to unite again into one state ... I fear that the Germans will again be used to attack RUSSIA)

    Now reaping the benefits of this hasty decision
  9. Ros 56
    Ros 56 6 June 2016 08: 09
    Well, how to combine incompatible. As this chicken is going to cooperate with the enemy, something from the banderlog is infected. Only those log breakers are trading with the aggressor about the price of gas.
  10. Tanya
    Tanya 6 June 2016 08: 09
    German authorities are confused ...

    The German authorities have no confusion. Attempts to develop the economic territory of the "rival" were previously called "Drang nach Osten".

    The photo shows a European businessman "bringing Russia closer to the European economic space"
    1. Petrik66
      Petrik66 6 June 2016 09: 45
      Well, it is unlikely that Hans ran away with a vase in his hands, judging by the posture - they planted it for greater conviction. He had more important problems. Propaganda, and clumsy.
      1. Tanya
        Tanya 6 June 2016 09: 52
        Do you think that front-line correspondents carried a vase with them on set?
        1. Petrik66
          Petrik66 6 June 2016 10: 25
          No, there were a lot of vases in the German train, and the photo was taken for "clarity." Well, this Fritz is not drawn to the stingy knight languishing over the Seversky porcelain. German looting was already well known, the truth does not require such "additions".
          1. Tanya
            Tanya 6 June 2016 11: 44
            Of course, this is not a mean knight, this is a good German sergeant major who accidentally found himself not far from a beautiful vase or even from a whole train with looted goods. Just walked by and ... froze. request
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  11. parusnik
    parusnik 6 June 2016 08: 23
    The White Paper, which was actively quoted by German media over the weekend, explicitly states that Russia is "no longer a partner, but a rival."..What to be surprised..Fushington said: It is necessary, Berlin replied: Yes! .. And now on the other hand ... if we are a rival now, the Germans will stop buying gas and, probably, they will refuse the Nord Stream tea ..? We don’t need it, we don’t need it ..? .. Let's move on to the American .. liquefied .. it’s more like, albeit more expensive ..
  12. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 6 June 2016 08: 32
    You can’t judge these actions so unambiguously and even more so consider them so primitive!
    The "big game" is going on, the next game is being played, as a rule, its result is visible only after a few years, so you may have to be patient.
  13. Egoza
    Egoza 6 June 2016 09: 24
    that we ultimately had single economic zone from Vladivostok to Lisbon. ”

    Hitler also dreamed ... it's time for Merkel to remember this. Or, too, like Farion, erotic dreams come true? True, Farion dreams that her Bandera is shaking on her knees, and Merkel, apparently Adolfik dreamed.
  14. darksoul
    darksoul 6 June 2016 09: 25
    when the Baltic states are yapping, this is one thing, but when Germany makes such statements, which it has done more than once, it is necessary to take it more seriously and give an adequate tough answer so that they don’t
  15. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 6 June 2016 09: 42
    Tired of these Germans already. Give them a kick in the ass and stop working until they get wiser.
  16. Petrik66
    Petrik66 6 June 2016 09: 57
    Merkel may leave, but the document will remain. Again, a picture unfolds very similar to the eve of the First and Second World War: Part of the German elite was in favor of an alliance with Russia, and the second - in the role of a raw material appendage (grain) - in the early 1900s and grain, oil - in the 30s. Now - oil, gas. But even the part that is friendly to us treats Russia as a second-rate resource base, and to its population. as a second-class people requiring German rule. They will represent our interests to the rest of the West. Either there Bismarck broadcasts - like never attack Russia, then the German field marshals are babbling something about common interests .... And then Wilhelm 2 or Adik Hitler come and under the general jubilation begins to equalize Russia. And our rulers, explaining this sad fact exclusively by the intrigues of the Anglo-Saxons, are stepping on the same rake. They have come now - "Nord Stream", "Nord Stream 2". Let's remember how at the very beginning of the Merkelian era, our guarantor offered Germany to become our main hub for the distribution of our exports to the EU. ??????? Is this a respectable behavior of a country aspiring to an independent policy? Why do we sincerely believe that the Germans will once again become our friends ?????? Germany has always pursued an anti-Russian policy, the coup in Ukraine is primarily a German project, which America intercepted from the Fritzes. Maybe it's enough to step on the same rake?
  17. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 6 June 2016 10: 21
    "The German authorities got confused in strategic guidelines and once again demonstrated their inconsistency to the world."

    Good headline!
    Well, and the Russian authorities - these "swan, cancer and pike" - are not confused? More confused than the Russian authorities - you will not find with fire during the day! Nat. no idea! No sane economic program! Strategic goals are not indicated! The internal political mess is evident. What is the sequence? What are we building in general - does anyone know?
    So first we remove the log from the eye, and then we smear the Fritz.
  18. Berkut24
    Berkut24 6 June 2016 10: 29
    I don’t care about these throwings. The fate of Russia is now being decided in Russia itself.
  19. Kamarada
    Kamarada 6 June 2016 11: 31
    We have no doubt !!! Geyropeytsev led by the Germans, again driven to slaughter.
  20. tehnokrat
    tehnokrat 6 June 2016 14: 11
    Quote: Tanya
    this is a good German sergeant-servant who accidentally happened to be near a beautiful vase or even from a whole train with looted goods. Just walked by and ... froze.

    He was late for a binge, so they poured him a "penalty box".
  21. Signaller
    Signaller 6 June 2016 14: 27
    Personally, Russia is at hand. Let it get confused further. Any confusion in the camp of the enemy, we better, UNEVERWAY ...
  22. 96423lom
    96423lom 6 June 2016 15: 22
    A joke about "... they say one thing, think another, do the third ...", this is not about us.
  23. Backfire
    Backfire 6 June 2016 17: 22
    Merkel is not an independent politician and person, and dances to the tune of the United States.
  24. aba
    aba 6 June 2016 20: 36
    “I am for Russia to gradually come closer to the European economic space, so that ultimately we have a single economic zone from Vladivostok to Lisbon.”

    For us, the main thing is that all the action take place entirely for the whole of Russia, and not in parts. repeat