the german swerve

We swell our domestic lawsuits as if our lives depended on it.

the german swerve

We swell our domestic lawsuits as if our lives depended on it. But, in this tragic moment, our future is played out in other scenarios. Paradoxically, we ignore what is happening in Europe, which the day before yesterday, the 72nd anniversary of the Schuman manifesto, commemorated his day.

The EU emerged from the pandemic touched, like all the regions of the world, but ready to take a great leap together thanks to the Next Generation funds. However, the optimistic voluntarism of Ursula von der Leyen has been upset by the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. A war has broken out on the border of the EU and in the heart of Europe (to know that Russia is as European as we are, you don't need to have walked through St. Petersburg or the bombed-out Odessa; by the way: founded by Giuseppe de Ribas, son of a Barcelonan). Europe did not want this war; and Germany less. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is an example of the immense possibilities for mutual benefit offered by an understanding between the EU and Russia. A huge country with fossil fuels and essential minerals for new energies, but with great technological delays, Russia was the ideal partner of the neighboring EU, without mineral resources, but with high technological and economic competence. Former Chancellor Schröder is not an unscrupulous businessman sold on Putin's gold, but the exponent of a possible strategic understanding between Russia and Germany (ie: the EU).

Germany's change of course has received little comment because Chancellor Scholz seems overwhelmed by the war. Overwhelmed must be, inevitably. The truth is that Germany has reacted with a historic twist: it is seriously arming itself for the first time since 1945. An annual 2% of GDP devoted to weapons will make Germany a military power in a few years. Do we have to remember what has happened historically whenever Germany has had a large army? Spain will participate in the European army, which has also been decided recently. What we do not know is whether the German generals will agree to put their future great army in the hands of French generals. Many senior American officials now do not see it clearly. But Trump demanded that Europe pay for her defense. And Biden has given them the final push (the idea that Putin is the devil and Russia a cave of oligarchs serves to liven up the story of the emotional war that we see on television, but also to overshadow the US pressing Russia for years and their responsibility in this tragedy).

Like it or not, Germany has taken the step. It will also be a military power. What impact will this strategic change have? We do not know. At the moment, the only thing we know is that this war, in addition to being a tragedy for those who die in it, is a heavy blow for Europe. She shakes her economic and energy plans; has caused a historic turn in Germany. You've also highlighted evidence we didn't want to see; and that Poland translates perfectly. In the hierarchy of powers in Europe, NATO is far above the EU.


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