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Who tests less has fewer infections? Political ghost drivers, who calculate in the pandemic, ridicule the mind. And they only further remove us all from a recovery in the globalized world.

Hone and a half days for the first million, twelve days for the second million and finally less than six days for the tenth million. Here we are: Ten million Sars CoV-2 infections reported worldwide, almost half a million registered fatalities – in six months. It is not necessary to refer to the allegedly high number of unreported cases in many regions of the world to recognize that the pandemic is far from over. This virus does not leave us in peace, it comes and goes, it is dangerous and remains unpredictable – even for young people.

Of course, hope is urgently needed now. We should protect ourselves as best we can from the demoralizing effects of the ups and downs in this “marathon” (Angela Merkel). But illusory hopes as well as the still circulating self-deception and pretenses cannot give the security that everyone wants.

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How will ‘crisis manager’ keep Merkel Europe together?

Angela Merkel confidently begins a historically difficult task in the final phase of her chancellorship. How can the European Union, deeply affected and weakened by the corona crisis, be helped to recover?

Germany will hold the rotating EU Presidency in the next six months. That places the Chancellor, even more than usual, at the center of European politics.

“Europe needs us,” she said recently without false modesty in the Bundestag. “As we need Europe.” The pandemic has, according to Merkel, “exposed how fragile the European project is.” The Union faces the greatest challenge of its existence, due to the corona crisis and the resulting economic downturn.

Merkel has been in power for almost fifteen years now. None of the European heads of government have been around for so long. Not only will her extensive experience as a crisis manager be tested in the coming months. She will also want to prove that she believes in the EU and that she is ready to devote political capital to holding and strengthening the EU together.

Until her own party, it has long been doubted whether she really had an eye for the European interest. “She’s destroying my Europe,” Helmut Kohl (Chancellor from 1982 to 1998) is said to have complained to friends in 2011.

But now Merkel – “as someone who lived the first 35 years of her life in the GDR” – says that Europe “fills me with great gratitude for its democratic promise of freedom and equality. And with the obligation to fully commit myself to this European promise. ” For someone who doesn’t really like big words, that’s almost a creed.

Her starting position for the next six months is strong. She is still the most valued politician in Germany – 71 percent of Germans are satisfied with her, according to a recent poll.

Its coalition government, initially made weak by a series of internal conflicts, has been moving with closed ranks since the beginning of the corona crisis. Its Christian Democrats are higher in the polls than they had been for years, and would get close to 40 percent of the vote.

Moreover, its European politics can count on particularly broad support in the German parliament. Euroscepticism, as so strongly represented in the Dutch parliament, is only played in the Bundestag by the radical right-wing AfD.

All this gives Merkel valuable backing for when Germany will soon have to compromise in Brussels and have to dig deep into its pockets.

Merkel with the Franse president Emmanuel Macron in 2017.
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Double task

The Federal Chancellor has set herself a double task for the European Presidency. Firstly, it wants to limit the impact of the corona crisis on public health and secondly, strongly promote economic recovery. With a view to the somewhat longer term, it wants to better equip the EU for a future in which Europe is more dependent on itself. The aim is to promote European sovereignty in a world increasingly dominated by the United States and China.

Two more major issues will be high on the European agenda in the coming months: the negotiations on the new EU budget and the settlement of Brexit. But Germany as EU president is not at the forefront of this.

European climate policy, digitization and relations with China will have to do with less attention than Berlin intended before the corona crisis broke out. The European Commission will launch a new initiative for migration policy in September.

In fact, the starting signal for the German Presidency, which officially starts on 1 July, echoed through Europe six weeks ago. On Monday, May 18, Merkel and French President Macron jointly presented their massive 500 billion euro recovery plan.

The plan was an important signal. Germany, which had always opposed the pooling of debt in the EU, now agreed that the Union would take on debt to finance the bailout plan. To keep the EU together, Merkel made a major political turn as a prelude to the six months in which she held the presidency.

In the meantime, the European Commission has put its own, even more extensive, plan on the table, which is now difficult to negotiate. The Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Sweden have objected that aid for countries in great financial distress may be disbursed as gifts or grants, rather than as loans, which must be repaid.

In Germany there is much less political resistance to this. In the Bundestag, former SPD leader Martin Schulz, who was also president of the European Parliament, called the Netherlands and its supporters tauntly “wealth separatists”. Only the liberal FDP openly protested this misguided wording.

Merkel expressed himself more diplomatically this weekend. “I expect each of us to put ourselves in the situation of the others and look at the problems from their perspective,” she said in an interview with the Southgerman newspaper and some other European newspapers. For countries that already have a lot of debt, extra loans are less useful than subsidies. I am working to convince those countries that have agreed to loans so far, but reject subsidies. ”

Merkel with then-Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (links), EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans (rear) and then President of the European Council Donald Tusk (right) in 2015.
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Geopolitical background

The fact that Merkel suddenly no longer keeps his hand on the pulse has both an economic and a geopolitical background. As the largest and strongest economy in Europe, Germany has relatively good maps compared to many southern countries to overcome the crisis. At home, the Merkel government has already earmarked hundreds of billions to get the economy going again, keep businesses running or even partially nationalize them.

Poorer EU Member States have far fewer financial options. If they do not receive aid, not only will an important outlet for Germany threaten to shrink, but the gap between poor and rich countries in the EU will then widen further than it already is.

This could dangerously disrupt the balance of power in the EU, the political class in Germany realizes. If the big, rich country in the middle of Europe becomes even stronger while other countries are left behind, it can easily fuel the aversion to and fear of yet another strikingly dominant Germany.

“We should not allow the pandemic to disperse the economic prospects of the Member States, thereby weakening the common internal market, a core element of Europe,” Merkel said earlier this month. In other words, it is a well-understood German self-interest to ensure that the balance in Europe is not further disrupted.

It is still unclear whether Merkel will also work hard on the intention to redesign the Union. Macron has been waiting in vain for German willingness to cooperate with his reform plans for almost three years.

The coalition agreement of the current (fourth) Merkel cabinet, of the CDU / CSU and SPD, initially seemed to be a sign that Berlin wanted to accept the outstretched hand of Paris. “A new beginning for Europe”, is its ambitious title. Those words did not lead to many concrete new steps – until Merkel and Macron presented their recovery plan.

Suddenly, German politicians, including Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), believed that a step had finally been taken towards a true political union and a United States of Europe. Merkel himself does not use the latter term. She advocates caution in this matter, saying that in the current crisis, there is no time to make treaty changes.

Merkel often emphasizes that European countries must cooperate much more closely, for example in foreign policy and defense. However, the Presidency will last only six months, and in that short period, Germany will at most be able to initiate new discussions in this sensitive area.

The experienced politician Alexander Lambsdorff of the liberal FDP, sister party of the VVD and D66 in Europe, does not expect Merkel to come up with, or even with a vision, great impetus for reform and further integration of the EU. “She never did that. She has always been a crisis manager, never a Helmut Kohl. That will not change anymore. ”

Correction (June 29, 2020): An earlier version of this article stated that Germany will chair the European Council. That should be: President of the Council of the European Union, or more briefly: EU President. That has been adjusted above.

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“Return to the European Parliament on Wednesday”. Very easy chair with the help of Merkel? – Free newspaper

Meditate on an unexpected and sensational return, Silvio Berlusconi. After the long quarantine in Provence by his daughter Marina, he writes the messenger, the leader of Come on Italy “he is consulting the doctors, he asks them if the situation is safe” and if so, next Wednesday he plans to fly to the Strasbourg European Parliament “to participate – and certainly not as a peon but as a prominent personality of the Ppe – the settlement of Angela Merkel for the European semester of German driving “. A super-event and a significant presence, because Berlusconi would thus remark his closeness to the popular Europeanist front, as opposed to the internal sovereignty of Matteo Salvini e Giorgia Meloni.


Cav explains the messenger, “is convinced that after the epidemic many things will change and consider the crisis is an opportunity also politics and also plans to make several episodes in Campania. Where the mother of all battles is played for Forza Italia: the one to overcome the 10% (in the other regions it is unlikely to succeed) that is to reach two figures thanks also to the dragging, as well as of the Knight back on track, of the aspiring governor Caldoro“. But the real game is played across the border, in fact.” His advisers push him, without any effort, to push even more on the protagonism in Europe. And for him, the appointment on Wednesday is of strategic importance. In fact, he considers himself the first Merkelist on the Continent, also in terms of seniority “. And Berlusconi will focus on his seniority:” I am the one who has known the Chancellor for the longest time of all, as well as sharing his pro-European spirit and the need to give finally a greater push to the EU, never as now the world needs more Europe but done well ” My thinks like Angela: “She is very reasoned, we must use it, and I trust that Conte he will convince himself without listening to those ramblings of the grillini “. A position that could serve him also in the future, in view of a possible new post-election center-right government: the ex-premier” would like to do the foreign Minister. And in fact friends of me, the leaders, the force and the Northern League, are trying to push Salvini to reshape his anti-German positions “.

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Emmanuel Macron at Angela Merkel to discuss European recovery

Angela Merkel wanted to make it a symbol, to remind Franco-German unity in these troubled times. For her first real meeting with a head of state since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Chancellor receives Emmanuel Macron this afternoon at Meseberg Castle, official residence of the German government 70 km from Berlin.

→ READ. Coronavirus: Paris and Berlin hope to unite Europe around their recovery plan

On the menu of their bilateral meeting, which will be followed by a press conference and a working dinner: agree on a common argument to convince the 25 other member countries of the European Union (EU) to adopt the budget for the next seven years, as well as the historic recovery plan of 750 billion euros, endowed with 500 billion euros in grants and 250 billion euros in loans.

It alone can convince the “frugal States”

While Germany will take, from this Wednesday 1is July, the rotating presidency of the EU for six months, the stake for the chancellor is enormous. Crowned by its good management of the pandemic, with nearly 9,000 dead for a country of 83 million inhabitants, the one that embodies stability not only across the Rhine, but also in Europe, after 15 years in power, has a good chance of reach consensus, thereby completing its fourth and final mandate.

Before that, it will still have to persuade, with the help of Emmanuel Macron, the reluctant countries. Referred to as “Of frugal states”, as supporters of budgetary austerity, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden and Denmark oppose the idea of ​​a European fund financed by the pooling of debt.

Already on the move for several weeks, Angela Merkel met, on June 22, the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, leader of the skeptics. Twenty-four hours later, the French president went to The Hague to discuss the same subject with the Dutch leader.

A presidency that generates unrivaled expectations

By the time of the European summit in Brussels, on July 17 and 18, there are therefore three weeks of intense exchanges in tandem to succeed in rallying them to their cause. “I cannot remember a presidency of the European Council which raised so many expectations and tackled so many themes”, remarks German SPD MEP Udo Bullmann.

Indeed, beyond managing the economic and social consequences of Covid-19, which will occupy an important place on the European agenda under the German presidency, Berlin has also fixed, among its priorities, ecological and energy transition, sovereignty of Europe in digital matters, and major international issues, such as Brexit or relations with the United States and China. So many subjects also addressed during today’s Merkel-Macron meeting.

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Angela Merkel, the German chancellor wants to stick her nose in our ballot box – Libero Quotidiano

Antonio Socci

There are many weapons of mass distraction – used by political, economic and media power – which make it difficult to understand what is really going on and why. But certain episodes – if the points are combined – make it all understand. Consider the absurd relationship between Italy and Germany (or the EU). Yesterday the German chancellor Angela Brandl was on the front pages of some Italian newspapers with a clear message. There Print summarized it in reference to My: «Merkel: Italy uses all EU resources». Of course the chancellor, always very prudent, did not say so. Formally he respected all roles. But the meaning was that, so much so that the Italian prime minister (who has always been very Merkelian) had to reply that he decides with his government. The Corriere della Sera he even headlined this: “The Merkel-Conte Frost”. The subtitle explained: “The chancellor invites Italy to think about the Mes. The reply: I’ll do the math. ” This episode highlights some things you don’t want to see in the media. If Merkel interferes like this, it’s because she knows she can afford it. Because now – after years of the EU, the euro and governments “Euristi” in Rome – he knows that relations between Germany and Italy are no longer on an equal footing (as they were, for example, in the first republic). But I am from master (of the EU), or at least from principal, to subordinate. Yes objected that this was an interview in which Merkel spoke of the beginning of her semester of EU presidency and therefore necessarily dealt with all European countries. But the objection does not hold. In fact, in what way did it interfere – apparently in a decisive way – in the Italian government crisis last summer? The sensational news came out in a background (never denied) by Repubblica. I remember the headline of the newspaper of 1 September: «Merkel’s phone call to the Democratic Party:” The Count bis must be done at any cost “». Subtitle: «The moment the negotiation risks running aground, the chancellor’s call to the Democratic Party arrives:” Make the agreement and stop Salvini “». Incipit of the article: «Just while Luigi Di Maio threatened to blow the bank, trying to impose its program in twenty points, and the leaders of the Democratic Party sharpened their weapons against what they considered an “inadmissible” ultimatum, the phone call from Angela Merkel to the Nazarene to say that the government goes done at any cost. ” So the first problem is a government – the German one – that claims to put its mouth in the house of others. The second problem is that there are parties that – so to speak – don’t hang up the phone and don’t send the Berlin interlocutor to eat sauerkraut. In the Risorgimento era Massimo D’Azeglio warned: «The most dangerous enemies of Italy are not the Germans. They are Italians. ” It meant that i Germans are Germans. But the problem is the Italians who are not Italians. Is this still the case today? It would be important to understand if we are still an independent country where, to decide who governs, it is really the Italian people that the Constitution proclaims sovereign. In recent days, for example, the German Foreign Minister, Hieko Maas, he came to Rome and met his equal degree Di Maio. But according to an indiscretion I went out on Dagospia (usually well-informed source) there would also have been “a very confidential meeting with high institutional authorities in our country. During which Maas communicated a big “no” to a possible landing at Palazzo Chigi by Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni ». In practice, it would be the German “no” to early elections in Italy. We want to hope that such an interference is not true. If there really was such a German diktat we would have to declare our independence and our democracy finished. But, of course, it is worrying that similar rumors can come out without baffling anyone, without provoking denials and indignant responses. According to Dagospia that “no” would have been accompanied by a speech threatening: it would have been said that “Salvini and Meloni’s” anti-Europeanist sovereignism “could, among other things, jeopardize EU aid to Italy in the Covid, on the agenda in the coming years ». Which would be really inadmissible. Apart from this, the argument is laughable, because Italy is a net contributor in the EU: for years it has been giving much more than it receives. It would be enough for her to take back her own, rather than asking something from others. There is no trace of the rest of those phantom European aid for now. There is only the Mes and there is the explicit pressure of Merkel for Italy to subscribe to it. But why does Germany necessarily want to impose this loan on us? Have you ever seen someone who at all costs claims to get you a loan (on his terms)? And if it happens, which of the two has an interest in subscribing to it? Moreover, the explicit reason given by Merkel is laughable: “We have not made all these resources available so that they remain unused”. First of all, they are not great resources at all. But secondly it is an inverted reasoning: should they be used because they have been allocated? It is the world upside down. Finally, it is a loan, then a debt. At the Germany that does the benefactor does not believe anyone.

What's really behind it.  Senaldi unmasks Conte's VAT-cutting move: because we must not delude ourselves

It is so little credible that – as we have seen – Conte himself replied negatively (moreover, at least for now, in the M5S they do not want to hear about Mes). In reality Germany continues to pursue only its own immediate interest. Germany and China are currently targeted by the American President’s political and economic offensive Trump for the trade imbalances that are causing me. With the question of duties and the Covid crisis, it is Germany itself that has an interest in activating the European internal market and consumption: for this reason, in the current emergency, it has overturned its rigorous dogmas on public debt, a program which, however, reiterated the Merkel – must remain “within the framework of the European Treaties” (so we will be presented with the bill shortly). But these policies are the problem. The “danger” to theEurope it is not represented by the so-called “Sovranisti”, but by the so-called “Europeanists”, that is, by those who wanted it this way, with those absurd Treaties of Maastricht that devastated our economy, and with a single currency that allowed Germany to crush the other countries, jeopardizing their stability, prosperity and independence. The Italians understood this (at their expense). In fact, in a very recent survey of Agora, only 30 percent give a “positive or very positive” opinion on the EU, while 62 percent give a “negative or very negative” opinion. An overwhelming majority. If the establishment wants to continue with this type of EU and with these policies – unless it intends to abolish the elections – there will be a loud rejection in the ballot box. Paradoxically, it is precisely the sovereigns (with the radical change of the EU) that can save “Europe”. Thus – if there was a forward-looking statesman in Berlin – Germany would also be saved (first of all by itself).

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Angela Merkel, the German chancellor wants to stick her nose in our ballot box – Libero Quotidiano

Antonio Socci

There are many weapons of mass distraction – used by political, economic and media power – which make it difficult to understand what is really going on and why. But certain episodes – if the points are combined – make it all understand. Consider the absurd relationship between Italy and Germany (or the EU). Yesterday the German chancellor Angela Brandl was on the front pages of some Italian newspapers with a clear message. There Print summarized it in reference to My: «Merkel: Italy uses all EU resources». Of course the chancellor, always very prudent, did not say so. Formally he respected all roles. But the meaning was that, so much so that the Italian prime minister (who has always been very Merkelian) had to reply that he decides with his government. The Corriere della Sera he even headlined this: “The Merkel-Conte Frost”. The subtitle explained: “The chancellor invites Italy to think about the Mes. The reply: I’ll do the math. ” This episode highlights some things you don’t want to see in the media. If Merkel interferes like this, it’s because she knows she can afford it. Because now – after years of the EU, the euro and governments “Euristi” in Rome – he knows that relations between Germany and Italy are no longer on an equal footing (as they were, for example, in the first republic). But I am from master (of the EU), or at least from principal, to subordinate. Yes objected that this was an interview in which Merkel spoke of the beginning of her semester of EU presidency and therefore necessarily dealt with all European countries. But the objection does not hold. In fact, in what way did it interfere – apparently in a decisive way – in the Italian government crisis last summer? The sensational news came out in a background (never denied) by Repubblica. I remember the headline of the newspaper of 1 September: «Merkel’s phone call to the Democratic Party:” The Count bis must be done at any cost “». Subtitle: «The moment the negotiation risks running aground, the chancellor’s call to the Democratic Party arrives:” Make the agreement and stop Salvini “». Incipit of the article: «Just while Luigi Di Maio threatened to blow the bank, trying to impose its program in twenty points, and the leaders of the Democratic Party sharpened their weapons against what they considered an “inadmissible” ultimatum, the phone call from Angela Merkel to the Nazarene to say that the government goes done at any cost. ” So the first problem is a government – the German one – that claims to put its mouth in the house of others. The second problem is that there are parties that – so to speak – don’t hang up the phone and don’t send the Berlin interlocutor to eat sauerkraut. In the Risorgimento era Massimo D’Azeglio warned: «The most dangerous enemies of Italy are not the Germans. They are Italians. ” It meant that i Germans are Germans. But the problem is the Italians who are not Italians. Is this still the case today? It would be important to understand if we are still an independent country where, to decide who governs, it is really the Italian people that the Constitution proclaims sovereign. In recent days, for example, the German Foreign Minister, Hieko Maas, he came to Rome and met his equal degree Di Maio. But according to an indiscretion I went out on Dagospia (usually well-informed source) there would also have been “a very confidential meeting with high institutional authorities in our country. During which Maas communicated a big “no” to a possible landing at Palazzo Chigi by Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni ». In practice, it would be the German “no” to early elections in Italy. We want to hope that such an interference is not true. If there really was such a German diktat we would have to declare our independence and our democracy finished. But, of course, it is worrying that similar rumors can come out without baffling anyone, without provoking denials and indignant responses. According to Dagospia that “no” would have been accompanied by a speech threatening: it would have been said that “Salvini and Meloni’s” anti-Europeanist sovereignism “could, among other things, jeopardize EU aid to Italy in the Covid, on the agenda in the coming years ». Which would be really inadmissible. Apart from this, the argument is laughable, because Italy is a net contributor in the EU: for years it has been giving much more than it receives. It would be enough for her to take back her own, rather than asking something from others. There is no trace of the rest of those phantom European aid for now. There is only the Mes and there is the explicit pressure of Merkel for Italy to subscribe to it. But why does Germany necessarily want to impose this loan on us? Have you ever seen someone who at all costs claims to get you a loan (on his terms)? And if it happens, which of the two has an interest in subscribing to it? Moreover, the explicit reason given by Merkel is laughable: “We have not made all these resources available so that they remain unused”. First of all, they are not great resources at all. But secondly it is an inverted reasoning: should they be used because they have been allocated? It is the world upside down. Finally, it is a loan, then a debt. At the Germany that does the benefactor does not believe anyone.

What's really behind it.  Senaldi unmasks Conte's VAT-cutting move: because we must not delude ourselves

It is so little credible that – as we have seen – Conte himself replied negatively (moreover, at least for now, in the M5S they do not want to hear about Mes). In reality Germany continues to pursue only its own immediate interest. Germany and China are currently targeted by the American President’s political and economic offensive Trump for the trade imbalances that are causing me. With the question of duties and the Covid crisis, it is Germany itself that has an interest in activating the European internal market and consumption: for this reason, in the current emergency, it has overturned its rigorous dogmas on public debt, a program which, however, reiterated the Merkel – must remain “within the framework of the European Treaties” (so we will be presented with the bill shortly). But these policies are the problem. The “danger” to theEurope it is not represented by the so-called “Sovranisti”, but by the so-called “Europeanists”, that is, by those who wanted it this way, with those absurd Treaties of Maastricht that devastated our economy, and with a single currency that allowed Germany to crush the other countries, jeopardizing their stability, prosperity and independence. The Italians understood this (at their expense). In fact, in a very recent survey of Agora, only 30 percent give a “positive or very positive” opinion on the EU, while 62 percent give a “negative or very negative” opinion. An overwhelming majority. If the establishment wants to continue with this type of EU and with these policies – unless it intends to abolish the elections – there will be a loud rejection in the ballot box. Paradoxically, it is precisely the sovereigns (with the radical change of the EU) that can save “Europe”. Thus – if there was a forward-looking statesman in Berlin – Germany would also be saved (first of all by itself).

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Angela Merkel, the German chancellor wants to stick her nose in our ballot box – Libero Quotidiano

Antonio Socci

There are many weapons of mass distraction – used by political, economic and media power – which make it difficult to understand what is really going on and why. But certain episodes – if the points are combined – make it all understand. Consider the absurd relationship between Italy and Germany (or the EU). Yesterday the German chancellor Angela Brandl was on the front pages of some Italian newspapers with a clear message. There Print summarized it in reference to My: «Merkel: Italy uses all EU resources». Of course the chancellor, always very prudent, did not say so. Formally he respected all roles. But the meaning was that, so much so that the Italian prime minister (who has always been very Merkelian) had to reply that he decides with his government. The Corriere della Sera he even headlined this: “The Merkel-Conte Frost”. The subtitle explained: “The chancellor invites Italy to think about the Mes. The reply: I’ll do the math. ” This episode highlights some things you don’t want to see in the media. If Merkel interferes like this, it’s because she knows she can afford it. Because now – after years of the EU, the euro and governments “Euristi” in Rome – he knows that relations between Germany and Italy are no longer on an equal footing (as they were, for example, in the first republic). But I am from master (of the EU), or at least from principal, to subordinate. Yes objected that this was an interview in which Merkel spoke of the beginning of her semester of EU presidency and therefore necessarily dealt with all European countries. But the objection does not hold. In fact, in what way did it interfere – apparently in a decisive way – in the Italian government crisis last summer? The sensational news came out in a background (never denied) by Repubblica. I remember the headline of the newspaper of 1 September: «Merkel’s phone call to the Democratic Party:” The Count bis must be done at any cost “». Subtitle: «The moment the negotiation risks running aground, the chancellor’s call to the Democratic Party arrives:” Make the agreement and stop Salvini “». Incipit of the article: «Just while Luigi Di Maio threatened to blow the bank, trying to impose its program in twenty points, and the leaders of the Democratic Party sharpened their weapons against what they considered an “inadmissible” ultimatum, the phone call from Angela Merkel to the Nazarene to say that the government goes done at any cost. ” So the first problem is a government – the German one – that claims to put its mouth in the house of others. The second problem is that there are parties that – so to speak – don’t hang up the phone and don’t send the Berlin interlocutor to eat sauerkraut. In the Risorgimento era Massimo D’Azeglio warned: «The most dangerous enemies of Italy are not the Germans. They are Italians. ” It meant that i Germans are Germans. But the problem is the Italians who are not Italians. Is this still the case today? It would be important to understand if we are still an independent country where, to decide who governs, it is really the Italian people that the Constitution proclaims sovereign. In recent days, for example, the German Foreign Minister, Hieko Maas, he came to Rome and met his equal degree Di Maio. But according to an indiscretion I went out on Dagospia (usually well-informed source) there would also have been “a very confidential meeting with high institutional authorities in our country. During which Maas communicated a big “no” to a possible landing at Palazzo Chigi by Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni ». In practice, it would be the German “no” to early elections in Italy. We want to hope that such an interference is not true. If there really was such a German diktat we would have to declare our independence and our democracy finished. But, of course, it is worrying that similar rumors can come out without baffling anyone, without provoking denials and indignant responses. According to Dagospia that “no” would have been accompanied by a speech threatening: it would have been said that “Salvini and Meloni’s” anti-Europeanist sovereignism “could, among other things, jeopardize EU aid to Italy in the Covid, on the agenda in the coming years ». Which would be really inadmissible. Apart from this, the argument is laughable, because Italy is a net contributor in the EU: for years it has been giving much more than it receives. It would be enough for her to take back her own, rather than asking something from others. There is no trace of the rest of those phantom European aid for now. There is only the Mes and there is the explicit pressure of Merkel for Italy to subscribe to it. But why does Germany necessarily want to impose this loan on us? Have you ever seen someone who at all costs claims to get you a loan (on his terms)? And if it happens, which of the two has an interest in subscribing to it? Moreover, the explicit reason given by Merkel is laughable: “We have not made all these resources available so that they remain unused”. First of all, they are not great resources at all. But secondly it is an inverted reasoning: should they be used because they have been allocated? It is the world upside down. Finally, it is a loan, then a debt. At the Germany that does the benefactor does not believe anyone.

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It is so little credible that – as we have seen – Conte himself replied negatively (moreover, at least for now, in the M5S they do not want to hear about Mes). In reality Germany continues to pursue only its own immediate interest. Germany and China are currently targeted by the American President’s political and economic offensive Trump for the trade imbalances that are causing me. With the question of duties and the Covid crisis, it is Germany itself that has an interest in activating the European internal market and consumption: for this reason, in the current emergency, it has overturned its rigorous dogmas on public debt, a program which, however, reiterated the Merkel – must remain “within the framework of the European Treaties” (so we will be presented with the bill shortly). But these policies are the problem. The “danger” to theEurope it is not represented by the so-called “Sovranisti”, but by the so-called “Europeanists”, that is, by those who wanted it this way, with those absurd Treaties of Maastricht that devastated our economy, and with a single currency that allowed Germany to crush the other countries, jeopardizing their stability, prosperity and independence. The Italians understood this (at their expense). In fact, in a very recent survey of Agora, only 30 percent give a “positive or very positive” opinion on the EU, while 62 percent give a “negative or very negative” opinion. An overwhelming majority. If the establishment wants to continue with this type of EU and with these policies – unless it intends to abolish the elections – there will be a loud rejection in the ballot box. Paradoxically, it is precisely the sovereigns (with the radical change of the EU) that can save “Europe”. Thus – if there was a forward-looking statesman in Berlin – Germany would also be saved (first of all by itself).

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Forbes explains the futility of sanctions against Nord Stream 2

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MOSCOW, Jun 28 – RIA News. US sanction pressure is unlikely to stop the Nord Stream 2 project, the construction of which has “progressed well.” Such an opinion on the pages of Forbes magazine was expressed by columnist Kenneth Raposa.

The journalist noted that recently, American congressmen have again launched vigorous activities related to economic restrictions against the gas pipeline. So, in early June, a bill was introduced in the US Senate, proposing to impose sanctions against companies that provide underwriting, insurance and reinsurance services for ships operating on the pipeline. And this week, members of Congress submitted to the House of Representatives a new project – again against the highway under construction.

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According to Raposa, the next sanctions restrictions against Nord Stream 2 will become a new round of the energy war between Moscow and Washington.

At the same time, the journalist drew attention to the fact that the Kiev bills reacted with enthusiasm to the American bills, which was afraid of losing revenue from the transit of Russian blue fuel.

“According to some experts, the loss of transit revenue will amount to about ten percent of Ukraine’s GDP, which is already not so fast growing,” the material said.
Naftogaz Ukrainy sees a serious problem on the highway, which bypasses the country, he said.

As Raposa suggests, Congress is likely to accept the proposed bills.

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Politico talks about Trump and Merkel’s Nord Stream 2 dispute

“The Russian energy giant will not like it. Angela Merkel may like it even less,” he suggests.

At the same time, the author of the article emphasizes that the new sanctions are unlikely to interfere with Nord Stream 2, which is almost complete.

The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The United States is actively opposing it, promoting its liquefied natural gas to the European Union, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries.

Washington in December imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and demanded that the construction companies stop construction immediately. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of work.

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MOSCOW, Jun 28 – RIA News. US sanction pressure is unlikely to stop the Nord Stream 2 project, the construction of which has “progressed well.” Such an opinion on the pages of Forbes magazine was expressed by columnist Kenneth Raposa.

The journalist noted that recently, American congressmen have again launched vigorous activities related to economic restrictions against the gas pipeline. So, in early June, a bill was introduced in the US Senate, proposing to impose sanctions against companies that provide underwriting, insurance and reinsurance services for ships operating on the pipeline. And this week, members of Congress submitted to the House of Representatives a new project – again against the highway under construction.

08:00

The world turned upside down: Germany is preparing sanctions against the United States

According to Raposa, the next sanctions restrictions against Nord Stream 2 will become a new round of the energy war between Moscow and Washington.

At the same time, the journalist drew attention to the fact that the Kiev bills reacted with enthusiasm to the American bills, which was afraid of losing revenue from the transit of Russian blue fuel.

“According to some experts, the loss of transit revenue will amount to about ten percent of Ukraine’s GDP, which is already not so fast growing,” the material said.
Naftogaz Ukrainy sees a serious problem on the highway, which bypasses the country, he said.

As Raposa suggests, Congress is likely to accept the proposed bills.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with US President Donald Trump

May 30, 03:15

Politico talks about Trump and Merkel’s Nord Stream 2 dispute

“The Russian energy giant will not like it. Angela Merkel may like it even less,” he suggests.

At the same time, the author of the article emphasizes that the new sanctions are unlikely to interfere with Nord Stream 2, which is almost complete.

The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The United States is actively opposing it, promoting its liquefied natural gas to the European Union, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries.

Washington in December imposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and demanded that the construction companies stop construction immediately. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of work.

Read the full version of the material on the website Foreign Media >>
Nord Stream - 2

September 30, 2019, 11:18

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