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    January 14, 2016

    Filimonov: U.S Weakens EU to Keep "Castle on the Hill"

    Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
    14th January, 2016

    A United Europe is bursting at the seams. 2015 has been difficult for Brussels, which already has been under pressure for a long time from the Eurozone debt crisis. Firstly, the front page of global newspapers was limited to a discussion of the problems of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Critically minded press even began to insult these countries, calling them PIGS – Portugal (P), Italy (I) Greece (G) Spain (S). Then they added Ireland and Britain to the list, trying to hurt the idea of European integration. The American footprint in this story was deliberately taken out of context: experts overnight forgot that the debt crisis was the result of the global financial tsunami of 2008, running from the East coast of the USA. The EU is trying to emerge from it, forcing Greece to implement tough anti-social reforms in return for financial assistance. By truth or lies, in summer 2015, the subject of debt gradually descended to "no". And then a new drama started - migrants.

    A million migrants crossed the border of the European Union, as panic took over. The situation is compounded by the fact that the main onslaught of "rebellious barbarians" had occurred in Germany, who took the brunt of the "elements". According to the police of Cologne, the number of registered crimes committed on new year's night in the city has reached 516, of which 40% are related to sexual harassment, says British "BBC". And this is only half the problem: the German extreme right are calling on their supporters on Facebook to organize a "manhunt". All of this mystery with sadistic refugees could be attributed to domestic clashes, provoked solely by dividing the population into "us" and "them". However, in politics there is no place for such eventualities.

    First of all, do not forget that the parliamentary elections in Germany are scheduled for September 2017. And it is already 2016. Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing once again to lead the German government, planning to nominate her candidacy for the presidency of the United coalition of the CDU/CSU. Of course, this initiative is extremely upsetting to her competitors from the ruling coalition who do not hide their own claim to power. While Merkel is losing political points amongst the conservative right-wing electorate, the Prime Minister of Bavaria and leader of the Christian Social Union Horst Seehofer called on Berlin to restrict the flow of migrants to 200 thousand a year. According to him, the current number of migrants is "too large", and neighbouring countries do not seek to share equitably the "burden of refugees".

    Seehofer plays to please the electorate, which was divided into two camps: 48% of citizens of Germany support the imposition of restrictions on the admission of refugees, and 44% have rejected such measures. East Germany is a little bit more sceptical — 58% of respondents are in favour of restrictions and only 37% were opposed. The task of the opposition and external players is react negatively to the migrants, resulting in the loss of rating of Merkel and her party. The Minister of Justice of Germany Heiko Maas deliberately called the actions of migrants "an entirely new level of organized crime". Maas is convinced that the attacks on women, which involved hundreds of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, were pre-prepared and planned action, according to the newspaper Bild. Domestic political pressure on Merkel has reached unprecedented levels. It came to the point that she had to cancel her trip to the World Economic Forum (citing the problems within the country), which is traditionally held in Davos, Switzerland from 20th to 23rd January. The influx of migrants and a growing distrust of Berlin encourages rumours about the possible closure of borders within the EU. "The closing of borders will cause the European markets to suffer," he threatened Merkel.

    The US can celebrate a political win. They managed to create a lot of internal problems for the Union, although the Americans have spent substantial resources on this operation — hundreds of thousands of people illegally cross the Mediterranean sea in front of the eyes of the Navy of the United States. It behaves strangely and Turkey, who has promised to curb the flow of migrants for relatively little cost 3 billion euros from Brussels. The newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten has attacked Ankara by saying that the EU's plan to limit the flow of refugees is under threat due to the fact that Turkey does not fulfill its obligations. "If in the coming weeks, nothing happens with the Turkish side, and the number of refugees does not significantly decline, Europe will have to subject this agreement to renegotiation," said the representative of the Christian Democratic Union Manfred Weber. It is obvious that the Turks realize the American plan to destabilize Europe, doing it against their own aspirations for EU integration. In actual fact the military and political ties of NATO and Turkey are stronger than the economic ties between Ankara and Brussels: 70% of Turkish business have loans from European banks.

    The migration crisis is part of a psychological and economic war against the EU. The Western press writes almost about the humanitarian catastrophe in the Old World, the frightening streams of millions of humans, who allegedly threaten European values. However, this figure pales in comparison with migration to Russia, which is several times higher than the "bitter fate" of Germany. According to the Foreign Ministry of Russia, for the year 2015, the number of foreign citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation was close to 10 million people. After only a year and a half of Ukrainian civil war, Russia took more than 2 million refugees from Donbass. And that's not counting the dozen of thousands of migrants from the Middle East who are trying to get into the European Union through the Russian-Finnish border. It turns out that the Americans, behind the hybrid wars in Muslim countries and Ukraine, have the potential to undermine the situation in Russia.

    By and large, a million migrants have settled in Germany, who has a population of 80 million people,  threatening only Germany, not the European Union, who has a total population (end of 2015) of 508.1 million people. Citizens of the 28 EU members are unlikely to be discomforted at this demographic. A similar view was voiced by the German Corporation Siemens, who is ready to train workers at its plants in Germany. The press service of the company said that the refugees are not a burden to the economy, as Germany feels the demographic challenges associated with an aging population and labor shortages. Thus, Siemens has supported Angela Merkel who has disagreed with the feedback of small and medium business in Germany, who complain that they can't give migrants work due to the lack of knowledge of the German language

    Since 2008, as a result of what the US has done, the EU has become a loose inter-state association. President Barack Obama follows the prescripts of the Democratic party, which since the time of John F. Kennedy is interested in a weak Europe. America is forced to respond: at the end of 1999 the single European currency was born, which was rapidly carving out a "living" space with the dollar. The Pentagon then decided on the main adventure of the 21st century — the 2003 intervention in Iraq. Wall Street was annoyed by the fact that the Iraqi leader refused dollars on foreign trade calculations. Baghdad was selling oil in euros, luring the Persian Gulf countries to the idea of a Golden Dinar. The result is well known. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Yemen (not yet -ed) were defeated. What will happen next? The forecast for the Old world is disappointing. Washington is seeking to keep their "tall, castle on the hill." Therefore, despite the course of weakened Europe, Russia and China will continue. Russia needs to defend itself. It's only the beginning.
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