For a long time, Cyceon called on European leaders to be more realistic on all issues, economic, diplomatic and especially security ones.
In light of American’s apparent growing lack of interest in Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days. And so, all I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.”
If a majority of Europeans is sensitive to this flash of realism, it remains difficult to assess the sincerity of the Chancellor considering the discrepancy noted several times between her harsher words pronounced in the midst of the electoral campaign and the policies she undertook for real.
Also the fact that Donald Trump is not an ally as accommodating as his predecessors with Germany could motivate Merkel to harden her position considering the habit that Berlin has so long had to see Washington support German domination in Europe.
Noting that Germany’s over-strength, particularly in economic matters, could prove counterproductive for Europe as a whole, the Trump administration wants Angela Merkel to relax her positions and ease the pressure on her European partners. That Trump dares to contradict Merkel is somehow a thunderbolt in a Germany so accustomed to that no one disputes its policy.
If Merkel really wants Europe to take our destiny into our hands with realism, she will get support from a majority of Europeans. But if such a destiny actually consists of deepening a Europe at the main service of German interests, Angela Merkel will divide the Europeans and weaken Europe in the long run.
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