Duplicitous Merkel – German Chancellor Reneges on Wales NATO Agreement – Reduces Military Spending…

Oh dear, this doesn’t bode well for those who are concerned about U.S. imposed 20% auto tariffs on EU, mostly German, automobiles.  [NOTE: Pay attention to the timing here as it relates to Nord Stream 2] Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has announced she will no longer uphold her prior agreement for NATO military spending.

At the 2014 NATO meeting in Wales, all NATO members agreed they would immediately begin a process to increase their military spending to two percent of GDP.  However, over time, and in direct contravention to the purpose of the effort, Germany (Merkel) began secretly working behind the scenes with Russia (Putin) on the Nord Stream II gas pipeline.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline delivers natural gas from Russia to Germany.  That pipeline is expected to go on-line this November, 2019.  Today, Angela Merkel announces she will no longer uphold Germany’s financial commitments to NATO. These two issues are directly related.  It now looks like Merkel made a back-door agreement with Russia on NATO.

(Via Daily Mail) Germany’s military spending is set to fall below its NATO targets, in the latest flashpoint in Berlin’s long-running row with Washington.

The latest German budget plans, revealed on Monday, will see defence spending drop well below the two per cent of GDP expected from NATO members.

U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell said the cuts were a ‘worrisome signal’, while President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Germany of freeloading on U.S. military might.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the U.S. criticism, saying Germany will not cut foreign aid to raise military spending.

Merkel said today that ‘we will continue our effort’ in terms of raising defence spending, ‘but not at the expense of development aid’.

‘We have always said that we’re headed in the direction of two percent, and that by 2024 we will reach 1.5 per cent,’ she said.

‘I can understand that this is not enough for the American President, it’s not enough for many European allies.’ (read more)

I have no insider information for what I anticipate will be the response; however, my suspicion is that President Trump will respond to Merkel’s duplicity with an announcement of possible 20% to 25% tariffs on EU automobiles, directly targeting the German economy, if she doesn’t change her mind.

German auto exports (BMW, Audi, Mercedes, VW) are the vast majority of U.S. ‘car’ imports from the EU. There is already a 25% import tariff on German SUV’s and trucks; which is why BMW, Mercedes and VW make their SUV’s and large vehicles in the U.S.

Germany’s finance ministry had yesterday presented its budget planning for coming years, which signalled a drop.

It said defence spending would first rise to 1.37 percent of gross domestic product in 2020 but then likely fall back to 1.25 percent by 2023. (read more)

Angela Merkel is betting her entire economy on the principle that President Donald Trump cannot win the 2020 election.

 

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350 Responses to Duplicitous Merkel – German Chancellor Reneges on Wales NATO Agreement – Reduces Military Spending…

  1. EricStoner says:

    TheLastRefuge @TheLastRefuge2
    3/19/2019
    In 2014 NATO members met in Wales. All NATO members agreed to immediately work toward 2% defense spending to protect EU interests from worrisome Russian expansion. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1108093112541478913.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=alert&utm_campaign=internal

    Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer Slam Trump for Criticizing Germany: ‘More Loyal to Putin Than to Our NATO Allies’ https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/07/11/nancy-pelosi-chuck-schumer-slam-trump-for-criticizing-germany-over-russia-nato-delinquent/

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    • mike says:

      Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer: “More Loyal to China than to our citizens”
      The Clintons were Putin’s puppets.

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    • Gen.Chang says:

      I think a better response would be to start moving all our assets OUT of Germany to Eastern block nations like Poland, Hungary, the Baltic States, Austria etc. Then let’s see how happy Germany & Russia are about them Apples!

      That would be a huge economic loss for Germany alone, & put us in friendlier territory!

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      • RLTW says:

        Excellent Idea! Let us support our like-minded Eastern block Nations. Move our airfields and military bases into these Countries!

        But at the same time. I have worked with the Germans at HK who helped us Un-FOK the useless Colt M-4 and transform it into the HK 416. One of the greatest rifles I ever held in my hands. I carried it into battle with utmost confidence for years without a malfunction.

        But apparently there was no one but German Engineers who could Un-FOK the M-16 design.

        And at the same time. The USA depended on Werner Von Braun to found NASA and put an American on the moon. Where are the bronze statues of Werner Von Braun in front of NASA HQ? And can we even get back to the moon without the Germans? I highly doubt it.

        I agree we should leave Germany alone. Let them rebuild their own military. But if the Germans rebuild their military, dear God may we be their Ally!

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        • Ljh says:

          Contemporary Germany isn’t like the efficient earlier one: on the engineering and delivery fronts vide Berlin airport fiasco. They are as prone to devotion to procedure at the expense of delivery as much of the rest of the West. The very newest Germans don’t seem to be engineers although they don’t lack fighting spirit of the impromptu stabby kind.

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        • Left Coast says:

          “can we even get back to the moon without the Germans?” . . . . lol
          A sizeable contingent of NASA Engineers were from Canada . . . the developers of the Avro Arrow . . . the most amazing fighter jet in the 50s that was shelved because of politics.

          Those Germans are still trying to change an engine on an ME-109 . . .

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          • Alligator Gar says:

            The test engineers for Saturn V were like my dad, SOUTHERN AMERICANS. Dad HAS chased one of von Braun’s pet goose-stepping N@ZIs out of the Block House for interfering with his team.

            The N@ZI b@st@rds were so haughty they insisted on and got a special school for their brats because Huntsville schools weren’t good enough for the little N@ZI scum. Local rental stables hated for these scum to visit because they abused the horses–I know because the owner told my parents. They were execrable.

            Dad’s ethnically English, not German. And he’s a genius who made it from a one-room schoolhouse in rural Alabama to API/Auburn on the GI Bill after Korea and earned his BEEE. We have PLENTY of incredibly gifted and smart people in the US. We don’t need N@ZIs.

            Oh, and South African immigrant Elon Musk is getting us into space without Russian rockets for the first time in nearly a decade. We don’t need the Germans to crank up our space program.

            I would personally tear down a von Braun statue just like the mob tore down Silent Sam’s statue. You don’t make statues to elitist pig N@ZIs.

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        • Greg says:

          “dear God may we be their ally”, I’m calling bullshit on that. The US is no longer naive.
          I just watched a video of a girl making a 1000 yd shot without looking downrange. She did this with an American made rifle & technology. The US doesn’t need German engineers to make a rifle shoot, I think the problem rifles you speak of had more Political problems than any else.
          Lastly I would point out the obvious to you, Germany is not our Ally right now!! Merkle has allied Germany with Russia. Poland has said they would love to have a US base, Ramstein may be moving since Germany no longer needs protection from Russia.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Agreed. NATO and Russia both looked at the Bloc countries as the battleground for any WWIII prospects. Neither Russia nor NATO wanted to revisit the post-WWI and post-WWII destruction they suffered and preferred it be done on their respective near abroads.

        I agree we should move our NATO basings to the old Bloc countries, put out first lines of defense on the soil of countries that have tasted Russian occupation and will fight rather than get another dose – they’ll also be grateful we’re there and not think of us as a source of money and little else. Let Germany be what it wants, THE European leader and let the rest of NATO beb Germany’s bitches, Hitler’s dream without war.

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        • Realist says:

          The EU already is the FOURTH REICH a ‘Union of SOCIALIST Nation states CONTROLLED both Politically and Financially by GERMANY’ exactly as a pre war NAZI conference decided a post war Europe should be. The UK should never have joined the FOURTH REICH and now the REICH is making it as difficult as they can, aided and abetted by the most incompetent and Traitorous to the people Government and Politicians of ALL parties, that the UK has ever had to endure.

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          • cali says:

            @Realist: ^^^^^^^This!

            Merkel only continues what her dad – Adolf Hitler – started – it was and is always about the (N) World Order and no the ‘N” does not stand for ‘New”.

            Merkel, May and Macron are the trio trying and attempting to built their own military force. Merkel’s speech back in December 2018 was a very angry speech about her vision for the EU. She detests president Trump as he reads her and her aspirations perfectly.

            President Trump will respond with a decision that will shock and stun the EU trio.

            Keep an eye on the Yellow Vests who only grew in strengths and numbers.

            Merkel, Macron and May are truly stupid people with delusions of grandeur!

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            • Willis Forster says:

              Read the body language. Trump has his arms crossed across his chest, the classic NO thank you, and his legs are man spread.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            England had its problems with Moslem immigrants early on, and that little stripof water between it and mainland Europe sort of makes it not so mainlandish. It has its own pack of problems and I’m grateful to my ancestors who leaked over here at various times over the last 250 years allowing me to view them from a distance.

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        • matthewpmusson says:

          NATO is dead. And, it is time to walk away from Europe militarily.
          They have plenty of money and population. They could easily defeat Russia
          if they wanted to. And, if they don’t want to, we can’t make them. Euroexit.

          AMF-YOYO.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            NATO was on life support before the fall of the USSR. I remember that when ‘NATO’ went into the old DDR it found tactical nuke storage site we didn’t even know existed and detailed plans for our WRM storage sites.

            Our defense of Europe depended upon the forces there defending against a joint Russia/Bloc attack. The plan also assumed the Russians not zapping the water and air ports that would allow us to mobilize huge reserves of US forces andmatertial and land them in Europe, organize them and get them into the fray. Uhhh, yeah, right. Then there was that ‘Fulda Gap’ thing.

            I was always of the feeling that Russia would not attack Europe unless it felt threatened, it’s plans were, as were NATO’s, defensive – but neither side trusted the other. Also, the Cold War was a huge money maker for Western business – it bankrupted the USSR but it made mountains of cash in the West.

            We saw how unable Russia was to conduct an offensive war when it got its ass handed to it in Afghanistan. They could not conduct effective offensive operations against the muj even though they weren’t constrained as the US was
            some 12 years later.

            Russia and Europe are tied at the purse strings, let’s pull out of Europe and let them find their own levels of cooperation as they jointly decline.

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      • Black Irish Rose says:

        Agree with all but Austria: it never joined NATO and I believe is still considered a neutral country. Still, I think Austria would welcome US military bases moving east, as Austria seems to be aligning more with Eastern Europe since the citizens elected a new, more conservative government in Vienna. Just my $.02

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Considering that Merkel just made that enormous gas deal with Putin’s Russia and is not paying Germany’s share of NATO, it appears to me that MERKEL FROM EAST GERMANY is more loyal to Putin than she is to the West.

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  2. Mandy says:

    That Tom Luongo piece from the other day is really a must read. He’s anti Trump so you have to “be the bee” when you read it.

    https://tomluongo.me/2019/03/16/time-runs-out-on-u-s-opposition-to-nordstream-2/

    Snip of the opening:

    “The Nordstream 2 pipeline represents the last stand of U.S. influence over the internal affairs of Europe.

    Once finished it will stand as a testament to the fundamental split between the European Union and the United States.

    Europe will see this as its first successful defense of its newly-declared independence. And the U.S. will have to come to terms with no longer having control overseas.

    This is a theme repeating itself all around the world right now.

    Your view of Nordstream 2 depends on who you are. “

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    • phaedrus cj says:

      Then US might as well withdraw from NATO

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      • bertdilbert says:

        “Germany will not cut foreign aid to raise military spending.”

        Translation: Germany will not stop subsidizing exports under the pretense that it is foreign aid.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Like in the Good Old Cold War Days when Germany exported prohibited WMD technology to the Mideast. Oh yeah, and those German companies that exported technicians and technologies to the Mideast countries that allowed them to build deep underground command and control bunkers. And those…. oh, you get the idea.

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        • mikeyboo says:

          Germany is funding its Muslim migration policy by stealing money that it is obligated to pay for NATO protection. When european nations fail to meet their financial obligations, Americans must make up the difference. Fruck Germany. Leave them to their Muslim “guests” and soviet domination.

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      • mopar2016 says:

        NATO is a joke these days, I wonder how much money they actually owe us.
        The EU is turning into islam, and NATO wasn’t created to protect the cult of islam.

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        • Tim says:

          @ mopar2016 re EU turning into islam.. its all about islamic immigration jihad.. The european birth rate is in CRITICAL decline.. Muslim immigrants are having lots of kids. When muslims are the majority they will vote to replace democracy with Islamic Sharia law.
          The european nukes will be islamic. ( iran will be irrelevant ).

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          • czarowniczy says:

            All European/white birth versus death rates are declining and have been for years. Poor Russia was subsidizing births back in its oil boom days, Russia was in danger (ain’t outta the woods yet) of being out-bred by its eastern non-‘Russian’ residents. Russia and European males of breeding age took a whacking in two world wars and the post-war period wasn’t kind, population wise, either though for different reasons.

            The charts here: https://ifstudies.org/blog/number-2-in-2018-baby-bust-fertility-is-declining-the-most-among-minority-women show birth rates are down for all ethnic groups in the US but even though the Hispanics seem to be hit the worse we’re importing and that effects the bottom line.

            Canada’s birth rate’s steadily dropped too and the government there’s had an active immigration program for some time, trying to keep the numbers up. Europe and her children seem to be non-breeding themselves out of existence.

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            • carterzest says:

              Many of our families Danish cousins the same. No kids. No legacy. My Mom just visited our favorite cousins(of my Mom)for the last time. They are essentially in State controlled hospice. They are good with it.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                I was the last male in our family and now there are 6 more, we done did our job.

                Our Western Eyropean relatives there have kids but not at a replacement rate, they’re happy to have their jobs, a little flat and just ‘be’. Our Eastern European ones are rural and are still suffering Communist-shock and the EU Blues so they’re barely replacing themselves.

                Interesting is that despite the death rates for all sub-Saharan Africans due to everything from war to disease they still have the world’s highest fertility rate. https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2016/04/changing-narrative-fertility-decline-africa/

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      • We should withdraw from NATO ANYWAY

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    • I like that view. I like Europe standing up for itself and US taxpayers (and military) supporting the defense/independence of Europe.

      We can still cultivate allies that are key, like Poland.

      Most importantly, I like that we won’t be selling our natural gas production overseas to the highest bidder. US consumers/American households are finally energy independent. We deserve low cost natural gas and petro-products to heat our homes, run our cars, generate electricity, and build our infrastructure and production capabilities.

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      • NOT supporting the defense/independence of Europe.

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      • sickconservative says:

        Agree the Czech republic and Poland really are more our ally at this point.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Poland and the Czech republics have been our allies for many years, they both had a number of revolts against Russia during their occupations and it was, arguably, Poland with its Solidarity movement that cracked the USSR and the Bloc.

          The actions of Polish Special Forces during Desert Storm in rescuing personnel in Iraq are ignored as are the actions Czech forces during Desert Storm in identifying the presence of Soviet chemical agents in Iraq. Poland and the Czechs still stand with the US even though Obama tried to abandon them and turn them back over to Russia when he abandoned plans for US ICBM early warning sites there and scrapped tentative US basing plans there, plans that would have moved US basing from Germany to cheaper and more grateful ex-Bloc countries. The old Bloc countries are better allies than most of Western Europe NATO is.

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    • ? Be the Bee. Finding God in Everything, Everyday.?

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    • swampratterrier says:

      Not independent from Communism.

      They’ll total slaves.

      Uncle Tom is just their anti-American tool.

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    • appraisher says:

      @Mandy. Frau Merkel is a Russian East Germany, who should remember well how the USSR treated REAL Germans.
      If Germany considers getting back into bed with Russia, they can kiss what little freedom they’re allowed by the EU, goodby. The fact that Germans would allow Merkel to put their energy needs in the hands of the Russian Bear, shows that Germany has no real freedom anyway.

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  3. Pokey says:

    Germany and their economy pretty much run the European Union. Merkel can build her own alliance with most of the Western bloc EU members. They can do NATO a lot of harm by isolating Poland and the other Eastern Bloc European countries geographically. We have to be willing to see that happen. I think NATO is a dead animal anyway and I am willing to see it buried.

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    • Mandy says:

      President Trump suggested NATO was dead when he was candidate Trump, didn’t he? I seem to recall that his supporters agreed with him at the time. He took a lot of pushback from anti Trumpers and those who are part of the Military Industrial Complex…

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      • Dennis Leonard says:

        Well evidently your of the anti persuasion,I refer to the “his” below or your not in the USA
        ” I seem to recall that his supporters agreed with him at the time”

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      • madeline says:

        Didn’t many members of congress and the senate go to Germany for some meeting just a few weeks ago? Pelosi went too…? Perhaps they have convinced Merkel PTrump will not win 2020 and they will support Germany no matter what they contribute to NATO.

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    • sundance says:

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    • SJM says:

      Views of “Current Economic Conditions” in Germany Drop to Euro Debt-Crisis Level

      by Wolf Richter • Mar 19, 2019 •
      But expectations & hopes for the next 6 months rise to less negative.

      The economic indicator of the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Germany, like other business and financial indicators, has two parts:

      One for the “Current Economic Situation,” meaning current reality as it is now unfolding,

      and one for economic expectations or perhaps hopes, called “Economic Sentiment,” meaning what these business and finance insiders are seeing over the next six months.

      They’re now diverging sharply:

      The “Current Economic Situation” is heading straight down into the dumpster,

      while “Economic Sentiment” for the next six months is still in the dumpster, where it had plunged over the past 11 months, but is now trying hard to climb out of it.

      The good news first: Hopes are rising again. The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany, which tracks expectations for the next six months and which turned negative in April 2018, rose to a still negative level of -3.6, but that’s way higher than the level of -24 that it had hit three times in the second half last year. Note the long-run average of the indicator (green line):
      https://wolfstreet.com/2019/03/19/current-economic-conditions-in-germany-drop-to-euro-debt-crisis-level-zew/

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Germany is addicted to Russian natural gas and has been for decades. Russian natural gas feeds the German economy which in turn buys more gas and petro products from Russia. What were once mortal enemies are now codependents.

      Russia has a population of ~144-million with a per capita GDP of ~$12,000. Germany’s population is ~83 million with a per capita GDP of ~$48,000. NATO should just take up a collection and buy Russia – I’m sure German banks would finance it providing the rest of NATO could provide references.

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  4. Ray Mccrary says:

    Well, I guess we’ll have to prove the old stasi cow WRONG.
    Guess the wealthy might have to get along without Mercedes Benz and others for a while. We can build just as good in the USA with the help of our manufacturers and the UAW.

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  5. Gbear says:

    Lets see how many BMW’s & ME-BE’s the russian population buys.

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  6. Why is anyone surprised? Merkel is an East German and in her youth was plugged in to the Communist party youth programs. She probably knew Putin in her Comrade days. Let Germany leave Nato, let them fend for themselves with the Bear on their border…

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    • Publius2016 says:

      maybe that’s been the 1000 points of light plan…Maybe Putin really is a Globalist but we’ll soon find out…

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    • dd_sc says:

      Unfortunately, Ukraine, Poland, and the Czech Republic sit between Germany and Russia.

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      • CaptainNonno says:

        Poland offered to host an American base. We should move Ramstein or Spangdahlem there. Maybe both.

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        • Stringy theory says:

          I totally agree. Move our bases to Poland. Get them out of Deutchland.

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        • montanamel says:

          Think before you leap!! Perhaps some “rings of bases”….none closer than 35 to 50 miles from any others….put some 12,000ft along with some 6-8000ft runways on all of them. AND install THAD/IRON DOME 3-400 miles “out in front”, as well as near in…. ringed defenses…. AND…only figure on “using them” once or twice at the most when the balloon goes up… A couple of reliever fields back about 100-150 miles behind the ring fields, up some finger canyons without any use whatsoever until needed…These are collection points for the survivors…some whep’s, some spares, mostly fuel…set-dressed so they show nothing to space eyes. This same function might be served by some nice new roads and some “flat interchanges”…with some industrial plants scattered around other “nice wide” roads…eh? Check-6

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    • GB Bari says:

      The Bear is far to the east from the German border. Germany is well-insulated from the Russian Federation.

      The pipeline must run through Eastern European countries, so they are also cooperating with Russia and Germany. Keep that in mind.

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      • Mandy says:

        Nordstream2 doesn’t appear to run through Eastern European countries. From one of the links Sundance included for us in his article:

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        • GB Bari says:

          Somehow I missed that. I stand corrected.
          Thank you for re-posting that map.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Russia’s seems to be eliminating transit lines that run thru old Bloc countries as since the fall they’ve gotten uppity in demanding increased royalties. Russia has one running through Turkish and Greek territory up to Italy and another bypassing problem areas on the drawing board. Putin’s not leaving anything to chance.

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    • Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired says:

      Charles you nailed it. As one who pulled tours in Germany before and after the wall came down and unification, I have long tried to find the logic of why the German people would tolerate a poor misguided (or is she?) soul like Merkel in a leadership position. Of course, the Germans (especially the West Germans) may ask us , “Why do you support those who want to replace the most successful capitalistic system in the history of the world with some undefined version of socialism?” At 76 years I have had to quit even thinking about why the human animal behaves the way it does. I’ve moved out in the woods with the feral hogs and pissants. I can attest to the fact that unlike the human species, both hogs and ants practice pure logic 24/7!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        As an early-60s K-Town resident with family still in Germany I watched the same prog social engineering in the ‘de-Nazification’ and ‘de-nationalization’ of Germany that’s been so successful here in turning so much of the US into anti-US.

        The German elite largely resisted much of the engineering and led the country thru an amazing reconstruction and a ‘soft’ conquest of Europe. The vast bulk of the New Germany still are more followers than leaders and the leaders (the money people, not the pols) are skilled at leading without being obvious, I’m eager to see how long they put up with the Mideast influx though, it’s starting to wear.

        Ditto with the moving out to the sticks with the hogs (fire ant here). There are just enough stupid hogs to fill the freezer.

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  7. Publius2016 says:

    Merkel said something but she’s a politician so who knows? 45 may wait for missed payment then FORECLOSE! the bases are leased to us so we can deduct the payments from the money they owe us over the past 30 years at least! in fact, we probably own these bases based on very small interest!!

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    • Orygun says:

      It is a short drive to Poland or Hungary and I am sure they would like to have us support them. We should support the governments that have our ideals and let the others fend for themselves.
      Enough with giving these two faced governments our tax dollars so they can have socialist utopias while bad mouthing us. We have had globalist presidents here that have sucked all the wealth out of this country so they could build little socialist hellholes all over the world.

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      • Bruce Fauth says:

        They can hate us when we give them money. They have for years. I like Trump’s point that we can quit giving them money and they can hate us for free.

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  8. Tazio Nuvolari says:

    >>Angela Merkel announces she will no longer uphold Germany’s financial commitments to NATO.<<

    Good. That means Russia isn't the threat it is said to be to Europe so we can just pull all our NATO support out. See ya' Europe, you're on your own now.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Well she does not think China is a threat either,

      BenTallmadge
      ‏ @BenKTallmadge
      2h2 hours ago

      Angela Merkel Resists US Pressure To Ban Huawei As Germany Launches 5G Auction:

      NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander In Europe, US General Curtis Acaparrotti, Warned Germany That NATO Forces Would Cut Communications If Berlin Were To Work With Huawei.”

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    • mopar2016 says:

      Germany would rather spend that money on foreigners from islam.
      Merkel can’t get enough of them, she doesn’t care about NATO.

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  9. “I have no insider information for what I anticipate will be the response; however, my suspicion is that President Trump will respond to Merkel’s duplicity with an announcement of possible 20% to 25% tariffs on EU automobiles, directly targeting the German economy, if she doesn’t change her mind.”

    I see it much easier just pack up the military bases and leave. I’m sure there will be wailing Congressmen about NATO but these are same people who cry we should just eat trade
    deficits with things like NAFTA and China. If the President really wanted an excuse to leave than this would be it.

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  10. Jack Rail says:

    Germany has a knack for coming up with the worst, most feckless leadership available. Are they ever going to get their feck back?

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  11. snellvillebob says:

    Just yesterday a bill passed the House banning President Trump from using any money to abandon NATO and another similar bill is dancing thru the Senate. So today Merkel announces this. What was that word? Oh, COLLUSION between our Congress with a foreign power against our President. We are going to need to build a multi-rope gallows on the Congressional steps.

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  12. Dances with Wolverines says:

    CoC stirring things up, trying to drive a wedge between the EU and President Trump’s vision of everyone being winners. America should not pay one dime more into NATO than what the largest EU member (Germany) pays, or withdraw altogether.

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  13. Tiffthis says:

    Kick her out of NATO AND put tariffs on car imports.

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  14. Caius Lowell says:

    Duplicitous Merkel, duplicitous Macron, duplicitous May, duplicitous Obama — I’m noticing a pattern here…

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  15. John says:

    Russia knows how to deal with Muslims. Let’s see how the German Caliphate fairs over time. I’ll bet there will be a lot of German ex-pats going to other countries over the next decade.

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    • Suzanne says:

      Putin loathes the muzzies

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      • Pale rider says:

        Yeah something there with Russia and muslims?? I know in the past the muslims were nasty in Russia.I never believed Putin was a globalist imo, he was the opposite because Christians thrive in Russia.
        Trump likes to piss people off first and then slide his plan in while they thrash around. And by the way, all the democrates are pissed and thrashing right now. The guy strips them bare before God and everybody it just is hilarious to watch.
        The last election was a showing of the demonrats tricks, I suspect trump planned it that way to counter in the next. Until he gets kicked out or killed, I trust Trump.

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        • Mandy says:

          Islam is one of four recognized religions in Russia. However, they keep close tabs on it and do not allow the violent strains (I think it’s wahabbi and salafi – not sure). They also have bans in place on texts that call for violent jihad. All mosques are authorized by the state, and they raid them whenever they hear of problems going on in one (and the people WILL report suspected problems because they KNOW that THEIR gov’t will actually do something about it). You can see raids by searching for them on youtube. The Russians do not play around with Islam – they mean business in their raids and they aren’t afraid to crack heads. They do not allow home mosques, either.

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  16. ristvan says:

    Certainly no expert here. But I cannot couple Nordstream 2 and Merkel’s announcement as posited here.

    PDJT made the NS2 energy security issue clear—but the NS2 contracts were already signed and construction underway thanks to Obumer. Europe made the only appropriate PDJT response, promise to build LNG receiving terminals so US LNG exports to EU can be a safety valve. Poland was in the lead, but also several other countries IIRC. US LNG will always be more expensive than Russian pipeline gas by simole economic reality—liquifying and transporting in cryogenic ships aint cheap. . But thesafety valve strategically defangs Putin’s Russia. Remember, without (especially) natural gas EU export hard currency earnings, Russian economy is weakened.

    Merkel has major domestic problems beyond Muslim unassimilatex immigrants. Economy now tanking toward recession, energy prices sky high thanks to Energiewende, and thanks to both social safety network costs sharply rising—-when Germans are already highly taxed (I lived there for several years and speak fluent German, so this is personal knowledge). She cannot afford politically to keep her NATO promise on her way out. So she didn’t. Hand the issue to her replacement next year.

    The EU trade thing is much more complicated than German autos. PDJT uses that in an Art of Deal/Sun Tzu comms fashion, IMO. Lets see what happens.
    Right now biggest EU deal is Brexit, which after the new Parliament parliamentary ruling means Italy can veto time extension and UK goes hard Brexit by default in two weeks. Focus on that, Treepers. A big deal globalist fail IF Salvini does what I hope he does, veto extension.

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    • We shouldn’t be selling our production overseas. It will drive up prices at home for American consumers. Selling our production/reserves overseas ISN’t AMERICA FIRST economics.

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      • It is what the globalist have wanted for decades……export our oil/gas production to the highest global bidders. It isn’t in our interest.

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      • bertdilbert says:

        Then why is Trump working on trade deals to sell more products overseas. Reconsider.

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        • Selling American made products overseas is good and part of America first economy. Selling our natural gas/oil production isn’t.

          The Congressional action that lifted exporting of oil and gas production happened under Obama. P Trump is just dealing with the cards he has been handed. I suspect in a perfect world he would NOT sell off our reserves in the global market, driving up prices for American consumers.

          But the law is the law. P Trump can’t change that law, and there is no will in congress to change it.

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          • Pokey says:

            As long as we are selling leftover production to our key allies overseas, we keep them from having to make deals with our adversaries for their energy needs. This is a winning situation and our over 2,000 oil and gas companies will all benefit. Some, such as BP, are globalists, but the vast majority of our producing companies are still thriving US Companies. They are why we have a surplus.

            We are one of only a few countries in the world where the oil and gas industry is still in private hands. These resources were found by them and the reward for producing a surplus should be a nice profit. Why the restriction on exports of surplus energy by the oil and gas industries? Sounds like a Big Government idea to me.

            Of course, I made my living for 40 years in the exploration industry, so I may have a favorable bias towards it. 🙂 This industry can be counted on to provide enough energy for America for a great many years, if they are not meddled with by the collectivist claptrap of Big Government. It was a very good business to be in. People were mostly honest and I was fortunate to be part of that.

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      • ristvan says:

        RTD, I might agree about crude oil. Complicated way beyond a simple comment.
        But not natrual gas for the next few decades. Our abundance is epic. Marcellus and underlaying Utica alone are epic.

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    • Mandy says:

      PRAYING for Mateo Salvini to stay strong and VETO EXTENSION!!!!!

      Your comment includes astute observations as usual, thank you. Are you familiar with the Russia/China energy agreements? We watched a Vesti News piece a week ago about a MASSIVE plant under construction in Amur. Link:

      By opening their energy market into China, does Russia offset losses from any influence the US might have on the EU countries?

      The world is changing RAPIDLY and it is doing so **around** the US. It is my belief that President Trump saw this coming and THIS is why he’s been working SO HARD to rebuild our manufacturing base. We are going to need it…

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    • swampratterrier says:

      My first thought also. Germany is going broke and cannot afford anything.

      Think they’ve been in a Depression a few months now but their Lamestream Media just keeps spewing their government’s Lie-tistics.

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  17. Dutchman says:

    Merkel is COLLUDING with ‘the Russians’!

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  18. duchess01 says:

    “Angela Merkel is betting her entire economy on the principle that President Donald Trump cannot win the 2020 election.”

    Lots of luck with that Angie!

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  19. TradeBait says:

    Time to play a game of NWO isolation. Let German and French leadership sell their souls to Islam in isolation and openly support the yellow vests and nationalists. As Germany becomes subservient to Vlad, the majority of their citizenship will revolt.

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  20. MAGAbear says:

    Well, if Merkel is cozying up with Putin, I guess she wouldnt want to spend money on NATO. Why fund an outfit who’s whole purpose is keeping Russia in check?

    Please Germany, take your country back from the globalists.

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  21. Do Stop Thinking About Tomorrow says:

    The headline should read Russia forces Germany to cut Military Spending Threatining Natural Gas Supply.

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  22. Putin isn’t the boogeyman we should be worried about. Let Germany get they gas from the Ruskies.

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    • But Germany should pay their fair share or we move/close bases, tax Germany, kick Germany out of NATO, replace Germany with a more committed ally, something else.

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      • germ says:

        Germany has been paying the occupation costs for 74 years, AND Germany (the German Reich) is not a NATO member. The former (until 1990) Federal Republic of Germany (now NGO) as a construct of foreign administration is a NATO member. Let them go bankrupt, withdraw the occupying forces and take the non-German puppets installed by the “Allies” with them. I think that’s exactly what Trump wants.

        In “Germany” no German has anything to say. Those who open their mouths are “visited” by a 20-man raid squad at 6 o’clock in the morning, are socially and economically ruined, imprisoned or “suicided”.

        Remark: The 2nd WW is not finished, not even the 1st one (except with Russia). It is a cease-fire – nothing more.

        What you see is a gigantic staged show with the occupied, externally controlled “Germany” as the center of globalism in Europe.

        The EU is not the 4th Reich – even the 3rd Reich meant something completely different than most people think.

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  23. gary says:

    hitler and stalin had a secret agreement too. what merkel fails to take into consideration is russia can’t give germany anything but gas. when america walks away the e.u. will be toast.

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  24. gonzotx says:

    Scary

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  25. Dr.Jay says:

    No worries, our German friends are working on the Merkel-issue. The conservatives want her out, and her designated successor as well.
    Soon now.
    Really.

    The 3 candidates they have now are quite bad, none is really any good. And Mutti Merkel wants to hang on until 2021, the CDU is only voting on a new party chairman/woman.
    The CSU has enough of this bullshit already, so we will see.
    Soon.

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  26. Betty says:

    “Angela Merkel is betting her entire economy on the principle that President Donald Trump cannot win the 2020 election.” So is North Korea. Does anyone, besides me, think the reason they don’t hesitate in their actions is because they are being given reassurances that President Trump will be gone?

    The Democrat and Republican Uni-Party members have a lot to answer for, they have betrayed our Nation to do the bidding of the Globalist.

    WE CAN NOT LET THEM STEAL THIS ELECTION – we must have a trained and authorized presence working inside and outside at every polling place in the United States.

    We must out-law battle harvesting. If you need motivation think about how you felt when they told us all we had to look forward to was a “Managed Decline”, a transition to a service economy. Service economy: we flip burgers or make designer coffee for Wall Street traitors. Who got their job on Wall Street because their parents bribed their way into the schools the traitors get hired from.

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    • GB Bari says:

      Assume you intended “outlaw ballot harvesting.”
      👍

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      • Mr. G says:

        GB Bari-a well-known member of the spell check nazi team.

        Please explain to me the value of your post.

        I don’t get it. Is it because you feel the need to let everyone know how smart you are by nit-picking comment spelling?

        I see misspelled words all the time-but 99.9% of the comments are not obfuscated by the misspelling.

        Ego-is it friend or foe?

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Democrats and Republican slime are this country’s greatest enemy. Out foreign enemies are nothing compared to them.

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    • swampratterrier says:

      Service economy EQUALS Slave economy.

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  27. jameswlee2014 says:

    Germans are still harboring the master race complex and believe the only reason they lost the war was because of bad luck and swarthy loser allies. They are big fish in Europe but are still Lilliputians. German GDP is less than the combined GDP of California and Texas. How do you think people would react if a California-Texas coalition started telling people all over the world what to do and making threats if they don’t? Let the Russians have them, they no longer possess war fighting armed forces.

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    • John Bosley says:

      Their war making capacity can change rapidly.
      Remember, they did start 2 World Wars.
      Never underestimate the Hun, remain vigilant.

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    • swampratterrier says:

      THAT’S THE TRUTH.

      Fellow worker told of sharing a railroad compartment with some WEST GERMANS who were carrying on about how Hitler wasn’t so bad.

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  28. NJF says:

    Certain people get the look.

    I’m sure msm Will side with Merkle.

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  29. Neville Chamberlain says:

    “It’s just a scrap of paper.”
    The German Chancellor, referring to the violation of an International agreement.
    The year? 1939.
    Germany proceeded to invade Poland.
    Germany has taken over Europe via the EU without a shot being fired.

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  30. trapper says:

    Europe. Nothing changes. That’s why my great great great grandparents all came here. Screw ’em. Fixed military air bases are obsolete relics of the 20th Century, just gigantic sitting duck targets to be taken out first in any real war with China or Russia.

    Germany. NATO. Who needs them? Close ’em up, bring ’em home, make new access deals with Poland and UK and we’re covered..

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    • bertdilbert says:

      Defending Europe with nukes is probably cheaper and if a real war develops, that is where it will end up anyways.

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    • GB Bari says:

      My double great grandfather emigrated from Prussia to the U.S. because he was fed up with the militaristic government and constant strife. My father told me plenty of stories as told to him by his grandfather about the difficult 19th century life back in Das Vaterland.

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    • Nope2GOPe says:

      Agreed! We should completely pull out of NATO and deal with each bloc country individually. 3M can go pound sand!

      Vive Nationalism Macron!

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  31. nimrodman says:

    Geez, German spokesmen do everything but call Grenell a fag:

    Kubicki compared Grenell to “a high commissioner of an occupying power” and said his interference in “political questions of the sovereign Federal Republic” should not be tolerated. He recommended declaring Grenell persona non grata and expelling him from Germany.

    “Diplomatically, Mr. Grenell is a complete failure. This entire thing seems like the behavior of a naughty schoolboy,” added Carsten Schneider, parliamentary manager for the Social Democrat party.

    “Mr. Grenell damages transatlantic relations with his repeated clumsy provocations,” Schneider declared.

    Germany Furious at U.S. Ambassador for Calling Out Low Defense Spending
    https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/03/19/germany-furious-u-s-ambassador-calling-out-low-defense-spending/

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    • Maquis says:

      Spoiled Kinder.

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    • Carrie says:

      Schneider is like a Schumer- left wing and Schneider even is an open socialist. He will never understand a thing Grenell is saying and he is deeply afraid of an openly gay man who is right-wing. That is something he cannot comprehend. Germans place people in predictable boxes, and Trump supporters are a deeply varied group that make no sense to them.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Well, German defense spending is low. I think they have something like 4 deployable heavy German tanks.

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    • paper doll says:

      I think what they were trying to say is , Grenell is a very effective ambassador

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    • spoogels says:

      Whenever I see a German I have this overwhelming urge to ask “Und was tut dein Vater/Grossvater in dem zweiten Weltkrieg?”

      A young German definitely had a NAZI Grossvater.
      AN OLDER GUY DEFINITELY HAD A NAZI vater.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      All those quotes mean to me is that Grenell is doing an outstanding job!

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  32. Carrie says:

    The really weird thing in all of this is that this is Merkel’s legacy. she is basically useless in Germany right now because she destroyed the CDU and they have no coalition partner or majority so they can’t push any legislation through. She is lame duck. She hand picked her successor who is just as homely as she is and absolutely a Merkel 2.0 in policy. But it doesn’t follow that she either will have any power because all Merkel did was help create the AfD party and to make it continually stronger. With some luck (Germans are VERY slow to change) Germans will give further power to the AfD and another party will join forces with them to be the majority. I wish the FDP would also grab voters out of the CDU. They used to be so much stronger and had a traditionally pro-business base. They appear rudderless now, but that would look like it has potential for the future. It’s gotten so crazy there that the SPD (which is most akin to the Democrats) actually wanted to restrict the unfettered immigration and the CDU (under Merkel orders) did not want to stop it, until finally the CDU collapsed and they were forced to place some sort of cap.
    Merkel has also played with her GDP and employment numbers for ages and if they are headed south now, it is probably even more pronounced that they are willing to admit (they played typical Obama tricks, like those who only work this minimum number of hours are considered “employed” etc…)
    It’s my personal belief that this deal with the Russians for the pipeline is going to be one of the things they most bitterly regret. But they are stubborn and it will take a long time for that to happen. Merkel is a proper East German and has an affinity for the Russians after studying the language and the culture for so long. Even the German press is strictly verboten from mentioning her leadership role in t he Stasi Youth and her studying in University classes about Propaganda. The censorship of the press there is already extremely tight, it will take another leader to help loosen that up again.

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  33. Tottie Mitchell says:

    Maybe Greece will take on the job of increasing their NATO spending isnce their location is far more strategic than Germany’s. We already have increased our presence there bringing needed injection into local economy.

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  34. Big Cheese says:

    U.S. can ruin Germany and E.U. fast! Their banks, especially German ones, are notoriously under-capitalized and do a lot of illegal stuff (violating sanctions). Slap them with fines and prosecute their management. With $134 billion or 8.6% of total German exports, U.S. is Germany’s largest trading partner (with $57.8 billion trade surplus in 2018/deficit for the U.S.). Keep gently applying pressure where it hurts most and see what happens.

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  35. thegoosefish says:

    This might actually make it easier to establish some semblance of an economic relationship with Russia. Merkle may actually be “taking one for the team.” Remember, Russia has huge untapped potential that suffers from lack of capital and know-how. Big source of potential jobs in America and contracts. Just sayin’ – I know the knee jerk reaction is to attack, but this may actually be a moneymaker.

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  36. SmurfetteX says:

    The invisible Luciferian hand at work.

    Britain the Aging Empire once fought against Germany the new upstart aspiring empire. Germany lost in WWII and become absorbed into the growing expansion.

    The EU (Britain and Germany) is now the Aging Empire fighting against the upstart aspiring empire, USA.

    We are at the crossroads, will we just be a node along the trip to One World Order?

    What will be the outcome of perpetual global warfare and regime changes financed by the Rothschilds Syndicate across the world leading to WWIII, and who will be the new and final upstart aspiring empire to end all wars – for a new and lasting One World Order “Utopian” Peace?

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  37. covfefe999 says:

    How did the country that started the only world wars gain so much power again?

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    • GB Bari says:

      The Germans have been a very industrious people for a long time. Probably the most industrious in Europe by comparison.

      The USA poured a huge amount of money into the rebuilding of Germany after WWII, after seeing what happened in the aftermath of WWI and not wishing to repeat that mistake.

      So Germany really became a power so quickly partially thanks to American taxpayers.

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      • covfefe999 says:

        It’s one thing to be a self-sufficient country, it’s another to be calling the shots for all of Europe and negatively affecting the US and other civil non-European countries.

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        • GB Bari says:

          Well, you’ve got to remember that Germany is by far the largest European economy and thus had by far the most clout at the formation of the EU. Germany has maintained their relatively large economy thus retaining that high level of influence over the Union. Those nations who still favor keeping the EU together have, by proxy, yielded to Germany’s influence.

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  38. Michelle says:

    I recall Trump pointing out how wrong it was for Germany to be doing business with someone America was paying to protect Germany from. I would have no problem when Trump giving Germany the finger and withdrawing from NATO.

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  39. Rynn69 says:

    “Angela Merkel is betting her entire economy on the principle that President Donald Trump cannot win the 2020 election.”

    This last sentence cannot be underestimated. Note Macron’s bravery with the Yellow Vest movement as well.

    I suggest PDJT’s team start right now to engage a massive network of election monitors and campaigners in the key Midwest states and swing states. The Democrats are going to engage in massive voter fraud. In Michigan, anyone can now obtain an absentee ballot. That was “voted” on during the 2018 midterms. I put voted in quotes because we all know the fraud that was occurring throughout the country in 2018. Back to Michigan – Michigan is a hard state to perpetrate voter fraud within because there is no early voting. Therefore, look to absentee ballot stuffing. PDJT needs to hire a TEAM of people (maybe headed by Steve Bannon) and focus on the key swing states to ensure this does not happen and GOTV is prime. Monitors will be needed at all election centers BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER voting. Many ballots were seemingly filled out in FL before voting day in November 2018 and boxes arrived in the night. In the early voting states access to ballots are obviously early so we need monitors on this. Engage people like Candace Owens, Brandon Straka and his #WalkAway team, Charlie Kirk, Diamond & Silk in NC and get going. PDJT has an army of people that will help him. No one is willing to lose this country to a Democrat hate party bent on socialism.

    The last thing PDJT should do is rely on Ronna ROMNEY McDaniel and the RNC and Kellyanne Conway.

    BTW – my personal take on KC and her “out of control” husband—I think she wants a way to exit the administration without looking like a quitter and this is her way out. I also think she is fully aware of the scale of voter fraud that will be attempted in 2020.

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  40. GGHD says:

    We need to pray for the personal safety of President Donald Trump, and for the ongoing successful expansion of the US economy. … As is often said on this site, ‘Trillions of dollars are at stake.’ Many people, both Americans and Foreigners, have gotten use to using the American Treasury as their personal piggybank.

    Donald Trump is NOT part of the ‘Club’ getting rich by looting America. … When Donald Trump first announced he was running for President, Al Sharpton was asked, ‘Why Trump wasn’t readily accepted by the New York City ‘Club’ of noted New Yorkers.’ … Sharpton responded, “Trump is from Queens!” It must make since to a New Yorker. … But, apparently Donald Trump has never been part of the ‘Club.’ ~ Maybe, he had to buy Mar a Lago, to have his own Club.

    May God Bless, President Trump and America. Thankfully, President Trump is looking out for the best interests of the USA and all of us loyal Americans.

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  41. Merkel’s action on this does not surprise me. Germany has played the bully in the EU for at least 10 years, perhaps longer. They are wealthy based on trade, and of course, much less in foreign obligations relative to the U.S.

    As SD often says, it is worth it to see the BIG PICTURE. World relationships are realigning now. Remember Davos 2017 when Chmn Xi came and all the press said Xi was now the “leader of the world”. Then there were claims that Merkel was the leader of the Western (free) world. I think Macron had that title too for a nanosecond.

    Fast forward to 2019, two years into POTUS’s term and his team of brilliant economic/trade advisors are recasting the world power structure, while the aging post WW2 globalist institutions fail due to inherent weaknesses–notably inflexibility to handle pressure from immigration, technology and other threats. Didn’t SD post a picture showing the failing popularity of May, Macron and Merkel in the past week–all 30% or lower.

    Meanwhile POTUS is vigorously confronting China, has remade the NAFTA agreement into a much more favorable USMCA, and is working to build on this strength via talks with Brazil, and work with Japan and Italy, as well as Eastern European countries such as Poland. Pres. Trump’s recent recognition of Greece was not for nothing. Germany has bullied countries like Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary–but it seems that will not work anymore.

    We should relook at the number of troops deployed in Europe (I’m betting they could be cut to 20K or fewer), and move them to Poland. We have existing Air bases in Italy that might become more important in defense. And meanwhile, if Space Force will become more critical to defense then we work with Brazil, and perhaps other countries similarly close to the Equator. (Maybe somewhere in Africa?)

    I see all of this as BIG and POSITIVE for us.

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  42. Gary Lacey says:

    Trump is aware of the routine, kick the can.
    Merkel could very well find the US military leaving, as well as Germany’s auto industry.
    Let Vlad support the sponge!

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  43. Realist says:

    The KRAUTS can’t be trusted as we found out in 1939 and 1914

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    • spoogels says:

      Absolutely. Neither can the Russians. Google “Gazprom, pay the bill”–>Ukraine, Moldova,Chechnya. Russia cuts the gas off in the middle of the European winter. Putin will squeeze the Germans/EU
      Putin’s family suffered terribly in the Siege of Leningrad
      He will punish Germany.

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      • Lost says:

        Except Putin can already cut off the Germans. They already have a massive trade in gas. What Nord Stream 2 lets him do is cut off the Ukranians while still making tons of money selling gas to Germany. That’s the real goal (aside from just greater throughput).

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  44. spoogels says:

    They are parasites
    I HATE them
    First the Marshall Plan which enabled Germany to become the wealthiest country in Europe and get on its feet long before England

    Then NATO and defense spending which they leech off the US

    Did you know England only repaid its war debt in the 21st century?

    On 31 December 2006, Britain made a final payment of about $83m (£45.5m) and thereby discharged the last of its war loans from the US. By the end of World War II Britain had amassed an immense debt of £21 billion.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_British_national_debt

    _________________

    How long did it take to rebuild Germany?

    So within 10 years of the war’s end, the talk of the world was the German economic miracle. It would probably take another 10 years, for a total of 20 for Germany to reach par with the west, and would eventually become the leading economic power in Europe.
    https://www.quora.com/How-long-did-it-take-to-rebuild-Germany-after-WW2

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  45. Bruce Berkson says:

    Merkel did what Hitler never could. She waved her version of Johnson’s Great Society (FREE STUFF that aint so free) under their noses and “will have the ‘——-‘ lining up for 200 years”…

    Since they can’t float their individual currencies to compensate for economic devaluations, they just go deeper and deeper into (German) debt.

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  46. Louis Genevie says:

    So Germany tosses a middle finger at Trump, cuts its military budget and buys gas from it’s supposed adversary, Russia. Meanwhile, US taxpayers pay for German defense. This, while Germany offers free tuition in its universities and US students are saddled with $1.5 trillion in debt. What utter nonsense!

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  47. scarlettbr says:

    Why does the US even bother with the EU? They are making their choice. Germany is opting for Russia over the US. Does this surprise anyone? Germany lost WWII yet it always feels like they won. Why does is always seem as if they control the EU and the entire region? America won WWII, yet Socialism/Communism took over Europe? Why? Canada is falling apart and nobody is paying attention.

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