Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Nato, says US commander in Europe Ben Hodges – Telegraph

English: BUCHAREST. Before the start of a pres...

English: BUCHAREST. Before the start of a press briefing following the Russia-NATO Council meeting. Русский: БУХАРЕСТ. Перед началом брифинга для журналистов по итогам заседания Совета Россия–НАТО. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This is a thoughtful and worrying article from the Telegraph. It’s a recommended read.

via Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Nato, says US commander in Europe Ben Hodges – Telegraph.

As I read this article my mind pondered why other NATO countries are not paying their way? For me, Germany stands out.

Let me introduce some data that was recently published by the International Spectator:

Top arms exporters, 2003-2013 (billion)

1. US: $79.7

2. Russia: $70

3. Germany: $22.1 4.

France: $19 5.

UK: $11.5

 

 

Opinion: A changed chancellor? | Germany | DW.DE | 15.01.2015

This thoughtful article about Angela Merkel is well worth a read. Check it out!

via Opinion: A changed chancellor? | Germany | DW.DE | 15.01.2015

Personally, I have always admired Angela Merkel’s political skills, even if I have not necessarily agreed with her policies.

If Angela Merkel has indeed changed as much as this article infers, then perhaps Europe has a new set of risks? Without consensus, surely her power-base is weakened?

With Russia’s President Putin still strong and decisive, I worry about a new Angela Merkel.

Thoughts?