Opinion – Op-Ed: Chaotic Washington is not a shining example of democracy – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a powerful op-ed, here’s the most-read article in China‘s influential People’s Daily. It explores the question, ‘Is the US still a model of democracy?’. It suggests that that question, previously a far-fetched idea for many, is being asked more and more. Critically, it explores the realization that Western democracy—even American democracy—can fall into chaos and undermine the international community’s goal of peace and development.

Source: Op-Ed: Chaotic Washington is not a shining example of democracy – People’s Daily Online

The article clearly supports China geopolitical influence and for it’s readers blurs the differences between a one-party totalitarian regime to Trump’s America – many liberal critics see Trump’s election as a step towards fascism. Of course, it’s populism and Trump, in particular, that has debased US democracy. But we are beginning to see the US political and legal system start to place some serious barriers for Trump. It’s worrying when Trump’s son-in-law, a critical advisor, is having his business interests investigated for links with Russia.

Perhaps, the US needs a Macron, who’s not tainted by association with the Washington’s political establishment?

Thoughts?

Opinion – What’s brewing in Germany?: How to understand Angela Merkel’s comments about America and Britain | Blog – The Economist

This is a brilliant, must-read blog from the Economist, arguing that Angela Merkel comments on America and Britain were aimed at four distinct audiences.

What’s brewing in Germany?: How to understand Angela Merkel’s comments about America and Britain | Blog – The Economist

The four audiences are:

  1. CSU Party, her political allies
  2. Wider German electorate, with a general election on September 24
  3. Rest of Europe, and
  4. America and Britain, which the Economist reports that the German elites are calling ‘Trumpandbrexit’.

Read the article for yourself and decide if you agree that ‘Angela knows best’. For sure, German voters will readily identify with her worldview. (Meanwhile, in the UK, Theresa May is fighting hard to lose the ‘weak and wobbly’ image after her election U-turns)

BUT it’s alarming that German political classes have bundled Trump and Brexit together, almost as the Anglo-Saxon disease. It’s hard to see matters improving quickly. There are three clarification questions:

  1. Will Theresa May win the UK election with a strong majority in parliament and a clear political mandate for her Brexit negotiations?
  2. Will Angela Merkel win power again in the German election and how large will be her majority, assuming that’s she’s again aligned to the CSU?
  3. By the Autumn, will there be increased pressure to impeach Trump on the basis of his team’s pre-election dealings with Russia?

Watch for Russia and China’s intervention over the Summer to seize geopolitical opportunities from a weakened NATO alliance.

Personally, I hope that the Summer will signal a softening in the Trumpandbrexit crisis and a reduced risk of WWIII?

Thoughts?