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.



Russia prepares nuclear surprise for NATO – English pravda.ru

This alarming article is currently the most-read in Pravda, Russia’s leading newspaper. It’s a must-read. Check it out!

via Russia prepares nuclear surprise for NATO – English pravda.ru.

As I read this article, my mind searched for a Western political leader capable of negotiating effectively with with Russia’s, Vladimir Putin. It looks like we have another two years of Obama, the lame-duck, US President. Then my mind settled on Germany‘s Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

40% of Russia’s gas exports go to Germany via pipelines in the Ukraine. A corrupt government in the Ukraine was refusing to pay its bills to Russia because the country was broke – Russia threatened to cut-off the gas until the old debts were cleared. Guess what happened next? The European Union stomps up billions of Euros for the Ukraine, so that Russia could be paid – and Germany will be warm this winter.

Of course, this is the same Germany that was passionate about austerity and drove such a hard-bargain pulling the troika’s puppet strings. Remember Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus and France?

Will the EU get back the money advanced to Ukraine?

Meanwhile, Angela Merkel is the same person who has championed Western sanctions on Russia.

Should I be worried that the Western armaments industry is rattling NATO’s cage and provoking Russia?

Surely, it’s time to stand back and go for a ‘win-win’ in geo-politics?