Brussels is hosting the leaders’ summit of 29 NATO-member countries, one of the most troubling summits of the organization’s history the peaks in the history of the organization. There are dozens of reasons for this trouble but only one of them is enough to understand: US President Donald Trump. Because the NATO Summit has already been a stage of crises before the US and the “others” before it begins.
It is expected that President Trump will put similar NATO bills as he had done during the visit of the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Me13rkel to Washington in front of some of the other alliance members. As a matter of fact, when we look at the main points of the Summit and especially the message that Trump is sharing from his social media account before the summit, this is clearly visible.
The Brussels Summit takes place under six main headings: “Strengthening Deterrence and Defense”, “Combating Terrorism and Stabilization”, “Strengthening Cooperation with the European Union (EU)”, “Modernizing NATO”, “Sharing More Equitable Responsibility”, “Common Values and the Transatlantic Union”.
In fact, two main agenda items can be mentioned here: the first is the future of US-EU relations and its reflection on NATO. The latter is “responsibility sharing”. At the summit, the first issue, is under the title “Strengthening Cooperation with the EU”. This title is equivalent to the official announcement of the breakdown between the US and the EU. The second issue is giving the message of “now it’s time to pay up” to EU member States, particularly Germany, under the name of “Sharing More Equitable Responsibility”.
The USA is in the pursuit of “New Trout” …
In fact, Trump is sending a letter to nine NATO members before the Summit to increase their defense spending and shares the following message from his social media account: “The US is contributing much more to NATO than all its allies. This is unfair and unacceptable.”
Europe and at this point, EU Member States are forced to pay the US as a guarantee for their security, such as the Gulf states. In the fact Trump’s promoting the Russian threat through the Crimea and the East Ukraine and keeping this on the agenda based on this subtle account. Russian threat in Europe, Iran in the Gulf; If you believe this of course…
The treatment for EU member States here is actually the same with the treatment for the Gulf countries until yesterday. The EU is now a second Gulf, a new trout that should be cleaned for the US.
In the meantime, the phrase “captive” Trump uses for Germany is not so wrong. But there is a need for a slight correction. What needs to be corrected is that Germany is the prisoner of the US, not Russia.
Well, doesn’t Trump know that? Of course, he knows. In fact, Trump says they are aware that Germany is trying to pursue a policy to be more independent with Russia’s support, but they will not allow it. So, Trump is also indirectly expressing that they will not tolerate a second Turkey-Russia relationship process.
What if these nine members, especially Germany, refuse to pay more? That’s not too difficult to answer. First of all, the way for the Russian tanks will be opened and the Europe will turn into a new address of the “international terrorist organizations” that they have somehow supported. What if they try? or look at the examples that are available …
Another Name for the Process of Distressed Divorce from the EU: Brexit
He thought it would be very easy when the British people showed a will to leave the EU. But as the developments has got one prime minister (David Cameron) into trouble are about to get another one (Theresa May) as well.
In fact, “Brexit resignations” in Britain continues. The political crisis can deepen further. So, why the British people (and the government) wanted to exit before, and now they says not to exit or at least the exit process be soft? Actually, the answer is not very difficult. In short, if necessary to explain…
The first issue is of course based on economic reasons. In a more tangible statement, the 2008 crisis and its reflections to Britain have an important place in Brexit. With this crisis, the British people in fact saw that the EU was not an economic power as exaggerated at all. However, the EU was being introduced as an economic giant to the whole world. It is understood that the giant is not the EU, but Germany… Therefore, Britain was concerned that this crisis may have a number of negative reflections on it.
The second issue is; it was the fast return to the nation-state process that affected the whole world and had an impact on the EU as well. Quickly transition to ascension of xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia in Europe, the collapse of the “EU neighborhood policy” along with the refugee floods, and the security issues emerging in Europe seem to have pushed Britain into an assessment in this direction. Britain seems to have terminated its membership in order not to be caught unprepared for the new process, foreseeing that the EU could not continue in this context any longer.
The third issue is; He saw that the EU was actually part of Germany’s policy toward the West and that Britain was used here too. Britain seems to have sought a deeper co-operation with the rest of Europe by increasing the Eastern European weight of Germany’s opposition within the EU, accelerating the EU’s disintegration process.
The fourth issue is; Britain wanted to take part here as part of a multi-polar world in the new international system, along with the weakening power of the US. In other words, the UK’s account was to act more independently of the EU and the US, relying on its Commonwealth to become a pole in the new Yalta process.
So, why is England twisting now?
I’ll say. First, he realized that he was not an economically powerful. Moreover, he saw the result of separation from the EU. In the meantime, we should not forget the Trump factor. The UK felt that the losing US could harm itself as well. So, the UK has understood that it had taken an untimely step and now follows a policy to save time.
So, in the face of all these developments, what is the attitude of Brussels, or rather, Berlin? Let us also say: to keep the UK under the control of the EU umbrella, at any cost, and to prevent it from developing common policies with the US. So, this Brexit process is more controversial …