BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:21 P.M.) – Following up on Merkels call on Europe, to take it’s destiny in it’s own hands, due to the unreliabilty of the US as a strategic partner, the German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel piled another round of criticism on the US. Speaking about the unproductive G7 talks in Taormina, Sicily, he went as far as excluding the US from the West.
With the “breakdown of the US as an important nation” he said, “the west is becoming a bit smaller”. He also delivered an interpretation of why this development described by him was occuring: “This is unfortunately a signal of changes in the world’s balance of power”.
In concerns of Trump’s foreign policies he went even further and called for resistance against his policies. Gabriel mentioned Trump’s arms deals with states of the Middle East and pointed out, that these will only increase the flow of refugees to Europe and would make anyone implicated in this policy guilty.
As we reported Trump signed the biggest arms deal the US ever arranged with the Kindom of Saudi Arabia and framed it as a contribution to it’s gulf allie’s fight against terrorism, while naming Iran as a host of terrorism.
The now occuring harsh criticism against the US from Germany’s political leaders is unheard of. The Federal Republic of Germany first instituted in the sectors controlled by US and British forces after the Third Reich has been highly dependend on US policies ever since.
Even after a tape of US diplomat Victoria Nuland stating ‘Fuck the EU’ while cherry picking political figures to lead the future Ukrainian government occured, Merkel only voiced that these words were not acceptable. And when then Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer criticised the US pretext for it’s Iraq war announcing, that Germany would not participate he put it politely with “excuse me, I am not convinced.”
What this sudden escalation of words means for the actual politics and cooperation between the US and Germany remains to be seen. But both Merkel and Gabriel have signalled, that they would now seek to implement a climate protection protocol without US participation.
It also is questionable wether Germany itself would cease it’s arms exports to the Middle East, since it is among the top five nations in terms of arms exports and of course Middle Eastern states are important customers. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Israel all ranked among the top ten importers of German weaponry in the period 2015/2016.