France, Germany now openly collaborating with Russia

A float named "Euro Melomanie" representing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin parades during the Nice Carnival on February 17, 2015 in Nice, southeastern France. The carnival starting from February 13 until March 1, 2015, celebrates this year the "King of Music".    AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

A float named "Euro Melomanie" representing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin parades during the Nice Carnival on February 17, 2015 in Nice, southeastern France. The carnival starting from February 13 until March 1, 2015, celebrates this year the "King of Music". AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE 

Analysis & Opinion, Politics, Russia

Article by: Nicole Gallina

No, this is no longer appeasement.

Few have dared to call German and French negotiation strategies with Russia in the Normandy-group and beyond as what they have been from the beginning: vain efforts to appease Russia (they haves been masked politically correctly as “de-escalation,” “strategic patience,” etc.)

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, France and Germany do no longer try to hide their preferences.

The last days, they have made steps that can only be called collaboration with the Russian terrorist regime.

The French President Hollande flew to Moscow and joined Russia’s IS-coalition, a coalition that also is starring Syrian dictator Assad who has killed some 250.000 citizens of his country and the mullahs from Iran who still work on their main goal to nuke Israel.

Putin helping Assad in Syria political cartoonGermany – as always less explicit verbally – has found a pretext to join the “anti-terrorist” coalition, arguing that it joins the French efforts to combat IS and possibly would work with the Syrian army, but not with Assad. However, technically it would be hard to detach a cooperation with the Syrian army from its commander-in-chief Assad. By the way, Germany masked the fact that it was about to join a military alliance with Russia with the same arguments (that delivers crucial military technology to Iran – S-300 missile systems – with Germany continuously repeating “Israel’s right to exist.”)

Astonished? It’s nothing more than Realpolitik.

gazprom-putin-naciera[1]Well, Germany has more important interests, ones that go beyond military issues or the IS, issues such as “energy security”: Russia has been selected to guarantee the energy security for Germany, and North Stream-2 is an important big part of it. The gas pipeline would double the capacity to ship Russian gas directly to Germany, in particular skipping Ukraine as transit country; the deal is interesting, because it has Russia responsible for problems with transit gas – not Ukraine. Gazprom additionally is about to get more access to gas trading and storage in Germany. Gazprom’s influence on German decision-makers must be considerable; German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s position on the issue also has not been convincing. As a result, 10 Eastern European countries have sent a protest letter arguing the project went against the interests of the EU at the end of November 2015.

To renew German-Russian friendship ties (and to weaken the effect of the Western sanctions on Russia) another way has been found through the EU and the project of a common integrated economic area from the Atlantic to the Pacific. EU’s Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sent a letter after the G20 summit in Turkey to the Kremlin in later November 2015 asking for cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (surely an expert for economic free trade areas) followed to address the EU in this issue.

The two most powerful men in the German co-governing social-democratic SPD party, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, have continuously pushed for a “normalization” in the relationship with Russia. Steinmeier found it would be time to get Russia back into the G-8. For his part, Sigmar Gabriel has repeatedly tested the ground for cancelling the sanctions on Russia justifying it with Russia’s important role in Syria.

Steinmeier also has become famous for his continuous “happy-talking” on Russia’s “fulfillment of Minsk agreements” (probably soon it will be joined by “Russia bombing the IS”), broadly ignoring the presence of Russian military command structures in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine and the massive deployment of Russian military gear. Instead, SPD-members are pushing Ukraine to more than comply with its part of the Minsk agreements while Russia has not been fulfilling a single point of the agreement – see in this respect also the views of persons, such as the commissary for Russia in the German government, Gernot Erler (also SPD), practically identical with Russian positions, spread on German public financed media.

This article will not go into detail on the tragic role of German mass media coverage on all those events, sufficient to note that Russia now has more government-critical media than Germany (partly due to the concept of “vorauseilender Gehorsam” developing destructive energy in times of social or political upheaval).

There might be a Boris Reitschuster in Germany and a Bernard-Henri Lévy in France, the first revealing the real nature of the Russian regime and its propaganda, and the second an outspoken supporter of Ukraine. However, they are not representative. Better take the harsh critique of some French journalists of Poroshenko when he a few days ago stated that “the terrible events that France experienced this tragic November are a daily reality for Ukraine for almost 21 months.” French journalists found his words offensive – and by this only revealed they are showing far more understanding for their president joining Russia in an “anti-terrorist coalition” than for Russian terrorist attacks and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Consider this as last proof that France and Germany are not the best allies for Ukraine.

It is high time for the Ukrainian political leadership to detach itself from “Normandy“, and to reconsider its strategy for the occupied Donbas.

PS. See EU’s Juncker’s advice about how to deal with a terrorist leader: (1) his recommendation to treat him properly and as equal and (2) how to implement it in action.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Yoshua Zafoy

    Without oil and gas Europe is dead. Europe will not commit suicide over Ukraine.

    • On the Balcony

      Without dollars and euros, so is Russia. Why do you think it is that the Soviet Union was such a reliable energy supplier? Putin is tying a noose around the Russian peoples’ neck but the poor fools think it is a medal.

      • Yoshua Zafoy

        Russia seems to have challenged the global economic system and the international financial system at a time when international finance is still in crisis after the financial crisis in the U.S and the euro crisis in Europe. The financial crisis followed a spike in the oil price. Today the oil price has fallen due to unconventional oil production in the U.S while the global production of conventional oil is in decline.

        Royal Dutch Shell predicted that Peak Oil would lead to anarchy, chaos and war. Perhaps we are there now ? Perhaps Russia has calculated the situation wrong ? I don’t know. But the euro crisis and now the refugee crisis in Europe seems to have no end.

        • On the Balcony

          I am not sure why you think that Russia has “challenged the global economic system and the international financial system.” The world’s economy suffers from inherent systemic flaws and related cyclical crises independently of Russia’s actions. And it is worth nothing Putin’s Russian Federation is suffering the most economic pain and likely will continue to do so until Putin’s Russia either changes course dramatically or simply disintegrates.

          Barring some catastrophe which decreases oil supplies or a miraculous increase in economic activity that increases demand, oil prices are likely to remain near their current levels for years to come. Should prices start to rise significantly then the so-called “unconventional” (aka “tight oil”) producers will rush in again.

          • Yoshua Zafoy

            Russia has been talking about the Multipolar World vs. the Unipolar World for some time now. Front National calls it by the name Globalization vs. Nationalism.

            In a Global Economy with International Finance and Trans-national Corporations the Sovereign Nation State can no longer persue an independent national political policy or economic policy.

            Globalization is a natural process but the Nation States becomes soner or later an obstacle in this process when they experience the erosion of their National Independece.

            I am not sure if the Tight Oil production will help oil producing nations in the Middle East and North Africa with a declining oil production after an population explosion fueled by oil wealth that no longer is there.

            The Tight Oil production can give us some breathing time, but it can never replace Conventional Oil. I guess economic growth is history until we shift into a new energy source. But then again, I don’t know, since our politicians aren’t actually saying anything, but we wouldn’t be exploring Thight Oil if the world was full of Conventional Oil.

          • On the Balcony

            Globalism is a recurring theme in human history although it has changed dramatically in that now it is not attempted nor even possible through simple military conquest. History is a tale of evolving and declining empires. Once upon a time the United States was composed of individual states that fought against the Federal (U.S.) government telling them what to do . People in the U.S. even identified themselves by their State, e.g. A Virginians, a Californian, a Texan, etc. But no longer. European states and peoples are now going through the same process, complicated by the fact that they have distinct languages and more developed national identities -but the process is continuing for the simple reason that there are more reasons for them to unite than to remain divided. ( In the Russian Federation, which was not a voluntary union, the opposite is true and Putin’s actions in pursuit of his vision of a “Russian World) are simple hastening the current Russian world’s inevitable disintegration.) In short, I do not see Russia as “challenging” globalization, it is simply going through its own period of development in the same process.

            The world has a far greater supply of “unconventional” oil and gas available, and of course, alternate energy sources are being intensely researched. Ultimately, oil is oil and gas is gas and it does not matter how they are mined from the earth; as “conventional” oil becomes insufficient (or too expensive), “unconventional” oil and gas will take its place.

          • Yoshua Zafoy

            The American Empire of today is an economic empire with Financial Institutions at its core and Trans-national Corporations spread around the globe, all protected by the U.S Navy.

          • Yoshua Zafoy

            Fusion energy might change the world in the coming years.

  • On the Balcony

    The writer’s lacks of maturity and perspective is obvious. There is currently no viable alternative to the Normandy format nor can I conceive of one absent France and Germany. Without France and Germany’s strong support the EU would never have imposed significant sanctions against Putin’s Russia in the first place. Both nations have made it clear that their support for Ukraine and the Minsk Agreement is not and will not be diminished by their willingness to coordinate efforts against ISIS with Russia. Ukraine has to keep its part of the bargain – it has to focus on its war against corruption.

    • Dave Ralph

      exactly… this type of hysterical anti-German propaganda is actually a perverse, roundabout way of undermining the Western alliance and supporting Putin’s goals… the Bolsheviks used the same propaganda methods.

  • Being

    Hope you are Not surprised?
    Ukraine “had, has have” never had guarantee of territorial integrity and sovereignty signed by USA, UK and the liar. Or all liars. Why did you accept 2 Kremlin’s pupets to serve you??
    They never were there to help you, just to slow down, camuflage, delay, dispel, calm you down, but not to solve anything.
    And now with this bordelo in EU by their welcomed 2 Mega guests, I doub they will help you with anything at all. They do not know what the help means, or solving something, they have no idea such a word exists.
    They have their “values”, that is it-money.

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    Germans will always be scum, no matter how “civilized” they try to look. France continues its historical coward streak and political pot stirring (in a nutshell…”Diplomacy” by Henry Kissinger”)

    • Thomas Zöllner

      Cry me a river, you Ukrainian beggar. Sort your problems out on your own.

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        Is merkel still on her knees in front of Putin with her mouth full. Maybe that’s why she was person of the year. For her other skill set

        • Thomas Zöllner

          She only goes down on Obama. Speaking of chocolate, Poroshenko waits for his orders from Fashington.

          • Vlad Pufagtinenko

            You hero is quite lucky…he has Merkel on her knees in front and Le Pen now in there from behind.

  • Tony

    Germany and France care about themselves first, they are selfish like that but alas there is a price to pay for everything, ultimately they may loose political control of the EU by pushing eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, Baltics, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, maybe Hungary, etc) to make a new EU where their interests get more attention.