Below is our translation from the German of an article in Contra-Magazin, with commentary by Vince Dhimos. It is good to see that there are Germans pushing back against the new unfree-market ideology that prevails in the US. The anti-Russia sanctions alone have cost Europe an estimated €30billion, one of the main reasons that the European economy is sagging. But none of this anti-everyone policy has helped Trump either. While Trump had promised that his tariffs on Chinese and other goods would help lower the trade deficit with China, the deficit for 2018 rose to historic highs.
If anything, Trump has proven by negative example the soundness of the old free trade policies that he has scrapped.
It is time for Germany to free itself from the USA
March 30, 2019
Against its own economic interests, Germany is constantly under pressure from the US. That must come to an end.
Wolfgang Kubicki, Deputy Leader of the Free Democrats (FDP), called last week to expel the US Ambassador in Germany because he was behaving like a "high commissioner of an occupying power," says RT. Who would have thought that in 2019 we would have a German politician from a party who demands that the American ambassador be thrown out for interference in his country's affairs?
Last week, Ambassador Grenell criticized Germany's military spending plans within NATO as inadequate, reiterating President Trump's call for European NATO members to spend more on defence.
The premise behind this is to protect NATO's action in Europe. Therefore, Europeans should reach their fair share, ie 2% of GDP, as their goal. But surely NATO's aggressive operations since the end of the Cold War have made Europe less secure.
While it is true that Berlin has not reached the new NATO spending target of 2% (only six Member States by 2018), Grenell seems to overlook the fact that Germany was the second largest troop supplier for the Alliance's military operations in Afghanistan. Moreover, no country in NATO was generous enough to accept "refugees" who had fled conflict that the US and other NATO powers had inflicted on it.
How many refugees have the US accepted? If anything, the German government should express its concern to the US Ambassador that his country was not doing enough and not the other way around.
Ambassador Grenell has not only criticized defence spending. Earlier this month, he warned the German economics minister that the US would be prepared to restrict its communication with Germany if Berlin allowed "untrusted providers," such as the Chinese operators (Huawei), to build 5G mobile networks in the country.
Grenell also does not like the fact that Germany is involved in the Russia-led gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2. This 1,200 km long pipeline, which would transport gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, is good news for Russia. Germany and European consumers could lower their gas bills.
For the US, that's bad, because they want to sell the Europeans their more expensive fracked LNG. It is not good news for the US vassal state Ukraine, which will lose transit fees.
One of the main reasons for the recent tensions was the attempt to persuade Germany to drop its stake in Nord Stream 2, which is currently 70 percent completed. At the end of 2018, Ambassador Grenell warned that German companies involved in Nord Stream 2 could face sanctions. The US really hate it when there is a competitor in town. The Europeans should not buy the cheapest gas, but should kindly buy what the US wants to sell.
If the pressure on Germany to spend more money on defence and withdraw from Nord Stream 2 is not enough, there would also be the question of "illegal" trade with Iran. America wants everyone to follow its own line in dealing with Iran, no matter how great the financial success. To enforce this, secondary sanctions are threatened again.
Data from last October showed that German exports to Iran fell 4% in the first eight months of the year.
But that's not good enough for Washington. In February, Vice President Mike Pence accused Germany (along with Britain and France) of "violating" sanctions on Iran by expanding non-dollar trade. "Unfortunately, some of our leading European partners were not very cooperative," said Pence.
Germany was Iran's most important trading partner in Europe. The value of German exports to the Islamic Republic in the seven months from January to October 2017 was 2.358 billion euros. However, it is expected that Berlin will sacrifice this very lucrative business at the behest of the anti-Iranian hawks in Washington.
While the protracted Brexit saga is making headlines in European politics, perhaps the more important story is the US's attempt to make Germany, the EU's largest economy, commit something like a major economic self-injury (or even Harakiri?).
It is time for Germany to free herself from the liberator.