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“Stop cooperation with the USA”

The SPD wants to terminate the partnership with the United States. There is only one problem: who should protect us then? Merkel’s planes don’t fly and the tanks don’t roll. A comment by Merkur editor-in-chief Georg Anastasiadis.

In the US election campaign, weird President Donald Trump and his battered Republicans have long had nothing to laugh about. At least the German SPD has now provided a moment of amusement in the White House: The military superpower is likely to have been impressed by their demand to stop armaments cooperation with the USA as a consequence of the withdrawal of US troops. The self-proclaimed peace power Germany, which hardly gets a plane in the air and hardly a tank to roll without US help, wants to flex its muscles with a self-imposed arms strike? This is not only funny, but crazy, and should provide some entertainment in Beijing and Moscow.

Not that the SPD tongue-in-cheek compared to the unfortunately unpredictable ally USA is new: President Steinmeier has called Trump a “hate preacher”. You can talk like that, if you want, but only if you are strong enough yourself, a fight with the big boys in the school yard without winning the big brother. It is this annoying mule heroism of German politicians that is robbing the country and all of Europe of credibility: For years, starting with the Chancellor, government officials have been demanding that Europe must take its security into its own hands. But nothing happened. For decades, you have left your own defense to the Americans and at the same time you like yourself as a global champion of morality and anti-militarism.

But the bitter truth is: Without the protective power USA, which no longer wants to be a world policeman, Germany and Europe have nothing to counter the desire for expansion of China and Russia on their own doorstep. Berlin’s showers off Beijing are almost proverbial. But even the mini-dictator Erdogan, who is drilling for gas in the middle of EU waters and putting refugees on the march, does not dare to put Europe in its place. Anyone who just blows their cheeks is ridiculous.

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