Can the crisis between US and Germany wreck the euro?

by Cesare Sacchetti

US-German friendship is “at shreds”. This was the expression used by Daniel Broessler on the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, to describe the actual condition of the relationship between Berlin and Washington. Despite the dramatic tone, it’s not too far-fetched to say that the USA and Germany are really at loggerheads, a situation not seen since the end of WW2.

The recent delay of the meeting between Mr. Pompeo, US Secretary of State, and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is just the latest chapter of a deteriorating diplomatic course between the two countries. Tensions arose since the first steps of Trump’s administration in 2017, when Peter Navarro, assistant to the President and director of the National Trade Council, stated that Germany was taking advantage of a “grossly undervalued currency”, the euro.

The spat between Washington and Berlin went on with the explicit threat by the White House to impose tariffs on EU automotive exports, a measure expected to severely hit the German car exports to the USA. The relations between the two countries dramatically worsened when Trump became president, and it is not by chance. Until the end of the Obama administration, Washington had never changed … Read More

Recognizing the Real and Present Enemy: Radical Islam, Not Russia

by Alexandre del Valle

Alexandre del Valle is a French writer, professor, columnist and political commentator focusing on radical Islam, new geopolitical threats, civilizational conflicts and terrorism. He is the author, most recently, of “Les vrais ennemis de l’Occident: Du rejet de la Russie à l’islamisation des sociétés ouverte” (“The real enemies of the West: From the rejection of Russia to the Islamization of open societies”).

Defining post-Soviet Russia as the main enemy of the West, while considering the Sunni Islamic monarchies of the Middle East and neo-Ottoman-Islamist Turkey as allies or friends, is a dangerous geopolitical mistake. The primary interest of the West and the main mission of NATO is not to demonize regimes it does not like, such as Putin’s authoritarian kleptocracy or other non-democratic states that do not pose a direct military threat. Rather, it is to safeguard our land, sea, airspace and populations.

In order to accomplish this, however, we have define the “enemy.” In the military and strategic sense of the word, an enemy is an entity that truly threatens our short- and long-term survival and vital interests — not one that simply does not share our concept of democracy and human rights.

Radical Islamism … Read More

Between Washington and Beijing: Italy at the center of the geopolitical chessboard

Par Cesare Sacchetti

Since last week, Italy seems to be in the eye of an unprecedented geopolitical storm. Last Saturday, the US National Security Council tweeted against Italy’s possible signing of the Chinese Belt Road Initiative. According to the NSC, “Italy by endorsing BRI, lends legitimacy to China’s predatory approach to investment that will bring no benefits to the Italian people.” Some Italian political analysts lashed out at this statement, which was considered to be America’s meddling into Italy’s national affairs. But why is Washington so concerned about the BRI implementation? Most importantly, why should Italy fear the Chinese BRI project?

What is the BRI?  

The BRI is an infrastructural project launched in 2013 by the Chinese President, Xi Jin Ping. It aims to connect China to Europe through the building of ports, roads and power plants. The core idea of this ambitious initiative is to widen the Chinese commercial influence by increasing Beijing’s export capacity. But due to several controversies in the last few years, concerns have arisen, especially from Japan, US and India. Their fear is what appears to be, in their view, a predatory form of economic colonization. Many countries unfortunately have experienced serious problems by … Read More