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Europe struggles to respond to Mr Trump

Posted by hkarner - 17. Juni 2018

Date: 14-06-2018
Source: The Economist: Charlemagne

To uphold its cherished rules, Europe must learn when to bend them

YOU can’t fault them for trying. Discussing trade at last week’s disastrous G7 summit in Quebec, Europe’s leaders met Donald Trump’s volley of insults and half-truths with a fusillade of facts. Emmanuel Macron explained how market access works. Angela Merkel brought up America’s procurement rules. Thrown off-guard, Mr Trump responded by suggesting that the G7 should transform itself into a tariff- and subsidy-free zone. The fact that this would involve submitting to the rules and institutions he has built his political identity opposing was not lost on the president’s European friends. A better illustration of the transatlantic gulf would be hard to find.

The past few months have been especially rough for Europe’s relations with America, as Mr Trump first withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and then slapped tariffs on aluminium and steel imports. But the confrontation in Canada had a scales-from-the-eyes feeling to it. The United States is “saying goodbye” to the West, lamented Germany’s ambassador. One European official says his colleagues returned from the summit looking as if they had stuck their hands in a toaster. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Dealing with North Korea, Trump puts showmanship first

Posted by hkarner - 16. Juni 2018

Date: 14-06-2018
Source: The Economist

The summit was a triumph of showbiz over substance—and Mr Trump made big concessions for no return

AS A television spectacle, it was irresistible. The star of “The Apprentice” striding commandingly along the red carpet, reaching out his hand, ready to strike the deal of a lifetime. And grasping it, Kim Jong Un, the leader of the world’s most repressive dictatorship, his Mao suit, hairstyle and grievances imported directly from the 1950s, who just nine months before had promised to “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”. In the end, fire did not prove necessary: a suspension of weapons-testing and an invitation to a summit was all it took. President Donald Trump said it was an “honour” to meet Mr Kim, who duly promised “complete denuclearisation” in exchange for security guarantees. It was, Mr Trump said at a press conference, “a very great moment in the history of the world”.

To the extent history is playing any part in all this, it is in its tendency to repeat itself. North Korea has promised disarmament again and again over the past 30 years, only to renege each time after pocketing generous inducements. If the flimsy agreement Messrs Trump and Kim signed in Singapore is to turn out differently, as Mr Trump insists it will, America must be clear-eyed and exacting in the detailed nuclear regime that it negotiates with the North. Alas, so far Mr Trump seems more eager to play the talks for ratings—threatening not only a meaningful deal, but also America’s position in Asia.

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The Unexpected Winner From the Trump-Kim Summit: China

Posted by hkarner - 15. Juni 2018

Date: 14-06-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Beijing had worried that its interests might get short-shrift in the Singapore summit

BEIJING—China is setting its sights on a key role in North Korea’s future, seeking to be part of any peace treaty, weapons inspections and economic assistance, after emerging as a surprise beneficiary of the summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders.

Chinese officials are expected to stake out their positions for a post-summit North Korea when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Beijing on Thursday to discuss the outcome of the talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

At the top of China’s agenda are an easing of the economic sanctions that pressured North Korea into negotiations and working on ways to provide security guarantees to give Pyongyang the confidence to dismantle its nuclear program. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Rise of the Autocrats: Liberal Democracy Is Under Attack

Posted by hkarner - 15. Juni 2018

Date: 14-06-2018
Source: DER SPIEGEL

Autocratic leaders and wannabes, from Putin to Trump, are making political inroads around the world. In recent years, Western liberal democracy has failed to live up to some of its core promises, helping to fuel the current wave of illiberalism.

The Era of the Autocrats

Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t actually all that interested in football. He’s more of a martial arts guy, and he loves ice hockey. But when the World Cup football championship gets started on Thursday in Moscow, Putin will strive to be the perfect host. The tournament logo is a football with stars trailing behind it, evoking Sputnik, and a billion people will be tuning in as Putin presents Russia as a strong and modern country.

During the dress rehearsal, last summer’s Confed Cup, Putin held an opening address in which he spoke of „uncompromising, fair and honest play … until the very last moments of the match.“ Now, it’s time for the main event, the World Cup, giving Putin an opportunity to showcase his country to the world. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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What „America First“ Will Cost Europe

Posted by hkarner - 14. Juni 2018

Date: 12-06-2018
Source: Foreign Affairs By Jeremy Shapiro

Could Trump’s Neglect Undo the EU?

The new U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, is quickly becoming Europe’s favorite bête noire. He seems to share his boss’ uncanny ability to offend people with a potent combination of professional incompetence and personal arrogance. Within hours of taking up his post in early May, he had tweeted out a demand that Europeans disinvest from Iran, essentially commanding his hosts to heed President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Iranian nuclear deal. Then last week, he gave an interview with Breitbart, a right-wing website that operates in both Europe and the United States, announcing his intention to “empower” conservative parties within Europe. The message to the German government was clear: the new U.S. ambassador intended to back its domestic political opponents.

In combination with a disastrously divisive G-7 meeting last week, these remarks have rekindled fears in Europe that the Trump administration will seek to stoke the populist wave that is shaking European politics. European establishment politicians fear that the United States’ support for their illiberal opponents will give these groups ever more strength in their struggles against Brussels. But the problem for Europe is not an American campaign to empower European populists; it is that the United States no longer sees the value in having a strategic vision for Europe at all.

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Who Unraveled the New World Order?

Posted by hkarner - 14. Juni 2018

Date: 13-06-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By David M. Smick

It wasn’t Trump. The global economic consensus began falling apart years before he entered politics.

European Council President Donald Tusk recently said that Donald Trump’s approach to trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal is undermining “the rules-based international order.” This is absurd. The global order began unraveling long before Mr. Trump’s debut on the world stage.

Start in 1989. That remarkable year saw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the socialist model, and the rise of globalization. By the early 1990s, China, India, Eastern Europe and a host of commodity-producing countries had joined the global capitalist club.

That was the beginning of the so-called Washington Consensus—a new global order based on deregulating market access, liberalizing capital and trade flows, encouraging domestic competition, fortifying the rule of law, and reducing taxes, debt and market subsidies. By 1995, the leaders of this new world order established the World Trade Organization, which China joined six years later. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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White House Trade Official Apologizes for Insulting Canada’s Trudeau

Posted by hkarner - 13. Juni 2018

Date: 13-06-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Peter Navarro says he was wrong to say there was ‘special place in hell’ for leaders like Justin Trudeau who cross Trump

National Trade Council adviser Peter Navarro.

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s senior trade adviser apologized Tuesday for making comments attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying they were inappropriate.

Peter Navarro had said on Sunday there was a “special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy” with Mr. Trump “and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. That’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Navarro said he had been trying to use strong words to back Mr. Trump’s trade stance but went too far.

“In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message,” he said. “I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words.”

He made the comments Tuesday at an event of The Wall Street Journal CFO Network in Washington. When asked by the Journal interviewer if he was apologizing, Mr. Navarro said, “Yes, absolutely.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Divine Right of Donald

Posted by hkarner - 12. Juni 2018

Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew is a contributing editor to The New Republic and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

While the US presidency has grown stronger over the years, during the Trump administration Congress has been especially timid and subordinate. Will Trump’s recent claims to quasi-royal authority change that?

WASHINGTON, DC – US President Donald Trump may not seem to have much in common with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but Trump’s autocratic tendencies are becoming more apparent by the day. Propositions regarding the extent of presidential power that once would have been considered preposterous – both constitutionally and according to longtime practice – are now being discussed as if they were normal ideas.

Kim might find in Trump – the first US president to meet with a North Korean leader (a gift to Kim before talks even begin) – a kindred spirit, at least compared to previous US presidents. But America’s founders would be appalled at what has become of the ideas they enshrined in the US Constitution. Determined not to establish another king, they considered the Congress more significant than the presidency and put it first in the US Constitution, with presidential powers defined in Article II. Trump is taking direct aim at an essential concept: that the president can be held accountable to the citizens. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trumps Wutausbruch nach G7-Gipfel. Das historische Debakel von La Malbaie

Posted by hkarner - 11. Juni 2018

Zwischen den USA und den anderen G7-Staaten herrscht nach dem Ende des Gipfels offener Dissens. Trump bedroht die Partner mit dem Ende des freien Handels.

Von Ines Zöttl, Washington, Spiegel.online

Sonntag, 10.06.2018 07:40 Uhr

Sein Verhältnis zur deutschen Bundeskanzlerin beschrieb Donald Trump mit dem Vokabular des Preisrichters bei einem Schönheitswettbewerb: Auf einer Punkteskala von 1 bis 10 gebe er der Beziehung zu „Angela und Emmanuel und Justin“ die Bestnote, sagte der US-Präsident am Samstag vor seiner Abreise vom G7-Gipfel in La Malbaie mit Blick auf Merkel und ihre französischen und kanadischen Amtskollegen Macron und Trudeau.

Die Kanzlerin machte wenig später klar, was sie von Trumps Urteil hält: nichts. Ihr Sprecher postete ein Foto von dem Treffen, auf dem sie den vor ihr sitzenden US-Präsidenten mit Blicken tötet. In den sozialen Medien avancierte das Foto binnen Minuten zum Renner.

Der G7-Gipfel in Kanada hat einen vorläufigen Schlusspunkt unter die sich seit Trumps Amtsantritt verschlechternden Beziehungen Amerikas zu seinen westlichen Partnern gesetzt. Man weiß nun, woran man miteinander ist. Mühsam hatten sich die „G6“ – Kanada, Japan, Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien und Italien – mit den USA in den zweitätigen Beratungen auf eine gemeinsame Abschlusserklärung verständigt. Heraus kam ein Minimalkonsens, bei dem Trump beim Kampf gegen den Plastikmüll in den Ozeanen genauso ausscherte wie beim Dauerthema Klimaerwärmung.

Wutausbruch per Twitter

Doch kaum war der US-Präsident abgereist, trat er auch noch die verbliebene Gemeinsamkeit in die Tonne und zog seine Zustimmung zu dem Papier zurück. „Ich habe unsere US-Repräsentanten angewiesen, das Kommuniqué nicht zu unterstützen“, twitterte Trump und setzte gleich noch einen drauf: „Wir werden uns Zölle auf Autos anschauen, die den US-Markt fluten.“ Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Merkel’s Dark View of the World We Live In

Posted by hkarner - 6. Juni 2018

Date: 05-06-2018
Source: DER SPIEGEL

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is watching with deep concern as the pillars of the postwar international order collapse. But what is she doing about it?

When Angela Merkel visited her party’s parliamentary group in mid-April, she didn’t talk about how she wants to change the pension system. Tolls on German highways were also not on her list, nor were all the problems with diesel emissions in the country. She didn’t even complain about the Christian Social Union (CSU), the outspoken Bavarian sister party to her Christian Democrats. Instead, she wanted to talk about the Peace of Augsburg, signed in 1555.

The chancellor has made frequent excursions into history lately. Indeed, the Peace of Augsburg also came up four weeks ago during her visit to the residence of the German ambassador in Washington. The treaty initiated a 60-year phase of peace between Protestants and Catholics after the bloody turmoil of the Reformation and it initially seemed as though people had finally come to their senses. But that image turned out to be a deceptive one. In 1618, a war began unlike any the Continent had ever seen before. By the time the inferno ended 30 years later, large parts of Germany had been depopulated and many cities left in ruins.

To Merkel, the Peace of Augsburg is much more than some distant historical date. Rather, it is a warning of just how thin the varnish covering civilization really is. Just as people in the late 16th century were erroneous in their belief that the Peace of Augsburg would be enduring, we could be just as mistaken today in the belief that the postwar order, with all its treaties and alliances, serves as a guarantee that the scourge of war will not return. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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