Donald Trump is the greatest gift to Germany in its effort to become an autonomous imperialist power
More than a year ago, we wrote that Germany would never let the United States to lead the neo-colonization in Europe, as it tries (again) to become a major power with its own sphere of influence, expanding throughout eurozone and beyond. As the situation in Europe becomes more and more critical with the ongoing economic and refugee crisis and the rise of the Far-Right and the nationalists, the economic war mostly between the US and the German big capital, creates an even more complicated situation.
The decline of the US-German relations has been exposed initially with the NSA interceptions scandal, yet, progressively, the big picture came on surface, revealing a transatlantic economic war between banking and corporate giants. In times of huge multilevel crises, the big capital always intensifies its efforts to eliminate competitors too. As a consequence, the US has seen another key ally, Germany, trying to gain a certain degree of independence in order to form its own agenda, separate from the US interests.
Shortly, we had Merkel's first statements that could be considered an official declaration of Germany's deeper desire to become an autonomous power that will dominate in the European continent:
Angela Merkel has warned European Union leaders they cannot rely on the "eternal guarantee" of US support, as concerns continue to grow about incoming President Donald Trump's commitment to trans-Atlantic ties. Speaking to the press in Brussels as she received an honorary joint doctorate from Ghent and Louvain universities, Merkel said "traditional partners" could no longer be relied upon to "closely cooperate" with Europe on issues such as defense. Moreover, Merkel said to do so would be "naive" at a time when the continent was facing its "biggest challenges" in decades.
Then, we saw the first German military presence (always in the context of NATO) in a former Baltic Soviet republic since WWII: “German tanks and troops began arriving in Lithuania on Tuesday, the first entry of the German military into the former Baltic Soviet republic since its occupation by the Nazis during the Second World War. The German deployment is to include 450 troops and some 200 vehicles, including 30 tanks. In all, the NATO alliance has committed to moving four battalions, roughly 3,000 to 4,000 troops, to within striking distance of Russia in northeastern Europe as part of a permanent “rotating” deployment.”
We also wrote that Brexit will give the chance to Germany to increase influence due to the change of power balance, especially now that France appears weak - crawling behind Berlin's austerity, sado-monetarism and neoliberal destruction. These conditions (created in the Greek experiment), are necessary to Germany in order to retain a model in favor of its surpluses. These could become the solid ground upon which Germany could build a strong, modern military machine.
Therefore, Merkel knows that the economic domination is not adequate for a country to become a major power. It is also important to have a strong military presence in its “sphere of influence”, or, its financial/debt colonies, if you prefer. The German military presence in Lithuania is a first step towards this direction as the Baltic countries have already become German "satellites" in the economic field.
Yet, Donald Trump is perhaps the greatest gift to Germany in its effort to achieve these goals. Trump's trend towards isolationism and extreme obsession with the American exceptionalism, is the perfect fuel for Germany's imperialist ambitions.
So, Angela Merkel wouldn't let the chance go wasted. After Trump's disastrous decision to withdraw US from the Iran nuclear agreement, she rushed to declare that "It is no longer such that the United States simply protects us, but Europe must take its destiny in its own hands, that's the task of the future,"
This is a step further from her previous statement because she clearly shows now what was in her mind: building a German Europe by completely eliminating the US influence in every level.