Italian Drumbeat against EU Economic Policy

Italian Drumbeat against EU Economic Policy

President Donald Trump slammed the European Union (EU) during a speech to his supporters in North Dakota on Wednesday. Speaking to thousands of people at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D. the President said, “We love the countries of the European Union. But the European Union, of course, was set up to take advantage of the United States. And you know what, we can’t let that happen.The Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin predictably seized on the remarks in the context of trans-Atlantic trade and an alleged conversation between Trump and French President Emanuel Macron to accuse POTUS of seeking to destroy the EU (some would reply ‘if only’). Josh Rogin’s column and CNN appearance is typical “OMG everything Trump does benefits Russia!” neocon hysteria, ignoring the agency of Europeans in determining whether or not the EU will survive and conflating the Franco-German core with ‘Europe’ as a whole.

Nonetheless, Trump has praised former UKIP leader Nigel Farage as “Mr. Brexit”. And there is no doubt Trump sees the EU not as a compliment to American foreign policy but as a competitor, with the bloc running a large trade surplus to the U.S. largely thanks to German exports. What the CNN/MSNBC globalist mouthpiece media ignore is that it will be Europeans, not Americans, who ultimately decide that the Brussels bureaucracy is failing to meet the needs of their people. Naturally the CNN/MSNBC talking heads captive to their #TrumpRussia narratives don’t even mention that, after tearing up the JCPOA with Iran, the Administration is trying to foist expensive US liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports on Europe — and neither policy is supported by the Kremlin.

In our view Europe must return to the original aim of many Gaullist supporters of economic, but not political integration — a free trade zone with relaxed internal borders but strong external border protections, a Continent of sovereign nations at peace, neither inundated by refugee flows nor engaged in a second Cold War with Russia. If Trump accelerates that process by inspiring populist politicians on the Continent like the ‘Austro-Hungarian’, Polish and especially Italian governments, so be it. — JWS

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