Der Spiegel didn't waste any time at all in casting judgement on the Trump presidency before it has even started. America's leadership, which began in 1917, has ended after a century, it declares. America, it states, has abdicated its leadership of the West, and only Merkel can now pick up the torch as the West's Führer. It dismisses the US role in Europe because "Trump has no sense of dignity -- neither for himself nor others".
It is perhaps the worst piece of garbage masquerading as journalism that I have ever seen. It is the work of petulant, sulky cretins just butthurt that Hillary didn't win. Der Spiegel has no idea what sort of President Donald Trump will be, and no idea how he will, as President, approach Europe. America has abdicated nothing. This is the EU pushing America out of the house whilst whining "you're deserting me!"
Meanwhile, unelected EU official Federica Mogherini yesterday launched her blueprint for an EU army. The 31 page document now qualifies more appropriately than Labour's 1983 manifesto as the longest suicide note in history. On first reading I thought the section below referred to internal EU intervention, but on more careful reading it's actually external nation intervention.
And last night the light dawned as to why the EU so hurriedly published such a provocative document, such a poke at NATO and the US role in Europe, a document that fails to address gross EU free riding on US NATO spend. It's Ukraine.
NATO simply can't intervene or send troops to Ukraine - it's unlawful, and would terminally aggravate Putin. The EU's ambitions - which caused Ukraine in the first place - cannot even now drop it, even though it is clearly a failed state, ruled by lawless criminal mafia gangs, and costing the EU billions just to prevent it imploding. So Juncker, I'm convinced, wants to clear the way to sending joint EU forces to 'stabilise' Ukraine in the event of say a Winter heat / power crisis.
I hope I'm wrong. If the EU is so stupid to think it can get away with promoting its landgrab of the bear's front lawn under the pretext of normalising broken-down state functions, then the EU is doomed to a Wagnerian downfall that will raze the Berlaymont.