Angela Merkel's EU Army Poses the Greatest Threat to World Peace in 2017

William Craddick's picture
This article was orignally posted at www.disobedientmedia.com
Abstract

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Europhile politicians have pushed forward with an aggressive campaign to militarize the European Union. These plans have at times been kept from European citizens in certain states. The new EU Army appears to be supplied at least in part by NATO which is currently being affected by corruption scandals and the death of its Chief Auditor under suspicious circumstances.

Germany has been responsible for a recent spike in anti-American and UK rhetoric. Their combative stance, and desperate attempts to prevent sovereign nations from deciding if they will continue to be members of the EU raise questions about the true purpose of the new EU Army.

I. The EU Army

Calls for an EU Army pre-exist current trends among Europeans and Americans to reject international institutionalism for a more nationalistic, sovereign state oriented model of governance. The Guardian was reporting in 2015 that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was calling for an EU Army to show Russia that the bloc was "serious about defending its values." The shock result of Brexit merely accelerated plans within the EU that were already in progress.

There are some indications that the EU Army's formation has occurred far more rapidly than the public realizes, and in some cases is actively concealed. In 2015 European People's Party president Joseph Daul told journalists that “We are going to move towards an EU army much faster than people believe.” The Times reported on May 27, 2016 that news of plans for the acceleration of the EU Army formation had been kept from voters in the UK until the day after the Brexit referendum.

In September 2016, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published a paper which had been jointly authored by French and German Defense Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian and Ursula von der Leyen. The document called for the establishment of a "common and permanent" European military headquarters, in addition to the creation of EU military structures, including an EU Logistics Command and an EU Medical Command. That same month the BBC carried public comments by Jean-Claude Jucker calling for the establishment of a headquarters for the EU to operate out of. These calls for an established chain of command and control structures would seem odd if the EU Army had not been already formed and equipped to some extent. Citing the victory of Euroskeptic Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, Germany has stated their desire to accelerate plans for the EU Army even more so than before.

II. NATO Arms/Vehicles May Be Being Used to Covertly Equip the EU Army

A. Buildup of Arms and Equipment in NATO Member States

Quite a bit of media attention has been given to recent NATO efforts to posture itself militarily for the purpose of standing up to "Russian aggression.” A great deal of weaponry and heavily machinery has been moved into the EU and Eastern Europe/the V4 (Visegrad Group). These movements are part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which was initiated by the U.S. in an effort to reassure NATO allies in the wake of Russian interference in Ukraine. Here are a number of news articles outlining shipments of NATO heavy vehicles and equipment to various states in Europe:

Russia Today on March 9, 2015 reporting the shipment of 120 armored units, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2A3 Bradley armored vehicles, to Latvia.

CBS News on June 23, 2015 carried statements from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announcing plans to station tanks and heavy weapons in new NATO member states for the first time since the end of the Cold War. 

Daily Mail and CNN both reported in February 2016 that the United States was to deploy tanks and other equipment within a Cold War era cave system in Norway. The six-cave facility is classified but was used by the United States as an arms depot in 1981 during the Cold War. The cave system was reported to contain enough equipment to support more than 15,000 Marines. A portion of the equipment was used in last year's Cold Response 16 exercises.

BBC News reported on January 6, 2017 that 120+ tanks and heavy vehicles were being moved through Germany along with 3,500 troops for deployment on Europe's eastern frontier.

B. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's Ties to Corruption

There is some indication that NATO's shipments of weapons and vehicles to Europe are not being sent for the purpose of providing deterrence against Russia. Disobedient Media has already reported that the current Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, may have been appointed to the position after a series of scandals where it was revealed that under his tenure as Prime Minister from 2005 to 2013 Norway sent over 584 million Kroner over a period of years to the Clinton Foundation. Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of NATO after retiring as head of the Norwegian Labor Party.

Given his ties to corruption and the Clinton Foundation, it is plausible that Stoltenberg would have been willing to collaborate with Angela Merkel, another ally of the Clintons. He is responsible for massively increasing NATO’s budget over the last few years.

C. Suspicious Death of NATO Chief Auditor and its Significance

Yves Chandelon, the Chief Auditor at NATO, was found dead in the city of Andenne in the Belgian Ardennes on December 16, 2016. His death appears to have been first reported by French newspaper La MeuseIt was picked up the next day by Luxembourgian paper Tageblatt.

On December 22nd, Russian publication Pravda ran the story in English, reporting that Chandelon’s body was detected 140km (87 miles) away from his work, and 100km (62 miles) away from his home in the city of Lens.  The article stated that he owned three registered weapons, but that the gun used in the suicide was not registered.  It also noted that he had been receiving strange phone calls.  The same day, LaMeuse carried two reports with additional facts about Chandelon’s death. The first stated that a “farewell letter” was found in Chandelon’s car. The second stated that the gun used in the apparent suicide was found in his right hand, despite the fact that Chandelon was left-handed.

Also emerging on December 22nd was a report by Flemish newspaper De Morgen. De Morgen wrote that the family of Chandelon contested the verdict of a suicide. The family said that Chandelon had told them he felt he was being followed, and that he was receiving strange phone calls prior to his death.  The family stated that he was a happy individual and had made several plans for the New Year. Even more strangely, on December 26th, The Express reported that the gun which caused Chandelon's death as actually found in his glove box. The story has received no coverage by mainstream media outlets in the United States whatsoever.

The death of Mr. Chandelon, and the apparently strange circumstances in which it occurred is significant because of his position in NATO. As Chief Auditor, one of Mr. Chandelon's duties would have been to make sure goods are actually delivered to their destination. Revenue cannot be recognized until service is performed, so it would have been necessary to ensure that shipments of munitions, weapons and vehicles were actually being delivered. Mr. Chandelon's death raises the question of whether or not his untimely demise had any relation to the recent increase in shipments of arms and vehicles to NATO states and the acceleration of efforts to form the EU Army.

III. The Three Pronged PR Campaign to Sell the EU Army to Europe

The EU Army is being sold to Europe using what appears to be a three pronged Public Relations approach: stoking fears of internal threats, making the EU Army synonymous with calls for European unity, and lashing out the US as unable to protect Europe from external threats. In some cases, public figures have struck out at nations attempting to hold referendums on EU membership in 2017 which might result in more member states leaving the Union along with Britain. Such combative rhetoric is concerning when the militarization of the European Union is taken into consideration.

A. Internal Threats

Part of Merkel's incentive to whip up fear among the populace is personal - her public advocacy of Germany's policy towards migrants fleeing the Middle East has landed her in political hot water after Germany was hit by a series of intelligence and anti-terror failures resulting in the deaths of German citizens and infiltration of German intelligence.  Merkel was trying to justify her pro immigrant policy to Germany as late as August 2016:

"The phenomenon of the Islamist terrorism of ISIS is not a phenomenon that has come to us through refugees but rather one which we've already had here before" - Angela Merkel, August 18, 2016, Washington Post

After the string of terror attacks and intelligence failures in 2016, Merkel has been forced to alter her lenient views on migrants and terror in Germany in the face of public criticism. Pundits were speculating within days of the Berlin tragedy that Merkel's enemies on the political right would capitalize on the failures of her lenient policies. Merkel's response to growing pressure from her opponents has largely been to double down on stern rhetoric by calling for a ban on burkhas and finally declaring on December 31, 2016 that Islamic terror was Germany's greatest threat.

At the same time that Germany has tried to downplay the threat of Islamic extremism and the effect that the migrant crisis has on its prevalence in 2016, they have been engaged in efforts to keep the public's attention on "far right extremist groups" who pose an increasing political threat to Merkel. Russian news source Sputnik has highlighted Germany's efforts to crack down on far right groups, especially those who have been seeking to acquire weapons to defend themselves against perceived threats from migrants. German media has a history of labeling growing politically right groups such as Alternative füer Deutscheland (AfD) as having neo-Nazi inclinations in an attempt to discredit them.

Internal threats, both real and perceived, provide Angela Merkel with an ideal way to sow fear amongst the population and encourage demand for the EU Army and European unification.

B. Calls for EU Unity

With the shock result of Brexit, EU leadership has been scrambling to discourage other states from holding similar referendums on continuing their membership in the European Union. Jean-Claude Juncker has branded attempts to hold "in-out" referendums as "unwise" due to the likelihood that more votes to leave the EU would severely weaken the Union. He has also threatened Britain with "consequences" for Brexit. Leaders of smaller EU member states have similarly urged that countries no longer hold referendums, since this would likely cause economic damage to weaker members. Rather than taking steps to slow the accelerated interconnectivity of the EU which has bothered European citizens, politicians in Brussels have gone the opposite direction and made the formation of the EU Army central to their efforts to promote closer European unity. American news outlets such as the New York Times have expressed confusion at such efforts given that voters appear to be far more concerned about internal threats posed by groups such as ISIS.

By making the EU military an indispensable element of future plans for the European Union, Angela Merkel leaves citizens who are uncertain about a future without the Union no choice but to accept plans for militarization.

C. Claiming the US/NATO is Ineffective Compared to the European Union and its Army

The most concerning development to come out of the European Union over the past several years has been a recent rise in rampant anti-American rhetoric from Angela Merkel. Merkel, a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton was perhaps hoping that her EU Army buildup would have been less complex had her friend won the executive office of the United States. Reports indicate that Donald Trump's transition team may have already been in contact with EU leadership to express their desire that states wishing to leave the Union be allowed to do so. The incoming U.S. Ambassador to the EU has warned that Mr. Trump will not stand for an EU Army during his Presidency, as the financial strains it would place on European states would interfere with their pre-existing financial obligations to NATO.

In an apparent response to Trump's moves to consolidate European defense spending on NATO rather than the EU Army, Angela Merkel made a January 13, 2017 speech where she railed against the United States and UK as having become "weak" and called for the remaining states of the EU to move ahead even more rapidly towards what she described as a "Defense Union." This new, confrontational style of rhetoric is concerning from a nation at the forefront of a Union pushing militarization whilst simultaneously keeping certain voter blocs ignorant about the exact progress of those efforts.

Just what a "Defense Union" is needed to guard against is unclear, though the most likely justification is the ever present Russian menace touted by bureaucrats throughout Europe. The Russian narrative is often used as a cover story for whatever political purpose the actor who pushes it supports. Whether it is to discredit Wikileaks, delegitimize Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. Presidential election or, bizarrely, accuse Russia of planting child porn on American government computers, the supposed threat of Russia has been pushed to exhaustion by different leadership figures for a plethora of reasons. In the case of the EU, the Russia narrative is used to justify the formation and equipping of the EU Army. Just this week, EU supporting European leaders were attempting to frame Donald Trump's comments about the need to reform NATO as a sign that he would abandon important US allies in the theoretical event of military conflict with Russia.

How a European Union military force will be more efficient or desirable than the current arrangement with NATO is unclear. Given the recent rise of Islamic extremism in Europe and increasing numbers of states seeking to leave the European Union, it appears far more likely that Merkel's new army would be deployed domestically. With Germany feeling the political and economic squeeze of the UK's Brexit vote and likely several more "Leave" results in EU membership referendums Angela Merkel becomes more desperate and isolated by the day. Throwing additional military power into the mix seems unnecessary at best and incredibly dangerous at worst. Her decision to begin lashing out at the US and Euroskeptic European states indicates that the latter possibility may be more likely.

IV. The Danger of European Union Internal Incidents to the United States

 

A potential conflict anywhere within the EU should cause great concern in the United States. Given the many military installations the United States has throughout Europe, which are now more numerous given NATO's recent shift to posture against Russia with Operation Atlantic Resolve there is a real risk that the U.S. could be drawn militarily into a European conflict, whether caused by state on state disputes or large scale Islamic terror events. The map below shows just a few of the American military installations currently found in Europe:

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theyjustcantstop's picture

unbelievable, the eu. population know it's unelected eu. officials, globalist, soros especially, B.I.S. cb's, and the forced multi-culturism, not the most effective elected politicians for their countries. not Russia causing their problems, but when you have no voice, you vote to get your voice.

what was it just yesterday I read Germany took in 6,000,000 Muslim refugees, in 2016 and now their thinking of paying them to leave Germany, didn't read exactly where they were supposed to go

Putin following the best advise in history why do anything when you can watch them destroy themselves, or hopefully become good partners.

Russia is naturally, globally, and culturally, 1/2 of the eu's best possible partner, as it once was.

that's why soros, and the rest of the afore mentioned, are in desperation mode to cause as much damage as possible, as fast as possible in the eu..

the voting voices are coming.

 

ElTerco's picture

It's a sad state of decay if ZeroHedge has decided to become a shill for these Russian propaganda articles.

Iconoclast's picture

Let NATO break up, allow European countries armies to simply whither and die, we're an irrelevance. Allow the USA's MIC to go it alone, which they do anyhow. We have no enemies, only the ones NATO and the MIC invent to continue bleeding taxpayers dry with their incredibly profitable (for approx 100 key individuals) racket. Just get on with it, play your games, stiff your citizens, let the empire crumble.

Budnacho's picture

And just imagine all the multiculturalisim that army can enforce on the people of Europe when not dealing with the Slavic-Threat from ol Vlad....

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

And just imagine all the multiculturalisim that army can enforce on the people of Europe

somehting like the Kalergi plan?

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Angie could give well use of an army before she gets elected out of the throne...

you know

to lecture the oposition back to the farm

Caleb Abell's picture

I was going to read the article, but I saved time by looking at the map first.  Whenever you see a map pretending that Crimea is not part of Russia, you know that the article is a worthless pile of propaganda shit.

aliens is here's picture

Sooner or later we'll have to fight the krauts again. Germans are a diease that needs to be wipe out.

Caleb Abell's picture

The germans are no threat.  Soon they will be too busy praying five times a day to threaten anyone (well, maybe the Greeks).

Grandad Grumps's picture

I was thinking that it is the IMF that is funding and promoting mass murders and genocides globally that presents the greatest threat to the human race.

Dark star's picture

Any Government which derides "Populism" is a coercive and oppressive one.

The European Army is intended to enforce the will of Brussels and is the forerunner of the European Secret Police which will squash dissent and obliterate those opposed to the EU.

Frontex might be the Secret Police too; they seem to qualify on the secrecy bit.

Many years ago, I saw the Totalitarian beginnings of the EU and supported every move to get Britain out of it.

Things could go either way, particularly if Merkel is determined not to go quietly into the night.

Ghordius's picture

lots of bollocks in this article, but the kernel of truth is there:

the "EU military setup" is in the cards. particularly in logistics, provisions, etc.

and Russia might be moaning through the propaganda channels, but not that much

because the Kremlin is fine with that

more EU military is because of less NATO military, which means less US influence

the full truth about NATO is that it is already "reorganizing"

no, it's not highlighted. they are waiting for Trump to become president and make all the current changes official. then President Trump can collect the kudos for changing fast the NATO setup

and, again, Putin, the CEO and President of Russia Inc. is really fine with that. the whole point of the thing from a Russian perspective is to have less US in Europe and the parts of the ME and Africa that are of interest for Russia

don't be surprised if this will mean a Franco-Russian cooperation in Lybia, for example, with Egyptian support

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why most of this article and it's comments are bollocks?

well, it starts with military fighting units

they are to kept national. meaning they will still be French or Italian or Polish or German units

I wonder why it's so difficult for so many to both understand and digest the implications

Vageling's picture

Still refusing reality I see. No muppet, that's not the "setup". It's the beginning. And sure the "Kremlin" (You know what the word means right? For the ones who don't,  "fortress inside a city") likes this. The USG Inc. is a infection, a disease. Why would they bother? Means US troops will be kicked out eventually.

Now that we agreed on that. Here is where we disagree. This is NO unity! This is the EU way of trying to outsmart the US in Imperialism.  You obviously come from a country who never played a significant role in whatever. No wonder you dislike the British. The bollocks is you!

Who is the commander? You can downplay what you want. Still national... Sure... Who commands them?

Me? Do I strike you as if I will take orders from some Polish muppet? I will keep standing in pose after orders. Fuck him! I don't take orders from Polish! See the problem? 

Hey a problem... The EU knows... You try to downplay! You are really pathetic!  You think the French, Polish, etc get to have their flag? No... It will be replaced. With the Satanist twelve stars... (28 members and twelve stars... You should have noticed this).

EDIT: I follow my commaders. I will fight against EU tyranny even if it costs me my life! I'm devoted. Like I said last time. It's becomming us vs them. And you support that as you support the EU. You're either a serf or a rebel. What a fucking world you're defending! How do you think this will turn out? An even more divided European peoples. Deploy me to some European country like Hungary because they refuse to bow down and get butt fucked by the EU? That's wrong! It's just so wrong... Not a reason to deploy the military.

There is no unity. As that would prove it cristal clear.  There are no grown-ups in the EU, for the majority anyway. You're like some PR muppet. Being spit in your face by your bosses you still try to uphold the propaganda. 

So with Trump there. What is it? Russia or USA? We can't take on neither in our current state... The EU is all bark, no bite. Weak! Pathetic! And they know it. It's why they're projecting. The weakest is the EU! No EU army will solve that as it's not the core of the problem now is it!  

Escapedgoat's picture

I do not know if the Italians will be happy to fight the Russians or the Greeks AGAIN, in  order to keep the fascist project alive. Thanks for pointing out the Twelve Tribes STARS (ooooppss or is it the Clock?) instead of the 28 States.

Are the Spanish thick enough in the head .....to fight in order to keep them poor?

The French will be better polishing their pots and pans in order to feed that rubble from the rest of the Euroserfs.

Now WHO  in their right mind will fight in order to earn a FIAT currency backed by Draghi?????

The Greeks? Last time I checked I found Volunteer fighters  in .....................Donbass. To fight whom ? just check ..Niemche=(Germans in Russian) He said.

Now I bet that Angela still thinks that Turkey is going to be part of the Club to lent the Population figures a helping hand. I don't know whether Erdogan is going to oblige. But we  will have to wait and see.

peddling-fiction's picture

+1 Vageling

All I hear are *crickets* from the tower of Babel in Brussels.

Chuckle

Maybe ghordEUs gets spanked in the behind by tipsy Junckers.

WTFUD's picture

Heard that Merkel only changes her underwear once a week in accordance with hubby's wishes. His favourite dish is bouillabaisse. Stinky Cunt.

gregga777's picture

Germany conquered Europe financially through the Neue Deutschemark (€) currency regime. But, they can't keep their conquered territories without a Pan European Army under their control to prevent states from seceding from the Neue Deutschemark (€) currency regime. German Reichs Chancellor Angela Merkel created the rapefugees migrant crisis to justify the formation of the German-dominated Pan European Army. Reichs Chancellor Merkel will use the European Army to occupy Greece, Italy or any other states with the audacity to reject German financial and military domination. She was also counting on the full support of a President Hillary Clinton in her military conquest of Europe. President Donald Trump will make her dreams for the military conquest of Europe much more difficult.

oncemore's picture

Germany incitet two world wars. Total result 100 million death in Europe.

Germany lost both wars.

And this country wants to rule Europe?

Germans should stop dreaming and look, how the UK decided over Germany rulling the Europe.

Joe A's picture

Under a little known provision of the Lisbon Treaty, any European can be drafted into the European army. So you know that you or your sons can be called to fight for a corrupt elite in Brussels.

William Craddick's picture

Can you refer me to that provision?

SoDamnMad's picture

Much of this plan was put together under Obama with the assumption that Clinton would follow in his footsteps hence the Norwegian money transferred by Jens Stoltenberg to the Clinton Foundation.  See also that US Marines (only 300) are in Tronheim, Norway training in Artic warfare. Also note that Norway is "alledged" to be a storehouse of a lot of US equipment pre-positioned there for ... drum roll please... equiping this European Army.

I also wonder if the NATO theme was irritating Vlad so they thought about creating another force; give it a bullshit mission statement like "fighting terrorists".  That said this will be a giant clusterfuk because there is no common language in Europe. Yes, command speaks English but with Russian electronic warfare being so advanced you won't see communications work, GPS will be jammed, drones won't drone and armies will get wiped out.  

Just want you to face facts.

silverer's picture

As the saying goes, the Russians never start wars, but they always finish them.

WTFUD's picture

I wonder if there'll be a car-boot sale of EU weaponry left over from their demise much like that of the Soviet Union with Vichy Dc's proxy ISIS putting in bids?

YourAverageJoe's picture

Time to cut the umbilical. They have their army, let them march to their own drum.

Cesspool.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 18, 2017 11:00 PM

I didn't realize that one of the commenters is also the author of this article. You wrote this article and completely left out Frontex? It was my understanding that Frontex is a police force and has military powers and you just left that out of your article?

Wow! Cui Bono? Who paid you to write this drivel? Am I harsh? Yes. I was considered NATO cannon fodder many years ago when I served in the US Army at a remote site, namely, Massweiler. How was I cannon fodder? We had tactical nukes and the orders were to launch if the Russians invaded Eastern Germany. Launching those nukes would have meant those in proximity would have been sacrificed for the greater good, otherwise known as cannon fodder.

Nothing sends ice up your back side like realizing your country considered you as expendable.

Frontex: are they the expendables? The guys / gals with diplomatic immunity? No idea.

Reaper's picture

Die for the glory of Merkel and her fourth Reich?

ukipboy's picture

According to the map at the end of this article, US nukes are at a base in Turkey, presumably Incirlik. But I thought that after the attempted coup against Erdogan (which he blames on the Americans and supporters of Gulen), the nuclear missiles had been moved out of Incirlik to Romania or Bulgaria to stop them from falling into the hands of Erdogan, who is no longer doing as he is told.

SuzerainGreyMole's picture

The sooner the shite EU is got rid of, the better!  And along with all these NWO 1 per cent turds, like Merkel and Juncker.

You would think after all these pointless wars that this poor country got it self messed up in, these morons would want to give it all a miss, but no, these evil nutters just can't help it!

As anybody with any commonsense ought to remark: Russia is only a threat in your imagination!

SoDamnMad's picture

Here is Merkel's thinking. "ALL you guys need a European Army"  "So we need tanks for this army and the Leopard II is the best so we will equip the armor battalions with Leopards" (ching, ching, Made by Reinmetall).  And this army needs an airforce so we will need Eurofighters for the air wings. (ching, ching)  And we need better guns so we need some H&Ks (ching, ching)  And we need trucks from Daimler (ching, ching)  And we need lots of ammunition and shells from Dynamit Nobel (ching, ching).  And the navy will need submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine (ching, ching)

So you countries  need to get second jobs to pay for all this (German) stuff.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) SuzerainGreyMole Jan 18, 2017 9:03 PM

Amen! I agree. Dump NATO as well. No longer necessary.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 18, 2017 8:43 PM
William Craddick's picture

Good spot, wonder if they are starting to make plans for a federalized police force as well.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) William Craddick Jan 18, 2017 9:06 PM

I started reading stories about Frontex a few years ago. There is nothing in the US MSM about this group. There is a media blackout about this group. Why? I don't know. I view this group as a private army / coast guard. What is their purpose? I don't know. They seem to be failing at their job, eh?

Why do we have NATO and Frontex? Curiouser and curiouser!

William Craddick's picture

Why do you think the US media doesn't report this stuff?

 

If people knew about it, they would start asking questions about its (lack of) performance.

peddling-fiction's picture

My gangstalking started in Finland, and part of what I was investigating was Frontex, and other paramilitary forces in Europe. They are up to no good.

I think I got hits on all the no-no's known to deep state, so they hit me hard.

I only investigated public sources, and I did it as a concerned Finnish citizen wondering what the fuck are these people up to.

Vageling's picture

FRONTEX? The human smugglers who are legalized? Even gets back-up from (in my case the Royal) Navy? Explained as charting the influx of filth? An organisation that is so busy doing illegal things on behalf of their executives of the EU? That FRONTEX? FUCK THEM! No pride, no moral, no nuffin! Scum. Scum in an uniform! Not recognized by any of the peoples of Europe accept an institution that has no sovereignty or land. Called the EU! 

peddling-fiction's picture

You've got balls Vageling.

No fear and keep up the good fight.

Mareka's picture

Hopefully the EU can break up without violence.

The US government established of, by and for the people took actions that resulted in the death of at least 620,000 of it's citizens when some states tried to opt out.

Brussels has power and will do whatever they can to hold onto it.

bh2's picture

The real power isn't in Brussels. It's in Berlin. Again.

Repeating an ancient wisdom of Europe: "the Germans are either at your heels or at your throat."

That is only an advice, not a warning, of course. Hard to tell what Merkel will do, but she's pretty dodgy and I'm surprised the Germans still tolerate what she has done.

If the US could just extract itself from the NATO mess, it might be better for all parties. Europeans would then have an opportunity to pay their own way.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 18, 2017 8:40 PM

That is a great map but I am not sure as to its authenticity. I was deported from Belarus back to Poland and took the train from Poland down through Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria on my way to Greece. I don't recall passing through Slovaki or the Czeck Republic. Then again I took some of the night trains but I did travel during the pre-Schengen era when you handed over your passport to the hotel or train steward.

I was looking for this article to talk about Frontex. I thought they were the EU army now. Why not one word about them in this article? Curious.

William Craddick's picture

I was focusing more on the military side of the equation since it is not known but Frontex is also a new development which deserves some attention.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) William Craddick Jan 18, 2017 9:08 PM

Frontex has been around for a few years. There is little to no coverage about this group and what they do.

peddling-fiction's picture

They do not want to be investigated at all.

peddling-fiction's picture

HRH, what year did you get deported from Belarus and make this trip?

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) peddling-fiction Jan 18, 2017 9:02 PM

Oh around the end of the 1990s. Kiss kiss!

I still have the train map from that trip. I will dig it out and check.

peddling-fiction's picture

HRH, even though the wall had just been taken down, I assume those days were still tense in Belarus and other ex Soviet areas.

I served in 1986, and things were quite tense in Finland.

My Brigade got to square up against another Soviet Brigade that was on the other side of the border. You know its starting to get real when bayonets are screwed on, and you enter the 20km exclusion zone from the Russian border.

Good thing that we both stood down, but it was a very tense night.

Back to the specific topic. What could have happened on that train, is that they had permission to whiz through if they did not stop.

Hugs and kisses from Bolivia.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) peddling-fiction Jan 18, 2017 10:07 PM

I served in Germany: 1982, 1983, and 1984. I was not allowed to travel to Poland let alone Russia so I was excited to travel in the late 1990s.

Landing in Belarus was incredible. For one thing I am 5 foot 10 inches (and female). I was wearing Levi's and Red Wing construction boots and had my old duffel bag. Once I got off the train it was like I had a neon sign over my head flashing "American American American." This was the era of grunge and I was a university student. Older, in my 30s. Thank god I had that University ID! I think that saved me. This was before everyone had cell phones and my Rick Steves guidebooks didn't cover Eastern Europe or Russia. It is tricky to travel to Russia. Having the wheels removed from the train and changed is the beginning of traveling in Russia!

I traveled alone, as a female, all over both west and east Europe in the late 1990s. It was amazing.

Bolivia? OMG! ~ hugs ~

Gonzogal's picture

"It is tricky to travel to Russia. Having the wheels removed from the train and changed is the beginning of traveling in Russia!"

You need to return and see the HUGE differences now compared to the 90's!