"it’s essential that we strengthen European autonomy by establishing payment channels that are independent of the US, creating a European Monetary Fund and building up an independent Swift system." -German foreign minister Heiko Maas
This policy goes beyond weapons deals to encompass economic issues. Forget about the international rules stipulated by the UN Charter and WTO documents - “arms-twisting” has become an element of US foreign policy.
"Europe’s right to make its own decisions is at stake as the ongoing battle over Nord Stream 2 heats up. The choice is between a strong and independent Europe that is able to defend its own interests and independence or a puppet on a string dancing to Washington’s tune."
U.S. futures are fractionally higher, following European shares in the green as Asian equities retreated ahead of today's historic Trump-Putin summit and the first big week of earnings for US corporations.
"The chaos that has engulfed the NATO summit is yet further confirmation of the world’s transition from a unipolar to a multipolar order, with the return of great-power competition and different states jockeying for hegemony. Trump is adapting to this environment by seeking to survive politically in a hostile environment."
"...producing an unhinged diatribe purporting to prove that Donald Trump has been a Russian agent since 1987 – and that his path to the presidency was paved by his Russian handlers, who were planning it all along. "