Washington prepares to sanction Europe
The media is obsessed with our standoff with China, but just as important is Washington's aggressive and hostile policy against our European allies, like Germany.
The EU, meanwhile, has warned the US not to impose sanctions and instead discuss the issue as allies. Kramp-Karrenbauer echoed that sentiment in an interview with DW on Wednesday.
"Nord Stream 2 is a project that is also being debated among European Union, as well as NATO member states," she said. "There is concern that Germany could become too dependent on Russian gas, a concern we were able to defuse. But it's also about the concerns and the legitimate interests of Ukraine and Poland, which have to be negotiated into the contracts."
The legitimate interests of Ukrainian and Poland are strictly monetary. They stand to lose a lot of money in transport fees. Russia, on the other hand, would prefer not to pay money to governments that are extremely hostile to Russia, like Ukraine and Poland.
It isn't just Germany, nor is it just Nord Stream. Washington is also threatening to sanction Turkstream. That means sanctioning Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary.
Needless to say the entire EU is up in arms.
"We have witnessed this developing trend in the cases of Iran, Cuba, the International Criminal Court and most recently the Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream projects," Borrell said in a statement on Friday, Xinhua reported.
Emphasizing that "European policies should be determined in Europe not by third countries," Borrell said the EU opposes the use of sanctions by third countries on European companies carrying out legitimate business, and the bloc "considers the extraterritorial application of sanctions to be contrary to international law."
He said the EU is always open to dialogue, but "this cannot take place against the threat of sanctions."
It is simply unlikely that the EU will back down. It is also unlikely that Washington will back down, at least the first. That means that Washington will sanction our European allies, and Europe will sanction Washington in retaliation.
All of this threatens to weaken NATO. Normally Britain would rally Europe to America's side, but - whoops! - Brexit means Britain has very little influence in the EU.