Russia, US and China a global rival Europe must unite against-Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel who arrives
Berlin, on May 15 for the weekly German Federal Cabinet meeting . Merkel squabbles that the countries on the Europian continent need to stand together against the threats posed by Russia, China and the U.S.
“There is no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world…. The old certainties of the postwar order no longer apply,” Merkel told the German media on Wednesday.
“They [China, Russia and the U.S.] are forcing us, time and again, to find common positions. That is often difficult given our different interests. But we do get this done—think, for example, of our policy regarding the conflict in Ukraine,” Merkel added. “Our policies on Africa, too, now follow a common strategy, which a few years ago would have been unthinkable. So we keep putting one foot in front of the other. However, our political power is not yet commensurate with our economic strength.”
Is not a new fact that at least some European leaders no longer sees th U.S. basically an ally of the European Union.
Merkel, basically pointed to the U.S. dominance of technology as a threat for Europe union. U.S. companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon has been dominating the global markets, and in some high-profile cases have gotten into long legal battles with the EU over trust issues and regulatory policies.
In March, the British government released a report recommending the country to establish a new regulator to mount Surveillance on the activities of major tech giants.
The European Union’s commissioner for competition has issued billions of dollars in fines for Google, and additional probes into Amazon and Google are ongoing. But European companies have still struggled to compete with Silicon Valley due to a dearth of venture capital on the continent.
Meanwhile, the U.S. relationship with Europe has become increasingly uncertain under President Donald Trump, who has criticized both the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The U.S. and EU are also still locked in negotiations over proposed tariffs on auto parts.
Reports recently suggested that Trump might delay the implementation of new tariffs as he continues to fight his trade war with China and negotiate with Europe and Japan. But the president has only until May 18 to decide whether to levy new tariffs on auto parts coming from Europe. Many analysts have argued against stymieing trade with a U.S. ally.