European Council President Hypes Nonexistent Threats

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by Stephen Lendman
Like America, the only geopolitical threats Europe faces are ones it invents, no others.
Not according to European Council President Donald Tusk, stoking fear irresponsibly, calling America under Trump, China and Russia threats to Europe.
Speaking in Tallinn, Estonia, his remarks mirrored what he said in a letter to EU heads of state. Without justification, he claimed challenges facing EU nations “are more dangerous than ever before in the time since the signature of the (1957) Treaty of Rome.” 
“Today we are dealing with (multiple) threats, which have previously not occurred, at least not on such a scale,” nonsensically citing:
  • China, especially in its offshore waters, where it has every right to defend against aggressive intrusions;
  • Nonexistent “Russia’s aggress(ion)…toward Ukraine and its neighbors;
  • “wars, terror and anarchy in the Middle East and in Africa” – US-dominated NATO fully responsible, he failed to explain;
  • “worrying declarations by the new American administration…” – Trump hasn’t interfered in the affairs of EU nations and shows no signs of doing it, so far at least;
  • “the rise in anti-EU, nationalist, increasingly xenophobic sentiment in the EU” – referring to movements like what propelled Trump to power in France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and elsewhere, because previous governments made such a mess of things, people want change; and
  • growing anti-political union sentiment, again because of longstanding failed policies.
The EU is a flawed alliance, Brussels usurping power from member states, undermining their sovereignty, what ideologues like Tusk won’t admit.
All nations are much better off, waging peace, not war; cooperatively with all other countries responsibly; while governing independently from a higher external power, meddling in their internal affairs – especially Eurozone states with no control over their monetary and fiscal policies.
Tusk saying “(o)nly together can we be fully independent…(u)nited we stand, divided we fall” is utter rubbish.
The EU is a sinking ship. It’s only a matter of time before it crumbles because it’s too flawed to stand the test of time. Like the Berlin Wall (1961 – 1989), one day it’ll disintegrate.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.