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INTL Germany's Merkel welcomes European unity over Iran
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    Germany's Merkel welcomes European unity over Iran

    http://www.startribune.com/germany-s...ran/509965162/ (fair use)
    Associated Press MAY 15, 2019 12:45PM

    BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Europe needs to "reposition" itself in a changing world and is welcoming European powers' unity over Iran, a contrast with their deep divisions over the Iraq war 16 years ago.

    Merkel said in an interview with Germany's daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung released Wednesday that Europe needs "forward-looking" arguments and stressed that "simply pointing to seven decades of peace is no longer enough to justify Europe."

    Before European Parliament elections May 23-26, she said there is "no doubt that Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world," in which some post-World War II certainties no longer hold.

    Merkel acknowledged that Europe appears weak in the standoff over Iran because, with the dollar's role as a leading global currency, it struggles to counter U.S. sanctions as it tries to salvage the nuclear deal with Tehran. But she said that Europe has also made progress.

    "Germany, France and Britain are taking a different approach from the U.S. on the question of the Iran agreement," she was quoted as saying. "For all our other differences, we even have common interests here with Russia and China."

    "That Europe is no longer divided on this important question as it was in the Iraq war is a value in itself," Merkel added. Germany and France opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003, while countries including Britain and Poland supported Washington.

    However, she added that Europe has a "realistic" assessment of its capabilities and "must strengthen them for the future." She said it is making good progress on defense cooperation.

    Asked what effect global challenges from China, Russia and the U.S. are having on Europe, she said that they are making the EU find common positions, which is often difficult "but we succeed" for instance in policy on Ukraine and Africa. She conceded that "our political strength doesn't yet match our economic capabilities."

    Next week's EU elections are expected to boost populist parties at the expense of the political center.

    Asked how much populism the 28-nation EU can take before it collapses, Merkel said that "this is indeed a time when we have to fight for our principles and fundamental values."

    European leaders will decide "how far to let populism go, or whether we ultimately have the will to take on joint responsibility."

    "So far, we have always managed to do so," she added. So as not to endanger Europe, she said, "everyone needs to put themselves in others' shoes, to be willing to compromise, remain honest and always treat each other carefully."

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    So, Europe will be siding with the Persians.
    The wonder of our time isnt how angry we are at politics and politicians; its how little weve done about it. - Fran Porretto
    -http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-wholly-rational-hatred.html

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    So, Europe will be siding with the Persians.
    Maybe, it is more likely they will be trying to stay out of things; they need Russian gas for Winter heating especially Germany and the former Soviet Bloc nations like Poland.

    I don't see any indications from over here (so far) of any "support" for the Persians, there is simply a lack of "support" towards going to war with them at this time.

    We shall see...
    expatriate Californian living in rural Ireland with husband, dogs, horses. garden and many, many cats

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    This is my take, the Iranians are paper tigers, they have the mullahs in charge but they are impotent and have no military to speak of.
    What Europe needs to do is support populist movements in Iran to expel Islamic Government, which nearly happened a few years ago. Having been there I don't believe the average populus wants Islamic rule but they are too pussified to oppose it. The Mullahs need expelling from Government in Iran. This is long overdue, I mean it should have happened after the fall of the Shah. The Mullahs were and are total evil but they could easily be expelled not appeased.
    Last edited by Richard; 05-15-2019 at 04:07 PM.

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    Gotta remember Duh Shrub - "If you aren't for us, you're against us."

    http://edition.cnn.com/2001/US/11/06...ack.on.terror/
    The wonder of our time isnt how angry we are at politics and politicians; its how little weve done about it. - Fran Porretto
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    Europeans hate hate HATE Jews. They have forever. Any country that also hates Jews is their friend.

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    I have read, many times, that Iran has a very formidable military, and we got involved in a ground war, it could really be disastrous, because of its geography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiana MaJo View Post
    I have read, many times, that Iran has a very formidable military, and we got involved in a ground war, it could really be disastrous, because of its geography.
    MaJo,

    Do not worry....

    For Iran's air force and navy will go down quickly and then Iran's military bases, military, infrastructure, and cities will be turned into rubble just as happened to germany....

    Texican....

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