The European Shift
For the second time since the last U.S. presidential election, tensions are enveloping Europe as President Donald J. Trump tours the continent. With that being said, this is nothing to be afraid of, for when giants lumber––the world will shake. It is the weak Leftists who are shivering the most in light of this wave that has hit Europe, and protests have broken out in the U.K. and Finland. Interestingly enough, the stage was set for Trump’s tour in the U.K. after the recent riots on behalf of Tommy Robinson and against the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, where dozens of underage girls were being raped and groomed for the purpose of arranged marriage.
Despite the support for populism and nationalism in the U.K., there are some who are violently opposed to this rising tide, and who are violently turning against the milquetoast politicians who can only reluctantly cave to the pressure from radical leftist opposition on one hand while reluctantly accepting the increasing support for nationalist populism on the other. In fact, just recently a 74-year-old former UK Ambassador was beaten near-to-death by a gang of anti-Trump protestors who left him with swollen eye socket, a burst lip and a possible broken nose.
And this isn’t the first British politician who has been beaten up by thugs in the U.K. either. In June of this year, the 67 year old Magistrate Nigel Striker ended up having to defend himself and his family as their 2 million dollar mansion was stormed by a gang of thugs with metal bars, crossbows, knives, and who were even purported to have a gun and who were also of a particular darker-skinned ethnic minority. Ironically, it was because Striker threw one of the slang words (that they used to refer to each other) back at them that he was the one who was faced with charges, despite being the one to make the call to the police.
Even earlier, just this year in February, the 72 year old labour MP Adrian Bailey had his wallet and phone stolen in an attack, which took place in Westminster. He was also left with bruises over his body and was hit over the head.
This seems to be consistent with the increase in crime that has taken place in England over the past 4 years according to an official report of police recorded crimes in England and Wales. It is worth asking whether this has anything to do with the increase in mass-immigration that has also occurred over the past 4 years and to such an extent that it was one of the core reasons for Brexit.
The Poland Question and the Nato Summit
On one of the last occasions Trump visited Europe, he delivered a famous and impassioned speech in Poland about the need for civic nationalism and an emphasis on Western culture. It should come as no coincidence that Trump should have delivered in speech in Poland, as they constitute one of the members of the CEDF and V4, which stand together to oppose the E.U.’s agenda on mass-immigration.
It was on his last visit in July 2017, that Trump posed “the fundamental question of our time” by asking “whether the West has the will to survive.” asking further:
“Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
Now, as of his ongoing 2018 tour, Trump has come to Europe expecting an answer, and if you look at what he has said about mass-immigration at the NATO summit and in the UK, it is clear that, at this point, he explicitly and rightfully regards it as a “threat to European culture”. But this shift in policy is but a symptom of the broader change that is going on in the West.
With Trump’s campaign back in 2016, the tables began to turn within the NATO paradigm, even going as far as to impact the U.K. with the Brexit referendum. But transition has begun to develop in Europe and the EU, it began specifically in Austria when the OVP and FPO offormed the Kurz government coalition on nationalist and populist grounds after they won the 2017 election. While the Front Nationale of France and the Danish People’s Party did not win their respective elections, they also still gained a substantial following in 2017. Following this, Fidesz and Jobbik became the majority parties in Austria after the 2018 election, and more recently, the Government of Change has formed in Italy on nationalist and populist grounds after the most recent election in Italy. This is creating a new paradigm which the german interior minister has favourably dubbed “the Axis of Willing”.
The Russian Meeting
But as if the EU isn’t being challenged enough by this internal paradigm shift, it is being pressured from without, as Trump declared in an interview aired Sunday that the European Union (EU) “is a foe” because of its economic policies. Asked by CBS News’s Jeff Glor what he considers his biggest foe globally, Trump cited the EU and its trade practices before mentioning Russia and China.
“I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe,” Trump said from his golf course in Scotland. “Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad,” he continued. “It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive. They want to do well and we want to do well.”
Now, as of July 16th, Trump has met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, with both leaders calling it a success and hitting it off on mutually respectful terms. The meeting itself was met with protests by some radical extremists in Finland, extremists who want to return to the tensions of the Cold War at that, but putting that aside, the leaders discussed the possibility of disarmament and future military co-operation to fight Radical islamic extremism on a global basis.
While there was some noticeable disagreement over the Iran situation, Trump and Putin seemed to come together on co-operation in North Korea and fighting ISIS in Syria, while Trump has conceded to resign American involvement with the Syrian government to a strictly humanitarian effort, namely with helping to provide shelter to Syrians who are affected by the civil war. Whether or not Trump will cave to the Neoconservative foreign policy pressure down the road is a whole other question, but for now it looks like the West is on the expressway to a whole new dynamic regarding foreign policy.
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