German Billionaire Fears US and China Will Tear Europe Apart

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A champion of the United States of Europe concept, famed German businessman Reinhold Würth is concerned that Europe divided within itself will be torn apart by the United States and China, Neue Zürcher Zeitung reported.

Not surprisingly then, Würth wants to see greater integration of the European Union.

In line with clear thinking, gaining more ground in the West, the businessman expressed a lot of understanding with regard to Russia's attitudes towards the Ukrainian crisis in an interview with a Swiss daily newspaper.

The 80-year-old, ranking among Germany's richest people, is angry with US President Barack Obama for calling Russia a regional power. "Such remarks humiliate Russia," Neue Zürcher Zeitung cited the entrepreneur as saying.

Würth was not shy about sharing his opinion on Crimea's reunification with Russia, however unpopular in Europe it might be. According to the businessman, the majority of the peninsula’s residents voted for joining Russia.

Indeed, over 96 percent of Crimeans expressed a desire to reunite with Russia in the 2014 referendum that was conducted in accordance with international law.

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Würth is not the only one thinking this way. "Therefore, it is not self-evident why Chancellor Merkel still keeps a rigid stance on Putin in line with the US position and why Berlin still maintains sanctions," the daily said.

Reinhold Würth turned a small two-man family screw business into a billion dollar company employing 67,000 people. The Adolf Würth Group is one of the most inspiring success stories in Germany's economic history.

Würth is also known for his affection for fine art, including painting, graphic art and sculptures created in the late 19th century. The Würth Collection currently boasts more than 16,000 works of art on display at venues scattered all across Europe.

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