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    Washington is closely monitoring the relations between Russia and Germany and will do anything to prevent the union between the two countries, founder of the global intelligence company Stratfor, George Friedman, said.

    According to Friedman, the formation of a partnership between Russia and Germany could give an impetus to the strengthening of both countries.

    However, such a development would pose a threat to US interests, Friedman said in an interview with German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN).

    In Friedman's opinion, Germany is currently under enormous pressure and is very vulnerable politically and economically.

    "Europe is in a process of institutional disintegration," the expert said. "Each state is trying to go its own way."

    According to Friedman, Germany is highly dependent on its export markets and therefore needs cooperation with other countries. However, the choice of partners for the German government is quite limited. Rapprochement with Russia would be particularly favorable for Germany in all respects, but it would cause great resentment from the United States, Friedman argued.

    According to the analyst, Washington will do anything to prevent the improvement of relations between the two countries. Moreover, there are countries which are not interested in cooperation between Moscow and Berlin, such as Poland and France.

    "It is not just the United States that wants to prevent an alliance between Germany and Russia. There is not a single country in Europe that would support such an alliance. Poland and France are for example vehement opponents of such a union. An alliance between Germany and Russia would lead to fear and terror in Europe," the expert concluded.


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    • avatar
      More predictable stratfor crap. Say anything to keep NATO afloat.
    • avatar
      If the writer says then he should give reasons and not just throw ideas without follow up. Doesn´t seem very professional or serious reporting.
    • FlorianGeyer
      " There is not a single country in Europe that would support such an alliance."

      That may be true for the sycophantic EU politicians who are bought and paid for ( or blackmailed ) by the US neo-con elite . There are many millions of voters in Germany and elsewhere who want US troops out of Europe and normal trading relations with Russia.
    • Mother Gorilla
      "Germany is currently under enormous pressure and is very vulnerable politically and economically."

      Not true. Germany is still the most important economy in Europe, and could absorb any number of migrants. What is hurting her is the constant vacillation between acceptance and denial of refugees, diplomacy and participation in Washington's wars. So Washington is causing the weakness it is bemoaning, all the more so as the US caused the refugee problem in the first place.
    • avatar
      During the times with the former governments of USA they have always considered the world as their resource of whatever and noticing the attitude the current representatives have towards other heads of states is clear enough to be aware. With Merkel as one of the European leaders to visit Russia last year in connection to the WWII victory could be enough to consider her as a threat to the established "correct opinion thinking box" of the western powers.
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      The only reason that Friedman has an opinion, is that he is paid to have one. And who of us knows the last time when he got it right? "Go to Hollywood with you spiel , George, and come back with an Oscar, a Tony, a Prilosec prescription even. In short, anything to prove you are a writer and can make a living outside of having an opinion."

      Well, now that I got that rant out of the way, let's get down to business...

      Why doesn't Poland or France what this kind of a union. Because they know that they won't have anyone to go to the dance with. It's jealousy. It's the fear of being called a "LOSER!" It's the fear that all they will have left to do when they get their is an old man Cameron or maybe the Queen herself to dance with! Horrors1 I said, "HORRORS!!!" No ones wants to be left out of the only 'dance' worth going to; the dance of the century,, and it is called, "Evidence of The Breaking Up of the EU."
    • avatar
      Well if Germany finds a backbone then America is out. Germany has far more economic and strategic reasons as to why it would be wiser to have Russia as an ally. They share the same continent and history for one.
    • avatar
      No jewish masons, no israel, no war!
    • avatar
      I think it is about to happen as the Bavarian chap could be the one to bring Al Babushka down.
    • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla,
      Yes it is the NATO and the US Dagger in the back.
      America is number one enemy here .
    • Blackiein reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
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      Ist all true, ist US strategy since the end of WW2 and why the US troops after 1989 never left Germany, that the US will do anything to separate Germany and Russia.
      What is not said here is, that at this time there wouldn't be even a political chance for Germany to get closer to Russia due to the fact, that Germany has no real friend inside the EU and would considered by all other EU members as a traitor. Of course that's the result of bad German politics, but was it bad intentionally??
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