Connect with us


Europe and the dangers of pro-Atlanticism



European accelerations towards a frontal war with Russia are increasingly dramatic. The words of the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, are worrying. Where at the European summit in Prague a few days ago, he urged Europe to provide heavy weapons and tanks to the Ukrainian army.

Tracing an increasingly clear choice of terrain and in fact more and more distant from this position of mediation led rather by Turkey or the Vatican. Since the start of the conflict, the United States has pushed for a standoff with Moscow, insisting that the EU too, since the construction of Nord Stream 2, should loosen its grip with Moscow.

Summit of Europe - photo session@ ANSA / CHIGI’S PALACE / ATTILI PRESS OFFICE

But are we sure that pursuing this political path will benefit Europeans, global stability and, last but not least, Ukrainians themselves?

Europe and the “pure” pro-Atlanticist line

The shipment of heavy weapons to kyiv, as well as the Ukrainian military training program announced by the High Representative for EU Foreign Policy, Borrell. They depict a Europe that is certainly not jostling to offer Russia a way out. So what do we do to “cool down” climbing? To avoid the worst possible scenario? A frontal war with Russia. The answer is: little and nothing. Not only is Europe not acting united to mitigate the negative effects of the conflict on the economy of the old continent. By quickly adopting measures such as decoupling or price caps. But he does not even seem to want to know whether to ease tensions between the Western and pro-Russian blocs. By contributing to a tightening of EU-Russia diplomatic relations which pushes back the ceasefire every day.

EU Mario Draghi Summit in Prague @Ansa – EPA / MARTIN DIVISEK

But we have reached 8 months of war, with skyrocketing inflation, a global recession on the doorstep, thousands of deaths on both sides. Not to mention the threat of a nuclear Armageddon among the possible scenarios. We wonder, are we sure this is the right line to keep? Today we learned that the Americans have seen us far ahead on Europe’s strategic dependence on Russian gas. But at the same time, we understood to what extent this strategic dependence had guaranteed global stability for the past thirty years. On the contrary, the “pure” pro-Atlanticist position maintained today by the EU does not only generate an imbalance of the economic surplus totally in favor of the American economy. But it generates an earthquake in the global geopolitical balance. We can be sure that the EU will certainly not benefit from this. And we are already seeing the first signs of it today.

The competitive advantage of the United States over Europe: the dangers of pro-Atlanticism

The energy crisis is not materializing in the United States as it is in Europe. Crude oil has also increased there, but 60% of demand is met by local extractions. And so much of the hikes that weigh on families and businesses end up “staying at home” and fueling U.S. GDP. Gas in Europe is registering prices around 15 to 20 times higher than before the pandemic, while US LNG producers are now registering historic export levels. According to the International Energy Agency, thanks to Europe’s thirst for gas, American producers are now the main exporters of LNG in the world. Overtake Australia and Qatar for the first time. Oil and gas prices in Europe are pushing up production costs, putting the manufacturing sector in crisis, on the contrary in the United States, they are reducing their trade deficit with the EU. It went from 220 billion last year to almost 111 billion this year.

@Pixabay – OpenClipart-Vectors

But this competitive advantage of the United States over the EU occurs mainly at the expense of the Ukrainian people. Who, despite the excellent results obtained on the ground, still do not see the end of the war. And the dangerously protracted conflict lengthens not only the list of dead – Ukrainians and Russians – but also the risks of a world war. By embracing “pure” pro-Atlanticism in fact, Europe not only does not encourage any diplomatic solution with Putin, but leaves this opportunity in the hands of Erdogan’s ambiguous Turkey. Which, like Putin, in turn pursues its own hegemonic plan, not always close to European interests.

The Third Way: Opening a Possibility of Peace

So we live impatiently in this Cold War 2.0 where statements and threats bounce from side to side. We should ask ourselves, what are we doing for peace? What is this tough European policy leading to? What are we doing in the interests of Ukrainians and Europeans? And how much those of the Americans? Italy’s Cold War experience teaches us that there is a viable third way “between the two fires”. That one can be pro-Atlanticist while retaining one’s own sphere of strategic independence. US policy foresees a full-frontal confrontation with Moscow – like that of Ukraine under attack – while the EU has lost the opportunity to lift the strong demand that the war end as soon as possible, before it be too late.

Continue Reading

Recent News

Leather Jackets Leather Jackets
Fashion2 hours ago

Elevating Women’s Style with Timeless Leather Jackets

In the dynamic world of fashion, certain wardrobe staples transcend trends, and womens biker jacket in the UK hold a...

Bucket List Bucket List
Lifestyle2 hours ago

Here’s Why so Many People Have Ireland on Their Bucket List

Ireland – a land of mystical landscapes, rich history, and captivating folklore. It’s no wonder that so many people around...

Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty
Beauty2 hours ago

From Dusk till Dawn: Nightgowns for Every Sleeping Beauty

As the sun dips below the horizon and the world transitions from day to night, a magical transformation occurs in...

Foam Glow Sticks Foam Glow Sticks
Business2 hours ago

Bright Ideas: The Magic of Buying Foam Glow Sticks in Bulk

In the realm of event planning, creating a captivating atmosphere often hinges on the thoughtful inclusion of accessories that engage...

Blonde Afro Wigs Blonde Afro Wigs
Fashion1 day ago

7 Reasons Why You Should Try Blonde Afro Wigs At Least Once

Do you want to channel your inner diva with the fabulous blonde afro wigs? These lively and luscious hair solutions...

Everyone Else Burns Season 2 Everyone Else Burns Season 2
Entertainment1 day ago

Is ‘Everyone Else Burns’ Season 2 On The Cards?

Watching Everyone Else Burns season 2 is on the bucket of the audience. The British post-apocalyptic show Else Burns will...

Goosebumps Season 2 Goosebumps Season 2
Entertainment1 day ago

Everything To Know About Goosebumps Season 2

Everyone’s been waiting for the release of Goosebumps season 2. Disney hasn’t said that Goosebumps will return for a second...

Assignment Help Assignment Help
Essay1 day ago

How Students’ Life Gets Better With Assignment Help?

The prospect of hiring assignment help is tempting. Which student wouldn’t love to delegate their tasks to a professional? Many...

Tuxedos Tuxedos
Fashion2 days ago

Rentable Tuxedos – A Convenient Solution For Wedding Parties

Renting a suit or tuxedos offers numerous benefits. It’s a cost-efficient solution, especially for one-off events, and it eliminates the...

For All Mankind Season 5 Cast For All Mankind Season 5 Cast
Entertainment2 days ago

Everything We Know About For All Mankind Season 5

Couldn’t get enough of For All Mankind season 5? Then don’t worry, we’ve got news about the new season. For...