A new chap­ter in US-UK ties?

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY COSTAS IORDANIDIS

rad­i­cals and risk-tak­ers who will stop at noth­ing to achieve their ends. Clearly they aim to re­store the bal­ance shat­tered by the eco­nomic takeover of China and Ger­many. There are many who are skep­ti­cal about this re­la­tion­ship and con­cerned about what it may bring. They should re­mem­ber, though, that Europe is run­ning on a sys­tem that is in de­cline and that even the young politi­cians who emerge ev­ery so of­ten soon re­treat into the com­fort of bu­reau­cracy, Euro­pean Union reg­u­la­tions and Ger­man hege­mony – no­to­ri­ously lack­ing in any flex­i­bil­ity. The pow­ers that be in the Euro­pean Union, com­pris­ing tech­nocrats and bu­reau­crats, have been busy an­a­lyz­ing and ex­pound­ing the­o­ries that they hope will of­fer some in­sight into what poli­cies Trump in­tends to pur­sue or help them erect bar­ri­ers to May’s ef­forts to strike a bi­lat­eral trade agree­ment with the United States. So while a new dy­namic is de­vel­op­ing be­tween the US and the UK, con­ti­nen­tal Euro­pean lead­ers are ab­sorbed by na­tional elec­tions and fight­ing to stem the in­flu­ence of the far-right in the Nether­lands, France, Ger­many and per­haps even Italy. What they are ac­tu­ally fight­ing against, how­ever, is the re­sult of na­tion­al­ist poli­cies im­posed by Ger­many in the ar­eas of the econ­omy and refugee cri­sis man­age­ment. There are also im­por­tant de­vel­op­ments afoot

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