Is US really EU’s close friend?
At present, the focus of international attention is the Russia visits by US Secretary of State Kerry and his officials.
World media had a field day over the confab between Kerry and Russian President Putin in Sochi, describing it as candid, efficient and friendly.
Many countries see the US’ abrupt approach to Russia as an about-face, expressing their surprise, as it has set even its allies on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis.
But the EU might have experienced a feeling of betrayal by a “close friend”, beyond surprise.
As is known, the EU has imposed sanctions on Russia since April 2013 on the call of the US, sustaining the economic losses of 21 to 40 billion euros. The protracted sanctions have also caused political losses, escalating discord among the EU member nations and impairing its unity in action.
It has also been revealed that the US is gaining profit from trade with Russia, while egging the EU on to break with the country.
This tells that the US regards the EU as only a means to an end. There is another story. A German newspaper has recently reported that the German intelligence agency has bugged leading European allies and EU organs since 2008 at the request of the US.
According to the report, the wiretap was made after the then chief of the federal chancellor’s office, who is now federal minister of interior, was asked by the US national security agency to offer information about friendly nations and businesses. As a result, the US has kept abreast of the developments of the European air industry and other major businesses and has been familiar with telephone conversations between European statespersons.
The disclosure of the scandal has led to friction between Germany and other European countries and among the Germans themselves.
The president of the European Commission demanded the German authorities correctly probe into the case, while the German opposition is censuring the government for having cheated the parliament and urging it to submit detailed i nformation including that of the purpose of bugging and a related roll to the investigation committee of the federal assembly as early as possible.
The victim of this incident is also the EU.
Kerry’s Russia visit and the wiretap scandal have only served to evoke the EU member states’ discontent with the US.
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