Friday, July 18, 2014

M of A - Germany Getting Ready To Divorce U.S. Ally

From recent talks and discussions in Germany I conclude that the U.S. is losing more and more support and sympathies. The admiration of earlier times has turned into disgust. While a lot of higher politicians and some journalists still cling to some (well paid) myth of U.S. friendship the party base in all political parties as well as the general public has changed its opinion.

The NSA spying headlines are only one, though important issue. Consider how you would feel about such an intrusive "ally":

  • German intelligence employee arrested on suspicion of spying for US on Bundestag NSA committee
  • NSA whistleblowers testify in Bundestag inquiry, disclose ‘totalitarian’ surveillance
  • Germany NSA's main target, claims ex-staffer
  • Irked by N.S.A., Germany Cancels Deal With Verizon
  • German parliament drops US telecom firm Verizon over links to NSA spying
  • NSA Turned Germany Into Its Largest Listening Post in Europe
  • Report: NSA targeted German privacy activist
  • NSA targets Tor administrators and people searching for privacy tools, reports claim

The German constitution, as interpreted by the constitutional court, defines privacy as a basic human right. That the U.S. is so casually violating the basic human rights of all German citizens is met with utter disgust. Even the paid and trained Atlantic Council (a U.S. lobby) trolls in German news-site comments have problem defending this issue.

But the NSA spying is not the only problem. The economic breakdown after 2008 clearly had its roots in the United States and is, in Germany, blamed on lax U.S. regulations. And while Germany itself pressed for a change in government in Ukraine the outbreak of violence, the bloody coup and the fighting in the east is considered as "Fuck the EU" U.S. intervention in European affairs.

It may still take a decade or more but my sense is that the U.S.-German alliance in on its way to an unfriendly divorce. Something that 15 years ago seemed unthinkable.

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