Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 01 February 2017, 05:50 hrs, UTC, Post #99.
Accessed on 01 February 2017, 05:50 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Lucy Pasha-Robinson.
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New U.S. President Donald Trump must be setting some kind of record for losing friends and gaining enemies. Over the past two weeks, the new U.S. President has gutted 70 years of foreign policy, much to the dismay of old allies such as the UK, France, and Germany. Some European leaders now consider Mr. Trump a highly volatile “unknown” on the world stage.
European Council President Donald Tusk tells reporter Lucy Pasha-Robinson that the new U.S. President “is an existential threat to Europe.” In an open letter to leaders of 27 nations, Tusk includes Mr. Trump as part of a “dangerous challenge to Europe”, which is already facing serious economic and military pressure from ” radical Islam”, The Peoples Republic of China, and the Russian Federation.
Mr. Tusk’s message was blunt and straight-to-the-point:
“Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy,” he wrote.
“The disintegration of the European Union will not lead to the restoration of some mythical, full sovereignty of its member states, but to their real and factual dependence on the great superpowers: the United States, Russia and China.”
Mr Tusk’s comments came as Theresa May faced a revolt from her own MPs over her refusal to condemn Mr Trump’s immigration ban.”
This concern over the fate of Europe also weighs heavily on the mind of Poland’s former Prime Minister, who tells reporter Lucy Pasha-Robinson that “an assertive China, Russia’s aggressive policy, terrorism and anarchy in the Middle East” are destabilizing the international order of diplomatic and economic relationships. Combined with “worrying declarations from the new administration”, “the future of Europe is in jeopardy.”
For good or ill, Mr. Trump is only the symptom of a deeper international problem. With no sure way of curtailing terrorism or determining if asylum seekers are really refugees, ultra-right-wing political opportunists in both the United States and Europe are using fear, misinformation, and long-held cultural grudges to advance a hard-edged conservative agenda. Many of these groups seem to be offering security and protection in exchange for limiting personal freedoms. George Orwell, the author of the classic sci-fi novel “1984”, outlined the issue almost 70 years ago. We may end up with neither freedom nor security if the current political shift to the right gains control of Europe and the United States. As much as my fellow citizens wanted change, we may have received more than we bargained for. We are slowly descending into a new dark age. The only winners in this developing political paradigm are autocratic regimes such as China, Russia, Iran, and the Islamic State.
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