Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy and Europe’s most powerful nation, seems to be pulling away from its close partnership with the U.S., warns this segment of What’s Ahead.
This is good news for China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia and bad news for the free world.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is obstinately opting to become even more dependent on Russian natural gas instead of making the U.S. a substantial supplier, even though Putin has never hesitated to use this resource for political purposes.
Germany has been reluctant to rehabilitate its shabby armed services. Pressure by the Trump administration got the Merkel government to beef up its military spending, but Berlin may backslide absent heavy-duty Biden administration urgings.
Ominously, Germany has been standoffish in the growing conflict between Beijing and Washington, including the transfer of strategic technologies.
The Biden administration has a critical task in getting Berlin to recognize that a close partnership between our two countries is critical to preserving the free world’s security.