Inspiring, down to earth, human and European, the State of the Union address of President Jean Claude Juncker has opened to worried citizens a slot of hope. Hope that politics, after so many years of absence, will return to Europe and moral order will be eventually restored. The European Union needs that, it needs moral legitimacy.
Encouraging and educative the President, made citizens understand that the Cold War between the Western world, that is Europe and the USA, and Russia is there. Tougher and more hidden than before, it is there, real and merciless. The President made clear that the European Union would not tolerate any threat to the security of its Members, naming Poland and Baltics. He also made clear the borders of the Union are unchallengeable.
It is beyond doubt that the Cold War has resumed. Syria is a quasi-satellite of Russia, the only Russian foothold in the Mediterranean. To this effect, a possible involvement of Russia in the controlled destabilization of Syria, which flooded Europe with refugees is not ruled out. Russia’s role in this affair can perhaps be seen as a retaliation to the embargo.
Germany, has legitimate interests to keep close economic relations with Russia and this makes the Cold War complicated and tri-polar. US-Britain-France on the one side, Russia and its satellites on the other and Europe proper with Germany in the between. This does not make sense. The “west” is one and united. Otherwise the Russians will eventually win.
The situation is made more complicated because the balance of terror that maintained peace for more than half a century was based on mutual mistrust, which today is missing.
Now, we are not talking of nukes, which are present and more lethal than ever, but of energy and currency. This does not imply mutual distrust but negotiations and deals. Financial relations are based on mutual trust. That is the problem.
President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos have set an honest and realistic agenda for migration and refugees, despite strong reactions from many quarters. To this effect we were reminded by the President that here in Europe we are all migrants.
Last but not least, there is one more facet to address in this matter. Security. According to overseas intelligence sources, who spoke to New Europe on condition of anonymity, American intelligence services believe that among the hundreds of thousands of newcomers to Europe, terrorists are infiltrating as well. Terrorists in quantities, armed with weapons and money.