Trump…the US President… Many people all over the world hate him, are scared of him, admire, o does not understand him. More recently he has been the main newsmaker for the leading world’s mass media. As a true businessman, he tries to suppress junior partners, but at the same time he engages in an equal dialogue with those who are not weaker, or even stronger than him. His method of government is not similar to any of his predecessors in the White House. And it is getting interesting…
And now, it should be noted that he cares about his own image among Americans and the national treasury enrichment. He is ready to destroy the order that was set until he came to power to achieve high results in this matter. He is very aggressive towards European partners. He is introducing new import duties. He does not care about someone from Brussels, Paris and Berlin. At the same time, he sits at the table to negotiate with North Korean dictator, hoping for the Nobel Peace Prize, and then, passes to the Russian president.
Another place, where he showed his aggressive behavior was the NATO summit. Even before the beginning of this event, he attacked some European partners by sending letters. In them he stated the need to increase defense spending to 2 % of GDP. This theme was the main one during his speech at the summit. Trump stated again that his country did not have to pay for the security of Europe. The US President tries to meet the expectations of electorate, as well as the Congress, through this pressure because one of his pre-election promises was to force Europe to increase defense spending that it could defend itself.
It seemed that the European politicians did not have any answer to the US President. However, it only seemed… But later it turned out, that the leaders of Denmark expressed the loudest disagreement with the demand of Trump. The Prime Minister of this small country, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, said that his country was nothing to be embarrassed about NATO partnership, and added that not everything was measured in money. The Prime Minister cited the example of human losses of Denmark in Iraq and Afghanistan that are compatible with US losses, given the ratio of the size of both countries. The Danish media also reported that after such a statement, Donald Trump approached him, saying ‘a nice point’.
It turns out that Trump understands only strength. And unfortunately, Rasmussen does not find support among the other European leaders. Or it’s just for now?
In an interview with the national media, Swedish Foreign minister Margot Wallström said that Stockholm had refused to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to the success of the Swedish national team. Members of the government plan to attend the game of the 1/8 finals between Switzerland and Sweden, which will be held in St. Petersburg on July 3. Previously, Stockholm supported the initiative of Great Britain to boycott the World Cup in Russia by officials with regard to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Representatives of Australia, Iceland, Poland and Lithuania supported the Swedish decision.
However, solidarity did not last long. In her defense, Margot Wallström says that the boycott extended only to the opening match. And now, the Swedish leadership considers it important to support the Swedish team, and this decision was made after consulting with colleagues from Denmark. By the way, the Danish Minister of Culture has already visited the game of the national team with Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. And the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, kept her company.
The Swedish don’t have to long drive. The game with the participation of the national team will take place in the native town of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, who destroys European integrity and safety by his actions. But Europe forgets it. It is possible that the residence of the Swedish delegation will be paid by the host country.
And if the Swedish participation in the 1/8 finals is already a success, then up to what stage the British should come that their leadership will come to Russia? Let’s imagine… Theoretically, England and Russia can meet in the semifinal.
Let’s say that it happened, and the Russian president gives the command to his team to lose this match. This is quite real, taking into account the degree of authoritarianism in Russia. And the Englishmen, who consider themselves the ancestors of football, and who became world champions only once in 1966, are on the verge of triumph! But where?! On the territory of the state, whose leadership has repeatedly been criticized by the highest-ranking officials from London. Moreover, during the world football forum, the British media are full of articles about racism and Russian football hooligans. But they likely have to go. And it can be assumed that Boris Johnson himself or even Teresa May will go to Moscow, forgetting about the boycott. By the way, in 1966 the national team of England obtained the championship with the help of the Russians. Line judge Tofiq Bahramov, who counted a very controversial goal, represented the USSR.
All this reminds once again the gradual collapse of European stability, unity and the existence of double standards, to ordinary Europeans. When politicians need something, they will be able to turn any statements and actions in their favor.
P.S. If Denmark beat Croatia and passes to play a game with Russia, the issue with Nord Stream-2 would be resolved …