I have commented frequently that Europe and other Western nations such as Canada, Australia and Japan all follow the lead of the United States of America. There is a joke in Canada that states; when the US sneezes, Canada catches a cold. After all, over 70% of our trade is with the US and their policies impact us directly. On a global scale, the US government dictates and controls the policies of most countries around the world. The US government believes that the US population is exceptional and that they are the rightful rulers of the world today. They have military personnel in 156 countries and have between 700-800 military bases around the world.
Europe is in grave danger. It pains me to watch the unraveling of so many unique cultures within the Eurozone. The International Monetary Fund, European Commission and the European Central Bank are destroying individual EU countries. The US controls these powerful institutions. The ECB is run by Mario Draghi whom formerly worked for Goldman Sachs. Mario Draghi was ranked as the 8th most powerful person in the world in 2014. The IMF is dominated by US foreign policy. Listen to John Perkins discuss how the IMF and World Bank are used to control nations. The European Commission follows instructions from the US. If a politician or political elite does not follow the American line of thinking they will be persecuted and pushed out of office. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is a fine example of what happens when someone crosses the US. Here is an article that highlights what happened to him: “Honey Traps” and the Strauss-Kahn Affair: A Stealthy Coup d’état at the IMF
As Dwight D. Eisenhower warned in his farewell speech in 1961; "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." The Wolfowitz Doctrine was drawn up after the fall of the Soviet Union and the doctrine states: "Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power." After the fall of the Soviet Union, with no foe for the US to wage war against, the neocons within the US establishment pushed for a war on Muslims.
The last 25 years have been marked by US military aggression against Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and other nations. US vassal states, such as countries within the Eurozone, have been forced to take part in many military missions and interventions that the US has launched. They also follow the US lead on specific foreign policy initiatives. Over the past 15 years China and Russia's influence in our world has increased immensely. Their economies have grown and they now garner significant sway from an economic and foreign policy standpoint. The US is now focused on curtailing the power that Russia and China have.
For example, the sanctions that the European Union and most other Western nations put on Russia were directed by the US. You should know by now that Russia never invaded the Ukraine. If you still think that Russia is responsible for the crisis in the Ukraine I encourage you to do some independent research. The sanctions have been especially damaging to the Eurozone economy because of the historical links between Europe and Russia. Many European nations are now calling for an end to the sanctions. It is interesting to hear what US politicians have to say about the sanctions:
Vice President Joe Biden: “It was America’s leadership and the president of the United States insisting, and almost having to embarrass Europe to stand up and take economic hits to impose costs," (RT)
Senator John McCain: "I think there is clearly a lot of conversation amongst the Europeans about lifting the sanctions…There are many countries that are looking for the exit sign," McCain said, speaking to Sputnik. "I have been hearing it for months, that there is enormous pressure in a lot of countries, particularly Germany, to lift the sanctions." "...the final decision will “to some degree depend on American leadership.” (RT)
In addition to the sanctions, Europe is being overrun with refugees and migrants looking for a better life than what they had in their bombed-out countries. There are major cultural differences and European society is now disintegrating rapidly. The average person suffers the most because they are caught between a political juggernaut and the negative repercussions of failed policies imposed upon the general population.
The only positive I see in any of this is that the United States of America is disintegrating and will soon be unable to dominate the world as it has been doing for the past 100 years. I can't help but think of Ernest Hemingway's two lines from his book 'The Sun Also Rises':