On the 26th of June 1963 at the Berlin Wall, President John F Kennedy was emphasising the support of the United States in the above quoted way to West Germany, 22 months after a Soviet controlled East Germany established the Berlin Wall as a barrier between East and West.
The message was aimed both at the Soviets and the Berliners, and was an obvious statement of U.S. policy in the aftermath of the construction of the Berlin Wall.–
Many years past and the world faced many changes and dangers!–
Now, for almost half a century after this speech – after the agony from the past, after the agony of war – Germany may assist in keeping Europe together in the way it was intended to work in the positive.Efforts this time not only in Europe as a whole, but in the United States as well, – apart from other countries.
From the streets of Amsterdam to the halls of power in Paris the eyes are in part again on Berlin.
Not this time Berlin being the victim or an aggressor, but Germany being a major financial power in Europe to lead this continent out of the biggest financial crisis since World War II.
European leaders are close to panic over a debt situation that could take down the entire global economy. An other recession in the US could even bring President Obama’s re-election in 2012 at risk.
The leaders of both France and Germany this week agreed on a new fiscal pact that will assist and prevent another debt crisis.
During the entire crisis, Angela Merkel has worked diligently and closely with the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other nations which share the Euro. Sarkozy however, the other strong leader in Europe, is not performing as expected in the polls for the pending elections next year and proved in the weeks past to be willing and follow the German Chancellor’s perceptions and example on the European crisis.
Sarkozy is happy with the concept of German’s idea of countries ceasing control of significant part of their budgets to a central authority if so required, at the cost of some national sovereignty.
It is true that more stability is required with sanctions if EU countries allow or commit to spending not in their budget at a final cost for other countries.
Much of this crisis has been inflicted by irresponsible financial behaviour. Government leaders from the 17 euro zone nations should meet at least monthly to discuss ways to boost economic growth as the Euro needs to be saved including the European Union.
The last being required as otherwise the repercussions could be most dramatic with social unrest in various countries being the result.
“The crisis requires an extra commitment towards unity and a Europe that will not repeat the mistakes of the past,” – said Sarkozy, speaking with Merkel at a press conference.
The unity in the US was once an issue for different reasons but where unity in Europe can’t be maintained for other reasons it would open the door to potential chaos and possibly violence.
The Berlin-engineered action plan for tackling Europe’s crisis, including vigorous rules to keep national budgets under control is vital to be implemented and accepted at the next European Union summit, as it reflects a valuable strategy to keep both the Union and the Euro intact, – learning from reckless financial behaviour in the past for which citizens can’t be held responsible.
Governments have an obligation to meet the commitments to voters and looking both after welfare of State and citizens. The current situation requires as well an incentive on greater consumer spending, increasing taxes for the higher income groups and keeping interest rates low.
As the difference between rich and poor is increasing in some European states, those states are at risk of more social unrest as e.g. reflected in the UK not too long ago, – the last for issues not related with the current EU situation.
However if the EU and the Euro do collapse as a result of past political and financial failures, the social dynamics in various European countries will change for the worst.
Hence the courage of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at this time of crisis in Europe being applauded for taking a leading role, with significant financial experts in Germany.The EU leaders are having to debate revising EU treaties and other measures to strengthen both the economical and political integration in Europe and I am sure they will get there over the hurdles in the years to come, as the problem resolving ability from both France and in particular Germany in this attempt with the leadership being shown – reflects favourably on the qualities being available, despite the crisis not being resolved as yet.–
It shows that in an interdependent world both recourses and leadership requirements are vital for sustaining major crisis, – and let’s be happy that Germany now is at the forefront of one of the most positive post-war endeavours, – which might turn out this time to be a blessing for both Europe, the US and possibly all financial markets.As can be seen dynamics do change with positive engagement, a lesson to be learnt and so valuable for international dynamics.–
This does not take away that times can be difficult and complex, but nobody could have crossed the Ocean if they would have been able to escape the ship in the storm.
Escaping the ship by storm is still a risk in the years ahead, but the dangers in an international economy with potential new recession in the US round about 2013 is an issue where all parties being involved need to weather the storm and eliminate the internal risks to destabilise the boat.Not doing this could have “Titanic proportions” for the Western hemisphere. Our problems are made by man and can be resolved by man, willing to take this vital task on board and willing to counteract the obstacles, – with a united will to weather the storm. Reason and spirit have done this in the past, – reason and spirit may do this in the future.
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