As a never-ending stream of spy scandals put Washington-Berlin relations under unprecedented strain, Germans are increasingly asking themselves whether the country should be blindly following the US. After all Germany is still waiting for its gold bullion currently being stored in New York, I guess some friends are just to expensive to keep around.
Lets not forget that a few months ago US official Victoria Nuland was recorded saying “Fuck the EU” while discussing the crisis in Ukraine with the US ambassador to the country.
A recording of the tapped telephone conversation has posted online, see below.
It happened as the EU and US were in talks to end months of unrest in Ukraine between the opposition, who wanted the country to become closer to the West, and the government who turned down a deal with the EU late last year under Russian pressure.
Secondly the continuation of the spy scandals has put German elite in an “either/or” position, when they should either turn a blind eye on the current state of things and remain American protege or dash away from American chokehold.
Though US Secretary of State John Kerry has told German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Washington and Berlin remain “great friends” despite the new spying scandal that rocked bilateral relations in recent two weeks, Germans themselves feel the friendship went wrong.Ever since the creation of the post-WWII West Germany in 1949, the country remained in the orbit of American foreign policy, not least because of a large number of American bases deployed in the country.
But as German intelligence agency the BND has found out, the Americans never calmed down and continued spying, this time sneaking documents of the investigation of NSA intelligence activities in Germany, as reprted by the German news magazine Der Spiegel.