Secret negotiations have been under way for some time between high German and Russian officials, to which Chancellor Angela Merkel has been excluded. Warned by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, and in a recent coded communication from outgoing President Barack Obama that she must act to save her authority, and enforce European Union sanctions against Russia, Merkel has also received an ultimatum from her cabinet and party. This was delivered in the form of a page torn out of an Old German bible in which a large black spot had been inked. Either she step aside in secret, Merkel understood the signal, or she will be forced to resign in public.Hilarious. This is based on leaks, but Helmer is well-positioned in this regard. If true, the house of cards is collapsing unless the US tightens down the screws. But the outcome of US screw tightening would be uncertain, it seems.
For more details of the meaning of the Black Spot, read this.
The rumblings out of Deutschland recently give credence to this. German business has not been aboard with US sanctions for some time, and now the German foreign policy establishment is also balking at ratcheting up hostilities with Russia.
First Cameron, now Merkel? Her political popularity, hence political capital, has been sinking and even her own party is concerned with the direction she has been setting.
Dances with Bears
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