The US targets the Czech Republic and Hungary – Global Times

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chinese daily Global Times analyzes US foreign policy toward Eastern-Europe after the Republican Party victory in the November midterm elections.

The US neoconservatives target two countries in Eastern-Europe – Hungary and the Czech Republic because they see both countries being too friendly towards Russia and China.

"More recently, US coercion in various forms has targeted Hungary and the Czech Republic. In the eyes of policymakers, these countries are developing too close diplomatic and economic relations with Russia and China. Washington wants to isolate Russia and contain China.

Hungary is now targeted by Washington owing to the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party. Washington objects to Hungary's independent foreign policy and to its relations with Russia and China. A particular sin is support for the multinational South Stream pipeline project to bring natural gas from Russia to Central Europe.

The ideology of Fidesz rejects the neoliberal economics of the "Washington Consensus." The party is committed to European integration, but sees a positive role for connectivity eastward on a Eurasian basis to support global development within a diverse multipolar environment.

Given this forward-looking orientation, it is not surprising that Orban and his party are targeted by neoconservatives involved in US foreign policy. For Washington and some influential circles in Europe, Hungary's stance is not acceptable. It cuts against a hegemonic transatlantic Western order as the center of world politics and economics.

One mechanism Washington uses to interfere in the internal politics of targeted countries is the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)."

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Anonymous said...

Cold Turkey Ankara Buckles Against Western Pressure, Turns to Russia

Russia has abandoned the troubled South Stream project and will now be building its replacement with Turkey. This monumental decision signals that Ankara has made its choice to reject Euro-Atlanticsm and embrace Eurasian integration.

In what may possibly be the biggest move towards multipolarity thus far, the ultimate Eurasian pivot, Turkey, has done away with its former Euro-Atlantic ambitions. A year ago, none of this would have been foreseeable, but the absolute failure of the US’ Mideast policy and the EU’s energy one made this stunning reversal possible in under a year. Turkey is still anticipated to have some privileged relations with the West, but the entire nature of the relationship has forever changed as the country officially engages in pragmatic multipolarity.

Turkey’s leadership made a major move by sealing such a colossal deal with Russia in such a sensitive political environment, and the old friendship can never be restored (nor do the Turks want it to be). The reverberations are truly global.
Missing The Signs

It’s amazing how much the West lost in such a short period of time and due to such major and totally unnecessary political miscalculations, and they owe their roots to the disastrous regime change operations in Syria and Ukraine...
All that it takes is for Greece or Bulgaria to abandon Brussels (which doesn’t seem improbable), and the project can either go through Macedonia en route to Serbia or via Bulgaria as initially planned, then up to the Hungarian border. At this point, it’s certainly a tantalizing thought for the countries that have paid the most for their ‘integration’ and received scarcely anything in return. Expect the New South Stream to politically divide the EU like never before...
Most significantly, Turkey has shown that it has the political grit to make historical decisions independent of NATO, showing that it is embracing its pivotal geography and combining it with a multipolar policy.The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (importantly encompassing Russia and China) just outlined the specific procedures for admitting new members a few months ago, although at the time analysts thought this was directed towards India and Pakistan...
Now, however, with Turkey already being a dialogue partner, it might make the rapid step to observer status and full-fledged membership just as quickly as it made its decisive pivot. There’s also been talk of the country entering into a free-trade agreement with the Russian-led Eurasian Customs Union, so it might incidentally find its EU replacement with Brussels’ eastern adversary, Moscow.

As Western decision makers are scratching their heads and wondering how it ever got to this point, they’d do well to remember that none of this would have happened had they just allowed the Syrian and Ukrainian people to live in peace with their democratically elected governments.

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