World News: U.S. Ukraine Aid Isolates European Union

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The United States increase in aid to Ukraine sentences the European Union and Europeans to a role of advocacy. Unable to compete with North American means, the latter are limited to imposing economic sanctions with uncertain effects.

President Joe Biden, by announcing his intention to increase his aid to Ukraine, without however wanting to engage in a logic of direct confrontation with Russia, puts Western Europe and the European Union in a most delicate situation by evading both current and future negotiations.

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Thus, by isolating the Europeans from the process of settling the conflict, the United States poses as the only interlocutor in the face of a Russia that is finally so happy to return to a classic East-West confrontation that offers it a certain unexpected diplomatic substance.

Because the efforts made by the White House since the beginning of the conflict are in no way disinterested. The opportunity for the United States to regain the lead in international relations after the Afghan fiasco in 2021 and the turmoil caused by the Aukus Treaty (alliance Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom) on nuclear submarines is served here on a plateau.

Playing its best role, namely that of gendarme of the world flying to the rescue of an attacked and outraged nation, the United States, refers the Europeans to the retaliatory measures of which they are only capable, banal economic sanctions that do not seem to frighten Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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Crystallization of Conflict

This double game, which consists in helping Ukraine while isolating the Europeans to weaken their influence on the continent, could be considered classic, even banal, on the part of the world's leading economic and military power. Except that this game, wanted by Joe Biden, could also considerably refresh AMERICAN-European relations for several reasons.

In the first place, the conflict, which has caused a sharp rise in oil prices in a pre-context of latent inflation linked to the pandemic, exposes in all respects the Europeans who see on their doorstep a war fed in secret by the United States.

This same conflict, on the verge of crystallizing only in the Donbass region, is therefore capable of creating a hotbed of tension on the European continent, far from the United States, spared to a certain extent by the economic and human consequences of a war that is set to last for a long time. Thus, some would see in the attitude of the United States the unacknowledged desire to weaken such a rival economic power on a global scale.

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While China is trying to get rid of the last outbreaks of Covid on its soil, raising the uncertainty of this attempt on world markets, the United States is in turn trying to secure a political and economic area, in this case Europe when Sino-American relations tend to remain in a degraded status quo.

Allies of Circumstance

And from there to say that the United States is developing a pragmatic, almost cynical approach to the diplomatic situation in Europe, in order to maintain or protect its interests, there is only one step. Does this mean that in international relations there are only allies of circumstances whose fidelity evolves according to events and especially the interests that each one intends to protect?

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It would not be incongruous to think of this in the face of the current situation in which Ukraine and its President Volodymyr Zelensky regularly taunt the Europeans so that they increase the pressure on Vladimir Putin, encouraged in this by the position of the United States, which is adept at playing with the obligations and principles defended by the Europeans.

A new game of failure on a European scale but with global repercussions, the Ukrainian crisis has revealed all the wanderings and flaws of European diplomacy, all the ability of the United States to adapt in a disrupted global context and above all all the fragility of a continent, here Europe, still exposed to the throes of a democratization such as Russia.


Bio: Olivier Longhi has extensive experience in European history. A seasoned journalist with fifteen years of experience, he is currently professor of history and geography in the Toulouse region of France. He has held a variety of publishing positions, including Head of Agency and Chief of Publishing. A journalist, recognized blogger, editor, and editorial project manager, he has trained and managed editorial teams, worked as a journalist for various local radio stations, a press and publishing consultant, and a communications consultant.

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