Germany about all values?
Many Ukrainians believe that when Germany built Nord Stream 2, it seemed to betray Ukraine. Although in reality there was no betrayal, because you can only betray the one to whom you swore allegiance. And Germany has never given such an oath to Ukraine.
However, this is not the end of the matter. Because Germany has committed a much more serious crime. She betrayed herself.
For more than 50 years, Germany has apologized for World War II and the Holocaust. Mostly sincere, with a real sense of guilt. This new Germany has rejected – or at least said it has rejected – geopolitical priorities and replaced them with a principled, unconditional, unequivocal commitment to humane values, human rights, tolerance and liberalism. It is fully committed to “European values”, which, according to Brussels bureaucrats, are a solid foundation of the European Union. For both the Germans and Brussels, values are above all.
Well, at least that’s what they say. But in fact everything is a bit more complicated. Uncompromising devotion to European values in itself makes any closer ties with totalitarian China and fascist Russia impossible. Do not approach a country that commits the Uighur genocide, or whose leader has ordered the killing of more than 20 opponents, seized neighboring territories and destroyed all democratic institutions. Of course, it is necessary to coexist with such countries, but cooperation is possible only if it promotes or does not harm German-European values.
When Berlin built Nord Stream 2, it actually declared that it was guided not by values but by geopolitical interests. All countries except Germany and the EU (and the USA) have the right to such hypocrisy. And not because we demand it of them, but because they themselves have declared, they say, values for them – above all. Why did the Germans betray themselves so easily? Why do both the Socialists and the Christian Democrats support Nord Stream 2?
And because the Germans are one of the most nationalist nations in the modern world. Of course, they would object to such an accusation, but please look at the facts.
In 1990-1991, a great reunification of German lands took place. Germania irredenta – former East Germany – returned to the bosom of the Fatherland. Nationalists of other nations have seldom achieved such success. And the Germans reunited and became the most powerful country in Europe. So it is no wonder that they began to behave in this way. If the brutal persecution of national interests is nationalism – as it is often interpreted – then the Germans fully deserve such a name. Germany became an exporter of high-quality products to the EU, and Germany’s insistence on a strong euro became a mantra – such that Greeks and other peoples experiencing economic crises often compared them to the Nazis.
WHEN BERLIN BUILT NORD STREAM 2, IT ACTUALLY DECLARED THAT IT WAS GUIDED NOT BY VALUES BUT BY GEOPOLITICAL INTERESTS. ALL COUNTRIES EXCEPT GERMANY AND THE EU (AND THE USA) HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUCH HYPOCRISY. AND NOT BECAUSE WE DEMAND IT OF THEM, BUT BECAUSE THEY THEMSELVES HAVE DECLARED, THEY SAY, VALUES FOR THEM – ABOVE ALL
Some arrogance and a sense of superiority among Germans are also noticeable, especially with regard to the not-quite-cultural nations of Eastern Europe. Poles and Hungarians do not know how to be democratic, Ukrainians are completely corrupt, the Balkans have remained Balkans… And in general, all those Eastern Europeans have misjudged and condemned their involvement in the Holocaust. They need to learn. Who? Of course, we have, because we are so guilty that we can be proud.
United Russia is a source of admiration. True, Putin is a dictator, but the Russians themselves want that. Should we deny their authoritarian desires, so deeply rooted in the Russian mentality and history? And then Tolstoy, Dostoevsky – and gas.
In short, Germany has become the nationalist hegemon of Europe. Does it surprise anyone that other EU nations behave similarly? They will never be hegemons, of course, but they will be nationalists.
Germany is not the only nationalist state in Europe. France and the United Kingdom as well. The Germans and the French de facto run the EU, and the British spoke out to advance their national interests.
Another noteworthy deeply democratic country is America. Trump is called a nationalist, but Biden, Bush and Obama have been and are no less committed to American uniqueness, necessity and righteousness. None of the Americans can renounce the slogan “We – № 1”. And does not want to. Therefore, it is no coincidence that America and Germany together “betrayed” Ukraine.
Our American values are impeccably liberal. We are always for human rights – well, only when not. Then forgive us for our inconsistency, but it happens to wonderful countries that know better than you what is good and what is bad. And when necessary, they can convince with a fist.