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U.S. Vice-President: The EU is America’s Poodle

Joe Biden, infamous for his numerous gaffes, puts his foot in it ... again

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During a speech at Harvard, US Vice-President Joe Biden revealed that the Obama administration had to “embarrass” Europe to impose economic sanctions on Russia – even though the EU was opposed to such a move.

In what must have been quite an uncomfortable moment for the White House, Biden said that the EU didn’t want to impose sanctions on Russia, but it was “America’s leadership and the President of the United States insisting, and almost having to embarrass Europe”, that forced the EU to follow America’s lead.

Despite hardly being reported in Western mainstream media, this revelation is significant because it confirms what was long suspected: it is the United States that is running the show, with the European Union simply following orders from its master.

That the EU didn’t want to impose sanctions on Russia makes perfect sense. European leaders must have predicted that this would create negative consequences not only for Russia, but for the EU as well.  And that is precisely what happened.  Russia’s counter-sanctions have hit many of the EU’s agricultural states. EU members, particularly those close to Russia, were the most affected by the loss of the Russian market. No wonder some European countries have started to call for the EU to lift the sanctions against Russia.

What makes no sense whatsoever is why the EU would bow down to American demands, knowing perfectly well that it is not in their interest to do so. Clearly the EU no longer represents its own citizens, who now have to endure the economic consequences of the sanctions game.

No wonder the anti-EU sentiment is rising dramatically in Europe.  

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