As China bullies Lithuania, EU steps back but Taiwan steps in

As China bullies Lithuania, EU steps back but Taiwan steps in

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8 thoughts on “As China bullies Lithuania, EU steps back but Taiwan steps in

  1. Taking a step back?

    You have to take a step foward to take a step back, the EU has yet to do that therefore it’s a stupid title.

  2. I would like to propose an addition to article 2 of the EU treaty to enhance its clarity:

    “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail. **These values may be suspended or disregarded in the interests of international trade and the economic well-being of the Union.**”

  3. I was wondering why the article was slamming so hard on Europe in an unrelated newspiece, and it’s an US website, and the article was written by a reporter specializing in National Security.

    It would be nice to have matter-of-fact reporting on the topic rather than a goading article lazily reporting a tweet and the newsletter of a friend as news.

  4. This showcases one of the biggest weaknesses and strengths of the union.

    **We don’t have a unified extrenal policy.**

    I’ll illustrate with another simpler example.

    In the Magreb, Algeria and morrocco are lifelong rivals. France backs morocco while Spain backs Algeria. They almost went to war.

    EU countries have often divergent and even contradictory external policies

    On the plus side this allows for external policy based on local interests. (France can mantain their influence in Africa)

    On the minus side this means we often compete with each other. (Spain recently sold submarines to Turkey against Greek interests)

    A trade war with china is no small deal for the EU, Especially with the present crisis. It’s not in the best interest of, for example, Greece who is backed by China in Its struggle against Turkey. Currently they’re cobuilding a port in greece.

    Those Who support a Federal EU think a common front IS key to Europe’s succes.

    Those Who support a decentralised EU think local interests should have priority.

    Here’s the irony. If the EU was more federal, Lithuania probably wouldn’t be able to stand like they did.

    However because the EU isn’t more Federal the rest of countries are allowed to… ignore Lithuania.

  5. Good job, Taiwan. I’m glad you able and willing to help your friends and allies, unlike this dead, cowardly, greedy and thankfully irrelevant continent.

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