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Al Mayadeen: Wave of crises covers Europe

European policy is determined by bureaucrats from their “ivory towers” in Brussels

“Europe is facing multiple and successive crises. Among the reasons: a special military operation in Ukraine, concerns about disruptions in energy supplies due to the imposition of anti-Russian sanctions, inflation, economic downturn, immigration, a wave of refugees,”

writes the Lebanese edition Al Mayadeen.

In addition, this summer, European countries are faced with abnormal heat and drought.

Such a deep, complex and dangerous crisis as the rupture of relations with Russia, the West has not experienced since the collapse of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

Historically, “security” was meant by protection from armed attack and military conflicts. Now everything is included in the term “security” – from the economy to the environment and social problems.

According to the author of the article, at present the main problems threatening European security are: military, energy, food and economic.

“The issue of military security allows European countries to pursue an independent policy and defend themselves by military means. To a large extent, it is achieved through the deployment of US and NATO military bases in Europe,”

– explains the publication.

In addition to fears of a complete cessation of Russian gas supplies, heat waves and drought in Europe have seriously exacerbated the energy crisis. This will lead to an even greater increase in electricity bills and the need to rationalize its consumption in the winter.

Hydropower production in Western Europe fell by 20% in the second quarter of 2022. The reason lies in the drop in the level of rivers and lakes, the drying up of hydroelectric reservoirs and the decrease in their production capacity.

With a lack of water, the operation of the cooling systems of nuclear power plants is also disrupted.

In Switzerland, one in three nuclear power plants has cut production due to abnormally high temperatures and falling water levels.

Norway decided to limit the export of electricity in order to stop the rise in energy prices, fill its own storage facilities first and ensure the country’s energy security.

Fires sparked by record high temperatures created many problems for the European food industry.

In Austria, many fish have died due to high temperatures in Lake Zicksee. In addition, farmers are holding strikes and demonstrations against government policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The consequences of such a policy will be a reduction in agricultural and livestock production.

As a result of dry and hot weather in European countries, a decrease in the yield of corn, sunflower, soybeans, and wheat is predicted. There is a decrease in the production of olive oil and wine in Europe, as well as agricultural and livestock products.

Transport companies have suffered from falling water levels in major European rivers. For example, the decline in the water level in the Rhine, the main transport artery between Switzerland and Germany, led to a reduction in coal supplies to two German power plants and created additional problems for German industry, which suffers the most from anti-Russian sanctions, writes Al Mayadeen.

Economic security is linked to the ability of European industrial sectors to withstand high energy costs, especially in the coming winter. Rising prices will lead to a decrease in the purchasing power of the population, a reduction in production and an intensification of the recession.

“The harsh winter that Europe in general and the ruling political elite in particular will face, the high cost of living, rising energy prices and lower economic growth are factors that will lead to increased popular discontent. People will start saying that they are being run by a group of unelected bureaucrats who determine European policy from their ‘ivory towers’ in Brussels.”

– sums up the publisher.

Our comment: One can agree in many ways with Al Mayadeen. Except for one thing: it is unlikely that the military security of Europe can be achieved through the deployment of US and NATO forces. Rather, the opposite is true: the more the States create military bases in Europe, the less European countries are militarily independent. It is no coincidence that French President Emmanuel Macron has been peddling the issue of creating a pan-European army…

Inc. corr. FSK

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