Manlio Dinucci (Il Manifesto, 15 June 2021)
The 14 June, at the headquarters in Brussels, the NATO Summit: the North Atlantic Council at the highest level of heads of state and government. It was formally chaired by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in fact by the President of the United States Joseph Biden, came to Europe to call up the Allies in the global conflict against Russia and China.
The NATO Summit was preceded and prepared by two political initiatives that saw Biden protagonist - the signing of the New Atlantic Charter and the G7 - and will be followed by the summit of President Biden with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the 16 in Geneva, the outcome of which is heralded by Biden's refusal to hold, as usual, a final press conference with Putin.
The New Atlantic Charter, signed on 10 June in London by the President of the United States and the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it is a significant political document to which the local media have given little importance. The historic Atlantic Charter - signed by US President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill in August 1941, two months after Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union - he stated the values on which the future world order would be based, guaranteed by the "great democracies", first of all, the renunciation of the use of force, the self-determination of peoples and their equal rights in access to resources. After history has shown how these values have been applied, now the "revitalized" Atlantic Charter reaffirms its commitment to "defend our democratic values against those who try to undermine them". To this end, the US and Great Britain assure the Allies that they will always be able to count on "our nuclear deterrents" and that "NATO will remain a nuclear alliance".
The G7 Summit, held in Cornwall on 11-13 June, it urges Russia to “put an end to its destabilizing behavior and its malicious activities, including its interference in the democratic systems of other countries ", and accuses China of "non-market practices that undermine the fair and transparent functioning of the global economy". With these and other accusations (formulated in Washington's own words), the European powers of the G7 - Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy, which are at the same time the major European NATO powers - they aligned with the United States before the same NATO Summit.
It opened with the statement that “our relationship with Russia is at its lowest since the end of the Cold War: this is due to the aggressive actions of Russia "and that" the military strengthening of China, its growing influence and coercive behavior pose challenges to our security ". A real declaration of war that, turning reality upside down, it leaves no room for negotiations that ease the tension.
The Summit opened a "new chapter" in the history of the Alliance, based on the "Born 2030" agenda. The "transatlantic link" between the United States and Europe is strengthened on all levels - political, military, cheap, technological, space and others - with a strategy that spans on a global scale, from North and South America to Europe, from Asia to Africa In this context, the US will soon deploy new nuclear bombs and new medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe against Russia and in Asia against China.
Hence the Summit's decision to further increase military spending: the United States, whose expenditure amounts to almost 70% of the total of 30 NATO countries, push the European Allies to increase it. Italy, since 2015, has increased its annual expenditure by 10 billions, bringing it into the 2021 (according to NATO data) about 30 billions of dollars, the fifth in order of magnitude among the 30 NATO countries, but the level it must reach exceeds 40 billions of dollars annually.
At the same time, the role of the North Atlantic Council is strengthened, the political body of the Alliance which, according to NATO standards, decides not by majority but always "unanimously and by mutual agreement", that is, in agreement with what was decided in Washington. This leads to a further weakening of the European parliaments, in particular of the Italian one, already deprived of real decision-making powers on foreign and military policy since 21 of 27 EU countries belong to NATO.
However, not all European countries are on the same level: Great Britain, France and Germany negotiate with the United States on the basis of their interests, while Italy agrees to Washington’s decisions against its own interests. Economic contrasts (for example the one between Germany and the USA on the North Stream) however, they take a back seat to the higher common interest: to ensure that the West maintains its dominance in a world in which they emerge, or re-emerge, new state and social subjects.
(Il Manifesto, 15 June 2021)