by Ian R Thorpe
As mainstream media in Britain goes into an orgy of sycophancy in response to the UK and USA's securing support of the twenty seven member union for its provocative actions in the Skripal case, Virginia State Senator Richard Black said The bloc is a “soft dictatorship” in which only key players need to be brougt onside.
Claims from The White House’s that it played a key role in persuading / bullying European countries act in unison against Russia by expeliing diplomats and threatening economic sanctions over the attempted murder of former double agent Sergei Skripal might not just be typical Trumpian bragging, Senator Black said.
It is far simpler to coerce a majority of the leaders 27 EU member states to join in the wave of diplomatic expulsions, started by the UK, than to convince 650 members of the British Parliament or 535 U.S. congressmen, Black argued, adding that once key EU nations [such as Germany and France] comply, it triggers a domino effect.
“The EU is rather a soft dictatorship of all the nations of Europe. All you have to do is you have to be able to influence the key people in the EU, and then you’re able to control all of the national states of Europe,” Black said, noting that “when you have Great Britain and the US acting in concert, they essentially are able to control the EU.”
While there are exceptions to this rule that refused to follow the lead of EU powerhouses in promptly expelling Russian diplomatic staff, the majority simply caved in to the pressure, he argued.
“Now I do know that Austria did break ranks and they say no, we’re not going to do this. Others have just fallen in line; they’re under too much pressure from the EU.”
Austria, along with Switzerland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Greece, Slovenia, and Slovakia, among others, have not joined in the Russian expulsion frenzy. The US has been leading the effort, ordering 60 Russian diplomats on Monday to leave the country, which accounts for nearly half of the total number of people set to be expelled by over 20 countries and NATO.