[Ed. – The euro, the PIGS financial meltdown, and the “Brexit” drama aren’t the only reasons why the EU is teetering on the brink. Europe is backing itself into the old Germany/not-Germany dichotomy of a century ago — for all of the old reasons. But this time, for the moment at least, there’s nothing pushing back on the WESTERN side of Germany.]
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticised NATO for having a bellicose policy towards Russia, describing it as “warmongering”, the German daily Bild reported.
Steinmeier pointed to the deployment of NATO troops near borders with Russia in the military alliance’s Baltic and east European member states.
“What we should avoid today is inflaming the situation by warmongering and stomping boots,” Steinmeier told Bild in an interview to be published Sunday. …
In an interview with Bild on Thursday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Russia is seeking to create “a zone of influence through military means”.
“We are observing massive militarisation at NATO borders — in the Arctic, in the Baltic, from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea,” he told the newspaper.