I joined Julia Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO on Monday morning to discuss the varying state of “crisis” in three countries: Brexit Britain, Germany, and Mexico.
First, it’s a look at the latest declaration — this time on point — of crisis as UK Prime Minister Theresa May stumbles between Brexiteers in his Cabinet and the looming economic reality of a Britain with no trade arrangement with the European Union and much of the world.
The conversation is quickly curbed by my warning of the economic void, so it’s on to Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel has blunted a threat from within her Cabinet but given some ground on immigration.
And Mexican elections bring in a President promising a fight against corruption and a rise in wages and pensions — but who, like all Mexican politicians, will stand against the hardline policies of the Trump Administration.
In 2016, Vladimir Putin reaped two of his greatest foreign policy triumphs in quick succession. The United Kingdom voted narrowly to exit the European Union, advancing a longstanding Russian goal of splitting Western allies that have long been united against it. Later that year, the United States voted even more narrowly to elect Donald Trump president.
Friday evening, the New York Times revealed new detail about Russian involvement in the Brexit vote. The more we learn, the more similar the pattern of behavior in the two countries becomes clear, and the more suspicious the denials of Putin’s partners grows.
His lack of wealth of course increases the suspiciousness of the case. How could Banks afford the largest political donation in the history of the United Kingdom? Unless he was being used as a pass-through for Russia?