“The atmosphere could hardly have been more uneasy between Chancellor Angela Merkel und U.S. President Donald Trump during her visit to the White House. No handshake for the cameras, next to no eye contact, strained faces for both of them. Not only is there no chemistry between them, but it is obvious that in the current trans-Atlantic geometry, no solution for the tensions can be found. There is nonetheless, a way out in sight, but it can only be found on a totally different, higher level: the win-win cooperation with China and the New Silk Road, which the United States and Germany have both been invited to join.”
In an article written on Feb. 11 for Neue Solidarität, Helga Zepp-LaRouche goes through the new alliances among the United States, China, Russia, Japan that are being forged, and that could potentially usher in a new era in history. Those alliances became very much apparent in the telephone call between President Trump with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, then in the cordial exchanges between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping and in the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States.
With just over ten weeks to the first round of the French presidential election on April 23, a serious political crisis is unfolding. The conservative candidate François Fillon (Les Républicains), who was still considered the front-runner two weeks ago has been severely weakened by allegations that he used taxpayer money to pay his wife and two of his children for jobs they did not carry out. Fillon has since been overtaken in the polls by Marine Le Pen of the Front National and Emmanuel Macron, a renegade socialist and former Economics Minister of François Hollande, who is known as the “bankers’ man”.