In a powerful Bundestag speech, Deputy Chair of the German Die Linke (Left Party), Sahra Wagenknecht, accused Angela Merkel of being an enabler of US interests, to the detriment of Germany and the EU.
Wagenknecht called into question Merkel's position on "spheres of influence" and international law, citing numerous instances in the course of which Merkel's great ally the United States has trampled over international law... Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya... to name a few.
The indented excerpts beneath are from Wagenknecht's speech. They are taken from the English translation that accompanies the video.
In your speech in Sydney Ms Merkel you are terribly outraged by the fact that 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall there continues to exist an old way of thinking of "spheres of influence" which tramples on international law... That begs the question: "Mrs Merkel, where on earth do you live? And where have you been living for the past 25 years? Where were you when the United States trampled international law in Iraq, to expand its sphere of influence over Iraqi oil? Where were you, when with Germany's participation international law in Afghanistan was and is being trampled? Where were you when Libya was bombed... when the Syrian opposition was armed and affiliated with ISIS after weapons deliveries? Was all that in your opinion, in accordance with international law?"
Wagenknecht made direct reference to Zbigniew Brzezinski's book The Grand Chessboard: the primacy of America and its Geostrategic Imperatives which she characterized as an old way of thinking about spheres of influence. She accused Merkel of being an instrument for the furtherment of these US-driven geostrategic designs.
With regard to Europe, Brzezinski argues for a decisive NATO expansion eastward: first in Central Europe, then in the South, then in the Baltic States and, finally, in the Ukraine. Because as the author [Brzezinski] convincingly justifies: "every step of expansion automatically expands the immediate sphere of influence of the United States." This is an old way of thinking in terms of "spheres of influence" which was very successfully implemented, and you really, never, ever noticed it Mrs Merkel? On the contrary, you belonged to those who further implemented and supported that in Europe! You were just one of the "vassals" to use Brzezinski's words, which endorsed this strategy.
Mrs Merkel, now you've driven Germany to a renewed "Cold War" with Russia, poisoned the political climate and jeopardized peace in Europe. You have instigated a senseless economic war, which massively harms primarily the German and European economy. You are warning us of fire, Mrs Merkel, but you are one of those who are running around with lighted matches.
On Ukraine, Wagenknecht made explicit reference to the Nazi presence in Kiev's police and security apparatus and pointed to the brutal policies directed at the pro-Russian people of eastern Ukraine.
In Ukraine you cooperate with a regime, in which the important functions of the police and security services are occupied by recognized Nazis! President Poroshenko talks of "total war." He stopped all payments to pensioners and hospitals in eastern Ukraine! And for prime minister Yatsenyuk the insurgents are, quote, "creatures that must be destroyed." Instead of working with these thugs, we finally again need a German foreign policy in which security and peace is more important than the instructions from Washington.
Video link beneath. For non-German speakers click "CC" on toolbar to get English subtitles.