In the shadow of brutal wars in the Middle East and burdened by the global problem of migration, Europe has forgotten how to talk to Russia. A destructive rage has moved deep into the bowels of Western democracies.
In fact, the world did not need to be reminded once again that the cause of its massive circulatory weakness is not only but prevalent in the US – a president who proclaims a domestic emergency and personifies a foreign policy emergency.
When Donald Trump's predecessor Bill Clinton fired rockets at a terrorist camp in Africa at the height of his impeachment trial, he was accused of provoking a war to distract himself from his real problems. Today we know that Clinton acted for good reasons and did not abuse the situation. Trump is the other way round: he is fueling a crisis that only magnifies the political nightmare that has been holding the world captive for two years.
The Munich Security Conference is a kind of inventory event of these misers, there is no lack of apocalyptic state descriptions. America's unpredictability, somewhere between withdrawal and strategy-free Dauerprovokation collides head-on with the cool calculating rising China, which claims with economic strength and growing military muscle not only a geographically larger space, but also a Definitionhoheit for fundamental values for themselves: for freedom, liberalism, Truthfulness.
Europe suffers from old and new centrifugal forces, the worst in Britain, where a state of sectarians and players was kidnapped by a sheer incredible chain of political blunders. But it is not only populists and anti-democrats who are profiteers of rampant instability, but nationalists and anti-institutionalists, contrary to every historical experience, believe that Europe will be stronger if it breaks down into small units.
In the shadow of brutal wars in the Middle East and weighed down by the truly global problem of migration, Europe has strained and lost sight of the conversation with its main neighbor in the East, Russia. To leave no room for doubt: it was Vladimir Putin, twelve years ago in Munich, who turned the tables on the West and made it clear that he intended to protect his power from the power of democracy through partitioning. Meanwhile, this destructive rage is deep in the bowels of Western democracies.
The feeling of uprooting leads to the rejection of institutions
These democracies have become vulnerable to the new weapons of disinformation and digital divide, shaken by self-doubt and vulnerable to the next economic storm that is already coming. Climate change, perceived as the greatest threat by most people worldwide, seems to have disappeared from the international agenda due to political insolubility.
All this is really a lot of gloom at once and therefore so hard to bear, because the situation of the world corresponds to the perceived reality of life of many people. What happens on a large scale is reflected on a small scale. At its core, there is a feeling of uprooting that leads to a rebellion against parties and institutions.
Spain, France, Italy, Great Britain – the roots of society have come to an end; where once was the middle, now yawns a hole. Here lies the deeper reason for the growing insecurity that ultimately manifests itself in aggression between states, in trade conflicts or in populist crusades. Uprooting leads to the rejection of institutions and leaders, increases the lack of understanding of the complexity of problems and ends in radicalism.
It is a symptom of this time that the problems can be largely neatly analyzed, but that the smart formula for their solution is lacking. The vultures circle – ready to push down on the remnants of the system. One could speak of a global emergency, if not even this term had already been abused.