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Now it's official: China is on Russia's side despite, perhaps because of, Russia's attack on Ukraine and the European peace order. From now on, the two UN Security Council members want to speak with one voice on global issues.
The two authoritarian powers are thus closing ranks that are clearly directed against the West. The West is the USA and its allies, the liberal democracies of this world, also in Asia, this is Europe.
China has Taiwan firmly in its sights and is seeking nothing less than to oust the US as a world power and oust it from East Asia, just as Russia has been working to weaken US influence in Europe for many years. This is not only about economic interests, but also about the suppression of the western image of man and the basic rights and freedoms that are characteristic of democracies.
For the European Union, which has just published its strategic compass and thus its security policy guidelines for the 20s, this means that it must multiply its efforts in all areas relevant to its security and independence.
For Germany, Europe's largest economy, this means that the proclaimed "turning point" must be followed by actions that go far beyond what has been communicated so far.
There must finally be an end to hypermoral navel-gazing, checkbook-enforced ostrich politics and egoistic special paths that are intent on short-term advantages.
For Europe, the question of survival arises with regard to its values and its political order.
Germany, which for two decades has been on its own path and thus wrong on fundamental issues of common interest, must once again live up to its responsibility in and for Europe and commit its people to hardship. Immediately. Peace and freedom will only be preserved with determination, prudence, perseverance and toughness. Berlin has allowed Moscow and Beijing, albeit inadvertently, to prepare the attack, which is aimed not just at Ukraine but at Europe and the West as a whole. The Third World War has long been in full swing on an ideal level. There is still a chance of preventing a hot world war. However, submission to dictatorships must not be an option.