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Friday, 16 June 2017 12:38

Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms

Written by  Reuters

BERLIN/BRUSSELS Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms.

The Senate bill, approved on Thursday by a margin of 98-2, includes new sanctions against Russia and Iran.

Crucially, it foresees punitive measures against entities that provide material support to Russia in building energy export pipelines.

Berlin fears that could pave the way for fines against German and European firms involved in Nord Stream 2, a project to build a pipeline carrying Russian gas across the Baltic.

Among the European companies involved in the project are German oil and gas group Wintershall, German energy trading firm Uniper, Royal Dutch Shell, Austria’s OMV and France’s Engie.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman described the Senate bill, which must be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by President Donald Trump before it becomes law, as "a peculiar move".

He said it was "strange" that sanctions intended to punish Russia for alleged interference in the U.S. elections could also trigger penalties against European companies.

"That must not happen," said the spokesman, Steffen Seibert.

In an interview with Reuters, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Berlin would have to think about counter-measures if Trump backed the plan.

Read more at Reuters
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OK Angela. Might not want to go down that road. Imagine a double duty tax on BMW and Mercedes imports into the US.

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Now the DOJ will have to start an investigation into President Trump's collusion with the Germans to interfere with the senate legislative process. Will it ever end? (BTW, sarcasm...)

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ouch! no more Ritter Chocolate Bars?

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The NATO Sanctions triggered by the US false Flag MH-17 should have frozen Germany. But Russia needed money too badly to retaliate and cut off gas from Germany.

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Sick of this german islamo-fascist-globalist SCUMBAG... The german people need to prosecute this wench to the fullest as soon as they can get her out..

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Well tough Merkle. We take care of our own first. If your nice and found deserving then you may have your cake and ice cream.

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Hey You Guys! remember what happened last time you went up against us. It could happen again!

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She will have to get permission from her MUSLIM LEADERS first !!! They actually run that country.

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Barbro Nygren Written by Barbro Nygren
June 16, 2017
Her Elite UN Cimmunists are actually running her country(theEU) and now she just told her people that Germany will be a Muslim/Islamic state and you better get used to it
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I have been saying for a couple of months now that we should boycott German products. I also said I wished that President Trump had put an embargo on German products entering the U.S. the last time Merkel ran her mouth and was paling around with Obama. If we did I wonder how long it would take the German people to rid the world of Angela Merkel?

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BRING IT ON JERKEL......THEN THEY WILL HANG YOU EVENTUALLY, WHEN THEY REALIZE WHAT YOU DID TO THEIR COUNTRY----KNOW WHO MUSSOLININ IS ?.....YOU'LL DIE THE SAME WAY

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Good, Angela.

ANY country or company which does business with Russia, in spite of U.S. sanctions, should be cut off from American trade. THAT is how sanctions would hurt, and be effective.

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Wayne Blunk Written by Wayne Blunk
June 16, 2017
I agree. The bill should be in that vain rather than almost a threat to our NATO allies. actually, this whole issue of Russian interference in our elections is bs. There is no way that the American people followed any thing Russia might have said or done to affect our national elections. The whole thing was cooked up to attack the Trump administration and destroy the Trump agenda.
If in fact Russia tried to influence our elections, we too interfere in othercountries elections.Drop the whole damn witch hunt. It's not there !
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Tom Schwander Written by Tom Schwander
June 17, 2017
Oh, I wouldn't be surprised that Russia would do whatever to harm America; but I would be surprised if the russian leadership wanted to help President Trump instead of either hillary or bernie. Under bernie they would have known that America would have continued the slide into communism and they already knew that America would have been for sale under hillary. Do the math.

hey lady before you do any thing know what you are doing . you can't even take care of then problems in your country .fix your immigration problems 1st ,your stupidy is showing .OLD VET

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It is unlikely that Trump will sign this bill, and I am not happy that the Senate even wrote it. They want to impede his and the Secretary of State's flexibility when it comes to making any changes to the Russian sanctions. To me Congress is trying to tie his hands, like what the justice system did when they ruled against the travel ban. It is an insult.

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Should go without saying that Merkel is on the fringe of sanity with her policies that have brought about the destruction of her once great nation, built free by America!

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Kevin Harrison Written by Kevin Harrison
June 16, 2017
ok so can once again call YOU ENEMY

Eventually the majority of Germans will realize Merkel needs to. Even Hitler didn't go out to destroy his country. I think Merkel is almost as bad as Obama. That's a stretch, but she is very bad for Germany.

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Angela Merkel must realize that when she climbs in bed with the goat humpers, she's inviting direct retribution for providing aid and comfort to the enemy...

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Well Merkel is not that bright of a bulb and a weak image of Adolph, so I would not be very concerned with anything she says. She better realize that she has NO CONTROL (her BIG thing) over US policies, she better start looking out for her citizens and not the terrorists invading her nation. She is one of the main reasons for the continuing worldwide terrorism problem.

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David Fafarman Written by David Fafarman
June 16, 2017
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June 16, 2017
" "
"not that bright of a bulb"

5 watts. Maximum.

Looks like the fuhrer has her panties in a bunch.

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Robert Webster Written by Robert Webster
June 16, 2017
Just what we need trouble with the EU, just see how many people are out of work here when they stop trade with the US, It does seem that some think we need no body else and that the US controls evertything, this is a big world and Germany is a major trading partner, Where would we get the Transmission for cars, 90% of Automatic Transmission are built n Germany, so that means that the US auto industry would take a hit, look at the poultry and meat from the USA that goes to Europe, so then the poultry and cattle industry would suffer. There does seem to be a lot of uninformed people who think the USA is some thing that does not need trade.
Chet Scheel Written by Chet Scheel
June 16, 2017
Bill Beckham it's Eva, hardly der fuhrer
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Lajos Markos Written by Lajos Markos
June 16, 2017
so were do thing the get there parts too build transmission same as everyone one else made in china who cares About the EU it called European Union who cares
David Stevens Written by David Stevens
June 16, 2017
Russia did not influence our elections. The U.S. hacks Russia all the time and we are smart enough to fend off any of their hacking attempts.
All of the smartest Russian I.T. people are working in the U.S. Russia is a third world country with world ending nuclear capacities and they want to work with us. Democrats, Get over it before you blow up the world YOU LOST THE ELECTION.
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Mac Poe Written by Mac Poe
June 17, 2017
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June 17, 2017
There are more than 260 automobile transmission suppliers worldwide, many ARE German companies building transmissions in the US, Mexico and Canada. Many German automakers build their cars in the US, Mexico, and Canada, mostly NOT Germany.

Yes, the US needs trade with the EU. BUT not as much as they need to trade with us.

Trade inter-dependency is part of the Globalist plan to ensure a less stable WORLD economy when THEY decide to disrupt it with things like North Korea, the Middle East, Russia-US Relations, etc. and perhaps another financial crisis caused by something like hacking of the world stock exchanges to facilitate a GLOBAL FINANCIAL RESET in the near future. Their plan is to have some sort of centrally controlled Global Economy in effect by 2030, or so the Bilderbergers have planned. All of this has been discussed and documented in UN and IMF studies and memoranda and other places.

The United States is better equipped than any other country to survive without Global Trade. We can certainly outlast Germany and the financially strapped EU.

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