“It is believed that historical analogies are often wrong. But sometimes there are so many total coincidences. Today's Europe resembles the postwar period. Of course, everything is not so disastrous now. But a lot of matches are quite obvious,” RISS expert Mikhail Belyaev believes.
Speaking of the economy, the coronavirus pandemic hit economic growth across the globe seriously. Fighting the epidemic is like a real war. Estimates of the economic damages are controversial, but the situation is far from rosy. The British research division of The Economist Group predicts that Germany's GDP will shrink by 6.8%, and Italy's GDP will fall by 7%. According to the Dow Jones, in 2019, even before the pandemic, the economic growth slowed to the lowest level in the past 6 years. This was caused by problems in the foreign trade sphere and disagreements within the European Union. During the epidemic, this situation has only worsened. Economic growth in Europe is expected to remain modest.
Against the background of confusion within Europe, American politicians revived. USA has always been pursuing an aggressive expansionist foreign policy. Washington decided to restore its lost positions at the time when Europe is weakened. Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, have summoned a simple idea: a new Marshall Plan. This idea was also supported by Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, and Jim Cramer, American financial news correspondent, who has also given this idea light on CNBC channel.
Senators who are propagating this idea belong to veterans, so they remember the true goals of the Marshall Plan well. After the war, as Secretary of State, George Marshall offered to “help” the destroyed Europe by allocating $ 13 billion for its recovery. The United States did not hide the fact that the Marshall Plan aid was aimed at binding the European economy to overseas production, as well as including Europe in the political orbit of the United States, up to military cooperation with NATO. But the main goal of the Marshall Plan was to counter the spread of international authority and influence of the USSR, which saved the world from fascism.
The world is now thinking about how it will live after the pandemic. By the way, the US is not going to give up the idea of global domination. Washington is planning to strengthen its influence in Europe. There is a reason that analysts have already called the $ 2 trillion financial aid approved by the Senate to support the American economy “an advance payment for the new Marshall Plan.” So, it is quite real that the USA may repeat Marshall Plan with the EU.