It is necessary to remind Germany, which will have its general elections this weekend, "Its trade war with the U.S. will escalate." It would have been more beneficial for their close future if German politicians mulled over why the trade war between the EU and the U.S. is climbing or tried to understand the codes of Britain's "Brexit" decision instead of messing with Turkey. It is highly likely that the operation against Turkey carried out over the Zarrab case will apply to European firms in the short term, which will most probably happen. Remembering that the process that began with the U.S. fining German automotive giant Volkswagen over the emission scandal was followed by the European Union's fine on Apple for its special tax deal with Ireland, to which the U.S. very firmly responded and claimed that it is due to Volkswagen, it would be better for German politicians to put the U.S., in particular, on their agenda regarding economic, politic, and military relations that are getting tenser, instead of focusing on Turkey.
The first of the two latest developments that escalated the war was the 2.42 billion euros that the EU fined Google. Extra fines worth 5 percent of Alphabet's daily global turnover could arise if Google's said manipulation of Google's search results does not cease in 90 days. The U.S.'s response to this blow was fining Deutsche Bank 14 billion euros. EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, in return, threatened 185 U.S. CEOs that "they will investigate them too."
The American business world, on the other hand, stated that they would retract their investments in the EU. Experts indicated that Apple is just the first frontline, while McDonald's, Amazon, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler can also be exposed to similar fines.
The EU-U.S. tension, according to Euronews, has spread to other areas. According to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) reports, the Pentagon is sending tons of weapons to militants against Daesh in Syria through military bases in Germany and that there is "forgery" in official records on these weapons. The Pentagon has budgeted $584 million for weapons aid to Syrian rebels and $900 million toward the program to buy Soviet-manufactured weapons. The operation is run through the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and New Jersey centered weaponry storage firm Picatinny Arsenal. Let's closely read the background of German politicians' animosity against Turkey and the rising EU-U.S. tension.
Agriculture's future, Turkey's future
One of Turkey's strategic means is agricultural production and water resources regarding its strength in the region. It might create billions of dollars in value for our economy with "new-generation" agricultural and water programs and a dynamic 25-30 year planning regarding the need for clean water resources to feed a world population reaching 9.5 billion. The protection and development of Turkey's arable land, increasing efficiency in agricultural production, transformation of irrigation channels used for watering from open channels to closed, mega projects to build dams and enable transfer of water between basins can turn Turkey into one of the most important economies is meeting world food demand.
This issue is so critical that the United Nations' latest report, "The Global Land Outlook," revealed that one-third of the world's land is extremely degraded because of difficulties and errors in agricultural production methods currently in use. This means that because land is becoming non-fertile, millions of people are at risk of facing hunger, poverty and clashes. The U.N.'s work points out that industrial agriculture is the main cause of the loss in productivity. The report, unfortunately, highlights that 24 billion tons of fertile land and 15 billion trees are lost every year.
In the report, U.N. experts issue a call to avoid intensive agriculture. The institution denotes that while fertile lands dry out and the population grows, the risk to compete and fight for land inside countries and on a global scale is rising. The U.N. gave the risk of conflict in Sudan and Chad as examples. The report shows correlations between urbanization, climate change, erosion and loss of forests via maps. The U.N. demands measures on a global scale to prevent fertile land from becoming deserts. If we can construct the future of agriculture, we will be adding one more ring to Turkey's "playmaker" power in Eurasia.
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