Theresa May after visiting Donald Trump and solidifying 'The Special Relationship' has flown to Turkey to meet with president Erdogan. They immediately cut a £100 million deal for fighter jet development.
May lectured Erdogan on human rights and he endured the insult knowing full-well this was for the Western audience. It was obviously not meant to be taken seriously. This is what is so laughable about Western diplomacy.
This deal serves multiple purposes. It helps the UK to remain a player post-Brexit. London's means of European influence will be largely through strengthening its role within NATO. Turkey perfectly fits the bill as a non-EU but NATO member.
The UK can serve as something of an American proxy in this regard as US relations with Ankara are a little touchy at present.
It also will re-establish Western-Turkish military ties which have been decimated by Erdogan, especially after the July 2016 failed coup. Erdogan will certainly watch this aspect closely.
Look for the UK to cement ties with Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and perhaps even Albania. With the exception of Switzerland these are all European nations that are part of NATO but not in the EU.
Germany in light of Brexit and now Trump continues to assert its military role and 'leadership' by expanding operations. This exercise in Mali is just the start. Germany post-Brexit and now in light of Trump's ambiguity regarding NATO has an increased standing within Europe.
Not surprisingly many within the German Left are exposed as pseudo-Left pro-militarists in their support of this expansion.
As many are pointing out the post-World War II Western order is in danger of collapse.
Trump seeks to increase American power through consolidation and yet he will find (if he's allowed to succeed) that the United States will come out weaker in the end. If Trump is permitted to continue historians will look back and mark his presidency as the beginning of the end of the 'American Century'. The unipolar world that emerged in 1991 may be coming to an end... unless the Deep State moves quickly.
Why aren't they moving? Why have they allowed this to continue?
This is still unclear. But increasingly it's looking like there are sharp divisions within the Deep State, even something of a civil war. We are entering a very uncertain time. An international incident or stock-market crash could start a chain-reaction, one that would forever change the nature of the societies in which we live.