You know the Great Fear: our leaders really ARE that stupid.
God protect us. Nobody else will.
Now observe how the myth of European industrialism of the last 50 years will be dispelled. It rested, actually, on three large pillars:
1. The relative benevolence of the United States towards European energy policies, which still didn’t preclude attempts of Reagan Administration to sabotage Soviet pipelines to Europe;
2. West Germany’s Ostpolitik initiated by Willie Brandt’s government and, successfully, continued by Helmut Schmidt;
3. And, of course, the USSR and now Russia is/was supplying very affordable energy to Europe.