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Krieg in Europa?
24.09.2014
Der ehemalige Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt warnt vor einem neuen Krieg in Europa.

Verletzte ausgeflogen
03.09.2014
Die Bundeswehr hat 20 verwundete Kämpfer aus der Ukraine zur Behandlung nach Deutschland ausgeflogen.

Außen und innen
26.08.2014
Der deutsche Außenminister moniert eine mangelnde Zustimmung in der Bevölkerung für eine offensive deutsche Weltpolitik.

Die Verantwortung Berlins
20.05.2014
Der ehemalige EU-Kommissar Günter Verheugen erhebt im Konflikt um die Ukraine schwere Vorwürfe gegen Berlin.

"Ein gutes Deutschland"
30.04.2014
Das deutsche Staatsoberhaupt schwingt sich zum Lehrmeister der Türkei auf.

Die Dynamik des "Pravy Sektor"
11.03.2014
Der Jugendverband der NPD kündigt einen "Europakongress" unter Beteiligung des "Pravy Sektor" ("Rechter Sektor") aus der Ukraine an.

Der Mann der Deutschen
18.02.2014
Die deutsche Kanzlerin hat am gestrigen Montag zwei Anführer der Proteste in der Ukraine empfangen.

Die Herero als Terroristen
17.02.2014
Die Wochenzeitung der staatlich geförderten "Landsmannschaft Ostpreußen" erklärt die Herero zu "Terroristen" und den deutschen Genozid an ihnen zum "Krieg gegen den Terror".

Zukunftspläne für die Ukraine
07.12.2013
Eine führende deutsche EU-Politikerin hat in Kiew mit dem Anführer der extrem rechten Partei Swoboda verhandelt.

Strafanzeige
15.10.2013
Gegen die scheidende Staatsministerin im Auswärtigen Amt Cornelia Pieper ist Strafanzeige wegen öffentlicher Leugnung von NS-Massenmorden erstattet worden.

Berlin's Priorities
2014/10/09
BERLIN/ANKARA/RIYADH
(Own report) - The German Chancellor is raising strong accusations against Turkey. One should "be able to expect from a NATO member country" that it "will set the right priorities" and ultimately give precedence to the struggle against IS, Angela Merkel said yesterday (Wednesday), in reference to the catastrophic situation in the North Syrian border town of Kobani. Ankara is refusing any form of assistance to the Syrian-Kurdish combatants, trying to fend off the terrorist troops of the "Islamic State" (IS) storming the city. Observers are suspecting that an IS conquest of Kobani may even be to the Turkish government's geostrategic advantage. Merkel's accusations of Ankara are surprising - not solely, because Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has been systematically spying on Turkey. Therefore, Berlin had known of how Turkey has been supporting IS, without objecting. Likewise, Berlin had not intervened against the strategic measures being taken in Lebanon and Syria by the USA and Saudi Arabia, even though these also benefited the IS or other Salafist militias, that are today supporting the IS. Experts are warning that in the short-term, the strengthening of IS can no longer be halted. In the Turkish regions bordering on Syria, there could even be a similar development to the Afghan-Pakistan border.

A Desperate Defensive Battle
2014/10/08
ANKARA/BERLIN
(Own report) - Western interventions and the expansionist interests of NATO ally Turkey are responsible for the dramatic situation in the northern Syrian city of Kobane. The conquest of the city appears immanent, in spite of the desperate defensive battle against the "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist organization that was still being waged on Tuesday evening. There are already countless casualties. Western interventions in the Middle East are ultimately responsible for strengthening the IS, which is on the verge of conquering Kobane. Iraqi Kurdish militia - unlike the Syrian Kurds combating IS - are getting support, also from the Bundeswehr, thanks to Turkey's expansionist concepts. According to these concepts, which are being greeted with sympathy in the West, a "Kurdistan" state could be pried away from Iraq and linked to - or even integrated into - Turkey, in the hopes of weakening the area's pro-Iranian forces and pit Sunni forces against Iran. These strategic macro plans, which are in Western interests, have led to the terrible situation in Kobane.

Under Tutelage
2014/10/06
KIEV/BERLIN
(Own report) - The German government is preparing the Bundeswehr's deployment in Ukraine. According to reports, in support of the OSCE mission to monitor the ceasefire between the Kiev government troops and the insurgents, up to 200 German soldiers will be deployed in the East of the country. The decision on the deployment is expected to be made in the next few days. Following armament and training operations in Iraq and the airlift to West Africa, this would be the third intervention to have been decided in a short period time. It shows that the German government is increasingly willing to supplement its foreign policy activities with military engagement. With the planned Bundeswehr deployment in Ukraine, Germany wants to reinforce its direct control over military activities inside that country. It would be the first combat mission of German troops since WW II on territory of the former Soviet Union, placing German soldiers close to the Russian border. This goes hand in hand with considerations to actually place the state administration under German-European tutelage.

Powerful Ally
2014/10/01
WASHINGTON/BERLIN
(Own report) - Demands for a stronger orientation on a global cooperation with the United States are being raised in Germany's foreign policy establishment. In face of growing global insecurity, it would be very useful to have a powerful ally, according to a programmatic article by an editor of "Die Zeit" published in Germany's leading foreign policy journal. France could not replace a collaboration with the US, because it is too "state-led" and its "leadership is solely a network of relationships." Berlin, however, could "assume more self-confidence" in its cooperation with Washington, because Germany has become "a minor superpower." The fact that the Unites States is increasingly becoming a motor for the German export industry has a positive effect on plans for cooperation: German exports to the USA rose by one-third between 2010 and 2013. Observers expect an even more important increase, at a time, when German exports to central countries of the Euro zone and to Russia - once Germany's export oriented companies' great hope - are in a slump. New business opportunities with the USA are fueling political cooperation.

Liberated by the West (III)
2014/09/26
(Own report) - Following Afghanistan's presidential elections, threatened violence could barely be averted. According to reports, one of Germany's cooperation partners - Atta Muhammad Noor, the governor of the Balkh Province - was responsible for the repeated threats to storm government buildings, in Kabul, if Abdulla Abdullah, the alleged loser of the elections, is not included in the government. The German Bundeswehr maintains its main military base ("Camp Marmal") in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the Balkh Province. To prevent unrest, the Bundeswehr is closely cooperating with the warlord Atta, who is accused of serious human rights violations and who uses his power to amass enormous wealth. He is now considered one of Afghanistan's wealthiest men. Strengthened by his cooperation with the West, Atta is planning to extend his regional influence through Abdullah, who will become "Chief Executive Officer" of the new government. Atta, today's warlord ruler of the north of "liberated" Afghanistan, had already been terrorizing the region's population in the 1990s. At the time, widespread fear of the warlords' terror had paved the way for the Taliban to take power.

Liberated by the West (III)
2014/09/26
KABUL/BERLIN
(Own report) - Following Afghanistan's presidential elections, threatened violence could barely be averted. According to reports, one of Germany's cooperation partners - Atta Muhammad Noor, the governor of the Balkh Province - was responsible for the repeated threats to storm government buildings, in Kabul, if Abdulla Abdullah, the alleged loser of the elections, is not included in the government. The German Bundeswehr maintains its main military base ("Camp Marmal") in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the Balkh Province. To prevent unrest, the Bundeswehr is closely cooperating with the warlord Atta, who is accused of serious human rights violations and who uses his power to amass enormous wealth. He is now considered one of Afghanistan's wealthiest men. Strengthened by his cooperation with the West, Atta is planning to extend his regional influence through Abdullah, who will become "Chief Executive Officer" of the new government. Atta, today's warlord ruler of the north of "liberated" Afghanistan, had already been terrorizing the region's population in the 1990s. At the time, widespread fear of the warlords' terror had paved the way for the Taliban to take power.

Collateral Beneficiary
2014/09/22
LONDON/BERLIN
(Own report) - Despite the "No" in the Scottish secession referendum, experts predict that the vote will, in the long run, have far-reaching geopolitical consequences. Given the high proportion of secession supporters, London will have to begin reorganizing its state structures. Some of the measures now in discussion are drastic and raise the question "of where power lies in the UK." Over the next few years, Great Britain will be preoccupied with itself and its global role will shrink in the medium - perhaps even in the long - term. The "special relationship" between London and Washington will therefore become "less special," concludes the president of the influential US think tank "Council on Foreign Relations." The shift in US global policy from the Atlantic to the Pacific could be accelerated: "Europe" is no longer "the center of geopolitical competition." However, Germany will be the beneficiary of British weakness.

A Lesson Learned
2014/09/15
BERLIN/KIEV
(Own report) - Over the weekend, Brussels and Kiev confirmed that the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine will be delayed for at least another year, to facilitate negotiations with Russia. Even though the ratification ceremony will be held Tuesday, the agreement will not go into effect before the end of 2015, providing enough time for discussing - and possibly respecting - Russian misgivings. For years, the Russian government has been saying that it could expect billions in economic losses, should the association agreement take effect, as planned. If no mutual agreement is reached, Russia would find itself compelled to take retaliatory economic measures. Berlin and Brussels have always bruskly rejected any negotiations with Moscow on the matter. Now, they have declared their acceptance, only because Kiev is facing economic breakdown and even total collapse, if Russia implements its announced measures. Because Ukraine's economic output could shrink as much as 10 percent this year, the country will probably need billions in new loans. How energy supply can be secured for the harsh Ukrainian winter, is completely unclear. Already at the end of November 2013, Moscow and Kiev had proposed negotiations. If Berlin and Brussels would not have ruthlessly tried to enforce their interests, Ukraine would possibly have been spared the disastrous social, economic, and political consequences.

The End of an Epoch (I)
2014/09/12
BERLIN
(Own report) - Foreign policy makers in the German Bundestag are calling for the deployment of the Bundeswehr against the terrorist organization "Islamic State" (IS) in Iraq. The CDU/CSU parliamentary group's foreign policy spokesperson, Philipp Mißfelder, does "not rule out" German participation in air strikes against IS. A colleague of his parliamentary group could imagine German military deployment "within the framework of surveillance flights." A parliamentarian of the Green Party also shows sympathy toward the idea of a Bundeswehr mission against IS. A possible intervention of German soldiers would supplement German arms deliveries to Kurdish troops in Iraq and the establishment in Erbil of a northern Iraq military nucleus, which had been completed in late August. According to experts, "the post-colonial transition period" in the Middle East is "coming to an end, but the contours of a new Arab order are not yet in sight." The disintegration process will "most likely take long" and probably leave a Syria reduced to the western part of its current territory, an Iraq, broken into three parts or a Libya shattered into six or more segments. The war against IS opens another round of the Western struggle to reorganize the region.

Leadership In and With Europe
2014/09/11
BERLIN
(Own report) - Germany should play "a more important global role" and assume a stronger "leadership in and with Europe," according to a German government advisor's assessment of a PR discussion of foreign policy, initiated by the German Foreign Ministry. According to the foreign minister, the discussion, in the framework of the project "Review 2014," should help to close the "glaring gap" between the Berlin establishment's global policy orientation and the population's "willingness" to condone, for example, military missions. Prepared and conducted by the foreign ministry's Policy Planning Staff, This project is part of a campaign for a more aggressive German global policy. The German President launched this campaign with a speech in celebration of the 2013 German national holiday. According to the assessment of the "Review 2014," the discussion seems to indicate a consensus that "Germany, alone, is too insignificant to affect changes in global policy." Hence, Germany needs the EU. "Europe possesses the political clout necessary for Germany to be able to effectively pursue its interests." In the future, Germany's "partnership with the USA" must be on an "equal footing."

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