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Nach der partiellen Schließung der schwedischen Grenzen für Flüchtlinge verhängt das erste deutsche Bundesland einen Aufnahmestopp.

EU oder Krieg
Luxemburgs Außenminister Jean Asselborn warnt vor einem Zerfall der EU.

Neue Lager
Die Innenminister der EU haben sich auf Maßnahmen geeinigt, die Flüchtlinge aus Deutschland fernhalten sollen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rebuilding Syria
(Own report) - German companies are seeking to favorably position themselves for participation in Syria's post-war reconstruction. Following the Damascus International Fair, which closed yesterday, the director of the Middle East Department of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) noted, the development in the country is being "closely observed" and "a series of . . .

Aleppo, Mosul and the Hegemony
(Own report) - In light of the western powers' possible massive loss of influence in the Middle East, German foreign policy-makers are intensifying their threats of sanctions on Moscow. Norbert Röttgen (CDU), Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee of the German parliament calls for economic punishment to be imposed for suspected or actual war crimes . . .

The Civilian Casualties of the Wars (II)
(Own report) - According to a documentation, at least 300 civilians have been killed in Syria during US led Anti-IS Coalition airstrikes - with the involvement of German soldiers. The human rights organization Amnesty International presented the documentation on eleven of these air raids yesterday. The total number of civilian casualties caused by the airstrikes . . .

Toying with a World War (II)
(Own report) -While jihadi militias pursue their military offensive launched on the weekend in Aleppo, the German government is increasing its pressure on Russia. "As the most important supporter of the regime" in Damascus, Moscow must provide "a sound agreement for Aleppo," demanded German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. But it was in fact the militia . . .

Missiles for the Jihad
(Own report) - Berlins demands for a renewed ceasefire are being accompanied by reports of the possible initiation of a program to supply insurgents in Aleppo with man portable anti-aircraft missiles. The Syrian government and Moscow must immediately return to a ceasefire, admonished German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The combat in Aleppo is intolerable. Even though . . .

Inside the Combined Air and Space Operations Center
(Own report) - The German Bundeswehr's concrete role in the widely criticized air attacks carried out by the anti-IS coalition and its members has not become clear, even after the coalition's air strikes on Syrian government forces near Deir al-Zor. The Bundeswehr is supporting air strikes on IS/DAESH not only by furnishing in-flight refueling - . . .

Regulatory Forces
(Own report) - The ceasefire, set to begin today in Syria, mutes Berlin's hegemonic ambitions. Negotiated between Washington and Moscow the ceasefire has placed Moscow, for the time being, on an equal footing with the USA in the Middle East, while ignoring Berlin and its claim to become a regulatory power for the region. This . . .

Regulatory Power in the Arc of Crisis
(Own report) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's newest diplomatic initiatives for ending the battle for Aleppo are aimed at increasing Germany's Middle East influence. His efforts to achieve a Russian ceasefire and the establishment of a corridor to airdrop supplies for the besieged neighborhoods coincide with Berlin's official announcement to "actively help shape the . . .

In Alliance with Al Qaeda
(Own report) - The ceasefire in Syria is threatened to be torpedoed by a militia, armed by Germany's allies and included, under German government pressure, in the Syria peace talks in Geneva. According to reports, the militia, Ahrar al Sham, covered by the ceasefire, is participating in the current military offensive waged by the al . . .

Battle over Syria (IV)
(Own report) - In an interview with Germany's ARD public television, the Syrian President Bashar al Assad acknowledged Germany's role in hosting Syrian refugees and does not rule out Germany's playing an influential role in Syria's future. He "hopes" that other countries, "especially European countries" - and Germany as the strongest EU power - would . . .

Battle over Syria (III)
(Own report) - In the Syrian war, Berlin und Brussels are supporting Turkey's call for a "safe zone" on Syrian territory. "Zones should be defined," where "the civilian population" could be "safe," urged Chancellor Merkel on behalf of the EU. However, this demand is aimed at preventing Syrian government forces from retaking key positions in . . .

Battle over Syria (II)
(Own report) - Germany's close allies have torpedoed the agreement to halt combat in Syria, reached at the end of last week in Munich. Turkey has begun attacks on Syrian territory, with the objective of forcing Kurdish troops to withdraw from the airbase near Aleppo, which would be of benefit to the al Qaeda offshoot, . . .

Leadership for Syria
(Own report) - With impressive scholarship programs, the German government seeks to establish firm ties to the future elite of post-war Syria. Already last year the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs began to bring more than 200 selected Syrian students to Germany, within the "Leadership for Syria" program, to be instructed - alongside their academic . . .

Policy-Shaping Power in the Middle East (II)
(Own report) - Today, Thursday, the first group of Bundeswehr soldiers will be leaving to go to war against the "Islamic State" (IS or Daesh). Participation in this war, which, according to government advisors will promote Germany to a "policy-shaping power in the Middle East," will assure Berlin reinforced integration into the most important command . . .

Troop Supplier to Syria
(Own report) - The German government does not preclude a Bundeswehr mission in Syria. According to government circles in Berlin, German military intervention to monitor a future ceasefire in that country is "conceivable," as was confirmed Wednesday. However, the German government rejects military support for France's airstrikes against the "Islamic State" (IS). In the aftermath . . .

Consistencies in Western Hegemonic Policy
(Own report) - Berlin has sharply criticized Russian bombing raids in Syria. In a joint declaration with governments of several allied countries, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the German government claims the Russian Air Force did not target the "Islamic State" (IS) but the "Syrian opposition and civilians," and calls on Moscow to "immediately cease" . . .

The Radius of Germany's Governance Policy
(Own report) - A German government advisor has been given a leading function in future negotiations to end the war in Syria. Volker Perthes, Director of the Chancellery-financed German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), will head one of the "working groups" recently created by Staffan de Mistura, the UN and Arab League's Special . . .

Cynical Options
(Own report) - In New York, Germany's foreign minister will take part in talks this week to seek possible alignments of interests between the major powers in reference to the war in Syria. Parallel developments have made it appear advisable for western powers to accept ending - or at least freezing - the war. Russia . . .

Top German Diplomat Calls for Bundeswehr Engagement in Syria
(Own report) - Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, is calling for the Bundeswehr's deployment in Syria. It is high time, to discuss "seriously" the creation of so-called safe havens and "no-fly zones in and around Syria," according to Ischinger. This "of course" would call for the participation of the German Armed Forces . . .

Forced to Flee (I)
(Own report) - With its foreign policy, Germany is largely contributing to starvation and armed conflicts on several continents, thereby forcing millions to flee - also toward Europe. This becomes evident, when one looks at Berlin's policies regarding various countries in Southeast Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Political interference and even occasional . . .

A Salafist Principality
In August 2012, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) mentioned a possible "Salafist Principality" in Eastern Syria and a possible foundation of an "Islamic State". german-foreign-policy.com documents excerpts from the DIA paper. . . .

No-Fly Zone over Syria
(Own report) - German government advisors are calling for intensifying the military engagement in the Syrian war. According to an article published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), western countries "must seriously re-think their original strategy" for overthrowing the Assad government, because it had placed too much emphasis on the "promotion . . .

The End of an Epoch (I)
(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 . . .

From Kurdistan to Alawitestan
(Own report) - Critics warn against Germany supplying arms to the autonomous administration in Erbil, northern Iraq. "Exclusively arming the Kurds," as Berlin is planning, would be "a de facto recognition of Iraq's division," concludes political scientist, Abdel Mottaleb El Husseini, an expert on the Arab world. In this case, you can forget "Iraq, as . . .

Liberated by the West
(Own report) - Western aggressions in the Middle East and support from the West's important regional allies have facilitated the rise of the terrorist organization, the "Islamic State" (IS), as observers point out. According to an expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the IS predecessor, "Al-Qaida in Iraq," was able . . .

"Biting the Syrian Bullet"
(Own report) - The director of the Catholic relief organization, Caritas-Lebanon, has voiced strong criticism of the West's policy on Syria. The West, together with its Middle Eastern allies, should finally stop equipping Syrian insurgents with military hardware, Paul Karam, Director of the Caritas-Lebanon declared. It must also stop the constant flow of citizens from . . .

Marching Toward Baghdad
(Own report) - The advance of the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" ISIL - also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIL) - a product of the Syrian war, which Berlin has been energetically spurring on, is shaking up the Middle East. ISIL's current strength is the result of the . . .

Germany's Chemical Weapons Expertise
(Own report) - German government advisors are calling for German Bundeswehr participation in an eventual UN mission in Syria. Such a mission could become necessary in the framework of the disposal of Syria's chemical weapons to provide, for example, protection for UN inspectors carrying out their on-the-spot activities, explain foreign policy specialists. The Bundeswehr should . . .

The Law of the Jungle
(Own report) - German government advisors consider measures supporting the Syrian insurgents to be serious violations of international law. This is the conclusion drawn in a newly published analysis of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). As the Chancellery-financed think tank explained, the foreign states' "financial and logistic support" of parties to . . .

The Rivals' Alliances
(Own report) - Berlin has reacted to the UK parliament's decision not to participate in an attack on Syria with an about-face in its own foreign policy. Up until Thursday, the German government and the opposition had been unanimously proclaiming that the use chemical weapons near Damascus must have "consequences" and emphasizing their approval of . . .

Democratic Interventionism
(Own report) - Reinhard Merkel, a professor of law in Hamburg is raising strong accusations of western policies in the Syrian war. The West has "incurred a heavy degree of guilt" by supporting the Syrian insurgents - not because this aid has been "too cautious," but rather because "the transformation" of the civic resistance to . . .

German War Assistance
(Own report) - Leading up to talks between the German chancellor and the US president, the German Foreign Ministry reiterated its continuous support for the insurgents in Syria. Germany - unlike the USA, Great Britain and France - will not be furnishing weapons to the insurgent militias. Still, at the next summit conference, Germany will . . .

In Rebel Territory (IV)
(Own report) - In light of the recent Syrian government's military successes, the German government seeks to stabilize rebel controlled areas in northern Syria. While demands for a comprehensive arms buildup for rebel militias are becoming louder, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is positioning aid organizations to intervene. Aid organizations, such as the German . . .

The End of Artificial Borders
(Own report) - With the ongoing Syrian military successes, discussion in Berlin and other western capitals is focusing more on a possible breakup of Syria's national territory. Syria has already been dissected into three parts, according to foreign policy experts in Washington: Whereas the Assad government is seeking to consolidate its control over Syria's center . . .

In Rebel Territory (III)
(Own report) - The German government is reinforcing its insistence that state structures be rapidly established in the rebel-controlled regions of Syria. The "moderate forces" of these regions must be strengthened and the "reconstruction" advanced with determination, the Foreign Ministry declared. This is particularly in response to the growing influence of the fanatical Islamist militias, . . .

In Rebel Territory (II)
(Own report) - In Berlin, pleas to strengthen German involvement in the war on Syria are becoming louder. Following an influential publicist's recent appeal for western military intervention in that country, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference has now begun pushing for German-European arms deliveries to the insurgents. According to reports, the German government . . .

A Proxy War
(Own report) - German government advisors are warning against further military reinforcement of the Syrian rebel militias and are insisting instead on finding common ground for an agreement on Syria with Russia and Iran. The situation of the civilian population is already catastrophic and will become even worst, according to the most recent analysis of . . .

Air Defense for the Exile Leadership
(Own report) - The German Bundeswehr is possibly on the verge of a deployment directly at the Syrian border. According to reports in the media, today, Turkey will officially request that NATO station "Patriot" surface-to-air missiles on its southwestern territory, supposedly as protection from Syrian combat jets and missiles. The German government has agreed to . . .

The Islamization of the Rebellion
(Own report) - Berlin is intensifying consultations on the support for the Syrian insurgents with Saudi Arabia. The German foreign ministry announced that in the German capital this week Foreign Minister Westerwelle was coordinating with the Saudi deputy foreign minister steps to "strengthen the Syrian opposition." Riyadh is one of the main financiers and suppliers . . .

The Day After (IV)
(Own report) - Following the public presentation of a concept for Syria's reorganization, German government advisors have announced the first steps for its implementation. The project entitled "The Day After," which was presented in Berlin yesterday, lays out the framework for Syria's future state structure. It has been elaborated essentially under the influence of western . . .

The Day After (II)
(Own report) - The German government has reinforced its efforts to gain influence in the anticipated post-Assad regime's Syria, with the creation of a new "task force." It has "already become necessary" to plan "for the day after the overthrow" in Syria, announced the German foreign ministry. From now on, all efforts pertaining to this . . .

The Day After
(Own report) - German-US-American plans for Syria's transformation along the lines of the Western model are already meeting resistance, even before the possible overthrow of the Assad regime. For months, German government advisors from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) have been working on measures to be immediately implemented following an overthrow . . .

Smuggle Supervisors
(Own report) - A large portion of the arms smuggling to the Syrian insurgents is passing under the nose of the German Navy. Numerous reports have affirmed that Syrian insurgent militias are being furnished a large portion of their war material by sea, with the main hub being the Lebanese port city of Tripoli. The . . .

The Yemenite Solution
(Own report) - Government advisors in Berlin are pleading for the removal of the Syrian government along the lines of the Yemenite model. The Syrian President Bashar al Assad "and his entourage" must be forced to step down, if necessary with the assistance of impunity, as in the case of the Yemenite President Ali Abdullah . . .

Market Economy for Syria
(Own report) - Berlin is preparing for Syria's transformation to a liberal market economy. Under German leadership, a multinational "Working Group" began its work late last week. Immediately following the overthrow of the Assad regime, this "Working Group" is planning to launch urgent economic measures, including the coordination of aid projects and the implementation of . . .

With the UN toward Escalation
(Own report) - Berlin should use the UN observer mission in Syria to urge Russia and China to be more aggressive in opposition to the Assad regime within the UN framework, insist German government advisors. According to a recent publication of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the UN observers' mission in . . .

War Scenarios for Syria (II)
(Own report) - German government advisors' new war threats are accompanying the fragile ceasefire in Syria. If the civil war in the country continues, Western states would either have to accept "the limits of their influence" or decide military intervention, writes an expert for "security policy" of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs . . .

War Scenarios for Syria
(Own report) - Government advisors in Berlin are debating war scenarios for a possible western military intervention in Syria. According to the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), a "full-blown civil war" is looming in that country, running "also along confessional lines." This raises pressure on the West to intervene militarily. Whereas, Middle . . .

Iran's Achilles Heel
(Own report) - Since the defeat of the UN Security Council Resolution on Syria, Berlin has been insisting on the overthrow of its long-term cooperation partner, Bashar al Assad. The German foreign minister declared in harmony with the other western powers that the Syrian president "no longer has a future." This is a president, whose . . .

War Threats against Syria
(Own report) - Parallel to the Arab League's war threats against Syria, Germany is pleading to raise the pressure on the Syrian regime. It is consensus in the main capitals of the western world, including Berlin, that Moscow’s recent UN Security Council draft resolution on Syria is not confrontational enough and therefore insufficient. The Arab . . .

Repression - The Common Denominator (I)
(Own report) - As reported by human rights organizations, Berlin, in spite of the intensification of violence in Syria, is refusing to suspend its agreement with Damascus, on the deportation of undesirable refugees. Whereas the current upheaval in Syria has cost dozens of lives, people are being held in deportation confinement, awaiting their transfer to . . .

A Dirty Little Secret
(Own report) - American military circles are recommending a re-organization of all nations in the Middle East along ethnic lines. Loss of territory and drawing new borders will effect Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan among others. Through the complete dissolution of states, new actors will be created in international law, along . . .

The Results Were Deadly
(german-foreign-policy.com) - Germany participated in the aggression against Iraq and therefore, within the course of a few years, committed a second time, criminal violations of the UN Charter. As in the case of the Yugoslavia bombardment, in violation of international law, it was also the Schroeder-Fischer government that committed this breach of international accords and . . .

And Still Waiting
(Own report) - The former leader of the opposition in the German Federal Parliament, who has become the current chancellor, Angela Merkel, (CDU), had been informed 11 months ago of the torture that was taking place during German criminal investigations. She took no legal steps against these crimes. This is proven by documents on hand . . .

The Torturers
(Own report) - Severe torture during judicial investigations by the federal prosecutor's office is the outcome of systematic cooperation between the German government agencies and the military secret services of Lebanon and Syria. This is what German-foreign-policy.com has learned from the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, (BKA), where these crimes are being referred to as . . .

In Accordance With the Law
(Own report) - In spite of evidence of official German complicity in cases of abduction and torture, the authorities are refusing to take the consequences. This pertains to the former Ministers Josef Fischer and Otto Schily as well as members of the current government, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Brigitte Zypries. During their periods in office, German . . .

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