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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.

Die Herero als Terroristen
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
Eine führende deutsche EU-Politikerin hat in Kiew mit dem Anführer der extrem rechten Partei Swoboda verhandelt.

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

Die deutsche Regierung hat die Einführung strengerer Abgasnormen für Autos in der EU verhindert.

Panzer für die Diktatur
Die Diktatur Qatar erhält Dutzende Kampfpanzer und Haubitzen aus Deutschland.

Am Pazifik (II)
Deutschland baut die Kooperation mit Indonesien weiter aus.

Ukrainian Patriots
(Own report) - Five months after the Kiev coup, vigorously supported by Berlin, a rightwing extremist party may become pro-Western Ukraine's strongest political force. According to a recent survey, the Radical Party, of the ultra-rightwing politician, Oleh Lyashko, could currently expect 23, 2 percent of the votes. Lyashko made himself a name with his brutality against the Kiev regime's eastern Ukrainian opponents. He is also co-founder and supporter of the Azov Battalion, a militia of over one hundred - mainly fascist - combatants, including a Swedish Neo-Nazi sniper. He has reported that other snipers had already been in action for the opposition during the Maidan protests. It has never been revealed, who fired the fatal shots on February 20. In this highly charged atmosphere, the Ukrainian government is taking steps that indicate a political cultural development even further to the right. It is planning to censure films and books from Russia or to restrict their sales. Outlawing the Communist Party, as fascists have already demanded, is being processed. This development is also due particularly to German interventions in Kiev.

"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 European countries coming to join the Salafist terrorist militias in Syria - at the expense of the tormented civilian population. Dmitri Trenin, the foreign policy expert of the Moscow Carnegie Center, explains why the West continues to try to overthrow the Assad government, in spite of a growing demand to put an end to the reign of terror of the "Islamic State." According to Trenin, in the course of the Syrian War, Russia succeeded in inflicting serious political setbacks on the West. The West, for its part, is doing its utmost in the Syrian War to crush Russia's influence in the Middle East. In Germany, the call for western military intervention in Syria is again being voiced.

The Scramble for Africa
(Own report) - German businesses are demanding that the government intensify its support for tapping the "continent of opportunity, Africa" in competition with China and other BRICS countries. Parallel to the West's waning global influence, German businesses are loosing ground on the African continent. This is why German enterprises are pushing for increasing Hermes trade credit insurances, double taxation treaties, and generally "stronger political support for the German industry in Africa." A building industry federation is explicitly demanding that future allocations of development funds be tied to orders for German/European firms. The German government has indicated its readiness to implement these policies. The KfW Development Bank and other public-sector banks are already seeking ways to support the German industry's expansion efforts by expanding credit transactions.

Establish Facts
(Own report) - After a jetliner was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, influential German foreign policy experts have begun calling for a military intervention, which may include German Bundeswehr units. "A Blue Helmet mission under the umbrella of the United Nations" should now be taken into consideration, declared Andreas Schockenhoff, Co-Chair of the CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag. "Germany may also be asked" to contribute troops. For the Chairman of the Bundestag's Defense Commission, Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), a Blue Helmet mission is also "conceivable." It is yet unclear, who bears responsibility for downing the jetliner. This is not an essential question for him, as past experience with Western interventions have shown: The EU and the USA must politically establish the facts. The war against Yugoslavia was justified with a massacre. Substantial doubts about central aspects of this massacre still persist. The sniper killings on Kiev's Maidan Square on February 20 have never been elucidated, once they served as legitimation for overthrowing the government of President Yanukovych. Suspicions persist that sectors of today's governing Maidan opposition may have played decisive roles in these murders; however that is of no interest to the West. On the contrary, there have never been political consequences for a US warship's downing of an Iranian airliner in 1988.

The Alliance of the Threatened
(Own report) - The EU and USA have expanded their sanctions against Russia and - in addition to individuals - have now also placed important Russian companies on their lists. Washington has restricted dealings, for example, with Rosneft and the Gazprombank. Brussels has announced the possibility of preventing EU companies from doing business with Russian companies and is planning to list them by the end of July. German business circles are protesting. They have already suffered billions in losses. Experts are warning that, with its sanctions against Russia, the West may experience, in the economic arena, an overreach similar to that experienced by the US in the military arena with its war on Iraq. With the power of the West obviously waning, it has already become noticeable that even close allies are defecting. Observers explain this with the Crimea conflict: NATO countries had been unable to retain the Crimea within the reign of its allied Ukrainian government; therefore it seems that an alliance with NATO countries would no longer be a reliable assurance against ones enemies. Defections can be noticed in Asia and Latin America, not least of all because of the recent founding of the BRICS development bank, rivaling the US-dominated World Bank. Russia and China are among the founders of this bank.

Conflict over Natural Resources
(Own report) - The Catholic relief organization Misereor is sharply criticizing the new "Raw Materials Partnership" accord, concluded between the Federal Republic of Germany and Peru. Misereor writes that it fears "an aggravation" of the already growing "social conflicts developing around mining projects" in this South American country. This recently signed raw materials treaty grants German companies privileged access to Peru's resources. The German government has now "signaled the Peruvian government" that "the expansion of the raw materials sector takes priority" over social and ecological regulations affecting that sector. The "raw materials partnership" is one of the measures Berlin is implementing within the framework of its "raw materials strategy" adopted in 2010, to be able to stand its ground in the global competition for access to the most important natural resources - particularly in relationship to China. Peru is an important source of metallic raw materials for Germany. The guarantee of raw materials is more important to Berlin than Misereor's misgivings.

Association and Disintegration
(Own report) - Western diplomats are not ruling out the possibility that the Republic of Moldova will be divided up between Russia and Romania now that the EU Association Agreement has been ratified. Along the lines of various scenarios, this breakup even seems "probable," according to the latest issue of the leading German foreign policy magazine, "Internationale Politik." The EU Association Agreement will, in fact, exacerbate the already existing social discord in Moldova. There is open resistance to the country joining the German-European sphere of hegemony. Whereas, on the one hand, Bucharest has granted Romanian citizenship to around 400,000 Moldovan citizens and considers the absorption of Moldova into Romania to be a realistic option, Western observers are accusing Russia of having created Moldovan NGOs to gain political influence in that country. This is a precise description of that the West considers a completely normal political method, when it is used by the West, but criticizes even a suspicion of its rivals doing the same.

Using Double Talk (II)
(Own report) - On the occasion of the German chancellor's visit to China, Berlin's China experts are predicting tangible "turbulences" in German-Chinese relations. Chancellor Merkel is, above all, using her visit to the People's Republic to seek new business opportunities for German industry. However, growing tensions between the USA and China could soon be expected, according to a recent statement by the director of Berlin's Mercator Institute for China Studies. Germany and the EU will have to more clearly choose sides than has previously been the case. Government advisors are also proposing that relationships in the field of security policy with member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) be enhanced. This would strengthen the German-EU position in China's direct vicinity and could possibly be combined with cautious naval expeditions. Comprehensive arms deliveries are flanking these plans for a closer military cooperation. Three East and Southeast Asian countries are among the top-ten customers of German military hardware. They are among those countries, Washington is seeking to pit against China.

Systematic Revision
(Own report) - The leadership of the "Die Linke" ("The Left" Party), widely considered an anti-war party, is seeking to align its policy with Germany's official foreign and military policy. Just recently, leading party functionaries declared that "differences over foreign policy will not stand in the way" of a future coalition with the SPD, which is currently in the government coalition with the Christian Democrats. This statement was made following a secret meeting of top leaders of the Left Party with the Chair of the SPD, Sigmar Gabriel. The Left Party's spokesperson on the Bundestag's Foreign Policy Committee, Stefan Liebich, regularly attends so-called red - red - green talks, meant to facilitate a convergence of Left Party political standpoints to those of the SPD and the Greens. It was on such an occasion that Liebich also declared that he "does not preclude foreign missions of the German Bundeswehr." This past April, the "Left" Party parliamentary group, for the first time, did not unanimously vote against a foreign military mission. At the same time, a clause in the party's electoral program, for the European parliamentary elections, that characterized the EU as a "militarist power" was completely deleted from the program. Members of the party, who openly oppose warfare, can now expect to be publicly disavowed by the party's leadership.

The Elite Wants More
(Own report) - The CDU and Green party-affiliated foundations have been holding conferences with prominent experts to continue Germany's campaign by elite circles to promote a more aggressive German global policy. Ultimately, a "public discussion of the security policy's soft and hard factors" must take place, insisted the head of the Policy Department of the German Defense Ministry, Monday at a conference held by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. At the Heinrich Boell Foundation, just shortly before, the audience was told that "a 'pacifist Sonderweg'" (special path) cannot "be permitted." Germany must finally "come out of the comfort zone." According to the reader published by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, it must be "accepted that it may become necessary to take action outside the current international legal framework." The reader calls for the creation of a "national security bureau" within the chancellery, patterned after the US-American "National Security Council," and to significantly "upgrade" the "equipment of Germany's intelligence services." Decisions on foreign military missions should, thereby, be structurally facilitated.

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