Spende german-foreign-policy.com
News in brief
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.

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.

Particularly Close to Germany
(Own report) - With Jean-Claude Juncker, Germany will have a politician as President of the EU Commission, who has always been a close ally. Juncker says that "since his earliest youth," he has "always felt particularly close" to Germany, an affinity that "grew even stronger" in later years. The former prime minister of Luxemburg is seen as former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's protégé and as the "mediator" in Germany's interests, wherein he had also won France over to accept Germany's standpoint on an economic and monetary union. The transition from the Barroso cabinet to that of Juncker will be coordinated by the German national, Martin Selmayr, who had previously been employed as cabinet director of the EU Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, (Luxemburg) and was considered to "actually be the Commissioner of Justice." He is also considered to become cabinet director of Juncker's office as President of the Commission. Germans are at decisive posts on the Council of Ministers as well as in the European Parliament, for example as parliamentary group whips, and the German national, Martin Schulz is being considered for the next presidency of the parliament. An influential German journal commented the concentration of Germans at the leadership level of the EU's bureaucracy with "The EU speaks German."

Second-Class Stakeholders
(Own report) - At its summit, starting today, the EU is pushing ahead to integrate non-member countries into its global foreign and military policies. With the Association Agreements due to be signed at the summit, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine will have to gradually adapt themselves to the EU's foreign and military policy. The association aims at enhancing the three countries' participation "in EU-led civilian and military crisis management operations as well as relevant exercises and training activities." Ukraine is already contributing soldiers to EU battle groups, while Georgia has contributed 140 soldiers to the EU's Central African Republic intervention force. With its "Framework Participation Agreements" (FPA), the EU, for years, has been engaging numerous non-member countries - including Canada, Chile and South Korea - in its global policy operations. Resembling NATO's "Partnership for Peace," the FPA has not only the objective of attracting additional troops, but also of enhancing global acceptance of EU's operations. However, as an EU think tank openly admits, Brussels requires a certain "degree of subordination," from its cooperation partners.

Energy as a Weapon (II)
(Own report) - In view of the EU's summit meeting, later this week, the "fracking" lobby and NATO are intensifying their pressure for the EU to initiate the highly controversial "hydraulic fracturing." There are indications that the German Bundestag could speed up legislation allowing this dangerous gas production technique. The outgoing NATO General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen is implying that fracking opponents are in fact working as agents for the Russian government. This incredible slander coincides with global transatlantic strategies aimed at using the current fracking boom in the USA and other western countries, to significantly weaken or even eliminate Russia's influence as a producer of natural gas. If Moscow can no longer sell its gas to the EU, it could hardly avoid painful budget cuts. This would have serious consequences for Putin's position of power at home and his influence in global politics. Regardless of such campaigns, German and US energy companies are pressing ahead with fracking in Europe - while continuing to do business with Russia.

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 radicalization that has taken place in the course of the insurgency against President Bashar al Assad's government in Syria, of which observers had been warning since early in the conflict. However, these warnings had fallen on deaf ears in the German government, which had continued to strengthen the insurgents. The ISIL has also benefitted from weapons deliveries and other support provided by Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf dictatorship that is one of Berlin's most important partners in the Syrian war. The German political establishment also maintains close contact to a Saudi prince, who, during the 1980s, while serving as head of the intelligence services of his country, had furnished arms to the Mujahidin in Afghanistan, including Osama bin Laden, and who, still today, wields considerable political influence. Berlin has never insisted that the Saudis cease their support for ISIL. That Salafist militia has now taken control of wide areas of Iraq and has begun to attack Lebanon. ISIL activists are also active in Europe. One of them is being accused of having committed the quadruple murder in the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

top rss2
© Informationen zur Deutschen Außenpolitik


Valid XHTML 1.0!