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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.

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.

A Lesson Learned
(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)
(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
(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."

Ukrainian Maneuvers
(Own report) - The publication of the preliminary report on the crash of Boeing MH17 in eastern Ukraine, has left crucial questions unanswered. For example, the report gives no indications of what sort of projectiles had hit the aircraft. This would be important for reconstructing whether the MH17 was actually shot down from a position on the ground. On-site forensics, which would have facilitated the investigation, had already been halted weeks ago, due to the Kiev government troops launching attacks on rebel positions in the immediate vicinity of the crash site. While resolving the cause of the crash is being delayed, NATO is loosing no time in its planning and carrying out military maneuvers. Over the past few days, the Alliance has held maneuvers in Baltic countries bordering on Russia - with German participation. More maneuvers are planned for today and over the next few days. The scenarios range from wars of intervention and occupation à la Afghanistan, to controlling maritime regions, to conflicts with militarily powerful nations, such as Russia. In reference to this latter scenario, NATO is planning a transition to a new type of warfare, according to the US military.

Anti-China Cooperation
(Own report) - With his visit to India, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to strengthen German relations with a potential rival of China. He arrived Saturday in New Delhi to intensify economic and political cooperation. In view of the persisting Euro crisis and the decline of business transactions with Russia, Germany is seeking to find alternative export opportunities for its companies. Berlin is also seeking close cooperation in the fields of foreign and military policy to support an integration of India into the Western alliance. India's new President Narenda Modi, who has been strongly criticized because of his party's anti-Muslim slander and his role in the 2002 pogroms, is currently intensifying cooperation in foreign and military policy with Japan and Australia, two central Western allies of the Pacific Basin. Australia is moving closer to NATO and Japan is intensifying the conflict with the People's Republic of China.

Under the German Whip (II)
(Own report) - A new controversy over Germany's austerity dictate has flared up on the eve of the Wales NATO summit. At the occasion of a high-ranking meeting last week, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi, characterized Berlin's austerity policy as fatal. However, the German chancellor immediately rejected his call for a change. The French minister of the economy was forced to resign, because of his public criticism of the austerity dictates, which, since the beginning of the year have aggravated the crisis in France. At their recent annual meeting, numerous Nobel Prize laureates for Economics warned that even though forced austerity will provide short-term profits for Germany, it will inevitably push the Euro zone into a depression. According to the laureates, even the demise of the common currency cannot be ruled out. Observers are predicting strong protests, at least in France, against Berlin's austerity dictates. In spite of the uncertainties of the EU's internal development, NATO's European members are planning to adopt aggressive military measures at the upcoming NATO summit.

Under the German Whip (I)
(Own report) - Strong criticism of German predominance in last weekend's new appointments to EU top positions is being raised in France. The EU's designated Juncker/Tusk/Mogherini triumvirate "undoubtedly" carries the German signature, according to a longtime renowned EU political observer. After having imposed its austerity dictates on the EU over the past few years, Berlin has now actually taken over the designation of EU leadership personnel. This has not only become evident by the rebuff of French proposals for the posts of Commission President and the Council President and the prospect of a "German" successor to the French General Secretary of the European External Action Service (EEAS). An unrivaled number of top posts in Brussels' institutions are held by Germans, including the posts of President of the European Investment Bank and that of the Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Germans also hold top posts in the European Parliament. Berlin is particularly using its influence for the posts important for its austerity dictate. Observers are not ruling out future protests and even serious upheavals.

The Hegemony over Southeast Europe
(Own report) -The "Western Balkans Conference", opening in Berlin today, is overshadow by the dispute over sanctions against Russia and criticism of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). Serbia, a participant in the conference, has declared, it will not join the EU's sanctions. Serbian enterprises are therefore not affected by Russian countermeasures and are even replacing agricultural products, whose importation from the EU has been banned by Moscow. The German government is attempting to prevent this. Berlin, in turn, has been forced to admit that, for years, the BND had systematically spied on Albania. Albania, Germany's NATO ally, will also attend the conference. Berlin has initiated the "Western Balkans Conference" to shore up the hegemony over Southeast Europe, which it had acquired in the 1990s against the growing influence of China, Turkey and, particularly, Russia.

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 a nation," and new tensions can be expected between a seceded "Kurdistan" and the remaining Arab areas of the country. Last June, in fact, Massud Barzani, the President of the autonomous administration, announced a plan for establishing the state of "Kurdistan." Observers expect that such a state would have close ties to NATO-member Turkey and would serve as a "buffer to the war zones in Syria and Iraq." Last year, an even more radical fragmentation of the entire Middle East was proposed. Assad-controlled territory in Syria could be dwindled to a small "Alawitestan," and the remaining parts of the country could be merged with regions of Iraq to form "Kurdistan" and "Sunnistan." These newly formed mini-states would be powerless with no potential for resistance and would, therefore, be easier to control than the Arab nations as they currently exist.

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 to develop into a "powerful organization" only after the US led aggression against Iraq ("liberation from Saddam"). Not until the chaos provoked by the war in Syria, which Germany also helped fuel ("liberation from Assad") was the IS predecessor the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) in a position to conquer and control whole regions and set up a power base for its further expansion. IS could not have reached its current strength without the financial and logistical support furnished by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, two close allies of the West. The SWP reports that there are even "indications" that "the cross-border traffic between the IS-controlled territory in Syria and Turkey" is still "considerable" - thus also, presumably, the transport of supplies. Meanwhile Western governments are preparing a "long military operation" against IS.

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