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COLUMN #12

Berlin: On Armed Alert

February/March 2020

Berlin's Geo-Logistics

State-centered and at the pre-war level: German logistics companies secure top international positions for themselves.

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BERLIN (Own report) - With billions from its Covid-19 programs, Berlin is subsidizing the world's leading logistics groups. Top unrivaled companies in Europe, such as DB Schenker (Deutsche Bahn AG), DHL (Deutsche Post AG), Lufthansa, TUI, DER (Deutsches Reisebüro) or Kühne & Nagel are stabilizing their temporary Corona losses with state financing, in some cases increasing their 2020 sales and profit figures by five percent, in spite of the persisting economic crisis. Companies, such as DHL (Deutsche Post AG, 20 percent state-owned) are now announcing substantial purchases for a significant increase of their machines and are announcing rising profit forecasts for 2021 and 2022. Therefore, it is foreseeable that, within the EU, the monopoly positions of German logistics enterprises will lead to regional EU providers collapsing. The national concentration of the cross-border transportation potential resembles the situation during the years leading up to World War II. At that time, particularly Schenker & Co. was trusted to cover Europe, in the event of crisis or war. A study published on the occasion of the upcoming day of commemoration, January 27, highlights the political significance of a monopoly on European transportation and the role played by Schenker (already then and still currently state-owned) in the "reorganization of the continent." german-foreign-policy.com publishes today Part 1 of the expertise published in conjunction with the "Train of Commemoration." more…

The Schenker Crimes

Schenker & Co.: Fencer, Plunderer, Accomplice in Murder.

The DB AG's globally operating logistics company Schenker, a Deutsche Bahn subsidiary, is the state-owned successor of a criminal organization. This has been confirmed by new documents accessed in German archives by the "Train of Commemoration" on tips by British historians. According to these documents, Schenker had organized for the "Reichsgruppe Industrie" (Nazi state-controlled industrial business association) [1] the transfer of loot to Germany, plundered Europe-wide from countries under Nazi Wehrmacht occupation. Particularly during the last years of the war (1943-45), Schenker was involved in wide-ranging plunder raids stretching from Athens in the south, through the Balkans, from Lisbon in the west, Oslo in the north and in the east from Warsaw to within the Soviet Union. The spoils flowed into the coffers of the German state, which then shared them with such companies as Mannesmann, Rheinmetall, Siemens or AEG. However, even seemingly harmless family enterprises were having Schenker & Co. - in cooperation with the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German railroad) - deliver deported laborers and spoils from Eastern Europe. more…

The EU's Interests

Berlin insists on independent status as world power, despite renewed cooperation with the USA.

BERLIN/WASHINGTON | | usa

BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) - On the occasion of US President Joe Biden's inauguration yesterday, the German government is holding out the prospect of closer transatlantic cooperation, while insisting on an independent position, concerning key controversial issues. "We will not always agree with the new administration" despite all the cooperation, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced, after all "Europe" has its own interests. With the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) that the EU reached with China, just prior to the change in personnel at the White House, the EU clearly rejects the "decoupling," advocated by the US government, including the Biden administration. Moreover, yesterday, a leading CDU foreign policy expert published a plea for renewed cooperation with Russia, which is clearly rejected by Washington. In their quest for an independent EU world power status, Berlin and Brussels can rely on majority support within the population. According to a recent survey, 67 percent of the residents of ten EU countries and Great Britain favor greater military independence; two thirds reject siding with the USA in the power struggle with China. more…

Transatlantic Sanctions (III)

USA imposes its first sanctions against a company participating in Nord Stream 2. Berlin cautions against loss of "European sovereignty."

BERLIN/MOSCOW/WASHINGTON | | russische-foederationusa

BERLIN/MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Own report) - The United States is imposing, for the first time, concrete sanctions on a company, because of its participation in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. In one of its last official acts, the Trump administration announced that it would impose sanctions on the Russian pipe-laying vessel Fortuna. Whereas, Moscow has declared that it will nevertheless do everything it can to complete the pipeline that will bring Russian natural gas directly to Germany, more companies from several European countries –including the German company Bilfinger - are abandoning the Nord Stream 2 project due to threats of US sanctions. The pull-out is not without its risks, because the companies are thus demonstrating their vulnerability to blackmail from the United States - a disadvantage, for instance, on the highly attractive Chinese market. Since Russia is vigorously pursuing the expansion of the natural gas pipelines to China, the EU risks losing its privileged purchasing position. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas recently warned that there is "no need to talk of European sovereignty" if that means "bending to Washington's will." more…

German Jihad Supporters

The German Federal Prosecutor's office investigates supporters of Syrian jihadis, who, in fact, receive Berlin's backing.

BERLIN/IDLIB | | syrien

BERLIN/IDLIB (Own report) - The German Federal Prosecutor's office is investigating the support of a Syrian jihadi terror organization, which has, in fact, profited from the German government's Syria policy. The investigation focuses on an international network financing Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). HTS, in turn, is the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, which controls the self-proclaimed insurgent Idlib governorate in northern Syria. HTS is accused of the most serious violations of human rights, including murdering those accused of "adultery" and "blasphemy." Such executions are a fundamental element of jihadi rule. The German government had repeatedly put Syria and Russia under heavy pressure not to attack HTS - to the benefit of the terrorist organization. The proceedings against HTS are not the first of their kind. Already in 2016, supporters of another terrorist militia had been found guilty by a German court - the same terror militia, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, foreign minister, at the time, had sought to have included, at all costs, in peace negotiations. more…

"More Courage to Assume Global Power"

The German foreign policy establishment debates EU plans for global power. Former EU commissioner cautions against "complete overconfidence."

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BERLIN (Own report) - The German foreign policy establishment is entering the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic with new plans for EU global power. Whereas in particular western powers and their allies have been overwhelmed by new waves of the pandemic, at times being confronted with rapidly increasing numbers of casualties, "Internationale Politik" (IP), Germany's leading foreign policy periodical, is debating the question of "what Europe lacks to assume global power." The demand that the Union must have more courage to assume global power had already been raised in several leading German media organs last fall. According to a poll, nearly half of all Germans surveyed agree that the EU can "play a strong role in global policy," similar to that played by the USA and China - particularly followers of the Green Party (52 percent) and those of the FDP (56 percent), along with the generation aged between 18 and 29 (70 percent). Whereas, the IP calls on "Europe" to enhance its "international impact", former EU commissioner Günther Oettinger cautions against the "complete overconfidence" evident in many EU capitals - "a kind of hubris." more…

"A Wake-Up Call for Europe"

German government advisors call for a "consolidated stance by the EU" in relationship to China the "winner in the crisis."

BERLIN/BEIJING | | china

BERLIN/BEIJING (Own report) - German government advisors see China as the "winner in the Corona crisis" and call for a "strong and consolidated stance by the EU" in relationship to the People's Republic. With "effective crisis management," Beijing has enhanced its global economic and political influence, according to a recent analysis published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Having long been accustomed to dominating international politics, the West must now expect China to play a more "assertive" role, the SWP writes. The People's Republic has, in fact, been successful in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic at home, thus laying the groundwork for the economic recovery that is now enhancing its clout vis à vis the EU and the USA. With its Covid-19 vaccine supply, it can now also strengthen its position in various Asian, African and Latin American countries, whose plight has widely been ignored by the like-wise pandemic-stricken Western powers. The new free-trade RCEP agreement is also perspectively helping to shift the center of gravity of the global economy toward Asia. more…

The West First

Human rights organizations criticize western obstruction of Covid-19 vaccine supply to poorer countries.

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BERLIN (Own report) - Germany and the EU should stop obstructing measures for supplying poorer countries with Covid-19 medicine and vaccines, human rights organizations are demanding prior to the General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which begins today. Wealthy western states have obstructed India's and South Africa's proposal of suspending intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines for the duration of the pandemic. Should the WTO adopt this proposal, poorer countries could independently produce the desperately needed but scarce vaccine. Already in advance, the transatlantic West, Germany included, had reserved 85 percent of the production - much more than it needs for its own populations. The developing countries have been left nearly empty handed. Unlike in the past, they do, however, receive vaccines from Russia and China. In view of the political consequences, at least some of the surplus doses of vaccine should be provided and this should be "well communicated," it was suggested in Berlin. more…