CAIRO/BERLIN | | aegypten

CAIRO/BERLIN (Own report) - Following the announcement of the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak's desistance and in light of escalation in fighting between his partisans and his opponents, Berlin has intensified its efforts to gain influence with Cairo's future power structures. For the time being, the military is still in control. A new government, that would stabilize this situation behind the leadership of a popular president, would be in line with German government aspirations. German cooperation with Egypt's forces of repression has stood the test. At the side of the USA, this cooperation has proven to be the most reliable means for maintaining western hegemony over the Middle East region's resources. Business representatives are warning that an overthrow could also lead to a loss of millions in revenue from Export and German factories in Egypt. If it should not prove possible to stabilize the power of the military, Berlin is considering developing a close cooperation with leading personalities in the opposition, believed to reasonably take German interests into consideration. Over the past few years, party foundations have been establishing contacts to this effect, particularly the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, closely affiliated with the German Foreign Minister's party. more…

CAIRO/NOUAKCHOTT/TRIPOLI/BERLIN | | aegyptenlibyen

CAIRO/NOUAKCHOTT/TRIPOLI/BERLIN (Own report) - The Egyptian population's revolt against the government of President Mubarak is continuing. Along with the other western powers, who had financed this dictatorship for decades, Berlin is seeking to have people forget its support for the authoritarian elites ranging from Egypt, Libya and extending even to Mauritania and is now appealing for respect of democratic rights. A large proportion of the technical means of repression, as they had already been used in Tunisia, were furnished by the Federal Republic of Germany. German arms exports to Egypt and other North African countries has steadily increased reaching a total volume of 175 million Euros in 2009, including the delivery of submachine guns to Egypt. The Egyptian secret service, notorious for its unbridled brutality, benefits from the close cooperation with its German counterparts. In at least one case, a prisoner held by the CIA was flown from a German airport to Cairo, to be tortured into "confessions" that in settings under rule of law could not have been obtained. German financing of repression seeks to also stem the growing movement of the poverty-stricken to prevent them from reaching the borders of the EU, while German companies are benefiting from the low wage workforce of Egypt, Tunisia or Morocco. more…