BERLIN/CIUDAD DE MÉXICO/BUENOS AIRES | | mexikoargentinien

BERLIN/CIUDAD DE MÉXICO/BUENOS AIRES (Own report) - On her trip to Argentina and Mexico last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to use the tensions between US President Donald Trump and Latin America to strengthen German influence on the subcontinent, by expanding business relations. Berlin would like to knit closer ties to Argentina through a free trade agreement with the South American Mercosur alliance and is planning to expand bi-lateral trade with Mexico, on the basis of the existing free trade agreement. Already long before Trump's electoral victory, the German government had been seeking to strengthen its trade with Latin America. Trump's threats to fortify the Mexican border with a wall and the revocation of the NAFTA free trade agreement have practically driven the countries of this region into Berlin's arms. This was even reinforced, when Chancellor Merkel publicly criticized the wall project. The coup had the desired effect, despite the fact that the EU - under German pressure - is surrounding itself with wall-like border fortifications. The German effort to expand its Latin American influence is also directed at China. more…

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BERLIN/BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO DE CHILE | | argentinienchile

BERLIN/BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO DE CHILE (Own report) - The German government is seeking to integrate South American armies more firmly into German-European military programs through the expansion of military cooperation and is particularly focusing on Argentina and Chile. Both countries are among Berlin's long-standing closest South American military allies. German arms manufacturers are furnishing weapons systems to the Chilean and Argentine armed forces. German soldiers are training military personnel at bases in both countries. At the same time, Germany is profiting from South American endeavors to intensify its own global military activities. Recently Buenos Aires and Santiago established a binational military contingent ("Cruz del Sur", "Southern Cross") patterned after the German-French battalion and planned to be developed into a South American military alliance. "Cruz del Sur" is already participating at Germany's side in several military interventions around the globe. Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, recently returned from a visit to Argentina and Chile, exploring the possibilities of further intensifying the cooperation. more…