BERLIN/SANTIAGO DE CHILE | | chile

BERLIN/SANTIAGO DE CHILE (Own report) - Berlin is applying pressure to obtain more exclusive "resource partnerships" to ensure the supply of natural resources for German industry. According to the Ministry of the Economy and Technology, the German government has its eye on Chile, Peru, Zambia, South Africa, and Namibia as new "resource partner" candidates. This type of alliance has already been forged with Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Berlin's plans for a supplementary accord with Chile, which holds the world's greatest copper deposits, are furthest advanced. German enterprises are also receiving a large portion of their supplies from Chile. Against strong popular protests, the rightwing Chilean Sebastián Piñera government is carrying out a privatization policy, which is very advantageous for German access to the country's resources. more…

Southern Cross

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…

Warnings

BERLIN/SANTIAGO/LA PAZ | | chile

BERLIN/SANTIAGO/LA PAZ (Own report) - In light of the extensive nationalization projects undertaken in Bolivia, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), closely affiliated with the ruling CDU party, is positioning its Latin American branch offices and their partner organizations to oppose the government in La Paz. A few days ago, Bolivia entered an economic alliance with Venezuela and Cuba and introduced measures for the nationalization of the energy industry, which will also affect European companies and is sharply criticized in Berlin. At the beginning of next week, high-ranking KAS representatives will discuss the next steps with several undersecretaries of state, federal parliamentarians, as well as, Brazilian experts in a two-day conference. The conference will serve as preparation for the EU's Latin America Summit (May 11), which will be focused on the Bolivian economic measures ("New Populism in South America"). Decisive circles in German foreign policy and the KAS branch office in Chile have, for quite some time, opposed the re-orientation of Bolivian economic policy. In the 1980s, the German foundation established contacts to the Chilean Christian democratic opposition of that period and maintains outstanding relations with the country's ruling elite. Its mother party displayed open sympathy for Augusto Pinochet's putsch regime in 1973. more…