QUITO/BERLIN | | ecuador

QUITO/BERLIN (Own report) - Current mass protests in Ecuador are directed against Lenin Moreno, Berlin's foreign policy establishment's ray of hope. Shortly after taking office in May 2017, Moreno abandoned the social and educational programs, as well as the independent foreign policy pursued by his predecessor, under whom he had served as vice president for several years. He is again tying Ecuador closer to the USA and, in February, secured for his country an IMF loan, which is forcing him to adopt drastic austerity measures. Moreno is deploying soldiers against the escalating mass protests. Last February, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Ecuador and promised German support to his counterpart for his policy course. Last week, Moreno was scheduled to come to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Merkel and to canvass billions in investments from German companies. Due to the current protests calling for his resignation, he has cancelled his visit to Germany. more…

QUITO/BERLIN | | ecuador

QUITO/BERLIN (Own report) - Ecuadoran partners of right-wing German foundations are using an ecological campaign to weaken the government's pursuit of an autonomous development for the country. They are using the conflict over the Yasuní-ITT-Initiative, which began a few years ago, to facilitate Ecuador's renunciation of oil extraction in the ecologically highly sensitive Yasuní National Park. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has declared the initiative a failure last summer. One of the reasons for this failure is Germany's withdrawal of its support for the project. The Ecuadorian Ambassador to Germany, Jorge Jurado, has confirmed, in an interview with german-foreign-policy.com that Germany's withdrawal from the project had "very significantly" contributed to this failure. The Ecuadoran President's announcement that oil will be permitted to be extracted from a small area of the national park is now being protested. The old Ecuadoran elite, which, unlike Correa, has always loyally served North American and West European interests, is also joining the protests. They are, in turn, supported by several German party-affiliated foundations. more…

BERLIN/MEXICO CITY | | mexikobrasilienecuador

BERLIN/MEXICO CITY Germany is now seeking to extend its policy on minorities to central and south America and offers itself as a ,,Protecting Power"to ,,indigenous peoples"of the subcontinent. According to the theme of a conference organised by the Foreign Office, south America must ,,open itself"to permit its peoples to exercise their ,,human rights". Several south American states felt that the conference was a ,,provocation". The ambassador of Ecuador spoke of a German ,,affront". more…