BERLIN/PRISTINA | | jugoslawien

BERLIN/PRISTINA (Own report) - The EU is discussing redrawing borders in Southeast Europe. The Kosovo leadership could thus cede control over its Serbian-speaking North to Belgrade, in exchange for the Albanian-speaking Preševo valley of Southern Serbia. Obviously backed by France, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, is promoting this exchange, against Germany's rejection. The plan, in fact, is redrawing borders in accordance with the ethnic criteria pursued by the German government in Southeast Europe, in particular during in the 1990s and early 2000s. After having been stationed in Kosovo for nearly 20 years, the Bundeswehr is preparing a major withdrawal. Its focus will now be on training and arming Kosovo's armed forces, which have begun cooperating with NATO, while Kosovo's population continues to languish in poverty, after nearly two decades of western occupation. It is the second poorest region in Europe. Only military cooperation with NATO is flourishing. more…

BERLIN/ATHENS/BELGRADE/BEIJING | | griechenlandjugoslawien

BERLIN/ATHENS/BELGRADE/BEIJING (Own report) - Berlin's austerity dictate, ruthlessly imposed on Athens, is suffering its first blowbacks, weakening German hegemony over the EU. The China Ocean Shipping Company's (COSCO) purchase of stakes in the Piraeus Port Authority, Athens had been forced to sell under pressure from Berlin and Brussels, is one example. COSCO, which had already acquired a small share in 2009, has been upgrading the port with investments in the three-digit millions. In the meantime, Piraeus has become Europe's eighth largest port and is among the top 40 worldwide. Greece, which economically has been completely ruined by the austerity dictates, is hoping for more Chinese investments - and is no longer willing to participate in the EU's routine official condemnation of China at the UN Human Rights Council. A similar development can be seen with Serbia. As part of its "Silk Road" initiative, China is planning to upgrade the rail line between Belgrade and Budapest. For the Serbian government, this offers hopes for a long term recovery. Brussels has now launched a probe into this project. According to experts, a policy based solely on austerity dictates and open pressure, as has been pursued by Berlin and the EU, can no longer be successful "in a multi-polar world." more…

BERLIN/PRIŠTINA | | jugoslawien

BERLIN/PRIŠTINA (Own report) - Germany is significantly responsible for helping create the conditions causing tens of thousands to flee from Kosovo. This has been confirmed by an analysis of the development that seceded territory has taken since NATO's 1999 aggression, in which Germany had played a leading role. Prominent German politicians have also played leading roles in establishing Kosovo's subsequent occupation, helping to put the commanders and combatants of the mafia-type Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) militia into power in Priština. They created social conditions that have drawn sharp internationally criticism. In 2012, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reported that organized crime continues at "high levels" in Kosovo. The Council of Europe even discerns some of the highest-ranking politicians, including a long-standing prime minister, as being members of the Mafia. Poverty is rampant. After 16 years of NATO and EU occupation, around one-sixth of the children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition. Germany has played an important role in organizing the occupation. If it were not for cash transfers refugees send home, many Kosovo families would not be able to survive. In the first semester of 2015 alone, more than 28,600 found themselves forced to apply for refugee status in Germany - with little chance of success. Berlin is now seeking more rapid ways for their deportation. more…

KIEV/BELGRADE/BERLIN | | ukrainejugoslawien

KIEV/BELGRADE/BERLIN (Own report) - A year after Berlin helped instigate the putsch in Ukraine, new information is coming to light about the February 20, 2014 Kiev Massacre. That bloodbath, of more than 50 people killed, accelerated the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych and was also used - even in Germany - to justify the putsch. As has now been confirmed by witnesses, armed demonstrators were the first to open fire on police, and only then, did repressive forces return fire, when they were caught in a hail of bullets while retreating. If this proves to be true, it could not have been a government-planned massacre. Furthermore, evidence indicates that also the snipers, who had shot to kill, were on the side of the government's opponents. Today, the responsibility for that bloodbath is as unsolved as that for the deaths of more than 40 Kosovo Albanians in Račak in mid-January 1999, which the West labeled a mass execution - in spite of all contradicting evidence. Račak served as a decisive justification for the military aggression on Yugoslavia. The political and media establishments' other forgeries and lies preceding and during the war on Yugoslavia demonstrate that manipulations, such as the ones we are currently seeing in the Ukraine conflict, are nothing new. They are rather consistent props in the German establishment's standard repertoire for escalating conflicts. more…

BERLIN/BELGRADE | | jugoslawienrussische-foederation

BERLIN/BELGRADE (Own report) -The "Western Balkans Conference", opening in Berlin today, is overshadow by the dispute over sanctions against Russia and criticism of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). Serbia, a participant in the conference, has declared, it will not join the EU's sanctions. Serbian enterprises are therefore not affected by Russian countermeasures and are even replacing agricultural products, whose importation from the EU has been banned by Moscow. The German government is attempting to prevent this. Berlin, in turn, has been forced to admit that, for years, the BND had systematically spied on Albania. Albania, Germany's NATO ally, will also attend the conference. Berlin has initiated the "Western Balkans Conference" to shore up the hegemony over Southeast Europe, which it had acquired in the 1990s against the growing influence of China, Turkey and, particularly, Russia. more…

PRIŠTINA/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

PRIŠTINA/BERLIN (Own report) - The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is making serious accusations against the German-EU Kosovo occupation policy. According to the ECA's report published Tuesday, not much can be seen of the "rule of law," that the EU for years has been pretending to establish in the region that had seceded from Serbia in violation of international law. Instead, levels of general corruption and particularly of organized crime remain "high." This has "not changed considerably" since the occupation began in the summer of 1999, writes the EU authority. NATO invaded that south Serbian province in the summer of 1999. Under its control and with Berlin's active support, the KLA mafia gang led by Kosovo's current Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, became the strongest local power. The ECA report, once again, shows the consequences of Berlin's repeated reversion to elements - such as the KLA - in the framework of strategically motivated military operations. With their help, wars can be won, but their social qualities are diametrically opposed to a humane development in the region targeted by German interventions. more…

BELGRADE/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

BELGRADE/BERLIN (Own report) - The newly elected Serbian president Tomislav Nikolić, is offering Berlin an exclusive cooperation within the framework of German-Russian cooperation. Nikolić, a nationalist, with roots in the extreme right and good contacts to Moscow, declared that his country could serve as a manufacturing site for German companies to re-export their goods to Russia at reduced customs tariffs. Germany would "not need the EU" for this form of eastern cooperation. Serbia is one of German companies' favorite sites in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. While the Serbian population is sinking into poverty - almost 25 percent are unemployed, hundreds of thousands of workers have to content themselves with a monthly minimum wage of 150 Euros - most German companies are registering an increasing profit. Observers are not expecting a change in the economic framework due to the change of government. The newly elected Serbian President's party is collaborating with the extreme rightwing German nationalist Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ). more…

PRISTINA/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

PRISTINA/BERLIN (Own report) - Serious accusations are again being raised against the secessionist regime in Kosovo, which is being supported by Berlin. As Dick Marty, Special Rapporteur to the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council, wrote in his newly published report, the current prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, has not only played the leading role in arms and drugs smuggling for more than a decade, he is also suspected of participating in the trafficking of human organs. Germans are also said to be among the recipients of these organs. Doctor Shaip Muja, Thaçi's close confident is named as another suspect. Both were members of the KLA leadership in the spring of 1999, during NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia, while this militia was serving as the ground forces for the western war alliance. Marty's report sheds not only light on the Kosovo protectorate, commanded for the past eleven years by the West and where Berlin plays a key role. It is also embarrassing for the German government that the special Rapporteur can refer to detailed information - reports from the German foreign intelligence service - that Berlin has had for years, without ever taking the consequences. more…

ESSEN/SKOPJE/BELGRADE | | jugoslawienrumaenienmazedonienbulgarien

ESSEN/SKOPJE/BELGRADE (Own report) - The Serbian Minister of the Economy, Mladan Dinkic is calling on the WAZ media group from Germany to leave Serbia because of its dubious intrigues. After a deal was revealed that was aimed at making the Essen-based company a leader on the Serbian market, Dinkic said that the WAZ cannot be allowed to take control of one of the country's most important daily newspapers, with "backroom business deals". The WAZ and its manager Bodo Hombach, (SPD), attempted, with the help of a front man, to buy, step by step, majority shares in the Vecernje Novosti, the country's largest selling daily newspaper. But the front man, a Serbian oligarch, does not want to turn over the shares in his temporary possession. A front man was needed for the deal because antitrust regulations did not allow the WAZ to buy the Serbian public opinion forming daily, Vecernje Novosti. The German media group, headquartered in Essen, is the strongest West European company on the Southeast European press market owning up to 70 percent in several countries - padded by excellent relations to the political and business establishment. more…

BELGRADE/ESSEN | | jugoslawien

BELGRADE/ESSEN (Own report) - The German WAZ media company's efforts to expand to Serbia have been accompanied by dubious business deals. The company, headquartered in the western German city of Essen, which nearly nine years ago bought a 50% share in one of the two most prominent Serbian dailies, has, for some time, been seeking to also acquire shares in the other. The attempt, which had to be carried out through an intermediary because of legal difficulties, is likely to fail when the Serbian Cartel Office reaches its verdict. The WAZ's efforts to expand within the Serbian press market through political and economic pressure have been so far just as unsuccessful. The German company is now threatening to withdraw completely from Serbia - with negative consequences for Serbia in its relationship to powerful Germany. For its business deals in Belgrade, which were only possible after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, the WAZ had the former Yugoslav Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic, mediate contacts to dubious business circles. One businessman, who today claims to have discussed shady deals with WAZ manager Bodo Hombach (SPD), was described in the German media, at the time of his contacts to the WAZ, as one "of the kingpins of the Balkans mafia." more…