BERLIN/ASTANA/SIBIU | | rumaenienkasachstan

BERLIN/ASTANA/SIBIU (Own report) - The German Federation of Expellees (BdV) has announced a new PR-project to promote "Germandom" in East- and Southeast Europe. According to the Federation, an exhibition presenting the history of "German settlements in the East" will open in the Berlin Crown Prince Palace (Kronprinzenpalais) in mid-July. It will also focus on German speaking settlements in Russia ("Volga Germans") and on the Danube Plain ("Danube Swabians"), presenting their history as a model: "People were living peacefully side by side," asserts BdV President Erika Steinbach. German speaking minorities are today still living in numerous "Germandom" regions presented in the exhibition, and, from their privileged position, support German policy as well as German industrial expansion into East- and Southeast Europe. Berlin is lending assistance and strengthening their organizational structures also with so called "development policy" funds. Political radicalization is becoming apparent among members of these minorities, who immigrated to Germany and maintain close contact to the regions of their origin. For example, members of the "Russian Germans" - whose history is commemorated in the BdV exhibition - have begun to cooperate with the right wing extremist NPD. more…

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BERLIN/ODESSA/PLOCK (Our own report) | | aserbaidschangeorgienkasachstanrussische-foederationukraine

BERLIN/ODESSA/PLOCK (Our own report) The Berlin government's talks with the Ukrainian President have ensured that Caspian oil reserves will flow towards Germany in greater quantities, while also bringing Ukraine closer to joining NATO. The German armaments and military equipment industry is hoping that the upgrading of military hardware in line with Western standards will bring it business valued in billions. Yesterday's talks were in part devoted to improving the capacity of several German oil refineries (Schwedt, Karlsruhe, Ingolstadt), with Kiev accepting the loss of millions in income in return for preferential supplier status - the very decision that Mr Stüdemann, the German ambassador in Kiev, had called for. By way of reciprocation, Germany has promised Ukraine special conditions when it, in due course, becomes subject to the EU. The economic and military agreements are in direct opposition to Moscow, and it is they that actually underlie the recent change of regime in Kiev. more…