BERLIN/BRASÍLIA/BOGOTÁ | | kolumbienbrasilien

BERLIN/BRASÍLIA/BOGOTÁ (Own report) - Under pretext of rallying "allies for human rights," Germany's Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas (SPD) will meet the two most right-wing presidents of South America. His interlocutor on Tuesday, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, is an avowed supporter of Brazil's military dictatorship. Already within the first month of his incumbency, police murders have drastically increased in his country. Columbia's President Iván Duque, whom Maas will meet thereafter, opposes the peace treaty with the FARC insurgents. Over the past two and a half years, more than 300 government opponents have been assassinated in that country - in most cases with impunity. While the foreign ministry is speaking of having a "foundation of shared values" with Bolsonaro and Duque, Berlin is actually seeking to rally allies in its struggle against China and Russia and to strengthen its position in Latin America vis-à-vis Washington. It is also striving to obtain access to sanctions-proof markets for Germany's export industry. more…

BRASÍLIA/LIMA/BOGOTÁ/BERLIN | | brasilienkolumbien

BRASÍLIA/LIMA/BOGOTÁ/BERLIN (Own report) - The West's power struggle with Russia has led also to tensions during the German foreign minister's Latin America tour, which ends today. Last Friday, Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited Brazil, which has a "Strategic Partnership" with Germany. However, the country not only refuses to join the sanctions against Russia, it is even intensifying its economic and political cooperation with Moscow. Current relations have therefore become "difficult," according to observers, even though they are good with Peru and Colombia, next on the Foreign Minister's schedule. Both countries are members of the "Pacific Alliance" that is directed against the Venezuela and Cuba inspired ALBA Alliance. The alliance also seeks to enhance its economic activities in East and Southeast Asia, thereby falling in line with Western efforts to position its forces against China at its periphery. Germany was given observer status at the Pacific Alliance and is intensifying military cooperation with its members. more…

BERLIN/BOGOTA (Own report) | | kolumbien

BERLIN/BOGOTA (Own report) The German parliament has approved an 18-point guide with detailed stipulations concerning Colombia's domestic policies. Into the South American state, which is under the immediate sphere of influence of the United States, a ,,high ranking representative of the European Union"will be dispatched for the conflict in Colombia; the goal is Berlin's greater influence over the negotiations between Colombia's government and the country's rebel organizations. The German plans are in direct contradiction to US policies concerning Colombia. more…