BERLIN/NEW YORK | | ungarnukrainelettlandkroatienitalien

BERLIN/NEW YORK (Own report) - The Federal Republic of Germany has refused to vote in favor of a United Nations resolution condemning the glorification of National Socialism and Nazi collaboration. Last week, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution strongly criticizing the edification of memorials to Nazi functionaries and the stylization of Nazi collaborators as "freedom fighters." Germany and the other EU nations abstained, the USA, Canada, and Ukraine voted against the document, with 115 nations voting in favor. Berlin and Brussels use the excuse of not wanting to support a resolution initiated by Russia. In fact, a vote in favor of the document would have caused hefty disputes within the EU, and between the EU and important allies. With growing frequency, notorious Nazi collaborators are being publicly honored in such EU countries as Hungary or the Baltic countries and in Ukraine, in some cases by officials of the respective governments. more…

RIGA | | lettland

RIGA (Own report) - On Sunday, the most extremist right wing organizations in Latvia are planning to stage a demonstration in commemoration of Latvian Nazi collaborators. "Legionaries' Day" commemorates Latvia's Waffen-SS units, honored as combatants against the Soviet Union. Many of them had helped the Nazi occupiers carry out mass murders of around 75,000 Latvian Jews, unable to flee before the Nazis' arrival. One of the extreme rightwing parties usually organizing the commemoration procession has a minister in the current government. One of that party's leaders expresses the anti-Russian sentiments of his followers by referring to the Latvian ethnic Russian inhabitants as "occupiers" and "illegal colonialists." His party is calling for their deportation ("repatriation") to Russia. The organization "Latvija bez Nacisma" ("Latvia without Nazism") has announced it will protest against this commemoration procession. Ukrainian nationalists had also participated in last year's procession. more…

RIGA/VILNIUS/BERLIN | | lettlandlitauen

RIGA/VILNIUS/BERLIN (Own report) - Latvia has requested to be admitted into the Euro zone - to the great joy of German businesses. The Latvian government has confirmed its intention to introduce the Euro already early next year. Only one third of the Latvian population is in favor of this project. But German businesses - following the positive experience with Estonia's introduction of the Euro - fully approve of this step, hoping to profit from lower costs and new location related advantages, according to the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK Baltikum). The Lithuanian government also seeks to introduce the Euro - in early 2015. Even though the majority of the Lithuanian population opposes, the establishment in Vilnius pledges economic allegiance to the German chancellor. Asked about the growing criticism of German austerity dictates, the Lithuanian prime minster said: "I fully agree with Chancellor Merkel's policy." Recently, Latvia and Lithuania carried out austerity programs similar to those in the southern European countries - with the social consequences. Both rank among the top four countries on the list of EU members with the largest number of residents "at risk of poverty and social exclusion." more…

BERLIN/WARSZAWA/VILNUS/RIGA | | polenlitauenlettland

BERLIN/WARSZAWA/VILNUS/RIGA (Own report) - Berlin is sabotaging construction of a Polish liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście. According to US media reports, the German government is expressing qualms as to its ecological compatibility as a pretext to delay or even prevent the construction of the harbor, with the objective of thwarting Warsaw's diversification of its sources of natural gas, thereby insuring Poland's dependence on the German-Russian supply. Berlin is confronted with similar accusations in Lithuania, where a German-Russian company's conspicuously slow dismantling of a decommissioned nuclear power station is thwarting the construction of a new power station, facilitating Berlin's access to the country's energy sector. Following the German chancellor's trip to the Baltic region last week, it was predicted that Latvia will soon be open to German energy companies, when it plugs into the European electrical grid. While the Baltic countries are prepared to unconditionally submit their energy sectors to German companies, Poland is still putting up resistance - through cooperation with other West European and US American companies. more…

BERLIN/RIGA/VILNIUS | | estlandlettlandlitauen

BERLIN/RIGA/VILNIUS Berlin's foreign policy pursues its revisionist offensive against the legitimacy of key agreements between the WW II allied powers and the Baltic states. After influential foreign policy officials rushed ahead in the international press and declared that the liberation from national socialism in the Baltic states was replaced ,,immediately by a new occupation (...) suppression and lack of freedom,"the presidents of Estonia and Lithuania refused to participate in Moscow's anniversary observance on May 9. For a number of years, the assault on the European postwar order (the Yalta Treaty) has been advanced accordingly by German foreign policy officials. Meanwhile, the former Lithuanian president, Landsbergis, declared in the German press that ,,Russia as represented by the Soviet Union"had ,,caused"WW II. Next week, Latvian organizations will celebrate, with official permission, the day on which the Latvian ,,Waffen SS"(armed storm troopers) had been established. more…