BERLIN/ATHENS/SKOPJE | | griechenlandmazedonien

BERLIN/ATHENS/SKOPJE (Own report) - With her visit to Athens, beginning tomorrow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is continuing a series of unprecedented interference by NATO and EU members into the domestic affairs of two Southeast European countries - this time in a dispute over a name between Greece and Macedonia. Because of Greek objections, Macedonia is known internationally as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). In line with a June 17, 2018 agreement, the country is to change its name to North Macedonia. Because the renaming is a prerequisite for the country's admission to NATO and its negotiations for EU membership, the NATO war alliance and the European Union are urging that the name change process be sped up. This is also the reason behind Merkel's talks in Athens. The West is exerting massive pressure, and justifying renaming the country with allegations of Russian interference. The renaming is in violation of the Macedonia's referendum results and is dependent upon the votes of the opposition in the Macedonian parliament's forthcoming final vote. Corrupt methods are obviously inducing members of the opposition to vote in favor of changing the name. 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…

SKOPJE/BERLIN/VIENNA | | mazedonien

SKOPJE/BERLIN/VIENNA (Own report) - 15 years after its, German supported, secession from the Yugoslav Federation, Macedonia is confronted with having to sell out all of its national holdings to foreign companies. "(A)lmost all national net assets have been sold", summarized the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, closely affiliated to the ruling CDU, after the takeover of the state-owned, ESM, power supplier monopoly, by an Austrian-German enterprise. While the poverty ratio in the Macedonian population soars to new heights, Berlin and Brussels are requiring of Skopje expensive measures for the fortification of the national borders, to prevent unwanted immigration into the prosperity centers of the EU. Sitting in the upper echelons of German expansion enterprises are politicians, who had played prominent roles in the Macedonian secession and the war against the FR Yugoslavia. more…

BERLIN/SKOPJE/KABUL | | mazedonien

BERLIN/SKOPJE/KABUL (Own report) - A German victim of systematic torture, at the hands of US officials in Afghanistan, accuses the agent, Gerhard L., of the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BKA) to have, under orders, committed grave violations of human rights and violations of the Constitution. The accused is a high-ranking officer in the BKA, with an "extraordinary closeness to the Federal Intelligence Service" (BND) and is considered a "man for doing the dirty work". The torture victim is a German, from the city of Ulm, Khaled el-Masri, who had been kidnapped from the streets in December 2003, and following his illegal arrest in Macedonia, deported to Afghanistan. There, in a US-run prison, CIA operatives submitted him to violent interrogations and consulted with a German speaking specialist, who called himself "Sam". According to Khaled el-Masri "Sam" is none other than the notorious Gerhard L., who had also been identified during BKA secret operations in Beirut. The BKA agent denies having been an accomplice to the crime. Although it is accused of cooperating with US authorities and having remained inactive, in spite of knowing of el-Masri's illegal arrest, the German Embassy in Macedonia claims not to remember of abetting in the crime and refusing assistance to the German victim. more…