BERLIN/CIUDAD DE MÉXICO/BUENOS AIRES | | mexikoargentinien

BERLIN/CIUDAD DE MÉXICO/BUENOS AIRES (Own report) - On her trip to Argentina and Mexico last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to use the tensions between US President Donald Trump and Latin America to strengthen German influence on the subcontinent, by expanding business relations. Berlin would like to knit closer ties to Argentina through a free trade agreement with the South American Mercosur alliance and is planning to expand bi-lateral trade with Mexico, on the basis of the existing free trade agreement. Already long before Trump's electoral victory, the German government had been seeking to strengthen its trade with Latin America. Trump's threats to fortify the Mexican border with a wall and the revocation of the NAFTA free trade agreement have practically driven the countries of this region into Berlin's arms. This was even reinforced, when Chancellor Merkel publicly criticized the wall project. The coup had the desired effect, despite the fact that the EU - under German pressure - is surrounding itself with wall-like border fortifications. The German effort to expand its Latin American influence is also directed at China. more…

MEXICO CITY/BERLIN | | mexiko

MEXICO CITY/BERLIN (Own report) - The Mexican government is pushing to rapidly modernize its free trade agreement with the EU and has declared its "close affinity" to Germany, following US President Trump's threats of massive reprisals by building a wall at the border and imposing punitive tariffs. Because of its extreme dependence on the USA, Mexico can only hold its ground by intensifying its relations with other countries, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray. Mexico's enticements are greeted with sympathy by German business circles. The majority of German firms active in Mexico had already decided on new investments and is planning to carry these out, despite expected disadvantages from the projected US trade policy. Experts assume that the US administration cannot afford excessive punitive tariffs or other exorbitant escalations. At an appearance last week in Mexico, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser ostentatiously announced investments worth US $200 million and signed an agreement of intent with Mexico's Minster of Economics for infrastructure and industrial projects with a possible volume of up to US $36 billion. more…

MEXICO CITY/BERLIN | | mexiko

MEXICO CITY/BERLIN (Own report) - Grave accusations against Mexico's government and its repressive forces began surfacing soon after Germany made a commitment to provide aid to the police and military of that country. According to a newly published investigation report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the official version shows serious inconsistencies on how 43 students protesting government policies were murdered in September 2014, subsequent to a police intervention. Along with other serious criticisms, the IACHR has noted that Mexico's government appears to have little interest in solving the case. Their investigators even had been subjected to a defamation campaign, intended to comprehensively impede them in their investigation. For years, human rights organizations have been raising accusations against government agencies because of their close cooperation with the drug mafia and their implication in serious felonies. Nevertheless, the German government has not only approved the delivery of approx. 10,000 G-36 assault rifles to the Mexican police and ordered the training by the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) of Mexico's specialized units for fighting organized crime. Just a few days ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested the possibility of providing advanced training for Mexico's police and armed forces. This is in the context of strengthening the western positions at the Pacific - for their power struggle with China. more…

BERLIN/CIUDAD DE MÉXICO | | mexiko

BERLIN/CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (Own report) - Following her talks yesterday with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that Germany will strengthen its partnership with Mexico. It will train members of the police and armed forces and enhance economic cooperation with that country. Mexico, traditionally, has been one of the German companies' two most important trading partners in Latin America. Particularly German automobile companies use Mexico as a low-wage production site for the lucrative US market. Cooperation now will also be strengthened with the military and in the field of domestic repression. This must be seen in the context of the gradual polarization on both shores of the Pacific, as Western powers and their allies take up positions in opposition to the People's Republic of China, while several governments, which had refused to bow to western hegemony, have been recently either voted out of office or are threatened with being ousted. Berlin is offensively supporting those forces, cooperating with the West - such as Mexico, whose President Peña Nieto, in turn, explicitly recognizes Germany's "leading role." more…

BRASILIA/BERLIN | | brasilienmexiko

BRASILIA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German foreign minister is using his current trip to Latin America to implement a new strategy for Berlin's policy as a global power. The strategy foresees Germany forging closer partnerships with so-called regional leading powers throughout the world, to expand Berlin's global influence. In Latin America - the focus of the German foreign minister's current visit - Germany sees Brazil and Mexico in this role. According to experts in Berlin, Brazil is the subcontinental country with "a clear leadership aspiration," which it will be able to fulfill, in the long run, thanks to its "hard power" and its very effective foreign policy. Therefore, it is a highly suitable ally for Germany. Mexico is viewed more skeptically. It places too strong an emphasis on the "doctrine of non-interference" in the affairs of other countries and is too dependent on the USA, according to the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Therefore, extensive groundwork will be necessary. As usual, Berlin camouflages its power policy ambitions with feigned apolitical initiatives. As the foreign minister announced, next year Germany will initiate a "Year of Germany" with comprehensive cultural and scholarly activities. more…

CIUDAD DE MEXICO/SANTO DOMINGO | | mexiko

CIUDAD DE MEXICO/SANTO DOMINGO (Own report) - The conclusion of free-trade and association agreements with several alliances of Latin American states was accompanied by lessons on neo-liberalism by the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Steinmeier was in the Dominican Republic, April 19, after having visited Mexico and Panama. Steinmeier said whoever had reservations concerning German free-trade offers, was "insufficiently developed" for the regional requirements. The purpose of his Latin American tour was to hconsolidate the German economic basis in the competition with the USA and the People's Republic of China. In Mexico, Steinmeier called for a "geo-strategic partnership" that is directly aimed at the USA, in Panama the program was centered around the German participation in upgrading the canal, one of the most important waterways for the USA. The German minister's tour is supplemented with wide-ranging activities of other EU dignitaries. Both the EU Commissioner for External Affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, were also on tour in Latin America. Social organizations criticize the dire consequences the competing industrial powers' growing pressure is having on the economies of the states south of the Rio Grande. more…

BERLIN/MADRID | | usamexikobrasilien

BERLIN/MADRID The European Union wishes to intensify its economic and political relations with Latin America and the Caribbean region. The German federal government and parliament had previously pressed for the common strategic policy, agreed under the German presidency of the EU in 1999 to be advanced and to overcome the opposition to it in various EU member states. US analysts saw in this co-operation a new ,,solidarity"or ,,common front"against Washington's interests in the region. more…

BERLIN/MEXICO CITY | | mexikobrasilienecuador

BERLIN/MEXICO CITY Germany is now seeking to extend its policy on minorities to central and south America and offers itself as a ,,Protecting Power"to ,,indigenous peoples"of the subcontinent. According to the theme of a conference organised by the Foreign Office, south America must ,,open itself"to permit its peoples to exercise their ,,human rights". Several south American states felt that the conference was a ,,provocation". The ambassador of Ecuador spoke of a German ,,affront". more…