THE HAGUE/BERLIN | | niederlande

THE HAGUE/BERLIN (Own report) - The possibility of invalidating the will of the majority is being considered, in view of today's EU referendum in the Netherlands, where the population will vote on the EU's Association Agreement with Ukraine. According to polls, the opponents of the agreement were still in the lead. This is even more significant, because the referendum's initiators see the referendum also as a vote against the EU and the EU oriented elites, who seem to be losing influence over public opinion also in the Netherlands. A subsequent referendum on the Euro, for example, cannot be ruled out. The EU Commission President's patronizing interventions in the Dutch debate, no longer have an effect. Proponents of the EU's association agreement are, therefore, using anti-Russia sentiments and threat scenarios to try to reach their goals, warning that a "No" would strengthen "Putin." The CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation points out that the referendum is non-binding and could be ignored by the government in The Hague. A negative outcome of the referendum could also possibly be nullified with a "technical solution." German media are debating the very principle of national referendums on EU issues, calling them a "minority tyranny." more…

BERLIN/THE HAGUE | | niederlande

BERLIN/THE HAGUE (Own report) - German politicians, military officials and the media consider the subordination of combat units of other European nations to German Bundeswehr command to be a role model for a future EU army. The integration of a paratrooper unit from the Netherlands into the German Army's covert operations and counter-insurgency unit of the Rapid Forces Division (DSK) is considered a "milestone of integration." An armored contingent from the Netherlands will soon be integrated into a German cavalry unit, along the same lines. The European Air Transport Command (EATC) stationed in Eindhoven, the Netherlands - currently under a German commanding officer - is also being praised as an "effective model of cooperation." According to its own accounts, the Bundeswehr sees the EATC as a clear extension of its "radius of operations," providing bases stretching "from be the Baltic Sea almost to Gibraltar." more…

BERLIN/THE HAGUE/WARSAW | | niederlandepolen

BERLIN/THE HAGUE/WARSAW (Own report) - The German Bundeswehr has announced the formation of a permanent military unit of foreigners under German command. Beginning in January 2014, approx. 2,100 soldiers from the Netherlands will be integrated into the "Rapid Reaction Force Division" as a result of a declaration of intent signed in Berlin last week by the defense ministers of both countries. Three dozen projects for closer cooperation between the two armed forces are planned. A second, similar declaration of intent, stipulating closer naval cooperation was also signed between the defense ministers of Germany and Poland. This cooperation includes combat missions. Specialists in military policy have been calling for intensifying military cooperation to increase the Bundeswehr's military clout. Berlin would be well advised to seek cooperation particularly with the smaller countries, because they, it is said, unlike France or Great Britain, are more pliable allies due to their lesser power potentials. more…

BERLIN/DEN HAAG | | niederlande

BERLIN/DEN HAAG german-foreign-policy.com documents excerpts from the Declaration of Intent on which the Foreign Ministers of Germany and the Netherlands agreed on 28 May 2013. more…

ARNHEM/ESSEN/DUESSELDORF | | niederlande

ARNHEM/ESSEN/DUESSELDORF (Own report) - The westward expansion of the Essen based energy giant, RWE, has met resistance. At the end of last week, the parliament of the North-Brabant Province in the Netherlands rejected the takeover of Essent, the leading Dutch energy company, by its German rival. The parliament declared that the nation must maintain control over its energy supplies. At the beginning of the year, RWE and the Essent management reached an agreement on the deal. With the acquisition of Essent, RWE was not only hoping to catch up with the leading German utility company, Eon, but also to strengthen its position in Western Europe - a goal the company has been pursuing for several years. Currently the focus is on the Netherlands, whose economy is closely linked to that of Germany. The German federal land North Rhine-Westphalia, which is also where RWE is located, is seeking to intensify these links through several initiatives. These include a memorandum signed by the government of North Rhine-Westphalia with those of the Benelux countries last December, allowing North Rhine-Westphalian functionaries to work on Benelux expert commissions. Subsequently German personnel will have the chance to directly influence relations between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg and the enhancement of their already strong alignment with the European hegemonic power. more…

DUESSELDORF/ESSEN | | spanienitalienfrankreichniederlandeoesterreich

DUESSELDORF/ESSEN (Own report) - Anxiety is growing in several European states, that Germany could take control over their strategically important national power supply, because of the expansionist endeavors of German energy companies, such as Eon and RWE. Some governments are merging their national energy suppliers, in an attempt to impede these efforts - until now without much success. These preventive measures are encountering not only domestic difficulties, the European commission is declaring these efforts as in "violation of the freedom of capital". Spain, for example, is putting up a resistance to Eon buying into its largest native power supplier, but probably will succumb to the pressure from Brussels and will finally accept the offer made by the German energy giant. In France and Austria efforts to establish "national safeguards" against takeover attempts by foreign energy companies, had to be postponed until the fall, due to strong resistance. Lastly a takeover battle is approaching the Netherlands, which could lead to her loss of control over her energy supply to German companies. more…