OSLO/BERLIN | | norwegen

OSLO/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is broadening its military policy engagement into the Arctic region. According to reports following a meeting of several Northern European and the Baltic region defense ministers - with Germany attending for the first time - the participating countries are seeking to enhance their military cooperation. Their cooperation should include joint military maneuvers in the High North, the Norwegian defense minister reported. The melting of the Polar Cap over the next few decades will not only provide access to the natural resource deposits buried under the Arctic Ocean, but also open new maritime trade routes toward the booming regions of Eastern Asia. German transport vessels are already using large parts of these routes to supply Western Siberia. With the growing role played by the military aspect, Berlin has, already since some time, been trying to win influence in the political dispute over Arctic hegemony. Observers note the beginnings of an arms race in the Arctic. Germany seeks to broaden its influence via the EU and its close cooperation with Norway. To optimize its controlling capacities in the North, Norway has recently moved its Operational Command Headquarters from the south to the Northern part of the country. more…

BERLIN/OSLO/MOSCOW | | norwegengrossbritannienrussische-foederation

BERLIN/OSLO/MOSCOW (Own report) - In Norway last week, the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, strengthened the position of Germany, in the struggle for Arctic energy resources. The enormous reserves, that are only beginning to be tapped, are very significant for the EU's future power supply, which is increasingly dependent upon Russian and German-Russian energy cooperation. Gazprom, the Russian state monoply company, is attempting, with German assistance, to attain a predominating role as power supplier for all of Europe. The looming control by Berlin and Moscow of the natural gas sector is causing increasing displeasure particularly in eastern EU states and Great Britain. more…

KASSEL | | norwegengrossbritannien

KASSEL New groupings of German businesses are pressing on with their efforts to gain control of significant shares of the lucrative British energy market. Great Britain, being regarded as an ally of the USA and hence as a potential obstacle to Germany's efforts to achieve dominance, is becoming dependent on foreign producers for its energy supplies and will thus become more susceptible to politically motivated pressure. more…