HARARE/BERLIN | | simbabwe

HARARE/BERLIN (Own report) - Today's reception of Zimbabwean Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, is an element of the German government's participation in the western campaign to overthrow the Zimbabwean president. Since the 90s, Tsvangirai has been groomed by the West, particularly Germany, as the head of the opposition to drive President Mugabe from power. Berlin is accusing Mugabe of presenting himself as an "adversary of the western liberal order." His removal has been on the German foreign policy agenda for the past ten years. With Tsvangirai, after a long struggle, being named prime minister, second to his rival, Mugabe, in a transition government, last February, Berlin and Washington see new opportunities for driving Mugabe from office. Tsvangirai is currently visiting North America and Europe to reach the necessary agreements. Germany wants to support him through development aid financing, sent to Zimbabwe by way of NGOs, strengthening the position of Tsvangirai’s followers. more…

HARARE/BERLIN | | aethiopiensimbabwe

HARARE/BERLIN (Own report) - With his demand for a regime change in Zimbabwe, the German foreign minister is intensifying the campaign the West has been waging for years against President Robert Mugabe. "Mugabe's regime has to come to an end," insisted Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) last weekend. Berlin is seeking a regime change since Zimbabwe's leadership refused to pursue Western economic projects in the late 1990s and began expropriating the descendents of European colonialists. Since then, Berlin, Brussels and Washington have been supporting Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition candidate. Berlin's pretension of concern for human rights in Zimbabwe is in no way due to "ethical considerations" of its foreign policy. When compared with its attitude toward another African state, Ethiopia, it is clear that human rights serve only as a pretext for enforcing German interests. All of the German government's accusations against Mugabe apply to his Ethiopian counterpart in Addis Ababa, Meles Zenawi. Instead of being threatened with sanctions for serious crimes against humanity, just a few days ago, Meles was rewarded with an increase in German development aid. more…

HARARE/BERLIN | | simbabwe

HARARE/BERLIN (Own report) - The German presidency of the European Council is using new attempts to overthrow the government of Zimbabwe, to intensify the pressure on President Robert Mugabe's government. The German government insists that Mugabe enters into direct talks with the Berlin-supported opposition. The German minister for Economic Cooperation is calling on Zimbabwe's neighboring nations to "finally unambiguously express" opposition to Mugabe and take measures accordingly. The reason for the years of western campaigning against the Zimbabwean President, is the radical land reform, that has led to the expropriation of the white large landowners, the heirs of old colonial elites. Berlin is afraid that Mugabe's concept of land reform could be copied by other states in Southern Africa, including Namibia, where the heirs of German colonialists would be affected. Because of international pressure, hefty dissention has arisen inside the president's own party. "In any case, there has never been a better opportunity for getting rid of him" writes the German press. more…