KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - With help of the Boxing World Champion, Vitali Klitschko, the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation is in the process of establishing a pro-EU party in the Ukraine. In April 2010, shortly following the collapse of the Ukrainian pro-EU government of President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Klitschko founded the party UDAR (in English "Punch"). The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is supporting this project as much as possible. The CDU explicitly admits that the foundation "assigned" Klitschko the task "of establishing" a Christian conservative party in the Ukraine. The boxer's popularity should raise UDAR to third place in the Ukraine's fall parliamentary elections. The party's success could be the prerequisite for creating a permanent pro-EU majority in the Ukraine - if the currently imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko's "Fatherland" party, which also orients its policy on Berlin and Brussels, maintains its electoral strength. Recently Elmar Brok (CDU), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, told Vitali Klitschko about Berlin's interests in the Ukraine. According to Brok, "this key East European country" should neither for geopolitical, nor for economic reasons, be lost to Russia. more…

KIEW/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEW/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin is threatening a boycott because of the continued detention of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko, a longtime ally of the West, has been convicted of abuse of power and is facing other criminal charges. She is complaining of torture and insufficient medical care in prison. The German government, which has been silent about accusations of torture and denial of medical attention in Ukrainian prisons, while Tymoshenko was Prime Minister of that country, is now declaring, "penal law" should "not be abused to curtail democracy and prevent opposition." This must be seen in the context of power struggles focusing on the country's future foreign policy orientation now taking place in Kiev. Berlin is worried that the Ukraine could ally itself too closely with Moscow, if important pro-western forces, such as Tymoshenko, have no role to play. According to voices in Berlin, a boycott of the forthcoming European Soccer Championships could be a means for pressuring Kiev, if it does not comply. more…

BERLIN/KIEV | | ukraine

BERLIN/KIEV (Own report) - German military circles are debating NATO's continued eastward expansion and the partitioning of the Ukraine. As a former advisor in the Amt für Studien und Übungen (Bureau for Research and Training) of the German Bundeswehr writes, the question of expanding the western war alliance to the territory of the Ukraine is still on the table. If this step is taken, "probably only the western Ukraine" will join NATO. The "eastern Ukraine" would "in this case, become independent or a de facto nation like Abkhazia." The author, a lieutenant colonel of the reserves, presented his ideas in a military magazine, embedding them in a retrospective on the entire past twenty years of NATO's eastward expansion. According to the author, a "cordon sanitaire" separating this war alliance from Russia, conceded by the allies of World War II to the Soviet Union, has, for the most part, been absorbed into NATO, essentially crossing every "red line" drawn by Moscow. According to the author, Russia finds itself on a historical defensive. Only Moscow's 1989 project of winning security for itself through an axis with Berlin, has a chance of succeeding, says the author. more…

Three fronts

DAKAR/TRIPOLIS/KIEW/BERLIN | | libyenukraine

DAKAR/TRIPOLIS/KIEW/BERLIN (Own report) - After his visit to Berlin, the Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade declared that he was prepared to continue cooperation with the European defense against refugees. Following a talk with German President, Horst Koehler, Wade made public that he will do everything, in the future, to keep Senegalese citizens in the country. Numerous Senegalese are currently seeking to emigrate to Europe, because the EU's industrial fishing fleets have ruined what had traditionally been the country's main branch of trade and driven a large number of the population into poverty. European politicians are signaling progress on the anti-refugee front also from Libya. The negotiations in that country were centered around arranging the deployment of EU border-control technology on the Libyan landlocked borders. The discussion about the building of camps in Libya, which the former German Interior Minister Otto Schily (SPD) had supported, is also progressing. The refugee camps in the Ukraine serve as a model. The conditions are catastrophic on this third front in the European defense against migrants. This is being reported by international observers, whose substantial criticism have led to no alterations. In these camps, fundamental rights are still being withheld from the imprisoned refugees, Christopher Nsoh told german-foreign-policy.com. Nsoh is carrying out a scientific investigation of the European defense against migration and had recently visited the Ukrainian assembly camp. more…

BERLIN/MOSCOW/KIEW | | ukrainerussische-foederation

BERLIN/MOSCOW/KIEW (Own report) - Against the background of the so-called gas conflict between Moscow and Kiew, German government advisors are predicting a heightening of tensions between Russia and NATO states. After the heavy losses of influence in the Ukraine, in the Southern Caucasus and in the resourceful Caspian regions, the Kremlin will seek to use its "gigantic reserves in natural resources" to consolidate its defenses against further western offensives. This is the analysis heard in the German capital. Berlin is anxiously watching the current Russian economic policy and worries about its own operative influence in its East European backyard. To be able to confront new putsch attempts à la Georgia and the Ukraine, Moscow is tightening the controls over forefront organizations of NATO states and is even reining in the Russian subsidiaries of German political party foundations. The German government financed "Deutsche Welle" (DW) radio station is threatened with the revocation of its Russian broadcasting permit. This "technical problem" has been the theme of on-going negotiations and is symptomatic of the frontlines in the East-West conflict. Results are not expected before the second half of January, german-foreign-policy.com has learned from DW sources. more…

Greater Europe

BERLIN/ODESSA/PLOCK (Our own report) | | aserbaidschangeorgienkasachstanrussische-foederationukraine

BERLIN/ODESSA/PLOCK (Our own report) The Berlin government's talks with the Ukrainian President have ensured that Caspian oil reserves will flow towards Germany in greater quantities, while also bringing Ukraine closer to joining NATO. The German armaments and military equipment industry is hoping that the upgrading of military hardware in line with Western standards will bring it business valued in billions. Yesterday's talks were in part devoted to improving the capacity of several German oil refineries (Schwedt, Karlsruhe, Ingolstadt), with Kiev accepting the loss of millions in income in return for preferential supplier status - the very decision that Mr Stüdemann, the German ambassador in Kiev, had called for. By way of reciprocation, Germany has promised Ukraine special conditions when it, in due course, becomes subject to the EU. The economic and military agreements are in direct opposition to Moscow, and it is they that actually underlie the recent change of regime in Kiev. more…