CARACAS/BERLIN | | venezuela

CARACAS/BERLIN (Own report) - Serious allegations are being raised against a partner cooperating with Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FDP) in the context of an attempted putsch: The US Bloomberg news agency has reported that opposition officers had planned to storm the presidential palace in Caracas, capture President Nicolás Maduro and stop the May 20 presidential elections. The conspiracy was discovered and several putschists were arrested in mid-May. According to Venezuela's military prosecutor’s investigations, an opposition politician María Corina Machado was involved in the attempted coup. Machado, who is said to be very popular within the military, denies the allegations. She is the leader of the "Vente Venezuela" party, which joined the "RELIAL" network last fall. The network was initiated and is backed by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FDP) and includes several parties who, in the past, have overthrown or attempted to overthrow democratically elected governments, for example in Honduras (2009) and in Paraguay (2012). more…

BERLIN/CARACAS | | venezuela

BERLIN/CARACAS (Own report) - Chancellor Merkel will meet one of Venezuela's leading government opposition politicians today in the Chancellery. Julio Borges, who, according to reports, supported the 2002 putsch attempt in Caracas, will discuss the political development in Venezuela with the chancellor. Fierce power struggles are being waged in that country. The opposition, mainly composed of representatives of the traditional wealthy elites, has ties to Western powers und is also supported by Berlin. With its operational assistance, for example in advising Borges' Primero Justícia (Justice First) party in "political communication," the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation has been playing a special role. Primero Justícia had also participated in the 2002-attempted putsch. Berlin is pursuing an approach similar to that used in other Latin American countries, wherein it regularly supports the traditional elites. This resembles the German authorities' interventions in the run-up to the putsch in Ukraine. more…

CARACAS/BERLIN | | venezuela

CARACAS/BERLIN (Own report) - The German CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation has classified the protests of alleged electoral fraud by the Venezuelan opposition as a tactical maneuver, aimed at the long-termed delegitimization of the country's new president, Nicolás Maduro. The foundation explained in a recent statement that electoral fraud is extremely unlikely, due to the scrupulously regulated electoral process. By encouraging turmoil, the opposition seeks to spread the idea that the newly elected head of state lacks "legitimacy." This German foundation is well informed on the strategies, in particular, of those of the oppositional "Primero Justicia" party - for which the narrowly defeated Enrique Capriles had been their presidential candidate. The Adenauer Foundation has been counseling it for years, also in "political communication." Primero Justicia, and Capriles, himself, had been receiving support from the Adenauer Foundation back in 2002, when they were involved in a putsch to overthrow President Hugo Chávez. Statements made by the head of the foundation's branch office in Venezuela, at the time, indicated intimate knowledge of the putschists' objectives. Capriles is considered a leading political representative of the traditional Venezuelan elite, who has always cooperated closely with the West. However, since Chávez came to office, the elite has been pushed back, to the advantage of previously underprivileged social sectors. more…

CARACAS/BERLIN | | venezuela

CARACAS/BERLIN (Own report) - In the prelude to the German Chancellor's visit to Latin America at the end of next week, government advisors in Berlin are predicting that the continent is facing a "historical turning point." According to a new analysis by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), it can be expected that the "resignation" of the seriously ill Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez will provoke serious upheavals - not only in Venezuela. Cuba also could be seriously affected, due to its dependence upon Caracas. Without Chávez, Alba, the international alliance that is resisting US-American and European hegemony on the continent, would be lacking a leadership, capable of achieving its objectives, says the SWP. The think tank sees herein a window of opportunity for Berlin. It can be expected that in the coming reshuffle, Brazil will be able to reinforce its standing in South America. In Berlin, this is seen as advantageous, because Brazil is one of Germany's most important Latin American allies. In addition, writes the SWP, this opens up new opportunities for Berlin in the "promotion of democracy" and political "counseling" in Latin America. more…

GUETERSLOH/CARACAS | | venezuela

GUETERSLOH/CARACAS (Own report) - The Bertelsmann Foundation is calling for a "tough adjustment" of Venezuela's economic and social policies and is demanding "external assistance" from the USA and the European Union. This influential think tank, with the Bertelsmann Media Systems holding a majority of shares, explains that the Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez' "clearly anti-market economic policy" not only threatens the "stability" of Latin America, but is also "tempting" other poverty-stricken regions to take similar "radical" measures. These statements come from the recently published updated edition of the "Bertelsmann Transformation Index," which assesses nations outside the prosperous Western centers on their willingness to carry out a "transformation" on the basis of Western specifications. This is one of the documents used by the German government to evaluate its own foreign policy. The Bertelsmann Foundation is demanding that a "counter-strategy" be developed against the measures taken by the elected Venezuelan president and his South American coalition partners. more…

CARACAS/QUITO | | venezuela

CARACAS/QUITO (Own report) - Through a revision from a confrontational strategy to one of "embrace," the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) is seeking a regime change in Venezuela. This was learned from reports on a conference that the CDU Party affiliated foundation, together with US American foundations convened in Washington DC at the end of last May. This demonstrates that the KAS is continuing to pursue its activities to overthrow the Chávez government, which has been democratically reconfirmed several times. The KAS is modifying the old approach because of its persistent inefficacy and because of growing Venezuelan resistance to foreign interference. Just recently Caracas soundly rejected the accusations raised by the German EU Council Chairmanship concerning the expiration of a television channel's broadcasting license. The RCTV channel had supported the attempted coup d'état. Resistance to German interference is also awakening in Ecuador, because of the German ambassador's diplomatic intervention, hostile to policies of the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, an ally of President Chavéz of Venezuela. The dispute threatens to escalate. Correa intends to review several of his country's economic treaties, including one with Germany, for terms disadvantageous to his country's interests. more…