As US and British planes bomb Baghdad, a former German admiral has laid out the reasons why Nato and the European Union are putting themselves on a war footing. In a long article entitled ,,Who are our enemies?" Vice-Admiral Ulrich Weisser has explained the so-called threats which Europe and Nato now face. The text is little more than standard Nato thinking but it has the merit of being clear and the piquancy of being in German. more…

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According to a report drawn up by the Bundesnachrichtendienst, the German equivalent of MI6, Russia is in danger of being de-stabilised. Gises on Russia's southern Rank, in the Caucasus and Central Asia, could, says the BND, lead to very senous conflict. In Chechnya, for instance, the Russians were not, according to the BND, succeeding in suppressing the secessionist forces and there are still 44,000 Russian troops there. more…