PRAGUE | | tschechische-republik

PRAGUE The Sudeten German League (SL) has opened a bureau in the Czech capital. Chairman, Bernd Posselt, has described it as an ,,Embassy". According to the usual meaning of the word, this is a demand for accredited diplomatic representation of the ,,Sudeten Germans", legitimising their demands against the Czech Republic. The opening of the SL office has led to massive protests in Prague. In the meantime, information has been laid to start criminal proceedings against the league. more…

BERLIN | | irak

BERLIN The German government is taking steps to assure its influence in Iraq after the expected occupation by the USA and its allies. Berlin seeks to diminish the militarily achieved advantage of the United States by the political superiority of those states which opposed the war but it does not renounce the use of its own military forces. The German Foreign Office has already set up its own ,,Sonderstab Irak"(Special Staff Iraq), working out the German concepts for the reconstruction of Iraq. The participation of the Bundeswehr in a UN peace-keeping force is also being prepared, according to the press. more…

BERLIN | | usa

BERLIN One of the most influential political experts in Berlin believes that the opportunity has arrived to dispute ,,world hegemony"with the USA. He demands that the EU (which he sees as ,,a world power in the making") should make use of this chance. A foreign policy specialist of the SPD (Social Democrat Party) favours a rapprochement with the ,,islamic states"to which the EU could offer an alternative to the USA. more…

BONN |

BONN The supposedly independent German, party-aligned foundations conduct their politics abroad in close coordination with the Foreign Office; they ,,enable the implementation of long-term foreign policy priorities which, on principle, could not be achieved by the classical means of the foreign service". This is also evident from a study which has been published by the Federal Center for Political Education. Former German President Herzog has called the party-aligned foundations: Heinrich Böll Foundation (Greens), Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Social Democrats - SPD), Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Free Democrats - FDP), Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Christian Democratic Union - CDU), Hanns Seidel Foundation (Christian Social Union - CSU), ,,the most effective and well-established instruments of German foreign policy". more…