MUNICH/VIENNA | | oesterreich

MUNICH/VIENNA In the year 2000, the German HypoVereinsbank (HVB) became the leading banking group in East and South East Europe by taking over Bank Austria. Now HVB is floating 25% of the shares in its Bank Austria subsidiary and will raise one billion Euro. The new capital is to be used for further purchases and participations in eastern Europe. more…

PRAHA/BERLIN | | tschechische-republik

PRAHA/BERLIN Berlin's foreign policy continues to target the end of the so called ,,Benes Decrees". On 20th June the German Parliament strengthened its demand of the Czech republic ,,to repeal the continuing laws and decrees from the years 1945 and 1946". The day before the German Chancellor had declared that ,,ethnic cleansing as such is always wrong". On its website the German Government continues to assert that ,,Restitution and Property questions have not been conclusively settled"with Prague. more…

HAVANA/BERLIN | | kuba

HAVANA/BERLIN The European Union has imposed sanctions against Cuba and intends to increase support for the opponents of the Havana government in the future. This corresponds with the German Foreign Office's strategic plans for the Caribbean island, which in the meantime has become a focal point of German policy for Central America. The EU sanctions also imply a closer approach to US foreign policy which has worked towards the overthrow of the Cuban government for decades. more…

THESSALONIKI | | iran

THESSALONIKI The option of waging wars of aggression ( ,,preemptive wars") was explicitly provided for in the EU's first security strategy that had been initiated by Berlin. They say that the EU has to be globally able to intervene militarily wherever its security interests might be endangered, they say. more…

SAARBRÜCKEN/METZ | | frankreich

SAARBRÜCKEN/METZ The largest financial institute of the German Saarland has declared the French border region of Alsace Lorraine as an area for business expansion ,,as part of a comprehensive Re-organisation". An announcement from the Saar Landesbank in Saarbrucken (capital of the Saarland) ,,integrated France as a new area for business focus". more…

BERLIN/TEHERAN (Own Report) | | iran

BERLIN/TEHERAN (Own Report) German and US government officials are discussing the tactical variant of possible aggression against the United Nations member Iran. On the occasion of a meeting, arranged by the financial corporation Deutsche Bank at the beginning of June in Berlin, an American source stated that ,,a clash between the USA and Germany, which would be more serious than that about Iraq", would have to be avoided under all circumstances in case of an action against Teheran. While conservative of Berlin's parliamentary opposition warn against military interventions, a government representative of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Lower House of Parliament (Bundestag), speaks out in favour of German-American NATO activities against Teheran. more…

BERLIN (Own Report) |

BERLIN (Own Report) The parliamentary party, Alliance 90/The Greens, recommends the concentration of the German secret services. A press release of the party states that the decentralised structure of the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) - which had been established as a reaction to the concentration of the secret services during the Nazi era - now makes its activities ,,very ineffective"because ,,this mixture of diverse interests which is called federalism (...) impedes national co-ordination as much as it does international co-operation". more…

LONDON |

LONDON The British writer John Laughland, trustee of the ,,British Helsinki Human Rights Group", accuses the initiators of the International Criminal Court of introducing ,,a very flexible ius ad bellum". This would provide to the big countries ,,significant judicial weapons to attack a small country in the name of human rights". Berlin is one of the main initiators of the International Criminal Court. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN In 1998 the German Parliament passed a motion with the title ,,Refugees, evacuees and German minorities are a bridge between the Germans and their Eastern Neighbours". The motion made clear the true intentions of German ,,Volksgruppenpolitik"(policy of ethnic groups) and the aim of German politicians to settle a new order in Europe. In a paper written in 1999 Rodney Atkinson, a resolute critic of German expansionism and founder of the website www.freenations.freeuk.com, sharply criticised the Parlamentary motion and the new German ,,Drang nach Osten"(push to the East). more…

SMEDEREVO | | jugoslawien

SMEDEREVO The German Foreign Office is putting the Serb Government under massive pressure to try to stop the sale of a steel company to a US firm. The German Ambassador in Belgrade has threatened Serbia in an official note with severe economic and legal consequences if the decision is not revoked. more…