BERLIN/PRAGUE/PARIS (Own report) |

BERLIN/PRAGUE/PARIS (Own report) The Czech Republic and France are resisting German government plans to create a ,,European Network against Expulsions". As a spokesman for the Berlin government's Commissioner for culture and the media confirmed to the editor of this newsletter, the representatives of the German and several other central European states' governments intend to inaugurate such a network this coming Wednesday (2 February), with the express desire to involve associations of German expellees, who are suspected of being motivated by the desire to turn the clock back. Prague has stated that it will be giving the network a wide berth, even though the issue of the resettlement of the ,,Sudeten Germans" leads Berlin to be in favour of its involvement. Germany is seeking to launch a similar project through the Council of Europe, and French delegates have been sharply critical, arguing that it ,,does not benefit reconciliation between states that were formerly enemies". more…

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HAMBURG/FRANKFURT AM MAIN/DRESDEN (Own report) |

HAMBURG/FRANKFURT AM MAIN/DRESDEN (Own report) Last Thursday demonstrators succeeded in holding commemorations in the train stations of several German cities, in spite of the ban by the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG: German Railroad Corp.) DB AG representatives provoked incidents during some of the commemorations of, among others, 11.000 children, who had been arrested in France during World War II and deported by trains of the ,,German Reichsbahn"to Auschwitz. In Dresden- Neustadt the mourners were obliged to leave the premises of the train station. In Leipzig the station's operator, an enterprise located in Hamburg, declared the premises off limits to the Auschwitz commemorators. In Hamburg demonstrators temporarily occupied a railway building. In Frankfort 80 demonstrators had called for defiance, under all circumstances, of the ban on the peaceful commemoration and carried through their demonstration for several hours in the main public area of the central station, informing the public with large sized photos. more…

MUNICH |

MUNICH Numerous decision makers from most of the so-called ,,crisis belt"states, from the Maghreb region to Afghanistan, are expected to attend the ,,Finanzierungskonferenz Nordafrika Mittelost"(financial conference for North Africa and the Middle East) in Munich on February 11, 2005. Thus, immediately prior to the annual ,,Muenchner Sicherheitskonferenz"(security conference in Munich), the German economy will affirm its claim to leadership over the region which is rich in natural resources. Due to the announced attendance of the Iranian vice minister in charge of economic and foreign relations, serious disagreements between Germany and the United States over Iran are expected during the subsequent ,,Security Conference."Meanwhile German foreign policy experts agree that NATO, another focal point of the ,,Security Conference"is ,,institutionally, functionally and geographically overextended". more…

CHISINAU/MINSK |

CHISINAU/MINSK Following the transition of power in the Ukraine, German foreign policy makers are threatening Moscow with more loss of its influence in the neighboring states. The Centrum für angewandte Politikforschung (Centre for Applied Policy Research, CAP) states, that ,,the Russian attempt to transform the GUS into an integrated economic space similar to the EU"has ,,failed". The EU, on the other hand, ,,has proven its east European competence"through its extension to the East. Berlin seeks to engage several Eastern and Northeastern EU states in its anti-Russian policy and proposes particularly a ,,German-Polish cooperation"in relation to Belarus and the Ukraine. In the meantime, plans for organizing putsch movements in several GUS-states, patterned upon the model of the Ukraine, have become known. more…

BERLIN/BONN |

BERLIN/BONN Various German think tanks in the spheres of politics and economics are reorienting their Latin America strategy. They are demanding a ,,new positioning"of German and European foreign policy because of the economic growth of Latin American countries, the intensification of the integration efforts of these states but particularly because of the growing competition with the Peoples Republic of China. In current studies both the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), close to the government, and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS), close to the opposition, as well as the Ibero-America Verein, which is close to business, are making recommendations for German policy making. The objective is to bring German influence to bear in Latin America via certain ,,regional powers,"to check the growth of Chinese influence in time and to weaken the US supremacy. more…

TOULOUSE (Own report) |

TOULOUSE (Own report) Today, Tuesday, the mammoth airliner, A 380, developed by EADS was unveiled to the public, with the German Chancellor in attendance. The new super-jumbo is considered the final proof of the technological lead in the area of civilian production of this German/French corporation over its US rival, Boeing. The weapons department of EADS is still lagging behind, in spite of a few major contracts. It has been expanded with determination, under the direction of the German reserve officer, Thomas Enders, in the last few years. The entire EADS enterprise, in which Enders is to become one of the 2 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), wants to establish the site in Berlin as the holding company for the German and French arms industries. In so doing, EADS would become the nucleus of the future arms industry complex of the European Union. This centralization would be advantageous in the rivalry with the US arms industry. more…

BERLIN/JAKARTA |

BERLIN/JAKARTA Berlin is asking the Asian states which have been affected by the Tsusami catastrophy to give up important sovereign rights. It is said in the German capital, that their governments would have to surrender control over reconstruction in the devastated areas to the donor states. Moreover, against the opposition of the Indonesian government, the German Armed Forces have initiated military moves that nurture fears that the German military could establish itself in the region for a long period. Germany and the European Union compete with the USA in South and South East Asia, while Japan and China argue about their leading role in the region. more…

BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) |

BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) More than sixty years after the death transports of Jewish children to the Auschwitz extermination camp, the Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railroad Corp.) refuses to allow commemoration of the murdered children in the former transit stations of the deportation trains. A decision sent from Berlin, to this effect was received by the French organization ,,Fils et Filles des Deportés Juifs de France"/FFDJF (Sons and Daughters of Deported Jews of France) in December. The organization had solicited the Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) for space for a photo exhibition about the fate of 11,000 children deported by train. They were sent by rail over the 52 hour journey leading from Drancy, (near Paris) via Saarbrucken, Homburg, Kaiserslautern, Mannheim, Frankfort, Fulda and Dresden directly to Auschwitz. The transfer logistics of the death transports were assumed by the Deutsche Reichsbahn, of which, today, the DB AG is the successor. As the DB AG explains in a written statement, in the possession of german-foreign-policy.com, the DB AG ,,lacks"both the necessary ,,personnel and the financial resources"to undertake the proposed exhibition. ,,The enterprise is sponsoring the Soccer World Championship 2006, with lots of money"and is using implausible excuses, Ms. Beate Klarsfeld, member of the FFDJF says in an interview with german-foreign-policy.com. more…

BERLIN/COLOMBO/BANDA ACEH |

BERLIN/COLOMBO/BANDA ACEH Following the undersea earthquake in South-East Asia, the German Federal Government is pressing on with its efforts to extend its influence, using a ,,Partnership Initiative"and offers of open-ended funding. These efforts are concentrated on Sri Lanka and the north-west Indonesian province of Aceh. Berlin seeks to intervene as a ,,mediator"in the hostilities in these regions, in which civil wars are being fought out. Foreign Minister Fischer is currently on a fact-finding mission in the area in which Germany is interested. According to the German Foreign Office, the plan is for political ,,cleaning-up"operations in South-East Asia. Although German troops have already arrived in Aceh, the German government is opposed to the creation of a civilian rapid-response unit for humanitarian aid, contrary to the intentions of many EU Member States. The competing German operation is intended to raise national profile in opposition to - among others - the United States. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN Soon the German armed forces will have their own satellite supported reconnaissance and intelligence data transmission capability. The German military, operating worldwide and now including Southeast Asia, has the capacity to receive detailed information and orders via the military satellites without having to consider ,,legal or geographical limitations."Berlin plans to extend its satellite reconnaissance in order to develop a European intelligence league together with France which recently had launched its military satellite ,,Helios IIA."A ,,partnership in space"with Russia, which is to be intensified in the future, enables the stationing of German military satellites in space. more…