BERLIN/ESCHBORN/KATHMANDU |

BERLIN/ESCHBORN/KATHMANDU (german-foreign-policy.com) - The road construction project undertaken by the state-owned "Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit" (GTZ) has intensified the tension between the Nepalese government and rebel groups. The project, "Rural Community Infrastructure Works" program (RCIW) is being planned in cooperation with the government and carried out in regions known to be strongholds of the guerilla movement, the Communist Party of Nepal - Maoist (CPN-M). Last weekend, following massive threats from the rebels, the GTZ and other foreign development agencies were forced to halt, for the time being, elements of the RCIW program. The German agency, which works on contract from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, has in the past been accused of participating in road construction projects in civil war regions to build transport routes for the military. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - The German Polish Society of Germany demands that the German Parliament should "unconditionally and in a legally binding form" recognise the border between Germany and Poland. In an interview with German Foreign Policy the President of the society, Professor Christoph Koch confirmed that in the German Polish Border Treaty of 14th November 1990 Germany merely agreed to forego violence in its relations with Poland. Poland had had the "unique historical opportunity" at that time with the support of the anti-Hitler Allies, to enforce the unconditional recognition of its borders but the German Government in Bonn had "cold bloodedly" exploited differences between Warsaw and the Allies. more…

BERLIN/ESCHBORN/ADDIS ABEBA |

BERLIN/ESCHBORN/ADDIS ABEBA (german-foreign-policy.com) - "Hundreds of German specialists" are to assume "key positions in industry and administration" of Ethiopia in the next three years. This was confirmed to german-foreign-policy.com by a leading collaborator of the German state owned "Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit" (Association for technical cooperation", GTZ). About 500 German specialists will be stationed in Ethiopia. This African project, planned by GTZ, surpasses the normal extent of development cooperation and allows the control of large sectors of the Ethiopian national economy. The project is accompanied by massive German influence on the neighboring Southern Sudan and Kenya. It is part of Berlin's attempt to reorganize Eastern Africa to meet German interests. more…

BERLIN/VIENNA |

BERLIN/VIENNA (Own report) - The German military command has begun analyzing the large-scale maneuver for future armed interventions in the Tricont ("European Challenge 2005") that had been carried out under its command. The military exercises ("infrastructure destruction", "fighter planes operations") were tailored to fit the EU "Battle Groups'" military objectives. These focus mainly on interventions in "crisis situations in failing states in Africa," including invasions such as those presently threatening Togo. Austrian and Czech support troops were permitted to participate in the maneuvers carried out by the German army, navy and air force. more…

BERLIN/MINSK/MOSKAU |

BERLIN/MINSK/MOSKAU (Own report) - Minsk and Moscow are warning other countries against obvious plans for staging a coup in Belarus. In an unusual announcement both countries strongly criticized ,,the reinforcement of a campaign directed against Belarus by major western states''. The warning is aimed at the German and US-American authorship of detailed plans of diversion, openly violating international law. The encirclement of Belarus by the media, through numerous foreign stations, aimed at destabilizing the country, is an element in the preparations for a coup. Berlin is supporting the establishment of an ,,exile-university''for the Belarussian opposition, due to open soon. Even the costs for the coup program have already been calculated. Hans-Georg Wieck, former chief of the German foreign intelligence service and CSCE ambassador to Belarus, makes an estimate of ,,approx. 14,2 million Euros annually''for the coup sponsored from abroad (the ,,program for the promotion of a political alternative in Belarus''). As a high-ranking German diplomat predicts, Minsk will fall to the West ,,in five years, at the latest''. more…

MOSCOW/BERLIN/FREIBURG |

MOSCOW/BERLIN/FREIBURG (Own report) - Circles in the German Foreign Ministry (AA) judged statements made by Vladimir Putin concerning the German role in world politics as being "of little help" and "at times embarrassing." Immediately preceding the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the Russian president described Germans as being "victims" and, in the gutter press of Berlin, called on Germans not to let themselves be "forced" into "spreading ashes on their heads and perpetual castigation." Putin's remarks fall in line with the revisionist and "drawing the line" trend heard from the government in Berlin. But it could be mistaken also for slogans of the neo-Nazi NPD, which is why there was criticism in the AA. In commemorating May 8, 1945, activities against attempts at eradicating the criminal role of the Germans took place in numerous cities throughout the country. In Berlin, participants of a motorcade congregated in front of the administration building of Europe's largest media corporation ("Hitler's best supplier"). At the Train Station "Zoological Garten" demonstrators demanded that the Deutsche Bahn AG - DB AG (German Railway Corp.) open its halls to allow the exhibition concerning 11,000 children, who had been transported over the German rail network to their deaths. In Freiburg 350 participated in a protest action against the management of the DB AG. The attempt to ban the victims' photos from the halls of the stations "is the current form of amnesia and denial that has characterized the post-war period," as was formulated by one of the speakers. more…