Tribalists

MÜNCHEN/GUMMERSBACH/BAGHDAD |

MÜNCHEN/GUMMERSBACH/BAGHDAD (german-foreign-policy.com) - Following the closing of the German-Iraqi economic conference in Munich, the organizers are speaking of a great business success. A speaker for the organizers told german-foreign-policy.com that German enterprises were able "to make contacts and establish networks". From Munich, one can also hear that the improvement of security in Iraq is the prerequisite for initiating direct business ties. Through flanking political influence, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs is assisting efforts of German businesses in re-attaining their leading position in commerce with that Gulf state. Included are demands for the immediate withdrawal of the US occupation forces. At the same time, Berlin is promoting the adoption of a German concept of structure. Even Iraqi participants at the conference find "Germany a model in many respects". more…

FRANKFURT/ROME/PARIS |

FRANKFURT/ROME/PARIS (german-foreign-policy.com) - The Ministry of Finances in Berlin has denied reports about a return to the D-Mark and the symptoms of disintegration in the current Euro-Zone. The reason for the reports are the recommendations to the effect that the economic tensions between the member states of the European monetary union could be balanced through the re-introduction of national currencies. Scenarios concerning an abandonment of the Euro were drawn up by the Scientific Research Service of the German Parliament already in April 2005. The following June, the Italian Labor and Social Minister called for a referendum on the return to the Lira, and initiating an Italian policy of interest rates in order to stave off the threat of bankruptcy. The German Minister of the Economy, Wolfgang Clement, also complains of the uniform interest regulations of the Euro system, which are leading to a generalized paralysis. A French analyses, at the disposal of german-foreign-policy.com, recommends the re-introduction of national currencies, while maintaining a mutated Euro. Several German retailers are already displaying their wares with double price tags in two currencies. The continued discussion about the dissolution of the present Euro zone is leading to a clear downswing in the exchange rates. more…

Undesirable

TUNIS/BERLIN/BRUSSELS |

TUNIS/BERLIN/BRUSSELS (german-foreign-policy.com) - At the demand of the German Interior Ministry, reception camps for economic refugees are to be set up on Tunisian territory. In return Berlin is offering this North African nation financing to make it an associate to the European Free Trade Zone. That the corresponding financing has been accorded, was confirmed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). From the planned Free Trade Zone, particularly those German textile firms will profit, that are using the cheap labor in Tunisia for their production sites. In order to monitor the use of African labor and maintain a cheap reserve labor force at the ready, the Tunisian borders have to now be made more hermetic. Tunis agrees "with the EU that the illegal migration has to be fought" according to sources in the German Development Ministry. This way of formulating it, implies the common planning for the concentrated confinement of persons in North Africa. Several of the existing Tunisian camps, which are viewed as pilot projects, are closed to the public. Their locations are being held secret. more…

GIFHORN/BAGHDAD |

GIFHORN/BAGHDAD (german-foreign-policy.com) - The German Federal Police has the perspective of possibly being deployed in Iraq, in autonomous units, to "provide security." This was confirmed, in response to a inquiries by german-foreign-policy.com by a speaker of the German Trade Union of Police (GdP). The German Federal Police is the continuation of the Federal Border Security, (BGS), whose special operations, around the world has led to several deaths. 119 Federal police officers of a newly mustered intervention force, have been stationed in Gifhorn, a town in Northern Germany. A hundred uniformed troopers will follow this contingent next January, which within six months training will be ready for collective foreign deployment. An element of their training program will be "riot control," for which the Federal Police officers are to become deployable for missions in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kosovo. As expressed by the chairman of the German Police Union, an additional weaponry - including machineguns - is being contemplated. more…

BERLIN/TASHKENT/MOSCOW |

BERLIN/TASHKENT/MOSCOW (german-foreign-policy.com) - Foreign policy experts in Berlin no longer exclude an entire takeover of the Russian public sector by western interests. Russia is presently experiencing "a second dramatic disintegration of its former historical territorial realm and sphere of influence in the CIS," is how it was formulated at the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP - German Council on Foreign Relations). This Berlin based organization, closely linked to the German Foreign Ministry. Following the bitter defeats in Georgia, Moldavia and the Ukraine, the Kremlin is now fighting to maintain its status in Uzbekistan. That country, standing under enormous pressure from western interests, has intensified its military cooperation with Moscow, in order to thwart attempts at subversion emanating from Berlin, Brussels and Washington. The Kremlin will not be able to win the conflicts that can also spread, within a year's time, to Kazakhstan and Belarus, and must seek therefore "an integration with the west," is how the situation is appraised in the German capital. more…