BERLIN/TEHRAN/VIENNA |

BERLIN/TEHRAN/VIENNA (Independent report) - Government advisers in Berlin are initiating plans to impose a sanctions regime on Iran. Special arbitrary measures (smart sanctions) are being discussed, which were already used against Iraq and do not stand in the way of expansionist interests of German companies. The aim of this is to prevent high financial losses amounting to billions, as well as strategic setbacks in a market where there are close economic relations combined with constraint from Tehran. After the three most powerful EU states rejected further rounds of talks on the conflict over Iran's nuclear policy, the Iranian government is mounting an offensive and is demanding negotiations with other European countries, as well as non-aligned countries. It is unknown on what grounds Berlin, Paris and London are allowed to monopolise the negotiations, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Despite this illegal nature of brinkmanship, the main EU states are preparing to carry out drastic measures. more…

BERLIN/BELGRADE/PRISTINA |

BERLIN/BELGRADE/PRISTINA (Own report) - The international controversy about the separation of Kosovo from Serbia is intensifying. Negotiations have been arranged for this autumn under strong German pressure. Observers believe that a shift in the discussions as well as a possible "exit strategy" for the United Nations is possible. As a result, it is likely that insistence on human rights standards in Kosovo will be dropped. Whilst the German Bertelsmann Foundation is pressing for the separation of Kosovo and the creation of an EU protectorate, Belgrade is trying to win over the People's Republic of China. Beijing could safeguard the territorial integrity of Serbia by using its veto in the UN Security Council, if the German strategy for secession was advanced. These disagreements mark the last phase of the disintegration of former Yugoslavia, which had its beginnings in the early Nineties with decisive German participation. Justification in the media for the attack on Belgrade is the topic of a recently published study of the German press. This analyses the significant part played by media manipulation in the destruction of Yugoslavia. more…