BERLIN/STUTTGART/BELGRADE/PRISTINA | | jugoslawien

BERLIN/STUTTGART/BELGRADE/PRISTINA (gfp.com) - According to Serbian press reports, German secret services have begun with the training of espionage and intelligence organizations in Kosovo. It appears that German influence in the Kosovo protectorate administration is growing. Germany disposes over its own networks also within the economic sector and has secured for itself wide ranging influence in expropriation and redistribution of Yugoslav state property located in Kosovo. Berlin holds various options concerning the internationally recognized future status of the province, that was severed during the war on Yugoslavia. Alongside a formal secession from Belgrade, various other scenarios of colonial trusteeship are being discussed. The "International Balkans Commission", initiated by the German "Robert Bosch Foundation," is suggesting the gradual integration of Kosovo into the European Union, while withholding full sovereignty. The remaining mini-states in the Balkans could also be absorbed through the expansion of the EU or disappear within an "empire", according to the Bosch Foundation. more…

BERLIN/STRASBOURG/WIESBADEN |

BERLIN/STRASBOURG/WIESBADEN (gfp.com) - In light of the recent government offensive to thwart a parliamentary committee of inquiry into police and secret service activities in connection with the war on Iraq, Professor Dr. Wolf-Dieter Narr, a political scientist in Berlin, warns of a breach of the constitutional consensus. There are processes in development, that could lead to a "German nightmare" known as the "Gestapo" - with the police and secret service having reciprocal access to personal data. "To a certain extent," the German security authorities give the impression of having gotten out of control, Professor Narr told German foreign policy.com, in a conversation about the BKA's (Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation's) "torture outsourcing" and the BND's (Federal Intelligence Service) wartime espionage in Baghdad. "That is something that drives you mad in this country: how, with the stealth of a stalker, the distance to torture is being diminished," says Prof. Narr. Even in the course of the interview, new accusations against the BKA and the BND were being made known. Dozens of reports, from agents in the Iraqi war zone, were transferred to the USA by the BND, committing thereby multiple violations of international law, according to press releases. In his interim report on the European torture scandals, Dick Marty, special investigator of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, points to structural similarities between practices of the BKA and the methods of the CIA. Marty pleads for civil disobedience against the precept of official discretion and warns of a "lapse into barbarism." more…

MUNICH/TEHERAN/MOSCOW | | irangeorgien

MUNICH/TEHERAN/MOSCOW (gfp.com) - Possible sanctions against Iran is the subject of a meeting of approximately 40 foreign and defense ministers, as well, as more than 200 high-ranking politicians from approximately 50 states, that is to take place on the first weekend in February at the Munich Conference on Security. The meeting will begin one day after the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors special session on February 2, at which the German government intends to have the so-called atomic controversy referred to the UN Security Council. Based on German influence in Russia, Berlin is hoping for Moscow's support for getting Teheran integrated into the periphery of the European Union or to get the Kremlin's endorsement for sanctions. Beijing is "not yet" strong enough to resist, according to Berlin. In view of the expected collapse of the oil market, analysts consider the threat of economic sanctions to be a disaster and are predicting the development of serious economic tensions. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN (german-foreign-policy.com) - In view of a steadily growing portion of the world market, cornered by German armament exports, German economic representatives are demanding government guarantees on arms exports. German companies should also have to be attributed larger portions of European Union (EU) defense projects. This is the ultimatum like formulation of the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI). At the same time, the business association demands that the neighboring states should, at long last, privatize their shares in arms industries. This would remove state protection from the German arms industries' competitors. It is being counted on, in the German Ministry of Defense, that there will be renewed measures for the concentration of arms production. A "national consolidation of the arms industry" is necessary, in order to ensure the German position, declares a speaker of the Ministry. The politico-economic demands are pushing toward confrontation between the EU states and is aiming toward a future monopoly of power in the hands of the strongest. more…

BERLIN/BAGDAD | | irakafghanistaniransyrien

BERLIN/BAGDAD (german-foreign-policy.com) - Germany participated in the aggression against Iraq and therefore, within the course of a few years, committed a second time, criminal violations of the UN Charter. As in the case of the Yugoslavia bombardment, in violation of international law, it was also the Schroeder-Fischer government that committed this breach of international accords and the German Constitution regarding Iraq. The direct participation in the aggression was admitted by Dr. August Hanning, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of the Interior and ex-director of the BND (Federal Intelligence Service), the foreign espionage service. Hanning admitted to the active participation of several German agents in the war. The preparatory work of the Federal Intelligence Service for the US assault was possible because of many decades of secret service co-operation and could draw on its exclusive connections. According to secret service specialists, the BND remains far superior to its western partner services in espionage of the Arab speaking states. The BND's outstanding knowledge is based on traditional links, which go back to the First World War and since 1945 to the revitalization of old Nazi connections. In addition to Iraq, this pertains also to Syria, another recipient of western threats to overthrow the government. more…

BERLIN/BEIRUT | | libanonsyrien

BERLIN/BEIRUT (Own report) - The former leader of the opposition in the German Federal Parliament, who has become the current chancellor, Angela Merkel, (CDU), had been informed 11 months ago of the torture that was taking place during German criminal investigations. She took no legal steps against these crimes. This is proven by documents on hand at german-foreign-policy.com. According to this information, Mrs. Merkel was informed in writing of the facts of the case February 24, 2005. The chairpersons of the other parliamentary parties or their parliamentary representatives were also informed of the accusations eleven months ago. The parliamentarians were made aware that the "outsourced" state's attorney investigations to Lebanon, ended in grievous violations of human rights through torture. The Federal Public Prosecutor was the person directly responsible for German "offshore" criminal prosecution measures, taking place in a torturing state. The Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) was an accomplice. When a witness of this obvious crime, turned to the Petitions Committee of the Federal Parliament, he was held at bay for more than six months. The parliamentarian non-treatment of the torture charges sheds a spotlight on the internal state of the German Republic, that feels itself called upon to defend human rights around the world. German-foreign-policy.com publishes documents. more…

BERLIN/MECKENHEIM/BEIRUT | | libanonsyrien

BERLIN/MECKENHEIM/BEIRUT (Own report) - Severe torture during judicial investigations by the federal prosecutor's office is the outcome of systematic cooperation between the German government agencies and the military secret services of Lebanon and Syria. This is what German-foreign-policy.com has learned from the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, (BKA), where these crimes are being referred to as "torture outsourcing." According to this information, a BKA liaison officer in Lebanon had consolidated the contacts to the appropriate offices in the country, shortly before the delivery of the first suspect from Germany which led to torture. The operation was supervised by an employee of the German embassy in Beirut who was kept abreast of the Lebanese methods of torture being applied. In violation of the diplomatic status, the "outsourcing preparations" were carried out in an office of the German diplomatic mission. According to information received by german-foreign-policy.com the results of the interrogation were also evaluated in this office. In spite of having been reported through official channels, the president of the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (BKA) has refused for several months to swear out a warrant for the crime of torture. The Federal Prosecutor General still refuses to open an investigation into the matter. "Naked fear is widespread" in the halls of the BKA, a BKA official explained to this editorial staff, because further details of their "war on terror" could be made public. These details include the direct cooperation between German and American administrations. According to written information on hand at the editorial office of german-foreign-policy.com, the FBI had its own office space in the BKA headquarters in Meckenheim. US authorities functioning on German territory transmit their questions of interest to the interrogators by way of the BKA through its liaison in Beirut. The questions are then forwarded to the Lebanese torturers of Mohamed Ramez Sultan, a car dealer from Munich. more…

MAPUTO/BONN |

MAPUTO/BONN (Own report) - During his upcoming trip to Africa, the German President, Horst Koehler, will address the question of German economic interests and their expansion in Mozambique, rich in natural resources. German-foreign-policy.com has learned this from industrial circles in Germany. Since the installation of a major aluminum smelting plant (MOZAL) with the aid of German development funds, an appetite has been awakened in Germany for Mozambique as a location with its cheap labor. The Deutsche Investitions- and Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (German Investment and Development Corporation - DEG) and the Deutsche Bank are participating in this industrial project. As former managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Horst Koehler had dealings with MOZAL and is acquainted, from that time, with the economic power structures in the capital, Maputo. The current German president is judged as being capable of procuring for more German businesses access to this Southeast African nation. In this former Portuguese colony, that nurtures an intensive cooperative relationship with the Peoples Republic of China, Germany has its own spheres of influence in both government and opposition - thanks to long-term activities of German political party foundations. more…

BERLIN/MOSCOW/KIEW | | ukrainerussische-foederation

BERLIN/MOSCOW/KIEW (Own report) - Against the background of the so-called gas conflict between Moscow and Kiew, German government advisors are predicting a heightening of tensions between Russia and NATO states. After the heavy losses of influence in the Ukraine, in the Southern Caucasus and in the resourceful Caspian regions, the Kremlin will seek to use its "gigantic reserves in natural resources" to consolidate its defenses against further western offensives. This is the analysis heard in the German capital. Berlin is anxiously watching the current Russian economic policy and worries about its own operative influence in its East European backyard. To be able to confront new putsch attempts à la Georgia and the Ukraine, Moscow is tightening the controls over forefront organizations of NATO states and is even reining in the Russian subsidiaries of German political party foundations. The German government financed "Deutsche Welle" (DW) radio station is threatened with the revocation of its Russian broadcasting permit. This "technical problem" has been the theme of on-going negotiations and is symptomatic of the frontlines in the East-West conflict. Results are not expected before the second half of January, german-foreign-policy.com has learned from DW sources. more…

STUTTGART/BERLIN/PARIS |

STUTTGART/BERLIN/PARIS (Own Report) - On the occasion of the coming Auschwitz commemoration day (January 27th, 2006), several organizations call for events at German stations to remind of the mass deportations by the German "Reichsbahn" (historically the name of the German State Railways Company of that time). The governmental railways enterprise had transported millions of deported NS captives to the destinations of the Berlin death camps and collected a milage allowance for the conduction of the fatal transports. The deported ones comprised members of almost all European nationalities, including eleven thousand Jewish children from France. Their suffering ended in Auschwitz. The Reichsbahn successor DB-AG now, however, has been refused for one year to commemorate these eleven thousand children through an exhibition at the German stations and also has been rejecting respective requests of the Jewish community in Germany. The "Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft" (ver.di, German Union) in the district of Stuttgart, however, ignored this refusal and is organizing a central event for January 27th. Among others, Beate Klarsfeld (Paris) and Gerhard Manthey (ver.di) will participate at this event in the House of the Stuttgart Union. Afterwards the federal "Initiative Eleven Thousand Children" will invite for a public memorial at the Stuttgart main station and will show those documents, which the Berlin Reichsbahn successor would prefer not to be confronted with: Photos of the murdered ones, whose final path led them through the German railway net. "We will ignore memorial bans of the railway board in Stuttgart like we did before in Frankfurt and at all other stations where these fatal passages have been conducted", declares the speaker of the initiative on a request of this editorial office. more…