BERLIN/MOSCOW/BEIJING | | russische-foederation

BERLIN/MOSCOW/BEIJING (Own report) - The German Railroad Corp. (DB) and the Russian Railways (RZD) are developing a common extension toward China. Within a few years, this joint venture ("EurasiaRailLogistics") is destined to augment, the rail freight traffic to the Far East, to 400 thousand tons. An objective is to logistically develop Germany into being one of Beijing's most important trade partners. The state controlled DB simultaneously takes over leadership on the Russian domestic front, with "technical engineering services" for several thousand kilometers of high-speed tracks. Siemens is supplying the corresponding trains. Turkish and Greek railway administrations have announced their railway's adoptation of German organizational patterns. Berlin proposes a complete European and trans-Asian rail logistics standardization, along the lines of a German master plan and is far ahead of railway companies of its rival western neighbors. The German concept of rail segment expansion follows Germany's constantly growing need for more export and is an aspect of the full industrial rationalization of the continent, being largely motivated by Berlin. more…

GOMA/KINSHASA/BERLIN | | kongo-kinshasa

GOMA/KINSHASA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Government has been forced to postpone the adoption of the resolution permitting its planned military operations in the Congo because of persistent resistance within its own ranks. The German expedition corps is facing a "war engagement", which should "not be played down," says the Reservist Association of the German Armed Forces. Numerous parliamentarians are also warning against precipitated military measures. Therefore, the German Foreign Minister has announced that "persuasive work" must be undertaken and wants to submit the resolution for the international mission for a parliamentary vote, at the beginning of May. Reports to the effect that German troops are being sent to obtain access to Congolese raw materials, are causing concern. Berlin asserts concrete claims on the mineral deposits of the Lueshe Mine, an important repository in the east of the country, from which raw materials for nozzle engines and rocket parts are extracted. The Ministry of Economics and the Foreign Ministry are involved. The managing director of the majority German owned company running the mine, maintains contacts with a Congolese organization, that has been designated by the UN as an organization to be punished in international relations, because of its violations of the arms embargo. According to the UN, the area of the mine is a well-known retreat for armed militias. more…

LEIPZIG/BERLIN/WASHINGTON |

LEIPZIG/BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) - On Thursday, March 23, NATO will take over the Leipzig Airport, as a staging area for strategic air transports to future theaters of war. Because of the German "lead nation" role, Berlin is sending the Defense Minister to Leipzig, who is accompanied by several of his NATO counterparts, the deputy NATO General Secretary, as well as, generals from at least five NATO states. The military takeoff and landing rights are to facilitate the NATO Response Force (NRF), a unit of 25.000, in the rapid transfer of its heavy multi-tonnage equipment, in special transport aircraft. In order to make the intended combat operations possible without time lapse, Leipzig takes over the loading of bulky weapons (tanks, helicopters, rockets) in a round-the-clock operation. German-foreign-policy.com has learned from military circles, that the German Defense Ministry is reckoning with the highest number flying hours for the freight contingent. In the opinion of various international law experts, these NATO activities in Leipzig is in violation of the 4-plus-2-Accord. The obvious breach of the agreements reached in 1990, meant to prevent NATO presence on the territory of the former GDR, is being met with protests from neighborhood and peace initiatives. The upcoming transfer of the staging area is preparing the German population for a permanent state of war on a world scale. more…

GOMA/KINSHASA/BERLIN | | kongo-kinshasa

GOMA/KINSHASA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government has announced that it will send 500 German soldiers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The German troops are being sent, as part of the "stabilization measures," for the planned parliamentary and presidential elections. The Congolese government has several times previously rejected offers of foreign military assistance and is now being put under renewed pressure by Berlin. Behind the scenes in German government agencies, concrete interests in raw materials are playing a role. Documents, made available to german-foreign-policy.com, furnish confirmation. According to these documents, Berlin, for several years, was covering the financing of rebel militias, fighting to split off a part the Eastern Congo, rich in raw materials, to attach it to neighboring Rwanda. According to UN documents, German foreign policy has thus promoted the inter-Congolese war, as did individual diplomatic personnel of the Foreign Ministry, including a former German ambassador. The German government is also sharply criticized in the most recent Congo Report of the UN Security Council. For the upcoming consultations, concerning the new military deployment in Africa, German parliamentarians are being kept in the dark, about the real reasons for the recent government announcements concerning the Congo. more…

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FRANKFURT/BERLIN/NOUAKCHOTT |

FRANKFURT/BERLIN/NOUAKCHOTT (Own report) - In the aftermath of the recent refugee disasters off the coast of West Africa, Mauritania has consented to the establishment of internment camps. In an attempt to reach EU territory, on the Canary islands, at least 45 people died, over the past few days. The camps were established under pressure from the German inspired EU policy for parrying the flow of African poverty. To prevent further refugee movement, Mauritania has declared itself prepared to intensify the security controls along its national borders as demanded by Berlin and Brussels. Thus the hi-tech sealing off of the EU, against the West African coastal states, has now reached its provisional geographical limits at the west of the continent. The German Government is simultaneously intensifying its so-called "immigration law," which, in turn, facilitates the sealing off of its own territory at the expense of the neighboring transit states. German policy is aimed at creating a practically refugee-free "insular situation" in the center of Europe and delegates the shielding against refugees to those countries along the external EU borders, explains Karl Kopp, European spokesperson of Pro Asyl, in a discussion with german-foreign-policy.com. The Interior Ministry confirms this development: The number of the authorized asylum-seekers tends, in the meantime, against zero. more…

BERLIN/WARSZAWA/MINSK | | polen

BERLIN/WARSZAWA/MINSK (Own report) - Following the visit of President Lech Kaczynski, the German government offered its Polish neighbor joint control of the East and views Warsaw's resistance to the idea as surmountable. The Ukraine and Belarus are the targeted areas of this common interest for expansion. With the forthcoming Belarus presidential elections, circles of the German and Polish governments are banking on a transfer of power and are supporting the opposition as much as possible. The German/Polish duo's plans for an overthrow in Minsk are being pursued for geostrategic and immediate economic objectives - similar to those behind the upheaval in Kiev, at the end of 2004. German government circles consider a joint expansion to the east also as a means of distracting Polish opposition to the establishment of a "Center Against Expulsions" in Berlin. The decision to establish the Center could be taken, in late summer, at the annual event of the Federation of Expellees (BdV) "Homeland Day". President Horst Koehler is announced to be keynote speaker. more…

ADDIS ABABA/BERLIN | | aethiopien

ADDIS ABABA/BERLIN (Own Report) - Despite continuing violence of the Ethiopian government against the opposition party, the Federal government of Germany continues its cooperation with governmental institutions of the strategically important country. The German Development Cooperation wants to focus more on "Governance Aspects" in the nearer future to accompany the "democratisation" of Ethiopia, as the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ) informed this editorial office. In the East African state, members of the opposition party have been killed during police operations, up to now lawless mass imprisonments are continuing. According to Ethiopian sources thousands are detained in camps located in malaria areas. The Berlin government plans for the coming years an increasing intensification of the German-Ethiopian cooperation. Germany competes in this way with the People' Republic of China, which tries to get influence in Addis Ababa through economic cooperation. more…

NEW DELHI/BERLIN/HANNOVER | | indienchinausa

NEW DELHI/BERLIN/HANNOVER (Own report) - The German government intends to respond to the US furnishing arms to India, with an economic policy offensive and with having German clout more clearly felt in New Delhi. President George W. Bush recently announced that the USA would like to fortify India's nuclear potential and assured appropriate deliveries. These offers are directed against the People's Republic of China. In order to better staff the front, in the making, at the Chinese border, the Foreign Ministry is sending a diplomat, who is an insider of Berlin's power circle, to become the new Ambassador in the Indian capital. Chancellor Merkel will participate in a German-Indian business meeting in April and will personally plead for the further intensification of trade relations, due to be dramatically expanded in the near future. Having already announced in 2000, an "Agenda for the German-Indian Partnership in the 21st Century," Berlin wants to enhance its own influence on the subcontinent and, for quite some time, has been skeptically observing the rapprochement between India and the USA. more…

LEIPZIG/MOSCOW/WASHINGTON | | russische-foederation

LEIPZIG/MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Own report) - The German sociologist of law, Professor Dr. Martin Bennhold, advises that an international lawsuit should be initiated against the development of installations at the Leipzig Airport, in preparation for service in NATO and EU combat missions. According to Bennhold, the "military conversion" is in violation of the 4-plus-2-Accord, which forbids foreign troops and military goods being stationed on and transferred by way of the territory of the former GDR. As confirmed by both the Defense Ministry in Berlin and the Saxonian state government, the Leipzig Airport is being made available for freight transport "in the context of the NATO Response Force (NRF) and EU Battle Groups". The first freight aircraft will be stationed in March, to be able to airlift, in the course of six days, up to 21.000 NATO soldiers and their weapons to theaters of operations anywhere in the world. In an interview with german-foreign-policy.com Prof. Bennhold emphasized that German obligations, under the 4-plus-2-Accord, are still in force, even if the remaining contracting parties (USSR, the USA, Great Britain, France) declare their lack of interest. Moscow not only accepts the forward deployment of NATO and EU troops to Leipzig, but also seeks to be affiliated with the EU's civilian-military aviation complex. Long-term cooperation means a business worth US-Dollar 25 billion. Resistance to the militarization of the region of Leipzig is growing. more…