HANOVER/BERLIN/NEW DELHI | | indien

HANOVER/BERLIN/NEW DELHI (Own report) - The German Chancellor has announced a further intensification of cooperation with India and is considering sending supplies from the German nuclear industry to the nuclear power state. This is the result of the recent meeting between Angela Merkel and the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Since some time, India has become the target of a German influence offensive, bent upon strengthening that country as an Asian counterweight to the People's Republic of China and as a regional controlling power for Southern and Southeast Asia. German government circles are therefore offering New Delhi large scale arms supplies. Although Washington is pursuing similar plans on the Subcontinent, Berlin still has sufficient leeway for an independent policy, one learns in the German capital: India needs cooperation partners, to be able to avoid a too strong dependence upon the United States. A report, made public April 23, explicitly refers also to the bilateral military cooperation. more…

KABUL/BERLIN | | afghanistan

KABUL/BERLIN (Own report) - In light of the Afghan rebels' spring offensive, warnings of a collapse of the western occupation policy in Afghanistan are getting louder in German military circles. Shortly before last weekend's combat, in which the number of casualties reached a new yearly record, the chairman of the German Armed Forces Federation explained that he "is still not convinced" of the chances of success of the deployment. Representatives of western relief organizations also reported to german-foreign-policy.com that "the security situation has deteriorated dramatically". At the same time tension between the occupying powers is mounting. Advisors of the government in Berlin fear the installation of a US-dominated Presidential autocracy in Kabul and, for their part, are banking on the Afghan foreign ministry. The recently dismissed minister of foreign affairs is rumored to be a close ally of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND). His successor, appointed in March, is, still today, a member of the party of the former Foreign Minister, Joseph Fischer (Alliance 90/The Greens). more…

SKOPJE/BERLIN/VIENNA | | mazedonien

SKOPJE/BERLIN/VIENNA (Own report) - 15 years after its, German supported, secession from the Yugoslav Federation, Macedonia is confronted with having to sell out all of its national holdings to foreign companies. "(A)lmost all national net assets have been sold", summarized the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, closely affiliated to the ruling CDU, after the takeover of the state-owned, ESM, power supplier monopoly, by an Austrian-German enterprise. While the poverty ratio in the Macedonian population soars to new heights, Berlin and Brussels are requiring of Skopje expensive measures for the fortification of the national borders, to prevent unwanted immigration into the prosperity centers of the EU. Sitting in the upper echelons of German expansion enterprises are politicians, who had played prominent roles in the Macedonian secession and the war against the FR Yugoslavia. more…

BERLIN/OSLO/MOSCOW | | norwegengrossbritannienrussische-foederation

BERLIN/OSLO/MOSCOW (Own report) - In Norway last week, the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, strengthened the position of Germany, in the struggle for Arctic energy resources. The enormous reserves, that are only beginning to be tapped, are very significant for the EU's future power supply, which is increasingly dependent upon Russian and German-Russian energy cooperation. Gazprom, the Russian state monoply company, is attempting, with German assistance, to attain a predominating role as power supplier for all of Europe. The looming control by Berlin and Moscow of the natural gas sector is causing increasing displeasure particularly in eastern EU states and Great Britain. more…