BERLIN/AUSCHWITZ/VATICAN CITY | | polen

BERLIN/AUSCHWITZ/VATICAN CITY (Own report) - In a speech, which was widely felt to be outrageous, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the German Pope Benedict XVI, described the murderers of National Socialist Germany as a "gang of criminals". He asserted that the German people were delivered into the hands of this gang and "abused" by them. The Pope made these claims during a visit to the former concentration camp at Auschwitz and provoked international protest. According to the French press, he gave the impression that he wanted to acquit his countrymen of every responsibility. This sort of self- exculpation goes largely uncriticised in Germany and has the approval of wide sections of society. Whilst Ratzinger prayed for historical and heavenly forgiveness for the mass of Germans ("unser Volk"), he sharply attacked some of his former enemies in the anti-Hitler coalition. The Pope was a one-time member of occupation forces under the Nazi regime. Ratzinger said that the "blood sacrifice of Russian soldiers" had a "dual significance" because it had served "a new dictatorship". Similar views are widespread in the German and international revisionist scene. They apply to the troops who liberated Auschwitz on 27th January 1945 and who fought alongside the Western powers until the successful taking of the Berlin Reichstag Ratzinger has already given credence to revisionist opinion, which is directed against the legal international agreements of the Potsdam Accord. more…

KINSHASA/KIGALI/BERLIN | | kongo-kinshasaruanda

KINSHASA/KIGALI/BERLIN (Own report) - On the eve of the deployment of German troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, suspected war criminals threaten to prevent elections by unleashing a new conflict. On several occasions over the past few years, these militias found sanctuary on the premises of a German controlled company in East Congo. Although the German government could have exerted influence on this company, it chose to not intervene against the militia. These same militias have been taking part in the civil war in East Congo since the mid-1990's and were seeking to have the Kivu provinces annexed to neighboring Rwanda. Rwanda is a former German Colony. In spite of harsh UN criticism, a German network of enterprises contributed in financing this war of secession, without official German intervention. Dr Helmut Strizek, an expert on Africa and a former member of the staff of the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, confirms, in a talk with german-foreign-policy.com, that "The German SPD-Green coalition government approved the secession of the Kivu provinces from Congo". He describes as "strange," the activities of the parliamentarian Uschi Eid, in the Congo. The main beneficiary of Germany's East Congo policy is the military government of Germany's former colony, Rwanda. The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is a member of the old colonial aristocracy and, since taking office in 1994, has been Berlin's close partner. During the forthcoming military expedition, Germany has several foreign policy options for imposing its dominance. more…

Helmut Strizek | BERLIN | | ruandakongo-kinshasa
(Helmut Strizek)

BERLIN german-foreign-policy.com was talking with Dr. Helmut Strizek concerning German policy toward Rwanda and Rwandan influence in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Strizek had worked in Rwanda and Burundi for many years, was periodically in charge of project management concerning both countries in the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and has published several books on these two nations. more…

PARIS/FRANKFURT AM MAIN/BERLIN | | frankreich

PARIS/FRANKFURT AM MAIN/BERLIN (Own Report) - Once again the German Stock Exchange is facing the prospect of failure in its attempt at expansion and looks like losing its place in global competition. In spite of massive pressure from Berlin, the Exchange has not succeeded in its bid to take over Euronext, the Stock Exchange which covers four countries. Instead it appears that there may be a merger of Euronext with its transatlantic competitor, The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Amongst financial experts it is thought that, in the present reordering of the Stock Exchange scene, the German Exchange may remain isolated and sink to the status of a "European regional market". Economic circles are demanding that, if the Euronext takeover finally founders, the German Stock Exchange must look for alternative possibilities for expansion in southern, northern and eastern Europe. The German press claims that "nationalist small-mindedness" caused the hostility to the previously successful bid because of fears about German domination of French companies. more…

BELGRADE/PODGORICA/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

BELGRADE/PODGORICA/BERLIN (Own report) - Next Sunday the people of Montenegro vote on leaving the State Union with Serbia. The vote will decide the formal completion of the German-sponsored final destruction of former Yugoslavia. The supporters of secession will profit from the support of Germany and the EU, who have given uninterrupted support to leading personalities in Montenegro for years, in spite of their long-known, obvious, criminal activities in smuggling. Admittedly Berlin would welcome a further isolation of Serbia although the final secession of Montenegro will not have any further decisive significance. In any case, according to political commentators, the State Union with Serbia is "not at all functional". In the meantime, in a move which lays bare the mainspring of the NATO war, the EU is working on a plan to improve the utility of South Eastern Europe for businesses from the Western industrial states. The region of powerless mini-states of shattered former Yugoslavia should be put back together again in the form of a free trade area. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - The German government reports new success in its global personnel policy and announces a clear increase in the number of Germans active in supra-national organizations. For Berlin this ratio of Germans represents the yardstick for measuring German international influence. According to Berlin's estimates, approximately 9.5 per cent of the personnel active in the UN, the EU and other supra-national bodies are of German origin, a country representing less than 1.3 per cent of the global population. The manifold over-representation at global echelons is the result of deliberate promotion measures, that Berlin is currently intensifying, to further strengthen its global standing. A conference, that was recently held under the direction of the Foreign Ministry - with significant support from business circles is part of this effort. Through the personnel activities of the government, German businesses hope for better access to the two digit-million contracts awarded by supra-national organizations. more…

BAGHDAD/ABU DHABI/BERLIN | | irakvae

BAGHDAD/ABU DHABI/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is making new efforts toward the promotion of German business expansion in the Iraqi war theater despite the continuing danger of kidnapping. The Ministry of Economics was one of the supporters of this year's "Rebuild Iraq" Fair, which opened Monday, May 8, in the Jordanian capital, Amman. Diplomatic personnel are contributing to the accompanying program for German companies. At an earlier "Rebuild Iraq" Fair the German company Cryotec created links to Iraq. Two of their employees were the hostages, set free in Iraq at the beginning of May. The German government's preliminary work for this dangerous business activity is being carried out in the context of other measures, with which Berlin seeks to link the entire resources rich region around the Persian Gulf to the EU and its German center. In the Arab speaking Gulf States alone, prospective contracts are estimated to reach approximately US-Dollar 600 billion. Their allocation will help determine who will obtain economic supremacy in the Middle East for decades to come. more…

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BERLIN/SANTIAGO/LA PAZ | | chile

BERLIN/SANTIAGO/LA PAZ (Own report) - In light of the extensive nationalization projects undertaken in Bolivia, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), closely affiliated with the ruling CDU party, is positioning its Latin American branch offices and their partner organizations to oppose the government in La Paz. A few days ago, Bolivia entered an economic alliance with Venezuela and Cuba and introduced measures for the nationalization of the energy industry, which will also affect European companies and is sharply criticized in Berlin. At the beginning of next week, high-ranking KAS representatives will discuss the next steps with several undersecretaries of state, federal parliamentarians, as well as, Brazilian experts in a two-day conference. The conference will serve as preparation for the EU's Latin America Summit (May 11), which will be focused on the Bolivian economic measures ("New Populism in South America"). Decisive circles in German foreign policy and the KAS branch office in Chile have, for quite some time, opposed the re-orientation of Bolivian economic policy. In the 1980s, the German foundation established contacts to the Chilean Christian democratic opposition of that period and maintains outstanding relations with the country's ruling elite. Its mother party displayed open sympathy for Augusto Pinochet's putsch regime in 1973. more…

BERLIN/PARIS/LONDON/ROM | | frankreichitalien

BERLIN/PARIS/LONDON/ROM (Own report) - The European policy declaration of the German Chancellor, announced to be made public next week, is to initiate a modified version of the unsuccessful campaign for a EU constitution and create the image for Berlin as "the pacesetter of the continent". Government circles are circulating this line to foreign media. In EU politics the "susceptibilities of hesitant partners" can no longer be taken into consideration, is to be heard from Chancellor's Office in Berlin. These insinuations are directed at France, whose government is considered incapable of keeping abreast of EU expansion and master its domestic security. The findings of studies carried out by Berlin are also skeptical about the ability of British EU allies to prevail. The government in Italy is threatened with its possible suspension from the EU group, should Rome oppose the German concept. Already two weeks ago, government circles had made known that, during the German EU council presidency, in the first half of next year, Angela Merkel was "determined" to give the complex around a constitution treaty "a last political chance." The circulation of these announcements are destined to prepare the other nations for a more rigorous approach taken in the economic and political competition among the core states of the EU. more…