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KABUL/BERLIN | | afghanistan

KABUL/BERLIN (Own report) - Impressed by the insurgent movement in Afghanistan, German military policy makers are no longer excluding a western retreat from this Central Asian country. Retreat "can be an option", explains Winfried Nachtwei, speaker for security policy of the Green faction of the federal parliament (Bundestag). Nachtwei is one of the belligerent German foreign policymakers. The Afghanistan expert, Dr. Conrad Schetter explained in an interview with german-foreign-policy.com, the many in the military are of the opinion, that the errors that have been made in the occupation policy "are beyond rectification." In the meantime, western combat troops, with their brutal combat methods, have even turned the subservient government in Kabul against themselves. If this regime is not able to be sustained - for instance in the case of a retreat - Berlin is threatened with a comprehensive loss of power in Afghanistan. Given the stiff competition for influence in Central Asia, extending all the way to India, it is assumed that, for the immediate future, there will probably be a further escalation of violence. more…

LUANDA/HAMBURG |

LUANDA/HAMBURG (Own report) - Overshadowed by the German military incursion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), German business circles are making efforts to strengthen their position in resource-rich Angola, the DRC's southwestern neighbor. Accordingly the Africa Association in Hamburg will be continuing its efforts with a meeting of experts on Friday July 7. Angola is Africa's second largest oil producer, south the Sahara, and disposes of abundant other natural resources, whose marketing has created a rapid economic recovery, following decades of civil war and has therefore opened up possibilities for lucrative follow-up contracts for foreign enterprises. A prominent politician of the Christian Social Union Party of Bavaria (CSU) is serving as an "advisor" to the Angolan government. German companies, which nearly overslept the Angolan boom, are now competing with enterprises from the People's Republic of China. Beijing obtains from Angola more than one quarter of its African imported goods. The struggle for the raw materials and the follow-up contracts of the country is embedded in the global rivalry around finite assets and markets, which has dramatically become more acute and, as, for example, in the case of the northern neighbor, DR Congo, is in an increasing number of states taking on warlike forms. more…

BERLIN/COLOGNE/BRUSSELS |

BERLIN/COLOGNE/BRUSSELS (Own report) - The EU Commission is handing over the development of its new media strategy to a German firm with close connections to the German Foreign Office and the Bundeswehr. The aim of the plan is to weaken the resistance by the population to the policies of the European Union. It will be carried out by the Berlin PR agency Media Consulta (MC). According to its own publicity, MC is active in all twenty five EU countries and, unlike its British and French competition, has a complete pan European network at its disposal. MC has already acted for the EU in subversive media propaganda against Belarus and was successful in spreading articles in the press for several media campaigns. The agency campaigns for the Common European Military Policy ("European Security and Defence Policy"). Berlin's pressure for the adoption of a "European Constitution" against the wishes of the people of France and Germany is expected to form part of a further increase in propaganda activity. more…

WINDHOEK/BERLIN/KINSHASA | | namibia

WINDHOEK/BERLIN/KINSHASA (Own report) - Namibia, under German pressure, is renouncing on an acceleration of the land reform and has decided against the interests of the majority black population. The extremely inequitable apportionment of arable land derives from the German colonial era. Some in the Namibian government had demanded that a more rapid break with this past be made - in vain. Berlin has, since some time, been warning against an acceleration of the land reform, that would reduce the power of the white big landowners. Numerous descendants of German colonialists are among the economic elite of the country. Namibia is one of the special spheres of interest of German foreign policy in southern Africa. The German government recently assured, with large sums, the upgrading of the Walvis Bay harbor. Walvis Bay is the only deep sea harbor on the Southern African West Coast. It serves as a commercial turnstile for the neighboring states. Walvis Bay is also used by German warships. Joint maneuvers with the Namibian military, which have been supported by the German Bundeswehr since 1992, are not considered out of the question. The European militarization of Africa is being accelerated. more…