BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - Last weekend, at a conference in the "World Room" of the Foreign Ministry, representatives from nearly all EU states were briefed on Berlin's European policy guidelines. The focus was on the further elaboration of the EU Constitution Treaty, the development of a European state "leadership" as well as "major projects" in the so-called field of security. This is in reference to the establishment of a "European army," with simultaneous development of the intra-European surveillance systems. German foreign policy is suggesting a transnational campaign to overcome the resistance of EU skeptics, in which "Europe" is being presented as a "realm with a common fate and future." Through the "personification of the European leadership structure" - a sort of political-star public relations - and the deliberate "stage managing of the European election campaign" it must become possible to create a new EU "founding logic," write the authors of the official conference text. In attendance at the meeting in the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, were presidents and prime ministers of several Eastern European states, the presidents of numerous parliamentary lower houses, foreign ministers and ambassadors of the most influential EU member states, bank presidents and CEOs of transnational enterprises, as well as their political advisors. The chancellor, the minister of defense, top level officials of the foreign ministry, as well as the current and former directors of the foreign intelligence service, BND (Federal Intelligence Service), were among those in attendance from Germany. Because of the significance of this meeting, which offers an idea of the weight of German steering of European policy, german-foreign-policy.com publishes the list of participants. more…

Master Plan

MUNICH/BERLIN/STOCKHOLM | | schweden

MUNICH/BERLIN/STOCKHOLM (Own report) - The ascent of the German MAN corporation, to become the largest European truck manufacturer, is encountering resistance. The management as well as the major shareholders of the Swedish producer of Scania utility vehicles reject the offer for a takeover by the Munich corporation. MAN would like to buy Scania for approximately 9.6 billion Euros. With this takeover, MAN is aiming not only at reinforcing its European position, but also at warding off international competitors. Newcomers from India and the People's Republic of China are contesting the German corporation's current markets. MAN's European-wide concentration of truck production is in the interest of the entire German logistics branch, which is largely controlling the continental road transport. In the case of MAN's expansion, the level of industrial standardization, being already felt, will be additionally expanded - along the lines of German directives. The Federal Ministry of Transport announced the adoption, by the end of 2007, of a "master plan for freight transport and logistics" to further strengthen the German position in the transport and logistics sector. more…

DAKAR/TRIPOLIS/KIEW/BERLIN | | libyenukraine

DAKAR/TRIPOLIS/KIEW/BERLIN (Own report) - After his visit to Berlin, the Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade declared that he was prepared to continue cooperation with the European defense against refugees. Following a talk with German President, Horst Koehler, Wade made public that he will do everything, in the future, to keep Senegalese citizens in the country. Numerous Senegalese are currently seeking to emigrate to Europe, because the EU's industrial fishing fleets have ruined what had traditionally been the country's main branch of trade and driven a large number of the population into poverty. European politicians are signaling progress on the anti-refugee front also from Libya. The negotiations in that country were centered around arranging the deployment of EU border-control technology on the Libyan landlocked borders. The discussion about the building of camps in Libya, which the former German Interior Minister Otto Schily (SPD) had supported, is also progressing. The refugee camps in the Ukraine serve as a model. The conditions are catastrophic on this third front in the European defense against migrants. This is being reported by international observers, whose substantial criticism have led to no alterations. In these camps, fundamental rights are still being withheld from the imprisoned refugees, Christopher Nsoh told german-foreign-policy.com. Nsoh is carrying out a scientific investigation of the European defense against migration and had recently visited the Ukrainian assembly camp. more…

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS | | iraklibanonpakistansaudi-arabienjordaniensyrientuerkeiaserbaidschaniranyemen

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) - American military circles are recommending a re-organization of all nations in the Middle East along ethnic lines. Loss of territory and drawing new borders will effect Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan among others. Through the complete dissolution of states, new actors will be created in international law, along the lines of ethnic and religious affiliation. According to this plan, a country, by the name of "Free Kurdistan" will be created, three times the size of Syria, from territory taken from today's northern Iraq and eastern Turkey. The remainder of Iraq will be divided, the capital, Baghdad, smashed. Iran would lose extensive areas of its coast, as well as, territory bordering on Pakistan, where a "Free Baluchistan" is to be founded. Mekka and Medina, until now located in Saudi Arabia, will be promoted to capitals of an "Islamic Sacred State," that will extend to the southern borders of Jordan - doubling the surface of the Hashemite territory ("Greater Jordan"). This ethnic re-organization is depicted on several US maps, that the historian Dr. Pierre Hillard (Paris) has now published in France. In his talk with german-foreign-policy.com Hillard deems that "German policy plays an important role in propagating these ideas". German-foreign-policy.com publishes, for the first time in Germany, the US cartography. more…

BERLIN/MOSCOW/VLADIVOSTOK/LEIPZIG | | russische-foederation

BERLIN/MOSCOW/VLADIVOSTOK/LEIPZIG (Own report) - Berlin is demanding a reshaping of the EU's "neighborhood policy" with Russia. The objective is to strengthen the privileged trade relations held by German enterprises through the elimination of intra-European competition. All EU states would have to accept the "new formulation of their 'Ostpolitik' (East Policy)", and implement its terms under German EU presidency, in the coming year, demands Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD). In a recent strategy paper, making the rounds in the German Foreign Ministry, it is explained, in addition, that Germany wants to reach an "accord" with Moscow, to also militarily use Russian resources - in joint missions against third states ("stabilization troops"). German interest in an alliance is encountering an emphatic reception in Moscow. Russian arms enterprises are cooperating successfully with German leaders of this industrial sector and would like to develop this cooperation further. By consolidating foreign policy operations, an "Euro-Asian" power can be created, and bridle the USA, advertise influential parliamentary groups in the Kremlin. Visions of a German-Russian world power are shared by President Putin and has its partisans also in Berlin. more…

BERLIN/WILHELMSHAVEN/KIEL/BEIRUT | | libanon

BERLIN/WILHELMSHAVEN/KIEL/BEIRUT (Own report) - The German government is demanding that the German navy be given the authority to seize foreign ships, at large of the Lebanese coast, despite ongoing resistance from Beirut and the UN. Already a few weeks ago, the German Navy "offered" the United Nations and the Lebanese government an "Einsatzgruppenversorger" (EGV, combat unit logistic support ship). Whereas in official statements it is emphasized that this ship is proficient in medical relief work, the real purpose of this type of vessel is to accompany larger naval combat units. During naval combat operations, the so-called "EGVs'" mission is to secure logistical supplies, equipment and ammunition. They simultaneously function as hospital ships, to treat wounded soldiers. According to recent reports a combat fleet will follow the "EGV" operating in the Mediterranean off the Lebanese coast. The fleet is to be given the mandate, to seize foreign ships, while the "EGV" is to insure its necessary capacity to persevere. The military name ("Einsatzgruppenversorger") brings to mind the name of German troops, ("Einsatzgruppen"), that rampaged throughout Eastern Europe in World War II. more…