BERLIN/PARIS/PRAGUE |

BERLIN/PARIS/PRAGUE (Own report) - The German government in Berlin is prevailing over the resistance that had been raised by several EU governments and is imposing central elements of a European-wide "constitution". The Czech Republic has followed Great Britain and the Netherlands in declaring its willingness to relent. The conservative candidate for the French presidency, Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced the parliamentary ratification of a "simplified contract". The only condition is that the German government renounce on the use of the designation "constitution," otherwise the necessary circumvention of a renewed referendum would only be possible in the Netherlands under a breach of national law. According to the German Chancellor's Office's internal schedule, the final negotiations should begin April 23 and be terminated around June 1. As a prelude, Berlin will launch a large-scale PR campaign, culminating in a "Europe Festival" at the end of March before it proceeds on an "Information Tour" that will take it to more than 50 German cities. The estimated costs of this undertaking are in the double-digit millions. Among the cooperating partners of this propaganda endeavor, which also targets children and youth, are sectors of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr), including one institution specializing in psychological warfare operations. more…

ZAGREB/ROME/BERLIN | | italiengriechenlandkroatien

ZAGREB/ROME/BERLIN (Own Report) - After the failure of a claim for compensation for victims of German war crimes, compensation claims have been launched on behalf of war criminals. "Damages" and "Restitution of property" are demanded in a Europe-wide appeal by so-called expellees' organisations. In the Second World War they belonged to the camp followers of the Nazi occupiers and their allies or provided the culprits with the facilities in which mass crimes were committed. Their successors want to found a "European Union of Refugees and Expellees" at the end of March. The organisers announce that the proposed association, (which is under strong German influence) intends to register with the European Court of Human Rights in order to be able "to intervene at international level". A "Right of return" to the "EU states formerly in the Eastern Bloc" is also a demand. The campaign will come to full development at the end of March. Simultaneously, the Italian government began public attacks on Croatia. Rome is demanding money and repentance from the successor regime of former Yugoslavia. Croatia was occupied by Italian troops amongst others. The country which was attacked is being pursued by the attacker for damages because of the circumstances of their eventual defeat - under EU rules. more…

John Laughland | LONDON | | jugoslawien
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LONDON german-foreign-policy.com spoke with John Laughland on his new book "Travesty. The Trial of Slobodan Milosevic and the Corruption of International Justice" (Pluto Press 2007). Laughland is the author of The Tainted Source (1997) and Le tribunal pénal international (2003). more…

BELGRADE/PRISTINA/TIRANA/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

BELGRADE/PRISTINA/TIRANA/BERLIN (Own report) - Serbia should relinquish its southern province of Kosovo and place itself under the patronage of its former enemies. That is the gist of the offer which the German presidency made to the Belgrade government last Monday. As a reward for the renunciation of Kosovo, negotiations would be opened with the EU for an association agreement. The territorial self-amputation, which Berlin expects in the name of the EU, would break the Serbian constitution and create a dangerous precedent of forced secession of territories by appeals to "self determination" from violent minorities. Organisations connected with German foreign policy have pushed these sorts of theories for years, aiming at the dismemberment of neighbouring countries. The offer by the German presidency followed demonstrations by violent Kosovo separatists which claimed two lives last week end. The disorders were promoted by a terrorist organisation which demands an end to the need for Kosovo to achieve standards in human rights and already has a branch office in Germany. Its ringleaders were among the co-conspirators of the former German foreign minister Klaus Kinkel in the preparations for the Yugoslav/Kosovo war of 1999. They cooperated with the underground Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) which was supported and sustained by Germany. Those ringleaders form the government in Pristina today. The ensuing violence is a consequence of the change of power enforced by Germany which gave suspected war criminals and crooks the decisive influence in Kosovo. more…

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WARSAW/BERLIN | | polen

WARSAW/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Government has, for the second time within a few months, rejected Poland’s request for a contractual settlement of open questions concerning reparations. A bilateral statement, in which Berlin should declare itself in opposition to demands of German "expelles," failed because of the resistance of the CDU/CSU and SPD. Thus also the current German Government intentionally keeps open restitution claims by resettled Germans and follows the anti-Polish course of all its predecessors. Berlin is maintaining pressure on Poland, whereas identical questions concerning the expropriations carried out in the aftermath of the Second World War, on the territory of today's Federal Republic of Germany, have long since been clarified by an international agreement. Recent complaints by the government in Warsaw reveal that the German side cheated the Polish side, not only in the 1990 border treaty, but also in the Good Neighborly Relations Treaty of 1991. Long passages in the agreements, grant comprehensive special rights to the national minorities living in the respective neighboring state. But the German government wants these granted only to Poles of German descent ("Germans abroad"), but not to Germans of Polish descent. The Merkel government claims there is no national minority of polish speaking citizens in Germany and thereby falls in line with German policies toward Poland that were established practice already during the German Empire, throughout the Weimar Republic, as well as during the Nazi dictatorship. more…

LONDON |

LONDON german-foreign-policy.com documents a speech given by Horst Teubert, member of our Editorial Board, in Portcullis House, London, on 29 January 2007. The speech gives an overview on present German foreign policy. more…