Eric Toussaint | LIEGE |
(Eric Toussaint)

LIEGE About the policy of IMF and World Bank and the German government's policy toward the Bretton Woods institutions german-foreign-policy.com spoke with Eric Toussaint. Eric Toussaint is president of the Committee for the Cancellation of the Third World Debt (CADTM) in Liège (Belgium). He wrote "The World Bank. A never ending coup d'etat" (London 2007). more…

CARACAS/QUITO | | venezuela

CARACAS/QUITO (Own report) - Through a revision from a confrontational strategy to one of "embrace," the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) is seeking a regime change in Venezuela. This was learned from reports on a conference that the CDU Party affiliated foundation, together with US American foundations convened in Washington DC at the end of last May. This demonstrates that the KAS is continuing to pursue its activities to overthrow the Chávez government, which has been democratically reconfirmed several times. The KAS is modifying the old approach because of its persistent inefficacy and because of growing Venezuelan resistance to foreign interference. Just recently Caracas soundly rejected the accusations raised by the German EU Council Chairmanship concerning the expiration of a television channel's broadcasting license. The RCTV channel had supported the attempted coup d'état. Resistance to German interference is also awakening in Ecuador, because of the German ambassador's diplomatic intervention, hostile to policies of the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, an ally of President Chavéz of Venezuela. The dispute threatens to escalate. Correa intends to review several of his country's economic treaties, including one with Germany, for terms disadvantageous to his country's interests. more…

With Honor

LONDON |

LONDON german-foreign-policy.com documents excerpts from the speech by the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, which he gave after the conclusion of the German-English discussions in September 1938. more…

BERLIN/WARSAW | | polen

BERLIN/WARSAW (Own report) - The German federal government has ended its EU presidency with an all-European disaster which has opened up severe divisions between European states. In order to force through Germany's ideas at the summit in Brussels, Berlin threatened the Polish negotiating team with methods of compulsion. On Friday, the German authorities, with the intention of blackmail, let it be known that Warsaw "could not persist long in its veto". Eventually, with the assistance of several heads of government from among the German-dominated states, the Polish side gave way. Poland's hope for an open revolt against the German government's demand for European leadership failed again. The German press, conscious of victory, wrote that their government had "played poker" with Warsaw which was very risky but had finally paid off and asserted that a "refractory" Poland had been "brought into line" by German "toughness". The provocative action by the German presidency leaves behind wounds which will be difficult to heal and establishes the EU as a polity, openly recognisable as enforced by compulsion. Small and medium-sized EU member states are under the guardianship of the larger states - with Berlin at the top. more…

LONDON |

LONDON The London branch of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (SPD) publishes a paper on a new EU Army. german-foreign-policy.com documents excerpts. more…

WARSAW/BERLIN/BRUSSELS/LONDON | | polen

WARSAW/BERLIN/BRUSSELS/LONDON (Own Report) - The power struggle for German voting dominance in the EU Council of Ministers is intensifying in advance of today's summit conference. At issue are the rules of the proposed EU constitution which give a disproportionate increase of power for Berlin. The German government is intent on forcing this through at any price whilst Warsaw attempts to resist the increasing disempowerment of the smaller EU member states. The Polish foreign minister's representative for bilateral negotiations with the German government, Mariusz Musczynski, said "At the moment, Germany appears to be striving only for power in the EU". On account of its resistance, German politicians and EU representatives are threatening Poland with reduction in its EU subsidies. A strategy paper by high-ranking Social Democrat MPs made clear exactly what the aims of German policy are. They demand the creation of a European army, removing the ability of nations to make decisions about peace or war. Atomic weapons are included. The Polish commentator Piotr Buras wrote this concerning the critical negotiations "The dilemma of a European Germany or of a German Europe, which exercised European capitals during the Nineties, is no longer an empty form of words". more…

WOLFSBURG/LEIPZIG/BANGKOK | | thailand

WOLFSBURG/LEIPZIG/BANGKOK (Own report) - Confessions made in the state controlled Volkswagen Corp. (VW) corruption scandal, expose similarities to the most recent political scandal in Saxony. At the Volkswagen Corp., criminal activities were linked to pleasure trips. To further production management of high-ranking company representatives and make the representatives of the employees more conciliatory to international expansion of the company, prostitutes were provided at company costs. The scheming in Wolfsburg, the seat of VW, was not only at the expense of the Czech subsidiary, Skoda and its staff, it was also linked to world-wide sexploitation structures, that have led numerous women in poverty stricken areas around the globe to secure their living through the low-paying sexual services to men from the western centers of prosperity. So-called pleasure trips, often also known as sex tourism, are sharply criticized by women's and human rights organizations, for the fact that during its course there is recurrence of sexual brutality and abuse of children. The functioning of this business and the interests behind it are demonstrated through revelations in Leipzig. Germany is among the most important point of departure for sex-tourism. more…

BERLIN/GUETERSLOH/KIEV |

BERLIN/GUETERSLOH/KIEV (Own report) - The foundation of the German Bertelsmann media corporation is demanding a revision of European immigration policy. According to a strategy paper of this German lobby, the "post-war legacy" of asylum protection is outdated. Rather than being oriented around obsolete "ideological pillars," the immigration laws must be tuned to the G8 economic demands. The strategy paper was drawn up for the "Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration," a German/US-American joint project. The objective is to achieve the standardization of immigration to the centers of prosperity. As the "Task Force" announced, it was happy about the encouragement received from the EU Commission. The most recent meeting convened by this Bertelsmann subsidiary, was on the weekend of June 9 - just before the scheduled EU Interior and Justice Ministers Meeting - and was attended by high representatives from Brussels. The EU meeting, which lasted until June 13, agreed on new measures for tightening the impermeability of EU borders. Human rights organizations are protesting against the German inspired offensive against refugees. more…

STRASBOURG/BERLIN/WASHINGTON | | usa

STRASBOURG/BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) - The European Council's special reporter, Dick Marty, made serious accusations against the current German government and its "red-green" predecessor. Dick Marty, of Switzerland, had been entrusted for months with the investigation of the cooperation in torture carried out on behalf of the United States. In the report presented on the second weekend in June (2007), Marty wrote that without the henchmen's aid of the allies - including Germany - the USA would never have been able to set up a global network for abductions, clandestine imprisonment and years of torture. NATO also contributed to the preparations of these crimes. Speaking of his investigation efforts, the special investigator reported that "some European governments have obstructed the search for the truth and are continuing to do so by invoking the concept of 'state secrets'." This is particularly in reference to the governments of Italy and Germany. According to Marty, "state secrecy is being invoked on grounds comparable to Russia taking measures against scholars, journalists and lawyers." more…

BERLIN/INGELHEIM |

BERLIN/INGELHEIM (Own report) - The German G8 initiative in favor of a "Protection of Intellectual Property" threatens the possibility of medical treatment for thousands of HIV infected children. At the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm, the German government is seeking stronger patent protection for German industrial products, particularly at the expense of competitors to German firms such as China and India, who are successfully producing lower costing copies. A sophisticated patent system is supposed to put an end to this and guarantee German firms further competitive advantages and additional high profits. In the pharmaceutical domain, this intention is deadly. The German firm, Boehringer Ingelheim, has applied in India for patent protection on a children's medicine to fight HIV/AIDS. The price of this medicine will skyrocket, if this application is granted. Medical care at western standards is already hardly affordable for poverty stricken patients in developing countries. A further rise in the price of medicine would mean certain death. Already in the past, Boehringer Ingelheim has been accused of inhumane business practices. Health policy initiatives are calling for protests against this pharmaceutical giant. Boehringer entertains very good relations in the German political circles comprising the coalition parties in the government. more…