BERLIN/FLENSBURG/JUBA | | sudan

BERLIN/FLENSBURG/JUBA (Own report) - Berlin's foreign policy front organizations are supporting Darfur rebel militias and expanding their aid to the secessionist government in South Sudan. The "European Center for Minority Issues" (ECMI), which is co-financed by the German government, has announced that two weeks ago it had organized a meeting of major Darfur militia leaders at its headquarters in Flensburg (Schleswig-Holstein) to prepare a joint strategy. The rebel militias that were represented in Flensburg had thwarted an agreement with the Sudanese central government by boycotting the round of negotiations held last weekend in Libya. The activities of the state owned German Association for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) are an accompaniment to the secessionist movement in Sudan. The GTZ is helping the secessionist government in South Sudan to "build a state". A peace agreement between this secessionist government and Khartoum is doomed to failure. The Sudanese rebels are launching attacks against the West's most important competitor: A few days ago, Darfur militias attacked Chinese oil fields in Sudan. more…

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BERLIN During its two weeks of maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, the German Navy practiced new combat techniques for future combat deployments around the world. Units from eight EU member states are operating under German command. The German Special Forces Commando (KSK) and the Air force are also participating. According to the German military (Bundeswehr), the maneuver scenarios are tailored to fit international deployments. Given the fact, that the majority of the world's population is inhabiting coastal regions, naval deployment forces could serve as flexible operational bases during combat missions. Experts predict that naval forces will also become more important for other reasons. Since the need to defend German territory has become more or less obsolete, the concept of "defense" has been expanded to include the "defense" of German ships and goods on the high seas in the service of the German export industry. Statistics show that for the economy to remain competitive, Germany must import raw materials and export finished products on the seven seas. This corresponds to the above average participation of German naval forces in the Bundeswehr's current foreign deployments. more…

BERLIN/URUMQI/MUNICH/BEIJING | | chinausa

BERLIN/URUMQI/MUNICH/BEIJING (Own report) - German foreign policy makers, are upping their political pressure on Beijing, and holding talks with a Chinese separatist. As the Munich based "World Uyghur Congress (WUC)" announced, its president, Rebiya Kadeer will also be received by the foreign ministry. The Uyghurs, a Muslim minority from the autonomous region Xinjiang (Western China), are seeking the secession of their region "East Turkestan" from the People's Republic of China. Rebiya Kadeer's appearance in the German capital has been carefully stage managed for high profile in conjunction with US activities. Following the Dalai Lama's German Chancellery visit, Berlin has been escalating its anti-Beijing secessionist offensive. For decades, Germany - including foreign intelligence circles - has been cultivating relations to Uyghur exile politicians. more…

BERLIN/WARSAW/LONDON | | polengrossbritannien

BERLIN/WARSAW/LONDON (Own Report) - Accompanied by protests, Thursday October 18 the European Council passed the "EU Reform Treaty". That document replaces the EU Constitution, that had been democratically rejected in a couple of national referenda. The treaty, that fulfills German demands for uniformity in EU foreign policy and lends this federation of states aspects of a federal state, is, this time, not to be jeopardized by submitting it to the approbation of populations growing more skeptical. But Germany still has to reckon with resistance from Great Britain. When, on Wednesday October 17, Labour MPs heavily protested the EU policies of their own Labour ministers, it created a scandal. Critics noted that the British Foreign Minister allows himself be counseled by a German "senior advisor" on EU policies. In Poland, where German demands have been rejected since some time, the resistance is waning. Parliamentary elections are being held over Sunday, Oct. 21. Berlin is hoping that the Kaczynski government will be defeated. The Polish government recently re-inflamed anger in Germany through the publication of a study of the German media's anti-Polish reporting on Polish positions concerning the EU "Reform Treaty." more…

FRANKFURT/BARCELONA/STRASBOURG | | spanienitalien

FRANKFURT/BARCELONA/STRASBOURG (Own Report) - Separatists from several regions of Spain used the Book Fair in Frankfurt to make strategic arrangements. As official representatives of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands announced in front of the international press in Frankfurt, the two provinces will institutionally consolidate their cooperation ("Culture Policy Cooperation"). Another Spanish region, the coastal strip around the city of Valencia, shall also participate in this cooperation, declared the Vice President of Catalonia. He seeks the secession of this territory from Spain. His party is a member of the "European Free Alliance" (EFA), that is campaigning for border revisions throughout the EU - in accordance with the ethnicist German "Volksgruppen" ideology. The EFA and the Greens of Germany, the party of the former foreign minister, Joseph Fischer, are partners within the same parliamentary group in the European Parliament. According to an EFA map published on the internet, Spain is to be broken up into six and France into five sectors, and Belgium is to disappear completely. Regions of Switzerland and Italy as well as the whole of Austria, will become German. The common goal of the Greens and the EFA is a "European Union of Free Peoples." more…

FRANKFURT (MAIN)/BARCELONA | | spanien

FRANKFURT (MAIN)/BARCELONA (Own report) - The Frankfurt Book Fair opened on Tuesday, October 9, amid protests against the organizers' decision to make "Catalan Culture" the guest of honor. Until now, Frankfurt has reserved this honor for sovereign states or groups of states. This year, Catalonia, an autonomous region seeking secession, is the focus of this event. Particularly resentment provoking is the selection of writers representing the "guest of honor". Only writers, cultivating the Catalan idiom - and not the Spanish language - are in attendance. This is strongly in the interests of the secessionist government, seeking to do away with the Spanish language in Catalonia, says the Barcelonian regional parliamentarian, Antonio Robles, in a discussion with german-foreign-policy.com. The attempt to turn the world's largest book fair into an instrument of separatist ventures is being met with sharp criticism. For years, Catalan separatists have been supported in Germany, particularly by the Green Party. But the present affair is of special importance, because the German foreign ministry is an official "partner" of the Frankfurt Book Fair. more…

PRETORIA/BERLIN | | suedafrika

PRETORIA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is using the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa, to strengthen its influence over the South African police and military. During her stay in Pretoria last weekend, the German Chancellor acknowledged that not only German firms are hoping to profit from the billions in investments for this major event. German police have already begun instructing South African security forces for this huge sports spectacle. The Air Force is also involved, sharing with South African officers their "experience" from the 2006 soccer world championships in Germany. At the time, the German defense minister initiated preparations for fighter planes of the German Air Force (Bundeswehr) to illegally shoot down hijacked passenger liners. The exertion of influence on the police and military is part of a long term effort to set up Pretoria as a stabilizing factor for western interests in Africa - if necessary also militarily. This is why, Germany and the EU have been delivering military equipment to South Africa for years, causing the South African disarmament efforts of the 1990s to end in failure. more…

ADDIS ABABA/BERLIN | | aethiopiensomalia

ADDIS ABABA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government's reaction to serious war crimes committed by the Ethiopian Army is to intensify its collaboration with the Ethiopian government. On October 4, the German chancellor had extensive talks in Addis Ababa, also initiating new business deals for German enterprises. Government circles in Berlin consider Ethiopia as a "regional stabilizing force" in Eastern Africa and the two countries have been closely co-operating since 2005. The Ethiopian army is heavily criticized for its war conduct in Somalia, which it invaded at the end of 2006. Ethiopian troops are not only accused of attacking hospitals and executing civilians. They are also accused of using the occupation of their neighboring state to hunt down Ethiopian opponents, who fled to Somalia. From Ethiopia Angela Merkel continued her trip to South Africa (Oct. 5) and to Liberia (Oct. 6). This Africa trip is to reaffirm German claims to military control of the continent and a privileged share of its resources. more…

LHASA/BEIJING/ULAAN BAATAR/BERLIN | | chinamongolische-vr

LHASA/BEIJING/ULAAN BAATAR/BERLIN (Own report) - Last weekend, parliamentarians of the Germanophonic minority in Northern Italy ("South Tyrol") visiting the headquarters of the Tibetan "exile government" in India, declared Tibet's being part of the People's Republic of China to be "illegal" and called for the secession of this Western Chinese autonomous region. South Tyrolean public authorities are collaborating with forefront organizations of German foreign policy and have been counseling the "exile government" for several years on questions of German "Volksgruppen" (ethnic group) policies. A member of the current delegation is demanding the secession of "South Tyrol" along the lines of the Montenegrin model. These attacks on China's territorial integrity are coming just a few days after the German government launched its anti-Chinese offensive. Berlin is supporting Tibetan separatists also through large scale lobbying in Mongolia and is seeking to pit the populations of all autonomous regions in Western and Northern China against the central government. Similar political concepts date back to the 1920s and are being echoed still today in Japan, the former Axis partner of the German Reich, and China's fiercest rival. more…