JUBA/KHARTUM/BERLIN | | sudan

JUBA/KHARTUM/BERLIN (Own report) - South Sudanese secessionist efforts are being refurbished by newly revived German plans for an East African railroad. The local separatist regime, whose peace agreement with the Sudanese central government is being monitored by soldiers also from the German Bundeswehr, is preparing a referendum on the founding of the state of "New Sudan". To establish the necessary financial basis for independent statehood, the separatists have announced the implementation of older German plans for a railroad line to the Kenyan coast. This would facilitate the post-secession transport and sale of the voluminous South Sudanese natural resources, without having to cross the hostile territory of the rest of Sudan. The plans, advanced by German companies, are being revived at a moment when several East African nations are pressing ahead with major infrastructure projects - some with German financing. This is occurring in the context of discoveries of extensive oil deposits in Uganda, which has also awakened the appetites of German companies. According to the East African press, these measures could "redefine the cultural, geographical and political boundaries of the region for the next century." more…

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BERLIN/MOSCOW | | russische-foederation

BERLIN/MOSCOW (Own report) - The EU should turn away from the USA and "convert to the East" in alliance with Russia. This is being demanded by a publicist in one of Germany's leading newspapers. Europe "is wrong, to think that it is part of the western world," explains the author basing himself on old ideologues of German "geopolitics." In fact, Germany belongs to the "Eurasian energy realm" and must realize that the cooperation with the United States is based on a "false orientation." Germany, "a country in mid-western Eurasia," is "not a galley on the "Transatlantic Ocean" says the article published over the weekend in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. The journal itself is anchored in the western oriented spectrum of the German establishment, but evidently finds that the time has come to use hard anti-American invectives in public debate. This was caused by long term transformations in German economic expansion, which, to a growing degree, are oriented eastward and aimed particularly at Russian energy resources. The "Eurasian" debate is drawing formerly tabooed rightwing extremist ideologues into the focus of public discussion. more…

ABU DHABI/BERLIN | | vae

ABU DHABI/BERLIN (Own report) - The German ThyssenKrupp Corporation is cooperating in the production of warships with the Abu Dhabi state enterprise and has buried plans for a common European shipbuilding company. ThyssenKrupp announced it would renounce on civilian ship production to concentrate its dockyards solely on arms production. It is entering a "strategic partnership" with the Abu Dhabi Mar Co. from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Their deal seals the military alliance between Germany and the Emirates, possibly creating the opportunity for circumventing German arms exports regulations and ending efforts aimed at forging a German/French ship production - under German leadership. Paris successfully repudiated German hegemony in warship production and therefore will now be confronted with the fait accompli. If a German dominated "European solution" cannot be accomplished, Berlin will do without "Europe" and go it alone. more…

DJIBUTI/BERLIN/BRATISLAVA |

DJIBUTI/BERLIN/BRATISLAVA (Own report) - The NATO defense ministers' meeting opened yesterday with a debate on the war on piracy at the Horn of Africa. The debate focused on plans for closer coordination of the NATO, EU and independent nations' troops operating off the East African coast, to give more strike capability to the intervention. The meager results to be shown by the multinational naval deployment have placed this debate on the agenda. As demonstrated in recently published statistics, this large scale intervention has not led to fewer attacks of piracy but rather to an escalation of violence. Currently, the only tangible result has been the imposition of the arbitrary right of might on the high seas. Only recently, the German navy reported that, on the basis of mere suspicion, its troops had stopped three ships, forced their passengers to disembark and then sank two of the ships. This has become a common practice, one that scoffs at international standards. The arbitrary methods being used by the warships of the EU against boats carrying refugees toward Europe in the Mediterranean are now being practiced on the high seas off the coast of East Africa. more…

TEHERAN/WASHINGTON/BERLIN | | iran

TEHERAN/WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) - The trail of an US-backed Iranian terrorist secessionist offensive leads back to Germany. Simultaneous with the bombing attack, end of last week, in eastern Iran, killing more than 40 people, terrorists have begun new attacks also in western Iran. The "Party of Free Life of Kurdistan" [PJAK), which for years had recruited its members in West Germany is behind these attacks. Its leader lives in Cologne and, just a few days ago, he reiterated that his organization can "strike anywhere" in Iran. Both attacks were aimed at decisively weakening Teheran's control over large sectors of the nation. Recently, the foundation affiliated with the party of Germany's incoming foreign minister (FDP) adopted the goals of wresting power from the hands of Teheran and giving extensive special rights to ethnic minorities, thereby promoting the destabilization of Iran, which is rejecting the Western concepts of stabilization. In German military circles it is being said that support for centrifugal forces in Iran are an appropriate "lever in Western policy below the threshold of direct military intervention." more…

SIBIU/BUKAREST | | rumaenien

SIBIU/BUKAREST (Own report) - The chairman of one of the "Germandom" organizations in the German foreign policy network is the focus of a Rumanian government crisis. The Rumanian opposition wants to name the mayor of Sibiu, Klaus Johannis, to fill the vacancy left by the prime minister, who was toppled by the opposition at the beginning of the week. Rumanian President, Traian Băsescu has rejected this plan and nominated a financial expert for prime minister. Johannis heads the "Democratic Forum of Germans in Rumania" (DFDR), an associated member of the "Federal Union of European Nationalities" (FUEN), which from its headquarters in Northern Germany also coordinates Europe's German language minorities - with government support. The FUEN, founded by former Nazi racists, is working with Johannis as well as with Germany's Hermann Niermann Foundation, which was the target of large protests in Eastern Belgium, because of its covert lobbying efforts for "Germandom" organizations. Johannis' nomination is the second exceptional step taken in behalf of Rumanian "Germandom" within a week. The first was the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to a "Rumanian German" author. more…

PRAGUE/BERLIN | | tschechische-republik

PRAGUE/BERLIN (Own report) - A German EU parliamentarian is calling for impeachment proceedings against the President of the Czech Republic. Should President Václav Klaus not immediately ratify the "Lisbon Treaty" as soon as the Czech Constitutional Court hands down a positive decision, he must be forcibly removed from the country's highest constitutional body, insists the social democrat, Jo Leinen. According to reports, German diplomats have already been taking steps in Prague to find out if this is possible. Also being discussed is the disempowerment of the president through a change in the country's constitution. These interventions are directed against one of Germany's neighbors, whose constitutional bodies have on various occasions been the object of Berlin's foreign policy. The reason for Prague's skepticism toward the "Lisbon Treaty" is that it cannot forget the German expansionism that led to a world war 70 years ago. Even without consideration of the historical contexts, German policy is tearing down democratic minimum standards, which, already at various stages of the ratification process of the so-called Lisbon Treaty, have been ridiculed. The draft treaty favors the transformation of the EU into a globally operating military power and reinforces German hegemony. The massive interference attempts are being accompanied by a nationalist anti-Czech media campaign. more…

BERLIN/STOCKHOLM | | rumaenien

BERLIN/STOCKHOLM (Own report) - Berlin's "Germandom" organizations are cheering the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to the "Romanian-German" author Herta Mueller. As the President of the League of Expellees (BdV), Erika Steinbach, CDU declared this award is an indication of "how precious the Germans' cultural heritage is in the East". "It means this heritage must be maintained and promoted." The BdV has recently launched an exhibit of the "German Eastern Settlements" throughout the centuries, with the intention of drawing new public attention. This project is patterned after the "Center against Expulsions" and is centered on the German speaking minorities of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, exploited by Germany's politicians and businessmen as bridgeheads for Berlin's expansionism. The Nobel Prize Committee has bestowed an exemplary popularity upon one of these minorities, the "Banat Swabians," of which Herta Mueller is a member. The political intentions of the committee in Stockholm, whose decisions are supported by foreign interests, are helping the BdV and giving a boost to the "Germandom" policy. Criticism of the Nobel Prize choice is being heard in countries, for example in Poland, affected by "Germandom's" interference. more…

FRANKFURT AM MAIN |

FRANKFURT AM MAIN german-foreign-policy.com documents excerpts from an interview with Thilo Sarrazin (SPD/Social Democrats), a German Bundesbank board member. more…

FRANKFURT AM MAIN |

FRANKFURT AM MAIN Predominant German media are calling for approval of racist statements made by a German Bundesbank board member. more…