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BERLIN (Own report) - The leading German foreign policy magazine is predicting "a new era of imperialism". The "struggle for energy, raw materials and water" is going to dominate global policy in the 21 century, declared a former prominent foreign policy maker of the ruling Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in the magazine "Internationale Politik". "19th Century nationalism, colonialism and imperialism are returning", he writes in his article. Twenty years after the collapse of socialism in Eastern Europe, the author is proclaiming the end of a "transition period" in world history and the beginning of a new epoch that will not exclude future "energy wars". The author, who has a profound knowledge of the transatlantic establishment, considers the USA and the People's Republic of China to be the main rivals. The EU must therefore make great efforts, if it does not want to be pushed to the sidelines of global policy. This article is published at a time, when Berlin is using the Greek crisis to demand extensive intervention possibilities into the primary sovereign rights of EU member states. The demand for a more aggressive EU foreign policy is accompanied by dictates on member states to reinforce the EU. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - For years, the Bundeswehr has been orienting its training of combat troops on the model of the Nazi-Wehrmacht, as has been documented by a manual, aimed at furnishing "aid for combat", published by the Army Office of the German armed forces. The case studies presented in the training manual almost exclusively refer to operations of the Wehrmacht during WW II, citing numerous well known Nazis as sources, including the SS officer Paul Karl Schmidt ("Paul Carell"), who headed the press section of the German foreign ministry until 1945. In its "guide" for the German occupation troops in Afghanistan, the German Armed Forces Military History Research Office (MGFA) makes positive reference to the Nazi military. For example, the fervent anti-Semite Oskar Ritter von Niedermayer is described as representing the "good German-Afghan relations", before, during and after WW II. more…

BISHKEK/BERLIN | | kirgistan

BISHKEK/BERLIN (Own report) - Since the change of government in Kyrgyzstan, Berlin has again been seeking to win influence for the EU in Bishkek, to reinforce Europe's standing vis à vis the United States. The CDU affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation is calling on Brussels to engage itself "more energetically than it has in the past" to project its interests in Central Asia. Berlin is counting on closer cooperation with the recently installed provisional Kyrgyz government - a move that the USA and some of the EU member states frown upon. The German government's human rights commissioner declared that he expects Washington to "rally to our political signal". Over the past few years, the United States had predominated western policy in relation to Kyrgyzstan, where it maintains a strategically important military base, which, at the moment, is mainly being used for logistic supplies to Afghanistan but is also in a position to support subversive activities in the People's Republic of China. But Washington lost influence when the president it had supported was forced to flee into exile. Berlin is hoping to step in and reinforce its influence in Bishkek. more…

BANGKOK/BERLIN | | thailand

BANGKOK/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government coalition FDP Party and its party foundation are cooperating with Thailand's putsch profiteers. Their Thai cooperation partner is the Democrat Party, of Prime Minister Abhisit, whose government has for weeks been using the military against the demonstrators in Bangkok. Ten days ago, the troops, which are still deployed, shot and killed dozens of demonstrators. In a discussion with this journal, Mark Teufel, an expert on Thailand, told German-foreign-policy.com that the Democrat Party, which is being supported also by the FDP-affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation, was put in power in late 2008 by forces that had been responsible for the putsch in 2006. They supported Thailand's monarchy and the power clique behind it, whose influence is being defended against the burgeoning democratic movement. At the end of March, the chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Wolfang Gerhardt, met with high-ranking representatives of that party, whose chairman, Prime Minister Abhisit had already agreed to deploy one-fifth of Thailand's entire army against those demonstrating in favor of free elections. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - The EU should prepare a white paper on military policy and thereby accelerate the establishment of a more powerful EU intervention force. This is demanded by the authors of a voluminous strategy paper on the EU's "Security and Defense Policy" (ESDP), published by the SPD-affiliated Friedrich Ebert Foundation in cooperation with other think tanks in Spain and France. According to this report, particularly the military buildup inside the EU must be better coordinated, to enable the equipment with the most modern weaponry in spite of financial limitations. The European arms industries must be more consolidated, which with the favorable conditions created by the Lisbon Treaty coming into effect, can now be initiated with the help of a white paper. The authors, two of whom are regular employees of the Friederich Ebert Foundation, consider that over the next few years, the EU must be closely coordinated with NATO - which it will "not be able to replace" before 2020. But the EU need not be ashamed of its armies, says the paper. Its member nations maintain a force of nearly 2 million soldiers, with financing of up to 200 billion Euros per year. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin's government advisors are expecting an intensification of tensions in Eastern Europe, following the Hungarian parliamentary electoral victory of the ethnic chauvinist Fidesz Party. An expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) warns that should Hungary's next prime minister, Victor Orbán, implement his plans and attribute his country's citizenship to Hungarian-speaking citizens of neighboring countries, the relations, for example, between Hungary and Slovakia, will continue to deteriorate. In addition, having won a sixth of all the votes cast, the rightwing extremist Jobbik Party constitutes Budapest's third strongest parliamentary group, giving it the potential of establishing itself "as a long-term political factor." The landslide victory of the ethnic chauvinist rightwing is a result of a reinforced ethnic chauvinist policy being pushed, above all, from Germany throughout the EU. Ethnic chauvinist organizations in Hungary and within Hungarian-speaking minorities in the countries bordering on Hungary, have been receiving support from Germany for years. Budapest's historical revisionist demands are paralleled by Berlin's similar offensives. The German foreign minister has characterized as "excellent" Germany's relationship to Hungary, which will take over the presidency of the EU Council on January 1, 2011. more…

MOSCOW/BERLIN | | russische-foederation

MOSCOW/BERLIN (Own report) - After construction began on the Baltic Pipeline ("North Stream") at the end of last week, government advisors in Berlin have begun campaigning for further expansion of German-Russian cooperation. Moscow must be prevented from taking an East Asian orientation and exporting more of its natural resources to China than is currently the case, one can hear in the German capital. Therefore, the founding of an energy alliance between Russia and the EU, modeled on the West European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), is being recommended. The rapidly increasing availability of liquified gas and Moscow's diminishing power, removes the danger of Germany becoming dependent upon Russian natural gas. Russia is "no longer a great global player" according to the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). At the same time, German companies are interested in obtaining substantial shares in the more than 5,000 Russian state enterprises soon to be privatized. The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations is negotiating sales modalities with the Russian Minister of Economy. This Committee considers that Russia should make use of Germany's experience gleaned from selling off the GDR's state enterprises. more…