VIENNA/ANTWERP/BERLIN | | belgienoesterreich

VIENNA/ANTWERP/BERLIN (Own report) - Several of the uttermost right-wing parties in Europe are proceeding - with the cooperation of German organizations - to forge international alliances. The Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has announced its extension of relations to the rapidly developing US-American Tea Party movement. Just a few days ago, FPÖ functionaries visited Israel, together with leading party members of the Belgian Vlaams Belang (The Flemish Cause) in an effort to dispel their reputations of being anti-Semitic. Both parties are based in the tradition of Nazi collaboration. They are among the strongest uttermost right-wing parties on the continent and are profiting from the renewed German hegemony over Europe. They are including the German "pro-"movements into their current efforts to build an alliance. Parallel structures are being established, also with German influence, under the leadership of the Dutch racist, Geert Wilders, meaning that two rival racist party networks are vying for the leadership of the European extreme right - both with German participation. more…

BERLIN | | usachina

BERLIN (Own report) - German naval experts are predicting a dramatic shift over the next twenty years in the balance of power between the world's leading naval forces. Whereas the naval capabilities of several countries in East and Southeast Asia are growing considerably, those of the US are shrinking slightly. European naval units, including those of Germany, have to expect drastic declines due not only to the current Euro crisis, but due also to the fact that NATO countries have to invest huge amounts in their ongoing interventions and their forces deployed on the ground in Afghanistan, according to an analysis published in the recent edition of the "MarineForum" journal. The "'Champions league' of naval armament" is playing today in the "Asian Pacific realm." Beyond a doubt, the "most important change in the maritime interplay of forces between the old and new world powers" is "the field of tension between the massive growth of the Chinese Navy and the further shrinking of the US Navy." In the future, Europe will have no decisive role to play in the rivalry of naval forces, according to the analysis. more…

PRISTINA/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

PRISTINA/BERLIN (Own report) - Serious accusations are again being raised against the secessionist regime in Kosovo, which is being supported by Berlin. As Dick Marty, Special Rapporteur to the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council, wrote in his newly published report, the current prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, has not only played the leading role in arms and drugs smuggling for more than a decade, he is also suspected of participating in the trafficking of human organs. Germans are also said to be among the recipients of these organs. Doctor Shaip Muja, Thaçi's close confident is named as another suspect. Both were members of the KLA leadership in the spring of 1999, during NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia, while this militia was serving as the ground forces for the western war alliance. Marty's report sheds not only light on the Kosovo protectorate, commanded for the past eleven years by the West and where Berlin plays a key role. It is also embarrassing for the German government that the special Rapporteur can refer to detailed information - reports from the German foreign intelligence service - that Berlin has had for years, without ever taking the consequences. more…

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING |

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - The controversy over the future of the Euro is being accompanied by debates over Europe's global decline and the shift of global power. "Europe's decline" can be detected on a global scale, according to Werner Weidenfeld, one of the most influential political experts in Germany, who, for years, has been pleading for the EU to strive to become a global power. It can be "predicted" that the United States will lose its hegemonic position, declares the former German foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, pointing to China's continued rise. But "America's weakness" will also affect Europe, according to the British publicist Timothy Garton Ash. In an interview with a German newspaper, Garton Ash considers that future military conflicts in Asia - proxy wars between China and the USA - "cannot be ruled out". To prevent its own decline, Germany is also closely cooperating with Washington's main allies - Japan and India - in the struggle against China. more…

MANAMA/DOHA/BERLIN | | iran

MANAMA/DOHA/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Defense Ministry is expanding its activities on the Arabian Peninsula. Berlin seeks to "enhance its presence" at the Persian Gulf, declared the German Defense Ministry's Parliamentary State Secretary, Christian Schmidt. A few days ago, Schmidt attended this years "Manama Dialogue", an international forum of prominent participants focusing on Middle East security issues. With its growing arms export and military cooperation, Germany has already achieved prominence with the Arabian Peninsula's dictatorships. German companies are intensifying their cooperation with the states and the sovereign wealth funds of the Arabian autocracies at the Gulf. The most recent example: The Qatar emirate bought a stake in Germany's largest construction company, Hochtief AG, complicating a takeover bid from its Spanish competitor, ACS. The cooperation with the dictatorships at the Persian Gulf is not only advantageous economically; it is also particularly aimed at weakening Iran. The overthrow of the government in Iraq opened the way for Iran to achieve preeminence in the world's most important resource region. more…

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PARIS/BERLIN | | frankreich

PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) - France is clearly lagging behind Germany in important targeted regions of its foreign policy. This has been confirmed in a series of studies published over the past few months by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). At the same time, Paris has, for the most part, adopted Berlin's foreign policy priorities and - contrary to the 1990s - puts up no resistance to Berlin on basic issues. Paris' policy toward Southeast Europe shows, for example, that Paris had to give up its pro-Serbian policy years ago. The loss of influence that accompanied this fact is still to be felt today. According to the DGAP, in the 1990s, Paris lost much ground in Russia and, therefore even today is no serious competition to Berlin. A similar situation reigns with South America, where France, unlike Germany, does not have the necessary capacity for cooperation with its traditional partner, Brazil. France's loss of political influence vis à vis Berlin is in correlation with its growing economic loss of ground vis à vis Germany. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - German government advisors call for deliberately influencing the demographic development in the so called third world. According to a recently published paper by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), family planning measures should be supported in poor countries to effectively prevent undesirable migratory movements. This will combat the uncontrolled growth of shanty towns - with their potential for engendering conflict - and lead to a reduction of emigration. The SWP is also pleading for support of the development of urban infrastructures in Africa, Latin America and Asia to prevent new conflicts that could be caused by rapid population growth in urban peripheries and disturb Western firms' business activities in these areas. Within the centers of Western affluence, the authors of the SWP paper are proposing family-friendly measures, aimed at preventing the shrinking of local populations. According to the SWP analysis, this is needed to strengthen the human potential of Germany and its allies in the global competition. more…