CAIRO/NOUAKCHOTT/TRIPOLI/BERLIN | | aegyptenlibyen

CAIRO/NOUAKCHOTT/TRIPOLI/BERLIN (Own report) - The Egyptian population's revolt against the government of President Mubarak is continuing. Along with the other western powers, who had financed this dictatorship for decades, Berlin is seeking to have people forget its support for the authoritarian elites ranging from Egypt, Libya and extending even to Mauritania and is now appealing for respect of democratic rights. A large proportion of the technical means of repression, as they had already been used in Tunisia, were furnished by the Federal Republic of Germany. German arms exports to Egypt and other North African countries has steadily increased reaching a total volume of 175 million Euros in 2009, including the delivery of submachine guns to Egypt. The Egyptian secret service, notorious for its unbridled brutality, benefits from the close cooperation with its German counterparts. In at least one case, a prisoner held by the CIA was flown from a German airport to Cairo, to be tortured into "confessions" that in settings under rule of law could not have been obtained. German financing of repression seeks to also stem the growing movement of the poverty-stricken to prevent them from reaching the borders of the EU, while German companies are benefiting from the low wage workforce of Egypt, Tunisia or Morocco. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - The Berlin establishment's leading foreign policy magazine has proclaimed Angela Merkel "Chancellor of the EU". According to the specialized periodical, "Internationale Politik", published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), one has to admit that in effect in 2010 "a German EU chancellorship was created", in the course of which, Berlin's office holder successfully established a sort of "authority to set guidelines" for this "circle of 27 national and government leaders". If one would consider EU leadership to be that of a "government", it would be possible to "attribute roles." France's president, in this case, "doubtlessly has the role of vice-chancellor, (...) who can take initiatives," but "in cases of conflict, can always be reined in by the chancellor." These pronouncements appearing in Berlin's leading foreign policy periodical are a written affirmation for the entire world of German ambitions to EU leadership, which up to now have usually been politely denied in public. These are being flanked by considerations for replacing democratic procedures with dictatorial practices. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Own report) - During his appearance at the European Parliament, last Wednesday, the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán successfully defended the nationalist policies of his government in Budapest. The scenarios under consideration for EU sanctions against Hungary, because of Budapest's new media law and its ethnic chauvinist propaganda, have become merely "yesterday's hot air" according to the obviously contented German right-wing press. The Orbán government has to neither worry about breach of contract proceedings nor a suspension of its voting rights. "The excitement over the media law", which places the Hungarian press under government surveillance, will "soon dissipate." As the German chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee in the European Parliament, Klaus-Heiner Lehne (CDU), declared, the Hungarian prime minister can be assured of the "broad solidarity" of the largest caucus in the EU Parliament, the EPP, saying that the criticized Hungarian projects correspond, to a large extent, to German models and are acceptable. This actual consensus has its origins in the German-Hungarian revisionist strategies of the 1920s and 30s. Both countries used ethnic pretenses to reverse their territorial losses and threaten their European neighbors. This proximity brought Hungary to ally itself with its Nazi conquerors. Budapest sacrificed hundreds of thousands of its citizens to the German racists because they were Jews. This collaboration continued after 1945 and can be traced up to the present day. more…

BERLIN/PRAGUE/WARSAW | | polentschechische-republikslowakische-republik

BERLIN/PRAGUE/WARSAW (Own report) - German pressure on East European countries to adopt the Euro is meeting resistance. Over the past few months, Berlin has been strengthening its pressure on several Central European governments, to have them soon join the Euro zone - to no avail. Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas declared that the Czechs, themselves, will decide "if and when we want to take that step." In any case, the European common currency, is an "ambitious but unfinished project," affirms the governor of the Polish Central Bank. Demands to withdraw from the Euro zone are already circulating in Slovak political leadership circles. Whereas countries in the southern Euro zone are helplessly at the mercy of the German export offensive and being driven to their ruin, Poland overcame its economic crisis through the devaluation of its currency. Since Estonia joined the Euro zone, at the beginning of this year, the zone's enlargement has now come to a halt. more…

Seyoum Habtemariam | COLOGNE | | aethiopien
(Seyoum Habtemariam)

COLOGNE german-foreign-policy.com spoke with Seyoum Habtemariam, director of the Ethiopian Human Rights Committee in Germany, about the visit of German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dirk Niebel, to Ethiopia. more…

ADDIS ABABA/BERLIN/MUNICH | | aethiopien

ADDIS ABABA/BERLIN/MUNICH (Own report) - The German government plans to hold talks on possible new operations in Somalia at the Munich Security Conference, in early February. This was disclosed in a report on the German Minister of Development, Dirk Niebel's visit to Ethiopia. As reported by the Ethiopian government, last week, during Niebel's visit to Addis Ababa, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi made reference to the development of the situation in Somalia, which, in his opinion, calls for "serious initiatives". Niebel then invited him to attend the Munich Security Conference. Since some time, the Ethiopian government has been seeking to play itself up as the West's stabilizing power at the Horn of Africa, which is why it is being groomed by Berlin. Human rights organizations' grave accusations against Addis Ababa have dissipated without effect. The most recent accusations are about the leasing of gigantic plots of Ethiopian land to foreign - including German - agro-businesses for the low-priced cultivation of agricultural export goods, while Ethiopians are starving. At his meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, German Development Minister Niebel called for legal safeguards favorable to German investors, to induce more profitable German activities in this East African country. more…

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN | | sudan

KHARTOUM/JUBA/BERLIN (Own report) - Thanks to years of support, also from Berlin, southern Sudan now stands at the threshold of secession with yesterday's beginning of the secession referendum. There is no doubt that a large majority will vote for seceding from Khartoum. The Western geostrategic operation is about to reach its climax, in attaining its objective of extricating that natural resources rich area of Sudan from Arab government control, linking it to pro-western East African states. Berlin has been engaged in this project with millions in so-called development aide, with the systematic establishment of state structures and the development of infrastructure projects. Ending Sudan's civil war is the PR justification for this operation. But secession threatens, in fact, to provoke even more warfare. Serious observers are predicting that the population's high hopes for better living conditions will be greatly disappointed by the secession, because of the desolate supply situation and the repressive character of the southern Sudanese regime. They also see the danger of new power struggles between rival language groups in southern Sudan, which could lead to more casualties than, for example, in the Darfur Civil War. more…

BUDAPEST/BERLIN | | ungarn

BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Own report) - Hungary is applying German methods in ethnic chauvinist policy, granting Hungarian citizenship to hundreds of thousands of citizens of neighboring countries. The new Hungarian citizenship law, which took effect at the beginning of this year, is the means being applied. Citizens of bordering nations can apply for and receive a Hungarian passport, if they can prove they are Hungarian descendents. This is patterned after Germany's method used to grant German citizenship to "ethnic Germans" of Poland and the Czech Republic. The citizenship law, which has now taken effect in Hungary, is part of the government's complete reorientation of the country, soon to include the ratification of a new constitution, making ethnic chauvinist principles the basis of Budapest's policies for the coming decades. An aspect of this transformation is the controversial media law, designed for the long term suppression of all opposition to ethnic chauvinist policies. The governing Fidesz Party has friendly ties to Germany's Christian Democratic parties (CDU and CSU), receiving preferential treatment from German party foundations and drawing on decades of tight-knit German-Hungarian cooperation. The party's success is a demonstration of how, in the long run, ethnic chauvinist politics will achieve a breakthrough in a Germany-dominated and ethnic chauvinist oriented Europe. more…