BERLIN/PARIS | | frankreich

BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) - A sharp dispute over the EU's foreign and security policy between Berlin and Paris is flanking an escalating German-French controversy over the solution to the Euro crisis. As was confirmed by a recent analysis, these German-French power struggles are blocking the EU's hegemonic expansion to the rest of the world, particularly the practical military cooperation or even joint arms projects. The German-French brigade, which had once been considered a prominent example of a future European military contingent, is seen now as "an experiment that has reached its borders." Analysts point to the fact that a pragmatic military cooperation between France and Great Britain has led to a measurable success - most recently by bombing a new regime into power in Libya, - whereas, at the same time, the German-French "blockade" thwarts a unified EU policy. Experts diagnose the EU's military polices as already being "in a coma" and predict Europe's subordination to the USA. more…

TUNIS/BERLIN | | tunesien

TUNIS/BERLIN (Own report) - In the aftermath of yesterday's Constitutional Assembly elections, Berlin is using a so-called transformation dialog to strengthen its influence in Tunisia. The "dialog," initiated by the governments of both countries in September, provides for an on-going cooperation, and is particularly aimed at assisting Tunisia's political reorganization and the intensification of economic cooperation between the two countries. It is independent of yesterday's election results and can be applied as leverage for German influence if the Islamic Ennahda Party should achieve a strong position. Simultaneously, it allows Germany to enhance its standing in Tunisia vis à vis France, which still maintains the strongest influence in its former protectorate. The German-French rivalry in Tunisia goes back to the last century. As confirmed by a new publication by the secret service expert, Erich Schmidt-Eenboom, this rivalry had intensively been raging - by means of espionage - already during World War II and in the early period of the Federal Republic of Germany. Bonn, at the time, could rely on Nazi personnel and networks to weaken Paris, which, just a few years earlier, had been under occupation. more…

TEHERAN/WASHINGTON/BERLIN | | iran

TEHERAN/WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is not ruling out the prospect of applying harsher measures against Iran. According to the German foreign minister's declarations, Berlin is consulting with its western allies on the reactions to an ominous plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. The Iranian government is allegedly implicated in this plot. If the West would take harsher measures against Iran, Berlin would be directly implicated also locally. For years, Germany has been systematically supporting Iran's rivals, the pro-western Arabian Peninsular dictatorships. This support included arms supplies in the billions of Euros. These dictatorships would side with the West in a conflict. However, in Berlin, the escalation strategy against Teheran is controversial. Prominent experts still plead for a transformation from a confrontational to a cooperative policy toward the Iranian government, to open possibilities for expanding German companies and strengthening Germany's position - independently of the USA - in the resources rich Middle East. They can draw on the fact that numerous observers consider the current accusations against Iran hardly credible. more…

BERLIN/TRIPOLI | | libyen

BERLIN/TRIPOLI (Own report) - The German Minister of the Economy, Philipp Rösler, will visit Tripoli this month to acquire the largest share possible of Libya's restructured economy. Following the overthrow of Gadhafi, the country's business relationships will be completely reoriented. Particularly France, Great Britain, and the USA, the main military belligerents against Gadhafi, ushering the new government into power, are expecting extensive shares. Germany is trying not to lose its current strong position - particularly in the raw materials sector - and possibly obtain new advantages. At the end of September, the German Ministry of the Economy presented a paper entitled "10 Point Action Plan - Libya," staking German claims on shares. Germany could make an "important contribution" to the "reconstruction" of the country, the document states. This would necessitate the "immediate" initiation of "talks with the new Libyan leadership." German enterprises began already making their contacts to Benghazi back in July - when Benghazi was the capital of the insurgents. more…