DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrien

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin is preparing for Syria's transformation to a liberal market economy. Under German leadership, a multinational "Working Group" began its work late last week. Immediately following the overthrow of the Assad regime, this "Working Group" is planning to launch urgent economic measures, including the coordination of aid projects and the implementation of economic reforms. Together with the United Arab Emirates, the German government is establishing a "secretariat," under the leadership of a German with Afghanistan experience. In cooperation with the Assad regime, Berlin had already promoted the Syrian economy's privatization. However, the nascent liberalization drove sectors of the population into bankruptcy, thereby contributing to insurgence against the regime. Berlin has already received first drafts for Syria's new economic order. They were written by an activist of the Syrian National Council (SNC), which is under strong criticism by a large part of the opposition because of the pre-eminence of the Muslim Brotherhood. Washington-based Syrian exile politicians hold leading positions in the SNC. They are demanding a Kosovo-style western intervention and consider Kosovo's KLA to be a model for the Syrian opposition. more…

BERLIN/SANTIAGO DE CHILE | | chile

BERLIN/SANTIAGO DE CHILE (Own report) - Berlin is applying pressure to obtain more exclusive "resource partnerships" to ensure the supply of natural resources for German industry. According to the Ministry of the Economy and Technology, the German government has its eye on Chile, Peru, Zambia, South Africa, and Namibia as new "resource partner" candidates. This type of alliance has already been forged with Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Berlin's plans for a supplementary accord with Chile, which holds the world's greatest copper deposits, are furthest advanced. German enterprises are also receiving a large portion of their supplies from Chile. Against strong popular protests, the rightwing Chilean Sebastián Piñera government is carrying out a privatization policy, which is very advantageous for German access to the country's resources. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - German foreign policy experts are calling for sanctions to be applied to Kiev's government circles after Ukrainian parliamentary elections at the end of October. According to a recent paper published by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) measures should be undertaken against members of the Ukrainian elite, even if the leader of the opposition, Yulia Tymoshenko is released from prison. Berlin and the EU must intervene because of the "multiple ramifications of bad governance" in the Ukraine. Berlin's campaign against the Ukrainian government, which is becoming increasingly aggressive, is aimed primarily at preventing Kiev from enhancing its ties to Moscow, while pushing it closer toward German spheres of influence. Berlin is thereby continuing to pursue a strategy, already applied during World War I and thereafter, particularly with the support of nationalist Ukrainian exiles in Germany. A publicist from the entourage of the foreign ministry was initiator of the strategy. He had elaborated his concepts already during the reign of the German Kaiser and had played a political role in maintaining contacts to the Ukrainian exile nationalists even in the Federal Republic of Germany. Already in the 1920s, this cooperation had included terrorist activities in Poland, and it led to numerous exile Ukrainians collaborating with Nazi Germany in the 1930s. more…

BELGRADE/BERLIN | | jugoslawien

BELGRADE/BERLIN (Own report) - The newly elected Serbian president Tomislav Nikolić, is offering Berlin an exclusive cooperation within the framework of German-Russian cooperation. Nikolić, a nationalist, with roots in the extreme right and good contacts to Moscow, declared that his country could serve as a manufacturing site for German companies to re-export their goods to Russia at reduced customs tariffs. Germany would "not need the EU" for this form of eastern cooperation. Serbia is one of German companies' favorite sites in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. While the Serbian population is sinking into poverty - almost 25 percent are unemployed, hundreds of thousands of workers have to content themselves with a monthly minimum wage of 150 Euros - most German companies are registering an increasing profit. Observers are not expecting a change in the economic framework due to the change of government. The newly elected Serbian President's party is collaborating with the extreme rightwing German nationalist Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ). more…

ATHENS/BERLIN | | griechenland

ATHENS/BERLIN (Own report) - In the run-up to new elections in Greece, the German elite is discussing various scenarios involving the use of force to ensure control over Athens, including the establishment of a protectorate or the deployment of "protection forces" in that southern European country. The German austerity dictate, pushing Greece into destitution, is provoking growing popular resistance, which, apparently, can no longer be suppressed with democratic means. Berlin has failed in its efforts to force Athens into subordination by threatening to withdraw the Euro, as much as with its demand that Greece combines its parliamentary elections with a referendum on the question of remaining in the Euro zone. Berlin categorically rejects the option of retracting the austerity dictate and replacing it with stimulus programs, as is being demanded by leading economists world wide, even though the exclusion of Greece form the Euro zone threatens to push the currency, itself, into an abyss. more…

DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrien

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin should use the UN observer mission in Syria to urge Russia and China to be more aggressive in opposition to the Assad regime within the UN framework, insist German government advisors. According to a recent publication of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the UN observers' mission in Syria can be expected to fail. Experience, however, shows that such a failure could pave the way to open intervention. It is strongly recommended that the Federal Republic of Germany also "engage personnel." The German government is in fact preparing to make the decision to deploy German soldiers in Syria, with one officer active already in the country for a UN mission. While Berlin is considering a more aggressive intervention against Damascus, the press reports that Syrian insurgents are in Kosovo receiving instruction in methods of insurgency - apparently in full sight of the German troops stationed there. In addition, two Arab allies of Germany, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are exacerbating the Syrian civil war by arming the rebels. The same holds true for the former Libyan insurgents , bombed into power last year by NATO - and with whom Berlin is also seeking cooperation. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - With help of the Boxing World Champion, Vitali Klitschko, the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation is in the process of establishing a pro-EU party in the Ukraine. In April 2010, shortly following the collapse of the Ukrainian pro-EU government of President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Klitschko founded the party UDAR (in English "Punch"). The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is supporting this project as much as possible. The CDU explicitly admits that the foundation "assigned" Klitschko the task "of establishing" a Christian conservative party in the Ukraine. The boxer's popularity should raise UDAR to third place in the Ukraine's fall parliamentary elections. The party's success could be the prerequisite for creating a permanent pro-EU majority in the Ukraine - if the currently imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko's "Fatherland" party, which also orients its policy on Berlin and Brussels, maintains its electoral strength. Recently Elmar Brok (CDU), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, told Vitali Klitschko about Berlin's interests in the Ukraine. According to Brok, "this key East European country" should neither for geopolitical, nor for economic reasons, be lost to Russia. more…

BERLIN/PARIS | | frankreich

BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) - Using a deceptive strategy, Berlin seeks to ward off the French President-elect François Hollande's demand to put an end to the German austerity dictate. Other heads of EU member nations have begun to demand alongside Hollande that the EU return to credit financed stimulus programs, to prevent the complete collapse of several national economies, such as Greece is now confronting. Since the demise of the coalition government in the Netherlands, Berlin has found itself rather isolated and, alongside declarations of not allowing the EU zone to budge from its current austerity course, is resorting to methods to create confusion within the rebelling populations. The government is keeping "a placebo for the Euro partners" on hand, explains the press. The chancellor will most likely adopt some of the terminology used by François Hollande, but with her own interpretations. For example, she will speak of "promotion of growth," while meaning the imposition of "structural reforms," as envisaged by the austerity dictates. No new expenditures are planned. This is how the French growth offensive will be verbally ensnared, without having ceded an inch on the essence. more…

ATHENS/BERLIN | | griechenland

ATHENS/BERLIN (Own report) - With yesterday's parliamentary elections, Greece, which is already shattered by the German austerity dictates, is entering a new phase of instability. Predictions confirm that the country's two largest parties, which until now have imposed the austerity dictates against massive popular protests, have suffered great losses. The conservative Nea Dimokratia will probably receive only about 20 percent and the social democratic Pasok hardly more than 14 percent of the votes. In Athens, even before the elections, it was being forecast that it would be impossible to create a stable government with a small majority, and that within a few months, new elections would have to be held, which would jeopardize EU and IMF financial aid. This would mean that, to obtain promises of dubious financial assistance, Greece, which has been forced to downsize its economy into an abyss, will be faced with utter ruin. The social situation is desolate. The number of unemployed, as well as of those dependent on food allocations has dramatically grown, just as the number of suicides. German enterprises, whose profitable business in Greece has contributed to the development of Athens' debt crisis, are now seeking to exploit the crisis for lucrative business opportunities. The dramatic aggravation of the situation is also flanked by a rise of the extreme right. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - German government advisors are considering new restrictions for combating the Euro crisis. It may be necessary, even in the field of economic policy, to lift the sovereignty of EU nations and initiate a "growth pact," according to the new edition of "Internationale Politik," a foreign policy magazine. This will become necessary, if the crisis cannot be mastered with the current austerity dictates. This is precisely what German, but particularly foreign, experts have been warning against for years. The German austerity demands risk "ultimately to further exacerbate the debt crisis," writes, for example, one of the critics also in the new edition of "internationale Politik." His analysis is a damning indictment of German attempts to dominate the EU. Berlin's crisis policy needs to be fundamentally revised, he concludes. However, "Internationale Politik" presents proposals for a change of course, based on and including these austerity dictates, including supplementary rights of EU intervention to subvert the competence of democratically elected governments that would reinforce German hegemony over Europe. more…