BERLIN |

BERLIN (Own report) - Just days before the opening of the EU crisis summit at the end of the week, the German government is increasing its pressure on the crisis ridden Euro countries to surrender their national sovereignty. The German finance minister rudely rejected Italy's demands to receive the badly needed help, without having to concede its sovereignty. Germany recently turned down similar Spanish efforts. The measures are part of a comprehensive program to consolidate German hegemony over the continent, under the motto of converting the "European integration" into a state-like Euro zone structure, based on the right of interference in national budgets of the economically weaker countries. Around the globe, the protest against Berlin's austerity dictate is growing, because the German government's power ploys are driving not only European crisis countries into impoverishment but are also threatening to critically damage the global economy. A failure of the German va-banque game could provoke even a serious setback for the German economy. more…

DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrienlibanon

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - A large portion of the arms smuggling to the Syrian insurgents is passing under the nose of the German Navy. Numerous reports have affirmed that Syrian insurgent militias are being furnished a large portion of their war material by sea, with the main hub being the Lebanese port city of Tripoli. The Lebanese coastline is under the surveillance of the German Navy within the framework of the United Nations' UNIFIL, with the official mission of thwarting arms smuggling. The naval units, to which the German Defense Minister paid a visit yesterday, are also constructing a radar installation in Tripoli, which serves as a hub for Salafist combatants from the Hindu Kush. According to renowned journalists, arms deliveries to the rebels have reached record levels since the initiation of the ceasefire in April. The weapons have enabled the insurgent militia to bring vast areas of Syria under, its control, providing a safe haven, where a "parallel state" is being established. Large sectors of the domestic Syrian opposition are opposed to the military operations of the often Islamist oriented insurgents, fearing this could lead to an escalation of confessionalist violence. The Hula Massacre confirms this apprehension. more…

BERLIN/POTSDAM |

BERLIN/POTSDAM (Own report) - This week the German Bundeswehr will again confer a scientific award named after a member of the SS, the Nazi historian Werner Hahlweg, who took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union and had led a "commando in the occupied territories" in 1944. The award is being presented by the Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB), the "main shopping" institution for weaponry and equipment of every kind for the German armed forces. The institution asserts that Hahlweg had carried out "significant, internationally recognized work in education and research" and had rendered outstanding services to the "promotion of military history and military sciences." Previous laureates of this award include well-known revisionist historians such as the extreme-rightwing NPD party's presidential candidate, Olaf Rose. more…

DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrien

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - Government advisors in Berlin are pleading for the removal of the Syrian government along the lines of the Yemenite model. The Syrian President Bashar al Assad "and his entourage" must be forced to step down, if necessary with the assistance of impunity, as in the case of the Yemenite President Ali Abdullah Saleh, writes the director of the German Chancellery-financed German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). It would be useful to create a military threat of intervention against Damascus. Last week, German Foreign Minister Westerwelle toured several Middle Eastern countries seeking ways to increase pressure on Damascus. Westerwelle made stops in Qatar, speaking to not only the country's prime minister, but also with the Al Jazeera news network, which plays a major role in the upheavals throughout the Arab world. In reference to the massacre in Hula, Westerwelle declared that whoever permits such crimes, "must answer to the international community." According to reports by a leading German Middle East correspondent, the massacre was not carried out by government troops or militia loyal to the government, but rather by rebelling Sunnis. They systematically murdered Alawites and Shiites, who only recently had converted to their faith. more…

MOSCOW/BERLIN | | russische-foederation

MOSCOW/BERLIN (Own report) - The Russian president is setting new accents in foreign policy and thereby threatens to weaken German influence in Russia. Vladimir Putin, who, spent only a few hours in Germany on his first official visit to Berlin, has arrived in Beijing for a three-day visit, where he announced his wish to expand relations with China. The fact that Putin's first destination was Minsk is perceived as a clear signal. It is true that Russia's new president is seeking to consolidate the alliance of the post-Soviet countries which is destined to cause conflicts. Berlin seeks to strengthen its position in the Ukraine as well as in Belarus. Even though a certain alienation has been growing between Berlin and Moscow, economic ties remain strong. Europe's dependency on Russian natural gas is growing, as well as Russia's significance for the Germany's export industries. East European and post-Soviet central Asian countries are buying more German products than the USA and China combined. more…

KIEV/WARSAW/BERLIN |

KIEV/WARSAW/BERLIN (Own report) - Just a few days before the Soccer World Cup is scheduled to open, a reminder of massacres, carried out by Ukrainian Nazi collaborators, has created dissonance between the Ukraine and Poland. In Warsaw, government politicians are demanding that Kiev finally put a stop to public commemorations of Ukrainian militia fighting on Nazi Germany’s side. They were responsible for gruesome murders of Poles in World War II. One of those referred to, is the Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera, a leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), whose militia, for example, attacked a total of 99 Polish villages, massacring countless inhabitants on July 11, 1943. Bandera is honored with numerous memorials, particularly in western Ukraine, where the imprisoned ex-Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko has her electoral backing. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, the OUN, founded with Berlin's support in 1929, evolved into the main Ukrainian nationalist political organization. On several occasions following the German invasion of the Soviet Union, it sought statehood for a secessionist Ukrainian nation under German dominion. The massacres were carried out against the Polish population, especially Jews. Most recently, the memory of numerous Ukrainians’ collaboration with the Nazis was re-awakened by the German trial against the former Ukrainian concentration camp guard, John Demjanjuk. more…