KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - A CDU Ukrainian partner organization has announced its close cooperation with an extremist right-wing party. As reported from Kiev, the "Batkivschyna" (Fatherland) Party - in which CDU ally Yulia Tymoshenko is playing a leading role - is planning to form a parliamentary coalition with the "Svoboda" ("Freedom") Party. Svoboda stands in the tradition of Nazi collaborators and internationally is affiliated with Hungary's neo-fascist "Jobbik" Party. Svoboda won 8.3 percent of the votes in last Sunday's parliamentary elections. It is not yet certain, whether the CDU's second partner in Kiev, world heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko and his "UDAR" Party will join the coalition. This cooperation will not be the first time that extremist right-wing forces have been integrated into the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition. Similar alliances had already emerged during the "Orange Revolution" in late 2004. more…

WASHINGTON/BERLIN | | usa

WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) - Regardless of who will win the presidential elections in the United States, German political observers are not anticipating a change of course in U.S. foreign policy. "It is essentially immaterial who wins," predicts an expert at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). That country's "enormous economic problems" leave the next US president with "hardly any margin of maneuver." And according to the CDU's Konrad Adenauer Foundation, one can "more than likely expect a continuity, rather than a change" in the coming U.S. foreign and military policy. The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney's aggressive rhetoric can "be considered, with good conscience, to be the baying of an electoral campaign." Observers agree that Romney - like Obama - will reinforce US presence on China's East and Southeast Asian periphery. It can also be assumed that he will continue the Democrat president's drone wars, should he win the elections. Both will order military attacks on Iran, if Iran should equip itself with nuclear arms, the Adenauer Foundation predicts. Berlin must adapt itself to this situation. more…

BAMAKO/PARIS/BERLIN | | mali

BAMAKO/PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government has announced that the Bundeswehr will intervene in Mali. Following Chancellor Merkel's declarations on Monday, Foreign Minister Westerwelle confirmed yesterday, Tuesday, that Berlin wants to "stabilize" Mali and therefore send soldiers, to train Mali's military for the war against the insurgents in the North of this West African country. Since the beginning of the year, the Tuareg militia has controlled northern Mali. A militant Islamist faction soon took over the command of the militia. This development is a direct consequence of NATO's war on Libya, which destroyed the fragile equilibrium in the economically precarious desert-bordering regions. Disregarding this fact, Berlin reacts to this disastrous situation, caused in Mali by western aggression, by calling for another intervention. As in Somalia, the war against Mali's insurgents is supposed to be waged by African troops with western contingents stationed at a safe distance, preparing to carry out concrete combat assignments. more…

MADRID/BARCELONA/BERLIN | | spanien

MADRID/BARCELONA/BERLIN (Own report) - Driven by the Euro crisis and the German austerity dictate, secessionist aspirations in the Spanish province of Catalonia are becoming accentuated. Following a major demonstration demanding the founding of a sovereign nation, the region's parliament and prime minister have announced intentions to table a referendum on secession in the course of the next legislative period. New - pre-term - elections have been scheduled for late November. According to Barcelona, the break with Spain must come, even if it means violating prevailing law. Catalan separatists have been receiving German support for a long time. The German Green Party is in the same European Parliamentary caucus as the secessionist parties. Their umbrella organization has published maps in which the majority of European nations have been broken up into smaller entities - including a nation Catalonia. According to their map, Germany had annexed Austria, the German-speaking region of Switzerland and several other territories. Cooperation with Catalonia as the "Partner Nation" in 2007, at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair, provided the separatists with an appreciable boost. German federal state Baden Wuerttemberg's special cooperation with Catalonia provides economic support for its secessionist efforts - and points to Europe's breakup into an economically successful core and poverty-stricken, hopeless marginalized zones, just as has crystallized under Euro zone pressure. more…

BERLIN/BEIJING | | china

BERLIN/BEIJING (Own report) - Applauded by the German President and officials of the German government, the laureate of a prominent German cultural award made a plea for smashing China to pieces. China is a "heap of rubbish," he said, it must "be dismembered," insisted the Chinese author, Liao Yiwu, a resident of Germany, who was awarded the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade last Sunday. His acceptance speech, in which he made a plea for dismembering his native country, received hefty applause from German President Joachim Gauck and other government officials. This diplomatic affront occurred only a few days after the German Foreign Minister and his Chinese counterpart had signed a "Common Declaration," in which Berlin declared its intentions to enhance its "strategic partnership" with Beijing. On the one hand, this declaration has resulted from the fact that, because of China's economic strength, Germany, for the time being, needs a certain form of cooperation, not only to satisfy the business interests of its enterprises, but also to get support in solving the Euro crisis. On the other hand, the applause for Liao's recent anti-Chinese invectives shows that Berlin still considers Beijing as its rival to be combated, on a long-term basis. more…

DAMASCUS/BERLIN | | syrien

DAMASCUS/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin is intensifying consultations on the support for the Syrian insurgents with Saudi Arabia. The German foreign ministry announced that in the German capital this week Foreign Minister Westerwelle was coordinating with the Saudi deputy foreign minister steps to "strengthen the Syrian opposition." Riyadh is one of the main financiers and suppliers of arms to the insurgents, among whom the militant Islamist forces are increasing their influence - not just Islamist militiamen from abroad, but also from local organizations, whose radicalization potential should not be underestimated, according to US experts. If the Assad regime is overthrown, these militiamen would surely "demand their rewards" - observers warn - since they have more combat power than the Free Syrian Army's non-Islamist brigades. Major media organs in the USA are drawing parallels between Afghanistan in the 1980s - when Islamist militias, with western support, plunged the country into catastrophe, a catastrophe from which it has yet to recover - and today's Syria, which is threatened with a similar development. more…

ATHENS/BERLIN | | griechenland

ATHENS/BERLIN (Own report) - Amid mass protests, the German Chancellor visited Athens, Tuesday, to promote new opportunities for German companies. The privatization of state enterprises and infrastructure must be accelerated, was the demand in Berlin even preceding Merkel's visit. The Chancellor remembers all too well how the German Democratic Republic's enterprises were liquidated, and therefore knows how to pluck out a country's industrial filets to sell them off to profit-seeking investors. Interested Germans such as those in the Chancellor's delegation will be in a privileged position, through the creation of "special economic zones" in Greece, which has been Berlin's long time demand. A spokesperson for the German government recently commented on the effects of the German austerity dictate, which has led to the impoverishment of the population, saying "we have succeeded in reducing the unit labor costs by double-digit percentage points." Foreign policy experts in the German capital attribute yesterday's mass protests to "misunderstandings" and recommend that Berlin undertake targeted PR measures, to impede future resistance to German policies of domination. They allege that the Greek population is "badly informed," but has a right to "comprehensible press releases" for more in depth explanations of the German austerity policy. more…

PARIS/BERLIN | | frankreich

PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) - The French parliament's passage of the EU's Fiscal Pact has sealed the defeat of French President François Hollande in Paris' power struggle with Berlin. Hollande won last May's elections also due to his announcement that he would oppose the German austerity dictate, which his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy had proven unable to prevent. With the anticipated parliamentary decision in favor of the Fiscal Pact, he will have been defeated once and for all. Berlin's proposed symbolic concessions, to assuage France's continued resistance to the German austerity dictate, are just as unsuccessful. The beginning of mass protests and serious frictions are weakening the French coalition government. To eventually catch up again to Germany's clout, in the aftermath of the defeat in the struggle against Berlin's austerity dictate, Paris is embarking on France's "reindustrialization." In Berlin, one hears that there "is nothing left" of a German-French balance of power. more…