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BERLIN (Own report) - With the appointment of a foreign minister, who is under heavy criticism for his stance on human rights, the new German government is preparing a global policy offensive. According to the CDU/SPD Coalition Agreement, the government is more determined than ever to help "shape international policy" and play "a strong autonomous role." Counting on the EU, to couple more tightly its "civilian and military instruments" to intervene globally, the German government will promote EU foreign and military policy at the summit in Brussels later this week. Designated Foreign Minster, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD), has been actively involved in Berlin's geopolitical climb since he became the Chancellery's coordinator of the German intelligence services in 1998. In 2001, he became Chief of Staff of the Federal Chancellery and played a central role in the German/US-American coordination in the "War on Terror," which had initially consisted of the abduction and torture of terror suspects. For this, Steinmeier has been repeatedly under criticism - without effect. He will once again preside over the foreign ministry. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - According to press reports, the German government would like to have boxing champion Vitali Klitschko run for president and bring him to power in the Ukraine. It would like to enhance the popularity of the opposition's politician by staging, for example, joint public appearances with the German foreign minister. For this purpose, a meeting is also planned for Klitschko with Chancellor Merkel at the next EU summit in mid-December. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is, in fact, not only massively supporting Klitschko and his UDAR party. According to a CDU politician, the UDAR Party was founded in 2010 on the direct orders of the CDU foundation. Reports on the foundation's activities for the development of Klitschko's party give an indication of how Germans are influencing the Ukraine's domestic affairs via UDAR. Berlin's use of Poland in its policy toward the Ukraine is also increasing. Berlin and Warsaw are cooperating with the Ukrainian ultra right-wing Svoboda ("Liberty") party, which stands in the tradition of Nazi collaborators, who massacred 100,000 Christian and Jewish Poles during WW II. more…

PRETORIA/BERLIN | | suedafrika

PRETORIA/BERLIN (Own report) - Federal German authorities provided the apartheid regime of South Africa incriminating documents for a political trial against Nelson Mandela and others. This has become known through research of Bonn's South Africa policy. According to this information, West German authorities provided documents originating in the proceedings to ban the KPD to a South African diplomat and offered the support of Germany's domestic intelligence service. This was to help prepare a trial aimed at neutralizing the political resistance to the racist regime in Pretoria. Nelson Mandela, who died last week, and is now being praised by Berlin, was also affected. On the one hand, Bonn's objective was to help apartheid to remain in power, because it was considered a reliable pro-western partner, and on the other, to maintain special West German influence, which has also provided German companies lucrative business. In fact, German companies remained among the apartheid regime's most loyal supporters - to the end. During Mandela's incarceration, companies in West Germany supplied South Africa's military and police with helicopters to carry out surveillance of protests. They were equipped with devices to identify activists, many of whom were from Mandela's political entourage. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - An influential publicist and former Head of the German Defense Ministry's Planning Staff is criticizing the "expansive ambitions" of Germany's current policies toward the Ukraine. The power struggle over Kiev, bombastically presented to the western public as a struggle "for self-determination," is "in reality" nothing more than a "big geopolitical game," writes Theo Sommer, longtime "Editor at Large" of the German weekly "Die Zeit." The EU Association Agreements - one of which is supposed to be signed by the Ukraine - are "reeking of expansive ambitions." Sommer's reference to "geopolitics" brings to mind Germany's more than a century old power struggle over the Ukraine - a country "interposed" between the two poles of power, Berlin and Moscow - in the course of Berlin's ongoing eastward expansion. The German Reich succeeded for only a short time in incorporating the Ukraine into its hegemonic sphere - during the spring and summer of 1918. Following Germany's defeat in WW I, German strategists continued to pursue their efforts and the objective is being sought by the Federal Republic of Germany still today. more…

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING | | chinajapan

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - Despite escalating tensions in East Asia, German companies have announced new arms exports to Western allies in China's vicinity. Kiel's HGW shipbuilding company has confirmed its decision to sell two submarines to Singapore. In the island disputes in eastern and southeastern Asia, Singapore is seen as one of the West's reliable partners. The current territorial disputes over the archipelago known as the "Diaoyu Islands" (in China) and the "Senkaku Islands" (in Japan), which are claimed by both countries, gives an indication of the conflicts emerging in the region. Interest in these islands is based not so much on their resources but rather on conflicting geo-strategic interests: These Islands are part of a chain of islands Beijing considers an important defense against possible aggression. Berlin is observing these tensions with apprehension because they could threaten German business interests. German arms exports to the region, as well as the Bundeswehr's growing cooperation with Japan, South Korea and other Western allies, are an indication that, in the case of an escalation of conflict, Germany would take sides - against China. more…

KIEV/LVIV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/LVIV/BERLIN (Own report) - The German government is encouraging the protest demonstrations being staged in the Ukraine by the "pro-European" alliance of conservative and ultra-rightwing parties. The "pro-Europe rallies" in Kiev and other cities of the country are transmitting "a very clear message", according to a government spokesperson in Berlin: "Hopefully" the Ukrainian president "will heed this message," meaning sign the EU's Association Agreement, which Kiev had refused to do last week, in spite of massive German pressure. To gain influence in the country, Germany has for years been supporting the "pro-European" alliance in the Ukraine. The alliance includes not only conservative parties, but also forces from the extreme right - because of their strength, particularly in western Ukraine, where a cult around former Nazi collaborators is manifesting itself. The All-Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" party is particularly embedded in the national-chauvinist milieu, under the influence of this cult. Over the past few days, the party's leader has called for a "revolution" in Kiev. more…