MOSCOW/BERLIN | | russische-foederation

MOSCOW/BERLIN (Own report) - Prominent German foreign policymakers are proposing that a "double strategy" be applied in the West's power struggle with Russia. According to Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, the West should continue to demonstrate a "position of strength." However, because, at this time, Moscow obviously cannot be subdued by a policy of pure confrontation, a new phase of engaging Russia should be initiated. Talks on EU cooperation with the newly established Eurasian Economic Union could be envisaged. Such a cooperation would return the rivalry "between Russia and the West to the economic field, from that of the military," according to experts. Last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel had already floated such an option. At the same time, aggression against Russia continues. A US rating agency has just downgraded Russia to "junk level." Additional measures are in discussion. more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - German foreign policy makers are proposing that tougher sanctions against Russia be discussed. In light of the escalating combat in Eastern Ukraine, we "unfortunately have to discuss tougher sanctions," declared several representatives of the German political establishment's transatlantic fraction. Berlin accuses the insurgents in Eastern Ukraine, and even Moscow of escalating the conflict. The escalation in Donetsk and Mariupol, however, followed the Kiev government's decision to launch another wave of mobilization and arms buildup, which, according to observers, could be the prelude to a major military offensive. Kiev has also launched a long-term militarization of the country: Adolescents, and even children, will not only have to undergo a "national patriotic education" in school, but also learn "how to use rifles and Kalashnikovs." Just a few days ago, the EU parliament passed a resolution to supply "defensive weapons" to Ukraine. Berlin had already authorized such supplies last year. Brussels is preparing a comprehensive propaganda campaign to accompany the escalation of the conflict. more…

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BERLIN (Own report) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is using his trip to North Africa to promote the new "counter-terrorism cooperation" with the Arab world. His visits to Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria will focus not only on expanding economic cooperation, but particularly on the common struggle "against terrorism and extremism," according to the foreign ministry. After her talks with the Arab League's Secretary General, Nabil al-Arabi, the European Union's foreign policy coordinator, Federica Mogherini had already announced relevant projects including intensified intelligence sharing. New "security attachés" will be working out of EU foreign missions in some of the Arab countries, while keeping contact to their respective intelligence services. Experts are demanding that intelligence cooperation be intensified, also within the EU. The struggle is aimed at the Jihadists, who had achieved their breakthrough, due to the rearmament by the West and its Middle Eastern allies waging wars against the governments of Libya and Syria. The "counter-terrorism cooperation" will strengthen the authoritarian structures, against which large sectors of the populations of several Arab countries had been so massively revolting in 2010 and 2011. more…

BERLIN/THESSALONIKI | | griechenland

BERLIN/THESSALONIKI (Own report) - Berlin and the EU are massively violating Greece's sovereignty to secure their political domination over Southeastern Europe. As was revealed by documents from the Athens-based Troika, with two German functionaries in the leadership, the government in Athens has received instructions on how to bypass the Greek Parliament. To counteract the foreseeable consequences of this interference - which is provoking protests and strengthening the camp of the opposition parties - Berlin is handing out money to Greek journalists, religious representatives, and artists. This interference is targeting the Greek public to neutralize the growing demands for restitution of debts stemming from Nazi crimes. It is also aimed at undermining the lawsuit against the Federal Republic of Germany, filed by Thessaloniki's Jewish community. The German foreign ministry is in control of the payments to network the Greek "civil society" with the German elite. more…

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BERLIN/WARSAW (Own report) - Through their virtual disinvitation, EU countries are preventing the Russian president from participating at the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The highest representative of the country, whose army had halted the mass murder in the German extermination camp January 27, 1945, is thereby excluded from the commemoration ceremonies. However, Germany's president, will participate. Joachim Gauck had already used his speech on the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland, to massively stir up sentiments against Moscow and to transform the commemoration of Nazi crimes into an appeal for closing ranks against Russia. In his memoirs, Gauck described Red Army soldiers, who had liberated Germany, as beings "with Asian facial features," "reeking of Vodka," who "requisitioned and stole." A few years ago, he complained, "the occurrence of the German Judeocide has been inflated to a uniqueness," because "certain milieus of post religious societies" were seeking "a certain shudder in face of the unspeakable." In 2010, he was quoted saying, he "wonders how much longer we Germans want to nurture our culture of chagrin." more…

KIEV/BERLIN | | ukraine

KIEV/BERLIN (Own report) - Accompanied by protest demonstrations, Kiev's Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, will have talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel today, Thursday, on expanding German support to Ukraine. Yatsenyuk is pursuing an arms buildup by all possible means. Observers assume that Kiev is preparing a new offensive in Ukraine's civil war. It was reported that several NATO countries are involved in arming the country's military. The German government confirmed back in September that it had satisfactorily complied with Ukraine's requests including "defensive equipment". Even trans-Atlantic supporters of Kiev's February 2014 putsch, are now warning that a considerable rise in the influence of fascist militias and certain oligarchs is threatening to establish an uncontrollable warlord system. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk's party has particularly taken the lead in supporting right-wing extremist battalions. Yesterday, Yatsenyuk was ceremoniously received by German President Joachim Gauck. more…

MOSCOW/BERLIN | | russische-foederationtuerkei

MOSCOW/BERLIN (Own report) - Berlin and Brussels must cope with a growing amount of damage from Moscow's cancellation of the South Stream pipeline project. For subcontractors, who had expected profitable business deals from this project, the cancellation also means losses in the millions. The BASF subsidiary, Wintershall has no hope of moving up "into in the major leagues of global gas producers," predict media reports, since its conceptual project linked to South Stream fell through. On December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the South Stream pipeline project was being scrapped, due to the numerous obstructions imposed by Brussels. A pipeline crossing Turkish territory ("Turkish Stream") to the Greek border will now replace South Stream, which would have supplied gas from Russia, via the Black Sea, to Bulgaria and, from there, to several EU countries. Besides confronting the immediate economic damage, to secure its gas supply, in the future, the EU will be forced to negotiate also with Ankara, rather than solely with Russia. Efforts to pipe gas from the Caspian Basin, bypassing Russia, to Europe via Turkey, have also suffered a setback. more…

KABUL/BERLIN | | afghanistan

KABUL/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Bundeswehr and the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) are more deeply involved in extra-judicial killings of terror suspects in Afghanistan, than was previously known. According to reports published in the media during the final days of 2014, a German major general, who, today, is one of the defense minister's closest advisors, had insisted in, at least one case, that ISAF "capture or neutralize" a suspect. Contrary to German intelligence agent's false claims, cell phone data, that the BND has been passing on to US services on a regular basis, have been used to locate individuals for killer drone attacks. Extra-judicial killings are largely based on intelligence shared by western countries, including Germany, within the framework of the war in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a focal point of the BND's global activities. The German government has explicitly declared the assassination of "enemy combatants" - even outside combat zones - to be permissible. more…