BERLIN/ATHENS | | griechenland

BERLIN/ATHENS (Own report) - The Greek government's continued resistance is placing numerous German projects for restructuring the Greek economy and administration in jeopardy. In the short term, these projects - under the auspices of the German Foreign Ministry and Germany's Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) - are aimed at overcoming German production bottlenecks by using idle Greek suppliers and unemployed workers. The medium-term action program includes siphoning finances from Greek municipalities and providing the German health system cheap Greek auxiliaries ("Nursing Leave on Rhodes Island"). To comply with future higher requirements, Athens is being asked to establish an "innovation system" to form a network between "science, economy, and administration" to create "business-friendly structures." These measures will be coordinated by the German-Greek Assembly (DGV), working allegedly in the "spirit of a grassroots movement." The DGV has no legal function and is registered under a German government address. Disguised as a civil society organization, while also serving the German Foreign Ministry and its "German-Greek Youth Foundation," the DGV was established by the German Chancellery during the first peak in the so-called debt crisis. more…

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BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Own report) - European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, taking up an old German demand, calls for the creation of an EU Army. Having its own armed forces would give the EU greater influence in global politics, according to Juncker, and it would particularly help the EU demonstrate more determination in relationship to Moscow. The German chancellor had called for an EU Army already years ago. The German Social Democrats (SPD) have been repeating that the EU not only needs combat troops but also its own military academy and a permanent military headquarters. Berlin has already begun expanding the Bundeswehr's cooperation with units from several other countries, including the Netherlands and Poland - quasi establishing an EU Army from the ground up. For Germany, the creation of a common military force would be highly advantageous, because Berlin could play a predominant role in military questions, as it has in the imposition of austerity dictates during the Euro crisis. An EU Army would also increase German influence in relationship to the USA and NATO. more…

BERLIN/WASHINGTON | | russische-foederation

BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Own report) - The German news magazine "Der Spiegel" reported in its latest edition that the German chancellery is accusing NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip Breedlove, of making "dangerous propaganda." According to the German government, Breedlove is completely exaggerating Russia's military activities in Eastern Ukraine. He claims having detected Russian military equipment, including tanks and air defense systems in Ukraine. Germany's foreign intelligence agency BND, however, could neither detect these in their own satellite imagery nor acquire adequate information from its allied US intelligence services. Breedlove has also completely exaggerated the number of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. However, the German government has also repeatedly used this type of propaganda, for example during the aggression against Yugoslavia in 1999. The German government's criticism of Breedlove, reported by "Der Spiegel," reflects the strategic differences between Washington and Berlin. Germany's "dual strategy" approach toward Russia, taken from the West's cold war strategy, is incompatible with the policy of unbridled aggression, championed by the war hawk wing of the US establishment. Breedlove, who is now being criticized by Germany, is a representative of this group. more…

TOKYO/BERLIN | | japan

TOKYO/BERLIN (Own report) - The German Chancellor's trip to Japan, early next week, takes place in the midst of the expansion of military relations between Berlin and Tokyo. Particularly the German Navy is regularly cooperating with its Japanese counterparts, with which it carries out tactical maneuvers at the Horn of Africa. Since some time, army and air force have also been extending their antennas toward Japan. Parallel to Germany's efforts, Great Britain and France have also been intensifying their military policy relationships to Japan. The same goes for NATO, which, just last year signed an "Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme" with the Japanese government. Already two years ago, German government advisors had recommended that Germany "participate in the USA's political and military re-orientation toward Asia." This would mean the reinforcement of western positions in the direct territorial vicinity of the Peoples Republic of China, with the intention of rolling back its political power. Berlin and the EU also see Japan, the USA's key ally in Asia, as an important partner in their rivalry with Beijing. more…