The EU is trying to buy off rising Polish opposition to joining the EU. He has said it will give 2.6 billion euros to ,,the Polish countryside"for ,,development aid"during the first three years of Poland's EU membership. It remains, however, determined to limit the level of agricultural subsidy paid to Polish farmers to 25% of what their colleagues are paid in the rest of the EU. [Radio Free Europe Newsline, 17th April 2002] This plan can only have one purpose: to eradicate Polish agriculture by driving Polish farmers out of business while keeping French, Spanish, British and German ones cushioned with subsidies. Poland will thus be turned into even more of a desert than it is already, at which point big Dutch and German agri-businesses will be able to move in and buy up the by then worthless land. European Foundation Intelligence Digest Issue No. 140, 18th April 2002 more…

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The foreign minister of Austria, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, has delivered a sharp reprimand to an apparently conciliatory remark made by the Commissar for enlargement, Günther Verheugen, about the relationship between the Benes( decrees and Czech admission to the EU. Verheugen had earlier falsely told the European Parliament that the Czech government had agreed to rescind the Benes( decrees if it found them incompatible with EU law: no such undertaking had been given and the Czech Prime Minister slapped Verheugen down sharply. Verheugen then went to Prague and said that the Benes( decrees were all in the past, that they had no judicial force any more, and therefore they should not become an issue in negotiations between the Czech Republic and the EU. more…

Berlin |

Berlin Sixty years on, the Germans seem determined to reopen the argument over what happened when millions of them were driven out of Central Europe in 1945. Perhaps the Germans feel that they have listened enough since the war to tales about how horrible they were to everyone else and now they want to turn the tables. At any rate, following what seemed like a minor row between the Czech prime minister on an electioneering roll and the Austrian and German government, the Germans are now determined - with their usual grim thoroughness - to take the argument one step further and open a ,,Centre for Expulsion", whose aim would be to study the various bouts of ethnic cleansing which have afflicted Europe and the world in general, but especially the expulsion of some 15 million Germans after the war. more…

Chancellor Schröder is determined to resist pressure from the European Commission in Brussels to change the ownership structure of the Volkswagen car plant. Brussels wants the state of Lower Saxony, the state of which Schröder used to be prime minister, to cease being the privileged shareholder in VW. more…

MUNICH (Own report) | | spaniengrossbritannien

MUNICH (Own report) The ,,International Institute for Nationality Rights and Regionalism", a well known front organisation for German foreign policy, can see good opportunities for the further extension of ethnic concepts in Europe. At its most recent conference the institute maintained that ethnic conflicts were smouldering in the nation states of France, Spain and Ireland, which could be pacified by ,,Ethnic Group Law". more…

The social affairs minister of the German federal state of Brandenburg has suggested that his state be reunited with the federal state of Berlin and that the new entity be called ,,Prussia". The suggestion has caused a stir in Germany. more…

BERLIN | | polen

BERLIN The German Chancellor and the Foreign Ministry have distanced themselves from the threats being made by the United States against Iraq. Chancellor Schröder told Newsweek that he did not expect a unilateral American action against Iraq, while a government official in the Foreign Ministry spoke harshly against the Americans ,,settling old scores"and using the war against terror as an excuse for finishing off the Gulf War. The leader of the Green party (which controls the Foreign Ministry) said that an American attack on Iraq would endanger the coalition against terror. She definitely ruled out any German participation in such attacks. In his Newsweek interview, the Chancellor said that his government was determined to pursue ,,a resolute policy"against Baghdad but that this did not mean military action. Politicians in the Christian Democrat and FDP Liberal parties also warned of the ,,incalculable risks"of a war against Iraq. Source: European Foundation Intelligence Digest, No.135, 7th February 2002 (www.europeanfoundation.org) more…

BONN | | grossbritannien

BONN In the next few weeks thirty patients from Great Britain will be treated in German hospitals as part of a pilot project. The costs of the project, which is the initiative of ,,The Trust for promoting German Medicine abroad"will be borne by the British National Health Service. It is intended as a model. Great Britain will be compelled by this to give financial support to the weakened German health system. more…

BERLIN |

BERLIN The ,,new conception of German foreign policy"announced by Federal Chancellor Schroeder, should likewise be put into effect in the EU. The EU has to bear ,,worldwide responsibility"and to use its ,,world-political potential"according to Schroeder. To this end its military potential, in particular, must be built up. more…

BERLIN/MEXICO CITY | | mexikobrasilienecuador

BERLIN/MEXICO CITY Germany is now seeking to extend its policy on minorities to central and south America and offers itself as a ,,Protecting Power"to ,,indigenous peoples"of the subcontinent. According to the theme of a conference organised by the Foreign Office, south America must ,,open itself"to permit its peoples to exercise their ,,human rights". Several south American states felt that the conference was a ,,provocation". The ambassador of Ecuador spoke of a German ,,affront". more…