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Krieg in Europa?
Der ehemalige Bundeskanzler Helmut Schmidt warnt vor einem neuen Krieg in Europa.

Verletzte ausgeflogen
Die Bundeswehr hat 20 verwundete Kämpfer aus der Ukraine zur Behandlung nach Deutschland ausgeflogen.

Außen und innen
Der deutsche Außenminister moniert eine mangelnde Zustimmung in der Bevölkerung für eine offensive deutsche Weltpolitik.

Die Verantwortung Berlins
Der ehemalige EU-Kommissar Günter Verheugen erhebt im Konflikt um die Ukraine schwere Vorwürfe gegen Berlin.

"Ein gutes Deutschland"
Das deutsche Staatsoberhaupt schwingt sich zum Lehrmeister der Türkei auf.

Die Dynamik des "Pravy Sektor"
Der Jugendverband der NPD kündigt einen "Europakongress" unter Beteiligung des "Pravy Sektor" ("Rechter Sektor") aus der Ukraine an.

Der Mann der Deutschen
Die deutsche Kanzlerin hat am gestrigen Montag zwei Anführer der Proteste in der Ukraine empfangen.

Die Herero als Terroristen
Die Wochenzeitung der staatlich geförderten "Landsmannschaft Ostpreußen" erklärt die Herero zu "Terroristen" und den deutschen Genozid an ihnen zum "Krieg gegen den Terror".

Zukunftspläne für die Ukraine
Eine führende deutsche EU-Politikerin hat in Kiew mit dem Anführer der extrem rechten Partei Swoboda verhandelt.

Gegen die scheidende Staatsministerin im Auswärtigen Amt Cornelia Pieper ist Strafanzeige wegen öffentlicher Leugnung von NS-Massenmorden erstattet worden.

EU's Contradictions
(Own report) - Since the Russian government's decision to scrap the "South Stream" pipeline project, Berlin and Brussels have been searching for an alternative supply of natural gas. In answer to the EU, Alexei Miller, Gazprom's chief executive, announced last Tuesday, that his company was no longer pursuing South Stream and would instead construct a pipeline to Turkey. Ukraine's role as transit country for supplying gas to the EU "will be reduced to zero." To meet the increasing demand of EU countries, the EU Commission is now seeking alternative supplies via the "Southern Corridor" - a route leading from Azerbaijan via the Southern Caucasus and Turkey to the EU. The EU's promised supply from Azerbaijan's natural gas reserves is but a drop in the bucket. The West's policies of war and sanctions hamper additional deliveries from Iraq or Iran via the "Southern Corridor." Only by 2016 will the USA export large quantities of shale gas, however, mainly to Asia where it can sell at a better price than in Europe. German politicians and experts are pleading to convince Moscow to continue the natural gas cooperation.

Periods of Upheaval
(Own report) - The EU and the USA are having little success in inducing friendly nations to join their sanctions against Russia. Following a visit by the EU's Foreign Policy Representative, Federica Mogherini, Ankara announced, Monday, Turkey will not support these measures, but rather continue its cooperation with Moscow. In India, as well, one hears in the lead-up to Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit - which begins today - that cooperation will be continued, because of common interests, for example to defuse Cold War-like tensions. India, along with other countries previously particularly close to the West - such as South Africa and Brazil - have a differentiated view of the Ukrainian conflict, a view, which does not exclude the West's role. For example, in the Indian debate, "the argument that Russia had re-drawn internationally recognized borders in Europe," is not taken seriously - after all, the West had done the same in destroying Yugoslavia, according to a report by the CDU-affiliated Konrad Adenauer Foundation. A Norwegian think tank notes that Brazilian foreign policy makers are no longer inclined to remain silent on western countries' human rights violations, while loudly criticizing those of others. Observers find that the world "order" under western domination is beginning to crumble.

Driving Force for the EU Army
(Own report) - Military experts of the SPD group in the German Bundestag are calling for an EU "military academy" and "permanent military headquarters" along with other steps toward establishing an EU army. "As Social Democrats, we want to be the driving force in Europe of a parliamentary controlled European army," declared its "Working Group on Security and Defense Policy" in a position paper. The paper was presented last week by the SPD parliamentary group's defense policy spokesperson Rainer Arnold. The EU is "a global actor" due particularly to its economic influence, the authors explain. Its foreign and military policy, on the other hand, is inadequate and "urgently in need of improvement." These demands are being raised at a time when the Bundeswehr has begun to establish "European" military structures through bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects, and when Germany's Minister of the Economy is calling for the establishment of an EU armament industry with a strong German base, independent of the USA. Already a few years ago, SPD politicians called for reopening the discussion on the EU's war and peace decision-making authority, and possibly taking this authority away from the national parliaments.

The Scrapped Pipeline Project
(Own report) - Moscow's cancellation of the South Stream pipeline project is causing Berlin and Brussels headaches. EU bodies and government leaders of EU member states have expressed their wish to continue negotiations on the pipeline, which, in a few years, would annually have pumped 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Western Europe. They still see some possibilities for clarification. By delaying the project, Brussels had hoped to exert pressure on the Russian government. Moscow, however, got tired of banging on closed doors and announced South Stream's cancellation on Monday. Germany is one of the losers, because it would have been able to expand its influence on the European gas supply through its BASF subsidiary Wintershall participating in the pipeline project. Turkey is the winner, because the planned Russian South Stream gas will now probably transit through its territory. Turkey, a loyal transit country, could become an influential gas distribution hub for the EU - at a time when tensions between Berlin/Brussels and Ankara are rising.

The West under Pressure
(Own report) - Transatlantic circles are warning against a global "disengagement" by the West and is calling for a renewed cohesiveness between NATO countries under US leadership. The fact that Russia was able to take over the Crimea and that China can obstinately maintain its position in disputes over several islands and groups of islands in Eastern Asia, is also a consequence of weak Western leadership, according to the "German Marshall Fund of the United States" (GMF). The West must draw lessons from the current "global disorder." However, German experts demonstrate a bit more restraint in their appraisals. According to the latest edition of a German military journal, the current intra-Western tensions have primarily arisen from the fact that in the course of its development the EU has "inevitably become a competitor to NATO." It cannot be excluded that this could cause a serious "rupture in transatlantic relations" and that NATO could even disintegrate into conflicts. However, as long as the EU does not have strong military power, it should "grit its teeth and continue to flexibly attempt to benefit from US capabilities." This must also be seen in the context of the fact that western hegemony no longer seems assured. Moscow has announced its intentions to carry out joint maneuvers with China in the Mediterranean, thus breaching another western hegemonic privilege.

Honoring Collaborators
(Own report) - The Federal Republic of Germany has refused to vote in favor of a United Nations resolution condemning the glorification of National Socialism and Nazi collaboration. Last week, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly passed a resolution strongly criticizing the edification of memorials to Nazi functionaries and the stylization of Nazi collaborators as "freedom fighters." Germany and the other EU nations abstained, the USA, Canada, and Ukraine voted against the document, with 115 nations voting in favor. Berlin and Brussels use the excuse of not wanting to support a resolution initiated by Russia. In fact, a vote in favor of the document would have caused hefty disputes within the EU, and between the EU and important allies. With growing frequency, notorious Nazi collaborators are being publicly honored in such EU countries as Hungary or the Baltic countries and in Ukraine, in some cases by officials of the respective governments.

A Controlled Gaffe
(Own report) - Paris has strongly reacted to Germany's new attempts to impose its austerity dictate on the French national budget. Following the German government's massive interventions in Brussels, German EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger called the French government a "recidivist" in a newspaper column last Friday - because it does not accept the full extent of Germany's austerity dictates. This is an "uncontrolled gaffe," said the General Secretary of the ruling French Socialist Party (PS) and called on Oettinger to resign. To impose more massive budget cuts, Berlin continues its efforts to torpedo the budget compromise reached by the French government with the EU Commission in late October. Since months, observers have been warning against a deflationary spiral and strong social protests in France. The EU Commission's position statement on France's budget, scheduled for today, may have to be postponed because of German interventions.

"A bit more German Ruled"
(Own report) - Under President-elect Klaus Johannis, Germany will greatly strengthen its influence on Rumania. This has been confirmed by a government spokesperson, who explained that Chancellor Angela Merkel explicitly assured Johannis "her support" in the "reinforcement of Rumania's European orientation" and agreed "to coordinate standpoints on important foreign policy issues with him in the future." This will particularly affect policies involving Russia. Whereas Traian Băsescu, the country's outgoing president had been considered a US ally, Victor Ponta, the loser in last Sunday's presidential elections, was seen more as being Russia-oriented, while Klaus Johannis, a long-time "Rumanian Germans" functionary, is seen as unambiguously pro-German. He has good contacts to Berlin's bureaucracy as well as to the German economic community, and, for some time, has prided himself with his personal relations to Chancellor Merkel. This new constellation offers Berlin the possibility of appreciably reinforcing its national grip on Southeast Europe.

Make it or Break it
(Own report) - Berlin is pushing for a rapid conclusion to the Iran nuclear program negotiations. The talks must absolutely be successfully concluded by the November 24 deadline, insist leading German foreign policy-makers along with the German Foreign Minister personally. This is ´"technically" feasible; it must be resolutely pursued politically. Further postponement would be counterproductive. Berlin has achieved a prominent position within the framework of the negotiations and is using this to play a more powerful role in global policy-making. A form of renewed cooperation with Iran, along the lines of "transformation through convergence" strategy, which had been used against the Soviet Union, is considered a probable result of these negotiations. Test runs for this sort of cooperation have long since been made - in the war against the Islamic State (IS), with US bombers serving as the air force of Iranian commanded militias. US President Barack Obama has suggested the possibility of an expansion of this sort of cooperation.

"Justice must be Done"
On the occasion of the anniversary of the Nazis' November Pogroms, german-foreign-policy.com (gfp.com) spoke with the chairs of two prominent citizens' initiatives about German commemorative culture and Germany's responsibility for Nazi crimes. They are Hans-Rüdiger Minow spokesperson for the Board of Directors of the "Train of Commemoration" and Christoph Schwarz, spokesperson for the Board of Directors of "Stolen Children - Forgotten Victims."

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