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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.

Die deutsche Regierung hat die Einführung strengerer Abgasnormen für Autos in der EU verhindert.

Panzer für die Diktatur
Die Diktatur Qatar erhält Dutzende Kampfpanzer und Haubitzen aus Deutschland.

Under the German Whip (I)
(Own report) - Strong criticism of German predominance in last weekend's new appointments to EU top positions is being raised in France. The EU's designated Juncker/Tusk/Mogherini triumvirate "undoubtedly" carries the German signature, according to a longtime renowned EU political observer. After having imposed its austerity dictates on the EU over the past few years, Berlin has now actually taken over the designation of EU leadership personnel. This has not only become evident by the rebuff of French proposals for the posts of Commission President and the Council President and the prospect of a "German" successor to the French General Secretary of the European External Action Service (EEAS). An unrivaled number of top posts in Brussels' institutions are held by Germans, including the posts of President of the European Investment Bank and that of the Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Germans also hold top posts in the European Parliament. Berlin is particularly using its influence for the posts important for its austerity dictate. Observers are not ruling out future protests and even serious upheavals.

The Hegemony over Southeast Europe
(Own report) -The "Western Balkans Conference", opening in Berlin today, is overshadow by the dispute over sanctions against Russia and criticism of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND). Serbia, a participant in the conference, has declared, it will not join the EU's sanctions. Serbian enterprises are therefore not affected by Russian countermeasures and are even replacing agricultural products, whose importation from the EU has been banned by Moscow. The German government is attempting to prevent this. Berlin, in turn, has been forced to admit that, for years, the BND had systematically spied on Albania. Albania, Germany's NATO ally, will also attend the conference. Berlin has initiated the "Western Balkans Conference" to shore up the hegemony over Southeast Europe, which it had acquired in the 1990s against the growing influence of China, Turkey and, particularly, Russia.

From Kurdistan to Alawitestan
(Own report) - Critics warn against Germany supplying arms to the autonomous administration in Erbil, northern Iraq. "Exclusively arming the Kurds," as Berlin is planning, would be "a de facto recognition of Iraq's division," concludes political scientist, Abdel Mottaleb El Husseini, an expert on the Arab world. In this case, you can forget "Iraq, as a nation," and new tensions can be expected between a seceded "Kurdistan" and the remaining Arab areas of the country. Last June, in fact, Massud Barzani, the President of the autonomous administration, announced a plan for establishing the state of "Kurdistan." Observers expect that such a state would have close ties to NATO-member Turkey and would serve as a "buffer to the war zones in Syria and Iraq." Last year, an even more radical fragmentation of the entire Middle East was proposed. Assad-controlled territory in Syria could be dwindled to a small "Alawitestan," and the remaining parts of the country could be merged with regions of Iraq to form "Kurdistan" and "Sunnistan." These newly formed mini-states would be powerless with no potential for resistance and would, therefore, be easier to control than the Arab nations as they currently exist.

Liberated by the West
(Own report) - Western aggressions in the Middle East and support from the West's important regional allies have facilitated the rise of the terrorist organization, the "Islamic State" (IS), as observers point out. According to an expert at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the IS predecessor, "Al-Qaida in Iraq," was able to develop into a "powerful organization" only after the US led aggression against Iraq ("liberation from Saddam"). Not until the chaos provoked by the war in Syria, which Germany also helped fuel ("liberation from Assad") was the IS predecessor the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) in a position to conquer and control whole regions and set up a power base for its further expansion. IS could not have reached its current strength without the financial and logistical support furnished by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, two close allies of the West. The SWP reports that there are even "indications" that "the cross-border traffic between the IS-controlled territory in Syria and Turkey" is still "considerable" - thus also, presumably, the transport of supplies. Meanwhile Western governments are preparing a "long military operation" against IS.

The Public's Keen Sensitivity
(Own report) - Because of the continued conquests of the terrorist organization, the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), the German government has announced that it will supply Iraq with military equipment. To stop this onslaught, the Kurdistan Regional Government's armed forces are to serve as ground troops in tangent with the US Air Force. This week, Berlin may deliver armored vehicles, night vision instruments and body armor to northern Iraq. A growing number of politicians are favoring also furnishing lethal weapons. However, this is yet to be decided. Even demands for the Bundeswehr to participate in military strikes against ISIS are being raised. Experts point out that the US is quite capable of making aerial raids and equipping the Iraqi Kurdish armed forces. However, it would, be appropriate to send "a signal to the USA" indicating the readiness to participate in military activities in the EU's "neighborhood." A campaign launched by the Berlin establishment, including President Gauck, aims at just this type of engagement - particularly in North Africa and the Middle East - to obtain more influence also in those regions.

Ukrainian Patriots
(Own report) - Five months after the Kiev coup, vigorously supported by Berlin, a rightwing extremist party may become pro-Western Ukraine's strongest political force. According to a recent survey, the Radical Party, of the ultra-rightwing politician, Oleh Lyashko, could currently expect 23, 2 percent of the votes. Lyashko made himself a name with his brutality against the Kiev regime's eastern Ukrainian opponents. He is also co-founder and supporter of the Azov Battalion, a militia of over one hundred - mainly fascist - combatants, including a Swedish Neo-Nazi sniper. He has reported that other snipers had already been in action for the opposition during the Maidan protests. It has never been revealed, who fired the fatal shots on February 20. In this highly charged atmosphere, the Ukrainian government is taking steps that indicate a political cultural development even further to the right. It is planning to censure films and books from Russia or to restrict their sales. Outlawing the Communist Party, as fascists have already demanded, is being processed. This development is also due particularly to German interventions in Kiev.

"Biting the Syrian Bullet"
(Own report) - The director of the Catholic relief organization, Caritas-Lebanon, has voiced strong criticism of the West's policy on Syria. The West, together with its Middle Eastern allies, should finally stop equipping Syrian insurgents with military hardware, Paul Karam, Director of the Caritas-Lebanon declared. It must also stop the constant flow of citizens from European countries coming to join the Salafist terrorist militias in Syria - at the expense of the tormented civilian population. Dmitri Trenin, the foreign policy expert of the Moscow Carnegie Center, explains why the West continues to try to overthrow the Assad government, in spite of a growing demand to put an end to the reign of terror of the "Islamic State." According to Trenin, in the course of the Syrian War, Russia succeeded in inflicting serious political setbacks on the West. The West, for its part, is doing its utmost in the Syrian War to crush Russia's influence in the Middle East. In Germany, the call for western military intervention in Syria is again being voiced.

The Scramble for Africa
(Own report) - German businesses are demanding that the government intensify its support for tapping the "continent of opportunity, Africa" in competition with China and other BRICS countries. Parallel to the West's waning global influence, German businesses are loosing ground on the African continent. This is why German enterprises are pushing for increasing Hermes trade credit insurances, double taxation treaties, and generally "stronger political support for the German industry in Africa." A building industry federation is explicitly demanding that future allocations of development funds be tied to orders for German/European firms. The German government has indicated its readiness to implement these policies. The KfW Development Bank and other public-sector banks are already seeking ways to support the German industry's expansion efforts by expanding credit transactions.

Establish Facts
(Own report) - After a jetliner was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, influential German foreign policy experts have begun calling for a military intervention, which may include German Bundeswehr units. "A Blue Helmet mission under the umbrella of the United Nations" should now be taken into consideration, declared Andreas Schockenhoff, Co-Chair of the CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag. "Germany may also be asked" to contribute troops. For the Chairman of the Bundestag's Defense Commission, Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), a Blue Helmet mission is also "conceivable." It is yet unclear, who bears responsibility for downing the jetliner. This is not an essential question for him, as past experience with Western interventions have shown: The EU and the USA must politically establish the facts. The war against Yugoslavia was justified with a massacre. Substantial doubts about central aspects of this massacre still persist. The sniper killings on Kiev's Maidan Square on February 20 have never been elucidated, once they served as legitimation for overthrowing the government of President Yanukovych. Suspicions persist that sectors of today's governing Maidan opposition may have played decisive roles in these murders; however that is of no interest to the West. On the contrary, there have never been political consequences for a US warship's downing of an Iranian airliner in 1988.

The Alliance of the Threatened
(Own report) - The EU and USA have expanded their sanctions against Russia and - in addition to individuals - have now also placed important Russian companies on their lists. Washington has restricted dealings, for example, with Rosneft and the Gazprombank. Brussels has announced the possibility of preventing EU companies from doing business with Russian companies and is planning to list them by the end of July. German business circles are protesting. They have already suffered billions in losses. Experts are warning that, with its sanctions against Russia, the West may experience, in the economic arena, an overreach similar to that experienced by the US in the military arena with its war on Iraq. With the power of the West obviously waning, it has already become noticeable that even close allies are defecting. Observers explain this with the Crimea conflict: NATO countries had been unable to retain the Crimea within the reign of its allied Ukrainian government; therefore it seems that an alliance with NATO countries would no longer be a reliable assurance against ones enemies. Defections can be noticed in Asia and Latin America, not least of all because of the recent founding of the BRICS development bank, rivaling the US-dominated World Bank. Russia and China are among the founders of this bank.

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