All posts tagged: Angela Merkel

Taboo Subject in NATO Media: Refugees, America’s Gift to Europe

by Gregory Barrett, via Greanvillepost In the latest episode in the never-ending series of indignities, calamities, and disasters to be visited upon the heads of the world’s millions of suffering and desperate refugees, they are now being stabbed in the back by the one leader of an affluent NATO country who had risked any political capital to help a substantial number of them, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the height of the refugee wave from NATO war zones into Turkey and Europe a couple of years ago, Merkel opened the borders and allowed nearly a million refugees into Germany. Although she is a conservative woman and an obedient servant of the neoliberal economic order and American hegemony, with whom I have always disagreed about almost everything, I was proud of her for a while for taking this courageous stand against much of Europe, including at least half of her own party, the tragically misnamed Christian Democratic Union. The political center in Germany is somewhat to the left of America’s center (which has raced to the …

Humanitarians for War: Language and the New Orientalists

Though the MPs’ damning report blames Libya’s political and economic collapse on former Prime Minister David Cameron, the manipulation of public opinion to lay the basis for war is built upon longstanding – but now sharpened – processes and semantic structures that prepare populations to accept punitive action against a targeted ‘other’.

German militarism on display at NATO summit

by Johannes Stern, via WSWS At the 2014 Munich Security Conference, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declared that Germany was “too big merely to comment on world affairs from the side-lines,” and that “Germany must be ready for earlier, more decisive and more substantive engagement in the foreign and security policy sphere.” Last weekend’s NATO summit in Warsaw revealed the aggressiveness with which the German government has been pursuing this goal in the subsequent two years. In a statement prior to the summit, German chancellor Angela Merkel provided an overview of German imperialism’s plans for rearmament and war. Along with a massive increase to the defence budget, the chancellor announced stepped-up engagement of the German army and NATO in Iraq, Syria, Libya, the Mediterranean Sea, Afghanistan, and eastern Europe. Merkel praised these additional interventions, declaring, “The Bundeswehr’s whole posture now reflects Germany’s global responsibility.” At the end of her statement, to the applause of parliamentary deputies, she declared “a warm thank you to the soldiers…who are serving in many of these deployments and thus guarantee …

The European War Union

We’re reposting, in full, a June 28, 2016 report on the newly announced plans for the formation of an EU army (with “employable high-readiness forces” and “standing maritime forces”) by the German Foreign Policy, a group that monitors and analyzes foreign policy developments in Germany and the EU.   The report focuses on “A Strong Europe in a World of Uncertainties,” the joint position paper by Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier and France’s Jean-Marc Ayrault.   The publication of their joint position paper came after previous press reports of plans for the merging of German and Dutch forces, as well as those of the Czech Republic. Together with his French counterpart, the German foreign minister has announced the EU’s transformation to become a “political union” and its resolute militarization for global military operations.  In a joint position paper, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) and Jean-Marc Ayrault (PS) are calling for the EU’s comprehensive military buildup, based on a division of labor, to enable future global military operations.  Following the Brexit, the EU should, step-by-step, become an “independent” and “global” actor.  …

Obama Requests Military Support for Possible War Against Russia

by Eric Zuesse According to an April 23rd article carried by Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German Economic News), U.S. President Barack Obama is “demanding the active deployment of the Bundeswehr [Germany’s armed forces, including their Army, Navy, and Air Force] to NATO’s eastern borders” at Poland and the Baltic republics, to join the quadrupling of America’s forces there, on and near the borders of Russia. This is an extreme violation of what Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to when he ended the Soviet Union and its NATO-mirror organization the Warsaw Pact, but it’s actually culminating a process that began shortly after he agreed to America’s terms, which included that NATO “not move one inch to the east.” Furthermore, DWN reports that on April 25th, the U.S. President will hold a summit meeting in Hannover, Germany with the leaders of Germany (Angela Merkel), Italy (Matteo Renzi), France (Francois Hollande), and Britain (David Cameron). The presumed objective of this meeting is to agree to establish in the NATO countries bordering on Russia a military force of these five …

NATO Branch Chief: “The Russians are coming, my cleaner says so!”

by Kit You might think that an article that alleges that the Kremlin is masterminding unrest in Europe by supporting right-wing extremism, left-wing extremism, anti-Europe sentiment, anti-refugee sentiment and conducting television interviews with Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn…with the possible end-game of invading Latvia…to be a little “out there”. You might say that unfounded, irrational arguments of this kind – backed by no evidence at all – do not belong in a “serious” newspaper. The Guardian, however, disagrees. They published it – twice in 24 hours. It’s all based around this report – from Jānis Sārts at the NATO Strategic Command Centre of Excellence – that found a MASSIVE 1.45% of internet comments on Latvian social media in summer 2014 MAY HAVE BEEN Russian “trolls” (the correct term is shill, or sock-puppet, but getting things right has never been a big part of the NATO game-plan). “How can you tell they are Russian trolls” you ask? They repeat content and have bad grammar. Yes, seriously. This mighty 1.45% of Latvian internet comments, coupled with RT, …

Obama Finally Commits to Putin’s Syrian Policy — A review of Germany’s DWN Reporting

by Eric Zuesse The basic policy-difference on Syria has been between U.S. president Barack Obama’s insistence that Syria’s legal president must be ousted before any peace-process starts, versus Russian president Vladimir Putin’s insistence that no foreign power possesses the right to determine who the leader of Syria or any other country will or won’t be — only the residents there do, via free and fair democratic elections.  Putin proposes an internationally monitored and verified election in Syria to determine the identity of Syria’s president;  Obama has rejected that proposal — until now. The world’s most-reliably honest and accurate news-medium, Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN), or German Economic News, carried on December 19th three major articles about the latest stages of Obama’s newfound verbal commitment to Putin’s policy.  They are all summarized here, with factual corrections added by me, because no news-source is 100% reliable: The article  UN-Sicherheitsrat verabschiedet Syrien-Resolution einstimmig” or “UN Security Council Adopts Syria-Resolution Unanimously,” reports that the U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that “essentially corresponds to the Russian proposals of the …

Opinion: The last chance of Monsieur Hollande

Hollande’s dilemma: Join Russia or remain a Neocon poodle Ajay Goyal writes for Sputnik International: When François Hollande arrives in Moscow [on November 26] to meet President Vladimir Putin, France will be 15 years late joining Russia against Islamic terrorists. Russia has been at this war not just since the start of the military campaign in Syria against ISIL/ISIS/Daesh, but for nearly two decades. There is no doubt that President Putin will provide all the help the French are humble enough to seek in destroying ISIL’s infrastructure in Syria and Iraq, but he is not going to indulge Hollande. The French president may yet be all bluster and bluff, directed at domestic public opinion, but Putin will not have any patience for theatrics. Hollande will need to bring substance and gravitas if he wants to create a meaningful and effective alliance against ISIL, he will need to make a genuine overture toward Russia, showing that he means business to earn its trust. Unless he makes a fundamental shift in French policy toward Russia and against …

Merkel to Poroshenko: “Minsk must be respected”

by Systematic Photo Olivier Hoslet/Reuters “The first and foremost condition is that everything is done to make the ceasefire agreement a reality. The task at hand means that what we agreed in Minsk has to be respected,” Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Monday, referring to the February peace plan based on an OSCE-brokered agreement between Kiev and self-proclaimed rebel republics in eastern Ukraine. Merkel insisted that the Berlin meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and French President Francois Hollande had been called to help “implement the Minsk deal, not to call it into question.” The German leader said that Poroshenko has assured her of Kiev’s commitment to withdrawing weaponry from the front line of the conflict – and a readiness to pull back weapons under 100mm in caliber. While the withdrawal of lighter weaponry was not outlined in the Minsk deal, eastern Ukrainian rebel forces unilaterally pulled back arms of less than 100mm caliber at the end of July, saying it was an act of good will in the hope that Kiev would follow …

German daily: Tacit understanding between West and Moscow over Ukraine

Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images by Systematic Sputnik France reports: The German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung accuses Western leaders of being ready to support Moscow in the conflict that is ravaging eastern Ukraine. In his article “The nightmare of Ukrainian politicians”, the journalist Konrad Schuller recalls that a month ago, Angela Merkel and Hollande spoke by telephone with the president of the Supreme Rada (Ukrainian parliament) Vladimir Grossman and asked him to add provisions benefiting Russia to the project of constitutional reform. “The nightmare of Ukrainian politicians has approximately as follows: the West, worn by crises, wars and the influx of migrants, decides to get rid of at least one household hazard and gets along with Moscow behind the curtain. It agreed to progressively reduce its support to Ukraine and to implicitly recognize the hegemony of Russia in the territories she claims,” writes Konrad Schuller. In exchange, President Vladimir Putin should assist in other regions: Syria, Iran, North Korea. Better, says the journalist, besides Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel, the need to amend the Constitution …

Beware of Merkel Making Promises

by Vaska In another of the (forgive the mixed metaphors to come) see-sawing, forked-tongue performances she’s become well-known for over the past 16 months or so, in the statement she delivered at the April 17 economic forum in Straslund, Angela Merkel made some more vague conciliatory promises to Russia — at the same time as Germany’s set to reactivate another of its 100 Leopard tanks, which it plans to progressively modernize and improve. Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced plans to re-stock the army’s battle equipment at the end of February, using as her pretext an “altered security environment,” which Merkel’s government, together with most of the other NATO country governments, has attributed not to their own regime-change destabilization of Ukraine and to EU’s November 2013 violation of Article 3 of the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 which had guaranteed Ukraine’s security and territoiral integrity, but to Russia’s “annexation” of Crimea and its (frequently alleged yet never factually corroborated) military support for Donbass separatists in eastern Ukraine. Here‘s RT reporting on Merkel’s “Vladivostok-to-Lisbon” reference …