BERLIN/ROME/PARIS (Own report) – In several western and southern European countries, the agreement on Greece reached in Brussels signals a looming collapse of the continental post-war order and Germany’s revival as an ostentatious dictatorial power. Whereas social-democratic observers do not exclude an attenuation of the contradictions, southern European conservative media are among those who speak of a revival of German hegemonic ambitions, which had largely determined or triggered the First and Second World Wars. The consequences of the French-Italian submission during negotiations in Brussels are generating those fears, because Paris had not succeeded to and Rome had not even seriously attempted to thwart the German dictates of sovereignty over Greece. Both, Italy and France are aware of the dangers of becoming the next victim of German financial dictatorship. They are competing for admission in a northern European core Europe, whose membership will be decided by Berlin, in the case of a possible collapse of the European Union. Current events are directly linked to German foreign policy endeavors in the 1990s and the territorial expansion of Germany’s economic basis through the so-called reunification.
The Same Arrogance
Warnings, based on historical experience, can also be heard in France. “Germany wants to smash Greece by forcing it, under threat of the Grexit, to accept a deadly plan of total submission,” Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the head of the Parti de Gauche, twittered on the weekend. On TV, he had already expressed himself in greater detail. “For the third time in history, the stubbornness of a German government is in the process of destroying Europe.” Of course, one cannot insinuate that today’s Federal Republic of Germany is ideologically on the same level as its predecessor regime. Still Berlin displays “the same arrogance, the same blindness” as in earlier phases of its historical reign.
Aggressive Financial Policy
However, the fact that Berlin had not begun only in 2015 to threaten with a further radicalization of its aggressive economic and financial policy has remained largely in the background. In fact, Current events are directly linked to German foreign policy endeavors in the 1990s and the territorial expansion of Germany’s economic basis through the so-called reunification. According to a popular myth, the latter was bought by German Chancellor at the time, Helmut Kohl’s consent to the introduction of the uniform EU currency – the Euro. In fact, Bonn had only consented to the common currency under the condition – as a contemporary observer of the event remembers – that “the rules governing the monetary union and the European central banking system be primarily oriented on the model of German rules and the German Federal Bank.” “The Euro speaks German,” declared the then German Minister of Finances, Theo Waigel in 1998. Thanks to the Euro, with its specifically German patent, the Federal Republic of Germany has been able to take full advantage of its economic strength in relationship to the other countries in the Eurozone and drive many of them into a – debt inducing – excessive foreign trade deficit. In 2014, approximately 34.5 billion Euros flowed from France to Germany, and Greece was still transferring more than 3.2 billion Euros. The German austerity dictate, which ultimately insures the flow of currency into the Federal Republic of Germany, are a result of the German patent on the Euro, imposed back in the 1990s.
In the 1990s, Wolfgang Schäuble, who, today, administers the austerity dictate as German Minister of Finances, had also played a role in creating the German power base, which has permitted Berlin’s consistent clean sweep. In the early 1980s, as Chair of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), Schäuble had organized the first economic initiatives not only toward France. Theodor Veiter  a former Nazi specialist for border subversion was one of Schäuble’s advisors as chair of the AEBR. On the reinforced basis following the collapse of Europe’s socialist system and the annexation of the German Democratic Republic, Schäuble assisted in imposing the EU’s eastward expansion. This initiative had placed Germany at a clear advantage over France, whose traditional zone of influence, around the Mediterranean Basin and in Francophonie Africa cannot be comparably affiliated with the EU. It was also Schäuble, who, in the mid 1990s, developed the “core Europe” concept, meaning “a strong focal point” within the EU centered on Germany, which will form a tight-knit “core,” that will not only hold the EU together, but actually should determine EU policy. Today, part of that core is represented by the Eurogroup, which Sunday reached very sweeping decisions, on no less than the continuation of the EU in its current form. Nine EU member nations – including Great Britain, Sweden, and Poland – could not participate in these decisions. The Eurogroup core is one of the formats allowing Berlin to place its seal on this confederation.
Without or Against the USA
“Il Messaggero” commented on Italy’s perspective of the results. “Today, the loss of innocence was accompanied by [Italy’s] horrific silence in the international arena.” On the other hand, Germany “believes it can assume the reign over Europe.” In reference to Berlin’s global political perspective, the commentator of “Messaggero” noted that this takes place, “without or against the USA.”