Berlin: Germany will join the military campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria by deploying Tornado reconnaissance jets, refuelling aircraft and a frigate to the region, after a direct appeal from close partner France for Berlin to do more.
The decision to commit military personnel and hardware is a shift for Germany, which has resisted such direct involvement in the conflict. It still has no plans to join France, the United States and Russia in conducting air strikes in Syria.
“Today the government took difficult but important and necessary decisions,” German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters after meeting with legislators. Continue reading
BARCELONA/BERLIN (Own report) – Just days before regional elections in Spain’s Catalonia – elections declared a plebiscite on secession – a political partner of the German Green Party is calling for the rapid secession of that region from Spain. Ethnically defined “peoples” throughout Europe should have the “right to self-determination,” recognizing “no borders,” according to a declaration signed by the Spanish member organization of the “European Free Alliance” (EFA). The EFA unites separatist parties of various political orientations from numerous EU member countries. These include organizations closely connected to Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz Party, in Hungary, conservative Flemish nationalists and a party in the tradition of northern Italian separatists, who, years ago, had used terrorism as a means of imposing South Tyrol’s absorption into Austria. Both, the EFA and the German Green Party are members of the same parliamentary caucus collective in the European Parliament. EFA subsidiaries disseminate a map of European so-called nations without states, depicting, for example, Catalonia as independent of Spain and merged with other territories in Spain and France to constitute a “Greater Catalonia.” Leading politicians in the current campaign for Catalonian separatism are propagating pan-Catalonian views, which opponents sharply criticize as “cultural racism with an expansionist demeanor.” The EFA’s map of Europe also depicts Germany merged with Austria and territories of neighboring countries to form a Greater Germany. Continue reading
Europol is planning to establish a joint counterterrorism center, which will obtain data of the domestic intelligence services of EU states. The move seems to be an ”act of revenge” against Germany, whose intelligence services carried out espionage activities against the European Commission and France on behalf of the US.
The published security agenda of the EU-Commission stated that member states have the primary responsibility for their internal security, but are unable to guarantee it on their own. Continue reading
PARIS/LONDON/BERLIN (Own report) – Government advisors in Berlin are demanding a rapid expansion of German-French cooperation in the military and arms industry sectors, to prevent the creation of a Paris-London Axis. In Germany, the French and British efforts, initiated in 2010 to reinforce the bonds between their military forces and their arms industries, have long been dangerously underestimated, according to a recent analysis published by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). “A new Entente Cordiale,” spanning the English Channel, is being created, which will undercut German efforts to set up an EU army and thwart the organization of a unified European arms industry. The DGAP’s choice of calling it an “Entente Cordiale” refers to the Franco-British alliance of 1904, as the German Reich’s power was growing menacingly. It was formed to synchronize the two countries’ global interests and forge a common defense in Europe against the expansion of German domination. The awareness that European policy is essentially being dictated by Berlin has led to this new Franco-British alliance.
Full article: The New Entente Cordiale (German Foreign Policy)