THESSALONIKI/BERLIN/FLORENCE (Own report) – When the German foreign minister appeared in the synagogue in Thessaloniki (Greece), he was met with strong protest from prominent members of the Jewish community. In his speech at the synagogue on December 4, (published by the German Foreign Ministry) Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) praised “our German hands to be used in the life of your community” – after Jewish life was eradicated under the Nazis. In his historical reflections, the German foreign minister alluded to the more than 50,000 Jewish Greeks, who, in 1943, had been forced to buy “Reichsbahn” tickets to Auschwitz, where they were murdered upon arrival. He did not utter a single word about the German receipts (89 million Euros) from those trips taking them to their death, or about Berlin’s refusal to pay its debts. Neither did Steinmeier mention the reimbursement of the several million Euros in racist “ransoms” as the Jewish community demands. Prominent Jewish Greeks were outraged because Berlin’s foreign policy is obviously undermining the legal claims of Nazi victims with moralist avowals and non-committal monetary hand-outs. Protests were also raised against Steinmeier’s being offered “honorary membership” in Thessaloniki’s synagogue. Steinmeier made similar appearances in relationship to Italian victims of Nazi mass crimes. Continue reading →
As sure as the sky is blue, although in the beginning stages, the European Army is coming courtesy of the Fourth Reich in Germany, modern day Assyria. Unfortunately, for this to happen, it means the world’s lone superpower, America, has to give way — and it is, as we speak, in suicidal freefall. Someone will ultimately fill the gap (as no one trusts Russia and China to lead the world) and it’s likely a new ‘United States of Europe’ where the political and economic foundations are already being laid. We’ll find out soon what a world without America as a superpower looks like.
BERLIN (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.