Germany and Poland Plan Naval Cooperation

A further intergrated European superstate, or the United States of Europe, is beginning to emerge. First came the economic and political coordination, and now comes a deeper intergration with the militaries joining forces. In the beginning with the military intergration trend, as has been tracked here, it began to shape up in France under the radar, and just recently with Dutch paratroopers combining forces as well as Poland’s naval cooperation just now. The Fourth Reich and European superstate with its upcoming European army is here, and under a different game plan via economic warfare and subjugation through giving up national soveignty rights in exchange for German-dominated “Troika” bailouts, but most still cannot connect the dots because they don’t see entire countries being wiped out as they did duing the first two world wars.

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière signed a memorandum of understanding with his Polish counterpart Thomasz Siemoniak for closer cooperation between the two countries’ navies, on May 27. The agreement paves the way for 28 joint projects, including joint monitoring of the Baltic Sea, combined training missions and perhaps cooperation in shipbuilding. A statement on the Polish Navy’s website said it was largest cooperation “by far” between the two navies.

“We have long become friends—today we are real partners in the Baltic Sea and beyond,” said de Maizière. Continue reading

NATO moves toward deployment on Syria border

Assad’s regime blasted the move as “psychological warfare,” saying the new deployment would not deter it from seeking victory over rebels it views as terrorists.

The missile deployment sends a clear message to Assad that consequences will follow if he uses chemical weapons or strikes NATO member Turkey, which backs the rebels seeking his ouster. But its limited scope also reflects the low appetite in Western capitals for direct military intervention in the civil war.

Germany’s Cabinet approved the move on Thursday, and German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters that the overall mission is expected to include two batteries each from the Netherlands and the United States, plus 400 soldiers and monitoring aircraft. Continue reading

European Armies Recruiting Muslim Soldiers

Germany is seeking to recruit more Muslims into its army: it cannot find enough native Germans to fill its ranks after it abolished the draft.

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière announced his intention to “multiculturalize” the German Bundeswehr (Federal Defense Force) during a June 20 headhunting mission to the Turkish capital Ankara, where he declared: “I want the [German] army to be representative of a cross-section of the German population.”

Germany formally discontinued compulsory military service on July 1, 2011 as part of a comprehensive reform aimed at creating a smaller and more agile army of about 185,000 professional soldiers.

But during its first twelve months of existence, Germany’s new all-volunteer army has been unable to meet its recruiting goals, and military manpower prospects look dim for the foreseeable future.

In a desperate search for soldiers, German military officials have now identified Germany’s Muslim Turkish population (3.5 million and counting) as a new source for potential recruits.

Muslim immigrants now represent an estimated 15% of all French military personnel (exact figures are unavailable; French law prohibits collecting data on religious affiliation). In real terms, there are around 30,000 active duty Muslims out of a total of 220,000 military personnel in the French Armed Forces.

Much of the debate about the issue of Muslims serving in the French military has revolved around the hypothetical question of how to predict the loyalty of Muslim troops in cases where the French military is involved in armed conflict with Muslim countries.

The issue of troop loyalty was brought to the fore following the Muslim riots in the suburbs of Paris and other French cities in October and 2005. The riots affected 274 French towns and cities and caused more than €200 million in property damage – as rioters burned 8,973 vehicles and hundreds of buildings.

At the time, French authorities were concerned that the riots might expand into a nationwide uprising of Muslims throughout the country; they were trying to forecast the behavior of Muslim soldiers in the case that the French army would be called upon to restore order.

Some surveys of Muslim immigrants in French suburbs show that fewer than 10% of respondents consider themselves French and just 1% say they are willing to die for France.

Full article: European Armies Recruiting Muslim Soldiers (Gatestone Institute)