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Germany and the EU: Using hardship of the Syrian people as leverage

BERLIN/DAMASCUS (April 26) – Berlin and the EU are seeking to use Syria’s hardships for leverage to gain influence on that country’s political development. Berlin will provide humanitarian aid for the Syrian population, German Foreign Minster Heiko Maas announced at yesterday’s Syria conference in Brussels – aid that is also seen as helpful in preventing a new wave of mass migration to the EU. However, aid for the country’s reconstruction will only be granted, if Damascus makes political concessions, Maas declared. Continue reading

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Germany: Export world champion under pressure

BERLIN (April 20) – With intense shuttle diplomacy, members of the German government are seeking to avert the impending US punitive tariffs on European goods and the loss of access to the important US market. Continue reading

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The era of retaliation

BERLIN (April 23) – Germany’s defence minister reaffirmed that Berlin is basically ready to participate in military aggressions, such as the recent western attack on Syria. “We could also fulfill the contribution from the air that Great Britain had made in this case,” said Ursula von der Leyen, but “we weren’t asked this time.” Continue reading

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German maneouvres in the wake of the bombs

From the Jasmine city of Damascus (Dimashq) today (Click to nlarge)

BERLIN/DAMASCUS/MOSCOW (April 18) – The German government, after having applauded the bombing of Syria, is now demanding participation in the country’s reorganization once the war has ended. Continue reading

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New scramble for Africa: Germany, catching up

BERLIN/ACCRA (Feb. 28) – To compensate for its loss of influence in Africa, the German government is taking the occasion of the Ghanaian president’s visit in Berlin today to push for a rapid expansion of business relations with Ghana. This must be seen in the context of China’s growing influence on the African continent. Already sub-Sahara’s most important trading partner, China will most likely become the regions largest investor in the foreseeable future. Ghana plays only a secondary role among Germany’s trading partners in Africa, but it is viewed as a door opener to the African market. Within the framework of the G20-“Compact with Africa,” Berlin has concluded a “reform partnership” with Accra, intended to facilitate German investments in Ghana. The fact that Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo needs foreign investors to fulfill his electoral promises is thereby seen as advantageous. To secure its influence, the German government is also intensifying its military relations with Ghana. Continue reading

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Germany angles to rebuild Syria

So many aspects about Syria are never reported.
A week ago, Syrian rebels shelled visitors (naturally indiscriminately) to the Damascus International Fair. Nevertheless, the total number of the visitors who toured the ten-day Fair reached 2,247 million. Forty three countries staged exhibits.

BERLIN/DAMASCUS (german-foreign-policy.com, August 28) – German companies are seeking to favourably position themselves for participation in Syria’s post-war reconstruction. Following the Damascus International Fair, which closed yesterday, the director of the Middle East Department of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) noted, the development in the country is being “closely observed” and “a series of cautious initial inquiries” are already being registered. The Damascus International Fair is one of the most traditional fairs in the region and was held again, for the first time, since the beginning of the war. Particularly companies from Russia, Iran and China have good prospects for participating in Syria’s rebuilding. Since 2012, the German government has been eager to provide emergency aid and reconstruction. However, this aid was restricted to regions under insurgent control. Idlib Province, today controlled by the al-Qaeda offshoot al-Nusra (renamed Tahrir al-Sham) is one of those regions benefiting. Continue reading

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On the Beach 2017. ‘The war was over… Was it started by an accident or mistake. There was no victor… ’

The US submarine captain says, “We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know and there’s nothing to be done about it.”

He says he will be dead by September. It will take about a week to die, though no one can be sure. Animals live the longest.

The war was over in a month. The United States, Russia and China were the protagonists. It is not clear if it was started by accident or mistake. There was no victor. The northern hemisphere is contaminated and lifeless now. Continue reading

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