GERMAN-FOREIGN-POLICY.com – June 26, 2018
PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) – Germany is participating in a new European military formation that was launched yesterday. Originally a French proposal, the European Intervention Initiative (EII) will be open to EU and Non-EU member countries to join. Expanding the existing EU military cooperation (“PESCO”) with a new operational component, the EII should facilitate rapid decisions on joint military interventions. A first meeting of military commanders from the hitherto nine participant states is set for September. The EII includes Great Britain, which plans to continue its military cooperation with the continent, even after Brexit, as well as Denmark. Since the coordination of military interventions is now officially set outside of the EU framework, Denmark can sidestep the opt-out from EU military policy, it had once granted its population. Referred to by experts as a European “coalition of the willing,” it goes hand in hand with the EU Commission’s militarization plans worth billions and the high-cost German-French arms projects.
WND – June 22, 2018
There’s no guarantee these days that NATO will survive, the international alliance’s chief says.
In an AP report, Jens Stoltenberg said there needs to be an immediate effort to “shore up” the group.
That’s because of the widening divisions between Europe and the United States over the Iran nuclear deal, climate change, and more.
The U.S., of course, withdrew from the Iran deal because President Trump said it was a bad deal for America, while European interests have remained dedicated to its provisions.
And Trump has literally no use for the climate change agenda of expensive green energy projects and massive restrictions that appear to land on the United States and few others.
European officials largely are fans of the global warming agenda.
Stoltenberg, secretary general of the group, cited the strain of the coalition right now.
“It is not written in stone that the trans-Atlantic bond will survive forever,” Stoltenberg while delivering an address in London.
DW – June 19, 2018
Germany and France have agreed to “open a new chapter” in European Union relations, after Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron met to finalize plans for sweeping reforms of the 19-member eurozone, including a new parallel budget.
Tuesday’s talks at Meseberg castle outside Berlin have a lot riding on them: Merkel’s political survival rests on her finding a European solution to prevent another influx of migrants to Germany, while both leaders have staked their reputation on further reworking the eurozone.
“We are working to make sure that the eurozone budget will be used to strengthen investment, also with the aim of strengthening convergence within the eurozone,” Merkel said.
Alessandra Scotto di Santolo – June 16, 2018
GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel could lose her powerful seat in the heart of Europe as soon as next week amid clashes within her coalition Government over EU migration policies, claimed German MP Kai Whittaker.
Speaking on BBC World at One, the German politician claimed clashes between Angela Merkel and German interior minister Horst Seehofer could result in a “new political situation” in Germany by the end of next week.
The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said it was still unclear in Berlin what the essence of the disagreement between the Chancellor and Mr Seehofer was and that other members of the coalition had been left “in the blue”.
Mr Whittaker said: “We are in a serious situation because the question of the migration crisis evolved into a power question.
“The question is who is leading the Government? Is it Angela Merkel or is it Horst Seehofer?
DW – June 8, 2018
Germany was voted onto the United Nations Security Council for the sixth time on Friday, after it secured a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly.
The place was effectively guaranteed going into the vote: Germany and Belgium ran unopposed for the two spots in the Western European and Others category. Israel was initially also in the running, but withdrew its bid last month.
Germany received 184 votes from the 190 cast ballots.
Germany’s diplomatic mission to the UN posted a video of its representative celebrating its election to the Security Council.
In a tweet, the German Foreign Office in Berlin said: “We are looking forward to this huge task and responsibility. Many thanks to all those who placed their trust in us. Now let’s get to work!”
Patrick Donahue – June 7, 2018
(Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel made a forceful pitch for Europe to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order, setting the stage for a potential tense standoff at the Group of Seven summit this week.
The German leader again questioned the durability of trans-Atlantic relations by referring to eye-raising comments she made over a year ago in which she said that “the times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over.” Those words, spoken at a beer-tent election rally, were a reaction to Trump hectoring European leaders for not spending enough on defense at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels. Since then, more fuel has been added to the fire.
“That was my takeaway from the NATO summit, and in the meantime I continue to feel confirmed by my statement,” Merkel said in Munich on Wednesday, this time to a meeting of the European People’s Party, a grouping of center-right parties in the European Parliament.
In addition to the disruptive effects of the rift in NATO and Trump’s exit from the Paris global climate treaty, Merkel pointed to the fresh conflict over trade and the U.S. leader’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord last month.
RT – June 4, 2018
Chancellor Angela Merkel has supported “in principle” the idea of a joint European Defense Force proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron. Germany’s opposition had been the main stumbling block for the much-discussed project.
“I am in favor of President Macron’s proposal for an intervention initiative,” the German chancellor told Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Sunday.
“However, such an intervention force with a common military-strategic culture must fit into the structure of defense cooperation,” she said.
Merkel said that the German military, the Bundeswehr, “must, in principle, be part of such an initiative,” but added that her statement “doesn’t mean that we are to be involved in every mission.”
During his key speech at Sorbonne University last September, Macron proposed a European military “intervention force” that would protect the continent by taking action in hotspots around the globe. It’s a crucial element of the French leader’s defense reform, which is aimed at integrating European defense capacities.
Benjamin Weinthal, Anna Ahronheim – June 2, 2018
NATO will not side with Israel if the Islamic Republic of Iran attacks the Jewish state, the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization told a German magazine on Saturday NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Der Spiegel, “The security guarantee [of NATO] does not apply to Israel” because the Jewish state is not a member of the 29 country alliance.
In response to Stoltenberg’s announcement, Volker Beck – the German Green Party politician and former head of the German-Israel parliamentary group in the Bundestag – asked on Twitter: “That raises the question: What does this clarification mean for the security dialogue between NATO, EU, Germany and Israel? It points to at least very different starting points and positions of interest.”
Tensions between Israel and Iran have escalated in recent months, with Israel striking Iranian military bases in Syria, including an attack on May 8 that reportedly left nine Iranian military personnel dead.
Stoltenberg’s statement came despite growing cooperation between Israel and the NATO alliance, including Israel’s participation in joint naval and air force exercises in December and a joint naval exercise in late May.
Israel’s relationship with NATO is defined as a “partnership.”
Sputnik News – June 3, 2018
Anti-euro economist Paolo Savona, whose candidacy as new economy minister was vetoed by President Sergio Mattarella, as well as newly-appointed Economy Minister Giovanni Tria, has said that Germany should withdraw from the Eurozone to let it recover from constant financial conflicts.
Two Italian ministers attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel by saying that Germany’s potential exit from the Eurozone would bring the monetary union more benefits than Italy’s possible withdrawal.
“It’s Germany that should ditch the euro because its economy’s growing surplus is not compatible with the fixed change rate regime regulating the Eurozone,” Italian anti-euro economist and current minister of European affairs Paolo Savona said, cited by the Daily Express.
“Or, at least, it should accept to move to a system that accepts changes to the rates,” he added.
DW – June 1, 2018
As part of NATO’s European build-up, the military alliance will create a new command center in southern Germany and another in the US state of Virginia, the DPA news agency said in an exclusive report on Friday.
The move comes as a response to Russia’s military assertiveness in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The crisis which started in 2014 already saw Germany and the US deploy troops to NATO’s eastern flank, including Poland and the Baltic states.
Citing a confidential NATO report, DPA said the alliance still had doubts over its capability to respond quickly and adequately to a potential Russian assault.
Troops are concerned about the state of traffic infrastructure that could be used to move troops in Eastern Europe, but also about bureaucratic hurdles that could slow down its response.
The new German compound would serve to alleviate such problems. The base would be build in the city of Ulm, which already hosts a multinational military headquarters for conducting crisis deployments across the world.