German Foreign Policy


German Foreign Policy

While the Obama administration is distracted by the overwhelming economic crisis that deepens day by day, Germany is taking charge in the global foreign-policy arena.

It is inevitable that there will be blood on the carpet following the coming clash between the staunchly regulationist stance of the Franco-German bloc and the print-more-money/loan-more-money economics of the Obama administration at the G-20 conference this week. Yet, as the more clever pundits predicted, it is foreign policy that will eventually overwhelm the greenhorn U.S. administration, and that is the very area where this administration appears so inept, perhaps even more so than with finance and economics.

Voices in Germany have made it plain that they are intent on taking full advantage of America’s weakness while it flounders in its current political and economic morass. Two initiatives of the German government are worthy of note in this respect: Germany’s continuing aggressive Balkans policy, and its determination to replace the United States with Russia as its key foreign-policy partner.

Once again, it is from the razor-sharp analysis of the team at that we extract the following startling facts regarding Germany’s rapidly developing anti-West foreign-policy initiatives. Take note.

Balkans Endgame

“Ten years after the nato illegal attack on the sovereign state of Yugoslavia (Germany having spent nearly 20 years stirring insurrection among Croats, Kosovo Albanians and Bosnian Muslims against the Serbs) Berlin is still applying pressure for more secession from Belgrade. While the Germans believe Kosovo is now a sovereign state (despite the chaos, criminality and a minority of world states recognizing it) and finally out of Serb influence, ‘Folk Group,’ or ethnic activists, are driving the Vojvodina [on the Serb border with Hungary] to demands for far-reaching ‘special rights.’

“They are predictably being supported by the fuev (Federal Union of European Ethnic Groups), an organization founded by Nazis and today funded by the German state.

“The weakening of Belgrade which these separatists seek is a long-running cause of the German political class in its expansion in Southeast Europe. Imperial German geopolitical thinking of the early 20th century saw Serbia as the bolt which locked the door to German access to the Black Sea and the Middle East. The re-creation of Yugoslavia at the end of both world wars, which was approved by the victorious Allies to block German expansion, is now called a ‘forced birth’ in the German press—precisely recalling the attitudes of the opponents of the Treaty of Versailles between the wars.

“The long-standing conflict over the Serb province of Vojvodina is intensifying with a proposed ‘Autonomy Law,’ which would give further special rights well beyond the existing autonomy regulations and which have hitherto been rejected by the Serb government in Belgrade because they would naturally tend towards break up. Needless to say, the European Commission (a consistent enemy of Serbia and a friend to the strongly fascist elements in Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia) is exerting pressure to pass the law.

“The Hungarian minority (about one seventh of the population), having for a long time demanded secession and incorporation into Hungary, now wants ethnically defined special rights. They are organized under the banner of ‘The association of Vojvodina Hungary,’ which together with a second minority group, the “Democratic League of Croats in Vojvodina,” are part of the German-based fuev, which has in recent years organized conferences and negotiations with the regional political establishment in the town of Subotica.

“Starting with the illegal recognition of Croatia (which immediately described itself as an ethnically pure state in which Serbs were not welcome) and Slovenia and having reached with their recognition of Kosovo a new high point in their destruction of Yugoslavia, Germany is now plotting to aid the Hungarian and Croat minorities in Vojvodina” (March 24).

German-Russian Alliance

The same source reports: “In the prelude to nato’s jubilee summit, influential German foreign-policy makers are reinforcing their demands for stronger cooperation with Moscow. The EU must seek ‘new forms of cooperation with Russia,’ declared the Berlin government adviser Alexander Rahr. This is not only in regards to the approach to Afghanistan and Iran, but also for dealing with the Arab nations. Moscow’s influence in the region could [be] used ‘to help forward Western interests.’ Rahr is the ‘Russia-Eurasia program director’ in the German Council on Foreign Relations (dgap) research institute and is one of the most prominent proponents of German-Russian cooperation. At the beginning of the year, he had already made a plea for a debate on whether ‘Russia—perhaps alongside the usa—could not become a second European security pillar.’ ‘Or will the development go more in the direction of EU-Europe soon becoming the eastern part of the United States …?’ Rahr asks in a text appearing in the journal Eurasisches Magazin.

“Berlin had begun discussing closer cooperation with Moscow even before the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, last summer, made a plea for a new ‘pan-European system of security.’ According to this plan, all nations ‘from Vancouver to Vladivostok’ should, with a binding treaty, found a common ‘security system.’ ‘Europe is in need of a new system of security,’ confirmed Sergei Karaganov, president of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy in Moscow, at the dgap in the beginning of March. From Karaganov’s speech, it seems that the planned treaty should replace nato. This implies that Russia would help Germany extract itself from the U.S.-dominated war alliance and entice it with the prospect of rising to parity with the United States” (March 18).

Both the G-20 and the nato summits are going to stretch the Obama advisers to their limit. On each score, the U.S. administration is outwitted and outgunned significantly by hard-boiled European technocrats before it even hits London on April 2 for this week’s G-20 conference and Strasbourg/Kehl for the nato summit that follows on April 3 and 4.

Watch for the U.S. to emerge bruised and battered, and significantly weakened politically, from the high drama in London and Europe this week. April 2 to 4 could prove a dramatic turning point in the continuing rise of a German-led Europe to ultimate global dominance and the continuing descent of U.S. global influence to that of a second-rate power.

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