Tysk industri och folk i uppror mot vapenskramlet mot Ryssland

Samtalstonen mellan industrin och den tyska regeringen har spetsat till sig ytterligare. Redan på det tysk-ryska råvaruforumets konferens i Dresden den 2 april riktades skarp kritik mot förbundsregeringens beslut om att frysa samtliga kanaler för politisk dialog med Ryssland. Deltagare sa att en sådan politik är "oförnuftig" och "irrationell". På ett annat möte, som hölls av Forum Öst i Berlin den 9 april med temat "Chanser till ett industriellt samarbete från Lissabon till Vladivostok", höll Eckard Cordes, ordförande för den tyska industriförbundets avdelning för handel med Östeuropa, Ostauschuss, ett flammande tal mot sanktionerna. På mötet deltog företagsrepresentanter från Tyskland, Ryssland och östeuropeiska länder.

Med ett "envetet sisyfosarbete" under flera år har man arbetat för ett frihandelsområde tvärs över hela den eurasiska kontinenten, sa Cordes. Debatten om hårda handelssanktioner mot Ryssland hotar nu denna möjlighet att erövra nya horisonter.

- En hel generations arbete hotar att gå om intet.....Låt oss gemensamt från alla håll säga: Vi tänker inte gå med på att vårt arbete de senaste årtiondena för att bygga upp detta samarbete förstörs, sa Cordes och fick en brakande applåd som mer än tydligt visade vad inte bara tysk industri anser om sanktionerna mot Ryssland.

Cordes krävde att politikerna måste inse sina misstag, och "sätta sig vid förhandlingsbordet för att lösa sakerna fredligt" istället för att försämra läget med vapenskrammel och hot om sanktioner.

- Den som försvagar vårt industrisamarbete, måste veta att freden i Europa därmed också är i farozonen, sa Cordes.

EU:s Rysslandspolitik "farlig upptrappning"

EU:s och förbundskansler Angela Merkels politik mot Ryssland och Ukraina fördöms och kan leda "till en farlig upptrappning av hot", sa den tyske ordföranden för parlamentets utrikesutskott Peter Gauweiler i veckotidningen Stern den 27 mars. Han angrep också EU:s antidemokratiska politik i allmänhet.

Gauweiler sa att tidigare fanns slagordet "Frihet eller Socialism", men nu finns bara "Frihet eller finansbolagsaffärer". Han sa att amerikansk "handelsimperialism i stil med Manhattan" inte är något alternativ till "riktig frihandel, som också måste innebära handel med Ryssland".

Gauweiler attackerade också EU och dess institutioner och sa att "det Europa som presenteras" för väljarna i Europaparlamentsvalet den 25 maj är "en institutionaliserad ickedemokrati, en revolution från toppen". Han sa att idén om "Fädernesländernas Europa", som var de Gaulles och Adenauers samarbete i Europa mellan självständiga demokratiska nationalstater, har förvrängts och att Europaparlamentet in på något sätt motsvara kraven på en riktig representativ demokrati. De verkliga bossarna i EU, som den Europeiska centralbankens ordförande Mario Draghi, är "ickevalda övernationella regeringar, som i själva verket gör sådana val helt onödiga. Europas medborgare förvandlas mer och mer till heloter" sa han. Heloter var den antika grekiska diktaturstatens Spartas slavar, som var så totalt utan rättigheter att de fritt kunde dödas av spartanerna.

Majoritet i Tyskland motsätter sig Nato

En opinionsmätning för programmet "Tysklandtrend" i Tysklands första nationella TV-kanal ARD visar att två tredjedelar motsätter sig ett tyskt deltagande i all Natoexpansion i Östeuropa. Motståndet är än starkare i östra Tyskland där 81 procent säger nej. I östra Tyskland är 60 procent även för att Tyskland ställer sig mellan öst och väst, medan enbart 31 procent ser Tyskland alliera sig med Väst. Även i de västra delstaterna av Tyskland är 49 procent för en neutral roll medan 45 procent är för Nato.

Här följer en unik dokumentation på engelska om hur omfattande detta motstånd är i Tyskland mot den brittiskstyrda upptrappningen till en kärnvapenkonfrontation mot Ryssland.

Documentation on strong fundamental German resistance against the Russia bashing in German media and official statements. From Executive intelligence Review (www.larouchepub.com), Stockholm Bureau, 140410

Former German Chancellor Schmidt: Russia Sanctions Are "a Stupid Idea"

March 27, 2014 (EIRNS) --Moscow's actions in the Crimea are
comprehensible, former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (1974-82)
wrote in the weekly {Die Zeit}, calling the sanctions that target
individual Russian politicians and businessmen, employed by the
EU and the U.S. against Russia, "a stupid idea." The current
restrictive measures are of a symbolic nature, but if more
serious economic sanctions are introduced, "they'll hit the West
as hard as Russia," Schmidt warned.
He also believes that the refusal of Western countries to
cooperate with Russia within the framework of the G8 is a wrong
decision. "It would have been ideal to get together now. It would
certainly do a lot more for the promotion of peace than the
threats of sanctions," Schmidt said, adding that, however, the G8
itself is no longer as important as the G20, in which Russia
remains a member.

Meeting: "We need cool heads to stop a political tsunami"

DRESDEN, April 2, 2014 (EIRNA)--The Raw Materials Forum congress of the German and Russian industry which was held in Dresden today, sent out a strong "no" to a policy of sanctions and
confrontation against the Russians. None of the speakers from
either country, including several CEOs of leading industrial
companies, said a single word of sympathy or support to the EU or
the German government, and in discussions on the sidelines of the
event with representatives of the mittelstand and of
institutions, not a single anti-Russian remark was made.
"Cooperation instead of confrontation"--that is what also
senior representatives of the German political establishment,
like Edmund Stoiber (CSU) and Klaus Toepfer (CDU), declared
during their statements at the various panels of the event.
Arkadi Dvorkovich, vice premier of Russia, said that this Dresden
event was highly important, because it took place "in a
tempest... which some people would like to turn into a tsunami,"
and that people "with a cool head" were needed to stop those
intents.
Several presentations stressed that there has been strong
cooperation between Russia and Germany over more than 300 years,
highlighted by cooperation between the two oldest mining
academies of the world--the one in Freiberg and the one in St.
Petersburg. Direct cooperation between both countries was
initiated by Peter the Great, who stayed at Freiberg in 1697 and
invited Saxonian mining engineers to Russia, to lay the
foundations for mining in the Urals.

RUSSIA'S GAS COMPANY, GAZPROM, AND THE EUROPEAN UNION agreed that they have to preserve mutually beneficial bilateral
relations, Gazprom announced in a statement after a meeting in
Brussels, Novosti reported today. Gazprom head Alexei Miller
initiated the meeting with European Energy Commissioner Guenther
Oettinger and Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
"The parties affirmed their interest in preserving bilateral
relations that have been built over several decades of fruitful
cooperation to achieve mutual benefits," Gazprom's statement
said. "In particular, Gazprom was noted to be not only Europe's
largest supplier of gas, with 40 years of reliable deliveries,
but also the single largest investor of the gas infrastructure of Europe."

German-Russian oil and gas deal signed

Germany's energy producer RWE signed a deal yesterday on the sale of its oil/gas daughter firm DEA to LetterOne, a company of Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman, for 5.1 billion euros. The deal had been criticized by leading politicians of the CDU and the Greens, as a deal even intensifying cooperation between Germans and Russians at a time when EU sanctions against Russia want to reduce such cooperation in the energy sector. DEA is looking forward to begin the exploration of gas in the Caspian Sea.

Germany, Hungary Oppose Russia Sanctions

March 28 (EIRNS)--Reacting to offers by the leaders of the United
States and Canada to supply Europe and Germany with liquid
natural gas (LNG) in order to make them less dependent on Russia,
German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Berlin yesterday
evening that imports from overseas are "no reasonable
alternative"--among other reasons, because the infrastructure for
LNG does not exist in Europe. Furthermore, Russia has proved to
be a reliable supplier even during the Cold War period, always
keeping its contracts.
Also, the CEO of Deutsche Bahn, Germany's state railway,
Rüdiger Grube, raised his voice against sanctions. He will be in
Moscow in mid-April to ensure that business with Russian railways
(EU250 million last year) is not undermined by all the sanctions
talk in Brussels. "For us, de-escalation is imperative," Grube
said at a press briefing in Berlin yesterday while presenting the
railways's annual results. Deutsche Bahn board member
Karl-Friedrich Rausch, who oversees transportation and logistics,
will visit the Russian capital already next week and prepare
Grube's visit.
One of the individuals targeted by U.S. President Barack
Obama for sanctions, is Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin.
It was not immediately clear if either of the German executives
would meet Yakunin. German carmakers and electronic firms
producing in China, transport some of their goods to Germany via
Deutsche Bahn, in cooperation with partners such as Russia's
state owned railway. "It's taken decades to build up this
partnership, as well as a lot of effort and energy, but it can be
quickly destroyed," Grube said.
Opposition to sanctions is strong also in Hungary, as its
Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared in an interview published by
the Politics website this morning. He pointed out that Hungary, a
country of 10 million people, relies on Russia for about 80% of
its natural gas needs, and recently signed a EU10 billion deal
with Moscow for Rosatom to expand Hungary's Paks nuclear plant, a
major power generator. Russia is also Hungary's largest trading
partner outside the European Union, with exports worth EU2.55
billion in 2013.

Siemens CEO Kaeser Meets Putin

March 27, 2014 (EIRNS)--Joe Kaeser, the CEO of Germany's Siemens
company, said yesterday that his firm was committed to continue
working with Russian companies in spite of the current crisis.
During a trip to Moscow, in which he also met President Vladimir
Putin at his residence on March 26, Kaeser said that his firm
wanted to honor long-standing business contracts and not to pay
attention to "short-term turbulences" and "populism" in its
business planning. He also pointed to continued U.S.-Russian
projects in space, as an example of ongoing cooperation even at
times of crisis.
"We support a trusting relationship with Russian companies,"
Kaeser told journalists in Russia in response to a question on
whether sanctions against Russian Railways CEO Vladimir Yakunin
could affect its projects with the state railway monopoly firm.
Siemens, which has been active in Russia for 160 years, among
other engagements also has a partnership with Russian Railways,
under which it provides high-speed trains for lines between St.
Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod. Siemens has noted that
Russian Railways CEO Vladimir Yakunin is on the list of Western
individual sanctions against Russia, but insists that this does
not interfere with its businesses in Russia.
"We have mastered a range of challenges successfully over
time," Kaeser told Germany's state TV channel ZDF later on.
"Therefore I believe it is good to stay in dialogue and to talk
about the things that are in the way and to find solutions
together." Kaeser said that the German government knew about his
trip in advance and had not tried to influence him.

More German Executives Criticize Anti-Russian Policy

March 29 (LPAC)--According to Reuters several top German
executives criticized the strategy of the U.S. and Europe in
dealing with Russia.
Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp's Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger
told {Die Welt} that the events of the past had shown that great
change could be achieved if the West cooperated with Russia
rather than being confrontational.
"Now we have a situation in which Russia feels that its back
is against the wall," he said in an article published on the
paper's website today.
"Many German companies that invested in Russia last year or
wanted to build production sites there have now given up their
plans or put them on ice," Bernd Hones, Economic Correspondent at
economic development agency Germany Trade & Invest in Moscow,
told the Sunday, March 30 edition of FAZ, {Frankfurter Allgemeine
Sonntagszeitung}.
The head of Germany's state railway Deutsche Bahn said this week he
planned to travel to Moscow. Joe Kaeser, chief executive of engine-ering
giant Siemens, drew criticism from some German politicians for meeting
Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 26.
Some non-industrial German companies, such as retailer Metro
and generic pharmaceutical Stada have said it would continue to
invest in Russia as long as threatened G7 sanctions do not
disrupt business.
Herbert Hainer, chief executive of sporting goods maker
Adidas, told {Die Welt} that he believed the West waited too long
to start talks with Putin when tensions between Russia and
Ukraine rose. "We should ask ourselves if someone like Putin
shouldn't have been part of the process much earlier, instead of
holding off with talks until it's too late," he said.
Eckhard Cordes, head of Germany's Committee on Eastern
European Economic Relations, warned that some trade with Russia
could shift to China if Europe turned its back on Russian gas.
"Russia would find new sales markets in China if Europe limited
its energy imports," he told {Frankfurter Allgemeine
Sonntagszeitung}, adding such a development could not be in
Europe's interest.
Logistics group Deutsche Post DHL's Chief Executive Frank
Appel told {Die Welt} he believed there were few viable
alternatives to Europe's dependence on Russian gas, echoing
comments Germany's Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel made
yesterday. "Since we don't have major sources of raw materials in
Europe, we will always be dependent on others," Appel said. "And
it seems questionable to me whether dependence on the Middle East
or Venezuela would be better than that on Russia."

EU's Russia Policy Is "Dangerous Muscle-Flexing"

March 27, 2014 (EIRNS)--In his interview with Germany's {Stern}
weekly, Peter Gauweiler, chairman of the Bundestag foreign
relations committee, not only denounced the EU/Merkel policy
toward Ukraine and Russia as leading "into a dangerous escalation
of threats," but blasted the anti-democratic EU policy generally.
He said that in former times, there was the slogan "freedom
or socialism"; today the slogan must be "freedom or investment
banking." The "Manhattan brand trade imperialism" is no
alternative to "real free trade, which must also be trade with
Russia, as the CEO of Siemens has just pointed out." (See accompanying slug.)
Gauweiler also lashed out against the EU and its
institutions, saying that the "Europe presented" now to the
voters in the May 25 elections for European Parliament is "an
institutionalized non-democracy, a revolution from the top," that
the original concept of the Europe of the Fatherlands has been
twisted, and the European Parliament in no way meets the
standards of representative democracy. The real bosses of Europe,
like European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, are "unelected
super-governments, which actually make such elections completely
superfluous. Europe's citizens are increasingly being turned into
helots."

Czech President Zeman's Stance for Intervention into Ukraine Criticized in Germany

April 8, 2014 (EIRNS)--The Czech President Milos Zeman's
endorsement, two days ago, for NATO troops to make a military
intervention into Ukraine drawing a line against Russian
ambitions in eastern Ukraine, has prompted prominent criticism
across the political party spectrum in Germany. Niels Annen,
foreign policy spokesman of the Social Democrats, said that "in
such a tense situation, everybody should be conscious of their
responsibility and not contribute to an escalation. That also
goes for the Czech President."
Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesman of the
Christian Democrats, said that "the present developments should
not be taken as a pretext to define red lines which would only
create automatisms for action." The consequences of defining such
red lines, he warned, would be incalculable in military terms, as
well as in economic and political ones. Instead, efforts should
be focused on establishing a Contact Group for finding a
diplomatic solution with the inclusion of Russia, he said.
Spokesmen for the Greens, the Linke, and the FDP denounced
the saber-rattling in the West as well. Gabi Zimmer, slate leader
of the Linke for the European Parliament elections on May 25,
pointed out that in the early 1990s, Ukrainian leader Leonid
Kuchma even wanted to return Crimea to the Russians, but Russia's
Boris Yeltsin did not want it back, then.

Ex-German Armed Forces Chief of Staff Speaks Out Against Ukraine
NATO Membership and NATO Troops in Eastern NATO Member States

April 2, 2014 (EIRNS)--Former German Armed Forces Chief of Staff
General Harald Kujat (ret.) warned against NATO making Ukraine a
member. In the online edition of the {Mitteldeutsche Zeitung} he
said: "NATO should clearly state: 'We do not have the intention
to make Ukraine a member.' ... This is clearly what Russia wants
to prevent. The best would be for Ukraine to say this for
themselves." He also again opposed loud voices for putting NATO
ground troops in member states bordering Russia; "it is important
not to escalate under pressure of overblown concerns, in order to
calm the anxieties of Eastern states." Although General Kujat
accepts the recent NATO decision to cut ties with Russia as a
"measured step," he added, it is "not clear what the goals are of
Western crisis-management."

GERMAN INTELLECTUALS WRITE LETTER SUPPORTING PUTIN

April 9 (LPAC)--Over a hundred German intellectuals led by
retired German Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jochen Scholz,
cosigned by lawyers, journalists, doctors, servicemen, scholars,
scientists, diplomats and historians published an open letter to
Russian President Putin today in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung,
which was then covered in Russia Today. The letter was written in
response to a speech made on March 18, 2014 by Putin on the
occasion of the reunification of Crimea with Russia.
The letter acknowledges that the Soviet Union indeed played
a decisive role in the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany and
supported the reunification of Germany and its ascension into
NATO after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the
Warsaw Pact.
Then U.S. President George Bush Sr. had given assurances to
Russia that NATO will not expand eastward, and yet despite
Moscow's show of trust, the U.S. and its allies violated that
commitment. The letter reads: "NATO expansion into the former
Soviet republics, the creation of military bases in the former
Warsaw Pact countries and the setup of an umbrella missile
defense system in Eastern Europe, while unilaterally withdrawing
from the ABM Treaty by the U.S. is a flagrant violation of
promises."
The letter cites an article entitled "The Rise of U.S.
Nuclear Primacy" by Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press published
in {Foreign Affairs} in 2006 which convincingly argued that the
anti-missile defense system is supposed to make a nuclear first
strike possible in order to neutralize Russia. The letter further
argues that the events in Ukraine should be seen from this
standpoint. Ukraine is being used a a tool for this purpose.
"This template was used repeatedly: in Serbia, Georgia and
Ukraine in 2004, Egypt, Syria, Libya and Venezuela.
The letter defends the reunification of Crimea with Russia
as a defensive measure. "Based on the background of the
developments in Europe since 1990, the establishment of some
1,000 U.S. military bases around the world, control of sea
straits by the United States, as well as the danger posed by the
abuse from Maidan for the Russian Black Sea Fleet -- we consider
the separation of the Crimea as a defensive measure and
simultaneously, as a warning: this is a line that cannot be
crossed."
The letter supports Putin's proposal to build a "common
European House" united under a "common economic zone from Lisbon
to Vladivostok." In this connection Ukraine can play a role as a
bridge between Eurasian Union and European Union. However the
main objective of the current U.S. policy is to deny that role by
bringing Ukraine under NATO control.
The letter concludes by saying that with the modest means
available to the authors of the letter as simple citizens, they
will contribute to ensuring that the intended division of Europe
does not succeed, but rather that the ideas of Gottfried Wilhelm
Leibniz are reawakened. We are convinced: only if the states and
people of the Eurasian double continent regulate their affairs
with each other peacefully, respectfully, cooperatively on the
basis of law and without external interference, can this also
radiate to the rest of the world. We understand you in this sense
as an ally.

Majority of Germans opposes NATO

In an opinion poll carried out for the Deutschlandtrend program of
Germany's first national channel TV ARD, two thirds oppose a
German role in any NATO expansion in eastern Europe. The opposition
is stronger even in eastern Germany: there, 81 percent say "no." Also in
eastern Germany, 60 percent favor a role of Germany between East and
West, against 31 percent that see Germany as allied with the West; even
in the western regions of Germany, 49 percent are for a neutral role,
against 45 percent that are for NATO.

Vast majority of Germans against NATO intervention

The Forsa Institute found in an opinion poll that 50 percent of the Germans
oppose an increased NATO presence at the borders to Russia, against
42 percent that are in favor of it. East Germans oppose with 57 percent,
even. Revealing: voters of the Greens support a bigger NATO presence
with 54 percent. Concerning a deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine,
77 percent of the Germans are against it even if (!) Russia occupied larger
partys of Ukraine, against only 16 percent that are in favor of it. The FORSA
poll will be published in the Stern weekly.

Austrian Foreign Minister: Only Ukrainian Neutrality Will Preserve Peace

April 5 (EIRNS)--Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, just
returning from special consultations he had been invited for by
his Ukrainian colleague and other interim government members in
Kiev, said in Vienna yesterday that the only possible future for
Ukraine is not to become a member of NATO, but to stay neutral.
The same, Kurz said, was true for Moldova, another country in the
East that NATO wants to pull over by an association and
"inter-operability" agreement.
Rather than having to decide for an "either/or" association,
Ukraine should stay open to both sides, Kurz said, warning that a
NATO membership would be seen as a Western provocation by Russia,
whereas neutrality would preserve the peace, also inside Ukraine.
Austria has been neutral since the 1955 agreement signed on the
end of a 10-year Soviet troop presence there after the end of
World War II.

Austrian Foreign Minister calls for de-escalation in the Ukraine

In an interview yesterday with Die Welt, Austrian Foreign Minister,
Sebastian Kurz, pleaded for de-escalation and dialogue in the Ukrainian
crisis and stated provoking Putin is the wrong policy. Kurz sees positive
signals from Russia: direct talks between the Ukraine and Russia and the
acceptance of an OSZE mission. When pushed by the interviewer, he
said the next step of the sanctions could be a weapons embargo, but again
he emphasized that he hoped no further sanctions will be necessary. He
hoped that the EU has learned from the recent experience that one should
not force countries to choose between Russia and the EU. Moldavia and
Georgia could be included in the European economic zone, like Norway.
He didn't expect to see Ukraine join the foreseeable future.

A free trade zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok and the integration of Putin's Eurasian Union would be a good solution for the future. The inclusion of the Ukraine into NATO would only provoke Putin. Austria's neutrality has always served it well.

DUTCH SOCIALIST LEADER TELLS EIR: NOBODY TRUSTS THE UKRAINIAN `GOVERNMENT'

April 9 (EIRNS)--EIR spoke to Tiny Cox, head of the Socialist
Party faction in the Dutch Senate, who reported findings of the
Presidential Committee of the Council of Europe during their
recent visit in Ukraine. The delegation was in Kiev, Donetz, and
Lviv. Although Cox considers Russian policy as "imperialist," he
did not mince words in exposing the "horrible" political, legal,
and social situation as a result of the "coup" in Ukraine.
"The country is in shambles. Nobody trusts the government;
this government, the former government," he said. Parliament
consists of people who were selected by the oligarchs. "I have
never seen such a situation in any European country."
"There is a lot of discussion on the legitimacy of the
government. As an old revolutionary I thought: This is a
revolution. But a revolution in a democratic state does not make
sense. You make a revolution against dictators, not against your
elected President. And if you want to get rid of him, take care
that you have early elections or you impeach your President."
Everybody in the Parliament changes hats and there is a lot
of turbulence beneath the surface. Cox said he saw a video of
Communist Party head Peter Shimonenko, who is running for
President in the May 25th elections, who had been beaten up by
the fascists during a speech in the Parliament. The video is from
April 8. Svoboda is de facto ruling the western part of the
country and Right Sector has still 6,000 armed men in Kiev.
Despite statements from leading German politicians that a
precondition for any EU aid is that the Kiev interim government
must kick out the fascists, nothing has been done in that
direction. The complete interview is available as audio file.

German TV doubts Kiev version of snipers affair

German's first national channel TV ARD reported again on the snipers
affair, on its primetime policy special Monitor April 9th. The program
interviewed an anonymous member of the Kiev investigation team who
said that his own investigations do not back the official version put out
by the Kiev interim regime. Tapped phone communcation among Berkut
officers shows that they had orders not to shoot on unarmed people.
And, at least some of the shots were fired from the Ukraina Hotel,
which at that time was firmly in the hands of the Maidan movement.

MEP Arlacchi Blasts EU as War-Monger

March 27, 2014 (EIRNS) -- The EU on the Ukrainian crisis "is
doing something fundamentally contrary not only to its own
interests but even to its peaceful vocation," said Member of the
European Parliament (MEP) Pino Arlacchi (Italy) in an interview
with TMNews March 25. "We got the Nobel Peace Prize two years
ago, but we are behaving like an aggressive and warmongering
power in creating an enemy, Russia, which is anything but an
enemy."
Those who think that Russian President Putin has gone mad
and that Crimea is a dangerous precedent, "are talking nonsense.
In the 25 years since the fall of communism, Russia has used
force only once in response to aggression from Georgia. It never
invaded or threatened any country. In those 25 years, the United
States and the EU have often intervened abroad, with or without
the authorization of the UN Security Council, from Kosovo to
Afghanistan, from Iraq to Libya. How can one say that Russia is
an expansionist power? We are an expansionist and aggressive
power. It makes no sense to act in this way, it just creates an
enemy."
Arlacchi added, "In particular, the behavior of western
media has been technically shameful in the Ukrainian crisis,
dropping any distinction between facts and opinions in their
reporting of events. Alternative voices have been ignored: All
this, to create an enemy." Arlacchi has witnessed the same
behavior by the media in Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia, and in
Rwanda, "with information aimed at creating splits ... a
one-sided propaganda."

Xi Jinping Attends Arrival of Chinese Container Train in Germany

March 29 (EIRNS)--Today, the President of China will be at the
port of Duisburg, just as the Yuxinou container train from
Chongqing in central China is to arrive, after a week-long
journey of more than 10,000 kilometers. Making the round trip
with 51 containers three times a week, the train transports
electronic goods and textiles from China to Germany, and
industrial goods and machinery from Germany to the central
Chinese industrial region. Yuxinou goes from Chongqing to
Kazakhstan, from there up to the Trans-Siberian route via Russia,
Belarus, Poland, and on to Germany.
Bringing the containers to China's seaports from Chongqing
for shipment to Europe would take three days alone, therefore the
land route is more efficient.
A more southern rail route, going via Kazakhstan to Russia
along the northern shore of the Caspian Sea, on to the northern
coast of the Black Sea and across the yet-to-be-built new bridge
across the Asow Sea to Crimea, then via Ukraine and Slovakia to
Austria and western Europe, would shorten the journey of the
train by about 1,000 kilometers and by up to two days of travel.

President Xi Jinping Welcomes "Silk Road Train" in Duisburg

April 1, 2014 (EIRNS)--The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe train
arrived on time at the Port of Duisburg, the biggest river port
in the world, on March 28, after travelling 11,000 kilometers,
cutting the sea route time by 20 days. Chinese President Xi
Jinping was in Duisburg to meet the train, accompanied by
Germany's Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), Vice Chancellor and Minister of
Economy and Energy; Hannelore Kraft (SPD), Minister President of
North Rhine-Westphalia, and Mayor Soren Link (SPD) of Duisburg.
In his remarks, President Xi emphasized the importance of Germany
and China, which lie at each end of the railroad, as the driving
engines for economic growth in Europe and Asia. This
transcontinental line is, of course, extremely important for
Germany's industrial Ruhr area, which has suffered greatly from
deindustrialization for a number of years.
Given the importance of the location for future relations,
President Xi announced that China will open a consulate in the
state capital of Düsseldorf so that North Rhine-Westphalia can
participate in the building of the Silk Road economic belt.
N.R.W. Minister President Kraft proudly announced that China and
N.R.W. have enjoyed a close relationship, with more than 800
Chinese companies having settled there and over 1,000 companies
from her state having invested in China.
According to Düsseldorf Mayor Dirk Elbers, there are now
more than 8,200 German companies in China and over 2,000 Chinese
companies with branches in Germany, and, "Within a radius of 500
kilometers, one has access to 50% of the purchasing power of
Europe." Recently, China's Huawei company moved its Western
European operations headquarters from London to Düsseldorf,
because, as Huawei Germany manager Toni Cheng put it, "Germany is
exactly in the center of Europe, while England is more on the
edge." The China-based producer of home appliances and
electronics, Hisense, has also established its European
headquarters in Düsseldorf.

China and Germany Sign Landmark Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

April 1, 2014 (LPAC)--The 10-point agreement on comprehensive
strategic partnership which was signed in Berlin on March 28,
will be filled out with more detailed content at the next
high-level mutual consultations in Germany later this year. Four
areas of industrial and modernization cooperation have already
been identified: "Urbanization, industrialization, information
technology and agriculture -- plus transport, electric mobility,
modern production technology, energy, food safety, clean water
and resource efficiency. Both sides welcome the decision that
China will be the partner country at CeBIT 2015 as an expression
of the desire to engage in economic cooperation in the area of
information technology."
Of somewhat more interest are also points 2 and 3 of the
agreement:
2. Germany and China share the view that current
international political conditions and the global economy pose
complex challenges. As major economies and influential countries
in the world, Germany and China both bear an important
responsibility for peace and prosperity. Both sides are prepared
to deepen their strategic cooperation in the areas of foreign
policy and security and to intensify their commitment to the
solution of regional and global conflicts, bilaterally,
multilaterally, and within the framework of relations between
China and the European Union. Both countries will engage in
in-depth exchanges on regional and international matters such as
the situation in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria. Both sides
welcome the constructive cooperation within the E3+3 on Iran's
nuclear program. They therefore agree to expand their strategic
dialogue into a strategic foreign and security policy dialogue.
Both sides will engage in regular exchanges on international and
regional crises and on global challenges such as climate,
environment, energy and resource security, international
development cooperation and food security and will work together
more closely in international organizations and bodies,
particularly the United Nations and the G20.
3. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak
of the First World War and the 75th year to commemorate the start
of the Second World War, both sides emphasize the crucial
significance of peace, understanding and development among
peoples. They are committed to the peaceful resolution of
regional and international disputes and conflicts on the basis of
international law, which is founded on the United Nations
Charter. They welcome the expansion and deepening of regional
integration in Europe and of regional cooperation in Asia, as
well as an international order based on rules that are even more
just and reasonable. Germany welcomes a peaceful development of
China, which goes hand-in-hand with an even more significant
contribution to international and regional security. Both sides
reaffirm their mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial
integrity. Germany supports the peaceful development of relations
between both sides of the Taiwan Strait and reaffirms its
commitment to a One-China policy.

Clearing House for the Chinese currency to be established in Frankfurt

"Frankfurt will be a offshore-center for the Renmimbi", titles the
Boersenzeitung today, on the decision to build a Clearing House
for the Renmimbi in Euro in Frankfurt. The development is presented as an opportunity for better financing German-Chinese trade and economic deals.

At the same time, the Deutsche Boerse and the Bank of China announced a strategic cooperation. This is aimed at providing more access to Chinese emissions on the Euro market, and has been commented by the head of the Deutsche Boerse as improving the "stability" of financial markets.

Boersenzeitung also reports that next Monday the Chinese will sign a deal in London to build a Clearing House for the Yuan, also welcomed by the Bank of England as helping the stability of the global financial system.
London is today already the center for two thirds of trading with the  Chinese currency worldwide.

At the same time, the Chinese chose Frankfurt with an eye to the needs of the real economy, as Germany is the pivot of trade flows with the West. Currently Chinese exporters have costs of 5 to 7% for turning dollar invoicing in local currencies. With invoicing in Yuan and resolution on place, those costs should be eliminated.

French Economist Mocks Putin Bashing

PARIS, March 28 (Nouvelle Soldarité)--In a humorous piece
published on the website causeur.fr, French economist Olivier
Berruyer goes with Erasmus-style irony after those in the West
criticizing Vladimir Putin:
"Putin scares me....
"The time has come to denounce Vladimir Putin loud and
strong. First in the field of economics. What did he do
concretely over the last 15 years? The buying power of the
Russians has doubled. Inflation: went from 100% close to nothing.
Balance of trade: largely improved and hence with surplus.
Employment level: strongly on the rise. Public debt: went from
90% of GDP to 0%. Poverty: halved. In short, the figures speak
for themselves: a lamentable failure.
"On the political level: regular elections with big
electoral successes--quite different from our allies in China and
Saudi Arabia. Of course, Putin's popularity never dropped below
65% of favorable opinion and has gone up to 80% today--which was
predictable considering the catastrophic economic figures given
above. Otherwise, we realize that the figures have been
falsified, with Obama staggering at 40%, Hollande having dropped
at 15%, and the approval rating of the U.S. Congress having set
the record with a single digit figure of 9% of positive approval
by U.S. citizens.
"But it is in the domain of geopolitics that the worst has
to be feared. Because, what is Putin promoting? Referenda! To ask
people what they think! Come on, seriously, how long are we going
to tolerate this in Europe? And beware the consequences of our
shyness: If we accept the development of referenda in Europe, it
will mean the end of the..."

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