Category EU & Euro

Yellow Vests in France Challenge Macron Presidency

Yellow Vests Paris 2018-11-24

Yellow vest demands are pointing to an urgently needed system change – and pose risks far higher and wider than anticipated by most.

The numbers of participants to the street protests by the yellow vests have been sliding continuously since the first protests November 17, counting more than 282’000, have rocked France. The following weekends, official numbers show 106’000 and after that 75’000 – but government counts and reports usually reflect its intentions: to generally downplay and misrepresent importance and aims. But during the last weekend, protesters successfully blocked commercial traffic on border posts raising the national cost of the unrest, which is reaching single-digit billions of Euros already by now.

Most interesting are the demands of the yellow vests, which clearly surpa...


Gelbwesten in Frankreich als warnendes Beispiel

Yellow Vests Paris 2018-11-24

Am 17. November haben die Gelbwesten in Frankreich mit 282.000 Teilnehmern ein europäisches Riesenzeichen gesetzt. Inhaltlich ging es erst ungeordnet zu, doch dann, eine Woche später, tauchten auch Listen mit Forderungen auf. Jedoch schon am ersten Tag waren Gewalttäter dabei, die sogar nicht davor zurückschreckten, die zentralen Denkmäler der französischen Revolution zu beschädigen, Geschäfte zu plündern und zu zerstören und überall Schäden anzurichten, auch bei Angehörigen der ärmeren Schichten. Am folgenden folgenden Wochenende waren dann nur noch 106.000 Menschen dabei, berichten französische Medien, jetzt nur noch rund 75.000.

Oppositionelle Kräfte in Frankreich vermuten jetzt, dass die Gewalttäter staatlicherseits eingeschleust wurden, um die Bewegung schlechtzuma...


G20 Summit: Is the US Losing its Global Leadership?

G20 US leadership

Fact is, it’s the other way round: Global leadership has lost he US – and for good.

The Buenos Aires G20 summit cemented, what really is US president Trump’s political strategy: Washington does not even care for a US leadership role – it’s just cutting deals. Trade trouble with China? The intermediate fixing sounds easy and fair: Trump stops tariffs on 200 billion US$ imports from China – and Beijing agrees to buy more US goods, mainly in the sectors agriculture, energy and industry, but without commitment to defined thresholds as yet; and in the aftermath, Trump tweeted, that Chinese tariffs on US cars, recently raised to a whopping 40%, would be reduced; Beijing had lowered other cars‘ tariffs  from 25% to 15%...


Kerch Trouble: CIA Provocation Against Russia

Trump CIA Provocation

Against Trump’s intentions, the CIA increasingly sows chaos in US and NATO foreign policy – including risk of war.

After the latest provocation of three Ukrainian Navy boats in and around the Kerch Strait, separating the Sea of Asov from the Black Sea, the Ukrainian Army has been put into a state of alarm for the coming 60 days, and the Ukrainian parliament (Rada) decided for imposition of martial law for 30 days. The military events show all the markings of a well-planned operation; a video, taken on the Russian vessel „Don“ and showing the crash with the smaller Ukrainian tugboat „Yani Kapu“, reinforces the impression of a bigger plan, including global media – and serving several goals at once:

  • – For Ukraine, the welcome result is the chance to introduce martial law, which helps a lot...

Freiheit für Palästina!

Freedom Palestine

Der Freiheitskampf des palästinensischen Volkes und unsere Arbeit für Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und gutes Miteinander in Palästina hat ein neues Niveau erreicht.

Die Führungsebene der Hamas erwägt eine Sicherheitsgarantie für alle Juden unter einer künftigen Palästinenser-Regierung, als Folge eines Referendums mit gleichberechtigtem Stimmrecht für alle.

Die Idee dafür stammt aus meinem Treffen mit dem Hamas-Sprecher für Außenpolitik, Usama bin Hamdan, am Rande der regionalen Valdai-Konferenz am 15. Mai 2015 in Marrakesch, Marokko. Im Verlauf unseres ausgedehnten Gesprächs hatte ich um ein Verständigungssignal der Hamas-Führung gebeten, und bin Hamdan gab es mir, nach Rücksprache mit seiner Führungsebene – mündlich...


Freedom for Palestine!

Freedom Palestine

Our communication to all concerned organizations and individuals on freedom and well-being of all people in Palestine:

The freedom struggle of the Palestinian people and our work for peace, justice and good community in Palestine has reached a new level.

The Hamas leadership is pondering a safety guarantee for all Jews under a future Palestinian government, based on a “one man – one vote” referendum in Palestine.

The first steps to this end were developed in my May 15, 2015, meeting with the Hamas spokesman for foreign affairs, Mr. Usama bin Hamdan, on the occasion of the regional Valdai Club conference in Marrakesh, Morocco...


NATO Exercise Threatens Peace

NATO’s „Trident Juncture 2018“ exercise propaganda speaks of defense and security – but choice of locations, weapons and drill goals speak a vastly different language.

50’000 participants, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from more than 30 nations – boasts Norway’s NATO press department video. The biggest since the cold war „Reforger“ drills. That is not so overwhelming, given the „Vostok-2018“ exercise six weeks earlier, involving 300’000 troups – nearly a third of Russia’s full troop strength, 36’000 vehicles, more than a thousand aircraft and 80 vessels, the biggest since the „Zapad“ drills in 1981...


Trump’s INF Treaty Game

Trump ugly

The INF treaty covers intermediate range nuclear forces – but Trump’s handling might result in wide range and long term consequences, trading US political interests for short term gains of their arms industry.

Two of the many problems analysts face with US president Trump’s political moves are, that the gap between announcement and factual decision and the life cycle of a decision are not really predictable. This bulk of trouble is overshadowed by the fact, that this US president is used to see any of his moves in the light of two permanent campaigns he is working for: public relations in general and re-election specifically. The mere mentioning of these criteria implicates what everybody can see easily: Trump is simply not the type of person for serious long-term planning, programming and...


CDU Regime Change

Germany’s political elite in turmoil: Angela Merkel leaves the chair of her Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) party soon – and chancellorship in 2021.

Nearly a dozen candidates ponder the idea of a candidacy for the stewardship of Germany’s strongest party. But one of them immediately heated expectations: Friedrich Merz, 62, head of America’s main influence peddling institution „Atlantic Bridge“, board chairman of more companies of the financial sector than fit into a single tweet and former rival to Merkel, among them the German section of global leader BlackRock...


The Hushed-Up Summit Success

Seven year-old Syria conflict gets a shiny new peace building format – while western propaganda media look the other way.

That’s certainly unprecedented but interesting and symptomatic: The biggest German daily „Süddeutsche“ squeezes a few lines on its front page governed by regional elections in  the state of Hesse and the umpteenth article on the truly terrible and deplorable synagogue killing spree in Pittsburgh, USA. Leading opinion shapers such as „Spiegel online“ and New York Times enumerate a few dry facts – and that’s it: Russian president Putin, his Turkish colleague Erdoğan, German chancellor Merkel and French president Macron met on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Istanbul overlooking the Bosporus...