In light of the recently concluded G20 summit in Hamburg which was accompanied by antifas violence and looting, we are republishing this August 2016 look at the big picture of Germany's position in Europe and the inevitability (barring another globalist fueled world war) of peaceful integration with the Russian and Eurasian economies. After reading a post at Ft. Russ about the quiet rebound in Russian-German trade fueled by higher gas exports in Q1 2017, the German Foreign Ministry's surprising display of backbone opposing new extraterritorial U.S. sanctions designed to kill the Nordstream 2 gas pipeline, and some discussion with London Paul via text regarding this subject, we decided to publish three articles from the Sirius Report's 2016 editions. - JWS
Germany's Pivotal Moment in History by London Paul
August 10, 2016
Germany’s pivotal moment in history is clearly upon us.
The infiltration of Germany, since its very inception as a nation in 1870, by the cabal was to ensure their worst possible nightmare of a Berlin – Moscow economic and political axis would never come to pass. If you add Beijing into that equation then that nightmare would become a living demolition of all that the cabal aspired and dreamt of leading to the resurrection of the new Silk Road which would then extend right across Europe in a new economic, social and political paradigm which was about everything US Hegemony was not, namely mutual cooperation between all nations to achieve desired goals which would benefit everyone instead of a chosen elite and their unholy trinity of death, destruction and grand larceny.
The Treaty of Versailles, after WW1, was a precursor to Germany’s inevitable economic ruin which would lead to the Weimar Republic and the birth of Nazism, the Third Reich and Hitler, who was bankrolled into power by the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC), culminating in the outbreak of WW2. Germany was eventually broken up by design,after WW2, as the cabal where terrified what a United Germany might do in the future. When Germany want reunification there was an agreement put in place in 1990, namely the future adoption of the European Union and the single Euro currency, at the behest of Washington, whilst they continued to remain a vassal state of the US.
Despite its position of prominence within the EU, Germany has paid a huge price given it remains to this day a vassal state of Washington. Merkel is now deeply unpopular with both commerce and lawmakers, not least given that Germany has thousands of companies with a presence in Russia who have been hit by the economic sanctions imposed by the EU with regards to the Ukraine and the Minsk 2 agreement. Furthermore it should be noted that Russia has a strong presence in Germany, which has equally been affected by these sanctions that were a dictat via Washington.
In recent months we have seen evidence of a split within the political ranks within Germany via the announcement by the Bavarian State premier Horst Seehofer, a prominent ally of Merkel, who threatened to take the German government to court over its deeply unpopular open door refugee policy. Furthermore we have seen the German foreign minister Steinmeier call for a return to institutionalised discussion for the reinstatement of the NATO â€“Russian council and that he was pleasantly surprised to see that there was significant support for such a move amongst members.
Furthermore, Steinmeier stated that Russia has played an important role in reaching a ceasefire agreement in Syria, providing access for humanitarian aid and starting peace talks in Geneva. “The truce, the provision of access for humanitarian aid and the start of the peace talks in Geneva – all this would have been impossible to implement without Russia’s constructive participation,” Steinmeier said. The talks between the West, Russia and Mideast countries in Vienna and Munich played an important role in the efforts for the political settlement of the Syrian conflict, the German foreign minister said. “Indeed, Russia is pursuing its own, quite different interests in Syria – ensuring the protection of the military base. This also relates to the creation of its own spheres of influence. But Russia is not interested in the long-standing chaos and the full destruction of state structures in the Middle East,” he continued.
In another clear indication of a growing split with Washington, Germany’s main intelligence agency, the BND, announced it had renewed its intelligence sharing program with the Assad government in Syria and did not intend sharing this information with Washington. [The Germans also completed the withdrawal of their armed forces from the U.S./NATO Incirlik Air Base in Turkey this week -- JWS]
The Russian- German Chamber of Commerce expressed a desire to see anti-Russian sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions removed to rebuild trust. German business exports to Russia decreased by 25 percent in 2015. The total value of trade between the two countries decreased from almost 53 billion euros ($60 billion) in 2014 to 41 billion euros in 2015, including an 18 billion euro decrease in German exports to Russia.
It is perhaps still too early to see the obvious signs of German economic and political integration with Russia and her allies but there is no doubt that there are ongoing secret talks between Russia and Germany and the fruits of their labours will be seen soon enough as commerce and politicians, who are furious at the damage caused by this ongoing subservience to Washington, demand change and a pivot towards the East. This is not only in terms of what the sanctions are doing economically and politically to Germany and Russia who is their natural ally, but also in terms of the migration policy and remaining within the European Union, both of which are Washington dictats. Despite the best efforts of the cabal to prevent the birth of this political axis between Germany and Russia, they will fail to prevent their worst nightmare coming to fruition.
The Berlin-Moscow Axis Washingon Wishes to Resist by London Paul
September 1, 2016
We have spoken many times before about the Berlin-Moscow axis and why throughout modern history, the Western cabal have done everything in their power to ensure that this political, social and economic alliance should never come to pass. It is precisely for this reason that Washington continues to have an overbearing influence on the European Union and particularly Germany. Their undue leverage can be seen not least in terms of the ongoing sanctions imposed against Russia with regards to the Ukraine Minsk 2 accords and the migrant crisis which is engulfing Europe and now creating ripples of discontent across most EU nations.
Set against this backdrop this author has been aware for some time and has spoken about it elsewhere previously, that Germany and Russia have been in secret talks, which have excluded Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. The belief is that these are geared around restoring full political and economic ties and moving towards a fully fledged alliance something that Washington, in particular, wishes to strongly resist. This author contends that this is indeed the catalyst for a fully integrated Berlin-Moscow axis.
Furthermore senior German ministers have privately expressed serious concern about the anti-Russian rhetoric expressed by Merkel and likewise Russian counterparts have been equally vocal in their concerns about Merkel’s apparent support of US military overtures with respect to encroachment towards Russia’s borders. Both sides, incorporating lawmakers and commerce, have equal disdain for the futility of Washington led economic sanctions, which have been more damaging to EU nations than to Russia.
Whilst the private face of ongoing talks, largely remains something of a mystery, we are increasingly seeing vocal condemnation and concerns in German about sanctions and cold war rhetoric with respect to Russia.
Recently the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggested that “stable security” in Europe was unthinkable without Russia. Steinmeier is proposing to put limits on armed forces and military hardware stationed in Europe and greater transparency as to what is precisely being utilised across the continent. He stated that, “we cannot just turn away from Russia, who has become extremely complex. On the contrary, we need again to find a way for passing from the phase of confrontation and growing tensions to sustainable understanding of a common security.”
In mid-August Steinmeier met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov for talks in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg that focused primarily on Ukraine and Syria. The two ministers affirmed their support for the Minsk process aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Lavrov stated that Moscow had “irrefutable” proof of an alleged plot by Kiev to launch sabotage attacks in Crimea, something they hotly refute. There was also agreement between the two sides with regards to the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo. Lavrov was quick to tell the media that Russia are paying top-priority attention towards their relations with Germany. One suspects privately Germany very much reciprocates that point of view.
In further developments, the German ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, speaking at the German-Russian economic forum in Bad Pyrmont said that Brussels should have been “a bit smarter” in handling conflicts with respect to Moscow. He suggested that had Russia taken part in talks on Ukraine’s proposed association with the European Union, Germany would have avoided the deeply damaging effects of the Russian sanctions.
Gerhard Schroeder insisted that “despite our differences” the West should resume “partnership relations” with Moscow. Critically he emphasised the need for a strong Russia while the US needs a weak Russia to economically prevail over the continent. He was also keen to point out that Germany had been hardest hit by these sanctions and why should Germany continue to suffer when, “we know that these sanctions simply make no sense.”
The need to end these sanctions was re-iterated by Vladimir Dmitriev, the vice president of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who said “Russian business is not interested in halting projects with German partners and is ready for increase in investment flow and localization of German production. The Deutsche Bundesbank’s data proves this. German companies invested in Russia over $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016 in comparison with $1.78 billion throughout 2015.”
Russia is keen to normalise economic relations with Germany and to see an expansion of German investment and manufacturing with their nation. Currently there are approximately 5500 German financed organisations operating in Russia, with an overall turnover exceeding $50 billion, providing job opportunities for about 275,000 people.
The two-day German-Russian economic forum in Bad Pyrmont, saw 150 politicians and business people from Russia and Germany discussing ties between the regions under sanctions. There was broad agreement that there needed to be a normalisation of relations and whilst there were challenges to overcome there was confidence that future developments and stability between the two nations was possible. Arguably the challenges are the belligerence and intransigence of Washington.
Increasingly we are seeing German consternation at Washington interference in Europe. Recently German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel blamed the failure of free trade talks between the European Union and the United States on Washington’s refusal to meet a number of European demands. It is now clear to Washington that Germany regards the TTIP to be dead in the water, for the time being, at the very least.
What is now quite clear is that publicly Germany wishes to see closer economic and political integration with Russia, although with some restraint, due in no small part to the overbearing attitude of Washington. What is perhaps more interesting was a need to work with Russia in terms of security within Europe. This alludes to another subject this author contends is afoot, namely the disintegration of NATO with the failed Turkish coup being the catalyst for such an outcome.
What we can say with certainty is that soon enough Germany will rotate east and join in an alliance which will finally see a fully integrated Berlin-Moscow axis which is something Washington is terrified of happening. What futile action they might take to try to prevent this happening remains to be seen.
Are We Witnessing the End of NATO? Cabal Policy Appears in Disarray by London Paul
September 14, 2016 [This article foreshadows the Saudi-Qatar crisis likely instigated behind the scenes by the desperate to save the dying petrodollar crowd and Moscow/Tehran taking advantage of it-- JWS]
We have previously talked about the failed Turkish Coup being the “Archduke Ferdinand” moment for NATO. What subsequently happened was that we saw Erdogan do a complete u-turn with Russia, as witnessed by the ongoing normalisation of relations between the two nations, cooperation over Syria and the impending recommencement of the construction of the Turkish stream gas pipeline
In further measures we have seen French, Italian, Bulgarian and Greek leaderships distance themselves from the rhetoric coming out of the July NATO summit in Warsaw, were they all stated that they consider Russia a partner rather than an enemy.
Much of the EU has expressed continued scepticism about provoking conflict with Russia. At the same NATO summit, Greek leader Alexis Tsipras said that it was time to end the impasse with Moscow. In further developments, Sweden’s Government has refused to join NATO with their Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, claiming: “Our non-alignment policy serves us well” and she felt that NATO would expose Sweden to risks, both political and otherwise, and “we don’t think that’s the right direction”.
In the UK, the Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for NATO to be closed down, with France’s Marine Le Pen and Italy’s Beppe Grillo also calling for the withdrawal, of their respective nations, from NATO.
Greece and Italy have signed bilateral trade agreements with Russia as well as strengthening political ties in a clear signal of further moves towards Russia by these nations and a further erosion in confidence in NATO’s influence in Europe.
Germany appears split with Merkel unsurprisingly siding with Washington, however the SPD and CSU coalition government parties have expressed concerns about NATO policy, principally relating to NATO enlargement and the strategic missile defence system.
In further moves, there has been talk that the formation of an EU army is another cabalist move to centralise control, but nothing could be further from the reality of what is unfolding.
A side-effect of BREXIT has seen the acceleration of calls for the formation of an EU army because Britain has continually vetoed such a move, because it would crucially undermine NATO. There is no doubt that such a force would probably end up competing with NATO and ultimately replace it.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported that it had obtained a copy of a six-page report, jointly written by the French and German Defence Ministers. The goal is to create the establishment of a “common and permanent” European military headquarters, as well as the creation of EU military structures, including an EU Logistics Command and an EU Medical Command.
The document calls on EU member states to integrate logistics and procurement, coordinate military R&D and synchronise policies in matters of financing and military planning. Furthermore, it suggests that EU intelligence gathering would be improved through a common EU military academy to promote a unified approach.
According to the newspaper, the document will be distributed to European leaders at an informal summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, on September 16. France and Germany will ask the leaders of the other EU member states not only to approve the measures, but also to “discuss a fast implementation.”
EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, called for the establishment of a permanent EU military headquarters in Brussels that would manage all current and future EU military operations. Mogherini insisted that “we are not talking about a European army but about European defence: something we can really do, concretely, starting now.” She also stressed that EU defence policy would remain under the control of European governments rather than the European Commission.
Now we will turn our attention to Eastern Europe’s attitudes towards NATO. Hungary continues to adopt a cautionary approach towards NATO policies. It has moved closer to Russia and has argued that Russia is no threat to Europe, even in the face of the Ukraine coup. The blossoming relationship with Moscow is pragmatic because it helps Hungary secure Russian energy and the diversification of bilateral trade relations, but also because Orban shares Putin’s vision of democracy. Despite Orban’s numerous run-ins with the European Union, he has also backed the creation of an EU army. Perhaps Orban fears isolation in the wake of Trump’s comments, were he remarked that perhaps the US should withdraw from NATO and that the US should only protect allies who pay their fair share of the financial burden.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia have joined Hungary in calling for the lifting of European sanctions against Russia. In 2014 both countries also ruled out the presence of NATO troops in their countries. Bulgaria also continues to tread a fine line between implementing its NATO membership fully and its close relationship with Russia. This summer it refused to participate in a NATO fleet exercise designed to counter Russian influence in the Black Sea.
In ongoing developments we have seen Russia and Qatar sign military cooperation agreements, with both nations noting the positive dynamics of bilateral military and military-technical cooperation. “Russia and Qatar are united by the common desire to maintain active political dialogue and build up mutually beneficial ties in various spheres,” the Russian defense minister, Sergey Shoigu, said. According to him, bilateral defense cooperation fully meets the interests of the states and peoples of Russia and Qatar and contributes to the general stability in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East.
Qatar’s state minister for defense, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, said, in turn, that a joint political dialogue with friends in Russia had proven that the leaders of the two states wanted to establish cooperation and consolidate bilateral relations between the two countries. Crucially this is set against the backdrop were the US has traditionally seen Qatar as a strategic ally in that region. In addition, Russia has recently signed military cooperation agreements with Egypt, Bolivia and Tanzania representing a further shift towards the East and probably future alignment with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which is seen as the East’s alternative to NATO.
It is quite clear that Europe now realises and regards Russia as a partner and not an enemy and that despite all the mindless rhetoric coming out of Washington, the need for NATO with its borders is rapidly becoming an irrelevance. Russia in itself by its actions in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the military cooperation agreements that it has signed with many nations is also undermining NATO’s influence in the world. When we factor in Trump’s remarks about NATO it faces a very uncertain future and unless it is prepared to radically reform, it will become extinct in relatively short order.
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