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Germany in regional pants. Where is Berlin's place in global politics?

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas recently visited Ukraine on a two-day visit. Before the trip, Maas announced his intention to visit the zone of demarcation of the fighting forces in the Donbass. Then he changed his plans. Referring to adverse weather conditions, the German minister limited his field of activity to the offices of the Kiev authorities.


In the context of the "Norman format"


Heiko Maas explained his visit by preparing for the summit in the "Norman format." In fact, the agenda of the meeting went far beyond the Norman context. As it became clear after the joint press conference of the German minister and his Ukrainian counterpart, a rather wide range of topics was discussed in Kiev.

It included the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, financial assistance to Kiev from Berlin, and, of course, the establishment of peace in the Donbas. It is noteworthy that, speaking of the financial support of the Kiev authorities by Germany, Maas praised it as “which still needs to be looked for,” and did not say a word about the scandalous claims of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The world learned about these claims after the September 25 publication of the transcripts of Zelensky’s telephone conversation in July with US President Donald Trump. A certain awkwardness arose, putting the head of Ukraine in a somewhat ambiguous position. However, Zelensky was soon found, and already during the many hours of the October press conference, he actually confirmed the claims against Angela Merkel and Emanuel Macron. "No offense was meant. I said what I think. I always do that, ”the Ukrainian president insisted.

Now the German minister was trying to prove to Ukrainians and the world that Germany is the main pillar of Ukraine in solving all its problems, including ensuring territorial integrity and sovereignty. Maas publicly praised Zelensky for “the shifts that have been achieved in resolving the conflict in the Donbass” and also publicly blamed Russia that for establishing a complete ceasefire “it’s now her turn.

Germany in regional pants. Where is Berlin's place in global politics?

The German minister did not deny himself the pleasure of once again demonstrating some verbal significance of Berlin in world politics. According to him, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a promise from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the transit of Russian gas through the Ukrainian gas transportation system will continue after the 2019 year.

Five European “Needed”


This statement by Heiko Maas is at odds with the practice of negotiations on further gas transit through Ukraine (Germany does not even take part in them). Probably, the Berlin guest wanted to make a strong impression on the politicians in Kiev, and he sinned against the truth. Germany has little to do with it. The gas policy of the European Union is being formed in Brussels, as well as the very nature of relations between the EU countries and Russia.

Three years ago, their main postulates were formulated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and agreed at a special meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth countries. Mogherini put five conditions on the basis of EU policy in the Russian direction: implementation of the Minsk-2 agreement on Ukraine, strengthening relations with the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia, reducing dependence on Russia in the energy sector, restoring cooperation with Russia in some selected areas (for example, in Iran or North Korea), support for the development of civil society in Russia and "support for contacts between people and exchange."

Around this five conditions, all the rhetoric of the participants in the foreign policy activities of European countries is now being built. It can be seen from all that Maas in Kiev did not go beyond what was permitted to him and even emphasized that "Ukraine has European support." After such statements by the German minister, Russian political scientists started talking about a possible postponement of the "Norman format" summit date from December 9 to a later time.

Berlin demonstrates political helplessness


Whether it is this or not, they will decide in the Kremlin. Obviously something else. Heiko Maas arrived in Kiev not so much to prepare the declared summit as to show the foreign policy activity and significance of Germany. Berlin has long been trying to present itself to the world as a global, and not a regional, power. It turns out not very.

Take at least the Ukrainian direction. Acting as a guarantor in resolving the intra-Ukrainian crisis, Germany soon slipped into the unconditional support of the Kiev authorities and, in fact, became their accomplice in the protracted conflict. Berlin forgave President Poroshenko all his political tricks. I tried not to notice the victims among the civilian population, the activation of neo-Nazi forces in Ukraine and their lack of control over the authorities, war crimes, etc.

Now Maas in Kiev timidly says that “it is necessary to achieve adoption by the Ukrainian parliament of a law on the special status of Donbass with the preparation of local elections, as well as to solve crimes committed during the conflict.” Meanwhile, all these are yesterday’s tasks set forth in the Minsk agreements more than four years ago. It can be confidently stated: they were not executed by Kiev with the tacit consent of Berlin.

It turns out that Germany did not fulfill the function of an influential power capable of resolving regional conflicts. And I want more. I want to rule the world. Recently, a debate took place in the Bundestag on the role of Germany in the Middle East conflict. They were provoked by the proposal of the Minister of Defense of Germany, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to create a security zone in northern Syria under the control of NATO.

The idea of ​​the German minister was not very carried away by the Europeans, but the Berlin politic fell into exaltation, hoping to strengthen the influence of the Germans in this troubled but important region for the world. This is not the first attempt by Berlin to fully engage in the Middle East processes and convert its economic power into political power.

In the winter of 2007, when the so-called “Middle East Quartet” to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians (consisting of representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the USA and Russia) took a long pause, Germany initiated a ministerial meeting in Berlin. They invited UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and EU Commissioner for Foreign Policy Javier Solana.

At a meeting in Berlin, Merkel formulated some initiatives urging the parties to renounce the use of violence, recognize the right to exist of the state of Israel and fulfill the previous agreements. However, high-ranking guests did not see anything new in the proposals of the German Chancellor, as they did not see in it the power of a reputable international mediator. The meeting in Berlin did not become a breakthrough and could not even prepare the summit of the Middle East Quartet.

Merkel tried to compensate for her diplomatic failure by a trip to the countries of the Middle East. She took the Minister of Economics and representatives of the German business elite with her to the company. Although the main declared purpose of the voyage was "the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Then the agenda was adjusted to expand "economic cooperation between the EU and Arab countries, including in the energy sector." However, in this matter, special progress was not possible. In the Middle Eastern capitals, the Germans politely listened, but their initiatives were not accepted.

It is curious that the proposal of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer during the debate was supported by all factions of the Bundestag, including the left and the Alternative for Germany. It turns out that a consensus has matured in German politics on the role of Berlin in resolving world affairs. One problem: Europe did not support the united impulse of the Germans, and they alone cannot overcome this.

However, Berlin really wants to get out of regional pants and become on a par with global powers. There are many examples of this. For example, in parallel with the visit of Heiko Maas to Kiev, former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel visited Moscow. The German-Russian Forum and the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce invited him to a conference at the Baltschug Hotel in Moscow.

They mainly discussed foreign trade relations between the two countries, but the ex-minister could not resist evaluations of global politics. Gabriel said in Moscow that the role of Germany in international affairs should be more active. “Especially now, when Russia and Iran begin to master the arena of global politics, with which the Americans are gradually leaving,” the ex-minister emphasized and added: “It’s good that Germany is showing restraint, but we can’t constantly say that someone is for us will do something. When cannibals dominate the world, we cannot remain vegans. ”

Let us leave without comment the crude ambiguity (the Soviet people remembered the “vegans” from Germany for a long time) that Sigmar Gabriel allowed himself in Moscow. We note the main thing: the Germans' desire to influence the global political agenda does not fit with their regional helplessness. Whatever one may say, the crisis in Ukraine has dragged on, including due to the position of Berlin. Last week in Kiev, Minister Maas confirmed it again ...
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  1. GKS 2111
    GKS 2111 25 November 2019 15: 10 New
    +4
    Since 1945, the Germans have not been among the countries of global politics. This is “there is zer gut,” because, as the author correctly noted,Soviet people remember “vegans” from Germany for a long time... I would add, not only Soviet people .. Let them continue to be a regional country, not capable of starting a new world war, everyone will be calmer only from this .. We have enough eyes without the Germans and their dream of eternal world domination. ..
    1. APES
      APES 25 November 2019 15: 20 New
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      Germans

      The country on the territory of which the troops of a foreign state are stationed cannot be independent by definition.
      remain a regional country incapable of unleashing

      The beginning of World War II was laid at Versailles ......
      1. GKS 2111
        GKS 2111 25 November 2019 15: 44 New
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        Quote: APES
        The beginning of World War II was laid at Versailles ......

        Ah-ah ... They offended the poor Germans at Versailles ... And whoever unleashed the first world war, can you tell? No, I understand, everyone had their hands scratched, but you don’t have to do poor lambs from the Germans now, with pleasure with everything they fought in peace in WWI, in WWII ... Blood shed sea ... Let them not climb out of the "short pants" anymore, into which they were finally put 75 years ago ..
        1. APES
          APES 25 November 2019 15: 52 New
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          And who unleashed the first world war, do not tell?

          And to whom was it profitable? Who received the main profit?
          do not tell me

          The reason for the first, second and third ???? :))))
          1. tihonmarine
            tihonmarine 25 November 2019 16: 39 New
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            Quote: APES
            And to whom was it profitable? Who received the main profit?

            Americans.
            1. APES
              APES 25 November 2019 16: 45 New
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              Americans.

              99,99999999% of Americans do not even know about it :))) crying
        2. cniza
          cniza 25 November 2019 15: 55 New
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          The country on the territory of which the troops of a foreign state are stationed cannot be independent by definition.


          As you put it mildly - Germany is occupied by US troops.
        3. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 25 November 2019 16: 36 New
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          Quote: GKS 2111
          .And who unleashed the first world war, do not tell?

          Well, it seems that everyone knows, only they are afraid to say by ear.
        4. APES
          APES 25 November 2019 17: 02 New
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          Ay-ah ... poor Germans

          Unfortunate, I would say ..... And also the French, Poles, Russians and even Euryans, and in general all ordinary people who were washed their brains and sent to this massacre ......
      2. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 25 November 2019 16: 44 New
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        Quote: APES
        The beginning of the 2-th World was laid at Versailles.

        Versailles is just a point, and the beginning was laid in Sarajevo 28 June 1914 year.
        1. APES
          APES 25 November 2019 17: 12 New
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          the foundation was laid in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914

          It was just a formal occasion, but no reason ....
          1. tihonmarine
            tihonmarine 25 November 2019 17: 16 New
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            Quote: APES
            It was just a formal occasion, but no reason ....

            The reason is visible with a simple look. Knowing the pan-Slavic mood, it was necessary to bind Russia and the Entente, which needed a Russian peasant for the war with Germany.
      3. Cut Samshitov
        Cut Samshitov 25 November 2019 18: 40 New
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        Speaking of vegans. Aloizych didn’t eat meat ... and did not smoke. Just an example for the current deutscher.
      4. Lelek
        Lelek 25 November 2019 18: 49 New
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        Quote: APES
        The country on the territory of which the troops of a foreign state are stationed cannot be independent by definition.

        hi
        Not only troops and not just troops, but US nuclear arsenals, which is not found in any other satellite state.
    2. businessv
      businessv 25 November 2019 20: 58 New
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      Quote: GKS 2111
      .Us the US, it’s enough for the eyes even without the Germans with their dream of eternal world domination ...

      Poland forgotten, colleague! Here is someone who is trying to prove his worth in Russophobian perversions in the international arena!
  2. prior
    prior 25 November 2019 15: 17 New
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    Well, which of the German puppets of politics ?!
    At best, sing along with someone else's voice.
  3. Proton
    Proton 25 November 2019 15: 19 New
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    The Germans would be better off observing their domestic policies, otherwise they would have dragged migrants to their place, I won’t save them, and the indigenous people, because of this, are already beginning to fascist German again. angry
    1. APES
      APES 25 November 2019 16: 51 New
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      just in case :))))) More only Turks and Poles
      1. businessv
        businessv 25 November 2019 21: 01 New
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        Quote: APES
        More only Turks and Poles

        Yes, there are about 17% of Turks there, but there are more immigrants from Russia and Kazakhstan (in the past one country) than there are Poles! smile
  4. knn54
    knn54 25 November 2019 15: 46 New
    +1
    The Germans themselves (60%) are against the intensification of political activity in Germany.
  5. Prisoner
    Prisoner 25 November 2019 15: 52 New
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    winked Zass ... hesitated to go to Donbass. Mandrapped. Not now the German went, not at all the same. Although, on the other hand, everything can be expected from local "comrades". They will shoot them in passing and dump them on the militia. Then they will ask for a lot of money and weapons from the "whole" world.
    1. ltc35
      ltc35 25 November 2019 17: 59 New
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      To accomplish such a provocation, iron coca and the absence of brains are needed. And if with the second there are plenty of people there, then with the first there is a clear deficit.
  6. Ros 56
    Ros 56 25 November 2019 16: 19 New
    +1
    Since when did the striped colony dare to say the word?
  7. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 25 November 2019 16: 33 New
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    Now the German minister was trying to prove to Ukrainians and the world that Germany is the main pillar of Ukraine in solving all its problems, including ensuring territorial integrity and sovereignty.
    There was a Big Brother from across the ocean, now a Little Sister from Berlin. "Inscrutable, your ways of the Lord."
  8. BAI
    BAI 25 November 2019 16: 40 New
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a promise from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the transit of Russian gas through the Ukrainian gas transportation system will continue after 2019.

    Transit will continue without Merkel. With the same success, he could ascribe to her that thanks to her efforts, winter has come (or morning has come - as you like, there are many options).
    1. Simple
      Simple 27 November 2019 00: 23 New
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      With or without Merkel. ....

      This "green" energy policy only last year in the summer there were two cases where the FRG would know what Blackout is.

      Then only by shutting down some plants saved the plant.

      Damn, when the women will be removed from the steering wheel.
  9. Keyser soze
    Keyser soze 25 November 2019 17: 40 New
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    One problem: Europe did not support the united impulse of the Germans, and they alone cannot overcome this.


    And not support, of course. If the Germans want to revive their imperial ambitions, then please, but on their own and at their own expense. They have money in bulk - stamp the army and the flag in your hands. At least to the Middle East, at least to Mars. Although Elon Musk steers on Mars, he must be asked .... laughing
  10. Tank jacket
    Tank jacket 25 November 2019 18: 42 New
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    In a large interview on the eve of the European Parliament elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe should change its position in order to confront the challenges posed by its three major world competitors - China, Russia and the United States. The Chancellor gave an interview to reporters of the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

    “They [China, Russia and the USA] force us to find common ground over and over again. It's often difficult, given our different interests.
    _________________
    I translate into Russian
    Europe and Germany, as an occupied country, are very far from the level of political influence of the three players of Russia, China and the USA ...
  11. parusnik
    parusnik 25 November 2019 18: 44 New
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    Where can Germany lead into the climb ... Who will give them ... The same Uncle Sam ... And the Germans do not want to draw conclusions from the lessons of history ... Ambitions ended badly for Germany ...
  12. 1536
    1536 25 November 2019 19: 16 New
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    And what did this German generally forget in Ukraine? Or was he looking for servants from among Ukrainian peasants? The tragic mistake - the withdrawal of Soviet / Russian troops from Germany was very expensive for the citizens of Russia and the citizens of Ukraine. And this will come back to us and our children for a long time to come. The Germans proved that they have not changed since 1945.
  13. boriz
    boriz 25 November 2019 20: 25 New
    0
    The Germans began to realize that, in the short term, the optimal place for Germany was the place of Russia's younger sister.
    Soon it will reach some wretched, constantly hindering our cooperation. If they continue their suicidal policies, they will run into the next section.
  14. faterdom
    faterdom 25 November 2019 20: 59 New
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    And who will let them go? In adults? Gorbachev, of course, was very crazy for them, the Anglo-Saxons, by the way, were against ... But we are now 100 years ahead of those who are against.
    When even such a helpless Germany allows itself to assess whether our victory parade in Crimea is appropriate ... Then we don’t need Germany’s strengthening, the time will come - we will still withdraw our consent to reunion. And we will no longer share Berlin with any "allies" there.
  15. 32363
    32363 26 November 2019 10: 42 New
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    interesting girls dance, merkelikhe in girlhood kazmirchak (from polish Jews) Jews give a prize, but what.

  16. iouris
    iouris 26 November 2019 16: 07 New
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    In fact, Germany - Germany, the US project, the US occupied state. The United States will not allow the independence of Germany. Perhaps that is why the notorious "Brexit" was initiated, which in the future threatens Britain with "perestroika", i.e. serious shocks.
  17. NF68
    NF68 26 November 2019 16: 11 New
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    In modern Germany, they are increasingly trying not to make sudden movements. Perhaps something in Berlin is right.
  18. Simple
    Simple 27 November 2019 00: 35 New
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    By the way, this “feint” from Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to create a security zone in northern Syria under NATO control:
    A statement of intent was made, but bypassing the German Ministry of the Interior! and NATO headquarters. that is, my God, putting such politicians in power is smacks of sabotage.
    As Heiko Maas said:
    „Von SMS-Diplomatie halte ich wenig. Daraus wird schnell eine SOS-Diplomatie “
  19. amr
    amr 3 December 2019 10: 33 New
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    Quote: APES
    Americans.

    99,99999999% of Americans do not even know about it :))) crying

    you’ll be more careful here, otherwise we’ll get to the betrayal of Jesus))
    By the way, you are for what theory: just the theory that Jews are such a people or for the Jewish-Masonic conspiracy?