Category Archives: Germany

Nord Stream 2: Construction suspended over lawsuit filed by German environmentalists

The German environmental non-governmental organization (NABU) has filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg Administrative Court against the construction of the gas pipeline The German environmental non-governmental organization (NABU) has filed a lawsuit with the Hamburg Administrative Court against the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. This is reported on the website of this organization.  “NABU today filed a

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Germany’s defense minister reportedly opposes arms supplies to Ukraine

Kyiv had allegedly asked from Berlin a number of old corvettes and anti-ship missile warheads. Against the background of the recent escalation with Russia, Ukraine has reportedly turned to Germany for weaponry to strengthen coastal defenses. That’s according to DW referring to a report by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS). The journalists saw the list of requests reportedly sent by

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German Chancellor candidate does not see Ukraine in NATO due to conflict with Russia

Baerbock believes that the most important thing now is to increase pressure on Russia to ensure compliance with the Minsk agreements. The candidate for the post of Federal Chancellor of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, considers it inappropriate to talk now about Ukraine’s membership in NATO because of the conflict with Russia. She said this in an interview with FAZ. “The message

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Merkel defends German/Russian pipeline construction

By DAVID RISING BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday defended her country’s ongoing cooperation with Russia on the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline amid growing criticism of Moscow’s treatment of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and aggression toward Ukraine. In an online appearance before the Council of Europe, Merkel noted that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline

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Germany’s FM believes Russian troops along Ukraine borders no reason to bury Nord Stream 2 – media

Rejecting the dubious gas pipe bypassing Ukraine will only “intensify” Russian aggression, Maas suggests. The aggravation of Russian aggression against Ukraine is not a reason for stopping the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. In the top diplomat’s opinion, “this will not lead to changes in Russian behavior,” Die Welt

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Basil Kalymon: Nord Stream 2 and the Donbas

Truly one of the worst policy proposals that has emerged recently is a trade-off allowing the Nord Stream II pipeline to be completed in exchange for a Russian withdrawal from the Donbas. This idea, surfaced in an April 13 op-ed by Colin Cleary, a retired U.S. State Department official, is reminiscent of the Barack Obama era “reset” policy with Russia which led

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Macron, Merkel and Zelensky to discuss situation in Donbas without Putin

Leaders of the “Normandy Four” countries will soon hold talks on Donbas without the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, citing a source in diplomatic circles. The interlocutor of the newspaper claims that the conversation of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will take place this week. The leaders

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Joint Statement by the spokespersons for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and the German Federal Foreign Office on the situation in Ukraine:

France and Germany are concerned by the growing number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, which come after the situation had stabilised since July 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation and in particular Russian troop movements, and call on all sides to show restraint and to work towards the immediate de-escalation of tensions. We reaffirm our support for the

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Betraying Ukraine

Berlin, Paris and Moscow walk into a bar. And talk about Ukraine behind its back. That’s what happened on March 30, when the leaders of these countries — Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin — had a teleconference to talk about the war in Ukraine without Ukraine. The troika has reportedly even discussed a peace plan. The Normandy Format

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Merkel, Macron call on Putin to help stabilize situation in eastern Ukraine

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held a joint videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling on the Russian leader to help stabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the Elysee Palace has reported. The leaders of France and Germany stressed the need for Russia to make a determined commitment to stabilize the

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Alexander Query: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Alexander Query.  Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose

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Biden must persuade Germany and Austria to stop the “Schroederization” of Europe

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund and Benjamin L. Schmitt For decades, German foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, and then the Russian Federation, has been based on the Ostpolitik concept of “Wandel durch Handel” or “Change through Trade.” Reinvigorated in the early 2000s by the then German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, this concept states that by increasing trade relations with authoritarian regimes like Putin’s

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Marie-Louise Beck: “Thinking in the key of guilt before Russia is too deep in German political memory”

The week spoke with Marieuise Beck, a former member of the Bundestag from the Soyuz 90 / Greens and co-founder of the German NGO Center for Liberal Modernity (Zentrum Liberale Moderne), about preserving historical memory, Germany’s historical responsibility to Ukraine and political aspects. . When you were a member of the Bundestag, you initiated round tables in Ukraine and Germany

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Merkel notes lack of progress in Minsk process

23:30, 19.02.21 – UNIAN Tough agenda is needed on Russia within the Trans-Atlantic community, the Chancellor stressed. One of the challenges the Trans-Atlantic community has to address is its relationship with Russia, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said, addressing this year’s virtual Munich Security Conference. “When it comes to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, we have not really made

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Nazis & Nord Stream 2

Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has a history of appeasing the Kremlin. In this, he follows in the footsteps of his political mentor, Gerhard Schroeder, who is Vladimir Putin’s overpaid toady and one of the West’s most morally reprehensible sellouts. But Steinmeier outdid himself in idiocy by justifying the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline because of guilt over the

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Steinmeier angered Ukraine with comment on gas project

Federal President Steinmeier’s comments on the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline caused anger in Ukraine. Their ambassador in Berlin, Melnyk, spoke in a statement of “questionable historical arguments” that were received in Kiev “with alienation and indignation”. Steinmeier had defended Nord Stream 2 in an interview with the argument that energy relations were almost the last remaining bridge between Russia

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Germany, Poland, Sweden to Expel Russian Diplomats in Tit-for-Tat Move

Germany, Sweden and Poland on Monday said they were each expelling a Russian diplomat, in retaliation for Moscow’s expulsion last week of their diplomats for allegedly taking part in protests in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The three EU countries announced the tit-for-tat moves in coordinated statements, which come against a backdrop of mounting tensions with Russia. “Today the

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NAZIS against Ukraine

Immediately lift absurd Russia sanctions – especially in times of crisis! Dr. Robby Schlund, chairman of the German-Russian parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, calls for the absurd sanctions against the Russian Federation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to be lifted immediately and completely. You contradict the declarations of solidarity and the offer of support to fight COVID-19. This would

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Controversial oligarch Firtash allegedly opened illegal accounts through shady German bank

Fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash is at the heart of yet another international scandal, German media Stern and Capital reported on Jan. 27.  According to internal emails obtained by Stern and Capital, Firtash had a series of accounts in Wirecard, an insolvent German bank, whose top staff was arrested or implicated in criminal proceedings last year. German officials are investigating Firtash’s accounts for reported

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Russia expels European diplomats over Navalny protests

Russia has expelled three diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland for joining protests in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week. The Russian foreign ministry said the three took part in “illegal demonstrations” on 23 January. Sweden called the expulsion “totally unfounded” and denied its diplomat had participated in any demonstration. Mr Navalny is a

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EU disapproves US sanctions against Nord Stream 2, – Borrell

The chief EU diplomat is visiting Russia EU High Representative for Security Affairs Josep Borrell shared his negative view of the U.S. sanctions spreading on European companies, which were imposed agaist the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The diplomat said so during his ongoing visit in Russia on February 4, as Interfax quoted him.  “It is obvious that

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Germany Offers Russia Support in Sputnik Vaccine Development – Merkel

Germany has offered Russia support in Moscow’s development of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday. Russian authorities said Wednesday they have applied for registration of Sputnik V in the European Union. “Beyond all the political differences that are currently large, we can nevertheless work together in a pandemic, in a humanitarian area,” Merkel told journalists. On Moscow’s application

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