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Jun 14 2021

Vague Alternatives and G7 Summitry: The Build Back Better World Initiative

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark Summits often feature grand statements and needless fripperies.  In Cornwall, the leaders of the G7 countries were trying to position and promote their relevance as the vanguard of democratic good sense and values.  They, the message went, remained relevant, valuable and essential to the order of the earth, despite challenges posed by the autocrats. Never let contradiction get in the way of such a united front.  Babbling about liberal democratic values matters little when it comes to crusty realpolitik.  The UK and the US continue to supply armaments …

Jun 2 2021

That Old Story: Spying on Friends

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. One has to be repeatedly reminded that the theatre of international relations knows no friends and only national interests, whatever those might be.  Intelligence services, being an expression of those interests, do not necessarily discriminate in targeting their quarry.  The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 about warrantless and unwarranted surveillance by the US National Security Agency was revealing on this point, though it merely confirmed centuries of understanding in politics: In our friends and foes, we mistrust. Having spilled such valuable beans, Snowden readied us for what should have been …

May 23 2021

Thousands Soldiers, Police Officers Looking For “Belgian Rambo” For Fifth Day

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image Since May 18th, the Belgian, German, Dutch police officers and soldiers are searching for a “Belgian Rambo”. They are looking for a deserter, an experienced sniper instructor who escaped from the unit, promising to fight the police and the COVID restrictions. 46-year-old Belgian soldier Jurgen Conings, is allegedly hiding in the woods on the border with the Netherlands. He is armed with four anti-tank grenade launchers, as well as a machine gun and pistols. His abandoned vehicle with four rocket launchers inside was found close to the Dutch border . More than 400 …

May 19 2021

Even More U.S. Sanctions Coming Nord Stream 2’s Way

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image The United States planed to impose sanctions on four vessels involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and four related companies, Politico reported, citing unnamed sources. The outlet confirmed an initial report by Axios that the sanctions will not affect the Nord Stream 2 operator Nord Stream 2 AG and its head Matthias Warnig. According to Politico sources, the imposition of sanctions on four ships and companies will delay the completion of Nord Stream 2. The exact organizations were not specified. It is expected that these measures will be …

Apr 14 2021

U.S. To Permanently Deploy 500 More Troops To Germany

Support SouthFront Ramstein Air Base. Click to see full-size image On April 13th, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that 500 additional troops would be sent to Germany. This will be a permanent deployment. The US will permanently station “approximately 500 additional US personnel in the Wiesbaden area” of Germany and will be on the ground “as early as fall,” Austin said during a news conference in Berlin. “This planned increase in US personnel underscores our commitment to Germany, and to the entire NATO alliance,” he added. Austin’s announcement comes amid US and NATO’s concerns over the increase in …

Apr 2 2021

Germany’s Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK: Donation alerts: https://donationalerts.com/r/southfront Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/southfront Or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ,  BCH ABC: qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq,  ETH: 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 Written by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront. In a Blinken of an Eye The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union. While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around Europe as a sign that liberalism would vanquish populism ushering …

Mar 29 2021

Much Ado About Nothing: German Navy’s Navigation System Made By Russian Company

Donate Click to see full-size image A navigation system of Russian origin called Navi-Sailor 4100 has been installed on at least 100 vessels operated by Germany’s military, including submarines, since 2005. This “scandal” was reported by mass-market newspaper Sunday Bild. Die Bundeswehr muss sicherstellen, dass die Navigationssoftware der Marine kein Sicherheitsleck darstellt. Das Ministerium muss zügig erklären, wieso keine Software eines Herstellers aus Nato-Staaten verwendet wird. ⁦@BILDamSONNTAG⁩ ⁦@mkiewel⁩ https://t.co/orGBtrLXJA — Dr. Tobias Lindner (@tobiaslindner) March 28, 2021 The report adds that in the summer of 2020, the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution warned that maritime navigation systems …

Mar 11 2021

Germany’s Rheinmentall Unveils Skyranger 30 Mobile Air-Defense System

Donate Click to see full-size image On March 3rd, German company Rheinmetall unveiled its new Skyranger 30 mobile air-defense system during an online press briefing. The system is housed in a 2–2.5-ton turret, enabling it to be carried by lighter vehicles than the 4–4.5-ton turret Skyranger 35 the company first presented in 2004. In a lengthy introduction speech, Moritz Vischer, Rheinmetall’s product manager effectors, air-defense systems, said the lighter Skyranger 30 could be carried by both tracked and wheeled vehicles. Vischer went through the system peculiarities, highlighting that the company did its best to generate a well-balanced system in terms …

Feb 19 2021

Rapid Reaction Division Of German Ground Forces

Donate The cover picture was provided by Luís Garcia Written by Colonel A. Simakov, Candidate of Military Sciences; Originally appeared at Foreign Military Review 2020 #12, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront The Special Forces Division was reorganised into a rapid reaction division in 2014 as part of the reform of the Bundeswehr, in accordance with the document “Main Directions of the German Defence Policy” (“Bundeswehr, Army-2011”) adopted in 2011. To increase the mobility of reconnaissance and paratrooper units Army aviation units were also introduced into its composition, as well as to support their actions. Currently, the Rapid Response Division organisationally includes: headquarters; headquarters and …

Feb 17 2021

Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank (Infographics)

Donate Click to see the full-size image The Leopard 1 is a German main battle tank that was originally designed and produced by Porsche in West Germany and entered service in 1965. As of now, modernized Leopard 1 MBTs still remain in service in some countries around the world. [embedded content] MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Feb 11 2021

Leaked Letter Shows Germany Offered $1Bn To U.S. LNG Business In Return For Lifting Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

Donate Click to see full-size image Germany reportedly offered to spend upwards of $1 billion on US liquefied natural gas and infrastructure for the same, if it would lift sanctions off Nord Stream 2. This was revealed in recent days, as a letter was leaked allegedly showing the offer. The leak prompted lawmakers to summon Finance Minister Olaf Scholz from a meeting about coronavirus measures to attend a debate in parliament about Russia. Scholz allegedly wrote a letter to then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in August saying Germany was “willing to considerably increase its financial support for LNG infrastructure and import …

Dec 23 2020

Germany Protests “Unjustified Tit-For-Tat Sanctions” By Russia Over The Navalny Fiasco

Donate Click to see full-size image Germany was targeted with “unjustified tit-for-tat sanctions” by Russia in response to sanctions imposed by the EU due to Alexey Navalny’s alleged poisoning. This was reported by AFP, citing an unnamed German foreign ministry source. The charge d’affaires at the German embassy in Moscow, Beate Grzeski, was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry and informed that “countermeasures in the form of travel bans against German state institutions have been ordered”, the source said. “While this past pattern of Russian countermeasures is known, they remain in the view of the German government unjustified,” the source …

Dec 22 2020

AfD Voters: Where Did They Come From, Where Will They Go?

Donate Illustrative image A new mysterious stranger has appeared in the German political system: the Alternative for Germany (AfD). Unlike in the song, popular depiction describes him less as cotton-eyed and more red-eyed, showing his all-consuming hatred for all those not born on German soil. It’s Germany’s version of “America first”. The AfD only lacks a leader that would provide us with the memes like Trump does on a daily basis. But then again, the party is still young and there is plenty of time. On a more serious note, today it is increasingly necessary to take a deep look …

Dec 12 2020

Construction On Nord Stream 2 Resumes As It Races Against Further U.S. Sanctions

Click to see full-size image On December 11th, work on the pipelaying of the final stretch of the Nord Stream 2 reportedly resumed, despite the threat of US sanctions. Germany’s Authority of Waterways and Shipping Management published a notice to seafarers on the resumption of building works on the final few kilometres of the pipeline. It warned them to avoid the area up to “around Dec. 31,” and pointed out that “anchoring or fishing is not permitted in the area of the planned pipelines.” Confirming the resumption of construction, Nord Stream 2 said in a statement that “the pipelay vessel …

Dec 5 2020

Israel Receives First German-Made Sa’ar 6 Corvette (Infographics)

Click to see full-size image On December 2nd, the INS Magen arrived in Israel, it is the first of four German-built Sa’ar 6 corvettes that Tel’Aviv ordered back in 2015. There is a long video showcasing the warship. “This is a holiday for the State of Israel, the IDF and the Navy,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said ahead of the ceremony. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin praised the success as evidence of the strong cooperative efforts between Israel and Germany. “This project, over many years, which is not yet complete, required close coordination with the German defense industries,” …

Nov 18 2020

Germany Signs $6.5Bn Contract For Delivery Of 38 Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft With Airbus

Donate Click to see full-size image On November 11th, the German government signed a contract with Airbus SE for the delivery of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets. The contract makes Germany the largest ordering nation in Europe’s biggest defence programme. The order, also known by its project name Quadriga, covers the delivery of 30 single-seater and 8 twin-seater Eurofighters. Three of the aircraft will be equipped with additional test installations as Instrumented Test Aircraft for the further development of the Eurofighter programme. Dirk Hoke, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: “The new Tranche 4 Eurofighter is currently the most …

May 15 2020

U.S. Ambassador To Germany At It Again: Germany Must Not Remove Nuclear Weapons

Donate Click to see full-size image On May 14th, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell claimed that Germany was “undermining” NATO’s nuclear. “Allies expect Germany to remain a “power for peace,” as Foreign Minister Maas recently said. Rather than eroding the solidarity that undergirds NATO’s nuclear deterrent, now is the time for Germany to maintain its commitments to its allies through continued investments in NATO’s nuclear share.” He specifically pointed the finger at the Social Democrats (SPD), the junior coalition partners of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), for their support of nuclear disarmament. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s …

May 14 2020

Angela Merkel Says “Hard Evidence” Russia Targeted Her Emails

Donate While the US remains too obsessed by the COVID-19 crisis to blame Russia for meddling into its elections, Germany seems to be taking the lead in the field. ZeroHedge (source): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, she has “hard evidence” that Russia is behind a 2015 hack attack of her emails. “I can honestly say that it pains me. Every day I try to build a better relationship with Russia and on the other hand, there is such hard evidence that Russian forces are doing this,” she told the Bundestag (Germany’s lower house of parliament). Der Spiegel magazine reported last …

May 5 2020

Germany Says It’s “Positive” About Nord Stream 2, Project Is On Its Last Stretch

Donate Click to see full-size image On May 4th, the German Federal government issued a statement expressing its positivity towards the Nord Stream 2 project. “The Federal Government continues to be positive about the Nord Stream 2 project. This is emphasized in the answer (19/18835) to a small question (19/18170) by the AfD group. Regarding possible support from Russia, the federal government declares that Nord Stream 2 is primarily an economic project of the companies involved. There were also no considerations to bill the United States for the follow-up costs of the US sanctions against companies involved in the pipeline.” …

May 4 2020

German Police Desperate To Fill Its Migrant Hiring Quotas And Other Benefits Of “Multi-Kulti”

Donate Click to see full-size image In additional evidence to how successful the bid for multi-culturalism by Germany (and in part Austria) is, an employee of the Berlin police spoke on quotas for migrants to be hired into the police force. And these quotas must be met at any cost. In addition, the entire entry system is heavily simplified and biased, just so that nobody would get rejected: the answers of the entry tests can easily be found online, and if, by chance, a candidate fails, they are given additional chances until they successfully pass the exam. He further said …

May 3 2020

Arab Parties: Germany’s decision on Hezbollah submission to US, Zionist dictates

Amman, SANA_ The General Secretariat of the General Conference of the Arab Parties condemned the decision of the German government to consider the Lebanese Hezbollah party as a terrorist organization, stating that this decision confirms Berlin’s submission to American and Zionist dictates. “This decision, which was issued at a suspicious time, carries within its folds the plan to target Lebanon as a whole, especially that Hezbollah is a fundamental component of the Lebanese people and expresses the aspirations and confidence of the Lebanese”, the General Secretariat said in a statement on Sunday. The General Secretariat shouldered the German government responsible …

May 1 2020

Iran Warns Germany Of Consequences Following Hezbollah Ban

Donate Click to see full-size image On May 1st, Iran condemned Germany’s move to ban all Hezbollah activities in the country, and designate it as a terrorist organization. The Iranian foreign ministry warned that there would be consequences of its decision, because it gave in to the wishes of the US and Israel. Iranian government spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi “vehemently condemned” the move in a statement. The foreign ministry described it as a “measure serving the objectives of the US and the Zionist regime of Israel,” on Twitter. FM Spokesman @SAMOUSAVI9 strongly condemns the German government’s blacklisting of the Lebanese …

Apr 30 2020

Germany Bans All Hezbollah Activity, Designates It As Terrorist Organization

Donate Click to see full-size image On April 30th, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer banned Hezbollah activities in the country, his ministry spokesman said on Twitter. BM #Seehofer hat heute die Betätigung der shiitischen Terrororganisation Hizb Allah (Partei Gottes) in Deutschland verboten. Seit den frühen Morgenstunden laufen in mehreren Bundesländern zeitgleich polizeiliche Maßnahmen. Auch in Krisenzeiten ist der Rechtsstaat handlungsfähig. — Steve Alter (@BMISprecher) April 30, 2020 He also confirmed that “police measures are underway in several federal states concurrently,” and added that even in times of crisis, the “rule of law is able to act.” The police carried out …

Apr 16 2020

Germany Arrests 4 ISIS Suspects Planning Attack On US Military Bases

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Four suspected ISIS members were arrested in Germany for allegedly planning to attack U.S. Air Force bases, German federal prosecutors announced on April 15. The Associated Press reports (source): Federal prosecutors said the suspects were arrested by tactical police units early Wednesday at various locations in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. They identified the men as Azizjon B., Muhammadali G., Farhodshoh K. and Sunatullokh K. — all citizens of Tajikistan. The suspects’ surnames weren’t released for privacy reasons. The men’s alleged leader, a 30-year-old Tajik man identified only as Ravsan B., has been in jail since …

Apr 15 2020

In Dramatic Move, Merkel Announces Decision To Start Removing Coronavirus Shutdown Measures

Donate IMAGE: Bernd von Jutrczenka/Reuters On April 15, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a decision to start removing coronavirus lockdown measures in the coming weeks. Germany will reopen many of its shops on April 20 and some of its schools from May 4 in all 16 federal states of the country. Under the decision, Merkel said, stores up to 800 square metres will be allowed to reopen once they have “plans to maintain hygiene”. Heads of some regions, as well as the leaders of large enterprises, who pointed out the negative economic consequences of the lockdown, insisted on the quarantine …

Apr 9 2020

Hype And Chaos: COVID-19 Crisis Continues

Donate Click to see full-size image On April 8th, the number of global COVID-19 infections, as a total surpassed 1.5 million. The active cases sit at 1.1 million, out of which 397,000 are inside the United States, which is a little over a quarter of the global cases. The infections in the US keep climbing with a rapid pace, while in Spain, Italy, France and Germany, the rate appears to be slowing down. Russia is also gaining cases rapidly, as just several days ago it was at less than 2,000 and now sits at above 10,000. This shows that the …

Apr 8 2020

Germany Approves Delivery Of Type 209 Attack Submarine To Egypt (Infographics)

Donate Click to see the full-size image The German government approved the license of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to supply a Type 209 diesel-electric attack submarine to Egypt. The contract for the delivery of the two Type 209 class submarines to Egypt was signed in 2011. In 2015, Egypt opted to order two additional units of the most recent version of the Type 209 family. The first Type 209 submarine was delivered to Egypt in December 2016 the second one in August 2017. The contract is planned to be fully implemented with the handover of the fourth submarine in 2021. MORE …

Apr 6 2020

Russian Akademik Cherskiy Pipe Laying Vessel Appears En Route To Nord Stream 2

Donate Click to see full-size image The Akademik Cherskiy pipe laying vessel continues its voyage northward towards Europe, but it has changed its destination to the Spanish port of Las Palmas, according to Marine Traffic and VesselFinder. The ship is slated to be the one responsible for the finishing works on NordStream 2. The port is located in the Canary Islands, the ship should reach its destination around April 18th. The Akademik Cherskiy left Nakhodka on February 10th and has been en route for 56 days. At the same time, the pipe layer constantly changes its destination. Russian Energy Minister …

Apr 1 2020

New Generation Dornier Seastar Amphibious Aircraft Carries Out First Flight

Donate Click to see full-size image On March 28th, a New Generation of the Dornier Seastar amphibious aircraft successfully performed its first flight at Oberpfaffenhofen EDMO airport, Germany. The flight was performed by Dornier Seawings test pilot crew and took 31 minutes. The Seastar SN1003 attained the required approvals from EASA and LBA on 19 March 2020, this was a major milestone and achievement for the program. As per the manufacturer, The New Generation Seastar is significantly improved from the original Seastar which was designed and developed by Claudius Dornier Jr. in the 1980s. The New Generation is equipped with …

Mar 26 2020

Cyber Operations And Information Support Forces of the German Armed Forces

Donate Click to see the full-size image Written by Colonel A. Bobrov; Originally appeared at Foreign Military Review #9 2019, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront Insignia According to the German doctrinal documents defining national defence policy, the information space is a new medium for conducting military operations. In order to form bodies capable to effectively conduct defensive and offensive operations in the electro-magnetic spectrum, the Bundeswehr command in 2017 began to create a new joint component of the Armed Forces – the Cyber and Information Domain Service (CIDS). (German: Cyber- und Informationsraum; CIR) Initially, the CIDS was supposed to be tasked exclusively with …

Feb 24 2020

Car Ramming Attack In Germany Leaves Upwards of 30 Injured, Many In Critical Condition

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 24th, a car ramming incident took place in the German city of Volkmarsen, Hesse state. Police spokesman Henning Hinn said “there were several dozen injured, among them some seriously, and sadly also children.” Some of the injuries were life-threatening, he added. The number of those seriously injured was put at seven by Frankfurt police. Hinn continued: “We are working on the assumption that it was a deliberate act.” [embedded content] [embedded content] According to information released by German police, the driver is a German citizen, he is 29 years old and comes …

Feb 20 2020

11 Dead After Two Shootings In Hanau, Germany, How Much Is Enough For EU?

Donate Click to see full-size image On February 19th, 9 people were killed in two shootings at shisha bars in the German city of Hanau, local police reported. “As we just reported, there were gun shots in Hanau at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday [February 19th] evening, injuring several people. According to the latest findings, the police can now confirm that eight people were fatally injured. The search for the perpetrators is in full swing. There is still no reliable knowledge of the background.” Later, the number of victims was updated to 9 fatal injuries. A bit after 6 AM …

Feb 17 2020

Symptom Of A Disease: Far-Right Group Arrested In Germany For Plotting Attacks

Donate Click to see full-size image A group of German far-right nationalists, calling themselves “Der harte Kern” (German for “The Hard Core”) were arrested by German authorities on February 14th. During the raids, prosecuting authorities arrested 12 of 13 people suspected of being part of or involved with the terror cell. Federal prosecutors said the raids had confirmed suspicions of planned wrongdoing. Prosecutors said the group, founded by five suspected right-wing extremists, hoped to plunge Germany into a civil-war-like state, but their plans had not yet reached fruition. Only four of the five founders were arrested. The eight other people …

Feb 12 2020

Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tank (Infographics)

Click to see the full-size image The Leopard 2A4 is a German main battle tank designed and manufactured by the Company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. It’s the successor of the main battle tank Leopard 1. Leopard 2A4 and M60T battle tanks are the core of the Turkish Army tank fleet. MORE ON THE TOPIC: IAI Heron Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Infographics) The post Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tank (Infographics) appeared first on .