Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Unione Europea

Merkel. Dopo l’Arabia, adesso ci ha ritentato con Mr Putin.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2017-05-04.

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Il problema dei rapporti diplomatici che intercorrono, o che dovrebbero intercorrere, tra Unione Europea e Russia sembrerebbe essere ben delineato da questi trafiletti, tratti dal Deutsche Welle:

«The European Union has more to contend with than just Poland. At a summit in Brussels, EU diplomats voiced concern over developments in the Balkans. EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Federica Mogherini recently visited the region and painted a dark picture for summit participants at a closed-door dinner. Russia is looking to insert itself into the region’s governments, ethnic groups and decision-making.»

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«I saw a region that is more than ever characterized by tension and challenges at various levels ….. The concern is there and it is significant. Moscow’s presumable goal is to loosen the region’s connection to the EU and present Russia as an alternative to a dissolving union»

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«Macedonia remains locked in internal crisis. Serbia refuses to recognize Kosovo’s status as a state – something most EU members do and Russia does not – while the ethnic Serbian region of Bosnia and Herzegovina is threatening secession. Montenegro’s parliament is deadlocked, its NATO membership was denied by Russian opposition, and Russia is suspected of being behind the country’s failed coup last year»

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«EU officials are frustrated that nationalist tendencies remain the norm, 20 years after a devastating civil war in the Balkans»

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In estrema sintesi:

– L’Unione Europea ha a lungo sottovalutato la situazione balcanica;

– L’Unione Europea vorrebbe imporre ai paesi balcanici una adesione che implichi la totale accettazione dei “valori” liberals dell’Unione stessa, “valori” del tutto non condivisi da questi paesi.

– In particolare, i paesi balcanici sono fieri del loro retaggio religioso, storico, culturale e sociale, e non intendono rinunciarvi per una annessione pronuba ad un’Unione Europea che vede tali retaggi con il principale nemico ideologico da combattere.

– Vi sono poi problemi economici: gli aiuti dell’Unione Europea sono infatti concessi esclusivamente dietro concessioni sui così detti “diritti civili“.

– Infine, e per nulla trascurabili, vi sono i problemi di sicurezza militare.

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Frau Merkel era reduce dalla figuraccia in Arabia Saudita, dove per cercare di vendere armi tedesche aveva incitato il Re a convertirsi all’omosessualità praticante ed al femminismo spinto:

Merkel. Una gran brutta figuraccia in Arabia Saudita.

ottenendone la seguente dichiarazione:

«We will not cause any more problems for the German government with new requests for weapons»

adesso Frau Merkel ha incontrato il Presidente Putin.

Di tutti i problemi sul tavolo, la Bundeskanzlerin ha parlato di ciò che le stava davvero a cuore.

«German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights in Chechnya»

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«Homophobia is widespread in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim region run by Ramzan Kadyrov, an authoritarian leader with a notorious private militia who is fiercely loyal to President Putin»

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Si potrebbe dire che questa sembrerebbe non essere una ragionevole Realpolitik.


Bbc. 2017-05-02. Chechnya gay rights: Merkel urges Putin to intervene

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights in Chechnya.

Activists say police in the republic have arrested and tortured dozens of people in an anti-gay crackdown.

Mrs Merkel raised the issue during her first visit to Russia since 2015, which saw her hold talks with Mr Putin at his summer residence in Sochi.

Relations between the two nations have been strained over Syria and Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

The civil wars in Syria and Ukraine were discussed by the two leaders.

Mr Putin is due to meet Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan later on Wednesday.

Homophobia is widespread in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim region run by Ramzan Kadyrov, an authoritarian leader with a notorious private militia who is fiercely loyal to President Putin.

Last month, Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said there was “an organised campaign to detain gay men” in Chechnya.

Victims of the crackdown – who were either gay or just perceived to be gay – were being held at a detention centre near Argun, 20km (13 miles) from the city of Grozny, she said.

“Torture is going on with electric shocks, beatings with cables,” she told the BBC, adding that three deaths had been reported. “All the people arrested are homosexual men or perceived as being gay.”

A Chechen government spokesman, Alvi Karimov, denied the allegations.

“You can’t detain and repress people who simply don’t exist in the republic,” he said.


Deutsche Welle. 2017-05-02. Merkel, Putin aim to ease diplomatic tensions in Sochi

Angela Merkel has met with Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea coast to talk about Ukraine, Syria and other issues putting a strain on Berlin-Moscow relations. Is the Russian president interested in honest dialogue?

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At the end of April 2015, several members of the German parliament received an email that had apparently been sent by the United Nations. The unsuspecting recipients opened the attachment, unleashing malware that inhabited Bundestag computers for weeks, tapping into confidential information.

It took some time to repair the damage and even longer before it was publicly discussed. The incident was quite embarrassing: According to the available evidence, the Bundestag was the target of a Russian cyberattack. The sender of the malicious software was a group known to German authorities as “Advanced Persistent Threat 28,” or “Fancy Bear.”

In this case, it was a matter of gaining information from and about Germany, while in January 2016, the opposite happened when false information about Germany was published. Russian media reported that Lisa, a 13-year-old Russian-German girl from Berlin, was abducted and raped by Arab refugees.

Germany’s Russian community took the streets in Berlin to demonstrate against the apparent shortcomings of the country’s security authorities. Even though the girl later admitted that the story was not true, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused German authorities of “glossing over reality with political correctness for internal political reasons.”

Germany targeted by Russia

Both incidents are examples of what a critical role Germany plays in Russia. In an interview with the German daily “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,” Janis Sarts, director of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, said the reason for this is obvious: Germany is Europe’s leading power.

“In this role, Germany ensures that Europe, as such, continues to exist. Moscow equates a strong Europe with a weakening of Russia’s position and that is the reason for the attacks,” he said. Germany’s refusal to allow Russia to annex more Ukrainian territory was also a factor, he added.

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Sochi, on the Black Sea coast, on Tuesday it will be her first meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Russian soil in two years. They plan to discuss the Syrian War, the Ukraine conflict and the G20 summit slated for July in Hamburg. The agenda will also likely include Russia’s attempts to influence public opinion in Germany.

The chancellor’s message should be clear, said Gernot Erler, a Social Democratic parliamentarian and the German government’s representative in charge of relations with Russia. “It is not acceptable to interfere in another country’s affairs this way – using illegal methods such as wiretapping or hacking,” he told DW. “I think Russian leaders are aware of what this means for German-Russian relations, in the case that they really have made such attempts or support them.”

German request for dialogue

Germany attaches great importance to good relations with Russia. Before the chancellor’s trip, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Berlin was pursuing the goal of involving Russia in “constructive solutions.”

In an interview with DW, Russia expert Stefan Meister from the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), stressed that “Angela Merkel is not the only one traveling to Russia. The foreign minister has talks there and the president is planning talks. It seems to me that there is now an initiative to start a conversation with the Russian side.”

The Russian agenda, however, prioritizes the growth of the country’s diplomatic strength. Russia has moved from being a “weak crisis navigator” to an “active architect” of international conflicts, according to Eastern Europe expert Sabine Fischer from the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). She said that this is manifested in Ukraine and Syria. In fact, the German government views the annexation of Crimea and the destabilization of eastern Ukraine as the “two subjects that are putting a strain on the relationship,” Seibert said.

In order to increase its power in Europe and display international strength, Moscow has intentionally exploited or even created conflicts, added Fischer. This poses considerable challenges for the European Union.

“The EU cannot get involved in Russia’s desired re-division of Europe into areas of influence without undermining its own standards and values and risking further instability in its own neighborhood,” she said.

It will probably be difficult for Germany and the EU to enter into a constructive dialogue with Russia again, said Fischer. “That is why Germany and the EU should focus on conflict management on a local level and alleviating human suffering.”

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