By Cynthia Chung
[Since the publishing of this article the German elections have taken place, the FDP and the Greens are considered kingmakers, and a three-party coalition has been discussed as a likely outcome. Within days, the first controversy has already erupted, with RT’s German-language channels being deleted with Google’s video platform saying the Russian state-backed broadcaster had breached its COVID-19 information policy. This has caused an escalation with talk that Russia will respond by banning youtube, with Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief, calling the ban a “real media war declared by the state of Germany to the state of Russia” in a tweet. This risks breaking out into an Iron Curtain 2.0, and those who may find themselves loudly decrying on either side, should be mindful of who benefitted from such a divide the first time around. Don’t be a dunce and be fooled twice by the same old dog trick. For more details on the history I am referring to here refer to another paper of mine published by SCF. Regardless, there are groupings within Germany that do desire cooperation with Russia and China and it is this potential that is actually what is under attack presently. To be drawn into the soap box drama is to relive the same tragedy over and over again, nicely set up for you to make a scene, burn down bridges and embrace your utter destruction as you go down in a flurry of flames. What is the lesson here? Never forget your history.]
As Pepe Escobar eloquently put it in his essay “Requiem for an Empire: A Prequel,” the days of clueless cold warriors dreaming of a Germany-Japan axis, and Washington’s opportunity to erect itself as Supreme World Paradigm saviour of the “free world,” or the unilateral 1990s basking in the tawdry “end of history” celebrations while “toxic neocons, gestated in the inter-war period via the gnostic cabal of New York Trotskyism, plotted their power takeover.”
Escobar rightly assesses that “today, it is…the specter of a Russia-China-Germany entente that terrorizes the Hegemon as the Eurasian trio capable of sending American global domination to the dustbin of History.”
“The key players in the Heartland have clearly seen through the imperial propaganda fog; it will be a long and winding road, but the horizon will eventually unveil a Germany-Russia-China-Iran alliance rebalancing the global chessboard.
This is the ultimate Imperial Night of the Living Dead nightmare – hence these lowly American emissaries frantically scurrying around multiple latitudes trying to keep the satrapies in line.”
Indeed, frantic scurrying is most chaotically afoot.
In light of this, the strange death of Germany’s Ambassador to China and top Merkel advisor Jan Hecker on Sept 5, 2021, two weeks after taking the Beijing post, along with Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier’s strange hospitalisation the day after, is cause for concern.
As reported by China News:
“Hecker’s appointment as Berlin’s envoy to China – amid simmering bilateral tensions over human rights and the South China Sea – was regarded by foreign affairs observers as a move by Merkel to stabilise and continue her approach of engagement with China, on the eve of her departure after 16 years as chancellor.
Germany will hold elections on September 26 to decide Merkel’s successor and observers have warned of turbulence ahead in China-German relations.”
Details as to the cause of Jan Hecker’s death have yet to be released to the public.
Thomas Schäfer, who was Germany’s Minister of Finance in Hesse for ten years, also had a strange death on March 28th, 2020, said to be suicide, the popular and highly dubious line being that he could not handle what would be the financial stress on Germany in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is unclear how this line was justifiably attributed to his death and not just convenient gossip. His body was found next to the Cologne-Frankfurt high speed rail, police “speculated” that he had killed himself. Call it a hunch…
In addition, the day after Ambassador Hecker’s death, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier was admitted to a Berlin hospital, Sept 6, 2021, after a dinner where guests reportedly said he felt unwell and had difficulty finding words.
News agency DPA reported he was at a dinner meeting of the Bundestag’s economic committee at a Berlin hotel, when he suddenly required emergency medical attention and was transported to the hospital for a yet to be known reason.
On Jan 25th, 2021, Altmaier was criticised by some over the EU’s investment deal with China, and whether Germany should have waited until after Biden’s inauguration. In a CNBC interview he was posed the question of whether this was a “tactical mistake,” or “awkward timing” on the part of Germany, to which Altmaier responded:
“I think it was not a mistake because we have signed [something]… in large part…arrangements the U.S. already have with China. It is about creating a level playing field. So I am very optimistic that we can develop and negotiate and sign more similar agreements worldwide, as the U.S. will also follow this path in their negotiations with other countries worldwide.”
Altmaier also says in the same interview:
“We realised that green hydrogen is the missing link of energy transition in most of the industrialised countries. We will have to import it from other countries. So if we could organise an international green hydrogen infrastructure, where it is produced in countries with lots of sunshine and winds, where it is shipped to other countries…then it could have a very stimulating effect to the world economy.”
Green hydrogen is extracted from water using electrolysis powered by renewable energy. This type of hydrogen production is cleaner than extracting it from coal or natural gas.
China’s region of Inner Mongolia has approved a massive power project that will use solar and wind to produce green hydrogen. Inner Mongolia’s Energy Administration has given the go ahead to a cluster of plants in the cities of Ordos and Baotou that will use 1.85 gigawatts of solar and 370 megawatts of wind to produce 66,900 tons of green hydrogen a year, the Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association said in a report.
In addition, Europe’s biggest utility Enel (ENEI.MI) is looking to develop a green hydrogen project in Russia as part of plans to expand its renewable energy business in the country according to Enel’s Head of Europe, Simone Mori.
Russia, rich in oil and gas, is seeking to have a share of up to 20% of the global hydrogen market.
Germany also got its way with Nord Stream 2, to which the United States was heavily mobilising against, which is expected to transport from Russia to Germany double the capacity of the original Nord Stream, a total of 110 billion m^3, fuel that Germany desperately needs to maintain its people’s livelihood and economy.
However, Germany’s strained relation with the Anglo-American power is nothing new.
On Jan. 14th, 1963, President of France de Gaulle declared at a press conference that he had vetoed British entry into the Common Market. This would be the first move towards France and West Germany’s formation of the European Monetary System (EMS), which excluded Great Britain.
On Jan 22nd, 1963, the Franco-German Treaty (also known as the ÉlyséeTreaty) was signed by West Germany Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, which had enormous implications. Franco-German relations, which had long been dominated by centuries of rivalry, had now agreed that their fates were aligned in their opposition to the Anglo-American Empire. (This close relationship was continued to a climactic point in the late 1970s, with the formation of the EMS, and France and West Germany’s willingness in 1977 to work with OPEC countries trading oil for nuclear technology, Iran being a central player, which was sabotaged by the U.S.-Britain alliance.)
It was understood at the time by West Germany and France, that the Carter Administration’s insistent demands that western Europe and Japan invoke economic sanctions against Iran was like asking them to cut their own throats. Yet, the raised political tensions succeeded in breaking apart the economic alliances and the slow blood-letting of Europe commenced. For more on this refer to my paper.
The Élysée Treaty was a clear denunciation of the Anglo-American forceful overseeing that had overtaken Western Europe since the end of WWII.
As Germany moves ever closer to the Russian-Chinese’s multipolarism, will it succeed in avoiding the last squeeze from the Anglo-American Empire’s death grip?
The author can be reached at https://cynthiachung.substack.com/
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