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Baerbock and Scholz draw far-reaching conclusions

Good morning dear readers,

Since the launch of the Traffic Light Coalition a year ago, observers have wondered what the much-anticipated “values-based foreign policy” actually means. Green Minister Annalena Barbock Dictators like Sergei Lavrov uttered a few confident sentences even in the presence of intelligence. But concrete works derived from high demands are rarely seen. Support for the disaffected Ukrainians arose more from real political pressure and the need to prevent the Russian Kremlin mafia from reaching the West. About totalitarian China, the traffic light parties could not agree for a long time. At the last minute, the chancellor publicly reprimanded eight ministers and pushed through the controversial Cosco deal in the port of Hamburg. It is also hard realpolitik, business before security and more so human rights.

But now, for the first time, the traffic light people are taking a big step toward a foreign policy that actually deserves the adjective “value-based”: They do a U-turn in German Iran policy and built a wall of integrity against Tehran’s regime. It’s significant, important — and risky.


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So far, the German government has sent conflicting signals when dealing with Iran’s police state: On the one hand, he condemned the brutal violence against the protesters. On the other hand, he was attracted to the nuclear deal, through which German diplomats were able to exploit their good contacts with the Iranian nomenklatura.

It’s over, now everything is different. After Foreign Minister Bierbock publicly sided with the protesters and assured German support for Iran’s oppressed women, the chancellor followed suit at the weekend: for the first time Olaf Scholz His chancellor made the words on the podcast that reshaped the political course. “What kind of government are you shooting at its own citizens?” He lashed out at the Iranian torturers. “We must rely on our resistance to anyone who does such a thing!” And more: “The Iranian government is solely responsible for the explosion of violence.” The country is a member of the United Nations and is committed to upholding and protecting human rights. “This is how we measure Iran’s leadership. We want to increase the pressure on the Revolutionary Guards and the political leadership.”

The pressure must be on today to come: EU foreign ministers are expected to decide on new sanctions against Iran at their meeting in Brussels. 31 Governance representatives and institutions Authorized including senior police commanders and militia officers. They are no longer allowed to enter the EU, their foreign accounts in Europe have been frozen. “We support the collection of evidence so that the perpetrators can be held accountable,” the chancellor declared – and called for a special session of the UN Human Rights Council: “It is always about investigating the crimes of the Iranian regime.”

These crimes have been committed in front of the eyes of the world public for weeks. According to Human Rights Watch, since the violent deaths of Kurds Mahsa Amini At least 330 people died in police custody by mid-September. About 15,000 Iranians were imprisoned, many of whom apparently faced the death penalty. Still, thousands of people took to the streets in more than 130 cities to chant “Women, Life, Freedom!”. The traffic light government, led by its chancellor, has now decided to support these people – even if it means accepting serious difficulties such as the collapse of nuclear talks.

Because the government’s response to the Berlin speech was sharp: “The German Chancellor’s comments were provocative, meddlesome and undiplomatic,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said. The destruction of a historical relationship can lead to “long-term damage”.

The break between Berlin and Tehran is risky. The more pressured they are, the more brutally the mullahs beat them. They have the power to throw the Middle East into chaos. The Secret Service reports that militias are already planning attacks in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. A sabotage or terrorist attack during the football World Cup in Qatar also seems conceivable. Furthermore, if Tehran’s technicians succeed in actually building an operational nuclear bomb, power will be redistributed to the region. The Saudis will reach for the bombs, the Israelis will arm themselves, as will the Turks, and every small skirmish could then lead to a major catastrophe. All this must have been carefully considered in the chancellor’s office when they decided to take broadsides against the mullahs. hopefully

The paramilitary Basij militias are the goon squads of the Iranian regime.
The paramilitary Basij militias are the goon squads of the Iranian regime. (Source: Wahid Salemi/AP/dpa)

What else?

Foreign ministers of EU states are concerned not only with resistance to the Iranian regime, but also with resistance to Putin: In Brussels they decided to start a training mission for the Ukrainian armed forces. 15,000 soldiers are being trained in Germany, Poland and other EU countries.

Biden met with Xi

US President Biden was welcomed by dancers when he arrived in Bali.
US President Biden was welcomed by dancers when he arrived in Bali. (Source: Med Nagy/Pool European Press Photo Agency/dpa)

The United States and China are locked in a bitter power struggle for global supremacy. “World War III has already started,” former US government adviser Nouriel Roubini told me. If you can feel that, the US President Dr Joe Biden and the head of state of China Xi Jinping Will Biden meet today before the start of the G20 summit in Indonesia for the first time since taking office? American officials announced a “strategic, deep and significant discussion” – but the differences are huge: it is about the trade war, Taiwan, the military presence in the South China Sea and Beijing’s support for Putin.

In comparison, Chancellor Scholz and Economy Minister Habeck are making smaller rolls today: At an economic summit in Singapore, they are weaving around Asian countries to reduce Germany’s dependence on China In the evening, Scholz traveled to the G20 summit.

A little protection

About 150 species of animals and plants die every day – at some point we won’t have many animals other than bipeds. Starting today, representatives from more than 180 countries will discuss the protection of elephants and sharks, rhinos and turtles in Panama. 600 other wild species will be protected.

Finally relieved

The Federal Council is likely to approve one-time emergency aid for gas and district heating customers today. Cost point: nine billion euros. These are intended as a bridging measure until the gas price brakes take effect, which should be by March at the latest. Union-led federal states, on the other hand, want to freeze citizens’ incomes.





SULTAN MAHMUDhttps://nextpress.news/
Bangladesh Politics, Political Development, Party Politics, International Affiars, Liberation War of Bangladesh, Peace and Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Security Studies.
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