Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

I just finished updating my "international bloc" file to incorporate permutations of post-WWII "Group of n". The indisputable feature of so-called enlargement that engrosses, patronizes, ROW anarchy is "Great Power" domination of so-called multilateral institutions, specifically, IMF (debt) and UNSC (force)—regardless of which person of which generation that transnational unfree press portrays as leader of the free world rules-base order and hierarchy of international norms.

For example, when the G8 of the day graciously invoked a G14 (G8 + G5* + "unaligned" at the time Egypt) convention to memorialize advanced economies' 2009 "Credit Crash" defenestration, India's prime minister Manmohan Singh remarked.

"The original rationale of G7 was the belief that it would evolve more effective consultation among the more powerful countries on one side of the bi-polar world of the 1970s and 1980s. Its expansion to G8 reflects the disappearance of that particular faultline by the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, while the group includes many of the economically powerful nations, it is obviously not representative as it does not include any developing country."
What set me on a tour of HISTORIC "allies and partners" this morning?
*A question: Which nations comprise this "G5" this year, this month?

"state-controlled" DW | Germany flexes its soft-power muscle in Africa's Sahel, 3 May

The end of Germany's military mission in Mali [2024!] is the beginning of a broader development strategy across the Sahel. Improved prospects for people there mean more security for Europe, officials say.

The plan, as outlined in a paper published on Wednesday by the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), seeks to "orient itself on the needs of the people" in the region. The plan seeks to bring in more [AFRICOM Bundeswahr?] partners over a wider area.

"We are more successful when we act together with international partners than everyone on their own," BMZ Minister Svenja Schulze said in a statement.

Which I did not read. I recognized the name. I learned everything I needed to know about Svenja Schulze's competence from this condescending, boilerplate FIFTH WAVE foreign policy presentation at the Munich Security Conference, Feb 2023
Germany has long been a significant player in stabilization and development efforts in the largely francophone [!] Sahel.

With deeper engagement, Germany hopes to be a soft-power leader in a region it classifies as central to European security. As part of that commitment, the BMZ says that Schulze will put herself up as the chair of the Sahel Alliance*, a cooperation among Sahelian [sic] and Western [sic] countries and organizations [OHCHR, UNDP, EU, EIB, IFC, WB, AfDB, Gates Foundation, Tony Blair Institute, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie]. The [a]lliance, which takes credit [finance!] for supporting nearly 1,200 projects totaling €26.5 billion ($29.3 billion), will choose the chair at a meeting next month in Mauritania.

* latest "G5" permutation since G5 1975 (FR, DE, UK, JP, US)
by Cat on Thu May 4th, 2023 at 04:27:57 PM EST
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