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by Carrie Wed Nov 21st, 2007 at 05:02:32 AM EST

SPIEGEL alert : Germany Inc. in Tehran: Berlin Faces Hurdles in Push to Get Business Out of Iran (November 20, 2007)

In an effort to forestall an American military strike against Iran, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing for tougher economic sanctions against the mullah-controlled regime in Tehran. But critics say Merkel's plans are sketchy and difficult to implement, while experts disagree over their effectiveness.
(seen in today's Salon)

It would make sense, if, in an effort to forestall alleged illegal actions by Iran, Germany pushed for sanctions on Iran.
It would make sense if, in an effort to forestall illegal (don't hold your breath for UNSC authorisation) military action by the US, Germany put pressure on the US.
But it makes no sense, in fact it is morally repugnant, to forestall assault by pre-emptively bullying the victim.

File under: Atlanticism, moral bankruptcy of

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2007 at 05:03:23 AM EST
Connected: there was another round of Celebrity Deathmatch between Merkel and Schröder. Schröder opined that Merkel allows herself to be led by her ex-living-under-communism emotions in her policy towards Russia, which is misguided. CDU leaders opined Schröder is just envious at the access Merkel has...

I say a pox on both houses. Methinks Schröder rightly analysed a bad policy towards Russia, albeit his cynical 'realpolitik' wasn't all that deeply thought-through either. But the motivation he analyses is, I think, entirely wrong, and a thinly veiled macho mysogynist attack ('emotional unstable women'). The CDU reply doesn't need commentary.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Nov 21st, 2007 at 05:41:51 AM EST
His policy towards Russia (apart form the shameful comments about Russia's democracy, which were unnecessary) was fine. The Nordpipe makes a lot of sense for Germany and for Europe - it's in line with 40 years of gas diplomacy with Russia that has worked perfectly well for import-dependent countries like France Germany and Italy.

Avoiding provocations of Russia, and maintaining the UNSC's role are not stupid goals either.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2007 at 05:57:44 AM EST
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Jan Seifert had an interesting post on his blog a few days ago which more or less predicted that the pipeline would not be built as there would not be enough gas and political relations with Poland were improving.

The article is in German, but cited a CEPS briefing by Alan Riley (here), an IEA book (here) and a 2006 study by Milov, Coburn and Danchenko (here).

I wondered what your take on that would be.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Nov 21st, 2007 at 09:40:45 AM EST
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