Tue Sep 13th, 2022 at 10:43:10 AM EST
Who Is Baerbock, What Is Her Vision? Is plagiarism her being, lacking conviction and coloring into the environment where she operates. From the start I found it impossible to grasp her ideas and what her vision is on the world stage. Like so many in leadership roles in European politics, she has little humility, untimely arrogance and just blowing with the wind of militarization in NATO and on the European continent. I find Habeck as someone I do not agree with, but he does have conviction. He has character and personality. A sorry state of affairs in Germany. Chancellor Scholz is quite weak as a leader. Due to a dumb campaign by CDU/CSU and its leader Lanschet, the position of Chancellor was thrown into his lap. I'm all for change, always hoping new leadership will set a clear vision and policy. Citizens and small businesses are hurting and there is no solution ... a wrong turn of events in 2021-2022.
German politicians suffer higher degree of embarrassment from plagiarism than from sex scandals | The Guardian |
London School of Economics: Master's degree in Public International Law 2005
Germany: Greens candidate Baerbock apologizes for using N-word
With just two months to go before Germany heads to the polls to elect a new chancellor, the Green Party's candidate, Annalena Baerbock, apologized for using the N-word during an interview.
Baerbock said that she used the slur during a discussion about antisemitism and racism. "Unfortunately, in the recording of the interview, I quoted the N-word in the emotional description of this unspeakable incident."
The interview might prove itself to be yet another blow to Baerbock's already troubled public image. She has already faced accusations of failing to report some party-related funds and was forced to correct some claims made in her public resume. More recently, she was accused of plagiarism in a book she wrote.
Tachles Arena mit Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen - Kanzlerkandidatin Annalena Baerbock
Annalena Baerbock is set to become Germany's new foreign minister. What does the Green Party leader think of the Jewish state? | JPost - Nov. 26, 2021 |
In 2018, however, Baerbock campaigned against arms exports for Israel. In an interview with YouTuber Thilo Jung, she stressed that "no submarines should be delivered to crisis regions that can then be refitted." This statement suggests that under a government with the Greens, no more arms exports will be sent to Israel. Her testimony was met with criticism. "Solidarity with Israel looks different," wrote CSU defense expert Florian Hahn on Twitter.
After the Hamas rocket attacks in May 2021, Baerbock rowed back. She told the German newspaper Bild: "Should the Greens be part of the next German government, they will discuss and continue security cooperation with the state of Israel in partnership." The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians could only be settled by a "resilient peace solution."
As a future foreign minister, Baerbock must dispel the suspicion that she is naïve in foreign policy. So far, she has tried to do this by trying to fit in with the state in the places where she is least likely to cause trouble.
According to the coalition's plans, German arms exports are to be better controlled in future with their own law. So far, there are only political guidelines for the export of arms and other military equipment. Among other things, they prohibit the export of weapons to crisis regions. Whether Israel will be defined as such a crisis area by this law remains to be seen.
Visit to NATO Jens Stoltenberg on Baerbock's first working day - indoctrination
First Time Stoltenberg Sweats Under the Collar
There was no fundamental discussion with Russian counterparts, solely the arrogance of confrontation. Crossing Russia's red lines for its very existence and national security was never taken seriously. Joe Biden set out a plan for confrontation and closing ranks ... circling the wagons from afar. America knew quite well it would not suffer an economic setback ... Europe would pay the economic price. Europe has to import its fossil fuel just like developing nations India, China and Indonesia. A New World Order has been created ... chaos first.
Biden, NATO and Ukraine seeking confrontation - Fall 2021
President Biden warned Vladimir Putin that he will not accept Russian "red lines" on Ukraine | BBC News - Dec. 4, 2021 |
A video call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mr Biden to ease tensions is expected this week. The US President told reporters he is expecting to have a long discussion with the Russian leader, and warned that he will not "accept anybody's red lines".
"What I am doing is putting together what I believe to be the most comprehensive and meaningful set of initiatives to make it very, very difficult for Mr Putin to go ahead and do what people are worried he's going to do," Mr Biden said as he left for the presidential retreat at Camp David.
While Mr Biden did not set out what precise actions the US plans to take, American and Ukrainian officials warned again this week that severe economic sanctions are on the table against Russia.
On Thursday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US had threatened fresh sanctions after his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov [appointed Nov. 4, 2021] has said that he believes the most likely timing of any Russian escalation "will be the end of January".
More recently, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has moved against Russian interests, slapping sanctions on a powerful friend of President Putin and banning broadcasts by three pro-Russian TV stations.
Biden clarifies Ukraine ‘minor incursion’ comment, after criticism from Ukrainian president
SANCTIONS 🌐 SANCTIONS 🌐 SANCTIONS 🌐 SANCTIONS 🌐
US president alarms government in Kyiv by saying NATO was divided on how to respond to ’minor incursion’ | The Guardian - Jan. 19, 2022 |
Asked about Vladimir Putin’s intentions, the US president said: “I’m not so sure he is certain what he’s going to do. My guess is he will move in. He has to do something.”
Biden said a full-scale invasion would be “the most consequential thing that’s happened in the world in terms of war and peace since World War Two”, with the risk of spilling outside Ukraine’s borders, and “could get out of hand”.
He said that Russia would prevail militarily in an invasion but would suffer heavy casualties.
“This is not all just a cakewalk for Russia militarily,” he said, noting the military aid the US has provided recently. “They’ll pay a stiff price, immediately, short-term, medium-term and long-term if they do it.”
Nato has said it would move troops to its eastern flank in the event of an attack, and the US has been discussing a range of sanctions with its European allies.
Words, hollow phrases about diplomacy but no meaningful action
Ukraine: Zelensky Lighting Fire With War Rhetoric | Jan. 26, 2022 |
Only person serious on a track of diplomacy was EU president Macron … he got no support and came empty handed in the Kremlin … NATO, nor Biden, nor Boris Johnson were willing to budge.
France's Macron Flies to Moscow in Bid to Ease Ukraine Tensions | US News - Feb. 7, 2022 |
Moscow gave the visit a guarded welcome, saying it would listen to Macron's ideas, but played down expectations of a breakthrough.
Dmitry Peskov said Russia was aware of Macron's plans to ease tensions. But he added: "The situation is too complex to expect decisive breakthroughs in the course of one meeting."
"In recent days there has been nothing new on the topic of security guarantees for Russia, our Western interlocutors prefer not to mention this topic," Peskov added.
To counter critics ahead of the trip and take on the mantle of European leadership in this crisis, Macron has been at pains to consult with other Western leaders, including Britain's Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden.
However, unlike in the previous Ukraine crisis in 2015 when then German chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Francois Hollande travelled to the Kremlin together, Macron has not taken his German counterpart with him.
In mid-February the American and British OSCE members pulled out of the Donbas as Ukrainian forces intensified shelling civilian areas. Russian speaking population were asked to move out and Donetsk and Luhansk administration requested political and military support from Russia. On February 24 Russian forces invaded over a long front to attack the Ukraine.
Speech by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock at the UN General Assembly regarding the conflict in Ukraine, 1 March 2022
The principles of the United Nations provide the framework for our peace: For an order that is based on common rules, on international law, on cooperation and on the peaceful settlement of conflict. Russia has brutally attacked this order. And that is why this war is not only about Ukraine, not only about Europe - but about all of us.
Russia's war marks the dawn of a new era. It's a watershed moment. Yesterday's certainties are gone. Today, we face a new reality that none of us chose. It is a reality that President Putin has forced upon us.
Russia's war is one of aggression. And it is based on lies. They were repeated again by Foreign Minister Lavrov at the Human Rights Council today in Geneva. You say you are acting in self-defence. But the whole world watched as you built up your troops over months in preparation for this attack. You say Russia is acting to protect Russian-speakers from aggression. But today the whole world is watching as you are bombing the homes of Russian-speaking Ukrainians in Kharkiv. You say Russia is sending peace-keepers. But your tanks are not carrying water, your tanks are not carrying nutrition for babies, your tanks are not carrying peace. Your tanks are carrying death and destruction. In fact, you are abusing your power as a permanent member of the Security Council. Mr Lavrov, you can deceive yourself. But you won't deceive us. You won't deceive our people - and you won't deceive your own people.
Russia's war marks a new reality. It requires each and every one of us to take a firm and responsible decision, and to take a side. My country is stepping up its support to Ukraine with medicine, food, humanitarian goods and shelter to refugees. So are many of us here today. And I applaud you for it.
We note that there are rumours spreading - also today in this room - that people fleeing from Ukraine who are of African origin are being discriminated against at the EU's borders. I was in Poland this morning. And together with my Polish and French colleagues, we made it very clear: Every refugee must receive protection, no matter what their nationality, their origin or the colour of their skin.
We have decided to support Ukraine militarily - to defend itself against the aggressor, in line with Article 51 of our Charter. Germany is deeply aware of its historic responsibility. That's why we are and will always be committed to diplomacy and seeking out peaceful solutions. But when our peaceful order comes under attack, we must face up to that new reality. We must act responsibly. That's why we must unite for peace today!
I have heard some of my colleagues say, when I was speaking on the phone around the world in the last days: "You are calling on us to show solidarity for Europe. But where have you been for us in the past?" And frankly speaking, I am telling you: I hear you. We hear you. And I truly believe we should always be willing to critically question our own actions, our past engagements in the world. I am willing to do so.
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I get it, we got Feminists Foreign Policy thanks to Annalena Baerbock ...