Germany: Quo vadis?

Published 24.06.2015 21:58
Updated 25.06.2015 12:24

All of us need to ask the question "What is Germany doing?" at this very moment. As is known, after the Great Depression of 1929, Germany strove to turn the repression of the U.S. and U.K. into an opportunity using fascism, and the Nazi regime came to power with Adolf Hitler becoming German chancellor in 1933. Indeed, Nazi Germany was a period during which Germany attempted to catch up with the U.S., the U.K. and France. This was because the U.K. and France had moved far ahead of Germany in terms of energy and markets thanks to the colonies they obtained in the previous century, while the U.S. was rapidly catching up with Europe. This being the case, Germany established the Nazi government (fascism) in order to gain access to both energy and marketplaces.

Well, is there a different situation now? I would not say it is that different, and once again the world is in the grip of a major crisis that is much deeper and longer-term than the 1929 crisis. The U.S., which has an accumulation of information technologies sectors, is in a more advantageous position than Europe and particularly Germany this time as well. In this regard, the U.S. is followed by the U.K. and Asia Pacific. Even France keeps ahead of Germany, the industry of which has difficulty creating brands and finding markets in information technologies, in addition to facing a major financing problem resulting from the European crisis. The products of traditional German industry have come to be replaced by goods that are of Asian and Turkish origin. Just as it experienced before World War II, Germany has great trouble acquiring energy today. Following Russia's annexation of Crimea, the strained relations between the EU and Russia crippled the energy partnership between Germany and Russia. How the joint projects and close cooperation between Germany and the Russian energy company Gazprom would continue has been an important question until now. Would Germany comply with the EU's co-decision that stipulated sanctions on Russia and the suspension of relations with Russia? If Germany adhered to this joint resolution, all energy projects between Germany and Russia would be suspended and Germany's dream of dominating the Balkans with energy and by manipulating Russia would fizzle out. Since West Germany reunified with East Germany in 1990, it has regarded Eastern Europe and the Balkan region as its own backyard and natural colony. The disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s was a result of a German-made Balkanization process and, indeed, it was a post-Nazi occupation. Germany wants to reign over Eastern Europe and the Balkans by controlling the energy that flows from Russia and by seizing markets and the financial structure of these regions.

During the period that followed Russia's annexation of Crimea, Germany pretended to retreat from the region. However, it is abandoning this retraction nowadays. Germany-Gazprom relations have restarted once again. Earlier this month, Gazprom signed an agreement with Germany and Austria-based companies with the intention of increasing the capacity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline that extends from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. Considering that this agreement was signed in the days when Egypt's fascist dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sissi was welcomed on a red carpet by Germany, a connection can be drawn as follows: Germany wants to reign over African and Mediterranean markets and energy transits through Egypt. Obviously, it wants to create an alternative to Turkey's Southern Gas Corridor (SGC). On the other hand, the same treaty should be addressed as an alternative to the Turkish Stream that Russia wants to transmit to Europe through Turkey. Well, will the Turkish Stream and Germany's expansion of Nord Stream not increase the EU's energy dependency on Russia? In this regard, Germany opts for Nord Stream and does not care much about the EU's dependence on Russia. The sole purpose of Germany is to deactivate SGC. This attitude reveals Germany's strategy of the Fourth Reich, which follows the Third Reich and implies a new Prussian empire. I do not argue that such an empire will come into being in the same way as it did in the 19th century. It will arise as a new market and energy alliance between Germany and Russia by disregarding the EU's vision of enlargement.

Germany's attitude toward the Greek crisis tells us what it thinks about the future of the EU. If one accepts an EU that does not have political integrity in the full sense, but has a monetary and economic unity, it means that one also accepts the EU's fiscal unity in theoretical terms. From this point of view, Greece's debt is inarguably the EU's internal debt that it has to tackle one way or another. However, since the very beginning, Germany does not address this question within the framework of the EU's vision and treats Greece as if it were a country outside the EU. Germany has to acknowledge that the debt of any country within the eurozone is also the debt of Germany, and a contrary attitude means denying the reality of the EU. As during the Nazi period, Germany does not only deny the vision and reality of the EU, but also all of the gains regarding democracy and human rights that humanity has achieved. Recently, Germany arrested a journalist on the command of the fascist dictator el-Sissi, made an agreement with Egypt and expedited its energy agreements with Russia after the annexation of Crimea. Moreover, it is leaving migrants dead in the Mediterranean, burning the homes of Turkish residents in Germany and burning children to death in this way, an atrocity that even the Nazis did not inflict. Germany officially condemned the events, but it failed to convince the Turkish people. How can one explain Germany's path? As a Germany that denies the Nazi period, or a Germany that denies democracy and human rights? It is up to your discretion and history.

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