Deutsche Exporte nach Russland rückläufig

Russland hat 2013 um 5% weniger Waren und Dienstleistungen aus Deutschland eingeführt als im Vorjahr. Im Jahresverlauf wurde eine ganze Reihe von traditionellen deutschen Exportgütern mit schärferen Zöllen belegt oder vom Import ausgeschlossen. Dadurch will die russische Regierung die Ansiedlung ausländischer Konzerne im Land erreichen. Maue Konjunktur, der Wertverlust des Rubels und zusätzliche Handelsschranken – viele Gründe sprechen gegen eine Erholung des deutsch-russischen Handels 2014.
Bernd Hones – GTAI

The unspoken truths surrounding the Ukrainian crisis

Italian author Marcello Foa takes a closer look at the war scenarios of the former Soviet Republic in an article published in today’s issue of Italian daily “Corriere del Ticino”.


What is your understanding of the Ukrainian crisis?
That the Ukrainian people rebelled against an arrogant and authoritarian president, Viktor Yanukovich, who tried to quell the protests, killing dozens in the process and getting himself ousted in the end. Russia got all hot and bothered and invaded the Crimea out of spite. The impression you, the reader, will have got from all of this is that the people want Ukraine to join the EU, while Yanukovich and Moscow above all are opposed to this. The end.

But the reality is quite different and rather more interesting. To understand what is really going on, we need to look further back, to about twenty years ago, when one of the sharpest minds of the US Administration, Zbigniew Brzezinski – who remains a very influential figure to this day – pointed to Ukraine as a key nation in terms of geostrategic balances. It was a country that needed to be removed from Russia’s grasp and brought into the sphere of NATO and America. This is when a ferocious chess game began between Washington and Moscow. Or rather a long war, fought with non-conventional weapons.
Marcello Foa – Vatican Insider