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Without Our Own Internet, Germany and Europe Have No Sovereignty (Der Spiegel, Germany)

 

"The notion of entering into a 'no-spy agreement' is absurd. The U.S. is incapable of entering into an agreement that demands self-restraint. There is no agreement in the world to which the U.S. intelligence services would adhere - we now know that much. But stopping the Free Trade Agreement would be equally wrong. Why should Germany harm its economic interests to defend its legal interests? ... In South America, the creation of their own network is being contemplated. That is also the correct path for the European Union."

 

By Jacob Augstein

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Translated By Stephanie Martin

 

November 4, 2013

 

Germany - Der Spiegel - Original Article (German)

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America thinks it is at war and no longer acknowledges its allies. The era of post-war nostalgia is over. Europe and Germany must protect their interests themselves - and upgrading themselves technology.

 

"Because of the entire international situation, sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Germany is politically impossible, nor is it desirable, without reunification with the Soviet zone," said Gerhard Luetkens, the first postwar Social Democratic Party foreign policy expert. That was in 1951, in what was still the parliament in Bonn, and one wouldn't have thought we would be coming back to this again. The problem was supposed to have been taken care of: Far and wide - there is no Soviet zone to be seen, and Germany is reunified as a sovereign state.

 

But that was a mistake. In no way are we sovereign. A sovereign state would not allow a foreign power to spy on its entire citizen population - and certainly not its chancellor. But this is something Germany tolerates - and it isn't because of, as Luetkens said, "the entire international situation." It is because of the chancellor. Under her leadership, Berlin is by necessity once again what Bonn was: a suburb of Washington.

 

This past week was rough for Angela Merkel. She isn't usually unsentimental, but when it comes to America, she is generally not considered capable of the coolness once expressed by Bismarck: "I cannot justify, either in myself or others, that sympathies and antipathies with regard to foreign powers and persons should take precedence over my sense of duty in the foreign service of my country."

 

Just two years ago, the woman from the East was proud when the U.S. president awarded her the Medal of Freedom, and now she learns that this same man's secret service has been spying on her.

 

Generally speaking, there is a lot of disappointed affection on the German side. Didn't we not think we were friends of the Americans? Did we not go to war with them in Afghanistan? Did we not die with them there? And yet they trample on us?

 

It is time to leave the nostalgia of the post-war years behind. Our longing for the West ends at Cape Finisterre. Germany has Europe - and nothing else. We're happy to be U.S. allies, but to quote Bismarck again even this alliance is subject to "rebus sic stanti."

 

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When circumstances change, the cards are reshuffled. Neither France nor Germany has withdrawn their allegiance to the United States. But the U.S. has withdrawn its commitment to reason. The bitter truth: Digital omnipotence has gone to the heads of the Americans. In its current condition, is the country even capable of alliances? According to The New York Times, The word "ally" is slowly starting to sound like a 20th century term that has lost all meaning."

 

Absurd Rituals: Minimization and Empty Threats

 

The U.S. has imposed a permanent state of emergency on itself and the world. It has now become a totalitarian state in the sense that its right to security has become absolute and all encompassing - making it somewhat self-destructive. No conceivable benefit can outweigh the damage this surveillance has done. It is quite simple: The Americans really don't need a lesson in democracy from the Germans - but Germans shouldn't tolerate American surveillance. German-American relations will survive this disaster - but German-American friendship may not.

 

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Merkel, one can well imagine, is furious, but the correct policy response still hasn't been issued. First, the absurd ritual of minimizing events will be replaced by the equally absurd ritual of empty threats: It's touching the way our Interior Minister Friedrich talks like the lawyer that he is: "Surveillance is a punishable offence and those responsible must be held accountable."

 

Friedrich and Pofalla - Summertime Masters of Minimization

 

Incidentally, this scandal will become the first sin committed by [Merkel's] impending Grand Coalition: If the SPD were still part of the opposition, Interior Minister Friedrich and Chancellery Chief of Staff Pofalla, masters of [NSA scandal] minimization this past summer, would have to dress warmly.

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And now? The notion of entering into a "no-spy agreement" is absurd. The U.S. is incapable of entering into an agreement that demands self-restraint. There is no agreement in the world to which the U.S. intelligence services would adhere - we now know that much. But stopping the Free Trade Agreement would be equally wrong. Why should Germany harm its economic interests to defend its legal interests?

 

Angela Merkel must now do something she has no talent for: intentionally shape policy. She wasn't elected to be Washington's concierge. The alliance with America is a community of interests, not values. Therefore, Europe - and Germany - should do a better job of defending their interests.

 

In South America, the creation of their own network is being contemplated. That is also the correct path for the European Union: A massive project for a digital continental infrastructure - but without Britain, which cannot be a reliable partner.

 

And because there is a new Cold War, Merkel should recall Helmut Schmidt and the NATO Double Track Decision. This time, however, it isn't clear who the enemy is. It may even be our best friend. Germany should arm itself against this: Our intelligence services and digital security must be strengthened. As unlikely as it sounds, Angela Merkel must arm and upgrade - technologically.

 

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Posted By Worldmeets.US Nov. 4, 2013, 08:59am