Germany is looking for money for its major geopolitical projects. To take from private citizens is dangerous — burghers may not appreciate. Because German authorities have turned their attention to... Means the Germans will take it without any permission.
In recent times Russian-German relations are at the best of times. No, to the level of the Russian-American or Russian-Polish they slipped. The enemy of Russia in Germany and does not declare a relationship with us, the Germans don't plan to stop. But partnership is a partnership, and money and interests — apart. And when it comes to money on great goals, the pockets of the partner and to empty.
Other explanation for the actions of Germany to be found. In his claim the Germans are very persistent. So, in the fall of 2011 in Berlin were searched in the office of the subsidiary company "Gazprom" Gazprom Germany. A year later, the European Commission, in which the Germans play first fiddle, has opened an antitrust investigation against the Russian giant. Zealous European bureaucrats put him a bill: 15 billion euros.
Their goals the Germans (though not completely) achieved. Since 2011, the Russian company forced to reduce prices for European consumers — first of all, just German. The dependence of Russia from German buyers is large enough — so they dictate their terms. And here in Germany was given to understand that he is not averse to start developing on the territory of the German shale gas. Well, pressure is pressure.
Now the number one topic in Europe was the decision of the authorities of Cyprus on partial withdrawals of the depositors of the local offshore. It was taken not by the Cypriots. It was a requirement of the creditors from the EU and IMF, which otherwise threatened not to give Cyprus the saving credit. And who is the main lifeguard who was pressuring Cypriot stronger than all? Right, the Germans.
This year in Germany will pass parliamentary elections. The results of the vote in some lands show that the chances of winning the current coalition of Christian Democrats and free Democrats are slim. And the need German money to help the Cypriot economy will lower the bar of electoral support to a minimum. So the Germans gracefully shifted the salvation of Cyprus on the other. However, to understand them. There is no extra money to pay the "Freeloader Greeks" don't want...
Only that this would have an impact... Russia. Approximately one-third of foreign funds lying in Cypriot banks belongs to Russian citizens and Russian companies. If the withdrawal will take place — they will lose more than others. Given that in this way the Cypriots with the filing of Germans want to collect nearly six billion euros, the Russians will lose nearly two billion. And the Germans this amount eventually used in a different way. Graceful combination. And the money saved, and Russia was forced to pay instead.
And should the Germans to pay the Greek Cypriots? At first glance, are not required, however, this is only one side of a coin. The other is that Germany sees the European Union as a tool to expand their influence. But the effect is worth the money. Today the Germans are in the EU absolute power number one, they want to dictate to others the terms of the game, they want to turn Germany in all senses in a great power. But do not want to pay. And a great way to shift associated with policy objectives costs to the Russian partner.
The incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel represents the Christian democratic Union (CDU). Its goal is an active foreign policy, the transformation of Germany into the number one power in Europe. No, racial theories of Adolf Hitler the German conservatives do not share, but a mild "rush to the East" is carried out. They launched a number of projects who claim their country as a European leader. And for their realization they are ready for more.
One such project is the EU accession of Croatia. The decision was taken in 2009-2011, when the global economic crisis got in line. Maybe Croatia have a very rich country? Nothing of the sort. The level of living is about the same as in Poland or the Baltic States. Hundreds of thousands of Croats are at work, mostly in Germany. Unemployment is through the roof. Economic benefits from such freshman of the EU no.
However, not everything in life is money... determine the Croats — a longtime ally of Germany and Austria. After the collapse of Yugoslavia, it was Germany the first country to recognize Croatian independence. Despite the opposition of France and some other countries, the Germans push for Croatia's membership in the European Union. The extension of the German sphere of influence in Europe, once loyal voice in the EU the Germans will not interfere. And in Germany for such ready to climb on the Russian accounts in Cypriot offshore.
The second project of independent Kosovo. He is not pure German, but the Germans have their interest. For German conservatives Serbia is the enemy, then it should weaken. In Berlin, of course, aware that modern Albanian Kosovo drug mafia Kingdom, 70 percent subsidized by money from the EU, the share of Germany which is the biggest. Again the necessary funds, and let the Russians forked out. The third task is vnutriserdecna. The farther, the greater the burden of payments to numerous immigrants bears the German budget. If you stop payments — the Turks and other "new Germans" will revolt. And if you shift them to the burghers — they do not like. A great way to postpone the solution to an old problem. And finally, the fourth reason. His negative attitude to Russia many representatives of the German elites do not hide. Pursuing Gazprom and prompting Cypriots to withdraw Russian money, Germany is seeking to weaken a competitor in Russia, making it more tractable. The Germans have levers of pressure on our country, but they are not always enough. And resources for the more pressure, the better. The transformation of the dangerous competitor into a compliant partner — what could be nicer?
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