From  THE  ECONOMIST  -  APRIL 2016


GERMANY  SOURS  ON  RUSSIA



Fool me once

Berlin


Germany's establishment once believed in conciliation with Russia. No longer



IN HER colourless suit, Angela Merkel looked like a grey mouse, too ashamed to face the German public after her cowardly decision to permit investigation into a comedian who had insulted the Turkish president. She is the epitome of hypocrisy and double standards. Her migration policy is an act of political suicide which has empowered Germany's fascist right...and so on, and so forth. This was the sneering tone with which Russia's state television channels portrayed Germany's chancellor last week. No other post-communist German leader has come under such fire from the Russian propaganda machine.


Only a few years ago Russians saw Germany as one of their closest allies. 


Opinion polls show they increasingly see it as an enemy. 


In contrast to Gerhard Schroder, the former German chancellor who now lobbies for Mr Putin, Mrs Merkel has become a steadfast ideological opponent. She has taken a firm stand against Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the campaign of lies deployed to legitimize it. According to one of Mrs Merkel's aides, Mr Putin's mendacious denials that the "green men" who seized Crimea were Russian soldiers were a turning point for her. In turn, it is Mrs Merkel's adherence to principle that makes her so alien to the Kremlin, which operates in a postmodernist world where truth and facts do not apply.


Mr Putin excels at exploiting other countries' weaknesses. The Kremlin is now working hard to exacerbate the political damage done to Mrs Merkel by her policy of openness towards refugees. "Putin tries his best to topple Merkel, and he has a lot of instruments at his disposal," says Stefan Meister, a Russia expert at DGAP, a think-tank in Berlin.


One of these instruments is television, aimed at both the domestic audience and native Russian speakers elsewhere, including 3m in Germany. In January Russia's Channel ONE aired a story about a 13-year old Russian-German girl allegedly gang-raped by a group of immigrants  in  Berlin. The report sparked large protests in Germany by ethnic Russian-Germans and anti-Muslim activists. German police soon learned that the story was false, but Russian television continued to report it. Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, even accused Germany of a cover-up.


The flagrant deceit of the so-called "Lisa affair" shocked the German public. Russia had employed similar disinformation tactics in the war against Ukraine, but never in Germany. "The Russians went too far," says Mr Meister. "They have largely lost the German establishment."


"I used to see Russia as a strategic partner and competitor," says Roderich Kiewetter, an MP from Mrs Merkel's Christian Democratic party (CDU). "Now it has become a potential enemy." Even proponents of Ostpolitik, Germany's traditional policy of accommodation with Russia - mainly members of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), the junior partners in government - felt let down. Remaining Russia sympathizers such as Alexander Rahr, director of the German-Russian Forum in Berlin, are left appealing to his country's deep-rooted fear of war. "The most important issue at the moment is not Ukraine, but preventing a third world war," says Mr Rahr.


NOW  THAT  IS  SERIOUS….I  MEAN  SERIOUS…. PREVENTING  A  THIRD  WORLD  WAR  -  Keith Hunt


Russia once counted on business ties with Germany to secure the relationship. It miscalculated. Among Germany's trade partners, Russia ranks below the Czech Republic. Before the EU's Ukraine-related sanctions, Russia accounted for 4% of German trade; that has fallen to 2.4%. "Our overriding goal is to show that we will not accept violations of the post-war order," says Markus Kerber, director of BDI, a business association.


The Kremlin has also tried courting the SPD to split Germany's governing coalition. Sigmar Gabriel, the SPD leader, was received in Moscow by Mr Putin last autumn to agree on the construction of Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline that would circumvent Ukraine and the Baltic states. The EU may block the deal; privately, Mrs Merkel "would be happy to see the project fold", says one of her advisers.


More important is the roll-over of sanctions in July. Getting them removed would be a victory for Mr Putin and a defeat for Mrs Merkel. But Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the foreign minister and member of the SPD, has advocated more diplomatic cooperation with the Russians, arguing that without them "none of the major international conflicts can be solved" (eliding the point that Russia causes many of those conflicts in the first place).


Mr Putin cultivates links with parties on both the extreme right and the extreme left. One ally is the right-wing Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) party. Another is the ex-communist party, Die Linke. Many supporters of the xenophobic Pegida movement are also pro-Putin. At anti-immigrant rallies last year in Dresden, where Mr Putin was stationed as a KGB officer in the 1980s, demonstrators waved Russian flags and chanted "Help us, Putin." Russian propaganda activities in Germany have prompted the BND, Germany's security service, to launch an investigation.


Yet Mrs Merkel has come to see that Mr Putin's antipathy to her stems from weakness rather than strength. 


In a storied encounter with the chancellor a decade ago, Mr Putin, aware of Mrs Merkel's fear of dogs, brought his black Labrador into the room. Mrs Merkel froze; Mr Putin smirked. A fluent Russian-speaker brought up in East Germany, the chancellor understood Mr Putin's language. "I understand why he has to do this - to prove he's a man," she told a group of reporters afterwards. "Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this."


AND  TO  NO  SURPRISE  FROM  ME,  YOU  HAVE  THIS  NOW  BREAK  WITH  GERMANY  AND  RUSSIA.  IT  ALL  TIES  IN  WITH  END  TIME  BIBLE  PROPHECY.  GERMANY  WILL  BE  THE  LEADING  NATION,  THE  SPEAR-HEAD,  OF  A  COMING  ECONOMIC/MILITARY  BABYLON/BEAST  POWER  IN  EUROPE.  THIS  BEAST  POWER  WILL  HAVE  BROKEN  ANY  FRIENDLY  TIES  WITH  RUSSIA,  WHICH  IT  HAS  SO  DONE  AT  THIS  TIME  IN  2016.  IT  WILL  BE  SO  AT  THE  END  TIME.  WHEN  WE  COME  TO  THE  LAST  42  MONTHS  OR  1260  DAYS  OF  THIS  AGE [THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION],  WE  SHALL  HAVE  A  EUROPEAN  POWER  AND  RUSSIAN  POWER  AT  LOGGER-HEAD  WITH  EACH  OTHER.


DURING  THE  "DAY  OF  THE  LORD"  -  THE  LAST  YEAR  OR  SO  OF  THE  42  MONTHS,  BOTH  THE  GERMAN/EUROPE  POWER  AND  THE  RUSSIAN  POWER  WILL  CLASH  TOGETHER  IN  A  WAR  THAT  IF  NOT  STOPPED  BY  THE  ETERNAL  GOD,  WOULD  END  UP  WITH  NO  FLESH  BEING  SAVED  ALIVE  ON  PLANET  EARTH.  JESUS  FORETOLD  THAT  EVENT  IN  MATTHEW  24,  AS  WELL  AS  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION.


MARK  IT….. THE  PROPHECIES  OF  THE  BIBLE  ARE  MARCHING  ON;  ALL  TODAY  IS  LEADING  UP  TO  THE  TIME  OF  THE  END,  THE  LAST,  ABOUT,  THREE  AND  A  HALF  YEARS [DANIEL  ADDS  A  LITTLE  MORE  IN  DANIEL  12].


KEEP  YOUR  EYES  ON  GERMANY  AND  RUSSIA,  AS  WELL  AS  A  COMING  ARAB  UNION  OF  NATIONS [KING  OF  THE  SOUTH  -  DANIEL  11:40-45]  THAT  WILL  FORM  BEFORE  THE  LAST  42  MONTHS  OF  THIS  AGE.


ALL  BIBLE  PROPHECY  I  HAVE  EXPOUNDED  IN  DETAIL  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  -  Keith Hunt