US Threatens European backers of Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, NATO in DC’s Crosshairs

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is nearing completion despite all the best efforts by the U.S. to stop its construction, causing a rift between Washington and its largest European ally and the potential end of NATO.

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The U.S. is starting to fret about the imminent completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the second of two underwater gas pipelines running from the Russian Baltic city of Ust-Luga to Greifswald, Germany, and has begun issuing informal threats of repercussions to companies who are backing the nearly-finished project.  According to unnamed

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Germany Allocates $62m to Development Projects in Palestine

“Germany wants to continue to contribute to stability in living conditions for the people in the Palestinian territory.”

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Germany allocated €55 million ($62.5 million) to be dispersed to Palestinian development projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip in 2019. Klaus Kramer, the head of division in the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, told reporters in Ramallah that it was agreed, in coordination with various ministries in

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Recent Istanbul Summit on Syria Shows Just How Many Wildcards Remain

The proxy war in Syria is not ending, rather its morphing into the diplomatic war that lies ahead, which of course will be keenly fought, given the divergent interests of the foreign protagonists.

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The four-nation Turkey-Russia-Germany-France summit on Syria on October 27 in Istanbul had an impressive outcome. All participants – each with own interests – has some ‘takeaway’ from the summit, which itself is a measure of the success of the event. This is also important because the participants now have a reason to work together. Such an

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US Accuses Russia of Trying to Seize Syria’s Oil

Pentagon officials have charged that Russia, in its efforts to begin the reconstruction of Syria, really wants to “seize” Syria’s oil and gas resources. 

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Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swaths of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources. This comes as the United States

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Germany’s Far Right AfD Exploits Passivity and Resentment to Enter the Mainstream

While the AfD party emerges as a leading voice of political opposition, the government downplays its danger and even co-opts its xenophobic messaging.

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Grayzone Project -- German police rounded up a right-wing terror network this October 1, arresting its members ahead of an attack allegedly aimed at subverting the country. Called “Revolution Chemnitz,” the group “intended to launch violent and armed attacks against foreigners and people who have different political views,” a federal prosecutor

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Turkey and Germany Seek to Repair Relations

Despite predictions that tensions between Ankara and Washington may cause Turkey to turn east for help, Erdogan’s visit to Germany tells another story.

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After a several-year-long fallout with Germany, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a recent visit to several cities in the European country in an attempt to repair relations. Historically, Turkey’s greatest advocate in Europe has been Germany and with US-Turkish relations now at an all-time low, Erdogan is looking for friends. Many

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