DW-WORLD.DE: According to a representative poll, many Russians hoped that after Sept. 11 the world and, above all, the US, would show more understanding for Moscow's actions in Chechnya. Did that actually happen? Peter Schulze: When we talk about the West, we need to differentiate, on the one hand, between certain states, and on the other, between politicians, media and the general population. The US and Britain are essentially critical of the Chechnya issue because the criteria on which they judge the developments in the northern Caucasus do not correspond to reality. Western countries that are closer to Russia -- whether through economic cooperation or cultural exchange -- have more understanding for Moscow's actions in Chechnya. Where does Germany stand? Germany belongs to the latter group -- although, opinions are divided here, too. The media paint a negative picture of Russia. One could say that they are obsessed with reporting about terrible events in this … [Read more...] about “Sept. 11 Catapulted Russia into the Elite League of World Politics”
German politicians believe Tuesday's congressional elections in the United States will change the landscape of foreign policy. The elections represent a major threat to US President Barack Obama's power at home, as the opposition Republicans gained a majority in the Congress's lower house, the House of Representatives, and boosted their numbers in the Senate. A bigger role on the world stage? The German government's Coordinator for German-American relations, Hans-Ulrich Klose, said Wednesday he expected Obama to turn his gaze outward in light of new difficulties in domestic politics. He told national radio station Deutschlandradio that the president would now be concentrating more on the Mideast conflict. "I hesitate to speak of a solution to the problems, but it would be good if there were more intelligent conflict management," Klose said. Polenz says Europe needs to play a bigger role on the world stage The chairman of the Bundestag parliament's foreign affairs … [Read more...] about German politicians predict US elections will impact world politics
There won't be a shortage of grand words when the G-20 summit wraps up on Friday in Pittsburgh. At the press conference at the end of the finance summit, world leaders are likely to present themselves as the saviors of the world. For US President Barack Obama it will be a chance to grab some positive headlines to counter-act the recent dive he's taken in recent opinion polls. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel it will be the grand finale of her election campaign. Two days ahead of Sunday's general election in Germany, it'll be a welcome opportunity to appear on the international stage. It's easy to guess that the overall tone of Pittsburgh will be one of content and optimism. But what is it that the world's 20 leading economies have actually achieved since their first meeting in Washington in November 2008? The goal was an overhaul of the world's financial architecture to prevent a similar crisis from ever happening again. Taming the greed The idea was that no financial product and no … [Read more...] about Opinion: The G-20 summit in Pittsburgh – a new chapter in world politics?
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a more proactive role in international politics in recent months as the world has been rapidly confronted with one crisis after another. In the civil wars in both Libya and Ivory Coast, the UN mandated the use of "all necessary means" to protect civilian life. This willingness to decisively confront international crises comes after years of a post-Iraq malaise in which the Security Council largely took a back seat as the United States unilaterally pursued its national interests around the world. But as popular uprisings have rapidly spread from one Arab country to another, the Security Council has become the focal point of international efforts to adopt common positions on crises that impact global stability. The council has demonstrated itself willing and capable - under the right political circumstances - of using military force and economic sanctions in order to enforce international law and human rights. "In many ways … [Read more...] about UN takes proactive role in world politics after Arab Spring
Seventy-five years ago, the Second World War began. Germany, the "Third Reich," invaded Poland, effectively drawing entire world into war. It was a war that raged for six years in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and in the Pacific, arming some 110 million people. By the end, over 60 million people had died. Six million European Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Europe was laid to waste. Millions had been driven from their homes. Or deported. And for the first and only time in human history, atomic weapons were used. When it comes to the question of who was responsible, there was and remains today not the slightest doubt - in contrast to the historical debate about the First World War. The Nazis wanted this war and started it. By the end, Germany was not only defeated - it was annihilated. With the Holocaust, it committed a crime that will never be forgotten. In addition, more than 9 million Germans lost their lives - among them, 3 million civilians. Cities were lost in the Allied … [Read more...] about Opinion: Lessons from the Second World War