Disinfo: German foreign policy always seeks confrontation and destabilisation

Summary

States that protect their markets from foreign, especially Western, encroachment are particularly affected by the aggressive attacks of German foreign policy. The German government’s foreign policy engagement is about German access to markets and resources. Typical German moral arrogance is merely the means of legitimising the aggressiveness of its own actions. German [foreign] policy is not ethically responsible. It always has a destabilising and disintegrating effect. Today’s German foreign policy has no record of success in conciliation, pacification or any other positive development. Germany seeks confrontation, German foreign policy does not serve peace.

Disproof

Popular pro-Kremlin narrative of the aggressive and warmongering West. In this case, in relation to German foreign policy. The assertion that German foreign policy has destabilising and aggressive features is entirely unfounded. Germany runs a large number of multilateral crisis prevention programmes, peacebuilding activities and missions both within the framework of the EU, the UN and other multilateral organisations.

The assertion that German foreign policy is not committed to peace is also baseless and without evidence. According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German peace policy – is an overarching task for all German government ministries.

"All ministries within the German government work to achieve the goal of preventing crises and creating a stable environment for peaceful conflict resolution. The German government systematically harmonises its development policy with its foreign, security, economic, financial, environmental, social, cultural, and gender equality policies, thus ensuring that German players act in a coordinated manner."

Germany's commitment to peace is also reflected in its long-lasting funding of the Civil Peace Service (CPS) framework, a programme in which peace professionals are deployed to crisis regions around the world to promote sustainable and lasting peace. The CPS is made up of a number of German peace and development organisations and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Additionally, Germany participates widely in multilateral cooperation and promotes democracy and human rights all over the world. The primary objective of German foreign policy is to ensure peace and security in the world. The basic premises on which this rests include the nation’s full integration into the structures of multilateral cooperations like the EU, OSCE, NATO, G7, the Council of Europe and other multilateral institutions.

Together with its partners, Germany promotes peace, security, democracy, and human rights all over the world. Alongside crisis prevention, stabilisation, disarmament and arms control, the broad notion of security promulgated by Germany embraces sustainable economic, ecological, and social aspects. These include globalisation that offers opportunities for everyone, cross-border envir­onmental and climate protection, and dialogue between cultures and religions.

The German Federal Foreign Office supports peace mediation, crisis prevention, stabilisation and post-conflict peacebuilding. Germany does this on the basis of a value-based definition of interests.

See other related cases about the aggressive West: Germany is a locomotive of aggressive action against non-NATO and non-EU states and the EU continues aggressive policies of Nazi-Germany.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: West, Human rights, Warmongering

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the unfriendly position of Poland towards Belarus and the Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus – it promotes the message that the US uses its European “vassals” (Poland and Lithuania) in order to destabilise Belarus.

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

There is no basis to the claims that Poland and the Baltic states are trying to “organise a colour revolution in Belarus” or that they occupy a hostile position towards Belarus. Lithuania and Poland are neighbours of Belarus and continue to support the Belarusian people. Poland and Lithuania respect the principles of international law and do not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.