Germany

page 97

Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia, and Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of MGIMO, believe that their idea of forming a network university and a CIS common history book would strengthen the integration process.

Read

The US Congress has decided not to pass any new sanctions against Iran until the end of Tehran’s talks with the six mediators (permanent members of the UNSC and Germany), Interfax reports.The Senate will meet on December 2, after Thanksgiving …

Read

Mohammad Hassan Asafari, a member of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy, said that Tehran will quit talks with the six mediators (Russia, the US, France, the UK, China and Germany) if the US Congress passes additional sanctions, News Azerbaijan reports.Last week, a group of congressmen expressed distrust towards agreements between Iran and the six mediators and called for new sanctions. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Barack Obama are opposed to anti-Iranian sanctions.

Read

Azerbaijan's male chess team won the European Team Chess Championship in Warsaw yesterday, News Azerbaijan reports.The Azerbaijan vs. Armenia round ended 2-2. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov team of Azerbaijan concluded the round with 14 points. …

Read

The next round of Iran's talks with the 5+1 group (the USA, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) devoted to the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear project is going to be held in Geneva on November 20-21, IRNA cites Iranian Vice President and  Head of the Nuclear Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi as saying.

Read
New round of Geneva talks with Iran postponed to November 21-22

Geneva shifted the new round of talks of Iran and six mediators (5 permanent members of the UNSC and Germany) from November 20 to November 21-22, ITAR-TASS reports.The previous round was held on November 7-9. No agreements were made back then. The failure of the talks was explained by lack of consent among the mediators. Besides, France took a more harsh approach to the problem.

Read
Russia's internal problems bigger than foreign successes

 Russia's internal problems bigger than foreign successesViews by Fyodor Lukyanov and Irina KhakamadaBy Vestnik KavkazaThis year “the development index of Russia” which was figured out by experts of the discussion club of Valdai is 0.0.87 experts on Russia from Austria, Armenia, the UK, Hungary, Germany, Israel, India, Iraq, Iran, Italy, China, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, the U.S.A., Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, France, Switzerland, Estonia, South Korea, and Japan “zeroed out” Russia, considering that it had overcome some difficulties, but problems still remained.Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of the Board of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, the editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘Russia in Global Politics’, and a member of the international discussion club ‘Valdai’, thinks that “Russia feels more confident in international politics, and nobody doubts this, including experts and politicians who don’t like President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and our other politicians. And the recent surprising poll by Forbes confirmed this. But for us it should be a warning, because it is easy to fall into a dreamy phase, thinking that everything is good. Meanwhile, we have either stagnation or sliding down in the internal policy. The main thing is institutional stability of the state and the society, and we cannot see any progress here. We can call it an absence of optimism.”As for the Russian policy of ‘soft power’which was positively estimated by ‘Valdai’ experts, Lukyanov doesn’t feel optimism either: “Experts estimate efforts which the state makes. In recent 2-3 years more discussions appeared, real events were held, money was invested – it is positive. The general openness is perceived positively, but nobody abroad considers Russia an open country. Everybody sees the implementation of soft power, but it doesn’t work. The things which we have inside the country surpass the efforts which are made to correct the image.”Irina Khakamada, an opposition activist, liberal, economist, the former vice speaker of the State Duma, stated that “the problem of state management is growing; political institutes are losing trust, according to all public opinion polls. We are still very dependent on raw materials. In our active foreign economic policy and contracts which we sign with China and other Asian countries we maintain the traditional model – each time it is related only to oil or gas export.”According to Khakamada, “there is no breakthrough; and according to various sources, we are falling into a phase of slow recession or a very weak economic growth of 3-3.5%. As Russia has huge budget expenditures on improvement of living standards and it seems deficit budget will appear in a long prospect for the first time, it leads to accumulation of debts. We get rid of old debts, but we may accumulate new ones by the next generation.”As for foreign political activity, Khakamada thinks “we have become really active in the sphere, they respect us, and all international organizations where we take part confirm this. It is not accidental that the Russian president becomes more and more popular in influence rankings. If we look at attractiveness of our cultural and civilization model, I don’t see optimism here. We don’t understand clearly when civilization model we have… Obviously the role of the Russian language is growing in the world, but it is not an achievement of our elite. People are leaving, the young generation is leaving, with money, educated, well-bred. They are not criminals with gold chains, who bought up ties; they are a different generation. Unfortunately, they are part of other countries’ populations now.”Khakamada thinks that the attractiveness of Russia as a place to live is decreasing, while the attitude toward Russian immigrants is improving, but it is not a success of the political elite. “Geopolitics is our cup of tea. But if we have no appropriate internal policy, foreign policy won’t be effective and precise,” Khakamada concluded.Views by Fyodor Lukyanov and Irina Khakamada

Read
Alexander Rahr: “The Eastern policy of the EU is a big question”

Interviewed by Orkhan Sattarov, head of the European Bureau of Vestnik KavkazaVilnius will host a summit of the Eastern Partnership on November 28-29. The EU program was initially organized for political and economic collaboration with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldavia, Belarus and Ukraine. Alexander Rahr, Director for Research at the German-Russian Forum NGO, has described the relations of Europeans and Baku, Tbilisi and Kiev on the eve of the summit.

Read

"Kerry: Iran deal unfinished because Iranians need to consult with leaders in Tehran" is an article published today by the Washington Post."U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said here Monday that international talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear programs last weekend in Geneva ended with no deal in place because the Iranians were unable to accept the proposed terms without seeking additional approval in Tehran," the article reads.

Read
Munich scraps bid to host 2022 Olympic Games

52.1% of the Munich population, 51.56% of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 54.1% of Berchtesgaden and 59.67% of Traunstein have voted against hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.Germany has been bidding to host the Olympic Games since September …

Read

The talks of deputy foreign ministers that started on Friday morning changed format when the UK, US, France and Germany sent their chief diplomats. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov joined the meeting on Saturday. The negotiations continued on Sunday. Yevgeny Satanovsky, President of the Institute for the Middle East, emphasized that no clear results had been expected in the first place.

Read

The character of the current round of Geneva talks on Iranian nuclear crisis has been changed. As Iran is represented by its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the member-states of the 5+1 group (the USA, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) decided to replace deputy foreign ministers with the ministers themselves as heads of delegations. That is why John Kerry, Laurent Fabius, William Hague and Guido Westerwelle are now heading to Geneva and the talks will probably last longer than expected.

Read

Populars