Monday, June 16, 2008
German moves in the Artic
Newsletter 2008/06/11 - Ice Cold War
BERLIN/OTTAWA/MOSCOW (Own report) - A few days after a conference of the Arctic bordering states on access to resources and maritime routes in the Arctic, German government advisors called on Berlin to ally itself with "organizations of Arctic indigenous populations in Canada" against the Canadian government. Previously inaccessible resources, including oil and natural gas, will be available for extraction in a few years, because the icecap is melting, due to the warming of the earth. The Arctic Ocean will also be accessible as a trade route and therefore takes on strategic maritime significance. Germany is "too distant" to be able to have a direct influence on the conflict and therefore, according to the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), must embed its Arctic policy in "European aspirations". The SWP is recommending the use of German ethnicist policy experience and research institutes for asserting German interests. The conflict over sovereignty rights in the Arctic, in which Berlin is beginning to get involved, has led to extensive arms programs in several countries.