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Three Strikes… and Jung is out

10 March, 2010 (22:57) | abroad, economy, federal states, media, particulars, political trade | By: Aerar

(German version published on 27 November, 2009)

Currently there are some things which are happening in politics and some themes which already have been  discussed before have been decided now.
Therefore most topics have already been dealt with intensely so beside of a short statement I rather link to articles I read somewhere else. (In plain language: “All you get here today is some surface levelled polemic but the linked articles might be of interest.”)

1. The decission of the EU about handing over SWIFT data

Forwarding the data of the financial service SWIFT to the USA to support surveillance of terror is a confession of failure for the European Union. Again the representatives of the governments decided to overule the declared opinion of the EU parliament not to hand over the requested data (German). Again an essential column of data protection, the banking confidentiality, has be sacrified at the altar of fighting terrorism. So again it gets obvious how much damage each single terroristic act inflicts to the western societies: counted in loss of freedom. In addition providing the data is an essential strike against European companies. The knowledge of their business relations surely will be helpful to support the regrowth of the American economy.

You will find further information here (German).

2. Nikolaus Brender’s contract will not be prolonged

With a 7:7 result of votes the conservatively lead ZDF administrative board voted against prolonging (German) the contract with chief editor Nikolaus Brender. I already mentioned in my last post, that such interference of media by some politicians, who are also focus of media reports, means cutting the freedom of the press.

Here is the official statement of ZDF director Markus Schächter (German)

The backgrounds of this topic were already known before the voting and have been discussed by Spiegelfechter (link no longer found) and very accurat by Stefan Niggemeier (German).

3. Minister of work Franz-Josef Jung resigns

So this time it did not work to simply sit it out (German). The bombing of two fuel trucks which has been requested by German troops in Afghanistan now has reached the former Minister of Defence at his new post. It would be a lie if I would pretend to be sorry about it. Again it did not come out how much Jung actually knew about the case. But this situation is one of the few in politics which has no safe end: Either the minister has been not informed (and therefore was incompetent) or he did lie to the public. In today’s Tagesthemen of all people (or again?) Gregor Gysi did name the facts: September 4th has been the most important military event in German history since WW II which makes it very unlikely that Jung missed to read a single file about this incident. Minister of Families Ursula von der Leyen will take over Jung’s post in future (German) and Kristina Köhler (German) will take over the vacant Ministery of Families. Of course Mr. Jung is completely guiltless and has just retired to prevent damage from German government and the Bundeswehr. At least that goal he already archieved simply but the mere fact of his retirement.