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Azerbaijan has problems with Germany (Editorial)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

In the middle of the blasphemous 2010s, after the fat 2000s, in 2014, when the world finally realised that the days of romantic liberalism had been left somewhere behind in the hurricane 1990s and the grey weekdays of a harsh pragmatic world order came, the Western world was shocked by Udo Ulfkotte's book 'Gekaufte Journalisten' (Bought Journalists: How Politicians, Intelligence Agencies and High Finance Control Germany’s Mass Media), published in English under the title 'Presstitutes.' With his sensational revelations, the former editor of the legendary newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung shocked the world community by exposing the stunning facts of the recruitment of German journalists: for decades, the CIA had been recruiting thousands of German journalists. Udo admitted that he himself had been recruited by American intelligence, periodically receiving themes and textures from the CIA for his publications, which exposed the main opponents of the United States - Russia and China.

This book by Udo Ulfkotte blew up the Western liberal world

Udo's revelations shocked me too. And during one of my trips to Berlin, I met with great pleasure this German journalist.

On the eve of 2015 - exactly before the start of the first European Games - the German media directed all the power of their propaganda apparatus to discredit a small country in the South Caucasus barely noticeable in the midst of the global politics. The Germans could hardly pronounce the unfamiliar geographical name of the state formation - Azerbaijan, vaguely understanding the location of this Muslim country. However, at the same time, all the German media for two years, day and night, poured tubs of slop over an unfamiliar and alien country, unleashing a massive information war.

'This is an order. They were ordered to write and speak like that,' Udo assured me in one of Berlin's elite restaurants near the Magdeburg Gate. 'Look, all the German elite gathers in this restaurant. And you are deeply mistaken in believing that they are all independent and self-sufficient people. To this day, a secret cooperation agreement signed immediately after the end of World War II has not been cancelled between Germany and the United States. Without the consent of Washington and the Deep State affiliated with the CIA, no politician can become Chancellor of Germany.' I confess that Udo's bold judgments amazed me with their frankness and courage. Two years after our meeting, Udo Ulfkotte died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 56. Unlike the suspicious sudden death in London of ex-Russian KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, Udo's premature death did not cause a public outcry. Germany has tried hard to dispel in public opinion to dust the sensational revelations of the well-known journalist, who claimed that about 2,500 German journalists had been recruited by American intelligence...

'Are you asking me why our media chose Azerbaijan?' a well-known German human rights activist, head of the League for the Defence of Human Rights Hans-Eberhard Schultz asked me at his headquarters in the centre of Berlin. Impressive with a proud bearing, a stern look, gently twisting his fingers, he looked the truth in the eye: 'You will never hear criticism of the state of human rights in Frankfurt or Dresden on our TV channels. You will be told about the dispersal of demonstrations in Hong Kong, the violation of the right to freedom of speech in Azerbaijan, the persecution of the opposition in Russia... But you will never hear about Germany. Because such criticism is taboo. Germany is far from democracy and liberalism. Dissent is frowned upon...'

Journalist Eynulla Fatullaev at a meeting with Hans-Eberhard Schultz

A subjective assessment of democratic freedoms in one of the progressive countries of the world, the most powerful vanguard of modern European liberal civilisation, may seem like a 'lie with a proud bearing' of the eminent German human rights activist, settling personal scores with the German political system. The reader may have natural and sarcastic questions about the pluralistic features of the German political system. Should we judge Germany? What about free elections? And the change of power? What about the free and developed market?

Of course, no one will take the responsibility to revise the liberal foundations of the German state. Democracy is flourishing in Germany, but only within the framework of an untouchable nomenklatura political system chosen by the 'deep state.' For example, if the systemic Social Democratic Party, the successor of the Weimar Republic, undertakes to organise a mass march in the main cities of the country, then the local authorities and the police will open their central avenues and streets to the few street supporters of the parliamentary party. But if the related to SPD Left Party, represented in the Bundestag and in regional legislative bodies, together with the Occupy movement wants to call tens of thousands of disaffected Germans to disagree, then a large police contingent will stand in the way of the non-systemic opposition. They will beat them, and quite hard, using tear gas. They will not stop even in front of the parliamentarians, who can be detained, and against whom even force can be used. They can also sprinkle with 'Hot pepper' in the eyes. Another thing is the ultra-right, for example, Pegida, for the supporters of which they open the main squares of nationalist Saxony.

Or let us turn to the Attak movement, which is popular among numerous left-wing youth. Despite the incredible public support, the doors of parliament are also closed for this non-systemic force.

This is such a relative electoral democracy, conditional democracy, limited within the framework of the formed and protected official system. Of course, the followers of the renegades of Marxism or modern adherents of bourgeois democracy will call such a system a controlled democracy - the personification of the people's power. But the left and even the centre-left, not to mention the social liberals and human rights activists, will subject a kind of German democracy to anathema. The main thing for modern Germany, in contrast to post-Gaullean France, is reliable foreign policy guidelines. Anti-Westerners and anti-Americanists have no place in the political system. As soon as the Alternative for Germany - a Eurosceptic and, in general, racist, but parliamentary party - condemned a new round of tough sanctions against Russia, the movement ended up under the hood of the special services, in particular the Federal Service for the Protection of the Constitution of Germany.

Police and intelligence controlled democracy in Germany

If the media in Germany elect a country for attacks, a purposeful campaign, it means that someone needs it. They lowered the theses, pressed the button, the order came. The anti-Azerbaijani hysteria in the German media in the middle of the 2010s, expressed in hundreds of critical publications, which even paid attention to the conditions of detention in a penitentiary of the Mingechevir district, disappeared in one day, as if by magic. And for 5-6 years, the German media almost did not notice Azerbaijan, except for rare good reviews about the philanthropy of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Europe and the recent Karabakh war.

However, the institutions of German public opinion abruptly, somehow overnight, changed their attitude towards Azerbaijan precisely after the end of the Second Karabakh War, which was victorious for Baku. Once again, a distant country has shifted to the centre of German politics, arousing genuine interest in the world's media in this country.

What happened this time? And who released new tasks and action orders? It's hard to judge. Especially after a long lull, and, moreover, in the wake of mutual diplomatic curtsey. Surprisingly, it was the German ambassador who alone in his person, and demonstratively and rudely, violating the unwritten diplomatic etiquette, refused to visit the liberated districts of Karabakh together with other ambassadors. Note, not the ambassador of the traditionally pro-Armenian France, which openly supported Armenia in the Second Karabakh War.

Ambassador Wolfgang Maning did not go to Azerbaijan's Aghdam

Namely, the German ambassador, whose government has shown an emphasised equidistance throughout all 44 days of the merciless war. Yes, after the war, something went wrong. In the Bundestag, some German deputies began to be defamed for trying to send ventilators to Azerbaijan for those infected with coronavirus. Then the German NGOs stationed in Tbilisi joined an active propaganda campaign against official Baku, and in parallel with this, the chancellor's emissaries rushed to attack Azerbaijan on the fields of NATO and the European Union. German diplomats openly undermine Azerbaijan's cooperation with Euro-Atlantic institutions, while encouraging Armenia to become more active in the West. What happened? And who inspired the 'German machine' to a new crusade against Azerbaijan? Who, through the lips of German journalists that were previously indifferent to Azerbaijan, through the actions of German politicians who were indifferent to Baku's foreign policy, declared a 'cold war' against Azerbaijan?

So far, we have only one answer to the new German conundrum: Baku has problems with Germany and a new propaganda war is brewing.

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