I HAVE NO PROOF FOR MY FEELINGS--- BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT FEEL THAT FORMER GERMAN CHANCELLOR HELMUT KOHL HAS BEEN SET UP BY HIS ENEMIES.
THE DAY I MET AUSTRIAN PRESIDENT KURT WALDHEIM WAS ALSO THE DAY I MET CHANCELLOR KOHL. I KNOW THAT HE WORKED WITH WALDHEIM TO BRING THE GOLD INTO EUROPE AS NEW GOLD.
I AM NOT REVEALING ANYTHING NEW. THE MOSSAD KNEW WHAT WE WERE DOING EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. THEY HAVE AN OFFICE DIRECTLY ACROSS THE NARROW STREET FROM WALDHEIM'S OFFICE. THEIR CAMERAS WERE TRAINED ON US THE ENTIRE TIME.
IN LIGHT OF WHAT IS GOING ON BETWEEN AUSTRIA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION--- I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER IF THE EUROPEAN UNION BELIEVES THAT HELMUT KOHL'S CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL PARTY HAS TO BE DESTROYED SO THE EUROPEAN UNION CAN SURVIVE?
KOHL DEFENDED HIMSELF FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS ARTICLE. IF KOHL HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY THE EU BECAUSE THEY FEAR THAT HIS PARTY WILL RETURN TO POWER, I EXPECT THAT WE WILL SOON SEE A REAL "WAR" IN EUROPE BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNIONISTS AND THE NATIONALISTS. I WONDER IF IT WILL BE A COLD WAR OR A HOT WAR?
Monday, January 31, 2000 --------------------------------------
Kohl blames funds row on spy agencies http://www.the-times.co.uk/news/pages/tim/2000/01/31/timfgneur01003.html?999
FROM ROGER BOYES IN BERLIN
HELMUT KOHL accused intelligence services yesterday of fabricating a corruption case against him and denied as "absurd" accusations that François Mitterrand, the late French President, had paid millions into a Christian Democratic slush fund. The former German Chancellor broke his long silence on the Elf deal - in which the French petroleum company, under political pressure, bought an East German refinery and a chain of petrol stations - amid ever more extraordinary allegations about the Christian Democratic funding scandal.
The latest claim is that illegal party donations placed outside Germany were smuggled in to fund election campaigning by using faked Paraguayan death certificates. The magazine Der Spiegel claims that the man behind this bizarre scheme was Horst Weyrauch, a former Christian Democratic tax adviser and intimate of Herr Kohl. Herr Weyrauch has denied breaking the law. He is due to be questioned this week but has threatened the party: "If you take action against me, then it will shatter the republic."
Allegedly, the Paraguay connection worked with the help of a Christian Democratic sympathiser in Asuncion who, helped by a corrupt doctor, arranged for more than 200 death certificates in the names of invented German emigrants. Accounts were opened and wills drawn up in favour of the Christian Democratic Union. Money flowed into accounts for the CDU Heffe branch and part of it went into national slush funds.
Germans are beginning to accept that the grey accountants of the CDU have been behaving as if they were figures in an elaborate spy novel. If Herr Kohl is to be believed, that is precisely the case. The whole row over the Elf refinery, he said, amounted to a "terrible stew of unproved allegations, slanders and anonymous tip-offs quite probably with intelligence service manipulation". He was struck, he told Welt am Sonntag, by the involvement of many "dubious people" whose names he had never heard before.
Intelligence agents and informers do seem to have played a role at critical moments of the financial scandal. One, Pierre Lethier, was said in newspaper reports yesterday to have used a London- registered company as a way of channelling money from Elf. M Lethier served in the private office of the director of the DGSE, France's equivalent of MI6, during the 1980s. Other Elf money landed in a company account controlled by Dieter Holzer, a businessman who enjoyed contact with the German secret service.
According to French and German television reports, the Elf deal was part of a scheme to deposit the equivalent of L10 million into a re-election slush fund for the Christian Democrats. Herr Kohl said: "I want to make it absolutely clear - at no time did I receive money nor did I have any knowledge of dubious financial machinations."
He visited the Leuna refinery after reunification and concluded that the East German chemicals industry - the second-largest employer - could be dangerously marginalised. "There was a strong inclination on the part of industry to shut Leuna to ensure that it would not pose any competition," he said. He determined to find an investor who would preserve the industry and jobs.
As Elf was politically close to the French President, it could be persuaded to do its bit to save the eastern chemicals sector. "In my contacts with my friend, the French President, François Mitterrand, but also with the French Prime Minister, I engaged myself strongly on behalf of Elf Aquitaine and its plans to invest in Leuna," said Herr Kohl. There was no question of discussing a financial payoff. "That was not a matter for the German Chancellor and the French President," he said.
There is no proof that large sums paid in commissions reached Herr Kohl's slush fund. It remains plausible that President Mitterrand feared the political effects of Germany's commitment, made at Maastricht in 1992, to abandon the German mark - Herr Kohl could, in the French calculation, have fallen victim to the euro in the 1994 election.
It was also clear that the costs of rebuilding the East German refinery had been grossly exaggerated to make space for large payoffs. The CDU slush funds also grew quickly in the relevant period, 1992-93. But the connection is as blurred as ever.
Karel van Miert, the former European Competition Commissioner, responsible for approving aid to Elf, has said that he had "bad feelings" about the deal but Herr Kohl said: "Mr Van Miert did not find it necessary to talk to me about this. He had plenty of opportunities to do so."