Baku, 4 April 2017 – Newtimes.az
With less than six months to the next elections to German Bundestag (September 2017) international media is monitoring closely all the political processes around the world that are even slightly associated with such a significant political event.
Upcoming elections in one of the most influential nations of the Old World that actually serves as the economic safeguard across the entire European continent are important because imminent is the shaping of the new government and the election of the Chancellor. For the time being, it is evident that the race for the highest public position in the country will not be the easiest one as some of the time-tested political hawks are gearing up for the fight.
Angela Merkel is one of the prominent names in the big European politics and indeed she shows no signs of letting down and what is even less likely, curbing own political ambitions. Demonstrating flexible German diplomacy she made her presence known during the recent meeting with Donald Trump in Washington and aims to do the same when seeing Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
Yet apart from the support of the big powers she obviously needs the backing from the domestic audience that is far from approving the present migration policy of the still incumbent Chancellor. Mismatch on such a crucial issue for the entire Europe damages the interests of Frau Merkel and therefore, she has a daunting task ahead of her – regaining the confidence of discerning German society. Her ability to deliver just that is yet unclear. That said, like in any political fight, Merkel would have to put great effort to eliminate her opponents on the way to accomplishing her objectives.
For now, Martin Schulz – former European Parliament President and newly elected Chairman of the Germany’s Social Democratic Party – appears to be the most likely serious opponent for Merkel. The fact that newly emerged candidate for German Chancellor post was able to secure 100 percent of the votes during the party’s special congress in Berlin came out as an unpleasant surprise for the Germany’s Iron Lady. Still, for the world-class politicians such as Merkel the competition posed by the former European Parliament chief is not the gravest of the threats as she far outweighs him in terms of political experience and credibility both at home and elsewhere across Europe.
Essentially, despite holding a high office in the European Parliament in 2012-2017, Schultz with his shady past is not a serious contender for Merkel. Although he had all the time in the world to make a tangible contribution to the performance of such an influential European institution, Schultz had failed to do so. Yet all of that did not prevent him from receiving the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize for "his merits in Europe’s democratic development''.
The definition of the "democratic development'' is quite bewildering here. It would be suitable to remind that during his time in office the European Parliament has turned into a tool against the countries that refused to be subdued by the dictate and pursue an independent policy in line with own interests. Azerbaijan, in this sense, was not an exception and therefore, it regularly faced unsubstantiated criticism by the European Parliament with the "justice champion and human rights advocate'' at its helm.
Acting at the behest of the Armenian lobby, this European bureaucrat had repeatedly heightened the anti-Azerbaijan rhetoric within the walls of the European Parliament and pandered to the attacks by the Armenian political propaganda machine. He was particularly energetic on the eve of some important international events scheduled in Azerbaijan. Such a trend was evident during the holding of both the Eurovision song contest and the Inaugural European Games in Baku.
The fact is clear that Mr. Schultz had significantly damaged his reputation in the eyes of the Muslim world by selling his soul for Armenians’ money. He bluntly sold himself and there is nothing to debate here. However, this begs the question as to what he did for his beloved Europe? What are his merits before the sophisticated European audience? Apparently, nothing other than subordinating this distinguished European institution to the interests of certain political quarters and not the ones of the entire Europe as it should have ideally been the case.
Now let us turn to the facts. Instead of acting in the interests of the European continent, Martin Schultz increasingly attacked Turkey, burned the bridges of trust with Russia and subjected other nations that chose the path of independence and sovereignty to groundless criticism. This very connivance led to the failure of the European model of multiculturalism. Europe has plunged into a political chaos and so did EU’s once promising "Eastern Policy''. All of those important aspects only increased the double standards that Azerbaijan has encountered in these four years.
At the behest of the powerful Armenian lobby and thanks to the efforts by Schultz, the European Parliament has turned into the tool of advancing the anti-Azerbaijan campaign. All of this has been accompanied by absurd accusations against our country with regards to the alleged human rights violations, lack of democracy and other matters. In the meantime, this European politician has never mentioned the fact that over one million Azerbaijanis have become refugees and internally displaced persons as a result of the Armenia’s aggression. Nor did he ever mention the scale of humanitarian catastrophe that befell Azerbaijan in the environment of constant provocations along the line of contact.
Similarly, he remained silent, without reminding Armenia that three Azerbaijanis – Dilgam Askerov, Shahbaz Guliyev and Hasan Hasanov – were taken hostage in the occupied Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan while merely trying to visit the graves of their loved ones. The European Parliament later failed to respond to a bogus court hearing staged by Yerevan in the occupied territories. All of this is a testimony to the selective policy by the European Parliament which adopted decisions based on the instructions by a European bureaucrat with a distinctively biased and prejudiced position against our country.
Similar rhetoric persisted after the parliamentary election held in Azerbaijan. Without any facts or evidences the same European official took to his own micro-blog to tweet that standards of parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan deserve no credibility. Aiming to favor the Armenians this man has brought damage to strategic partnership between Azerbaijan and the West, something that the Armenian lobby has actually sought. Nevertheless, unlike this European institution, Azerbaijan implements a balanced policy and is capable of countering the onslaughts of the quarters that act at the behest of the Armenians and go out of their way to undermine the relationship between Baku and Europe.
Meanwhile, the likes of failed politicians such as Martin Schultz hold high offices in the uppermost echelons of power, advancing self-interests at the expense of the national ones. Let us just hope that in Germany, where like in Azerbaijan, such practices are not welcomed, the society will make the right choice. Miraculously, this former alcoholic with a failed career of a football player ended up at the helm of one of the most influential institutions – the European Parliament – and made his tenure look useless by solely accommodating the interests of the Armenian lobby. It would not be hard to imagine the extent of looming disaster that Germany could face, if such a mishap, also known as ardent Armenophile were to happen again.
Ironically, the new political realignment in Berlin will have an impact also on the future of the united Europe.