Helga Zepp-LaRouche Holds Press Conference in Berlin
August 3, 2005 • 8:00PM

The Chancellor candidate of Germany's Solidarity Civil Rights Movement party (Buergerrechtsbewegung Solidaritaet, Bueso), Helga Zepp-LaRouche, presented her election campaign program at a press conference today in Berlin. Even though, according to a report of a journalist who was present, Germany's chief editors had had an unwritten agreement not to report on the BueSo, some independent representatives of the press did attend. In her address, Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche placed two points in the forefront: Germany's return to the deutschemark, and the acute danger of global asymmetrical warfare.

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Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche explained that she decided to declare her candidacy for Chancellor, after she had reviewed all the programs of the other German parties, and had concluded that none of them addressed the most urgent problem, namely, the worldwide financial crisis, as expressed in the greatest-ever expected crash of the real estate market, in the international debt crisis, and in the dramatic condition of the large international banks.

"In truth, Germany does not have five million unemployed, as the CDU [Christian Democratic Union] has printed on its election posters, but rather 10 million," said Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche with regard to the numbers published by the Institute for Labor Market Statistics. This is by far the greatest cost factor in the German economy. The Econometric Institute in Halle has found that unemployment incurs just under 90 billion euros in direct costs (payments of taxes, social expenditures, and wage compensation). Through the drop in production there is an additional deficit of 230 billion euro. And this is the case for five million unemployed.

The CDU is adopting exactly the wrong path with its proposal for an increase in the Value Added Tax. Behind this proposal is hidden nothing other than the so-called "Scandinavian model," which allows for the reduction of real income by 10%. Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, in turn, has been asked several times by Mrs. LaRouche to abandon his "Hartz IV" austerity program and his Agenda 2010, and to replace them with a jobs-creation program. Yet in his election program, Schroeder shows that he rejects this proposal. The Free Democratic Party (FDP), meanwhile, is putting forward an evil neo-liberal monetarist policy. And the Left is apparently only interested in the redistribution of the national economy.

Her demand for 200 billion euros in state investment annually, has, as she reported, always given rise to the objection that this is not possible under the conditions of the European Monetary Union. From this, she has drawn the necessary consequences, and has committed herself to Germany's unilateral withdrawal from the Maastricht and Amsterdam treaties, and to its return to the deutschemark. From the standpoint of international law, she added, doing so is completely legitimate.

If one recalls the events of November 1989, the European Monetary Union was imposed on then-Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl. As can be read from Kohl's Ten-Point program, he committed himself to a confederation of both states. At that time, there was no plan for an eventual reunification of Germany. At the European Union summit in the beginning of December 1989 in Strasbourg, Kohl was received with political iciness. At this point, especially the French chief of state Francois Mitterrand had blackmailed Kohl with the threat that he would only agree to German reunificaiton under the condition of a proposed monetary union.

Mrs. Zepp-laRouche made clear that under the euro system, capital streams have been flowing increasingly into the direction of low-wage nations. Some 40,000 middle-class businesses have declared bankruptcy each year, as the capital giants extracted a short-term gain from the advantage of cheap labor. Yet this economic bubble is now about to burst. This affects not only the American and British, but also, for example, the Spanish real estate market.

Meanwhile, according to Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche, the French Central Bank Chairman Noyer stated that individual EU members states absolutely have the option of leaving the European Monetary Union. The ten states which are currently in the EU but not yet in the euro zone, would, by their entrance, bring about the immediate crash of the euro monetary system. In a report in the London Financial Times , which Mrs. LaRouche cited, there is an argument in favor of the Italians leaving the Union. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has publicly held the euro responsible for Italy's economic problems

"From discussions with people in leading positions, I know that in general, in elite circles, a debate has broken out about the return to the deutschemark, state credit creation, and a new financial system. Nevertheless, it has been agreed to remain silent about it in public," Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche said.

For that reason, only someone with a coherent overall plan can point the way out of the crisis. This involves, above all, the demand for a new world financial system, based on the example of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Bretton Woods system. A reorganization of the current system is immediately necessary. This involves extensive debt cancellation, and the conversion of short-term debt to long-term credit. Financial derivatives should be completely prohibited, through agreements between governments. Currency exchange rates must be established, so that criminal elements cannot destroy laboriously produced national wealth through speculation.

With Helga Zepp-LaRouche as Chancellor, Germany would return to monetary sovereignty, and would leave the structure of the European Central Bank (ECB). Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, must give up its independent status, and make credit avaiable for massive accumulation of investments. Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche cited a report of the Urban Affairs Institute, according to which there should be an accumulation of 650 billion euros in basic municipal infrastructure.

The larger scope of Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche's policy plans a resumption of the Eurasian infrastructure projects, in the tradition of the Transsiberian Railroad and the Berlin-Baghdad Railway. Only through the integration and reconstruction of Eurasia, can there be a long-term economic perspective for the German economy.

Danger of World War

In the second part of her address, Helga Zepp-LaRouche warned of the acute danger of an aggressive U.S. war against Iran. Her husband, the economist and political statesman Lyndon LaRouche, in a widely circulated public statement with the title "Cheney's 'Guns of August' Threaten the World" (as in the book Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman—the German translation is titled August 1914 ), has acted on the report of the reliable U.S. security officer Philip Giraldi in the American Conservative magazine, that U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney has already instructed the U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom) to explore targets in Iran. In the event of a terrorist attack on American targets, a preemptive attack should be carried out without further investigation. This attack can be conducted according to the military doctrine of the United States, with tactical nuclear bombs, so-called mini-nukes, in order to be able to strike difficult-to-destroy targets.

"The threatening behavior of the Cheney-Bush Administration resembles the blatant method of constructing lies which had been utilized in preparation for the Iraq War," Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche emphasized. The Cheney-Bush crowd asserted that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had ties to the al-Qaeda networks, and that it possessed weapons of mass destruction, which were ready for use within 45 minutes. All this has proven to be completely false. In Iraq, complete chaos rules today. The land is in an insurgency against an occupation perceived to be unjust.

Iran, a state with 70 million inhabitants, represents a fundamentally stronger military power, with the capacity to carry out a large counterattack against American facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Turkey. Also, the Asiatic great powers Russia, India, and China have good relations with Iran. Where the "red line" is with these powers, which should not be crossed, is unclear. The danger of a Third World War arises overall through such an action against Iran.

The only way to stop this threat, is the timely mobilization of all political forces against the neo-conservatives, and a rapid impeachment process against Vice President Cheney and President Bush. Indications of the strengthening resistance, are the efforts of parts of the U.S. Congress to prosecute the criminal activity of White House staff members such as Karl Rove and Lewis Libby for the illegal disclosure of the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Plame's husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had debunked important alleged evidence that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, and should therefore be punished.

In this race with time against a possible renewed war, it is urgently necessary," according to Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche, "to withdraw German Federal Army (Bundeswehr) soldiers and members of aid organizations from Afghanistan." The mission of the Bundeswehr deployment has become completely mistaken, since the drug barons control the region, and economic resconstruction of the country has not occurred. The German soldiers have retreated to their barracks in self-defense. Their withdrawal is urgently required, even without a scenario of escalation. German security is not defended in Hindu Kush, said Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche. Only a fundamental change of policy in respect to Eurasia can stabilize the situation here.

In the following discussion period, representatives of the press expressed their views about the chances of her candidacy, and about the feasibility of making available 200 billion euros, or 400 billion deutschemarks, annually. "Purely technically," said Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche, "the possibility absolutely exists that the Federal President, in the culmination of this crisis, will designate an outside expert. That could be some technocrat, but it could absolutely also be a Helga Zepp-LaRouche." In respect to the question of credit, one must distinguish between the current budget and long-term development of growth. Only in the realm of such long-term physical growth, above all in lower income classes, can the budget be stabilized.

Some of the press had come in reaction to Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche's earlier press statement about the preparation of war against Iran. Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche reported extensively about Lyndon LaRouche's mobilization for a non-partisan resistance to Dick Cheney's war plans. In answer to a question about the entrance of Turkey into the EU, Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche once again pointed out how desolate a condition the EU is in today, as a result of the Maastricht Treaty and the structures created by "liberal imperialism." She spoke in favor of Turkey's integration into the project to construct the Eurasian Land-Bridge.