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FTR #193 The German CDU Funding Scandal

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After garnering great domestic and international prestige during his long tenure in office, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is the focal point of a huge (and growing) group of interlocking financial scandals. These scandals have irrevocably tainted Kohl’s political image and that of the party he led, the CDU. This broadcast highlights some of the critical aspects of the scandals, focusing on international financial machinations, connections of key players to intelligence agencies and (apparently) the “Underground Reich”.

There are several indications of a cover-up, including overt stonewalling by Kohl (who had to resign his position as head of the CDU because of his unwillingness to talk), the disappearance of key documents and the apparent suicide of a key CDU financial officer for the state of Hesse. Much of the investigation centers on large sums of money crossing international borders and ending up in secret bank accounts and/or corporate fronts in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Paraguay and Germany. The key players have well documented connections to French and German intelligence agencies. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the remarkable and deadly Bormann organization may well be behind the scandal.

One possible result of the political fallout from the scandal may be the discrediting of the post-war constitutional democracy and the resultant rise of fascist political parties in Germany. Program highlights include: the role of the Thyssen heavy industrial firm in several aspects of the scandals (Thyssen is a central element of the Bormann group); the pivotal influence of German financial manipulator Karlheinz Schreiber in the various machinations at the heart of the scandals; Schreiber’s connections to Bavarian rightist Franz Josef Strauss; Strauss’s connections to the Bormann group and the Underground Reich; a comparison of Schreiber to P-2 lodge head Licio Gelli; the mysterious sale of a former East German refinery to the French Elf-Aquitaine petroleum company

(Recorded on 2/13/2000.)

Discussion

One comment for “FTR #193 The German CDU Funding Scandal”

  1. Thanks for the kudos, Pterrafractyl! I’ve lately been reading an excellent book by Stevie Cameron and Harvey Kashore called ‘The Last Amigo’ which focuses mainly on the graft surrounding the sale of Airbus airplanes to the Canadian government during the Brian Mulroney era which ended with the decimation of the Progressive Conservative Party in the 1993 election. After being rebuffed by Alberta’s premier, Peter Lougheed, Schreiber set his sights on helping get Mulroney elected (and dumping Joe Clark, his predecessor). With Schreiber’s strong connections to F.J. Strauss and Thyssen Industries richly detailed, it starts to look as if the Tories were driven to the right as the Alberta-based Reform Party took it over; it is now led by current prime minister Stephen Harper. I haven’t got to this next part yet, (I read ahead) but there is a reference to Ilse Skorzeny, Otto’s widow, on pages 194 and 195. “Perhaps the most surprising meetings he (Schreiber) had during these days (Feb/March 1989) were with Ilse Skorzeny, the elderly widow of Count Otto Skorzeny, one of Hitler’s most feared SS commanders during World War II. Often called ‘the most dangerous man in Europe’ by Allied military officers….Again and again, Schreiber’s diaries reveal appointments and phone calls to Ilse Skorzeny, who was a business person in her own right, known to have sympathies with Germany’s neo-Nazi movement. There is no evidence that Schreiber shared her views, but just the mention of the name Skorzeny aroused public comment.

    Posted by Brad | April 30, 2015, 3:35 pm

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