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COMMENT: For decades, we’ve spoken of the “Strategy of Tension”–the program of terrorism designed to discredit and criminalize opposition political forces and justify the imposition of anti-democratic statutes.
Eventually, the Italian “Strategy of Tension”—Gladio— was revealed as part of a NATO program called “Stay Behind,” through which security services used fascist cadres to implement the terror. (The cadres were ostensibly designed to foster guerilla-style resistance in case of a successful Soviet invasion or communist takeover in those countries.)
In FTR #44, we analyzed Stay Behind/Gladio’s origins with Nazi/BND spy chief Reinhard Gehlen and the ODESSA postwar SS network.
Luxembourg’s prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker was forced to resign this past week, due to a scandal in which Marco Mille, that country’s intelligence chief, secretly recorded a conversation with Juncker about Stay Behind/Gladio. Implicating the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg in the scandal, Mille was himself a participant in Gladio/Stay Behind.
We note several things in connection with this scandal:
- Luxembourg’s banking sector is very large with regard to its overall economy, a source of concern and irritation to Germany and France.
- Luxembourg’s foreign minister criticized Germany’s handling of the eurozone crisis as implementing “hegemony” over Europe.
- After resigning as the head of Luxembourg’s intelligence service, Marco Mille became chief of security for Siemens, one of Germany’s core corporations and an entity inextricably linked with the BND and the Underground Reich.
- Might Mille’s subterfuge and subsequent employment by Siemens be related to Luxembourg’s large financial sector and future attempts at reining it in, or emptying its coffers, a la Cyprus?
EXCERPT: Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg and Europe’s longest-serving leader, stepped down on Wednesday over his implication in a spying scandal. But both his friends and his adversaries believe a comeback is likely. . . .
. . . .In the 1980s, Luxembourg spies were involved in a puzzling series of bombings, the circumstances of which remain unclear today. Together with military and intelligence agents from multiple European countries, they were part of Operation Gladio, a clandestine illegal paramilitary organization. They worked as a parallel police force within the country that did what they liked and spied on whomever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Even the prime minister, their constitutionally defined boss, could not rein them in.
According to the parliamentary report, intelligence chief Marco Mille reported to Juncker in January 2007 wearing a special high-tech wristwatch. It recorded the entire talk. The matter was extremely tricky because the conversation alluded to the possible involvement of the Grand Ducal family. But Juncker didn’t bring it to their attention until the end of 2008. Even then he didn’t take drastic measures. Mille remained in office until 2010, when he became head of security for Siemens. . . .
EXCERPT: Luxembourg’s foreign minister accused Germany on Tuesday of “striving for hegemony” in the euro zone by telling Cyprus what business model it should pursue.
Like Cyprus, Luxembourg has a large financial sector, whose comparatively light-touch tax and regulatory regime has long irked its much bigger neighbours Germany and France.
Germany, the European Union’s biggest and most powerful economy, had insisted that wealthy depositors in Cyprus’s banks contribute to the island’s bailout and said the crisis has killed a “business model” based on low taxes and attracting large foreign deposits.
“Germany does not have the right to decide on the business model for other countries in the EU,” Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told Reuters. “It must not be the case that under the cover of financially technical issues other countries are choked.”
“It cannot be that Germany, France and Britain say ‘we need financial centres in these three big countries and others must stop’.”
That was against the internal market and European solidarity, and “striving for hegemony which is wrong and un-European,” he said. . . .
But criticism from core northern states such as Luxembourg — a founder member of the EU and euro zone — is less common.
Asselborn said it was crucial that smaller EU states in particular were allowed to develop certain economic niches.
Germany should also keep in mind it was a prime beneficiary of the euro zone crisis because its borrowing costs have plunged as nervous investors seek safe havens, Asselborn added. . . .