German Sanctions

German Sanctions - Germany key to Sanctions AsIran',...

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Germany key to Sanctions Foreign ministers of  European Union  member states are meeting in Brussels on Monday to finalize  new sanctions against  Iran . As Iran's second-largest trading partner,  Germany  has a responsibility — and great leverage over Iran.  Germany should lead the way, as an issue of conscience, in making sure these sanctions have teeth —  and that the Islamic Republic feels their bite. "Germany, with its anti-Semitic past, is now the biggest supporter in Europe of this anti-Semitic  regime — it's a scandal," said Ulrike Becker, a founding member of Stop the Bomb, a human rights  organization of German and Austrian intellectuals and activists dedicated to preventing the mullahs  from acquiring nuclear weapons. Get the best in Southern California opinion journalism delivered to your inbox with our Opinion L.A.   newsletter. Sign up » In June, the European Union finally got around to passing sanctions prohibiting its member nations  from investing directly in Iran's oil and gas sectors. But the EU sanctions were "weak, much weaker  than American sanctions," Becker told me in an interview. One reason for that, she believes, is  Germany's opposition to isolating its trading partner.
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course US 122 taught by Professor Trelawney during the Spring '10 term at Colby-Sawyer.

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