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INFORMATIONS ABOUT JÜRGEN GRÄSSLIN

»Germany’s most prominent opponent of the weapons industry.«
(Der Spiegel)

Biographical data JG

Awards for Peace, Civic Courage and Media, Doctor Honoris Causa (h.c.) for Jürgen Grässlin

Bibliography of all the books of JG

Book of JG: »Network of Death. The Criminal Interconnections of the Weapons Industry and Government Offices« (2015)

Book of JG »Black List Arms Trade. How Germany makes money out of war« (2013)

Book of JG: »Hide, when they fire. The true story of Samiira, Hayrettin and a German rifle« (2003)

JG-article »Violence from small arms. Mark soft target
Heckler & Koch is the deadliest enterprise in Europe« (2013)

Contact
Jürgen Grässlin
Freiburg, Germany
Tel.: 0049-(0)761-76 78 208
Fax: 0049 (07) 61-78 78 209
Mob.: 0049-(0)170-611 37 59
email: j.graesslin@gmx.de
email: graesslin@dfg-vk.de
Web: www.juergengraesslin.com




March 29th, 2017:
Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG

JG-»Counter-motion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified«
because of the export of military vehicles to states abusing human rights
and because of participation of arm fairs like the IDEX 2017

October 21th, 2016:
Internetbericht »Germany. Gun lobby diluting new EU gun control law«
in DEUTSCHE WELLE INTERNATIONAL

October 20th, 2016:
Internetbericht
»Jürgen Grässlin: ‘We all have to realize the utopia of peace’
- Sezano (Verona)«
in pressenza

October 14th and 15th, 2016:
»Peace Congress »Meeting the World audacity«
with Proclamation of Doctors Honoris Causa
for New Hope, Jürgen Grässlin and Bernard Tirtiaux
in Utopia, October 14th and 15th, 2016 in Verona«

26th April 2016:
Digital Report »ARMS EXPORTS
German prosecutors investigate prize-winning arms trade journalists«
in DEUTSCHE WELLE INTERNATIONAL (DW)

January 11th 2016:
Newspaper Report
»How German firearms ended up at the Iguala tragedy.
The German arms company Heckler & Koch is accused of illegally shipping G36 firearms to Mexico. Those rifles, once considered elite, were used by the Iguala police the night the 43 students disappeared. Six former H&K employees are facing charges. More important, stronger export rules for small firearms may be coming to Germany.«
in The Daily Post

January 4th, 2016:
Internet report »Arms Exports.
Should Germany stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia?«
in DEUTSCHE WELLE INTERNATIONAL

21th October 2015:
Internet article »Arms Exports.
Weapons go to conflict zones, the money comes to Germany«
in DEUTSCHE WELLE INTERNATIONAL

08.05.2015:
Internet report »German arms maker Heckler & Koch illegally exported to Mexico
– Top News / World News« in UPI

12.12.2014:
Internet Report »Mexico. Heckler & Koch 'supplied guns to Iguala'«
in Deutsche Welle

23.09.2014:
Radio report with Juergen Graesslin quotation:
»Parallels. Germany's New Economy Minister Takes Aim At Arms Exports«
in National Public Radio (NPR)

15.04.2014:
Internetbericht »Arms Exports: Germany's arms exports turn into gamesmanship«
in DEUTSCHE WELLE INTERNATIONAL

09.04.2014:
Countermotion of the Shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management
are not to be ratified« because of the Exports of Mercedes Military
Annual Meeting Daimler AG in Berlin

04.03.2014:
Internetbericht »German weapons illegally sold in Colombia« in Voice of Russia

01.03.2014:
Radiobericht »ARMS EXPORTS.
Banned German weapons being sold in Colombia«
in Deutsche Welle international

26.05.2014 (Printausgabe: Titelseite und fünf Seiten der Beilage)
und 25.02.2014 (online):
Zeitungsbericht »Oberndorf: the tiny German town that armed the world«
in The Guardian

April 10th, 2013, Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin:
Countermotion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified«
(EADS and weapons exports)

April 10th, 2013, Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin:
Countermotion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Supervisory Board
are not to be ratified«
(rip-off mentality at the top of Daimler AG)

07.07.2011:
Zeitungsbericht »Germany’s tank breaks last export taboo«
in DW WORLD / DEUTSCHE WELLE WELT

03.01.2011:
Internet article »Disarmanent. Investigation closes in on German weapons company« Deutsche Welle world

Informations about the activities
of the Critical Shareholders of the Daimler AG

June 2011:
Internet article »War Profiteer EADS« by JG
and »Action at EADS Shareholders Meeting«
by Wendela de Vries
in War Profiteers' News, Nr. 29

April 13th, 2011, Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin:
Countermotion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified.«
Regarding Item 3 of the Agenda

April 14th, 2010, Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin:
Countermotion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Supervisory Board
are not to be ratified due to insufficient monitoring
of the Board of Management«
regarding Item 2 of the Agenda

April 14th, 2010, Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin:
Countermotion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified,
as they are inconsistent with the Code of Ethics«
regarding Item 2 of the Agenda

April 8th, 2009: Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin
Counter-motion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified.«
Regarding Item 3 of the Agenda:
Because of Weapons Exports from Daimler/EADS
in the main responsibility of the Daimler Board of Management and its
Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche – Germany’s biggest arms dealer

April 8th, 2009: Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin
Counter-motion of the shareholder Jürgen Grässlin
»The actions of the members of the Supervisory Board are not to be ratified.«
Regarding Item 4 of the Agenda:
Because of rocket launchers on a military version of the Mercedes Actros 3341
with cluster munitions from Israel and participation in MLRS-Rocket Launchers
for cluster munitions / www-wir-kaufen-keinen-mercedes.de

October, 2008:
Article by JG »Mercedes/Daimler - Luxury Limousines for High Society
and Military Vehicles for the Battlefields of the World«
in War Profiteers' News e-newsletter No 15

October, 2008:
Article by JG »EADS - First Place on the List of Expanding Arms Exporters«
in War Profiteers' News e-newsletter No 15

October, 2008:
Article by JG »Mercedes/Daimler - Luxury Limousines for High Society
and Military Vehicles for the Battlefields of the World«
in War Profiteers' News e-newsletter No 15

August 17th 2008:
Internet report »GEORGIA. Georgians Illegally Armed With German Weapons,
Report Says« in DEUTSCHE WELLE WORLD

April 9th, 2008:
Counter-motion of the shareholder Holger Rothbauer, Tübingen,
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board
are not to be ratified« because of a large number of court and out-of-court disputes against JG
and criminal charges of JG against Dr. Dieter Zetsche and other Mercedes employees
for the 1. Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin

April 9th, 2008:
Counter-motion of the shareholder JG
»The actions of the members of the Supervisory Board are not to be ratified.«
The Supervisory Board's failure to monitor prohibited gray-market business
since the era of Zetsche as Board of Management Member for Sales«
for the 1. Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin

April 9th, 2008:
Counter-motion of the Shareholder JG
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified.«
The Board of Management supports the Daimler/EADS involvement
in the inhumane production of submunition delivery systems
and inhumane armaments exports.«
for the 1. Annual Meeting of the Daimler AG in Berlin

March 1st, 2007:
Counter-motion of the Shareholder JG
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified«
for the 9.th Annual Meeting of the DaimlerChrysler AG
on April 4th., 2007 in Berlin

March 1st, 2007:
Counter-motion of the Shareholder JG
»The actions of the members of the Supervisory Board are not to be ratified«
for the 9.th Annual Meeting of the DaimlerChrysler AG
on April 4th., 2007 in Berlin

March 30th, 2006:
Counter-Motion of the Shareholder JG
»The actions of the members of the Supervisory Board are not to be ratified.«
because of the so-called »ad-hoc announcement« of Jürgen E. Schrempp
for the 8th Annual Meeting of DaimlerChrysler AG in Berlin

March 6th, 2006:
Counter-Motion of the Shareholder JG
»The actions of the members of the Board of Management are not to be ratified«
because of the involvement in the production of wide-area bombs, wide-area ammunition
and wide-area ammunition launchers
for the 8th Annual Meeting of DaimlerChrysler AG in Berlin

May 18th, 2005:
Deutsche Bank’s Chief Queried on Profit Growth, Jobs (Update3)
Bloomberg

May 11th, 2005:
Speech of JG at the 5th Annual General Meeting of the European Aeronautic
Defence and Space Company (EADS N.V.)
in the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel

April 6th, 2005:
Counter-Motions of the Shareholders EG and JG
for the 7th Annual Meeting of DaimlerChrysler AG in Berlin

10.-16. August 1998:
Article »A world champion of advertising himself.
Jürgen E Schrempp by Jürgen Grässlin«
in The European




The Daimler Desaster.
From the Ideal Company to a Recovery Case?

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Droemer-Verlag München 2005,
304 Seiten und 8 Seiten Bildteil,
gebunden € 19,90 [D]
ISBN 3-426-27267-9, € 19,90

Intrigues, deal-making and power poker nothing was impossible in the Daimler World. Jürgen Grässlin, »Daimler`s sharpest opponent« (Der Spiegel), discloses the responsibility of the top management for the downfall of the once ideal German company. A background story with all the ingredients of a business thriller pure dynamics for Daimler!

The DaimlerChrysler boss leaves and the value of the stocks jumps - not especially flattering for the long-term president of the board Jürgen Schrempp. However, such a frequency of mishaps as Schrempp and president of the supervisory board Hilmar Kopper are responsible for is probably almost singular in the history of German companies: the expensive merger with Chrysler, the failed alliance with Mitsubishi, the billions deficit with Smart, the flaws in quality by Mercedes and so on and so forth.

DaimlerChrysler was to participate in everything: In the High-End Luxury Segment Mercedes Maybach took on Rolls-Royce and Bentley; on the market for small cars Smart was to teach the competitors the meaning of fear. Too bad, that others apparently could do better business. The real virtues were neglected criminally because of these adventurous expansion plans which were to make the concern a »world corporation« the consequence being that the trademark Mercedes-Benz is badly damaged.

For the first time Jürgen Grässlin describes the background of the Daimler Desaster and asks very unpleasant questions:

What is the real situation at DaimlerChrysler?

- What role do the president of the supervisory board Hilmar Kopper
  and the president of the board of directors play in the Daimler desaster?

- Did the supervisory board fail?

- Have there been insider deals?

- Can the new board president Dieter Zetsche beginn the job of reforming the company unencumbered?

In the meantime the prosecuting attorney is prceeding against DaimlerChrysler. »Grässlin is the key figure in the proceedings which led to a widespread investigation«,  wrote the Stuttgarter Zeitung. The accusation: suspected insider deals. But that isn`t nearly all of it. Jürgen Grässlin has uncovered systematically organised deals on the gray market while researching, and there are indications that top managers are involved in these deals.

The Daimler Desaster is a story about the arrogance of power, a didactic play about megalomania. Finally, Jürgen Grässlin tells how a management driven by uninhibited ambition and overestimation of itself wants everything and loses almost everything. The shareholders, the employees and the customers are the damaged ones.

Jürgen Grässlin, born in 1957, is well-known as the author of the only Schrempp biography and several books about the car and arms industry. Jürgen Grässlin is the speaker of the Critical Shareholders of DaimlerChrysler. He lives in Freiburg.

Translated from German by Virginia Edwards-Menz


The Daimler Disaster
Excerpt from the fourth chapter:
Das Ethik Disaster

Pages 126 129

The Unicef Disaster

Do good deeds and talk about them as loudly as possible. According to this motto the DaimlerChrysler Corporation disclosed to humanity at the end of 2004, that the company had donated one million euros for the victims of the tsunami as directed by its chairman of the board Jürgen Schrempp. The money went to German welfare organisations which were active in the suffering region and supplied first aid. The company also supplied material. DaimlerChrysler generously offered »simultaneous immediate and practical help« for all countries that were affected by the catastrophe. On the first day the car producer had participated »in rescue activities such as the placing to disposal of utility vehicles for rescue convoys« by the companies in the needy countries. Further help was organised by the DaimlerChrysler Regional Centre of Southeast Asia in Singapore.

There were also victims among the employees of the concern and their relatives. Schrempp had ordered that the employees affected and their families »should receive the full support of the company.«

And one other noble gesture touched people’s hearts: The concern announced that it wanted »to donate the income of the international football tournament DaimlerChrysler-Junior-Cup in Stuttgart to the victims of the earthquake in Southeast Asia«.

At the beginning of January 2005 the employees of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation were able to participate in a minute of silence declared by the President of the Advisory Council of the European Union. A few days later it became known that DaimlerChrysler would participate in concrete rescue activities such as the placing at disposal of rescue convoys for transporting 100 000 litres of fresh water. Schrempp declared, that »a catastrophe of this size demands all our attention and solidarity.« Daimler should »secure the survival of the people and give them a new perspective. We at DaimlerChrysler want to do our part.« The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund in the United States did its best to organize large amounts of money for the victims of the flood in Southeast Asia: 300 000 US dollars were donated, 100 000 of which went to Unicef and two other welfare organisations. Besides, the fund wanted to put 200 000 dollars at disposal to double the donations of retired people, employees, sales partners and business friends.

On January 13, 2005 the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) in Amsterdam presented its newest balance. »First estimates show that the concern has surpassed its set goals for the fifth year in a row« cheered the two chief executive officers of EADS Rainer Hertrich and Philippe Camus. The estimated turnover growth could be attributed to »a strong contribution by the defence profits« of an expected eight billion euros. In the previous year they had been only 7,1 billion euros, which shows that EADS had developed more and more into a defence giant.

Hertrich and Camus hoped for further growth in the so-called defence business to reach the turnover goal of 10 billion euros. The basis of this extremely optimistic prognosis was the »very solid number of orders on hand in the defence business« consisting of almost 50 billion euros. »This reflects the excellent competitiveness of EADS products such as A400M, Eurofighter, NH90, Tiger, MRTT, Skynet 5, Aster and others«, the armorer announced proudly. The airplane producer Airbus, the largest producer of helicopters in the world Eurocopter, and the joint-venture MBDA, the world-wide second largest concern for the production of guided missiles which are designated by their high destruction capacity, all belonged to EADS.

At the same time EADS was the greatest partner in the Eurofighter consortium, the major recipient of orders for the carrier system Ariane and the developer of the military transport airplane A400M. The »very solid liquidity« provides for the necessary flexibility for valuable investments and makes it possible for the armaments giant »to let its shareholders participate in the success« EADS continued in its declaration.

If one would compare the contributions of the giant concern DaimlerChrysler for the victims of the tsunami catastrophe, a sum of a few million euros, with the profits of Daimler/EADS then one would know how to estimate the social commitment of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation correctly: In 2004 EADS booked a company result of 1,03 billion euros five times as much as two years ago. The ebit, or the profit before interest and taxes was as high as 2,44 billion euros in the business year 2004. In the face of the billion fold profits, Daimler supervisory board chief Hilmar Kopper could not speak of »peanuts«, which was once his designation for a sum of about 50 million German marks. And while DaimlerChrysler tried on the one hand to polish up its ruined image with charitable donations and agreeable press releases, the largest German concern profited from millions that were made by arms production and weapons exports. The corporation prefers to throw a cloak of silence over the fact that these weapons have cost innumerable people their lives in decades of wars and civil wars. ...

Translated from German by Virginia Edwards-Menz



Informations about the Book »Jürgen Schrempp
and the Making of an Auto Dynasty«

To the Book »Jürgen Schrempp and the Making of an Auto Dynasty«


Armaments Information Office (RüstungsInformationsBüro e.V.)

Heckler & Koch USA and Fort Benning
English texts of the brochure »Im Visier: Heckler & Koch«
Heckler & Koch Weapons In the Hands of Terrorists, Terrorist Hunters and Child Soldiers
The Company History of Heckler & Koch
Overall View of the License Distribution of H&K Weapons
Overview of English Texts on www.rib-ev.de


The German Action Network against Small Arms
(Deutsches Aktionsnetz Kleinwaffen Stoppen, DAKS)

Platform of The German Action Network to Stop Small Arms (DAKS)

Small Arms - Big Effect!

With the President of the World Bank                     With the Chairman of DaimlerChrysler
James Wolfensohn                                               Jürgen E. Schrempp

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With the Winner of the                                          With Peace Activists at the
Nobel Peace Prize                                               Weapons Firm Heckler & Koch
José Ramos-Horta