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  • ISIS suspect charged with scouting Berlin attack sites

    10/27/2016 6:19:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 27 Oct 2016 13:49 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had brought charges against a 19-year-old Syrian man accused of having scouted targets in Berlin for a potential attack by the ISIS terror group. The man identified only as Shaas Al-M. allegedly joined the jihadist group in 2013 and took part in various military operations in Syria, they said in a statement. Prosecutors declined to tell AFP when and how the suspect entered Germany last year, which in 2015 took in nearly 900,000 asylum seekers, around 40 percent of them from war-ravaged Syria. …
  • Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany

    10/25/2016 8:12:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies ^ | 25 Oct 2016 17:31 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital — his last before he leaves office. Obama is now set to stop by Berlin on November 16th, after the divisive US national election takes place on November 8th and following a trip to Athens. But the trip will be short, as two days later he will head to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, Peru. …
  • Putin coming to Berlin for first time since start of Ukraine war

    10/18/2016 5:38:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai ^ | 18 Oct 2016 11:08 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/DPA/The Local)
    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to arrive in Berlin on Wednesday as part of a summit hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Ukraine conflict. Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert announced on Tuesday that Putin would arrive for the summit alongside President François Hollande of France and Petro Poroshenko, the leader of Ukraine. It will be Putin’s first visit to Berlin since Russia annexed the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, leading to EU sanctions against Moscow. Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine will hold the summit in Berlin on Wednesday to “evaluate the implementation” of the Minsk peace accords for Ukraine, the...
  • Want a fat state pension at 37? Join the Social Democrats [Berlin, Germany]

    09/21/2016 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 21 Sep 2016 17:07 GMT+02:00
    Berliners have reacted with disbelief after the mayor’s head spokeswoman was placed on a temporary retirement plan of €6,385 per month — and at the ripe old age of 37. […] City officials said on Tuesday that Berlin mayor Michael Müller’s former head spokeswoman Daniela Augenstein had been placed on temporary retirement, just two days after the Berlin election. Because she held a position as state secretary, Augenstein is entitled to be paid her full salary for the next three months, which the Berlin interior department told Spiegel Online would be “around €8,906” per month. …
  • Merkel faces new gains by anti-migrant AfD in Berlin

    09/17/2016 11:22:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 18 Sep 2016 06:46 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel faces new gains by the anti-migrant AfD party in Berlin state elections on Sunday, as a wave of protest voting against her welcome to refugees is expected to hit the hip, multicultural capital. […] Fresh gains in long-divided Berlin — where the AfD has polled 14 percent, a year ahead of national elections — would spell another setback for Merkel, whose open-door policy brought one million asylum-seekers to Germany last year. […] A strong showing for the AfD — which was founded, originally as a euroskeptic fringe party, just over three years ago — would hurt all...
  • Berlin mosque pushes to get out the Muslim vote

    09/12/2016 9:34:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.12.2016 | Chris Cottrell
    Islamophobia has been on the rise in Germany ever since a million refugees descended on the country last year. Now, with state elections looming in Berlin, a mosque in the city is trying to mobilize the Muslim vote. On a recent Friday evening, Mohamed Tahi Sabri ascended the tall wooden minbar in the Dar-as-Salam mosque in Berlin’s immigrant-heavy Neukölln district and implored 1,500 of his fellow believers to do something that may seem counterintuitive to many Muslims living here: vote in upcoming elections. […] “You’ve got these movements like Pegida and the AfD, a party that vilifies Islam in its...
  • Poll shows far-right AfD could win 15 percent in Berlin vote

    09/09/2016 5:50:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 09 Sep 2016 10:28 GMT+02:00
    Traditional parties are starting to get nervous about the upcoming Berlin state parliament election as the upstart far-right AfD party has been gaining support. A poll by broadcaster ARD and research group Infratest dimap released on Thursday evening showed that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) could gain 15 percent of the vote in the upcoming Berlin state parliament elections set for September 18th. The AfD’s support in Berlin has been hovering around 15 percent in the Infratest dimap polls since April. The current reigning Social Democrats (SPD) got just 21 percent in the poll, followed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s...
  • Child Brides On The Rise In German Capital

    09/01/2016 12:25:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | September 1, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    The trend of underage migrant girls entering Germany married to older men is on the rise, with the city of Berlin recording 100 child marriages this year alone. While the majority of underage migrants flowing into Germany are young boys, underage girls tend to come as ‘child brides’ to older migrant men who are more often adults. In the German capital of Berlin a new report claims that the local government has registered around 100 child marriages and the trend shows little signs of slowing down, reports broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party member and Berlin Senator for...
  • German Youth Protest Mass Migration Atop Brandenburg Gate

    08/31/2016 8:56:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    MRC TV ^ | August 31, 2016 | Nick Kangadis
    Much like the Swedish government, a German youth group has had enough of the mass migration of mostly Muslim refugees flooding into their country. But while the Swedes began to change their mind for financial reasons, the German youth group is standing up to keep Germany, well, German. According to Reuters:
  • 6 reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'

    08/27/2016 11:58:00 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 20 replies
    The Local De ^ | 8/26 | De Staff
    Since its reunification in 1990, Berlin has developed into a thriving, cosmopolitan centre. Dubbed "poor but sexy" by its former mayor, it has attracted creative types like moths to a flame with its low rents and exploding startup scene. Tourists flock to this grungy vibe too, with nearly six million visiting in the first six months of this year alone. But the reality is that the city is struggling with poverty, unemployment, poor infrastructure, a floundering education system, debt, the refugee crisis and crime. Its chronic problems led national newspaper Die Welt to label it a “failed state” in 2014....
  • First gay ‘wedding’ happens in Berlin Protestant church

    08/12/2016 10:01:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 12 Aug 2016 17:14 GMT+02:00
    A gay couple will make history as they become the first homosexual couple to be “married” in a Protestant church in Berlin on Friday, reports the Berliner Zeitung. Having been together for fourteen years, civil partners Sven Kretschmer and Tim Kretschmer-Schmidt are finally going to get “married”, at least in the eyes of the Protestant church. […] In 2002, the Protestant church made it possible for gay couples to receive a blessing. However, the “classical” church marriage service remained a privilege reserved for heterosexual couples only. Recently though, the Synods in the Rhineland, Hesse-Nassau, and Baden pioneered further change when...
  • Luxury Berlin hotel denies leaving Israel off phone book

    08/11/2016 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 11 Aug 2016 18:03 GMT+02:00
    French filmaker Claude Lanzmann has claimed that a luxury hotel in Berlin deliberately leaves the Israeli dialing code out of its directory for the sake of its Arab clients. On Tuesday, filmmaker Lanzmann was staying in a hotel belonging to the Kempinski group near Kurfürstendamm in the west of the capital. The Jewish director who shot the 1985 documentary “Shoah” leafed through the services offered by the hotel. Whilst looking up the international dialing codes, he noticed that the Israeli code did not appear in the hotel list. …
  • How the Berlin startup scene is wasting its potential

    07/30/2016 10:27:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 29 Jul 2016 14:16 GMT+02:00 | Shaun Kemp
    After 15-plus years in business, predominantly with industry leaders in the UK and Sweden, I recently ventured into the world of Berlin startups — the land of flat hierarchies, table football, internships and copycat business models. I expected a vibrant, exciting startup scene that mirrored the incredible city I chose to move to from Stockholm. Were the rumors true? Is Berlin Europe’s startup capital? A veteran German businessman told me in my first week that “some companies here aren’t even real companies” — I wasn’t even sure what that meant! But I quickly learned that the thriving “Silicon Allee” scene...
  • BREAKING: Berlin doctor shot at hospital in fifth German horror in days

    07/26/2016 5:27:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    (UK) Express ^ | July 26, 2016 | Alix Culbertson
    The shooter has allegedly shot themselves after shooting the doctor inside the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (University Hospital Steglitz). Berlin Police said the doctor was critically injured and is now in intensive care. The shooter was a patient of the doctors, police said. Charité is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, based in the centre of the German capital.
  • Berlin mulls how to further strengthen gun laws after Munich attack

    07/24/2016 6:22:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.07.2016 | Elizabeth Schumacher
    Germany’s coalition government has promised to seek whatever legal means necessary to prevent another mass shooting. But if the weapon was acquired illegally, stricter controls on gun purchases may not be the answer. In the wake of the shooting in Munich that left nine people and the gunman dead, German leaders on Sunday were already preparing talks on stricter gun control. Both ruling parties, the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), agreed that more stringent laws were necessary to prevent copycat attacks. […] Police have confirmed that the killer did not have...
  • Civil Unrest Explodes In Berlin - Over 3500 People Riot Against Police

    07/11/2016 11:20:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 78 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/11/16 | Tyler Durden
    The biggest and most violent protest in Germany erupted in Berlin over the weekend exactly with our models calling for an explosion in civil unrest.Some 1800 police were called in and at least 120 policemen were injured in what is becoming a street battle. This has been the most aggressive and violent protest in Germany for the past five years.Protesters were throwing bottles, cobblestones and fireworks, as well as they destroyed cars in addition to attacking police officers. It appears at least 3,500 rioters took part in the uprising and possibly more than 4,000.The protest is against police operations and...
  • Jewish man beaten in Berlin for wearing kippah [R.O.P.]

    06/22/2016 12:33:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 22 Jun 2016 15:03 GMT+02:00
    A young man reported being attacked in the east of the capital in Tuesday evening by a group of three men who spotted his religious skullcap. The attack happened at around 9:30 pm in the Alt-Treptow neighborhood, police report. According to the 21-year-old victim, three men of Arabic appearance reacted to his kippah — a religious cap worn by Jewish men — and then started to insult him. The men then went on to kick and punch him before running away from the scene. …
  • 'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one' [2 Thess 2]

    05/19/2016 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/19/2016 | David Rossenberg
    An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the world’s first ever joint house of prayer. The center of worship, which will be called the "House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche. One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center...
  • School kids don’t have right to vegan food: Berlin court

    05/18/2016 7:09:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies ^ | 18 May 2016 14:35 GMT+02:00
    Children whose parents want them to live a vegan lifestyle — or a stone-age or fruitarian one for that matter — will have to bring their own food to school, a Berlin court ruled on Wednesday. While it might seem that veganism has become the dominant form of nutrition in certain neighborhoods of Berlin — and no meat-based restaurant’s opening is likely to set off a police operation — Berlin judges still bracket the diet with fads such as fruitarianism and raw foodism. On Wednesday, Berlin’s administrative court stated that schools are not obliged to bow to the dietary diversity...
  • 'Known Salafist' allowed to work at Berlin airports

    05/18/2016 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 18 May 2016 14:49 GMT+02:00
    A worker was allowed access to secure areas of both of Berlin’s airports for up to 10 months after authorities found out he had links to fundamentalist Islam, media reported on Wednesday. Recep Ü., a Turkish-born aircraft cleaner for a private firm at the airport, was allowed into the secure areas of Tegel and Schönefeld airports to do his job. German air security law states that only people who have passed a security check can work in such sensitive zones of an airport. But although Ü. had passed such a check in 2011, he did not lose his security clearance...
  • Why I’m exiling myself to Berlin

    05/05/2016 12:09:43 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies ^ | May The 4th Be With You, 2016 | Orit Arfa
    When I tell people I'm moving to Berlin for the summer, I usually get one of two reactions: 1. Berlin! Such a cool city. I'm jealous! 2. Why? I would never step foot in Germany. Berlin made headlines among Israelis when the "Milky controversy" broke out in 2014. An Israeli Berliner bragged how cheap the cost of living is in Berlin compared to Israel, if grocery receipts are the judge. According to the chocolate pudding index (the Israeli brand being “Milky), the difference is 300 percent. My calculations are not necessarily financial, although I don’t think I could afford living...
  • German foreign minister criticizes Trump's 'America first' foreign policy

    04/28/2016 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 116 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/28/2016 | Reuters via Yahoo
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday criticized U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump for a speech in which he said it would be "America first" if he were elected president. Trump said on Wednesday that if elected, his foreign policy would leave European and Asian allies of the U.S. fending for themselves if they did not pay more for U.S. defense measures. "I can only hope that the election campaign in the USA does not lack the perception of reality," Steinmeier said. "The world's security architecture has changed and it is no longer based on two pillars...
  • March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

    03/04/2016 6:59:11 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 7 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 03/04/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. ~ Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) (speech, Fulton Missouri, 5 March...
  • Berlin's refugee 'masterplan' hit with suspicion of cronyism

    03/20/2016 1:05:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 18.03.2016 | Ben Knight
    Berlin’s mayor has been forced to answer questions in parliament over the decision to grant a lucrative contract to the consultancy McKinsey. The US firm has hired one of the mayor’s old party colleagues. The list of companies turning a profit from Germany’s influx of refugees grew a little longer in early March, when US consultancy McKinsey signed a €238,000 ($268,000) contract to come up with a plan to integrate the city’s influx of 80,000 refugees. Now that deal, much criticized a month ago because it had been handed to the company without a tender process, has gained an extra...
  • Murder investigation after car bomb kills driver in Berlin

    03/15/2016 5:47:11 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | March 15, 2016 | no author listed
    Berlin police have launched a murder inquiry after car bomb exploded in a travelling vehicle, killing the driver. The explosion occurred as the car moved through the western Charlottenburg district towards the centre. It flipped the vehicle into the air, police said. They have identified the victim as a 43-year-old man of immigrant background. Officials believe the blast was linked to organised crime and say there is no evidence of any link with terrorism.
  • Lockdown at US embassy as man calls ‘revenge for Osama’ [Berlin, Germany]

    03/11/2016 10:45:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 11 Mar 2016 09:46 GMT+01:00
    Police closed off Pariser Platz in central Berlin on Friday morning after a man placed a suitcase in front of the US embassy, demanding revenge for Osama bin Laden. The man arrived at the embassy, which lies adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate, at 7.25 am, a statement from the embassy reported. Going to the main entrance, the man handed a guard a US passport and said he wanted to renew it. The guard told him he had to go to consular services and provided him with the address. Out of nowhere, the man punched the guard in the face, the...
  • Violent hate crime doubled in 2015 in Berlin: report

    03/09/2016 6:20:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 09 Mar 2016 12:33 GMT+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    The number of attacks motivated by anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination nearly doubled in the capital city in 2015, hate crime monitoring groups report. Hate crime monitoring groups ReachOut and Berliner Register reported on Tuesday 320 incidents of assault in 2015, up from 179 in 2014. Twenty-five of the attacks last year were connected to anti-Semitism, compared to 18 the year before. […] The groups also reported 401 anti-Semitic incidents in 2015 — 34 percent higher than the number of incidents known in 2014 and more than twice the number of anti-Semitic crimes reported by Berlin police...
  • Berlin opens Germany's first major gay refugee center

    02/23/2016 7:24:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies ^ | 23 Feb 2016 08:50 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany will on Tuesday open a shelter for homosexual refugees with space for more than 120 people, the association behind the project said. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Marcel de Groot, who runs the Schwulenberatung advisory center which is responsible for the project, said the Berlin shelter will house gay, lesbian and transsexual migrants. Many gay asylum seekers come from countries where their sexual orientation "is considered a crime," de Groot said. ...
  • Anti-Semitic campaign tracking Jews, warns of 'Jewish terror' [Berlin, Germany]

    02/18/2016 8:56:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 2/18/2016, 12:45 PM | David Rosenberg
    A mysterious campaign in Berlin to stoke fears of "Jewish terror" is spreading and becoming increasingly sophisticated. According to a report by the Department of Research and Information on Anti-Semitism (RIAS), flyers, cards, and notices warning of "Jewish terror" threatening "attacks on Berlin's citizens" have increased around the city since October of 2015. [...] While the campaign initially appeared to be limited to the spreading of propaganda, it now appears to be actively tracking Jews living in Berlin. ...
  • Arrested Islamists may have been targeting Berlin: police

    02/04/2016 10:01:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 04 Feb 2016 14:40 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Prosecutors have said that Islamists arrested in Berlin and western Germany on Thursday may have been planning an attack on the capital. [...] There are conflicting reports in the media about what the exact target of the attack was, with tabloid Bild citing investigators who say it was Alexanderplatz, the iconic center of the former east of the capital. Berlin daily Tagesspiegel meanwhile, says popular tourist spot Checkpoint Charlie - once the most famous crossing in the Berlin Wall - was to be hit, citing security sources. [...] Security sources told DPA the group's ringleader was a 35-year-old Algerian arrested...
  • Bavarian premier plans to pal around with Putin

    02/01/2016 6:37:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 01 Feb 2016 08:47 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Bavarian minister-president Horst Seehofer stoked anger over the weekend with plans to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chancellor Angela Merkel's greatest foreign opponent. Seehofer defended his plans to travel to Moscow on Thursday on ZDF television on Sunday evening, saying that "we're not running a parallel foreign policy in Germany". ...
  • Volunteer made up dead Berlin refugee, police say

    01/28/2016 9:13:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 28 Jan 2016 09:44 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Police in Berlin said on Wednesday evening that there was "no dead refugee", after news that a young Syrian man died after queuing for days outside a government office had spread on-line. [...] Police questioned the volunteer after he reported on Facebook the story of a refugee who supposedly stood for days in front of the Berlin Health and Social Affairs Office (LaGeSo) - where all Berlin refugees have to be registered - and died of exposure to the cold. [...] Over 40 lawyers filed a criminal complaint against the city's health senator Mario Czaja in December, alleging institutional neglect...
  • Moscow accuses Germany of hushing up Russian girl's rape

    01/26/2016 8:00:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies ^ | 26 Jan 2016 12:14 GMT+01:00
    The Kremlin on Tuesday turned Russian media reports about the rape of a 13-year-old girl in Berlin into a diplomatic spat with Germany. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Germany of "covering up reality in a politically correct manner for the sake of domestic politics" in his annual press conference on Tuesday, Spiegel Online reports. [...] Lavrov was referring to reports in the Russian media that a 13-year-old girl from a Russian immigrant family was abducted in Berlin on January 11th by "Arab-looking men" and raped repeatedly over a 30-hour period. Berlin police have furiously denied this version of events,...
  • Iconic airport may become nation's biggest asylum home (Berlin Tempelhof)

    01/22/2016 6:15:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 22 Jan 2016 12:00 GMT+01:00
    A heated debate ensued on Thursday evening about plans to transform Berlin's defunct Tempelhof airport grounds into a refugee facility for 7,000 people - which would make it the largest in the country. The Berlin town hall meeting on Thursday evening to discuss plans for the refugee facility was met with skepticism and a barrage of questions from citizens as city officials pushed the plan to house 7,000 refugees. [...] The city wants to further expand accommodation on the airport grounds, but that runs contrary to a referendum passed in 2014 to protect Tempelhofer Feld from the city's plans for...
  • Why Germany can't face the truth about migrant sex attacks

    01/08/2016 11:04:17 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 87 replies
    She is just one of 120 women who were abused that horrific night in the square, which is dotted with bars, nightclubs and coffee shops, and is where Cologne locals have seen in the New Year for centuries. The men, speaking Arabic and seemingly either drunk or high on drugs, moved around in large groups among a gathering of around 1,000 male migrants and deliberately targeted women. The men easily outnumbered the 190 police officers on duty, who were quickly overwhelmed. In other cities across Germany, including Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, where a tourist was sexually assaulted by...
  • Berlin Cologne Hamburg Stuttgart Dusseldorf Migrant Sex Assault In Every Major German City

    01/06/2016 9:35:30 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 25 replies
    BREITBART ^ | January 6, 2016 | Oliver Lane
    German capital city Berlin has joined the sad parade of cities touched by migrant sex violence on New Year's Eve, with hundreds of assaults now reported to police in Cologne and other cities. Although on a smaller scale to the unrestrained and un-policed sex attacks in Cologne, the Berliner Morgenpost has now reported on assaults taking place on the street "in front of the Brandenburg gate". The revelation may prove difficult for the German media, which until now has stressed in most reports on the new year's rapes that Berlin was not caught up in the scandal. The paper reports...
  • Christians Beaten in Berlin After Xmas Day Celebrations

    Four Christians have been beaten up in Berlin, Germany’s capital city, in the early hours of Saturday morning. German media reports that four men were leaving the Adagio venue in the bustling Potzdamer Platz area when they were challenged by a man who exclaimed: “I am a Muslim! What are you?” before setting upon the four 20-somethings. He was reportedly assisted by four, older accomplices. Police are now investigating the incident as a politically motivated attack, and at least five people are thought to have been injured in the melee, including one passer by who tried to settle the dispute.
  • Church doubles attendance with ‘Star Wars’-themed service

    The force is strong in Berlin. A church in the German capital invited “Star Wars” fans to attend a special service Sunday themed on the sci-fi blockbuster in an attempt to attract more young people into the pews. About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying light saber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion Church on a Sunday. “We were very happy to see so many people in the church today,” said Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig said after the service. “It’s great that there...
  • Muslim Gang Chanted Islamic State War Song, Handed Recruiting Leaflets On Train [Berlin]

    12/19/2015 5:08:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Dec 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A group of seven men sang a war-chant favoured by the Islamic State and tried to recruit fellow passengers while riding on the Berlin U-Bahn railway. Berlin police are investigating after a large group of suspected radical Islamists rode the underground train while prostelysing for the Islamic State late on Thursday night. Eye witnesses said they sang an Islamic song, spoke in Arabic and handed out leaflets about the Islamic State. Engaging other passengers in Arabic between stops in the historic centre of the city, one witness said the men were obviously "advertising" for the Islamic State, reports Focus.
  • Berlin Migrant Boss Resigns In Disgrace

    12/10/2015 8:52:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Nick Hallett
    The head of Berlin's main registration centre for asylum seekers has resigned in disgrace over the chaos in his office, which is currently trying to process record numbers of migrants. Franz Allert quit shortly after Berlin mayor Michael Muller called for "new leadership" at the centre, saying that Mr Allert was "overwhelmed" by the situation. The centre, known as Lageso, is the first port of call for migrants when they arrive in Germany's capital city. However, since the start of the migrant crisis, the centre has been swamped by the sheer number of new arrivals. The area around the centre...
  • German police arrest two in Berlin in plot to launch 'significant' attack

    CNN)A German special forces unit arrested two men in a Berlin raid Thursday who are accused of plotting "a significant criminal act against state security," according to Berlin authorities. The two men were arrested in the Britz section of the German capital after a search was conducted on an Islamic cultural center, police said.
  • Berlin turns Stasi HQ into a refugee shelter

    11/22/2015 8:08:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 22 Nov 2015 14:17 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Berlin has opened a shelter at the former headquarters of communist East Germany's feared Stasi secret police to help house a record influx of asylum seekers, weekend media reports said. Nearly 500 people, most of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been staying in the foreign intelligence wing of the imposing former Ministry of State Security since late Friday, the daily Berliner Zeitung said. Up to 900 people will eventually be housed there temporarily. ...
  • Israeli premier accuses German department store of boycott

    11/22/2015 6:40:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2015 7:47 AM EST
    Israel's prime minister is accusing a German department store of a "boycott" after it removed products made in Israeli settlements under new European Union labeling guidelines. Benjamin Netanyahu noted Sunday that Berlin's KaDeWe department store was once owned by Jews before the Nazis seized it. He says its decision to label products from Israeli communities and remove them from its shelves is "a boycott in every respect." ...
  • Flashpoint in Berlin as anti-immigration protesters clash with police - want Merkel's resignation

    11/07/2015 3:09:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/07/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    Flashpoint in Berlin as anti-immigration protesters clash with police and call for 'traitor to the people' Angela Merkel's resignation Violence erupted in the streets of Berlin today as thousands of anti-immigration protesters clashed with police and counter-demonstrators. Pro-migration activists took to the streets of the German capital to shout down the yells of the anti-migrant demonstrators protesting against Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy. Furious Germans condemned Ms Merkel, waving German flags and chanting 'Merkel must go' and 'Traitor to the people'.
  • British man shot dead in popular Berlin district

    09/21/2015 1:31:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 21 Sep 2015 09:13 GMT+02:00
    A 31-year-old British man was shot dead in Berlin early on Sunday morning, according to reports in the local media. The man was found by a passerby at around six o’clock in the morning on Sunday in the neighborhood of Neukölln, one of the best-loved boroughs among young expats, reports the Berliner Kurier. […] According to the Kurier, the suspect is a 62-year-old Berliner who was wearing a black leather jacket and a cowboy hat at the time of the incident, and was armed with a shotgun. …
  • Iconic Berlin airport to become refugee home (Tempelhof)

    09/14/2015 2:59:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 14 Sep 2015 15:56 GMT+02:00
    The airport used to deliver supplies to West Berliners during the Cold War will be transformed into a refugee shelter this week, Berlin state government announced on Sunday. Refugees will begin moving into Berlin’s disused Tempelhof Airport “in the next few days,” Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, told broadcaster RBB. As the former airport winds down after last weekend’s Lollapalooza festival, 800 refugees are set to move into one of the former hangars. […] The eventual aim is to transform two of the former hangars into accommodation blocks, Berliner Morgenpost reports. …
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • Berlin conservatives say ‘no’ to gay marriage

    07/24/2015 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 24 Jul 2015 17:14 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Members of the Berlin faction of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voted against gay marriage in a poll on Friday, denting hopes the Chancellor’s staunch opposition could be swayed. The Berlin faction of the CDU announced on Friday that 45 percent of its members voted against gay marriage while 35 percent voted in support in a survey, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported. […] The recent passage of same-sex marriage in Ireland and a US Supreme Court decision in favour of gay marriage has put more pressure on Merkel and her conservative Union (CDU and Christian Social Union parties), who...
  • Berlin becomes first German city to make rent cap a reality

    06/10/2015 7:25:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 01 June 2015 | Ruby Russell
    Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average __ Berlin has become the first city in Germany in which rent-control legislation has come into force in a bid to put the brakes on some of the fastest rising rents in Europe. From Monday, landlords in the capital will be barred from increasing rents by more than 10% above the local average. Such controls were already in place for existing tenants but have now been extended to new contracts. “The rent ceiling is very important for Berlin because the difference between the rent paid...
  • "Tear Down this Wall" (Speech Writer Peter Robinson Remembers Reagan's Historic Address)

    11/09/2009 12:55:46 PM PST · by mojito · 8 replies · 1,038+ views
    Power Line ^ | 11/9/2009 | Peter Robinson
    Not many speeches are mighty deeds. When Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate on June 12, 1987, he performed a mighty deed by giving the speech he gave. Our friend Peter Robinson was the man who wrote the speech. He tells the story behind the speech in his memoir How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. On the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, Peter recalled the events leading to the speech for Power Line readers in a form condensed from his book. As we celebrate the fall of the Wall today, we remember: "In...