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  • Social Democrats fight to pass gay marriage bill before election [Germany]

    03/28/2017 3:33:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 March 2017 16:28 CEST+02:00
    The Social Democrats (SPD) are set to push for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples at a meeting on Wednesday with their coalition partners, Merkel’s conservative Union parties (CDU/CSU) — who have long opposed such legislation — according to a report on Tuesday by Funke Mediengruppe. SPD representatives in the Bundestag (German parliament) plan to propose a reform for the Bundesrepublik, which is one of the few west European countries that does not allow same-sex marriage. “In the future, marriage should be possible as well for same-sex couples,” the SPD promised in their proposal. “I hope that the CDU and...
  • One in ten German firms to cut UK investments before Brexit: survey

    03/28/2017 9:40:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 March 2017 14:30 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    One in ten German firms present in Britain plans to stop investing in the island nation even before it definitively leaves the European Union, an industry group survey published on Tuesday found. German firms believe Brexit “will seriously damage business with the United Kingdom,” said Eric Schweitzer, president of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), which surveyed 2,200 internationally active companies. Some nine percent of firms who have invested in the UK plan to shift investments elsewhere, with Germany and the rest of the EU the top choices. Britain is the third-biggest export market for Germany...
  • Europe takes in refugees by the millions; Saudis blow them out of the water

    03/28/2017 6:51:07 AM PDT · by all the best · 11 replies
    The Duran ^ | March 27, 2017 | Ricky Twisdale
    While Germany, Greece, the Visegrad countries, and Brussels all argue about who should take in the most migrants, the Saudis have evidently found a much simpler solution to the problem. A boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen was allegedly attacked by the Saudi-led coalition which is intervening in Yemen’s civil war, reported Human Rights Watch. “The coalition’s apparent firing on a boat filled with fleeing refugees is only the latest likely war crime in Yemen’s two-year-long war,” HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson said. Here’s their account of what transpired: One of the boat’s four Yemeni crew members...
  • From Nazi Germany to Argentina - A Proposal for the World’s First Small, Supersonic Cruise Missile

    03/27/2017 7:14:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Zona Militar ^ | MARCH 27, 2017 | GONZALO RENGEL
    @aleklicho art Argentina was almost the first country to develop a small, supersonic cruise missile. Way back in 1960. On May 30 of that year, Dr. Reimar Horten — a former warplane designer for Nazi Germany — met with officials at the Aerotechnical Institute of Argentina’s Military Aircraft Factory, or FMA, to propose what he described as “supersonic flying bomb.” Horten had emigrated to Argentina after World War II, leaving behind his brother, an equally accomplished aeronautical engineer. Although Horten cast his flying bomb as a logical evolution of Germany’s wartime V-1 buzz bomb, in concept it had more in common with today’s supersonic...
  • Report: nearly one in two Muslims in Germany engaged in aiding refugees

    03/27/2017 5:28:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.27.2017 | cmb/rc (AFP, epd)
    The report released by the Bertelsmann Stiftung has described the Muslim volunteers as “important bridge-builders.” It further revealed that one out of every five Germans provided assistance to refugees in 2016. According to the study released by the German foundation on Monday, 44 percent of Muslims were socially engaged for refugees in 2016, providing assistance through activities such as German language courses, clothing donations and assistance navigating bureaucratic language. The results of the study, entitled “Engagement for Refugees—a religious thing? The role of religion in Refugee aid”, also counter what the Bertelsmann Stiftung described as the broadly held assumption that...
  • Most Germans think Trump won't last four years in office [per YouGov]

    03/27/2017 4:09:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 March 2017 17:36 CEST+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    Early on in Donald Trump’s American presidency, Germans still hold relatively negative views of the US leader, a poll released on Monday revealed. More than half of Germans (55 percent) don’t think Trump will last as president for his entire four-year term, according to a survey released by YouGov on Monday. The opinion research group polled more than 1,000 people between February 20th and 23rd. Most Germans polled have generally voiced negative views of Trump since before the November election, when another YouGov poll days before voting day showed 65 percent of Germans said they would feel “afraid” if he...
  • Massive gold coin worth millions stolen from German museum

    03/27/2017 3:20:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 62 replies
    APnews ^ | 3-27-17 | DAVID RISING
    Thieves broke into the German capital's Bode Museum before dawn Monday and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of dollars, police said. Police spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where the "Big Maple Leaf" coin was kept, and escaped with it before police arrived. A ladder was found by nearby railway tracks. The three-centimeter (1.18-inch) thick coin, with a diameter of 53 centimeters (20.9 inches), has a face value of 1 million Canadian dollars ($750,000). By weight alone, however, it would be worth...
  • Ivanka Trump to attend Berlin women empowerment summit at Merkel’s invitation

    03/26/2017 11:50:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    japantimes.co.jp ^ | March 27, 2017 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women, a senior administration official said Sunday. The first daughter was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel’s recent White House visit, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss details of the trip by name and requested anonymity. The W20 summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, will be in Berlin in late April. Ivanka Trump’s plans are still being worked out, but she hopes to study successful apprenticeship programs during her visit.
  • Merkel’s party easily beats centre-left in Saarland state poll

    03/26/2017 11:43:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    euractiv.com ^ | March 27, 2017 | AFP
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party easily won a regional election Sunday (26 March), dealing an early blow to centre-left hopes of ending her more than decade-long reign. In the Saarland state vote held six months before a general election, Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) won 40%, against 30% for the Social Democrats (SPD), according to early results by public broadcasters. The result spelt a five-point boost for the CDU over the SPD, which has served as the unhappy junior partner to the conservatives in so-called grand coalitions at both the state and national levels.
  • Merkel set for success in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

    03/26/2017 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    bbc.com ^ | March 26, 2017 | BBC
    Exit polls suggest German Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right party has won state elections in Saarland, ahead of September's national vote. Her Christian Democrats (CDU) are on course to take 41%, comfortably seeing off a challenge by the Social Democrats (SPD), projected to secure 29.5%
  • Ministers face battle over bid to use 'Henry VIII' powers to scrap swathes of EU legislation…[tr]

    03/26/2017 10:07:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:50 EDT, 26 March 2017 | James Tapsfield
    Ministers are braced for a battle over plans to ditch a swathe of EU laws using “Henry VIII” powers. The government is set to unveil details of the “Great Repeal Bill” this week, part of the formal process of cutting ties with Brussels. The legislation will convert all EU law on to the UK statute books. But ministers also want to be able to adapt the laws as they are repatriated without full scrutiny by parliament. Jeremy Corbyn indicated that Labour will oppose the plans today, saying government should not be extending executive powers used by a “dictatorial and anti-democratic”...
  • Claim: Mass Migration Will Not Help Solve Skilled Worker Shortage

    03/26/2017 5:42:59 AM PDT · by davikkm · 31 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Head of the Federal Agency for Labor, Frank-Jürgen Weise has said that new migrants and asylum seekers have little chance of filling Germany’s skilled worker problem because very few of them meet the needed qualifications. Frank-Jürgen Weise has had a long career in the German government and is now retiring at the age of 65. Mr Weise, who also briefly managed the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) admits that despite the unemployment rate being lower than when he first took office as head of the Labour agency, migrants will not be able to meet the increasing demand for...
  • German integration minister takes on fake news at Islam conference

    03/25/2017 9:10:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.24.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    At a Berlin conference to promote intercultural dialogue, Germany’s integration minister discussed the absurd and slanderous things written about her online. She urged young people to lead the fight against hate speech. Speaking at this weekend’s Young Islam Conference, which opened in the German capital on Friday, the government’s integration minister Aydan Özoguz gave an astonishing and at times humorous account of the hate mail and fake news to which she’s been subjected. Özoguz told the conference participants, a specially selected group of Muslims and non-Muslims under the age of 25, that the internet and social media were driving anti-immigrant...
  • Thousands of Berliners, Brits march in anti-Brexit protest

    03/25/2017 8:45:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 March 2017 15:44 CET+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    On the 60th anniversary of the start of the European Union, at least 3,500 demonstrators in Berlin joined an international protest to show their opposition to the UK leaving its member states behind. As British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 next week, setting into motion negotiations for an EU without the UK, thousands in Berlin and other major cities took to the streets on Saturday, marking 60 years since the Treaties of Rome laid the foundations for the modern-day Union. Brexit has been largely viewed as unpopular in Germany even before the referendum vote last summer,...
  • Brexit 'clears way' for German domination claims Heseltine

    03/25/2017 9:17:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 March 2017
    The UK is handing control of Europe’s destiny to Germany by leaving the EU, Lord Heseltine has claimed. The Tory peer, sacked as a government adviser after defying the whip over Brexit, said the Germans had lost World War Two but the UK was now giving them the “opportunity to win the peace”. “I find that quite unacceptable,” he told the House Magazine. […] Not only would Brexit alter the balance of power in Europe, he suggested that for many people of his generation, the UK’s decision might be regarded as a betrayal of the country’s fight against the Nazis....
  • Meet the Face of the AfD in Kiel

    03/25/2017 5:21:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 3/24/17 | Baron Bodissey
    The head of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) in Kiel is an immigrant from West Africa named Achille Demagbo. That must make heads explode amongst the Gutmenschen in Germany. In the U.S.A. he would be called an “Uncle Tom” or a “traitor to his race”.Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Mr. Demagbo of the AfDThe head of the AfD party in Kiel deems multiculturalism a failure. Not an unusual opinion for his party. But Mr. Demagbo is from West Africa. How is that compatible?by Philip EppelsheimMarch 19 2017[photo caption:...
  • Gummy Bear Giant Haribo Is Going to Open Its First U.S. Factory

    03/24/2017 5:10:52 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 23 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Reuters
    German candymaker Haribo, famous for its fruit-flavored gummy bears, plans to build its first production facility in the United States and start making confectionery there from 2020. Family-owned Haribo, which employs 7,000 people worldwide at 16 sites in ten countries, said on Thursday it has decided to acquire property in Wisconsin for the factory. Haribo, a model of Germany's successful "Mittelstand" firms which make up the backbone of Europe's largest economy, was founded in 1920. It gave Germany one of its most famous advertising slogans, promising to make kids and adults happy.
  • Synlight: Germany fires up 'world's largest artificial sun' in push for climate-friendly energy

    03/24/2017 12:50:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 41 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | March 23, 2017 | ABC Australia
    Scientists in Germany have flipped the switch on what is being described as "the world's largest artificial sun," a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels. The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights — officially known as "Synlight" — in Juelich, about 30 kilometres west of Cologne, uses xenon short-arc lamps normally found in cinemas to simulate natural sunlight that's often in short supply in Germany at this time of year. By focusing the entire array on a single 20-by-20 centimetre spot, scientists from the German Aerospace Centre, or DLR, will be able...
  • German social order at risk due to gulf between rich and poor: report

    03/23/2017 9:56:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 March 2017 17:18 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A growing gap between rich and poor in Germany could sap social cohesion in Europe’s largest economy and most populous country, a government report warned on Thursday. “If the differences between poor and rich are felt to be too big in a society, and wealth seems mostly to be acquired without rewarding work, then acceptance of the economic and social order can shrink,” the labor ministry study said. […] In Germany, the richest 10 percent of households own more than half of all the wealth in the country, while the poorest 50 percent hold around 1.0 percent, Labor Minister Andrea...
  • Pay us £50bn or we'll cause air traffic chaos and stop goods at the border, warns the EU: Chief…[tr]

    03/23/2017 4:05:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:03 EDT, 23 March 2017 | Jason Groves
    Brussels last night made an extraordinary threat to disrupt flights to Europe and hold British goods at the border if the UK refuses to pay a £50 billion Brexit divorce bill. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK would pay a heavy price if it tried to walk away from the EU without paying for its “responsibilities”. In a mocking speech, he quoted Winston Churchill, saying: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Government lawyers have told Theresa May that the UK has no duty to pay a penny towards the EU’s ongoing costs after leaving. A report by...
  • Germany prepares to clear gay men convicted under Nazi-era law

    03/22/2017 5:50:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 March 2017 12:13 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a measure to wipe the criminal records of gay men convicted under a Nazi-era law, and offer them compensation. The proposal was presented by Justice Minister Heiko Maas, and would offer gay men convicted under the law a lump sum of €3,000 as well as an additional €1,500 for each year they spent in prison and thus “suffered a deprivation of liberty”. The measure marks a triumph for activists after a decades-long struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 of the penal code....
  • Teen Islamists given six years' jail for Sikh temple bomb attack [Essen, Germany]

    03/21/2017 5:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 March 2017 12:19 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Three teenagers were found guilty on Tuesday for a bomb attack at a Sikh Temple in Essen last year that injured three people. Prosecutors had argued that the three 17-year-olds — who were 16 at the time of the act — had attacked the temple out of radical Islamist motivations to kill “non-believers”. The youth court on Tuesday agreed that their motive had been hate for other religions. The trial uncovered no evidence of the three having direct contact with terror group ISIS. Two of the three adolescents had set off the bomb in front of the entrance to the...
  • The False Handshake Story Aims To Delegitimize Trump

    03/21/2017 9:19:56 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Moon of Alabama ^ | 20 March 2017 | Moonofalabama.org
    dislike Trump and his policies. I dislike Merkel and her policies. Both are my political enemies. But what I dislike even more are lying media which try to deceive for undeclared political aims. A recent example: •In awkward exchange, Trump seems to ignore Merkel's handshake request •Donald Trump Appears to Ignore Angela Merkel's Handshake Request During Awkward Photo Opp •Angela Merkel Asked President Trump to Shake Hands. He Appeared to Ignore Her •Trump Straight Up Ignores Request To Shake Hands With Angela Merkel •WATCH: Awkward moment Donald Trump BLANKS Angela Merkel handshake offer at White House The pieces linked above...
  • You Don't talk for me! Le Pen and Macron clash in fiery debate about the burkini

    03/21/2017 2:28:31 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 36 replies
    Express ^ | 3/20/2017 | Katie Mansfield
    In a heated exchange the frontrunners turned their attention to the burkini and secularism...... ... Marine Le Pen said: "I know you Mr. Macron are in favour of the burkini on the beach." But the centrist Emmanuel Macron fired back... He said: "No, Madame Le Pen don't put words in my mouth. I don't need the talent of a ventriloquist. When I have something to say, I will say so myself." Determined not to drop the topic, Ms. Le Pen: "So what do you think of the burkini?" Mr. Macron said: "My views om the burkini have nothing to do...
  • Merkel Doesn’t Want Trump To Bail On A $145 Trillion Bet To Fight Global Warming

    03/20/2017 12:10:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 20, 2017 | by Michael Bastasch
    A new report claims policies to keep future global warming to internationally agreed upon limits by the end of the century could make the world $19 trillion richer. The report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was one of two commissioned by the German government to help convince President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris agreement. If IRENA’s top-line findings sound too good to be true, that’s because they might be. The world would have to put $145 trillion into low-carbon energy to become $19 trillion richer by 2050 — a 13 percent return on investment over 33...
  • Who the Hell Would Vote for Marine Le Pen?

    03/20/2017 5:29:21 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 3/17/2017 | Erin Zaleski
    Five years ago Davy Rodriguez de Olivera couldn't have conceived of voting for Marine Le Pen. The then teenager was a staunch young leftist who campaigned for the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melanchon in the 2012 presidential elections, and proudly posted an image of a vintage Socialist Party poster on his Facebook account. Today, Rodriguez is 23 and the deputy director of the Front National de la Jeunesse (FNJ), the youth wing of Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front.
  • Germany: Five Muslim migrants gang-rape seven-year-old girl at refugee center

    03/19/2017 9:14:31 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that...
  • Germany Slams Trump's Claim That It Owes Vast Sums

    03/19/2017 6:54:35 AM PDT · by KyCats · 55 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 19, 2017 | Zero Hedge's Trump Hater
    The pleasantries, lack of handshake between Trump and Merkel notwithstanding, are officially over. One day after Trump returned to his favorite medium to slam Germany for abusing NATO's funding scheme, and US defense spending generosity, accusing Germany of owing "vast sums" of money to both NATO and the US, Germany has struck back. As a reminder, this is what Trump tweeted on Saturday morning: "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more...
  • Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

    03/18/2017 3:18:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 February 2017 | bbc
    Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on housing. Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open up Germany to people fleeing conflict and persecution has polarised opinion and been followed by an increase in hate crime.
  • Trump doesn’t shake hands with Merkel during photo op

    03/17/2017 10:35:50 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 85 replies
    NY POST ^ | March 17, 2017 | Daniel Halper
    President Trump did not extend his hand to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s in a Friday Oval Office photo op, a courtesy he usually extends to foreign leaders visiting the white House. Trump sat next to Merkel in front of a fireplace for the brief photo-op. “Very good,” Trump said to assembled reporters when asked about what the two leaders discussed. “Lots of things.” “Very good, thanks,” Merkel said in German. But Trump hardly looked at Merkel and, when the photo op ended, didn’t move in for a handshake.
  • Trump doesn’t shake hands with Merkel during photo op

    03/17/2017 10:32:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/17/17 | Daniel Halper
    President Trump did not extend his hand to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s in a Friday Oval Office photo op, a courtesy he usually extends to foreign leaders visiting the white House.Trump sat next to Merkel in front of a fireplace for the brief photo-op.“Very good,” Trump said to assembled reporters when asked about what the two leaders discussed. “Lots of things.”“Very good, thanks,” Merkel said in German.But Trump hardly looked at Merkel and, when the photo op ended, didn’t move in for a handshake
  • AWKWARD: President Trump Refuses To Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand

    03/17/2017 10:31:25 AM PDT · by nodwam · 44 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 03/17/2017 | Richard Saunders
    President Trump met with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel today at the White House and it looked extremely awkward. Trump has an intense look of disdain when obligated to host this globalist puppet and swamp creature, Angela Merkel. Merkel has been the world leader driving mass muslim immigration from the third world into the west. In the last couple of years she has brought over a million muslims into Germany and as a result Germany has had massive increases in rapes and radical muslim terrorist attacks. Reportedly Merkel asked for a handshake with Trump and he didn’t even respond.
  • Germany vows legal action if Trump taxes imports

    03/17/2017 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 March 2017 10:22 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany could take the United States to court if Washington goes ahead with plans to tax imports, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Friday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first meeting with Donald Trump. “I’m betting partly on reason and partly on the courts” to prevent a damaging trade war, Zypries told Deutschlandfunk public radio. The minister’s combative stance comes ahead of Merkel’s first meeting with Trump in Washington and a gathering of G20 finance ministers in Baden-Baden, western Germany, set to be dominated by the US president’s “America First” policy. […] If a US border tax was found to breach...
  • WHO WILL CHINA TRADE WITH? GERMANY EMBRACES OPEN MARKETS WITH BEIJING AFTER TRUMP THREATS

    03/16/2017 7:09:54 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 16, 2017 | Christina Silva
    Germany and China are cozying up when it comes to free trade, as President Donald Trump threatens to cut Beijing off. After they spoke on the phone Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to "together fight for free trade and open markets," Agence France-Presse reported.
  • Eight in ten Germans think the EU needs to be reformed

    03/16/2017 3:38:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:46 CET+01:00
    What most Germans can agree upon is that the EU cannot stay as it is. But when it comes to how change should look, views differ sharply. The EU is about to celebrate its 60th birthday, but its age is showing. The British have opted to leave, while Euroskeptic parties are growing in popularity in major members, such as France and the Netherlands. In Germany too, the anti-Euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) are set to win their first seats in the Bundestag (German parliament) this September. And it seems that the German electorate are also restless for change. A YouGov...
  • Germany and China to 'fight together' for free trade, says Merkel

    03/16/2017 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:59 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministers’ meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism. The two leaders spoke by telephone and said in a statement issued in Berlin that they would “together fight for free trade and open markets”. Finance ministers from the world’s top economies are gathering in Germany from Friday as fears grow that US President Donald Trump could upend the global economic order with his “America First” policy challenging open markets. Meanwhile, Merkel is set to hold her first meeting with...
  • Donald Trump says Merkel made 'catastrophic mistake' on migrants

    01/15/2017 5:56:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2017-01-15
    US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made "one very catastrophic mistake" by admitting more than 1m migrants. He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe's most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for Germany. Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy goals in an interview with British and German newspapers. He told The Times and Bild his priority was to create fairer trade deals for the US and have strong borders. He said the US had to address its trade deficit with the rest of the world, particularly with China....
  • Package containing explosive material discovered in German Finance Ministry

    03/15/2017 9:41:44 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    dw.com ^ | March 15, 2017
    German police have said a package containing explosives was delivered to Germany's Finance Ministry. Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office has seized and destroyed the package. No injuries have been reported.
  • German official wants $53M fines for social media hate posts [Censoring uncomfortable facts]

    03/14/2017 9:34:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/14/17 | Frank Jordans
    Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news." The plan announced Tuesday marks a further step in Germany's attempt to impose its strict domestic laws against incitement on the free-wheeling world of online chatter. Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party, said social media companies had already taken voluntary steps to crack down on hate crimes that have resulted in improvements. "This isn't sufficient yet," Maas said, citing research that...
  • Karl Marx's German birthplace accepts Marx statue from China

    03/14/2017 1:59:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2017 4:18 AM EDT
    The German city of Trier has decided to accept a statue of Karl Marx from China, marking the 200th anniversary of the father of communism’s birth. The city council voted 42-7 with four abstentions Monday night to accept the gift, according to news agency DPA. The statue’s precise location and size are to be decided following further negotiations with China. […] Statues and streets named after Marx were common in communist East Germany. Many survived the collapse of communism, unlike tributes to more contemporary socialists. …
  • Captains of German industry to accompany Merkel on Trump trip

    03/13/2017 7:38:57 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13, 2017 | Georgina Prodhan
    Bosses of German companies including engineering group Siemens (SIEGn.DE) and carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) will travel with Chancellor Angela Merkel to meet U.S. President Donald Trump this week, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Faced with Trump's "America First" policy and threats to impose tariffs on imported goods, the captains of industry will stress how many U.S. jobs are tied to "Deutschland AG". Trains-to-turbines group Siemens employs more than 50,000 people in the United States, its single biggest market, where it makes 21 percent of its total revenue, while BMW's South Carolina plant is its largest factory anywhere in the...
  • Wikileaks on Twitter: Hints that Merkel CIA and NSA Intercepts About to Be Exposed

    03/13/2017 11:12:15 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Terrified talk in US national security circles that WikiLeaks is going to publish many CIA or NSA intercepts of Merkel tonight or tomorrow.
  • Wikileaks Is About To Take Down Merkel?

    03/13/2017 11:51:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Twitter ^ | 03/13/17 | Wikileaks
    Terrified talk in US national security circles that WikiLeaks is going to publish many CIA or NSA intercepts of Merkel tonight or tomorrow.
  • Plot to hit German shopping centre with multiple suicide bombers is foiled after [tr]

    03/11/2017 4:20:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2017 | Harvey Day
    Police in the German city of Essen have ordered a shopping centre to remain closed on Saturday after a tip by security services of 'concrete indications about a possible attack'. It was reported by German newspaper Bild that multiple suicide bombers were plotting to attack the Limbecker Platz centre with explosives. 'The current state of our investigations points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping centre,' said the police in a statement.Facebook
  • Germany passes law increasing video surveillance in public

    03/10/2017 3:01:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 March 2017 15:51 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    After a marathon sitting lasting the whole week, the German parliament (Bundestag) agreed upon a law on Friday that will relax restrictions on video surveillance in shops, stadiums and stations. The law, drafted in response to a series of violent crimes in 2016, several attached to terror group ISIS, will make it easier for private companies to install CCTV. Specifically mentioned in the law as places where CCTV will become more prevalent are shopping centers, the area in front of football stadiums, and parking lots. […] The package of laws passed by the Bundestag also allows for police to use...
  • Düsseldorf's Brexit suicide float off to London to join pro-EU movement

    03/10/2017 11:41:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 March 2017 16:27 CET+01:00
    A satirical Carnival float showing the British Prime Minister with a ‘Brexit’ gun in her mouth is set to become an iconic new addition to a Unite for Europe campaign. The float made its debut at the Düsseldorf Carnival last month, which traditionally entertains guests with politically satirical floats mocking major politicians. It depicts Theresa May sticking a gun emblazoned with “Brexit” into her mouth, over the words “Good luck, Great Britain!” The float’s creator, Jacques Tilly, was reportedly about to get rid of it when he got a call from Peter French of the Unite for Europe campaign, according...
  • Germany to invest 100 billion into national gigabit internet network

    03/09/2017 11:13:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    dw.com ^ | March 7, 2017 | aw/bw (dpa)
    Germany's federal government plans to help invest 100 billion euros (US$106 billion) over eight years to roll-out gigabit internet across Germany, it announced on Tuesday. The project will focus not only on a wide bandwidth, but also on security, response times, Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt, who is also responsible for the digital infrastructure, told a Berlin audience. The rollout would be funded by a government and private consortium known as Netzallianz Digitales Deutschland, which includes most major telecommunication firms in Germany. Since its founding in 2014 75.5 percent of all households gained access to internet speeds of at...
  • Suspects 'on the run' after several injured in axe attack at Dusseldorf train station

    03/09/2017 1:27:58 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 9, 2017
    Several people have been injured in an axe attack at Dusseldorf train station. Police spokesman Rainer Kerstiens told The Associated Press that more suspected attackers are believed to be on the run. The station has been sealed off by armed police and trains are not stopping at the station. German newspaper Bild reported that two suspect has been taken into custody. Four people were injured in the attack.
  • Intelligence chief warns: Germany increasingly a target of ISIS

    03/09/2017 9:04:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 March 2017 12:05 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    The head of Germany’s domestic security agency, the BfV, said on Wednesday that Germany has become a priority target for terror group ISIS over the past year. “Germany became significantly more prioritized as a target of ISIS over the course of 2016,” said BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen, adding that the level of danger continues to be high. The country was shaken by several terror attacks in the name of ISIS last year, most notably the December 19th Berlin Christmas market attack in which 12 people were killed. …
  • Germany No Longer World’s ‘Best Country’ After Rising Jihadist Activity

    03/08/2017 9:51:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 8, 2017 | 11:13 PM EST | James Carsensten
    Germany has fallen from its former top position from among 80 countries surveyed by U.S. News & World Report, achieving fourth place this year in a drop at least partly attributed to security concerns. “The nation was rocked by a range of events — from growing public anxiety over an influx of refugees to a string of deadly terror attacks,” the “Best Countries” report said. The news comes shortly after release of a report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) saying a growing number of individuals have left Germany to fight in Iraq and Syria...