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Germany (News/Activism)

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  • Thanks to Trump, Germany says it can’t rely on the United States. What does that mean?

    05/28/2017 12:25:53 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 106 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2017 | Henry Farrell
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd Sunday in southern Germany that Europe can no longer rely on foreign partners. Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.” Offering a tough review in the wake of Trump’s trip to visit E.U., NATO and Group of Seven leaders last week, Merkel told a packed Bavarian beer hall rally that the days when Europe could rely on others was “over to a certain extent. This is what I have experienced in the...
  • Obama tells adoring crowd in Berlin: ‘We can’t hide behind a wall’

    05/25/2017 1:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | May 25, 2017 | Kate Connolly in Berlin
    Barack Obama received a hero’s welcome when he reunited with Angela Merkel for the first time since leaving office, calling on the audience to engage in democracy and telling the tens of thousands in Berlin: “We can’t hide behind a wall.” Speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which was once cut off by the Berlin Wall, the former US president was greeted with cries of “Barack, Barack” as he urged the 70,000-strong crowd to “push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms” and to “fight against those who divide us”....
  • Germany spent 20 billion euros on refugees in 2016

    05/25/2017 10:57:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.24.2017 | dm/jm (dpa, KNA)
    The German government in 2016 provided €9.3 billion ($10.4 billion) to its sixteen states for assisting migrants and €11 billion on measures designed to fight the causes of forced migration and displacement abroad. The figures are from a federal government report expected to be approved and published by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday. A total of €5.5 billion was spent for migrants who were seeking asylum and were not yet recognized by the state. The funds spent within Germany also went towards an integration package that cost €2 billion, while €400 million was spent on shelter for asylum seekers...
  • Berlin sets up toughest security yet for Obama visit during Church congress

    05/24/2017 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies ^ | 24 May 2017 10:33 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Police in the capital have “thought through every scenario” as they prepare to keep visitors safe during Protestant Reformation celebrations, which include a visit by Barack Obama. Around 140,000 visitors are expected in Berlin for the Church Congress marking 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation, which kicks off on Wednesday evening and lasts until Sunday. Former US President Obama will be the star guest in the proceedings, discussing “engaged democracy” with Chancellor Angela Merkel in front of a crowd of 80,000 at the Brandenburg Gate on Thursday. “Unfortunately, the terror threat has been constantly high for a...
  • Germany and France vow to speed up eurozone integration

    05/22/2017 11:07:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 22 May 2017 15:06 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Core EU powers France and Germany vowed Monday to accelerate eurozone integration, with a new bilateral panel to work out ways to kickstart the reform process. “We’ve been talking about progress in eurozone integration for years, but things are not moving fast enough,” said France’s new Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire in Berlin after talks with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble. “We have now decided to get things going more quickly and further in a very concrete manner,” he said. Schäuble agreed that “we are convinced that Germany and France must take a leading role” in strengthening the European Union...
  • Germany Might Join the F-35 Program

    05/22/2017 8:35:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 17, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The German Air Force is reportedly looking for additional information about Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as it moves ahead with plans to replace its aging Panavia Tornado multi-role combat aircraft no later than 2035. The stealthy F-35 would be just one of multiple options Germany might consider as it looks to modernize its military in general. In May 2017, Germany’s air arm, also known as the Luftwaffe, asked the U.S. military for classified data on the Joint Strike Fighter, according to a report by Reuters. The letter highlighted the fact that German government and military officials had not...
  • Greece’s Varoufakis reveals the worst kept secret in Europe in his tell-all book

    05/21/2017 1:07:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 15 May 2017 | Brett Arends
    Forget all the claims and protestations about “families of nations” and a “new Europe” and “the European project.” The European Union, and especially the eurozone, is a German empire. The new capital of Europe is not Brussels — let alone Strasbourg, the home of the European Parliament — but Berlin. The ultimate power of the EU is not the president of the European Commission, but the chancellor of Germany. That’s the takeaway from “Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment,” the sensational memoir by the ill-fated, but colorful, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.
  • Merkel: Germany may move troops from Turkey to Jordan

    05/21/2017 9:52:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies ^ | 15 May 2017
    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Berlin may pull its troops from Turkey following a recent deterioration in relations. The chancellor’s latest warning comes after Turkey denied visas to German lawmakers who wanted to visit troops at the Incirlik air base, located near Adana in south Turkey. “We will continue to talk with Turkey, but in parallel we will have to explore other ways of fulfilling our mandate,” Merkel said at a press conference on Monday. “That means looking at alternatives to İncirlik, and one alternative among others is Jordan,” she said. …
  • German MP Röttgen: 'There is no US-foreign policy yet'

    05/19/2017 10:36:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.18.2017 | Rebecca Staudenmaier
    Norbert Röttgen, the chairman of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said in an interview on Thursday that although there has been lots of “ideological rhetoric” coming from the White House, President Donald Trump’s new administration is lacking after 100 days. “There isn’t any US foreign policy yet,” he told German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk in a radio interview. “This is, of course, a factor that is disturbing in its own right.” He added that the Trump administration is still lacking concrete trade policies, but most crucially, there are personnel problems within the US State department. “There’s still no sufficiently operational...
  • Merkel awards first integration prize to small town that took in extra refugees [Altena, Germany]

    05/19/2017 5:56:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 19 May 2017 14:09 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Altena, a town in western Germany, was on Wednesday honored by Chancellor Angela Merkel for its achievements in integrating refugees. It was the first place to win the National Integration Prize, and received €10,000 for its efforts. The North Rhine-Westphalian town set up a program which aimed to successfully integrate every refugee that was sent there. The program, called “From refugee to Altena co-citizen”, ensured that every refugee family which arrived in the town of 17,300 people was given a “mentor” who helped them settle in, according to n-tv. The new arrivals were also given an apartment within a community...
  • Late and overweight - Germany's new frigates found wanting

    05/15/2017 6:05:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 12, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    Germany's much-delayed new frigates, built by ThyssenKrupp (TKAG.DE) and Luerssen for at least 650 million euros (£551.4 million) apiece, are overweight and float with a persistent list to starboard, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters. The ships, designed to need a crew of only 120, less than half their predecessors, are a crucial element in Germany's plans to beef up its military to face an increasingly uncertain European security landscape and a more assertive Russia. Designed to remain at sea for far longer than the German armed forces' existing fleet, the new F125 frigates need extensive servicing only...
  • Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants

    05/14/2017 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 38 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 5/14/17 | Soeren Kern
    Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage — one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years. City officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Now, however, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens. In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities recently confiscated six residential...
  • Merkel Party Humiliates SPD Rivals in Last Test Before Election

    05/14/2017 9:43:05 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies ^ | May 14, 2017 | Arne Delfs
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  • Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants [Hamburg]

    05/14/2017 7:38:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 14, 2017 at 5:00 am | Soeren Kern
    Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage — one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years. City officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Now, however, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens. In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities recently confiscated six residential...
  • North Korea Is Running a Backpackers Hostel in Berlin

    05/13/2017 4:43:15 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Cityhostel found itself at the centre of a storm after German media reported Tuesday that the North Korean embassy was not just the guesthouse’s neighbour but also the owner of the prime real estate. Rented out since 2004, the property brings in about 38,000 euros ($41,000) a month in rent for Pyongyang, the public broadcaster ARD reported.
  • Switzerland and Germany sign ‘no spying’ agreement: report

    05/12/2017 11:26:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 12 May 2017 11:18 CEST+02:00
    Just a fortnight after the revelation that Switzerland conducted a spying mission in Germany in 2012, media in the two countries have reported that the neighboring nations recently signed an agreement to stop all such espionage. Citing sources close to the Swiss government, Swiss paper Tages Anzeiger and the German Süddeutsche Zeitung said that in January 2017 the two countries concluded a “Memorandum of Understanding” to forbid each country’s intelligence service from carrying out espionage activities against the other. From now on, Switzerland will tell the German government if it wishes to conduct an anti-crime operation in Germany, and vice-versa....
  • German economic growth speeds up

    05/12/2017 9:14:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies ^ | May 12, 2017 | BBC
    Higher consumer spending has helped to boost growth in the economy Germany's economy grew strongly in the first three months of this year, driven by investment and consumption, official figures show. First-quarter GDP growth was 0.6%, faster than the October-to December 2016 figure of 0.4%. Household and state spending were strong, while firms invested money in construction and equipment, said German statistics authority Destatis. Foreign trade also helped, as exports increased faster than imports.
  • Brexit will harm EU cohesion policy, regions warn

    05/12/2017 8:19:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05/12/2017 6:28 (updated: 8:13) | Aria Koutra
    EU cohesion policy will “suffer heavily” during Brexit given the anticipated halting of payments for certain projects until 2020, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) warned. EurActiv Greece reports.Speaking with journalists in Brussels, CPMR’s secretary general, Eleni Marianou, focused on the impact of Brexit, stressing that there are two bills to be paid, one now and one post-2020. “The first bill is the one the UK needs to pay before leaving the EU, which is €60 billion, and I don’t know if Theresa May is going to pay that,” she argued. She added that the “cohesion policy will suffer...
  • 'The greed of the German state has become almost kleptocratic' [FDP party leader]

    05/11/2017 8:01:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 11 May 2017 15:33 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    With Germany raking in more taxes due to strong economic performance, the leader of its liberal party has suggested state officials are enriching themselves at the cost of the taxpayer. “The greed of the state has taken on kleptocratic characteristics,” Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) told Handelsblatt on Wednesday. A kleptocracy is a form of government in which officials corruptly use public funds for personal gain. “The yearly tax intake of the state is set to be €100 billion higher in 2020 than this year, if we don’t act. For the FDP, it is clear that...
  • Germany 'grossly' failing female refugees on sexual violence: report

    05/11/2017 7:56:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 11 May 2017 17:04 CEST+02:00
    A investigation by news service Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) carried out in Berlin’s refugee camps has found that women in the camps face “grossly inadequate protection from sexual and gender-based violence.” Dozens of the women that IRIN spoke to reported facing sexual harassment while living at Berlin shelters, and many said that they were offered very little support, and lived in constant fear of attack. […] Sally Abazeed, a 20-year-old refugee from Damascus, told IRIN how she had been repeatedly pestered by one guard at the camp, who tried to kiss her and always asked for her phone number....