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  • Germany’s democracy is in danger, says President

    01/18/2017 3:55:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 January 2017 17:35 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Outgoing President Joachim Gauck warned in a talk on Wednesday that his country’s democracy is at risk amid major international shifts, including Donald Trump becoming US President on Friday. Gauck gave a speech to about 200 guests at the presidential residence of Bellevue Palace, looking back at his five years of serving as Germany’s head of state. “Now, after five years, I am more strongly affected by the awareness that democratic and stable Germany is also in danger,” he said. […] Gauck specifically named the crisis in the European Union with the United Kingdom’s impending departure, as well as conflicts...
  • Fake News Police Arrive in Germany

    01/18/2017 1:58:36 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 16 January 2017 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    On behalf of Merkel-sponsored Russophobia, including threats of fines, Facebook rolls out fake-news filtering service to Germany. “Germany is to become the first country outside the US to benefit from Facebook’s crackdown on fake news as the social media group tries to control the proliferation of media hoaxes ahead of elections in the country this year. The world’s largest social network is bringing its test of fake news filtering tools to Germany in the coming weeks after the spread of false stories such as one claiming Germany’s oldest church was set on fire by a mob of 1,000 people. German...
  • Germany’s Leopard tanks prove vulnerable in Islamic State fight

    01/18/2017 5:02:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | January 17, 2017 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The reputation of Germany’s vaunted Leopard 2 tank, which forms the mainstay of NATO’s armored forces, has taken a pounding in battles with Islamic State militants in Syria. At least 10 of the 60-ton main battle tanks have been destroyed during a Turkish attempt to recapture the strategically important northern town of al-Bab, located just 15 miles south of the Turkish border, media reports have said. The Turks have deployed several thousand soldiers in the operation, which began in September. But despite airstrikes by Russian warplanes in support of the advancing troops, they have been unable to...
  • Germany's New Propaganda Bureau

    01/18/2017 3:45:43 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 18/1/17 | Judith Bergman
    Big Brother is Watching YOU! Officials in Germany's Interior Ministry are urging Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to establish a "Defense Center against Disinformation" (Ab­wehr­zen­trum ge­gen Des­in­for­ma­ti­on) to combat what they call "political disinformation," a euphemism for "fake news." "The acceptance of a post-truth age would amount to political capitulation," the officials told Maizière in a memo, which also disclosed that the bureaucrats at the Interior Ministry are eager to see "authentic political communication" remain "defining for the 21st century." One wonders whether by "authentic political communication," the officials of the Interior Ministry are referring to the way German authorities...
  • Refugee in court accused of fire at asylum center [Düsseldorf, Germany]

    01/17/2017 9:49:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.16.2017 | mm/rt (AFP, dpa)
    A 27-year-old Algerian is accused of setting his refugee accommodation in Düsseldorf on fire following a row over Ramadan meals. The blaze caused millions of euros in damage. The Algerian asylum seeker was due in court in the western German city of Düsseldorf on Monday charged with serious arson. Alongside him, a Moroccan man of the same age was due to face judges, accused of incitement. Last June, the Algerian allegedly set fire to a canteen at the temporary shelter, which was located inside an exhibition hall. …
  • German opposition leader calls for security union with Russia, dissolution of NATO [Die Linke]

    01/17/2017 8:49:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.17.2017 | Lewis Sanders IV
    German opposition leader Sahra Wagenknecht on Tuesday added her voice to calls to dissolve the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the wake of US President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial remarks concerning the military alliance. “NATO must be dissolved and replaced by a collective security system including Russia,” Wagenknecht told Germany’s “Funke” media group. Wagenknecht, who leads the opposition Left Party in parliament, added that comments made by the future US president “mercilessly reveal the mistakes and failures of the [German] federal government.” …
  • Trump Lets Germany Have It with Both Barrels: Praises Brexit, Criticizes Merkel and NATO

    01/17/2017 1:22:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/17/2017 | Rick Moran
    The inscription on the Great Seal of the United States reads "Novus ordo seclorum," translated sometimes as "A New Age Now Begins." Judging by this interview Donald Trump gave the German daily Bild, that adage will almost certainly take on a new meaning as Donald Trump reshapes the world.Trump sounds like he wants to upend more than 70 years of post-World War II U.S. foreign policy. What he might replace it with is so far unknown. But you can bet that after reading what Trump had to say about Europe, about NATO, and about Germany, the lights will be burning...
  • Trump team touts $8 billion Bayer investment

    01/17/2017 9:39:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2017 | Ben Kasmir
    German-based Bayer AG has committed to President-elect Donald Trump that it will invest $8 billion in American research and development as part of its deal to acquire Monsanto, Trump's transition team said Tuesday. Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Bayer will also protect all of Monsanto's 9,000 American jobs while creating an additional 3,000 high-tech positions in the country. That agreement, he added, came after Trump met with CEOs from both companies last week.
  • Merkel fires back at Trump, says Europe will choose its own 'destiny'

    01/16/2017 8:28:37 PM PST · by Mariner · 121 replies
    DPA International ^ | January 16th, 2017 | Andrew McCathie
    Berlin (dpa) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday fired back at US president-elect Donald Trump's denunciation of her liberal stance on refugees and his dismissal of the NATO military alliance as "obsolete." "I think we Europeans hold our destiny in our own hands," she said. "We know what his position is," Merkel said in response to Trump slamming her refugee policy as a "catastrophic mistake." "My position is also known," she added. In an interview with Germany's Bild and the Times of London, Trump also threatened to impose a hefty tax on German carmakers for selling vehicles in the...
  • Kerry says it's inappropriate for Trump to step into German politics

    01/16/2017 7:57:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2017 | By Lesley Wroughton and Andrew Roche
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was "inappropriate" for Donald Trump to brand German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy "a catastrophic mistake". "I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," Kerry told CNN's Christiane Amanpour during a one-day visit to London in the last week of the Obama administration. "He will have to speak to that. As of Friday, he is responsible for that relationship." Trump, who will be sworn in as president on Friday, had said...
  • Trump Threatens German Car Makers With 35 Percent Tax

    01/16/2017 6:46:30 PM PST · by bobk3 · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Robert Donachie
    President-elect Donald Trump threatened German car makers with a big border tax of 35 percent for cars imported into the U.S. Trump criticized German auto makers like BMW and Volkswagen for producing the majority of their vehicles in Germany, not the United States. “You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay a 35 percent tax,” Trump told German newspaper Bild. If the German firms decide to build factories in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the U.S., “without a 35 percent tax, you can forget that,” Trump...
  • John Kerry: Trump’s Foreign Policy Comments ‘Inappropriate’

    01/16/2017 2:22:12 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 16th, 2017 | PAM KEY
    Monday on CNN International’s “Amanpour,” commenting on President-elect Donald Trump’s first UK interview with The Times of London, which covered several international issues, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “I thought frankly it was an inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other country in a quite direct manner.” KERRY: He’ll have to speak to that as of Friday. You know he’s responsible for that relationship. AMANPOUR: You're talking about Angela Merkel's refugee policy which he did call catastrophic. KERRY: He did call it that and I think that she was extremely...
  • The Saudi women afraid to go home

    01/16/2017 12:24:28 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2017 | Donie O'Sullivan
    Every woman in Saudi Arabia, regardless of age, has a legal male guardian, often a father or brother or son. Guardians have the power to make a range of critical decisions on a woman's behalf. Women need to get their permission to travel abroad, marry and sometimes to work or access health care. ... The guardianship system is "the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the country. ... Throughout the summer Saudi women began tweeting, detailing the injustices of the guardianship system -- risking the wrath of their guardians and the government in doing so. They got noticed....
  • Could Western Civilization Be Saved If Most Europeans Converted to Judaism?

    01/16/2017 6:57:13 AM PST · by pinochet · 80 replies
    Israel is the only country in the Western world, where birth rates are above the replacement level of 2 children per woman. Of all Western nations, Israel shows the greatest resistance to cultural suicide. If Europeans do not increase their birth rates, the future of Europe will be Muslim. Judaism is one of the founding cultures of Western civilization, alongside the Ancient Greek and the Ancient Roman cultures. Jews have lived in Europe since 300 BC. The Ancient Greek and Roman cultures died out, but Judaism still survives. Judaism is the longest-lasting culture of Western civilization, having been around for...
  • Donald Trump slams Angela Merkel's refugee policy

    01/15/2017 10:36:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.15.2017 | aw/kl (dpa, AFP, Reuters)
    US President-elect Donald Trump labeled German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on refugees a “catastrophic mistake.” He said the policy would lead to even more countries leaving the European Union after Britain. President-elect Trump heavily criticized Chancellor Merkel’s open-door policy on refugees in a joint interview published on Sunday with German tabloid newspaper Bild and British newspaper The Times of London.“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from,” he said. “And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think...
  • German paper accuses UK of offshore tax haven threat

    01/15/2017 9:48:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 January 2017 21:55 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Germany’s Welt Am Sonntag newspaper has accused British finance minister Phillip Hammond of threatening to drastically slash corporation tax to turn the UK into an offshore tax haven if it is not given a trade deal. In an interview with Hammond, headlined “British finance minister threatens EU partners”, the paper quotes Hammond saying that Britain could be forced to change its economic model if negotiations went badly. “The British people are not going to lie down and say, ‘too bad’,” he said, when asked if the UK could slash corporation taxes. “If we have no access to the European market,...
  • Germany calls on ECB to unwind economic stimulus

    01/15/2017 9:39:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 January 2017 08:16 CET+01:00 | AFP
    The European Central Bank should begin winding down its expansive monetary policy in 2017 as inflation returns in the eurozone, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in an interview on Friday. “It would probably be right if the ECB starts daring to head for the exit this year,” Schäuble told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper — although he acknowledged it would be a “difficult task”. The ECB has fixed interest rates at record lows in the 19-nation single currency area, as well as offering cheap loans to banks and buying up tens of billions of euros per month of government and...
  • German kids beaten up by Muslim migrants

    01/13/2017 10:02:47 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 8 replies
    Europe is Dying ^ | 9/16/16 | Europe is Dying
    The first 45 seconds of this video, may have been staged, I do not know, but the wussified Merkel response by the German victim, shows that Europe is dying.
  • Vulnerable people are being 'radicalized in refugee centers' [Eurabia]

    01/13/2017 10:19:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 January 2017 10:37 CET+01:00 | [Central European News]
    An undercover reporter who visited 35 asylum centers throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland says security is so bad that they risk fomenting terrorism as radicals can easily infiltrate them and convert vulnerable people to their cause. Investigative reporter and terrorism expert Shams Ul-Haq, 41, was only 15 years old and unable to speak a word of German when he came to Germany from Pakistan, much like many refugees nowadays. He warns that the registration of asylum seekers and conditions found at shelters are so bad, that they could easily lead to dangerous situations across Europe. […] Ul-Haq explained that some...
  • Most Germans don't think racial profiling is a problem: poll

    01/13/2017 10:12:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 January 2017 16:46 CET+01:00 | Julius Haswell
    A YouGov poll released on Thursday found that the majority of Germans said racial profiling was not problematic, amid criticism of police checks on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Sixty-three percent of Germans in the YouGov poll said they did not find racial profiling generally problematic. Another 27 percent said that it was problematic when police checks are not conducted based on concrete suspicions, but rather on general appearances, including perceived ethnicity or skin color. However, the poll also exposed disparity between age groups, with 46 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds saying they thought racial profiling wasn’t problematic, compared with...
  • Germany's Merkel calls for 'cross-border cooperation' on EU security

    01/12/2017 5:32:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.12.2017 | ls/sms (dpa, Reuters, AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged EU nations to work together to improve security across the bloc by increasing the exchange of data and creating a register of people entering and leaving the Schengen area, a European visa-free travel zone. “Everyone sees the urgency and everyone knows that if we do not succeed, each country will introduce its own border controls and free movement won’t be possible,” Merkel told a joint press conference with Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel. “It makes me optimistic that a lot of countries have sadly had the experience that terrorism is a big challenge...
  • Merkel: No 'eternal guarantee' for United States cooperation with EU

    01/12/2017 5:06:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.12.2017 | rs/kl (AFP, Reuters)
    As concern grows in Europe about US President-elect Donald Trump’s commitment to transatlantic cooperation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for the European Union to ”take more responsibility” on the world stage during a speech on Thursday in Brussels. “From the point of view of some of our traditional partners — and I am thinking here as well about the transatlantic relations — there is no eternal guarantee for a close cooperation with us Europeans,” Merkel told an audience in Brussels after receiving honorary doctorate degrees from Belgium’s prestigious Leuven and Ghent universities. […] “We should see this decision as an...
  • Germany posts 6.2 billion euro budget surplus in 2016 - sources

    01/12/2017 12:31:29 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | reuters
    Germany's federal government posted a budget surplus of 6.2 billion euros ($6.60 billion) last year, helped by a strong economy and low borrowing costs, senior government sources said on Thursday, adding they wanted to use the windfall to amortize debt. It is the third consecutive year Europe's biggest economy has not needed net new borrowing. The 2015 federal surplus was 12.1 billion euros, said the sources. "We want to suggest to the lower house of parliament that this money is used for amortizing debt," said one senior government source.
  • Nurse lured to park by ‘fake cries for help’ then sexually abused by five ‘African’ men

    01/10/2017 9:36:09 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 23 replies
    express (UK) ^ | Jan 9, 2017 | Nick Gutteridge
    Officers in the German city of Hamburg are appealing for witnesses following the brutal attack on the female hospital worker, who was unconscious for so long that she developed hypothermia. The 28-year-old was walking to her car from work at the nearby Asklepios hospital when she apparently heard cries for help coming from a nearby park. But when she rushed into the dark space to offer assistance she was set upon by five men and was beaten unconscious and mugged. Police said there was also evidence that the gang had sexually abused their victim, and that they were not talking...
  • Germany Green Party pledges to pay for free sex with prostitutes for anyone who needs...

    01/09/2017 10:34:57 PM PST · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2017 | ALLAN HALL
    Sex with prostitutes will be paid for by the Government for anyone too poor for a hooker and deemed to need sexual assistance under German Green Party plans. The party's care spokeswoman Elisabeth Scharfenberg says doctors should have the right to issue the free prescriptions to their patients for ladies of the night. Prostitution is legal in Germany and carries little of the taboos associated with it in many other countries. There are brothels in virtually every town and a trend recently began with working girls offering 'sexual assistance' to dementia sufferers, the handicapped and people living in care homes....
  • German minister accuses Social Democrats of failing to cooperate over security

    01/09/2017 8:18:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.08.2017 | Kate Brady
    German Interior Minister and Christian Democrat Thomas de Maizière has accused the CDU’s Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners of failing to cooperate when it comes to security and terrorism. In an interview with German weekly Bild am Sonntag, de Maizière said he was not sure whether “everyone in the SPD is ready to take tough measures.” “We could be much farther ahead,” de Maziere added. “Especially regarding the concrete improvement of deportation possibilities.” SPD General Secretary Katarina Barley, however, said de Maizière’s criticism of her party was only to “distract from his own failures.” She added that the interior minister...
  • Germany's Islamist scene growing: security chief

    01/09/2017 7:15:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 January 2017 09:48 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany’s domestic security chief warned on Sunday that the country’s radical Islamist scene is not only growing, but becoming more decentralized, posing greater challenges to surveillance operations. In an interview with national news agency DPA, Hans-Georg Maaßen also defended security officials under fire after it emerged that Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri had slipped through their net, saying they had done everything they could. Overall, the number of Salafists — or fundamentalist Sunni Muslims — in Germany has risen to more than 9,700, sharply up from 3,800 people in 2011, said Maaßen. “It’s of great concern to us that...
  • Half of German Women Feel Unsafe in Their Own Neighbourhoods

    01/09/2017 9:12:16 AM PST · by detective · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Jan 2017 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Nearly half of Germany’s women now feel unsafe walking about their local neighbourhood, a survey has revealed, with many taking precautions such as pepper spray with them when out at night. The survey, by Emnid for Bild am Sonntag further found that 58 per cent of women believe that public places have become less safe in recent times, following news of events such as the mass sexual assault attacks on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve last year. Forty-eight per cent of the women surveyed said they have changed their habits to avoid certain areas in their neighborhood, while...
  • Largest deployment of U.S. troops since Cold War arrives in Germany

    01/08/2017 8:37:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    UPI ^ | 07 January 2017 | Eric DuVall
    The largest armed U.S. military brigade to be deployed to Europe since the end of the Cold War arrived Saturday at a port in northern Germany, military officials said. The U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division arrived in the port of Bremerhaven on Friday and began a days-long process of deploying heavy equipment including tanks and armored vehicles. The deployment is the culmination of a promised heavier armed troop presence in eastern Europe since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. The move was meant to reassure nervous NATO allies the United States was prepared to...
  • U.S. tanks roll into Germany to protect against potential Russian invasion [nato war games]

    01/08/2017 8:33:01 PM PST · by detective · 56 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 8, 2017 | Elizabeth Palmer
    NORTHERN GERMANY -- U.S. Tanks rolled into Germany this weekend. The deployment -- which also includes 3,500 U.S. Troops -- is to protect Eastern Europe against a potential Russian invasion.' In the dock area of the German city of Bremerhaven all around is American military hardware just off the boat -- everything from Humvees to tanks. '  The official name for this display of military muscle is Operation Atlantic Resolve. '  Its purpose is to reassure America’s nervous European allies that the U.S. military will stand with them against any aggressive moves by Russia. Moves, like the 2014 invasion of...
  • Chapels Attacked and Christian Statues Beheaded During New Year in Austria

    01/06/2017 5:17:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 6, 2017 | Nick Hallett
    Police are hunting vandals after a series of chapels and shrines were desecrated within the space of a few days in northern Austria. Statues have been beheaded, prayer books burned and sacred images destroyed since the New Year in the Innviertel region on the Bavarian border. On New Year’s Eve, the vandals struck a chapel in the village of St Radegund, damaging a statue of the Virgin Mary before burning prayer books and wooden objects from the chapel in a nearby wood. That same day, another chapel at the nearby town of Auerbach was also attacked, with vandals smashing the...
  • 'I'm an American and I was racially profiled in Berlin 23 times' [says USA Today journ0list from NJ]

    01/06/2017 12:29:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 6 January 2017 16:53 CET+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    American journalist Sandhya Kambhampati was stopped by police 23 times within her first nine months of living in Berlin. Now she’s investigating racial profiling in Germany — and is looking for others to share experiences. The first time 24-year-old Sandhya Kambhampati was stopped by an officer in Berlin, she had gone to a park for a morning jog after arriving in the city days before. The officer asked her what she was doing, where she lived, and for her ID. When she told him she only had her keys, he said she should always carry identification and left. […] Nine...
  • Congress looks to start building a Mexican border wall within months

    01/05/2017 9:36:27 PM PST · by Innovative · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 5, 2017 | Mike DeBonis
    In a bid to swiftly deliver on one of President-elect Donald Trump’s chief campaign promises, congressional Republicans are exploring ways to begin funding a barrier on the U.S. southern border starting as soon as April. Multiple lawmakers described the plans Thursday, which would use authority under a 2006 law supported by Republicans and Democrats alike to justify spending that could eventually reach into the billions of dollars.
  • In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day

    01/05/2017 9:21:50 PM PST · by upchuck · 108 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 5, 2017 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods. The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain. In the past, administrations of both parties have often granted extensions...
  • Germany warns Facebook over hateful posts, igniting free speech debate

    01/05/2017 5:23:21 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 29 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 4, 2017 | Don Snyder
    Germany is taking on Facebook, threatening criminal action against the world’s biggest social media company if it doesn’t stem the swelling tide of racist postings. Entries such as “gas the Jews” are examples of the repugnant postings... , said ... spokesman for the German Ministry of Justice. “Facebook doesn’t [react] unless they get complaints, or don’t remove it fast enough,”... “...is not just racist comment, it is a violation of Germany’s criminal code,” he said. “Facebook can be held criminally liable for users’ illegal hate speech.” German law prohibits speech that denies the Holocaust, disparages minorities, or insults public figures....
  • German state leaders rip into Berlin's plan to centralize security powers

    01/04/2017 2:17:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 4 January 2017 16:38 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    After the German Interior Minister put forth a bold plan on Tuesday to centralize the country’s security apparatus, conservative leaders at the state level have hit back. Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer on Wednesday categorically rejected Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière’s plan to increase federal powers in domestic security. Germany’s domestic intelligence services are currently decentralized, divided between the federal government and the 16 individual state governments. But de Maizière wants to move the states’ powers to Berlin under the federal BfV intelligence service. […] Hesse interior minister Peter Beuth, CDU, called the reform plans “nonsense” and said such swift moves...
  • Domestic security: Thomas de Maiziere's 2017 wish list [Germany interior minister]

    01/03/2017 7:54:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.04.2017 | Marcel Fürstenau
    Germany’s federal interior minister has presented “guidelines for a strong state in difficult times.” Some aspects already exist; others are doomed to fail in the face of constitutional reality. […] [Thomas] De Maizière envisions turning over protection of the constitution entirely to the federal government. That would require the dissolution of the agency’s 16 state offices. His rationale: No one intent upon attacking the constitution is interested in destroying governmental order “in one state alone.” Though this sounds plausible as a concept, it could turn out to be too complicated to be put into practice. Domestic security services are charged...
  • Is 'racial profiling' illegal? Depends on where you live [Germany]

    01/03/2017 7:38:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.03.2017 | Carla Bleiker
    Cologne police have been accused of racial profiling after targeting men of North African appearance on New Year’s Eve. In the US racial profiling is illegal, but in Germany and the UK, the law isn’t that clear. There is no law in Germany that explicitly prevents a police officer from stopping and checking someone for the way he or she looks. Police in Cologne have drawn some criticism for focusing their attention on men who looked as if they might come from North Africa this past New Year’s Eve. They have denied the accusations of racial profiling, even though the...
  • New Italian PM Orders Mass Deportations of Migrants, Detention Centers Included

    01/03/2017 12:57:38 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 03, 2017 | Justin Holcomb
    The newly appointed prime minister of Italy is calling for massive changes in the country's immigration policy for 2017. Paolo Gentiloni is expected to call for a full reversal on his predecessor's policies which allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants enter Europe through Italy. A two-page instructional document has been sent to police stations throughout Italy ordering officers to increase efforts to deport migrants. The document says the change is important to battle “a growing migratory pressure and an international context marked by instability and threats”. ... Italy will open 16 detention centers for migrants while they are being arranged...
  • Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve

    01/03/2017 8:50:51 AM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/3/17 | Virginia Hale
    At New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dortmund a mob of more than 1,000 men chanted ‘Allahu Akhbar’, launched fireworks at police, and set fire to a historic church. Already by 7 pm a man was hospitalised with first-degree burns to his face and hands after fireworks were hurled at a group of homeless people outside the city’s main train station. More than two dozen people were injured at festivities in Dortmund, some seriously. The events of the night were described as “quiet” by police in a statement, and as “normal” by a spokesman for the city government.
  • Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' becomes German bestseller

    01/03/2017 6:34:09 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 82 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 01/03/17 | Deborah Cole
    The first reprint of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Germany since World War II has proved a surprise bestseller, heading for its sixth print run, its publisher said Tuesday. The Institute of Contemporary History of Munich (IfZ) said around 85,000 copies of the new annotated version of the Nazi leader's anti-Semitic manifesto had flown off the shelves since its release last January. However, the respected institute said that far from promoting far-right ideology, the publication had enriched a debate on the renewed rise of "authoritarian political views" in contemporary Western society. It had initially planned to print only 4,000 copies...
  • Young Migrants Wreak New Year’s Eve Havoc in Bavarian City

    01/03/2017 6:28:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 3, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    While much of Germany was at relative peace on New Year’s Eve the Bavarian city of Augsburg was not, as migrants carried out random acts of violence and sexual assault.
  • French presidential candidate Macron praises Merkel's refugee policy, says saved Europe's dignity

    01/03/2017 6:12:03 AM PST · by nwrep · 34 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 3, 2017 | DW
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel saved Europe's "dignity" by taking in refugees, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has told a German publication. The most popular of France's presidential candidates, Emmanuel Macron, took a stance against anti-refugee sentiment in an interview with German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, which was published on Monday. The 39-year-old politician voiced admiration for Angela Merkel and Germany for their handling of the refugee crisis. "Chancellor Merkel and the German society as a whole were up to the mark of our joint values," he said. "They saved our collective dignity by taking in refugees and providing them with accommodation...
  • Germany: Syrian man arrested for plotting terror attacks

    01/02/2017 8:22:15 PM PST · by Lera · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/3/17 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    German authorities arrest a Syrian man who allegedly asked the ISIS to fund an attack using explosives-packed vehicles. German authorities said Monday that police had arrested a Syrian man who had allegedly asked the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group to fund an attack using explosives-packed vehicles, AFP reported. The unemployed 38-year-old with refugee status had urged an ISIS contact via mobile phone message service Telegram to send him 180,000 euros ($188,000), prosecutors said. Police commandos raided the suspect's apartment in Saarbruecken near the French border around 2:00 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday, New Year's Eve. He was detained before being...
  • Asylum seekers scam German aid program for millions by applying with ‘up to 12’ fake IDs

    01/02/2017 12:23:17 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 31 replies
    RT ^ | 2 Jan, 2017
    A special commission in the northern German city of Braunschweig will investigate over 300 cases of fraud committed by asylum applicants, who gamed the welfare system by using multiple IDs to claim benefits – and that may just be the tip of the iceberg. The estimated total loss of taxpayer money in the state of Lower Saxony alone has been put at three to five million euros ($3.2-5.3 million), Regional German broadcaster NDR reported. In the majority of cases, the scheme was employed by Sudanese refugees who were applying for benefits within the social welfare system, the head of the...
  • Germany's Merkel to Skip Davos on Eve of Trump Presidency

    01/02/2017 11:50:25 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 2, 2017 | Noah Barkin
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is steering clear of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, a meeting expected to be dominated by debate over the looming presidency of Donald Trump and rising public anger with elites and globalization. Merkel has been a regular at the annual gathering of political leaders, CEOs and celebrities, traveling to ...the Swiss Alps seven times since becoming chancellor.... conference runs from Jan. 17-20 under the banner "Responsive and Responsible Leadership".... [Merkel's] absence may come as a disappointment...her reputation as a steady, principled leader fits well with the theme... The German government declined [to claim] scheduling...
  • Parents of Berlin Truck Massacre Victim: "Thank you Merkel, we'll never Vote for you again!

    01/02/2017 10:31:10 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/23/16 | Face of a Dying Nation
    So sad the grief the parents are going through. Merkel brought this about.
  • Angela Merkel: Russia's Next Target [NYT & Die Ziet conspire to shield Merkel]

    01/02/2017 8:17:29 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2017 | Jochen Bittner-political editor Die Zeit
    It’s no surprise that Russia met President Obama’s expulsion of its diplomats, ..., with a collective shrug. Moscow seems content to let the clock run out, knowing ... Obama will be replaced by an admirer in the White House and an old friend in the State Department. ...For the foreseeable future, the US can hardly serve as Russia’s preferred enemy of the state. [Angela Merkel] The German chancellor is a perfect target.-snip- ... Ms. Merkel has been the most consequential voice for punishing Russia....she welcomed a million refugees into Germany, and pushed the rest of Europe to do the same...
  • Safe Shorts are Sold out in Germany

    01/01/2017 1:23:21 PM PST · by scooby321 · 43 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | 1/1/17 | Laura Mowat
    AN ENTREPRENEUR from Germany has created trousers with the aim of protecting women from possible sex attacks while they are out jogging - and the first 150 were sold out immediately.
  • Merkel urges Germans to meet terror with freedom and openness

    01/01/2017 8:23:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 December 2016 07:42 CET+01:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans on Saturday to hold firm to democratic values in the face of jihadist terror, urging them to counter “murderers who are full of hate” with compassion and cohesion. In her New Year’s address delivered less than two weeks after a Tunisian suspect rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people, Merkel acknowledged it was “bitter and sickening” that the attack and others in July were carried out by asylum seekers. Nevertheless, she defended her decision in September 2015 to let in tens of thousands fleeing war from mostly Arab...