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Germany (News/Activism)

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  • Germany knocks US off its throne and places first in global image ranking

    11/17/2017 10:54:31 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies ^ | 16 November 2017 | The Local
    A worldwide ranking released on Thursday reveals that Germany has reclaimed its title as the most admired country in the world, in light of a substantial drop in global perception of America. In 2016 and 2015, Germany placed second in the Anholt-GFK Roper Nation Brands Index (NBI); the last time it was in the top spot was in 2014. But it has reclaimed its title as leading nation brand in the 2017 edition of the annual survey. France claimed silver by climbing to second place and the UK took bronze while remaining stable in third place. Japan joined the top...
  • Here's how Germany could end up having a snap election next year

    11/17/2017 9:35:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 17 November 2017 17:03 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A collapse of exploratory talks on forming a new German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel would likely trigger snap elections, a prospect fraught with risk for Europe’s top economic power. The inconclusive September 24th general election left Merkel seeking new partners as she attempts to embark on a fourth term. However, a failure of her conservatives to find enough common ground with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the ecologist Greens to embark on formal coalition talks would leave the country in political limbo. Before new elections could be called under Germany’s Basic Law, the Bundestag lower house of parliament...
  • German court: Kuwait Airways can refuse Israeli passengers

    11/16/2017 6:43:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2017 10:35 AM EST
    A German court has ruled that Kuwait’s national airline didn’t have to transport an Israeli citizen because the carrier would face legal repercussions at home if it did. The Frankfurt state court noted in its verdict Thursday that Kuwait Airways is not allowed to close contracts with Israelis under Kuwaiti law because of the Middle Eastern country’s boycott of Israel. […] An Israeli citizen sued the airline after he booked a flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok with a stop-over in Kuwait City. …
  • 'Political watershed' as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

    11/16/2017 10:20:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 16, 2017 | by Damian Carrington
    A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity. New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is led by the UK and Canada. “The case against coal is unequivocal,” said UK climate minister Claire Perry, both on environmental and health grounds – air pollution from coal kills 800,000 people a year...
  • Global climate action must be gender equal

    11/15/2017 7:17:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 15, 2017 | by Hilda Heine
    Women bear the heaviest brunt of global warming, and are less empowered to contribute to solutions. A new action plan agreed at the Bonn climate talks aims to reverse this inequality. The women of the Marshall Islands and the Pacific have been fighting colonialism and injustice for a long time. They bore the brunt of the long term effects of nuclear testing, and women leaders like Lijon Eknilang and Darlene Keju-Johnson brought these issues to the international stage. For women, fighting for justice – including climate justice – can be downright dangerous. Last year was one of the deadliest for...
  • Gulf minister warns Germany to keep better control over its mosques

    11/14/2017 6:43:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 14 November 2017 10:45 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Sheikh Nahjan Mubarak al Nahjan, the minister for tolerance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has said that inadequate surveillance of mosques has led to Islamist terrorism in Germany. “You can’t just leave a mosque open and allow anyone to go there and to preach. You need to have licenses,” said al Nahjan in an interview with DPA. He added that the problem existed in Germany, France and the United Kingdom, arguing that Muslims were becoming radicalized in mosques where the authorities were not exerting strong enough control. […] In the authoritarian UAE, mosques are comprehensively controlled by the authorities....
  • German Economy Notches 3.3% Growth in Third Quarter

    11/14/2017 12:18:19 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies ^ | November 14, 2017 | Nina Adam
    The German economy moved up a gear in the third quarter, underpinned by a pickup in global demand and higher corporate investment. Gross domestic product--the broadest measure of goods and services produced in an economy--grew at an annualized rate of 3.3%, compared with 2.6% in the second quarter, the Federal Statistical Office, Destatis, said Tuesday. The outcome beat forecasts of 2.4% growth. In addition, Destatis significantly lifted its GDP growth estimate for the first quarter to an annualized rate of 3.6% from an earlier estimate of 2.9%, a sign that Germany's economy is firing on all cylinders.
  • Germany: No terror charge for Muslim migrant who attacked shoppers while screaming “Allahu akbar”

    11/13/2017 6:09:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 11/13/17 | Robert Spencer
    He wanted to murder Christians, but apparently to charge him with terrorism would be “Islamophobic.”“Palestinian Migrant Who Attacked Hamburg Shoppers Wanted to Kill Christians,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, November 12, 2017 (thanks to the Geller Report): German federal prosecutors now believe that Hamburg supermarket attacker Ahmad A. was motivated by religious hatred to kill German Christians, but have refused to charge him with terrorism.The 26-year-old failed Palestinian asylum seeker will be charged with the murder of a 50-year-old man and six more counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say that he was upset about the treatment of Muslims, claimed they were being...
  • Greens hold out on climate in German coalition talks

    11/13/2017 9:25:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2017 | Reuters Staff
    BERLIN - Environmental policy dominated negotiations on forming a new German coalition on Friday, as the Greens pushed their would-be partners for a quicker exit from coal power. “What’s lying on the table isn’t enough for us,” said Greens chairwoman Simone Peter in response to a suggestion by the two other camps that 10 coal-fired power stations be shuttered. The Greens are holding out for carbon dioxide emissions cuts that would require the closing of 20 coal plants. Earlier, a discussion paper seen by Reuters showed that the two more pro-business partners wanted to cut coal power by 3-5 gigawatts...
  • Poland demands explanations over German minister’s words

    11/13/2017 4:13:39 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | November 4, 2017 | staff
    Officials in Warsaw have demanded explanations after the German defence minister suggested it was necessary to support the "resistance of the young generation" in Poland. The Polish defence minister has issued instructions to summon the German defence attaché in Warsaw over the statement, and Poland’s foreign minister described the remark as an unacceptable attempt by a German politician to meddle in Poland's internal affairs.
  • Spain Catalonia: Barcelona rally urges prisoners release

    11/11/2017 5:22:51 PM PST · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/11/2017 | BBC
    Three quarters of a million people have rallied in Barcelona to protest against Spain's detention of Catalan independence leaders, police estimate. They shone phone torches in unison at sunset as calls were made to free eight regional ministers and two grassroots campaign leaders being held on remand. Some of the detainees will be included on the list of a Catalan separatist party at next month's snap election. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is to visit the city on Sunday...... Prisoners and elections James Reynolds, BBC News, Barcelona The pro-independence movement has proven its ability to mobilize large numbers of demonstrators.....
  • COP23: Activists march in Bonn in Carnival-themed climate protests

    11/11/2017 6:40:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | November 11, 2017
    Environmental activists took to the soggy streets of Bonn on Saturday, taking part in two demonstrations aimed at grabbing the attention of the COP23 climate conference attendees gathered in the western German city. One demonstration, led by the group "No Climate Change," marched from Bonn's downtown area toward the site where the climate conference is taking place near the United Nations headquarters in Germany. Another protest took place around the city center. Puppets representing Earth and the "bad ghosts of coal and nuclear energy" duked it out on the streets of Bonn, reported DW's Patrick Grosse. In another nod to...
  • Britain’s exit from the EU will cost Germany billions: EU report

    11/10/2017 10:31:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 10 November 2017 10:16 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    According to a study by the EU, which has been published by the Funke Mediengruppe, Germany will have to increase its contribution to the EU budget by €3.8 billion annually after the UK leaves. The additional costs will add up to a 16 percent increase in Germany’s annual contribution to EU finances, the report predicts. “Brexit doesn’t just increase the financial weight on the other 27 EU members; it also changes how the contributions will be divided up,” the report continues. Germany, along with the Netherlands and Sweden currently benefits from a reduction in its contributions, which were agreed along...
  • Germany Says the F-35 is the "Preferred Choice" to Replace its Tornados

    11/09/2017 7:25:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Despite a plan to jointly develop its own fifth generation fighter jet with France, Germany is still very interested in joining the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The German Air Force, or Luftwaffe, is looking hard at the American jet as it presses for purchases of an already in production or development design to replace its aging Panavia Tornado swing-wing combat aircraft. The F-35 is the “preferred choice” on a shortlist of aircraft the Luftwaffe is looking at to replace its approximately 85 Tornados, a “senior service official” speaking anonymously under the Chatham House Rule, told Jane’s 360, according to...
  • Germany's top court tells lawmakers to recognize 'third gender'

    11/08/2017 3:58:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies ^ | 8 November 2017 10:12 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany’s top court on Wednesday required parliament to legally recognize a “third gender” from birth, potentially making it the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as neither male nor female. Current regulations on civil status are discriminatory against intersex people, the Federal Constitutional Court said, noting that the sexual identity of an individual is protected as a basic right. Legislators must by the end of 2018 pass a new regulation to offer a third gender option in birth registers, the court added, ruling in favour of an appeal brought by an intersex person. In the...
  • Tests Reveal ‘Child Refugee’ Who Raped and Murdered EU Official’s Daughter Is Between 22 and 30 y/o

    11/08/2017 7:15:55 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Nov 2017 | JACK MONTGOMERY
    Tests have revealed that the ‘child refugee’ who raped and murdered 19-year-old Maria Ladenburger is actually between 22 and 30 years old. Dental analysis of a tooth which was taken from Hussein Khavari eight months before the attack during a routine procedure suggests he is “probably” 25 years old, with a 99.7 per cent probability that his true age falls somewhere between 22.05 and 29.55, reports German outlet Bild. Anthropologist Professor Ursula Wittwer-Backofen, from the Institute of Biological Anthropology in Freiburg, explained: “On the tooth, the number of dark bands can be read to show the years of life.” Experts...
  • German army 'plans for break up of the European Union' in war game scenario

    11/07/2017 9:29:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 6 November 2017 • 7:56pm
    Military planners in Berlin played out a scenario in which a growing number of countries follow Britain in leaving the EU, resulting in an "increasingly disorderly" world, Der Spiegel reported.  "The EU enlargement has been largely abandoned, more states have left the bloc," strategists wrote in a study cited by the magazine. "The increasingly disorderly, sometimes chaotic and conflictual world has dramatically changed the security policy environment for Germany and Europe." Der Speigel said the study could inform German armaments programs in the next several years. The scenario was one of six examined in a study of security challenges German...
  • Refugee centers in Germany suffer near daily attacks

    11/06/2017 11:19:12 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies ^ | November 6, 2017 | Nicole Goebel
    Far-right attacks on refugee homes in Germany still happen nearly every day, statistics show. Though the total number of attacks is down, there are still more incidents than before the 2015 refugee crisis.
  • German intelligence agency gets spy satellite system funds

    11/05/2017 7:22:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.05.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    The German government has allocated €400 million ($465 million) to fund the construction of up to three spy satellites for the country’s foreign intelligence service, the BND. This has been reported by a consortium of newspapers and is part of a general trend within Germany of increasing surveillance and surveillance capabilities. It is expected that the system, which has been nicknamed “Georg,” could be launched into space by the early 2020s. A confidential sub-committee within the budget committee of the German parliament reportedly approved the money for the project, away from public scrutiny, this June. The newspapers cited a document...
  • No, 30,000 migrants haven’t disappeared in Germany ‘without a trace’ [o rly? fakenews]

    11/04/2017 10:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 3 November 2017 16:40 CET+01:00
    When Bild reported on Thursday that 30,000 rejected asylum seekers had gone missing without a trace in Germany it was soon picked up in the international media. The only problem? It isn’t true. Bild described the case as the “disappearance scandal”, claiming that German authorities — through sheer disorganization — had lost trace of roughly 30,000 migrants who had been told to leave the country. The tabloid cited government figures from December 2016 which show that 54,437 people were believed to be in Germany at the time who had been asked to leave. At the same time, only 23,617 of...