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  • Why Trump is wrong (again) on migrants and crime in Germany [barf]

    06/18/2018 12:00:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 June 2018 16:17 CEST+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to fire off two tweets about the “tenuous” state of politics in Germany. Not for the first time, he showed his ignorance of developments in German society. Trump waded into the political crisis facing Chancellor Angela Merkel, declaring that the German people were “turning against their leadership” over immigration. “We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!” he said in a pair of tweets. “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition,” he said, adding that “crime...
  • Audi boss arrested in diesel probe

    06/18/2018 10:54:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.yahoo.com ^ | 06/18/2018 | Michelle FITZPATRICK
    Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler was arrested Monday in connection with parent company Volkswagen's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal, with prosecutors saying they feared he might try to suppress evidence. The dramatic development comes a week after Munich prosecutors raided Stadler's home after charging him with fraud and falsifying documents that allowed diesel vehicles equipped with cheating software to be sold to European customers. Four police officers detained the Audi boss at his home at between 6 and 7 am, a spokesman for Munich prosecutors told AFP, saying that the arrest was justified as he is...
  • The Kremlin stresses Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is purely commercial, not political

    06/18/2018 6:49:45 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    TASS ^ | June 18, 2018
    Nord Stream-2 includes construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The gas pipeline will bypass the transit states - Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic countries - through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five states - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project is purely commercial, not political, and attempts to counter its implementation violate the rules of free competition, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said...
  • The EU's Magical Thinking on The Israeli-Arab Conflict: How Much Failure is Enough?

    05/18/2018 8:02:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/18/2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, when the Welsh magus Glendower boasts, “I can call spirits from the vasty deep,” the sceptic Hotspur retorts, “Why, so can I, or so can any man; But will they come when you do call for them?” For seven decades the West’s foreign policy establishment has been trying to call Middle East peace from depths of endless summits and conferences and agreements with ritualistic chants of “land for peace” and “two-state solution.” But all they’ve managed to produce is war, terrorism,...
  • Eurosatory 2018: Franco-German industry unveils new Euro tank

    06/17/2018 12:51:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 11th June 2018 | Grant Turnbull
    French and German industry have unexpectedly unveiled a new Euro Main Battle Tank (EMBT) concept at Eurosatory, their first attempt at combining national technologies to develop a next-generation pan-European tank. The EMBT has been developed by KNDS – a joint company between German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and French company Nexter – and combines a Leopard 2 chassis with a Leclerc 120mm turret. Officials from KNDS told Shephard that the development effort has been ongoing since January 2017, with the prototype platform conducting live fire trials only a month ago. ‘This is the first step in having a common product from...
  • Germany Emergency Talks

    06/17/2018 12:24:11 AM PDT · by pepsionice · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17 June 2018 | Deutsche Welle
    A special meeting on the EU migration crisis could take place as early as next weekend. Meanwhile, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has said no one is interested in "toppling the chancellor" over the issue.
  • Erdogan Bans Uber: 'That Business Is Finished'

    06/16/2018 1:33:43 PM PDT · by Rome2000 · 57 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | PHIL BAKER
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, announced that he’s expelling Uber from Turkey, a result of pressure from Istanbul's taxi industry. Istanbul taxi drivers, numbering more than 17,000, claimed Uber was providing an illegal service and that it needs to be banned. Ever since Uber began its service in Turkey in 2014, it's caused dissension among the country's taxi drivers, not unlike what's happening elsewhere. In a speech on Friday, Erdogan said, “This thing called Uber emerged. That business is finished. That does not exist anymore. We have our taxi system.... Where does this come from? It is used...
  • 'We might have a new situation' German MP predicts Merkel could be OUSTED end of NEXT WEEK

    06/16/2018 11:15:14 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 102 replies
    express.co.uk via DRUDGE ^ | Jun 16, 2018 | Alessandra Scotto di Santolo
    GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel could lose her powerful seat in the heart of Europe as soon as next week amid clashes within her coalition Government over EU migration policies, claimed German MP Kai Whittaker.Speaking on BBC World at One, the German politician claimed clashes between Angela Merkel and German interior minister Horst Seehofer could result in a "new political situation" in Germany by the end of next week. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician said it was still unclear in Berlin what the essence of the disagreement between the Chancellor and Mr Seehofer was and that other members of the...
  • Merkel faces defiance as poll shows support for tougher stance on migrants

    06/16/2018 2:59:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    AFP via France 24 ^ | 2018-06-15
    As Chancellor Angela Merkel fights to save her government in a heated battle over immigration, an opinion poll Friday showed most Germans support the tougher line of her rebel interior minister. The survey found that 62 percent of respondents were in favor of turning back undocumented migrants at the border, in line with the stance of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who is openly challenging Merkel. And 86 percent want faster deportations of rejected asylum seekers, a process now often held up by bureaucratic hurdles and legal challenges, according to the Infratest dimap poll. The survey turns up the pressure on...
  • POLL: Immigration and Terror Top Issues for EU, Say Public in Every Member State

    06/15/2018 5:42:56 AM PDT · by davikkm · 5 replies
    breitbart ^ | LIAM DEACON
    Immigration is now seen as the most important issue facing the European Union (EU) by people in every member state apart from seven countries, where the top concern is terrorism, an official survey has found. The revelation comes from the Eurobarometer, a series of public opinion surveys conducted for the European Commission, the bloc’s executive branch, and corroborates the results of a YouGov survey from May. As recently as 2014, immigration and terror were perceived as less of a concern for the bloc than the economic situation, member states’ public finances, and unemployment. When people were asked this year what...
  • U.S. expected to retreat from main U.N. rights forum (Human Rights Council): activists, diplomats

    06/15/2018 9:46:10 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    al Reuters ^ | June 14, 2018 | Stephanie Nebehay
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva forum whose session opens on Monday. A U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no details. Diplomatic sources said it was not a question of if but of when the United States retreats from the Human Rights Council, which is holding a three-week session through July 6. A separate U.S. official in Geneva had...
  • Suspected Islamic extremist ricin attack plot foiled in Germany, prosecutors say

    06/15/2018 4:53:19 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 14, 2018 | Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    An Islamic terrorism plot to launch a deadly attack with the toxin ricin was reportedly thwarted in Germany, prosecutors revealed Thursday. Authorities said a 29-year-old Tunisian, identified only as Sief Allah H., was taken into custody Wednesday after an investigation uncovered he had procured the materials needed to create ricin in mid-May and even succeeded in creating the toxin earlier this month.
  • Scarborough: Trump Admin Marching Children to Showers “Like the Nazis”

    06/15/2018 4:39:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Want to accuse the Trump admin of being a bunch of Nazis? All you need is a tweet by a Boston Globe reporter passing along what “a public defender in McAllen [TX] says.” On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said: “I know that children are being marched away to showers . . . being told they are, just like the Nazis said they were taking people to showers and then they never came back.” Scarborough was referring to the handling of children brought into the country by people accused of illegal immigration. So, how does Scarborough “know” that children are...
  • Man accused of making ricin, preparing "serious" act of violence [Germany]

    06/15/2018 2:42:11 AM PDT · by cartan · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2018-06-14 | ANNA NORYSKIEWICZ
    BERLIN — Federal prosecutors in Germany have arrested a 29-year-old man for producing biological weapons at his home in the city of Cologne. Sief Allah H, a Tunisian citizen, is accused of using a coffee grinder to extract the deadly toxin ricin from castor beans. Ricin, a biological agent 6,000-times more powerful than cyanide, has no known antidote. In a statement, authorities said they suspected him of preparing for a "serious act of subversive violence," but they stressed there was no evidence yet to suggest he was preparing for a large-scale attack or that he was a member of any...
  • Opinion: Asylum row could bring down Angela Merkel's government

    06/14/2018 9:53:29 PM PDT · by pepsionice · 61 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 14 June 2016 | Jens Thurau
    A glaring rift has emerged between Angela Merkel's conservative CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party over how to deal with asylum-seekers. The days of Germany's coalition government could be numbered.
  • End for Merkel? Power struggle with minister threatens to collapse coalition

    06/14/2018 3:57:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.de ^ | 14 June 2018 14:34 CEST+02:00
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced a tense showdown Thursday within her divided conservative camp over the flashpoint issue of immigration that could threaten her political future. Merkel was confronted with an open rebellion by her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, long a fierce critic of her liberal stance on refugees who wants to toughen border controls. After late-night talks between them failed to resolve the dispute, a parliamentary session Thursday was suspended to allow the rival camps — Merkel’s CDU and its traditional sister party from Bavaria, Seehofer’s CSU — to each huddle for strategy talks. Seehofer has demanded, as...
  • The United Nations Condemns Israel in Lopsided Resolution

    06/14/2018 8:38:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 6/14/2018 | Cortney Obrien
    For the umpteenth time, the United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn Israel for defending itself. By a tally of 120 to 8, the members declared that Israel was guilty of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians who were protesting the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The resolution also requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. For 10 weeks now, the two sides have clashed at the border, resulting in 120 Palestinian deaths. Israeli Defense Forces warned protesters not to approach the Israeli-Gaza border on May 14, the day of the embassy opening. They did anyway - some armed...
  • Germany's answer to 'America First' is 'Europe United' [barf]

    06/14/2018 10:15:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.13.2018 | Ben Knight
    Germany has responded to US President Donald Trump’s egotistic policy of ’America First’ by calling on the European Union to “bundle its strength” and show more courage — continuing the more bellicose German rhetoric that followed the US decision last week to withdraw from a G7 statement. “Under President Trump, the Atlantic has got wider,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, standing at a podium emblazoned with the hashtag #EuropeUnited. “Where the US administration overtly calls our values and interests into question, we certainly need to take a more robust stance.” During the speech, delivered to a room...
  • German Interior Minister ‘Fully in Tune’ with Italy’s Salvini on Migration, Rows with Merkel

    06/13/2018 11:15:22 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 8 replies
    Breitbart UK ^ | 12 Jun 2018 | Liam Deacon
    German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has invited Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini to Berlin in order to discuss Europe’s border crisis. The pair has already spoken on the phone and are in “full harmony” on migration and security policies, according to a statement from the Italian Interior Ministry. Mr Seehofer is the leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party of Bavaria, which has pushed for a cap on asylum seeker numbers and disagrees with ruling coalition partner Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on the issue. Mr Salvini serves as Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister...
  • Boat carrying over 900 migrants docks in Italy

    06/13/2018 8:50:46 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 19 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | June 1 3, 2018 | AFP
    An Italian coastguard ship carrying more than 900 migrants was allowed to dock in Sicily Wednesday, after Italy controversially turned away a separate foreign vessel with rescued migrants on board. ... The migrants aboard the Aquarius, run by French NGO SOS Mediterranee, were stuck on the overloaded ship as Italy and Malta bickered over who should take them.