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Germany (News/Activism)

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  • Two Afghans Arrested for Raping 16-Year-Old on German City Street

    09/19/2017 6:56:18 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 19, 2017 | Chris Tomlinson
    Two Afghan asylum seekers were arrested for the brutal rape, and a third for attempted rape, of a 16-year-old girl in the Bavarian town of Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn just south of Munich. The pair of asylum seekers, aged 27 and 17, are said to have met the girl on Friday night along with others who gathered in front of a local asylum shelter. The pair, along with an 18-year-old Afghan male, walked the girl to a nearby train station where the 27-year-old and 17-year-old took turns raping her, Der Spiegel reports. The 18-year-old Afghan asylum seeker also attempted to rape the girl...

    09/18/2017 7:29:22 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies ^ | 9/18/17 | Damien Sharkov
    Germany is on the verge of striking a $2 billion deal for five new Braunschweig-class corvettes that would improve its capabilities and help meet NATO defense spending commitments. Parliament approved the funds for the vessels in June, and the German navy expects to receive the ships by 2025. They will each be equipped with a 76 mm main gun and surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles, as well as mines. The navy already has five ships of the same class, but the German defense procurement agency, BAAINBw, said in a statement announcing the deal that the new arrivals would help Germany meet...
  • Foreigners cast symbolic ballots in new initiative to give voting rights to all [Germany]

    09/18/2017 9:47:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 18 September 2017 16:47 CEST+02:00 | Shelley Pascual
    Over the past week, 20 polling stations set up in central Berlin invited non-German citizens to cast a symbolic general election vote. Why is the right to vote important for these residents? The Local found out. “I find it bad that I’m not able to vote,” Ania Seroka explained after she slipped her symbolic ballot into the box with her young son by her side. In spite of having lived in Germany for ten years, Polish citizen Ania Seroka will not have a say in the country’s federal election less than a week away. But the social worker considers her...
  • Germany’s far-right party is about to be stronger than ever

    09/16/2017 9:10:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 9/15/2017 | Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
    BERLIN — Americans can be forgiven for thinking Germany has already successfully thwarted Alternative for Germany (AfD), the Deutsch version of the right-wing populist movements pounding on the gates of Europe. When the overtly racist AfD’s numbers sank in the polls in March, observers across the West felt relieved to know that the European Union’s backbone and strongest advocate would not fall to the far right. Germans, however, feel little such relief. In fact, many are worried sick about the virtual certainty of a far-right party’s entrance to Parliament. That’s because even a small AfD presence in the Bundestag could...
  • Cleaning lady takes anger out on Merkel over meager pension

    09/15/2017 2:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 15 September 2017 16:09 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    During a meet-the-voter TV show on Thursday night, a cleaning lady asked Chancellor Angela Merkel a question that raised the issue of old-age poverty — leaving her struggling to come up with an answer. “In Austria, there is a citizens’ insurance scheme. Everyone pays into it,” Petra Vogel told the Chancellor on a live show on public broadcaster ZDF on Thursday. Vogel, a cleaner in a hospital in Bochum and trade unionist, went on to explain that if Germany had this too, she would not have to live in poverty as a pensioner. After more than 40 years of work,...
  • AfD co-founder says Germans should be proud of its second world war soldiers

    09/14/2017 8:24:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies ^ | September 14, 2017 | Reuters in Berlin
    Germans should be proud of what their soldiers achieved during the first and second world wars, the top candidate of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has said in the run-up to elections on 24 September at which the party is expected to enter parliament.
  • Hacking for the government: Germany opens ZITiS cyber surveillance agency

    09/14/2017 5:47:05 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    ZITiS is a serious investment: some 10 million euros ($12 million) will be poured into the new agency in the first year alone, with 120 positions created immediately. The government wants to expand that workforce to 400 by 2022. It is designed to be a technological resource for Germany's other security agencies, all of which come under the authority of the Interior Ministry.
  • German far-right leader accused of illegally hiring Syrian refugee: report

    09/14/2017 2:01:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | September 13, 2017 | Judith Mischke
    ...When asked by Zeit about the report, Weidel’s lawyer said he needed time to respond because of the “very complex legal issues in terms of the legitimacy of remuneration rules.” Her lawyer also told Zeit that Weidel was “friendly” with a Syrian woman, who had stayed at her house as a guest but not as a worker, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Weidel later wrote on Twitter that the Zeit report was “fake news” and “false.”
  • Islamic groups in Germany publish election survey for Muslim voters

    09/12/2017 6:35:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.11.2017 | se/jm (dpa, KNA, epd)
    The Central Council of Muslims in Germany, as well as the German Muslim League (Deutsche Muslim Liga) and the Islamische Zeitung newspaper on Monday published the results of a survey sent to the parties expected to be voted in to the next Bundestag. Of the 61.5 million eligible voters in Germany’s nationwide elections due to be held September 24, about 1.5 million are Muslim. The survey’s publishers Aiman Mazyek, Belal El-Mogaddedi and Sulaiman Wilms wrote that, like all citizens, these voters were interested in issues surrounding pensions, climate protection and education — parties’ positions on these were well-covered. “However, a...
  • Is Angela Merkel's huge lead in German pre-election polls accurate?

    09/12/2017 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.12.2017 | Jefferson Chase
    The German election has two faces. Most observers consider the race at the top over, with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel running around 15 percent ahead of her Social Democratic (SPD) rival Martin Schulz. Yet skepticism remains about the accuracy of pre-election opinion surveys. After all, the overwhelming majority of pollsters failed to predict victories for the pro-Brexit camp in the UK and Donald Trump in the US. The methodologies used by German pollsters range from the telephone interviews employed by established organizations like Infratest dimap and Forsa, which have standing contracts with major news outlets, and online surveys used by...
  • Angela Merkel: Hungary Can’t Disobey EU On Immigration Policy

    09/12/2017 2:52:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Given the recent history between Hungary, Germany and the European Union on matters of immigration policy and refugee resettlement, one can only imagine how well this is going to go over.Angela Merkel is up for reelection this year so she’s making a point of bolstering her open border policies and her support for the EU. That’s apparently why she felt she had to weigh in on Hungary’s recent positions on the subject. Those positions are, basically, that the EU can commit cultural suicide if they want, but Hungary won’t be having any part of it. Still, Merkel clearly wants...
  • German far-right leader under fire over leaked email

    09/12/2017 6:11:43 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies ^ | September 10, 2017 | Helen Collis
    Alice Weidel, widely considered the liberal voice of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, came under fire Sunday when a leaked email revealed strong anti-immigration views more in line with the party’s fringe. In the email, written to an acquaintance in 2013 and obtained by die Welt, Weidel allegedly described immigrants as “aliens” and “non-people.” She also called for the preservation of “genetic unity” and warns against the “self-defeated dissolution of our culture,” die Welt wrote. Weidel’s lawyer denied she was the author of the email, saying: “This text was not written by our client. It would be false and...
  • Germany open to Iran-style North Korea talks: Merkel

    09/10/2017 10:34:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies ^ | 10 September 2017 14:29 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany would lend its weight to a diplomatic push to end North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development along the lines of a past deal with Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday. “I would say yes immediately if we were asked to join talks,” Merkel told weekly newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.Talks between Iran and six world powers, sealed with a 2015 deal for Tehran to roll back its nuclear program and submit to inspections in exchange for some sanctions being rolled back, were “a long but important period of diplomacy” that had achieved a “good end,” she added. […]...
  • 11,000+ blank Syrian passports in the hands of ISIS – media citing secret docs

    09/10/2017 2:35:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    RT (Russia Today) ^ | 10 September 2017
    German authorities believe that Islamic State terrorists have stolen over 11,000 blank Syrian passports, confidential documents seen by the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reportedly reveal. German Investigators have made a list of the serial numbers of the blank passports, the newspaper reported, citing confidential documents of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the interior ministry and the country's federal police (BPOL). “According to BKA information, there are 11,100 Syrian blank passports… in the hands of the IS [Islamic State, also known as ISIS/ISIL],” the documents from the interior ministry reportedly state. In total, 18,002 blank Syrian passports were stolen...
  • Tony Blair defends call for EU migration curbs

    09/10/2017 10:39:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10 September 2017
    Tony Blair has defended his call for new controls on EU migration as a cabinet minister accused him of a belated “epiphany” on the issue. The ex-PM said the UK could stay in the EU after all with new curbs in place. He claimed this would address people’s “grievances” without the “sledgehammer” of Brexit. Critics have pointed to his Labour government’s decision not to apply transitional controls to eastern European migrants in 2004. Mr. Blair’s proposals are to “tighten” existing free movement rules, including on benefit entitlement, and seek to negotiate an “emergency brake” on EU migration in certain sectors....
  • Turkey says citizens face 'racist treatment' in Germany

    09/09/2017 8:03:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 10 September 2017 02:48 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Turkey on Saturday asked citizens to be “cautious” in Germany and stay away from political gatherings ahead of this month’s election, as tensions ratcheted between the NATO allies. Ties have plummeted since last year’s attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Germany’s strong criticism of an ensuing crackdown which saw more than 50,000 people arrested. Relations further deteriorated after the detention of several German citizens including Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for the Die Welt newspaper. The Turkish foreign ministry urged citizens living in Germany or planning to travel there “to be cautious, taking into account the situation in Germany...
  • Merkel calls out haters, as boos and whistles greet her once again on campaign trail

    09/08/2017 11:25:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies ^ | 7 September 2017 10:24 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    When the German Chancellor was confronted by whistles and catcalls during an election event in east German town of Torgau on Wednesday, she attempted to turn the boos to her advantage. People in other countries “would be delighted if they could demonstrate in this way,” Angela Merkel said, as more than 100 far-right protests attempted to drown out her speech with boos, whistles and cries of “traitor.” “That’s why we should be happy that we have democracy in Germany and that we can vote freely. Other people can only dream of that,” the Chancellor said, according to Die Welt. Then,...
  • Is Germany's migrant crisis over? One city put to the test

    09/08/2017 11:23:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies ^ | 8 September 2017 | Bruno Boelpaep
    "Oberhausen is my home now," says Khaled Kohestani. "A lot of things have happened since I arrived here two years ago."
  • Nigel Farage to address Germany's far-right AfD

    09/07/2017 10:44:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.08.2017 | jbh/rc (dpa)
    Nigel Farage, ex-leader of UKIP and a chief Brexit campaigner, will address Germany’s far-right AfD in Berlin on Friday. Farage reportedly “accepted without hesitation” the invitation to speak at the rally. Farage is also scheduled to take part in a press conference with AfD deputy leader and European parliamentarian Beatrix von Storch — the granddaughter of Hitler’s finance minister, Lutz von Krosigk, and a member of Farage’s group in the European parliament. He will speak about the “development of the EU, Brexit and increased citizen participation in the EU,” von Storch wrote on Facebook in August. Farage spearheaded the Brexit...
  • Is Moscow Planning Something? Germany Prepares for Possible Russian Election Meddling

    09/07/2017 9:05:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 07, 2017 03:07 PM | Fabian Reinbold
    In recent weeks, officials inside Germany’s security agencies have been fondly circulating an article from the website of Foreign Policy magazine that was published on Aug. 3 with the headline, “Russian Hackers Can’t Beat German Democracy.” The article speculates about what Russia could do to disrupt the German federal election, which takes place on Sept. 24, and argues that the Russians will certainly attempt to interfere. Notably, though, the magazine concludes that the Kremlin is unlikely to succeed. Germany, the article argues, is excellently prepared for dealing with any attack because politicians and voters alike have been sensitized to the...