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  • Fidel Castro Hired Nazi SS to Train Military, German Intel Documents Reveal

    10/15/2012 4:30:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 10-15-12 | unattributed
    In 1962, then President of Cuba, Fidel Castro recruited two former Nazi SS soldiers to help train his military at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, according to declassified documents released by Germany's secret intelligence agency, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst). Castro invited four SS officers to Havana, where he offered them quadruple the average salary a German made at that time in exchange for their expertise. Two of the four accepted his offer, the documents, dated October 26, 1962, reveal. The men served in Adolf Hitler's Waffen-SS, a force separate from the army and known as the armed wing of...
  • The terrifying world of child brides

    10/12/2012 9:36:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/12/12 | Snejana Farberov
    At age 11, Ghulam was married off to 40-year-old Jaiz in a rural Afghan village, making her only one of more than 10 million young girls who are being forced to wed men old enough to be their fathers or grandfather every year. In an effort to start a global conversation about the devastating effects of early marriages, which are currently practiced in more than 50 developing countries, the United Nations designated October 11 as International Day of the Girl Child this year. To mark the occasion and draw attention to the problem of child brides, photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair teamed...
  • EU financial transactions tax gets enough support to take off

    10/10/2012 10:17:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09.10.12 @ 15:54 (October 9) | Honor Mahony
    A threshold-breaking eleven member states have agreed to push ahead with a financial transactions tax, but the political breakthrough is tempered by a number of unanswered questions. "Today we have received a clear and very welcome signal that there will be enough member states on board for an EU Financial Transactions Tax," EU tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta said Tuesday (9 October). He promised to come forward with a decision in November, but noted that at least nine countries have to formally make a request in order to trigger a legislative process for a splinter group of member states. So far,...
  • Germany demands more power on banking

    10/10/2012 10:06:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 9, 2012 6:25 pm | Alex Barker and Peter Spiegel in Luxembourg and Miles Johnson in Madrid
    Germany is demanding greater power on the board of the eurozone’s new bank supervisor, a politically charged request that further complicates Europe’s fractious talks on a banking union. Berlin’s proposal for voting weights to match the bigger size of its banking sector gives voice to longstanding German concerns about being outgunned under the European Central Bank’s one-country one-vote governance system. But the idea—raised privately in talks with European officials—touches on some of the founding principles of the single currency and is likely to rile smaller eurozone countries fearful of Germany’s growing willingness to flex its muscles. …
  • Merkel to face protests on first crisis visit to Greece

    10/08/2012 9:57:55 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/7/2012 | Dina Kyriakidou and Noah Barkin
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will tell Greeks she wants to keep their country in the euro when she visits Athens this week, but she faces a hostile reception from a people worn down by years of austerity and recession. Many Greeks blame Merkel, who has publicly chastised them for much of the past three years, for the nation's plight. Opponents, some of whom have caricatured her as a bullying Nazi, have promised protests on Tuesday during her first visit to Greece since the euro zone crisis erupted there in 2009. "She does not come to support Greece, which her policies...
  • Lehman's brokerage, Europe units settle $38 billion of claims

    10/07/2012 10:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Oct, 2012 | Jonathan Stempel
    The U.S. brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said they settled litigation over $38 billion of asset claims, a major step toward customers and creditors recovering money. ... Lehman emerged from bankruptcy in March, and has paid out or plans to pay out $33 billion of an expected $65 billion to creditors, recovering an average of 21 cents on the dollar
  • Europe’s Richer Regions Want Out

    10/06/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    CATALONIA may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence. While a post-national European Union may be emerging out of the euro zone crisis, with a drive for more fiscal union and more centralized control over national budgets and banks, the crisis has accelerated calls for independence from member countries’ richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors. Artur...
  • EU preparing to ban gas imports from Iran

    10/06/2012 9:56:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 05 October 2012 | (EurActiv.com with Reuters)
    The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. … The moves come as European governments and the United States are searching for new ways to pressure Tehran into scaling back its nuclear work after diplomacy foundered earlier this year. Tehran denies its work has any military intentions. …
  • How the Europeans Saved Islam

    10/05/2012 12:08:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 3, 2012 | Mike Konrad
    A study of Western History shows that on many occasions Islam was on its deathbed only to be rescued by Western intervention. The civilizational struggle we now face is one of our own making. The enormity of this abysmal lunacy becomes apparent when one realizes that by the mid-nineteenth century so complete was Islam's collapse that at every point where it survived, it did so only because of imprudent Western assistance. The monster we now face is a resuscitated corpse, and like that of Frankenstein, it has consistently turned on the creator who gave it life. In 1492, the Muslims...
  • Reichley: Celebrating reunification of Germany

    10/02/2012 11:46:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    leavenworthtimes.com ^ | October 02. 2012 | John Reichley
    My usually trusty VFW calendar says for today: "Germany reunited; Cold War nears end." Sounded good enough for a column to me. A neat point about the date is that tonight I'm pleased to be going to German Reunification Day at the Riverfront Community Center, hosted by the German liaison office at Fort Leavenworth. When a country loses a war it usually loses territory as well. That happened at the end of WW II when Germany was forced to give up lands it had conquered in the early months of the war. But unlike at the end of WW I,...
  • Exclusive: Spain ready for bailout, Germany signals "wait" - sources

    10/02/2012 10:16:01 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/2/2012 | Julien Toyer
    Spain is ready to request a euro zone bailout for its public finances as early as next weekend but Germany has signalled that it should hold off, European officials said on Monday. The latest twist in the euro zone's three-year-old sovereign debt crisis comes as financial markets and some other European partners are pressuring Madrid to seek a rescue programme that would trigger European Central Bank buying of its bonds. "The Spanish were a bit hesitant but now they are ready to request aid," a senior European source said. Three other euro zone senior euro zone sources confirmed the shift...
  • Berlin 'abandons one million electric cars goal'

    09/30/2012 5:41:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 30 Sep 12 07:30 CET
    The German government has abandoned its goal of having one million electric cars on the streets of the country by 2020. "The hype is over," the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung wrote, citing information from the Ministry of Education and Research. The high expectations for electric cars, which have no carbon dioxide emissions, has been replaced by huge disappointment, the paper wrote. …
  • No tax, no blessing: German church insists on levy

    09/30/2012 5:16:30 PM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    mail.com ^ | 9-28-2012 | Juergen Baetz
    BERLIN (AP) — The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany's 24 million Catholics. If they don't pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals. A decree issued last week by the country's bishops cast a spotlight on the longstanding practice in Germany and a handful of other European countries in which governments tax registered believers and then hand over the money to the religious institutions. In Germany, Catholics, Protestants and Jews pay a surcharge of up to nine percent on their income tax bills — or about €56...
  • EU: Germany told to 'come clean’ over Greece

    09/30/2012 3:23:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/30/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel must “come clean at long last” and admit that Greece will need help for another seven or eight years, the German opposition leader said over the weekend. “The Greeks must stand by their commitment, but we must give them time. We cannot tighten the screws any futher,” said Peer Steinbruck, the Social Democrat candidate for chancellor. He said the political and economic fall-out from Greek ejection from the euro would be devastating and must be avoided. The plea came amid reports that Berlin is so worried that a Greek crisis would spin out of control that...
  • State Dept. Apologizes for Turning Away Jews in WWII (VIDEO)

    09/27/2012 12:54:13 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    J Space ^ | 9/27/12 | Jspace Staff
    The State Department issued an official apology to passengers of the MS St. Louis, a German steamer carrying nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees that were denied entry into the US 73 years ago. A ceremony was held to remember those passengers, who were turned away from Cuba, America and Canada in 1939. The ship was forced back to Germany, where one-third of the refugees perished at Auschwitz. The State Department ceremony was attended by 200 guests, including 30 Holocaust survivors. Survivors from the St. Louis were in attendance as well, sharing their story firsthand to an audience that included Deputy Secretary...
  • Hundreds face outside showers in Berlin water scare

    09/26/2012 9:30:56 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 22 Sep 12 18:45 CET
    Hundreds of people in Berlin have been told their water is contaminated with deadly bacteria and not only will they have to get drinking water from containers in the street – they’ll have to shower outside too. Around 388 households face the prospect of taking showers in makeshift containers placed in the streets - and may have to keep on doing so until December, the Bild newspaper said this week. The containers set up outside the in the Gropiusstadt housing scheme in the Neukölln area of the city are to be equipped with an alternative supply of fresh drinking water...
  • Back the EU or risk isolation, Polish minister warns Britain

    09/25/2012 6:03:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.09.12 @ 10:04 | Benjamin Fox
    Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski has called on Britain to abandon its "false consciousness" of euroskepticism and take the lead in EU decision-making. Speaking at the Global Horizons conference at Blenheim palace near Oxford on Friday (21 September), the Oxford-educated Sikorski said Britain's hostility towards the EU is based on "myths." "[The UK] is living with [a] false consciousness ... your interests are in Europe. It's high time for your sentiments to follow," he told the meeting. …
  • Signs Of The Gold Standard Are Emerging From Germany

    09/25/2012 5:06:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/25/2012 | Ralph Benko
    On September 18th, the London office of Deutsche Bank — one of the most respected banks in the world, and a bellwether of elite opinion — published a Global Markets Research paper entitled Gold: Adjusting for Zero. It was written by two esteemed, mainstream analysts Daniel Brebner and Xiao Fu: "[G]old is not really a commodity at all. While it is included in the commodities basket it is in fact a medium of exchange and one that is officially recognised (if not publicly used as such). We see gold as an officially recognised form of money for one primary reason:...
  • Germany launches Nazi war crimes probe against Philadelphia man

    09/23/2012 11:51:46 AM PDT · by nicmarlo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2012 Sept 23 | AP
    BERLIN – Germany has launched a war crimes investigation against an 87-year-old Philadelphia man it accuses of serving as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp, The Associated Press has learned, following years of failed U.S. Justice Department efforts to have the man stripped of his American citizenship and deported. Johann "Hans" Breyer, a retired toolmaker, admits he was a guard at Auschwitz during World War II, but told the AP he was stationed outside the facility and had nothing to do with the wholesale slaughter of some 1.5 million Jews and others behind the gates. The special German...
  • Hamburg mosque may have violated anti-hate contract

    09/23/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | 09/23/2012 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    House of prayer operators participate in march calling for Israel’s destruction. The Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg, widely considered by experts in Germany and abroad the long arm of Iran’s regime in the Federal Republic, appears to have violated the spirit – and perhaps the terms – of its contractual partnership with the city of Hamburg. The mosque and its parent organization are said to have mobilized anti-Israel activists to call for the destruction of the Jewish state. ... Hamburg has the largest German-Iranian and Iranian community in the Federal Republic. The northern city is believed to have the second...
  • Germany calls off Sudan investment forum after embassy storming

    09/22/2012 7:58:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NewVision Uganda ^ | Saturday, September 22, 2012 | unattributed
    Germany has called off a conference next month to drum up investment for Sudan after its embassy in Khartoum was stormed in protests against a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad, Sudanese officials and diplomats said on Thursday. The move is a blow for Sudan which has been trying to attract investment to help overcome an economic crisis worsened by the loss of most of its oil reserves when arch-foe South Sudan declared independence in July 2011. Germany, one of the few Western countries with good ties to Khartoum, had planned to host a conference in mid-October to foster economic...
  • Millions raise a glass in Munich for Oktoberfest

    09/21/2012 6:36:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 75 replies
    Relaxnews ^ | Friday, September 21, 2012
    A Lufthansa air stewardess wearing a Dirndls poses with a neck choker inside a traditional Bavarian clothing store in Munich September 13, 2012. The crew will wear the Lufthansa collection Dirndls, created in the typical Lufthansa colours, during three international flights before and during the 2012 Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. More than six million revellers from around the globe are set to descend on Munich from Saturday for the world's biggest beer fest, complete with lederhosen, pretzels and plenty of the amber nectar. With the traditional cry of "O'zapft is" ("The keg is tapped") on the stroke of...
  • The 2012 Berlin March for Life

    09/21/2012 8:31:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    On September 22, 2012, many people from all over Germany and other European countries will gather for the annual march for life, a pro-life event to remember the aborted children and the unnumerous women, men, and families who suffer from an abortion. With the Berlin march for life, we call the German socitey and politics to take action to really prevent and avoid abortion and to better help unplanned pregnant parents in need. We are also deeply concerned about the silent increase of acceptance of euthanasia in Europe, as it is already being practiced again in some countries. The march...
  • Reagan plaque unveiled at Berlin Wall

    09/19/2012 9:48:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    Ventura County Star ^ | September 19, 2012
    A plaque was unveiled Wednesday near the spot where President Ronald Reagan delivered his "Tear down this wall" address 25 years ago in Germany. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and Philip Murphy, a U.S. ambassador to Germany, unveiled the plaque near the Brandenburg Gate, where Reagan delivered his address at the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987. The bronze plaque was designed by artist Helga Lieser. The unveiling was part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration commemorating what would have been Reagan's 100th birthday. Reagan issued the challenge to destroy the Berlin Wall to then-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The speech was...
  • 'Übermenschen': Eugene Robinson Puts Nazi-Speak In Romney's Mouth

    09/18/2012 7:46:00 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If whoever invokes Hitler first in an argument loses, then place an 'L' next to Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson's name tonight . . . On this evening's Ed Show, slamming Mitt Romney's comments about the 47%, Robinson suggested that Romney sees himself as one of the "ubermenschen." That of course was, by way of Nietzche, one of Hitler's favorite phrases. View the video here.
  • Germany Bars US Pastor Terry Jones

    09/18/2012 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    spiegel.de ^ | 09/17/2012
    The German government has barred US pastor Terry Jones from entering the country. Jones, a notorious extremist who gained global attention in 2010 by threatening to burn the Koran, has said he backs the anti-Islam film that has sparked worldwide protests. Berlin acted on information that German far-right groups planned to invite him. US hate preacher Terry Jones, one of the supporters of the anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims," is to be banned from travelling to Germany. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has asked the Interior Ministry to prevent Jones from entering the country....
  • Germany and Poland: EU needs more democracy

    09/18/2012 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2012 | TL
    "We've been looking at how we can bring back confidence in the European Union," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in Warsaw late on Monday as he arrived for a meeting of ministers in the Future of Europe Group, which he launched in March. The 11-nation group is poised to submit a raft of recommendations to Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso - heads, respectively, of the bloc's intergovernmental and executive branches, neither of whom are elected by the EU's 500 million people. "We have to understand that we are a community of values and we have to defend...
  • Darkest atrocities of Nazis laid bare in secret recordings

    09/17/2012 6:52:35 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th September 2012 | Alan Hall
    'Some of the most brutal and horrifying atrocities of the Nazis at war are laid bare in secretly recorded conversations of captured German soldiers published in Britain for the first time today. The prisoners, mostly ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen as opposed to SS hardliners, are overheard bragging about shooting women and children for sport as well as raping and slaughtering innocent civilians. But unbeknown to them, British and U.S. intelligence were secretly eavesdropping on their private chats. Transcripts made from the astonishingly candid recordings sat gathering dust on the shelves of the National Archives in Kew, all but forgotten...
  • TNT for top guns

    09/14/2012 10:07:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 September 2012 | Laura Howes
    A short exposure, small aperture shot of the TNT formulation burning. The purple colour is down to the potassium perchlorate © WileyIt might seem counterintuitive but one way of making decoy flares for fighter planes better and safer is to make them out of TNT, say European scientists.Decoy flares are pyrotechnic devices shot out of aeroplanes to confuse heat seeking missiles. For the simpler missiles a hot flame will suffice but technology is always improving and advanced missiles now look for the tell tale signatures of water and carbon dioxide to distinguish between a plane and a flare. Of course,...
  • 'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

    After days of protests over an anti-Islam film, American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa were braced for further violence after Friday prayers. The US put its overseas missions on high alert. Germany has closed its embassies in a number of Muslim-majority countries in fear of attacks. "We are observing how the security situation develops with great attentiveness and we have increased security precautions at a number of foreign missions," a spokesman for the German Foreign Office told SPIEGEL ONLINE. Embassies in North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan are believed to be among those affected.
  • GERMAN FM: SUDAN EMBASSY IN FLAMES, UPDATE: GUN FIRE AT US EMBASSY

    09/14/2012 8:33:33 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Sep 2012, 7:34 AM PDT | staff
    Germany's Foreign Minister says the country's embassy in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum has been stormed by protesters and set partially on fire. Guido Westerwelle told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the Embassy building was "partially in flames but fortunately... the employees are safe."
  • Protesters storm British, German embassies in Sudan; set KFC on fire in Lebanon

    09/14/2012 7:09:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 09/14/2012
    Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum angry over an anti-Islam film on Friday stormed the embassies of Britain and Germany, which was torched and badly damaged, an AFP reporter said. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters as several of them scaled the roof of the German embassy and others attacked its facade and tore down the flag to replace it with a black Islamist one, the reporter said. The mob, furious over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States that has triggered similar violence in other parts of the Arab world, then set fire...
  • After APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Moscow Declares War on EU

    09/13/2012 5:40:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/13/2012 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit last week in Vladivostok has been declared to have been a resounding success in Moscow. The Kremlin has been criticized by the Russian press for spending well over $20 billion on hosting the APEC forum to show off to foreigners. At the same time, local authorities have been accused of massive misappropriations of funds to build roads, bridges, hotels and a brand new local university campus on Russky Island opposite of Vladivostok, used to accommodate delegations and journalists during the forum (Vedomosti, September 3). At a press conference after the APEC summit in...
  • US:Warships move toward Libya,consulate in Berlin evacuated [The purpose : keep focus offshore]

    09/13/2012 12:58:28 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 38 replies
    AP ^ | Sept 13 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast, in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador and three others. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when an armed mob stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Tuesday and set it ablaze. Officials say one destroyer, the USS Laboon, moved to a position off the coast Wednesday, and the USS McFaul is en route and should be stationed off the coast within days. The officials say the ships, which carry Tomahawk missiles, do not have a...
  • US consulate in Berlin evacuated as precaution

    09/13/2012 4:27:46 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 4 replies
    <p>The U.S. Embassy says its consulate in Berlin has been evacuated as a precaution after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope.</p> <p>Spokeswoman Ruth Bennett said the smell came from an envelope containing supporting materials for a visa application given to consular employees by the applicant in person Thursday morning.</p>
  • Clegg brands those seeking to reform the EU 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues'

    11/15/2011 11:34:28 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Nick Clegg clashed with the Prime Minister today after criticising plans to claw back powers from the EU. The Deputy Prime Minister said that only 'populists, chauvinists and demagogues' could benefit from a treaty negotiation, even though David Cameron yesterday re-affirmed his intention to repatriate powers. Mr Clegg warned that European politicians should focus on 'jobs and growth' rather than attempting to reform EU institutions. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2061798/EU-treaty-change-Nick-Clegg-clashes-David-Cameron-reform.html#ixzz1dnt5E4wa
  • Germany says U.S. debt levels "much too high"

    09/11/2012 5:47:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09.11.12
    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned on Tuesday how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.
  • Jews Question Their Future in Germany

    09/10/2012 9:02:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 9/10/12 | Matthias Bartsch, Patrick Kremers, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Conny Neumann and Peter Wensierski
    The bitter tone of the debate over the legality of circumcision has shocked Jews living in Germany and reopened old wounds. In light of what many report are ongoing difficulties, some are now wondering if the country truly wants them. Arye Sharuz Shalicar was looking for a place he could call home. It wasn't an unusual wish. He doesn't wear a kippah and isn't a devout Jew. He grew up in Berlin's Wedding district, surrounded by Turkish and Arab children -- a difficult combination. Later he wore the uniform of the German army during his military service. Then he went...
  • The Godmother: Germany's New Dictator, Angela Merkel?

    09/10/2012 5:07:39 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 23 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 6, 2012 at 4:00 am | by Peter Martino
    For two consecutive years, Forbes Magazine has elected Angela Merkel the most powerful woman on Earth. It might not be long before she becomes the most powerful person on Earth. That is what Gertrud Höhler, a former advisor of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl fears. Höhler has published a book to warn the Germans about Merkel, who, Höhler says, wants to establish a dictatorship in Europe. The 58-year old Angela Merkel began her political career in 1991 as a junior minister under Chancellor Kohl. After the German reunification of 1990, Helmut Kohl needed some ministers from the former East Germany,...
  • Iceland Shows Other Europeans How to Survive Bankruptcy

    09/10/2012 4:41:42 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 2 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 7 Sep 2012 | Matthew Feeney
    Small Atlantic nation enjoys growth and employment gains after failing to rescue its banks. Mainland Europe remains stuck with stagnation, decline, and ruinous "rescue" packages.
  • Turkey court tries 44 pro-Kurd journalists in biggest media case

    09/10/2012 3:22:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    in.Reuters.com ^ | Monday September 10, 2012 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    Forty-four pro-Kurdish journalists went on trial in Turkey on Monday, charged with belonging to an armed rebellion in the country's largest media case, intensifying concerns about press and political freedoms. Thousands of pro-Kurdish trade unionists, politicians, academics and journalists have been jailed since 2009, accused of links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a 28-year campaign against Turkey. "The clampdown on the Kurdish press ... raises major concerns about the treatment of minorities and minority opinion," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW). "Even when those views are offensive, they must be protected,"...
  • 54% of Germans Want Constitutional Court to Kill the ESM; Merkel's Disingenuous Reservations

    09/09/2012 9:09:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Moment of Recognition It appears a majority of German citizens have finally had enough of chancellor Angela Merkel saying one thing and doing another in regards to bailouts. They have also had enough of Mario Draghi and his policies. According to Der Spiegel a Majority of Germans Want the Constitutional Court to Kill the ESM Poll Results 54% want the court to reject the ESM outright. Only 25% want the court to ignore the Euroskeptics 53% are against transfer of more powers to the EU. Only 27% are in favor.42% want Greece out of the Eurozone. Only 30% want Greece...
  • UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque'

    09/08/2012 7:52:32 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/07/12
    UPDATE 1-German media, lawmakers decry ECB 'blank cheque' Fri Sep 7, 2012 7:37am EDT * Conservative media, some Merkel MPs slam ECB bond-buying plans * Eurosceptic lawmakers mull fresh legal action * Merkel allies say ECB acting within mandate * German public wants to halt bailouts - opinion poll By Gareth Jones and Stephen Brown BERLIN, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Germany's conservative press accused the European Central Bank on Friday of writing a "blank cheque" to indebted euro zone states by agreeing to buy their bonds, and some pro-government lawmakers threatened legal action to stop the purchases. ECB President Mario...
  • Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, seeks Belgian passport

    09/08/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07 September 2012 | Pierre Verdy
    A Belgian newspaper says Bernard Arnault, France’s wealthiest businessman and boss of the LVMH luxury house, has applied for Belgian citizenship. La Libre Belgique newspaper reported Saturday that Arnault’s citizenship application was confirmed by the head of Belgium’s naturalization office. French media drew a connection to French President Francois Hollande’s plan to raise the tax rate on France’s highest earners to 75 percent. But tax experts said obtaining Belgian citizenship would not change Arnault’s tax situation, which is determined by residence, not citizenship.
  • Portugal PM Sets New Austerity Measures

    09/08/2012 5:49:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 9/7/2012
    --PM says measures will help tackle high unemployment --Portugal must cut budget deficit to 4.5% this year, 3% next --Opposition parties criticize more austerity LISBON--Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announced late Friday new measures he will impose next year to meet budget-deficit targets and tackle a sharp rise in unemployment. In a televised statement, Mr. Passos Coelho said he will increase the social-security contribution from employees to 18% from 11%, while cutting the same payment companies make to the state to 18% from 23.75%. "We will reduce substantially the costs of labor, providing incentives to investment and job creation,"...
  • Berlin declares circumcision legal, but only if performed by a doctor — not as a ritual

    09/05/2012 10:32:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/5/12 | Staff
    One of Germany’s 16 states has declared circumcision legal, but only if performed by doctors — not, as required by Jewish law, by mohels. Berlin, Germany’s capital and itself a state, is the first to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to DPA, a German news wire. National legislation is pending to legalize circumcision. State Justice Minister Thomas Heilmann made the announcement Wednesday, saying he felt it necessary to allay fears in this “difficult transitional period,” the Associated Press reported.
  • EU: Brinkmanship as Spain warns over bail-out terms

    09/04/2012 2:55:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/4/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Spain has issued a veiled warning that it will not accept a full bail-out from Europe if the terms are too harsh, a move that would paralyse the European Central Bank and call the euro’s survival into question. In an escalating game of brinkmanship, Spanish finance minister Luis de Guindos said his country is not yet willing to sign a Memorandum giving up fiscal sovereignty to EU inspectors. “First of all, one must clarify the conditions,” he told German newspaper Handelsblatt. Mr de Guindos said the crisis engulfing the region is larger than any one country and warned north Europe...
  • Op-Ed: Why did Frankfurt's "Judenrat" Honor an Anti-Zionist ?

    09/03/2012 10:34:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 9/4/12 | editor
    What is most disturbing in the Butler affair is not only that the prize's recipient is an anti-Israel agitator, the version of the old Kapò; it is the role played by the new "Judenrat. A few months after the German city of Frankfurt elected Peter Feldmann as its first Jewish mayor since the rise of Adolf Hitler, the city council awarded a prize to a Jewish anti-Zionist activist, Judith Butler. The city of Jacob Hoffmann, Franz Rozenzweig, the artist Moritz Oppenheim, the world-renowned chemist Paul Ehrlich, and many other Jews who brought glory to Frankfurt before the Nazi shame, decided...
  • Germany: Berlin Silent on Report of U-Boat Sale to Egypt

    09/03/2012 7:39:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 9/3/2012 | cro
    A report that Germany plans to sell two submarines to Egypt has triggered speculation about a deterioration in German relations with Israel. The German government stressed on Monday that it remained committed to Israel's security -- but officials declined to comment on the report. Class 209 submarine The German government on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to Israel after media reports said relations between the two countries had been damaged by an unconfirmed deal to supply Egypt with two German-made submarines. A German government spokesman declined to comment on an article which appeared in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram last Friday and...
  • Muslims deny inaction over anti-Semitism

    09/03/2012 11:45:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    News.24 ^ | 9/3/12 | staff
    Berlin - The head of an umbrella organisation for Muslims in Germany on Monday rebuffed a call by a Jewish leader to do more to combat anti-Semitism after a rabbi was brutally attacked in Berlin. "Muslims do not need lessons on that. Anti-Semitism is not compatible with Islam," Ali Kizilkaya, chairperson of the Co-ordination Committee of Muslims, told the Berliner Zeitung. The beating last Tuesday of 53-year-old rabbi Daniel Alter in front of his young daughter, allegedly by a group of Arab youths, has been roundly condemned. The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, urged...