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  • Germany’s Tea Party

    09/21/2013 11:12:31 AM PDT · by SgtBilko · 3 replies
    nationalreview ^ | SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 4:00 AM | John Fund
    Germany’s Tea Party Alternative for Deutschland wants out of the euro and an end to the bailouts. Bonn, Germany — Even though Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe, the issue of how much it should surrender its sovereignty and wealth to Europe has been pretty much a non-issue in its elections this coming Sunday. But a new protest party challenging the wisdom of the euro and the bailouts Germany keeps paying to support is on the verge of breaking through the silence. Polls show Alternative for Deutschland (AfD), which wants Germany to withdraw from the euro but remain in...
  • Merkel's Grand Fantasy

    09/21/2013 6:05:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    As I watch the latest polls from Germany there are numerous outcomes, none of which will be pleasing to chancellor Angela Merkel, except outright victory by CDU/CSU +- FDP. If anything but a CDU/CSU +- FDP majority happens, the chancellor will face seriously unwelcome choices. For example: Reader Bernd pinged me with this comment yesterday "I just watched the last TV discussion. SPD has made it clear that EUROBONDS will be part and parcel of the package, if they come in with a coalition. Merkel was dead set against those up to now. Grand Coalition ??" Indeed. Recall that Merkel...
  • Third term likely for ‘Teflon Chancellor’ Angela Merkel

    09/21/2013 12:49:17 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    politico.com ^ | 9/20/13 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    BERLIN — She’s known alternately as the “Teflon Chancellor” because her opponents’ criticism never seems to stick, and as “Mutti” for the motherly figure many voters see her as. Angela Merkel has led Germany through eight tumultuous years as chancellor, and voters here are poised to give her another four on Sunday when they head to the polls for a federal election. Forget the eurozone crisis and tough economic times that have plagued the country’s neighbors. Germany is doing just fine, thank you, and its people see little reason not to stay the course with Merkel and her center-right Christian...
  • Painful Past Plagues German Greens: Support in 1980s for Legal Pedophilia Haunts Left-Wing Party

    09/19/2013 6:04:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 18, 2013 | ANTON TROIANOVSKI
    BERLIN—Germany's most prominent Green politician had to make something clear on national television this week: "There are no legal and no tolerable forms of sex with children," said Jürgen Trittin, co-leader of the Green campaign. Coming just days before national elections, the embarrassing episode has deepened the impression that the Greens have hit a low point after years of helping to define politics here with a message of environmentalism, pacifism and social justice. At issue now is their tolerance decades ago of groups within their ranks that wanted to legalize pedophilia. The party says it broke with that position in...
  • Germany defends chemical sales to Syria

    09/19/2013 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Sep 2013 08:55 CET | (The Local/tsb)
    Germany sold tonnes of chemicals to Syria which were capable of being put to military use. … The chemicals sold have a dual use—they can be used for both military and non-military purposes. They include hydrogen fluoride, ammonium hydrogen fluoride and sodium cyanide. The export of the chemicals is restricted but not illegal, the Süddeutsche newspaper reported, as they are used in industry. … Germany’s government said Syria told them the chemicals would be used for industrial purposes. The government added it had established that the chemicals would not be put to military use before they were exported. …
  • Senate Republicans’ shameful silence about Victoria Nuland’s role in Benghazi cover-up

    09/18/2013 2:49:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/18/2013 | Michael Ingmire
    Last Thursday, the United States Senate confirmed President Obama’s choice Victoria Nuland as chief envoy to Europe. This was done by a voice vote with no debate, one day after the one year anniversary of last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. Victoria Nuland served as the State Department spokeswoman during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure, which included the Benghazi attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were all killed. ... Ms. Nuland had a direct hand in the changing of these talking points and has...
  • Startling Revelations from an Iranian Smuggling Case in Hamburg

    09/18/2013 1:43:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    ALGEMEINER.com - Commentary-Opinion ^ | September 17, 2013 | by Matthias Kuentzel
    SNIPPET: "I rarely attend trials, but this one is special. On July 24, 2013, the main hearing in the case of German businessman Rudolf M. and Iranian-Germans Gholamali K., Kianzad K., and Hamid Kh. opened at Hamburg’s Higher Regional Court. The defendants are charged with exporting 92 German-produced specialized valves for use in Iran’s Arak plutonium reactor and arranging the shipment of 856 nuclear-usable valves from India to Iran in 2010 and 2011. The reasons why the UN Security Council has ordered Iran to halt the construction of the Arak reactor are compelling. If this nuclear plant comes online in...
  • Merkel allies win in Bavaria a week before German election

    09/15/2013 2:50:29 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/15/2013 | Christian Hetzner
    Angela Merkel's allies swept to victory in a state election in Bavaria on Sunday, regaining the absolute assembly majority they lost in 2008 and providing a show of conservative strength for the chancellor a week before Germany goes to the polls. The Christian Social Union (CSU), sister party of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), won 49 percent according to TV projections, putting them back more firmly in the saddle of the prosperous southern state they have governed for 56 years.
  • Rough landing: Camera drone sets down near Merkel

    09/15/2013 2:34:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 15, 2013
    Berlin-A camera drone had a rough landing in front of Chancellor Angela Merkel at an election campaign event in Germany after police told its operator to bring down the craft. Photos from the event in the eastern city of Dresden showed Merkel looking on in amusement as the small orange drone went down on its side about 2 meters (7 feet) in front of where she was sitting. City police said a 23-year-old man had sent up the drone at the open-air event Sunday in hopes of taking photos that he could then sell....
  • Spain: Jihadists Threaten Catalonia over Burqa Ban

    09/14/2013 9:41:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | September 13, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    A jihadist group affiliated with Al Qaeda has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks in Catalonia, an autonomous region in northeastern Spain that is home to the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe. The threats were issued by a group called "Africamuslima" in response to efforts by Catalonian lawmakers to increase surveillance of radical Salafists seeking to impose Islamic Sharia law in Spain and other parts of Europe. Catalonia -- a region of 7.5 million people centered on the Mediterranean city of Barcelona -- is home to the largest Muslim population in Spain. Most of the estimated 450,000 Muslims...
  • Money needed now to fight climate change

    09/14/2013 3:58:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | September 13, 2013 | By Jens Thurau
    Coping with climate change is already an expensive proposition, but waiting to implement protection measures will end up costing countries even more, according to a new study out of Germany. Ottmar Edenhofer has spent years warning people about the consequences of climate change as a member of the Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change. But few countries have listened so far and his audience is getting smaller and smaller. Edenhofer wants to stick to the two degree goal with a set of steps some observers have called a pipedream. He has called for a global carbon dioxide trading system with prices...
  • Germany's Aleo Solar is closing its Denver office

    09/13/2013 8:13:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Sep 13, 2013 | L. Wayne Hicks
    Aleo Solar AG, a German solar-module manufacturer that has its U.S. headquarters in Denver, said it will withdraw from the United States immediately. ... the US operation had failed to meet recent sales targets and was not operating profitably
  • Romantic Germany risks economic decline as green dream spoils (slow economic suicide)

    09/13/2013 6:29:32 AM PDT · by dead · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Sep 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany is committing slow economic suicide. It has staked its future on heavy industry and manufacturing, yet has no energy policy to back this up. Instead, the country has a ruinously expensive green dream, priced at €700bn (£590bn) from now until the late 2030s...(snip) The likelihood is that Germany will start to lose its economic halo soon, “de-rated” like others before it... Chancellor Angela Merkel tied a deadweight around the ankles of her country when she suddenly - and flippantly - abandoned her nuclear policy after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. “This has forever changed the way we define risk,”...
  • Report Claims Syrian Troops Used Chemical Weapons Without Assad’s Approval

    09/09/2013 3:42:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Time ^ | September 9, 2013 | David Stout
    German surveillance suggests chemical attack unauthorized, Assad also tells PBS's Charlie Rose that he did not gas his own people, as White House continues to press claim. Government forces in Syria may have launched the chemical weapons attack that reportedly killed more than a thousand civilians last month before receiving a go-ahead from President Bashar Assad. According to an article published on Sunday in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, a German spy ship intercepted repeated communications from forces loyal to Assad asking for permission to use chemical weapons; however, their requests were consistently denied. This latest report comes as...
  • Europe: Treating Homeschoolers Like Terrorists

    09/12/2013 8:45:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    One of the largest Jewish schools in Belgium is at risk of losing its state recognition and subsidies because it is "too conservative." Meanwhile, the Belgians have opened their own Islamic school, subsidized by the authorities, who evidently do not see Islamic education as "too conservative." A German SWAT team stormed a house in Darmstadt on the morning of August 29. Had the German police discovered a group of dangerous jihadists? No, they were storming the house because the family living in the house were homeschooling their four children. The children, between 7 and 14 years old, were forcibly removed...
  • Syria crisis exposes rifts in U.S.-German ties

    09/12/2013 7:29:06 AM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 12, 2013 | Marc Young
    BERLIN — Angela Merkel might not personally like Vladimir Putin very much, but the German chancellor is surely pleased the Russian president’s diplomatic efforts have temporarily averted U.S. plans for a military strike against Syria. Constrained by Germany’s jingoistic past and a looming election, the leader of the largest country in the European Union has been decidedly reluctant to follow President Barack Obama’s call for a robust response to the apparent use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war. And Merkel’s aversion to getting involved in the conflict has exposed rifts in the trans-Atlantic alliance by often leaving Berlin...
  • EU institutions at war on ‘illegal’ finance tax

    09/12/2013 5:46:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 10.09.13 @ 16:49 (Sep. 10) | Valentina Pop
    A financial transactions tax (FTT) for 11 EU countries would be illegal as it affects the tax sovereignty of others, according to an opinion by the legal service of the EU Council in Brussels. The European Commission says the tax is in line with EU law, however. In the leaked document, seen by Reuters and Financial Times, the lawyers serving EU member states say the proposed financial transactions tax “exceeds member states’ jurisdiction for taxation under the norms of international customary law as they are understood by the Union.” The 14-page legal opinion concludes that the proposal is “not compatible”...
  • EU lawmakers back central bank oversight

    09/12/2013 5:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2013 8:03 AM EDT | Juergen Baetz
    European lawmakers approved legislation Thursday establishing a new, centralized oversight for Europe’s largest banks, marking what is considered a key step toward stabilizing the bloc’s financial system. The centralized bank supervision authority, which will be anchored by the European Central Bank, will be up and running next year following a thorough stress test of banks’ balance sheets. The so-called single supervisory mechanism is the first of three pillars of the bloc’s planned banking union, the cornerstone of efforts to turn the tide on the 17-nation eurozone’s three-year-old debt crisis. Its goal is to make supervision and rescue of banks the...
  • Flashback: Obama Chides Romney: 'The 1980s Are Calling, They Want Their Foreign Policy Back'

    09/11/2013 7:17:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/11/13 | C-Span
    A blast from the not-so-far past.
  • German Helicopter Flies Low Altitude Over US Consulate to Check for Surveillance Gear

    09/11/2013 1:17:10 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    http://downtrend.com ^ | september 10, 2013 | James Daniels
    Der Spiegel reported Monday that the German government has confirmed a previously reported operation targeting potential US spying facilities in Germany in late August. According to the report, a German Federal Police helicopter circled at an altitude of just 200 feet over the US Consulate in Frankfurt. The main objective was to take high-resolution photographs to identify suspected listening posts on the building’s roof. However, the Germans may have had an additional motive. As noted in the report, an unnamed official claimed Germany wanted to send a message that eavesdropping technologies would not be tolerated on its soil. Specifically, the...