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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 · 2 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...
  • Latest Polls Not Looking Good For Merkel, 12 Days Before election

    09/11/2013 4:47:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The German election is on September 22. And with 12 days remaining, things do not look good for a Grand Coalition headed by Merkel.  Via translation, the latest INSA poll looks like this: CDU/CSU - 39%SPD - 28%Grüne (Greens) - 11%Die Linke (Left) - 8%FDP - 4%AfD - 3%Pirate - 3% I believe AfD will make the 5% cut. I do not know if FDP will make the cut. If neither makes the cut, an unstable "Grand Coalition" is theoretically possible three ways. Possible Coalitions if Neither AfD Nor FDP Get 5% SPD + Grüne + Die LinkeCDU/CSU + SPD ("Grand Coalition"...
  • Gaffe-tastic: Hillary pretty excited about Kerry’s accidental proposal ......

    09/09/2013 7:49:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:41 pm on September 9, 2013 | Allahpundit
    David Cameron sounds pretty excited about it too. Did Waffles bumble his way into a “solution” to the crisis? Here’s the presumptive Democratic nominee creating a little rhetorical space for her party to declare victory and walk away: “If the regime immediately surrendered its stockpiles to international control, as was suggested by Secretary [John] Kerry and the Russians, that would be an important step,” Clinton said. “But this cannot be another excuse for delay or obstruction. Russia has to support the international community’s efforts sincerely, or be held to account.”Clinton also defended Obama’s push for strikes as instrumental in making...
  • France, Germany welcome Russian Syria proposal

    09/09/2013 1:54:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    google hosted news ^ | Sept 9, 2013 | (AFP) – 7 minutes ago
    PARIS — France and Germany on Monday welcomed a Russian proposal that the Syrian regime hand control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius insisted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "commit himself without delay" to the elimination of his country's chemical weapons arsenal. "The proposal of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov merits close examination," Fabius said, demanding that Assad "commit himself without delay to put his chemical arsenal under international control and to let all of it be destroyed". Fabius also demanded that...
  • Transgender German man becomes first in Europe to have a baby [barf alert]

    09/09/2013 5:23:20 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 September 2013 | ALLAN HALL
    A transgender man is the first in Europe to give birth to a baby after becoming pregnant through a sperm donor. The unidentified man, who was born a woman, delivered the baby boy at home with a midwife in the poor Neukoellin district of Berlin. He insisted on a home birth because he refused to be listed as the mother on any hospital documents - a legal requirement of in Germany. The case in Germany mirrors that of Thomas Beatie in the US, pictured, who has given birth to three children and was the first man to ever give birth...
  • German rapper-turned-jihadist injured fighting in Syria

    09/09/2013 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 9, 2013
    A German rapper who converted to Islam and joined jihadist rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad has been injured in an air strike, a jihadist group said on Monday. The jihadist, formerly known as Deso Dogg, was hiding at an anti-regime fighter's house that "was hit by an air strike and helicopter shelling", said a statement posted on Facebook by a group that identified itself as the People of Abraham. As a result of the strikes, Deso Dogg or "Abu Talha al-Almani and several other brothers were injured, while several Muslim children were killed", the statement said.
  • U.S. Admits No Imminent Threat from Syria, No Clear Evidence Assad Ordered Chemical Weapons Attack

    09/09/2013 4:38:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | September 9, 2013
    Obama is going on a whirlwind media blitz this week in an attempt to sell a very skeptical public on war with Syria. Yet the Washington Post notes: Obama’s top aide says the administration lacks “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence” that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking. Indeed, those who have seen the evidence say that it is incredibly weak. German intelligence also says that Assad didn’t order the attacks. Moreover, President Obama correctly noted in 2007: The President does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 8:10:52 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/8/2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond
    ... President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders against opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported, citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. ...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack not ordered by Assad, says German press

    09/08/2013 5:06:36 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 8, 2013 | Simon Tisdall and Josie Le Blond in Berlin
    Bild am Sonntag cites high-level German surveillance source suggesting Syrian president was not personally behind attacks President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German newspaper has reported , citing unidentified, high-level national security sources. The intelligence findings were based on phone calls intercepted by a German surveillance ship operated by the BND, the German intelligence service, and deployed off the Syrian coast, Bild am Sonntag said....
  • Obama rejects G20 pressure to abandon Syria air strike plan

    09/06/2013 8:31:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9-7-13 | Matt Spetalnick and Alexei Anishchuk
    U.S. President Barack Obama resisted pressure on Friday to abandon plans for air strikes against Syria and enlisted the support of 10 fellow leaders for a "strong" response to a chemical weapons attack. Obama refused to blink after Russian President Vladimir Putin led a campaign to talk him out of military intervention at a two-day summit of the Group of Twenty developed and developing economies in St. Petersburg. He persuaded nine other G20 nations plus Spain to join the United States in signing a statement calling for a strong international response, although it fell short of supporting military strikes, underscoring...
  • EU Seeks to Calm Israeli Bodies Hit By Boycott

    09/08/2013 2:00:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 9/8/2013, 9:14 AM | Kochava Rozenbaum
    The European Union (EU) is seeking to reassure Israelis who are concerned about the economic harm caused by the EU’s decision to forbid its member states from cooperating, transferring funds, or giving scholarships or research grants to bodies in Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. A senior delegation from the European Union will arrive in Israel early this week to examine ways of preventing damage to Israeli entities operating beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines. …
  • John Kerry Careful Not To Rule Out Return To UN For Syria Resolution [US Punts?]

    09/08/2013 10:23:21 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Guardian (U.K.) ^ | September 08, 2013
    John Kerry Careful Not To Rule Out Return To UN For Syria Resolution Secretary of state says 'the president and all of us are listening carefully to all our friends' after ally France hints at UN route 8 September 2013 The United States said on Sunday it did not rule out returning to the United Nations security council to secure a Syria resolution once UN inspectors complete a report on a chemical weapons attack, but also indicated that Arab countries were seeking a tough response. Speaking at a news conference in Paris after meeting key Arab foreign ministers, secretary of...
  • Thousands join German anti-NSA protest

    09/08/2013 2:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 8 Sep 2013 09:00 CET | (AFP)
    Thousands took to the streets in Berlin Saturday in protests against Internet surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies, and the German government’s perceived lax reaction to them. … The protest was organized under the slogan “Freedom Rather Than Fear” and demonstrators carried banners saying: “Stop spying on us” and, more sarcastically: “Thanks to PRISM (the US government’s vast data collection programs), the government finally knows what the people want”. …
  • Citing German Intelligence || Syrian forces may have used gas w/o Assad's permission

    09/08/2013 1:01:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    Reuters via Haaretz ^ | 9/8/2013 | Staff
    Citing German intelligence Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad's permission, says German daily. Commanders had been urging Assad for authorization to use chemical weapons for more than four months but hadn't received it, Bild reports based on intercepted radio messages... This could mean that Assad may not have approved the attack close to Damascus on August 21... Bild said the radio transmission was intercepted by a German naval reconnaissance vessel, the Oker, sailing close to the Syrian coast The chief of staff of Germany's armed forces General Volker Wieker...told lawmakers the influence of al-Qaida linked forces within the...
  • ‘Gas Attack May Not Have Gotten Assad’s Go-Ahead

    09/08/2013 9:40:28 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 8, 2013 | Aaaron Kalman/AP
    yrian soldiers may have used chemical weapons in a recent lethal attack without receiving permission from President Bashar Assad, the German paper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday as the US pushed on with efforts to rally support for a military strike against Syria. The paper said that Germany’s intelligence services had intercepted a number of radio transmissions over the past four months, in which officers had asked Assad for permission to use gas — and had always been turned down. It said the requests had come from brigade and division commanders, and that most of the communications were intercepted by...
  • US ( Obama ): 'Common-sense test' holds Assad responsible

    09/08/2013 9:09:34 AM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept 8, 2013 | AP
    The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" rather than "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" makes the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. At the same time, chief of staff Denis McDonough acknowledged the risks that military action could drag the U.S. into the middle of a brutal civil war and endanger allies such as Israel with a retaliatory attack.
  • Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad's permission: paper

    09/08/2013 5:57:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 8, 2013 | by Alexandra Hudson
    Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany's Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence. Syrian brigade and division commanders had been asking the Presidential Palace to allow them to use chemical weapons for the last four-and-a-half months, according to radio messages intercepted by German spies, but permission had always been denied, the paper said.
  • Storied U.S. Barracks Closes With Little Fanfare (Campbell Barracks, Heidelberg, Germany)

    09/08/2013 3:00:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 7, 2013 | Alison Smale
    HEIDELBERG, Germany — For Germans and Americans who had long imagined a dramatic coda to the cold war, it came instead in a few solemn, quiet moments. After both national anthems were played, seven American and five German soldiers lowered their national colors, marched at the edge of a bedraggled parade ground and carefully folded the flags for the last time. The ceremony on Friday afternoon, before about 300 onlookers, marked the closing of Campbell Barracks, which, as the headquarters of the United States Army in Europe, issued the orders for the millions of American soldiers — 15 million in...
  • Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

    09/06/2013 6:53:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 09/04/2013 | Masthead Editorial
    Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start. If you want to do something big, you have to start small. That's something German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier knows all too well. The politician, a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has put together a manual of practical tips on how everyone can make small, everyday contributions to the shift away from nuclear power and toward green energy. The so-called Energiewende,...
  • Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch dies at 96

    09/06/2013 7:47:08 AM PDT · by GoreFreeTN · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2013 | DAVID RISING, Associated Press
    BERLIN (AP) — He was Adolf Hitler's devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader's final hours in his Berlin bunker. To the very end, SS Staff Sgt. Rochus Misch was proud of it all. For years, he accompanied Hitler nearly everywhere he went, sticking by the man he affectionately called "boss" until the dictator and his wife, Eva Braun, killed themselves as defeat at the hands of the Allies drew nearer. The loyal SS officer remained in what he called the "coffin of concrete" for days after Hitler's death, finally...
  • Verdict: Catholic public school allowed to refuse muslim student [Germany]

    09/06/2013 1:31:42 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 17 replies
    DER SPIEGEL / Spiegel Online ^ | September 4th, 2013 | jdl/fln
    There have been lots of arguments about this case: A muslim boy wanted to attend a catholic primary school, but skip religious education. The principal refused, the parents sued. Now an appeals court has reached a verdict. Does a muslim boy have to attend religious education at a catholic school? And if he refuses: Does the school have to accept him anyway? Those questions caused great controversy in Paderborn. Now the OVG (Oberverwaltungsgericht) court in Muenster has decided: The catholic Bonifazius school in Paderborn, Northrine-Westfalia is allowed to refuse the student. No further appeals are possible. When the parents wanted...
  • Obama arrives alone for Putin G20 Syria dinner

    09/05/2013 11:58:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/5/13 | afp
    World leaders arrived Thursday for a dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin where they would discuss the crisis in Syria, with US President Barack Obama showing up alone and well after the main group. The main group of leaders led by Putin arrived together at the historic Peterhof palace outside Saint Petersburg, with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande seen talking animatedly at the back of the pack. But Obama was nowhere to be seen and only arrived at the palace a good half an hour after the rest.
  • Evidence: Syrian Rebels used Chemical Weapons (not Assad)

    08/27/2013 5:39:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | August 27, 2013 | Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
    Recent news of a chemical weapons attack in Syria smacks of desperation. The question comes down to who is most desperate right now, the Assad regime or the Muslim Brotherhood rebels? Consider that since June, Assad’s forces have been winning. According to a CBS News report from last month, victories for the rebels had become “increasingly rare” and that the Muslim Brotherhood-backed opposition fighters were sustaining “some of their heaviest losses” near Damascus. The New York Times echoed this sentiment, even saying that before gaining the upper hand, concerns were that Assad would use chemical weapons; he did not. In...
  • Germany’s Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

    09/04/2013 4:13:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 04, 2013 – 07:15 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    … The government predicts that the renewable energy surcharge added to every consumer’s electricity bill will increase from 5.3 cents today to between 6.2 and 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour—a 20-percent price hike. German consumers already pay the highest electricity prices in Europe. But because the government is failing to get the costs of its new energy policy under control, rising prices are already on the horizon. Electricity is becoming a luxury good in Germany, and one of the country’s most important future-oriented projects is acutely at risk. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan two and a half years...
  • German raid on home-schooling family draws condemnation

    09/04/2013 4:55:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    CNA ^ | 9/4/2013
    Frankfurt, Germany, Sep 4, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA).- German officials’ seizure of four home-schooled children last week prompted strong objections from American home-schooling advocates who say the country’s ban on the educational practice violates human rights. “The right to home-school is a human right,” Mike Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, said Aug. 30. “Germany has grossly violated these rights of this family.” On the morning of Aug. 29, the association reports, 20 social workers, armed police officers and special agents took four children from the home of Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, who were educating their children in...
  • Extraordinary chivalry of British PoW who returned to German prison after visiting dying mother

    09/03/2013 7:14:35 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4th September 2013 | Yahoo News
    'A British PoW captured by the Germans in World War I was freed to see his dying mother - but went back to the prison camp after giving the Kaiser 'his word' he would return. Capt Robert Campbell, aged 29, was gravely injured and captured just weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July, 1914. But after two years in Magdeburg Prisoner of War Camp, the British officer received word from home his mother Louise Campbell was close to death. He speculatively wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II, begging to be allowed home to visit his mother one final time....
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • Revealed: Extraordinary story of British WWI captain released by Kaiser from German prison camp

    09/03/2013 3:56:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2013
    A British soldier was freed from a German POW camp during World War One to see his dying mother - and kept his promise to the Kaiser by returning, historians have discovered. Captain Robert Campbell, aged 29, was captured just weeks after Britain declared war on Germany in July, 1914. But after two years in Magdeburg Prisoner of War Camp the British officer received word from home his mother Louise Campbell was close to death. He speculatively wrote to Kaiser Wilhelm II begging to be allowed home to visit his mother one final time. Incredibly the German leader granted the...
  • German Intelligence Concludes Assad is Behind Chemical Attack

    09/02/2013 8:35:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | September 02, 2013 | Elad Benari
    The German intelligence agency (BND) has enough evidence in its possession to conclude that President Bashar Al-Assad ordered the suspected chemical attack in Syria on August 21, Russia Today (RT) reported Monday, citing a report in the German weekly Der Spiegel. The Der Spiegel report was based on the results of a secret security briefing. The BND’s President Gerhard Schindler voiced his support for U.S. allegations that Assad‘s government ordered the attack on the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, according to the German weekly. The intelligence agency’s chief said that following a thorough analysis his ministry assumes that the regime...
  • Croatian war vets tear down Serbian Cyrillic signs

    09/02/2013 6:48:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 2, 2013 9:12 AM EDT
    Wielding hammers, Croatian war veterans have torn down signs written in the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet that were put up on official buildings to boost minority rights in the new EU nation. … Vukovar has a sizable Serb minority and having official signs in both the Croatian Latin alphabet and Serbian Cyrillic are in line with the country’s law on minority rights. …
  • Britain 'giving in to sharia councils' says Norway's anti-immigration leader

    09/01/2013 4:51:11 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 01 Sep 2013 | Richard Orange, Oslo
    In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Siv Jensen, the 44-year-old leader of the Progress party who cites Baroness Thatcher as her inspiration, said: "What I have seen that the UK has done is to give in to the claims of sharia councils, and I don't think we should give into that. In Norway we have one law, and that is the Norwegian law." Miss Jensen, who is unmarried, said Britain was suffering the results of earlier mistakes in its immigration policy. "I see some problems arising – You've had problems with riots, you've had problems with radical groups who...