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  • Gummy Bear Giant Haribo Is Going to Open Its First U.S. Factory

    03/24/2017 5:10:52 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 23 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 24, 2017 | Reuters
    German candymaker Haribo, famous for its fruit-flavored gummy bears, plans to build its first production facility in the United States and start making confectionery there from 2020. Family-owned Haribo, which employs 7,000 people worldwide at 16 sites in ten countries, said on Thursday it has decided to acquire property in Wisconsin for the factory. Haribo, a model of Germany's successful "Mittelstand" firms which make up the backbone of Europe's largest economy, was founded in 1920. It gave Germany one of its most famous advertising slogans, promising to make kids and adults happy.
  • Synlight: Germany fires up 'world's largest artificial sun' in push for climate-friendly energy

    03/24/2017 12:50:04 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    abc.net.au ^ | March 23, 2017 | ABC Australia
    Scientists in Germany have flipped the switch on what is being described as "the world's largest artificial sun," a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels. The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights — officially known as "Synlight" — in Juelich, about 30 kilometres west of Cologne, uses xenon short-arc lamps normally found in cinemas to simulate natural sunlight that's often in short supply in Germany at this time of year. By focusing the entire array on a single 20-by-20 centimetre spot, scientists from the German Aerospace Centre, or DLR, will be able...
  • German social order at risk due to gulf between rich and poor: report

    03/23/2017 9:56:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 March 2017 17:18 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A growing gap between rich and poor in Germany could sap social cohesion in Europe’s largest economy and most populous country, a government report warned on Thursday. “If the differences between poor and rich are felt to be too big in a society, and wealth seems mostly to be acquired without rewarding work, then acceptance of the economic and social order can shrink,” the labor ministry study said. […] In Germany, the richest 10 percent of households own more than half of all the wealth in the country, while the poorest 50 percent hold around 1.0 percent, Labor Minister Andrea...
  • Pay us £50bn or we'll cause air traffic chaos and stop goods at the border, warns the EU: Chief…[tr]

    03/23/2017 4:05:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:03 EDT, 23 March 2017 | Jason Groves
    Brussels last night made an extraordinary threat to disrupt flights to Europe and hold British goods at the border if the UK refuses to pay a £50 billion Brexit divorce bill. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK would pay a heavy price if it tried to walk away from the EU without paying for its “responsibilities”. In a mocking speech, he quoted Winston Churchill, saying: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” Government lawyers have told Theresa May that the UK has no duty to pay a penny towards the EU’s ongoing costs after leaving. A report by...
  • Germany prepares to clear gay men convicted under Nazi-era law

    03/22/2017 5:50:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 March 2017 12:13 CET+01:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved a measure to wipe the criminal records of gay men convicted under a Nazi-era law, and offer them compensation. The proposal was presented by Justice Minister Heiko Maas, and would offer gay men convicted under the law a lump sum of €3,000 as well as an additional €1,500 for each year they spent in prison and thus “suffered a deprivation of liberty”. The measure marks a triumph for activists after a decades-long struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 of the penal code....
  • Teen Islamists given six years' jail for Sikh temple bomb attack [Essen, Germany]

    03/21/2017 5:11:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 March 2017 12:19 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Three teenagers were found guilty on Tuesday for a bomb attack at a Sikh Temple in Essen last year that injured three people. Prosecutors had argued that the three 17-year-olds — who were 16 at the time of the act — had attacked the temple out of radical Islamist motivations to kill “non-believers”. The youth court on Tuesday agreed that their motive had been hate for other religions. The trial uncovered no evidence of the three having direct contact with terror group ISIS. Two of the three adolescents had set off the bomb in front of the entrance to the...
  • The False Handshake Story Aims To Delegitimize Trump

    03/21/2017 9:19:56 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Moon of Alabama ^ | 20 March 2017 | Moonofalabama.org
    dislike Trump and his policies. I dislike Merkel and her policies. Both are my political enemies. But what I dislike even more are lying media which try to deceive for undeclared political aims. A recent example: •In awkward exchange, Trump seems to ignore Merkel's handshake request •Donald Trump Appears to Ignore Angela Merkel's Handshake Request During Awkward Photo Opp •Angela Merkel Asked President Trump to Shake Hands. He Appeared to Ignore Her •Trump Straight Up Ignores Request To Shake Hands With Angela Merkel •WATCH: Awkward moment Donald Trump BLANKS Angela Merkel handshake offer at White House The pieces linked above...
  • You Don't talk for me! Le Pen and Macron clash in fiery debate about the burkini

    03/21/2017 2:28:31 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    Express ^ | 3/20/2017 | Katie Mansfield
    In a heated exchange the frontrunners turned their attention to the burkini and secularism...... ... Marine Le Pen said: "I know you Mr. Macron are in favour of the burkini on the beach." But the centrist Emmanuel Macron fired back... He said: "No, Madame Le Pen don't put words in my mouth. I don't need the talent of a ventriloquist. When I have something to say, I will say so myself." Determined not to drop the topic, Ms. Le Pen: "So what do you think of the burkini?" Mr. Macron said: "My views om the burkini have nothing to do...
  • Merkel Doesn’t Want Trump To Bail On A $145 Trillion Bet To Fight Global Warming

    03/20/2017 12:10:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 20, 2017 | by Michael Bastasch
    A new report claims policies to keep future global warming to internationally agreed upon limits by the end of the century could make the world $19 trillion richer. The report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was one of two commissioned by the German government to help convince President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris agreement. If IRENA’s top-line findings sound too good to be true, that’s because they might be. The world would have to put $145 trillion into low-carbon energy to become $19 trillion richer by 2050 — a 13 percent return on investment over 33...
  • Who the Hell Would Vote for Marine Le Pen?

    03/20/2017 5:29:21 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 3/17/2017 | Erin Zaleski
    Five years ago Davy Rodriguez de Olivera couldn't have conceived of voting for Marine Le Pen. The then teenager was a staunch young leftist who campaigned for the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melanchon in the 2012 presidential elections, and proudly posted an image of a vintage Socialist Party poster on his Facebook account. Today, Rodriguez is 23 and the deputy director of the Front National de la Jeunesse (FNJ), the youth wing of Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front.
  • Germany: Five Muslim migrants gang-rape seven-year-old girl at refugee center

    03/19/2017 9:14:31 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that...
  • Germany Slams Trump's Claim That It Owes Vast Sums

    03/19/2017 6:54:35 AM PDT · by KyCats · 55 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 19, 2017 | Zero Hedge's Trump Hater
    The pleasantries, lack of handshake between Trump and Merkel notwithstanding, are officially over. One day after Trump returned to his favorite medium to slam Germany for abusing NATO's funding scheme, and US defense spending generosity, accusing Germany of owing "vast sums" of money to both NATO and the US, Germany has struck back. As a reminder, this is what Trump tweeted on Saturday morning: "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS, I had a GREAT meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nevertheless, Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more...
  • Germany hate crime: Nearly 10 attacks a day on migrants in 2016

    03/18/2017 3:18:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 February 2017 | bbc
    Nearly 10 attacks were made on migrants in Germany every day in 2016, the interior ministry says. A total of 560 people were injured in the violence, including 43 children. Three-quarters of the attacks targeted migrants outside of their accommodation, while nearly 1,000 attacks were on housing. Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open up Germany to people fleeing conflict and persecution has polarised opinion and been followed by an increase in hate crime.
  • Trump doesn’t shake hands with Merkel during photo op

    03/17/2017 10:35:50 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 85 replies
    NY POST ^ | March 17, 2017 | Daniel Halper
    President Trump did not extend his hand to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s in a Friday Oval Office photo op, a courtesy he usually extends to foreign leaders visiting the white House. Trump sat next to Merkel in front of a fireplace for the brief photo-op. “Very good,” Trump said to assembled reporters when asked about what the two leaders discussed. “Lots of things.” “Very good, thanks,” Merkel said in German. But Trump hardly looked at Merkel and, when the photo op ended, didn’t move in for a handshake.
  • Trump doesn’t shake hands with Merkel during photo op

    03/17/2017 10:32:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/17/17 | Daniel Halper
    President Trump did not extend his hand to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s in a Friday Oval Office photo op, a courtesy he usually extends to foreign leaders visiting the white House.Trump sat next to Merkel in front of a fireplace for the brief photo-op.“Very good,” Trump said to assembled reporters when asked about what the two leaders discussed. “Lots of things.”“Very good, thanks,” Merkel said in German.But Trump hardly looked at Merkel and, when the photo op ended, didn’t move in for a handshake
  • AWKWARD: President Trump Refuses To Shake Angela Merkel’s Hand

    03/17/2017 10:31:25 AM PDT · by nodwam · 44 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 03/17/2017 | Richard Saunders
    President Trump met with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel today at the White House and it looked extremely awkward. Trump has an intense look of disdain when obligated to host this globalist puppet and swamp creature, Angela Merkel. Merkel has been the world leader driving mass muslim immigration from the third world into the west. In the last couple of years she has brought over a million muslims into Germany and as a result Germany has had massive increases in rapes and radical muslim terrorist attacks. Reportedly Merkel asked for a handshake with Trump and he didn’t even respond.
  • Germany vows legal action if Trump taxes imports

    03/17/2017 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 March 2017 10:22 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany could take the United States to court if Washington goes ahead with plans to tax imports, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Friday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first meeting with Donald Trump. “I’m betting partly on reason and partly on the courts” to prevent a damaging trade war, Zypries told Deutschlandfunk public radio. The minister’s combative stance comes ahead of Merkel’s first meeting with Trump in Washington and a gathering of G20 finance ministers in Baden-Baden, western Germany, set to be dominated by the US president’s “America First” policy. […] If a US border tax was found to breach...
  • WHO WILL CHINA TRADE WITH? GERMANY EMBRACES OPEN MARKETS WITH BEIJING AFTER TRUMP THREATS

    03/16/2017 7:09:54 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 16, 2017 | Christina Silva
    Germany and China are cozying up when it comes to free trade, as President Donald Trump threatens to cut Beijing off. After they spoke on the phone Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to "together fight for free trade and open markets," Agence France-Presse reported.
  • Eight in ten Germans think the EU needs to be reformed

    03/16/2017 3:38:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:46 CET+01:00
    What most Germans can agree upon is that the EU cannot stay as it is. But when it comes to how change should look, views differ sharply. The EU is about to celebrate its 60th birthday, but its age is showing. The British have opted to leave, while Euroskeptic parties are growing in popularity in major members, such as France and the Netherlands. In Germany too, the anti-Euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) are set to win their first seats in the Bundestag (German parliament) this September. And it seems that the German electorate are also restless for change. A YouGov...
  • Germany and China to 'fight together' for free trade, says Merkel

    03/16/2017 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:59 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministers’ meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism. The two leaders spoke by telephone and said in a statement issued in Berlin that they would “together fight for free trade and open markets”. Finance ministers from the world’s top economies are gathering in Germany from Friday as fears grow that US President Donald Trump could upend the global economic order with his “America First” policy challenging open markets. Meanwhile, Merkel is set to hold her first meeting with...
  • Donald Trump says Merkel made 'catastrophic mistake' on migrants

    01/15/2017 5:56:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2017-01-15
    US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made "one very catastrophic mistake" by admitting more than 1m migrants. He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe's most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle for Germany. Mr Trump was giving details of his foreign policy goals in an interview with British and German newspapers. He told The Times and Bild his priority was to create fairer trade deals for the US and have strong borders. He said the US had to address its trade deficit with the rest of the world, particularly with China....
  • Package containing explosive material discovered in German Finance Ministry

    03/15/2017 9:41:44 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    dw.com ^ | March 15, 2017
    German police have said a package containing explosives was delivered to Germany's Finance Ministry. Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office has seized and destroyed the package. No injuries have been reported.
  • German official wants $53M fines for social media hate posts [Censoring uncomfortable facts]

    03/14/2017 9:34:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 3/14/17 | Frank Jordans
    Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news." The plan announced Tuesday marks a further step in Germany's attempt to impose its strict domestic laws against incitement on the free-wheeling world of online chatter. Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party, said social media companies had already taken voluntary steps to crack down on hate crimes that have resulted in improvements. "This isn't sufficient yet," Maas said, citing research that...
  • Karl Marx's German birthplace accepts Marx statue from China

    03/14/2017 1:59:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2017 4:18 AM EDT
    The German city of Trier has decided to accept a statue of Karl Marx from China, marking the 200th anniversary of the father of communism’s birth. The city council voted 42-7 with four abstentions Monday night to accept the gift, according to news agency DPA. The statue’s precise location and size are to be decided following further negotiations with China. […] Statues and streets named after Marx were common in communist East Germany. Many survived the collapse of communism, unlike tributes to more contemporary socialists. …
  • Captains of German industry to accompany Merkel on Trump trip

    03/13/2017 7:38:57 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13, 2017 | Georgina Prodhan
    Bosses of German companies including engineering group Siemens (SIEGn.DE) and carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) will travel with Chancellor Angela Merkel to meet U.S. President Donald Trump this week, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Faced with Trump's "America First" policy and threats to impose tariffs on imported goods, the captains of industry will stress how many U.S. jobs are tied to "Deutschland AG". Trains-to-turbines group Siemens employs more than 50,000 people in the United States, its single biggest market, where it makes 21 percent of its total revenue, while BMW's South Carolina plant is its largest factory anywhere in the...
  • Wikileaks on Twitter: Hints that Merkel CIA and NSA Intercepts About to Be Exposed

    03/13/2017 11:12:15 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Terrified talk in US national security circles that WikiLeaks is going to publish many CIA or NSA intercepts of Merkel tonight or tomorrow.
  • Wikileaks Is About To Take Down Merkel?

    03/13/2017 11:51:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Twitter ^ | 03/13/17 | Wikileaks
    Terrified talk in US national security circles that WikiLeaks is going to publish many CIA or NSA intercepts of Merkel tonight or tomorrow.
  • Plot to hit German shopping centre with multiple suicide bombers is foiled after [tr]

    03/11/2017 4:20:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2017 | Harvey Day
    Police in the German city of Essen have ordered a shopping centre to remain closed on Saturday after a tip by security services of 'concrete indications about a possible attack'. It was reported by German newspaper Bild that multiple suicide bombers were plotting to attack the Limbecker Platz centre with explosives. 'The current state of our investigations points to the threat being exclusively at the shopping centre,' said the police in a statement.Facebook
  • Germany passes law increasing video surveillance in public

    03/10/2017 3:01:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 March 2017 15:51 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    After a marathon sitting lasting the whole week, the German parliament (Bundestag) agreed upon a law on Friday that will relax restrictions on video surveillance in shops, stadiums and stations. The law, drafted in response to a series of violent crimes in 2016, several attached to terror group ISIS, will make it easier for private companies to install CCTV. Specifically mentioned in the law as places where CCTV will become more prevalent are shopping centers, the area in front of football stadiums, and parking lots. […] The package of laws passed by the Bundestag also allows for police to use...
  • Düsseldorf's Brexit suicide float off to London to join pro-EU movement

    03/10/2017 11:41:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 March 2017 16:27 CET+01:00
    A satirical Carnival float showing the British Prime Minister with a ‘Brexit’ gun in her mouth is set to become an iconic new addition to a Unite for Europe campaign. The float made its debut at the Düsseldorf Carnival last month, which traditionally entertains guests with politically satirical floats mocking major politicians. It depicts Theresa May sticking a gun emblazoned with “Brexit” into her mouth, over the words “Good luck, Great Britain!” The float’s creator, Jacques Tilly, was reportedly about to get rid of it when he got a call from Peter French of the Unite for Europe campaign, according...
  • Germany to invest 100 billion into national gigabit internet network

    03/09/2017 11:13:13 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    dw.com ^ | March 7, 2017 | aw/bw (dpa)
    Germany's federal government plans to help invest 100 billion euros (US$106 billion) over eight years to roll-out gigabit internet across Germany, it announced on Tuesday. The project will focus not only on a wide bandwidth, but also on security, response times, Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt, who is also responsible for the digital infrastructure, told a Berlin audience. The rollout would be funded by a government and private consortium known as Netzallianz Digitales Deutschland, which includes most major telecommunication firms in Germany. Since its founding in 2014 75.5 percent of all households gained access to internet speeds of at...
  • Suspects 'on the run' after several injured in axe attack at Dusseldorf train station

    03/09/2017 1:27:58 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 9, 2017
    Several people have been injured in an axe attack at Dusseldorf train station. Police spokesman Rainer Kerstiens told The Associated Press that more suspected attackers are believed to be on the run. The station has been sealed off by armed police and trains are not stopping at the station. German newspaper Bild reported that two suspect has been taken into custody. Four people were injured in the attack.
  • Intelligence chief warns: Germany increasingly a target of ISIS

    03/09/2017 9:04:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 March 2017 12:05 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    The head of Germany’s domestic security agency, the BfV, said on Wednesday that Germany has become a priority target for terror group ISIS over the past year. “Germany became significantly more prioritized as a target of ISIS over the course of 2016,” said BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen, adding that the level of danger continues to be high. The country was shaken by several terror attacks in the name of ISIS last year, most notably the December 19th Berlin Christmas market attack in which 12 people were killed. …
  • Germany No Longer World’s ‘Best Country’ After Rising Jihadist Activity

    03/08/2017 9:51:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 8, 2017 | 11:13 PM EST | James Carsensten
    Germany has fallen from its former top position from among 80 countries surveyed by U.S. News & World Report, achieving fourth place this year in a drop at least partly attributed to security concerns. “The nation was rocked by a range of events — from growing public anxiety over an influx of refugees to a string of deadly terror attacks,” the “Best Countries” report said. The news comes shortly after release of a report from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) saying a growing number of individuals have left Germany to fight in Iraq and Syria...
  • Germany deports Tunisian terror suspect to 'likely torture'

    03/08/2017 6:05:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.08.2017 | Ben Knight
    Germany has been accused of allowing Tunisia to “do its dirty work” after deporting Tunisian Charfeddine T., alias Ashraf Al-T., despite concerns he would be jailed and tortured on arrival. The 24-year-old, deported on Wednesday morning, was arrested in Berlin last November, when federal state prosecutors first said he was an IS member. “Current investigations suggest the suspect had contact with an IS member in Syria who was responsible for operations abroad,” a prosecutor’s statement read. “From there he is thought to have had permission to plan an attack on people in Germany.” At the time, German media reports followed...
  • Berlin rebuffs Trump attempt to start trade talks, saying 'speak to EU'

    03/07/2017 6:46:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 7 March 2017 15:38 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    The German government told Washington it had the wrong address, after the US administration tried to enter talks with Germany on trade. “Trade policy is the responsibility of the European Union,” a spokesperson for the Economy Ministry told its US counterparts when they tried to open discussion on trade, Spiegel reported on Tuesday. Peter Navarro, who heads the White House’s new National Trade Council, called for bilateral talks to reduce the US trade deficit with Germany on Monday. The US recorded a $502-billion trade deficit last year, meaning it imported more than it exported. Germany, meanwhile, exported €253 billion ($270...
  • 'I will make the world rise up!' Turkish president's astonising threat after Germany snub

    03/06/2017 11:15:29 PM PST · by blueplum · 24 replies
    The Express ^ | 07 March 2017 6:55pm | Joe Barnes
    TURKISH leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted he will lead the world to “rise up” against Germany as tensions between the two nations continue to escalate. President Erdogan has launched a series of attacks on Berlin after officials cancelled rallies aimed at courting an estimated 1.5 million ethnic Turkish voters in Germany before an upcoming referendum. The Turkish leader accused Germany of Nazi-type behaviour after the pro-Erdogan rallies were banned, in a widening European Union backlash that also includes Austria and the Netherlands. President Erdogan told a rally in Istanbul: “We will talk about Germany’s actions in the international arena...
  • SPD, Germans prod CDU, CSU to embrace marriage equality

    03/06/2017 3:51:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.06.2017 | Carla Bleiker
    Social Democrats want to put marriage equality on the table, and over 80 percent of Germans support expanding the right to marry to same-sex couples. But many Christian Democrats are still pushing back. Marriage equality is legal in 22 countries, including Argentina, South Africa and the United States. Germany is not one of them. But now members of the junior governing Social Democratic Party (SPD) are pushing to change that. They are calling on their coalition partners, the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), to go along with a change of law that would grant same-sex couples...
  • France, Germany, Spain, Italy call for a multi-speed Europe

    03/06/2017 3:20:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2017 2:33 PM EST | Sylvie Corbet
    Leaders of France, Germany, Spain and Italy have called for a European Union which allows groups of member states to advance at their own pace, in a joint effort to cushion the impact of the Brexit. French president François Hollande hosted his counterparts on Monday evening in Versailles, near Paris, to prepare for a larger EU meeting later this week. “Europe must be able to draw the consequences of the Brexit,” he said in a joint statement with the other leaders of the European Union’s major economies. […] Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni joined...
  • Report: Jump in number of jihadis traveling from Germany to Iraq, Syria

    03/06/2017 7:21:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.05.2017 | Brandon Conradis
    A report has found that more than 900 extremists traveled to the Middle East from Germany. The revelation comes amid growing concern from German officials over domestic terrorism. Weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported the increase in the number of homegrown jihadis in their latest issue, not long after Germany’s domestic intelligence service warned that Islamic extremism was spreading in the country. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said that 910 suspected jihadis had left Germany to travel to Iraq and Syria, a noticeable increase from the roughly 800 extremists reported about a year ago, Spiegel...
  • Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago' (From 2013)

    03/06/2017 6:06:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Telegraph ^ | October 13, 2013
    President Barack Obama was dragged into the trans-Atlantic spying row after it was claimed he personally authorised the monitoring of Angela Merkel’s phone three years ago. The president allegedly allowed US intelligence to listen to calls from the German Chancellor’s mobile phone after he was briefed on the operation by Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency (NSA), in 2010.
  • Report: Germany planned to close border at height of 2015 refugee crisis

    03/05/2017 9:10:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.05.2017 | rs/sms (AP, KNA)
    As thousands of refugees walked to Germany in September 2015, Merkel’s government was ready to close the border, a report has found. The plan was stopped at the last minute only because no one wanted the responsibility. “Wir schaffen das,” or “We can do this” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the peak of the European refugee crisis in the fall of 2015. It’s a phrase the chancellor has held on to since those decisive months and repeated like a mantra. It’s a phrase that advocates have praised and critics have abhorred — but it’s also a phrase the chancellor...
  • German President 'very worried' about Trump and US-EU legacy

    03/05/2017 5:03:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 3 March 2017 15:08 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Outgoing President Joachim Gauck criticized US President Donald Trump in an interview on Friday, saying the American leader is calling into question what the US and Europe have worked towards together. In an interview with Spiegel published on Friday, Gauck — who will be replaced by Frank-Walter Steinmeier this month — voiced his concerns about the Republican President. “It worries me a lot that the American President is putting some things into questions that generations of other Americans have achieved with Europeans,” said Gauck. The German President further condemned Trump’s fraught relationship with the media as he has referred to...
  • Trump to host Germany's Merkel at the White House

    03/03/2017 10:01:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2017 10:26 AM EST | Julie Pace
    President Donald Trump will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House later this month. A White House official says the meeting will take place on March 14. […] The White House official was not authorized to publicly confirm a visit that has not been formally announced and spoke on condition of anonymity. …
  • What it's like to be a Republican in Germany with President Trump

    03/02/2017 4:54:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 2 March 2017 14:38 CET+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    Polls show Germans generally wouldn’t vote Republican, and the vast majority don’t support US President Donald Trump. So for American immigrants in Germany who do, it can make for some difficult conversations. […] “If you go out socially and the topic turns political, you hear that Republicans don’t always feel comfortable. I tend to downplay it [being a Republican] for fear that someone won’t understand that there can be big differences in opinions [in the party],” explains Thomas Leiser, a Texan transplant in the Frankfurt area who leads the German Republicans Overseas branch. “Before the election, some people would make...
  • Sikorski: Let's give Trump time to be 'educated' [Polish EU politician]

    03/02/2017 9:43:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 03/02/2017, 11:18 | Eric Maurice
    The election of Donald Trump has added to the “deep trouble” that Europe is in, but the new US president might change when he learns how the world works, according to former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski. Europe’s challenge “is not just the American election,” Sikorski told EUobserver. “It’s also the continued assertiveness of Russia that is a revisionist power that has changed borders by force; it’s the failure and defeat in Syria, and also in the eastern neighborhood; and Brexit; and the continuing reverberations of the euro crisis and the creaking of the Schengen zone,” he added. “We’re in...
  • German high school bans prayer rugs as "provocative" [Wuppertal]

    03/02/2017 8:22:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2017 9:14 AM EST
    A high school in western Germany has banned the use of prayer rugs and other traditional Muslim rituals saying it is “provocative” to other students, sparking a debate about freedom of religion. The Wuppertal school sent a letter to staff in February saying Muslim students had been using prayer rugs and performing ritual washing in the restrooms, and that they should get a “friendly reminder” it’s not permitted and will be reported to the administration. …
  • Fillon refuses to quit French election despite charges

    03/01/2017 5:35:02 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/1/2017 | BBC
    French centre-right presidential candidate Francois Fillon has said he will fight on, as he announced that a judge was placing him under formal investigation. For weeks, he has fought allegations that his wife was paid for year for work she did not do. "It's a political assassination," Mr. Fillon told reporters on Wednesday. He has now been summoned to appear before the judge, Serge Tournaire, on 15 March. The date is just two days before the deadline for candidates to submit their final applications. The first round takes place on 23 April, followed by a second-round run-off on 7 May......
  • Bavaria moots unlimited preventive custody for terror suspects

    02/28/2017 8:13:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.28.2017 | Ben Knight
    The conservative government in Bavaria is preparing a radical alteration to the state’s preventive custody laws that would allow judges to set their own limits on the incarceration of “dangerous persons,” rather than stick to the 14 days that German law currently allows. The bill, which has already been approved by the Bavarian cabinet, is part of a new “anti-terror” package designed to improve surveillance of people security forces deem “Gefährder” (a term used by the intelligence agencies literally meaning “endangerer”). […] The measures include extending police powers to search and keep tabs on potential suspects. But the proposal to...
  • Berlin truck attacker's mosque banned amid major police raid

    02/28/2017 8:13:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 February 2017 10:29 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    A Berlin mosque attended by the young Tunisian who attacked a Christmas market in December has shut its doors and been banned, as police on Tuesday launched a major raid against the capital’s Islamist scene. Berlin authorities have banned the Fussilet mosque, which Anis Amri used to attend. Meanwhile around 460 officers searched 24 locations across the capital city in the early hours of Tuesday morning in a raid linked to the mosque. Amri had visited the mosque regularly before he drove a truck into a Christmas market on December 19th, killing 12 people, in an attack later claimed by...