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  • Commerzbank set to cut 9,000 jobs, dividend in revamp [Germany]

    09/28/2016 9:29:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    RTE ^ | 27 September 2016
    Commerzbank aims to cut around 9,000 jobs in the next few years and will scrap its 2016 dividend as part of efforts to reduce costs in the face of negative interest rates. This is according to a source close to the bank's supervisory board. The job cuts will be spread over the next few years up to 2020, but the size of the cull, representing nearly a fifth of the workforce at Germany's second biggest bank, implies that compulsory layoffs cannot be ruled out, the person said. "This is much more radical than previous measures," the person said. The revamp...
  • EU presses ahead with military plans, UK opposes any EU army

    09/27/2016 7:05:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2016 9:45 AM EDT | Lorne Cook
    European Union nations pressed ahead Tuesday with plans to boost military cooperation as Britain vowed to oppose the creation of an EU army or headquarters. With Britain leaving the EU, France and Germany have been spearheading moves to boost Europe’s capacity to run its own security operations. […] “We are in a very strong Franco-German relationship and we think we will be able to make significant progress before the end of the year,” he said, standing alongside German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Von der Leyen insisted that “it’s not about a European army.” …
  • Ifo predicts 'golden autumn for German industry'

    09/27/2016 12:07:53 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies
    dw.com ^ | September 26, 2016 | Reuters, dpa
    Optimism in Germany's boardrooms about the nation's economic outlook has surged, the Munich-based Ifo think tank has reported. Its closely watched business confidence index reached a new high despite Brexit worries. Business confidence among German executives surged to a more-than-two-year high in September, with optimism in boardrooms across the country rising faster than forecast by analysts. ..."German industry is expecting a golden autumn," Ifo President Clemens Fuest said in a statement.
  • Parenting Magazine Warns ‘Blond, Cheerful’ Families Dangerous, Likely Right Wing (Germany)

    09/25/2016 5:48:02 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/25/2016
    Parenting magazine Baby & Family has told readers to beware of families who are “inconspicuous” and “cheerful”, as these warning signs indicate they are right wing and thus “dangerous”. Depicted with illustrations featuring solely blonde women and children, the report says ordinary parents must take action against right-wing families and make clear that their ideology has no place in the world. Asserting that the term “right wing” “stirs up anxiety” and brings to mind “burning refugee homes”, skinheads, and the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group who carried out a string of violent attacks on foreign people, Baby & Family notes...
  • The Four Stages of Islamic Conquest

    09/25/2016 1:25:09 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 27 replies
    STAGE 1: INFILTRATIONMuslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle. - First migration wave to non-Muslim “host” country. - Appeal for humanitarian tolerance from the host society. - Attempts to portray Islam as a peaceful & Muslims as victims of misunderstanding and racism (even though Islam is not a ‘race’). - High Muslim birth rate in host country increase Muslim population. - Mosques used to spread Islam and dislike of host country & culture. - Calls to criminalize “Islamophobia” as a hate crime. - Threatened legal action for...
  • New poll shows Alternative for Germany gaining support

    09/22/2016 10:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.23.2016 | Brandon Conradis
    The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has garnered some of its best numbers yet in a nationwide poll. Meanwhile, the CDU and SPD have lost support. The AfD is pulling ahead of the Greens, the Left party and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), putting it on track to become the third-largest party in the country, according to a new poll released by German public broadcaster ARD. The poll shows the AfD’s support at 16 percent, its best showing yet. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) came in at 32 percent and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at 22 percent. …
  • Obama-era surveillance worse than Stasi, says Oliver Stone

    09/22/2016 5:19:47 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 26 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 22, 2016 | Staff
    US film director Oliver Stone on Thursday accused President Barack Obama's administration of implementing a surveillance system worse than that of the feared Stasi secret police in East Germany. Speaking at the San Sebastian film festival in northern Spain, where he presented his film "Snowden," Stone said many in the US had grown disillusioned with a president they once saw as "a man of great integrity." "On the contrary, Obama has doubled down on the (George W.) Bush administration policies," said Stone, whose latest movie is a biographical political thriller about Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who revealed a...
  • US cops killed 100 times more than German police in 2015 [barf]

    09/22/2016 10:17:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Sep 2016 15:40 GMT+02:00
    New figures show just how many more people died in fatal police shooting in the US than Germany last year. According to the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings, 990 people were killed in 2015. In Germany, ten people were killed by police last year, according to a report on Thursday by publishing group Funke Mediengruppe, citing figures from the German Police University. That means that while the population of the US is roughly four times that of Germany, the number of fatal police shootings there is about 100 times greater. …
  • Merkel: I did not adequately deal with refugees

    09/21/2016 11:01:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz ^ | 22/9/16
    Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel admitted that she has not adequately dealt with the topic of refugees into Germany. Speaking in Berlin, Merkel said that she had lost control over the situation and that she would have set back the clock...
  • Merkel offers Bavaria 'mea culpa' in hint at fourth term

    09/21/2016 8:14:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    reuters ^ | Sept. 20, 2016 | Madeline Chambers and Paul Carrel
    Angela Merkel's shock admission that she wishes she could turn back the clock on her migrant policy is a clear attempt to mend fences with her allies in Bavaria and a strong hint she will seek to run for a fourth term as German chancellor.
  • German expert says de-radicalizing radicals can work in US

    09/21/2016 4:46:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2016 7:17 PM EDT | Steve Karnowski
    A German expert who evaluated six Minnesota men who pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State group has developed counseling plans for each of them aimed at keeping them off the path of violence. He has also trained 20 to 25 local probation officers in his techniques. Daniel Koehler, who directs the German Institute on Radicalization and De-radicalization Studies in Stuttgart, sat down with a small group of reporters Wednesday to discuss his work. He was joined by the chief U.S. probation officer for Minnesota, Kevin Lowry. […] Minnesota is the first place in the U.S. to try...
  • Want a fat state pension at 37? Join the Social Democrats [Berlin, Germany]

    09/21/2016 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Sep 2016 17:07 GMT+02:00
    Berliners have reacted with disbelief after the mayor’s head spokeswoman was placed on a temporary retirement plan of €6,385 per month — and at the ripe old age of 37. […] City officials said on Tuesday that Berlin mayor Michael Müller’s former head spokeswoman Daniela Augenstein had been placed on temporary retirement, just two days after the Berlin election. Because she held a position as state secretary, Augenstein is entitled to be paid her full salary for the next three months, which the Berlin interior department told Spiegel Online would be “around €8,906” per month. …
  • German goalkeeper arrested after conceding 43 goals in one gam

    09/20/2016 7:48:13 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 26 replies
    After conceding a goal nearly every two minutes, goalkeeper Marco Kwiotek may have wanted to completely forget about the performance. However, five days later at a training session, two police cars arrived at Vonderort’s training ground in Bottrop (around 30 miles west of Dortmund). The 25-year-old keeper was escorted from the training field by armed officers and brought to the local police station for questioning.
  • Obama says 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees

    09/20/2016 6:38:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.21.2016 | mm/kl (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)
    US President Barack Obama has told a United Nations summit that the global intake of refugees is set to double in 2016. Seven EU states are set to admit at least 10 times more migrants than last year. Confirming that dozens of countries had pledged to double the number of refugees resettled to 360,000 in 2016, Obama urged countries to “welcome the stranger in our midst.” “I called this summit because this crisis is one of the most urgent tasks for our time, our capacity for collective action,” the US leader said in his final address to the UN General...
  • One in five Germans now has immigrant background

    09/20/2016 6:55:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Sep 2016 13:06 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A new microcensus shows that more than one-fifth of all Germans have some sort of “immigrant background” — a record high for the Bundesrepublik. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reported on Friday that 17.1 million people out of a population of 81.4 million last year had some kind of immigration background. This included people who had immigrated to Germany themselves, people with at least one parent who wasn’t a German national, and ethnic Germans or their children who had re-settled in Germany. Destatis said that this was a record level for Germany with an increase of 4.4 percent over 2014....
  • German official charged with spying on Sikhs for India

    09/20/2016 6:50:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Sep 2016 14:23 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    A German immigration official has been arrested and charged with espionage for an Indian secret service for allegedly spying on members of the Sikh religion, prosecutors said Tuesday. The 58-year-old German national, identified only by the initials T.S.P., was accused of “espionage activity and violation of professional secrecy rules in 45 cases,” they said in a statement. Working at an immigration office in the western town of Ostwestfalen, he accessed databases to pass on information on suspected extremist and opposition members of the religious group, said federal prosecutors. …
  • Merkel wishes she could 'turn back time' over refugees as her party makes historic losses [trunc]

    09/19/2016 12:08:20 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 September 2016 | RORY TINGLE
    Angela Merkel's party has made historic losses in elections for the Berlin state parliament after a mayor warned of a resurgence of Nazis in Germany. Many voters turned to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which with 13 per cent of the vote will enter the German capital's assembly for the first time, according to initial projections. Before the election, mayor Michael Müller had warned that a double-digit total for the AfD would' be seen around the world as a sign of the return of the rightwing and the Nazis in Germany'.
  • Are Radical Feminists Worse Than Radical Muslims?

    09/19/2016 8:39:00 AM PDT · by pinochet · 26 replies
    The capitals of radical feminism in Western Civilization are Germany and Sweden. Germany did not begin to commit cultural suicide when they let large number of Muslims into their country in 2015-2016. Germany began the path of cultural suicide when they allowed radical feminists to take over their culture in the 1980s and 1990s. 30 percent of German women have no children. A large percentage of those with children have limited themselves to one child. Radical feminists do not care about women, because they are guided by communist-thinking, not women's rights. German feminists organizations have said nothing about the assault...
  • Merkel: we were unprepared for refugee influx in 2015

    09/19/2016 6:56:13 AM PDT · by pabianice · 33 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 9/19/16
    Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Monday that there would be no repeat of last year's "chaotic" border opening to refugees, after a stinging loss for her party in Berlin elections. 'AfD will become Germany’s 3rd largest party. At least' (19 Sep 16) Merkel party routed in Berlin polls as right-wing AfD gains (19 Sep 16) Even as she defended the "political and ethical" decision to let in one million asylum seekers in 2015 in the face of a potential humanitarian catastrophe, Merkel admitted mistakes that she would avoid in future. "If I could, I would turn back time many, many years...
  • Syrian hurls kids out window 'because wife wants freedom' [Lohmar, Germany]

    09/19/2016 5:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Sep 2016 14:05 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The trial begins in Bonn this week of a Syrian man who threw his three children from a first-floor window, allegedly because he disliked his wife’s desire to enjoy the same freedoms as German women. […] Prosecutors say the suspect has admitted to throwing his children out the window of the asylum accommodation, formerly a Chinese restaurant, in Lohmar. According to the indictment, the crime stemmed from the 36-year-old’s frustration with his wife, who “in Germany no longer wished to accept the roles they had at home, and did not want to put up with everything he wanted any more.”...
  • Merkel 'getting used to defeat' but next year's election all to play for

    09/19/2016 12:35:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | September 19, 2016 | Holly Ellyatt
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party suffered its second electoral rout in as many weeks on Sunday as voters rejected her open-door migrant policy. Nonetheless, analysts say it's too early to tell what the vote signaled for a German general election next year.
  • Angela Merkel damaged as German far-Right surges in Berlin elections

    09/18/2016 7:20:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 18 September 2016 | Justin Huggler
    Angela Merkel suffered damaging losses at the hands of Germany's resurgent far-Right in regional elections in Berlin on Sunday evening. The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won the highest share of the vote for the far-Right in Berlin since the Second World War, with around 14 percent, according to public broadcasters' projections. Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered their worst ever results in the German capital, with just 17.5 per cent of the vote. But the results will be viewed with some relief by the chancellor and her allies, after the AfD fell considerably short of expectations. Forecast just...
  • Merkel suffers drubbing in Berlin vote due to migrant angst

    09/18/2016 12:11:29 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | September 18, 2016 | Reuters
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel 's conservatives suffered their second electoral blow in two weeks on Sunday, slumping to their lowest level since reunification in 1990 in a Berlin city vote in which citizens roundly rejected her open-door refugee policy.
  • Merkel faces new gains by anti-migrant AfD in Berlin

    09/17/2016 11:22:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2016 06:46 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel faces new gains by the anti-migrant AfD party in Berlin state elections on Sunday, as a wave of protest voting against her welcome to refugees is expected to hit the hip, multicultural capital. […] Fresh gains in long-divided Berlin — where the AfD has polled 14 percent, a year ahead of national elections — would spell another setback for Merkel, whose open-door policy brought one million asylum-seekers to Germany last year. […] A strong showing for the AfD — which was founded, originally as a euroskeptic fringe party, just over three years ago — would hurt all...
  • Tensions Rising in Germany

    09/17/2016 9:05:21 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 12 replies
    weekly standard ^ | SEP 17, 2016 | CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
    Germany is blowing up again over migration. The Saxon town of Bautzen has, like dozens of similar places across Germany, a barracks for some of the million or two Middle Eastern migrants who have been streaming across the Mediterranean for the past year-and-a-half. People in Bautzen aren't used to foreigners, and now groups of young men have taken to congregating in city's central square, the Kornmarkt. The migrants say they come there for the free internet. This upsets the locals, 80 of whom waged a pitched battle against 20 teenage migrants on Wednesday evening. Alcohol was involved on both sides....
  • UK to veto EU 'defense union'

    09/17/2016 10:37:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17. Sep. 2016, 13:23 | Andrew Rettman
    British defense minister Michael Fallon has said the UK would veto the creation of EU military capabilities so long as it remained a member of the bloc. Reacting to EU ideas on closer defense cooperation, discussed at the Bratislava summit on Friday (16 September), he told The Times, a British newspaper: “That is not going to happen.” […] Proposals for what Germany has called an EU “defense union” included the creation of an EU military HQ, with medical aid and logistics capabilities, that would command EU crisis missions. […] The proposals, endorsed by France and Germany and by the European...
  • YOU'VE CAUSED CHAOS! EU chief blames Angela Merkel for migrant crisis and ISIS attacks

    09/17/2016 4:10:47 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    Express.co.UK ^ | September 17, 2016 | Alix Culbertson
    EUROPEAN Union (EU) bosses have blamed Angela Merkel and her open-door policy for the migrant crisis and Islamic State (ISIS) terror attacks on the continent. Donald Tusk did not hold back about Angela Merkel's migrant policy As the remaining 27 EU leaders attempted to put on a show of unity at a summit in Bratislava, Slovakia, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council hit out at the German Chancellor. He said she created chaos in the region by welcoming 1.1million Syrian migrants last year. Mr Tusk blamed “political correctness” for delays in closing Europe’s borders in 2015 which allowed more...
  • Angela Merkel Declares: We Will Bring In More Muslim Immigrants Into Germany

    09/17/2016 9:27:14 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 62 replies
    Shoebat ^ | July 28, 2016 | Ted Shoebat
    Angela Merkel has declared that Germany will be accepting in more Islamic refugees. Even after the recent attacks in Germany, she still wants to bring in more Muslim terrorists. As the Nazis created the Muslim divisions of the SS, so the Germans today are working on training an elite army consisting of the Islamic refugees that they brought over with the thanks of Turkey. The Bundeswehr (or, the German Army) will be training thousands of Muslim refugees in a hundred skills that will enable them to fight, kill and take over Syria, and then sending them back to Syria where...
  • Monsanto agrees to Bayer buyout, which would create a global chemical and agricultural giant

    09/17/2016 8:48:55 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | September14, 2016 | Staff
    U.S. seed maker Monsanto Co. has agreed to a $57-billion buyout offer from Germany's Bayer in a deal that would create a global agricultural and chemical giant. The deal was announced Wednesday at a time when a record harvest is driving crop prices to painfully low levels for farmers. It was the third time in four months that Bayer returned with a richer offer in its pursuit of Monsanto. Including debt, the deal is valued at $66 billion. If approved, Monsanto will continue to be based in St. Louis.
  • US DoJ hits Deutsche Bank with record $14bn fine

    09/17/2016 6:43:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Sep 2016 08:55 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    US authorities are targeting Deutsche Bank for a record $14 billion fine, mark(ing) the latest blow to Germany’s biggest lender, which since the 2008 financial crisis has run a gauntlet of setbacks. The weighty demand from the Department of Justice (DoJ) comes after Deutsche has already paid out billions in fines over interest-rate fixing and sanctions violations, and as it battles through some 8,000 ongoing legal cases and a painful restructuring. […] Deutsche Bank is among several major financial institutions accused by US authorities of misleading investors about the values and quality of complex mortgage-backed securities sold before the 2008...
  • 60 different Genders - Leftist ridiculed by AfD Politician in German Parliament [Luke 17]

    09/16/2016 2:43:43 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/10/2016 | Face of a Dying Nation
    AfD politician Steffen Königer ridiculed the Greens in the Brandenburg Parliament for their proposal of a "Campaign for Acceptance of Gender and Sexual diversity, Self-Determination and against Homo and Trans*-phobia in Brandenburg" as well as "Giving equal rights and societal equality for LGBTTQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, Two-spirit, Queer, Questioning) people in Brandenburg" by quoting 60 of the Genders considered by Leftists to be actual identities - they're straight from Facebook's Gender option list. He finished his introduction of almost 3 minutes by stating that his party rejects the proposal. Some Genders have different names in German, so I translated...
  • "I also wear the Hijab, it's beautiful!" - German TV Ad advertises Veil to Girls [1 John 2]

    09/16/2016 12:21:59 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 32 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/14/2016 | Face of a Dying Nation
    This is a short insight on the programs you can expect on both State and privately owned Television channels in Germany. In this advertisement, a veiled woman stands in front of a text that spells "Turkish women wear the Hijab". The woman looks to the camera and turns out to be a blonde German girl: Charlotte Würdig, an actress and TV moderator . She proudly exclaims that "I wear one (a Hijab) too, it's beautiful" before stating the Ad campaign slogan: "Enjoy difference, start Tolerance." German taxpayers have to pay a mandatory State Television and Media broadcasting fee to finance...
  • Merkel Demands German Firms Hire Unqualified Migrants Quickly

    09/16/2016 3:13:32 AM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Sep 2016
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany needed “viable solutions” to integrate refugees into the workforce faster after she met with blue-chip companies, which have hired just over 100 refugees since around a million arrived in the country last year. Merkel, fighting for her political life over her open-door policy, summoned the bosses of some of Germany’s biggest companies to Berlin on Wednesday to account for their lack of action and exchange ideas about how they can do better. Many of the companies contend that a lack of German-language skills, the inability of most refugees to prove any qualifications...
  • Now EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker blames..as he declares: 'Something is wrong in Britain' [tr]

    09/15/2016 7:33:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2016 | Matt Dathan
    EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has blamed Brexit on 40 years of 'lies' by British politicians. The European Commission president said the UK's historic vote to leave the EU showed 'something was wrong in Britain'. He admitted Europe was partly at fault for the vote but said people 'cannot be surprised' that voters backed Brexit because for decades politicians in the UK had circulated 'half-truths' and had branded the EU 'stupid'. Responding to his remarks, Ukip MP Douglas Carswell dismissed the EU bureaucrat as a 'parasitical clown,' telling MailOnline: 'Herr Juncker'sarrogant disdain for the views of the British people beautifully explains...
  • Swiss stock exchange turns to Germany for EU access

    09/14/2016 11:43:49 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    ft.com ^ | September 12, 2016 | Laura Noonan
    Switzerland’s stock exchange has turned to Germany for a new bridge into the EU after concluding that its relationship with London would not suffice after Brexit.
  • How Germany tried to kill off the Herero people... feeding on ideas of evolutionary superiority ...

    09/14/2016 7:50:12 AM PDT · by fishtank · 31 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 9-14-16 | Marc Ambler
    Herero genocide by Marc Ambler Like most visitors to Namibia,1 one of the memorable pictures I carried away was of the noble-looking Herero people. Their women wear colourful, voluminous Victorian-style dresses and hats, and the men wear uniforms on ceremonial occasions. How terribly sad it was to learn that 100 years ago, their great-grandparents had been the victims of the first genocide of the 20th century. ... That the German settlers and a high-ranking officer like General von Trotha would hold to these ‘superior race’, ‘survival-of-the-fittest-through-“cleansing”-of-the-weakest’ views is hardly surprising. Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (which is subtitled By...
  • First the burqa, then the burkini, now Germany adopts the BURKIRNDL: Traditional low-cut [tr]

    09/14/2016 6:21:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 14, 2016 | Allan Hall
    First there was the burqa, then the burkini and now comes - the burkirndl. A woman in Germany has modified her traditional Bavarian dress - called a dirndl - after converting to Islam. Renate Hoffmann, 63 from the small village of Fensterbach was once like her neighbours: God-fearing, Christian worshipping, singing in the local choir, enjoying a beer at the local festivals and sporting the dresses designed to showcase the female figure.
  • Are refugees really going back to war zones 'on holiday'? [Germany]

    09/13/2016 9:20:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Sep 2016 17:14 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson | With DPA
    A major German newspaper reported this week that refugees are traveling back to their homelands “on vacation” and then coming back again to Germany. But experts tell The Local this isn’t really the case. A Die Welt report titled “Refugees go on holiday to where they were persecuted” has been raising eyebrows this week as people question how this could happen. The report was based on cases being reported by Berlin labor agencies that some recognized refugees, who are also registered as unemployed, traveled back to Syria, Afghanistan or Lebanon, and later returned to Germany. […] Legally, anyone who has...
  • Berlin mosque pushes to get out the Muslim vote

    09/12/2016 9:34:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.12.2016 | Chris Cottrell
    Islamophobia has been on the rise in Germany ever since a million refugees descended on the country last year. Now, with state elections looming in Berlin, a mosque in the city is trying to mobilize the Muslim vote. On a recent Friday evening, Mohamed Tahi Sabri ascended the tall wooden minbar in the Dar-as-Salam mosque in Berlin’s immigrant-heavy Neukölln district and implored 1,500 of his fellow believers to do something that may seem counterintuitive to many Muslims living here: vote in upcoming elections. […] “You’ve got these movements like Pegida and the AfD, a party that vilifies Islam in its...
  • Merkel aide optimistic conservatives will overcome migrant cap dispute (200K proposed,want 1M/yr)

    09/12/2016 3:13:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 9/12/16 | Michelle Martin
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's Chief of Staff said on Sunday he was confident Germany's sister conservative parties, whose unity is threatened by a row over migrant policy just a year before a federal election, would soon sort out their differences. Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) - the Bavarian sister party to Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) - wants to cap the number of refugees at 200,000 per year after around one million arrived in 2015. But Merkel opposes such a measure despite her declining popularity. Merkel and Seehofer had a constructive discussion about refugee policy...
  • Generation Jihad: Scholar of Islam predicts civil war across Europe as more young Muslims [tr]

    09/12/2016 10:19:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 12, 2016 | Julian Robinson
    A scholar of Islam has warned of civil war across Europe as more young Muslims facing poor job prospects turn to radical groups, it has been reported. Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris, France, said a growing 'Jihad Generation' is likely to continue to carry out terror acts in European cities. The aim of their terror activity is to both incite hatred towards Muslims and, in doing so, cause further radicalisation among young people, the professor of political science said.
  • Merkel rejects Muslim migrant ban

    09/12/2016 7:45:43 AM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Arab Times ^ | 29 Aug 2016 | Agencies
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday slammed those countries in Europe who say they won’t take in Muslim refugees, a position that several eastern European governments have taken in response to the influx of migrants from the Islamic world. “How the individual components are weighted will have to be seen,” said Merkel. But she reiterated her stance that blocking refugees based on their religion was misguided. “What I continue to think is wrong is that some say ‘we generally don’t want Muslims in our country, regardless of whether there’s a humanitarian need or not,’” she said. “We’re going to have...
  • Germany Prepares For "Catastrophic" Terrorist Attack Deemed "Conceivable, Even Probable"

    09/12/2016 6:24:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09 September 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Merkel continues to publicly defend her "open border" immigration policies despite continued erosion of her popularity amid rising nationalist sentiments in Germany and across the EU. Meanwhile, Germany is preparing to deploy troops within its borders for the first time since World War II amid growing fears that the potential for a large-scale terrorist attack is "conceivable, even probable," at least according to Lt. Gen. Martin Schelleis. Concerns of a potential threat come as nearly 30,000 asylum seekers continue to flood the country each month from Syria alone (see chart below). Overall, Germany took in about 2.1 million immigrants last...
  • Clinging to Power: Is The Merkel Era Coming To an End?

    09/11/2016 8:59:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 09, 2016 06:10 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    Chancellor Merkel’s refugee policies have divided the country and the right-wing populist AfD party is rapidly gaining support. Conservatives are calling on Merkel to change course, but she is refusing to admit fallibility. Could this be the end? […] The late phases of a chancellor’s term tend to be tortuous. Konrad Adenauer didn’t want to go because he thought he was the only one capable of leading the country, only stepping aside for Ludwig Erhard after 14 long years in office. Helmut Kohl resisted retirement because he thought only he could push through the common currency in Europe. He was,...
  • AfD co-chair Petry wants to rehabilitate a racist term (is “völkisch” racist?)

    09/11/2016 8:39:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.11.2016 | Jefferson Chase
    Frauke Petry, one of the two main leaders of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party, says the racist word “völkisch” should be destigmatized. The term has heavy Nazi connotations. […] Duden, the German dictionary of record, defines "völkisch" as follows: (National Socialist) (in the ideology of National Socialism), concerning a people as a purported race; of or belonging to a people as a purported race(obsolete) national. “It’s unacceptable to reduce the word ‘völkisch’ to ‘racist,’” Petry said. “I myself don’t use the term, but I have a problem with the negative connotations of the concept ‘völkisch’ being extended to the...
  • Concern in Germany: 'Hundreds of terrorists in our midst'

    09/11/2016 4:04:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    INN ^ | 09/11/2016 09:03 | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    … Interior Minister of Germany Thomas de Maizière told the Bild newspaper in an interview that German security services know 520 potential terrorists and another 360 people who are designated as “known to the police” due to their ties with terrorists and similar dangerous extremist elements. …
  • Silence, tight quarters and no women: On board Israel's most advanced submarine

    09/11/2016 9:07:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sept 9, 2016 | Amos Harel
    The commander of Israel Navy Ship Eilat, a Sa’ar-5 class Israeli missile boat, was extremely displeased. For some time, INS Rahav, the navy’s latest Dolphin-2 class submarine, had been cruising in the waters beneath him, at fairly close quarters. The sub occasionally lunged up and trained its periscope on the missile boat. Observers on the boat, whose task is to spot such potential threats, hadn’t noticed the periscope’s tip, which is the size of a fist, on the surface. The sub was practicing intelligence gathering, using the missile boat and its surroundings as targets; it wasn’t spotted even when sailors...
  • Western Publishers Submit to Islam

    09/11/2016 3:02:03 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 11/9/16 | Giulio Meotti
    ..... When Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses came out in 1989, Viking Penguin, the British and American publisher of the novel, was subjected to daily Islamist harassment. ...the London office resembled "an armed camp," with police protection, metal detectors and escorts for visitors. In Viking's New York offices, dogs sniffed packages and the place was designated a "sensitive location". Many bookshops were attacked and many even refused to sell the book. Viking spent about $3 million on security measures in 1989, the fatal year for Western freedom of expression. Nonetheless, Viking never flinched. It was a miracle that the novel...
  • France and Germany to beef up EU defense

    09/10/2016 8:59:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Sep 2016 08:42 GMT+02:00
    France and Germany are preparing joint proposals for a “more active and more useful” European defense policy, the French defense ministry told AFP on Friday. […] The Franco-German document proposes the establishment of a European defense headquarters, a common satellite surveillance system and the sharing of logistics and military medical resources, according to the Saturday edition of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. There would be a tighter circle of EU members for some defense projects where it proves impossible to gain agreement from all, the paper added, citing the document. …
  • Hundreds of refugees under 14 arrive in Germany married

    09/09/2016 5:47:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Sep 2016 16:03 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    There are now 361 children under the age of 14 living in Germany, interior ministry figures show. Most of these children are from countries in the Middle East and eastern Europe. The influx of refugees in 2015 has led to an increase in the number of child marriages, according to the figures. The data collected up to the date of July 31st 2016 shows that 1,475 minors were registered in the government migration office as married, Der Westen (WAZ) reports. […] The largest number of married minors come from Syria, at 664, with 157 coming from Afghanistan, 100 coming from...