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  • A Girl’s Killing Puts Germany’s Migration Policy on Trial

    01/18/2018 9:17:12 PM PST · by aquila48 · 33 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | JAN. 17, 2018 | KATRIN BENNHOLD
    KANDEL, Germany — It happened between neatly stacked rows of shampoo and organic baby food: A teenage boy walked up to his ex-girlfriend in the local drugstore, pulled out a kitchen knife with an eight-inch blade and stabbed her in the heart. The death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because both the suspect and the victim were only 15 years old and went to the local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl was German. From the moment Germany opened...
  • Russia, Iran open their arms as Turkey loses patience with U.S.

    01/18/2018 8:32:22 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    N(o)B(rains)C(ollectively) News ^ | Thursday, January 18, 2018 | F. Brinley Bruton
    U.S. military support for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish YPG militia, have left Turkey furious. Officials have even warned that Turkish troops are ready to cross into neighboring Syria... Erdogan has also warned of an imminent incursion into Kurdish-controlled Afrin in northwest Syria... With around one-fifth of Turkey’s population identifying as Kurdish, Turkey views the PKK and moves toward Kurdish independence regionally as an existential threat... "The U.S. is directly providing arms to a group ... whose ultimate ambition is not defeating ISIS," said Ziya Meral, a Turkey analyst at the Centre for Historical Analysis...
  • Merkel's Coalition Partner: Failure of CDU, SPD Talks Will Be 'Catastrophe' for Germany

    01/18/2018 6:30:35 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-18-2018 | Michael van der Galien
    Horst Seehofer -- the leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) ally, the Christian Social Union -- is calling on Angela Merkel and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz to make sure that the talks between Merkel's CDU and Schulz's SPD are successful. Seehofer says the Social Democrats shooting down the results of the talks on Sunday would absolutely be a "catastrophe" for Germany. When asked by German newspaper Bild whether he has faith in the SPD -- which seems to be internally divided on the question whether or not it should form a coalition with the CDU -- Seehofer...
  • US military to maintain open-ended presence in Syria, Tillerson says

    01/18/2018 9:11:23 AM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 54 replies
    fox news ^ | January 17, 2018 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON
    Speaking at Stanford University after being introduced by former top diplomat Condoleezza Rice, Tillerson said the Trump administration was determined not to repeat President Barack Obama's "mistake" when he withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011. Republicans for years have argued the withdrawal created the opening for IS' rapid expansion.... Securing a successful U.N. peace process, getting Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, ridding Syria of Iran's influence and eradicating all weapons of mass destruction in the country.
  • Germany detains two after raids target Syrian-Polish smuggling gang

    01/17/2018 7:40:31 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | JANUARY 17, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    Police raided sites in seven German states and detained two people in Berlin on Wednesday on suspicion of links to a gang smuggling Syrians through Poland to Germany, a federal police spokesman said. The suspects are accused of fraudulently obtaining Polish tourist visas for Syrians so they could fly to Poland from the Gulf and then cross into Germany to apply for asylum, said spokesman Markus Pfau.
  • The Nigel Farage Show: Macron's Brexit trade deal means accepting more migrants.....

    01/16/2018 3:56:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/15/2018 | OrionPrime
    (Nigel Farage at 1:45) Macron will go and visit with the Interior Minister and then on Thursday he comes to the United Kingdom. He's going to be there for three or four days. He will meet the Prime Minister and well its understood that he will urge the Prime Minister to allow more lone children as well as adult migrants with family members in the UK to cross the Channel to be housed in the United Kingdom. And of course for many years we've talked about lone children and we've accepted quite a lot of lone children and I'm sure...
  • Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

    01/15/2018 12:57:11 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies
    reuters.com ^ | January 14, 2018 | Noah Barkin
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Trump. Merkel, who has been struggling to put together a government since a German election in September, had been expected to skip the annual gathering of leaders, CEOs, bankers and celebrities in the Swiss Alps for a third straight year. But after clinching a preliminary coalition agreement with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Friday, German officials said Merkel could travel...
  • America Last? EU says Trump is losing on trade

    01/15/2018 12:53:47 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies
    ca.reuters.com ^ | January 15, 2018 | Philip Blenkinsop, Noah Barkin
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s trade tsar has no idea what Donald Trump will tell his audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week, but she is clear what the EU’s message to the U.S. president will be. America is shooting itself in the foot by withdrawing from global leadership on trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, the 49-year-old Swede who has served as Europe’s trade commissioner for the past three years, told Reuters. Under Malmstrom’s direction, the EU has juggled a dizzying array of trade talks over the past year. In July it clinched a preliminary deal with Japan....
  • Soros Pledges Renewed Fight Against ‘Dominant Ideology’ Of Nationalism, Says EU ‘Verge of Breakdown’

    01/15/2018 11:43:27 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/15/17 | Victoria Friedman
    The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”. Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda. Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà...
  • Iran Caught in “Missile Trap” After UN Report

    01/15/2018 8:08:53 AM PST · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    IranWire ^ | January 13, 2018
    Iran’s missile program has been the target of criticism by the US and the European Union for quite some time. When Yemeni Houthi rebels launched a missile toward Saudi Arabia on November 5, 2017, Iran was accused of having supplied it to them, a charge Iranian officials categorically denied. But on Friday, January 12, a United Nations panel concluded that the Islamic Republic had violated a UN arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to the Shi'ite rebels in Yemen. In the 79-page report, the panel accuses Iran of violating UN Security Council Resolution 2216, passed in...
  • UN Finds Iranian Weapons Supplied To Yemeni Rebels, Violating UN Embargo

    01/15/2018 8:01:22 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    A United Nations panel in a new report has concluded that Iran violated a UN arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shi'ite rebels in Yemen, backing up accusations made repeatedly by the United States. (excerpt "The panel said it came to the conclusion that Iran had manufactured the weapons the Yemeni rebels fired at Saudi Arabia, which leads an Arab coalition fighting on the side of the government against the rebels in Yemen's civil war. The panel said it found that design features of the missile debris were "consistent with those of the Iranian-designed and...
  • Trump Warns European Allies: Fix Iran Nuclear Deal’s ‘Disastrous Flaws’ — or America Withdraws

    01/14/2018 11:44:46 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Jan 2018 | ADELLE NAZARIAN13
    WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump’s decision to keep the United States in the Iran nuclear deal on Friday was coupled with a warning to his European allies: “Fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.” “Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw,” Trump said in a statement. He added: I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European...
  • Germany expands anti-terror squad GSG 9

    01/15/2018 4:27:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.15.2018 | Ben Knight
    The German federal police are expanding its anti-terrorism unit GSG 9 and installing a special squad in Berlin. The move is a reaction to ongoing terrorist threats in the capital. The federal police squad that deals with terrorist attacks is to become significantly larger, and will set up a second base in Berlin. “We’re talking about around a third of the current strength of the unit,” GSG 9 commander Jérome Fuchs told Berlin state broadcaster RBB on Monday, before adding that finding the right personnel would be a “big challenge,” and that “fitness, strength of character, and teamwork” were particular...
  • The Most Reliable Cars in the US: the 15 Cars Americans Keep the Longest Before Trading in...

    01/14/2018 2:38:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 261 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | January 14, 2018 | Emily Crane
    Toyota HighlanderToyota TundraToyota SiennaToyota PriusToyota RAV4Honda OdysseyToyota SequoiaToyota TacomaHonda CR-VToyota AvalonAcura MDXToyota CamrySubaru ForesterNissan FrontierVolkswagen Golf
  • Germany fears EU migration reforms will trigger refugee influx: report

    01/13/2018 9:51:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.13.2018 | Natalie Muller
    Berlin fears the European Parliament’s planned amendment to the so-called Dublin Regulation could see many more refugees settling in Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. The Dublin Regulation requires people seeking asylum to register in the first EU state they enter, and for that state to assume responsibility for processing their claim. But if the proposed reform is passed, responsibility could shift from the arrival state to the EU country where any of the applicant’s relatives live. Under such a change, “Germany would have to accommodate significantly more asylum seekers,” said an Interior Ministry memo, quoted by Der Spiegel....
  • German ‘Grand Coalition’ Declares Migrant Crisis ‘Over’, Will Let in 220,000 Migrants Per Year

    01/13/2018 5:02:38 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 13, 2018 | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    The expected ‘Grand Coalition’ of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and Martin Schulz’s Social Democrats (SPD) have declared the migrant crisis to be “over” and agreed to let in up to 220,000 migrants each year. The two parties have agreed to allow between 180,000 to 220,000 migrants per year, claiming their plans will control migration in such a way that “a situation like 2015 is not repeated”, Die Welt reports. Around 1,000 migrants will be allowed into Germany per month as part of the family reunification programme thanks to lobbying by Schulz — a former President of the...
  • German-US relations after a year of Trump: what has changed?

    01/12/2018 4:39:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 January 2018 15:24 CET+01:00 | Jörg Luyken
    When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the US last January, politicians in Berlin worried that it could have a dramatic impact on relations between the two allies. A year on, there are reasons for optimism, as well as continued concern. […] Top of the list of German concerns about a Trump administration were his insinuations that the US would no longer automatically come to the defense of Europe in the event of an attack on a NATO member. And the fact that he repeatedly barracked Germany for its trade surplus with the US in his...
  • German economy in 2017 grew at highest rate in six years

    01/12/2018 1:12:45 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 11 January 2018 | AFP
    The German economy grew 2.2 percent in 2017, enjoying its fastest rate of expansion since 2011, official data for Europe's top economy showed on Thursday. The expansion, which was in line with forecasts from leading economic think-tanks and the OECD, was driven by big increases in the rate of growth in investments and exports, officials from statistics authority Destatis said at a Berlin press conference.
  • German Playboy features first transgender model on cover

    01/11/2018 1:38:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | January 10, 2018 | by Ariel Jao
    The German edition of Playboy magazine says it will feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time. Editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said Tuesday that putting Giuliana Farfalla on the cover — topless, as is customary for such magazines in Germany — was in line with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s tradition of being “resolutely opposed to all forms of exclusion and intolerance.” Boitin says the 21-year-old Farfalla is a “wonderful example of how important the fight for the right to self-determination is.”
  • French president: U.S., Israel, Saudi Iran policies ‘would lead us to war'

    01/08/2018 12:38:53 AM PST · by caww · 35 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan. 7, 2018 | JTA
    Macron's statement lays blame on France’s allies rather than its estranged trade partner Iran for a perceived risk of escalation. ...“The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war,” Macron said in his statement,.... which is unusual in that it lays blame on France’s allies rather than its estranged trade partner Iran for a perceived risk of escalation.