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  • Diesel driving bans 'self-destructive': German transit minister

    11/16/2018 4:14:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 November 2018 13:32 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Efforts by courts to impose diesel driving bans are “self-destructive” and put German prosperity at risk, the transport minister warned Friday, as tempers flared in the battle against urban air pollution. Speaking a day after a court in Essen became the first to order that sections of a major western highway be closed to older diesel vehicles, Andreas Scheuer lashed out at the “disproportionate” ruling. “Judgments like these endanger the mobility of hundreds of thousands of citizens. Nobody understands this self-destructive debate,” Scheuer told Bild daily, adding that such bans “were unheard of in the rest of the world”. The...
  • ‘No More Bargaining’ — Merkel Warns Offer Is Final as Brussels Chiefs Hope Brexit Will Be Called Off

    11/16/2018 12:35:10 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Nov 2018 | Virginia Hale
    There is “no question” of renegotiating the super-soft Brexit deal agreed with Theresa May, Angela Merkel has warned, as Eurocrats voiced hope that the divorce could be called off altogether. Speaking after a cabinet meeting in Potsdam, the German Chancellor said: “We have a document on the table that Britain and the remaining 27 EU states have agreed. There is, as far as I am concerned, no question of further bargaining at present.” With German industry bodies set to be hit particularly hard in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Merkel stated this would be the “worst and most chaotic...
  • Tony Blair claims Eurocrats gloated to him about defeating Britain during Brexit talks

    11/16/2018 12:28:12 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 26 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | 14th November 2018 | Harry Cole
    TONY Blair last night sparked fury by boasting EU officials privately gloated to him that they forced Britain to “cave” in divorce talks.
  • A World War II hero returns to Germany to solve a mystery -- and meet an enemy

    11/14/2018 10:05:24 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies
    Cnn.com ^ | November 11, 2018 | John Blake
    Clarence Smoyer's index finger caressed the trigger. Sweat poured down the leather flaps of his helmet. No one in his tank moved or even whispered. It was March 6, 1945, and Smoyer was part of the Allies' last push into Nazi Germany. The lanky 19-year-old with a mop of curly hair was part of a tank crew that had crawled into the German city of Cologne for what would become the US Army's biggest house-to-house fight in Europe. The Germans called it "Endkampf," the final battle for their homeland. "Gentlemen, I give you Cologne," Smoyer's commander announced over the radio....
  • Geoscientists Find Large Impact Crater in Greenland

    11/15/2018 7:47:28 AM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Nov 15, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    An international team of geoscientists from the United States, Canada and Europe has discovered a large impact crater beneath the Hiawatha Glacier in remote northwest Greenland. A paper on the discovery was published in the journal Science Advances. The Hiawatha impact crater is approximately 19.2 miles (31 km) wide and lies under an ice sheet that is 0.6 miles (1 km) thick.The scientists believe this crater was formed by a 0.6-mile wide iron asteroid that slammed into the Earth at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, perhaps as recently as 12,000 years ago. ..." “Researchers were looking at the map...
  • EU plan to enable non-dollar Iran trade, oil sales unraveling: diplomats

    11/14/2018 7:21:03 AM PST · by Java4Jay · 23 replies
    A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed U.S. sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking U.S. punishment.
  • Merkel calls for the creation of a 'real, true' European army in rebuke to Trump [tr]

    11/13/2018 7:47:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 107 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 13, 2018 | Chris Pleasance
    Angela Merkel called for the creation of a 'real, true' European army during a speech to EU ministers on Tuesday in a rebuke to President Trump. The German Chancellor also called for a European Security Council that would be responsible for coordinating defence policy on the continent. Merkel spoke out after French President Emmanuel Macron floated the same idea last week, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump.
  • Massive crater under Greenland’s ice points to climate-altering impact in the time of humans

    11/14/2018 3:09:50 PM PST · by ETL · 51 replies
    ScienceMag.com ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | Paul Voosen
    On a bright July day 2 years ago, Kurt Kjær was in a helicopter flying over northwest Greenland—an expanse of ice, sheer white and sparkling. Soon, his target came into view: Hiawatha Glacier, a slow-moving sheet of ice more than a kilometer thick. It advances on the Arctic Ocean not in a straight wall, but in a conspicuous semicircle, as though spilling out of a basin. Kjær, a geologist at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, suspected the glacier was hiding an explosive secret. The helicopter landed near the surging river that drains the glacier, sweeping out rocks...
  • Merkel Calls For Raising ‘European Army’ To Defend Against U.S.

    11/14/2018 3:05:50 PM PST · by mandaladon · 83 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 14 Nov 2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Angela Merkel is on her way out as Chancellor of Germany, whether it be at the end of her term (she’s not running again) or through being forced out sooner. But that doesn’t mean that she’s going quietly into that good night. Following some rather acerbic remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron about the European Union needing to be able to stand up to the United States, Merkel chimed in this week with a wonderful plan of her own, no matter how offensive it may sound. She suggested that the EU needs their own standing army so they can be...
  • They're Not Waving EU Flags

    11/14/2018 5:26:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 14, 2018 | Bruce Bawer
    A dispatch from Vienna. I've always enjoyed being in German-speaking cities, even though my German isn't what it used to be (and wasn't even much back then), and even though it's hard not to be reminded, now and then, of, well, you know. In Germany, to be sure, they go out of their way to remind you of that unpleasant interval from 1939 to 1945, filling their cities with hideous examples of what you might call the architecture of atonement – brutalist eyesores that we're supposed to perceive as heartfelt proclamations of sincere Holocaust remorse. At the same time, however,...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 11/14/2018

    11/14/2018 4:56:12 AM PST · by Nextrush · 1 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/14/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned today saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for "surrender to Hamas terror". This could set the stage for new elections.... A thousand protesters were on the streets of the southern Israeli city of Sderot near the Gaza border last night protesting the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas..... "The worst deal in history" That's the response of "Mr. Brexit" Nigel Farage to Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Britain to withdrawal from the European Union. He said all it achieves is a 40 billion pound payment to the EU for the deal. Brexiteer activists...
  • Caroline Glick: A Desperate Emmanuel Macron Attacks Donald Trump

    11/13/2018 4:03:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Caroline Glick
    Upon landing in France over the weekend, Trump called Macron’s remarks about defending against America “insulting.” The President tweeted that instead of figuring out a way to fight the U.S., the Europeans should pay their share of NATO’s budget, which the U.S. has been underwriting. Macron’s anti-Americanism isn’t only fueled by domestic political concerns. He has two other – perhaps even more significant – causes for his hostility. First, and most fundamentally, Macron rightly views Trump’s presidency and his nationalist vision of America as an existential threat to the European Union. As political philosopher Yoram Hazony explains in his vital...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Macron Wants ‘European Union Army,’ Can’t Make NATO Payments

    11/13/2018 3:19:02 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Robert Kraychik
    Victor Davis Hanson told Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily that French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for a European Union army is “absurd,” noting France’s failure to meet its financial commitments to NATO. Hanson reflected on Macron’s Sunday remarks at the centennial commemoration of World War I’s armistice in Paris, France, where the French leader said, “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is treason.” Hanson said, “I was kind of shocked, because here the host was taking the occasion to pose as Europe’s next leader by basically attacking not only Eastern...
  • Trump, Putin, Erdogan to meet in Paris for World War I Centenary Services

    11/05/2018 9:21:15 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Nov 5, 2018 | Patrick Wintour
    Donald Trump is to hold meetings with Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Paris as world leaders arrive in western Europe for ceremonies to mark 100 years since the end of the first world war. Emmanuel Macron, the French president and host for the armistice ceremonies in Paris on 11 November, hopes to use the emotion of the occasion to warn that a nationalist resurgence led by authoritarian leaders – an outcome of the flawed ending of the first world war – will threaten liberal democracies and the institutions of multilateralism, the chief outcome of the second world war....
  • UN Demands Ban on Trump-style “Nationalist Populism”

    11/12/2018 6:56:20 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 59 replies
    the one american ^ | Monday, 12 November 2018 | Alex Newman
    BRINDISI, Italy — The United Nations is seriously stepping up its campaign to undermine free speech, online freedom, and a surge in opposition to globalism worldwide. Pointing to what it calls “international law” against racism and “intolerance,” the UN is demanding a global crackdown on fundamental human rights as well as what is described as “nationalist populism.” In particular, the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment must go. As part of the attack, political and economic ideas the UN hates — populism, concern about corrupt elites, nationalism, individual liberty, borders, and more — are also now officially in the UN’s crosshairs. Basically,...
  • Mass Migration: Majority Of Germans Feel Like ‘Stranger In Their Own Country’

    11/10/2018 9:15:58 PM PST · by blam · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-10-2018 | Virginia Hale
    A majority of Germans say the level of mass migration has left them feeling “like a stranger in their own country”, according to a new study. Presented as part of this year’s Leipzig University research into “authoritarian” attitudes in the country, the figure showed a rise of 12 points since the Competence Center for Right-Wing Extremism and Democracy Research tested Germans on the same questions in 2014, with 56 per cent of Germans expressing the sentiment in 2018. Other findings from the 328-page study, for which 2,416 Germans were interviewed between May and July this year, were that 44 per...
  • China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

    11/08/2018 11:20:46 PM PST · by blueplum · 26 replies
    AFP via msn ^ | 06 Nov 2018 | WANG ZHAO
    China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. The 17-metre (55-foot) core module was a star attraction at the biennial Airshow China in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, the country's main aerospace industry exhibition. .... ....The International Space Station -- a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan -- has been in operation since 1998 but is due to be retired in 2024. China will then have the only space station in orbit, though it...
  • Macron stokes anger with plan to honour Nazi collaborator Pétain

    11/07/2018 3:50:13 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 21 replies
    "He was a great soldier, it's a fact," Macron said, though he stressed that Petain had made "disastrous choices" during World War II. His comments drew fierce criticism from rival politicians as well as Jewish leaders, reopening a painful chapter in France's history which continues to divide the nation decades on. Francis Kalifat of the CRIF association of French Jewish groups said he was "shocked" by Macron's comments praising a leader who helped deport thousands of Jews to their deaths. "The only thing we will remember about Petain is that he was convicted, in the name of the French people,...
  • Italy's finance chief says budget talks with the EU will continue despite disagreements

    11/06/2018 9:54:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Sylvia Amaro
    The European Commission decided to ask Italy to change its 2019 budget plan and to submit the new version by November 13. However, back in Rome, government members have said they will not change their spending plans. The European Commission will announce on November 21, an opinion on all of the euro zone's draft budgets. If there is no change in the budget plan, Brussels could eventually open an excessive deficit procedure (EDP) — a legal step that aims to help countries respecting European fiscal rules and putting their finances back on track. Pierre Moscovici, commissioner for economic affairs, told...
  • Macron Calls for ‘Real European Army’ to Protect EU from U.S.

    11/06/2018 8:11:09 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 83 replies
    Breitbart - Europe ^ | 11-6-2018 | Victoria Friedman
    French President Emmanuel Macron has reiterated calls for a European Union army, this time saying that it is needed to protect the bloc from China, Russia, and even the United States. The progressive leader, a proponent of greater EU federalisation which will result in the reduction in sovereignty for European nations, told Europe 1 Monday night that the bloc needs a “real European army”. “We have to protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America,” Macron said, according to Agence France-Presse. (snip) “We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a...