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  • France: Marine Le Pen's niece, Marion Marechal opens 'Far Right' Training School for Future Leaders

    09/22/2018 12:10:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Politico Europe ^ | Sep 2018 | Maia De La Bume
    This month, the doors will open at the Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences (ISSEP) in Lyon, France’s third-biggest city. It will, its high-profile backers hope, become a breeding ground for the country’s next generation of conservative thinkers and leaders. It also marks the return to public life of Marion Maréchal, once the great hope of the French far right, who is the college’s director. She said the idea was to train a new crop of politicians and officials to replace the “visionless” Parisian elite. She was the youngest member of France’s parliament before stepping away from politics in...
  • German politics fragment as support for big parties erodes

    09/22/2018 8:51:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.21.2018 | Jefferson Chase
    For most of Germany’s postwar history, the conservative CDU/CSU and the Social Democrats (SPD) were the undisputed twin poles of German politics. Known as Volksparteien, literally “popular parties,” these big-tent associations of interests have led every government since 1949. They were the German equivalents of the Republicans and Democrats in the United States or Tories and Labour in the United Kingdom. But their popularity is eroding alarmingly. In the words of venerable German political scientist Herfried Münkler, the Volksparteien look increasingly like “last year’s models.” The most recent Deutschlandtrend survey, published on September 20, put support for the CDU/CSU at...
  • Germany and Russia's secret war against America

    09/14/2018 12:08:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | Aug 2018 | Gerald Flurry
    President Donald Trump publicly rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 11 for Germany’s decision to buy a massive amount of gas from Russia. “I think it’s very sad,” he said. "Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” he later said, “I think it’s a very bad thing for nato and I don’t think it should have happened.” Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 are key components of Putin’s plan to tighten his grip on nations in Eastern Europe that used to be part of the Soviet Empire. Since these pipelines travel directly from Russia to Germany, they enable Putin to...
  • Europe's Identity At Stake in upcoming European Parliament elections

    09/07/2018 9:30:54 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | Sep 6, 2018
    In Magyar Idők, Zoltán Kottász contends that the 2019 European Parliament election campaign will be the first EP election in which real European issues will dominate. While in the past, EP elections in all member states were determined by domestic issues, in 2019, EU voters will decide about the future and identity of Europe, the pro-government commentator suspects. Kottász predicts that the campaign will be fought between what he calls ‘globalist multculturalist parties’ led by French President Macron, and ‘forces which champion national sovereignty’ that oppose migration. Kottász thinks that PM Orbán’s anti-multiculturalist and anti-immigration vision are becoming increasingly popular...
  • Probing America: Top German Prosecutor Considers NSA Investigation

    01/20/2014 6:47:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 20, 2014 – 05:49 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    Germany and the US appear to be edging closer to political confrontation. The Federal Prosecutor says there is sufficient evidence to open a politically explosive investigation into NSA spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. […] In the close to eight months that have passed since the first reports were published about the National Security Agency’s massive spying operations, the only things Germany has been given by the US are well-meaning assurances. Last summer, the German government sent a list of questions about their surveillance programs to the Americans and the British, whose GCHQ intelligence agency has likewise been accused...
  • Merkel Spreads “Fake News” About Nord Stream II Pipeline – “Will Not Make Us Dependent On Russia”

    08/27/2018 7:31:10 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/28/18 | L Todd Wood
    Angela Merkel has chosen to ignore reality, as she has also done with the migrant crisis in Europe. Today the German leader denied that building a new pipeline under the Baltic Sea to deliver cheap gas from Russia will make Germany ‘dependent’ on Russian gas as highlighted by President Trump at a recent NATO conference. Germany spends an extremely low amount on its own defense, preferring to rely on the American taxpayer, all the while increasing Germany’s reliance on Russia for its own energy needs, after having ‘gone green’ in recent decades and destroyed its own energy infrastructure. The ‘green...
  • Angela Merkel warns against erosion of democracy

    08/26/2018 5:51:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.26.2018 | rs/bw (AP, dpa)
    Merkel defended democratic values in an interview following a contentious summer for her government. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer also said he doesn’t expect a repeat of the crisis that nearly upended Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized the importance of press freedom, protections for minorities and independent courts in an interview with public broadcaster ARD on Sunday. “Democracy is more than just somebody getting a majority,” Merkel said. “Democracy is protection for minorities, press freedom, the right to demonstrate — democracy is independent courts.” If the independence of those institutions is no longer safeguarded, “then democracy would no longer be...
  • Merkel Offers Assistance In Settling Karabakh Conflict

    08/25/2018 2:48:10 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 3 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/25/18 | L Todd Wood
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev in Baku on Saturday offered to help solve the long-standing ‘frozen conflict’ of the Soviet Union in Central Asia – Nagorno-Karabakh. The move seems to be a play to get German access to commodity rights and business contracts in the region blessed with natural resources. “We are talking about the issue, which hinders this region very much. This is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and we, on the part of Germany, would like to render support in resolving it,” Merkel said. The German chancellor also said that Azerbaijan and Germany...
  • Germany to trump Japan again with world's largest c/a surplus - Ifo

    08/22/2018 12:02:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | AUGUST 20, 2018 | Rene Wagner, Michael Nienaber
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s current account surplus is set to remain the world’s largest this year despite increased trade tensions, the Ifo institute said on Monday, in an estimate likely to renew criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fiscal policies. The International Monetary Fund and the European Commission have for years urged Germany to do more to lift domestic demand and imports as a way to reduce global economic imbalances and stimulate growth elsewhere. Since his election, U.S. President Donald Trump has also criticized Germany’s export strength. Germany’s current account surplus — which measures the flow of goods, services and investments...
  • Merkel Colludes With Putin To Get Russian Gas

    08/19/2018 5:58:17 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 18 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/19/19 | L Todd Wood
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Meseberg, Germany but the meeting produced ‘no agreements’ except an agreement to collude with Russia to get Russian cheap gas piped into Germany. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters no agreements were reached, but the meeting had simply been intended to “check the watches” after Merkel’s meeting with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in May, reported Reuters. The two leaders both viewed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project as a purely commercial venture, despite persistent fire by the U.S. and Ukrainian governments, Peskov said.
  • Putin Cuts The Rug With Austrian Foreign Minister On Way To Meet Merkel For Talks

    08/18/2018 10:28:13 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 9 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/18/18 | L Todd Wood
    Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Austrian foreign minister’s wedding and cut the rug with the newlywed in front of the local press. The move was seen as surprising due to Europe’s adversarial stance against Russia due to the Crimean annexation in 2014. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers booked to serenade the newlyweds – on a stopover on his way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin. Photographs showed Kneissl, 53, smiling in a long white and cream “dirndl” dress and talking to...
  • Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

    08/17/2018 3:18:54 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 17 Aug 2018 | AP staff
    FRANKFURT, Germany — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for both leaders. The two will meet at the German government's guest house outside Berlin and will give short statements beforehand but aren't planning a news conference, German officials have said. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert has said that topics will include the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, and energy questions. Putin...
  • Flashback: Pope Benedict criticizes E.U. for excluding God on anniversary (and Merkel agreed!)

    07/30/2018 10:27:48 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2007 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Benedict strongly criticized the European Union on Saturday for excluding a mention of God and Europe’s Christian roots in declarations marking the 50th anniversary of its founding. Pope Benedict warned the bloc was headed up a slippery slope of indifference and said it could not deny its “historical, cultural and moral identity” that Christianity helped forge. In a toughly-worded speech to European bishops, Benedict said Europe was committing a form of “apostasy of itself” and was thus doubting its own identity. The Pope, who like his predecessor John Paul often calls for a mention of God and Christianity in...
  • Of Pipelines and Alliances: President Trump at NATO

    07/16/2018 6:21:06 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 16, 2018 AD | John F. Di Leo
    During the July 2018 NATO summit, elements of the USA newsmedia focused on President Trump’s accurate attacks on Western Europe’s contradictory actions and positions in the arenas of defense and commerce. What the USA newsmedia covered much less was how welcome those points were to NATO members from Eastern Europe, whose memories of Russian aggression are much more recent, perhaps, than those of Western Europe, making them as wary of these issues as Mr. Trump is. Delegates from Poland, Lithuania, and Romania, for example, appeared just as happy about Mr. Trump’s comments as delegates from England, France and especially Germany...
  • Borderline Disorder

    07/16/2018 5:59:32 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 2 replies
    NRO ^ | 12 July 2018 | Douglas Murray
    How Angela Merkel’s open borders roiled Europe and undermined her Across the chancelleries of Europe, a realization is dawning. It began at the outskirts of the continent and has now made its way to the heart of Angela Merkel’s government in Berlin. It is the realization that even Merkel is mortal. For the entirety of this century so far, Merkel has been a constant. She has been leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000, when she publicly turned on her former political mentor, Helmut Kohl, over a party-funding dispute. And she has been chancellor of Germany since 2005,...
  • Delingpole: Trump Is Right – Germany’s Green Energy Suicide Is a Threat to the West

    07/13/2018 5:28:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 12, 2018 | James Delingpole
    President Trump has warned at a NATO summit that German dependence on Russian gas poses a major security threat to the West. It’s about time somebody said it! This problem has been brewing for decades. In fact it goes right back to the communist era of the Soviet Union, when the Russians saw the burgeoning green movement as the perfect way to undermine their enemies in the free West. Originally, the Soviets funded the “Peace Movement” in Western Europe mainly as a way of promoting the campaign for nuclear disarmament (in the West, that is, not behind the Iron Curtain)....
  • U.S. ambassador urges Germany to block Iran cash withdrawal

    07/11/2018 7:23:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2018 4:21 AM | Andrea Shalal, Andreas Rinke and Markus Wacket
    The U.S. ambassador to Germany urged Berlin on Tuesday to stop Iran withdrawing large sums of cash from bank accounts in Germany to offset the effect of new U.S. sanctions imposed after Washington withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal. Richard Grenell, a longtime critic of the accord, told the mass-circulation daily Bild that the U.S. government was extremely concerned about Tehran’s plans to transfer hundreds of millions of euros in cash to Iran. “We encourage the highest levels of the German government to intervene and stop the plan,” Grenell said. […] Bild first reported on Monday that German authorities were...
  • Merkel responds to Trump: 'I have witnessed' Germany under Soviet control

    07/11/2018 10:13:17 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2018 | Jennifer Hansler
    Angela Merkel appeared to hit back at US President Donald Trump's claim that "Germany is a captive of Russia" by drawing on her own upbringing in Soviet-controlled East Germany. "I wanted to say that, because of current events, I have witnessed this myself, that a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. And I am very happy that we are today unified in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany," she said in an arrival statement at the NATO Summit Wednesday. Merkel, who was born in Hamburg in 1954, has spoken on numerous occasions about her upbringing under...
  • He used to rule Germany. Now, he oversees Russian energy companies and lashes out at the U.S.

    07/11/2018 7:51:02 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2017 | Rick Noack
    For seven years, Gerhard Schröder was the leader of the most populous democracy in Western Europe. Schröder could have easily spent the rest of his career as an elder statesman, attending summits and writing books. Instead, Schröder — a friend of Vladimir Putin who has defended Moscow's top man as a “flawless democrat” — opted for a career in the Russian business world. His astonishing career in the Russian energy industry reached new heights when the former chancellor was nominated for a position as an independent director on the board of Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company — and one in...
  • Merkel Govt Bans Reporting of Migrant Beheading Infant in Germany

    07/10/2018 9:06:17 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 34 replies
    Neounrealist via YouTube ^ | 07/09/18 | Neounrealist
    Video at link.