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  • German government strikes deal on basic pension

    11/14/2019 2:30:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.10.2019 | rs/stb (dpa, Reuters, epd, AFP); DW’s Ralf Bosen contributed reporting
    The German government struck a deal on Sunday to guarantee a basic pension for low-income workers after months of rising tensions over the issue that threatened to spark a government crisis. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), had been butting heads with their coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), over how to execute the plan. In the future, people who receive small pensions despite paying into the system for decades should expect to receive more money. Pensioners will have to undergo an income review in order to qualify...
  • Merkel: East German upbringing influenced my leadership style

    11/09/2019 9:14:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.09.2019 | ed/dr (dpa, Reuters)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that her leadership style is partly shaped by her upbringing in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Merkel made the remarks in an interview with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung a day ahead of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. “For 35 years, I experienced the official opinion as different from my own,” Merkel said, referring to the communist leadership of the former East Germany. “I was alone with my opinion, or shared it with very few people. That’s why it does not bother me when others see things differently.”...
  • Germany's Angela Merkel vows to fight right-wing extremist terrorism [barf]

    11/04/2019 2:15:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.04.2019 | Austin Davis
    At a memorial to victims of neo-Nazi terrorism, the chancellor said the government must prevent a resurgence of such hatred. Her comments came shortly after several politicians received death threats from the far-right. “As a nation, we have to ensure that these things don’t repeat themselves,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in the eastern German town of Zwickau, where a new memorial in honor of the victims of the right-wing extremist cell National Socialist Underground (NSU) was erected. The memorial consisted of ten trees planted across a sprawling field in the city center, one for each of the group’s...
  • Shock as Merkel donates half a billion dollars in aid to Palestinian president, paying terrorists...

    11/02/2019 12:11:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    The Politics ^ | Monday, September 16, 2019 | Free Speech
    At the joint press conference (Video embedded below), Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We are now the largest bilateral donors in the Palestinian territories." According to Germany's Bild news, the federal government announced that in 2018 about 166.2 million euros flowed to the Palestinians. In addition, Germany transferred about 173.2 million euros to UNRWA, a UN agency for Palestinian Muslims. Throughout her years as Chancellor, Angela Merkel gave the Palestinian Authority more than half a billion dollars, not including foreign aid to UNRWA. The Palestinian Authority openly pays salaries to every terrorist who murdered Jews as an act of jihad. In...
  • German Populists Surpass Merkel Party in Regional Elections

    11/01/2019 3:00:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Oct 2019 | by Chris Tomlinson
    The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) relegated the Christian Democratic Union of German Chancellor Angela Merkel into third place as they saw a surge of support in the region of Thuringia. The regional branch of the AfD in Thuringia, led by firebrand politician Björn Höcke, managed to score 23.4 per cent of the vote on Sunday, coming second to the far-left Die Linke, a descendant of the former East German (DDR) Communist Party who won 31 per cent, Deutsche Welle reports. The result left the CDU of Chancellor Merkel in third place with 21.8 per cent of the vote, a...
  • Merkel says German multiculturalism has failed

    10/21/2019 10:28:38 AM PDT · by gattaca · 113 replies
    BBC ^ | October 17, 2019 | BBC
    Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says. She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German. The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany. A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners". The study - by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank - also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany's immigrants or people with foreign origins had...
  • Boris Johnson: No-Deal Brexit Will Be Angela Merkel’s Fault

    10/09/2019 8:48:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    To be fair, blame the Germans has proven to be a solid political strategy regarding European affairs for quite a while, and not for no reason. It’s nearly as popular in the UK, historically speaking, as blame the French. And Leo Varadkar might be happy that Boris Johnson isn’t blaming Ireland for the no-deal Brexit everyone knows is coming.But even as much as everyone likes to blame the Germans, this looks like a stretch: An anonymous official in Boris Johnson’s office told broadcast reporters on Tuesday that negotiations with European leaders over Brexit were “essentially impossible” after the British...
  • Germany releases Hizbollah member to Lebanon (Stethem's killer was wanted in US)

    12/20/2005 2:46:30 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 905+ views
    Reuters | December 20, 2005
    BEIRUT, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Germany has secretly released a Hizbollah member jailed for life for killing a U.S. Navy diver and returned him to Lebanon despite an extradition request from the United States, Lebanese political sources said on Tuesday. They said Mohammad Ali Hammadi, convicted of killing Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight to Beirut and sentenced to life without parole, was flown back to Beirut last week.
  • Angela Merkel, defense minister to fly to US on two planes

    09/22/2019 3:14:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.22.2019 | mm/sms (AFP, dpa, Reuters)
    Two days after the German government announced a €54 billion ($61 billion) package of measures to tackle climate change, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer are to fly to the United States in two separate planes, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. Two Luftwaffe aircraft will transport the two politicians almost simultaneously to the east coast of the US, the paper said. Merkel is due in New York at the United Nations climate summit on Monday, where she is expected to confirm that Germany is committed to phasing out coal and will help to save the...
  • Greece's immigration situation accelerates as the rest of Europe watches

    09/08/2019 7:15:20 PM PDT · by LucyT · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 8th 2019 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The following is a first-person report of refugees trying to flee to Greece. It’s 10 p.m. at night and we’re boarding a Greek Coast Guard vessel on the island of Lesvos. The captain assures us we will pick up 150 Muslim refugees in the Aegean Sea tonight. It’s an every night occurrence and part of an underreported illegal immigration and refugee crisis in Europe. They come from places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. Many Americans heard about Europe’s huge influx of refugees in 2015 and 2016. But they may not have heard the rest of the story, which Full...
  • #TrumpNotWelcome trends in Germany after Trump says he'd like to visit 'soon'

    08/27/2019 10:18:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.26.2019 | Michaela Cavanaugh
    The usually poker-faced Angela Merkel couldn’t contain a chuckle at the G7 in Biarritz on Monday as Trump announced his plans to visit Germany “soon” at the German chancellor’s invitation. In a news conference held prior to their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit, a reporter asked Merkel if she had invited the US president to Berlin, and if so, how he had responded, according to CNN footage. The German chancellor said she had invited Trump “many times” on previous occasions, and then deferred to the US president. Trump responded, “We’ll be there … we’re very honored...
  • Trump Alienating Allies [semi-satire]

    08/26/2019 10:05:32 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Aug 2019 | John Semmens
    Former Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif) assailed President Trump for "alienating our allies to such an extent that they may not come to our aid should we be attacked." "A prime cause of the alienation was Trump's bullying them to honor their NATO military commitments," Swalwell contended. "This reversed decades of bi-partisan policy that looked the other way when our allies fell short of meeting their obligations. This bi-partisan policy built an enormous amount of good will that Trump has squandered." Swalwell rejected the idea that without meeting the NATO military obligations the so-called allies would not be...
  • Angela Merkel: 'I distance myself' from Donald Trump's racist comments

    07/20/2019 5:12:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.19.2019 | Thomas Sparrow
    Addressing US President Donald Trump’s recent attacks against a group of minority congresswomen, Merkel clearly showed her disdain. “I firmly distance myself from it and feel solidarity toward the attacked women,” Merkel said at her annual summer press conference in Berlin on Friday. The chancellor said that “people of very different nationalities have contributed to the strength of the American people.” She added that Trump’s statements “contradict the strength of America.” …
  • Merkel seen visibly shaking AGAIN, this time as she welcomes Finnish PM

    07/10/2019 12:45:39 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 54 replies
    RT ^ | 7-10-19 | unattributed
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen visibly shaking during another high-profile diplomatic meeting, this time as she welcomed Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne as the countries’ anthems played. Merkel has repeatedly played down concerns over her health in recent weeks following high-profile episodes of shaking in public during meetings with other world leaders.
  • Remarks by President Trump and Chancellor Merkel of Germany Before Bilateral Meeting | Osaka, Japan

    06/29/2019 10:31:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    White House ^ | June 28, 2019 | White House report
    PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. It’s great to be with Chancellor Merkel, a friend of mine — a great friend of mine. And we’ve had a terrific relationship. The trade between Germany and the United States, I think, has reached a — pretty much a high level. We’ll see if we can do even better, but it’s reached a level that it’s never reached before. And we have many things to talk about, and we have a long meeting scheduled. And we’ll be spending some time later on together also. But I just want to say she’s a fantastic...
  • Concern over Angela Merkel's health as German chancellor seen shaking for second time this month

    06/27/2019 6:08:10 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 27, 2019 | Foreign Staff
    Concern is growing over the health of Angela Merkel after the German Chancellor was overcome by a shaking fit for the second time in a little over a week on Thursday. Eight days after footage showed Ms Merkel desperately trying to maintain composure as she shook from head to foot at a reception for the Ukrainian president, she has suffered another bout of trembling. Footage from Thursday morning shows Ms Merkel’s legs shaking as she stands through a swearing-in ceremony in Berlin for the country’s new justice minister, Christine Lambrecht.
  • Angela Merkel seen shaking uncontrollably for second time in nine days

    06/27/2019 6:49:23 AM PDT · by mkleesma · 51 replies
    The Sun ^ | 6/27/19 | The Sun via Youtube
    Angela Merkel caught shaking uncontrollably for second time in nine days.
  • Why Are Leftist Politicians Always “Dehydrated”?

    06/19/2019 4:45:19 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 41 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) When will these leftists learn how to drink water? – BREAKING: We have an epidemic of dehydration breaking out among leaders of the globalist left! Check out this video of German despot Angela Merkel coming down with a case of the shakes at an outdoor ceremony yesterday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: After this disturbing video was taken, Merkel told her willing accomplices in the press that she was suffering from “dehydration” and was just peachy after she went behind closed doors for a bit and drank some water. So that’s the...
  • Angela Merkel Afflicted With Shaking Seizure

    06/18/2019 4:47:10 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 83 replies
    YouTube / Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2019 | Associated Press
    Angela Merkel experiences some sort of serious, shaking seizure while listening to the national anthem while meeting the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin. Her whole body visibly shaking as she received the new Ukrainian president at the chancellery. Merkel later said she was fine. Right.
  • Merkel says recovered from shaking bout after drinking water

    06/18/2019 6:23:30 AM PDT · by maggief · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2019
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was seen shaking when she met visiting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy earlier on Tuesday, said she had since drunk water and was feeling better. Merkel looked as if she were struggling to stand up while she and Zelenskiy listened to national anthems during military honors upon his arrival.