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  • Danish prime minister wants country to accept 'zero' asylum seekers

    01/24/2021 5:11:56 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Local - DK ^ | 22 January 2021
    Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says her ambition is for Denmark not to offer asylum to any refugees at all. The PM said that she wanted to reduce asylum applications in Denmark to zero during comments in parliament. “That’s what our target is. Of course, we can’t promise it,” she said. “We can’t promise zero asylum seekers but we can create a vision, like we did before the election, that we want a new asylum system and then do what we can to implement it,” she continued. 2020 saw a total of 1,547 asylum seekers registered in Denmark, the lowest number...
  • German City Installs Ulmer Nests, Sleeping Pods For Homeless People

    01/23/2021 7:08:47 AM PST · by dynachrome · 47 replies
    India Times ^ | 1-22-21 | Shreya Chauhan
    The pods, which are made from wood and steel, were put in parks and other places, a spokesman for the city said. To shield the homeless from the wind and cold, the beds have been equipped with thermal insulation. They are also big enough for use by two individuals. There are no cameras, and when they are in use, sensors are triggered. Those behind the project, amid some delays, announced that they had eventually been rolled out just as the weather began to take a turn for the worse.
  • Infectious Diseases Expert Says UK Lockdown is Not Working

    01/21/2021 6:03:18 AM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Summit News ^ | 21 January, 2021 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Infections higher after lockdown went into place.. Infectious diseases expert Professor Steven Riley says current data shows that the national lockdown in the United Kingdom is not working. Riley, who is professor of infectious disease dynamics at Imperial College London, cited a React study which shows “the prevalence of infection increased between 6 and 15 January,” after the national lockdown was announced on January 4. “It’s long enough that, were the lockdown working effectively, we would certainly have hoped to have seen a decline,” said Riley. The professor added that current research “certainly doesn’t support the conclusion that lockdown is...
  • Germany to Put COVID Rulebreakers in ‘Detention Camp’

    01/17/2021 5:32:08 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 135 replies
    Summit News ^ | 01/15/2021 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Germany is set to put COVID dissidents who repeatedly fail to properly follow the rules in what is being described as a ‘detention camp’ located in Dresden.Yes really.In order to try to increase compliance, violators are told that if they receive both a warning and then a fine, a court will decide whether they should be punished with a stint in the camp.“We don’t assume that there will be very many, but in the event that a court decides that way, there will be a facility to accommodate them,” a spokesperson told RT.Camps. For dissidents. In Germany.What could possibly go...
  • Merkel finished: Laschet declared new CDU leader as German Chancellor steps down(Bye, Angie)

    01/17/2021 9:33:54 AM PST · by Vendome · 39 replies
    Express IK ^ | 1-16-2020 | CIARAN MCGRATH
    ANGELA MERKEL is facing the end of her political career at the helm of Germany, with more than 1,000 members of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party voting on a new leader - with Armin Laschet, chairman of the North Rhine-Westphalia, emerging victorious.
  • Bundestag discusses support for Biden after Capitol riots [foreign interference?]

    01/15/2021 12:11:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.14.2021 | Jens Thurau
    The images of the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6 sent shock waves around the world. The theme of Thursday’s debate in the Bundestag — “In the Wake of the Storming of the Capitol: Strategies to Strengthen Democracy and the Rule of Law in Germany and the World” — shows that those extended to Berlin. Many of the speakers warned that democracy and the rule of law are under threat. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, of the Social Democrats (SPD), referred to the Capitol, the seat of the US House of Representatives and the Senate, as...
  • World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Censorship of President Donald Trump

    01/12/2021 7:52:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | January 12, 2021 | Victoria Kelly-Clark
    Political elites worldwide have criticized big tech companies for banning President Donald Trump from their social media platforms. At present, the president has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, and Instagram. Twitter permanently removed Trump’s account, saying that his recent posts were in violation of the “Glorification of Violence Policy.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Twitter’s ban on Trump “problematic,” and said that freedom of opinion is an essential right of “elementary significance,” her spokesperson, Steffen Siebert, said on Jan 11. “This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined...
  • Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel calls Trump Twitter ban ‘problematic’

    01/11/2021 10:03:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 11, 2021 | Mark Moore
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers it “problematic” that Twitter would toss President Trump off its social media platform, saying through a spokesmen Monday that the president’s ability to express his opinion is a fundamental right of “elementary significance.” “This fundamental right can be intervened in, but according to the law and within the framework defined by legislators — not according to a decision by the management of social media platforms,” Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin. “Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked,” he...
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Twitter ban on President Trump ‘problematic’ [The understatement of the week]

    01/11/2021 8:05:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers U.S. President Donald Trump’s eviction from Twitter by the company “problematic,” her spokesman said Monday. Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a “risk of further incitement of violence” in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the outgoing president. Asked about Twitter’s decision, Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the operators of social media platforms “bear great responsibility for political communication not being poisoned by hatred, by lies and by incitement to violence.” He said it’s right not to “stand back” when such content is posted,...
  • Deutsche Bank Agrees to Pay over $130 Million to Resolve Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Fraud Case

    01/09/2021 8:32:27 AM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 1 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | January 8, 2021 | Staff
    Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (Deutsche Bank or the Company) has agreed to pay more than $130 million to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and a separate investigation into a commodities fraud scheme. The resolution includes criminal penalties of $85,186,206, criminal disgorgement of $681,480, victim compensation payments of $1,223,738, and $43,329,622 to be paid to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in a coordinated resolution. Deutsche Bank is a multi-national financial services company headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. The charges arise out of a scheme to conceal corrupt payments and bribes made to third-party intermediaries...
  • Angela Merkel: Trump shares blame for US Capitol storming

    01/07/2021 2:11:17 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 31 replies
    dw.com ^ | January 7, 2021 | Richard Connor
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her shock Thursday after protesters stormed the US Capitol building demanding that the US election result be overturned. "We all saw the unsettling pictures of the storming of the US Congress yesterday evening, and these images made me angry and sad," Merkel told a meeting of conservatives. Merkel said the president himself had to accept part responsibility for failing to concede. "A ground rule of democracy is that after elections there are winners and losers. Both have their role to play with decency and responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner." "I regret very...
  • Investment deal expected to bolster European dealmaking in China

    01/06/2021 11:39:28 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    reuters.com ^ | JANUARY 7, 2021 | Kane Wu
    European companies are expected to hunt for assets in China, mainly in insurance, healthcare and automobile sectors, after the world’s second-largest economy and the European Union agreed to an investment deal last month, lawyers and bankers say.
  • I Now Better Understand the 'Good German'

    01/05/2021 5:46:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2021 | Dennis Prager
    As my listeners and readers can hopefully attest, I have been on a lifelong quest to understand human nature and human behavior. I am sad to report that I have learned more in the last few years, particularly in 2020, than in any equivalent period of time. One of the biggest revelations concerns a question that has always plagued me: How does one explain the "good German," the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime? The same...
  • Iran blames Germany, other countries, for Qassem Soleimani assassination

    01/04/2021 12:28:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.03.2021 | Shamil Shams
    Iran’s state media has alleged that in addition to the United States, several countries, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Germany and Britain, had played a role in the assassination of its senior military leader Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike on January 3, 2020, while visiting Baghdad. According to DEFA Press, more countries would be added to the list once the investigation into Soleimani’s killing is completed. “We must learn from this experience, which came at a great price, and we must make every effort to preserve national unity and cohesion that was achieved...
  • Pandemic made my last year in office the hardest, says emotional Merkel

    12/31/2020 11:18:03 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 31, 2020
    Angela Merkel said in her last New Year's address to the nation as German chancellor that 2020 was by far the most difficult of her 15-year leadership, yet the start of vaccinations against COVID-19 made 2021 a year of hope. In a rare show of emotion, Merkel, who steered Germany and the European Union through the 2008 financial crisis, the Greek debt crisis a year later and the migrant crisis five years ago, condemned a protest movement opposed to lockdowns and said she would get vaccinated when the shot is widely available. "Let me tell you something personal in conclusion:...
  • A United Europe Aligning With China Would Be A Disaster For The United States

    12/30/2020 9:02:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 30, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    Under no scenario would a unified European Union aligned with China be in the interest of America. Indeed, a united EU might not be a friend but a foe.Joseph Borrell, a former Spanish socialist and current High Representative of the European Union, recently argued the EU needs to be strategically independent. “It is foreseen that in 20 years, we [the EU] will not represent more than 11 percent of world GNP, far behind China, which will represent double it, below 14 percent for the United States and at par with India,” Borrell wrote, adding the next two decades would be...
  • Black Lives Matter: A year of athletic protest

    12/30/2020 5:02:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | December 29, 2020 | by Jonathan Harding
    It has been a seismic year for sport, and no more so in athletes raising their voice in the fight for racial equality. Events in Germany have shown that, while progress has been made, there is much work to be done. ... Even before support for the Black Lives Matter movement surged across Europe in May, German football revealed in one month just how much work was still to be done. Blame it on the lack of diversity at the executive level of the sport (particularly true in Germany), blame it on fundamental issues stretching deep into the fabric of...
  • World War II Tombstones With Swastikas Removed From Texas Cemetery

    12/27/2020 10:35:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 146 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 26, 2020 | Elizabeth Elizalde
    Two German WWII tombstones at a Texas veterans cemetery — each bearing Nazi swastikas — have been removed and replaced with new ones that do not use the symbol. The 1943 gravestones belonging to German prisoners of war Alfred Kafka and Georg Forst at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery featured an Iron Cross with a swastika in the middle, and the phrase, “He died far from his home for the Leader (Führer), people and fatherland.” Cemetary workers removed the stones on Wednesday.
  • Boxing Day Shooting: Police Investigation As ‘Several’ People Shot in Berlin

    12/26/2020 11:57:33 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/26/2020 | Oliver JJ Lane
    Berlin police launched an investigation on Boxing Day, Saturday, after several people were shot in a city district overnight. Four people were injured by gunfire in the early hours of Saturday morning, with three men seriously injured, including one who was shot into the leg and who had to be pulled out of the city canal by passing workmen. It is claimed he jumped into the canal to escape further injury. No fatalities have been reported. ....the shooting took place in the “immediate vicinity” of the party headquarters of the Social Democrats (SPD), the left-wing coalition partners keeping the center-right...
  • Analysis: Brexit trade deal sparks relief but UK market will bear scars

    12/25/2020 6:30:01 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    in.reuters.com ^ | DECEMBER 25, 2020 | Tommy Wilkes
    Britain’s trade agreement with the European Union removes a 4-1/2-year old fear of crashing out of the bloc without trading arrangements in place, but it will take UK financial markets years to lose their Brexit-inflicted scars.