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  • German parliament debates relaxing blood donation rules for LGBT+ men

    05/27/2020 11:19:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.27.2020 | Kate Brady
    At a blood donation bank in Cologne, western Germany, empty bags sit ready to be filled. A few forms, a quick measure of blood pressure, a scratch on the arm, and seven minutes later donors have made their 500-ml contribution to the 15,000 blood donations needed every day in Germany. The footfall of donors, now wearing face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, is steady, but not fast enough. Germany’s blood reserves are running low. Under usual circumstances, the German Red Cross (DRK) — which covers two-thirds of Germany’s blood supplies — would aim to have enough blood reserves for...
  • Wuhan virus lab was signed off by EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier in 2004 - despite French intelligence warnings that China's poor bio-security reputation could lead to a catastrophic leak

    05/26/2020 10:38:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2020 | Glen Owen
    The construction of the Chinese laboratory at the centre of mounting suspicion over the source of the Covid-19 pandemic was signed off by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier – despite warnings by French intelligence services. Mr Barnier – currently embroiled in acrimonious negotiations with the UK over a post-Brexit trade deal – was the French foreign minister when he gave the go-ahead for work to start on the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2004, under a joint deal with the Chinese. The move came despite strong opposition from French diplomatic and security advisers, who argued that the Chinese...
  • Top German court grants buybacks for VW diesel car owners

    05/25/2020 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/25/2020 | Carsten HAUPTMEIER ,
    Karlsruhe (Germany) (AFP) - A top German court ruled Monday that Volkswagen must buy back a diesel car it modified to appear less polluting, a decision that could influence the outcome of tens of thousands of other "dieselgate" cases. Judges at the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe "effectively upheld" a lower court's ruling that plaintiff Herbert Gilbert can return his car to VW for reimbursement, but he must also accept a discount from the original purchase price for the time he used it. Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests involving millions of diesel...
  • Coronavirus: Germany to give stricken small firms up to €50,000 a month

    05/25/2020 8:36:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 25 May 2020 14:01 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany’s economy ministry on Monday unveiled plans to ramp up support for hard-hit smaller companies, proposing as much as €50,000 in monthly aid to help the nation’s vaunted “Mittelstand” survive the coronavirus crisis. The proposal, seen by AFP, is currently being discussed with the finance ministry and is aimed at helping firms cover their fixed costs from June to December as the pandemic pushes Europe’s top economy into its worst recession in decades. “Time is running out for some companies,” a spokeswoman for Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said. To qualify for the support, applicants must prove that their revenues plunged...
  • Survey: Young Germans Prefer China Over The U.S.

    05/21/2020 2:13:43 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 126 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 21, 2020 | Vijeta Uniyal
    If you believe a new survey, Germans are turning to China in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. “Germans view the United States less positively since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis while their attitudes toward China have improved,” the German public broadcaster DW News reported citing the survey. The broadcaster added that “73% stated that their opinion about the United States had deteriorated due to the current health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus,” compared to only 36 percent who looked more unfavorably towards China since the outbreak. “Coronavirus turns Germans more critical of US,” the DW News...
  • Maltese Ambassador resigns after saying that Germany’s Merkel had “fulfilled Hitler’s dream” to “control Europe”

    05/21/2020 1:05:45 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    Maltese Ambassador resigns after saying that Germany’s Merkel had “fulfilled Hitler’s dream” to “control Europe” MAY 21, 2020 4:00 PM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS “75 years ago we stopped Hitler. Who will stop Angela Merkel? She has fulfilled Hitler’s dream! To control Europe,” wrote Michael Zammit Tabona. Tabona was blasted by the Malta News Agency for sharing views similar to those of the “far right,” anti-migration Matteo Salvini, Italy’s former Deputy Prime Minister, who once declared that he wanted nothing to do with Merkel, as well as French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, for ruining Europe. Tabona’s views may not have been...
  • German car giant Volkswagen pulls 'racist' ad after outcry

    05/20/2020 3:41:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies ^ | 20 May 2020 14:53 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany’s Volkswagen (VW) has pulled an Instagram ad that showed a giant white hand pushing around a black person, saying it was “surprised and shocked” that viewers decried it as racist. The 10-second clip appeared on the firm’s Instagram story on Tuesday to advertise the new Golf car. It has since been removed, but was still circulating on Twitter on Wednesday. The ad shows an oversized white woman’s hand picking up a black man in a suit and moving him around before flicking him into a building and away from the yellow Golf car parked nearby. Viewers were quick to...
  • Europe reopens widely; China gives $2 billion to virus fight

    05/18/2020 7:47:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2020 | Geir Moulson and Derek Gatopoulos
    Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Athens, high-fashion boutiques in Italy, museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Bavaria. China announced it will give $2 billion to the fight against the coronavirus. As nations carved out a new normal amid the pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the World Health Organization’s annual meeting that the money will be paid out over two years to help respond to COVID-19, which has killed hundreds of thousands and devastated national economies. He said the funds will especially support efforts in developing countries. Xi’s...
  • Budapest stands with Beijing in opposing Taiwan’s membership of World Health Organisation

    05/16/2020 12:12:44 PM PDT · by untenured · 32 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | May 15, 2020 | Keegan Elmer
    Hungary supports Beijing’s efforts to prevent Taiwan taking part in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), according to a Chinese statement issued after a telephone conversation between the two countries’ foreign ministers. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called his European counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, on Thursday, the foreign ministry in Beijing said. During the call, Szijjarto told Wang that Budapest would not support Taiwan’s accession to the World Health Organisation (WHO) ahead of the annual gathering of health ministers from around the world that starts in Geneva on Monday and which Taipei is keen to attend. Hungary “always upholds the one...
  • Burning EU and other flags can now bring German jail term

    05/16/2020 11:56:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 May 2020
    Germany has made public burning of the EU flag or that of another country punishable by up to three years in jail, classing it as a hate crime. The vote in the Bundestag (parliament) on Thursday makes defiling foreign flags equal to the crime of defiling the German flag. The same applies for the EU anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy theme. The move followed Social Democrat (SPD) complaints about protesters’ burning of the Israeli flag in Berlin in 2017. …
  • Coronavirus lockdown pushes Germany into recession

    05/15/2020 10:13:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.15.2020 | kp/rt (AFP, dpa)
    The German economy contracted 2.2% in the first quarter of 2020, the worst result since the 2008 financial crisis. Experts had expected a contraction of around 2%. The latest data, released by the federal statistics authority Destasis on Friday, also showed revisions to 2019 fourth-quarter figures from zero growth to a contraction of 0.1%. This means Germany is now in a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. The first quarter figures are only a partial indication of how much the pandemic has harmed Europe’s largest economy. […] GDP is expected to shrink even further in the...
  • Germany's Heiko Maas says authoritiarians are using coronavirus

    05/15/2020 10:01:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.15.2020 | jsi/rc (AFP, dpa)
    The outbreak of COVID-19 has had serious consequences for human rights, with authoritarian leaders taking advantage of the pandemic to exert greater authority, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Bundestag on Friday. “We are observing with great concern how the crisis is boosting authoritarians,” the Social Democrat (SPD) politician said during a debate in the German parliament in Berlin. Maas listed repressive measures taken against journalists in Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Turkey and China as examples of responses to the pandemic, all of which are designed to repress freedoms. However, matters closer to home were also of concern to Maas....
  • How a German court fired a shot that could unravel the EU

    05/14/2020 11:32:50 AM PDT · by cartan · 40 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 2020-05-13 | Naomi O’Leary
    A ruling by Germany’s constitutional court has sparked serious fears of the unravelling of the European Union. It’s a delayed judgment from an old fight that has hit the EU at its most vulnerable. A group of German academics, including a former leader of the far-right party Alternative für Deutschland, Bernd Lucke, took a case in 2015 to challenge the bond-buying programme of the European Central Bank (ECB). They hardly hoped to win, but thought they could make a political point. During the euro zone crisis, as now, the ECB was buying the debt of economically weaker EU countries to...
  • Sanofi walks back after saying US would get vaccine first

    05/14/2020 10:34:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2020 | Sylvie Corbet
    French pharmaceutical group Sanofi promised Thursday that it would make its COVID-19 vaccine, when ready, available in all countries, hours after the company’s CEO said the United States will get first access. Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson’s comments that a vaccine would go first to the U.S. prompted an angry reaction from the French government. “Equal access for all to the vaccine is not negotiable,” French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in a tweet. French President Emmanuel Macron was described by his office as also being “upset” by Hudson’s comments. Macron is pushing for vaccines to be considered a “common good”...
  • Billionaire philanthropist George Soros says coronavirus could bring about the end of the EU

    05/11/2020 10:05:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 16:35 EDT, 11 May 2020 | Sophie Tanno
    Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has predicted that coronavirus could bring about the end of the EU. Soros expressed his doubts about the institution’s survival as it is an “incomplete union” and cited Germany’s ruling on the European Central Bank as a cause for concern. The 89-year-old also posited that the global pandemic could bring an end to capitalism as we know it.In an interview with the Independent, Soros said: “I am particularly concerned about the survival of the EU because it is an incomplete union.” According to Soros, this makes Europe “more vulnerable” than the US “not just because it...
  • Coronavirus anger foments violence against journalists [Germany]

    05/10/2020 9:54:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.10.2020 | Lisa Hänel
    In Germany, resistance is growing to the measures imposed by the government to try and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Critics of the measures say that the restrictions on basic rights go much too far. Many are even worried that vaccinations against it may be made compulsory — even though a vaccine against COVID-19 has yet to be found. The biggest demonstration against the coronavirus measures took place last Saturday in the southern city of Stuttgart, with organizers claiming that it drew some 5,000 participants. Police described the rally as largely peaceful. But such demonstrations do not always...
  • On Europe Day

    05/08/2020 11:57:25 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies ^ | May 8, 2020 | Jimmy Jamar
    May 9 marks traditionally the celebration of the Schuman Declaration, a visionary short statement given by the French Foreign Minister exactly five years and one day after the end of the Second World War. Since then, the European project has, sometimes enthusiastically and sometimes painfully, followed a course which, in retrospect, is totally unique in the history of mankind – a voluntary devolution of powers from 27 countries to a joint set of institutions, decision-making powers in some respect, and more diluted coordination in many others. Rereading the Declaration 70 years later, amidst the worst crisis in Europe since World...
  • EU envoy says removal of phrase in op-ed in China newspaper 'regrettable'

    05/07/2020 3:15:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2020 | by Yew Lun Tian
    BEIJING - The European Union ambassador to China said on Thursday it was “regrettable” that part of an opinion piece co-authored by 27 European ambassadors and published in the official China Daily had been removed before publication. A comparison between the original op-ed uploaded onto the EU embassy website and the one published on Tuesday by the China Daily showed that in a sentence beginning, “But the outbreak of the coronavirus”, the words that followed - “in China, and its subsequent spread to the rest of the world over the past three months” - were removed. “It is regrettable that...
  • Can The European Union Survive a Pandemic?

    05/05/2020 7:20:50 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 5/5/20 | Christopher Caldwell
    There are two things a quarantined European will reliably find when he goes online for news in this age of the coronavirus: first, the clucking of local pundits at how the Trump administration has managed the epidemic in the United States; second, unmistakable evidence that every one of the major countries of Western Europe, with the exception of Angela Merkel’s Germany, is doing worse...
  • Is there enough wood in the world to feed sustainability? [AGW propaganda]

    05/02/2020 11:25:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.01.2020 | Richard Orange
    Wood is the resource the world is relying on for its low carbon future. It’s touted as a replacement for concrete and steel, fossil fuels, power and plastics. But is there enough of it to go around? […] According to the latest figures from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), global forest production hit record levels in 2018. Up 11% on the year before. “We see an increasing demand for almost all of our products,” says Göran Örlander, strategist at Södra, Sweden’s largest association of forest owners. “The most obvious demand is for biofuels at the moment. Everybody wants...