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  • 'Go back to Isra-Hell, you're not wanted in London'

    08/24/2016 4:20:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/8/16 | David Rosenberg
    Two cases of anti-Semitic harassment were reported in London earlier this week, with groups of men threatening Jews and hurling vile insults. Both incidents occurred on Monday in the neighborhood of Newham. In the first instance, a haredi family walking down the street was accosted by a man of African descent, who cursed them and demanded they leave the area. “F---ing Jews, go back to Isra-Hell. Don’t come around here. Go to Stamford Hill [a neighborhood with a large Jewish population], you’re not welcome.” Later that day, a 31-year old Jewish man was harangued by a group of men in...
  • Danish MP: EU a bigger threat than Russia

    08/24/2016 4:16:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 23 Aug 2016 14:06 GMT+02:00
    Danish People’s Party MP Marie Krarup is under fire for saying that the EU is “without a doubt” a bigger threat to Denmark than Russia. In an interview with Mandag Morgen, Krarup said that the EU is an existential threat to Denmark and is a much bigger problem than Russia. “For Denmark? Yes, without a doubt. Just Schengen alone is a catastrophe. It’s something that will make Denmark disappear from the world map if we don’t pull ourselves together. That national borders have been disbanded is a threat against Denmark’s existence,” she told the magazine. …
  • Foreign Election Observers in U.S. to Increase Tenfold Since 2012

    08/24/2016 2:14:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2016 | 4:09 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    When Americans went to the polls four years ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 44 observers, a quarter of whom came from countries deemed by a leading democracy watchdog to be “not free” or “partly free.” This year, the OSCE plans to send more than ten times that number — and some civil rights groups in the U.S. say even that won’t be enough. Following a “needs assessment” visit earlier this year, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) decided to send 100 long-term and 400 short-term observers to monitor the November...
  • AfD accused of using neo-Nazi symbols on campaign car

    08/24/2016 12:50:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Aug 2016 12:01 GMT+02:00
    The Leipzig branch of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has come under fire for seemingly using Nazi symbols on a campaign car. A Facebook group dedicated to opposing far-right groups in Leipzig posted a picture on Facebook on Sunday that has been riling up anger in the eastern city. The picture shows what appears to be an AfD campaign car decorated with the official party logo and pictures of candidates parked at an outdoor festival with a front license plate that reads “AH 1818”. The group NO LEGIDA — a reference to a local section of anti-Islam movement...
  • Frankfurt attempts to charm banks away from London

    08/24/2016 12:43:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Aug 2016 08:54 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    The marketing team of Frankfurt never expected its English-language dummy website to attract new businesses would actually go live after Britain’s European Union referendum. “We hadn’t really assumed that we would need the site at all,” spokeswoman Michaela Kahle told AFP, as the team thought Britons would surely vote “Remain”. But as it turned out, the Welcome to FrankfurtRheinMain site was not only put to good use, but has become a hit, with 27,000 views since Britain stunned the world by deciding to leave the bloc. Quickly recovering from the shock, Kahle and her colleagues kicked into action, fielding inquiries...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy announces new presidential bid

    08/22/2016 10:47:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 Aug 2016 16:24 GMT+02:00
    Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday announced he will seek his party’s nomination to stand in next year’s presidential election. […] “The next five years will be filled with danger but also with hope,” wrote the 61-year-old conservative, who had made no secret of his ambition to return to the top job. He listed five major challenges for France, which included defending French identity, restoring lost competitiveness and enforcing state authority.The announcement of his bid to secure the nomination of his opposition Republicans at a party primary in November comes in the midst of an impassioned debate over the...
  • Lithuania signs major German arms deal over Russia fears

    08/22/2016 7:59:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Aug 2016 11:31 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Lithuania on Monday signed its biggest ever arms deal for German-made armored vehicles, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep. In its biggest-ever arms purchase, the Baltic NATO member will buy 88 Boxer armored fighting vehicles for €386 million. Produced by the German-Dutch ARTEC consortium, the vehicles are fitted with Israeli-made turrets. […] The largest of the three Baltic states that broke free from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1991, Lithuania has increased its defense budget by about a third each year since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine....
  • Why Parliament has a duty to keep us in the EU

    08/22/2016 7:07:29 AM PDT · by SteveH · 14 replies
    Now We Know ^ | 8/9/2016 | AC Gayling
    Philosopher AC Grayling explains why he won’t stop restating the arguments until the folly of Brexit is reversed There are five fundamental points that have to be repeated without cease until the folly of Brexit is reversed and the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union is reaffirmed. Each one is obvious to Remainers, and has been clearly stated and restated already: but the point is to keep stating them all until everyone – but especially our Parliamentarians – is repeating them in their sleep. 1. Advisory referendum The referendum was not binding. It was held under the terms of...
  • Show of European unity: Merkel, Hollande, Renzi meet to discuss gameplan

    08/21/2016 6:40:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:31pm EDT | Isla Binnie
    The leaders of Germany, France and Italy will meet on Monday to discuss how to keep the European project together in the second set of talks between the premiers of the eurozone’s three largest economies since Britain’s shock vote to leave the bloc. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on an island off the coast of Naples ahead of September’s EU summit called to discuss reverberations from the Brexit vote. “They will be coming to discuss how to relaunch Europe from the bottom up; there’s a big need,” Renzi said on...
  • Losing Trust: Frustrations Grow Over German Response to Terror

    08/20/2016 10:06:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 12, 2016 – 06:03 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    In the wake of recent attacks, Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats over tripping over themselves with proposals for tightening anti-terror laws. Instead of calming the people, they are simply confusing them. […] A year after Merkel’s proclamation that “We can do it,” there seems to be few traces of last summer’s optimism in the conservatives’ ranks. Back then, the chancellor was still confident that a “strong Germany” could absorb hundreds of thousands of immigrants and train and integrate them into the country’s workforce. The conservative interior ministers’ proposals highlight to what extent fear has become a driving political force in Germany....
  • Scottish leader reaches out to Germany in bid to stay in EU

    08/20/2016 2:59:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 10, 2016 3:30 AM EDT
    The head of the Scottish government has reached out to Germany, the European Union’s most populous member, as she tries to keep Scotland in the bloc — and is arguing that Scotland should be able to remain part of the EU without leaving the United Kingdom. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told German broadcaster ARD that “because we are in unprecedented circumstances, we should be prepared to think about unprecedented solutions. And that’s the spirit that I will have in any discussions.” The U.K. as a whole — which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — voted narrowly to...
  • Migrants Refuse Jobs, Claiming They Are ‘Guests of Merkel’

    08/19/2016 9:09:12 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 19, 2016 | Chris Tomlinson
    Integration into the job market for migrants has become a major ongoing task for the German government but in one town migrants are refusing to work entirely. One of the major issues of the migrant crisis is Germany and elsewhere has been the economic impact the massive wave of migrants will have in Europe. While some experts initially were optimistic about a potential vast new source of skilled labour, most economists have come to the conclusion that the migrants who have arrived are for the most part unskilled and poorly educated. Yet in own Saxon town, they have moved...
  • Idea of a Trump White House leaves Germany angry and anxious (barf)

    08/18/2016 10:05:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/18/2016 | Elizabeth Schulze | Everett Rosenfeld
    Eight years ago, a U.S. presidential candidate named Barack Obama captivated hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters at Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate with a promise to tear down walls between races and nations. Over the last year, however, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has provoked ire from German quarters after repeatedly disparaging the country. On Monday, Trump sought to insult Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton by comparing her to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying incorrectly that crime had skyrocketed under Germany’s refugee policies. Those comments, and others, have left Germans — from the highest pinnacles of business to the grungiest parks...
  • Chancellor Merkel: No link between terrorism and refugees

    08/18/2016 10:07:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/18/2016 | Rick Moran
    With her Christian Democratic party facing a strong challenge from the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party in state elections on September 4, Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to tamp down fears that the refugees who have flooded the country have made Germany less safe. Merkel denies a link between increased terror attacks and the new arrivals.
  • Germany tries to appease Turkey angered by Islamist 'hub' allegations

    08/17/2016 11:37:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 08/17/2016
    Germany on Wednesday tried to row back from its latest spat with Turkey, its crucial partner in efforts to stem mass migration, after Ankara lashed out over a leaked government report alleging Turkey was a hub for Islamist groups. Turkey and Germany have had a series of rows in recent months, just as the European Union has been trying to secure Turkey's help in tackling the influx of migrants to Europe, of which Germany has taken in the bulk. Ankara has also been incensed by criticism from the West of its crackdown following a failed coup attempt on July 15....
  • German Federal Bank wants to raise retirement age to 69

    08/15/2016 8:46:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Aug 2016 16:28 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    As Germans live longer and lower birth rates mean fewer workers are available to replace retirees, the Bundesbank says people will need to work longer in order to meet pension demands. The German Federal Bank (Bundesbank) said in its monthly report on Monday that by 2060 Germany should increase the retirement age to 69 from the current 65. The retirement age is already set to reach 67 by 2030, but the Bundesbank said that even with the current favorable financial situation and this increase, “further adjustments are inevitable”. “At the same time, a longer working life will not be taboo,”...
  • How attacks are forcing Germany to examine civil freedoms

    08/13/2016 10:03:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13 August 2016 | Jenny Hill
    “Germany remains a safe country with a strong police force, with well-organized security agencies… We are good [at security], but we want to be better.” Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, has recently unveiled a long list of anti-terror measures: thousands of new police officers, billions of euros for the security services, better cyber intelligence and faster deportation of foreign criminals. This was, of course, in one sense about reassuring the German public. It is not the first time the government has announced anti-terror measures. But it is also the response to what are thought to have been the first...
  • Germany to ease deportations for migrant criminals

    08/11/2016 10:36:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.11.2016 | Ben Knight
    The German government is planning a host of new security measures in the wake of a few violent incidents in Würzburg, Ansbach and Munich, including an increase in police personnel, a central crime unit for pursuing crime on the Internet, easier deportation for migrants who have committed crimes, and depriving Germans who join foreign “terror militias” of their citizenship. “I am convinced that these proposals will increase security quickly,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière told reporters in a special press conference in Berlin on Thursday, before adding that all the proposals could be implemented in this legislative period, which ends...
  • Germany mulls stripping citizenship from jihadists

    08/11/2016 6:12:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Aug 2016 14:22 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    German citizens with dual nationality who fight for a terror group should be stripped of their German citizenship, the interior minister said Thursday, unveiling tough new measures after two attacks by Islamic State militants. “Germans who participate in fighting abroad for a terror militia and who have another citizenship should lose their German nationality,” Thomas de Maizière said. Some 820 people have left Germany to fight alongside jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to estimates by Germany’s secret services. With around one in three fighters having since returned to Germany, fears are running high of the threat they may...
  • German government breaks neutrality on US elections

    08/10/2016 6:15:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Aug 2016 15:02 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier believes Donald Trump becoming US president would be a “frightening” prospect for the world, his spokeswoman said Wednesday. Steinmeier “is not neutral” on whether the Republican candidate is fit to occupy the Oval Office, the spokeswoman, Sawsan Chebli, told reporters. “He is of the opinion that it is frightening, if you follow Trump’s remarks, what could become of this world if Trump actually became president,” she said. …
  • BREXIT BLOCK: EU bureaucrats tell Britain to PAY £20BN bill or we WON'T let you leave

    08/06/2016 10:06:34 AM PDT · by dragonblustar · 60 replies
    Express ^ | Aug 6, 2016 | Rebecca Perring & Monika Pallenberg
    BRUSSELS bureaucrats are forcing Britain to cough up a staggering £20BILLION before the country unshackles itself from the beleaguered bloc, it has emerged.
  • Media Fails To Report Gang Firebombing Paris Bus While Yelling ‘Allah Akbar [VIDEO]

    08/03/2016 11:56:01 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Aug. 3, 2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    American media has been noticeably silent about the Molotov cocktail firebombing of a bus in Paris last week by a large gang which yelled ‘Allah Akbar.’ The attack happened just after midnight on July 28 in the Paris neighborhood of Saint-Denis. Video shows a roadblock stopping the bus in the street and then a group of young males proceeding to throw Molotov cocktails into the city bus. The bus bursts into flames and burns down into a metal hull. French publication Figaro reported that gang members told the bus driver and five passengers to get out of the bus before...
  • UK finance body urges courting 'old' friends like U.S., Japan post Brexit

    08/03/2016 7:42:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 2, 2016 7:42pm EDT | Huw Jones
    Deepening ties with European companies and “old friends” like the United States and Japan would help Britain preserve its global role in finance after leaving the EU, an industry body said on Wednesday. TheCityUK published a to-do list for the financial sector and government, saying June’s vote to leave the European Union magnified the challenge of keeping up with global competition in finance. Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and Milan all hope to win a slice of London’s market share in financial services. …
  • London's police force puts more armed officers on streets

    08/03/2016 1:44:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 3, 2016 4:17 AM EDT
    London’s police force is putting more armed officers on the streets — a visible response to attacks by Islamic State-inspired groups in Europe. Metropolitan Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe said Wednesday he’s increasing the number and the visibility of the officers “to protect the public from all manner of threats.” …
  • Paris At war, Media Silence

    07/31/2016 7:04:52 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 45 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Our Eye on Islam
    Immigrant Muslims claim certain parts of Paris and barricade areas from authorities, fighting and rioting in the streets. This is unreported by the press, and is said to be happening throughout France and also in parts of Germany. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD7UA1d-WnA&feature=youtu.be
  • Muslims go to Catholic Mass across France to show solidarity

    07/31/2016 7:07:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 31, 2016 8:13 AM EDT | Raphael Satter and Colleen Barry
    In a gesture of solidarity following the gruesome killing of a French priest, Muslims on Sunday attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France and beyond. Reporters on the scene said that between 100 and 200 Muslims gathered at the towering Gothic cathedral in Rouen, only a few kilometers (miles) from Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, where the 85-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel was killed by two teenage attackers on Tuesday. “We’re very touched,” Archbishop Dominique Lebrun told broadcaster BFMTV. “It’s an important gesture of fraternity. They’ve told us, and I think they’re sincere, that it’s not Islam which killed Jacques Hamel.” …
  • Eurozone likely to get more stimulus as growth halves

    07/30/2016 6:08:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 29, 2016 10:43 AM EDT | Pan Pylas
    It seems that the strong start to the year was another false dawn for the eurozone economy and that the European Central Bank will have more to do in the months ahead to shore up growth. New figures released Friday confirmed that the eurozone, which is made up of 19 countries from Ireland to the west to Cyprus in the east, suffered a sizable slowdown in the second quarter of the year despite a number of stimulus measures that the European Central Bank has thrown at it. In its first estimate for the April to June period, Eurostat, the EU’s...
  • [EU Commission prez] Juncker: I have a black book of my enemies and I never kissed Farage

    07/30/2016 11:52:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 07/30/2016 | James Crisp
    Jean-Claude Juncker has a little black book called “Little Maurice” where he notes the names of everyone who has betrayed him, the European Commission president said in an interview in which he denied kissing UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the Brexit vote. “I’ve never taken revenge,” Juncker told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, but he added, “I take my precautions.” […] Juncker has faced calls for his resignation and accusations that he has a drinking problem since becoming Commission boss in November 2014. Asked during the interview if rumors of his alcoholism were false, he said, “Yes!” He denied that...
  • No clean bill of health for EU banks in stress test

    07/30/2016 10:54:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:03pm EDT | Huw Jones and Andrew MacAskill
    Banks from Italy, Ireland, Spain and Austria fared worst in the latest European Union stress test, which the region’s banking watchdog said on Friday showed there was still work to do in order to boost credit to the bloc’s economy. Eight years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers sparked a global banking meltdown, many of Europe’s banks are still saddled with billions of euros in poorly performing loans, crimping their ability to lend and putting off investors. “While a number of individual banks have clearly fared badly, the overall finding of the European Banking Authority — that Europe’s banks are...
  • How the Berlin startup scene is wasting its potential

    07/30/2016 10:27:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Jul 2016 14:16 GMT+02:00 | Shaun Kemp
    After 15-plus years in business, predominantly with industry leaders in the UK and Sweden, I recently ventured into the world of Berlin startups — the land of flat hierarchies, table football, internships and copycat business models. I expected a vibrant, exciting startup scene that mirrored the incredible city I chose to move to from Stockholm. Were the rumors true? Is Berlin Europe’s startup capital? A veteran German businessman told me in my first week that “some companies here aren’t even real companies” — I wasn’t even sure what that meant! But I quickly learned that the thriving “Silicon Allee” scene...
  • Danish nationalists urge temporary ban on Muslim migrants

    07/28/2016 5:26:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 7:21 AM EDT
    The Danish People’s Party, an anti-immigration and nationalist group that supports the center-right government, says Denmark should halt immigration from Muslim countries, citing the threat of violence from Islamic extremists. In an interview published Thursday, deputy party leader Soeren Espersen told the Berlingske newspaper that Muslim migrants should be barred from entering Denmark for four to six years because “we need a respite after recent terrorist attacks in Europe.” …
  • German FM: Trump victory could affect trans-Atlantic ties

    07/28/2016 5:19:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2016 3:26 AM EDT
    Germany’s foreign minister says a victory for Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections could affect trans-Atlantic ties. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview published Thursday that if the Republican candidate wins the presidency it would mean “a lot of uncertainty for the trans-Atlantic relationship.” …
  • French workers 'pay the most taxes in Europe'

    07/26/2016 10:01:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 26 Jul 2016 17:02 GMT+02:00
    The French are paying the most taxes out of all of Europe’s workers, an annual report shows, but are they getting value for money? […] An annual study by the liberal think tank the Molinari Institute has concluded that French workers are the most taxed in Europe — above even the Belgians who have previously held the unfortunate title. […] Based on figures from EY (formerly Ernst and Young), French workers hand over some 57.5 percent of their salaries to the state in various kinds of taxes compared to 56.9 percent in Belgium. …
  • How will Germany change after string of bloody attacks?

    07/25/2016 3:28:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Jul 2016 14:56 GMT+02:00 | Jörg Luyken
    Within seven days Germany has been hit by four bloody attacks on innocent people on its streets and on a train. What does this unprecedented string of murders mean for the country? […] … Public opinion turned strongly against the welcoming culture after sexual assaults in Cologne and Hamburg over New Year, around half of the suspects for which arrived as refugees over the preceding 12 months. The great influx of refugees which took place in the second half of 2015 came to an end months ago, with monthly arrivals now comparable to the numbers that crossed the border in...
  • Germany: Muslim bomber carried powerful explosives, authorities say no evidence of “extremism”

    07/25/2016 6:54:28 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 43 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 07/24/2016 | Robert Spencer
    “An explosion outside a bar in the southern German city of Ansbach, Bavaria, has left at least one person dead and 12 others injured. A large-scale investigation has been launched into what is believed to have been a “deliberate” act. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees will reveal why the suspect’s asylum application had previously been rejected later in the day Herrmann noted that those who are “seeking protection in Germany, must show full respect for the German legal system and the German population.” “The minister added that the attack demonstrated the need “to strengthen controls on those we...
  • Protesting migrants ask EU leaders why borders are closed

    07/24/2016 9:17:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2016 5:27 PM EDT | Ivana Bzganovic
    A group of migrants and asylum-seekers who set off two days ago on a protest march toward Hungary reached the European Union-member state’s border on Sunday, saying they want to ask European leaders why it is closed for the thousands fleeing war and poverty. Walking slowly under a Serbian police escort, several dozen people approached Serbia’s border with Hungary in a bid to protest Budapest’s decision to keep it shut for most asylum-seekers, which has left several thousand people stranded in Serbia. “We all are humans and we are all here because we have lots of problems in our own...
  • 'It's their own fault' — Trump slams France and Germany (barf alert)

    07/24/2016 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    AFP via The Local ^ | 24 Jul 2016 16:40 GMT+02:00
    Republican White House nominee Donald Trump has said that France, Germany and other nations hit by recent terror attacks had only themselves to blame “because they allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump was asked in an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to expand on his proposal to suspend immigration from what he calls countries “compromised by terrorism” until vetting mechanisms are in place. “I’m going to be coming out over the next few weeks with a number of the places,” said Trump according to an excerpt of the interview. “We have problems in Germany, and...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Machete-wielding Syrian refugee kills woman and injures two..(Germany)

    07/24/2016 9:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 156 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 24, 2016 | JENNIFER NEWTON
    A Syrian refugee wielding a machete has killed a woman and injured two other people in Germany before being arrested by police. The attack happened in the south western city of Reutlingen near a doner kebab stand at Listplatz Square. German media have been reporting that the motive for the attack in the city south of Stuttgart was unclear. Pictures from the scene appear to show the knifeman lying on the ground with blood on his face. Armed police officers can be seen pinning him down to the ground before binding his hands behind his back. . One eyewitness told...
  • Munich gunman planned attacks for one year: officials

    07/24/2016 6:15:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jul 2016 14:59 GMT+02:00
    The teenage gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday had been planning his attack for a year, according to German authorities. “He had been preparing (the shooting) for a year,” Bavarian police chief Robert Heimberger told a news conference. David Sonboly, 18, who had a Glock pistol and more than 300 bullets, killed himself after the attack. […] Heimberger said the killer had paid a visit last year to the town of Winnenden — the scene of a previous school shooting in 2009 — and taken photographs. …
  • MUNICH SHOOTING: 10 dead including 'IRANIAN' gunman & 20 hurt after shopping mall attack

    07/22/2016 6:50:59 PM PDT · by freespirit2012 · 171 replies
    Daily Express ^ | ZOIE O'BRIEN
    POLICE have revealed the gunman who killed nine people and injured at least 20 others at a Munich shopping mall is an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent.
  • Varadkar proposes tying welfare payments to inflation (Ireland)

    07/22/2016 11:01:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 21/07/2016 8:12 PM | Michael Sheils McNamee
    Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has thrown his political weight behind indexing welfare payments to inflation. Speaking at MacGill Summer School in Donegal, the Dublin TD struck a socially aware tone throughout his speech — referring to the period of economic downturn as “Ireland’s lost decade” and bemoaning a stalling in living standards. “Were it not for social welfare payments over half of the country would be at risk of poverty,” he said, before he emphasized the need to “protect the value of these payments now and into the future”. “I believe this can best be done by indexing...
  • 'It's like a death': Divorced people are at higher risk of psychiatric illness in Ireland

    07/22/2016 10:43:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 22/07/2016 6:10 AM | Darragh Peter Murphy
    Divorced people are much more likely to be admitted to hospital for psychiatric illness than their single, married or widowed counterparts, according to new figures from the Health Research Board. The Activities of Irish Psychiatric Units and Hospitals 2015 report shows that 17,860 people were admitted to hospital for psychiatric care last year, a small increase from 17,797 in 2014. Overall, the numbers of new cases continues to rise, both year-on-year and over a 10-year period. […] … (A)lthough divorced people accounted for only 4% of all admissions, they had the highest rate of all admissions — at 759.9 per...
  • Germany stresses defense of Baltics after Trump comments

    07/22/2016 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2016 15:39 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Friday stressed its promise to protect its NATO allies after White House hopeful Donald Trump called the commitment into question. “The German government is fundamentally committed to Article Five of the NATO treaty. That is the central promise of solidarity within the alliance,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked about Trump’s remarks. “Collective defense according to Article Five is and remains the main duty of NATO,” Seibert added, noting that the pledge had once again been renewed at a NATO summit this month in Warsaw. …
  • Three quarters of Germans fear terror attack 'soon'

    07/22/2016 8:58:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2016 16:34 GMT+02:00
    A vast majority of Germans believe terrorism will soon strike Germany, with 77 percent fearing an attack will take place in the near future, according to a new survey. That figure has shot up from 69 percent just two weeks ago, although that isn’t a huge surprise, given that the intervening weeks have seen not only a huge attack in Nice, France, on the country’s national day, but also Monday night’s attack on a train in Bavaria which left four people seriously injured. Both attacks were claimed by the terror group ISIS. […] Supporters of the Green Party were the...
  • A Guantánamo 'à la française' on an idyllic French Island?

    07/21/2016 11:00:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 Jul 2016 17:35 GMT+02:00
    As France searches for ways to deal with the threat from jihadists, lawmakers are suggesting radical ideas with one suggesting a French Guantánamo should be opened on an idyllic island off the west coast. The tranquil island of Ile de Ré, which lies just off the La Rochelle on France’s west coast, is used to welcoming tourists from the UK and France in search of peace and quiet. […] George Fenech, MP for center-right Les Republicains party, believes a Guantánamo à la Française could be set up on the island to house all those jihadists who are expected to return...
  • EU slaps record cartel fine of $3.24 billion on truck firms

    07/20/2016 10:01:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 19, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Raf Casert
    The European Union has slapped its biggest ever cartel fine, worth $3.24 billion and twice the previous record, on several of Europe’s top truck producers for colluding to keep prices artificially high at the expense of consumers. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said EU-based MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF “colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers.” Germany’s Daimler received the biggest fine of €1 billion ($1.1 billion), followed by €752 million ($832 million) for DAF of the Netherlands, €670 million ($741 million) for Volvo/Renault and €494 million ($546 million) for...
  • The shocking moment a bus driver beats up asylum seeker (Sweden)

    07/20/2016 6:36:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 20 Jul 2016 11:28 GMT+02:00
    A Swedish bus company has apologized after a video emerged of one of its drivers verbally and physically abusing a Syrian asylum seeker. The man, an asylum seeker from Syria staying on Öland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, told regional newspaper Barometern that the incident took place on Tuesday morning on the 6.15am bus to Borgholm. […] He said it was not the first time the bus driver had refused to allow residents at the asylum center to travel and decided to snap a picture of the man. When the bus reached its next stop, the driver...
  • Merkel chief of staff: refugees don’t pose higher terror risk

    07/20/2016 6:01:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Jul 2016 10:01 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday evening in response to the Würzburg axe attack that refugees are no more likely than anyone else to commit terrorist atrocities. All the evidence from the last 12 months shows that the danger of terrorism posed by refugees “is not larger or smaller than that in the rest of the population”, Altmaier told broadcaster ZDF. The chief of staff was making the comment after a 17-year-old who had arrived in Germany in 2015 claiming to have fled from Afghanistan, attacked passengers with an axe on a train near Würzburg,...
  • Deutsche Bank to close almost 200 branches

    07/18/2016 5:50:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 09:04 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s largest lender is set to shut over a quarter of its branches across the country as the company goes through a major restructuring process. The closures are set to take place over the next few months, with 188 of Deutsche Bank’s 723 branches nationwide due to close their doors. […] After recording colossal losses of around €7 billion in 2015, the Frankfurt lender is desperately seeking ways to cut costs. […] The bank said it hopes to redirect funds to digital banking, in which it hopes to invest €750 million by 2020. …
  • Anti-Semitism 'widespread' among German extreme left

    07/18/2016 1:01:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jul 2016 13:05 GMT+02:00
    A study from the Free University Berlin (FU) suggests that anti-Semitic attitudes among the German far left are more widespread than is generally believed. Thirty-four percent of those categorized by the research group as “extreme left” agreed with the statement that Jews had “too much influence” in Germany. Even among the radical left — which differs from the “extreme left” in the definitions used by the study in that extreme left attitudes are incompatible with democracy and the German constitution — the figure of those agreeing with the statement was worryingly high, at 16 percent. […] A high proportion of...