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  • German official invites Twitter to relocate headquarters to Europe amid Trump feud

    05/28/2020 4:52:35 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 28 2020 | J. Edward Moreno
    A German government official appeared to court Twitter to relocate its headquarters to Europe as the social media giant faces tensions with President Trump. “Hey @Twitter & @jack, this is an invitation to move to Germany! Here you are free to criticize the government as well as to fight fake news,” tweeted Thomas Jarzombek, who oversees tech affairs for Germany’s Economic Affairs Ministry. “We have a great startup and tech ecosystem, your company would be a perfect fit and I will open any doors for you!” he added, tagging President Trump. SNIP
  • Watch: Farage Again Catches French Ships Escorting Illegal Migrant Boats Into British Waters....

    05/26/2020 9:01:49 AM PDT · by caww · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | 5/26/2020 | KURT ZINDULKA
    The Brexit Party leader 'turned investigative journalist' took to the English Channel again on Tuesday morning to report on the increased waves of illegal boat migrants sailing from camps in France to the United Kingdom. We’ve given the French 61 million quid 'to stop' illegal boat migrants coming into British waters. What we witnessed again today, was the navy, the French navy, escorting them into our waters,” Farage said. Mr Farage said that he witnessed a French ship escorting a “rib” (a small rubber boat) loaded with 13 illegal migrants into British waters. In the video, the veteran Brexit campaigner...
  • German business gaining traction in China again: DIHK

    05/22/2020 4:01:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | MAY 21, 2020 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German exporters are regaining momentum in their trade with China, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Martin Wansleben, managing director of Germany’s DIHK chambers of industry and commerce, told Reuters on Thursday. German manufacturers depend on both demand and supply chains from China, their country’s biggest trading partner. “In China, the economic trough seems to have bottomed out,” Wansleben said, adding that “70 to 80% of German companies are able to produce and deliver again in the Middle Kingdom”.
  • Army reactivates V Corps for Europe mission

    05/22/2020 6:41:43 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 21 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | May 20, 2020 | JOHN VANDIVER
    The U.S. Army has reactivated V Corps, a unit of 635 soldiers that will bring more command and control support to missions in Europe, the service announced Tuesday. The unit will be based at Fort Knox, Ky., and will include a command post in Europe that will be supported by 200 rotational troops. The location of the Europe post hasn’t yet been announced. The headquarters is expected to be operational by the fall, the Army said. The corps was inactivated in 2013 as part of an Army force reduction in Europe. However, over the past five years as the Army...
  • 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
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAY 21, 2020 4:00 PM | CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    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...
  • Merkel and Macron propose €500bn EU rescue fund

    05/18/2020 11:25:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 18 May 2020 | Daniel Boffey
    Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have proposed that the EU borrows on the financial markets in order to disperse some €500bn (£448bn) through grants to European economies hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the Franco-German proposal the member states receiving the funds would not need to repay the cash. Liability for the debt would instead be added to the EU budget, to which member states contributions vary according to the size and prosperity of their economies. Should the proposal receive the endorsement of the 25 other member states, it would amount to a significant move towards a level of...
  • Anti-lockdown protests break out in London, Warsaw, other European cities as Coronavirus shutdowns linger

    05/18/2020 8:53:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/18/2020 | By Bradford Betz
    Amid increasing frustration over lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic, multiple protests took place across Europe on Saturday to demand businesses reopen. In Warsaw, Poland, law enforcement used tear gas on protesters, while police made arrests at a demonstration in London's Hyde Park. Police in several German cities enforced distancing rules as thousands of people gathered to vent anger over economies in freefall and perceived losses of freedom. Police in Stuttgart said that the number of demonstrators exceeded the permitted threshold of 5,000; they directed other protesters to another open space. Police said they were enforcing a mask requirement...
  • Washington Post Writer: We Can’t Beat The Virus Because Americans Stubbornly Love Their Freedom Too Much

    05/17/2020 9:03:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/17/2020 | Jazz Shaw
    Over at the Washington Post, Keith Humphreys ended the week on a pessimistic note, opining that no matter how much testing and contact tracing is required to get us fully past this pandemic, America will never do as well as several other countries that seem to be taming the virus more quickly. The reason? Because Americans love their “freedom” too much. (Please note for the record that it was Humphreys who put the word freedom in scare quotes, not me.) He begins by quoting medical professionals who insist that the only path toward the new normal relies on our...
  • Fury in Germany as thousands join protests across country over lockdown measures and a vaccine plan by Bill Gates as Angela Merkel's popularity falls

    05/18/2020 6:27:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 5/16/2020 | Chris Jewers
    Thousands of people across Germany are protesting coronavirus lockdown measures over the weekend. From anger over lockdown measures to a purported vaccine plan by Bill Gates, the growing wave of demonstrations in Germany by conspiracy theorists, extremists and anti-vaxxers against coronavirus measures has alarmed even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Initially starting as a handful of protesters decrying tough restrictions on public life to halt transmission of the coronavirus, the protests have grown in recent weeks to gatherings of thousands in major German cities. Meanwhile, German police said on Saturday that they have launched an investigation after a tombstone was placed in...
  • 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....
  • Far-Left Antifa Suspects in Beating of German Camera Crew Come From Privileged Backgrounds

    05/14/2020 9:57:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 5/13/2020 | Chris Tomlinson
    Two of the six far-left extremists Antifa suspects involved in the brutal beating of a German television crew have been revealed as coming from a privileged middle-class background, originally from a well-off Swabian town. The two suspects, 27-year-old Miriam S. and her 25-year-old brother Simon S., were arrested shortly after the attack on a camera crew of German broadcaster ZDF on May 1st in Berlin that sent four members of the crew to the hospital with various injuries suffered during the brutal assault. The background of the pair has now been revealed by German newspaper Die Welt which reports that...
  • 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...
  • Don’t Fall for Turkey’s Duplicitous Charm Offensive

    05/12/2020 7:48:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | MAY 12, 2020 | Burak Bekdil
    Opinion US President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House in Washington, DC, Nov. 13, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Tom Brenner. In an article published in 2016, “Erdogan: The World’s Most Insulted President,” I suggested that the perpetually angry Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, would do well to take a moment and consider why he is perhaps the most disrespected president on earth.He is no more popular four years later. Between 2014 and 2018, some 17,500 people were sued for insulting Erdogan, according to the Turkish Justice Ministry. In 2018 alone, some 26,000...
  • Multiple Studies Suggest COVID-19 Mortality Rate May Be Lower Than Expected

    05/10/2020 5:05:55 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    BioSpace ^ | May 07, 2020 | Gail Dutton
    The actual death toll for COVID-19 won’t be calculable for some time, but there are early indications that it may be significantly lower than calculations of deaths per confirmed cases lead one to believe. As an article in Lancet Infectious Diseases pointed out, calculating mortality rates based on the number of deaths divided by the number of confirmed cases of infection is not representative of the actual death rate. There are two issues, the authors said. First, the denominator should be the number of people who were infected at the same time as those who died. The second issue is...
  • Germany: Thousands of protesters slam isolation measures

    05/10/2020 5:07:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | May 9, 2020 | by Darko Janjevic
    Over 3,000 people rallied in Munich and thousands more gathered in Stuttgart and across Germany on Saturday to demand the lifting of restrictions ordered by the German authorities. Many of the protesters defied the guidelines which call for a limited number of participants and for social distancing to be maintained during such events. The protesters accuse politicians and medical workers of spreading panic and infringing on the population's rights with the prolonged lockdown. Some of the rallies included anti-vaccination activists. In Munich, police used loudspeakers to urge the protesters to minimize the infection risk. While the participants failed to heed...
  • German intelligence says China asked the WHO to help it cover up COVID-19

    05/09/2020 4:47:33 PM PDT · by rxsid · 69 replies
    thenationalsentinel.com ^ | 05.09.2020 | Duncan Smith
    German intelligence says China asked the WHO to help it cover up COVID-19 May 9, 2020German intelligence officials say they have obtained evidence that the Chinese government asked the World Health Organization to help it cover up the coronavirus outbreak in a finding that is sure to place no small amount of renewed pressure on Beijing. In fact, Chinese President Xi Jinping personally asked the World Health Organization to delay the release of critical information early in the outbreak, German intelligence officials conclude.Xi met with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on January 21 to request that he withhold information about...
  • The Coming Migration out of Sub-Saharan Africa

    08/14/2019 7:06:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | August 8, 2019 | Christopher Caldwell
    Almost the entire population of Italy, it seems, spent the last week of June watching a boat arrive from across the Mediterranean. It was the Sea-Watch 3, a Netherlands-registered ship funded by progressive philanthropists and captained by Carola Rackete, a 31-year-old German climate-change activist. Rackete radioed that she was carrying 42 African refugees rescued at sea who were in desperate health. Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini holds that such ships rendezvous with traffickers just off the Libyan coast, and are really less interested in rescuing sailors than in transporting illegal immigrants to Europe en masse. “Taxis,” he has called them....
  • Eight WWII vets aged 96-100 joining Trump for V-E Day despite pandemic

    05/08/2020 7:33:55 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 21 replies
    AP - CBS News ^ | May 8 | Staff
    Washington — Eight World War II veterans - the youngest of them age 96 - will join President Trump at a wreath-laying ceremony Friday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. Their hopes to mark the day in Moscow were dashed because of the coronovirus pandemic.