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  • As the End Looms For Mutti Merkel, What Next?

    08/29/2016 5:43:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 29, 2016 | Michael Walsh
    "Guests" Angela Merkel will go down in history as the woman who destroyed theBundesrepublik Deutschland, and for absolutely no reason. The childless Ossie, with zero stake in the future of a country she was raised to loathe, opened up the heart of central Europe to Muslim "immigration" -- and now, finally, the Germans have had enough: Germany’s Angela Merkel urged European Union countries that have refused to take on a share of the bloc’s refugees to reconsider, as a new poll indicated that half of Germans don’t want her to seek another term as chancellor. “What I still say...
  • German Savers Lose Faith in Banks, Stash Cash at Home

    08/29/2016 4:47:59 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 22 replies
    HAMBURG—German savers are leaving the security of savings banks for what many now consider an even safer place to park their cash: home safes.
  • Angela Merkel Assassination Attempt Thwarted In Prague Amid Protests Over Refugee Quotas

    08/29/2016 1:57:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 34 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 26 August 2016 | Julia Glum
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly survived what European press are calling an assassination attempt Thursday afternoon as she was visiting the Czech Republic. Merkel was leaving the airport in Prague when a man with weapons "attempted to join the motorcade" in a Mercedes and began to "run down police" while doing so, the Sun reported. "He is suspected of attempting to cause a crime — specifically, an attempt to use violence against an official," Josef Bocan, a spokesman for the Czech police, told Express. "He tried to join the procession at all costs, cutting off a police vehicle that was...
  • Is German diplomacy getting too chummy with Russia?

    08/29/2016 8:44:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Aug 2016 17:04 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Critics have been questioning the German Foreign Minister’s recent series of comments about working closer with Russia, with some labeling the diplomat a “Russia sympathizer”. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier continued to push his ideas for détente towards Russia on Monday, arguing for better relations between the two countries at a conference in Berlin. “We cannot simply wish away a Russia that has become immensely more difficult,” he said, calling for Germany and Russia to go from “a phase of confrontation and growing tensions, back to a reliable understanding of common security”. His comments followed an opinion piece he wrote...
  • Police investigate after mosque door is bricked shut (Parchin, Germany)

    08/29/2016 8:36:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Aug 2016 16:45 GMT+02:00
    Unknown people have bricked up the entrance to a mosque in northeastern Germany and stuck racist flyers to their masonry work. Police in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have opened an investigation after the 1 meter-high brickwork was found in the doorway of the mosque, which is currently under construction, on the morning of August 26th, a police report states. According to broadcaster NDR, police are investigating two charges — one of property damage, the other of incitement of hatred. …
  • Merkel: EU Nations Must Not Refuse Muslim Migrants

    08/29/2016 8:08:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2016 | Staff
    The refusal of some EU countries to accept Muslim refugees is “unacceptable”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc. “That’s not right at all that some countries say: ‘generally speaking, we don’t want to have Muslims in our countries’,” Merkel told German public television channel ARD.
  • German mayor fires Palestinian intern for wearing headscarf

    08/28/2016 8:12:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.25.2016 | Kate Brady
    The Mayor of Luckenwalde, eastern Germany, has sacked a Palestinian intern for refusing to remove her headscarf at work. Elisabeth Herzog-von der Heide said the garment violated the neutrality of the town hall. Local German newspaper “Märkische Allgemeine” reported on Wednesday that the 48-year-old Palestinian woman was fired from her six-week internship with the “Perspectives for refugees” project after just one day. […] Christian Democratic Union (CDU) politician Sven Petke criticized Herzog-von der Heide's decision. “There are no legal grounds for this decision,” Petke said, adding that Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court had ruled that personal beliefs and their connection to...
  • The risk of open borders [EU/Germany]

    08/28/2016 8:03:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.24.2016 | Fabian von der Mark / cl
    A year ago Germany showed itself as a country offering help. Security wasn’t an issue, but today it’s clear that terrorists have misused refugee routes and extremists are recruiting members amongst refugees. The terrorist attacks in Würzburg and Ansbach in July were not related to the arrival of so many refugees in the autumn of 2015. Both assailants were already living in Bavaria. But the fact that people, who had been taken in by Germany, then took an ax and a bomb, respectively, and turned on those who had offered help, has highlighted the disturbing side of migration. Many now...
  • New poll shows split opinion over fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel

    08/28/2016 7:15:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.28.2016 | rs/jm (dpa, Reuters)
    Half of Germans oppose German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking a fourth consecutive term, according to a survey published on Sunday in the newspaper “Bild am Sonntag.” The survey, conducted by the polling company Emnid, asked 501 Germans in August whether or not they would like to see Angela Merkel serve another term as Chancellor after the federal election in second half of 2017. Results showed that 50 percent of poll participants were against a new term for the Chancellor, while 42 percent were in favor. She has come under fire from both citizens and fellow politicians for her refugee policies....
  • German economy minister says EU-US trade talks have failed

    08/28/2016 6:38:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 28, 2016 9:11 AM EDT | Frank Jordans
    Free trade talks between the European Union and the United States have failed, Germany’s economy minister said Sunday, citing a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the long-running negotiations. Both Washington and Brussels have pushed for a deal by the end of the year, despite strong misgivings among some EU member states over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. Sigmar Gabriel, who is also Germany’s Vice Chancellor, compared the TTIP negotiations unfavorably with a free trade deal forged between the 28-nation EU and Canada, which he said was fairer for both sides. “In my...
  • 6 reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'

    08/27/2016 11:58:00 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 20 replies
    The Local De ^ | 8/26 | De Staff
    Since its reunification in 1990, Berlin has developed into a thriving, cosmopolitan centre. Dubbed "poor but sexy" by its former mayor, it has attracted creative types like moths to a flame with its low rents and exploding startup scene. Tourists flock to this grungy vibe too, with nearly six million visiting in the first six months of this year alone. But the reality is that the city is struggling with poverty, unemployment, poor infrastructure, a floundering education system, debt, the refugee crisis and crime. Its chronic problems led national newspaper Die Welt to label it a “failed state” in 2014....
  • Austrian minister describes Merkel as 'irresponsible'

    08/26/2016 11:50:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.at | 26 Aug 2016 10:22 GMT+02:00
    Link only: http://www.thelocal.at/20160826/austrian-minister-says-merkel-was-irresponsible-germany-refugees-migrant-asylum-deportation
  • Poland criticizes Germany’s 'self-serving' foreign policy

    08/26/2016 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Aug 2016 11:59 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The Polish foreign minister has said that Germany all too often follows its own interests at the expense of its partners, as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to visit Warsaw. […] Merkel is set to arrive in Warsaw on Friday for talks with Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, as well as the heads of state of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The quartet have had increasingly tense relations with Berlin since Germany took in hundreds of thousands of migrants last year and started pushing for an EU-wide quota system, whereby refugees would be redistributed across the union. But foremost on Waszczykowski’s...
  • Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army

    08/26/2016 10:12:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Aug 2016 16:19 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe’s post-Brexit future. “We must prioritize security, and let’s start by building a common European army,” Hungary’s rightwing prime minister, Viktor Orban, said at talks with Czech, German, Polish and Slovak leaders. […] Leftist Czech Premier Bohuslav Sobotka, for his part, said that “we should also begin a discussion about creating a common European army.” […] In an early response to Britain’s shock vote to exit the EU, Poland’s powerful rightwing leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski called for EU...
  • Politicians renew call to bring Snowden to Germany

    08/25/2016 8:20:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Aug 2016 15:59 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Green and Die Linke (Left Party) politicians are asking that NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden be allowed into Germany for an ongoing investigation. The Green and Die Linke politicians wrote a letter to the Federal Court of Justice, asking that Snowden be allowed to be questioned in Germany for an ongoing inquiry into NSA surveillance. According to DPA sources, they want to break a blockade by the coalition government against having Snowden come for questioning about surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA). …
  • Germany: If We Ban The Burqa, We’ll Have To Ban Father Christmas Too

    08/25/2016 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Aug 2016 | OLIVER JJ LANE
    The German regional interior minister who shot to prominence over his alleged role in the failure to handle, and subsequent cover-up of the Cologne New Year’s Eve migrant rape attacks has spoken out against Germany introducing a French-style Burqa ban, saying to do so would mean banning all religious clothing — including Santa Claus outfits. Ralf Jäger, interior minister of migrant crime-hit German state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) made the remarks amid intense discussion in Germany following calls by the national interior minister Thomas de Maiziere for a partial burqa ban. The left wing politician rejected the rationale for banning the...
  • Afghani Asylum Seeker Arrested for Raping 4-Year-Old Boy In Bathroom Stall

    08/24/2016 3:37:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Bethany Blankley
    The Holsteinischer Courier reports that a 4-year-old boy was raped by a 22-year-old Afghani asylum seeker in a bathroom at a migrant camp in the town of Boostedt, in the nothern German Schleswig-Holsten region. The is the latest in a what has become a long and unending pattern of migrants sexual assaulting women and children throughout Germany and Europe. The Afghani man didn’t even try to hide the abuse, as he put his and the boy’s shoes outside the bathroom door. When the father saw the two pairs of shoes he opened the door and found his son, with his...
  • Germany Debates Putting Troops on Streets to Protect Against ISIS

    08/24/2016 6:19:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 24, 2016 | Andy Eckhardt, Anja Gerloff, and Carlo Angerer
    A week-long spate of violent attacks this summer — including two involving migrants — has triggered debate about potentially deploying troops on Germany's streets for the first time since World War II. A July 18 ax and knife attack by an ISIS-inspired 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker aboard a train near Wuerzburg left five people seriously injured. It also raised questions about whether new security measures were needed in Germany.
  • 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...
  • Police force migrant out of German church

    08/23/2016 6:07:35 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 12 replies
    Church leaders in the Germany city of Münster were shocked after police entered a monastery on Tuesday to forcefully remove a migrant seeking church asylum. Police said there was an altercation when they tried to remove the 31-year-old Ghanaian, who bit a police officer when being handcuffed.
  • Chris Matthews Suggests Trump ‘In the Bunker’ Like ‘Third Reich’

    08/23/2016 10:24:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In recent days, Donald Trump has made a concerted effort to moderate the tone, and some would say the substance, of his campaign. So how does a notable member of the MSM reward him? By analogizing him in explicit terms to a Nazi. On Monday evening’s Hardball, Matthews asked if Trump is “in the bunker?” Making the Nazi analogy clear, Matthews said that “somebody compared him to Downfall, the movie about the end of the Third Reich.” Matthews admitted: “it’s never fair to do that,” but that of course didn’t stop him, as he suggested that “he’s in the bunker...
  • ‘NO’ German girls given TEMPORARY TATTOOS to help prevent swimming pool sex attacks

    08/23/2016 9:21:56 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 57 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | 8/23/2016 | Zoie O'Brien
    YOUNG girls are being given temporary tattoos in swimming pools spelling out word “NO” after a spate of sex attacks at public baths. The small press-on designs also sport angel-like wings and are part of a new prevention campaign launched in the Bodensee district in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Veronika Wascher-Goggerle, the Women's and Family representative of the district, is behind the launch and said the press-on tattoos would also help raise awareness over the growing issue of sex attacks in swimming pools. The Bodenseekreis is famous for its bathing and boasts numerous indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Alleged...
  • April 2006 Message from Dan (a long war between Islam and the West)

    08/22/2016 7:36:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    DanSimmons.com ^ | April 2006 | Dan Simmons
    Greetings Readers, Friends, and Other Visitors: The Time Traveler appeared suddenly in my study on New Year’s Eve, 2004. He was a stolid, grizzled man in a gray tunic and looked to be in his late-sixties or older. He also appeared to be the veteran of wars or of some terrible accident since he had livid scars on his face and neck and hands, some even visible in his scalp beneath a fuzz of gray hair cropped short in a military cut. One eye was covered by a black eyepatch. Before I could finish dialing 911 he announced in a...
  • 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....
  • German Far Right Leader: We Need A Right To Bear Arms

    08/22/2016 6:59:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/21/2016 | Matt Vespa
    A wave of sexual assaults and fatal Islamist attacks in Europe have some German politicians calling for a loosening of gun-control laws. The leader of the Alternative for Germany party, Frauke Petry, said in a recent interview that Islamist attacks in Germany and elsewhere suggest that the German people should be able to arm themselves with firearms and other means of self-defense. "Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends," Petry said. "We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the...
  • Germany Finally Admits Turkey Supports Terrorist Groups

    08/22/2016 5:57:48 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-21-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    The cat is finally out of the bag: Turkey has worked with Islamist groups and has supported militant organizations in the Middle East for years, according to the German government, state broadcaster ARD reported Tuesday. The view was expressed in a confidential response from the interior ministry to parliamentary questions from left-wing party Die Linke. The response was seen by ARD. The ministry added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan has actively supported cooperation with Islamist and terrorist organizations. The ministry said in its statement: The many expressions of solidarity and support actions for the Egyptian MB [Muslim Brotherhood], Hamas...
  • Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks - FAS

    08/22/2016 1:14:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 22, 2016 | reuters
    For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday. Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a mentally unstable teenager last month. Berlin announced measures earlier this month to spend considerably more on its police and security forces and to create a special unit to counter cyber crime and terrorism. "The population will be obliged to hold an individual supply of food for...
  • 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...
  • Germany tightens Swiss border controls: Swiss minister

    08/21/2016 1:51:58 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | reuters
    Germany has tightened border controls with southern neighbor Switzerland to choke off a flow of illegal immigrants, Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer said, calling it evidence that Germany has withdrawn its welcome mat for migrants.
  • Germany to chart first civil defense plan since Cold War

    08/21/2016 8:27:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Aug 2016 15:14 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Germany will introduce its first civil defense strategy since the end of the Cold War, calling on the population to stockpile enough food and water for several days, according to a report Sunday. The plan, which makes civilian backing of troops a priority while boosting the resilience of buildings and increasing capacity in the healthcare system, is due to be adopted by the government Wednesday, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) daily. […] The strategy noted that “an attack on German territory requiring conventional defense is unlikely,” but said the country should be “sufficiently prepared in case of an...
  • 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....
  • Call-to-arms by German populist right AfD [i.e. RKBA]

    08/20/2016 8:50:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08/20/2016 | ipj/rc (Reuters, AFP, epd)
    Populist right-wing AfD party co-leader Frauke Petry has encouraged Germans to carry firearms. She claims the government has lost its state monopoly to protect the public, especially in thinly populated areas. Petry, who caused an uproar January by suggesting German police could use firearms to deter incoming refugees, on Saturday called into question Germany's policing and stringent gun ownership law in the wake of deadly attacks last month. There were no grounds for concern when citizens armed themselves for self-protection in areas where austerity measures by national and regional governments had “systematically ruined” police services, Petry told the Funke Media...
  • 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.
  • Merkel says refugees didn't bring Islamist terrorism to Germany...Liberal Bubble World Report!

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday refugees had not brought terrorism to Germany, adding that Islam belonged in the country as long as it was practiced in a way that respected the constitution. More than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere arrived in Germany last year. The mood towards them has soured after a spate of attacks on civilians last month, including three carried out by migrants. Two of those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State militant group. "The phenomenon of Islamist terrorism, of IS, is not a phenomenon that came...
  • 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 who plotted to attack Americans gets early release

    08/17/2016 11:36:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2016 6:07 AM EDT
    A lawyer says a German convert to Islam who was convicted over a thwarted plan to attack American soldiers and civilians in Germany has been granted early release from prison. Fritz Gelowicz was one of four men arrested in 2007 and convicted in 2010. A Düsseldorf court found that they operated as a cell of the radical Islamic Jihad Union and plotted to attack Americans at facilities including the U.S. Air Force's Ramstein Air Base. …
  • Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’

    08/16/2016 7:43:33 AM PDT · by Borges · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/15/2016 | Kate Connelly
    It was rare for us to see him in the mornings,” says Brunhilde Pomsel, her eyes closed and chin in her hand as she recalls her former boss. “He’d walk up the steps from his little palace near the Brandenburg Gate, on to which his huge propaganda ministry was attached. He’d trip up the steps like a little duke, through his library into his beautiful office on Unter den Linden.” She smiles at the image, noting how elegant the furniture was, the carefree atmosphere where she sat in an ante-chamber off Joseph Goebbels’ office with five other secretaries, how his...
  • 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,”...
  • Cologne 'shooting': Two suspects on the run after 'gunfire and knife attack in city centre'

    08/15/2016 6:58:33 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 15 replies
    Mirror ^ | August 15 | Sophie Evans
    Two suspects are on the run after a shooting and knife attack in Cologne city centre, it is reported. A man was seriously injured in the assault on Flandrishe Street this morning, according to the German newspaper, Koelner Express.
  • Fire breaks out at asylum-seeker facility in Germany

    08/14/2016 8:51:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2016 11:23 AM EDT
    German authorities say 16 asylum seekers suffered from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at a container housing facility in the central city of Kassel. The Kassel fire department told the DPA news agency the fire started inside one of the residences Sunday and that an anti-migrant attack had been ruled out. …
  • German President Booed, Attacked; Claims "The People Are The Problem, Not The Elites"

    08/14/2016 8:24:30 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 43 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 8/13/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Revolution is closer than you think...Following Angela Merkel's earlier calls for German CEOs to hire refugees, and as Martin Armstrong notes, Germany has raided its healthcare funds to support the refugee crisis... The government passed a law that allows them to take 1.5 billion euros from the liquidity reserve of the public health care fund (10 billion euros in total, paid by all members and additionally by the taxpayer) and to give that money to refugees / asylum seekers. What would you call this? Insane? We thought a reminder of the tensions that are bubbling under the surface in Germany.  As...
  • BREAKING—- George Soros’s Open Society Hacked and Information Leaked Online

    08/13/2016 2:54:11 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 185 replies
    GP ^ | 8/13/2016 | J Hoft`
    Soros documents are posted from operations in Latin America, Eurasia, Asia, the US, Europe and the World Bank. Billionaire George Soros’s Open Society organization was infiltrated by hackers. The hackers reportedly had access to internal network, sensitive docs, and programs.
  • 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...
  • Merkel to urge chiefs of big companies to hire refugees, Bild reports

    08/13/2016 10:03:52 AM PDT · by bgill · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 13, 2016 | unk
    More than one million migrants flooded into Germany last year, and the government wants to get as many as possible into the job market, which would reduce their dependence on the state and compensate for labour shortages as the workforce ages. Merkel will push reluctant German companies to offer more traineeships and position to refugees, Bild reported. Large companies have been criticized for doing little to help integrate the refugees into the thriving job market. Companies say most of the new arrivals lack the German language skills and the education required for a job.
  • How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen

    08/13/2016 7:21:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 58 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 11th, 2016 | Peggy Noonan
    This is about distance, and detachment, and a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist. Recently I spoke with an acquaintance of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the conversation quickly turned, as conversations about Ms. Merkel now always do, to her decisions on immigration. Last summer when Europe was engulfed with increasing waves of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries, Ms. Merkel, moving unilaterally, announced that Germany would take in an astounding 800,000. Naturally this was taken as an invitation, and more than a...
  • British Army Challenger Tank Upgrade Elicits Strong Response

    08/12/2016 7:49:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Forecast International ^ | August 11, 2016
    LONDON --- An initial assessment phase portion for the British Army Challenger main battle tank upgrade program has elicited response from multiple bidders. The British Army's fleet of 227 Challenger tanks are to be upgraded under a program expected to reach £624 million ($816 million). Under the latest U.K. Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) published in November 2015, the Conservative government opted to extend the service life of the British Army's Challenger II main battle tank - which began entering service in 1998 - out by 10 years to 2035. With the deadline for submitting industry proposals to the...