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  • Joint US-German ship-defense rollout buoys Raytheon

    08/28/2014 8:30:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | August 28, 2014 | David Wichner
    At a time when many U.S. defense programs are facing the budget ax, Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems is looking forward to an important stream of new international business from a ship-defense missile system co-developed with Germany. On Wednesday, Raytheon commemorated the first delivery of a new version of the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to the U.S. Navy with a ceremony at its sprawling airport-area missile plant. RAM — which gets its name from its spinning action in flight — is a 30-year-old, cooperative program between the U.S. and German governments with industry support from Raytheon and RAMsys of Germany. Deployed...
  • Police suspect arson in Berlin mosque fire

    08/28/2014 6:00:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Aug 2014 12:55 GMT+02:00
    Investigators now believe a fire which damaged a mosque in Berlin earlier in August was started deliberately. Police had believed that the fire at the Mevlana mosque in Kreuzberg might have been caused by a technical fault or started accidentally, but both of those possibilities have now been ruled out. […] The fire began in building materials stored in an unfinished extension to the structure and caused smoke damage to the façade and the interior of the mosque. Renovation and extension work has been going on at the site since 2013. …
  • Germany announces new rules to fight EU 'benefit tourism'

    08/28/2014 12:50:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 27 August 2014 | bbc
    The German government has announced proposals to tackle alleged abuses of the benefits system by migrants from elsewhere in the European Union. Under the plan, EU migrants would no longer receive social welfare benefits after six months out of work. EU citizens convicted of benefits fraud could also face deportation.
  • Anti-stress law moves step closer in Germany

    08/28/2014 12:23:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Aug 2014 14:47 CET
    Germany’s Labor Minister Andrea Nahles has given her backing to an anti-stress law, announcing a study into workers’ mental health on Tuesday. Nahles told the Rheinische Post newspaper that she had commissioned the Federal Institute for Health and Safety at Work to come up with a report on the feasibility of a possible law to protect workers from stress caused by smartphones and constant contact with their bosses. “There is an undeniable link between having to be constantly available [for work] and the rise in mental illnesses,” she said, but she added it would be a challenge to implement any...
  • German fighter jets unable to fly and mechanics forced to borrow spare parts, claims magazine

    08/27/2014 11:23:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 26 Aug 2014 | Justin Huggler
    A report in Spiegel magazine says German air force is weaker than previously thought and a funding crisis means scores of aircraft are not operational The German air force is facing such a severe funding shortage that many of its aircraft are unable to fly, mechanics are forced to cannibalise parts from existing planes and only eight of the country's 109 Eurofighters are fully operational, according to a report in Spiegel magazine. German defence sources have rubbished the article, saying it is inaccurate and does not match up to official air force logs. But the claim that Germany's air force...
  • Trial of man who shot exchange student to stay in Missoula

    08/27/2014 10:57:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Aug. 27, 2014 | Kathryn Haake
    District Judge Ed McLean has denied a motion to change the trial venue for Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of fatally shooting a German exchange student in his garage last April. In a 208-page motion to move the trial, Kaarma’s attorneys argued that local media reports have tainted Missoula’s jury pool by painting Kaarma as a “cold-blooded killer.” Katie Lacny, who filed the motion, argued her 30-year-old client has been held captive in his Grant Creek home and received death threats as the media “aroused sympathies and created a community outcry against” him. “The pretrial publicity has stirred up...
  • Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

    08/27/2014 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2014 9:14 AM EDT
    The German government proposed measures Wednesday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet was proposing a six-month limit on EU citizens staying in the country, which is Europe’s biggest economy, without a job. In addition, he said EU citizens suspected of having abused Germany’s welfare system can be banned from re-entering the country. “Freedom of movement is an essential part of the European integration, which we fully stand behind,” de Maiziere told reporters...
  • The European Union Isn't Going To Bail Out Ukraine

    08/26/2014 12:22:24 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/25/2014 @ 9:04AM | Mark Adomanis
    The European Union has had a pretty rough run over the past seven years. Economically, things are simply catastrophic. The Eurozone is not only experiencing an output slump that is even worse than the great depression, it is also teetering dangerously close to outright deflation. Unemployment remains persistently high everywhere except Germany: it is still above 25% in both Greece and Spain, and above 10% in Portugal, Italy, and France. The forecasts are hardly encouraging, with expectations of little or no growth in 2014 and an exceedingly modest rebound predicted for 2015. The situation is so desperate and hopeless that...
  • Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union (i.e. Putin’s new USSR)

    08/25/2014 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.08.14 @ 13:25 | Valentina Pop and Andrew Rettman
    Germany’s Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to “go to” Russia’s “Eurasian Union”, amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday (24 August), the German chancellor said her visit to Kiev on Saturday was designed to prepare for peace talks between Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Putin in Minsk on Tuesday, but warned the public not to expect a “breakthrough”. She mentioned Ukrainian “decentralization”, a deal on gas prices, and Ukraine’s “trade relations” with Russia as elements that could bring about an accord. “And if...
  • Germans could pay for EU unemployed

    08/25/2014 12:55:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | Published: 25 Aug 2014 13:20 CET
    Germans could foot the bill for unemployment benefits in other European countries under an EU plan to tax the union’s richest states.László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, set out his proposal in June in Berlin to share the burden of unemployment benefits among EU countries. The plan is now “not far from the table”, CDU politician and MEP Herbert Reul told Welt newspaper on Monday. Andor claims that in a time of economic downturn, this concept could stabilize and revive struggling economies. He told the Welt on Monday that his plan would not replace countries’ unemployment...
  • Baltic Fears: NATO Debates Directing Missile Shield against Russia

    08/25/2014 3:19:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 25, 2014 – 11:16 AM
    NATO officials are considering deploying a long-planned missile defense system—aimed at protecting Europe from attacks from the Middle East—against Russia as well, Spiegel has learned. Calls for such an expansion to the system’s remit, which is backed by the United States, are growing in Poland as well as in NATO member states Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. […] But the majority of NATO members, especially Germany, are opposed to the proposal, warning that it could result in an unnecessary provocation of Moscow. …
  • Why Merkel Has the Clout to End the Ukraine Crisis

    08/24/2014 6:08:02 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | David Francis
    As the crisis in Ukraine continues with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s contempt of the west growing, it’s becoming clear that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be a key player if the crisis is to be resolved without a wider conflict. Since the crisis began, Merkel has played the stern headmaster to the United States and Russia, which appear more as squabbling students than world powers. Amid heated rhetoric coming from both Washington and Moscow, Merkel has been measured, chastising Russia when necessary, but calling for restraint from countries eager to punish Russia. Related: Putin Wants Eastern Ukraine. Let Him Have...
  • US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders

    08/23/2014 9:10:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 114 replies
    IBTimes Co., Ltd. ^ | August 23, 2014 15:58 BST | Tom Porter
    Western intelligence agencies have been assisting the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad fight militants of Isis (now called the 'Islamic State'), by providing details on the location of militant leaders for targeted air strikes. The information was passed to Assad's government by German intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which acted as an intermediary, a source told the Independent... In recent weeks, Syrian forces have launched a series of airstrikes against Islamic State commanders and headquarters, as they battle to halt the advance of jihadist forces from their stronghold in the east of the country. The Assad regime has been accused...
  • Obama Leading from Behind in the War Against Islamic State Terrorism

    08/22/2014 11:27:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - There can be only one response to the barbaric beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State terrorists. We must hunt them down and kill them. President Obama said as much in his brief remarks in the wake of the terrorists' grisly video that showed Foley's execution by a masked jihadist who spoke with a British accent and is believed to be a British citizen. The United States will "do what we must to protect our people," Obama said Wednesday. "We will be vigilant and we will be relentless" in bringing them to justice. No sooner had...
  • Germany debates role of Bundestag in approving arms shipments to Iraq

    08/22/2014 10:59:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/08/2014 - 08:08 | (EurActiv.de with Reuters)
    Iraqi Kurds have welcomed the German government’s expressed willingness to supply weapons in the fight against violent Islamists. Speaking on Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday (21 August), Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Rodsch Schawais said arms assistance should come as quickly as possible. The Kurdish leader addressed fears that German weapons could end up in the wrong hands or later be used in a possible conflict for an independent Kurdistan. This question is not relevant right now, he said. At the moment it is important to stop the advance of the extremist Islamic State (IS), Schawais explained. […] But the government’s...
  • Germany Is Telling Ukraine To Back Off Crushing Pro-Russian Rebels Or Else Putin Will Get Mad

    08/22/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | NOAH BARKIN AND RICHARD BALMFORTH
    BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader. As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin. Chancellor Angela Merkel's planned visit to Kiev on Saturday, her first...
  • German-led European consortium comes up with a cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon (India)

    08/21/2014 10:24:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    India Today ^ | August 21, 2014 | Manu Pubby
    The world's biggest defence deal is in danger of becom-ing one of the slowest in his-tory. More than two years after India zeroed in on the French Rafale fighter jet-after a tor-tured 11-year selection process-to replace its ageing MiG-21s, the Ger-man-led European consortium which was the runner-up in the race has sought to restart the dogfight by offer-ing a new, cheaper proposal for its Eurofighter Typhoon. The Narendra Modi Government, INDIA TODAY has learnt, is studying the German proposal even as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has been nego-tiating with France's Dassault, the maker of the Rafale, to finalise agree-ments to...
  • 2008 Flashback: Reviewing Obama's Citizen of the World Speech in Berlin

    08/21/2014 5:27:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know what I thought we would do, and it would be instructive. Do you remember Obama's speech in Berlin in July 2008? Given that one of the things we're talking about today is people's frustration, people on the left -- they'd vote for him again, make no mistake. But the Drive-Bys and a lot of people, they're really wringing their hands over the fact that Obama gave a lukewarm, passionless, didn't look like he really cared set of remarks about the beheading of James Foley, and then, 10 minutes later, is on the golf course. You...
  • Germans Back Tougher Stance Toward Russia Over Ukraine -- Poll

    08/21/2014 5:00:43 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 4 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 8/21/2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German voters are swinging behind their government's tougher line against Moscow after long being willing to give Russia the benefit of the doubt in its dispute with Ukraine. An opinion poll published Friday shows Germans widely support the European Union's latest sanctions against Russia and an overwhelming majority view the Kremlin's actions in eastern Ukraine with an increasingly critical eye, with 82% of Germans surveyed saying Russia can't be trusted.
  • Hunt for German neo-Nazis was ‘complete disaster’ (Thuringia)

    08/21/2014 12:35:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2014 1:38 PM EDT | Frank Jordans
    Police and security services in Germany’s eastern state of Thuringia bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis, who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree, according to an official report published Thursday. A panel of lawmakers in the state assembly examined thousands of case files and interviewed dozens of former investigators, concluding that efforts to find the fugitive trio between 1998 and 2003 were a “complete disaster.” “In the best case, the comprehensive failure of many of those involved resulted from simple lack of interest,” the panel said in its 1,895-page report. But so...
  • We need Russian influence: Ukrainian minister

    08/21/2014 4:40:20 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | Catherine Boyle
    The Ukrainian government needs "Russian influence" to deal with the problems within its borders, one of its most senior members said ahead of a key summit between the two sparring countries. "(It is) only with Russian influence we can sort the problem out," Pavlo Klimkin, foreign minister of Ukraine, told CNBC ahead of the talks in Minsk on Tuesday, which will see Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko meet at a summit of leaders in the region. The conflict in Ukraine shows little signs of abating. On Thursday, dozens of people died as fighting in Donetsk,...
  • Merkel sets limits to NATO solidarity with Baltic states

    08/21/2014 3:16:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 19.08.14 @ 09:21 | Andrew Rettman
    German chancellor Angela Merkel has said NATO will defend Baltic states if need be, but will not build permanent military bases in the region. She spoke on Monday (18 August) on a visit to Riga in which she also laid a wreath at the Freedom Monument, a memorial to the Latvian War of Independence against Russia in 1918. “I want to stress that … Article V of the NATO contract—the duty to provide mutual support—is not something which just exists on paper, but is also something which must be filled with life”, she told press after meeting Latvian prime minister...
  • Dying town centers seek the miracle cure (Germany)

    08/21/2014 1:34:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Aug 2014 15:50 GMT+02:00 | Tomas Urbina
    Home to two thirds of Germany’s population, many of its small cities and towns are struggling to revive their declining centers. […] Big box stores on their outskirts, online shops and the proximity of larger, better serviced cities have all eaten away at the share of the retail market available to businesses that once thrived in smaller towns, says the expert in trade and retail at Niederrhein University. In Delmenhorst, it’s a perfect storm. The retiree Bieler has watched big retail chains like Kik and Kaufland set up and thrive on the outskirts. And he’s seen how people gravitated more...
  • German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters

    08/20/2014 9:40:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:22am EDT
    (Reuters) - German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of northern Iraq and have posted a video of a captive American journalist being beheaded. "This kind of conflict, this kind of a crisis always has a history ... The ISIS troops, the weapons - these are lost sons, with some of them from Iraq," Mueller told German public broadcaster ZDF. "You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar - and how do we deal with these people and states...
  • German journalists arrested in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 12:45:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Aug 2014 11:39 GMT+02:00
    Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann were cuffed and jailed for three hours the day after arriving in the beleaguered suburb of St. Louis. […] The journalists had wanted to take pictures of a burned out gas station on Florissant Avenue, the street at the center of the week-long protest. […] “We felt there were no threats, everything is completely peaceful, and we said that we would stay on and take the photos we wanted,” Graw wrote. Then a young police officer says: “Okay, but only if you keep moving. The moment you stay standing, you’ll be arrested. That’s the last...
  • Germany Ebola scare as Nigerian woman showing symptoms (shortened)

    08/19/2014 9:04:09 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/19/14 | DAMIEN GAYLE FOR MAILONLINE and ALLAN HALL
    A woman was rushed to hospital and hundreds of people were quarantined today after she showed symptoms of Ebola virus infection in a jobcentre in Germany. As many as 600 visitors and staff at the employment office building in Berlin were also stopped from leaving for several hours as emergency services sealed off part of the street. The mass-circulation daily Bild said the woman had fainted, that she hailed from Nigeria and that she said later that she had recently been in contact with people infected with Ebola.
  • A Surge from the Sea [immigrants flooding Europe]

    08/18/2014 9:42:50 PM PDT · by firebrand · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 16, 2014 | The Economist
    ANOTHER weekend, another two thousand-odd immigrants rescued by Italian sailors and coastguards in the Mediterranean. On August 11th the San Giusto, an amphibious transport vessel, landed 1,698 people in Reggio Calabria, a city in southern Italy. The day before, a naval patrol vessel and a frigate disembarked 364 people at ports in eastern Sicily. The number of people arriving in Italy by sea this year may already exceed 100,000. By the end of July approximately 93,000 migrants had been rescued. The previous record for an entire year was set in 2011 when around 60,000 people reached Italian shores at the...
  • I hope that we always teach our children about The Berlin Wall

    08/18/2014 6:18:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    The Berlin Wall is something I grew up talking about. It's a little bit different for my sons. In fact, our 3rd son, now serving in the US Army, was born the year after the Wall came down in the fall of 1989. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 and the first casualty came 52 years ago today:
  • iran Sanction Revised?

    08/16/2014 2:11:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 11 replies
    US Treasury ^ | 7-19-2016 | Valerie Jarret?
    On July 19, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, coordinated by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton) and Iran affirmed that they will continue to implement the commitments described in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) and the U.S. government has extended through November 24, 2014, the sanctions relief provided for in the JPOA. This extended relief comes into effect on July 21, 2014. The following documents are key components of the implementation of the JPOA as extended. Guidance Relating to the Provision Of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint...
  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • German secret agents 'eavesdropped on phone calls' by Hillary Clinton and John Kerry

    08/16/2014 3:09:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/16/2014 | By Joanna Walters
    German secret agents intercepted one of Hillary Clinton's phone calls while she was US secretary of state and also listened in to a call by John Kerry, her successor, it emerged this weekend, in an embarrassing reversal of the spying scandal that blew up when it was revealed last year that America bugged Angela Merkel's mobile phone. Mrs Clinton was on a US government plane when German intelligence services overheard her call and, against their own internal protocol, stored it, intelligence sources told German media. The intercepted phone call took place in 2012 between Mrs Clinton and Kofi Annan, the...
  • EU Offers to Take Charge of Gaza Border Crossings

    08/16/2014 10:00:00 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-16-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The European Union (EU) on Friday offered to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, according to The Associated Press (AP). The EU is prepared "to play a strong role" in managing the crossings while assuring that Israel's security is guaranteed, said the 28-nation bloc's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton. The EU offered to reactivate and extend its monitoring of the Rafiah crossing with Egypt and other border posts, provided there will be a UN Security Council mandate for the mission and a sustainable cease-fire in place, according to AP. In addition, the EU...
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • German secret service ‘spied on Clinton’: report (i.e. Hillary while SecState)

    08/16/2014 1:54:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Aug 2014 10:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The German secret service listened in on at least one of Hillary Clinton’s telephone calls when she was US secretary of state, German media reported Friday. The Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) daily and regional public broadcasters NDR and WDR said documents passed to the CIA by one of its moles inside German intelligence show it eavesdropped on Clinton while she was on a US government plane. […] According to the reports, the Clinton intercept was “not an isolated case”, with the German government apparently giving permission for “spying on a NATO partner”, although it was unclear which of its allies was...
  • German Economy Contracts, France Stagnates, Italy in Recession - Maybe Time for a Rethink?

    08/15/2014 5:13:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The recovery in Europe, not that there was ever much of one, is now over. As expected in this corner, Germany Contracts and France Stagnates in Second Quarter. The data from the currency bloc’s two largest economies came as the embattled French government said the disappointing growth meant it would miss its budget deficit this year and halved its gross domestic product forecast for 2014. Germany’s economy, which provides more than a quarter of the euro area’s output, shrank 0.2 per cent between April and June, according to official figures. Both figures missed forecasts and, with Italy back in recession,...
  • Europe is in an epic depression — and it's getting worse

    08/15/2014 6:14:06 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | John Aziz
    Economic growth in Europe came in at zero in the second quarter of 2014. That's better than being in recession. But it's not the growth that Europe — with its huge unemployment rate of 12 percent, or roughly 19,130,000 people out of work — needs. The eurozone (below in blue) has been in a depression since the financial crisis. That's because in terms of gross domestic product, the eurozone has not risen back to its pre-financial crisis levels. The U.S. (below in red) on the other hand has gotten out of its slump, and continues to grow at a decent...
  • Steinmeier considers weapons exports to Iraq (Germany foreign minister)

    08/14/2014 6:52:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 Aug 2014 11:16 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The conflict against religious minorities in Iraq has more officials speaking out in support of exporting arms to the marginalized groups. “As long as the threat is holding, I will not rule out the option that [Germany] will also deliver weapons,” Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the evening news program Heutejournal on Wednesday night. “The brutality of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) could make it necessary.” Steinmeier voiced his options despite opposition from his own party, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), which principally bans the sales of arms into conflict zones. …
  • Circles of power: Putin's secret friendship with ex-Stasi officer

    08/13/2014 2:09:59 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Dirk Banse, Florian Flade, Uwe Müller, Eduard Steiner, Daniel Wetzel
    The story of Matthias Warnig and Vladimir Putin is one of two men who have much in common. Both grew up in socialist states; both are former secret service agents. Their paths crossed by coincidence a quarter of a century ago. They enjoyed each other’s company and spent much time together. They helped each other. When Putin rose to the centre of power Warnig rose as well, and became one of the most powerful managers in Russia’s economy. .... Since 2003 he has been a member of the board of directors in the institution nicknamed the “bank of Putin’s friends”....
  • The Outlook For Germany In One Word: 'Grim'

    08/12/2014 12:59:21 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12 August 2014 | Sam Ro
    Confidence in Germany is crumbling. The ZEW investor confidence survey index plunged to 44.3 in August from 61.8 a month ago. This was much worse than the 54.0 expected by economists. To make things worse, the expectations index crashed to 8.6 from 27.1. This was the lowest reading since December 2012. Economists were expecting 17.0. "In one line: Grim, as slump in investor sentiment deepens," said Pantheon Economics' Claus Vistesen. "Given the recent sharp drawdown in equities, a drop in sentiment was expected, but the decline was larger than anticipated, reinforcing downside risk to the economy." Some of this deterioration...
  • Suspect fire breaks out in Berlin Mosque

    08/12/2014 2:17:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Aug 2014 09:00 GMT+02:00
    Fire authorities suspect “political motivations” for a late night blaze in a mosque in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. More than 60 firefighters were called to the scene of a burning construction site at the Mevlana Mosque. No one was at the site when the fire broke out and no one was injured. …
  • The West on the wrong path

    08/11/2014 8:27:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Handelsblatt (Germany) ^ | 08 August 2014 | Gabor Steingart
    In view of the events in Ukraine, the government and many media have switched from level-headed to agitated. The spectrum of opinions has been narrowed to the width of a sniper scope. The politics of escalation does not have a realistic goal – and harms German interests. ___ Düsseldorf. Every war is accompanied by a kind of mental mobilization: war fever. Even smart people are not immune to controlled bouts of this fever. “This war in all its atrociousness is still a great and wonderful thing. It is an experience worth having“ rejoiced Max Weber in 1914 when the lights...
  • Russia push into Ukraine ‘unacceptable’: Germany

    08/11/2014 12:45:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Aug 2014 09:52 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Russian intervention in Ukraine, including for expressed humanitarian purposes is “unacceptable” without Kiev’s authorization, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her US counterpart Barack Obama agreed in a telephone call Saturday. Such a move “violates international law, and will provoke additional consequences,” the White House said in a statement afterwards, referencing the numerous economic sanctions already in place against Moscow. …
  • Germany, France, Britain propose EU mission to open Gaza crossing

    08/10/2014 11:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:51pm EDT | (Sabine Siebold, Maggie Fick)
    Germany, France and Britain have proposed reactivating a European Union mission on the Egypt-Gaza border to help stabilize the Palestinian enclave after a month-long war, a German diplomatic source said on Wednesday. […] Egypt, which was not involved in the negotiation of the 2005 agreement, has repeatedly shut the Rafah border over the past year, significantly increasing pressure on Gazans, who already face a rigid land and sea blockade imposed by Israel. […] Egypt wants any discussion over Rafah to take place bilaterally with the Palestinian Authority, rather than as part of any deal between the Palestinians and Israel to...
  • Poland asks US to import apples banned by Russia

    08/10/2014 5:03:40 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/89/2014 | AFP
    Poland has asked the United States to open its market quickly to Polish apples banned by Russia in a sanctions war over the crisis in Ukraine. Poland's ambassador to Washington, Ryszard Schnepf, said he had met Michael Scuse, a senior official in the US Department of Agriculture, about the steps needed to open up the US market, the Polish press agency PAP reported. "We are interested in a quick decision because the situation is extraordinary," Schnepf was quoted as saying. "He told us to begin the procedure. We have a new meeting planned for August 18 with the heads of...
  • The Socialist Nazi Sympathizing Jew Who Led the Left’s War on Israel

    08/09/2014 9:32:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 9, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I wrote about Bruno Kreisky last year in the context of discussing Austria’s Islamization. There’s no doubt that Kreisky was a real demented piece of work, on a par with Norman Finkelstein or M.J. Rosenberg. Austria’s Socialist Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, despite being of Jewish ancestry, was fond of Muslim terrorists and Nazis. He had a habit of filling his cabinet with former Nazis while comparing Zionism to Nazism. His political success rested on a welfare state built with Soviet money funneled through commercial orders and turning a blind eye to terrorist attacks carried out with Soviet and Polish machine guns...
  • Wiretapped: Israel Eavesdropped on John Kerry in Mideast Talks

    08/04/2014 4:43:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 8-4-2014 | Der Spiegel Online
    SPIEGEL has learned from reliable sources that Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during Middle East peace negotiations. In addition to the Israelis, at least one other intelligence service also listened in as Kerry mediated last year between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, several intelligence service sources told SPIEGEL. Revelations of the eavesdropping could further damage already tense relations between the US government and Israel.
  • Ancient Inscribed Slab Brought To Light (Another Rosetta Stone - Three Languages)

    04/20/2004 12:18:46 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 961+ views
    IOL ^ | 4-19-2004
    Ancient inscribed slab brought to light April 19 2004 at 03:15PM Potsdam - A team of German and Egyptian archaeologists working in the Nile Delta has unearthed "quite a remarkable" stele dating back 2 200 years to Ptolemaic Egypt which bears an identical inscription in three written languages - like the famed Rosetta Stone. Announcing the find on Monday, University of Potsdam chief Egyptologist Christian Tietze said the stone fragment was "quite remarkable and the most significant of its kind to be found in Egypt in 120 years". The grey granite stone, 99cm high and 84cm wide, was found "purely...
  • 1 in 4 plagiarized tech goods made in Germany

    08/08/2014 5:33:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 08 Aug 2014 16:45 GMT+02:00 | (DDP/The Local)
    German companies are ranked second in the world for industrial plagiarism, a global study released on Friday found. Just under a quarter of all plagiarized technical products examined were sold by a German company, the study by the Federation of German Machine and Equipment Builders (VDMA) has found. Germany was behind China, but ahead of Turkey and India in terms of the number of copies sold. Most German firms involved in plagiarism targeted competitors in the high-tech sector, in contrast to Chinese manufacturers, which usually copied low-quality goods. …
  • German approval for Gaza mission

    08/07/2014 10:58:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08/07/2014 | Mathias Bölinger / Nina Haase
    Politicians from various parties can imagine Germany participating in a mission to control the Rafah checkpoint between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. “I personally believe that it’s our duty, and that we must not turn a blind eye to what’s going on,” said Reinhold Robbe, the chairman of the German-Israeli community and a former parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces. “Germany has a special responsibility because of its history.” […] “Together with our European partners, we are ready to make a contribution, for example with an EU monitoring mission of the border crossing,” (Foreign Affairs minister Frank-Walter) Steinmeier told Bild....
  • Islam ‘does not belong in German society’: poll

    08/07/2014 5:36:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Aug 2014 08:05 GMT+02:00 | Tom Barfield
    A majority of Germans have rejected former President Christian Wulff’s famous statement that “Islam is now also a part of Germany”, with 52 percent against the idea. Just 44 percent of people surveyed by the Forsa opinion institute for Stern magazine agreed with the former head of state that Islam was part of Germany. However, a second question asking how people thought Germany should deal with hostility to Muslims found that 53 percent of people believed that it should be treated as seriously as anti-Semitism. …