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  • The tragic plight of Germans in AMERICA during the First World War I

    10/18/2017 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 256 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10/18/2017 | Harvey Day
    A fascinating collection of photos have resurfaced showing the hardships faced by German-Americans at the brutal height of the First World War. As Europe was ravaged by fighting, German immigrants in the US suffered harassment, internment, lynchings - and even the humiliation of being tarred and feathered. Although a little-remembered part of history today, America was wracked by the fear and paranoia that swept from coast to coast during the Great War. The United States declared war on Germany in April 1917 and helped lead the Allies to victory. But before that, many Americans were terrified of the German threat...
  • Wolfgang Schäuble warns against protectionism in US [Germany’s finance minister]

    10/15/2017 7:53:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.15.2017 | ap/cmk (Reuters, AFP)
    Wolfgang Schäuble, who is due to become the next president of Germany’s lower house of parliament, on Saturday made his last appearance at the annual conference of the International Monetary Fund as Germany’s finance minister. During his speech, Schäuble reiterated his warnings against protectionist economic policies and appealed for closer trade cooperation among countries. “We should all be worried about the weak growth of global trade and the increasing anti-free trade rhetoric,” he said. “We need more openness rather than less.” […] Schäuble, the chairman of the G20 finance group this year, said he believed the backlash against globalization was...
  • Failed asylum seekers traveling from Germany pose terror threat, claims Denmark

    10/15/2017 5:07:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal,dk ^ | 13 October 2017 11:22 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The Danish government announced on Thursday that it was extending controls at its border with Germany. In a letter to the EU, Copenhagen cited the security risk posed by people fleeing deportation orders south of the border. “The large number of illegal migrants and rejected asylum seekers who are awaiting deportation in Germany are a real security threat,” the Danish government wrote in a letter to the EU justifying the decision to extend border controls. There is “a risk that terror groups will take advantage of their precarious situation,” the letter stated. The Danish government implemented border controls in January...
  • Former AfD leader Petry sets up new party, hoping for more success than predecessor

    10/15/2017 10:54:12 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    thelocal.de ^ | 13 October 2017 | thelocal.de
    The former chairwoman of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), Frauke Petry, has established the Blue Party, aiming to win over voters disenchanted by the far-right direction of the AfD. Petry confirmed to Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) on Thursday that she had set up the new party. “Blue stands for conservative as well as liberal politics in Germany and Europe. Blue is the colour that the Christian Social Union first made politically popular in Bavaria. So it has appeal across the country,” she said. According to election officials the Blue Party was registered on September 17th, a week before the national election....
  • Angela Merkel's conservatives in Lower Saxony can't top Social Democrats in state election

    10/15/2017 9:39:05 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10/15/17 | NA
    Elections in Lower Saxony have complicated German Chancellor Angela Merkel's federal coalition calculus as her conservative party finished second in a close race to the Social Democrats.
  • Germany's DAX peaks above 13,000 points for first time ever

    10/14/2017 10:57:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    reuters.com ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2017 | Reuters Staff
    Germany's benchmark DAX index .GDAXI hit a fresh record high on Thursday topping above 13,000 points for the first time in its 30-year history, helped by a pullback in the euro and optimism about global economic growth.
  • Survey setback for Merkel's Christian Democrats in Lower Saxony

    10/14/2017 3:39:15 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10/14/17 | NA
    This Sunday's Lower Saxony regional election could bruise Chancellor Angela Merkel as she tries to forge her next federal coalition government. A new survey shows the northern state's governing Social Democrats ahead.
  • Merkel: EU progress possible even if some members opt out

    10/14/2017 7:20:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 14, 2017 7:40 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union can move forward on contentious issues even if some member states opt out. In a weekly podcast released Saturday, Merkel cited defense cooperation and the recent creation of a European Public Prosecutors Office as examples where some EU members are pressing ahead. Merkel say “if there are important topics, then they should always be open to everyone” but added that “not everyone has to join in.” …
  • The German Manifesto on Anti-Americanism

    10/14/2017 5:38:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/14/17 | Peter Skurkiss
    Is reality starting to dawn on the Germany foreign policy elite?  In a manifesto published in Die Zeit entitled "In Spite of it All, America," these foreign policy experts warn the German political class of the country's growing anti-Americanism. They write something that should be obvious even to the most doltish in Deutschland, namely, Germany is 'strategically' dependent on the U.S. and that the U.S. remains an "indispensable partner for both Germany and Europe and keeps Germany embedded in the West."   Here's an interesting passage.  If the ties to the United States are cut, with them goes the reassurance that other...
  • Interior Minister upsets colleagues by suggesting Germany could celebrate Muslim holidays

    10/13/2017 3:48:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 October 2017 15:47 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Thomas de Maizičre, the federal interior minister, suggested on Monday that parts of Germany with large Muslim populations could get public holidays during Muslim festivals. “I’m prepared to talk about whether we would also introduce Muslim public holidays,” de Maizičre said. He pointed out that there are several Catholic holidays, such as All Saints day, which are only celebrated in Catholic-dominated parts of the country. “Why shouldn’t we think about a Muslim public holiday in parts of the country where many Muslim live?” he asked. The Christian Democratic (CDU) politician added though, that public holidays in Germany are influenced by...
  • Germany warns Donald Trump against decertifying Iran deal

    10/13/2017 5:57:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 132 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.12.2017 | amp, dm/bk (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    The German government has warned the US against withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement. US President Donald Trump is expected to decertify Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 deal in a White House speech at 12:45 p.m. (16:45 UTC) on Friday. “We believe this agreement is an important instrument to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday. “If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” he said. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel...
  • Did Israel ask Germany to resize submarine for nuclear missiles?

    10/11/2017 11:17:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    ARUTZ SHEVA ^ | 11/10/2017 | Tzvi Lev
    A new report says that Israel asked Germany to extend the length of the submarines it planned on purchasing, spooking the Germans, who surmised that Israel wanted the submarines retrofitted to be compatible with nuclear missiles. The report, which was the result of an investigation between Ronan Bergman from Yediot Aharonot and the German Die Zeit newspaper, said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel opposed the request and even demanded the opinion of the German intelligence services, which eventually approved the request. Israel was not aware of the behind the scenes drama. Bergman wrote that the change to make the submarines...
  • The Prophet of Germany's New Right

    10/10/2017 8:23:21 AM PDT · by cartan · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2017-10-10 | James Angelos
    Götz Kubitschek, a self-proclaimed “rightist intellectual,” lives in a medieval manor house in Schnellroda, a rural village in eastern Germany. From this isolated, antique outpost, Kubitschek, who is 47, wields considerable influence over far-right thinkers, activists and politicians across Germany, who make regular pilgrimages to Schnellroda for an audience with him. The manor serves as the headquarters for the magazine and publishing house that Kubitschek runs with his wife, the writer Ellen Kositza, and also for a rightist think tank, the plainly named Institute for State Policy, and a small organic farm where he raises rabbits and goats. Kubitschek calls...
  • Turkey Now Targeting Academic Freedom in Europe

    10/09/2017 5:11:57 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    P J Media ^ | 2017-10-09T11:02:51 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkey’s targeting of dissident academics seems to have crossed the borders of the country. Academic freedom in Europe and in the U.S. is being stymied by the Turkish government and nationalist groups. Most recently, Turkey targeted a conference held September 15 to 18 at the European Academy Berlin entitled “Past in the Present: European Approaches to the Armenian Genocide.” It was part of the “Workshop on Armenian Turkish Scholarship (WATS),” a series founded by the University of Michigan in 2000. It was co-organized by the University of Michigan, the Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies of the University of Southern California...
  • Iran attempted to buy nuclear technology illegally 32 times, German agency says

    10/09/2017 4:55:29 PM PDT · by topher · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-Oct-2017 | By Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News
    Iran tried to obtain illicit technology that could be used for military nuclear and ballistic missile programs, raising questions about a possible violation of the 2015 agreement intended to stop Tehran’s drive to become an atomic armed power, according to three German intelligence reports obtained by Fox News. The new intelligence, detailing reports from September and October and disclosed just ahead of President Trump’s planned announcement Thursday on whether the U.S. will recertify the Iran deal, reveals that Iran’s regime made “32 procurement attempts … that definitely or with high likelihood were undertaken for the benefit of proliferation programs.” According...
  • Angela Merkel forced to agree to a German limit on migrants

    10/09/2017 10:19:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 9, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    As discussed here previously, German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have won another term in the recent elections, but she came away damaged with her previous coalition in tatters. In order to rebuild her alliance in the Bundestag she had to make some new friends and offer concessions to historical allies who were refusing to support her over immigration policy. One of the biggest changes coming out of the recent negotiations is that her former hard line on open borders and no limits on the number of migrants they would accept is out the window. Moving forward, there will be a...
  • Merkel Confirms Ready to Govern With Liberals and Greens

    10/07/2017 1:38:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Local (Germany) ^ | 7 October 2017
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed on Saturday she would start talks with liberals and Greens to try to form a new coalition government after last month's election.Merkel won a fourth term in the September 24th vote but the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) poached one million votes from her conservative bloc, leaving her without an obvious coalition to lead Europe's largest economy. She has already said she would seek exploratory talks on forming an alliance between her CDU/CSU bloc and two smaller parties, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the ecologist Greens. Merkel said in a speech in the eastern...
  • German industrial orders jump on vibrant demand from abroad

    10/06/2017 4:10:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    reuters.com ^ | OCTOBER 6, 2017 | Michael Nienaber
    German industrial orders bounced back in August, rising more than expected on strong foreign demand, data showed on Friday, suggesting that factories will contribute to overall growth in Europe’s largest economy in coming months. Industrial companies registered a 3.6 percent increase in orders after contracts for ‘Made in Germany’ goods fell by an upwardly revised 0.4 percent in July, data from the Economy Ministry showed. The reading for August was the strongest monthly increase since December. It easily beat the Reuters forecast for a 0.7 percent rise, surpassing even the most optimistic estimate.
  • Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MP's independence move

    10/05/2017 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/5/2017 | BBC
    Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday's session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be a breach of the constitution...... The court's ruling on Thursday upheld a challenge not from the government in Madrid, but by the Socialist's Party of Catalonia.....
  • Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days'

    10/04/2017 5:15:09 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/4/2017 | BBC
    Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC. In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next". Meanwhile, Spain's King Felipe VI said the vote's organizers had put themselves "outside the law". He said the situation in Spain was "extremely serious", calling for unity. Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region continue to mount, days after the vote was marred by violence involving national police. The Spanish...