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  • Catalan crisis: Spain senate debates emergency powers

    10/27/2017 2:00:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/27/2017 | BBC
    The Spanish senate is discussing a plan by the Madrid government to take over some of Catalonia's autonomous powers, amid an escalating crisis over the region's push for independence. Earlier this month Catalonia held a disputed referendum on the issue. The Senate is expected to pass the emergency measures, which include sacking the Catalan leader. Meanwhile the regional parliament has been debating a possible declaration of independence. The debate began on Thursday, after Catalan leader Carlos Puigdemont failed to reveal a favored course of action, and called on MP's to decide on a response. Mr. Puigdemont signed a declaration of...
  • Virtually no 'dangerous' German Islamists wearing electronic ankle bracelets

    10/26/2017 10:12:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.26.2017 | Ben Knight
    German security forces have largely chosen not to take advantage of a new law allowing them to track potential terrorists with ankle bracelets. Police unions say the tags aren’t an effective means of surveillance. Only two out of 705 people classified by the German security forces as Islamist threats are currently wearing an ankle tag, despite a law introduced in June in the wake of the Berlin Christmas market attack in December 2016. The figures, published this week by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and confirmed by the Interior Ministry, also showed there were 428 people in the “Islamist spectrum,” but...
  • Germany Suffers Upsurge in Terrorism-Related Cases: The delights of an open door refugee policy

    10/25/2017 8:16:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/25/2017 | Joseph Klein
    The pipe dream of peacefully integrating self-proclaimed “refugees” from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other terrorist prone countries into European society is falling apart. Germany, which led the way in opening the floodgates to such refugees, has become a leading incubator of jihadist-inspired terrorism in Europe. Prosecutors in Germany have opened up approximately four times as many terrorism-related cases this year so far than during all of 2016, and more than ten times than in 2013. There are at least 705 Islamists in the country said to be willing to carry out a terrorist attack, with thousands of more Islamists also present in...
  • Terrorism-Related Cases In Germany Quadruple In One Year

    10/23/2017 2:05:40 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 3 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/22/2017 | JACOB BOJESSON Foreign
    The number of terrorism-related cases investigated by German authorities have quadrupled over the past year, newspaper Welt am Sonntag revealed Sunday. Prosecutors have opened more than 900 cases so far this year, compared to 240 throughout 2016. Just 80 cases related to terrorism reached the courts in 2013. The federal prosecutors office can’t keep up with the increase and nearly 300 cases have been transferred to the state level. Not all cases involve plans to carry out attacks. Migrants from Syran, Iraq and Afghanistan have been tried over alleged membership in terror groups without being suspected of planning attacks on...
  • German police rule out terrorism in Munich knife attack

    10/23/2017 12:27:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    reuters.com ^ | October 21, 2017 | Ayhan Uyanik
    German police ruled out a political or religious motive behind a knife attack in the city of Munich on Saturday and said a detained man suspected of injuring eight people had mental health problems.
  • Germany terrorism prosecution cases soar: report

    10/22/2017 10:16:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.22.2017 | cw/aw (dpa, AFP)
    German federal prosecutors have opened up more than 900 terrorism-related cases so far this year, including 800 related to radical Islamists, according to a report published in the German language newspaper Welt am Sonntag on Sunday. The number of terrorism cases has jumped nearly four-fold compared to last year, when federal prosecutors opened about 250 proceedings. In 2013, there were about 80 terrorism cases in the courts. The sharp rise has stretched manpower at the Karlsruhe-based federal prosecutors office, the newspaper reported. Nearly 300 terrorism cases have been transferred from federal authorities to state prosecutors. […] Not all of the...
  • Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin

    10/21/2017 6:53:48 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/21/2017 | BBC
    Populist billionaire Andrej Babis and his party have won the Czech Republic's general election. Mr. Babis, 63, is the country's second-richest man and campaigned on an anti-establishment and Eurosceptic platform. With all votes counted, his centrist movement ANO (Yes) collected a share of almost 30%-nearly three times that of the closet rival.... he was not prepared to cooperate with either the far-right, anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy Party or the Communist Psrty.... He says he would not bring the Czech Republic into the Eurozone, but he wants the country to stay in the EU, telling Reuters he would propose changes...
  • Brexit Talks: EU Leaders Soften Their Stance to Save Theresa May

    10/21/2017 12:05:32 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-21-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    European Union leaders have softened their stance on the Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa May out of fear that prolonged problems may bring down her government. According to the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, Angela Merkel now says that she has "absolutely no doubt" that the EU and the UK can both make concessions. That's new. Until now, Merkel and her friends made clear that they would not take a step back. The UK would have to give in, that was all. Now, suddenly, it's this: "If we are all clear in our minds, I have absolutely no doubt...
  • Germany: Full Censorship Now Official

    10/21/2017 3:01:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 10/21/17 | Judith Bergman
    Germany has made no secret of its desire to see its new law copied by the rest of the EU. When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state's private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, and who shall be shut down, free speech becomes nothing more than a fairy tale. Or is that perhaps the point? Perhaps fighting "Islamophobia" is now a higher priority than fighting terrorism? A new German law introducing state censorship...
  • BREAKING NEWS: German police warn "volatile" attacker is on the run in Munich after stabbing.....

    10/21/2017 1:51:29 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | 10/21/2017 | Rod Ardehali
    Police are hunting a knifeman following a stabbing spree in Munich's central square, next to an underground station...... Munich police said that at least four people have been lightly injured during stabbing......
  • Germany's entire submarine fleet is now out of action

    10/20/2017 8:46:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/21/2017
    BERLIN (AP) — All of Germany's six submarines are out of action, and the country's defense minister isn't happy about it. The Kieler Nachrichten newspaper reports that four U-boats are being serviced in boatyards while two others are waiting for a berth. Asked how Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen views the temporary loss of the underwater fleet, her spokesman said Friday that "this is obviously not a good situation." Jens Flosdorff told reporters in Berlin that "we would hope the mission readiness was higher, but sometimes with technology the devil is in the detail."
  • Trump vs. Hitler: Let’s Run the Numbers

    10/20/2017 9:14:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/20/2017 | Kyle Smith
    I heard something unusual when I logged on to the New York Times this morning. It seemed to me a dire, authoritative, even apocalyptic sound. It was as if a gigantic clap of thunder had been produced by an immense boot of truth. Allow me to explain. On my screen appeared a think piece comparing Adolf Hitler with Donald Trump. “Trump Isn’t Hitler. But the Lying . . . ,” by op-ed columnist Charles Blow, advances a breathtaking claim that has never, to my knowledge, appeared in any media outlet before: That though Trump isn’t Hitler, he’s actually pretty close,...
  • The tragic plight of Germans in AMERICA during the First World War I

    10/18/2017 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 297 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.” …