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  • Interior ministry bans Salafist group [Tauhid Germany]

    03/26/2015 8:38:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Mar 2015 12:12 GMT+01:00
    Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière ordered the dissolving of salafist organization Tauhid Germany on Thursday, saying that the group radicalized youth and encouraged them to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS. The Interior Ministry claimed in a statement on its website that Tauhid Germany is a successor organization to Millatu Ibrahim, a group which was banned in 2012. The ministry reports that Tauhid Germany spreads propaganda on the internet which “calls for the removal of Germany’s peaceful democratic structure.” …
  • GERMAN NEWS: Co-Pilot of Germanwings Airbus Was MUSLIM CONVERT

    03/26/2015 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 74 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    GERMAN REPORT —HE WAS RADICALIZED! GERMAN CO-PILOT WAS MUSLIM CONVERT– — STAYED AT Bremen Mosque Police have reportedly found something of “significance” at the apartment of the co-pilot who crashed the Germanwing passenger plane into the Alps this week. Andreas Lubitz 28-year-old German Andreas Lubitz trained in the Phoenix, Arizona and is pictured here in San Francisco. Speisa.com reported: According to Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News, Germany now has its own 9/11, thanks to the convert to Islam, Andreas Lubitz. Translation from German: All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his...
  • MIT expert: US rules make chances of cockpit takeover slim

    03/26/2015 4:23:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    WANE.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | Associated Press
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology aviation analyst says U.S. flight regulations make it unlikely that a single jetliner pilot could barricade himself or herself inside the cockpit. MIT expert John Hansman tells The Associated Press that U.S. safety procedures require two people in an airliner’s cockpit at all times. Hansman says if the pilot or co-pilot of an American carrier leaves the flight deck for any reason, a flight attendant goes in.
  • How the Germanwings Co-Pilot Kept the Captain Out of the Cockpit

    03/26/2015 11:18:14 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    ABC7.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | MEGHAN KENEALLY
    The protocols that were put in place to stop an attacker from taking control of a plane were used against a captain by his co-pilot that resulted in the Germanwings crash in the French Alps, the airline's CEO suggested today. The CEO of Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, spoke today about the safeguards in place to separate the cockpit from the rest of the plane, saying that the co-pilot appears to have purposefully locked his colleague out in the minutes leading up to the fatal crash.
  • The Latest: Airbus video shows safeguards against lockout

    03/26/2015 3:25:41 AM PDT · by tellw · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/26/15 | Associated Press
    By The Associated Press 10:42 a.m. (0942 GMT, 5:42 a.m. EDT) An Airbus training video shows that the A320 cockpit has safeguards in case one pilot inside becomes incapacitated while the other is outside, or if both pilots inside are unconscious. Normally, someone trying to get into the cockpit requests access and a camera feed or peephole lets the pilot decide whether to accept or specifically deny access. If there is no response, a member of the flight crew can tap in an emergency code again requesting access. If there is still no response, the door opens automatically. If, however,...
  • Germanwings crash: pilot locked out of plane's cockpit, say reports

    03/26/2015 4:53:26 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 21 replies
    New York Times and AFP news agency say evidence from cockpit voice recorder suggests pilot left before flight 4U9525’s descent and could not get back in. Evidence from a cockpit voice recorder recovered from the Germanwings flight 4U9525 that crashed on Tuesday suggests that one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in, according to two separate reports. French air accident investigators say they have extracted a recording that contains “voices and sounds” from the cockpit of the plane before it crashed in the Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
  • Flight 4U9525 Crash: Who was the Pilot in the Cockpit? Germanwings Pressed to Release Names

    03/26/2015 4:29:21 AM PDT · by drpix · 151 replies
    ibtimes.co ^ | 3/26/2015 | Johnlee Varghese
    The latest revelations over Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash have turned the focus on the pilots, but the German budget carrier has so far refused to identify them. One of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit moments before the crash, the data from the cockpit voice recorder has reportedly revealed, placing the pilots at the focal point of the investigation. However, the company has refrained from disclosing the identity of the pilots. According to the New York Times , data showed the pilot inside the cabin ignored the appeals of his colleague to open the cabin door. As time...
  • Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane, Says Prosecutor

    03/26/2015 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 355 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Robert Wall and Inti Landauro
    The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 appears to have deliberately crashed the plane after he was left alone in the cockpit, according to a French prosecutor. The captain was intentionally locked outside minutes before the A320 crashed into an alpine mountain ridge, French Prosecutor Brice Robin said Thursday. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, was silent throughout the plane’s descent and was alive at the point of impact, according to the prosecutor. Mr. Robin’s conclusions are drawn from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, recovered at the crash site in the French Alps late Tuesday and analyzed by French accident...
  • French Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Appeared to Want to 'Destroy the Plane'

    03/26/2015 4:59:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015
    PARIS — French prosecutor: Germanwings co-pilot appeared to want to 'destroy the plane' .
  • NYT: Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit Ahead of French Alps Crash

    03/25/2015 9:29:47 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 93 replies
    Fox News ^ | 25 March 2015 | On the Record with Greta Van Susteren
    The New York Times is reporting that a pilot was locked out of the cockpit of the Germanwings A320 plane which crashed Tuesday. Evidence from a cockpit voice recorder reportedly reveals that one of the pilots left the cockpit and was unable to return... More at Fox News http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/03/25/nyt-pilot-locked-out-cockpit-ahead-french-alps-crash
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    03/25/2015 11:02:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/25/2015, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar, Matt Wanderman
    In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear capabilities, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent. But in the declassified document from 1987, which can be viewed here, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel's nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth. The timing of the revelation is highly...
  • Germanwings Crash: Audio File Recovered From Black Box, Official Says

    03/25/2015 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03-25-2015 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY, MOLLY HUNTER, HAMISH MACDONALD and CORINNE CATHCART
    The director of the lead investigating agency said today that they have recovered an audio file from the black box of the downed Germanwings flight but have not found the second black box from the Airbus A320 that crashed in the French Alps. This comes after French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said at an earlier news conference when he said that crews had found the exterior of the black box but not the module that contains the memory equipment, though a the director of the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) went on to deny any such discovery. "We have not...
  • Germanwings Crash Investigation Hits Snag in Retrieving Data (from black boxes)

    03/25/2015 8:16:41 AM PDT · by maggief · 65 replies
    NYTimes ^ | March 25, 2015 | DAN BILEFSKY and NICOLA CLARK
    PARIS — Rescuers resumed the difficult task of searching for the 150 victims of a deadly plane crash in the French Alps, as the search for clues was dealt a setback Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said they had so far been unable to retrieve any data from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, and the inquiry has been hampered further, an official said, by the discovery that the second black box, which was found on Wednesday, was severely damaged, and its memory card dislodged and missing.
  • Several Germanwings flights cancelled after crew refused to fly

    03/25/2015 2:26:02 AM PDT · by McGruff · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Justin Huggler
    Several Germanwings flights were cancelled on Tuesday after their crews refused to fly, as it emerged that the aircraft which crashed in the French Alps had been grounded for an hour for repairs the day before the accident. Pilots and cabin crew refused to fly over concerns the crash may have been linked to a repair to the nose-wheel landing doors on Monday, according to an unconfirmed report in Spiegel magazine.
  • Germanwings A320 crash: Plane fell for 18 minutes (not 8)

    03/25/2015 5:24:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 169 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | March 25, 2015
    NEW evidence has emerged that the Germanwings Airbus A320 that crashed in southern France yesterday dived for 18 minutes, and not eight as previously thought. France’s Transport Minister Segolene Royal said this morning that the crew had stopped responding to radio messages at 10.30am, with the plane flying over the Mediterranean sea. The aircraft crashed into the side of a mountain in the French Alps at 10.48am, suggesting that the plane had descended from 28,000ft to 2,000ft without signalling an emergency. Ms Royal added that events in the cockpit in the 60 seconds between 10.30am and 10.31am were ‘crucial’ and...
  • Why Germanwings Flight Might Have Crashed Over the Alps

    03/24/2015 6:00:35 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/24/2015 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
    Airplanes don't just fall out of the sky. The Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday in France was at the safest part of flight. Yet, something went horribly wrong, leading to the death of 150 passengers and crew. The first clue about what could have happened will be the wreckage itself. If the debris field is pretty compact, the plane most likely hit the mountains intact. If it is scattered, the plane probably broke up midair.
  • Passenger plane crashes in French Alps (Airbus A320 - 148 Onboard?)

    03/24/2015 3:55:35 AM PDT · by Drago · 336 replies
    The Local - Fr ^ | 03/24/2015 | Oliver Gee
    "An Airbus A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, a security source has said." & "A Germanwings A320 has crashed in the southern French Alps, according to security sources."
  • 30 Years after Cold War killing, US officer is remembered

    03/24/2015 6:25:56 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 8 replies
    ap/stars&stripes ^ | March 24, 2015 | David Rising
    BERLIN — U.S. Col. Roland Lajoie had just arrived home in West Berlin on a cool March day in 1985 when he got the call from his headquarters: the Soviets were demanding to see him immediately in East Germany. As chief of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission, Lajoie regularly sent intelligence-gathering patrols into communist East Germany and confrontations were not unusual. But he'd never gotten a call to respond personally to an incident. He remembered worrying that his men may have run over an East German civilian. What he actually faced had even deeper political ramifications: A Soviet sentry had...
  • Search aircraft find the remains of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 scattered all over...

    03/24/2015 9:51:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 179 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 11:36 EST, 24 March 2015 | By Simon Tomlinson and John Hutchinson and Gerard Couzens, Richard Spillett, Fidelma Cook et al
    FULL TITLE: Search aircraft find the remains of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 scattered all over an alpine mountainside: Riddle over why pilots didn't send SOS despite taking eight minutes to fall 32,000 feet The final moments of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 were shrouded in mystery today after air traffic controllers claimed they received no SOS despite the jet nosediving 32,000ft in just eight minutes. All 144 passengers and six crew were today presumed dead after the Airbus A320 crashed in a remote region of the French Alps en route from Spain to Germany. Two babies were among 45 Spanish on...
  • Tsipras raises Nazi war reparations claim at Berlin press conference with Merkel

    03/24/2015 5:54:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ian Traynor
    Greece’s leftwing prime minister Alexis Tsipras stood beside German leader Angela Merkel and demanded war reparations over Nazi atrocities in Greece on Monday night, even as the two leaders sought to bury the hatchet following weeks of worsening friction and mud-slinging. “It’s not a material matter, it’s a moral issue,” said Tsipras, unusually insisting on raising the “shadows of the past” at the heart of German power in the gleaming new chancellery in Berlin. It was believed to be the first time a foreign leader had gone to the capital of the reunified Germany to make such a demand.
  • In this stunning intervention, literary colossus V.S. NAIPAUL says ISIS is now the Fourth Reich [tr]

    03/23/2015 6:25:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2015 | V.S. Naipul
    Imagine a world in which a young man is locked in a cage, has petrol showered over him and is set alight to be burnt alive. Imagine the triumphant jeering of an audience that has gathered to witness this. Imagine, also, a 12-year-old child with elated determination on his features shooting at close range a kneeling man with his arms tied behind his back. Then picture the spectacle of a hundred beheadings of victim after victim in humiliating uniforms, their hands and feet bound, kneeling with their backs to their black-robed executioners who wield knives to cut their throats as...
  • Why My #1 Bet on Investing in Europe is Soaring

    03/22/2015 10:40:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Nicholas Vardy
    It was just over a month ago that I appeared on the Fox Business Network and recommended that U.S. investors put their money to work in Europe. To say that my recommendation was greeted with skepticism would be an understatement. After all, as the host pointed out, Europe was on the verge of bailing out a Marxist government in the form of Greece. And my closing recommendation to invest in Germany was greeted with a roll of the eyes and a barely stifled yawn. Fast forward one month, and Germany is the hottest market on the planet. The German DAX...
  • Nazi Extortion: Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

    03/21/2015 7:01:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr
    Loukas Zisis, the deputy mayor of Distomo, a village nestled in the hills about a two hour drive from Athens, says he thinks about the Germans every day. On June 10, 1944, the Germans massacred 218 people in Distomo, including dozens of children. Zisis, who is just 48 years old, wasn't yet born at the time of the attack. "We can't forget the Germans," Zisis says. They came to Distomo 71 years ago with their guns. "Today they are exerting power over our village with their banks and policies," he adds. He's standing in the wind on a rocky ledge,...
  • France balks at the US-Iranian deal on five counts – not least with an eye on its Gulf ties

    03/21/2015 9:58:58 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | March 21, 2015, 6:15 PM (IDT)
    President Barack Obama failed to shift French President France Hollande from his objections to the nuclear accord taking shape between the US and Iran in the call he put through to the Elysée Friday night, March 30. US Secretary of State John Kerry fared no better Saturday, when he met British, French and German Foreign ministers in London for a briefing on the talks’ progress intended to line the Europeans up with the American position. He then found, according to debkafile’s sources, that France was not alone; Germany too balked at parts of the deal in the making. The French...
  • [German] Government plans new elite anti-terror unit

    03/20/2015 7:09:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Mar 2015 11:02 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    The Interior Ministry is planning to beef up its terror response capacity by setting up an new elite unit to be deployed in emergency situations, on top of Germany’s existing GSG 9. The government is taking the step as a response to the recent terror attacks in France and Denmark, believing that Germany’s current reaction capacity is too limited, reports Der Spiegel. Germany needs “a robust unit that can confront such situations,” said the Christian Democrat (CDU) specialist for the interior, Armin Schuster. …
  • US ‘threatened’ Germany over Snowden asylum

    03/19/2015 10:58:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Mar 2015 16:12 GMT+01:00
    Journalist Glenn Greenwald reported on Thursday that the USA told the German government it would cut off intelligence sharing if the country offered NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum. Writing at The Intercept, Greenwald said he was told of the threats by Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel after an award ceremony in Homburg on Sunday, where the journalist received the Siebenpfeiffer journalism prize. “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said. “If the threat were carried out, the Americans would literally allow the German population to remain vulnerable to a brewing attack… by withholding...
  • Wage disparities getting bigger in Germany

    03/19/2015 1:27:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 18.03.2015 | [hg/ng (dpa, epd, Reuters)]
    Real German incomes, or gross wages adjusted for inflation, had not developed evenly in recent years across different wage sectors, a study by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Munich-based IFO economic research institute showed Wednesday. […] The authors of the study said one of the reasons for the increasing wage disparity had been a creeping decline of collective bargaining deals with binding wages. […] “We need to redouble our efforts to scale back wage disparities again without losing too many jobs,” Bertelsmann Foundation chief Aart De Geus said in a statement, pointing out that the recent introduction of a minimum...
  • Germany joins China development bank

    03/17/2015 10:10:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Mar 2015 11:38 GMT+01:00
    Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble confirmed on Tuesday that Germany has agreed to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite pressure from the US.Germany, France and Italy “want to bring our long experience … to help the bank build a solid reputation,” Schäuble said at a joint press conference in Berlin with Chinese vice-premier Ma Kai. “We want to make a contribution to the positive development of the Asian economy, in which German companies are actively taking part,” he said. France and Italy have also agreed to become members of the $50-billion institution, seen as a rival to the...
  • Islamic center searched over ‘ISIS link’ (Stuttgart, Germany)

    03/17/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Mar 2015 14:30 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    Around 70 police officers searched the Sahabe Islamic Education and Cultural Center in Stuttgart on Tuesday, looking for connections to terrorist organization ISIS. “There is concrete suspicion that the association fulfills the criteria for being forbidden under the law,” Baden-Württemberg interior minister Reinhold Gall said in a statement. “We’ve been watching the association for a long time, but the suspicions of breaching the law have grown more serious recently.” […] Gall said the Sahabe association “supports the use of violence to assert religious values and supports a foreign organization, the so-called Islamic State, which provokes attacks against people or property.”...
  • Putin was ‘ready’ to use nukes in Crimea standoff

    03/15/2015 7:45:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 16.03.2015 | [mkg/cmk (Reuters, AFP)]
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he considered activating nuclear forces to annex the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine after the fall of a pro-Moscow government in Kyiv early last year. “We were ready to do it,” Putin said of putting nuclear forces at the ready, in a nearly three-hour documentary that aired on state television Sunday. The president added that he had fielded many calls from foreign leaders and told them “that this is our historical territory and Russian people live there, they were in danger, and we cannot abandon them.” He said: “It was a frank and open position....
  • Unearthed, The Prince Of Stonehenge

    08/25/2002 5:04:48 PM PDT · by blam · 78 replies · 3,337+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-26-2002 | Roger Highfield
    Unearthed, the prince of Stonehenge By Roger Highfield (Filed: 21/08/2002) A prehistoric prince with gold ear-rings has been found near Stonehenge a few yards away from the richest early Bronze Age burial in Britain. Earlier this year, archaeologists found an aristocratic warrior, also with gold ear-rings, on Salisbury Plain and speculated that he may have been an ancient king of Stonehenge. The body was laid to rest 4,300 years ago during the construction of the monument, along with stone arrow heads and slate wristguards that protected the arm from the recoil of the bow. Archaeologists named him the Amesbury Archer....
  • Tests Reveal Amesbury Archer "King Of Stonehenge' Was A Settler From The Alps

    02/08/2004 12:40:04 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 2,101+ views
    Tests reveal Amesbury Archer ‘King of Stonehenge’ was a settler from the Alps The man who may have helped organise the building of Stonehenge was a settler from continental Europe, archaeologists say. The latest tests on the Amesbury Archer, whose grave astonished archaeologists last year with the richness of its contents, show he was originally from the Alps region, probably Switzerland, Austria or Germany. The tests also show that the gold hair tresses found in the grave are the earliest gold objects found in Britain. The grave of the Archer, who lived around 2,300BC, contained about 100 items, more than...
  • White House issues embarrassing apology to Charles Krauthammer over Churchill bust gaffe

    08/01/2012 7:17:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    Tthe Telegraph ^ | 1 Aug 2012 | Nile Gardine
    The Obama presidency is fond of issuing apologies for America on the world stage, but very rarely makes them at home to Americans. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer has just issued one to Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, who last week wrote an op-ed berating the Obama administration for removing a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office when it came to power. Pfeiffer had issued a stinging attack on Krauthammer, alleging that his Churchill bust reference was “100 percent false.” Krauthammer was of course 100 percent correct, and the British Embassy in...
  • Strong economy has Germans splashing the cash

    03/14/2015 2:03:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    AFP ^ | March 9, 2015 | AFP
    Sales of new kitchens are up more than 10% already this year at German kitchen maker Haecker as local consumers start to spend their money due to its robust economy. For those who would rather someone else did the cooking, roasted monkfish and turbot with truffles are flopping onto plates at Berlin's Michelin-starred restaurant Fischers Fritz. A blizzard of corporate good news shows that famously frugal Germans are now snapping up soccer shirts from Adidas and electronics from retail chain Media-Saturn. With interest rates on savings low, unemployment falling, oil prices sliding and pay rises outpacing inflation, economists say German...
  • Noose Tightens on Europe

    02/05/2015 12:34:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    <p>Today German Chancellor Angela Merkel proclaimed Greek Diplomatic Offensive Is Failing.</p> <p>Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc in parliament has agreed not to give in to any “bad compromise that “defacto adds up to a debt writedown,” Hans-Peter Friedrich, a deputy leader of the caucus, said in an interview today.</p>
  • Greek Dependency Has Created Dangerous Illusions

    02/10/2015 9:47:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | John Browne
    Once again the crisis in Greece is threatening the unity of the entire euro zone. Many analysts are asking what must be done to restore viability to the Union's weakest link. Lost in this discussion is that modern Greece, formed in 1830, has never really been required to stand on its own. Generations of support from abroad, typically given for strategic reasons, has created a false sense of prosperity in the country and has prevented the Greeks from accepting the realities of their current situation. When Greece fought for its independence against the Ottoman Empire in the 1820s, the struggle...
  • Germany faces impossible choice as Greek austerity revolt spreads

    02/12/2015 2:10:28 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 11 February 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The political centre across southern Europe is disintegrating. Establishment parties of centre-left and centre-right - La Casta, as they say in Spain - have successively immolated themselves enforcing EMU debt-deflation. Spain's neo-Bolivarian Podemos party refuses to fade. It has endured crippling internal rifts. It has shrugged off hostile press coverage over financial ties to Venezuela. Nothing sticks. The insurrectionists who came from nowhere last year - with Trotskyist roots and more radical views than those of Syriza in Greece - are pulling further ahead in the polls. The latest Metroscopia survey gave Podemos 28pc. The ruling conservatives have dropped to...
  • Greece just threatened to seize German assets over World War II

    03/11/2015 9:18:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 3-11-2015 | Karolina Tagaris
    Greece's justice minister said on Wednesday he was ready to implement a High Court ruling allowing Athens to seize German state-owned property to compensate victims of a Nazi massacre in a small Greek village. Nikos Paraskevopoulos' comments come against a backdrop of rising tensions between Athens and Berlin as Greece's new leftist government struggles to persuade its European Union partners to renegotiate a 240 billion euro bailout package. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday accused successive German governments of using legal tricks to avoid paying reparations for the brutal Nazi occupation of Greece and said he would support efforts to...
  • Eurozone Officials Reach Accord with Greece to Extend Bailout

    02/20/2015 2:10:23 PM PST · by SteveH · 8 replies
    The New York TImes ^ | feb 20 2015 | Liz Alderman James Kanter
    Brussels- European leaders agreed on Friday to extend Greece's bailout for four months after weeks of terse negotiations.
  • Greek Revolt Long Overdue

    02/10/2015 12:00:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2015 | Peter Morici
    Germany has been sacking Greece and other Mediterranean economies for years, and the Hellenic revolt against austerity is overdue. When the euro was established in 1999, prices were translated from the mark, franc and other currencies into euro at prevailing exchange rates. (Greece joined the Eurozone in 2001, giving up the drachma.) National prices reflected differences in labor costs and efficiency across countries, but owing to a variety of social and demographic conditions, productivity improved more rapidly in Germany and other northern countries. Making goods in the South became too expensive, and Greece and others could no longer export enough...
  • Europe must drop the euro, Germany abandon mercantilism

    10/20/2014 2:25:51 PM PDT · by EBH · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/20/2014 | Peter Moricici
    Europe faces yet another recession, and the prospect is shaking global financial markets. To eliminate the persistent threat of collapse, Europe must drop the euro, and Germany must abandon mercantilism. When the euro was adopted in 1999, domestic prices -- the face values for bonds and loans -- and bank accounts were translated into euros according to prevailing exchange rates for national currencies at the time. Initially, the single currency posed few significant problems. Over time, however, differences in labor market policies and geographic conditions that are difficult for governments to alter caused productivity to grow more rapidly in Germany...
  • The Euro Just Dived On News That Germany's Bundesbank Might Support More Easing

    05/13/2014 3:34:28 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 13 2014 | Joe Weisenthal
    This is a shocker. According to reports, the Bundesbank — Germany's famously hard-money loving central bank — might be willing to engage in more stimulus if inflation forecasts decline. The WSJ says the Bundesbank is open to "significant" stimulus, including possibly negative rates. The euro is diving
  • German Anger Over Greek Demand For War Reparations [Seizing Private Holiday Homes of Germans]

    03/12/2015 5:35:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 96 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | March 12, 2015 | Kate Connolly
    German Anger Over Greek Demand For War Reparations Berlin incredulous at justice minister’s threat to seize German property and repatriate antiquities unless €341bn compensation is paid Kate Connolly 12 March 2015 Germany has reacted with anger and defiance to Greek government demands for multibillion-euro reparation payments over first and second world war atrocities. Greece’s justice minister, Nikos Paraskevopoulos, said Athens was prepared to approve a court ruling to seize German property in the country – including the Goethe Institute, the German Archaeological Institute, German schools and holiday homes if Berlin refused to pay €341bn (£240bn) in compensation. Greek PM: Greece...
  • German diplomat: Iran letter 'not helpful'

    03/12/2015 1:16:56 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/12/15 12:24 PM EDT | By Michael Crowley
    A key European diplomat said Thursday that the letter to Iran from Senate Republicans “was not helpful” to ongoing international nuclear talks with Iran, as other officials lowered expectations for reaching a framework deal this month. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was reacting to a letter signed by 47 Senate Republicans warning Tehran that any nuclear deal it strikes with President Barack Obama will be non-binding and easily undone. Steinmeier added that to call the missive unhelpful was “an understatement.” Germany is among the six nations conducting talks with Iran in an effort to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear...
  • Euro slips to new 12-year low against US dollar ($1.05)

    03/11/2015 9:09:49 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 3-12-2015 | Reuters
    The euro slipped to a fresh 12-year low against the US dollar on Thursday as the common currency continued to buckle under pressure felt since the European Central Bank launched its massive quantitative easing scheme at the start of the week.
  • Remembering Remagen Bridge: A Lesson in American Initiative

    03/11/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Austin Bay
    The March 7, 1945, seizure the Rhine River's Remagen Bridge by a U.S. Army task force is an outstanding example of individual and organizational initiative and carefully assessed aggressiveness. A lesson in leader intuition, one with application to politics and business as well as battle, lies within the operation's deep history. The moment of capture was a thriller. Ignoring span-rattling enemy demolition charges and German fire from the Rhine's east bank, approximately 60 young American soldiers raced across the damaged bridge that blundering German military engineers had not quite destroyed. By March 17, when it collapsed, six U.S. divisions had...
  • Sound Familiar? Iranian Jailed for Phony Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates

    03/11/2015 10:16:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Radix ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Haven’t we been here before? Nader Ali Sabouri Haghighi, an Iranian National, obtained an FAA-issued pilot’s license and flight instructor certificate using an American pilot’s stolen identification. The illegally obtained credentials would not only have allowed him to fly American aircraft, but to train others to fly planes inside the United States. Haghighi’s plot was similar to the type of planning that led to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. After an international chase spanning most of the globe, Haghighi was apprehended, tried, and found guilty. He was then given a mere 27 months in federal prison. “It seems this...
  • Greece says Germany owes it compensation for WWII occupation

    03/11/2015 7:17:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AFP ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    The radical left-led Greek government insisted Tuesday that the debt-ridden country has never been fully compensated by Germany for its brutal World War II Nazi occupation, linking the issue with Greece's fraught bailout negotiations. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said a 1960 reparation deal with Germany did not cover key Greek demands, including payments for wrecked infrastructure, war crimes and the return of a forced loan exacted from occupied Greece.
  • Varoufakis unsettles Germans with admission Greece won't repay debts

    03/10/2015 8:42:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Reuters UK ^ | 3-10-2015 | Madeline Chambers
    Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has described his country as the most bankrupt in the world and said European leaders knew all along that Athens would never repay its debts, in blunt comments that sparked a backlash in the German media on Tuesday. A documentary about the Greek debt crisis on German public broadcaster ARD was aired on the same day euro zone finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss whether to provide Athens with further funding in exchange for delivering reforms. "Clever people in Brussels, in Frankfurt and in Berlin knew back in May 2010 that Greece would never...
  • German ambassador: Obama agreed not to send arms to Ukraine

    03/09/2015 6:26:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 5:41 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama agreed last month not to send lethal defensive aid to Ukraine, a top German diplomat said Monday, as lawmakers from both parties continued to press the president to shore up Ukraine’s beleaguered military in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. The German ambassador to the U.S., Peter Wittig, said in an Associated Press interview that Obama agreed to hold off during a White House meeting in February with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He said Obama had concurred with Merkel that it was important “to give some space for those diplomatic, political efforts that were underway.” […] The Obama...