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  • Germany halts arms exports to Saudis

    01/26/2015 2:38:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 25 Jan 2015 08:56 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of “instability in the region,” German daily Bild reported on Sunday. Weapons orders from Saudi Arabia have either been “rejected, pure and simple,” or deferred for further consideration, the newspaper said, adding that the information has not been officially confirmed. The decision was taken on Wednesday by the national security council, a government body that includes Chancellor Angela Merkel, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and seven other ministers, it said. …
  • Hollande, Merkel Speak Up for Europe’s Muslims

    01/15/2015 11:34:32 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Wall St. J. ^ | January 15, 2015 | WILLIAM HOROBIN and ANDREA THOMAS
    Hollande, Merkel Speak Up for Europe’s Muslims Charlie Hebdo Attacks in Paris Have Fueled Debate Over Radical Islam By WILLIAM HOROBIN in Paris and ANDREA THOMAS in Berlin French and German leaders sought Thursday to reassure Muslims about their place in European society, cementing calls for unity after a series of attacks last week in France by Islamic extremists. Speaking at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris, President François Hollande said that Islam is compatible with democracy and Muslims are the main victims of Islamist militants. “Muslims are the first victims of fanaticism,...
  • Hollande Daze ... Mark Steyn

    01/10/2015 2:51:46 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 10 Jan 2015 | Mark Steyn
    The French authorities killed three murderous savages yesterday. That was the only good news on a day in which a third hostage siege began in Montpellier. The bad news started at the top, with President Hollande's statement after the Charlie Hebdo slaughter and the Kosher grocery siege: Those who committed these acts have nothing to do with the Muslim religion. Yeah, right. I would use my standard line on these occasions - "Allahu Akbar" is Arabic for "Nothing to see here" - but it's not quite as funny when the streets are full of cowards, phonies and opportunists waving candles...
  • Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    01/25/2015 1:33:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 January 2015 | AFP
    The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country's "largest discovery yet" of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and bronze statues, all dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. The archaeological treasures came from illegal digs across Italy and "will be returned to where they were found", the minister told reporters. Police said the items were worth around 45 million euros ($52 million) and were...
  • German ANTI-Islamisation Marches: What the Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You To Know

    01/25/2015 7:49:46 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/2015 | Oliver Lane
    LEIPZIG, Germany – Wednesday night saw a flare of violence and an accompanying police operation on a scale without precedent in recent German history. A group opposing militant Islam in Europe has called a demonstration, the city is deafened by political slogans played over loudspeakers, property is vandalised, and explosives are thrown at police in colossal running battles that involve thousands of people. If you got your news from the mainstream media, what is increasingly known in Germany as the ‘liar press’ (Luegenpresse), the story might very well end there. Then again, the report might also throw in salacious details...
  • Merkel offers Russia free-trade agreement (with EU)

    01/24/2015 4:40:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Jan 2015 08:23 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany would be prepared to negotiate a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Russia as a way out of the deadlocked Ukraine conflict, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. Merkel told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Germany was “ready” to open talks about “possibilities for cooperating in a collective trade area”, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. But she said that a precondition for the plan, suggested by Russian President Vladimir Putin several years ago but ignored by European leaders, would be a comprehensive peace agreement in Ukraine. …
  • ECB unveils €1.1 trillion stimulus plan (European Central Bank; $1.25 trillion)

    01/22/2015 2:15:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 01/22/2015 18:09 | Benjamin Fox
    The European Central Bank will plough €1.1 trillion into the eurozone economy in a last-ditch attempt to breathe life into the European economy. At its monthly governing council on Thursday (January 22), the bank’s governing council agreed to start buying up to €60 billion of government bonds from March in an unprecedented quantitative easing program. The program is open-ended, and will run until September 2016 at the earliest. Speaking at a press conference following the governing council meeting, ECB president Mario Draghi said that the bond-buying program would remain in place “until we see a sustained adjustment in the path...
  • UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga ( German union )

    01/22/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Chris Butler
    Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers’ attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga. As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. The UAW’s attempts have so far been unsuccessful. VW workers, by a tally of 712-626, for instance, voted in February not to join the UAW. Members of the NRTW represent an unspecified number of VW workers who oppose the union. They say that VW’s Global Works Council and IG Metall, a...
  • Hamas Forms [teen] "Liberation Army" in Gaza, Thanks to EU Support

    01/21/2015 11:54:54 AM PST · by pabianice · 9 replies
    Gatestone ^ | 1/21/15 | Abu Toameh
    The Palestinian Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip, Hamas, has intensified its efforts to achieve the destruction of Israel. Hamas has obviously interpreted these two decisions -- by the EU court (to remove Hamas from the list of terror organizations) and the International Criminal Court -- as a green light to proceed with its plans to eliminate Israel. The main goal of Hamas's "Liberation Army" is, of course, to prepare for war against Israel, according to Hamas spokesman, Mushir al-Masri. "The main purpose of these training camps is to prepare an army for the liberation of Palestine and its holy...
  • Anti-Islam Protesters Plan Massive Rally In Leipzig, Germany

    01/21/2015 8:58:16 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/21/2015 (11:05 AM ET) | Krishnadev Calamur
    Organizers say as many as 60,000 people could attend an anti-Islamization rally in the eastern German city of Leipzig in what could be one of the biggest protests there since pro-Democracy marches there a quarter-century ago. ... The protests - and counterprotests - in Dresden were canceled following threats. The protests in Leipzig are being organized by LEGIDA, an organization that is allied with PEGIDA, short for Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, which has marched in German cities with mixed success.
  • Pegida: Protest leader quits in 'Hitler' row

    01/21/2015 10:42:36 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 20 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Jan 21 , 2015 | BBC
    The head of German "anti-Islamisation" movement Pegida, Lutz Bachmann, has resigned after a photo of him apparently posing as Hitler emerged.Prosecutors opened an investigation after the photo was published on the front pages of German newspapers. A Pegida spokeswoman sought to play down the Facebook photo as a "joke".
  • Ukraine says its forces attacked by Russian troops

    01/21/2015 12:10:42 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was cutting short a foreign trip on Wednesday after Kiev accused Russian regular forces of attacking its troops in the country's east. The accusation against Moscow on Tuesday was one of the boldest assertions yet by Ukraine of direct Russian military involvement since the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government forces began more than nine months ago. "In spite of preliminary agreements, Ukrainian military units were attacked in the north of the anti-terrorist operational zone by regular military formations of the armed forces of Russia," the spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said. Roman Turovets, a spokesman for the...
  • German official urges Israel: work with international court

    01/20/2015 9:40:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 20, 2015 8:37 AM EST
    Germany’s top human rights official has urged Israel to cooperate with the International Criminal Court probe into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories. After the investigation was announced last week, Israel’s government immediately said it would not work with The Hague-based court and called for its funding to be cut. The government’s human rights commissioner, Christoph Strässer, said in an interview published Tuesday that Israel’s reaction was counterproductive. …
  • Germany repatriates more gold: Bundesbank

    01/20/2015 12:01:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    The German central bank, or Bundesbank, said Monday that it stepped up the repatriation of its gold reserves from overseas storage last year. “The Bundesbank successfully continued and further stepped up its transfers of gold,” the central bank said in a statement. “In 2014, 120 tonnes of gold were transferred to Frankfurt from storage locations abroad: 35 tonnes from Paris and 85 tonnes from New York.” Germany’s gold reserves are the second-biggest in the world after those of the United States and totaled 3,384.2 tonnes this month, according to the latest data compiled by the World Gold Council. …
  • Gold Drain at the New York Fed: Where's It Going?

    12/07/2014 8:10:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Nick at Sharelynx Gold, also known as Gold Charts "R" Us emailed an interesting chart last week showing gold drain at the New York Fed. Earmarked gold dropped 42 tonnes for the month of October as foreign countries repatriate their gold home. Here's a link to Earmarked Gold with a second chart that shows all Fed holdings. Gold Charts "R" Us has 1,000's of pages and over 10,000 charts on a subscription basis, but you can check out the site for free until December 14. Click on the first link at the top for a look. Where's the Gold Going?...
  • EU calls for anti-terror alliance with Arab countries [Eurabia]

    01/19/2015 8:30:01 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/19/2015 | Lorne Cook
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday called for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost cooperation and information-sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that "we need an alliance. We need to strengthen our way of cooperating together."...
  • Terrorism is not issue between the West, Islam -- EU policy chief

    01/19/2015 6:46:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | January 19, 2015
    BRUSSELS -- EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met here Monday Nabil Al-Araby, Secretary General of the Arab League and discussed how to increase counter-terrorism cooperation. Speaking to reporters before the meeting, she underlined that terrorism "is not an issue between the West and Islam, terrorist attacks are targeting most of all Muslims in the world so we need an alliance and a dialogue to face the issue together." "We also need to take full responsibility for what we do and say, I think respect is one of the core values of the EU, drawing the line between freedom and respect...
  • Europe Offers Israel the Peace of the Dead

    01/19/2015 5:16:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Kenneth Levin
    As parliaments in more and more European nations vote to recognize “Palestine,” European politicians insist they are doing so to promote the objective of an independent Palestinian state living in peace beside a secure Israel. But both the declared aims of Palestinian leaders and the pattern of European policy vis-a-vis Israel and the Palestinians give the lie to European averments of benign intent. Neither party of the divided Palestinian leadership has, to say the least, demonstrated an interest in peace with Israel. Hamas, now controlling Gaza and enjoying extensive popularity in the West Bank, openly trumpets its objective not only...
  • German police ban anti-Islamic Pegida rally in Dresden citing terror threat

    01/18/2015 10:35:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    There had been calls for would-be "assassins to mingle among the protesters ... and to murder an individual member of the organising team of the Pegida demonstrations", police said in a notice on the 24-hour ban. This was consistent with "an Arabic-language Tweet that called the Pegida demonstrations an enemy of Islam", it said. Top-circulation daily Bild said online that the threat targeted Pegida's most prominent leader Lutz Bachmann. The Pegida marches – which have voiced anger against Islam and "criminal asylum seekers" and vented a host of other grievances – began in Dresden in October with several hundred supporters...
  • Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 – 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. […] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the site—a development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • PEGIDA Cancels Anti-Islam Rally in Germany Over Death Threat From IS

    01/18/2015 6:44:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 1/18/15
    MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) – The Patriotic Europeans against the Islamification of the West (PEGIDA) cancelled its anti-Islam and anti-immigration rally in the German city of Dresden scheduled for Monday after one of its leaders allegedly received a death threat from the Islamic State. "Please, don’t come tomorrow to Dresden, friends," the group said in a post on its official Facebook page. "Unfortunately we must cancel our 13th meeting due to security concerns. According to the police, there is a specific threat against a member of the organizing team," the group explained. PEGIDA claimed that the threat was issued by...
  • Germany wants robust single energy market, at odds with Britain

    01/17/2015 11:40:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:24pm GMT | Barbara Lewis
    Europe’s energy union needs to be bolstered by EU laws binding on each nation, Germany said in a policy paper seen by Reuters that sets it at odds with Britain. […] After last October’s outline agreement on 2030 climate goals on carbon emissions, increased use of renewable energy and improved energy efficiency, Germany urged the Commission to draw up a proposal on “governance”. Governance refers to legal implementation plans for targets on renewable energy and energy savings. […] That position is diametrically opposed to the stance of Britain, which has called in general for a “light-touch and non-legislative” approach. …
  • UKRAINE: The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Ukraine.

    01/17/2015 7:17:07 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    European truth ^ | Thursday, January 15, 2015, 13:30
    On Thursday, January 15, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Ukraine. The document has been very tough and uncompromising with regard to Russia, even with the traditional support of Ukraine by the European Parliament. It refers to the European Parliament the EU Council with a proposal to not only maintain but also to strengthen the sanctions, and the member states - to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons. The document also contains a number of other very important point. Although this decision is not legally binding, it will be a significant element of pressure on other governments of the European...
  • Greece Arrests over Belgian 'Jihadist Terror Plot'

    01/17/2015 12:55:59 PM PST · by kristinn · 6 replies
    The BBC ^ | Saturday, January 17, 2015
    Greek police have arrested several people over alleged links to a suspected terror plot in Belgium. One of the men is alleged to have been in contact with the cell in Verviers, Belgium, where a shootout with police left two suspects dead on Thursday. Europe is on high alert after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris. More than 20 people have been arrested in Belgium, France and Germany. SNIP Earlier on Saturday, Belgian media said authorities were seeking Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Brussels resident of Moroccan origin suspected of being the ringleader of the jihadi cell, and in hiding...
  • Amazon's New Series 'The Man In The High Castle' Is Amazing

    01/17/2015 12:23:28 PM PST · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com ^ | 01/15/2014 | Matt Novak
    What if the Allies had lost World War II, the Nazis had been first to develop the atomic bomb, and the Germans and Japanese had carved up control of United States? That's the premise of the new streaming series from Amazon, The Man in the High Castle — an adaptation of the 1962 book by the same name. And the show is fantastic.N
  • Pegida marches possible Islamist target: report

    01/17/2015 9:50:08 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 32 replies
    The Local ^ | Published: 17 Jan 2015 09:50 GMT+01:00 | The Local
    Foreign intelligence agencies have intercepted discussions by Islamist militants about possible attacks on weekly marches organized by Germany's new anti-Islamic movement, a news weekly reported Friday, without citing its sources. Der Spiegel magazine said that foreign intelligence services had picked up the content of communications by some "known international jihadists", without giving specific details. The intelligence, which was passed to German authorities, indicated they had discussed possible attacks on the rallies organised by the so-called group, "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident" (PEGIDA), the magazine said in a pre-released story to appear in this weekend's edition. "We take...
  • Chasing SpaceX, Europe Endorses Ariane 6

    01/16/2015 11:21:46 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    InnerSpace ^ | 12/3/2014 | Stewart Money
    This is not how you design a rocket : ESA Ministerial Meeting Seeking a defense against the market disruption being wrought by SpaceX and its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy boosters, European space ministers voted yesterday to formally endorse the Ariane 6 project. The move came after Germany dropped its long running call to proceed with the Ariane V ME before moving on to a new booster. Hours after the meeting, the new industry partnership Airbus Safran, which will build the new booster, was formally announced. The Ariane 6 will come in two configurations. Both will feature a cryogenic two...
  • Police in Belgium, France, and Germany make arrests in latest anti-terror raids

    01/16/2015 5:29:12 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    Dozens of terror suspects were arrested in Belgium, France, and Germany early Friday, a day after Belgian authorities said that they halted a plot to attack police officers by mere hours. Eric Van der Sypt, a Belgian federal magistrate, told a news conference Friday in Brussels that 13 people had been detained in Belgium in connection with the plot, with another two arrested in neighboring France. He added that a dozen searches had led to the discovery of four military-style weapons including Kalashnikov assault rifles. On Thursday, Belgian police had moved against a suspected terrorist hideout in the eastern town...
  • German police call into question validity of USAREUR license

    01/15/2015 5:18:44 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jennifer Svan, Marcus Kloeckner, and John Vandiver
    Some German police say they will not recognize military-issued driver’s licenses if the bearer doesn’t also possess a valid stateside license, a situation that raises concerns about whether many U.S. troops and civilians could face penalties for driving illegally. U.S. Army Europe said Wednesday that the issue was “in dispute” and cautioned that there was misinformation circulating through the U.S. military community in Germany. However, German police officials said that the regulations were clear, that anyone driving without a valid stateside license would be violating the law, and that the USAREUR license alone was not valid. Across the U.S. military...
  • Merkel Joins Muslim Community Rally

    01/14/2015 12:33:58 PM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    Although the lights of of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin were extinguished to shame a PEGIDA demonstration last week, they were burning brightly yesterday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined a rally of Muslim inhabitants of Berlin. The rally, organised in part to show solidarity with those killed in Paris, and in part to signal opposition to the Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA), featured Muslim community leaders, sung Islamic prayers, and a raft of top German politicians. Although the turnout was significantly smaller than recent PEGIDA protests, German leaders flocked to be seen at the event....
  • Radical Imam Anjem Choudary Calls Charlie Hebdo Front Page ‘Act Of War’

    01/14/2015 9:02:51 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 14, 2015 | Andre Walker
    Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has called the latest front cover of Charlie Hebdo an “act of war” against Muslims. The magazine features Mohammed crying and holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign, with the headline roughly translating to “Everything is forgiven”. But Choudary was unimpressed with the offering from the remaining staff at Charlie Hebdo claiming it was “ridiculing” Mohammed. He said the magazine was attacking the Muslim leader’s personality, and that publishing it was “extremely serious”. This is the second intervention by Choudary since Islamic terrorists launched the devastating machine gun attack on Charlie Hebdo that left 17 dead and...
  • Iran building nuke plant in Syria; State Dept: What difference does it make?

    01/13/2015 6:36:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/13/15 | Car in Jerusalem
    Sunday's Der Spiegel had a massive expose on the continuing efforts of Bashar al-Assad to build a nuclear weapons plant, which included evidence that Iran is constructing such a plant for Syria in Qusayr, less than two kilometers from Syria's border with Lebanon. The issue came up in the State Department's Monday daily briefing. Disturbingly, spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the United States did not plan to raise the issue in the Iranian nuclear talks, claiming that those talks only deal with Iran's nuclear capabilities and not with Syria's. According to findings of Western intelligence agencies, however, the situation...
  • The Root of The Problem: Russia – Part 2 (Beck compares German PEGIDA to the Nazis)

    01/13/2015 4:42:33 PM PST · by Viennacon · 11 replies
    Glenn Beck.com ^ | 1/13/2015 | Glenn Beck
    Dugin uses a combination of geopolitics, political theory and philosophy to incite Russian nationalism. To put it bluntly, it’s nothing short of Russian fascism. Duginites see Eurasia as part of a greater Russian Empire. Land dominated by a superior culture and civilization. “Everything will fall into place if we recognize Russia as a civilization. Not just a country. In other words, Russia cannot be compared with other countries, such as Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, England, Italy and Spain. Russia should be compared with Europe as a whole or with the Islamic world, or with the Chinese civilization.” Marxists believed that...
  • Anti-Muslim hate fuels large rally in Germany

    01/13/2015 3:12:00 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 61 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/12/2014 | Mark Philips
    DRESDEN, Germany -- Long before the terror attacks in Paris, anti-Muslim prejudice was on the rise in Europe. It was underscored Thursday during an anti-Islamic rally in Dresden, Germany. "We are the people," they chant. But this isn't a chant about a society being united. This is a chant of exclusion. An anti-Muslim rally in Dresden, Germany CBS NEWS They're part of a movement protesting what they see as the threat to German culture from rising numbers of Muslim immigrants to their country. Chancellor Angela Merkel may have said Islam is part of Germany now, but not to these people....
  • Fear, far right among roots of Germany's anti-Islam rallies

    01/13/2015 6:24:42 AM PST · by skimbell · 26 replies
    AP via QCOnline ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | AP Staff
    ...anti-immigrant protests have been growing by the week, drawing international attention and fears that xenophobia is on the rise again in Germany - whose Nazi past has long made such sentiments taboo...
  • GOD Economics

    01/11/2015 10:46:09 AM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    Bible , the joshua chronicles ^ | 1-11-15 | Jedediah
    My Kingdom Economics are derived through "Thanksgiving"for it was in this manner the waters parted for Moses and the snakebites were of no consequence(I will lift my eyes to the hills) for as The Son Of God is lifted up doors open and miracles begin ! My endowment to Him( Jesus) is you( My children of Light ) and so it is as your love for Us is poured out ," Truly " it is returned flowing down upon your heads pressed down shaken together and flowing over into My very Will. So enter My Courts with Thanksgiving "YES" but...
  • Merkel says Islam 'belongs to Germany' ahead of Dresden rally

    01/12/2015 11:37:25 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 97 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Andreas Rinke
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday Islam "belongs to Germany", in a clear repudiation of anti-immigration protesters gathering in Dresden and other cities. A day after walking arm-in-arm with French President Francois Hollande at the front of a massive march in Paris to honor the victims of killings by Islamic militants, Merkel received the Turkish prime minister and urged dialogue among religions. The conservative chancellor pointed to comments made by former German president Christian Wulff, who said in 2010 that Islam was part of Germany, triggering a fierce debate. "Former president Wulff said Islam belongs to...
  • Où était Barack?

    01/12/2015 10:43:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    In a show of solidarity with the French people both the leaders of Great Britain and of Germany, along with many other heads of state attended a Paris memorial service for the recent victims of the Islamic terrorist attack in Paris.The President of the United States Barack Obama was noticeably absent. Attorney General Eric Holder, who just happened to be in Paris on other business was the highest ranking American official in France at the time, but was also not seen at the ‘Unity March’ being held as part of the memorial services. Last August Barack Obama sent Attorney General...
  • Attack on German newspaper raises tension before anti-Islam rally

    01/11/2015 1:42:30 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 10, 2014 | Michael Nienaber
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A Hamburg daily that reprinted satirical cartoons from French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was hit by arsonists at the weekend, raising security concerns in Germany on the eve of a planned mass rally against Islam in the city of Dresden. Islamist militant attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher deli in Paris this week that killed 17 people have fuelled fears of similar assaults in other European countries and prompted a warning from German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.
  • Arson attack on German newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons

    01/11/2015 7:27:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    The newspaper featured three Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the prophet Mohammed on its front page on Thursday, together with the headline “This much freedom must be possible!” Two young men who were acting suspiciously in the area were arrested and questioned but police said it was “too soon” to say whether the attack was connected to the publication of the cartoons.
  • Arsonists attack office of German newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons [Hamburg]

    01/11/2015 3:08:45 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11 January 2015 | Wills Robinson For Dailymail.com and Mark Duell for MailOnline
    The office of a German newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons was the target of an arson attack early this morning. Vandals threw rocks at the headquarters of the Hamburg Morgenpost (MOPO), which reprinted cartoons from the satirical magazine at the centre of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Two men who were 'behaving suspiciously' in the area have been arrested by police and German state security have begun an investigation.
  • Merkel: no end to Russia sanctions if Minsk agreement not met

    01/10/2015 3:09:10 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 8, 2015 | dw
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the key to ending sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict was the full implementation of September's Minsk agreement, between the government in Kyiv and pro-Moscow separatists. Speaking in Berlin at a press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Merkel said "the implementation of sanctions had certain causes, and these sanctions can only be lifted when the causes are eliminated again." "I think we need to see the entire Minsk agreement implemented before we can say that sanctions will be lifted," she added. Under the September deal, both sides agreed to...
  • European Far-Right Poised for BIG Gains in the Wake of Demented Jihadi Massacre in Paris

    01/09/2015 6:42:50 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 09 January 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Now that another cell of Islamist kooks have shown themselves to be at war with the entire West (and Israel), it seems the PC tripe Europeans have been fed for decades (by the European political elite) ain't cuttin it: a military-style assault with Kalishnikovs right in the heart of a major Western capitol makes clear to any thinking person that these maniacs would kill every last one of us, given the chance... Most obvious political beneficiary of any reality brought by yesterday's gruesome slaughter would be the Front National, which recently won France's election for the EU parliament (Euro-skeptic, anti-immigrant) and...
  • Inside The New Anti-Muslim Group Gaining Strength In Germany (Calls them "shadowy new group")

    01/08/2015 10:42:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 7, 2015 | Lucian Kim
    PEGIDA appeared out of nowhere in October and now draws thousands to its protests. Lucian Kim reports for BuzzFeed News from Dresden on the rise of the shadowy new group. DRESDEN, Germany — The thousands who tramped to a soggy field in a Dresden park Monday night weren’t just defying the rain and cold, but the words of Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a televised address on New Year’s Eve, Merkel warned citizens not to attend any more protests organized by PEGIDA, a shadowy group claiming to defend Western civilization against “Islamization.” That night, 18,000 protesters, mostly young men, showed up...
  • The European Civil War: Elites vs People in a Fight for Survival

    01/07/2015 9:57:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 7, 2015 | Gerald Warner
    Europe is in a state of war: specifically, a civil war between the self-appointed elites who have destroyed much of the continent’s freedom, culture and prosperity and the insurgent populations they have deceived and enslaved. This is a war to the death; only one side can survive the outcome. Try, as they say in the modern argot, to get your head round this. The people of Germany, like those of many other European countries, are feeling increasingly desperate about the imposition upon them of mass immigration – an inflow that is unending and which is largely composed of Muslims who...
  • German groups say Paris attack shows Islamist threat

    01/07/2015 1:08:54 PM PST · by mojito · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/7/2015 | Erik Kirschbaum
    Anti-immigrant groups in Germany seized on Wednesday's deadly attack in Paris, with leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and PEGIDA saying it showed the threat of Islamist violence. Twelve people were killed when gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical magazine known for lampooning radical Islam. "This bloodbath proves wrong those who laughed or ignored the fears of so many people about a looming danger of Islamism," said Alexander Gauland, a regional AfD leader. "This gives new clout to PEGIDA demands." PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, itself reacted strongly to the Paris...
  • DEFLATION IS HERE

    01/07/2015 5:55:13 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    BI ^ | 1-7-2015 | Mike Bird
    Mike Bird January 7, 2015 After a year of anticipation, deflation has finally arrived in Europe. Consumer prices dropped 0.2% in the year to December. The consensus was that inflation would drop to about zero or -0.1%. Inflation in Germany, Europe's healthiest large economy, is at just 0.1%. Spain has already recorded months of deflation, and its consumer prices fell 1.1% in December from the same time last year. With oil prices still tumbling, it's clear that falling consumer price inflation still has further to go. Nobody is disputing what pushed inflation over the zero mark. It's the decline in...
  • Russia's "Startling" Proposal To Europe: Dump The US, Join The Eurasian Economic Union

    01/05/2015 7:05:20 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/05/15 | Tyler Durden
    Russia has presented a startling proposal to overcome the tensions with the EU: The EU should renounce the free trade agreement with the United States TTIP and enter into a partnership with the newly established Eurasian Economic Union instead. A free trade zone with the neighbors would make more sense than a deal with the US.
  • The 2015 Greek euro drama

    01/05/2015 7:02:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 5, 2015 | Gavin Hewitt
    It did not take long. The game is very much in play. Greek voters are being bombarded with warnings about what is at stake when they go to the polls on 25 January. There is little that is coded in these messages. When a country has been bailed out to the tune of €240bn (£187bn; $286bn) there is no such thing as non-interference in Greece's internal politics. Most of the European political establishment does not want Greece to elect the radical left party Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras. The party is currently narrowly ahead in the polls. Mr Tsipras is...
  • Merkel ready to let Greece exit eurozone: report

    01/05/2015 12:33:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jan 2015 10:16 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to let Greece leave the eurozone if Greeks elect a government that jettisons the country’s current austerity course, according to German media reports. The report in the Der Spiegel daily, which cited sources close to the German government, comes as polls show a radical leftist party leading the field three weeks ahead of a snap election in Greece. The Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras has pledged to reverse reforms imposed by Greece’s international creditors and renegotiate its bailout deal. …