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  • Angela Merkel firm stand on illegal immigrants tested by crying Palestinian teen

    07/17/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/17/2015 | Rick Moran
    Germany is in crisis this summer as illegal immigrants pour across the Bavarian border in ever increasing numbers.  Already, there have been more illegals entering Germany to date than entered all of last year. And the German people are fed up. Chancellor Angela Merkel is saying simply that Germany can't help everyone.  And that policy was tested yesterday when she was confronted by a crying Palestinian teen who came with her family to Germany four years ago seeking asylum.  Guardian: During the discussion, entitled “Good life in Germany”, Reem, a Palestinian, told Merkel in fluent German that she and...
  • Merkel oppose same-sex union, marriage is 'man and woman' affair

    07/16/2015 2:51:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Ghana Web ^ | July 16, 2015 | The London Daily Mail
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has revealed she is opposed to gay marriage and believes matrimony should be restricted to just heterosexual couples. The twice-married Christian said that while she believes anti-gay discrimination must be 'eliminated', she draws the line at same sex marriage because there has to be 'a difference at some point'. The revelations came during a 30-minute YouTube interview with German social media star Florian Mundt, also known as LeFloid, who pressed Merkel on why she refused to support gay marriage but happily endorsed equal benefits and tax breaks for same-sex couples. Speaking during the show, Merkel said:...
  • Camille Paglia: What a Woman President Should Be Like

    07/14/2015 10:22:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 13, 2015 | Camille Paglia
    She must pursue women's progress without playing victim or bashing men.Why has the U.S., the cradle of modern democracy, never had a woman president? Incredulous young feminists, watching female heads of state multiply from Brazil and Norway to Namibia and Bangladesh, denounce this glaring omission as blatant sexism. But there are systemic factors, arising from the Constitution, popular tradition, and our electoral process, that have inhibited American women from attaining the highest office in the land. The U.S. president is not just chief executive but commander-in-chief of the armed forces, an anomaly that requires manifest personal authority, particularly during periods...
  • Report: Britain Gets Back Less Than Half the Money It Pays Into the EU

    07/12/2015 8:42:04 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/12/2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Britain receives less than half the money it puts into the EU back as subsidies thanks to the ongoing Eurozone crisis, a new report has found. The report also found that British households could be as much as 933 a year better off if Britain left the EU. The think tank which compiled the report advised that staying within the EU poses serious risks.The comprehensive new report from Business for Britain, runs to a mammoth 1,032 pages, has found that, between 1976 and 2003 the average return from Britains financial input into the EU was 68 per cent, meaning that,...
  • Opinion: Merkel Must End Devils Pact with America

    07/08/2015 2:32:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 07, 2015 11:37 PM | Markus Feldenkirchen
    The German-American friendship no longer exists. It may still remain between citizens of both countries, but not between their governments. Perhaps it has always been an illusion; perhaps the United States pulled away over the course of time. But what binds these two nations today cannot be considered friendship. Openness and fairness are part of the essence of friendship, which is about mutual respect and trust. A quarter century after the United States helped the German people restore their national unity, little remains of this friendship. As new documents from WikiLeaks and reporting by Spiegel show, the NSA has been...
  • Germanys Power Polarizes Europe

    07/06/2015 9:59:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Anton Troianovski
    [W]ith the no vote in Sundays Greek referendum on bailout terms posing the biggest challenge yet to decades of European integration, risks to the European project resulting from Germanys rise as the Continents most powerful country are becoming clear. On Friday, Spanish antiausterity leader Pablo Iglesias urged his countrymen: We dont want to be a German colony. On Sunday, after Greeces result became clear, Italian populist Beppe Grillo said, Now Merkel and bankers will have food for thought. On Monday, Ms. Merkel flew to Paris for crisis talks amid signs the French government was resisting Berlins hard line on Greece....
  • Merkel summons US envoy over spy claims

    07/02/2015 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 Jul 2015 16:20 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkels office Thursday asked the US ambassador to discuss new allegations about NSA spying, a German government source said. We confirm that US ambassador [John] Emerson was invited to the chancellery to talk, the German government source told AFP, after the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily said Merkels chief of staff Peter Altmaier had asked for the meeting. On Wednesday Sddeutsche Zeitung reported that new documents released by WikiLeaks show that the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkels phone but also eavesdropped on several ministers.
  • Caption This German Chancellor

    06/19/2015 12:51:31 PM PDT · by llevrok · 48 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 6/19/2015
  • That Time Obama and Angela Merkel's Conversation Turned Into a Scene From 'The Sound of Music'

    06/09/2015 5:41:27 AM PDT · by McGruff · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 8 2015 | ARLETTE SAENZ
    It looked more like a scene out of the The Sound of Music in Austria than the G7 Summit in Germany. In between family photos with leaders at the G7 Summit, cameras caught German Chancellor Angela Merkel animatedly speaking with a relaxed President Obama. The photo of Merkel with her arms outstretched prompted comparisons to Julie Andrews famous twirling scene in the Austrian Alps in The Sound of Music.
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  • Obama looks to patch US-German relations on Bavarian trip

    06/07/2015 12:29:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2015 1:22 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler and Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama is aiming to show unity with Western allies on global challenges during an overnight trip to Germany, especially Chancellor Angela Merkel amid enduring anti-Americanism in her country over U.S. spying programs. Obama and Merkel plan to open his visit Sunday with a public display of friendliness, delivering remarks about the U.S.-German alliance before taking a walk through the picturesque alpine village of Kruen to sample the Bavarian food and sights. Then the two plan to meet privately at the nearby site of the two-day summit of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations to coordinate their agenda...
  • Egypts el-Sissi heads to Germany, seeking Western support

    06/02/2015 8:05:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2015 10:25 AM EDT | Brian Rohan
    Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi travels to Berlin on Tuesday, where German leaders are ready to roll out the red carpet for the ex-general despite his governments abysmal human rights record. The trip, a first state visit long desired by the former army chief, will see him meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck, who as an activist played a prominent role in ending repressive Communist rule in East Germany. El-Sissi will also meet corporate leaders at a business conference Thursday. El-Sissis office said he seeks to boost economic, military and security cooperation, and highlighted 4.4 billion ($4.8 billion) in...
  • Putin and Merkel attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow

    05/10/2015 7:20:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    yahoo.com/ ^ | GRIGORY DUKOR
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel walk to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin walls in Moscow, Russia, May 10, 2015.
  • Germanys Dilemma: Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance Against Israel (barf)

    05/07/2015 7:20:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | May 06, 2015 07:42 PM | Nicola Ab, Christiane Hoffmann, Horand Knaup, Ren Pfister and Christoph Schult
    Relations between Germany and Israel are at a crossroads. Is it possible for the German government to continue to steadfastly support the country even as Jerusalem continues to refuse to allow the Palestinians to establish their own state? [] In Berlin a debate is unfolding over whether the old rules still apply in dealing with Israel, only this time it is not being led by right-wing firebrands or errant left-wingers, who have always viewed Israel as a satellite of American imperialism. Instead, these issues are being raised by outspoken friends of Israel. [] Nearly all Palestinian construction projects are turned...
  • Punishing Putin: EU Leaders Snub Moscow World War II Commemorations

    04/14/2015 9:45:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 10, 2015 06:35 PM | Christian Neef
    On May 9, Russia is holding an enormous military parade to commemorate the end of World War II 70 years ago. With tensions between Russia and the West high, most European Union leaders are staying away from the event. [] Russia would have liked to showcase the Armata and a host of other military technology to the foreigners who were supposed to be sitting in the VIP stand on May 9. The Kremlin had invited 68 leaders of foreign countries to the victory celebration, including the most important politicians in the Western world. So far, only 25 have accepted Moscows...
  • Private Emails Reveal SoS Clinton Aides Secret Spy Network (nothing about bridesmaid's dresses)

    03/28/2015 3:56:18 AM PDT · by Liz · 81 replies
    propublica.com ^ | 3/27/15 | JEFF GERTH w/ Sam Biddle of, Gawker
    Updated March 27 to include responses from the FBI and the State Department. Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of States private account starting before the Benghazi attack. Starting weeks before Islamic militants attacked the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, longtime Clinton family confidante Sidney Blumenthal supplied intelligence to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered by a secret network that included a former CIA clandestine service officer, according to hacked emails from Blumenthals account. The emails, which were posted on the internet...
  • 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....
  • McCain calls Germany a Russia 'appeaser'

    03/13/2015 1:12:29 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Mar 2015
    US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain lashed out at German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday, saying he had "no credibility in any way". McCain launched a broadside against Steinmeier, accusing him of being "in the Neville Chamberlain school of diplomacy" for not toughening Berlin's stance on Russia's interference in Ukraine. "The foreign minister of Germany is the same guy that refuses - and his government - to enact any restrictions on the behaviour of Vladimir Putin, who is slaughtering Ukrainians as we speak," McCain told reporters.
  • Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine

    03/08/2015 11:29:06 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 06 March 2015
    It was quiet in eastern Ukraine last Wednesday. Indeed, it was another quiet day in an extended stretch of relative calm. The battles between the Ukrainian army and the pro-Russian separatists had largely stopped and heavy weaponry was being withdrawn. The Minsk cease-fire wasn't holding perfectly, but it was holding. On that same day, General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, stepped before the press in Washington. Putin, the 59-year-old said, had once again "upped the ante" in eastern Ukraine -- with "well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of their most sophisticated air defense,...
  • Just one in seven Germans trusts Russia

    03/07/2015 2:48:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Mar 2015 09:02 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A new poll showed on Friday that only 15 percent of Germans think Russia is a trustworthy partner in international affairs. Meanwhile, 81 percent told pollsters in the latest ARD Deutschlandtrend survey that Russia was not to be trusted, Die Zeit reported on Friday. Asked specifically about the Minsk ceasefire agreement for Ukraine, hammered out with President Vladimir Putin of Russia by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of France and Ukraine, only 13 percent of people thought it would lead to peace. Reuters reported on Thursday that Russia will conduct large-scale military exercises expected to last over a month...
  • Russia revives KGB methods in Europe

    02/26/2015 10:10:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Feb 2015 12:42 GMT+01:00
    Russia is busily enlarging its spying network in Europe along the former Soviet KGB model because of the Ukraine crisis, Germanys domestic intelligence chief warns. While Russian espionage has targeted European countries for many years, distinct activities of an old nature have been detected in information-gathering about Western responses to the conflict in Ukraine, media on Thursday quoted Hans-Georg Maaen as saying. Some tactics of the now defunct Soviet KGB were being revived, such as targeted disinformation and supporting extremist groups with a view to destabilizing a given state, said Maaen, who heads the Federal Office for the Protection of...
  • Obama to Netanyahu: Merkel Wouldnt Do This to Me

    02/09/2015 10:55:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 09 Feb 2015 07:26 PM | Joel Himelfarb
    President Barack Obama had a message for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel would not have accepted an invitation to speak before Congress without first notifying him. As much as I love Angela, if she was two weeks away from an election, she probably would not have received an invitation to the White House, and I suspect she wouldnt have asked for one, Obama said at a Monday press conference after meeting the German leader in Washington. Obamas comments are said to reflect his anger over the fact that Netanyahu accepted an invitation from House Speaker...
  • Madman McCain Blows His Stack Over Ukraine Peace Talks

    02/08/2015 12:45:48 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Downtrend ^ | 2/7/15
    A last ditch effort by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to try to negotiate a cease fire in civil war torn Ukraine has sent Senator John McCain into orbit. After he and his butt-buddy, South Carolina Senator and possible presidential candidate Lindsey Graham had practically sealed the deal for a massive transfer of U.S. military weaponry to Kiev, Frau Merkel has dared to throw a monkey wrench into things. The two European leaders traveled to Moscow to meet with the hated Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to try to prevent what could be the beginning...
  • UKRAINE: Russia, EU Leaders Agree to Work on Ukraine Cease-fire

    02/06/2015 7:48:29 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 8 replies
    The leaders of France, Germany, and Russia have failed to reach a breakthrough peace deal on Ukraine during talks in Moscow. But they agreed to work on a shaky September cease-fire. The agreement came a day after the European leaders met Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in Kyiv and follows a renewed assault by Russia-backed rebels. Ukrainians are hopeful for a lasting peace though many remain skeptical. A Kremlin spokesman described Ukraine peace talks Friday between French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin as constructive and substantive. Dmitry Peskov indicated no new deal was reached...
  • US threats to arm Ukraine a 'bluff', say EU diplomats

    02/06/2015 2:36:13 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-6-2015 | Bruno Waterfield
    American threats to arm Ukraine are a "bluff" aimed at making Russia blink as the crisis in east Ukraine deepens, according to senior EU diplomats. Angela Merkel and Franois Hollandes mission to Moscow comes following a radical deterioration and Western intelligence showing beyond doubt that thousands of Russian are fighting in Ukraine, senior diplomats said. The general consensus among Western diplomats, including Nato, is that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis although attitudes are hardening in Washington as fears grow that Kiev is on the edge of military and economic collapse. One European diplomat said that reports...
  • Merkel and Hollande on mission to avert 'total war

    02/06/2015 10:36:05 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2-5-2015 | Colin Freeman, Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent, Tom Parfitt in Moscow
    Europe's leaders were in last-ditch talks to broker a peace deal in Ukraine on Thursday night, as threats by America to send arms to Kiev raised fears of a direct confrontation between Russia and the West. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Franois Hollande, the French president, began a two-day visit to Kiev and Moscow in an attempt to get both governments to sign a new ceasefire deal. The talks, which come amid an escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine, were an attempt by European capitals to head off moves by Washington to begin arming Ukrainian forces, who have...
  • 'Austerity Dominatrix' Confronts 'Sexy Alexi'

    02/06/2015 7:09:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Suzanne Fields
    BERLIN. Angela Merkel, the no-nonsense leader of Germany and protector of the euro, has a fearless new rival. Alexis Tsipras, the newly elected prime minister of Greece and the leader of the left-wing Syriza Party, who offers a different understanding of economics: Spend money whether you have it or not, and get someone else to pay up. Eager to reduce a multitude of problems to caricature, the Greeks regard themselves as caught between a stern German disciplinarian, the "austerity dominatrix," and the man playful Greek women call "Sexy Alexi." Nonsense is more fun, even if discipline is what welfare states...
  • No military solution to Ukraine says Biden

    02/05/2015 6:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2015 09:19 GMT+01:00
    In an interview with Munich-based daily Sddeutsche Zeitung published on Thursday, American Vice President Joe Biden discussed possible solutions to the Ukraine-Russia conflict ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkels U.S. visit. Bidens interview left no doubt that the U.S. would not be answering Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkos request for weapons aid from NATO countries against Russias advances in the countrys eastern regions. Weve said from the beginning that for this crisis, there is no military solution, he said in the written interview with Sddeutsche and its European news partners.
  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/28/2015 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
    More than 25 years after the Berlin Walls fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germanys 1990 annexation of East Germany as Moscows answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliaments lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbor. The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germanyofficially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR)heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation...
  • 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 Sddeutsche 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.
  • 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....
  • 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 countrys 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 Greeces international creditors and renegotiate its bailout deal.
  • Angela Merkel attacks 'prejudice' and 'hatred' of German Islamisation marches

    01/02/2015 7:43:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 79 replies
    UK TELEGRAPH ^ | 12/31/14 | Andrew Marszal
    ...Merkel, the German chancellor, has used her New Years Eve address to launch a scathing attack on the countrys growing anti-Muslim protests, calling its leaders racists who are driven by hatred. In a televised message due to be broadcast tonight, Mrs Merkel urged Germans to turn their backs on demonstrations that have seen up to 17,000 people gather each Monday in the eastern city of Dresden to protest against the Islamisation of the West. Speaking to those considering joining the protests, she said: Do not follow those who have called the rallies. Because all too often they have prejudice, coldness,...
  • Angela Merkel Issues New Years Warning Over Rightwing Pegida Group

    12/30/2014 6:45:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 30, 2014
    Angela Merkel Issues New Years Warning Over Rightwing Pegida Group German chancellor claims leaders of movement, referred to as pinstripe Nazis, are rooted in prejudice, coldness, and hatred 30 December 2014 German chancellor Angela Merkel in a New Years address deplored the rise of a rightwing populist movement, saying its leaders have prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts. In her strongest comments yet on the so-called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida), she spoke of demonstrators shouting we are the people, co-opting a slogan from the rallies that led up to the fall of the Berlin...
  • Ukrainian...Poroshenko...to meet Vladimir Putin,...Merkel...Hollande in Astana on January 15

    12/29/2014 5:48:49 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Euro News ^ | 2014-12-29 | Euro News, Bild
    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko says to meet Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Franois Hollande in Astana on January 15 [Headline only]
  • Cyber attack on Angela Merkel aide: Report

    12/29/2014 5:13:50 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 29.12.2014 | AFP
    Cyber attack on Angela Merkel aide: Report The German chancellor's office has fallen victim to a hacking attack, according to a German newspaper. The Regin malware in question has been linked to British and US spy agencies.
  • Merkel plan to send German troops to Iraq may require law change

    12/21/2014 11:01:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:32PM GMT 11 Dec 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Germany is planning to send troops to Iraq in a major break with the military policy it has followed since the end of the Second World War, and one that may even require the countrys constitution to be changed, according to reports. Angela Merkels government wants to send troops to northern Iraq to help train Kurdish forces fighting in the struggle against Islamic State (ISIL). German troops were have served with international forces in Afghanistan, Bosnia and elsewhere, but until now they have only taken part in missions with an international mandate from the UN, or as part of the...
  • What Could Go Wrong? Communists Return To Power In East German State

    12/08/2014 12:58:07 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller via Yahoo! ^ | December 6, 2014 4:18 PM
    A left-wing party with communist roots now controls the levers of government in the German state of Thuringia, marking the first time a political party closely linked to East Germanys communist leadership has gained power since German reunification in 1990. The party is, appropriately enough, the Left Party, reports The Telegraph. This week, the state parliament in Thuringia narrowly voted to authorize a new coalition with the Left Party at the helm. The three-way coalition also includes the Green Party. The Left Party is viewed as the successor to the Socialist Unity Party which controlled East Germany when it was...
  • Merkel speaks out against net neutrality

    12/06/2014 11:35:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Dec 2014 16:15 GMT+01:00 | Sabine Devins
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for preferential services for certain providers on the web at her keynote speech at a conference in Berlin on Thursday. Merkel said that some key services for the digital economy would require reliable transmission quality and should therefore be treated differently from other data. At the Vodafone-hosted Digitizing Europe conference in Berlin, she called for a splitting of services, one for free internet, and the other for special services, adding that it was up to Brussels to negotiate how it would work. "An innovation-friendly internet means that there is a guaranteed reliability for special services,"...
  • Putin's Reach: Merkel Concerned about Russian Influence in the Balkans

    11/18/2014 7:00:21 AM PST · by C19fan
    Spiegel ^ | November 17, 2014 | Staff
    It is a fundamental principle of German foreign policy that talks are the best way to solve diplomatic problems. Such was the rationale behind Gernot Erler's recent trip to Moscow to speak with Russian parliamentarians about the ongoing Ukraine-related difficulties. Erler is the German government's Russia liaison and he has spent much of his political career working towards better relations between Germany and Russia. But his recent trip to the Russia capital was a painful one. There was no one in parliament who was willing to speak with him.
  • Germany 'Would Accept UK Exit From EU' To Protect Migration Rules

    11/02/2014 2:55:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 02, 2014
    Germany 'Would Accept UK Exit From EU' To Protect Migration Rules Angela Merkel is reported to have told David Cameron that she will not negotiate on EU migration Chancellor Angela Merkel would rather see the UK exit from the European Union than compromise over the principle of free movement of workers, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel. Mrs Merkel is alleged to fear that the UK is approaching a "point of no return". Downing Street would not comment on the reports. Mr Cameron wants to renegotiate the terms of the UK's continued membership before holding an in-out referendum. The...
  • German jihadist in Syria threatens filthy Merkel

    10/16/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Oct 2014 10:50 GMT+02:00
    A German Islamist fighting for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria has released a propaganda video threatening Germans and Chancellor Angela Merkel. [] The German jihadist, who has the name Abu Dauoud al-Almani, first rants against the US and President Barack Obama, before turning his attention to his homeland. The same to you O Germans and to filthy Merkel who gave gifts to Israel He then calls for his brothers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to join jihad.
  • Merkel wants to extend Afghan mission

    10/13/2014 11:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Oct 2014 08:34 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016, fearing Afghan security forces will not be ready to take over by then, according to a report on Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel reported that Merkel told a parliamentary committee that she doubted the Afghan army and police would be ready to take over by the time the final German troops are slated to withdraw. She said the complete withdrawal in 2011 of US troops from Iraq, which is now engulfed in Islamist violence, served as a cautionary tale and wanted to talk to Washington about an extension...
  • The Israelization of Anti-Semitism

    09/19/2014 10:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Angela Merkel is the stand-up lady of Europe. The German chancellor is forthright in calling anti-Semites to account. She spoke this week to a rally of 6,000 Germans at the Brandenburg Gate, denouncing the documented increase of anti-Semitism in their country. The evil of the Nazi regime, which killed 6 million Jews in Europe 80 years ago, is marked everywhere, with bronze plaques on sidewalks where Jews were taken from their homes and dispatched to death camps, to the five acres dedicated to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in the very center of Berlin. And yet, as the chancellor...
  • [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] Multiculturalism is a failure

    09/17/2014 8:33:57 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/17/2014 | Walter E. Williams
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that in Germany, multiculturalism has utterly failed. Both Australias ex-prime minister John Howard and Spains ex-prime minister Jose Maria Aznar reached the same conclusion about multiculturalism in their countries. British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that multiculturalism is fostering extremist ideology and directly contributing to homegrown Islamic terrorism. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said the United Kingdoms push for multiculturalism has not united Britons but pushed them apart. It has allowed for Islam to emerge despite Britains Judeo-Christian culture. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the roots of violent Islamism are not...
  • Germans want cooler relations with USA

    09/11/2014 3:33:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Sep 2014 15:32 GMT+02:00 | Tom Bristow
    Germans want more independence from the United States in security and diplomacy affairs, according to a major survey released on Wednesday, which showed negative attitudes towards the USA have hardened. The study from the German Marshall Fund (GMF) think-tank showed for the first time in the history of the survey that a majority of Germans wanted their country to take a more independent approach from the United States in security and diplomacy. According to the 13th Transatlantic Trends survey, 57 percent opted for a more independent approach, up from 17 percent in 2013. Just 19 percent of Germans said they...
  • Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

    09/01/2014 3:51:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | September 1, 2014
    GDANSK, Poland: Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday (Sep 1). "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II. Evoking the "miracle" of post-war reconciliation between Germans and Poles, Gauck said he was disappointed with the turn of events...
  • Merkel: Germany no place for anti-Semitism

    09/06/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2014 7:32 AM EDT
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the countrys citizens to attend a rally against anti-Semitism next week in Berlin where she will speak. Merkel said Saturday she will do everything possible to make sure anti-Semitism has no chance in Germany.
  • France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 03, 2014 04:41 PM | Nikolaus Blome, Ralf Neukirch, Christian Reiermann, Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult
    The debate over Germanys insistence on eurozone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. [] Berlin is particularly alarmed by the stance taken by ECB head Mario Draghi. At the annual conference of top central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August, Draghi surprised those present by saying there is leeway to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies. It was a comment that came close to the kind of debt-fueled growth stimulus measures...
  • Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? [GERMAN SF ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ]

    09/02/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraqbut eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story. ZUMAR, Iraq The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.Scenes from...