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  • SIG Sauer to shutter German weapons factory

    06/04/2020 10:02:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.04.2020 | ipj/rt (dpa, KNA)
    SIG Sauer, long the target of disarmament campaigners in Germany, announced Thursday it intended by year’s end to close its factory at Eckernförde near Kiel, capital of Germany’s northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein. It blamed “locational handicaps” hindering its diverse pistol and sports guns sales, claiming a “few other local producers” were preferred in government purchases for Germany’s police forces and Bundeswehr military. Public broadcaster NDR quoted manager Tim Castagne as saying the workers’ council at the Eckernförde site, established in 1951, had been briefed about some 125 job losses as well plans to fulfil purchase orders. ”Due to its international...
  • Trump's 'antifa' accusations spark debate in Germany, the movement's birthplace

    06/03/2020 10:41:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.03.2020 | Mark Hallam
    After Donald Trump claimed most protesters in the US were “antifa,” Germany’s Social Democrats rushed to declare solidarity with the movement. But which movement? And why did other politicians object?Quite a few people, not least the President of the United States, seem a little confused as to precisely what “antifa” is. Unlike many of the gaps in Donald Trump’s knowledge, there are some reasonable historical justifications for this particular confusion. In Germany, politicians and the public have been wrestling with the term for around a century now — without coming any closer to an uncontested definition. What the word means...
  • Police officers 'take a knee' in front of angry crowd of 2,000 Black Lives Matter protestors at the gates of Number 10 yelling '**** Boris, **** Trump' as plastic bottles are thrown, an officer is punched and at least one demonstrator arrested [London UK]

    06/03/2020 10:53:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:44 EDT, 3 June 2020 | Mark Duell, James Fielding and Shekhar Bhatia
    A line of Metropolitan Police officers “took a knee” in tribute to George Floyd today as thousands of protesters gathered outside Downing Street. At least 15,000 Black Lives Matter protesters including actor John Boyega and singer Liam Payne gathered in London, ignoring social distancing guidelines, as a show of anger against the death of Mr. Floyd in the US. And at least 2,000 of those demonstrated in front of Downing Street, shouting “take a knee” at Metropolitan Police officers guarding security gates. Four officers obliged, to the approval of the crowds, who urged other officers to follow the example of...
  • Protests in Amsterdam, Dublin over killing of black American

    06/02/2020 11:33:35 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 19 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 6/1/2020 | AFP
    The Hague (AFP) - Thousands of protesters rallied in the Dutch and Irish capitals on Monday against the death of a black man during an arrest by police in the United States. Defying coronavirus restrictions, demonstrators in both Amsterdam and Dublin carried signs saying "Black Lives Matter", referring to the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The protests that have roiled US cities for six nights have now spread around the world, with rallies as far afield as London and New Zealand. Around 3,000 protesters packed Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, standing close together despite coronavirus social distancing...
  • Germany's top diplomat: George Floyd protests 'legitimate,' urges press freedom

    06/02/2020 11:09:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 06.02.2020 | Davis VanOpdorp
    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said peaceful protests against police brutality in the United States were “more than legitimate” and called for press freedom for those covering the demonstrations. “The peaceful protests that we see in the US, involving many moving gestures, including by American police officers, are understandable and more than legitimate,” he told reporters at a news conference. “I can only express the hope that the peaceful protests don’t turn violent, and even more the hope that they will have an impact,” he added. […] “With regard to the incidents involving Deutsche Welle, of which we...
  • Black Lives Matter solidarity protest held in Dublin [Ireland]

    06/01/2020 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Monday, 1 Jun 2020 16:53
    Thousands of people have taken part in a rally in Dublin city center in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. People gathered at the GPO on O’Connell Street and marched to the United States Embassy in Ballsbridge protesting over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. […] The marchers chanted “black lives matter” and called for justice for Mr. Floyd’s family. It comes after two protests took place in Dublin yesterday — one at the US Embassy and another at the US Ambassador’s Residence in the Phoenix Park. Similar protests have taken place...
  • Boris Johnson 'changes his mind' over Huawei deal and 'wants a way out of the agreement'

    05/31/2020 11:22:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 21:05 EDT, 31 May 2020 | Xantha Leatham
    Boris Johnson has “changed his mind” over the deal with Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, according to a senior Government source. The company is to hold crunch talks with Downing Street this week following reports No. 10 is seeking a way out of the deal to let Huawei build 35 percent of the 5G network. The meeting with Sir Edward Lister, one of Mr. Johnson’s senior aides, has been described as a “clarifying moment” for the company. A senior Government source told the Sunday Times the Prime Minister wanted to use a new security review “as cover” for getting out of...
  • German industry demands subsidies for fossil fuel cars

    05/31/2020 8:46:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.31.2020 | aw/sri (AFP, dpa)
    Germany’s top industry body on Sunday called for sales subsidies on electric cars to be extended to fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. Dieter Kempf, president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), made the demand in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Germany’s powerful-but-struggling carmakers have been calling for the expansion of the subsidies on electric cars, in a bid to shore up their positions during the coronavirus-induced economic crisis. “In view of the crisis, it makes sense to introduce a further purchase bonus for at least 12 months in addition to the environmental premium, provided that this premium is part of a cross-sectoral...
  • Angela Merkel rejects Trump's G7 summit invite: report

    05/30/2020 9:18:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.30.2020 | see/dr (Reuters, dpa)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not travel to Washington at US President Donald Trump’s request to attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Washington DC, according to a report from Politico on Friday. “The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit at the end of June in Washington,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told the outlet. “As of today, considering the overall pandemic situation, she cannot agree to her personal participation, to a journey to Washington,” Seibert said. Trump has been rallying behind the idea of hosting a G7 summit in person, months after...
  • Europe’s social welfare net shows signs of wear from virus

    05/29/2020 9:27:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2020 | Angela Charlton, Colleen Barry and Nick Perry
    Europe’s extensive social welfare net was showing signs of fraying under economic strain from the coronavirus, as protests erupted Friday for a second day in Spain against layoffs by French carmaker Renault, while Italy’s chief central banker warned that “uncertainty is rife.” Elsewhere, New Zealand has all but eradicated the coronavirus with just one person in the nation of 5 million known to be infected. But developments were grim in other nations, with India reporting a record increase in cases, and Pakistan and Russia a record number of deaths. As cases steadily rose across Africa, officials who are losing the...
  • German parliament debates relaxing blood donation rules for LGBT+ men

    05/27/2020 11:19:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.27.2020 | Kate Brady
    At a blood donation bank in Cologne, western Germany, empty bags sit ready to be filled. A few forms, a quick measure of blood pressure, a scratch on the arm, and seven minutes later donors have made their 500-ml contribution to the 15,000 blood donations needed every day in Germany. The footfall of donors, now wearing face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, is steady, but not fast enough. Germany’s blood reserves are running low. Under usual circumstances, the German Red Cross (DRK) — which covers two-thirds of Germany’s blood supplies — would aim to have enough blood reserves for...
  • Wuhan virus lab was signed off by EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier in 2004 - despite French intelligence warnings that China's poor bio-security reputation could lead to a catastrophic leak

    05/26/2020 10:38:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 05/26/2020 | Glen Owen
    The construction of the Chinese laboratory at the centre of mounting suspicion over the source of the Covid-19 pandemic was signed off by the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier – despite warnings by French intelligence services. Mr Barnier – currently embroiled in acrimonious negotiations with the UK over a post-Brexit trade deal – was the French foreign minister when he gave the go-ahead for work to start on the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2004, under a joint deal with the Chinese. The move came despite strong opposition from French diplomatic and security advisers, who argued that the Chinese...
  • Top German court grants buybacks for VW diesel car owners

    05/25/2020 5:54:28 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5/25/2020 | Carsten HAUPTMEIER ,
    Karlsruhe (Germany) (AFP) - A top German court ruled Monday that Volkswagen must buy back a diesel car it modified to appear less polluting, a decision that could influence the outcome of tens of thousands of other "dieselgate" cases. Judges at the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe "effectively upheld" a lower court's ruling that plaintiff Herbert Gilbert can return his car to VW for reimbursement, but he must also accept a discount from the original purchase price for the time he used it. Almost five years after Volkswagen's admission to cheating on emissions tests involving millions of diesel...
  • Coronavirus: Germany to give stricken small firms up to €50,000 a month

    05/25/2020 8:36:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 25 May 2020 14:01 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany’s economy ministry on Monday unveiled plans to ramp up support for hard-hit smaller companies, proposing as much as €50,000 in monthly aid to help the nation’s vaunted “Mittelstand” survive the coronavirus crisis. The proposal, seen by AFP, is currently being discussed with the finance ministry and is aimed at helping firms cover their fixed costs from June to December as the pandemic pushes Europe’s top economy into its worst recession in decades. “Time is running out for some companies,” a spokeswoman for Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said. To qualify for the support, applicants must prove that their revenues plunged...
  • Survey: Young Germans Prefer China Over The U.S.

    05/21/2020 2:13:43 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 126 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 21, 2020 | Vijeta Uniyal
    If you believe a new survey, Germans are turning to China in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. “Germans view the United States less positively since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis while their attitudes toward China have improved,” the German public broadcaster DW News reported citing the survey. The broadcaster added that “73% stated that their opinion about the United States had deteriorated due to the current health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus,” compared to only 36 percent who looked more unfavorably towards China since the outbreak. “Coronavirus turns Germans more critical of US,” the DW News...
  • Maltese Ambassador resigns after saying that Germany’s Merkel had “fulfilled Hitler’s dream” to “control Europe”

    05/21/2020 1:05:45 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    Maltese Ambassador resigns after saying that Germany’s Merkel had “fulfilled Hitler’s dream” to “control Europe” MAY 21, 2020 4:00 PM BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS “75 years ago we stopped Hitler. Who will stop Angela Merkel? She has fulfilled Hitler’s dream! To control Europe,” wrote Michael Zammit Tabona. Tabona was blasted by the Malta News Agency for sharing views similar to those of the “far right,” anti-migration Matteo Salvini, Italy’s former Deputy Prime Minister, who once declared that he wanted nothing to do with Merkel, as well as French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, for ruining Europe. Tabona’s views may not have been...
  • German car giant Volkswagen pulls 'racist' ad after outcry

    05/20/2020 3:41:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies ^ | 20 May 2020 14:53 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Germany’s Volkswagen (VW) has pulled an Instagram ad that showed a giant white hand pushing around a black person, saying it was “surprised and shocked” that viewers decried it as racist. The 10-second clip appeared on the firm’s Instagram story on Tuesday to advertise the new Golf car. It has since been removed, but was still circulating on Twitter on Wednesday. The ad shows an oversized white woman’s hand picking up a black man in a suit and moving him around before flicking him into a building and away from the yellow Golf car parked nearby. Viewers were quick to...
  • Europe reopens widely; China gives $2 billion to virus fight

    05/18/2020 7:47:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2020 | Geir Moulson and Derek Gatopoulos
    Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Athens, high-fashion boutiques in Italy, museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Bavaria. China announced it will give $2 billion to the fight against the coronavirus. As nations carved out a new normal amid the pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the World Health Organization’s annual meeting that the money will be paid out over two years to help respond to COVID-19, which has killed hundreds of thousands and devastated national economies. He said the funds will especially support efforts in developing countries. Xi’s...
  • Budapest stands with Beijing in opposing Taiwan’s membership of World Health Organisation

    05/16/2020 12:12:44 PM PDT · by untenured · 32 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | May 15, 2020 | Keegan Elmer
    Hungary supports Beijing’s efforts to prevent Taiwan taking part in the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA), according to a Chinese statement issued after a telephone conversation between the two countries’ foreign ministers. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called his European counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, on Thursday, the foreign ministry in Beijing said. During the call, Szijjarto told Wang that Budapest would not support Taiwan’s accession to the World Health Organisation (WHO) ahead of the annual gathering of health ministers from around the world that starts in Geneva on Monday and which Taipei is keen to attend. Hungary “always upholds the one...
  • Burning EU and other flags can now bring German jail term

    05/16/2020 11:56:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 May 2020
    Germany has made public burning of the EU flag or that of another country punishable by up to three years in jail, classing it as a hate crime. The vote in the Bundestag (parliament) on Thursday makes defiling foreign flags equal to the crime of defiling the German flag. The same applies for the EU anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy theme. The move followed Social Democrat (SPD) complaints about protesters’ burning of the Israeli flag in Berlin in 2017. …