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  • Europeans see Germany's global role on the rise: Pew study

    03/23/2019 6:23:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.20.2019 | Lewis Sanders IV
    In a survey published late Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, nearly half of all respondents in 10 EU member states said Germany plays a more important role in the world that it did a decade ago. “There is a sense in Europe that while German power is on the rise, French and British power is stagnant or in decline,” the center said. The view across Europe: The idea that Germany plays a more important role today is most pronounced in Greece, with 81 percent of respondents agreeing.In Italy and Spain, roughly 56 percent shared the same viewHowever, only 37...
  • Thousands in Germany protest planned EU internet reforms

    03/23/2019 3:07:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2019
    Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship. […] The most controversial section would require companies such as YouTube and Facebook to take responsibility for copyrighted material that’s uploaded to their platforms. Proponents say the new rules will help ensure authors, artists and journalists are paid. Opponents claim they could restrict freedom of speech, hamper online creativity and force websites to install filters. …
  • Germany: US ambassador Richard Grenell should be expelled, says FDP deputy leader

    03/21/2019 3:44:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.19.2019 | ipj/amp (dpa, AFP)
    Wolfgang Kubicki, the deputy chairman of the opposition Free Democrats (FDP), said Richard Grenell’s repeated interference in German sovereignty should prompt Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to immediately declare Grenell persona non grata.“Any US diplomat who acts like a high commissioner of an occupying power must learn that our tolerance also knows its limits,” said Kubicki, who is also one of five deputy speakers of Germany’s Bundestag parliament. Grenell had on Tuesday criticized Germany’s military spending plans within NATO as insufficient, prompting Kubicki to accuse the envoy of “interfering” repeatedly in political issues of a sovereign country. Grenell’s criticism of Germany’s...
  • France threatens to refuse Brexit delay without clear plan {France is pro-Brexit}

    03/20/2019 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Cronos · 85 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 March 2019 | Angelique Chrisafis
    The French foreign minister has said Paris could say no to Theresa May’s request for a Brexit extension if she does not set out a clear plan for the EU withdrawal agreement to be ratified by parliament....The foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told the French parliament on Wednesday afternoon: “Our position is to send a simple and clear message to the British.” He said there were only two ways to leave the EU – ratify the withdrawal agreement or a no-deal exit. If the withdrawal agreement was not ratified by parliament “the central scenario is a no-deal exit. We’re ready.”...
  • France to deploy troops to maintain security during protests

    03/20/2019 8:32:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 20, 2019
    French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that soldiers will be deployed across the country to help maintain security during yellow vest protests planned this weekend. […] About 7,000 soldiers, most armed with automatic weapons, are already deployed across the country in what the military calls Operation Sentinel, which was created to protect sensitive sites following deadly attacks in 2015. …
  • French protesters riot in Paris, accuse Macron of “hot air”

    03/16/2019 5:32:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2019 | Thomas Adamson and Angela Charlton
    French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Élysées avenue, and a mother and her child were just barely saved from a building blaze. Cobblestones flew in the air and smoke from fires set by protesters mingled with clouds of tear gas sprayed by police, as tensions continued for hours along the Champs-Élysées. By dusk, as the demonstrators had dispersed, the famed avenue was a blackened expanse. […]...
  • Irish PM brings partner to meet Mike Pence and delivers pointed remarks on sexuality

    03/14/2019 7:50:55 PM PDT · by blueplum · 62 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 14 Mar 2019 | Luke O'Neil
    Warning: Hypocritical hit piece The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who is gay, brought his partner to a meeting on Thursday with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, a conservative Christian once dubbed “the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America”. Varadkar, who is in Washington this week to reaffirm the longstanding shared history between the two countries, brought his partner, Matt Barrett, to a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the vice-presidential residence at the Naval Observatory. Varadkar tweeted that he and Barrett had received a “warm reception” at Pence’s home, but in pointed remarks to Pence and gathered media, he also...
  • BREXIT BOMBSHELL: A German Brexit? A Scandal Of Subversive Statecraft

    03/14/2019 3:52:40 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 30 replies
    Politicalite ^ | March 7, 2019 | John Petley
    It was widely reported that Theresa May paid a visit to Angela Merkel in Berlin shortly before the Chequers meeting. What did they discuss? We weren't told at the time. According to a confidential source who has seen a complete transcript of the meeting, the two leaders agreed to a plan that Mrs May allegedly told the Chancellor would "appease" Brexit voters while nonetheless enabling her to get rid of those Tories who were (in her words) "against progress and unity in the EU." According to the transcript, Mrs May is also reported to have agreed "to keep as many...
  • EU parliament leader under fire for praising Mussolini

    03/14/2019 7:49:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 14, 2019
    European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has come under fire for comments praising Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Tajani told Radio 24 Wednesday evening that Mussolini did some “positive things,” including improving Italy’s infrastructure, until “he declared war on the entire world, following Hitler, until he promoted the racial laws” that restricted the rights of Jews. …
  • Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second defeat in UK Parliament

    03/12/2019 12:37:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 159 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3-12-2019 | Holly Elyatt
    The U.K.’s Brexit deal with the EU has been rejected by U.K. lawmakers in another landmark defeat for British Prime Minister Theresa May. May’s Brexit deal was defeated for the first time back in January but she had hoped last-ditch tweaks to the deal, specifically on the contentious Irish border issue, would help persuade Members of Parliament (MPs) to change their minds. Her deal was rejected by 149 votes after 242 MPs voted for the deal and 392 MPs voted against the deal. Sterling pared earlier losses against the dollar after the decision to trade 0.2 percent lower at $1.3124....
  • 'History has not delivered its verdict': Ben Rhodes on Obama's legacy [barf]

    03/11/2019 7:58:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.27.2019 | Thomas Sparrow
    When Donald Trump won the US presidency in 2016, he set out to revert some of his predecessor’s signature policies. Soon after he entered the White House, President Trump withdrew from long-negotiated international agreements like the Iran nuclear deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris climate accord. But although some may argue that the legacy of former President Barack Obama is looking shaky, one of his key advisers preferred to take the long view and told DW’s Conflict Zone that “history has not delivered its verdict.” “The future of American politics is going to look a lot more like...
  • German politicians welcome Emmanuel Macron's EU initiative

    03/11/2019 7:40:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.05.2019 | Jefferson Chase
    German political leaders have reacted positively to a raft of suggestions by French President Emmanuel Macron for strengthening the European Union. […] On Tuesday, Macron, who has come under fire in France by yellow-vest protesters and others, presented ideas for a “European renaïssance” in an article published in newspapers throughout Europe and online. Among his wide-ranging suggestions were enhanced protection against hate speech, greater control of EU borders and immigration, and a nationally adjusted European minimum wage — ideas that went down well with most German politicians. […] Some of those who expressed support for Macron’s ideas criticized the German...
  • A Muslim as German chancellor? CDU leader slammed for saying 'why not'

    03/10/2019 8:33:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.07.2019 | amp/sms (dpa, KNA)
    The parliamentary group leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has sparked a divisive debate after he said a Muslim could be a future CDU leader and chancellor of Germany. Asked by media outlet Idea if a Muslim could lead the party and become chancellor in 2030, Ralph Brinkhaus said: “Why not, if they’re a good politician, and they represent our values and our political views?” The interview took place in late February, but it stirred a backlash only after Bild, Germany’s biggest tabloid newspaper, reported on it on Wednesday. “For the love of God, I can’t believe Ralph...
  • Report: Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops

    03/10/2019 7:12:48 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 111 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES (Mideast edition) ^ | March 9, 2019, p. 6 | John Vandiver
    [photo caption] M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles converge on a smoke signal during a live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr, Germany, in March. President Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for American protection, according to a news report. [photo credit; MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES] STUTTGART, Germany — President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according...
  • Mayor of Bologna says he's sick of tourists ordering spaghetti bolognaise

    03/10/2019 12:23:11 PM PDT · by dennisw · 117 replies
    UK DAILY MAIL ^ | 10 March 2019 | Leigh Mcmanus
    Mayor of Bologna says he's sick of tourists ordering spaghetti bolognaise in his city because the pasta dish 'doesn't actually exist' Virginio Merola wants his northern Italian city to wash its hands of the dish He said it 'doesn't exist' and went as far as to call the pasta dish 'fake news' The 64-year-old democrat is leading his vehment campaign on social media The mayor of Bologna is on a passionate crusade against spaghetti bolognese, condemning it as 'fake news'. Despite it being famous the world over, Virginio Merola wants his northern Italian city to wash its hands of the...
  • Report: Merkel Govt May Have Let In Thousands of War Criminal Migrants

    03/10/2019 9:09:36 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Mar 2019 | Chris Tomlinson
    A damning new report has claimed that since 2014, the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allowed thousands of war criminal migrants to enter the country. The new report claims that from 2014 to 2019, the German government not only let in around 5,000 migrants who were subject to investigation for violating international law, but only investigated a handful of them itself, German tabloid Bild reports. The paper states that the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) tipped the government off to around 5,000 migrants they believed had been involved in war crimes or other crimes against humanity....
  • Germany will not list Iran-allied Hezbollah as terrorist: minister

    03/08/2019 10:03:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.08.2019 | Chase Winter
    Germany will not declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement a terrorist organization, a top official said Friday. Deputy Minister in the Foreign Ministry Niels Annen told news magazine Der Spiegel that the Iran-backed Shiite Islamist movement is a relevant factor in Lebanese society and part of the complex political landscape in the country. The comments come after Britain last month banned Hezbollah’s political wing, accusing the movement of destabilizing the Middle East. “The British move is a national decision that has no direct impact on the position of the German government or the EU,’ said Annen. The European Union had already added...
  • Far-right parties poised to double seats in EU Parliament: poll

    03/08/2019 9:49:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.09.2019 | cw/cmk (dpa, Reuters)
    A new poll released by Germany’s Bild newspaper on Saturday, conducted in six countries in late February and early March, showed the far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom Group (ENF) was likely to win 67 seats in the European Parliament election in May. Europeans go to the polls on May 23-26 to elect representatives to the 705-seat European Parliament. Currently, the ENF group holds 37 seats. According to the Bild report, which surveyed more than 9,000 people, right-wing euroskeptic parties are in the lead in three of the six countries surveyed. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party is...
  • The Myth of a Christian Revival in Eastern Europe

    03/08/2019 10:14:36 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Jan 2019 | Will Collins
    It takes a village to get a 50-foot Christmas tree into a Hungarian school’s common area...The school where I teach is a public institution, but its enthusiastic observance of the Christmas season would put many American parochial academies to shame. From Christmas markets to school pageants, Hungarians celebrate the holiday with a verve that is both charming and somewhat disorienting to an American accustomed to our secular public square. In this corner of Eastern Europe, the War on Christmas is over, and Christmas has decisively won. What Christmas markets and colorful lights can’t hide, however, is the underlying weakness of...
  • Ukraine's 'Revolution of Dignity' Has Beeen Anything But

    03/03/2019 6:10:54 AM PST · by NorseViking · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2019 | Veronika Kyrylenko and Ryan Schinault
    Five years ago, when Ukrainian protestors gathered in Maidan Square, hoping for a better future in the family of European nations and enthusiastically cheered by the Western establishment, nobody could predict the consequences of the “Revolution of Dignity,” as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since called it. What started as peaceful protests very quickly transformed into violent riots that led to the overthrow of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s regime in 2014. In the West, Russian aggression towards Ukraine is widely believed to be the primary catalyst that created the Ukrainian crisis, bringing disarray and economic collapse to the largest...