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Nov 16 10:36

'Law System is in Chaos and Germany is a Mess at the Moment'

Deutsche Welle reported that some Germans who have helped Syrian refugees obtain asylum in the country face the prospect of owing thousands of euros to the government.

Christian Osterhaus, who has dedicated much of his live to humanitarian projects, provided financial support to two underage Syrians. He also signed a paper stating that he's prepared to serve as their financial and legal guarantor until the two receive asylum in the country.

This year, he received a letter from the city authorities stating that he was obliged to pay 7,239 euros to the city budget, reflecting the state's expenses connected with the two refugees for 3 years.

Nov 14 10:43

Nigel Farage Demands Merkel Apologize For Disastrous Open Borders Policy

Former UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage demanded Angela Merkel apologize for ruining German communities with her disastrous open border migrant policy.

Farage reminded technocrats currently pursuing an EU army that the European Union was initially set up to stop German domination of the continent.

He then launched into Merkel, who was sat nearby looking on with a somewhat nonplussed expression.

“Mrs Merkel – you’ve had a long and successful career, but your political decision to open up the doors unconditionally is the worst decision we’ve seen in post-war politics in Europe,” said Farage.

Nov 14 09:37

Merkel joins Macron in call for ‘real, true’ European army after Trump slams idea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a “real, true” European army to be created, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron did the same – and received backlash from Donald Trump for doing so.

“We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army,” Merkel said during an address to MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday.

That statement was an apparent nod of support to Macron, who last week said that Europe has to “protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America.” Europe cannot do so, he said, “unless we decide to have a true European army.”

Nov 14 07:19

Germany in REVERSE: German economy SHRINKS for first time since 2015

Europe's biggest economy was dented by lower consumer spending and disruption to levels of car production, caused by new pollution tests that were introduced back in September.

Gross domestic product (GDP) stumbled by 0.2 percent between July and September, the Federal Statistics Office said on Wednesday.

It marked the first quarter-on-quarter fall for Germany since 2015 and raised fears that a near-decade-long expansion is crumbling from the inside.

The economy grew by 1.1 percent from July to September in the same period last year.

Nov 13 16:32

German Gov't Wants Helpers of Syrian Refugees to Pay Thousands of Euros

What was supposed to be a generous gesture is turning into a real financial nightmare for Germans who took on the responsibility of assisting Syrian refugees in obtaining asylum.

More than seven thousand Germans who signed guarantor obligations in a bid to help Syrian refugees obtain asylum are suing the state, which has demanded that it have its expenses reimbursed for their medical insurance, housing and other needs, Deutsche Welle reported.

Nov 11 09:24

Germany secretly paid rebels in Syria nearly €50 million

The German government paid tens of millions of Euros to the rebel forces fighting the Syrian government, The Telegraph reported on Sunday, citing a report from the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

According to the Tagesspiegel report, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Walter Lindner (Social Democrat) told MEP Evrim Sommer (Die Linke) that Germany paid millions of Euros to the rebel forces in Syria.

Nov 11 09:17

Newly Revealed Docs Shed Light on UK's Intervention in Russia During WWI

British military intervention in Russia in 1918-1919 was unlawful and indefensible, British government papers held by the National Archives reveal. It has turned Russian public attitudes towards Britain from friendly to hostile.

In March 1918 the Bolshevik government signed a peace treaty with Germany, as they had promised to the nation exhausted by four years of the devastating and senseless WWI. The Russian Revolution was triggered by the overwhelming public desire for peace. The war-weary Russian army simply could not carry on fighting. Britain and France immediately accused Russia of betraying the Allied cause and sent in their troops. In a show of "solidarity" reminiscent of today, a dozen Anglo-French allies took part in the armed intervention in Russia. The official excuse was to keep the Eastern front against Germany and protect the Russian war materiel from falling into German hands.

Nov 11 09:16

AfD Slams Merkel's Coalition for Trying to Secretly 'Rush' UN Migration Pact

The party called on the government to follow the US and Austria’s example and refuse to sign the international guidelines for tackling migration. It also slammed the country’s government for keeping quiet about the deal, which would turn Germany into “a settlement area.”

The Bundestag, Germany's parliament, has rejected a motion brought by the Alternative for Germany party, which demanded that Berlin should not ratify the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. The decision is not binding, and the German government was free to sign the agreement, introducing guidelines for migration regulations around the world, anyway. But the vote was preceded by heated debates.

Nov 07 15:27

The Uncertainty Has Settled (Full film)

Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers. But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 12:12

Trial of former SS guard, now 94, starts in Münster

A former SS guard, aged 94, goes on trial Tuesday in Germany charged with complicity in mass murders at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in a case bearing symbolic and moral weight.

The man from the western district of Borken was a watchman from June 1942 to September 1944 at the Stutthof camp near what was then the free city of Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland.

He was not named by prosecutors, but Die Welt daily identified him as Johann R., a landscape architect who once worked for North Rhine-Westphalia state authorities.

The trial marks a new attempt in Germany's race against time to prosecute surviving Nazis, after a new legal precedent was set in 2011.

The nonagenarian is accused of being an accessory to the murders of several hundred camp prisoners, the regional court of Münster said, more than seven decades after the end of WWII.

Nov 06 09:04

Ex-German Spy Chief Slams 'Naive, Leftist' Government, Mulls Entering Politics

The former head of German intelligence, tasked with monitoring domestic extremist groups, came under fire after he expressed doubts about the authenticity of videos showing members of right-wing groups in Chemnitz hunting down immigrants.

The former president of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, who was recently forced to leave his post, criticized the government's foreign and domestic security policies as "leftist, naïve and idealistic," Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on November 5. He also considered the possibility of entering into German politics after his resignation as head of the BfV.

Nov 02 11:35

Almost 1 in 5 Germans is ‘at risk of poverty’ despite record employment – study

Germany may be Europe’s biggest and strongest economy and is enjoying record employment, but one fifth of its citizens are struggling to make ends meet, a new study reveals.
Some 15.5 million people or 19 percent of the population in Germany were “at risk of poverty” or “social exclusion” in 2017, the Federal Statistics Office said.

Even though the unemployment rate in Germany has fallen to record lows, many people still do not earn enough to pay their bills and keep themselves above the poverty line. Some 13.1 million Germans, roughly 16.1 percent of the population, are threatened by poverty precisely because of their low monthly income, the federal statistics bureau says.

Nov 02 11:33

DNA Evidence: Migrant Arrested After Sex Assaults on Women, Animals in City Already Rocked by Migrant Gang Rapes

German police in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, have arrested a migrant male after DNA evidence linked him to several sexual assaults and cases of animal welfare abuse committed over the course of two years.

The arrest in the south-western German city was triggered after officers conducted what a police press release praised as “meticulous” forensic work in matching DNA samples taken from several crime scenes. In the first of three sexual assaults linked to the arrest of the unnamed 28-year-old Eritrean migrant, a 30-year-old German woman was attacked in late May of 2018.

Nov 01 08:11

Inoffensively disastrous: Merkel’s blandness must not let her get away with historic failure

The departing German chancellor leaves her country with a fractured domestic political scene and myriad intractable social challenges, the EU as weak as it has ever been, and grave international crises no closer to resolution.
Angel Merkel’s latest political obituaries have been as mealy-mouthed as her persona, designed to wearily sap drama in keeping with her (optimistic) three-year warning about leaving her post, which she announced on Monday. Her entire legacy has been written in these cushioned terms, from her ‘Mutti’ (mother) persona, to ‘Merkeln’ (a neologism meaning ‘to dither’), and now to the extended ‘Merkeldammerung’ (Merkel twilight) that awaits.

Oct 30 09:39

Russia, Germany, Turkey, France committed to Syria’s territorial integrity - communique

The participants of the four-party summit in Istanbul - Russia, Turkey, Germany and France - are committed to the territorial integrity of Syria, according to a communique released by the German government on Saturday.

The leaders of the four nations "confirmed their commitment to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," the document reads.

They are "full of determination to resist separatist plans, aimed at undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as well as national security of neighboring states."

Besides, the participants of the Istanbul meeting said they were ready to work on creating conditions for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. This will depend on providing them with "guarantees against armed conflicts, political persecution and unlawful detentions," as well as on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure to make sure that the population has access to water and electricity.

Oct 30 09:17

European markets hail Merkel’s looming exit as German chancellor

Markets across Europe surged on news that Angela Merkel will stop being German chancellor in 2021. The Monday rally was led by a surge in Merkel’s homeland, Germany.

In Frankfurt, the DAX index surged nearly two percent on the announcement. Markets in France and the UK followed with the London FTSE surging 1.72 percent and CAC40 rising 0.75 percent. Merkel made the announcement after her party showed poor results in a regional election. The news also sent the euro lower briefly against the dollar and bolstered German bond yields.

Oct 30 09:14

Thousands Protest in Germany Following Suspected Gang Rape by Migrants

Seven Syrians and one German citizen have been arrested; they are suspected of raping an 18-year-old student. The men have been on the police radar long before the arrest for other alleged wrongdoings, which drew criticism on the authorities.

Up to 2,000 demonstrators flooded the streets of the university city of Freiburg in southern Germany following a gang rape, which was allegedly committed by migrants from Syria as well as one German citizen. The right-wing Alternative for Germany party brought around 500 people to protest the crimes committed by refugees and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migration policy, repeating demands for stricter migrant control following the arrest of the suspects.

Oct 30 08:46

500 protesters march through German town after seven Syrian migrants are arrested for gang-rape of 18-year-old student (16 Pics)

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets as a migrant gang are held for the four hour rape of 18-year-old girl outside a nightclub.
The Syrians between the ages of 19 and 29, along with a 25-year-old German, were arrested in Freiburg on Sunday in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttebmberg.
Freiburg's Mayor, Martin Horn, urged the AfD-organized protesters to remain 'peaceful' and refrain from 'further violence.'

Oct 29 10:00

Claim: Germany’s Angela Merkel To Step Down From Party Leadership After Humiliating Elections

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is to relinquish control of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in December, sources have claimed, after yet another humiliating performance in a regional election Sunday.

Update 1400: Merkel makes it official

Speaking at a press conference in Berlin Monday afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made official the rumours that had been swilling over the course of the morning by announcing she would not be seeking another term as leader of the CDU party, but that she intended to remain leader of Germany until 2021 — a shrewd move that some observers have noted would preclude a coup against her in the next three years.

Describing Sunday’s election results as “bitter” in her speech, Dr Merkel said of her decision: “I feel the need to pause to think — I am certainly doing that, and I want the yesterday’s election to be seen as a cutoff point.”

Oct 29 09:52

The end of Merkel: German chancellor says she will step down when current term ends in 2021 and admits her government has lost credibility following latest election humiliation

Angela Merkel has said she will stand down as German Chancellor when her current term comes to an end in 2021.

Merkel, who has held the office since 2005, said her government had lost credibility after a bruising election result in Hesse at the weekend, which saw the CDU emerge victorious but drop almost 11 points at the polls.

She will also quit as leader of the CDU, a post she has held since 2000, in the coming days, with a new leader due to be elected at party conference in December.

'I will not be seeking any political post after my term ends,' Merkel said, bringing an end to her career after more than a decade at the top of German politics.

She added that she accepts 'full responsibility' for weakening party support, which comes in the wake of the migrant crisis.

Oct 29 08:17

Merkel QUITS: 'I am RESPONSIBLE' German Chancellor admits PRESSURE as EU awaits successor

ANGELA Merkel said she takes "full responsibility” for the downfall of her coalition government as she announced she is stepping down as CDU party leader and German chancellor, signalling the end of her 13 career at the helm of Germany.

The German leader said she "will not stand for re-election as head of CDU party" at the next party conference in December, following a battering at last night's Hesse elections.

Embattled Mrs Merkel also confirmed she will also step down as Chancellor of Germany after 2021.

Mrs Merkel also ruled out running for a senior position in the European Union after a European parliament election next year.

Oct 28 18:39

German leader Angela Merkel's party suffers heavy losses in key region election, according to exit polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party look to have suffered heavy losses in Sunday's regional election in Hesse state.

The CDU remained the largest party, but lost around 10 percentage points to score 28 per cent of the vote, public broadcaster ARD reported.

Meanwhile, junior federal government partners the Social Democrats (SPD) dropped almost 11 points to land on just 20 per cent.

The Greens came third and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Hesse regional assembly for the first time with 12 percent of the vote.

Oct 27 10:36

Germany Admits It Needs More from Russia Than Just Nordstream 2

As its coal and nuclear power plants are phased out German demand for gas will continue to rise as European production continues to fall. Soon Germany may need more gas than Nordstream 1 and 2 can deliver. The announced new LNG terminal is seen as a concession to Washington but it may just as easily be used by Russian LNG suppliers

Oct 27 10:31

Merkel: EU May Make Joint Decision to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Turkey met in Istanbul on October 27 to discuss issues of the Syrian peace settlement. They also discussed the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the European Union might make a collective decision to halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. At the same time, she agreed with her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the decision should be made after more is known about those responsible for his death.

Oct 27 10:30

‘Whole world is watching’: Russia-Turkey-Germany-France talks on Syria kick off

Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France have gathered in Istanbul to discuss the Syrian peace process. While the outcome of such tricky talks is hard to predict, the new format appears to be, at least, quite refreshing.

Oct 27 06:28

Syria peace talks set to begin in Istanbul

Leaders have arrived in Istanbul for a four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on Saturday.

The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN special Syria envoy, will also attend the summit, which is expected to be followed by a joint statement.
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Diplomatic win'

Al Jazeera's Zena Khodr, reporting from Istanbul, said "Russia and Turkey are billing this as a diplomatic win because they were able to bring the EU to the table".

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Oct 26 10:10

Germany will fight but won’t outlaw BDS, head of Bundestag says

Germany currently has no plans to outlaw the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, the speaker of its parliament said Thursday.

“We fight it politically, but we don’t believe that it is fought more successfully through prohibitions,” Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble told reporters in Jerusalem.

“We are relatively hesitant regarding prohibitions, since our constitution doesn’t give the parliament much room to enact prohibitions, and rightly so, because we believe that is up to an independent judiciary,” he added.

Oct 26 09:05

Google Cancels Plans for Berlin Campus Over Local Protests

In a surprising victory, local protesters won a battle against the US tech giant, which wanted to revamp a local building into a technology campus.

The residents of Kreuzberg, a part of Berlin, have succeeded in repelling Google from developing a campus in their neighborhood.

Google had planned to convert an old electric company building in Kreuzberg into an incubator for tech start-ups, The New York Times reported Friday. Yet on Wednesday, the company's German spokesman Ralf Bremer announced that the 3,000 square-meter space would be given, free of charge, to non-profit humanitarian associations.

The company has taken upon itself the burden of paying rent for the two non-profits until 2023, when its lease ends, Bremer said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Oct 24 19:48

Debenhams ‘to report £500M LOSS - 50 stores to CLOSE and THOUSANDS of jobs at RISK'

DEBENHAMS will announce a £500 million loss on Thursday - the biggest in its 240-year history - as it prepares to close up to 50 stores and axe thousands of jobs as it fights for its future on the UK high street, Sky News has reported.

Oct 24 10:39

Fury as Germany must pay BILLIONS more to the EU after Brexit

GERMANY will be forced to pay an extra £13.2billion a year to the EU after Brexit, in a move that has sparked fury among Germans who are already the bloc’s biggest contributors.

Germany must find the extra cash to make up the EU’s budget shortfall after the UK leaves the bloc.

The amount will increase Germany’s gross annual contribution to Brussels to a massive £40 billion.

Oct 24 05:35

The Detail

On the subject of the Nazi gas chambers, Jean-Marie Le Pen recently stated: "If you take a thousand-page book on the Second World War, the concentration camps occupy two pages and the gas chambers ten or fifteen lines, and that's called a detail." He might have brought up some even harder hitting and more precise arguments, and referred to Eisenhower, Churchill, de Gaulle, Elie Wiesel, René Rémond, Daniel Goldhagen, and even the text of the Nuremberg Tribunal judgment. ... In this mass of writing, which altogether totals 7,061 pages (not including the introductory parts), published from 1948 to 1959, one will find no mention either of Nazi "gas chambers," a "genocide" of the Jews, or of "six million" Jewish victims of the war.

Oct 22 14:23

Merkel Opens Up Germany to US LNG, Yielding to Trump's Pressure – Reports

The German government plans to give in to Donald Trump’s criticism about dependence on Russia’s fuel and pour millions into a liquefied natural gas terminal. This is expected to diversify Germany’s energy import, open it up to US gas and possibly avert hostile moves against the Nord Stream 2, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has told the country’s lawmakers that the Cabinet is set to co-fund the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping terminal over breakfast this month. The $576 million project would be located in northern Germany, the US business outlet reports, citing the sources familiar with the meeting.

Oct 21 09:55

Germany Suspends Arms Sales To Saudis Weeks After $500 Million Deal

Less than a month after Germany authorized a shipment of arms to Saudi Arabia and several of its allies, in violation of an arms-sales ban approved by lawmakers from the country's ruling coalition earlier this year, Germany has once again decided to "punish" the Saudis by putting future arms shipments on hold pending the results of an investigation into the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In late September, Germany violated its promise not to supply Saudi Arabia with arms and instead approved a 416.4 million euros ($477 billion) shipment to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. Though German economy minister Peter Altmair wrote a letter to parliament members explaining why Germany's government had approved the sales, the decision was still heavily criticized by the country's opposition, per Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect for this sound and fury against the Saudi government to dwindle in the coming weeks.

Countries selling them weapons with which they assassinate Houthi rebels, will ultimately feel the need to feed their economic "fix" of the money Saudi Arabia pays for their weapons from the UK, Germany, and the United States.

No matter how ridiculous the concept of a 60 year old guy getting into a "fistfight" with a number of Saudi intel people is, it will ultimately the narrative which the Saudis will "successfully sell",. particularly to those countries selling them weapons, like the US.

Oct 21 09:50

Fury in Germany as US Firm Tries to Hijack Deal With Iraq - Report

German-based giant Siemens had spent considerable time courting the Iraqi government in order to land the $15-billion-worth contract for building power infrastructure in the war-torn country. It had been considered an odds-on favorite until Washington reportedly intervened and compelled Baghdad to choose US-based General Electric.

In an attempt to secure Siemens’ positions in Iraq, its CEO Joe Kaeser signed a memorandum of understanding with the country’s electricity minister Kasim al-Fahdawi during his undisclosed trip to Baghdad. The German conglomerate, rivaled by US-based General Electric, has proposed a comprehensive reconstruction framework program for Iraq, the German outlet Welt reports, citing Siemens’ statement. A company spokesman told the newspaper that its economic scope hadn’t been evaluated, but declined to comment on the company’s rivalry with General Electric over Iraqi projects.

Oct 21 09:42

How Germany Breaks its Own Laws to Arm Saudi Arabia

The German government is pursuing the interests of the its arms industry, even as this means violating their own laws, their coalition agreement, and promises to the public

Oct 20 18:27

‘Inadequate’: Europe dissatisfied with Riyadh’s Khashoggi death story, Berlin talks arms sale freeze

Not satisfied with the Saudi story on how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in Turkey, EU leaders are demanding an in-depth probe, with Germany's foreign minister saying that Berlin shouldn’t sell arms to Riyadh until it’s finished.

Oct 20 10:07

More Than Half Of Germans Want To Leave The Country For A "More Stable Political Situation"

More than half of Germans living under Merkel's open-border regime want to leave their homeland, according to Die Welt, citing a YouGov survey commissioned by financial services provider Transferwise.

It was conducted between September 19 and 21, and included 2109 adults who were asked the following questions;

Would you like to live abroad sometime (outside Germany)?

Compared to two years ago - is it more or less likely that you will live abroad, or is there no difference?

Which of the following are reasons why you want to move abroad? (Multiple answers possible).

Approximately 1/3 of the respondents say they would like to leave forever, while thirteen percent said that they would prefer to leave for two to five years. Nine percent would stay away for no more than a year.

Oct 18 11:49

German Secret Service BfV to Decide on Surveillance of AfD by 2019 - Reports

German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) will decide whether to place the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) under partial or full surveillance before 2019, the Spiegel newspaper reported on Friday

BfV Vice President Thomas Haldenwang has told the internal affairs committee of the Bundestag that the agency was considering such move due to possible anti-constitutional trends within the party, the Spiegel reported.

According to the publication, 13 of the 16 German federal states sent extensive materials to the counterintelligence service regarding "possible anti-constitutional tendencies in AfD," most of the documents contained two-digit or even three-digit number of pages.

Oct 18 11:28

Big BDS legal win in Germany

Supporters of the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement in Germany have won a two-year court battle against a local authority that could set a legal precedent for BDS activism in the country.

On 27 September, the administrative court of the northwestern German city of Oldenburg ruled that the municipality’s decision to cancel a 2016 BDS event had been unlawful.

It determined that the city council had “undermined the fundamental right of the applicant’s freedom of assembly” as well as freedom of expression, which, it added, “was (and is) severely interfered with.”

“The fundamental right to freedom of expression is, as the most direct expression of the human personality in society, one of the most distinguished human rights of all.”

Oct 18 08:53

German diplomat says Washington shouldn't interfere in European energy policy

(*What makes Germany think they're so 'special' ? )

Oct 16 08:53

US shouldn’t interfere in European energy policy – German diplomat

The United States must not determine European energy policy or decide whether Berlin buys Russian gas, a top German diplomat said on Tuesday. Foreign Ministry State Secretary Andreas Michaelis said Russia would remain a key energy supplier for Europe, regardless of US pressure on the issue, Reuters reported.

Oct 15 10:16

Merkel's sister party CSU suffers worst election result since 1950 in Bavaria

Germany’s political landscape is crumbling as Merkel’s sister party, the CSU, has only received 37.3% of the votes in Bavaria, preliminary results show. Meanwhile, the right-wing AfD has entered parliament for the first time.

Voters in Bavaria headed to the polls to decide on the composition of the 180-member parliament on Sunday. The Christian Social Union (CSU) – sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) – gained 37.3 percent in Germany’s largest and second most populous state, according to an exit poll for broadcaster ARD.

Oct 14 17:41

Bavaria election results: Chaos for Merkel as results show CSU's worst result in 60 yrs

The Christian Social Union (CSU) has won 37.3 percent of the vote and has lost its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962.

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The Greens have recorded strong gains and are the second largest party in the Bavaria vote with 17.8 percent of the vote.

The far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) are set to enter the Bavarian Regional Assembly for the first time with 11 percent of the vote.

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are expected to win 10 percent of the vote.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 13 03:59

The Nazi Porsche: Adolf Hitler and the Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen, or "People's Car," that so many millions have known for more than half a century had its genesis in Nazi Germany. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, who designed the Volkswagen, had to share the concept with none other than Adolf Hitler ... Porsche and Hitler met in May 1934 to discuss plans for the "People's Car." Porsche outlined the specs he had in mind ... Hitler added specs according to his own vision: the car was to be a four-seater, get 100 kilometers per seven liters of gasoline, and maintain 100 kilometers per hour. Porsche proposed that the car be priced at around 1,550 marks ($620 at 1934 exchange rate). Hitler limited the price of the Volkswagen to 900 marks and gave Porsche only ten months to build a prototype. Beating out other proposals, Porsche and his design team began building three prototypes in a garage at his home near Stuttgart.
Note: Oh the memories! College on a budget with the Beatle.

Oct 10 10:11

Slipping Polls Show Strains on Merkel’s Leadership Ahead of Key State Elections

Ahead of two important state elections, poll figures suggest a political shake-up is in store for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government, with her key Bavarian ally likely to lose its historically-held majority.

A poll published by Bild on Tuesday placed the Christian Social Union (CSU) – the “sister” party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) – at 33 percent in Bavaria (down from previous months at around 40), with the Greens party at 18 percent followed by the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) at 14 percent.

Oct 09 03:26

At Yad Vashem, Merkel says Germany has ‘everlasting’ duty to fight anti-Semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel continued her 24-hour visit to Israel on Thursday with a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, and said Germany bore an "everlasting responsibility" to remember the tragedy and oppose anti-Semitism ... "From this comes the everlasting responsibility of Germany to remember this crime and to oppose anti-Semitism, xenophobia, hatred and violence." Later on Thursday, Merkel was meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, and will also receive an honorary doctorate from Haifa University. Merkel, who is accompanied by much of her cabinet, a large business delegation and her new czar for combating anti-Semitism, arrived in Israel on Wednesday night ...
Note: Bet she didn't visit Gaza! This anti-semitism montra is wearing a little thin!

Oct 01 10:26

Angela Merkel suffers stinging defeat in CDU vote

Volker Kauder, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the last 13 years, has been sent packing as head of her party’s parliamentary group in an inner-party ballot.

Guenther Oettinger, who’s also one of the leading figures in the Christian Democratic Union, noted that Merkel is losing her power within the CDU party. “This is normal, she’s a lame duck,” he said in an interview.

The prominent CDU politician commented on the recent shift of power within the party, as former long-time head of the union parliamentary group, Volker Kauder, whom Merkel was “outspoken in favor of,” lost his position to Ralph Brinkhaus.

Oettinger pointed out that this “weakened the chancellor,” but noted that this was not the end of the Merkel era.

Sep 27 12:54

Rebellion in Germany? Merkel’s key ally voted out of parliament after 13 years in office

Volker Kauder, a longtime ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel and leader of her party’s parliamentary group has been sent packing after a surprise vote in the German Bundestag. Opposition politicians see it as a new political crisis.
It’s actually the first time that Merkel’s favorite, who was in office for 13 years, was challenged by another candidate. Kauder was challenged by his own deputy, Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) member Ralph Brinkhaus, who won the vote by narrow margin. Brinkhaus was supported by 125 MPs, while 112 backed Kauder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The German people have had enough of their country and their national identity trampled on by unvetted immigration. It will be interesting to see how the next round of voting goes in the next national elections.

Sep 26 09:50

The US ambassador to Germany has one priority – and there’s a hashtag to prove it

US President Donald Trump’s plan to bully European countries into choosing between doing business with either the US or Iran has been working – and US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell seems eager to take credit for it.

Grenell, according to the US Embassy in Berlin, has been pressuring German companies “daily” to cease business operations in Iran. He has taken to tweeting triumphantly any time a firm caves to pressure from Washington – adding the hashtag #sanctionsareworking to drive home the point.

Sep 23 06:05

Hungary’s Holocaust museum triggers bitter conflict between Jewish groups

The planned opening of a Holocaust museum in Budapest has triggered an acrimonious exchange between the European Jewish Congress and Chabad of Hungary. In a statement Monday, EJC President Moshe Kantor called the Hungarian Chabad affiliate EMIH a group with "no tradition and no historical roots in Hungary" that is favored by the government for its moral pliability but not by local Jews. EMIH fired back by calling Kantor a dodgy oligarch who is ignorant of Hungarian history. The unusually harsh exchange is an escalation in the controversy over the House of Fates state-funded museum ahead of its opening next year under the ownership of EMIH ... The boycott was over the government's appointment of Maria Schmidt, a historian who has equated Nazism and communism, to head the museum.
Note: Coming soon a holocau$t museum in every city in every country yearly admission $100.00. HOLOCAU$T!

Sep 23 05:53

Hitler 'stopped advancing on British troops at Dunkirk for a PEACE treaty' author claims

A British writer believes he may have uncovered the mystery behind Hitler's decision to stop German troops advancing on Allied Forces at Dunkirk - despite having them almost surrounded ... Hitler's attempt at a peace treaty with Britain was rejected by the Prime Minister on Oct. 10, 1939 ... but Mr Davis claims the dictator may have tried again during the Battle of Dunkirk. He added: "What is known is that on the day Hitler stopped the troops advancing his generals reported in their diaries that he was in very good humour and told them the war would be over within days or weeks. Ten days after the German tanks began to attack France, General Jodl wrote in his diary that the Führer was 'beside himself with joy,' adding that he was 'working on the peace treaty.' After which he [Hitler] told them he would make a 'just peace' settlement with Britain."

Sep 21 10:10

Far-right AfD second only to Angela Merkel's weakening conservatives

A poll shows Germany's ruling coalition continuing to lose voter support, with the far-right AfD as the main beneficiary. And one conservative politician in particular seems to have lost the trust of the electorate.

Sep 20 09:32

DESPITE PLEDGE NOT TO, GERMANY APPROVES SALE OF WEAPONS TO SAUDI ARABIA

With Saudi Arabia forever escalating their war in Yemen, the growing calls by human rights groups to stop selling them arms with which to commit war crimes are struggling to compete with the vast sums of money the Saudis are offering for those arms.

Germany is the latest to renege on promises to ban weapons sales for use in the Yemen War, announcing Wednesday that the Economy Minister has greenlit a new round of artillery systems for sale to the Saudis.

The systems are designed for precise counterattack, and are clearly being bought explicitly to use in Yemen. Yet the Merkel government, as part of its coalition deal, announced a full export ban to “any sides fighting in Yemen,” including the Saudis.

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Congratulations, German Prime Minister Merkel, for committing the German people to yet more assassination and genocide of the Yemeni people, and what you have done here looks like this (and no, these images are NOT photoshopped):

images: Yemeni children killed, courtesy of US/enabled Saudi bombing raids over their country

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

Images: Yemeni children dying of (potentially weaponized) cholera

Glad you're morally happy with this choice, Prime Minister Merkel, and German arms makers are laughing themselves all the way to the bank from the coming wanton destruction of Yemeni lives by the Saudis.

Sep 19 11:24

‘UK must SUFFER!’ Angela Merkel makes shocking Brexit attack

ANGELA Merkel was quoted as saying “the UK must suffer a little bit” in the Brexit negotiations, the same day Theresa May warned MPs that if her Chequers proposal is not supported in the House of Commons the UK will face a "no deal" Brexit.

Sep 19 08:51

Suspected Murderer of Chemnitz Resident Released Over Lack of Evidence – Lawyer

Iraqi citizen Yousif A., 22, a suspect in the murder of Daniel Hillig, a resident of Germany's Chemnitz, was released from custody on Tuesday, defendant’s lawyer Ulrich Dost-Roxin said.

The suspect's arrest warrant was revoked due to lack of evidence, according to the lawyer. Dost-Roxin pointed out that the witnesses had failed to identify Yousif A. as the perpetrator, and the police never found his fingerprints on the knife thought to have been used in the crime.

Sep 18 09:28

German domestic spy chief removed, set to take up Interior Ministry post amid migrant row

Hans-Georg Maassen has been removed as the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency and will become a senior official in the interior ministry. That's after he questioned videos of far-right violence in Chemnitz.

The move is being seen as a compromise between the Social Democrats, who had demanded Maasen's removal, and conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

It comes after he cast doubt on the authenticity of a video showing far-right protesters chasing migrants after the fatal stabbing of a German man by migrants in the city of Chemnitz.

Sep 18 08:41

'Ready for Serial Production:' Germany Welcomes First Ever Hydrogen Train

Germany has unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, thereby marking a historic step to challenge the leadership of the highly polluting diesel trains with a more eco-friendly transport option.

A 100-kilometer (62-mile) rail stretch connecting the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany saw on Monday two cutting edge blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom.

In this Aug. 21, 2017 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Fuxing bullet train, China's latest high-speed train, arrives at a train station in northern China's Tianjin Municipality

According to Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge’s statement at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Bremervoerde, the world’s first hydrogen train is “entering commercial service” and is ready for mass production.

Sep 17 10:44

Merkel Reportedly Decides to Fire Intel Chief After Chemnitz Unrest Remarks

The head of Germany's BfV has come under fire from politicians after a controversial interview where he expressed his doubts about the authenticity of the footage showing alleged attacks by right-wing activists on migrants in Chemnitz. In his comment, the intelligence chief said that there was good reason to believe that the video was a fake.

Head of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) Hans-Georg Maassen will soon be dismissed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has already made up her mind on the issue, Die Welt reported, citing anonymous sources within the ruling coalition.

Sep 16 12:19

No Chance Berlin Will Buy US LNG, Regardless of Trump’s Efforts – German Media

The US president has criticized European nations, specifically Germany, for continuing to buy Russian natural gas and supporting the construction of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. Trump suggested that the EU should buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US, despite it being more expensive.

Germany is unlikely to buy the LNG that Washington has offered it as an alternative to Russian gas as Berlin doesn't need it, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt wrote on September 13. The newspaper wrote that the only reason that the German chancellor would be interested in US LNG would be to appease US President Donald Trump ahead of crucial trade talks between the US and the EU.

Sep 15 11:05

MSM WILL NOT TELL YOU THIS: Germans Are Very Upset! It Is the Köthen Turn Now!

Sep 14 10:32

Russia & Germany reaffirm support for Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline – Lavrov

"We’ve discussed the complex of issues related to energy cooperation and confirmed the support for the Nord Stream 2 project, which is of a commercial nature and the implementation of which will strengthen the energy security of the European continent," said Lavrov after a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin.

Sep 14 10:15

TRAIN FROM CHINA TO GERMANY | 4 ENGINES TO PULL 200 CONTAINERS | WORLDS LONGEST TRAIN EVER

Sep 14 09:41

Merkel Melts Down After Thousands Of Germans Protest Violent Migrants

The German chancellor was heckled during a lively Bundestag debate by the head of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party (AfD), Alexander Gauland, who accused her of dividing Germany with her immigration policy, endangering peace and spreading fake news by supporting controversial evidence that far-right protesters were hounding foreigners through the streets. -Guardian

Merkel shot back, acknowledging the anger felt over the stabbing - however she said that "there is no excuse or explanation for rabble-rousing, in some cases the use of violence, Nazi slogans, hostility towards people who look different, to the owner of a Jewish restaurant, attacking police."

She also responded to comments made by the head of Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maaßen, who criticized her spokesman for characterizing the anti-immigrant protesters as "hunting" immigrants.

Sep 13 15:40

German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.

The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and was due to be published on 25 September.

According to the report, some 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sex attack on 3,677 minors, German outlet Spiegel Online reported.

A Church spokesman said it was "dismayed and ashamed" by the findings.

The report is the latest in a long series of revelations that have uncovered decades of sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests around the world.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

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This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 10:46

Father of German Man Murdered by Migrants Heckled and Called ‘Nazi’ After Speaking Out

The father of a 30-year-old killed by migrants was heckled by far-left activists at a demonstration in Schweinfurt over the weekend and labelled a “Nazi” for speaking about the case of his son.

Karsten Hempel attended the demonstration “Kandel is Everywhere”, a reference to the murder of 15-year-old Mia from the town of Kandel who was stabbed to death by her migrant ex-boyfriend in December last year, on Saturday to talk about his own experience losing his son, German news website Journalistenwatch reports.

His son, 30-year-old Marcus Hempel, was killed in 2017 in Wittenberg after being beaten by two Syrian asylum seekers. According to Karsten, the public prosecutor’s office claimed that the Syrian had killed his son in self-defence and suspected his son of starting the confrontation with xenophobic rhetoric.

Sep 13 10:45

Controversial ‘Anti-Islam’ Book Shoots to Top of German Best Seller List

A new book that is highly critical of Islam is now the number one bestselling non-fiction book in Germany, selling well over 100,000 copies less than two weeks after its initial release.

The book, entitled Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impedes Progress and Threatens Society, is the latest from former Social Democrat (SPD) politician and former member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Thilo Sarrazin. Hostile Takeover now leads Der Spiegel‘s bestseller list for non-fiction.

Mr Sarrazin is no stranger to controversy in Germany, having already published a harsh criticism of the country’s multicultural experiment entitled Germany Abolishes Itself in 2010. He has also become a leading thinker in Germany’s new right, which is largely centred around the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Sep 13 10:25

‘Bird sh*t!’ German politician tells AfD leader he ‘belongs in dung heap’

The German Bundestag served as the scene of a colorful squabble when a politician unexpectedly referred to another’s remarks as “bird sh*t,” shouting that he belongs in a “dung heap.”

The audience was initially respectful when the co-leader of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Alexander Gauland, took to the podium during a Wednesday session to speak about migration and Syria.

"The interior minister has called migration the mother of all problems. We should fight against the root causes of migration in Africa and Asia,” Gauland said.

Sep 12 11:00

Merkel Won't Tolerate Syrian Chem Attacks, German SDP Says UN Op Approval Needed

The statement comes following the announcement of the United States, Britain and France that they have agreed that any use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria would result in a larger-scale punitive strike than those launched in April 2017 and April 2018.

Germany supports the political settlement of the crisis in Syria, but will not ignore the use of chemical weapons in the Middle Eastern country, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

"Our foreign policy principle is to support political efforts. Therefore, of course, we participate in Syria as part of small formats, the Astana format and the UN-led format, but we cannot but pay attention to the fact that chemical weapons are used somewhere, the international convention is violated," Merkel said in her address to the German parliament.

Sep 11 15:10

German military strikes on Syria would be ‘absurd & irresponsible’ – Left Party chair

The leader of Germany’s Left Party hit out at the government for mulling potential military strikes against Damascus, just one day after Berlin said it was in talks with allies about possible German military deployment in Syria.

“I believe that these discussions are completely irresponsible,” Die Linke (the Left Party) leader Sahra Wagenknecht told German N-TV, adding that discussing such plans is “absurd.”

Sep 11 08:28

Number of Germans killed by foreigners highest in years – police

Number of murders of Germans by foreigners is on the rise, new police figures of closed murder cases reveal amid anti-immigrant protests and counter-rallies in Chemnitz.

A total of 731 homicides were registered in Germany last year. In at least 83 of the cases where the victim was German, law enforcement identified at least one non-German suspect, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) revealed to Welt am Sonntag. While the BKA’s numbers fail to specify the nationality of the suspects, the new figures show that cases involving a “non-German” suspect rose significantly in 2017, compared to 62 cases registred in the previous year.

Sep 10 13:20

Merkel reportedly weighing German involvement in Syria, coalition partner says ‘Nein’

Amid reports that the German Defense Ministry is considering getting involved in the Syrian conflict, SPD leader Andrea Nahles, a coalition partner of Angela Merkel, has completely ruled out supporting any such intervention.

With the Syrian government, backed by Russian airstrikes, set to crack down on Islamist rebels in the province of Idlib, Nahles said on Monday that she would not support German intervention, even if Bashar Assad’s government uses chemical weapons.

Sep 10 10:41

Kothen joins Chemnitz: Protests after 2 Afghans arrested over man’s death in east German city

Hundreds have taken to the streets of the eastern German city of Kothen, after a 22-year-old man died following a brawl with two Afghan nationals, who were then arrested. Medics say the man suffered a heart failure.

The victim apparently intervened in a dispute over a German woman, which, according to witness reports, involved the two suspects and a third Afghan man. The German tabloid Bild reported that the argument was about who got the woman pregnant.

Sep 10 10:37

Germany: Anti-Immigration Party Surges In Popularity

The murder of a German citizen by two failed asylum seekers in Chemnitz, and the attempted cover-up by German police, has contributed to a surge in support for the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD), which, according to a new poll, has overtaken the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to become the second-strongest political force in Germany.

Support for the AfD has increased to 17%, while backing for the SPD has fallen to 16%. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU)/Christian Social Union (CSU) alliance is at 28.5%, according to an Insa Institute poll published by the newspaper Bild on September 3.

Sep 10 10:14

Germany May Join Possible Western Airstrikes on Syria - Reports

Germany may join possible airstrikes on Syrian government forces by western nations in the event chemical weapons are used by Damascus, according to local media.

The German Defense Ministry has been mulling over joining possible airstrikes by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against Syrian government forces, Bild reported. The ministry is considering this option in the event of a possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which they presume will be carried out by Syrian government troops, the outlet said.

Earlier in the day, French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said that if chemical attacks are carried out in Syria,a response will follow, including those from France.

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Sep 10 07:37

UK Abandons Plans to Fully Withdraw Troops From Germany by 2020 - Reports

UK State Secretary for Defense Gavin Williamson has ordered hundreds of the country's servicemen to remain on German territory despite earlier plans for a complete troop withdrawal, local media reported.

The UK's original plans provided for the full withdrawal of troops by 2020, but Williamson's order stipulates that 200 UK servicemen and their family members will remain in Germany after this deadline, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Sep 10 07:37

New Rally to Be Held in Chemnitz as German Citizen Dies in Clash With Afghans

A new anti-migrant rally will be held in the southeastern German city of Chemnitz, as a 22-year-old German national was killed late on September 8 in a clash with a group of Afghan citizens, the Pro Chemnitz right-wing movement has announced.

The German national was fatally stabbed in the city of Kothen, located in the Saxony-Anhalt state. The German Bild newspaper reported, citing local police and prosecutors, that two suspects, both Afghan citizens, had been detained.

"The madness goes on! The Germans are slaughtered everywhere like cattle, we can't let this happen! Everybody come to the Karl Marx monument [in Chemnitz] on Friday," Pro Chemnitz posted on Facebook.

Sep 10 05:55

The Buck Stops Here: Europe Seeks Alternative to U.S.-Dominated Financial System:

Germany and France complain that the U.S. is abusing sanctions power to bully even its allies.

In a sign of how serious the breach between Europe and the United States is during the Trump era, senior officials in France and Germany are increasingly planning ways to sidestep U.S. financial dominance and the global sanctions power that goes with it.

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Sep 09 07:21

'F**k Off Google': Berlin 'Occupy' Branch Protests Against Tech Giant’s Campus

The group of activists attempted to occupy a building intended to be part of Google’s campus in a bid to prevent the internet giant from coming to their city. They claim that it will cause rents to rise in the district and that the building could be used for better purposes.

Sep 08 09:55

US Sending 1,500 More Troops to Germany

After reports in recent months that the US was considering withdrawing its military from Germany. On Friday, however, the US announced that it will be sending an additional 1,500 troops to Germany in the next two years.

The new troops are headed to Grafenwuhr, and will include field artillery and a pair of multiple-launch rocket system battalions. Other units are being sent to Ansbach and Baumholder.

Army officials issued a statement saying the deployment proves “our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security.” Mostly it’s just an increase in US troops deployed to Europe.

Sep 08 09:10

NY Times: German Idea to Fight Anti-Semitism: Make Immigrants Tour Concentration Camps

Even by the standards of today's Germany, this true story is one for the comedy writers. It seems that the Communists and sanctimonious libtards of Germany have been bitten in the rump by the law of unintended consequences. You see, by opening the immigration floodgates of dying Deutschland to Turd World replacement levels never before imagined, libtarded Germany is importing "alarming levels" of "anti-Semitism" ™ from the Middle East and North Africa.

Now today's German politicians are a "tolerant" ™ bunch. They can "tolerate" ™ lifelong welfare dependency among their new imports. They can "tolerate" ™ their high crime rates, and their high and rare disease rates. Heck, the "modern German" can even "tolerate" ™ the rape epidemic being inflicted upon his sisters and daughters. But when it comes to "anti-Semitism" ™ -- that heinous sin of all sins -- Germany must act!

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