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Sep 19 06:16

Kamila Shamsie stripped of German literary prize over support for BDS

A German city has reversed its decision to hand a literary prize to the novelist Kamila Shamsie because of her support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The British-Pakistani author was announced as the winner of the Nelly Sachs Prize, named after a Jewish poet and Nobel laureate and organised and funded by the city of Dortmund, on 10 September.

But in a statement on Wednesday, organisers said the jury had reversed its decision to honour Shamsie, and that the 2019 award would not be handed to any author, with the next winner to be announced in 2021.

"With its vote for the British writer Kamila Shamsie as the winner of the Nelly Sachs Prize 2019, the jury honoured the author's outstanding literary work.

Sep 15 04:33

FRANCE AND GERMANY AGREE TO BLOCK FACEBOOK'S LIBRA

SOURCE: REUTERS
PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany have agreed to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, the French finance ministry said on Friday.

In a joint statement, the two governments affirmed that “no private entity can claim monetary power, which is inherent to the sovereignty of nations”.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday that Facebook’s new cryptocurrency should not be allowed to operate in Europe while concerns persist about sovereignty and persistent financial risks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see how this development evolves; can France and Germany actually block the distribution of the Libra Cryptocurrency?!?, because Facebook "is not a sovereign nation"?!?

Sep 06 10:17

Because “A World Without Insects Is Not Worth Living In,” Germany Announces Plan to Ban Glyphosate by 2023

By Andrea Germanos

The German government announced Wednesday it had agreed on a plan to phase out the use of glyphosate—the key chemical in the weedkiller Roundup—with a total ban set to begin by the end of 2023.

“Way to go, Germany!” tweeted the U.S.-based advocacy group Organic Consumers Association...

Sep 06 07:48

GERMANY TO BAN USE OF GLYPHOSATE BY END 2023

SOURCE: NAKEDCAPITALISM.COM
By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.

Germany has announced it will reduce its use of glyphosate and ban it outright from the end of 2023, just after an EU-wide license to use the weedkiller expires in December 2022.

As DW reports in Germany set to ban glyphosate from end of 2023:

The ban, agreed by the Cabinet on Wednesday, is part of an insect conservation program from Environment Minister Svenja Schulze.

It includes a “systematic reduction strategy” which would initially prohibit use of the chemical in domestic gardens and allotments, and on the edge of farmers’ fields.

Germany’s move comes after lawmakers in Austria passed a bill banning all use of the weedkiller, making the country the first to do so. Some 20 French mayors banned it from their municipalities last month — in defiance of their national government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze! Well-done, and well-played!!

Would that some American politicians were "less bought" by Monsanto, as is this lady; this stuff is poison, and causes cancer, period,end of discussion.

Sep 05 15:48

When Losing is Winning in Germany for AfD

Sep 03 08:34

20,000 Evacuated From German Cities as Two WWII Bombs Discovered

German authorities say two World War II-era bombs found in two major cities have been successfully defused and disposed of.

The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that 15,200 people were evacuated overnight in the northern city of Hannover as a precaution before experts defused the bomb in the morning.

On Monday evening, another bomb was successfully defused in the western city of Cologne after 4,800 people were evacuated so the operation could go ahead.

Aug 22 07:20

Is Germany the new sick man of Europe?

Aug 18 17:47

Most Germans won't feel unsafe if US troops leave, have little faith in their own army - poll

Three-quarters of Germans say that a US troop pullout won’t leave them defenseless, but almost as many believe their own army would be of little effect, a poll found, amid reports that Washington may move its assets to Poland.

Aug 15 09:56

German far-right leader Andreas Kalbitz is poised to triumph in state elections despite controversy over extremist past attending a neo-Nazi youth event and being member of group which downplayed the Holocaust

A leading member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party is set to triumph in state elections despite alarm over his extremist past.

Andreas Kalbitz, 46, who leads the party in the eastern state of Brandenburg, said on Tuesday that 'one could accuse me of right-wing extremist connections, but certainly not of having far-right extremist biography.'

With some polls showing Alternative for Germany coming first in next month's state elections in Brandenburg, Kalbitz has faced scrutiny over his past views.

Gideon Botsch, a political scientist at the University of Potsdam, said Kalbitz was 'very clearly rooted in the right-wing extremist scene' from a young age.

Aug 13 10:52

Former German General Blasts Merkel on Open Borders, Joins Populist AfD

Former three-star general Joachim Wundrak is running for mayor of Hanover for Alternative for Germany (AfD) after expressing contempt for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open border policies.

Aug 13 10:28

German Foreign Minister’s Plane Mysteriously Breaks Down Twice in Less Than 24 Hours En Route to US

The state of the German government’s fleet of aircraft has come under considerable scrutiny in recent months amid repeated incidents involving the breakdown of VIP planes. Late last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Airbus was grounded after a “serious malfunction” left it flying blind during a trip to Argentina for a G20 summit.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas’s trip to New York for a meeting of the UN Security Council got off to a rocky start after his government plane faced two consecutive breakdowns in a matter of hours, the Luftwaffe’s press service has reported.

Aug 12 11:08

‘If you go home, take your nukes with you!’ Top German MP taunts US threat of troop withdrawal

The US must take its nukes off German soil if it is serious about relocating troops to Poland, a top opposition MP said in a tongue-in-cheek response to a veiled ultimatum from the American envoy.

German lawmakers have reacted to threats made by the US envoy to Berlin, Richard Grenell, saying that Berlin may use the ultimatum as an opportunity to push for the withdrawal of all American assets from Germany.

Aug 12 07:46

Army pulls thousands of troops out of Germany in major plan to base armed forces in UK

THE British Army is moving more than 11,000 men, women and children back from Germany.

Aug 08 09:36

German Sword Murder: ‘Syrian Refugee' Who Butchered Roommate Exposed as Jordanian Imposter – Report

The suspect is understood to have lived in Germany for four years ,posing as a Syrian refugee. Police earlier ruled out a political or racial context in the case, saying he was likely driven by personal motives, and new details corroborate this theory.

The Stuttgart sword killer, initially believed to be a Syrian refugee, hacked his former roommate to death after the victim discovered that he was a Jordanian living in Germany with a fake identity, Berliner Zeitung daily reports.

Issa Mohammed, 28, butchered a German Kazakh man in the middle of a street in broad daylight last week with what looked like a samurai sword. He fled the scene on a bicycle but was eventually caught in a helicopter manhunt.

Aug 08 09:04

Merkel Governing Partner Never More Unpopular as Elections Near

Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner slipped to its worst-ever in an opinion poll published on Tuesday, strengthening the possibility an already frayed government could fall apart.

Aug 06 09:03

Looking for an alternative: AfD soars in East Germany polls ahead of crucial regional elections

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has received a groundswell of support in Eastern Germany, leading in polls just weeks before regional elections in three states. Support for major parties is at a historic low.

Aug 05 08:34

German state sponsored media refuses to report on Stuttgart sword murder

After receiving many questions on why Deutschlandfunk has not reported on the barbaric sword murder of a Kazakh father (36) in Stuttgart by a man originally believed to be a Syrian but might actually be Jordanian Palestinian (28) according to the tabloid Bild.

The state sponsored broadcaster released the following statement claiming the attack was not of national importance or societal significance unlike the case of a mother and her 8-year-old son being pushed in front of a train by an Eritrean in the same week in Frankfurt.

Aug 04 11:33

Broken wrists and hematomas: Dozens of police officers hurt deporting migrants in Germany last year

Foreigners slated for deportation in Germany punch and kick police officers, engage in “rehearsed” violence, and even bite off their own tongues just to avoid being sent home, a new report reveals.

Last year, 284 officers were attacked while carrying out deportations, and 71 of them were injured, German paper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday, citing the Federal Police.

The assaults happened during incidents related to deportation flights, for which the Federal Police is responsible. In 2017, some 274 officers were attacked while trying to deport foreigners.

Aug 03 10:21

Why is the BDS movement under fire in Germany?

It is two months since the German Bundestag (parliament) passed a symbolic, non-binding resolution designating the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “anti-Semitic”. The controversial motion has triggered a noisy debate in Germany and beyond which reads that the campaign to boycott Israeli goods, artists and athletes is “reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in German history” and triggers memories of the Nazi slogan “Don’t buy from Jews”. The resolution also imposed a ban on government support for organisations which back BDS.

The Bundestag completely ignored the loud critiques of the resolution, including those by many German and European intellectuals as well as Jewish and Israeli academics, among which are some prominent researchers into anti-Semitism. So, is the BDS movement anti-Semitic, and why has the German federal parliament adopted this resolution?

Aug 03 09:47

4.5 TONS of cocaine valued at €1bn seized in record-breaking drug bust in Germany

Germany’s customs service has intercepted 4.5 tons of cocaine found in a shipping container in Hamburg – the country’s largest drug bust to date.
The container was traveling to the Netherlands from Uruguay and was supposed to be full of soybeans. But German customs agents in the port city of Hamburg instead discovered copious amounts of coke inside.

Aug 03 06:32

More Signs the Next Big Financial Crisis May Begin in Germany

By Lubomir Tassev

Germany, the locomotive of Europe’s huge economy, is entering a difficult period, various indicators suggest. And when the Federal Republic sneezes, the Old Continent usually catches a cold. This time, Germany may infect the rest of the world as well. Regulators in the country are busy drafting prohibitions, and now also seem to target cryptocurrencies. A German economic and financial crisis would be a seismic event of global proportions, affecting all markets. The main question now seems to be when it will happen, not if...

Aug 02 10:41

Survey: Both West and East Germans want rapprochement with Russia 

According to the German daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel, a new survey has revealed that the majority of Germans want relations with Russia to normalize.

A recent survey has suggested that about 72 percent of German’s living in the East of the country and 54 percent of West Germans wish for a new rapprochement with Moscow, according to data gathered by the Tagesspiegel.

Aug 02 10:38

The Night That Changed Germany's Attitude To Refugees

A Night In Cologne: A series of sexual assaults perpetrated by immigrants on New Year's Eve in Cologne changed Germany's welcoming attitude to refugees and economic migrants.

Jul 31 09:32

Germany won't take part in US Strait of Hormuz initiative - FM

Germany will refuse to take part in a US-led maritime mission in the Strait of Hormuz, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced. Maas said that there “cannot be a military solution” to the current crisis in the Persian Gulf.

Speaking in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Maas said that Germany will turn down Washington’s request, which was revealed by the US Embassy in Berlin on Tuesday. The joint US, British, and French operation is aimed at protecting sea traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, and combatting so-called “Iranian aggression.”

The mission was conceived following Iran’s seizure of the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker earlier this month, itself widely considered a tit-for-tat response to Britain’s seizure of an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar several weeks earlier.

Jul 31 02:13

Remembering Dresden: 70 Years After the Firebombing

In the last months of World War II, Allied bombers from the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force conducted several major bombing raids on the eastern German city of Dresden. Beginning on the night of February 13, 1945, more than 1,200 heavy bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs on the city in four successive raids. An estimated 25,000 people were killed in the bombings and the firestorm that raged afterward. More than 75,000 dwellings were destroyed, along with unique monuments of Baroque architecture in the historic city center. With photographs.
Note: God bless America, God bless our brave troops, same today and the churches stay silent!

Jul 30 08:01

US Formally Asks Germany, France, UK to Take Part in Strait of Hormuz Mission to Counter Iran

Earlier, both German and British officials said they did not support the US's "maximum pressure" strategy against Tehran, instead welcoming an operation proposed by London for a European-led security effort to "protect" commercial vessels operating in the Persian Gulf and near the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States has officially requested Germany, France and the UK to join its military mission in the Gulf to 'combat Iranian aggression,' the US Embassy in Berlin has indicated.

"We have formally asked Germany to help with securing the Strait of Hormuz and fighting Iranian aggression, along with France and the UK," a spokeswoman from the Embassy told the German Press Agency on Tuesday.

Jul 29 13:48

Germany: 8-Yr-Old Boy Dies After African Migrant Shoves Him And His Mom Into Oncoming Train

An Eritrean migrant was arrested on Monday after reportedly shoving an 8-year-old boy and his mother into an oncoming high-speed train at Germany's Frankfurt railway station.

Jul 24 10:00

Merkel accuses Italy’s Lega party of criminal collusion with Russia – “Ridiculous fantasy” says Salvini

Relations between Moscow and EU’s right-wing political parties are a cause for concern, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a press conference in Berlin last week.

“Some questions arise here”, she stated. “We have constantly monitored the very strong support that right-leaning parties have received from Russia in one way or the other.”

Jul 22 09:58

Violence Against Public Officials Surges in Germany Due to Public Fury Over Migrants

Mayor of Hockenheim, a city in southwest Germany, was left bloodied and hospitalized after an unknown assailant punched him. Amid a sharp rise in threats to the political elite, one politician has already died. Reports suggest that such attacks are becoming more common.

Dieter Gummer, a member of the notoriously pro-migrant left-wing Social Democratic Party, answered his door on Monday evening to find an unfamiliar face outside. The visitor heavily punched the 67-year-old politician in the face, according to police in nearby Ludwigshafen.

Jul 21 20:20

End of a 'secret' German military mission in Cameroon

The announcement that Germany has ended its military mission in Cameroon came as a surprise to many who were unaware of the presence of German soldiers in the conflict-torn African country.

Jul 21 09:39

A BANK WITH $49 TRILLION IN DERIVATIVES EXPOSURE IS MELTING DOWN BEFORE OUR EYES

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

Could it be possible that we are on the verge of the next “Lehman Brothers moment”?

It takes a lot to rattle Wall Street.

But Deutsche Bank managed to. The beleaguered German giant announced on July 7 that it is laying off 18,000 employees—roughly one-fifth of its global workforce—and pursuing a vast restructuring plan that most notably includes shutting down its global equities trading business.

Though Deutsche’s Bloody Sunday seemed to come out of the blue, it’s actually the culmination of a years-long—some would say decades-long—descent into unprofitability and scandal for the bank, which in the early 1990s set out to make itself into a universal banking powerhouse to rival the behemoths of Wall Street.

These moves may delay Deutsche Bank’s inexorable march into oblivion, but not by much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This well could have a "domino effect" on US financial markets; the only question left now, is; when?!?

Jul 17 15:42

Wider and wider still: The holocaust alliance’s solicited "anti-Semitism" as a reaction to insufficient supply of "anti-Semitism"

Fernando Guevara says the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s description of all resistance to Zionism as “anti-Semitism” is intended to fulfil the Zionist need for conflict in order to occupy territories, minds and assets.>>

Jul 15 10:22

Germany’s Jewish Council says Amazon must pull anti-Semitic merchandise

The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany has demanded that Amazon (AMZN) take responsibility to remove anti-Semitic products and merchandise from its e-commerce website.

Josef Schuster told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) on Saturday that it is “totally unacceptable that Amazon distributes T-shirts and stickers that glorify Nazi values or right-wing ideas or incite hatred for minorities.”

Schuster said Amazon had a “moral and social responsibility” as one of the world’s largest retailers and should not see itself as merely a “supplier.”

Jul 11 08:42

The Chinese military has deployed armored vehicles to Europe for the first time as Chinese medics train in Germany

The Chinese military has deployed military personnel and armored medical vehicles to Germany for joint drills, a first for the Chinese People's Liberation Army as it attempts to forge closer ties with Europe.

The joint exercise — Combined Aid 2019 — is focused on preparing troops with the medical service units of the Chinese and German armed forces to respond to humanitarian crises, such as mass casualty incidents and serious disease outbreaks, China's Xinhua News Agency reported.

Jul 11 07:36

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Seen Shaking Uncontrollably Again, Renewing Health Concerns

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was seen again shaking uncontrollably, the third time in less than a month, renewing concerns about her health.

Merkel, 64, was attending an event Wednesday with Antti Rinne, the prime minister of Finland. As the pair watched a military honor guard, her arms and legs trembled and she seemed to be mouthing something repeatedly. At one point, she clasped her hands in front of her, trying to control the shaking.

An hour later, at a press briefing with reporters, she declared: “I am well.”

Jul 09 09:37

How Israeli influence is squashing free speech in Germany

The Bank for Social Economy is considered a relatively progressive bank in Germany because its customers are mostly civil society organisations.

Yet, when it comes to denying Palestinians the right to boycott the Israeli occupation and colonialism, I believe the bank violated the German constitution, by silencing a Jewish organisation that does solidarity work with Palestinian groups in Germany.

Last month, the bank closed the account of Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, a Jewish solidarity organisation in Germany that won the 2019 Gottingen Peace Prize.

Jul 08 09:34

Germany says no to US request for ground troops in Syria

Berlin said on Monday it had no plans to send ground troops to Syria, refusing a US request for Germany to ramp up its military involvement in the fight against Islamic State (IS).

US special representative on Syria James Jeffrey had told German media, including the Die Welt newspaper, on Sunday that Washington wanted Berlin to put boots on the ground in northern Syria.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said: "When I say that the government intends to continue with its ongoing measures in the framework of the anti-IS coalition, then that means no ground troops."

Jul 08 07:02

Germany rebuffs US call to send ground troops to Syria

Germany has turned down a request from Washington to deploy ground forces in Syria as the US military looks to scale back its presence in the region, describing the proposal as inconsistent with Berlin’s “well known” policy.

US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey confirmed on Sunday that he had asked the German government to provide troops to replace a portion of US forces currently stationed in Syria. He said the request was part of Washington’s preparations for an eventual US military withdrawal in the country.

Berlin didn’t wait long before issuing a curt “nein” to its transatlantic ally.

Jul 07 10:45

US call for Syria troops divides German coalition

Discord broke out in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition Sunday, after the United States urged the country to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looks to withdraw from the region.

"We want ground troops from Germany to partly replace our soldiers" in the area as part of the anti-Islamic State coalition, US special representative on Syria James Jeffrey had told German media including Die Welt newspaper.

Jeffrey, who was visiting Berlin for Syria talks, added that he expects an answer this month.

Jun 22 10:20

Germany Sees Thirty Anti-Christian Attacks in Two Months

According to a new report from a watchdog on anti-Christian incidents, between April and June Germany saw thirty anti-Christian attacks ranging from thefts to arsons.

The data was compiled by the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe, who noted around 30 separate incidents between April 1st and June 10th published on the group’s website.

A large number of the cases involved various forms of vandalism, including an incident at the Lutheran Nikolaikirche in Caldern in which the attackers set fire to the hymn book and Bible at the altar of the church, and also left faeces on a bench outside of the church and at the entrance.

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Jun 22 10:04

Soros Foundation to Step Up Activity in Eastern Germany Amid Right-Wing Surge

The move comes ahead of regional elections amid the growing popularity of the anti-establishment Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party, which calls for stricter migration control, in eastern parts of the country.

The Open Society Foundation NGO of US billionaire George Soros, which has been repeatedly accused of meddling in the domestic affairs of several countries, is planning to support efforts opposing right-wing political forces in eastern Germany. The organisation’s director Selmin Caliskan stated that the NGO will assist groups that “share their values” and promised that details would be announced in the following months.

"The first step will be to launch a local initiative to combat hate crimes in eastern Berlin and the surrounding area with local partners," the organisation's director announced.

Jun 21 10:56

Berlin Jewish museum director forced out by Israel lobby

The director of the Jewish Museum Berlin was forced to resign last week following pressure from Israel and its lobby.

The Central Council of Jews in Germany criticized the museum for tweeting an article on the 240 Jewish and Israeli scholars who signed a petition opposing the German parliament’s recent motion condemning the BDS – boycott, divest and sanctions – movement for Palestinian rights.

Jun 20 08:50

German politicians' support for refugees prompts death threats

Several German politicians who have publicly stood up for refugees have received death threats since what police are treating as the alleged politically motivated murder of one of Angela Merkel’s party allies.

An email sent to politicians and media organisations across the country on Tuesday night warned that the alleged murder of the Christian Democratic Union politician Walter Lübcke, allegedly by a man linked to the far right, was the first in a line of “upcoming purges” and called for terror attacks on left-leaning politicians, refugees and Jews in Germany.

The mayors of the city of Cologne and the western town of Altena, who have both been victims of knife attacks because of their pro-refugee stances, were singled out in the letter.

Cologne’s mayor, Henriette Reker, narrowly escaped death in 2015 when she was attacked with a hunting knife by a rightwing extremist who said he had wanted to send a signal against the government’s course on the refugee question.

Jun 19 10:48

Palestinians call for boycott of German festival

Palestinians are calling for a boycott of the German festival that disinvited American rapper Talib Kweli because of his support for BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

Earlier this month, the Open Source Festival in the western city of Düsseldorf dropped Kweli for refusing to denounce BDS.

PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, is now calling on other artists to cancel their performances to show solidarity with Kweli.

Jun 19 09:23

Dozens of Jewish scholars back Berlin museum director who resigned over BDS tweet furore

Dozens of Jewish scholars have signed a letter in support of Peter Schäfer, the former director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum forced out over criticism of a tweet linking to a pro-Israel boycott article.

According to the report by JTA, the letter – signed by 45 academic Talmud scholars – is “unprecedented among the Talmudist community”, which normally “tends to shy away from commenting on current affairs”.

The letter, co-organised by Tel Aviv University-based Ishay Rosen Zvi, and Princeton University Professor Moulie Vidas, follows on from a separate letter signed by “a broader group of Jewish studies scholars”, protesting that Schäfer’s reputation had been “smeared in public”.

Jun 18 09:07

Fears for Merkel’s health after she violently shakes while meeting Ukrainian president (VIDEO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was spotted visibly unsteady and shaking when she met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The 64-year-old politician later said she recovered from the sickly condition after drinking water.

Merkel felt unwell while she greeted Zelensky outside the chancellery amid hot weather in Berlin. The two leaders were listening to a band, playing national anthems of the two countries, when Merkel started shaking and swaying around a little, footage from the scene shows.

Jun 16 09:52

MP Lashes Out at Merkel for Doing Too Little to Repair Relations With Russia, Playing to US Tune

Ahead of a visit by German lawmakers to Russia, one of them, Gregor Gysi from the left-wing party Die Linke, has accused Angela Merkel of failing to steer relations between the two countries out of the impasse in which they’ve been mired for years.

The number 2 in the Bundestag’s German-Russian group, Gregor Gysi, from Die Linke has told Sputnik that lifting tit-for-tat sanctions would help to solve international conflicts.

“The sanctions, imposed by the West, further aggravated the situation [in relations with Russia]. Russia responded with sanctions, too. That is why lifting them bilaterally would be a condition for renewing active dynamics in the dialogue between Germany and Russia”, Gysi stated, noting this demands that the German government take a corresponding stance.

Jun 16 09:51

Angela Merkel: German multiculturalism has 'utterly failed'

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has courted growing anti-immigrant opinion in Germany by claiming the country's attempts to create a multicultural society have "utterly failed".

Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democratic Union party, Merkel said the idea of people from different cultural backgrounds living happily "side by side" did not work.

She said the onus was on immigrants to do more to integrate into German society.

"This [multicultural] approach has failed, utterly failed," Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, west of Berlin, yesterday.

Jun 14 15:00

American video ‘not enough’ to blame Iran for tanker attacks – German FM

A video released by the US is “not enough” to prove Iranian involvement in a series of oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said.

Jun 13 11:49

Trump considering sanctions against Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to ‘protect Germany from Russia’

US president Donald Trump says he is considering slapping sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, insisting that the US has a much “better” alternative for Europe.

“[It’s] something that I’ve been looking at and I’m thinking about,” the US president said, answering a reporter’s question about using sanctions to block the project.

He added that he was the one who’d brought up “the pipeline problem,” referring to his earlier attacks against Russia’s energy supplies to Europe, and Germany in particular, as it is the entry point of the new export gas pipeline.

Jun 12 10:24

240 Israel and Jewish professionals urge Germany not to enforce anti-BDS law

Some 240 Israeli and Jewish academics and intellectuals have sent a letter to the Germany government urging it not to enact in to law a bill that would define the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “anti-Semitic”.

If it is passed in to law, the currently non-binding motion, which was passed by the Bundestag – parliament – in May, would be the first official law in Europe to classify BDS activity as anti-Semitic.

Despite winning huge support among vast sections of the major parties, including the Social Democrats, the Free Democratic Party, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, the law has also drawn a significant amount of criticism and condemnation.

Jun 12 09:59

Israel lobbies German government to enforce motion defining BDS as anti-Semitic

The German government is examining whether to adopt a motion by its parliament that defines the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic and bans it from use of public buildings – and how such a decision would affect German funding to groups that support the movement.

Haaretz has learned that Israel and various public diplomacy groups are pressuring Germany to adopt the motion, stirring strong disagreements among government ministries. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bureau has yet to decide on an official position.

Jun 12 09:15

Insane video of LARGE HAIL in Germany

Jun 07 08:22

Trump Brands NATO Chief His ‘Biggest Fan’, Reveals Merkel Laughed Over Defence Spending

During his trip to the UK, where he took part in D-Day commemoration events and met European leaders, the US president sat down with Fox News to debunk critics who predicted his international policy would mean failure, NATO’s fracture, and the isolation of the US.

US President Donald Trump has denounced critics of his NATO policy, saying while the alliance “was going down” over the last 15 years, it is “like a rocket ship up” now. According to the US commander-in-chief’s interview with Fox News, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sided with him.

Jun 05 09:48

MERKEL’S FAIRYTALES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

The “standing ovations” interrupted Harvard speech Angela Merkel shocked me. How could a so-called US elite university like Harvard fall for so many flat phrases of the German chancellor? Has Trump’s mental level reached such a low point that even Harvard professors and students applaud everything that comes from the supposed “salvific figure” of German politics, “the most powerful woman in the world”? How Merkel “beautified” her GDR past was already unbearable. How she got from her apartment in East Berlin, which was close to the wall that she “could not overcome” for a long time. “Every day I had to turn in front of freedom,” she can complain so only in distant Harvard, because they do not know that Merkel in the GDR has led a privileged life. Speaking of and by the way: For years, the Palestinians have been forced by Israeli disregard of international law, before the IGH report illegal Israeli Apartheid Wall “turn from freedom”.

Jun 04 10:13

German district president found dead with gunshot wound

The president of the regional council of the central German city of Kassel was found dead in his garden early Sunday morning. He was shot with a short-barreled weapon from close range, according to investigators. There was no indication of suicide.

Medical officials attempted to resuscitate Lübcke, but their efforts were unsuccessful, authorities said at a press conference on Monday.

Police said they were looking for a perpetrator and investigating in "all directions." However, there was yet no information about possible suspects or a motive. Authorities also refused to answer most reporters' questions about the apparent crime, citing the ongoing investigation.

Regional news outlet HNA reported that Lübcke had been found with a bullet wound to his head, and that police had found no weapon at the scene.

Jun 04 09:41

German Officials Think German Citizens Need Less Security, More Encryption Backdoors

There's another player on the world's anti-encryption stage. Some German government officials apparently feel it's OK for people to have encryption, but not secure encryption. The German government is exploring the idea of asking forcing tech companies to backdoor their encrypted communications platforms, presumably for the greater good of insecure humanity.

Government officials in Germany are reportedly mulling a law to force chat app providers to hand over end-to-end encrypted conversations in plain text on demand.

According to Der Spiegel this month, the Euro nation's Ministry of the Interior wants a new set of rules that would require operators of services like WhatsApp, Signal, Apple iMessage, and Telegram to cough up plain-text records of people's private enciphered chats to authorities that obtain a court order.

Jun 02 09:09

EU election fiasco: Head of German Social Dems & Merkel’s coalition partner to step down

Andrea Nahles said she will resign as the leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). It comes a week after the establishment parties took a big hit, losing the combined majority in the EU elections.

Nahles announced that she will step as down as SPD leader and the head of its group in the national parliament on Tuesday.

Some local media cited sources saying that Nahles is also considering giving up her seat in the parliament and quitting politics altogether.

Jun 02 09:01

‘Absolute no go’: German police officers injured in clashes with BICYCLE-THROWING asylum seekers

Five police officers have been injured in violent clashes with asylum seekers, who have staged a riot in a shelter in the state of Bavaria, Germany. German crime statistics also show that migrant violence is becoming a new trend.
Police were deployed to a large refugee shelter located in the small Bavarian community of Stephansposching on Friday evening following reports of asylum seekers going on a rampage. When the officers arrived at the scene, they were confronted by a group of some 30 aggressive refugees and migrants, Bavarian Radio reports, citing police.

May 31 10:02

Merkel’s astonishing attack on Donald Trump – ‘Tear down walls of ignorance’ | World | News

The German chancellor devoted much of her Harvard University speech to attacking President Trump, as she urged graduates to “tear down walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness”. Despite never mentioning the US President by name, Ms Merkel attacked several cornerstones the Trump Presidency, including protectionism, free trade and climate change. In a further jibe, the 64-year-old chancellor called on the students to “tear down walls”, the opposite of Mr Trump’s 2016 battlecry where he promised to “build the wall” to stop immigrants crossing the border with Mexico.

While drawing on her experiences of life in former East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ms Merkel said: “Tear down walls of ignorance and narrow-mindedness, for nothing has to stay as it is.”

Speaking at the Ivy League university to students and alumni, the German chancellor received a standing ovation when she said it was important not to “describe lies as truth, and truth as lies”.

May 31 09:51

Study: Majority of Germans are uncomfortable expressing opinions in public – Especially concerning Islam and refugees

Only around 20 per cent of the Germans are comfortable expressing their opinions freely in public. Most feel like censorship is taking over especially when it comes to the taboo subjects of refugees and Islam.

The study also found that most Germans feel comfortable expressing their views among friends but not in public because there are too many unwritten laws, which opinions are acceptable and which aren’t.

May 31 09:15

Video: Activists in Germany disrupt Israeli intelligence officer

Israeli Major Arye Sharuz Shalicar was promoting his new book The New German Anti-Semite at a high school in Aurich in northwest Germany, on 17 May, when two activists, one German and one Israeli, interrupted his speech.

“As soon as we got word of the upcoming events we tried to intervene,” Christoph Glanz told The Electronic Intifada.

“Shalicar has written two more or less autobiographical books which contain a lot of slander, character assassination and at their core claim that anti-Semitism is everywhere and most prominent among leftists, Muslims and self-hating Jews.”

May 30 10:14

Report: Germany sought to broker Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange deal

German diplomats recently visited the Gaza Strip and an Arab capital where Hamas leaders were present in an effort to broker a prisoner ?exchange deal between ?Israel and the Palestinian faction, i24news quoted Palestinian sources as saying.

According to the sources, Hamas insisted that all Palestinian prisoners previously released under the Shalit prisoners deal but who were later rearrested by Israel be released before any new talks could begin.

The same sources said Marwan Issa, commander of the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and Hamas chief in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, recently visited Cairo and discussed with Egyptian officials the ceasefire between Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and Israel and the possibility of a prisoner exchange deal.

May 30 09:28

‘German Caliphate’: AfD branch under fire over map showing west of Germany ‘taken over’ by Islamists

A Berlin area branch of the right-wing anti-migrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has faced backlash after posting and then deleting a photoshopped map calling the west and the south of the country a “German Caliphate.”
The graphic, posted by AfD’s Berlin-Lichtenberg Facebook page a day after the European Parliament vote ended, featured the flag of Germany over the country’s eastern states, where AfD won the most support. The five federal states and Berlin were painted blue and titled the Federal Republic of Germany.

In contrast, the west and the south of the country were painted green and emblazoned with a black flag featuring the shahadah, or Islamic declaration of faith. The states were branded the “German Caliphate,” while a caption to the post read: “Pictures speak louder than words.”

While the account that posted the image removed it within hours of uploading, it still managed to stir some controversy on social media.

May 29 11:59

MERKEL CANCELS RESIGNATION, DECIDES SUCCESSOR NOT UP TO JOB

If the Tories thought they were having trouble getting rid of Theresa May, they should spare a thought for the German CDU where Angela Merkel has just announced that she won’t be resigning as German Chancellor after all. Heiliger Strohsack!

Merkel has reportedly decided that her chosen successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, abbreviated to slightly dubious acronym ‘AKK’, is not up to the job after watching her popularity slide since she took over leadership of the CDU. AKK led the CDU to its worst ever performance in the EU elections, which people actually care about in Germany. Merkel now wants to hang on at least until 2021. As long as Theresa May doesn’t get any ideas…

May 28 10:27

Merkel Unretires: Chancellor Determined To Remain In Power Until 2021 As Succession Plan Implodes

The CDU's abysmal showing in last week's EU Parliamentary election marked the party's worst result ever in a national election. And apparently, the the loss of the CDU/CSU's position as the largest party in the bloc's largest legislative body was the last straw for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who reportedly regrets her decision to step aside as party leader last year - a decision she made to clear the way for her chosen successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK.

According to media reports, Merkel is so frustrated with AKK over a series of missteps by the new CDU party leader that the chancellor has decided to withdraw her political support, throwing her well-laid succession plans into disarray.

Merkel's determination that AKK is not 'up to the job' of being chancellor comes as AKK and others within the CDU have pressured Merkel to step down early to give AKK a better shot at securing a full term in 2021.

May 28 09:40

Angela Merkel CRISIS: Chancellor refuses to leave power as successor ‘not up to job’

The German Chancellor vowed to step down and handed over leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer last year. But a free speech row has seen Ms Merkel seemingly withdraw her support for her apparent heir. Sources close to the veteran leader have suggested that she doesn’t have faith in her successor.

Mrs Merkel’s plans to quit at the end of her term in 2021 remain intact but she is not willing to spend anymore political capital defending Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The revelation could spark a re-run of last year’s leadership campaign in order to find an alternative candidate.

May 28 09:29

Germany's Green surge puts Angela Merkel's coalition under fire

Historic losses for Germany’s two governing parties and a Green surge in Sunday’s European elections have ratcheted up the pressure on Angela Merkel’s embattled coalition government.

Both of the country’s established centrist parties slumped to their worst result in the postwar era as voters from each side of the political divide switched support to a buoyant Green party, emboldening critics who would like to pull the plug on the current power-sharing arrangement in Berlin.

While the alliance of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, still emerged top with 28.9% of the vote, it shed five seats.

Meanwhile the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD), junior coalition partner in the national government, endured a humbling evening.

May 25 10:05

Palestinians protest German attack on right to boycott Israeli apartheid

This week Palestinians marched to Germany’s diplomatic offices in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and in the besieged Gaza Strip to protest the German Bundestag’s recent resolution equating the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism.

The marchers in Ramallah on Wednesday delivered a letter signed by representatives of 200 Palestinian civil society groups condemning “in the strongest terms the German parliament’s resolution, which is based on outright lies.”

May 23 11:33

Trial update: confronting apartheid in Berlin’s criminal court

As the brutality of Israel’s systemic apartheid is being unveiled, human rights activists who speak up about Israel’s crimes against humanity become a target of political persecution. Berlin is currently witnessing a crackdown on freedom of expression as German authorities yield to Israeli government pressure to criminalize dissent. Whereas Berlin has positioned itself as the last bastion for Zionism over the past decades, activities to challenge it are of a growing concern for the authorities. Recent efforts to suppress such critical voices include the German Parliament’s anti-BDS Resolution as well as the violent arrests, deletion of video evidence and literally gagging of protesters at IsraelTag. These along with the revoking of Rasmea Odeh’s European visa and the cancellation of her public talk with poet Dareen Tatour, at the behest of the Israeli government only weeks earlier.

May 23 10:41

German parliament smears quest for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic

In a symbolic move on Friday, the German parliament condemned the BDS – boycott, divest and sanctions – movement for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic.

The Bundestag passed the motion “Resisting the BDS movement decisively – fighting anti-Semitism,” brought by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, the center-left Social Democratic Party, the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats.

Inspired by the tactics of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, the BDS movement was founded by some 170 Palestinian civil society organizations in 2005 with the aim of pressuring Israel to respect Palestinian rights and international law.

It explicitly calls for Israel to end its occupation of Arab lands conquered during the 1967 war; abolish all discriminatory laws and policies against Palestinian citizens of Israel; and respect the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as outlined in UN resolution 194.

May 22 09:41

Germany’s decision to equate BDS with anti-Semiitism is ‘immoral’

Germany’s decision to equate the boycott of Israel with anti-Semitism “violates international law”, “international legitimacy” and is “immoral”, the Boycott Campaign – Palestine said in a statement today.

“This immoral decision violates as well human rights, freedom of expression and the right of people to support the oppressed around the world,” the movement added.

BCP warned that this decision “will give immunity and strengthen the occupation and encourage it to continue to commit further crimes and apartheid acts against the Palestinian people.”

May 22 09:31

WHAT WOULD HITLER DO?

Fatal and shameful, what took place last week in the German Bundestag.Indeed, one felt reminded of Reichstag times, when Jews were discriminated and marginalized in Germany. This time, however, all “democratic” parties together voted for a ban on the BDS movement. It strongly reminded of the “Enabling Act” of March 24, 1933, the official law for the relief of the people and the Reich. Only the SPD voted against it then. So how can you compare “Enabling Act” and the anti-BDS motion, which “resolutely” opposes the BDS movement and wants to fight anti-Semitism? One can, because both decisions are deliberately not “constitutional”. Does not our constitution clearly state the right to freedom of expression?

Bundestag resolution “authorizes” to anti-Semitism and disregard of human rights

May 21 13:54

The White Rose Movement

he White Rose movement opposed Hitler, Nazi rule and World War Two. The White Rose movement is probably the most famous of the civilian resistance movements that developed within Nazi Germany but some of its members paid a terrible price for their stand against the system.

May 21 09:47

The reasons behind Germany's condemnation of BDS

Alarmist articles started circulating shortly after, some claiming Germany is “the first country in the world to criminalise BDS”.

Thus, for example, an interview with the Berlin-based political economist Shir Hever, opens: “The German parliament, the Bundestag, has just passed an unprecedented piece of legislation condemning the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, known as the BDS. They deemed BDS as antisemitic and illegal. This makes Germany the first and only country in the world to criminalise the BDS movement.”

Hever offers an interesting (if not quite convincing) explanation of Germany’s condemnation of BDS. Recalling that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had twice asserted that it was Hajj Amin al-Husseini, mufti of Jerusalem, and not Adolf Hitler, who first came up with the idea of exterminating the Jews, Hever suggests that Netanyahu was giving the Germans a way out of their guilt over the Holocaust.

May 20 09:53

Germany spent a record £20BILLION last year on migration and integrating its million refugees, report reveals

Germany spent a record £20 billion (€23 billion) last year trying to integrate more than one million refugees and tackle the causes of migration abroad, a Government report showed.

The amount increased by nearly 11 percent compared to £17.5 billion (€20.8 billion) spent the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry pointed out.

May 18 10:53

VOLCANO threat in GERMANY?!

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