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Dec 12 07:24

Anger brewing among Social Democrats against Merkel power pact

To many German Social Democrats it sounds like a monster that will destroy their party if not democracy itself: the GroKo.
The term GroKo is shorthand for "grand coalition", the mega-alliance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and their own SPD labour party that has ruled Europe's top economy for the past four years.

Never. Again. GroKo," read a pin-on button handed out by the party's youth wing at a fractious party congress in Berlin last week that was dominated by painful soul-searching over its worst election result in post-war history.

The blunt message was illustrated with a picture of two hands forming a diamond shape, Merkel's standard gesture in front of cameras, which has come to symbolise the veteran chancellor dubbed "Mutti".

"We don't want a grand coalition," said one member, Michelle Rauschholb, 25, who fears the SDP will be forced to "betray its ideals" if it has another stint as Merkel's junior partner.

Dec 12 06:54

'First Big Step'? CDU/CSU, SPD Projections On The Upcoming Coalition Talks

While Germany is looking forward to the start of the long-awaited talks on the formation of a grand coalition between the country's two major parties - Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative CDU/CSU - the two blocs have to do a great deal of work to reach a compromise and be able to form a new government.

Dec 11 08:24

Thousands of Protesters Rally in Berlin Over Trump Jerusalem Move (VIDEO)

A demonstration took place in the Neukolln district of Berlin on Sunday, the Bild newspaper reported, adding that protesters burnt Israeli flags during the rally.

Local media estimated that some 2,500 people staged a demonstration in Berlin protesting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Dec 11 08:24

How broke Berlin is creaking under the strain of surge in population

The heavily indebted German capital has been on an austerity drive for the last 15 years, leaving some public services in a shamble.

While its lush parks and relatively low cost of living make the city an attractive place to call home, encounters with city authorities are often a different story.

As the last revellers stagger out of the clubs at 5.00 am and road sweepers begin doing their rounds, Alichan Terbulatov has already been queueing for hours outside the civil service office of central Berlin's Mitte district.

"It's a total farce. I got here at one in the morning" to get a birth certificate, the father of three told AFP.

Dec 11 08:22

Blow for Merkel’s EU dream: Bloc not ready for superstate 'THREAT', chancellor's ally says

EUROPE is not ready for a ‘united state’ according to Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats as the German chancellor desperately tries to cling to power.

Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 07 08:06

Brexit 'SAPPING demand for German cars with number of exports PLUMMETING'

Matthias Wissmann of the German Federation of the Automobile Industry, said: "Brexit and the related lower demand in Britain caused by exchange rates has contributed to a 2.0-per cent fall in car exports, to 4.3 million vehicles.”

The UK is is the biggest export market by unit sales and the second-biggest in cash value.

German carmakers have around 20 per cent of global car market share this year with 16.4 million vehicles sold and produced around half of all new cars registered in Europe.

German carmakers have around 20 percent of global car market share this year with 16.4 million vehicles sold and produced around half of all new cars registered in Europe.

Dec 06 06:33

EU needs to project its power in Trump era in order to survive, says German Foreign Minister

Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday urged Europe to define and defend its own interests, warning that Washington's retreat from the world stage may continue even after Donald Trump's presidency.

"The current withdrawal of the US under Donald Trump from its role as the reliable guarantor of western multilateralism is accelerating a change in the world order and has direct consequences on the perception of German and European interests," Sigmar Gabriel said.

He said that the current US administration had taken an "extraordinary distance" from its traditionally close relationship with Europe, which it now increasingly viewed as a "competitor or economic rival" rather than an ally.

Dec 06 05:17

Rare Conversation with Jared Kushner, Saban Forum – 2017

A lot of countries in the Middle East want the same thing – economic progress, peace for their people.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Dec 05 09:59

American dominance 'becoming history,' Berlin can no longer simply react to US policy – German FM

Germany’s foreign minister says the world order is changing and the role of the US as a dominant world leader is fading under the Trump administration. He said Berlin needs to defend its interests more actively, even if it means standing up to Washington.

Dec 05 07:33

Pilots REFUSE to fly rejected asylum seekers back to Afghanistan - 200 flights grounded

GERMAN pilots grounded over 200 flights after refusing to be involved in the deportations of failed asylum-seekers, it’s been reported. Twitter users have been very vocal on the subject with one stating the world had "gone mad".

Dec 05 07:07

Germany: Reading out news about migrants is now seen as a crime by the left

AfD politician, Rainer Rahn, of the Frankfurt city council, was sued for racial incitement by the left-wing faction leader of “Die Linke” Martin Kliehm. Why? He had the audacity to read 30 newspaper headlines out loud.

In an interview with Frankfurt broadcasting, Martin Kliehm said the AfD member was trying to incite the people against refugees, Muslims and migrants. Hence, he sued him.

The reason for Rahn’s action was his criticism of SPD party migration officer Aydan Özoguz. Mr. Özoguz said that there is no German culture because it has always been influenced by outside influences and migration.

Dec 05 07:01

End of Merkel: Days of Chancellor AND popular German politics are NUMBERED, analysts warn

ANGELA Merkel will not regain her lost political might as the Chancellor continues to struggle to form a working coalition government, a German political analyst has said.

Dec 04 10:00

German pilots refuse to carry out deportations

Pilots across Germany are stopping planned deportations of rejected asylum seekers. At the same time, refugees are appealing their deportation orders in record numbers - and winning.

Dec 04 07:31

Germany’s CSU picks right-winger Soeder as candidate for Bavaria premier

Lawmakers of Germany’s Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, have nominated right-winger Markus Soeder as their candidate for state premier in a regional election. The future of current premier Horst Seehofer - a Merkel ally - had been in question since a general election in September. Lawmakers unilaterally agreed to nominate Soeder, a fierce critic of Merkel’s refugee policy, as a candidate to run for state premier in next year’s Bavarian state election, Reuters reports. The nomination could complicate Merkel’s efforts to form a stable national government with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD). Soeder welcomed a decision by Seehofer to stay on as CSU party leader, as this would help to find a way out of the political impasse in Berlin.

Dec 04 06:57

AfD elects leader duo amid pro-refugee protests

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) elected a new leadership duo from its nationalist wing on Saturday after the party's triumphant turnout in September's general election, as thousands staged street protests against the anti immigrant, anti-Islam political force.

The AfD captured nearly 13 percent of the vote and almost 100 seats in parliament -- a watershed moment in German post-war politics that left Chancellor Angela Merkel the winner but required her to seek out a still-elusive coalition. However a row between radical nationalists and more moderate forces has festered in the AfD's top ranks, with co-leader Frauke Petry abruptly quitting just days after the election to form her own breakaway party.

Around 600 delegates gathered at the two-day congress in the northern city of Hanover to elect her replacement, setting up a dramatic showdown between the warring factions.

Dec 04 06:56

Israel cancels Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit as Germany won’t guarantee their return

Israel has cancelled a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Frankfurt after the German government refused to guarantee it would block Palestinian and Jordanian authorities from claiming ownership of the ancient manuscripts.

The Frankfurt Bible Museum announced the September 2019 exhibit was cancelled this week. Israel wanted the German government to guarantee the scrolls would be returned to Israel in a legally binding agreement before going ahead with the exhibition.

Germany’s foreign ministry and commissioner for cultural affairs were unable to do so, as the ownership of the scrolls is not clear, Hessenschau reports. Such an agreement would have blocked Palestinians and Jordanians from claiming the scrolls as their own, according to the Jewish News Agency.

Dec 03 08:07

The Dispiriting Prospect of a New Grand Coalition

With Angela Merkel's first effort at assembling a governing coalition having failed, a run-back of her current alliance with the Social Democrats appears likely. That, though, is hardly something to look forward to. And may not happen at all.

Dec 03 08:06

VIDEO: Antifa, Leftists Attempt to Shut Down Populist Conference, Water Cannon Used

German police have used a water cannon to disperse hundreds of leftist protesters attempting to stop the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party convention, with projectiles thrown at police, injuring one.
Clashes between police and demonstrators on Saturday morning briefly delayed the opening of the gathering of the right wing, populist party in Hannover.

Dec 01 07:28

‘It’s not YOUR Europe!’ Angela Merkel slapped down for ‘overbearing influence’ in Eurozone

She came under fire from Axel Schäfer, a member of parliament for Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) since 2003, who criticised the Chancellor for trying to control the whole bloc from Germany.

In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk he warned Mrs Merkel’s wanted to take decisions on behalf of the entire continent.

Nov 29 12:15

ROGER WATERS IS PUTTING HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS … WILL SERENADE IN PALESTINE FOR CHRISTMAS

German public broadcasters have dropped plans to air concerts next year by ex-Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, citing what they call “accusations of antisemitism against him”.

Waters, part of one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful rock bands from 1965 to 1985 before going solo, is a member of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) that targets Israel over its occupation of territories where Palestinians seek statehood.

Five state television and radio affiliates of the national ARD network have pulled out of broadcasting concerts by the 74-year-old Waters in Berlin and Cologne scheduled next summer “in reaction to anti-Semitism accusations against him”, Berlin and Brandenburg public radio (RBB) said.

Nov 28 08:22

43% of unaccompanied ‘underage’ migrants in Germany turn out to be adults – report

Some 43 percent of migrants in Germany who claim to be underage are actually adults, local media reports, citing official data. The figures for one of Germany’s major cities, Hamburg, are even higher.

Out of a total of 55,890 asylum seekers claiming to be under the age of 18 and being treated as such by German authorities, 24,116 were officially of adult age, Die Welt newspaper reported, citing the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs. The media outlet claimed the data was valid as of November 8.

In some German cities, the proportion of false “underage” migrants appears to be even higher. In 2016 in Hamburg, for example, 47 percent of 1,813 migrants claiming to be minors turned out to be legally of adult age, according to official statistics. The same pattern persisted this year, as 49 percent of newly arrived 485 “unaccompanied minors” were actually adults.

Nov 28 08:20

€35 Fine for Elderly German's Brief Bus Stop Rest Waived After Public Outcry

A viral image of a letter from German authorities to an 85-year-old pensioner with dementia, who was slapped with a fine for sitting on a bench at a bus stop in Duesseldorf, has caused outrage among German internet users.

An eight-minute sit-down turned out to be rather expensive for an 85-year-old German pensioner who was fined €35 ($42) for stopping for a rest at a bus stop in the center of Duesseldorf.

His plight has caught the attention of users of social networks, who are sharing an image of a letter he was sent by city authorities.

Nov 28 08:17

France’s Macron vows to ban glyphosate weed killer, as Germany swings EU vote in its favor

The EU has managed to prolong the license for Monsanto's controversial glyphosate weed killer for five years with Germany's unexpected support, but the French president vowed to ban it in France within three years.

“I have asked the government to take the necessary measures for the use of glyphosate to be banned in France as soon as alternatives are found, and at the latest in three years,” Macron said on Twitter, supplementing the statement with the hashtag #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain.

Nov 28 08:05

Mayor of German city stabbed in neck after taking in more refugees than quota

The mayor of the western German town of Altena suffered a slash to the neck in what security authorities believe was an attack with a “political motive.” Under the current mayor, the town has accommodated more refugees than required by national quota.

Nov 27 07:46

Andrew Neil SAVAGES Germany as ‘worse than 1940s’ - and Remainers are furious

ANDREW Neil has sparked a Twitter storm with furious Remainers claiming Germany’s current political crisis was the worst the country has faced since the 1940s.

Nov 27 07:33

'She cannot recover' Merkel faces 'imminent demise' as her party scrambles for new leader

THE German Chancellor faces the end of her tenure in power, after 12 years at the helm of Europe's largest economy, according to a key news correspondent.

Nov 26 08:09

'End of Europe' France fears Merkel's failure could spark COLLAPSE of bloc

FRANCE is growing increasingly impatient over Angela Merkel's failure to form a government - as politicians in Paris raise the possibility of finally resolving its "over-reliance" on Germany.

Nov 25 09:01

Germany CRISIS: Martin Schulz under pressure to RESIGN amid humiliating party rebellion

THE leader of Germany’s socialist party and former President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz is under increasing pressure to resign over his refusal to engage in coalition talks as political chaos engulfs Berlin.

Nov 25 09:00

Merkel told to RESIGN as poll shows push for new elections

DEMANDS for Angela Merkel’s resignation have spread to her own party as a recent poll shows growing support for fresh elections in Germany.

Nov 25 08:59

GERMAN CRISIS: Berlin facing ‘dangerous’ economic future as political chaos engulfs Merkel

The risk of a massive economic decline has prompted calls for change in direction by the European Central Bank (ECB).

Professor Clemens Fuest, head of the IFO Institute, has said: “It is very clear that monetary policy is too expansionary for Germany by any rule you care to use, but it is also too expansionary even for the rest of eurozone.

“We are seeing a strong acceleration everywhere. We think the ECB should be cutting asset purchases to zero by April.”

Nov 25 08:31

Merkel's Migrant Regime Change Ploy Backfires, German Gov't at Risk of Collapse

Merkel’s “EuroLiberal” gamble in politicizing the migrant crisis as a tool of pressure against the “EuroRealist” Polish government has completely backfired as the “Frau” now struggles to remain in power amid the coalition-forming crisis, while one of her chief ideological adversaries, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, is still in control of his country.

Nov 24 08:31

German activists build Holocaust memorial outside AfD politician’s house

A German activist art collective has erected a replica of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial outside the house of a right-wing politician who’d controversially called on Germany to stop atoning for its past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most modern Germans were not even alive when the Nazis were in power, and they should not accept an guilt or blame for events they personally had nothing to do with.

Nov 24 07:45

AfD: European Sanctions Against Russia Cost Germany Thousands of Jobs

Markus Frohnmaier, who leads the EU-skeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) youth wing, said sanctions on Russia had considerably affected Germany’s economic prosperity and hurt its people.

Nov 23 12:03

Merkel TANKS in the polls: Chancellor ratings slump as German anger grows

The survey, carried out in the coalition talks breakdown, makes worrying reading for Angela Merkel.

While Mrs Merkel said yesterday she wanted to stand again in any new snap election the German people appear to be turned off by the prospect.

Of those polled, 54 per cent said she should not run for office, according to the polling institute Civey for t-online.de.

Only 38.5 percent of Germans would welcome a renewed candidacy of the chancellor.

Nov 23 04:48

Germany to help Iran to renovate oil distillation towers

Iran's Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German Raschig company for mutual cooperation.

The deal was signed in Tehran Nov. 20, by Mansour Bazmi, the institute’s deputy head for technology and international affairs, and Michael Schultes, the German company’s representative, the Iranian institute said.

Under the deal, the two sides will cooperate in technology transfer and training in particular in the field of designing distillation towers.

Nov 22 13:55

Ernst & Ingrid Zundel website

Now that Ernst and Ingrid Rimland Zundel have both died, here is you chance view and / or save the extensive 'Zundelsite' before it disappears, as it's future is uncertain.

Nov 22 06:52

The Migrant Crisis and the Fall of a Giant: Five Times Breitbart London Exposed Decline of Angela Merkel YEARS Before Establishment Media

Crucial talks to sustain the political career of acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel collapsed Sunday, throwing into sharp relief the waning power of the politician who was once considered the most powerful woman in the world.

German newspaper Die Welt wrote shortly after the formal announcement of the failure of the German coalition talks that “The fate of these discussions was already sealed on 5th September 2015. Merkel’s decision to keep the German border open for refugees for a variety of reasons led to the closing of the door [on this] Sunday for the first German multi-party coalition.”

The 5th of September date cited by the German newspaper refers to the day Angela Merkel announced through a government spokesman that Germany would not turn refugees away, shifting up a gear one of the greatest movements of people to Europe in the continent’s history.

Nov 22 06:50

MERKEL MUSS WEG!??

Now, just to review, you'll recall that Mad Madam Merkel went to the polls a little over a month ago, and the results were... well, less than good for her coalition government. For one thing, the SDP (Social Democrat Party) wasn't going to be participating in any future coalitions. The former Foreign Minister, Herr Steinmeir, had exited the federal cabinet and been "promoted," and perhaps more importantly, the former Finance Minister, Herr Schauble (sorry folks, no umlauts!) also left the cabinet. Of the two, I think the Schauble exit from Mad Madam Merkel's cabinet is the more significant. Between the two, this was quite a loss of brainpower. Schauble, you'll also recall, was the finance minister who showed up in China for a G8 "gathering" a couple of years ago, and told it like it is: the debt growth model is over, there's no way forward that's not a reform.

Nov 22 06:48

Six Members of ISIS Cell Planning Possible Christmas Market Attack Arrested in Terror Raids

Police launched raids on addresses across Germany overnight on Tuesday, arresting six Syrian men suspected of plotting a mass casualty terror attack with “weapons or explosives” in the country.
Around 500 police officers took part in the raids on eight addresses in four states, taking six Syrian men aged between 20 and 28 years old into custody, as well as seizing mobile phones, computers, and paperwork.

According to the Frankfurt attorney general, the arrested men are supporters of Islamic State and are suspected of having planned a”serious state-damaging act of violence” with “weapons or explosives on a public target”, reports German broadsheet Die Welt.

The men are thought to have travelled to Europe under false identities, posing as refugees — but were actually terror fighters.

Nov 21 09:31

What the collapse of coalition talks could mean for Germany and Europe

In Germany’s biggest political upset in years, FDP liberals walked out on coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens. So what is Merkel’s next move? We take a look at the possible scenarios.
Is there any hope for the "Jamaica coalition"?
Merkel could suggest a cooling-off period for the four parties - her CDU and their Bavarian allies the CSU, the Greens and the FDP - that have been struggling to form a coalition for more than a month, before inviting them back for a new round of talks.

Yet their differences over immigration, climate and Europe seem irreconcilable. The greatest rift was between the FDP and the Greens, according to the CDU’s Jens Spahn, who told ZDF TV that negotiations between the CDU-CSU and FDP “would have been finished in two weeks”.

Nov 20 16:45

German Government Coalition Talks Stall

After four weeks of talks, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU), Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Greens failed to reach agreement on a so-called Jamaica coalition by Thursday evening. German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel had set the November 16 date as the deadline for the conclusion of exploratory talks. Two months after the federal election, Germany remains without a new government, and it is entirely unclear when one will be established.

Nov 20 12:49

Britain’s Ruling Establishment In Crisis

Barely five months after a general election in the United Kingdom, the government of Prime Minister Theresa May looks doomed. It could fall any day, next week or next month. Within her Conservative Party and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, in other European countries and beyond, speculation is rife that Theresa May’s days in office may be numbered.

Nov 20 09:09

Report Notes Dramatic Increase In Homelessness In Germany

“Whoever has no house now will not build one anymore.” As beautiful as the Rilke poem about the approaching end of the year may sound—for the homeless, the onset of winter is the worst punishment. The Federal Working Group for Homelessness (BAG W) reported this week that the homeless now number almost 1 million in Germany, approximately 860,000.

Nov 20 08:11

Germany: 200 churches damaged and Christian symbols destroyed in Bavaria region

Nov 20 07:54

AfD Leader Urges Chancellor Merkel to Resign as Coalition Talks Collapse

According to the head of Alternative for Germany (AfD) Alexander Gauland, the "time has come" for Angela Merkel to leave the post of the German chancellor, as she "failed" to form a new German coalition government.

This comes as earlier on Monday the German Free Democratic Party (FDP) announced its withdrawal from the coalition talks with the union of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), led by Merkel, and the Greens (prospective 'Jamaica coalition'). The latest set of talks broke up at 4 am local time on Friday, November 17, but the preliminary negotiations on forming a coalition started on October 18. However, disagreements over such issues as migration and climate change have prevented parties from reaching a deal.

Nov 20 07:53

‘Better not to rule than rule badly’: German coalition talks fail, Merkel’s chancellorship at risk

The pro-business Free Democratic Party abruptly announced its exit from three-way talks to form the German government on Sunday, citing a lack of common ground. The setback may see Germany hold new elections, challenging Merkel’s all but secured chancellorship.

The chances for a so-called “Jamaica coalition” of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens have worsened after the FDP slammed the door on exploratory talks late Sunday, with its chairman, Christian Lindner, saying that the party would rather not be in the government than agree with the terms of the proposed coalition accord.

Nov 20 07:52

Euro crashes with Angela Merkel’s fourth term as chancellor in doubt

The European currency plunged to a two-month low against the yen on news that in Germany the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) have pulled out of four-week negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the ecologist Greens.

With the failure to form a new coalition, Merkel’s fourth term as Germany's chancellor is now in doubt. Her party has tried for four weeks to enlist the two smaller parties for her coalition.

Nov 20 07:27

Germany: Spike In Stabbings

"Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migration policies have set in motion a self-reinforcing cycle of violence in which more and more people are carrying knives in public - including for self-defense..."

Nov 19 17:19

BREAKING: End of Angela Merkel? FDP walk out of talks throwing Germany into turmoil

GERMANY is in turmoil after coalition talks to form the next Government collapsed following the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) walking out of negotiations.

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), the pro-business FDP and the Green party have been holding coalition talks.

The country has been without a Government for almost two months after the general election on September 24 produced a hung parliament.

The FDP leader, Christian Lindner, said: “The four discussion partners have no common vision for modernisation of the country or common basis of trust.

“It is better not to govern than to govern badly.”

Nov 18 17:28

Germany bans children's smartwatches

A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices.

It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons.

Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to destroy them.

Nov 18 08:59

Over Half of Bundeswehr's Leopard 2 Tanks Not Operational

At the moment, the Bundeswehr has 244 tanks of this type in service, but only 95 of them are in full combat readiness, the Focus magazine has reported. Meanwhile, 53 tanks are reportedly being upgraded, seven are at test sites, and multiple others cannot be repaired due to lack of spare parts.

Nov 18 08:58

Germany: Spike in Stabbings

Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migration policies have set in motion a self-reinforcing cycle of violence in which more and more people are carrying knives in public — including for self-defense.

A 40-year-old man stabbed to death his 31-year-old wife and mother of their three children. Police said the man was angry that his wife was using social media.

A "dark-skinned" man (dunklem Teint) drew a knife on a 54-year-old female train conductor when she asked him for his ticket.

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