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Jun 25 04:18

Germany Secretly Passed Total Surveillance of Everything

Governments routinely pass laws that are expanding their powers to the detriment of personal rights that are buried deeply in legislation only a diehard will read.

Jun 24 20:38

'British law is not good enough' German MEP warns UK can never sever ties to EU courts

A GERMAN MEP in Angela Merkel's party has warned Britain the European Union will demand any agreed Brexit deal will see the UK REMAIN under the control of European judges.

Jun 24 08:00

It Wasn't Just The NSA: Germany Spied On The White House For Years

One of the profound revelations from the data released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was that in addition to spying on its own citizens, the NSA engaged in aggressive espionage on some of America's closest allies, most notably Angela Merkel and her Blackberry. It now turns out that Germany had been returning the favor.

According to Germany's Spiegel, Germany's foreign intelligence service had long spied on numerous official and business targets in the United States, including the White House. The magazine said it had seen documents showing that the intelligence service, the BND, had a list of some 4,000 so-called selector keywords for surveillance between 1998 and 2006. These included telephone or fax numbers, as well as email addresses at the White House as well as the US finance and foreign ministries.

Jun 23 16:59

German police can legally hack encrypted messaging services

German police may now hack into messengers like WhatsApp using “state trojans” to intercept user communications before they are encrypted on their devices, according to a new law swiftly passed by the parliament.

The new legislation allows police investigators to use a “state trojan” to hack into a suspect’s mobile device, tablet, or computer, and get full access to their chat messages, video recordings, or other private data, German media reported.

Jun 22 07:20

Populist EU-turn: Merkel brings back German flag she binned in 2013

ANGELA MERKEL is to play the patriot card as she makes a desperate bid to cling on to a fourth term in power by displaying the German flag in the face of a growing political challenge from the right.

Jun 21 10:56

BREAKING: Germany quits Incirlik, Turkey marches on Kurds

In further sign of growing estrangement between the West and Turkey, Germany pulls its forces out of Incirlik as Turkey sends troops to Syria to fight the Kurds.

Jun 21 08:25

Most refugees to stay jobless for years – German minister

Up to three-quarters of refugees in Germany will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to the country’s commissioner for refugee integration Aydan Ozoguz.

Jun 20 15:47

Tory government forced to reverse £400m in Metropolitan police cuts

The Metropolitan Police will not have to find cuts worth hundreds of millions of pounds over the next three years, the Home Office has announced, following calls for the force’s budget to be protected in the wake of two terror attacks.

The announcement signals an apparent climbdown by the Government after the Met earlier said it was faced with making £400m in cuts to meet a budget shortfall by the end of the decade.

Jun 19 09:05

Arson attacks on German rail tracks, police probe G20 protest link

Police are investigating whether there is an extremist motive behind 13 arson attacks on rail services, which led to delays across the country on Monday morning.

Early on Monday morning, arsonists attacked rail lines in 12 different locations.

Cable ducts of rail signalling equipment were set on fire in the states of Lower Saxony, Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony, police said.

Jun 19 08:53

Germany Issues Stinging Rebuke of US Sanctions Against Russia

Germany’s Foreign Ministry published a sharply-worded press release Thursday from Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (Social Democrats, SPD) and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern (Social Democrats, SPÖ) denouncing the United States’ foreign and economic policies.

Jun 19 08:32

Germany threatens retaliation if US sanctions against Russia harm European firms

Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the US Senate end up penalizing German firms.

Jun 18 09:36

Cancelling Brexit would be ‘great’ – German minister

It would be “great” if the UK backed away from its decision to leave the European Union and instead chose to stay within the bloc, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries told Reuters, adding, however, that she regards such a possibility as “unlikely.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Merkel did say that she wants to make it harder for others to Frexit, Swexit, Pexit, Rexit, Bexit and so forth; any guesses why the EU needs a EU army? How about sending the EU army to any EU country that thinks about Xexit? This starts to looks like 1956 Hungary and 1968 Czechoslovakia.

Jun 18 09:33

Many Europeans Believe Germany Has Too Much Influence Within EU - Poll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel - already under fire for having opened Europe's doors to refugees in 2015 - is now facing criticism for having too much influence within the EU, according to a new poll.

Jun 18 09:06

Germany Reveals When Its Jets Will Resume Flights Over Syria

German Tornado fighter jets will resume their flights over Syria in October after the relocation of the Bundeswehr military detachment from Incirlik base in Turkey to Jordan, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview with German newspaper BILD am SONNTAG.

Jun 17 05:27

Shocker, not: Sex Crimes by German Migrants Double In One Year

Expect this trend to continue because Angela Merkel doesn’t care that her citizens are being raped by the migrants she loves so much.

Jun 16 11:40

Germany's Angela Merkel slams planned US sanctions on Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shares concerns that proposed new US sanctions against Russia could hurt European companies, her spokesman says. He called the plans "peculiar."

Jun 14 17:26

Fearing Terrorism, Germany Wants to Fingerprint 6-year-old Children and Force Smartphone Surveillance

By Jeff Paul

“We can’t allow there to be areas that are practically outside the law,” German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters today while announcing new Nazi-like surveillance measures to fight terrorism.

The new measures include fingerprinting 6-year-old children and forcing technology companies to give the German authorities front doors to smartphones and backdoors into messaging apps in order to spy on all communications...

Jun 08 15:28

Germany To Withdraw Military Aircraft From Turkey

The German cabinet has decided to transfer some 260 German soldiers, along with Tornado reconnaissance aircraft and a tanker aircraft, to Jordan from the Turkish air base at Incirlik.

Jun 07 11:31

London Terror Attack: It’s Time To Confront Wahhabism And Saudi Arabia

It is time for an honest conversation about Wahhabism, specifically the part this Saudi-sponsored ideology plays in radicalizing young Muslims both across the Arab and Muslim world and in the West, where in the UK people are dealing with the aftermath of yet another terrorist attack in which innocent civilians were butchered and injured, this time in London.

Jun 07 10:18

Refugees are paying German men to claim paternity of their children

Up to 700 men in Berlin are claiming to be the fathers of refugees’ babies in exchange for cash, German prosecutors alleged Tuesday.

According to the German broadcaster rbb , pregnant refugees from Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe are applying for asylum in Germany.

To help this process along, they are paying up to 5,000 euros, or roughly $5,600, to German men to claim they are the father of their baby.

Jun 07 09:33

In Europe, Donald Trump is making Russia great again

Under Barack Obama, America succeeded in driving a wedge between Russia and the European Union. After a few months of Donald Trump, it appears Russia is slowly moving back into the French and German good books.

The old cliche says “Americans were Europeans who went west and Russians were Europeans who headed east.” And by the middle of the 19th century, Washington was expanding into the Wild West, and St Petersburg, the then Russian capital, was busy forming cities in the Far East of Asia.

Jun 07 07:29

Germany Sees Surge In Stabbings And Knife Crimes

More than 1,600 knife-related crimes were reported in Germany during just the first five months of 2017 - an average of 300 such crimes each month, or ten a day. Not only are knife-related crimes surging, but the perpetrators and victims of such crimes are increasingly younger and increasingly female.

Jun 06 09:52

Putin Roasts Merkel: Unlike Germany, Russia Enjoys the Privilege of Sovereignty

Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Putin theorized that Angela Merkel's recent outburst about not being able to rely on the United States anymore "was an expression of her resentment over a limited sovereignty."

Merkel may enjoy having her phones tapped by her "allies" in Washington, but Putin is less than impressed:

Jun 06 09:49

Freudian slip? Angela Merkel confuses Germany with EU in strange slip of the tongue

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered an embarassing slip-up when she appeared to confuse her country for the European Union.

During a press conference with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mrs Merkel spoke about "German-Indian trade" before quickly correcting herself to say "EU-Indian trade".

The bizarre mix-up will contribute towards criticism of what is perceieved as German leadership of the European Union.

Jun 05 16:52

Germany: 62yo Woman Fined 1,350 Euros For Sharing Anti-Migrant Joke On Facebook

German thought police punished an elderly woman with a 1,350 euros fine for sharing and “liking” a comedic anti-migrant meme on Facebook.

Jun 05 11:27

NATO Splinters: Germany Says "Has No Choice But To Pull Out" Troops From Turkey's Incirlik Airbase

The scandal erupted last Thursday, when Turkey's foreign minister said it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey's Incirlik air base now, although he said Ankara may reconsider if it sees "positive steps" from Berlin. It was not immediately clear just what Turkey's "demands" or expectations, monetary or otherwise, were from Merkel for it to change its view. Ties between the NATO allies deteriorated sharply in the run-up to Turkey's April 16 referendum that handed President Tayyip Erdogan stronger presidential powers.

"We see that Germany supports everything that is against Turkey," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara last week. "Under these circumstances it is not possible for us to open Incirlik to German lawmakers right now ... If they take positive steps in the future we can reconsider."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a really bad patch for NATO, and may well have Turkish leadership consider re-aligning itself with the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation,and become part of the BRIC economic community.

THAT could be a real game changer, for both Turkey and the world.

Jun 03 08:03

Germany Faces Wave Of Muslim Honor Killings

The trial of a Kurdish man who tied one of his three wives to the back of a car and dragged her through the streets of a town in Lower Saxony has drawn attention to an outbreak of Muslim honor violence in Germany.

Jun 02 09:35

Merkel’s ‘biggest challenge’: German Chancellor faces struggle against THESE world leaders

ANGELA Merkel is facing her “biggest international challenge yet" as she tries to defend Germany's liberal values from a three-pronged attack by the leaders of the US, Russia and Turkey, a political expert has claimed.

Jun 02 09:28

Fingerprints missing for hundreds of refugees

German immigration authorities confirmed on Thursday that there are hundreds of registered asylum seekers who have not yet had their fingerprints or photographs taken.

Jun 02 08:10

Germany plans to introduce fines of $2,800 for parents who refuse to get their children vaccinated

Hermann Gröhe, Germany’s minister of health, has decided to introduce tough new measures to clamp down on the increasing number of people refusing to vaccinate their children. Under the new legislation, which will likely go into effect next month, parents who do not consult their healthcare providers about vaccinating their children could face fines of $2,800 (around 2,500 euros). Such children could also face expulsion from their daycare facilities if reported on by the parents of other children.

Jun 01 09:57

Bernie Sanders chides Donald Trump for criticizing Germany

Former US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke in defence of Chancellor Angela Merkel after Donald Trump volleyed criticism earlier in the week against Germany over trade relations and his belief that Germany needs to pay more for the Nato military alliance.

"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Jun 01 09:56

Spy agency boss warns Germany is high on Isis target list

BfV President Hans-Georg Maaßen said on Monday that Isis has its eyes set on Europe, according to Die Welt.

“At the same time, Germany is becoming more highly prioritized by Isis, according to our assessments,” he said.

Al-Qaeda still remains a serious threat as well, according to Maaßen, adding that the group “is powerful like before and could try to redeem its loss of reputation through new, dramatic terror attacks”.

May 31 14:18

Trump Repeats Criticism Of Germany, Merkel Stands By Stance

President Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of Germany following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s suggestion that her country needs to adopt a more independent stance in world affairs.

May 31 08:10

Mafia plundering Germany's care homes

Some 230 care home operators are thought to have created a systematic fraud network in Germany linked to the mafia, police say. Patients' rights groups say the government is giving organized crime a free ride.

May 31 07:23

Trump repeats criticism of Germany, Merkel stands by stance

President Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of Germany following Chancellor Angela Merkel’s suggestion that her country needs to adopt a more independent stance in world affairs.

May 30 12:34

Turkey Refuses To Grant Germans Access To Incirlik Airbase

While Angela Merkel is busy sowing the seeds of the next cold war between Germany and the Trump administration (and therefore the US, if only for the next three and a half years), a troubling flashpoint for Germany continues to grow in Turkey where on Tursday, Turkey’s foreign minister said it is not possible to allow German lawmakers to visit troops stationed at Turkey’s Incirlik air base now, although he said Ankara may reconsider if it sees “positive steps” from Berlin. It was not immediately clear just what Turkey’s “demands” or expectations, monetary or otherwise, were from Merkel for it to change its view.

“We see that Germany supports everything that is against Turkey,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a news conference in Ankara. “Under these circumstances it is not possible for us to open Incirlik to German lawmakers right now … If they take positive steps in the future we can reconsider.”

May 30 10:06

Angela Merkel says Europe can no longer rely on US or UK - and must 'fight for its own destiny'

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has indicated Europe can no longer completely rely on its American and British allies in the wake of Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump, declaring the continent's destiny is in "our own hands".

May 30 09:52

German Economy Thrives at the Expense of Other EU States - National Front Member

A right-wing National Front (FN) party memeber said in an interview with Sputnik on Friday that Germany is developing its economy at the expense of the other sates in the European Union, hindering the recovery of the bloc from the crisis.

May 27 14:38

Germany to require nursery schools to report anti-vaxxer parents

Health Minister Hermann Gröhe has proposed a law obligating Kitas (nursery schools) to report parents to health officials if they cannot prove that they sought vaccination advice for their children, the ministry announced on Friday. Parents who do not show proof of such medical consultation face fines of up to €2,500.

May 26 09:06

Trump Slams "Very Bad" Germans For Selling Millions Of Cars In US: "We Will Stop This"

A day after Trump stunned his fellow NATO leaders, shoving one of them out of the way for a photo-op and demanding that they "must do more" to offset defense costs which are mostly borne by the US, Trump lobbed another bomb at the European center-right consensus by renewing his attacks on the German auto industry during a closed door meeting with two high-ranking European Union officials, according to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel, that was picked up by Bloomberg and CNBC.

Citing unidentified attendees, Spiegel quoted Trump as saying that “the Germans are bad, very bad” and adding “look at the millions of cars that they sell in the U.S. Terrible. We’re going to stop that.” The comments were said to have been made during a closed-door meeting with the EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council President Donald Tusk, who reportedly both stood up for Germany, according to CNBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Germany makes very good cars.

People want to buy very good cars.

That is how commerce is SUPPOSED to work, Don.

May 26 08:26

Trump slams Germany's US trade surplus as 'bad'

During meetings with EU leaders, US President Donald Trump threatened to curb the sale of millions of German cars in the US. In comments leaked to German press he said Germany was acting in a bad way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! So, making a good product that people want to buy, then selling it... is BAD?!?

May 25 11:01

Turkey's Erdogan: If Berlin wants to pull troops, we'd say 'Goodbye'

The future of the German troops at Incirlik has been thrown into question after Turkey blocked German lawmakers from visiting the troops this month, prompting Berlin to say it may consider moving the troops. Some 250 German troops are stationed at Incirlik, where they contribute to the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State.

May 24 10:22

TV presenter allowed to call AfD leader 'Nazi slut', court rules

When a TV comedian called Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Alice Weidel a 'Nazi slut' on air, she decided to take legal action. But a Hamburg court ruled on Wednesday that it was all in the name of satire.

May 24 10:21

German military investigating officer over call to putsch: report

Germany's Military Counter-Intelligence Service (MAD) is investigating an officer who called for a putsch against the Defence Minister, according to a media report on Tuesday.

May 24 10:06

MEPs Slam German Finance Minister Over 'Stubborn Austerity Obsession' on Greece

MEPs in the European Parliament have hit out at Germany's finance minister saying "Greece has been destroyed by dogmatic cuts while it continues to suffer under its debt burden cannot recover" and slamming the "the stubborn austerity obsession of the German Finance Minister."

May 24 10:03

Germany Created the Migrant Crisis and Germany Should Pay the Consequences, Says Polish Leader

Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), says it was Germany’s decision to open Europe’s borders, not Poland’s, and his countrymen should not have to pay for their neighbour’s mistakes.
“We have not opened Europe for refugees – Ms Merkel has,” the veteran conservative told public broadcaster TVP Info. “And it is Ms Merkel and Germany that have to bear the consequences, not Poland.”

May 23 09:42

Merkel cosies up to Macron as she vows Germany will help him succeed as French president

GERMANY must help new French president Emmanuel Macron to succeed, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

May 23 09:38

Teenage Syrian Refugee Convicted of Fire Attack on Homeless Man in Berlin

Anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany has been aggravated as a teenage Syrian refugee was convicted of setting fire to a homeless man in Berlin. There are cases involving six other suspects as well.

May 23 09:25

AfD call foul over vote count in North Rhine-Westphalia: report

Winning a total of 7.4 percent of the vote, the AfD gained its first seats in the NRW state parliament after the vote last Sunday.

But now the party is reportedly systematically investigating vote tallies because they have doubts that the counting was done correctly in certain areas, Stern magazine reported on Friday. According to the magazine, they’re suspicion is not without reason.

May 23 09:23

Foodora and Deliveroo couriers protest working conditions in Berlin

About 40 to 50 bike couriers met in the hip Kreuzberg district of Berlin on Thursday afternoon to protest for better pay and conditions.

“I’m here for solidarity with my colleagues,” explains Deliveroo courier Javier Mardones, 32, originally from Chile.

“Slowly the conditions are getting worse. They pay you one euro less every month, or they make you wear a uniform when they didn’t before. They just don’t seem to consider out situations.”

The union FAU has been slowly organizing food couriers to collectively fight for demands such as earning one euro more per delivery or hour (depending on employment structure), and having an additional paid hour per week to plan their shifts. The group also want more transparency about working hours, and a guarantee that each biker receives enough hours to make a living.

May 22 11:26

German Woman Among Two Killed, Finnish Woman Kidnapped In Kabul

Two people were reportedly killed in Afghanistan and another abducted from a Kabul guesthouse late Saturday, the BBC reported citing a spokesman for the interior ministry.

May 22 09:27

Integration Commissioner Says German Culture Does Not Exist, ‘Diversity Is Nation’s Strength’

German culture does not exist and the nation’s history has been shaped by “immigration and diversity”, according to Federal Integration Commissioner Aydan Özo?uz, who has argued migrants should not be expected to assimilate.

May 21 09:29

Far-Right Bundeswehr Network Exposed as Group Storms German Justice Ministry

A local newspaper reported a network of extremists involved with the controversial extremist Identitarian Movement has been multiplying for years at the Bundeswehr University in Munich, an institution that aims to equip service members for future careers outside the military.

The Movement, which boasts an estimated 500 members and calls for a return to "traditional national values" is being monitored by domestic intelligence agency BfV for possibly breaching the country's constitutional rules on xenophobia.

May 21 09:17

It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump

Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is the US Government, warmongering and corrupt beyond redemption, that has turned the United States into a laughing stock and a danger to the world.

May 19 09:04

Vast majority of Germans never want to give up cash, poll shows

A recent survey concludes that Germany is far from getting on board with the dream of a cashless society - not because it lacks the infrastructure, but because the people just won't let go of their beloved Bargeld.

The frustration of cash-only shops in a country of far too few cash machines is one all too often documented by our reporters here at The Local.

But even though the rest of the world seems to be moving closer to completely digital or card-based systems, it doesn’t seem likely that Germany will catch up anytime soon, especially when looking at a troubling new survey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Almost every day we see a story about how thus-and-such bans' ATM machines are shut down, and with the new NSA-enabled malware locking up entire companies, it is reckless and foolish to suggest a cash-free society, as it means people cannot spend the money they own unless all the computers are working.

May 19 09:02

German parliament passes tougher rules for asylum, deportations

The German parliament on Thursday night passed a controversial package of stricter rules for asylum seekers, including allowing immigration officials to analyze refugees’ cell phone data.

May 18 12:07

High rate of error found in asylum applications in Germany

The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has reviewed over 1,000 granted asylum applications and found up to 15 percent to be faulty, German media reported Thursday based on an undisclosed source referred to in a Bild newspaper report.

May 18 09:51

Terror cover up scandal: Berlin police 'could have PREVENTED' Christmas market attack

Officials are currently investigating the explosive new claims, which suggest police could have prevent the deadly terror attack.

Twelve people were killed and dozens injured when Anis Amri ploughed into the packed market last December after stealing a heavy good lorry.

Now it has been claimed police had the evidence they needed to arrest Amri for drug dealing more than six week prior to the attack.

But the authorities failed to act - and instead covered up the shocking revelations.

May 18 09:14

Deutsche Bank Sued For Running An "International Criminal Organization" In Italian Court

Having been accused, and found guilty, of rigging and manipulating virtually every possible asset class, perhaps it was inevitable that Deutsche Bank, currently on trial in Milan for helping Banca Monte dei Paschi conceal losses (as first reported last October in "Deutsche Bank Charged By Italy For Market Manipulation, Creating False Accounts") is now facing accusations that it was actually running an international criminal organization at the time.

In the closely watched lawsuit, prosecutors used internal Deutsche Bank documents and emails to persuade a three-judge panel to rule that there were additional, aggravating circumstances to the charges the German lender already faces related to various derivatives transactions. As Bloomberg reported overnight, the material included a London trader’s "well done!" message to a banker who is now on trial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With their cover ups, lies, and deceptions, bankers are generally considered a part of the criminal class; they just wear better clothing than most of the rest of us!!

May 18 07:25

German Official: Trump May Pose ‘Security Risk for the Entire Western World’

Reports on Monday about US President Donald Trump revealing classified information to Russian officials regarding the fight against Daesh has led one senior German official to wonder whether the polarizing US head of state is a “security risk.”

May 17 14:24

Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants: “A Massive Attack On Property Rights”

Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage.

May 17 11:34

Video: Germany Will Look For Alternatives To Turkey’s Incirlik Airbase – Merkel

Germany will consider relocation of its troops from Turkey’s airbase Incirlik following a recent refusal by Ankara to allow German MPs to visit soldiers.

May 17 07:34

'You'll pay the price' Angela Merkel issues shock threat to Britain over free movement

ANGELA Merkel has said Britain will face the consequences if the Government puts an end to free movement after Brexit.

Theresa May has repeatedly vowed to impose stricter immigration measures after the UK officially leaves the EU in 2019.

But German chancellor Mrs Merkel warned her against the move, saying Britain would "pay the price".

And she inisisted the EU would consider the views of Remain voters when Brexit negotations get underway.

May 16 09:55

How the Migrant Invasion Made Me Become a Trad Wife

Nicole Jorgenson is a mother, classically trained singer, and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Nicole joins us for a lively talk about her life, ideological journey, and the overall state of the world. To begin, she tells us about her background. Nicole was raised in rural South Dakota, and later moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. She describes the initial culture shock, and how she was sucked into the liberal hivemind. We then learn about her experiences living and working in Germany. Nicole witnessed firsthand Germany’s ongoing demographic transition – a transition that led to her feeling unsafe in this formerly idyllic European nation. Our show covers many more topics, including Nicole’s work on Indian reservations and refugees being relocated to North Dakota.

May 16 09:22

IMF says Germany must act now to reduce trade surplus

Germany must act to reduce the massive trade surplus that has stoked friction with European neighbours and the United States, the International Monetary Fund warned on Monday.

"In 2016 Germany's current account surplus was the world's largest in dollar terms," IMF economists noted in a report.

"Policies that boost public and private investment and reduce the need for private saving ... would accelerate the necessary external rebalancing process."

May 16 09:22

'Merkel is insane': meet the woman leading the AfD into the elections

The Local sat down with Dr Alice Weidel, the new leader of the Alternative for Germany. She may have the CV of an establishment liberal, but a half hour in her company exposed a firebrand who doesn't hide her disdain for Chancellor Angela Merkel.
At a popular cafe in central Berlin, Weidel is explaining how the teachings of Confucius influence everything in modern Chinese society from the failure of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, to the recent execution of a police chief on graft charges.

She has already cleared up the differences between the Beijing and Shanghai dialects, and detailed the astonishing lengths the government went to to give Beijing a face-lift before the 2008 Olympics.

If you don’t know who Weidel is, you might be surprised to learn she was picked in April to stand alongside party-deputy Alexander Gauland as Spitzenkandidatin (lead candidate) for the Alternative for Germany (AfD) in September’s national election.

May 15 16:33

German Officer Probed For Planning Terrorist Attack, Bomb Manual Found

Investigators probing the case of a German officer who is suspected of plotting a hate crime have discovered a handbook on making IEDs.

May 15 09:42

Germany’s Multicultural Disaster

Hagen joins us for a lively discussion on the current state of affairs in Germany. To begin, Hagen explains how he came to be involved in nationalist politics and alternative media. Next, we switch gears to discuss Germany. Grell tells about the absurdity of German hate speech laws, and how most major political parties agree on all of the core issues. We then consider Alternative for Germany, a center-right political party that is, contrary to the claims made by the establishment, actually quite moderate. The first hour also covers immigration, demographics, and ethnic loyalty.

May 15 09:09

Germany Confiscating Homes To Use For Migrants

In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.
Similar expropriation measures have been proposed in Berlin, the German capital, but abandoned because they were deemed unconstitutional.
Some Germans are asking what is next: Will authorities now limit the maximum amount of living space per person, and force those with large apartments to share them with strangers?

Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage — one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the German people haven't revolted by now, this move may well have them at the throats of the bureaucrats who ordered this done.

May 15 08:47

BREAKING: Merkel 'to withdraw all German soldiers from Turkey' in MAJOR diplomatic row

ANGELA Merkel is considering withdrawing all German soldiers from Turkey in a major diplomatic snub.

It comes after Turkey refused to allow German politicians to visit soldiers at Incirlik air base.

May 15 08:40

GERMAN "MARSHALL PLAN" FOR AFRICA

In January 2017, the Minister of Economic Cooperation of Germany Gerd Muller offered to launch a new “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The minister’s rhetoric appealed to help African countries to develop their own economics with the support of the EU, and both sides would benefit from it. However, historical connotations with the original Marshall Plan have same frightening points. What if Africa would be lead into a new economical bondage, this time depending not on IMF and the World Bank (the debts to this structures will continue to grow), but in addition on the European Union? What if the bondage would be deeper, just like it happened with Germany and France in post-war years? These countries had to sign package agreements, buying imposed goods and services, including cultural.

May 15 08:37

Merkel rejects tax cuts, despite 'record' €54 billion surplus

On Thursday the Finance Ministry announced that an extra €54.1 billion would roll into the German state coffers over the next five years. But that hasn't moved the Chancellor to push for tax relief.

May 11 07:37

German army calls for searches of all barracks after Nazi memorabilia found

The head of Germany's armed forces has called for an inspection of all army barracks after investigators discovered Nazi-era military memorabilia in a garrison, broadening a scandal about right-wing extremism among soldiers ... Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said the military must root out right-wing extremism ... Displaying Nazi items such as swastikas is punishable under German law, although possession of regular Wehrmacht [World War II armed forces] items is not. Von der Leyen said last week, however, she would not tolerate the veneration of the Wehrmacht in today's army, the Bundeswehr.

May 10 13:47

Germany: 7 Refugees On Trial For Setting Homeless Man On Fire On Christmas

Seven "refugees" from Syria and Libya who set a homeless man on fire on Christmas day and "watched and laughed" as he burned have been put on trial in Germany.

May 10 08:28

German Soldier Busted Posing as Refugee to Stage False Flag Terror - #NewWorldNextWeek

May 09 09:02

Germany Takes First Step Towards Legalizing Rape Committed By Muslim Men

Recently, a German judge has acquitted a Turkish drug dealer, fully understanding that he forcibly and undeniably violated a woman for four hours to the point of incapacitation. The reason for lack of conviction was that the perpetrator was presumed to not culturally understand what rape was. As described, due to the “mentality of the Turkish cultural circle” (note Turkey is more than 95% Muslim), the Turk was simply participating, in his opinion, “wild sex”. In the justice’s words, “A conviction is not possible, because no intention is demonstrable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 08 16:44

Negative interest-rates and QE have created a house price boom in Germany

A feature of these times is that is called easy monetary policy and this is particularly true in the Euro area.

May 07 11:18

Polls Open in Germany Local Elections as Social Democrats Attempt to Challenge Merkel Power

The Social Democrats are trying to hold onto power in Schleswig-Holstein, where they have governed since 2012. A good showing Sunday in the region with a population of 2.8 million would reinforce their prospects for challenging Merkel in the nationwide election in September.

Social Democratic governor Torsten Albig is defending a slim majority for his governing coalition with the Greens and the left-leaning SSW party, which represents the region’s Danish minority. Polls point to a tight race with Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

The Social Democrats surged in national polls after Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president, was nominated as Merkel’s challenger, but the party’s ratings have since sagged.

May 07 11:04

Hannover evacuates 50,000 over World War Two bombs

About 50,000 people in Hannover have been evacuated from their homes while experts defuse three British bombs dating from World War Two.

The operation is the second largest of its kind carried out in Germany, and has affected around a tenth of the city's population.

May 07 10:47

A FREE PALESTINES’ RIGHT TO EXIST

Once again Netanyahu has terrifically succeeded in distracting from Zionist crimes when he kept the public in suspense by announcing his refusal to meet German foreign minister Gabriel. Nobody speaks about the crimes human rights groups have exposed in the “Jewish State”. And foreign minister Gabriel was absolutely right when he decided to meet them.

May 06 17:50

Desperate Germany wants UK to pay for single market access because Berlin faces £4BN bill

The 35-page report on the potential costs of Brexit to Germany said Britain's departure from the EU risked "serious economic and stability relevant consequences; effects in particular on the real economy."

The ministry officials calculated Berlin would have to pay an additional 4.5 billion euros (£3.8billion) a year into EU coffers as a result of Britain's departure from the bloc.

To mitigate the cost, they floated the idea of charging Britain for access to the single market.

May 04 08:16

GREECE DEBT DEAL IS OFF! Germany halts bail out demanding MORE austerity and pension cuts

GERMANY says it will not support a bail out deal for Greece until it pushes through laws to cut pensions and inflict more austerity on its citizens.

May 01 20:13

Why Germany Still Uses the Deutsche Mark

So the Brits aren't the only ones who lacked confidence in the EU Project from the start?

According to the 2012 source article, the Deutsche Mark is still in circulation in Germany to the tune of 13.2 billion DM, or roughly 6.6 billion in today's Euro assuming no more DM has been printed or destroyed. Born2Invest.com says that as of 2015, there are 12.9 billion DM in circulation [Coinmill.com will show you the exchange rate as of 5/2/2017].

Britain must have seen some problem with entering the Eurozone, so they kept the lb. as their currency. Did Germany see the same thing and keep the DM alive as a lifeboat?

Maintaining the DM as an exchangeable currency allows the Germans to circumvent a lot of legal ballyhoo if they leave the Eurozone. This is my theory for why the DM was never made defunct.

May 01 17:33

Flashback 2009: GERMAN CHANCELLOR, MINISTERS GET SPECIAL VACCINE WITHOUT SOFT KILL INGREDIENTS

Spiegel Online is reporting that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and government ministers will receive a special, additive-free H1N1 vaccine. “The Vakzin [vaccine] does not contain disputed additives — contrary to the vaccine for the remainder of the population,” reports the newspaper.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, is shown here hobnobbing with fellow minions of the elite, Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy.

“Critics argue that Adjuvantien [adjuvants in the vaccine] could lead to increased inoculation reactions such as headache or fever.” The German government elite and the armed forces will receive Celvapan, an adjuvant-free vaccine manufactured by Baxter. The German public will receive a vaccine produced by GlaxoSmithKline with adjuvants.

Apr 28 09:14

Merkel Visits Sochi to Save Minsk Agreements As Kiev's Violations Continue

In order to save the Minsk Agreements which she was so instrumental in bringing about, the German Chancellor needs to change her position and put pressure on Kiev to fulfil its obligations, Alexander Rahr, director of the German-Russian Forum, told Sputnik Deutschland.

Apr 26 09:22

NETANYAHU SETS POLICY: WE WON’T MEET DIPLOMATS WHO MEET WITH BREAKING THE SILENCE

Israeli-German relations took a turn for the worse on Tuesday, the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel because he insisted on meeting with far-Left NGO Breaking the Silence.

“Our relations with Germany are strong and they are important and they will continue,” Netanyahu said, explaining his decision to cancel the meeting with a senior representative of one of Israel’s most important friends in Europe.

My policy is clear: not to meet with diplomats who visit Israel and meet with organizations that defame IDF soldiers and try to prosecute our soldiers as war criminals, which diplomats would never consider doing in the United States, Britain or anywhere else,” he said. “Our soldiers are the basis of our existence. They are guarding us, and we will protect them.”

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Netanyahu is acting scared, because he understands that Breaking the Silence is a powerful witness to the brutal excesses of the IDF, including cold-blooded murder, against the Palestinians. Here's their website:

Breaking the Silence. Org

And German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a word, please; whatever foreign aid your country is providing to Israel, I would suggest that it stops and immediately. People who tell the truth about their experience in the IDF should not be marginalised.

Apr 26 08:28

Pro-EU Tories Abandon Open Britain Over Plot To Crush Brexit MPs

Three senior pro-EU Tories have quit the cross-party Remain group ‘Open Britain’ after a plan to oust pro-Brexit Conservative MPs in the general election led them to choose party unity over their attachments to Europe.

Apr 26 07:07

German Weapons Giant Plans to Arm Ankara With New Turkish Panzer Factory

The German arms supplier Rheinmetall plans to build a factory in Turkey to produce tanks for the Turkish army despite concerns from opposition parties that the production will contravene German laws on arms exports.

Apr 26 07:06

Latest German Crime Figures Show Surge in Violent Crime by Migrants

On Monday, the German Interior Ministry released police crime statistics for 2016. They show that 6.33 million offenses were committed last year; this 0.7 percent decrease in comparison with the previous year reflected a decline in robbery, theft and fraud. However, there was a marked increase in violent crime.

There was a 14.3 percent increase in murder and manslaughter, a 12.7 percent increase in rape and sexual assault and a 9.9 percent increase in serious assault.

There were almost 250,000 cases of migrants entering the country illegally, a 61.4 percent increase in comparison with the previous year. There was a 14.8 percent increase in weapons offenses and a 7.1 percent increase in drug offenses.

According to the statistics, illegal immigrants, refugees and asylum applicants were suspected to be responsible for 174,438 crimes, an increase of 52.7 percent in comparison with the previous year.

Apr 25 15:20

The Heat Round | Combat Tech

German engineers introduce an effective weapon against the armor of enemy tanks.

Apr 24 08:12

Germany Acknowledges Israel ‘Profiting From Tensions’

In a rare moment of factual reporting from the mainstream media, today Reuters claims that Norbert Roettgen, head of Germany’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee acknowledged:

Israel was profiting from tensions elsewhere in the region, which had shifted the focus away from the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and in-fighting among Palestinians.

Apr 24 06:49

No wonder they wanted us to stay! UK leaving EU without deal 'would cost Germany BILLIONS'

BRITAIN leaving the EU without a deal would end up costing the remaining eurozone countries more, especially Germany, a Bundestag committee has been warned.

A hearing of the Bundestag’s European Committee was told by experts that Germany would incur extra costs because it is the largest net contributor to the EU’s kitty.

If Britain were to leave the bloc without a deal, then it would no longer be obliged to transfer any money to Brussels from April 2019 onwards and would not need to contribute to the future pension costs of EU officials, which stands at a sizeable £54.1billion (€63.8bn)

Dr Peter Becker, 58, at Germany’s Institute for International Policy and Security, told the committee: "The EU would then have no legal means to demand outstanding payments from London.”

Apr 23 09:26

FAKE NEWS IN DEFENSE OF ZIONISM

Now, almost every day inflationary targeted pro-Israel articles are published in different German media. They voluntarily hide the word “occupation” and Zionist crimes. Apparently, the more than 45 million US-Dollar spent by the Israeli ministries for the Hasbara propaganda are worth it. It is understandable that a right-wing regime like the Netanyahu regime makes use of these methods as there is nothing Zionists fear more than the truth.

Apr 21 10:04

Holocaust-denying German lawyer Horst Mahler on the run

One of Germany's most notorious Holocaust deniers, once loyal to leftist terrorist group RAF, has left the country despite having another jail term to serve. Horst Mahler says he wants to become an asylum seeker.

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Truth needs no law to support it. Truth is self-evident to all. Truth withstands re-examination. Truth survives questions. Throughout history, from Galileo to Zundel to Mahler, only lies and liars have resorted to the courts to enforce adherence to dogma.

Apr 21 07:44

Horst Mahler has fled Germany, now seeking political asylum

Apr 21 07:00

Calling Germany a ‘rogue' economy is ‘bulls**t’ – finance minister

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has responded fiercely to accusations Germany is an "economic rogue state," undermining the stability of the European Union.

The minister was asked on CNBC about stories in the British media, where Germany is accused of caring only about its own profit and ignores its neighbors.

“There are some writers even in the UK which write bullsh**t, with all due respect,” responded Schaeuble.

“Did you say bulls**t?” asked the anchor.

“Yes. I don't like it,” said Schaeuble.

Apr 21 06:54

German chancellery investigated in probe into WikiLeaks sources

Berlin's chief public prosecutor has extended an investigation into the release of a trove of documents by WikiLeaks to include the chancellery as well as the Bundestag lower house of parliament, broadcaster NDR said on Thursday.

Last December, WikiLeaks released the confidential documents, which German security agencies had submitted to a parliamentary committee investigating the extent to which German spies helped the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spy in Europe.

Apr 19 08:21

Merkel's Dossier on Putin Unlikely to Offer UK Intelligence Any Juicy Info

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire for taking briefings from UK intelligence rather than her own security services. Merkel also shared the results of German intelligence investigations with the UK, without telling her German colleagues.

Apr 19 06:51

Parents In Germany Face $26,500 Fine If They Don’t Destroy Controversial ‘My Friend Cayla’ Dolls

After researchers found that My Friend Cayla dolls were recording users’ and sending this information out to a third party specializing in voice-recognition for police and military forces, officials in Germany told parents to get rid of the toys. In case families didn’t take that request seriously, the country’s telecommunications regulator has since clarified that parents who don’t destroy their Cayla dolls could face more than $25,000 in fines.

Apr 16 09:46

Germany Building Free Housing for Refugees worth 3 million

In Germany, Martin Schultz wants to give refugees the right to vote. So if he cannot win with Germans, he wants to give the right to vote to refugees to win by bribing them.

Apr 16 06:31

UK & Germans Did Intercept Trump’s Phone Calls with Russia

After denying that British and other European intelligence agencies have intercepted communications between Donald Trump’s staff and Russian citizens and other Russian citizens during the campaign, the truth has come out that they did exactly that.

Apr 15 09:13

'Does she not trust her people?' Fury as Angela Merkel asks BRITAIN to stop German terror

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has infuriated the heads of her intelligence services by turning to the UK for advice on how to combat her country's escalating Islamic terror threat.

Apr 14 09:42

Reasons Behind Merkel's Upcoming Visit to Moscow

German ?hancellor Angela Merkel is going to visit Moscow on May 2, according to the German Der Spiegel magazine. In an interview with Radio Sputnik, political scientist Vladimir Olenchenko said that one of the reasons behind Merkel's trip to Moscow is her unwillingness to stay on the sidelines in global politics.

Apr 13 12:29

German Politician Wants UK To Hold 2nd Referendum As ‘Brits Didn’t Understand Brexit’

Katarina Barley, leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), called for a second Brexit referendum this week, arguing British voters were misinformed about the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Apr 13 09:18

Police Report: Migrant Crime Drastically Increased in 2016

The German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has released a new report which claims that crimes committed by migrants rapidly increased in 2016 compared to the previous year.

Apr 12 07:09

Obama and Merkel plan ‘democracy’ debate on the SAME DAY Trump meets NATO leaders

BARACK Obama will join an intimate panel discussion on democracy with Angela Merkel in Germany this summer, which surprisingly coincides with Donald Trump’s visit to meet Nato leaders in Brussels.

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Obama acts like he still has his old job!

Apr 11 15:51

‘If Networks Attacked, We’ll Fight Back’: German Army Launches New Cyber Command

Germany’s Defence Minister has unveiled a new cyber army that will eventually number thousands of staff.

Apr 11 10:15

Video: ‘Well Beyond Boundaries’: 4 German Policemen Assault Man For Not Putting Out Cigarette

Four German police officers have been accused of brutally attacking a man at the scene of a car accident in Stuttgart.

Apr 10 10:22

"Bombs don't make peace!" Germany's Die Linke Party NOT lining up with MerkHollande

"The international law-breaking US rocket attack puts Syria farther away from a peaceful solution and has ISIS rejoicing. The situation right now is a tinderbox and threatens to get completely out of control at any moment. A peaceful solution for Syria can only happen with the US and Russia under the close integration of the UN Security Council."

As Fort Russ readers know, Merkel and Hollande (now and forever after to be known as Merkhollande) issued a joint statement that Assad was to blame for the US rocket attack. Yesterday we posted some French dissenting voices, today, this one for a strong German voice of dissent.

Apr 08 12:29

War on Cash Puts ECB, EU on Collision Course with Germany

Bundesbank: It’s a war on personal freedom and choice.

Apr 08 10:10

Majority of Germans claim they ‘cannot take more refugees’ after Merkel’s open door policy

THE majority of Germans feel the country can not support any more refugees, according to a recent survey.

Apr 07 14:09

Merkel says political methods should be used to remove Assad

"I would like to emphasize like never before that it is right and important to focus on political talks within the United Nations Security Council and in Geneva, in order to pave the way for political transition and the use of democratic procedures to remove Assad’s regime that has caused the Syrian people so much suffering," she said. At the same time, the German chancellor said that the US attack was appropriate "in light of large-scale war crimes, the suffering of innocent people and the blockade in the UN Security Council." However, Merkel said that "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was the only one responsible for these developments."

Apr 07 12:41

Germany Approves Bill Banning Alternative Media For Good

Germany has approved a new bill giving them the power to erase alternative media websites from the internet by forcing social media sites to ban them.

Apr 07 10:09

Merkel says political methods should be used to remove Assad

"I would like to emphasize like never before that it is right and important to focus on political talks within the United Nations Security Council and in Geneva, in order to pave the way for political transition and the use of democratic procedures to remove Assad’s regime that has caused the Syrian people so much suffering," she said.
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Russia was informed about US strikes in Syria — Kremlin
At the same time, the German chancellor said that the US attack was appropriate "in light of large-scale war crimes, the suffering of innocent people and the blockade in the UN Security Council." However, Merkel said that "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was the only one responsible for these developments."

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Apr 06 15:07

Flashback: German FM doubts SOHR credibility after report on deadly coalition airstrike in Syria

"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is not [acting] on the ground but is situated in London. Even though it indeed has a good network [of informants] on the ground, not everything that it reports about eventually reflects the truth,” foreign ministry spokesman Sebastian Fischer said Friday at a daily press briefing.

According to Fischer, it is also crucial to “take into account that those, who give specific information over to them [the SOHR], have their own interests consisting of this information being presented to the public in a particular way.”

Steffen Seibert, head of the German governmental press and information agency, also called the information provided by the monitoring group “unsubstantial.” He said the government has “no precise data about any specific casualties in this case,” adding that this information is still being verified.

Apr 06 13:50

Germany Approves Bill Curbing Online Hate Crime, Fake News

Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new bill that punishes social networking sites if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news.

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