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Apr 13 07:09

Biden looks to appoint special envoy to kill Russia-Germany energy pipeline

The White House is in talks to appoint a special envoy to lead negotiations on halting the construction of Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, current and former U.S. officials said, as the Biden administration grapples with how to stymie a nearly completed energy project that would serve as a major financial and geopolitical boon to Moscow.

Amos Hochstein, who served as the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs under President Barack Obama and was a close adviser and confidant to then-Vice President Joe Biden, was informally offered the role by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan late last month and is being vetted, the officials said, but he has not yet accepted the job.

Apr 12 05:31

German Government Pitches Plan To Reimpose Harsh Lockdown Measures

After canceling Germany's draconian Easter lockdown last month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel "took full responsibility" for her misjudgment. But,now it looks like her government is reverting to the decision that new COVID-19 restrictions need to be put in place, before spiking COVID cases lead to a surfeit of deaths.

A new proposed plan has been developed to implement nighttime curfews, sweeping business closures and severe limits on public gatherings. These measures, and more, are all part of the German government’s new bill aimed at "standardizing" COVID-19 measures to stop the third wave.

Apr 11 16:38

Back into quarantine? German govt plans new harsh Covid-19 restrictions in draft law – reports

Night-time curfews, sweeping business closures and severe limits on public gatherings are all part of the German government’s new bill aimed at “standardizing” Covid-19 measures to stop the third wave, German media report.

Berlin is currently working on amendments to the national Infection Protection Act that would significantly tighten the lockdown restrictions and greatly reduce the federal states’ ability to defy the government’s orders, German media that obtained the draft document report.

Apr 10 07:06

Austin heads to Europe where US troop presence in Germany is on the agenda

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will discuss the future of the U.S. military in Germany before meeting with allies in Brussels and London during his first official visit to Europe next week, the Pentagon said.

Austin, who departs Washington on Saturday, also will stop in Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment” to the military partnership between the two countries, the Pentagon said Thursday.

In Europe, Austin is slated to meet with commanders at U.S. European and Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart and also hold talks with his German counterparts in Berlin.

The visit to Europe comes as the Pentagon reviews a plan by the former Trump administration that calls for pulling nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany, and repositioning them in the U.S. and other parts of Europe. Additionally, the plan would move EUCOM and AFRICOM out of Stuttgart.

Apr 09 07:06

Merkel Demands Putin Reduce Russian Troops Near Ukraine In Phone Call

It seems only in the case of Russia that Western leaders presume to lecture a large sovereign country on where it can station its troops within its own borders. It's primarily these "concerns" over a Russia troop build-up near Ukraine that's now driving the new emerging crisis following an uptick in renewed clashes in the eastern Donbas region.

On Thursday's German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that Russia immediately reduce its troops presence near the Ukrainian border, according to a German government statement. Merkel conveyed the demand in a phone call with Vladimir Putin.

"Among other things, the conversation was about the strengthened Russian military presence in the environs of East Ukraine," the statement read. "The Chancellor demanded that this build-up be unwound in order to de-escalate the situation."

The Kremlin meanwhile says its troops are responding to a Ukrainian military build-up and provocative actions in the mainly Russian-speaking Donbass:

Apr 09 06:16

German military launches new recruitment drive with pledge troops will not have to fight abroad

The German military has launched a drive to address troop shortages by offering new recruits a guarantee they will not be deployed abroad.

A thousand recruits a year will be able to join a new Homeland Security Force which will only be deployed inside Germany to deal with domestic security and crisis management.

Those serving with the force will not be sent on missions abroad and the military has pledged to deploy them as close to their homes in Germany as possible.

“The Homeland Security Force will give young people the opportunity to stand up for Germany and protect their homeland,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the defence minister, told a press conference to launch the new service.

Apr 02 04:36

Moscow continues work to coordinate Putin-Macron-Merkel videoconference, Kremlin says

Moscow continues work to coordinate a joint videoconference of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron with Berlin and Paris, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert earlier said that there had been no videoconference between Putin, Macron and Merkel on March 29.

"We continue coordination with Berlin and Paris," the Kremlin spokesman noted when asked whether it was planned to hold such an event and when it could take place.

Apr 01 10:49

Germany Indefinitely Suspends AstraZeneca Vaccine for Anyone Under Age 60

Following advice from the country’s independent vaccine committee, German health officials unanimously agreed to the indefinite suspension of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine in anyone under 60.

Apr 01 07:59

German Regulator Dismisses Environmentalists' Protest Against Nord Stream 2 Construction

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) said on Thursday that it dismissed the claim by two German environmental organisations seeking to revoke the permit for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline laying.

"Following an assessment of the doubts expressed in the protests of the applicants, and a new comprehensive environmental review, the previously issued permit remains valid", BSH said in a statement.

The statement in defence of the project was issued after earlier in the day operator Nord Stream 2 AG said that 95 percent of the gas pipeline was complete.

Mar 31 05:21

Germany hits pause again on AstraZeneca after 31 reports of rare blood clots, 9 deaths

Authorities in Munich and Berlin today suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for those under 60 after Germany’s vaccine regulator reported 31 cases of a rare brain blood clot, nine of which resulted in deaths, ABC News reported.

All but two of the cases involved women 20 to 63 years old, according to the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

The decision was made as a precaution ahead of a meeting scheduled for later today with representatives from all of Germany’s 16 states, said Berlin’s top health official, Dilek Kalayci, who also said further recommendations are expected to be made by national medical regulators.

Kalayci said the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccines for younger people was a precautionary measure and that people needed to “treat it carefully and wait for the talks taking place at the federal level.”

Mar 31 05:00

Russian, German, French leaders discuss Iran nuclear deal

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany, which are signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, have exchanged views on the multilateral accord amid a standoff between Iran and the United States over the implementation of the agreement.

During a conference call on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), among other issues.

The Kremlin said the trio spoke in favor of “preserving and implementing” the JCPOA and “further coordinating steps in this direction.”

Separately, the Elysee Palace said in a statement that three leaders had agreed to take measures on the nuclear pact and coordinate their efforts to return Iran to full compliance with its international obligations as soon as possible.

Mar 25 04:44

800 pro-lifers joined first March for Life in Munich, Germany

Roughly 800 pro-lifers gathered in Munich, Germany, last Saturday for the first-ever “March for Life” in Bavaria’s capital. The most prominent March for Life in Germany takes place in Berlin every September.

“All beginnings are difficult,” says the proverb. And at first glance, one might have the impression that this sentence proved true once again last Saturday.

But it’s possible to see it differently: Extensive COVID regulations with a participant limit of 550 people, masks, and social distancing requirements, adverse frosty weather with snow flurries, as well as limited advertising for the event on the part of the organizers due to the expected restrictions, could not prevent significantly more than 500 people (the left-wing newspaper taz mentioned 800 participants — and would likely not do so without reason) from taking part in the first Munich March for Life.

Mar 24 10:09

"I Take Full Responsibility": Merkel Cancels Draconian Easter Lockdown Amid Backlash From Furious Germans

One day after imposing a 5-day ultra-strict lockdown set to take effect over Easter weekend (presumably to head off any holiday-inspired spread), German Chancellor Angela Merkel has abandoned the plan, though Germany is still planning to extend its current restrictions through April 18.

Mar 24 04:18

Picking Up Where Trump Left Off, Biden Threatens Sanctions On Germany For Nord Stream 2

Like on many other fronts, most especially China and surprisingly even Iran (which has also left tensions in Iraq at boiling-point), the Biden White House appears content to continue Trump's unbending policy stance on the Russia to Germany Nord Stream-2 pipeline. It was of course the Trump administration that unleashed a series of punitive measures targeting any Western company that attempts to complete work on the project, which did serve to stall its completion, which is said to be at least over 90% constructed.

And now on Tuesday Secretary of State Antony Blinken is threatening Germany with new Biden administration sanctions over the project. Blinken was cited in US-funded RFERL (RadioFreeEurope) as saying it remains "against the European Union's own interests" and publication emphasized he "warned Berlin of possible sanctions over the project."

Mar 23 05:12

‘Emergency Brake’ – Merkel’s Germany to Extend and Tighten Lockdown Restrictions

German authorities are expected to extend lockdown measures again on Monday and possibly tighten some restrictions as they face a steady rise in new coronavirus infections.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions, are holding a videoconference nearly three weeks after they agreed a several-step plan paving the way to relax some rules.

Since then, infections have increased steadily as the more contagious variant first detected in Britain has become dominant. Most lockdown restrictions are currently set to run through March 28. The chancellery is proposing an extension to April 18th.

Mar 21 07:57

German police clash with protesters at Kassel demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions (VIDEO)

Multiple scuffles broke out on the streets of Kassel, Germany as Covid-19 lockdown skeptics and counterprotesters gathered, and police deployed mace and batons to contain the demonstration.

Protests against Covid-19 restrictions in multiple major cities across the country were planned for Saturday, with the biggest occurring in the central German city of Kassel.

According to local media reports, citing police, at least 10 thousand people showed up for a rally there, many of them refusing to wear masks.

The marching protesters chanted “Wir sind das Volk” (“We are the people”) at one point, a slogan commonly used in the past during anti-communism demonstrations in East Germany.

Mar 21 05:17

European Scientists Say They Know Why AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Is Causing Rare Blood Clots

Researchers in Germany and Norway say they’ve isolated the cause of extremely rare blood clots caused by AstraZeneca’s vaccine, allowing doctors to treat it.

KEY FACTS

  • Scientists at Greifswald University Hospital said in a statement Friday that in rare instances, the vaccine has created an antibody that triggered the formation of blood clots in the brain.
  • The findings confirm those from an independent team in Norway earlier this week.
  • Isolating the cause has allowed scientists to identify how to treat patients who have developed the blot clots, by giving them intravenous immunoglobulin, which targets the antibody, and blood thinners.

“Very, very few people will develop this complication,” Professor Andreas Greinacher said in a press conference Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal. “But if it happens, we now know how to treat the patients.”

Mar 15 06:24

Mass protests across Germany mark one year of anti-coronavirus restrictions (VIDEOS)

Several separate rallies were held in Germany’s capital city of Berlin. The largest one, with some 1,000 people in attendance according to police estimates, began at noon outside the federal health ministry.

The event was not marred by any major incident, the police said, with the officers present at the scene primarily focused on checking that participants were properly masked.

Another large protest was held in the southwestern city of Stuttgart, with hundreds marching through the streets to decry the restrictions. The event has not seen any major incidents either.

Minor clashes between the police and protesters have been reported in the eastern German city of Dresden. Despite failing to secure authorization for the event, hundreds of anti-lockdown activists gathered in the city’s center, while law enforcement tried to push them back and urged them to disperse in an orderly manner.

Mar 15 05:58

Angela Merkel’s party takes a hammering in German state elections – exit polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party has suffered heavy losses in two state elections, as the long-ruling leader fights corruption scandals and looks to choose a successor for this year’s elections.

Voters in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate went to the polls on Sunday, and by the time exit polls were published that evening, it was clear that they had given Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) a drubbing.

The CDU could once count on support from Baden-Wuerttemberg, an industrial state which is home to auto manufacturers Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz. However, the Green Party was projected by TV network ZDF to take home 31.5% of the vote, leaving the CDU in second place with 23%, down 4% from 2016. In Baden-Wuerttemberg, the CDU is, and looks set to remain, the junior partner in a coalition with the Greens.

Mar 15 05:42

‘F**k, promote, fire’: Editor of Germany’s Bild tabloid steps down amid sexual misconduct investigation

Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of German tabloid Bild, has stepped down from his job as the paper’s publisher investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Meanwhile, Bild is gearing up for lawsuits.

Bild’s publisher, Axel Springer, announced on Saturday that Reichelt would be stepping down as editor-in-chief to allow an investigation into his conduct to proceed unhindered. Reichelt will resume editing duties once the allegations against him “have been clarified,” the statement added.

Mar 14 18:14

Angela Merkel's CDU 'are hammered in local elections' as German public lose faith in her Covid response with THIRD wave 'as bad as Christmas' predicted next month and new warnings against easing lockdown

Projections for ARD and ZDF public television, based on exit polls and a partial count of votes, indicated that those governors' parties - the environmentalist Greens in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the center-left Social Democrats in Rhineland-Palatinate - were set to finish first, 7 to 9 percentage points ahead of the CDU.

The CDU's showings of about 23% and 26%, respectively, would be the party's worst since World War II in both states.

'To say it very clearly, this isn't a good election evening for the CDU,' said the party's general secretary, Paul Ziemiak. 'We would have liked different, better results.'

Mar 13 06:52

Anti-Lockdown Protesters Rally in Berlin to Mark One Year Since Beginning of COVID-19 Restrictions

Around 3 percent of the German population have received two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, while about 5 percent have received at least one jab, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute.

Protesters are rallying under the slogan "It's enough" in Berlin to mark one year since the first restrictions were enforced in Germany to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

?Anti-lockdown protests are expected in several other German cities, while the Bundesliga has postponed all football matches this weekend.

Mar 11 08:20

German bill would allow children to change name, legal gender without parents’ consent

A new bill proposed by the German government would allow gender-confused children as young as 14 to change their first name and documented gender on government records, regardless of their parents’ wishes.

The legislation, which was drafted by the Interior Ministry (led by a Christian Democrat) and Justice Ministry (led by a Social Democrat), seeks to overhaul Germany’s documentation requirements, enabling courts to modify gender entries based on a single “expert opinion.” Current — already radically pro-LGBT — German law requires a double assessment.

The rule shift would apply to gender dysphoric minors who try to change their records, with courts deciding “the best interests of the child” in the event of parental pushback.

Mar 11 08:11

Exports crash as Brexit red tape kicks in: Trade with Germany slumped in the month after transition period ended, data shows

Trade between the UK and Germany crashed in January amid chaos caused by Brexit and the pandemic.

In the first full month after the transition period ended, Germany’s imports from the UK more than halved compared with the same time a year ago, tumbling 56 per cent to £1.4billion.

The data indicated Germany’s trading relationship with the UK was hit far worse than its dealings with other countries.

Its imports from non-EU states besides Britain fell by 13.9 per cent.

Mar 07 07:17

Germany to Sail Warship Into South China Sea to Challenge Its Largest Trade Partner

Washington’s European allies are looking to increase their military presence in Asia as the US puts more focus on the region. German officials announced that Berlin is sailing a warship to Asia in August, and on its return journey, the vessel will transit through the disputed South China Sea.

The transit would mark the first time since 2002 that a German warship sailed through the South China Sea. The US is happy with the news and welcomed what it called “Germany’s support for a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific.”

The US frequently sails warships near Chinese-claimed islands in the South China Sea, something that has continued in the early days of the Biden administration. US aircraft carriers have entered the disputed waters in recent weeks, escalating tensions even more.

Mar 03 06:57

EMOTIONAL GERMAN DR SPEAKS OUT ABOUT 3 CHILDREN DIED

Mar 03 06:56

TYRANNY: DR. BODO SCHIFFMANN’S PRACTICE RAIDED BY CORONAVIRUS POLICE (VIDEO)

German otorhinolaryngologist Dr. Bodo Schiffmann reports that his practice was raided by nine police officers. Police are charging that the physician is issuing unauthorized certificates to people so that they do not have to wear masks for the Chinese coronavirus.

Just over a week ago, RAIR reported that German police raided a birthday party for Dr. Bodo Schiffmann, a prominent critic of coronavirus lockdown measures. Evidently, police received a tip that one of the members of the party went to the bathroom without wearing a mask.

Feb 28 09:25

After Ridiculing Vaccine Skeptics, German Man Develops Severe Paralysis From COVID Vaccination

A German man posted a video online that first shows him right after he dutifully received his COVID vaccine — first in his car, jubilantly making fun of those who warned him that it was dangerous — and then follows him a few days later as he somberly describes his struggles with severe neurological problems — but, of course, he’s not laughing so loud any more…

Transcription and translation provided here:

Qubbi and I got it done! We… just… got… vaccinated. So get vaccinated, otherwise, ewww, there are the unvaccinated! Ewww! There are probably even unvaccinated viewers, urgh!

As you know, last Wednesday I was vaccinated against Corona with the vaccine from AstraZeneca. I got up in the morning, and the first thing that happened was that I fell right on the floor. That happened because my right leg just collapsed under me. I thought to myself, “What’s going on?”

Feb 25 13:50

Germans turn to hunting to 'ethically' source food

With her dreadlocks and nose piercing, Shanna Reis doesn't exactly look the part of the camouflage-clad hunter tracking game in the forest.

But the 28-year-old represents a new German generation of enthusiasts concerned about where they get their meat, especially as home cooking sees a resurgence during the pandemic.

Reis was a practising vegetarian for a decade before returning meat to her plate once she got her hunting licence five years ago.

But the only kind that passes her lips these days is fresh game, preferably specimens she's killed and prepared herself.

"It's important to me to know where the meat I eat comes from," she said on the outskirts of her western village Aspisheim near the River Rhine, rifle slung over a shoulder and accompanied by one of her three dogs.

Feb 24 08:40

Antifa Extremists Hospitalise Populist German Politician at Campaign Stall

Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate Stephan Schwarz was hospitalised after a brutal attack by Antifa militants in the town of Schorndorf over the weekend while campaigning for this year’s regional election.

Schwarz, along with several other AfD activists, manned an information booth in the centre of the town on Saturday when they were approached by a group of around 15 to 20 people carrying hard-left Antifa flags and banners, the city prosecutor said.

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Feb 22 09:14

Berlin Police Called Out to Antifa Stronghold over 700 Times in 2020

Police in the German capital of Berlin were called out to the area around the Antifa stronghold of Rigaer 94 a total of 717 times in 2020 to deal with incidents ranging from violence to threats and property damage.

Police were called out to the building, which has been partially illegally occupied for years by far-left Antifa militants, to deal with hundreds of different offences, according to a Berlin senate response to a question posed by libertarian Free Democrat MP Paul Fresdforf.

A total of 157 investigations by police revolved around reports of assaults, threats and insults against police officers, while another 90 investigations involved assaults on other people, German newspaper Die Welt reports.

Social Democrat politician Torsten Akmann, whos serves as Berlin Interior Secretary, noted that the area around the squat on Rigastrasse, located in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district, had become “characterized by crimes and administrative offences of the left-extremist scene.”

Feb 22 07:58

Luongo: Merkel's War For Germany Is Nearly Over

I give German Chancellor Angela Merkel a lot of grief, and with good reason. She’s the main conduit through which every bad idea in Europe flows.

Merkel, as an agent for Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum, is a ruthless destroyer of human potential. Hence, that’s why she’s in charge.

I truly despise everything about her.

But as a political animal she has no peer in Europe. None. Not because she’s so supremely talented but because everyone else is a literal idiot, placed in important positions with the help of the WEF to ensure EU policy conforms to their vision of the future.

Merkel, like the rest, was chosen.

In fact, Merkel’s ineptitude is always on display once she is forced to dabble outside of the EU itself. She rules it with an iron fist but when confronted by nearly anyone else, including a madman like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, she falls on her face spectacularly.

Feb 19 08:51

German Official Leaks Ministry of Interior Report Denouncing Corona as ‘A Global False Alarm’

Germany’s federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control after a report that challenges the established Corona narrative leaked from Germany’s Ministry of the Interior.

Some of the report key passages are:

The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at no point did the danger posed by the new virus go beyond the normal level.

The people who die from Corona are essentially those who would statistically die this year, because they have reached the end of their lives and their weakened bodies can no longer cope with any random everyday stress (including the approximately 150 viruses currently in circulation).

Worldwide, within a quarter of a year, there has been no more than 250,000 deaths from Covid-19, compared to 1.5 million deaths [25,100 in Germany] during the influenza wave 2017/18.

The danger is obviously no greater than that of many other viruses. There is no evidence that this was more than a false alarm.

Feb 19 08:03

German Study: Laboratory Accident Most Likely Cause Of Coronavirus Pandemic

Professor Dr. Roland Wiesendanger, a leading German expert in the field of nanotechnology and three-time winner of the prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grant, has completed a one-year, hundred-page study on the origin of the novel coronavirus. Professor Wiesendanger concludes that “both the number and quality of the circumstantial evidence point to a laboratory accident at the virological institute in the city of Wuhan as the cause of the current pandemic.”

In the following, SPR provides an English translation of the official German press release of the University of Hamburg. The hundred-page German study by Prof. Wiesendanger can be found here.

SPR would like to add the following information: The two most recent global pandemics were the 1977 ‘Russian flu’ and the 2009 ‘swine flu’. In both of these cases, modern genetic research indicates that a lab escape was the most likely origin of the pandemic virus (see here and here).

Feb 17 08:15

Whistleblower from Berlin nursing home: the terrible dying after vaccination

For the first time, there is an eyewitness report from a Berlin nursing home on the situation after the vaccination. It comes from the AGAPLESION Bethanien Havelgarten retirement home in Berlin-Spandau. There, within four weeks after the first vaccination with the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine Comirnaty, eight of 31 seniors, who suffered from dementia but were in good physical condition according to their age before the vaccination, died. The first death occurred after only six days, and five other seniors died approximately 14 days after vaccination. The first symptoms of the disease had already appeared shortly after the vaccination. From information available to 2020News the patients have not been duly informed about the risks of this vaccine. One reason being that no detailed information about the novelty of this mRNA vaccine which has only conditionally been certified in the European Union have been provided.

Feb 16 08:30

German Nursing Home Whistleblower: ‘Elderly Dying After COVID Vaccine’

For the first time, there is an eyewitness report from a Berlin nursing home on the situation after the vaccination. It comes from the AGAPLESION Bethanien Havelgarten retirement home in Berlin-Spandau. There, within four weeks after the first vaccination with the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine Comirnaty, eight of 31 seniors, who suffered from dementia but were in good physical condition according to their age before the vaccination, died. The first death occurred after only six days, and five other seniors died approximately 14 days after vaccination. The first symptoms of the disease had already appeared shortly after the vaccination.

Feb 15 11:23

Deutsche Bank quietly moves to bring crypto into play after producing numerous reports bashing its bubble nature

Following multiple surveys harshly criticizing bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Deutsche Bank seems to finally see the condemned assets as an opportunity, getting into the game with plans for a cryptocurrency custody platform.

According to December’s report from the World Economic Forum, Germany’s biggest bank has already created a Deutsche Bank Digital Asset Custody prototype. The model is reportedly aimed at developing “a fully integrated custody platform for institutional clients and their digital assets, providing seamless connectivity to the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem.”

The report, which remained off the media radar until it was highlighted by CoinDesk on Saturday, reveals that Deutsche Bank is preparing a trading and token issuance platform. The step will reportedly combine digital assets with traditional banking services, and will help to manage an array of digital assets and fiat holdings in one simple-to-use platform.

Feb 15 11:03

EU Solidarity Cracks as Merkel’s Germany Tightens Borders Against Neighbours

Germany on Sunday implemented tighter border controls on its frontiers with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province in an effort to stem the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

The new restrictions that took effect at midnight limit entry from those areas to German citizens and residents, truck drivers, transport and health service staff and a few others, who have to register online and show a negative coronavirus test.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the new checks may cause some delays at the border and German police “will not just wave traffic through.”

Infection rates in Germany have been declining steadily in recent weeks but officials are concerned about the possible impact of variants first discovered in Britain and South Africa. Both variants have been reported in Germany but so far appear to account for just a small proportion of cases.

Feb 15 08:20

White House Reportedly Holding Internal Talks on Nord Stream 2 as Russian Pipelayer Resumes Work

Washington has slapped two rounds of sanctions on the $10.5 billion Russian-European energy infrastructure project, and has threatened its Western European allies with secondary restrictions. Berlin has rejected the idea of extraterritorial sanctions, but has also reportedly agreed to negotiate with the Biden administration on possible concessions.

Germany and the United States have not yet start direct negotiations on Nord Stream 2, Handelsblatt reports, citing officials and sources in government circles.

The newspaper says the key reason that negotiations have yet to start is that key positions in Washington have yet to be filled, among them counterparts to the staff of Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier.

Feb 15 07:31

Germany forced to rely on non-renewable energy after cold snap froze renewables

Feb 15 07:26

Does The World Need A Gold-Backed Deutsche Mark?

The seeds of sound-money destruction were sown at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, which established that US dollars could be held as central bank reserves and were redeemable for gold by the US Treasury at thirty-five dollars an ounce. This was the so-called gold exchange standard, but only foreign central banks and some multinational organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), enjoyed this right of redemption. The system depended upon the solemn promise by the US that it would refrain from issuing unbacked dollars. The watershed event that ushered in a new malignant, pure fiat money era occurred on August 15, 1971, when the US abandoned the gold exchange standard in order to stop the drain on the US gold stock.

Feb 13 08:39

Russian diplomat warns Germany against conspiring to pit Moscow against Minsk

Moscow has cautioned Germany against embarking on efforts to sow the seeds of enmity between Russia and Belarus, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday

"Moscow does not harbor any illusions about positions of Berlin regarding key social and political processes in the country that is our ally," she specified. "We would like to warn [our] German counterparts against any attempts to meddle or whip up discord in the allied Russian-Belarusian relationship, either directly or through the use of other parties," Zakharova stressed.

Feb 11 08:54

Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel’s Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test

The widely-praised German model of the Angela Merkel regime to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic is now engulfed in a series of potentially devastating scandals going to the very heart of the testing and medical advice being used to declare draconian economic shutdowns and next, de facto mandatory vaccinations. The scandals involve a professor at the heart of Merkel’s corona advisory group. The implications go far beyond German borders to the very WHO itself and their global recommendations.

The entire case for WHO-mandated emergency lockdown of businesses, schools, churches and other social arenas worldwide is based on a test introduced, amazingly early on, in the Wuhan, China coronavirus saga.

Feb 11 08:51

Germany’s Ministry of the Interior Hired Scientists to Justify “Tough Corona Measures”

The following text is a translation of an article published in Die Welt am Sonntag, which reveals a secret plan by Germany’s Ministry of the Interior to justify repressive social measures pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The intent was to deliberately trigger a fear campaign based on what might be described “fake science”.

A “worst-case scenario” was calculated according to which more than a million people in Germany could die of the coronavirus if social life were to continue as it was before the pandemic”.

The original article in German is published below. Translation by Global Research.

The secret plan had been revealed in May 2020 by a Ministry of the Interior official.

In May GR published an article entitled German Official Leaks Ministry of Interior Report Denouncing Corona as ‘A Global False Alarm’.

As reported by Der Spiegel on May 15, “Stephen Kohn, the whistleblower working for the Ministry of Interior was fired”.

Feb 11 07:59

German politicians and the covid hoax

Feb 11 06:53

Germany Offered Washington to Spend €1 Billion Aiding US LNG Imports If US Ended Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

The German government offered the Trump administration financial support of up to €1 billion ($1.21 billion) in a bid to prevent Washington from imposing sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, according to documents published by the non-profit Environmental Action Germany (DUH) Tuesday.

The controversial pipeline, which is nearing completion, would double the amount of natural gas delivered annually from Russia to Germany.

What did Germany allegedly offer?
The DUH published a personal letter from German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz to former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Scholz allegedly offered funding for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US.

In return, the US was asked to allow the “unhindered construction and operation of Nord Stream 2.”

Feb 10 08:37

Achtung Baby! (It's Cold Outside) – Germany's "Green" Energy Fail Rescued By Coal And Gas

Germany’s held up as the world’s wind and solar capital. But, at the moment, the ‘green’ stuff can’t be purchased, at any price.

Its millions of solar panels are blanketed in snow and ice and breathless, freezing weather is encouraging its 30,000 wind turbines to do absolutely nothing, at all. [Note: don’t forget about the constant supply of electricity from the grid that these things chew up heating their internal workings so they don’t freeze up solid!]

So much for the ‘transition’ to an all wind and sun powered future – aka the ‘Energiewende’.

Despite being the object of consternation and much vilification over the last 20 years, Germany’s coal-fired plants are now being appreciated for what they are: truly meaningful power generation sources, available on demand, whatever the weather. With a Nationwide blackout a heartbeat away, the German obsession with unreliable wind and solar is like a time bomb set to explode.

Feb 08 07:37

Implanted “Vaccine Package” ID: Germany’s Parliament Has Ratified GAVI’s Digital “Agenda ID2020”

Alarming News. In Germany the Parliament (Bundestag) ratified on 29 January 2021, the implementation of Agenda ID2020.

This is a centralized general electronic data collection of every citizen to which every government agency, police – and possibly also the private sector would have access.

It covers all that is known about an individual citizen, now up to 200 points of information and possibly more as time goes on, from your bank account to your shopping habits, health records (vaccination records, of course), your political inclinations, and probably even your dating habits and other entries into your private sphere.

Agenda ID2020 was designed by Bill Gates as part of the “vaccination package”. It is backed by the Rockefeller Foundation, Accenture, the WEF and GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, now simply called the Vaccine Alliance), also a Gates creation (2001), with HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.

Feb 08 06:22

Germany: Politicians, virologists facing 'rising hostility from COVID deniers'

"We see with concern that the number of threats and hostilities is steadily increasing," Holger Münch, Germany's top federal police investigator, told Der Spiegel magazine on Saturday.

"More and more frequently, we are registering attacks on journalists" and persons exposed in media coverage, he added.

Münch is head of Germany's Federal Crime Office (BKA), based in Wiesbaden, and in charge of major investigations nationwide — beyond those handled by police forces in the 16 regional states.

Feb 07 07:33

‘Genie’s out of the bottle’: German FM pledges €21 million to help Belarusian opposition in fight to remove embattled Lukashenko

Germany has set aside €21 million ($25.3 million) as part of its new “action plan” aimed at supporting opponents of the Belarusian government, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has told an improvised pro-opposition online conference.

Seemingly in an effort to cement an image of Berlin as the leader among European nations sponsoring anti-government movements in the post-Soviet space, Maas on Saturday addressed the so-called Belarus Solidarity Conference. This was a virtual event organized by the World Belarus Congress, a forum of Belarusian expatriate diasporas and opposition-supporting groups.

“The Genie of democracy is out of the bottle. There is no way to put it back,” Berlin's chief diplomat said in a pre-recorded address, as he promised millions of euro in support to the Belarusian opposition.

Feb 06 13:36

Merkel’s Plea for Extended Lockdowns

Feb 05 06:37

Germany discloses names of Dutch SS veterans still receiving pensions for serving Hitler in WWII

After refusing similar requests for years, Germany has finally revealed to the authorities in the Netherlands the names of Dutch citizens who are still getting monthly benefits for fighting for the Nazis in World War II.

Berlin has forwarded a list with the names of recipients of German pensions between 2015 and 2019 and the exact sums they were paid, the Dutch State Secretary for Finance Hans Vijlbrief said in a letter to parliament, which was cited by local media.

It turned out that 34 people in the Netherlands were getting the ‘Kriegsbeschädigtenrente’ or disability stipends from Germany as of two years ago. The payments ranged from several hundred euros to as high as €1,300.

Most of the beneficiaries were veterans of the Waffen SS, or their widows and other closest relatives. Media reports claimed that among them could be war criminals and former guards at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as dozens of Dutch served at the infamous death camp alongside German troops.

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Feb 04 11:57

Biden Administration Halts Plan to Pull 12,000 Troops Out of Germany

A plan to pull about 12,000 US troops out of Germany ordered by the Trump administration has been put on hold, the head of US European Command said on Wednesday.

“At this very moment, every single one of those options, they are all on hold. They will all be reexamined from cradle to grave,” Gen. Tod Wolters told reporters. He said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin had begun a “very thorough review” of the drawdown.

With the new Biden administration more friendly to NATO and keen to confront Russia, it’s no surprise that a plan to bring troops out of Europe was put on pause, and the chances of the US following through with the drawdown after the review are slim.

There are currently about 34,000 US troops stationed in Germany. President Trump ordered the drawdown partly because he said Germany was not paying enough for its defense.

Feb 03 10:53

MERKEL AND MASKS

Feb 03 06:53

Merkel ‘let down’ Navalny, should have sent him to Russia earlier, says speaker

German authorities should have realized that Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny is on probation and should have sent him to Russia earlier, Speaker of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Vyacheslav Volodin said Tuesday.

"The countries that instructed him, took part in the film shooting (about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged palace - TASS) and then sent him to us, they managed to send him bypassing all controls and turnstiles and board him on the plane. They should have understood that he is on probation, he should report himself [to law enforcement agencies]. But why are they acting so crudely to violate our legislation. He should have been sent earlier," he said. "Ms. Merkel (German Chancellor Angela Merkel - TASS) hosted him there. She should realize that she let him down, while her intelligence services are falling short."

Feb 03 06:42

The Double Life of Wirecard’s Fugitive Executive

German payments company Wirecard was the darling of the nation's fintech industry. Then came the admission that almost $2 billion of the company’s funds had gone missing. The scandal led to the sudden disappearance of its chief operating officer, Jan Marsalek. With his mysterious links to the Austrian secret service and Russian mercenaries, Bloomberg investigates the role Marsalek allegedly played in one of Germany’s biggest accounting scandals.

Feb 02 16:35

“COVID-19 Jails” Open in Germany for Quarantine Offenders

The 19th-century philosopher George Santayana famously wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Shockingly, Germany seems to be suffering from a severe bout of historical amnesia. Taking extreme action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the country is interning people in “camps” to punish those found “guilty” of subverting strict COVID-19 quarantine rules.

Opening today, February 1, 2021, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, is Germany’s first “corona prison.” Reporting by the RAIR Foundation uncovers that quarantine offenders will be held at the former Mortsfelde youth detention center. Inmates will be “policed by former law enforcement officials and prison wardens.” The crimes allegedly committed by these “dangerous” individuals include “refusing to quarantine after engaging in travel, after coming in contact with high-risk individuals, or after receiving a positive test result.”

Feb 02 14:08

Facility for ‘Quarantine Objectors’ in Germany Ready for Inmates

Today is the official start, but so far the rooms have not been used. Until Friday afternoon it was not foreseeable that the districts would already make use of the accommodation, said a spokeswoman for the district assembly. In the building on the grounds of the Moltsfelde juvenile detention center in Neumünster, there is space for up to six quarantine objectors. The cells are each twelve square meters in size and the facility is closed from the outside. The operator is the Segeberg district and makes them available to the other districts and independent cities.

Housing is a last resort

Feb 02 09:16

German Doctors Letter to Chancellor Merkel, Put an End to the Covid “Fear Machine”

Dear Chancellor Dr. Merkel,

We, the signatories, are doctors from all areas of healthcare, who have been serving people in practices and clinics for decades. During this time, we have witnessed more than one seasonal infection in Germany, most of them with far more severe conditions and significantly more deaths than since January 2020 from COVID infectious diseases. Together we serve approx. 70.000 people.

The circumstances of the coronavirus wave in the FRG have been perceived differently than the media and the ongoing warnings of politics, which were unjustified in fact, presented to the public for months. Predictions of individual advisory virologists with millions of seriously ill and hundreds of thousands of deaths in Germany have not been true in any way.

In the practices, hardly any infected patients were infected and if, then with no

Feb 02 08:32

“I Don’t Want to Live Any More”, Said the Child to Her Mother. The German Government Strangles The Future of Its Own People

Has the panic fear that politicians of all stripes have been trying to instil in people on behalf of the global criminal elite for the past year and the reflexive obedience robbed us parents, grandparents and fellow citizens of all compassion?

Or how is it to be understood that children and young people – presumably not only in Germany – suffer the worst under the illegal and useless mass quarantine of corrupt governments and express: “I don’t want to live anymore” – and there is no outcry or uprising in the country?

The climax of this outrageous scandal: the head of the German government puts off the parents until the day of never-never.

What are we to think of a state that strangles its youth and thus the future of its people, only to slavishly serve the “satanic clients” in the background and perhaps one day be allowed to be their courtier? What are we to think of citizens who silently accept this just so as not to attract attention and not to have to say NO!

Jan 31 06:52

Germany's AfD Slams Gov't Attempts to Spy on Party Ahead of Elections as 'Political Move'

The German government is trying to diminish the election results of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party ahead of the federal elections by initiating an investigation and threatening to place the entire party under surveillance over alleged ties to right-wing extremism, Albert Breininger, a member of the party said.

"According to our government, right-wing radicalism is the biggest problem in Germany, where there is no Islamic radicalism or any other issues to dream with. They are twisting facts and the concept itself: patriotism is called chauvinism, fascism or Nazism. Merkel's government simply uses the intelligence services to spy on us. It is a political move ahead of the elections. We are the biggest faction in the Bundestag after the ruling [Christian Democratic Union] CDU," Breininger said.

Jan 26 10:58

Merkel admits she has lost 'control' of crisis – devastating details leaked from meeting

The German Chancellor said the threat posed by new coronavirus variants spreading at a faster pace than the original meant the country was "sitting on a powder keg". Mrs Merkel warned things could "easily" turn for the worse in the coming weeks. The German leader also said the reopening of the retail sector planned for mid-February may now be delayed, warning it was "not assured".

According to the German daily Bild, Mrs Merkel told regional officials: "You can introduce a 15-kilometre exclusion zone, but it is difficult to ban travel around the world."

She added: "We have to thin out air traffic so that you can no longer go anywhere."

Lufthansa might protest against this but the risk was "great", said the Chancellor.

Jan 24 08:31

‘Catastrophically wrong’: German court declares regional lockdown UNCONSTITUTIONAL in ‘politically explosive’ decision

A German district court has declared a strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it.

A trivial case about a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends has ended up in a decision the German media described as “politically explosive.” A district court in the city of Weimar did not just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany's basic law.

Thuringia's spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people's lives,” the court said, justifying its decision. It particularly condemned a restriction limiting private gatherings to the members of one household and one person outside of it.

Jan 23 17:16

‘Catastrophically wrong’: German court declares regional lockdown UNCONSTITUTIONAL in ‘politically explosive’ decision

A German district court has declared a strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it.

A trivial case about a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends has ended up in a decision the German media described as “politically explosive.” A district court in the city of Weimar did not just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany's basic law.

Thuringia's spring lockdown was a “catastrophically wrong political decision with dramatic consequences for almost all areas of people's lives,” the court said, justifying its decision. It particularly condemned a restriction limiting private gatherings to the members of one household and one person outside of it.

Jan 23 08:13

Germany Expected To Put Right-Wing AfD Under Surveillance For Violating Constitution

Germany's Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, is constantly on the lookout for potential threats to Germany's democratic constitutional system, and it has wide-ranging powers when it finds them.

"This agency has the power — and not only to do surveillance on fringe groups, domestic terrorist threats, but also to keep an eye on any political institution, like a political party," said Melanie Amann of the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel and the author of a book about the Alternative for Germany, or AfD.

"Like if their program becomes more radical or if they notice that a political party, maybe that's even sitting in the parliament, goes into a direction that might be harmful to our political system."

Jan 22 08:53

Bavaria-Wide Ban On Alcohol Consumption In Public Areas Overturned

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has struggled to impose lockdowns by consensus with the leaders of Germany's various states, is now seeing Bavaria, one of the most significant and most economically vital regions of Germany, buck the latest national lockdown extension.

According to RT News, in an unexpected win for the people, the Bavarian Administrative Court temporarily suspended the statewide ban on drinking alcohol in public areas, initially introduced by lawmakers to mitigate the COVID-19's spread.

On Tuesday, Bavarian judges temporarily suspended the statewide ban on consuming alcohol in public spaces in Passau, Regensburg, and Amberg.

Jan 21 06:35

Merkel pushes for coordinated bans on UK arrivals to EU due to new variant of coronavirus – British media

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allegedly proposed that Brussels allows EU countries to shut their borders to UK travellers following the emergence of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, a report claims.

EU nations would be “free to impose temporary bans on entry and on transporting passengers entering from [non-EU] countries with virus-variants areas,” the Times reported on Thursday, citing a draft proposal submitted to Brussels by Berlin.

According to the paper, the move is being wholly backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and emphasizes “an urgent need to act in order to prevent or at least slow down the spread of worrying virus variants to and within the EU area.”

European countries were thrown into panic mode when a more contagious variant of the coronavirus was discovered in Britain late last year. More than 40 states quickly suspended flights from the UK in December.

Jan 19 07:15

Germany to introduce tougher restrictions in pandemic battle

Germany is set to extend its nationwide lockdown until the end of the month and introduce new tougher restrictions in a bid to get control of surging coronavirus infections, sources said on Tuesday.

The new rules, which are currently being discussed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states, will for the first time ban non-essential travel for residents of hard-hit areas all over Germany.

In towns and districts where the number of new coronavirus cases is above 200 per 100,000 residents over seven days, travel will be limited to a 15-kilometre (9.3 miles) radius, the sources said.

Jan 18 11:36

Germany to Put COVID Rulebreakers in ‘Detention Camp’

Germany is set to put COVID dissidents who repeatedly fail to properly follow the rules in what is being described as a ‘detention camp’ located in Dresden.

Yes really.

In order to try to increase compliance, violators are told that if they receive both a warning and then a fine, a court will decide whether they should be punished with a stint in the camp.

Jan 18 09:28

GERMANY TO PUT COVID RULEBREAKERS IN ‘DETENTION CAMP’

Germany is set to put COVID dissidents who repeatedly fail to properly follow the rules in what is being described as a ‘detention camp’ located in Dresden.

Yes really.

In order to try to increase compliance, violators are told that if they receive both a warning and then a fine, a court will decide whether they should be punished with a stint in the camp.

“We don’t assume that there will be very many, but in the event that a court decides that way, there will be a facility to accommodate them,” a spokesperson told RT.

Camps. For dissidents. In Germany.

What could possibly go wrong?

Jan 15 06:41

Flashback: How Russian Pipelines Heat Up Tensions: From Reagan’s Battle Over Yamal To The European Row On Nord Stream 2

The Yamal pipeline, born at the height of the Cold War, was fiercely fought by President Ronald Reagan. Nord Stream 2 is heavily contested by several Eastern and Central European countries, Ukraine, the United States and-in a different tone and to a lesser extent due to institutional constraints-by the European Commission’s top level officials. Though Yamal and Nord Stream 2 affairs present several striking similarities, they might differ in their development.

The Yamal pipeline and the tit-for-tat around a project initiated in tense geopolitical context

Jan 15 06:33

Germany approves resuming Russia gas pipeline work

BERLIN -- German authorities on Friday gave immediate permission for work to resume on a subsea pipeline bringing natural gas from Russia.

The decision by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency can be appealed, meaning there could be another halt to the construction on the Nord Stream 2 project, which has drawn major criticism from the United States, some other European countries and environmental groups.

The U.S. government has argued that the Baltic Sea pipeline would make Europe more dependent on Russian gas and hurt European energy security. The Kremlin has responded by accusing Washington of trying to promote its own liquefied natural gas sales.

The pipeline project was also opposed by the administration of President Barack Obama, and German officials have said they don't expect broad changes in U.S. policy when President-elect Joe Biden takes over from President Donald Trump.

Jan 12 07:14

Germany and Ukraine now involved

Jan 08 09:33

Germany’s anti-BDS resolution violates the right to free expression

German cultural institutions have criticized the German parliament’s anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions resolution for creating a legal gray area and undermining the right to free expression.

The 2019 resolution urges German institutions and public authorities to deny funding and facilities to civil society groups that support the BDS movement.

But in December, major German art and academic institutions denounced the resolution as “detrimental to the democratic public sphere” and warned of its negative impact on the free exchange of ideas.

That prompted an investigation, also in December, by the Bundestag’s scientific service department – an advisory body to the federal parliament – which reached a similar conclusion that the anti-BDS resolution is not legally binding and violates the constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression in Germany.

Jan 06 07:06

German-US legal team about to launch COVID-19 lawsuits to expose Gates-Rockefeller plandemic

REINER Fuellmich, the German lawyer who successfully led lawsuits against the corporate giants VW and Deutsche Bank, is about to launch lawsuits in Germany and the US over alleged false claims around the COVID-19 “pandemic” panic and the PCR test upon which it is based.

The lawsuit should be closely watched across the countries where fascist, totalitarian restrictions have caused mass economic disruption, unemployment, small business losses and person mental and physical harm. PM Scott Morrison, the premiers and the high-flyer health bureaucrats calling the shots need to be watching this closely too, for obvious legal reasons.

Fuellmich and a team of 34 lawyers is on the job after his panel of Dan Andrews’ armour-covered goons chased protesters into the Victoria Markets in Melbourne to enforce his COVID fascism. Lawsuits on the way Danny Boy?

Jan 06 06:38

Putin, Merkel Discuss Possibility for Joint Production of COVID-19 Vaccines, Kremlin Confirms

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, putting an emphasis on possible prospects of joint production of vaccines against the virus, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

"The issues regarding the cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic have been discussed with an emphasis on possible prospects of joint production of vaccines. It was agreed that the dialogue on this topic will be continued between the health ministries and other specialized agencies of the two countries," the press release said.

Dec 31 07:15

US v EU trade war: Trump hits France and Germany with tariffs after 'unfair retaliation'

DONALD TRUMP has hit back with tariffs against France and Germany amid the battle over aircraft subsidies.

Due to the EU imposing “unfair” tariffs on US products, the Trump administration has announced it will strike back with similar measures on French and German imports. The US government stated Brussels had imposed tariffs on “substantially” more American products following the result of WTO litigation. Although the WTO authorised the tariffs, the US has stated Brussels had unfairly raised levies.

Dec 31 06:35

Germany: 'Colossal' cyberattack knocks out Funke news group

Hackers knocked out one of Germany's biggest news organizations over the Christmas holiday. Such criminal attacks, which often come with ransom demands, have become a lucrative business model.

One of the biggest media organizations in German-speaking territories has become the victim of a sustained cyberattack over the Christmas holiday, forcing several newspapers to cancel or offer severely curtailed "emergency" editions. The attack, which is still ongoing, began last Tuesday.

The Funke Media Group, which publishes dozens of newspapers and magazines and runs several local radio stations and online news portals, said on Monday that some 6,000 of its computers had been "potentially infected" in the attack, which had affected several central computer systems at all its locations in Germany.

Dec 30 07:00

URGENT ALERT: Doctor Heinrich Fiechtner Warns: 'It's a Killer Vaccination'

Member of the state parliament in Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Heinrich Fiechtner slammed the German government and media for their endless propaganda, misinformation and fake news concerning the Chinese coronavirus. In an impassioned speech on the floor of the German Parliament, Dr. Fiechtner also warned the public of the dire consequences of the new "killer vaccination" and urged the public to resist the illegal government impositions.

Dec 29 09:22

Eight German care home employees jabbed with 5 TIMES Pfizer vaccine dose, 4 hospitalized with Covid-like symptoms

Eight nursing home workers in Stralsund received five times the normal dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, sending half of them to the hospital with Covid-19 symptoms – but the company insists the megadose is safe.

A group of care home employees in the northeastern town of Stralsund was accidentally dosed with five times the prescribed amount of Pfizer-BioNTech’s newly approved Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday – the first day Germany began vaccinating healthcare workers and nursing home residents against the virus.

Eight employees received five times the 30-microgram (mcg) dose of the jab, which was recently christened Comirnaty. Four of those were hospitalized as a “precautionary measure” after experiencing flu-like (and Covid-19-like) symptoms, Vorpommern-Rügen district administrator Stefan Kerth revealed on Monday.

Dec 29 07:42

Russia Issues Alexei Navalny An Ultimatum: Return Now Or Face Prison

The Kremlin just upped the ante amid soaring tensions with Germany and the EU over the Alexei Navalny affair, on Monday giving the allegedly poisoned Russian dissident an ultimatum: return to Russia right away for face prison.

Reuters details that "Russia's prison service on Monday gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a last minute ultimatum: Fly back from Germany at once and report at a Moscow office early on Tuesday morning, or be jailed if you return after that deadline."

Russian officials have repeatedly condemned Berlin's refusal to allow Russian investigators access to either any of the evidence or Navalny himself, following Germany's prior conclusion that Russian intelligence tried to assassinate him using Soviet-made Novichok nerve agent in August.

Dec 24 07:21

German nuns accused of enabling child sex abuse by priests

Nuns in the city of Speyer "dragged" children to be sexually abused by priests and politicians, a survivor told a German court. His explosive testimony is the latest abuse scandal to rock the German Catholic Church.

Dec 22 08:16

Watch: British Travellers "Held Against Their Will" At German Airports

As chaos unfolded in the UK with the government touting an unverified ‘mutant strain’ of COVID to justify a fresh lockdown, video has emerged of British travellers being herded inside foreign airports and held against their will.

Dec 20 06:34

Some German Companies Made Use of SolarWinds’ Hacked Software, Report Says

Reuters reported earlier that hackers said to be backed by a foreign state stole data from several government agencies, as many, including US authorities, rush to claim that Russia is behind the sophisticated hack. Moscow has hit back, observing that there is no proof to this end and bringing up earlier calls for cooperation in the cyber sphere.

German companies and institutions use software developed by the American firm SolarWinds, whose clients, including US federal agencies, recently fell victim to hacking attacks, a representative for Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) shared with the tabloid Bild.

According to the German agency’s estimates, the number of those German firms currently suffering from the cyber attack is “insignificant”.

Dec 19 08:11

Merkel, the Red footsoldier: German chancellor under fire over Communist links as image of her in uniform is released

She denies she was close to the Communist rulers in East Germany, where she grew up.

So this 1972 photo of her in military-style uniform has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel ‘not amused’.

Then called Angela Kasner and aged 17, she is shown happily involved in a civil defence exercise under the gaze of an East German officer.

Drills included first aid and preparing for nuclear attack.

Dec 19 08:10

Fist-Waving Merkel Warns Germans of ‘Last Christmas with the Grandparents’ Amid ‘Winter Failure’

Germany’s fourth-term Chancellor, Angela Merkel, banged her podium in the German parliament and spoke of families’ “last Christmas with the grandparents” as she moves to shut down the country.

66-year-old Merkel, widely regarded as the most powerful and influential leader in the European Union, is facing a political maelstrom at home, as coronavirus cases rise and the Pfizer vaccine co-developed with the German firm BioNTech remains tied up by EU regulators.

“I want to say this: if we have too much contact over Christmas, and afterwards it turns out that that was the last Christmas with the grandparents, then we will have really messed up and we should not mess up!” she said in an address to the German parliament in which she shook her fist and banged her podium, according to a Reuters report.

Dec 17 13:03

German Cabinet Passes 5G Security Bill Avoiding Huawei Ban

The German government approved an IT security bill on Wednesday that does not explicitly ban Huawei from supplying components for its 5G high-speed internet.

The legislation, which will now go to parliament, requires that suppliers guarantee their equipment will not be used for spying. Washington has threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it does not bar the Chinese tech giant from its 5G rollout plan.

Dec 15 05:50

Don’t Go to Church, Don’t Buy Christmas Presents: German Government’s Festive Covid Lockdown

Germany will enter a harsh coronavirus lockdown this week, with Angela Merkel’s government warning residents to not go out for Christmas shopping, Christians to not attend church services, and pupils to stay away from school.

The nationwide lockdown Germany is already under “was not enough”, German Chancellor Angel Merkel said as she introduced a series of new measures including closing schools, all non-essential shops, and even banning outright the sale of some seasonal celebratory items. The new lockdown begins on Wednesday (16th) and will last, with an exception for a quick break for Christmas itself, until January 10th.

Sunday’s announcement is the second full lockdown Germany has imposed in 2020, following another in April.

Dec 14 11:42

Anti-Semitism claims mask a reign of political and cultural terror across Europe

Jonathan Cook says Zionists and their supporters in the West are weaponising "anti-Semitism" to damage the reputation of Israel’s critics and deprive Muslims of the right to take offence at gratuitous insults of Islam while giving Jews every right to take offence at criticism of Israel.>>

Dec 14 07:12

Iran summons French and German envoys over criticism of journalist's execution

Iran has summoned the envoys of Germany and France over their criticism of the execution of an opposition journalist.

The foreign ministry voiced Iran's protest to the two ambassadors over French and EU criticism of the execution on Saturday of dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who had been based in Paris before he was captured in Iraq and taken to Iran.

Zam was convicted in June this year of fomenting violence during anti-government protests in 2017. His Amadnews feed had more than one million followers.

Dec 14 06:55

Nord Stream 2 Work Resumes Despite U.S. Efforts To Stop It

The construction of Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, which has been halted for a year, is set to resume in German waters Friday.

The move to complete the final section of the project will stretch already fraught diplomatic relations with the U.S. as lawmakers in Washington aim to tighten sanctions.

The vessel Fortuna is starting to lay two parallel underwater pipeline sections from Nord Stream 2, the German Waterways and Shipping Authority Stralsund said. Fortuna will lay a 2.6-kilometer (1.6-mile) section of the pipeline in German waters at depths of less than 30 meters, according to the company building the project.

Dec 14 06:33

Germany Looks To Protect Russia-Led Nord Stream 2 From US Sanctions

The German state where the controversial Russia-led natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is planned to land has proposed the creation of a state-protected foundation that would hold the assets of Nord Stream in a bid to protect the project from U.S. sanctions, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing a proposal of the provincial government of Mecklenburg–West Pomerania.

The proposal is to hold the Nord Stream 2 assets inside a foundation whose official purpose will be to protect the environment, according to the document Bloomberg has seen.

The United States, several European countries, including the Baltic states and Poland, as well as the European Union (EU), have expressed concern about Russia using gas sales and its gas monopoly Gazprom as a political tool.

Germany, for its part, is looking at the economic benefits of the Nord Stream 2 project.

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