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Mar 20 08:18

Germany: US ambassador Richard Grenell should be expelled, says FDP deputy leader

US Ambassador Richard Grenell is acting like "a high commissioner of an occupying power," the deputy leader of the Free Democrats (FDP) has said. Grenell has also drawn rebuffs from Germany's two governing parties.

Mar 20 07:40

Under Israeli pressure, Germany revokes Rasmea Odeh visa

Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh was banned from speaking at a public meeting marking International Women’s Day in Berlin on Friday after German officials revoked her visa.

The event was titled “Palestinian Women in the Liberation Struggle.”

The Israeli government claimed credit for the action.

Mar 20 07:35

Germany Furious at U.S. Ambassador for Calling Out Low Defense Spending

German politicians on Tuesday threatened to expel U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell over his sharp criticism of Germany’s low defense spending. Grenell took Germany to task for failing to meet its own spending goals, let alone its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Grenell responded on Monday to advance word that Germany’s new budget plan calls for defense spending to peak at 1.37 percent of national income in 2020, but then begin declining to 1.25 percent by 2023.

NATO members are supposed to spend 2 percent on defense, a target the Trump administration has insisted upon much more vigorously than previous administrations. The Germans previously pledged to reach 1.5 percent by 2024, which is still much lower than their NATO commitment.

Mar 20 07:30

Merkel Speaks Out Against Banning China's Huawei Amid US Threats

Over recent months, the US has tried to steer Germany away from letting the Chinese tech giant participate in building the country’s next-generation 5G network infrastructure, citing security threats, and even threatened to downgrade intelligence sharing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed excluding the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the development of the country’s 5G mobile network, or any other company just because it is from a certain country while speaking at an annual Global Solutions Summit in Berlin. Besides this, she also spoke against public discussions of sensitive issues in what could be seen as a rebuke to Washington’s recent warning to cut sharing intelligence info if Berlin allows the Chinese company Huawei to develop its 5G network.

“There are two things I don’t believe in. First, to discuss these very sensitive security questions publicly, and second, to exclude a company simply because it’s from a certain country”, she said, as cited by Bloomberg.

Mar 20 07:11

1,500 US rapid-deployment troops to arrive in Germany this week for NATO drill

US soldiers have begun arriving in Germany in the first test of a new rapid deployment strategy meant to bolster NATO’s presence in eastern Europe. US Army Europe says 350 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division arrived in Berlin on Tuesday as part of a group of 1,500 arriving this week. They’re heading to Poland to link up with tanks and other heavy equipment, being brought in from a pre-positioned site in the Netherlands, AP reports.

Mar 20 07:10

Germany must press US over Yemen drone strikes controlled from Ramstein Air Base – court

A court in Germany ruled on Tuesday that the government has partial responsibility to ensure US drone strikes, controlled with the help of an American base on German territory, are in line with international law. However, judges stopped short of ordering the ban that human rights activists had called for.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 12:54

Bundestag's vice president urges Berlin to expel US ambassador Richard Grenelle

ANGELA Merkel pulls real moves that are not at will officially Washington - for example, the North Stream-2 gas pipeline - but keeps open political clutter and strong words.

Many around and below her, however, are no longer allowed to "show their teeth" to the Americans.

It was exactly the Bundestag's deputy Wolfgang Kubicki who sharply criticized the US ambassador to Berlin, Richard Grenelle, and publicly asked him to be proclaimed a persona non grata.

In an interview with the French news agency AFP, he explained why he is looking for a grenelle expulsion:

"This American diplomat acts as the supreme commissar of the occupying power. He must be made aware that our tolerance has limits. Germany must not suffer Grenelle's attempts to interfere with the policy of a sovereign state like Germany. "

Mar 19 11:23

Germany says it will abandon its NATO spending commitments and invest less than promised, sparking US anger after Trump criticised European allies for expecting a free ride

Germany's military spending is set to fall below its NATO targets, in the latest flashpoint in Berlin's long-running row with Washington.

The latest German budget plans, revealed on Monday, will see defence spending drop well below the two per cent of GDP expected from NATO members.

U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell said the cuts were a 'worrisome signal', while President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Germany of freeloading on U.S. military might.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the U.S. criticism, saying Germany will not cut foreign aid to raise military spending.

Mar 19 10:15

Germany deports Palestinian convicted of terror, cancels BDS event at Israel's request

Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted for her part in a 1969 bombing that killed two Israeli students, was scheduled to speak at the Berlin event

Germany announced Saturday it would revoke the visa of a Palestinian woman convicted on terrorism charges in Israel, preventing her participation in a cultural event in Berlin organized by a group that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

The Israeli Embassy in Germany, in cooperation with the Strategic Affairs Ministry, has acted over the last few days to block Rasmea Odeh from taking part in a protest event in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood. The event, titled "Palestinian Women in the Liberation Struggle," was scheduled for Saturday night.

Mar 18 09:32

German Jews for Palestinian rights receive a peace prize– and are dismissed as ‘the wrong kind of Jews’

Last week, the German organization Jewish Voice for a Just peace in the Middle East received a peace prize from the city of Göttingen.

As the organization supports the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, the announcement of its nomination became a battleground, wherein prominent Jewish leaders tarnished its members as anti-Semites, suggesting that they were the ‘wrong kind of Jews’. The mayor and the president of the Göttingen university withdrew their support and cancelled the booking of halls for receptions. Nonetheless the jury stuck to its decision, and crowdfunded a prize of 28,000 Euros, which the organization will donate to human rights organizations in Palestine as well as to the liberal Israeli +972 Magazine.

Mar 17 09:09

May And Merkel Fiddle While Their Unions Burn

When it was reported by John Petley of the Bruges Group that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had, in effect, written the Brexit withdrawal agreement Theresa May has now twice had turned down by her parliament it should have come as no shock to anyone closely following the Brexit drama.

Uncorroborated? Sure. Most likely true. Of course.

The European Union doesn’t want Brexit to happen. And if it were to happen it would only be acceptable to them if it looks like the deal Mrs. May put before the House of Commons twice only to be rebuked by historic margins.

This was not a version of Brexit anyone had in mind. Not the softest-minded Labour voter and especially not the sovereignty-minded Leave voter of the Nigel Farage persuasion.

Mar 16 08:45

German Lawmaker Calls for Lifting Crimea-Related Sanctions Against Russia

Western sanctions against Moscow, related to Crimea’s reunification with Russia as a result of a referendum, should be lifted as soon as possible, German lawmaker Gunnar Lindemann from the (Alternative for Germany) AfD party told Sputnik on Saturday, which marks the fifth anniversary of the referendum.

"The sanctions damage cooperation with Russia and put jobs in Germany at risk. AfD strongly opposes the sanctions against Russia and Crimea. These sanctions should be lifted as soon as possible", Lindemann argued.

The politician maintained that due to the western sanctions, various humanitarian exchange programs had been abandoned, adding that Crimean residents of German origin were unable to visit their relatives in Germany.

Mar 15 08:18

Drones and diplomacy: US Ramstein air base stirs controversy in Germany

Command, click, kill? Weaponized drones are highly controversial in Germany. Two cases involving fatal drone attacks carried out by the United States are being brought before Germany's Higher Administrative Court in Münster.

Three Yemenis have taken legal action against the German government, as has one Somali. The plaintiffs claim to have relatives who lost their lives as a direct result of the deployment of US drones in their home countries.

Mar 14 08:27

‘Blatant extortion’: German ex-chancellor lashes out at US threat to withhold intel over China

Washington’s threat to downgrade its intelligence-sharing with Berlin if Germany buys Chinese 5G equipment is an example of why Berlin should seek more independence in its policies, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said.

The US Ambassador to Germany reportedly threatened the hosting country this week with a number of consequences for dealing with China, including withholding US intelligence information. The move was criticized by Schroeder, who is a long-time critic of Washington’s habit of using political leverage on Germany.

Mar 13 10:50

Lack of Options Forces US to Take ‘Nuclear' Path Against Germany Over Huawei

The Trump administration's threats to withhold intelligence from Germany are rooted in the fact that Washington has no other means to bend Berlin to its will, Jude Woodward, author of "The US vs China: Asia's New Cold War?" tells Sputnik.

"The problem is that the US hasn't got any other threats left," Woodward told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Tuesday. "In the past, the trading relationship and the strength of the US economy and the size of the US market meant that the US had huge clout and it didn't really have to make threats."

"If [the US] made it clear it wanted something, its key allies would just go with it. Now the problem is that… the US is forced to go to the nuclear option because it doesn't have any options in between anymore," she added.

Mar 13 08:33

French MPs Open Door to Franco-German Parliament

The French National Assembly has approved the creation of a new Franco-German assembly that would see the two countries represented in a single parliament.

The future two-country assembly would be comprised of 50 French and 50 German deputies who will meet twice a year to discuss issues of cooperation, with the first meeting expected to occur on March 25th, Franceinfo reports.

While the plan was approved on Monday in France, the German Bundestag has yet to vote on the proposal which has been described as a way to “deepen cooperation” between both nations.

Mar 12 13:21

French, German Farmers Destroy GMO-contaminated Crops

The transnational company Bayer said Wednesday that farmers in France and Germany were digging up thousands of hectares of rapeseed fields after traces of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are banned for cultivation, were found in seeds sold by the company.

In Europe, few varieties of GMO are authorized for growing, mostly due to environmental concerns. However, during a routine check, French authorities found out GMO seeds in three rapeseed seeds batches sold by Dekalb, a brand previously owned by Monsanto before the company was taken over by Bayer in 2018.

GMO crops are not authorized in Europe, although GMO could be imported for food and animal feed, Catherine Lamboley, Bayer’s chief operating officer for France, said and explained that the source of the contamination of rapeseed seeds, which were produced in Argentine GMO-free area, is not known yet.

Mar 12 10:33

US WARNS GERMANY IT WILL END INTELLIGENCE SHARING IF HUAWEI IS GIVEN 5G CONTRACT

SOURCE: INTEL NEWS
The United States has warned Germany that intelligence sharing between the two countries will be threatened if the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is awarded a contract to build Germany’s 5G network. The company, Huawei Technologies, is a private Chinese venture and one of the world’s leading telecommunications hardware manufacturers. In recent years, however, it has come under scrutiny by some Western intelligence agencies, who view it as being too close to the Communist Party of China. More recently, Washington has intensified an international campaign to limit Huawei’s ability to build the infrastructure for 5G, the world’s next-generation wireless network. Along with Britain, Australia and Canada, the US is concerned that the Chinese telecommunications giant may facilitate global wiretapping on behalf of Beijing’s spy agencies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump is just angry that Huawei got Germany's 5 G contract, and these actions are not the actions of a mature leadership. This is a 3 year old saying angrily, "I'm taking my toys, and going home!!"

This isn't about Chinese wiretapping; this is about no US company getting the money for the contract, because,yet again, in terms of invention and innovation, the US finds itself behind the proverbial 8 Ball.

Mar 12 08:20

Merkel Successor Rebuffs Macron’s EU Vision

The successor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s vision of the European Union (EU), rejecting a more centralised EU.

The Christian Democratic Union leader, known by her initials AKK in Germany given her tongue-twister name, presented her own vision of the future of the European Union which differs greatly from the proposal of President Macron and would see increased cooperation but not down the path of an EU superstate Die Welt reports.

“Europe needs a strategy to promote convergence, which intelligently links national and European approaches,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said and added support for an “EU innovation budget” to fund research and technological development.

Mar 11 12:19

U.S. Warns Germany To Drop Huawei Or Risk Losing Intelligence Sharing

Following intense pressure from the US on its European allies to boycott the use of Huawei products in the rollout of next-generation 5G products and shut out the Chinese telecom giant from local markets, Germany was the first nation to rebuke Washington, with Handeslblatt reportingone months ago that the German government wanted to avoid excluding products offered by Huawei.

Mar 11 09:01

Researcher Blames Multiculturalism for Rise of Arab Clan Gangs in Germany

German Islamic and migration researcher Ralph Ghadban has blamed multicultural ideology for the rise in power of Arab clan gangs, saying there are now no-go zones in Berlin.

The Lebanese-born researcher claimed that there are now several “no-go areas” in the German capital, listing the areas of Cottbusser Tor, the Tiergarten, and Neukölln, saying they were “dangerous areas, so-called no-go areas, in which Arab clans have the upper hand,” Augsburger Allgemeine reports.

“No-go areas are a law-free area. Policemen are persecuted, besieged, and harassed. Policewomen are groped. They receive threats from clan members such as ‘we know where you live’ or ‘we know where your children go to school’, but they are usually empty threats,” Ghadban said.

Mar 11 09:01

Report: Merkel Govt May Have Let In Thousands of War Criminal Migrants

A damning new report has claimed that since 2014, the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allowed thousands of war criminal migrants to enter the country.

The new report claims that from 2014 to 2019, the German government not only let in around 5,000 migrants who were subject to investigation for violating international law, but only investigated a handful of them itself, German tabloid Bild reports.

The paper states that the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) tipped the government off to around 5,000 migrants they believed had been involved in war crimes or other crimes against humanity.

Mar 09 10:59

Merkel refuses to send Navy ships to Russia’s shores, rebuffs US pressure – report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allegedly stood up to pressure from Washington as she declined a proposal by Vice President Mike Pence to send German Navy ships towards Russia’s Crimea, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Mar 09 10:48

Germany has invented a new line of “anti-rape undergarments” to make it harder for Cultural Enrichers to rape women

GERMANY HAS INVENTED A NEW LINE OF “ANTI-RAPE UNDERGARMENTS” TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR CULTURAL ENRICHERS TO RAPE WOMEN.

SAFETY PANTS WITH AN ALARM -- THEY WERE SOLD OUT OF STORES ALMOST AS SOON AS THEY ARRIVED.

WOMEN KEEP SPEAKING OUT BUT MERKEL IGNORES THEM.

Mar 09 10:38

Germany won't classify Iran ally Hezbollah as terrorist - Spiegel

Germany will not follow Britain’s lead in declaring Iran-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organisation, a senior official was quoted as saying on Friday, a decision that may fuel tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Mar 09 08:36

Pence Asked Merkel to Provoke Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea

The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to three people familiar with the talks.

At a Feb. 16 meeting at the Munich Security Conference, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Merkel to send German warships through a narrow channel between the Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia to show Putin that Western powers won’t surrender their access to those waters, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Merkel refuses to send Navy ships to Russia’s shores, rebuffs US pressure – report

Mar 09 07:37

Trump Asks Germany, Japan To Pay For Being Occupied

(*GREMANY: "If Ve Don't Pay Der Ocupation Fee ..."
JAPAN: You Go Now ?!?!?" )

Mar 08 08:55

‘Muslim for German chancellor? Why not?’ Remark by senior MP in Merkel’s party triggers backlash

A high-ranking MP from Angela Merkel’s ruling party said that a Muslim could become German chancellor by 2030, making headlines across the nation and triggering a furious backlash.
Ralph Brinkhaus, who leads the Christian Democrats (CDU) in the German parliament, could have avoided making front-page news had he not been asked one particular question from evangelical news outlet Idea. They wanted to know if a Muslim could lead the party and become chancellor in the next 10 years or so, and he said the following:

Why not, if he’s a good politician, and he represents our values and our political views?

The center-right CDU party, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel – the daughter of an East German pastor – has long been proud of the letter ‘C’ which stands for Christian values. But for Brinkhaus, human values are more important than religious beliefs.

Mar 08 08:39

The Man With No Friends. Macron's Letter Attacks Everyone, Offers Little

"Retreating into nationalism offers nothing; it is rejection without an alternative. And this is the trap that threatens the whole of Europe: the anger mongers, backed by fake news, promise anything and everything". Macron, 2019.

President Macron's audacious letter to the EU28 published by fawning newspapers, presumably a free opinion piece, should count as election spending, it was his pitch for a fast track federal Europe that very few want.

It was his free election leaflet ahead of the EU elections in May.

It was also his pitch to be crowned the new leader of the EU, as a wounded Merkel stands down.

Mar 08 08:37

German police failed to probe THOUSANDS of tip-offs on refugees suspected of war crimes – reports

Thousands of war crime-themed cases involving asylum-seekers were referred to the German authorities in recent years, but only a small portion of them was eventually picked up for investigation, a new report has found.
From 2014 to early 2019, the German migration and refugee services referred around 5,000 cases of “crimes under international law” to the police and the attorney general but only 129 cases ended up being investigated, Bild reported on Thursday.

This included the time between 2015 and 2016 when the nation saw a spike in the influx of migrants and asylum-seekers from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Sub-Saharan Africa. Some 3,800 referrals were filed during that period. Only 28 of those prompted an investigation.

Mar 08 08:18

Pence Urged Germany To Provoke Russian Navy

Bloomberg dropped a bombshell on Thursday, citing three high level sources familiar with US-German talks at last month's Munich Security Conference who revealed US Vice President Mike Pence tried to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel to directly provoke Russia by sending German ships through the Kerch Strait, the two mile wide flashpoint off Crimea which saw Russia seize Ukrainian vessels and their crew members on November 25.

Merkel reportedly rebuffed the efforts which Bloomberg described as "a naval maneuver in Russia's backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin." Merkel declined Pence's urging while citing reservations voiced by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who viewed such an act as "not enough" to ensure Russia opens the strait permanently, according to the sources. Sources said Pence's plan was designed "to show Putin that Western powers won’t surrender their access to those waters."

Mar 08 06:56

Germany won’t ban Huawei & ready to oppose US pressure – economy minister

Germany does not intend to prevent Chinese tech giant Huawei from developing 5G networks, the country’s economy minister said, adding that the EU stands ready to defend its interests, should a trade war with Washington escalate.

Mar 07 11:17

German police failed to probe THOUSANDS of tip-offs on refugees suspected of war crimes – reports

Thousands of war crime-themed cases involving asylum-seekers were referred to the German authorities in recent years, but only a small portion of them was eventually picked up for investigation, a new report has found.

From 2014 to early 2019, the German migration and refugee services referred around 5,000 cases of “crimes under international law” to the police and the attorney general but only 129 cases ended up being investigated, Bild reported on Thursday.

Mar 07 11:13

Guaido Claims Venezuelan Gov't Threatening Germany After Envoy's Expulsion

His comments come after the Venezuelan government expelled the German ambassador, who welcomed the opposition leader at the Caracas airport on Monday. Germany has earlier supported sanctions on Venezuela, which were initially imposed by the United States in a bid to force out President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido has described the expulsion of the German ambassador by Caracas as a threat against Germany, which threw its weight behind the opposition leader.

"Venezuela lives under a dictatorship, and this [action] represents a threat against Germany," Guaido said in an interview with Der Spieger, adding that he'd asked the German envoy to stay in the country.

Mar 06 14:19

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, Thousands Protest Proposed EU Regulation on Internet Upload Filters

By Filip Stojanovski

An estimated 5,000 people gathered in Berlin on March 2 to protest a proposed EU copyright rule that could radically shift the dynamics of posting and sharing content online.

Among other provisions, Article 13 of the draft EU Copyright Directive would require internet platforms like YouTube to install “upload filters” — a technical mechanism that would block users from uploading copyright-protected content, effectively imposing a system of “prior censorship” on major internet and social media platforms...

Mar 06 09:07

Venezuela names German ambassador ‘persona non grata’ for ‘interference in its internal affairs’

The Venezuelan authorities have declared the German ambassador Daniel Kriener persona non grata over what it called “interference into its internal affairs."

Germany’s envoy has become the first European diplomat to be expelled from the Latin American state amid the ongoing escalation of tensions between Caracas and Washington and its allies, supporting a self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido, who challenges the rule of elected leader Nicolas Maduro.

“Venezuela considers its unacceptable that a foreign diplomat … plays a public role on its territory, which is more typical for a political leader, who clearly supports the conspiracy agenda of the extremist parts of the Venezuelan opposition,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement explaining its decision.

Kriener was granted a period of 48 hours to leave the territory of Venezuela, the statement said.

Mar 06 09:00

No deal better than uncertainty, says head of German industry

The head of the German federation of industries has claimed the British are “lost” and has thrown doubt on Berlin’s backing for a short Brexit extension, claiming an “economy can live better with bad conditions than with uncertainty”.

Dieter Kempf, the chairman of the Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Industrie, said the 100,000 companies he represents and their 8 million employees have prepared for a no-deal scenario in March, not in May.

Speaking in the wake of the British prime minister’s suggestion that the UK could request a two-month Brexit delay, Kempf told the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad that he felt no relief at the apparent U-turn by Theresa May.

Mar 06 08:27

BREAKING: Venezuela names German ambassador ‘persona non grata’ for ‘interference in its internal affairs’

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 4 to aid the transition of active-duty service members and military veterans into the United States Merchant Marine.

Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, told reporters in a conference call before the signing that one of the broad themes behind the order relates to the national security strategy of 2017—where economic security is national security.

Mar 05 09:17

Three activists go on trial for challenging Israeli apartheid in Berlin

Three campaigners have gone on trial in Germany for disrupting an event featuring an Israeli political representative.

The trial, which opened Monday, focuses on a June 2017 conference held at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Among the participants were Aliza Lavie, a member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. She used the occasion to engaged in “pinkwashing” – depicting Israel as a haven for LGBTQ rights in order to distract from its crimes against humanity.

One Palestinian – Majed Abusalama – and two Israeli activists – Ronnie Barkan and Stavit Sinai – interrupted the event in an effort to counter such propaganda.

Mar 02 08:09

What Happens To Europe When Germany's Economy Slows?

Recently released figures also cast large shadows over Germany’s formidable manufacturing sector, with industrial output much lower than expected. In November, industrial output fell by 1.9%, while the year-on-year decline was 4.7%. These figures, the worst since the end of the 2008 crisis, are understandably giving rise to fears among investors and analysts of a nearing recession.

Feb 28 11:32

German pensioner forced to move from flat to make room for Middle Eastern migrants

Klaus Roth, a 74-old senior social worker who helped with Germany’s migrant influx in 2015 must move out of the flat he has lived in for 24 years to make room for Middle Eastern migrants.

A 1990s court ruling allows German municipalities to evict tenants to accommodate refugees if other options are exhausted.

Esslingen County has been assigned six new immigrants, in addition to 40 migrants already accommodated in the village.

The local council has reportedly decided to house the migrants in Roth’s flat, Mayor Gerhard Gertitschke said in an interview for Nürtinger Zeitung.

Feb 28 09:02

17 EU Member States Team Up Against Franco-German Initiative - Reports

France and Germany sought to create a European rail giant, but their push was blocked by the European Commission, which feared the project would harm competition in the bloc. Now, Berlin and Paris want to revise EU competition rules - raising concerns among smaller member states.

About 17 EU member states have forged a coalition against a joint Franco-German push for easing restrictions on free competition in the union.

According to a letter seen by the Polish Rzeczpospolita newspaper, this coalition includes the Baltic States, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

They are said to have warned European Council President Donald Tusk against the "growing risk of protectionism" and possible shifts in balance of power in economic matters post-Brexit.

Feb 27 09:22

Cologne court rules against Germany’s spy agency in AfD probe

Germany’s domestic spy agency is not allowed to classify the Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a “case to investigate,” a court in Cologne ruled on Tuesday, handing a victory to the far-right party which had brought the case. The move represents a blow to the BfV intelligence agency whose chief had in January announced it would investigate the AfD to see whether the anti-immigrant party’s politics breached constitutional safeguards against extremism.

Feb 26 10:44

Germany's intelligence agency acted illegally by declaring it would monitor the anti-migrant AfD party and sent 'a negative message to the public', court rules

Germany's intelligence agency illegally announced it was monitoring the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, a court has ruled.

The Administrative Court in Cologne said the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) overstepped its mandate when it announced that the party was a so-called Prueffall, or a review case, in January.

Declaring the entire party as a case for heightened monitoring 'conveyed a negative effect to the public', it was ruled.

Such infringements to the rights of a political party can be made only if there is explicit legal authorisation, the court noted.

The intelligence service's move was therefore 'unlawful and disproportionate,' it ruled.

Feb 25 09:18

Crisis Smolders Between Berlin and Paris

France and Germany have officially put aside their differences and renewed their landmark friendship accord, the Élysée Treaty. But their convergence only came after much bickering -- and a secret supplementary agreement.

Feb 24 09:14

Germany Brags It Has Record Surplus

Feb 24 08:50

Security in Europe only exists with Russia

Merkel’s applause was countered by the booming silence with which the traditionally brave transatlantic community in Munich reacted to the remarks made by US Vice President Pence. Not only did he demand dropping out of the Iran agreement, but threatened to deprive Europe of protection if it did not finally call it quits with Russia. For a long time, the federal government believed that it could just sit out Trump. A bitter mistake. The current US administration combines the erratic destructiveness of Donald Trump with the neo-conservative aggressiveness of Pence and Bolton. This is a toxic mixture. It endangers the security of Europe. After the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Iran Agreement and Unesco, the US has kicked the the next international agreement into the trash bin, with the INF Treaty – to Vladimir Putin’s secret joy. How substantiated the mutual reproaches are is secondary. Both have little interest in actually saving the contract in the remaining six months.

Feb 23 08:48

Merkel Draws the Line Against Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has turned the corner on relations with the United States. Her speech at the Munich Security Conference should be considered Germany’s divorce filing from the U.S.-led post-WWII institutional order.

Feb 23 08:46

A Crisis Grips NATO, Germany Trust Putin More Than Trump

The British Financial Times published an article by its columnist Philip Stevens about the crisis in the ranks of NATO.

At the conference on international security held in Munich (February 15-17), German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s speech in defense of the liberal international legal order and, by default, against the policies of the administration of US President Donald Trump , was met with a bang. However, US Vice President Michael Pence , who rose to the podium immediately after Merkel, apparently, did not listen to her speech. The number two man in the current US administration said that US allies should follow the orders of Washington, writes Stevens.

Feb 22 09:21

German police lose ALL the evidence against two paedophiles who allegedly raped more than 30 children at least 1,000 times at rundown campsite

German police have admitted to losing almost all the incriminating digital evidence against two paedophiles accused of sexually assaulting least 31 children as young as four, allegedly raping their victims more than 1,000 times.

Main suspect Andreas V., 56, and his campsite neighbour Mario S., 33, allegedly sexually assaulted dozens of children at a rundown caravan park in Luegde, a town in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The case has shocked Germany, but despite the extremely serious allegations, police are now saying that almost all the incriminating digital evidence has gone missing - and that they apparently forgot to make backups.

The discovery of the massive abuse case has shocked Germany and left the public, as well as prosecutors, wondering how it could have dragged on for so many years without the authorities doing anything to stop it.

Feb 22 09:20

‘Germany not 51st US state’: Trade lobby blasts US interference in Nord Stream 2 gas project

Berlin must not bow to any other countries’ “dictation” on its energy policy, the head of a German trade lobby in Russia has said, as he slammed the politicization of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

“As for issues of energy supply and energy security, Germany must not yield to dictation or influence of other countries, whether it is Russia or the US. Germany is not the 51st state of the US,” the chairman of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Matthias Schepp, said in Berlin on Thursday.

Feb 22 06:51

‘Germany not 51st US state’: Trade lobby blasts US interference in Nord Stream 2 gas project

Berlin must not bow to any other countries’ “dictation” on its energy policy, the head of a German trade lobby in Russia has said, as he slammed the politicization of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

“As for issues of energy supply and energy security, Germany must not yield to dictation or influence of other countries, whether it is Russia or the US. Germany is not the 51st state of the US,” the chairman of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Matthias Schepp, said in Berlin on Thursday.

Feb 21 10:49

"Consequences for NATO": Germany Rebuffs UK Call To Back Off Saudi Arms Freeze

Germany is feeling the pressure from western allies over its weapons exports freeze in the wake of the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a freeze first announced in November, which included plans to reject any future export licences to Riyadh, but not previously approved deals.

German allies like the UK have lately implored the German government to soften its stance, noting the potential broader economic impact on Europe. British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, currently in Berlin to discuss the terms of Brexit, reportedly wrote to the German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, in a private letter first revealed by Der Spiegel that UK defense companies would be hindered in contractual obligations related to Eurofighter Typhoon and the Tornado fighter jet delivery, namely to supply parts affected by the German arms freeze.

Feb 21 07:59

Germany Not Interested in Anti-Russia Sanctions - Economy Minister

Europe is not interested in cutting off relations with Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated on 16 February on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said in a statement that the country is not interested in the anti-Russian sanctions, as they were adopted for political reasons, stressing that it is necessary to work to change them.

"I personally think that we have no interest in sanctions", Altmaier said, adding that "we accepted these sanctions, because there were political grounds for this, repeatedly extended them. "the EU was united, but we have to work on changing political relations and arrive at other solutions".

Feb 21 07:58

Germany's suffering center-left SPD gets a boost in latest polls

The Social Democrats have seen a bounce following historically low support, according to a new poll. Their proposal for a guaranteed basic income for pensioners was also met with approval.

Feb 21 07:57

Angela Merkel's successor seeks tougher line on immigration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats have met in an effort to shore up their credentials on immigration. The party, which now has a new leader, has seen support hemorrhage since the 2015 refugee crisis.

Feb 21 07:57

'Fake police' steal hundreds of thousands from Germany's elderly

Germany's Federal Police Office (BKA), working alongside Turkish authorities, has announced the arrests dozens of suspects believed to be calling elderly Germans and pretending to be police officers, local media reported on Thursday. The perpetrators are believed to have relieved pensioners of hundreds of thousands of euros by posing as officials.

"One of our tasks is to boost international cooperation with Turkey," the BKA told DW, "...the effectiveness of this cooperation was clearly seen in December, when Turkish police carried out a number of raids based on the preliminary investigation. In Antalya Province, for example, several residences and buildings were searched in connection with the fraud commited against victims living in Germany."

"The Turkish authorities also detained several of the top and mid-level management of the call centers."

Feb 20 12:15

Heart of Darkness Germany

After Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar made an obvious point about Jewish power influencing American foreign policies, she was forced, by that same Jewish power, to recant, thus confirming, to all those who can still think, the awful influence of Jewish power.

Though Jewish power is quite out in the open, as in AIPAC and the existence of a racist state that’s sustained by terror and endless war, one can’t even say “Jewish power” without being immediately branded an anti-Semite, if not a Nazi.

If it wasn’t for Jewish power, Americans wouldn’t have so much Muslim blood on their hands, or being worse than bankrupt, having fought so many wars for Israel.

If not for Jewish power, questioning the Holocaust wouldn’t be a thought crime in 16 European countries. No other event in human history is so fascistically protected from scrutiny. None but the Holocaust, thanks to Jewish power.

Feb 19 12:44

Germany Unveils Its Version of the Green New Deal

By Mitchell Gunter

Germany grabbed headlines across the globe in late January by proposing a complete government ban on utilizing coal for energy by 2038, effectively signing the industry’s death warrant.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) draft “Green New Deal” produced anger, confusion, and outright laughter across the nation earlier this month, effectively proposing to eradicate the health insurance, nuclear energy, and fossil fuel industries overnight in addition to providing “economic security” to those “unable or unwilling to work.”...

Feb 19 10:26

The Worst Possible Version of the EU Copyright Directive Has Sparked a German Uprising

By Cory Doctorow

Last week’s publication of the final draft of the new EU Copyright Directive baffled and infuriated almost everyone, including the massive entertainment companies that lobbied for it in the first place; the artists’ groups who endorsed it only to have their interests stripped out of the final document; and the millions and millions of Europeans who had publicly called on lawmakers to fix grave deficiencies in the earlier drafts, only to find these deficiencies made even worse. The epicenter of the uprising is Germany, which is only fitting, given that German MEP Axel Voss is almost singlehandedly responsible for poisoning the Directive...

Feb 19 09:28

After CNN Report, Facebook Censors Pages With Claimed Links to Russia

Facebook has suspended a number of accounts linked to Maffick Media following a report by CNN claimed the group is secretly linked with the Russian government. Maffick Media is based in Germany, and while it is partly owned by a Russian subsidiary, the company says it has full editorial independence.

CNN noted Maffick’s part-ownership by Ruptly, a Russian state media subsidiary, and accused them of not disclosing this ownership on Facebook, even though Facebook had never required any such disclosure, and no one is even accusing Maffick of spreading any disinformation on the pages.

Public documents show Maffick is 51% owned by Ruptly, a Germany-based news agency which is itself owned by Russia’s state television station RT.

Despite this, Facebook responded to the CNN report by taking down Maffick’s pages, accusing them of misleading the public “about who’s behind them,” and that in the future they will ask these pages to disclose “their Russian affiliations.”

Feb 18 07:50

German police is hiding facts about migrant crime statistics “to preserve civil peace”

The German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine recently raised the question if violent crime statistics are tweaked in the country.

A state police officer is quoted saying: “There is no lying, nothing is hushed, but things are deliberately left out.”

“There are orders to use our latitude of interpretation to preserve civil peace.”
The journalist Dieter Wonka met with the police officer, and now he knows specifically how the statistics are tweaked.

In a short video clip he states the following: “There is no written instruction to falsify the statistics. There are certain terms, for instance honour killings or sexual offenses, that if possible should not appear in reports.”

“In the case these terms do appear in police reports, from what I have understood, the police chief will make a written note on the report which says: ‘Please review this’.”

Feb 17 07:58

‘Far Apart’: Chancellor Merkel Wins Applause Confronting US VP Pence – Report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel advocated preserving the Iranian nuclear treaty and multilateralism, while US Vice President Mike Pence rolled out demands to European allies, including a demand to pull out of the 2015 JCPOA and ditch Russian gas.

Merkel's speech clashed dramatically with Pence's during the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

In an "uncharacteristically passionate speech," Merkel condemned the recent unilateral moves made by the United States — without naming the nation — The New York Times report reads.

Merkel berated US President Donald Trump for leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a move that most military observers consider directly affects European security.

Feb 17 07:55

Munich brawl: Pence clashes with Merkel and Mogherini over Iran deal, Russian pipeline

US Vice President Mike Pence went full throttle in Munich as he rolled out a list of Washington's demands to the EU, clashing with Germany's Angela Merkel and Brussels' Federica Mogherini on Iran and Russia.

EU nations must "stop undermining US sanctions" against Iran, Pence told the audience at the annual Munich Security Conference on Saturday, urging European allies to follow the American lead in ditching the deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

He had earlier blasted EU countries for not being "cooperative" with Washington's push to pressure Iran. The US unilaterally pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, citing mistrust towards the Islamic Republic and accusing it of threatening global security. Iran denied the allegations, while Washington's move was condemned by the EU, China and Russia.

Feb 16 09:19

Germans go gaga for Russian food discounter Mere amid nostalgia for ‘Iron Curtain’ era

“Many Germans cannot be identified as rich. There are many citizens living on welfare, pensioners, lonely and older people… In some parts of the country, especially in the East, unemployment rate totals eight percent,” Professor Johannes Ringel from Leipzig’s University told Russia’s state TV channel Rossiya 2.

Feb 16 09:17

‘Communal Solidarity’: German, 74, Must Vacate Flat to Let Migrants In - Report

A 74-old senior social worker who helped with Germany’s migrant influx in 2015 must move out of the flat he has lived in for 24 years. A 1990s court ruling allows German municipalities to evict tenants to accommodate refugees if other options are exhausted.

Klaus Roth, a 74-year German national living in the municipality of Neckartailfingen, approximately 20 kilometers south of Stuttgart, must vacate the 150-square-meter apartment he has lived in for 24 years to accommodate Middle Eastern migrants, municipal authorities say, according to the Junge Freiheit newspaper.

Esslingen County has been assigned six new immigrants, in addition to 40 migrants already accommodated in the village.

The local council has reportedly decided to house the migrants in Roth's flat, Mayor Gerhard Gertitschke said in an interview for Nürtinger Zeitung. In order to allow that, Roth must move to an apartment half as big, the report says.

Feb 15 09:53

German Ex-Air Force General: 'US Betrayed European Security'

A former head of NATO’s Military Committee has slammed the US move against the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) as “extremely dangerous” for Europe. This comes after Washington had suspended its obligations under the agreement that ended the arms race between the East and West back in the 1980s.

Former head of the NATO Military Committee and retired Air Force general Harald Kujat has sharply criticised the US for terminating the INF Treaty calling the move “a betrayal of the security of the European allies" in an interview with the Bavarian broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

According to the retired commander, the withdrawal from the treaty that ended the nuclear arms race back in 1987 means that the US is saying goodbye to responsibilities to its European allies. This move could be extremely dangerous for Europe, Kujat stated.

Feb 15 08:19

No way back for Nord Stream 2 pipeline project – Germany

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, controlled by Russian energy giant Gazprom, is unlikely to be cancelled, according to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

“Nord Stream 2 is not the project that I support with all my heart… But key decisions were made earlier. The project just can’t be turned back,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said in an interview with political science magazine Internationale Politik.

“Moreover, we have quite legitimate economic interests in energy supply… It’s realistic to say that the construction of the gas pipeline cannot be prevented,” the politician added, citing already-signed contracts and permits.

Feb 13 09:23

Russia's UN Ambassador Schools German Envoy Over Claim That Russia 'Took Minsk'

Earlier, during a discussion on the fourth anniversary of the Minsk Agreements which led to a ceasefire in the civil war in eastern Ukraine in 2015, German envoy to the UN Christoph Heusgen accused Russia of "occupying" the Belarusian capital.

Speaking at the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the situation in Ukraine on Tuesday, the German ambassador told Council members: "We must realise that this was a Russian invasion, that Russian soldiers were directly involved in both the occupation of Minsk and the occupation of Donetsk."

Russian UN representative Vasily Nebenzya immediately jumped on the German envoy's slip of the tongue.

"My friend Christoph, it seems, had a Freudian slip, and said that Russia 'took Minsk' in 2015. Russia did take Berlin, I remember that; this was earlier. Before that we liberated Minsk," the envoy clarified, referring to the Soviet military efforts against Nazi Germany during World War II.

Feb 11 09:01

French, German farmers destroy crops after GMOs found in Bayer seeds

Bayer said on Wednesday that farmers in France and Germany were digging up thousands of hectares of rapeseed fields after traces of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) banned for cultivation were found in seeds sold by the company.

Feb 11 08:12

Grenell To Germany: Working Around US Iran Sanctions Shows Disrespect

The US Ambassador to Germany is simply incorrigible; in today’s news, he speaks as if not bowing to US policy is lèse–majesté, that old crime from royal times against the dignity of the sovereign.

Feb 11 08:01

‘Russians at the doorstep’: US says Germany must ‘use its leverage’ to keep Kremlin in line

The US ambassador to Germany says Berlin needs to escalate its stand-off with Russia by investing more in weapons, and pressuring it over energy links. Moscow believes that Germany won't submit to American "blackmail.”

“The Germans have the leverage with Russia. Imagine if Chancellor Merkel stood up and said: Because of the Russian behavior, because of the malign activity in the increased offense, we cannot give you more influence by buying your energy,” Richard Grenell, a career diplomat who was assigned to Germany last year, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

The current White House administration has persistently urged Angela Merkel’s government to restrict or halt the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which is due to be completed later this year.

Feb 11 08:00

Nord Stream 2 is in 'our interest', says German minister amid US pressure on project with Russia

As the US tries to impede Berlin from a joint energy project with Russia – Nord Stream 2 – the German economy minister says that his country will stick to the enterprise, backing Moscow as a reliable partner.

Speaking to the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Peter Altmaier was quizzed about Donald Trump’s 2018 comments that Berlin is “a captive” of Russia, when it comes to gas supplies.

Feb 10 08:43

Nicht gut: Nearly 85 percent of Germans see U.S-German ties as negative

Nearly 85 percent of Germans have a negative or very negative view of U.S.-German relations, and most want to put more distance between the traditionally close transaltantic allies, a new poll showed on Friday.

Just over 40 percent of those polled view China as a better partner for Germany than the United States, the survey of around 5,000 people, conducted by Atlantik-Bruecke and the Civey institute in poll in November and December, showed.

Ties between the United States and Germany, Europe’s largest economy, have been strained since the 2016 election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has criticised Germany repeatedly for its trade practices, defence spending and its participation in the Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Feb 10 08:36

European rail merger blocked, prompting backlash

The European Commission on Wednesday vetoed the planned merger of the rail units of French firm Alstom and Germany’s Siemens, a transaction that the governments in both Paris and Berlin had envisaged as creating a champion that could compete with Chinese competition.

The regulatory body’s decision has set up a confrontation with the European Union’s most influential members and could force changes to antitrust rules.

German Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier announced immediately after the news that a joint effort with the French government was under way to seek reforms.

Feb 08 08:50

Future German Leader Calls for EU Army to Avoid Being ‘Plaything’ of U.S., China, Russia

The woman largely expected to take over as chancellor of Germany has echoed calls by her mentor Angela Merkel and French ally Emmanuel Macron for a “European army” to avoid becoming a “plaything” of Russia, China, and the United States on the global stage.

Dr Merkel’s successor as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (also referred to as AKK) made the comments on Tuesday during a speech in the EU capital Brussels where she outlined her party’s campaign themes ahead of May’s European Parliament elections.

Stressing the idea of the “Europe of security,” Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer said Brussels must push forward with a common defence policy, which “must someday also include a European army.”

Feb 07 11:23

‘Assassination Guide’ Directed at German Populists Posted on Antifa-Linked Site

Calls for the assassination of several major figures in the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), including detailed instructions on how to do so, have been found on a web platform linked to Antifa far-left extremists.

The post was made on the infamous “Indymedia” web platform that has long been used by far-left extremists in Germany and called for the murder of several AfD MPs, including co-chairs Alexander Gauland and Alice Weidel, Tichys Einblick reports.

Under the title ‘The AfD and the election campaign!’ the post calls on Antifa members to examine the dates of AfD public appearances and study maps of venues to escape once they have finished their assassination.

Feb 05 13:12

German activists set up a 200m line of shame outside Angela Merkel's office, built from newspaper articles about robberies, murders and rapes committed by immigrants.

Feb 05 10:25

Merkel says it’s still possible to agree on Irish border with Britain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it is still possible for the EU and Britain to come to an agreement on how the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will function after Brexit, adding that London needs to come forward with a proposal. During a trip to Japan on Monday, Merkel said the already-agreed Brexit withdrawal agreement can’t be renegotiated.

Feb 04 08:10

Yellow vest protests hit bastion of Germany's car industry

Hundreds of Germans have donned yellow vests to match protesters in France, demonstrating in the bastion of Germany's car industry in Stuttgart against a recent driving ban on older diesels.

The protest came after organizers asked people to hit the streets clad in the yellow high-visibility vests that have defined months of protests in France -- themselves triggered by an increase in tax on diesel.

"The French are an example to us, because they dared take to the streets to protect their rights," organizer Vasilos Topalis told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Stuttgart is home of Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, Volkswagen subsidiary Porsche and the world's biggest car parts supplier Bosch.

Since January 1, only diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 5 emissions standard are allowed into Stuttgart, with efforts underway to implement similar driving bans in many German cities.

Feb 04 08:04

Germans Warn U S – Stop the Train of Horror

Feb 03 12:25

Germany's Snub Of Lockheed’s F-35 Unleashes Dramatic Geopolitical Consequences

Germany has snubbed Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter, knocking the American stealth fighter of out of a tender worth billions of euros, the German Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday. Germany's military is seeking to replace its aging Tornado warplanes, for which Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet and Airbus' NATO Eurofighter Typhoon remain contenders.

Should Germany go with the Eurofighter after announcing the F-35 out of the running, which was long rumored to have persistent mechanical and software glitches, this could have huge geopolitical consequences considering current multiplying issues of contention between the US and Germany, not least of which goes to the heart of NATO strategic nuclear readiness.

Feb 03 10:25

Germany to use 6-month withdrawal period to talk if US quits INF Treaty – Merkel

If the US announces that it will suspend compliance with the INF nuclear missile pact with Russia, Berlin will use the six-month period until its formal withdrawal to hold further discussions, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. “If it does come to a cancellation today, we will do everything possible to use the six-month window to hold further talks,” she said, accusing Russia of “violating this treaty.” Merkel added that “the important thing is to keep the window for dialogue open,” Reuters reports.

Feb 01 20:18

Germany manufacturing PLUNGES into the RED as factory activity disappoints

GERMANY has been hit with another blow to its economy after the manufacturing sector plunged into contraction territory.

Factory activity was lower than expected for Europe’s largest economy, dropping to 49.7 points in January from 51.5 in December. A reading below 50 marks a sign of contraction. The bleak figures, revealed today by IHS Markit and the latest in the strong of a sign of a slowdown for Germany, showed the steepest fall in new orders in over 6 years.

Feb 01 10:07

Moscow vows to put global spotlight on Germany’s crusade to demonize Russian media

Moscow intends to solicit international structures, responsible for protecting freedom of the press in order to shed light on the crusade launched by Germany to smear Russian and Russian-language mass media, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"We highlight the massive campaign in the German press to discredit Russian and Russian-language mass media," she said, noting the groundless criticism and accusation of propaganda pinned on the RT Deutsch TV channel, which broadcasts in German and is widely popular among the local audience. "There were attempts to demonize various associations of our compatriots and the Russian-language press in Germany recently."

Jan 31 09:58

German leader Merkel gets Fulbright, stresses cooperation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the need Monday for international cooperation to fight the rise of nationalism and populism, citing the role the U.S. played after World War II in helping establish a free and democratic Germany and Western Europe.

Speaking after receiving the prestigious Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, Merkel noted how American aid to Western Europe through the Marshall Plan, its role in the Berlin Airlift when the Soviets tried to cut the city off, and President John F. Kennedy’s “legendary commitment” during the Cold War helped lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago.

Germany had “our American friends standing next to us relentlessly, standing up for a free Europe, making this free Europe strong, and we Germans don’t ever forget this,” she said.

Jan 27 15:23

Half of Germany’s potential army recruits unfit, lack motivation or have no citizenship – reports

German military is plagued by various blunders these days, and there is one more – it emerged that only half of potential recruits are suitable for service, Bild revealed. Others are reportedly unfit or have no German passport.

Jan 26 11:44

German Establishment Scared of AfD Success in European Elections – MP

Lawmakers from Germany’s anti-immigrant Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) Party walked out of the Bavarian Parliament on Wednesday after a Jewish community leader accused them of playing down Nazi crimes.

Charlotte Knobloch, a Holocaust survivor and ex-president of the Jewish Community in Munich, also said that AfD disparages democratic values. The AfD entered the Bavarian Parliament for the first time last year, winning 22 seats, making it the fourth-largest party.

Jan 26 11:14

‘They are taking us for a ride’: Italian PM slams France & Germany’s ‘hypocritical’ role in EU

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called out France and Germany in a hard-hitting interview Friday, fired up over the countries’ efforts to land Berlin a seat on the UN Security Council.

“Did Germany lose or win WWII?” Conte asked rhetorically, emphasizing, in his typical no holds barred style, that the seat had been intended for the EU as a whole.

Jan 25 23:38

Germany MOCKS Brexit with new verb hinting UK will NEVER LEAVE

The revelation was made on BBC’s Brexitcast podcast yesterday. BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler explained: “I can tell you about a new German verb that apparently has made its way into at least some dictionaries - maybe just online ones. But it was someone on Twitter who pointed this out to me.

“So, ‘to Brexit’ is now translated in German or explained as ‘to say goodbye but not to leave’.

“Which is, of course, German wishful thinking there.”

Laura Kuenssberg chimed in, noting: “That's very Theresa May - we are leaving the EU but we are not leaving Europe.”

Ms Adler added: "Arch-brexiteers would say that this deal is all about saying goodbye but not actually leaving, wouldn’t they?”

Jan 25 12:34

German Intelligence Used Antifa ‘Research’ to Build Case Against Populists

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) have been accused of relying on information from the far-left extremist Antifa movement to build their case for surveilling the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

The BfV, Germany’s domestic intelligence service, used Antifa sources and information at least six times in its analysis of the youth wing of the AfD, the Junge Alternative (JA), Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

The report, which links the JA to right-wing fraternity organisations, uses a source from the website “antifa-berlin.info” along with several other Antifa sources.

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