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Jun 18 09:07

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

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

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

Jun 16 09:52

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 09:51

Angela Merkel: German multiculturalism has 'utterly failed'

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

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

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

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

Jun 14 15:00

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

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

Jun 13 11:49

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

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

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

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

Jun 12 10:24

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

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

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

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

Jun 12 09:59

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

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

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

Jun 12 09:15

Insane video of LARGE HAIL in Germany

Jun 07 08:22

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

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

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

Jun 05 09:48

MERKEL’S FAIRYTALES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

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

Jun 04 10:13

German district president found dead with gunshot wound

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

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

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

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

Jun 04 09:41

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

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

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

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

Jun 02 09:09

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

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

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

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

Jun 02 09:01

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

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

May 31 10:02

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

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

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

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

May 31 09:51

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

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

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

May 31 09:15

Video: Activists in Germany disrupt Israeli intelligence officer

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

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

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

May 30 10:14

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

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

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

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

May 30 09:28

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

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

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

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

May 29 11:59

MERKEL CANCELS RESIGNATION, DECIDES SUCCESSOR NOT UP TO JOB

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

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

May 28 10:27

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

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

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

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

May 28 09:40

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

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

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

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

May 28 09:29

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

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

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

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

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

May 25 10:05

Palestinians protest German attack on right to boycott Israeli apartheid

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

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

May 23 11:33

Trial update: confronting apartheid in Berlin’s criminal court

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

May 23 10:41

German parliament smears quest for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic

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

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

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

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

May 22 09:41

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

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

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

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

May 22 09:31

WHAT WOULD HITLER DO?

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

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

May 21 13:54

The White Rose Movement

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

May 21 09:47

The reasons behind Germany's condemnation of BDS

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

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

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

May 20 09:53

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

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

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

May 18 10:53

VOLCANO threat in GERMANY?!

May 18 09:59

BDS = anti-Semitism? Germany passes motion against Palestinian protest movement

Germany’s parliament has passed a motion defining the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic. It calls on Berlin to cut funding to groups supporting BDS.

The Bundestag voted to adopt the non-binding motion backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party on Friday, making it the first European parliament to do so.

May 18 08:38

Germany votes to define BDS as anti-Semitic

Source: Middle East Monitor

Germany today voted to define the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic, becoming the first major European parliament to do so.

The German parliament – known as the Bundestag – this afternoon voted to accept a motion defining BDS as anti-Semitic. The motion, “Resist the BDS Movement – Fighting Antisemitism,” was sponsored by the Bundestag’s two largest parties – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian-Democratic Union and the Social Democrat party – as well as the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party.

The text of the motion stated that “the German Bundestag is unwavering in its commitment to condemn and combat anti-Semitic in all its forms,” stressing it will oppose “anyone who defames people because of their Jewish identity […] questions the right of the Jewish and democratic state of Israel to exist or Israel’s right to defend itself.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One cannot logically conflate Judaism... with the actions of the Israeli state; the people in the Knesset, must be jumping for joy right now, in their happiness.

What this ruling has done, has been to further destroy any possibility of a meaningful, contiguous Palestinian state.

May 17 10:23

Merkel Says Postwar Order Over, Calls on Europe to Unite in Face of US

In an interview with the German daily Zueddeutche Zeitung ahead of the European elections Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Europe to unite and stand up to the US, Russia, and China. Amid the ongoing tussle with Washington over higher import tariffs and the US pulling out of the Iran deal, one of Europe’s most powerful politicians stated that “the old certainties of the postwar order no longer apply” expressing confidence that “Europe needs to reposition itself in a changed world”.

May 17 08:42

German Government Classifies as Secret Number of ‘Refugees’ Arriving By Plane

The German government has made secret the number of “refugees” arriving in the country by plane after previous figures showed it was as high as 30 per cent.

The idea of refugees risking their lives to flee war torn countries, whether by land or even more dangerous boat journey, has been popularized by the media.

However, at least a third of asylum seekers who enter Germany do so via a quick flight.

May 16 09:59

‘We owe nothing’: Poland brings up reparations from Berlin but says ‘NO’ to Jewish restitution

Warsaw has refused to compensate Jewish families for the property they lost during WWII, and said that Germany owes Poland up to a ‘trillion’ in reparations.

“The Polish position is firm and clear: we don’t owe anything to anybody,” the government’s spokesperson, Joanna Kopcinska, stressed during an interview on a local radio station on Thursday.

May 16 06:46

‘As if Germany is a US colony’: Bundestag energy chief lashes out at Russia sanctions

Only the US – not Germany or the EU – is interested in economic sanctions against Russia, the head of the Bundestag’s economy and energy committee has said. German MPs are looking at ways to lift the restrictions, he added.

Bundestag energy and economy chief Klaus Ernst of Die Linke party accused the US of behaving as if Germany is its colony, as Washington tries to bully Europeans out of buying Russian gas.

“Those measures don't only target Russians, they deliberately target Europeans, for example German energy companies involved in Nord Stream 2,” he said at a conference on the prospects of energy cooperation between Russia and the EU, organized by the Russian Gas Society – an association of Russian energy companies, relevant research institutions and local administrations.

May 15 10:52

Germany suspends training Iraqi troops amid US-Iran tensions in the Gulf

The German army suspended its training programs for Iraqi troops due to increasing tensions in the region, the Defense Ministry said. The move comes after the US ordered partial evacuation of its embassy in Baghdad.

Berlin made the decision to suspend the training of Iraqi soldiers while “orienting itself toward our partner countries,” the Defense Ministry’s spokesperson, Jens Flosdorff, told reporters.

He said that there is “no concrete threat” to German troops at the moment but the decision to halt the training of local forces was made because the situation on the ground in general is becoming more tense.

May 15 10:17

U.S. senators offer bill targeting Russia-Germany pipeline

A group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Tuesday seeking sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2, a planned gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under fire from the United States and some European Union countries.

The bill introduced by Republican Senators Ted Cruz, John Barrasso and Tom Cotton and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, seeks to impose travel and financial sanctions on companies and individuals involved in constructing the pipeline.

The legislation reflects continued U.S. concerns over Russian influence in Europe, but the measure is many steps from becoming law. It would need to pass both the Senate and House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump to go into effect.

May 15 09:21

HASBARA ON TOUR IN GERMANY

We should all defend ourselves against such openly publicized manipulations of Israeli propagandists and warmongers in the “public law”!

May 10 09:05

US Ambassador Warns Germany Not to Do Business With Iran

The statement comes a few days after the US slapped a new round of sanctions on Iran’s steel, iron, aluminium and copper sectors following Tehran’s move to suspend some of its obligations under the nuclear deal in light of Washington’s decision to intensify restrictive measures.

Speaking to Bild newspaper, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell warned that companies involved in business with Iran could be blocked from the US market.

“You can do as much business as you want in Iran, but we have a say with regards to your visa. Because if you do something, we’re not going to agree to let you enter our country”, he warned.

May 08 09:54

German Media Says German-American Friendship is ‘in Shreds’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled his visit to Germany this week, where he was scheduled to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. This has sparked speculations about US-German relations falling apart and prompted a Sueddeutsche Zeitung journalist to call on Berlin to develop a strategy for the post-Trump era.

The abrupt cancellation of Mike Pompeo’s visit “is difficult to excuse”, Daniel Broessler noted in an article for the respected outlet Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He points out that there is rudeness in the world of diplomacy, like missing important international meetings as foreign minister, and insolence, referring to Pompeo’s announcement just hours before meeting Angela Merkel and his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

May 08 09:51

King-to-Be Charles to ‘Cherish’ His Bond With Germany Amid Brexit Turbulence

The heir to the British throne begins his big German tour on 7 May. Ahead of the visit, his address to a party in Berlin, reportedly considered to be Prince Charles’ “olive branch” over the chaos around the UK-EU’s divorce, has been leaked to the media. The royal is expected to talk about the UK’s special relations with the European powerhouse.

May 06 15:30

Germany proposes $2,790 fine for unvaccinated children amid measles outbreak in US

Germany's health minister is proposing fines for parents of school-age children who haven't been vaccinated for measles amid concern that the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease could make a comeback.

In an interview published Sunday with German weekly Bild am Sonntag, minister Jens Spahn said parents who can't prove their children have been vaccinated for measles should have to pay up to 2,500 euros ($2,790).

The minister also proposed that children without measles vaccinations be banned from going to daycare facilities, to protect others who are too young or medically unable to receive a measles immunization.

May 06 10:57

Germany Halts Granting Asylum to Syrians En Masse – Reports

Decisions concerning asylum applications have allegedly been postponed for several weeks as German authorities are set to reassess the security situation in Syria, according to media reports. Last year, Germany’s interior minister decided to extend a deportation moratorium for people from the country, citing the possible danger.

The German Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has apparently been pushing back asylum decisions in recent weeks, the German media group Funke reports. According to the group’s newspapers, migration authorities are postponing applications mainly of people from Syria, who are generally granted subsidiary protection.

May 06 10:56

Angela Merkel Defends Disastrous Migrant Policy During Address in Brandenburg

Germans were initially supportive of their chancellor’s open-door policy towards people fleeing Middle Eastern war zones, however the huge influx led to unprecedented social upheaval.

Four years since launching her dubious open-door migrant policy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was again forced to defend it as she addressed her supporters in Brandenburg.

May 06 09:46

Palestinians to German Newspaper NWZ: Don’t Give Platform to Israeli Official Justifying War Crimes

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a member of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, urges you not to host the May 16 event featuring Arye Sharuz Shalicar and to deny him a platform at your newspaper where he is a frequent contributor.

Shalicar is Head of Foreign Relations for the Israeli Ministry of Intelligence. The notorious Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has been condemned by the UN Committee Against Torture over its use of violent interrogation tactics on Palestinians. Shin Bet has been the object of hundreds of complaints of torture. Not a single one has resulted in prosecution.

May 04 09:06

Iran, Judeophilia And Dementia On The German Left

Just like silence, an action or an image, a simple sheet of paper can also say more than a thousand words. The brochure that invites to the conference “40 years of the Islamic Revolution of Iran” is a reflection of the intellectual shipwreck that prevails among a big part of the German left youth and also in most of Western Europe. Among the organizers are the Left Youth of Thuringia (“Linksjugend Thürinen”) close to the Left Party (“Die Linke”) and the Work Circle Sisyphos (“Arbeitskreis Sisyphos”). Both shamelessly state that there is a “dementia on the left” when it comes to the Iran topic. And indeed, there is but only their own.

Apr 25 11:50

German Car Sales Collapse

Apr 25 10:59

WW2 bomb blown up in Germany after evacuation

A 250kg (550lb) World War Two bomb caused damage in a German city when it exploded on Wednesday under controlled circumstances.

It was discovered in the southern city of Regensburg during construction work.

The bomb could not be transported or defused, experts found. So they instead evacuated some 4,500 people in a 1.5km (one mile) radius.

Despite the planned explosion, nearby buildings were damaged in the blast, their windows shattering.

Apr 24 10:06

How long will Angela Merkel's chancellorship last?

Angela Merkel says she wants to remain in office until her term is up. But behind the scenes, plans are already being hatched for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to take over the chancellorship.

Apr 23 17:06

Weber set to INFURIATE Merkel: Candidate to replace Juncker vows to block Russian pipeline

EUROPEAN Commission hopeful Manfred Weber has pledged to scupper plans for the controversial Russian gap pipeline Nord Stream 2 if he replaces Jean-Claude Juncker in the EU hot seat.

Mr Weber’s position will put him at loggerheads with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has shown support for the pipeline between Russia and Germany. The German MEP is keen to throwout his national hat because the 765-mile project, which deliberately bypasses Poland and Ukraine, is not in the European Union’s interest, he claims.

Apr 23 08:56

‘They’re godfathers now’ – Germany’s most famous bodyguard on powerful Arab street gangs

Famed bodyguard, who protected the likes of Hollywood A-lister Sean Penn, took RT Deutsch on a tour of Berlin neighborhoods plagued by powerful Arab street gangs that pull off daring heists in broad daylight.

The ruthless Arab street gangs gained momentum in the 1990s, “pushing aside local German groups and taking Berlin’s nightlife under control,” Michael Kuhr told RT Deutsch as he strolled down a working-class neighborhood with many migrant residents.

"They’re godfathers now, totally controlling [crime in Berlin], including drugs, prostitution, and shadow money."

The Arab clans are extremely dangerous and, given their close-knit nature, they “can bring together 40 to 50 people in just half an hour,” he stated.

Apr 19 12:22

I am on trial in Germany for peacefully protesting Israeli apartheid

I am in the midst of a nightmare because I dared to call for equality, justice, freedom and dignity for Palestinians. My activism in Germany as part of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has landed me before the court.

Last month, charges were levied against me and my two Jewish comrades, Ronnie Barkan and Stavit Sinai. Together, we are known as the #humboldt3, because we peacefully protested a talk at Humboldt University in Berlin by Knesset member Aliza Lavie, who supported Israel’s 2014 war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

I have been deeply touched by the international support we have received throughout this ordeal. However, we still need all human rights defenders and friends of Palestine to stand with us, since we are going through a re-trial following Israeli pressure to convict us.

Apr 16 08:22

New study: Number of Germans brutally attacked and murdered by migrants doubled in one year

According to statistics published by the Federal Criminal Police Office, Germans are significantly more likely to become victims of a crime committed by an immigrant than vice versa.

Its 2018 report “Crime in the Context of Immigration” analysed statistics of murders, homicides, assaults, robberies and offences against sexual self-determination and personal freedom.

The research set out to determine how many crimes involved “asylum seekers and refugees”, as well as people who are awaiting deportation or already have a residence permit.

Apr 16 02:41

US agrees not to seek death penalty for Assange

The United States has agreed not to seek the death penalty against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in covert negotiations with the UK and Ecuador to get him evicted from the South American country’s embassy in London, US media reported.

The process of moving Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy started a year ago, in March 2018, when the Ecuadorians made their first request to Britain, ABC News reported Monday.

Ecuador made its request in a letter on March 7 of last year, asking for written assurances that the UK would not extradite Assange to a country where he could face the death penalty, the report said, citing US and Ecuadorian officials.

Ecuador's direct outreach to the US came six months later, through the country’s ambassador to Germany, Manuel Mejia Dalmau, according to the report.

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Apr 09 10:29

BREXIT LIVE: ‘Put us out of our MISERY!’ Tory BEGS Macron and Merkel to reject delay

"At tomorrow's EU Council, please vote against any further extensions to Article 50 and oblige the UK to leave the EU on Friday on WTO terms, as you previously said you would only honour any application for an extension if there was a credible reason so to do. That credible reason does not not exist." Mr Loughton added: "If the EU elections go ahead, it is highly likely the UK will elect an army of Nigel Farage mini-mes, who I am afraid will wreak havoc with the European Parliament.”

Apr 09 09:51

AfD co-leader speech on Brexit in Bundestag, Alice Weidel, English subtitles (March 2019)

Apr 08 09:20

‘Russia has invaded Estonia, NATO is on the way’: German TV plumbs depths with fake war broadcast

A respected German analytical TV program opened its latest edition by informing viewers that Russian forces intruded into the Baltics. Was this "fantasy" just juvenile attention-seeking, or crude pro-NATO propaganda?

“Together with European and German allies, the US army is currently moving through land, air and sea to Estonia to expel Russian forces, which have once again invaded, as in Crimea before,” announced a worried Claus Kleber, host of heute journal, on the national public broadcaster ZDF Thursday night.

As millions of viewers tensed up, the veteran host announced that it was a “gotcha!”

“Do not worry. It is not true. This is just a fantasy scenario – but a realistic one,” said Kleber.

Apr 08 08:17

Der Spiegel fires hoaxer, suspends editors amid massive fake news scandal

Der Spiegel, one of Germany’s top news outlets, just said goodbye to one of their blue ribbon reporters and suspended two editors, after a shocking investigation. Claas Relotius, a top reporter who’s won multiple awards, has been revealed as fraud who “invented” stories in at least 14 of his 60 published Der Spiegel articles. In the aftermath, two editors are now also facing the chopping block.

Claas Relotius is not the first member of the establishment media to have conjured up a story; there is a laundry list of mainstream media puppets who’ve taken the news into their own hands. The New York Times, U.S.A. Today, CNN and countless other organizations have been called out for their peddling of false information.

Apr 07 09:09

Germany brings home 'Islamic State' children from Iraq

Germany has started repatriating the children of jailed "Islamic State" fighters from conflict zones the Middle East. European countries are grappling with how to handle returning foreign fighters and their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an amazing kind thing for Germany to be doing; it's not the kids' fault that their dads decided to "make war" in the name of their faith.

I would, however, rather that faiths around the world find a way to make a path for understand, kindness, and empathy; because at the center of almost all faiths, if they are to be taken seriously, have those elements deep within their core set of beliefs.

Apr 06 09:35

German ‘rent insanity’ sparks mass tenant protests, expropriation action

Germans in large cities are protesting on Saturday against what they see as the unfair influence of large landlords on the housing market. They want the biggest players undercut and their property expropriated.

In past years, German people living in larger cities saw a wave of gentrification and rising rent levels. Some of the tenants couldn’t keep up and had to move out, while others had to leave when owners of their homes decided to tear them down and build new, more expensive property, which could generate more profits.

The situation in Berlin was among the most acute, with rent doubling over a decade. Some attempts by the authorities to rein in the growth, like the so-called rent-break in 2015, were underwhelming.

Apr 06 09:34

Merkel Warmly Welcomes Obama for Closed-Door Meeting in Berlin

The current German chancellor and former US president rubbed shoulders during summits for 8 years. Despite Donald Trump taking over the reins from Obama in the White House, bringing along with him anti-German rants about defence spending and the country’s car manufacturers, Angela Merkel and Back Obama have not let their special bond lapse.

Apr 06 09:31

France & Germany’s ‘Alliance for Multilateralism’ may not be as good as it sounds

Germany and France have announced the creation of a new ‘Alliance for Multilateralism’ to support international cooperation and the UN. Is it a much-needed step to counterbalance the US, or a reaction to the excesses of Trump?

On the one hand you could say it's a sign of Europe's biggest powers finally showing some teeth to the US.

The news that two of America's strongest allies in Europe are forming an ‘Alliance for Multilateralism’ – which will officially launch in September at the United Nations General Assembly – probably won't go down well in Washington, especially as we're also told that Canada, Japan and Australia have shown interest in joining the initiative.

Apr 03 11:31

GERMAN REASON FOR A FREE PALESTINE

Thousands of Palestinians along the border fence to the “Jewish State” have shown the international community what dignity and resistance means. It is frightening how the German press portrays this march and falsifies facts. When one reads the German editorial (D) media, one is already used to a lot of distortions, but what was reported this time to cover the first anniversary of the Great March of Return, exceeded any measure of objective reporting. Many of the articles read such that the inexperienced reader might think that it is not the Zionist occupiers but Hamas who are responsible for the blockade and misery in the Gaza concentration camp.

Mar 30 08:10

GERMANY'S AMBASSADOR TO U.N. COMPARES ISRAEL TO HAMAS

Germany’s best-selling newspaper Bild published a scathing editorial on Wednesday accusing the country’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen of betraying Chancellor Angela Merkel’s security pledge to Israel by comparing the Jewish State to the terrorist organization Hamas.

The editorial, authored by Filipp Piatov, took Heusgen to task for comparing Israel’s security measures against Palestinian terrorists with Hamas rocket attacks.

In response to Heusgen’s statement that “Civilians must live without fear of Palestinian rockets or Israeli bulldozers,” the Bild journalist wrote: “After 130 missiles in a week, pure malice. Murderous rockets are not bulldozers. The Israeli government is not a terrorist militia. This comparison has nothing to do with the promise of Chancellor Merkel.

Mar 30 08:08

German Party Urges Parl't to Order US Envoy's Expulsion Over Interference

From his very first day, Donald Trump’s emissary Richard Grenell has evoked discontent in Germany with remarks some considered blatant blackmail. The irritation has peaked over recent months as he has threatened to cut sharing intelligence data with Germany for cooperation with Huawei and warned companies, involved in Nord Stream 2, of sanctions.

Germany left-wing party Die Linke has asked the country’s parliament, the Bundestag, to vote to expel US ambassador Richard Grenell. The request from their parliamentary group points out that the envoy “actively interferes in the decision-making process of German foreign political and economic relations", as is quoted by the German newspaper Bild. That is why they insist that he should be declared a persona non-grata.

Mar 29 09:00

Watch: 50-Man Migrant Mass Brawl Caught on Video in Germany

A fierce mass brawl, reportedly between 50 men of mostly Turkish and Afghan backgrounds was caught on camera at a train station in the town of Rastatt.
The incident occurred on Saturday evening at around 6 pm and saw the two factions attack each other at the train station armed with several weapons including metal poles, Badische Neueste Nachrichten reports.

Local police said that the dispute between the two groups has been ongoing for a while and that the previous day a group of young Turkish men had beaten a group of Afghan migrants with fists and bats.

Mar 28 08:12

Berlin bans Palestinian activist from taking part in rallies

Authorities in Berlin say they have banned a Palestinian activist from taking part in a political rally in the German capital.

State officials said Wednesday that Rasmea Odeh is forbidden from participating in the planned event by a group called the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.

Odeh was convicted in 1970 of two bombings in Jerusalem, including one that killed two men at a supermarket. Odeh claimed she was tortured into confessing by the Israeli military.

Mar 28 07:22

75 years on from D-Day, is it time Germany liberated itself from the US?

Germany is being pressurized to act against its own economic interests – and put those of US business first.

Wolfgang Kubicki, deputy leader of the opposition Free Democrats (FDP), called last week for the US Ambassador to Germany to be expelled for acting like a “high commissioner of an occupying power.” And it isn’t hyperbole.

We're coming up in a few months time to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which began the liberation of western Europe by Allied forces from the Nazis. Who would have thought that in 2019, we'd have a high ranking German politician from a party, known for its strong support of the Atlantic Alliance, calling for the American Ambassador to his country to be booted out for interfering in his country's affairs?

Mar 27 07:04

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.

Mar 26 09:16

Germany wants Europe to join China's new Silk Road after criticizing Italy for doing the same

The Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative is an important project, which European states would be glad to join, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who stressed that cooperation should be based on reciprocity from Beijing.
“We, as Europeans, want to play an active part and that must lead to certain reciprocity and we are still wrangling over that a bit,” Merkel said, as quoted by Reuters.

The comment comes shortly after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is currently paying a state visit to France.

Mar 24 09:10

Tens of Thousands of Germans Take to Streets to Protest EU Copyright Reform

The planned changes would require, in part, that tech giants such as Facebook and YouTube take responsibility for copyright materials users upload to their platforms. Though the measure is claimed to be aimed at protecting copyright holders, many note that it can easily be used to restrict freedom of speech.

Mar 24 09:09

Putin, Merkel invited to attend Petersburg Dialogue forum

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were invited to attend this year’s Petersburg Dialogue forum due on July 18-20 in Germany’s Petersberg, a municipality near Bonn, the General-Anzeiger Bonn newspaper reported, citing own sources.

According to the paper, the attendance of the two leaders may serve as a starting point for a new period of Russian-German relations, because Putin and Merkel did not attend the forum’s sessions since Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014.

General-Anzeiger Bonn said that in line with diplomatic procedures, an invitation to state leaders is sent only when the probability of a positive answer is high.

Mar 23 09:00

Silencing Rasmea Odeh: An Anti-democratic Attack on Freedom of Expression

The event “Palestinian women in the liberation struggle,” organized by Samidoun, was planned to take place on 15.03.2019 in the Dersim Cultural Center in Berlin. This event aimed to highlight the life stories of two Palestinian women of different generations and honor Palestinian women’s struggle around International Women’s Day.

The invited speakers Rasmea Odeh (born 1947) and Dareen Tatour (born 1982) would provide unique insights and perspectives, revealing marginalized narratives of torture and detention, as well as art and social engagement as forms of non-violent resistance. After the main presentations, dance and theater performances were planned, as well as dialogue and discussion with a diverse Berlin audience.

Mar 22 10:49

GERMANY CRISIS: Manufacturing falls to 79-MONTH LOW - Merkel feeling Brexit pressure

The index measuring activity in the manufacturing sector fell to a 79-month low of 44.7 in March, according to IHS Markit, a figure well below what economists had expected. It marks its lowest figure since August 2012. A reading below the 50.0 mark indicates contraction. Exports from Europe’s largest powerhouse have been dented from disputes between the United States and China, as well as ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

Mar 22 08:24

OLMERT TO NEWS 13: NEVER IMAGINED GERMANY WOULD SELL SUBMARINES TO EGYPT

Olmert, who offered an exclusive interview to Channel 13’s Udi Segal, said he did not think at the time that the shipyard building strategic weapons for Israel would sell submarines to Egypt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, you know, that's the thing about weapons companies. They sell to EVERYONE!

Mar 22 08:17

Brexit uncertainty forces European company to stockpile toilet paper

German-owned paper company Wepa has hoarded 600 tons of toilet paper in its UK warehouses to avoid disruption of supplies in the case of a no-deal Brexit scenario.

Wepa has also opted to charter ship deliveries for importing raw materials into Britain instead of using trucks, according to the company’s managing director Mike Docker, as quoted by the BBC.

The tissue-maker reportedly owns production facilities in Bridgend, in South Wales. Wepa is said to lease extra premises of nearly 20,000 kilometers to store finished product and raw material. The firm also shipped in extra cardboard and tissue.

Mar 22 08:16

US-Germany Rift Set To Blow

This is going to get very ugly. Germany is openly defying US President Trump's demands to spend more on its NATO budget. Already the American ambassador to the country is crying foul, prompting German calls for his expulsion.

Of all the countries in the European Union, it is Germany that's been mostly on the receiving end of Trump's wrath since he entered the White House. In two years, the bilateral relation between Washington and Berlin has plummeted under the weight of Trump's withering verbal attacks.

The American president has assailed Germany for unfair trading practices over its lucrative auto exports; and he has virtually accused Berlin of treason in its dealings with Russia for natural gas supply, threatening to slap economic sanctions on German firms over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project under the Baltic Sea.

Mar 21 08:24

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: Furious Merkel says this is the ONLY Brexit deal on offer

ANGELA Merkel has expressed her frustration over the Brexit delay with the German Chancellor warning Theresa May the EU will only agree an extension if her deal is passed through Parliament.

Mar 21 08:12

Italy Ready to Sign Trade Deal With China; Trump, Merkel Blindsided

Next week’s visit to Italy by Chinese Premier Xi Jinping has nearly everyone jittery. The recent announcement by Five Star Movement Leader Luigi Di Maio that his country is prepared to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with China to be a part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative has set off a firestorm of response from Donald Trump to Angela Merkel to Di Maio’s own coalition partner, Lega leader Matteo Salvini.

But, don’t let the wrapper fool you on this. Di Maio’s announcement I don’t think it ‘blindsided’ Salvini as this Reuters article suggests, as much as Merkel and Trump.

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