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Dec 23 10:25

Five-member German family receives less in benefits than family of four migrants

Thomas Hetze, a German with his family of five who has paid into the social system for years, was recently told he is only entitled to 900 euros per month by the German government.

Currently a migrant family of four is entitled to 1350 euros without ever having paid into the social systems. The UN Social Council found large problems in the application of human rights in Germany.

Especially the elderly, who are living in inhumane conditions due to a lack of personnel. The report goes on to talk about a total of about 2.55 million children, who are currently living in poverty.

Experts say bureaucracy and a lack of information are keeping parents from receiving the benefits to which they are entitled.

Dec 22 13:01

German minister who said “Happy Ramadan”, omits Merry Christmas on official Christmas card

’Frohe Weihnachten’, which is German for ‘Merry Christmas’, is the traditional greeting heard all throughout Germany.

Strangely, that was omitted from an official Christmas card from Annette Widmann-Mauz, Germany’s Minister for Migration, Refugees and Integration.

There was a photograph of the minister with several employees and included a Christmas tree in the background. However, otherwise it was a relatively un-festive card.

The card’s message, “No matter what you believe in, we wish you a contemplating time and a good start of the New Year,” was cause for criticism.

In Germany, Christmas is traditionally the largest holiday, so it seems amiss that Widmann-Mauz would omit Christmas from the official card.

Dec 21 09:10

German Press Lays Out The Opposition To Trump’s Withdrawal From Syria

The US President is withdrawing the troops from Syria, he has apparently left out close associates. Contradiction comes from London and Trump’s own party.

Meanwhile, Interpol warns of a new IS terrorist wave. Britain disagrees with the US President’s assessment that the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (IS) has been defeated in Syria. IS continues to be a threat, even without territory, according to a statement by the British Foreign Ministry. There is still a lot to do in the fight against IS, “and we must not lose sight of the danger it poses.”

Previously, the US government had surprisingly announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria. It has already begun to withdraw soldiers from the country, said the White House on Wednesday. The US has defeated the “territorial caliphate” of the terrorist militia.

Dec 20 09:18

Berlin Slams Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria, Paris Stays to Fight Daesh

US President Donald Trump recently announced in a Twitter statement that the Daesh* terrorist group has been defeated in Syria, adding that this was the only reason for the United States to be in the Middle Eastern country during his presidency.

"Daesh is weaker than ever. Daesh has gone into hiding and insurgency in its manner of fighting. Daesh has lost more than 90% of its territory. Daesh has no more logistics as it could have had. But Daesh is not removed from the map, nor its roots, it is necessary to definitively defeat militarily the last pockets of this terrorist organization", French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said on Twitter.

Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria could hurt fight against the Daesh terror group in the country, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated.

Dec 19 10:36

Kids from ‘right-wing’ families must be re-educated: German govt.-backed brochure

The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has supported a brochure that aims at changing the behavior of preschool-aged children who are raised by what the brochure’s authors call “right-wing” parents who oppose “gender” theory, “sexual diversity,” the “sexualization” of children, and “immigration.”

Many Germans are protesting the brochure, calling it unacceptable for the state to intrude into the lives of families. Some have noted how such an intrusion is similar to what had been previously known in Germany during the times of both National-Socialist (Nazi) and Communist dictatorships. The German government is said to have given 4,600 euro to the project.

Dec 19 08:05

Germany's Arabic crime 'clans' are filling their ranks by recruiting some of the million asylum seekers let into the country, police warn

German police warn that crime gangs of Arabic origin have targeted a new generation of refugees for recruitment.

Known in the media as Berlin's 'clans', whose founders themselves fled war in Lebanon in the 1980s, they have long controlled much of the city's illegal drugs trade, street prostitution and protection rackets.

Now police warn that the clans have sought out new members from among the more than one million asylum seekers who have arrived in Germany since mid-2015, half of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The clans 'are trying to get others to do the dirty work' such as selling drugs or committing small burglaries, said Benjamin Jendro of the GDP police union.

Dec 19 07:38

Germany’s Merkel awarded Fulbright Prize ‘for intl understanding’

The Washington-based Fulbright Association has said its 2018 prize for international understanding will go to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The organization said Tuesday it had decided to award the prestigious prize to Merkel “for her remarkable, compassionate leadership and her strong commitment to mutual understanding, international cooperation and peace.”

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Dec 18 12:14

Israel calls upon Germany to defund organizations showing a critical perspective of Israel

Last week, the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung reported that Israel asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to stop funding the Jewish Museum in Berlin, among other institutions (cited in Haaretz).

The reason behind the demand was the museum’s exhibition on Jerusalem, which “presents a Muslim-Palestinian perspective of the city,” the report said.

The letter was sent directly to the chancellor’s bureau and not through the Israeli embassy, where Merkel was also asked to defund other organizations that Israel claimed were anti-Israeli. These included the Berlin International Film Festival, pro-Palestinian Christian organizations, and the Israeli site +972 Magazine, which receives funding from the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Dec 18 11:40

British Jews claim right to German citizenship before Brexit

Britons whose ancestors' nationality was stripped away by the Nazis reconcile their roots and gain EU passport.

Dec 18 10:59

German Court Dismisses AfD Lawsuits Against Merkel's Immigration Policy

German Federal Constitutional Court dismissed on Tuesday three lawsuits filed by Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) right-wing party earlier this year against the country's government against Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policy during the 2015 migration crisis.

"In an order published today, the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court unanimously dismissed as inadmissible… three applications… filed by the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) parliamentary group in the Bundestag. The applications were directed against the refusal of entry of persons in need of protection at the German border in particular in the year 2015," the court said in a press release, published on its official website.

Dec 18 10:28

Germany BANKRUPTCY warning over wave of financial distress 'to hit companies NEXT YEAR'

Lucas Flöther, insolvency administrator of Air Berlin, has forecast financial downturn for automotive suppliers, the retail trade and companies in East Germany for the coming year. Credit agency Crif Bürgel shared similar negative sentiment as it predicted 305,000 companies across the country would be beginning the financial year with financial problems. Mr Flöther said: “Bankruptcies are already slightly on the rise again and that will intensify significantly next year.” The main areas of concern were highlighted in Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony, where nearly 12 percent of all farms are classified as vulnerable.

According to the Bürgel study, only 6.4 to 7.0 percent of companies in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are in financial distress.

The latest warnings comes after a string of negative data saw the German government slash the growth forecast for this year.

Dec 18 06:44

As Brexit nears, UK Jews reclaim German citizenship

(*The Most Infamous World Wide Migrants in history , The Wandering Jews ! )

Dec 17 10:39

How to stop Nord Stream 2 and destroy Russian-German alliance bound with gas and corruption

The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution condemning the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine. The document recognizes that the pipeline poses a threat to European energy security, and also calls for the halt to the Nord Stream 2 construction. It is important that this resolution coincided in time with that of the U.S. House of Representatives, also opposing the construction. It is also worth recalling that U.S. legislators in both chambers of Congress are considering bills related to sanctions over Nord Stream 2.

Dec 17 08:36

Berlin 'Ridiculous' Safety Tips Show Gov't Unable to Protect People - AfD Member

The German government's "ridiculous" public safety tips, which have been issued in the wake of the recent Strasbourg Christmas market shooting, prove that the authorities are totally incapable of ensuring safety of German people, Eugen Schmidt, a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, told Sputnik on Sunday.

Schmidt recalled that, after the Strasbourg tragedy, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer recommended that visitors of Christmas markets in Germany wear body armors to protect themselves in case of a similar shooting attack. He noted that concrete security barriers around the markets were useless against terrorists with firearms.

Dec 16 08:42

Mom of German Girl Killed by Iraqi Refugee Blames Merkel's Policy for Her Death

The killing of 14-year-old Susanna from Mainz shocked Germany this June. The 21-year-old suspected murderer and rapist, who came to Europe to seek asylum, fled to Iraq with his family, but was returned and is awaiting trial. The victim’s mother has opened up about her fight for his punishment and against Angela Merkel’s refugee policy.

Diana Feldmann, who lost her daughter in a brutal murder, confessed to by 21-year-old Ali Bashar from Iraq, revealed to The Jerusalem Post that the murderer received a “fan page” on Instagram as some celebrated her daughter’s murder. Although she refuted the speculations that the killing had anti-Semitic motives, she said that some people had praised the Iraqi for killing a Jewish “slut” on this “hater” account, now deleted, and posted collages with Susanna and a burning Israeli flag.

Dec 15 10:51

'Insanity Continues': Users on Germany's Law Legalising Third GenderCC0EUROPE

The German parliament approved a law allowing a third option for the gender field in birth certificates on 14 December. Now people, who were born intersex, can be registered as "miscellaneous".

People who were born with distinctive male or female features will still be registered as usual. They will be able to change it later, although it will require medical examination proving the need for a gender change in documents. Lawmaker from Christian Democratic Union Marc Henrichmann, cited by the DPA commented on the matter by saying that the "official civil register must be based on evidence rather than self-assessments".

Dec 15 10:50

Merkel: There is no Basis for Cancelling or Easing Anti-Russia Sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held a press conference on the sidelines of the EU leaders' summit in Brussels.

The EU heads of state had two subjects on the table at their Thursday meeting — the EU long-term budget for 2021-2027 and mainly Brexit. On Friday, the summit has been dealing with immigration, "fighting disinformation," single market and external relations.

The eurozone difficulties, notably with the Italian and now French budgets out of pace, has also been on the agenda.

The EU summit has come to the conclusion that there is no basis for cancellation or easing of sanctions against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters.

Dec 14 10:52

BREXIT LIVE: How Merkel FURIOUSLY interrupted May - secret talks REVEALED

German news website Merkur.de said the mood in the meeting “was very bad” as EU leaders gave Theresa May an ultimatum to explain exactly what Britain wants. EU patience is wearing out with the Prime Minister as Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said after last night’s meeting the discussions “did not get much further” because the bloc still did not know what Theresa May’s exact demands were. Meanwhiel Jean-Claude Juncker said it was unacceptable for the UK to expect the EU to offer solutions and put the onus on the Prime Minister to make suggestions about what she wants for the EU to decide.

Dec 14 08:41

Cologne BOMB: Huge area in lockdown - 8,000 people evacuated

THOUSANDS of people have been evacuated in the German city of Cologne after an unexploded World War 2 bomb was uncovered by construction workers.

Dec 13 11:12

Germany Has No Interest In New Anti-Russia Sanctions

Incident at the Kerch Bridge: The US Congress has condemned Russia for “aggression” and demands that Russia return the ships; many a European politician has called for “More Sanctions!” after the Kerch Bridge incident. But it’s not going to happen. On this subject, Ukraine and Lithuania are all alone.

In Berlin, they consider it impractical to introduce new anti-Russian restrictive measures in connection with the incident in the Black Sea.

Germany opposes the introduction of new sanctions against the Russian Federation for the incident between Russian and Ukrainian warships near the Kerch Strait. This was announced on Friday by the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Heiko Maas.

Dec 13 08:55

New German Poll on Migrants and Jews: A Shocking Upsurge of Common Sense and Sanity

"One in 10 Germans say they felt Jews still have “too much of an influence even today” and saying they “do not really fit in with us”."

Dec 13 08:19

Germany Supports Sanctions Extension Against Russia Over Kerch Incident - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in parliament that Germany would support the extension of sanctions against Russia at the upcoming EU summit.

"If we call things as they are, we will support the extension of sanctions [against Russia]," Merkel said in her speech broadcast by the Bundestag website.

The chancellor has also expressed concern about the actions of Russia and said that Germany had not accepted Russia's claims to the Sea of Azov.

Dec 13 08:17

Germany's CDU Already Has Plan for Merkel's Midterm Resignation – Report

The German chancellor announced her resignation as CDU chief and her decision not to run for another term as chancellor in November at a party meeting. In December, the CDU elected a new head, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is considered to be Merkel's protégé and future replacement.

Angela Merkel may resign from her post in favour of newly elected head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, if the Grand Coalition with Social Democrats (SDP) crumbles, the German newspaper Bild reported, citing anonymous sources within the CDU.

The plan, dubbed AKK (German acronym for Annegret Can Be Chancellor), was prepared in the event of a change of power within the SPD that could lead to the Social Democrats abandoning the coalition. In such a case, Merkel would be expected to leave her post in favour of Kramp-Karrenbauer, who would be in charge of a minority government.

Dec 12 09:18

Bavaria Riot: Migrants Attack Policemen, Set Refugee Centre on Fire

Eleven people, including one policeman, have been injured as a result of unrest in a so-called anchor centre for migrants in the southern Germany. Several Eritrean nationals are said to have attacked security staffers and policemen with stones and metal bars, as well as set the building on fire. A police raid later revealed drugs and stolen goods.

Several people were detained following a violent outburst in the Upper Franconian Anchor Centre for migrants in the northern Bavarian town of Bamberg. Police were called to the site after a disturbance was reported on Tuesday night. The patrol that first arrived on the scene was attacked with paving stones and other objects. Therefore, reinforcements were deployed, who surrounded the building.

Dec 12 08:59

Germany’s highest court rejects complaints against UN migration pact

The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has thrown out a string of complaints by people asking it to prevent the government from joining a UN pact on migration. The highest court made its ruling Friday on the cases filed by 13 separate plaintiffs. It was published on Tuesday, a day after the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was approved at a conference in Morocco. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the meeting.

Dec 11 11:46

Germany: Yellow-vested EVG strikers immobilise Nuremberg train services

Workers belonging to the Railway and Transport Union (EVG) went on strike in Nuremberg on Monday morning, causing major delays to train services in the city amid a nationwide action by rail workers.

Wearing yellow vests and carrying banners, strikers descended on Nuremberg’s central station as part of a protest held during the strike.

Dec 11 11:45

German workers express solidarity with “yellow vest” protests in France

German workers have expressed sympathy with the mass protests of the “yellow vests” in France. Many workers in Germany share the same grievances and recognise they also confront policies that favour the rich.

These views were revealed when candidates of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP) interviewed workers in several locations on Friday.

In western Frankfurt at the Industriepark Höchst, some 90 companies employ more than 20,000 workers. Here, many workers are following the events in France with considerable attention.

Dec 11 06:43

Kremlin attributes Putin’s ‘Stasi card’ to Soviet, East German agencies partnership

The Soviet-era Committee for State Security, otherwise known as the KGB, and the now defunct East Germany’s Ministry for State Security, or the Stasi, were partners and might have exchanged ID papers issued in the names of their officers, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, when commenting on an article in the German tabloid, the Bild, saying that an ID issued in Vladimir Putin’s name had been discovered in the Stasi’s archive in Dresden. Peskov said that such questions should be addressed to Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR. "My guess is that in the Soviet era, the KGB and the Stasi were partners and for this reason one should not rule out they might have exchanged identification papers and passes. According to the Bild article published on Tuesday, the ID issued in the name of Major Vladimir Putin on December 31, 1985 contains his own signature and had been extended every three months up to the end of 1989.

Dec 10 08:28

New German CDU Leader Intends to Overhaul State's Migration Policy

The leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said on Sunday that she intended to review the country's migration policies, adding that the party’s campaign during the 2019 European Parliament elections would be based on these potential changes.

"In January, I intend to hold talks on migration and security with experts and critics of the migration and asylum policies in order to develop concrete improvements [to this policy]. Our campaign in the European Parliament elections will be based, among other things, on the results [of these negotiations]," Kramp-Karrenbauer said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Dec 07 20:40

Merkel Says Goodbye as Leader of CDU

Dec 07 09:57

German biker gangs are standing up for their country’s women by beating the hell out of the muslim ‘refugees’ in the midst who keep assaulting them

Days after the sexual assaults on German women in Cologne city came to light, local gangs are uniting in a “manhunt” of foreigners. And just this weekend, two Pakistanis and a Syrian man were injured in attacks by gangs of people in Cologne, German police said.

On New Year’s Eve, Cologne was the scene of dozens of assaults on women, a number that has grown into hundreds as more and women have come forward to register complaints.

Dec 07 09:20

Israel pressuring Germany to de-fund publications, group calling for Palestinian rights

Assault on free speech has been a common feature of Israeli governments. This week another example of its efforts to silence critical voices was revealed by the +972 magazine, which reported details of a campaign by the right-wing Netanyahu government to de-fund independent publications and human rights organisations.

In an effort to dry up the funding of the magazine and number of human rights organisations including Breaking the Silence, and B’Tselem, Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations that provide funding to these organisations.

Dec 07 08:49

Frau Merkel's Sad Farewell

Angela Merkel was cautious, responsible and well-meaning: She wanted peace in Europe and good relations with Russia. But she will go down in history instead as the most destructive and weakest of German Federal Chancellors.

Merkel made the same mistake so many elitists made before her. She stayed in power for too long and ended up listening to the wrong people. She abandoned the more cautious, sound principles that had served her so well for so long.

Dec 07 07:49

FINALLY merkel is FINISHED in Germany

Dec 07 01:05

German top diplomat suggests sending OSCE observers to Azov Sea

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas suggested expanding the mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to include the Sea of Azov. Maas voiced the proposal during bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Pavel Klimkin on the sidelines of the OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting in Milan, Italy. "OSCE could play a certain role in monitoring [the Sea of Azov]," the Federal Foreign Office quoted the minister as saying. "I think that the Ukrainian side would consider this rational. The Russian side, on the contrary, is very, very skeptical," the minister told the DPA news agency. The Sea of Azov, shared exclusively by Russia and Ukraine, has come into international spotlight following the November 25 incident, in which Russia had to detain Ukrainian warships that violated its border.

Dec 06 10:47

Refugee beats praying priest to death with metal cross in Germany

Lois Sindbad a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Cameroon admitted to killing the 54-year-old pastor Alain-Florent Gandoulou, who was from the Congo himself during prayer in Berlin on 22 February.

At first he beat the man with a metal cross and moved on to shove an umbrella down his throat. The victim died due to serious head trauma.

The perpetrator entered Germany as a refugee in 2014 and claims to be a Christian but believes in witchcraft and ghosts. According to his story a ghost that had already possessed his brother, who also lives in Germany, supposedly had taken over his body.

Dec 06 10:25

Bayer pharma workers protest 12,000 worldwide job losses

Despite a pledge not to have lay-offs until 2025, a "significant number" of the job cuts at Bayer will be in Germany. More than 1,000 employees in the western city of Wuppertal came out to protest a plant closure.

Dec 06 10:24

EU ON BRINK: Germany unleashes Brexit burden WARNING as migration row erupts

EU ambassadors held long talks over the bloc’s subsequent seven-year price range because it appears to prop-up the in poor health Union within the wake of the United Kingdom’s departure. However issues became nerve-racking when German Ambassador Michael Clauss reminded his fellow EU opposite numbers Germany was once ready to dig deep to fund the Brexit shortfall however demanded member states must be ready to step as much as the plate over the migration factor. Mr Clauss advised the EU Council Germany’s price range contributions may just upward push to about one-quarter of the entire EU price range following Britain’s go out.

Dec 05 11:10

Germany denies free speech on Israel’s crimes

A few years ago German police dragged me across the bare gravel, my face pushed into the cold ground.

It was fall 2015. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, had declared that Haj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian political and religious leader, talked Adolf Hitler into exterminating the Jews.

A group of us protested against this disgraceful and dishonest claim outside the Chancellery in Berlin. We held placards reading “Netanyahu is a Holocaust denier.”

That evening I was hospitalized due to my violent arrest.

A Palestinian from Gaza and I had been asked by the police for our identity documents immediately after the demonstration ended. Although we fully cooperated, the police resorted to brutality.

Dec 04 09:00

German teaching brochure sparks spying row and far-right outrage

An advice brochure for kindergarten teachers dealing with children and parents who express far-right views has drawn accusations of spying from Germany's right-wing media. The family minister defended the publication.

Dec 03 10:13

8-year-old German girl bullied and stabbed by Arab child at migrant majority school – Teacher covers it up

A news item from German broadcaster Sat 1 tells about the traumatic experience 8-year-old Yara had at a migrant majority school. She became an outcast, was bullied and even stabbed.

Little Yara was the last person in her classroom who spoke German at home. Her school can be characterised as a migrant majority school with Turks and Arab migrants as students.

“They needed to employ an interpreter to translate from German to Turkish or Arabic in order for the Turkish, Arabic people to even understand what was going on. I felt a bit lost and that’s when I realised how it must feel for my daughter,” the girl’s father, Mike F., tells Sat 1.

The bullying of Yara increased and it even ended with her being stabbed by an ‘Arab child’.

Dec 03 10:12

Allahu Akbar shouting man waving hatchet threatens people at German Christmas market

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on Saturday after threatening people at a Christmas market in Witzenhausen, Germany.

Around 8:30 pm the police received several phone calls about a man with a hatchet walking along the pavement in the direction of the local Christmas market.

Dec 03 10:06

Germany may increase troop numbers to 203,000 by 2025

The defense ministry is set to approve a plan to create 5,000 more Bundeswehr jobs than initially foreseen, according to a newspaper report. Whether officials can convince young Germans to sign up is another matter.

Dec 03 07:05

Germany against withdrawal from Russian gas pipeline project, move would only hurt Ukraine – FM Mass

Berlin won’t scrap the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project after the latest conflict between Moscow and Kiev, says German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, adding it would reduce Germany's ability to allocate gas supplies to Ukraine.

Dec 02 19:18

Berlin should not be ‘drawn into war’ with Russia by Kiev over Kerch crisis – German ex-FM Gabriel

Germany can’t afford being plunged into a war with Russia amid the Kerch Strait crisis, the country’s former Vice Chancellor alarmed, blasting Ukraine’s suggestion that Berlin deploy its warships to the troubled Azov Sea.

Former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has spoken out about the recent Kerch Strait incident, criticizing Kiev’s attempts to raise stakes in the political row with Moscow. At any rate, Germany “should not be drawn into a war against Russia,” Gabriel told Tagesspiegel newspaper.

He also denounced Ukraine’s call to shut international ports for Russian vessels based in Crimea, calling the suggestion “a new edition of gunboat diplomacy.”

Dec 02 11:35

Berlin should not be ‘drawn into war’ with Russia by Kiev over Kerch crisis – German ex-FM Gabriel

Germany can’t afford being plunged into a war with Russia amid the Kerch Strait crisis, the country’s former Vice Chancellor alarmed, blasting Ukraine’s suggestion that Berlin deploy its warships to the troubled Azov Sea.

Former German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has spoken out about the recent Kerch Strait incident, criticizing Kiev’s attempts to raise stakes in the political row with Moscow. At any rate, Germany “should not be drawn into a war against Russia,” Gabriel told Tagesspiegel newspaper.

He also denounced Ukraine’s call to shut international ports for Russian vessels based in Crimea, calling the suggestion “a new edition of gunboat diplomacy.”

Dec 02 11:15

Merkel's glowering look of contempt for Trump: German chancellor glares at the US President as they sit for tense meeting at G20

This is the moment Angela Merkel appeared to scowl at Donald Trump during a tense meeting at the G20 Summit today.

The two world leaders have clashed on trade, the European Union and Nato during Trump's time in the White House, and the pair appeared unhappy as they sat down together in Buenos Aires.

Trump was scheduled to talk trade and other prominent international issues with Merkel, a leader he said is 'highly respected by everybody, including me'.

Nov 30 07:29

Merkel's G20 Plane Ride Was 'So Dicey' They Reportedly Had to Inform Def Min

Angela Merkel has planned several meetings with world leaders, including the presidents of Russia, the United States, China and India. She did not make it far on her trip to Argentina, though as her Thursday Buenos Aires-bound plane was turned around an hour into the flight.

Angela Merkel will be a late comer to the upcoming G20 summit after the government's Konrad Adenauer Airbus suffered technical problems on Thursday while carrying the German chancellor to Argentina.

According to Der Spiegel magazine, the malfunction was more serious than initially expected: the entire communication system broke down when the plane was flying above the Netherlands, forcing the crew to cancel the flight just one hour after take-off.

The pilots had to use an on-board satellite phone to contact the traffic control centre and make an emergency landing in Cologne.

Nov 30 07:28

Merkel's Plane Headed to G20 in Argentina Makes Emergency Landing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plane to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, had to suddenly turn around and land at Cologne airport due to a problem in "some electronic systems," the German newspaper Bild reported.

"A technical problem" caused Merkel's Airbus to abort its planned 15-hour flight to Argentina only an hour after takeoff. Bild reported that firefighters awaited the plane on the tarmac in the western German city of Cologne as the plane was forced to perform a "hard landing" since it hadn't drained its 15 hours' worth of fuel.

Once on the tarmac, the plane's pilot reportedly decided it was best to switch planes and continue their trip instead of waiting for repairs.

Nov 29 21:57

Deutsche Bank headquarters raided over money laundering

The Frankfurt headquarters of Deutsche Bank have been raided by prosecutors in a money laundering investigation.

Germany's public prosecutor alleged that two staff members have helped clients launder money from criminal activities.

Police cars were seen outside the tower blocks that house the headquarters of Germany's biggest bank.

Five other Deutsche offices in the city were searched in an operation involving about 170 police and officials.

Prosecutors are looking into whether Deutsche Bank staff helped clients set up offshore accounts to "transfer money from criminal activities".

Nov 29 11:58

Ukraine president asks Germany, NATO to send ships to Sea of Azov

NATO members including Germany have been asked to send naval vessels to the Sea of Azov to back Ukraine against Russia. "Germany is one of our closest allies," President Petro Poroshenko said.

Nov 29 11:06

Air defense artillery unit is activated in Germany for the first time in decades

The Army has activated a new short-range air defense unit in Germany, the first such unit stationed in the country since the end of the Cold War drawdown.

The 5th Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment was activated at Shipton Kaserne in Ansbach, Army officials in Germany said Wednesday.

Commanded by Lt. Col. Todd Daniels, the unit falls under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and will consist of five battery-level units equipped with FIM-92 Stinger missiles.

Nov 29 10:18

Germany calls for France to handover its permanent UN Security Council seat to the EU to 'give bloc more sway'

Germany has called for France to give up its permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council so it can be turned into an 'EU seat'.

Finance minister Olaf Scholz said he recognised the move would 'take some convincing in Paris', but added that it would be a 'bold and smart goal'.

It comes after the leaders of France and Germany backed the creation of an EU army, a proposal Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has described as 'crazy'.

Nov 29 10:05

Frankfurt Mayor Calls Jerusalem 'Capital of Israel'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been attempting to prevent European countries from moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and thereby acknowledging it as the capital of the Jewish state. This is in wake of the US decision to do so earlier in 2018.

Frankfurt Mayor Uwe Becker said during a speech at the German-Israel Congress on 25 November that 'Jerusalem is the capital of Israel', Rogel Rachman, an Israeli diplomat at the Berlin embassy reported on his Twitter page. According to the Jerusalem Post, Becker also urged Berlin to freeze ties with Iran until the latter starts admitting Israel's right to exist.

Nov 29 10:04

'Everything is at Stake': Ukrainian Envoy Urges West to 'Put Putin in His Place'

Sunday’s incident in the Kerch Strait appears to have been a provocation prepared in advance, a pretext used by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to introduce martial law to create obstacles for his rivals from the opposition ahead of upcoming elections, President Vladimir Putin said.

Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany has called for additional Western sanctions on Russia as punishment for Sunday’s incident in the Kerch Strait, The Jerusalem Post wrote.

Andrij Melnyk urged Germany and other Western Nations to ban energy imports from Russia, suspend the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project and even raised the possibility of sending German Marines to the region.

‘Germany must take a clear line… and put (Russian President Vladimir) Putin in his place’, Melnyk told German radio on Wednesday. ‘Everything is at stake’.

Nov 29 06:20

German Finance Ministry unaware that getting gold back from US is ‘becoming a hot topic’

For decades, the Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank and custodian of the country’s gold, has been storing over 1,200 tons of the precious metal worth nearly €50 billion in the New York vaults of the US Federal Reserve.
After a public outcry in Germany in 2013, authorities started the repatriation program, aimed at returning the country’s gold reserves, which have been stored outside of the country since the Cold War. Berlin intended to get at least half of the country’s gold from the US and France by 2020. The government had initially planned to complete the program within a five-year period, but the US Federal Reserve renegotiated the process to a seven-year timeline.

Nov 29 03:51

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Ukraine crisis two different things, says German minister

The issues of implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and the Ukraine crisis need to be separated, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Germany’s ARD television on Thursday. "These are two different issues and different areas," he stressed, having spoken out against the termination of the pipeline’s construction. Altmaier also noted that tensions in Ukraine "cannot be settled with weapons." The minister expects that recent events in the Kerch Strait will be discussed at the G20 summit. Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday that Germany’s stance on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline remains unchanged. Berlin regards it as a commercial project but urges to maintain gas transit through Ukraine. The Nord Stream 2 project envisages the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with total capacity of 55 bln cubic meters of gas per year, running from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea.

Nov 28 11:28

Germany offers to mediate between Russia and Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said Germany could mediate between Ukraine and Russia in the ongoing crisis in the Sea of Azov. But some critics in Germany are calling on Berlin to help Kyiv militarily.

Nov 21 11:34

Germany denies free speech on Israel’s crimes

A few years ago German police dragged me across the bare gravel, my face pushed into the cold ground.

It was fall 2015. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, had declared that Haj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian political and religious leader, talked Adolf Hitler into exterminating the Jews.

A group of us protested against this disgraceful and dishonest claim outside the Chancellery in Berlin. We held placards reading “Netanyahu is a Holocaust denier.”

That evening I was hospitalized due to my violent arrest.

A Palestinian from Gaza and I had been asked by the police for our identity documents immediately after the demonstration ended. Although we fully cooperated, the police resorted to brutality.

I screamed as police officers dragged me along the ground. One officer placed her feet on me. Another officer twisted my arms; it felt like he was trying to break my fingers.

Nov 19 09:18

‘Long live Europe?’ Macron says only Franco-German union may stop global ‘chaos’

French President Emmanuel Macron has embarked on a charm offensive at the German parliament, hailing cooperation between Paris and Berlin as a protective force against global chaos and foes beyond Europe’s borders.

France and Germany are facing the task of making Europe more “resilient” in these times of a renewed rise of nationalism and “opening a new chapter in European history,” Macron told German MPs on Sunday, adding that the two countries “owe this to Europe.” He then apparently decided to think big, proclaiming that “Europe and the Franco-German pair within it” have to do no less than “not let the world slip into chaos.”

Nov 16 10:36

'Law System is in Chaos and Germany is a Mess at the Moment'

Deutsche Welle reported that some Germans who have helped Syrian refugees obtain asylum in the country face the prospect of owing thousands of euros to the government.

Christian Osterhaus, who has dedicated much of his live to humanitarian projects, provided financial support to two underage Syrians. He also signed a paper stating that he's prepared to serve as their financial and legal guarantor until the two receive asylum in the country.

This year, he received a letter from the city authorities stating that he was obliged to pay 7,239 euros to the city budget, reflecting the state's expenses connected with the two refugees for 3 years.

Nov 14 10:43

Nigel Farage Demands Merkel Apologize For Disastrous Open Borders Policy

Former UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage demanded Angela Merkel apologize for ruining German communities with her disastrous open border migrant policy.

Farage reminded technocrats currently pursuing an EU army that the European Union was initially set up to stop German domination of the continent.

He then launched into Merkel, who was sat nearby looking on with a somewhat nonplussed expression.

“Mrs Merkel – you’ve had a long and successful career, but your political decision to open up the doors unconditionally is the worst decision we’ve seen in post-war politics in Europe,” said Farage.

Nov 14 09:37

Merkel joins Macron in call for ‘real, true’ European army after Trump slams idea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a “real, true” European army to be created, just days after French President Emmanuel Macron did the same – and received backlash from Donald Trump for doing so.

“We should work on a vision of one day establishing a real European army,” Merkel said during an address to MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday.

That statement was an apparent nod of support to Macron, who last week said that Europe has to “protect ourselves with respect to China, Russia, and even the United States of America.” Europe cannot do so, he said, “unless we decide to have a true European army.”

Nov 14 07:19

Germany in REVERSE: German economy SHRINKS for first time since 2015

Europe's biggest economy was dented by lower consumer spending and disruption to levels of car production, caused by new pollution tests that were introduced back in September.

Gross domestic product (GDP) stumbled by 0.2 percent between July and September, the Federal Statistics Office said on Wednesday.

It marked the first quarter-on-quarter fall for Germany since 2015 and raised fears that a near-decade-long expansion is crumbling from the inside.

The economy grew by 1.1 percent from July to September in the same period last year.

Nov 13 16:32

German Gov't Wants Helpers of Syrian Refugees to Pay Thousands of Euros

What was supposed to be a generous gesture is turning into a real financial nightmare for Germans who took on the responsibility of assisting Syrian refugees in obtaining asylum.

More than seven thousand Germans who signed guarantor obligations in a bid to help Syrian refugees obtain asylum are suing the state, which has demanded that it have its expenses reimbursed for their medical insurance, housing and other needs, Deutsche Welle reported.

Nov 11 09:24

Germany secretly paid rebels in Syria nearly €50 million

The German government paid tens of millions of Euros to the rebel forces fighting the Syrian government, The Telegraph reported on Sunday, citing a report from the Tagesspiegel newspaper.

According to the Tagesspiegel report, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Walter Lindner (Social Democrat) told MEP Evrim Sommer (Die Linke) that Germany paid millions of Euros to the rebel forces in Syria.

Nov 11 09:17

Newly Revealed Docs Shed Light on UK's Intervention in Russia During WWI

British military intervention in Russia in 1918-1919 was unlawful and indefensible, British government papers held by the National Archives reveal. It has turned Russian public attitudes towards Britain from friendly to hostile.

In March 1918 the Bolshevik government signed a peace treaty with Germany, as they had promised to the nation exhausted by four years of the devastating and senseless WWI. The Russian Revolution was triggered by the overwhelming public desire for peace. The war-weary Russian army simply could not carry on fighting. Britain and France immediately accused Russia of betraying the Allied cause and sent in their troops. In a show of "solidarity" reminiscent of today, a dozen Anglo-French allies took part in the armed intervention in Russia. The official excuse was to keep the Eastern front against Germany and protect the Russian war materiel from falling into German hands.

Nov 11 09:16

AfD Slams Merkel's Coalition for Trying to Secretly 'Rush' UN Migration Pact

The party called on the government to follow the US and Austria’s example and refuse to sign the international guidelines for tackling migration. It also slammed the country’s government for keeping quiet about the deal, which would turn Germany into “a settlement area.”

The Bundestag, Germany's parliament, has rejected a motion brought by the Alternative for Germany party, which demanded that Berlin should not ratify the United Nations Global Compact for Migration. The decision is not binding, and the German government was free to sign the agreement, introducing guidelines for migration regulations around the world, anyway. But the vote was preceded by heated debates.

Nov 07 15:27

The Uncertainty Has Settled (Full film)

Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers. But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 12:12

Trial of former SS guard, now 94, starts in Münster

A former SS guard, aged 94, goes on trial Tuesday in Germany charged with complicity in mass murders at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in a case bearing symbolic and moral weight.

The man from the western district of Borken was a watchman from June 1942 to September 1944 at the Stutthof camp near what was then the free city of Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland.

He was not named by prosecutors, but Die Welt daily identified him as Johann R., a landscape architect who once worked for North Rhine-Westphalia state authorities.

The trial marks a new attempt in Germany's race against time to prosecute surviving Nazis, after a new legal precedent was set in 2011.

The nonagenarian is accused of being an accessory to the murders of several hundred camp prisoners, the regional court of Münster said, more than seven decades after the end of WWII.

Nov 06 09:04

Ex-German Spy Chief Slams 'Naive, Leftist' Government, Mulls Entering Politics

The former head of German intelligence, tasked with monitoring domestic extremist groups, came under fire after he expressed doubts about the authenticity of videos showing members of right-wing groups in Chemnitz hunting down immigrants.

The former president of the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, who was recently forced to leave his post, criticized the government's foreign and domestic security policies as "leftist, naïve and idealistic," Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on November 5. He also considered the possibility of entering into German politics after his resignation as head of the BfV.

Nov 02 11:35

Almost 1 in 5 Germans is ‘at risk of poverty’ despite record employment – study

Germany may be Europe’s biggest and strongest economy and is enjoying record employment, but one fifth of its citizens are struggling to make ends meet, a new study reveals.
Some 15.5 million people or 19 percent of the population in Germany were “at risk of poverty” or “social exclusion” in 2017, the Federal Statistics Office said.

Even though the unemployment rate in Germany has fallen to record lows, many people still do not earn enough to pay their bills and keep themselves above the poverty line. Some 13.1 million Germans, roughly 16.1 percent of the population, are threatened by poverty precisely because of their low monthly income, the federal statistics bureau says.

Nov 02 11:33

DNA Evidence: Migrant Arrested After Sex Assaults on Women, Animals in City Already Rocked by Migrant Gang Rapes

German police in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, have arrested a migrant male after DNA evidence linked him to several sexual assaults and cases of animal welfare abuse committed over the course of two years.

The arrest in the south-western German city was triggered after officers conducted what a police press release praised as “meticulous” forensic work in matching DNA samples taken from several crime scenes. In the first of three sexual assaults linked to the arrest of the unnamed 28-year-old Eritrean migrant, a 30-year-old German woman was attacked in late May of 2018.

Nov 01 08:11

Inoffensively disastrous: Merkel’s blandness must not let her get away with historic failure

The departing German chancellor leaves her country with a fractured domestic political scene and myriad intractable social challenges, the EU as weak as it has ever been, and grave international crises no closer to resolution.
Angel Merkel’s latest political obituaries have been as mealy-mouthed as her persona, designed to wearily sap drama in keeping with her (optimistic) three-year warning about leaving her post, which she announced on Monday. Her entire legacy has been written in these cushioned terms, from her ‘Mutti’ (mother) persona, to ‘Merkeln’ (a neologism meaning ‘to dither’), and now to the extended ‘Merkeldammerung’ (Merkel twilight) that awaits.

Oct 30 09:39

Russia, Germany, Turkey, France committed to Syria’s territorial integrity - communique

The participants of the four-party summit in Istanbul - Russia, Turkey, Germany and France - are committed to the territorial integrity of Syria, according to a communique released by the German government on Saturday.

The leaders of the four nations "confirmed their commitment to sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," the document reads.

They are "full of determination to resist separatist plans, aimed at undermining sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as well as national security of neighboring states."

Besides, the participants of the Istanbul meeting said they were ready to work on creating conditions for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. This will depend on providing them with "guarantees against armed conflicts, political persecution and unlawful detentions," as well as on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure to make sure that the population has access to water and electricity.

Oct 30 09:17

European markets hail Merkel’s looming exit as German chancellor

Markets across Europe surged on news that Angela Merkel will stop being German chancellor in 2021. The Monday rally was led by a surge in Merkel’s homeland, Germany.

In Frankfurt, the DAX index surged nearly two percent on the announcement. Markets in France and the UK followed with the London FTSE surging 1.72 percent and CAC40 rising 0.75 percent. Merkel made the announcement after her party showed poor results in a regional election. The news also sent the euro lower briefly against the dollar and bolstered German bond yields.

Oct 30 09:14

Thousands Protest in Germany Following Suspected Gang Rape by Migrants

Seven Syrians and one German citizen have been arrested; they are suspected of raping an 18-year-old student. The men have been on the police radar long before the arrest for other alleged wrongdoings, which drew criticism on the authorities.

Up to 2,000 demonstrators flooded the streets of the university city of Freiburg in southern Germany following a gang rape, which was allegedly committed by migrants from Syria as well as one German citizen. The right-wing Alternative for Germany party brought around 500 people to protest the crimes committed by refugees and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migration policy, repeating demands for stricter migrant control following the arrest of the suspects.

Oct 30 08:46

500 protesters march through German town after seven Syrian migrants are arrested for gang-rape of 18-year-old student (16 Pics)

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets as a migrant gang are held for the four hour rape of 18-year-old girl outside a nightclub.
The Syrians between the ages of 19 and 29, along with a 25-year-old German, were arrested in Freiburg on Sunday in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttebmberg.
Freiburg's Mayor, Martin Horn, urged the AfD-organized protesters to remain 'peaceful' and refrain from 'further violence.'

Oct 29 10:00

Claim: Germany’s Angela Merkel To Step Down From Party Leadership After Humiliating Elections

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is to relinquish control of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in December, sources have claimed, after yet another humiliating performance in a regional election Sunday.

Update 1400: Merkel makes it official

Speaking at a press conference in Berlin Monday afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made official the rumours that had been swilling over the course of the morning by announcing she would not be seeking another term as leader of the CDU party, but that she intended to remain leader of Germany until 2021 — a shrewd move that some observers have noted would preclude a coup against her in the next three years.

Describing Sunday’s election results as “bitter” in her speech, Dr Merkel said of her decision: “I feel the need to pause to think — I am certainly doing that, and I want the yesterday’s election to be seen as a cutoff point.”

Oct 29 09:52

The end of Merkel: German chancellor says she will step down when current term ends in 2021 and admits her government has lost credibility following latest election humiliation

Angela Merkel has said she will stand down as German Chancellor when her current term comes to an end in 2021.

Merkel, who has held the office since 2005, said her government had lost credibility after a bruising election result in Hesse at the weekend, which saw the CDU emerge victorious but drop almost 11 points at the polls.

She will also quit as leader of the CDU, a post she has held since 2000, in the coming days, with a new leader due to be elected at party conference in December.

'I will not be seeking any political post after my term ends,' Merkel said, bringing an end to her career after more than a decade at the top of German politics.

She added that she accepts 'full responsibility' for weakening party support, which comes in the wake of the migrant crisis.

Oct 29 08:17

Merkel QUITS: 'I am RESPONSIBLE' German Chancellor admits PRESSURE as EU awaits successor

ANGELA Merkel said she takes "full responsibility” for the downfall of her coalition government as she announced she is stepping down as CDU party leader and German chancellor, signalling the end of her 13 career at the helm of Germany.

The German leader said she "will not stand for re-election as head of CDU party" at the next party conference in December, following a battering at last night's Hesse elections.

Embattled Mrs Merkel also confirmed she will also step down as Chancellor of Germany after 2021.

Mrs Merkel also ruled out running for a senior position in the European Union after a European parliament election next year.

Oct 28 18:39

German leader Angela Merkel's party suffers heavy losses in key region election, according to exit polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party look to have suffered heavy losses in Sunday's regional election in Hesse state.

The CDU remained the largest party, but lost around 10 percentage points to score 28 per cent of the vote, public broadcaster ARD reported.

Meanwhile, junior federal government partners the Social Democrats (SPD) dropped almost 11 points to land on just 20 per cent.

The Greens came third and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Hesse regional assembly for the first time with 12 percent of the vote.

Oct 27 10:36

Germany Admits It Needs More from Russia Than Just Nordstream 2

As its coal and nuclear power plants are phased out German demand for gas will continue to rise as European production continues to fall. Soon Germany may need more gas than Nordstream 1 and 2 can deliver. The announced new LNG terminal is seen as a concession to Washington but it may just as easily be used by Russian LNG suppliers

Oct 27 10:31

Merkel: EU May Make Joint Decision to Halt Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Turkey met in Istanbul on October 27 to discuss issues of the Syrian peace settlement. They also discussed the case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the European Union might make a collective decision to halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. At the same time, she agreed with her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the decision should be made after more is known about those responsible for his death.

Oct 27 10:30

‘Whole world is watching’: Russia-Turkey-Germany-France talks on Syria kick off

Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France have gathered in Istanbul to discuss the Syrian peace process. While the outcome of such tricky talks is hard to predict, the new format appears to be, at least, quite refreshing.

Oct 27 06:28

Syria peace talks set to begin in Istanbul

Leaders have arrived in Istanbul for a four-way summit on Syria between Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on Saturday.

The meeting, hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will see the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN special Syria envoy, will also attend the summit, which is expected to be followed by a joint statement.
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Diplomatic win'

Al Jazeera's Zena Khodr, reporting from Istanbul, said "Russia and Turkey are billing this as a diplomatic win because they were able to bring the EU to the table".

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Oct 26 10:10

Germany will fight but won’t outlaw BDS, head of Bundestag says

Germany currently has no plans to outlaw the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement, the speaker of its parliament said Thursday.

“We fight it politically, but we don’t believe that it is fought more successfully through prohibitions,” Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble told reporters in Jerusalem.

“We are relatively hesitant regarding prohibitions, since our constitution doesn’t give the parliament much room to enact prohibitions, and rightly so, because we believe that is up to an independent judiciary,” he added.

Oct 26 09:05

Google Cancels Plans for Berlin Campus Over Local Protests

In a surprising victory, local protesters won a battle against the US tech giant, which wanted to revamp a local building into a technology campus.

The residents of Kreuzberg, a part of Berlin, have succeeded in repelling Google from developing a campus in their neighborhood.

Google had planned to convert an old electric company building in Kreuzberg into an incubator for tech start-ups, The New York Times reported Friday. Yet on Wednesday, the company's German spokesman Ralf Bremer announced that the 3,000 square-meter space would be given, free of charge, to non-profit humanitarian associations.

The company has taken upon itself the burden of paying rent for the two non-profits until 2023, when its lease ends, Bremer said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Oct 24 19:48

Debenhams ‘to report £500M LOSS - 50 stores to CLOSE and THOUSANDS of jobs at RISK'

DEBENHAMS will announce a £500 million loss on Thursday - the biggest in its 240-year history - as it prepares to close up to 50 stores and axe thousands of jobs as it fights for its future on the UK high street, Sky News has reported.

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