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Germany Buys NYSE
16 Feb 2011 Billionaire developer Donald Trump says a foreign country, or company, should not own the New York Stock Exchange, and he hopes U.S. regulatory authorities nix the deal, announced Tuesday, in Donald, Trump, New, York, Stock, Exchange, Deutsche, Boersewhich the Deutsche Boerse AG would take ownership of the Wall Street icon.
“If I were in a position, I wouldn’t even have allowed the discussions to take place,” Trump Tuesday told Fox News’ Stuart Varney. “I don’t want foreign countries owning the New York Stock Exchange; it’s very simple, it’s black and white – we don’t want Germany owning the New York Stock Exchange.
“I just think if I were the president, and I hope he sees this, I would do something, because they do need regulatory approval of some kind and I just don’t think a foreign country – and I’m not talking about Germany – I don’t think any foreign country should be owning the New York Stock Exchange – or a foreign company – should be owning the New York Stock Exchange,” said Trump, who is considering a 2012 presidential run.
Deutsche Boerse AG has agreed to buy New York Stock Exchange parent NYSE Euronext in a deal that creates the world’s largest owner of equities and derivatives markets.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission would have to sign off on the takeover, which could also draw antitrust scrutiny from the Justice Department. The U.S. government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States could also raise national security concerns.
There are also German and European regulatory hurdles for the Deutsche Boerse to overcome before the deal can be completed..
Merkel loses in Germany election
March 28, 2011 German chancellor Angela Merkel's party defeated in state election.
Nuclear power was a key issue.
The opposition anti-nuclear Greens secured 24% of the vote, with the center-left Social Democrats down 2 percentage points at 23.2 percent, giving them enough form a coalition government in the state, the results showed.
Representatives of all parties said the elections were overshadowed by Japan's nuclear crisis, turning them into a popular vote on the country's future use of nuclear power -- which a majority of Germans oppose as they view it as inherently dangerous.
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GERMANY * Muslim kills 2 US soldiers
March 2, 2011 2 U.S. Airmen Killed in Shooting at Germany's Frankfurt Airport
A Muslim terrorist from Kosovo opened fire at the Frankfurt Airport, killing 2 American soldiers.
Gunman yelled Allah Akbar.
The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt. The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, he said.
The shooter yelled "Allah Akbar" when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued.
U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. The were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain.
Germans Probe Terror Link in Airport Attack That Killed 2 U.S. Airmen
March 03, 2011 Killer has Islamic ties. DUH!
Germany's top prosecutors took over the investigation Thursday of a shooting attack that killed two U.S. airmen at Frankfurt airport, a move that indicates authorities believe terrorism was involved.
The federal prosecutors office took over the case from local officials, Frankfurt prosecutors said in a statement Thursday. Such a move comes when authorities have indications the suspect was driven by religious or other such motivations, including Islamic terrorism.
The suspect is said to be a Muslim man with family in Kosovo who was born in Germany and was working at the airport at the time of the attack.
He said "Allah Akbar" before opening fire on a bus outside the airport, a source told Fox News. The deadly attack also wounded two others before the man was taken into custody.
American officials in Washington told the New York Times that there was no immediate evidence tying the gunman to a terrorist organization. German police originally said that they had no such evidence either, although they didn’t rule out the possibility of a link.
But a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Patrick Meehan, said in Washington that it looked like a terrorist attack, though he noted that he still was being briefed on the details of the shooting.
Germany Gets The Debt Blues As Euro Bonds Loom
Nov. 23, 2011 Europe's debt crisis passed another milestone Wednesday as even Germany--long thought of as the safest of euro-zone safe havens--failed to sell all the bonds it wanted to.
The auction, which sold barely half the bonds planned, sent shock waves through markets as investors, battered by almost incessant bad news out of Europe over the last few months, initially ...
-- Bund auction fails as European Commission unveils euro bond ideas
-- Bund, euro weakness hints at money leaving euro zone
-- Investors, ECB uneasy but divided over significance
By Geoffrey T. Smith and Emese Bartha Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
LONDON (Dow Jones)--Europe's debt crisis passed another milestone Wednesday as even Germany--long thought of as the safest of euro-zone safe havens--failed to sell all the bonds it wanted to.
The auction, which sold barely half the bonds planned, sent shock waves through markets as investors, battered by almost incessant bad news out of Europe over the last few months, initially
Eurozone crisis: 'Worst ever' German debt auction hits markets - 23 November 2011 FTSE 100 posts eighth consecutive fall - worst run since Jan 2003
• Over one-third of German bonds unsold in 'worst auction ever'
• Barroso proposes closer controls on eurozone budgets
• ....Germany: Eurobonds aren't the answer
EC president José Manuel Barroso has warned that the euro could collapse unless economic governance is tightened up. Photograph: David Gadd/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar
6.42pm: Time to wrap things up.
Here's an evening summary (an enhanced version of the lunchtime one)
• Germany has suffered probably its worst bond auction ever. Over a third of Bunds went unsold in an auction of €6bn of 10-year debt. Analysts fear that the 'extremely poor' sale means Germany is being dragged into the crisis. One German politician said the country was being 'drawn into the debt swamp'
• EC president José Manuel Barroso has warned that the eurozone will probably not survive unless economic governance is improved. The warning came as Barroso unveiled plans for eurobonds, and tighter controls on the budgets of member states.
• Germany still appears opposed to eurobonds. Angela Merkel said this morning that joint borrowing was not the solution to the crisis.
• Fitch has warned that France's AAA rating is at risk. Any further escalation of the crisis would put too great a strain on its public finances
• Eurozone bonds fell in value, pushing yields up. UK borrowing costs, though, fell.
• The FTSE 100 posted its eighth consecutive daily drop
. Around £104bn has been wiped off the value of Britain's biggest listed companies since the start of last week.
German bonds fall; stocks, euro vulnerable
Nov. 2011 German government bond yields hit their highest in nearly a month and world stocks held near 7-week lows Thursday, a day after a weak debt sale in Berlin fanned fears the euro zone debt crisis is starting to threaten its biggest > falling 115 ticks on the day to 134.66, the lowest since October 31.
Ten-year German government bond yields rose as high as 2.14 percent compared with economy.
The euro remained vulnerable near a 7-week low against the dollar as investors eyed a meeting of leaders from France, Germany and Italy for any signs of cracks in Berlin's resistance to more concerted action to end the two-year-old crisis.
Repercussions from the auction, in which Germany found no buyers for almost half of the 6 billion euros on offer, extended into a second day, with Bund futures just 1.724 percent earlier this month.
Merkel calls for quick move to fiscal union - German leader rejects call for eurobonds, defends ECB independence
1 December 2011 MarketWatch
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday called for quick treaty changes that would pave the way for closer fiscal union in the 17-nation euro area,
while again rejecting proposals for joint eurobonds and warning that the region’s problems will take years to resolve.
Germany's Merkel fights for euro, Cameron for UK
British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened on Friday to obstruct a Franco-German drive for swift change to the European Union's treaty, a sign of the difficulty leaders will face transforming Europe to save the euro.
France and Germany are reaching a consensus that euro zone economies need to be bound more closely together if the single currency is to survive, which could mean changing the EU treaty to give Brussels powers to punish spendthrift euro states.
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said there was a danger that the euro zone bloc would split up unless it implemented new rules and stuck to them.
"When we are not able to set up and keep to more conditions and ground rules, then many countries in the euro zone will no longer be able to pay the very high rates for sovereign bonds," he told the daily Krone.
"The next effect will be that you won't find anyone to buy them. Then the euro zone has to break up because of this.... it is a very real danger."
Germany urged to drop treaty change demand
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Several EU member states are urging Germany to drop its demands for changes to the EU treaty, arguing that deeper fiscal integration in the euro zone can be achieved without overhauling the EU's fundamental law, EU sources say.
Germany has been pushing since early September to change the EU treaty, maintaining that the only way to enforce much tighter budget discipline among the euro zone's 17 countries is to enshrine stricter rules in law.
But several member states inside and outside the euro zone are opposed to changing the treaty, saying it will take too long and prove disruptive if all parties including the European Parliament are involved, and are urging Berlin to drop its demands.
"If you go for treaty change at 27, you cannot avoid the convention," said a senior EU official involved in the discussions, referring to the negotiation process.
Germany sells 4.1 bln euros of five-year notes
7 December 2011, by William L. Watts - Frankfurt (MarketWatch)
The German government on Wednesday sold 4.09 billion euros ($5.5 billion) of five-year notes, or Bobls, at an average yield of 1.11%.
The Bundesbank, which conducts auctions on behalf of the German Finance Agency, said it received 8.67 billion euros in bids for a bid-to-cover ratio of 2-to-1.
The Bundesbank set aside 910 million euros for the Finance Agency to use in secondary market operations
Why euro is important to Germany
Why does the euro mean so much to Germany?
Germany has been at the very heart of the European Union since it began 60 years ago as a way of pooling coal and steel resources and preventing future wars.
But it has borne the brunt of the cost of recent rescue deals.
So why is Germany still protecting the European Union?
(I suspect thats about to END.)
Germany was one of the founding nations of the European Union
Following World War II Germany neighbors decided that the best way to prevent war was economically, rather than ideologically.
European integration became a part of the rehabilitation of Germany as a nation among nations.
Schaeuble vows to push for financial transaction tax
25 December 2011 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble vowed to push ahead for a financial transaction tax in the European Union in 2012 despite objections from Britain that it could harm London as a global financial centre.
Rating of Europe's bailout fund rests on Germany - S&P
14 January 2012 The top credit rating of Europe's bailout fund depends on additional financial backing from Germany and the other three remaining AAA-rated euro zone countries, Standard & Poor's said on Friday.
The fund, also known as European Financial Stability Facility, has its AAA rating at risk after S&P stripped two of its guarantors, France and Austria, of their top credit ratings.
If downgraded, the EFSF could face higher borrowing costs, reducing its firepower to rescue troubled countries in the region.
"If you have a greater commitment from the other countries, then the EFSF could retain its AAA rating," John Chambers, the chairman of S&P's sovereign rating committee, told Reuters Insider in an interview.
"If you've lost two of the six AAA guarantors, either they need to increase the backing from the four remaining AAA guarantors or they need to raise some cash buffers," Chambers said.
Germany urges Greece to accept offers of help
BERLIN (Reuters) - Greece should accept Germany's offers of help, for example to create a more efficient system of taxation, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted as saying by a weekly paper on Sunday.
"We have been ready for quite a while for our finance officials to help the Greeks to help build a more efficient tax administration," Schaeuble told the Tagesspiegel am Sonntag, adding however that Athens had not yet accepted this offer.
But the idea could further ruffle feathers in Greece, which has reacted angrily to German calls for the appointment of a "budget commissioner", saying it would undermine national sovereignty.
Volker Kauder, parliamentary floor leader for Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), also urged Greece to accept offers of help.
German central banker: ECB loans only buy time
March 2012 FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank says the flow of credit to businesses grew more slowly in February — a sign that the bank's massive loans to the financial system have yet to kickstart a lagging eurozone economy.
Figures released Wednesday showed loans to nonfinancial corporations — a key credit indicator — grew by only 0.4 percent on an annual basis, down from 0.7 percent in January.
The ECB made two rounds of cheap loans to banks Dec. 21 and Feb. 29, adding about €500 billion ($666 billion) in net new credit to the financial system. The loans were introduced in the hope that the money would find its way to businesses and consumers as loans and, in turn, promote growth.
The loans are credited with easing the eurozone debt crisis by removing fears that one or more of Europe's shaky banks might fail, and by making it easier for heavily indebted governments such as Italy to borrow on bond markets.
Germany: The Final Frontier Whose True Debt/GDP Is Now 140%
27 March 2012, by Mark Grant, Author of Out of the Box And Onto Wall Street (Zero Hedge)
Germany: The Final Frontier
“It always looks darkest just before it gets totally black.”
German Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $3.2 trillion
Official German Sovereign Debt: $2.618 trillion
Percentage of Liabilities at the European Union: 27%
Percentage of Liabilities at the ECB 18.94%
Germany’s Percentage of the ECB Debt ($4 trillion) $757.6 billion
German annual cost for the EU budget $46.36 billion
German Guarantees for the Stabilization Funds $280.6 billion
German Guarantees for the Macro Financial Assistance Fund $211.14 billion
German Target-2 Liabilities $656 billion
German Guarantee for the EIB Debt $157.29 billion
Sovereign Guarantee for KFW $588 billion
Total German Sovereign Debt & Guarantees $5.315 trillion
Official debt to GDP Ratio 81.8%
Actual German Debt to GDP Ratio 139.8%
So there you have it; place your bets.
German central banker: ECB loans only buy time
March 2012 — The European Central Bank says the flow of credit to businesses grew more slowly in February — a sign that the bank's massive loans to the financial system have yet to kickstart a lagging eurozone economy.
Figures released Wednesday showed loans to nonfinancial corporations — a key credit indicator — grew by only 0.4 percent on an annual basis, down from 0.7 percent in January.
The ECB made two rounds of cheap loans to banks Dec. 21 and Feb. 29, adding about €500 billion ($666 billion) in net new credit to the financial system. The loans were introduced in the hope that the money would find its way to businesses and consumers as loans and, in turn, promote growth.
The loans are credited with easing the eurozone debt crisis by removing fears that one or more of Europe's shaky banks might fail, and by making it easier for heavily indebted governments such as Italy to borrow on bond markets.
German 30 Year Bund Auction "Unsubscribed"
25 April 2012 Earlier today, the Bundesbank tried to sneak through some €3 billion in long-dated (30Y) paper.
It didn't quite succeed, because if one excludes the retention by the German bank which already has its hands full with TARGET2, the auction was technically a failure.
As Newedge points out, without Buba retention, the launch of new 30-yr bund would have been undersubscribed which is just a polite way of saying the above.
What happened is that the German debt agency sold €2.405 billion of new 2.5% 30Y Jul-44 Bund, at an average Price €101.93 and average yield of 2.41%.
Here we go again...
Angela Merkel’s party faces ouster in German state vote
BERLIN—Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives were in danger of being ousted from power in another German state on Sunday after the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) said they wanted to form a three-way coalition with two smaller centre-left parties.
The Christian Democrats’ (CDU) vote fell to 31 per cent, their worst result in the state since 1950, but they were still just the largest party in the rural region between the Baltic and North Seas, a projection by Germany’s ARD TV network showed.
The SPD, which won 29.9 per cent in the northernmost state, said it wanted to form a coalition with the Greens and South Schleswig Party (SSW) that represents the Danish majority. The three parties would have 35 seats in the 69-seat state assembly.
Merkel’s conservatives have been voted out of power in three states in the last two years. If knocked out in the traditionally conservative region of Schleswig-Holstein the CDU would rule just seven of Germany’s 16 states ahead of the 2013 federal election, when Merkel is seeking a third term.
“She’ll probably lose another state premier and this will make things harder for her re-election campaign,” said Gero Neugebauer, political scientist at Berlin’s Free University. “She can’t be satisfied about the performance of her centre-right coalition.”
Crisis escalates as insurrection breaks German control of Europe
8 May 2012 The Telegraph The political dam has broken in Europe.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer has enough allies in the club of EU prime ministers to impose her hairshirt agenda. Her methodical plans are disintegrating on every front.
Former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl knew risks
6 May 2012, (MMnews)
(google trans from German) http://tinyurl.com/c9ch4qm
Merkel faces rout in state vote over austerity
BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives face defeat in a vote in Germany's most populous state on Sunday that could give the left momentum before next year's federal election and fuel criticism of the chancellor's European austerity drive.
North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), an industrial state in western Germany with an economy and population roughly the size of the Netherlands, has a history of influencing national politics.
First exit polls are due at 1600 GMT and are expected to show Hannelore Kraft of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) trouncing her Christian Democrat (CDU) rival Norbert Roettgen, Merkel's environment minister.
The vote is likely to bolster the SPD's fortunes nationwide and make Merkel, Germany's most popular politician, look politically vulnerable for the first time in a long while.
HUGE LOSS for Merkel
May 13, 2012 Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered a crushing defeat on Sunday in an election in Germany's most populous state, a result which could embolden the left opposition to step up its criticism of her European austerity policies. The election in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a western German state with a bigger population than the Netherlands and an economy the size of Turkey, was held 18 months before a national election in which Merkel is expected to fight for a third term.
She remains popular in Germany for her steady handling of the euro zone debt crisis, but the sheer scale of her party's defeat leaves her vulnerable at a time when a backlash against her insistence on fiscal discipline is building across Europe. According to first projections, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) won 38.8 percent of the vote and will have enough to form a stable majority with the Greens, who scored 12.2 percent.
The two left-leaning parties had run a fragile minority government for the past two years under popular SPD leader Hannelore Kraft, whose decisive victory on Sunday could propel her to national prominence.
Merkel tells Greece to back cuts or face euro exit
May 14, 2012 Greece may be forced to leave the euro if the country refuses to implement spending cuts agreed with the European Union, Angela Merkel warned.
Raising the spectre of a Greek exit, the German chancellor said “solidarity for the euro” was threatened by the ongoing political crisis in Athens.
Stock markets around the world fell sharply with fears mounting that a euro break-up could lead to renewed financial turmoil. The FTSE-100 index of Britain’s major companies fell by two per cent to 5465, with bank shares hit particularly hard.
The cost of Spanish government borrowing also hit a record high since the single currency was introduced because of concerns that the crisis will spread.
Today, François Hollande, the new French president, will be sworn in and, in an indication of the concern gripping Europe, will almost immediately travel to Berlin to hold talks with Mrs Merkel that will be dominated by Greece’s plight.
Attempts to form a new government in Athens have been thwarted for the past nine days, although the country’s president will meet all major parties this afternoon to discuss the forming of a “technocratic” administration rather than a coalition.
Two-year German bond yield may go negative
24 May 2012, by Min Zeng - New York (MarketWatch)
For the first time, the two-year German bond yield may dip below zero, a rare occurrence in the global fixed-income universe and one that flags growing fears over the future of the euro zone.
Debt crisis now taking toll on German economy - Ifo tumbles; Greek exit ‘unleashing a second uncertainty shock’
24 May 2012, by William L. Watts - Frankfurt (MarketWatch)
Germany’s economy is showing signs of strain as worries about the European debt crisis undercut business sentiment and output, a new round of closely watched surveys showed Thursday.
Moody's Downgrades Six German Bank Groups
Jun 2012 And Their Subsidiaries, By Up To Three Notches
Moody's takes multiple actions on German banks' ratings; most outlooks now stable
Frankfurt am Main, June 06, 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service has today taken various rating actions on seven German banks and their subsidiaries, as well as one German subsidiary of a foreign group. As a result, the long-term debt and deposit ratings for six groups and one German subsidiary of a foreign group have declined by one notch, while the ratings for one group were confirmed. Moody's also downgraded the long-term debt and deposit ratings for several subsidiaries of these groups, by up to three notches. At the same time, the short-term ratings for three groups as well as one German subsidiary of a foreign group have been downgraded by one notch, triggered by the long-term rating downgrades.
Is Germany's crisis immunity fading away?
What’s to become of Europe? As Spain’s straits become newly dire and the whole euro zone convulses over its debt crisis, the common prayer is that Germany will rise up, reject outside help and protect the European household.
But Germany’s looking not so mighty itself: Industrial production in the once-indomitable economy is down. In April alone, it dropped by a stomach-churning 2.2 percent. "The German economy's immunity against the euro zone sovereign debt crisis is clearly fading away," Carsten Brzeski, an economist at ING in Brussels, warned recently.
Germany seems to have missed the memo that kicked off the digital economy decades ago. While economies from North America to Asia have--when manufacturing digital devices from cars to phones--embraced the principles of open platforms and beta-testing, Germany has stuck with its commitment to protectionism, nationalism and craftsmanship.
Surprise: It turns out that what worked in the heyday of Black Forest cuckoo clocks doesn’t suit our era.
German industry is preparing for Euro-Crash
Contingency plans for a Greek Euro-exit in German companies are in demand as never before. Many move from their capital as a precaution, some even before getting ready for a collapse of the euro zone.
The Greeks may be left after the parliamentary election on Sunday, the euro zone - with incalculable consequences for the currency area and the entire world economy. The fact that the Spanish banking sector is rescued in time, before its collapse, exploding the monetary union is possible, but not guaranteed.
And even if the immediate problems are solved - there remain fundamental problems. "So, how does it at the moment, do not make monetary union work long term," said Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann, "Welt Online".
German economy is attracting capital from countries in crisis
The German economy is meanwhile also preparing for a disaster scenario, the newspaper result research at companies, consultancies and law firms.
"Advice for a euro exit of Greece or other aggravations of the crisis are extremely popular right now," says Linklaters partner Andreas Steck. Linklaters is currently scheduled in Germany alone, about 20 lawyers on this issue.
"Some companies are trying their liquid funds from the crisis countries as far as possible, be deducted in order to avoid the risk that the assets are converted to a euro exit suddenly as in drachma," said Steck.
"Especially after the first cargo insurers have started exports to Greece can no longer assure the uncertainty is increased again," says Max Falkenberg, a partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. "It's like a company that is on the verge of bankruptcy. One has to be extremely careful with all kinds of contracts and attempts to minimize the risks, where it goes"
Companies get emergency plans from the drawer
At the start of the euro crisis, more than two years ago, many German companies are still content to prepare emergency plans - so they can be put in the drawer. Meanwhile, companies have begun to clean out.
"Most companies do not wait for it escalates further," says Thomas Poppensieker, who is responsible in Germany for the McKinsey consulting in risk management. "They long look at how they exposed to various countries like Spain and how the individual partners are exposed there."
There is also high time suppose Maximilian von Rom, a partner at chambers Gleiss Lutz: "When the crisis escalated, and a company must first get its contracts from the basement, then it has lost valuable time."
Meanwhile, not only Greece is in focus. "Also with regard to other euro-zone members like Spain and Italy, companies try to minimize their risks," says Daniel Stelter, a partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
A South German conglomerate confirmed "Welt Online" sub rosa, that the finance department daily in the central control, the evolution of the Spanish subsidiary account balances, money that is not necessarily used in Spain, is withdrawn.
Lost Euro business compensate elsewhere
"The precautions consist of companies such as the fact that Southern partners is shorter payment terms," adds Ilja Nothnagel, foreign trade expert at the German Industry and Commerce board of trade (DIHK). Among the companies which have acted according to its own way is Adidas one of them.
A particular problem is the information technology. No one tell if booking systems would continue to do their work reliably if the euro would replace a large number come from other currencies, says Michael Kliger, a trade expert with the consulting firm Accenture. He tells of a large German trading company that is already prepared for it - and "now so far is that it could work in a very short time with a variety of currencies in Europe."
And finally there are very different questions: how to cut costs in the case of the case, how to win new markets? "Many German companies, there is a reaction to the resurgence of the euro crisis in the fact that you consider how the lost business can be compensated in the crisis countries outside the euro zone," said Anton Börner, president of the Greater Foreign Trade Association and BGA.
And as Börner, so keeps Harald Völker, chief financial officer of machinery and equipment manufacturer Trumpf, conceivable that Europe's economy "gets a whole in choppy waters." Then, the manager said, "and we must and want to be prepared."
And so Völker has calculated, from which emerging new savings programs are needed and capacity must be reduced. It is not yet ready. But the jobs in the sector of the euro zone were already at least 17 percent below last year's level. An end of the downturn is not in sight.
Germany not strong enough to tackle problems alone
14 June 2012, Berlin (MarketWatch)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a political union in Europe during a parliamentary session in Berlin on Thursday, and said Germany is strong but isn't able to tackle all problems alone.
"Germany's strength is not infinite, Germany's strength is not unlimited," she said.
World leaders come together on Monday and Tuesday in Los Cabos, Mexico, for the G-20 meeting to discuss current affairs such as poverty, youth unemployment and environmental issues.
Ms. Merkel said all issues at the meeting would be dominated by the ongoing European debt crisis.
Germany surrenders over eurozone bailout fund
All the financial firepower Europe can muster will be used to drive down Spain's borrowing costs – that, at least, is the talk
If the stories coming out of Los Cabos are correct, the Germans have surrendered. Angela Merkel, it appears, has agreed that Europe's bailout fund should be used to buy up Spanish bonds. This is precisely the show of "shock and awe" that the markets have been demanding, and the immediate response will undoubtedly be positive. All the financial firepower that Europe can muster will be used in an attempt to drive down Spain's borrowing costs from the 7%-plus level they have reached this week.
That, at least, is the talk. It is worth noting from the outset that Europe has failed to deliver on its fine-sounding rhetoric in the past. The detail of this deal may prove less impressive than the behind-the-scenes briefing, in which case the market reaction will be swift and brutal.
But let's assume that this is for real. Why would Germany be prepared to play fast and loose with the tough conditions that Berlin itself insisted on when the European Financial Stability Facility and its successor were created.
The rules say that the bailout funds should not take on the risks associated with buying up the debt of a member country unless it is part of an official European Union-International Monetary Fund programme. Although details are sketchy, this appears to be the sort of no-strings attached deal that Merkel has always steadfastly opposed.
So why is this happening? Not because Germany has come under fire at the G20 summit, although it has. Not because Merkel has changed her mind about the potential costs of such an arrangement for her own taxpayers. Rather, it is because the events of the past few weeks have left Germany with a binary choice: support emergency action to prop up the eurozone's fourth biggest economy or watch monetary union slide into the abyss. Berlin does not want to be blamed for destroying the euro "project", and recognises that a crisis involving Spain (with Italy waiting in the wings) is of a whole different order or magnitude to one affecting Greece, Portugal and Ireland.
What this means is that European policymakers have decided to take on the bond vigilantes. The hope is that they can drive 10-year Spanish bond yields out of the danger zone, take the pressure off the creaking Spanish banking system, and thus avoid the need for Madrid to seek formal help from the EU and the IMF.
This, for certain, is a high stakes game. Part of Europe's fighting fund has already been spent on bailing out Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Spain has also pledged funds to the EFSF and ESM, and these clearly cannot be spent buying up the country's own debt. The markets might decide that it is worth taking on Europe in the way that George Soros did in 1992, when he saw the pound as ripe for a killing.
That risk is exacerbated by the dire state of the Spanish economy, which is suffering from a long-lasting hangover after the bubble in its construction and property sectors in the years running up to 2007. With a tough austerity programme in place, the economy is still going backwards and house prices have further to fall. A lot further, in all probability. If the gamble fails, Spain will still need a bailout and Europe will have nothing left in the kitty for Italy. But in the circumstances, Merkel and her fellow eurozone leaders may think it is a gamble they have to take.
Egan Jones Downgrades Germany From AA- To A+
26 June 2012 The unstoppable Egan-Jones juggernaut continues:
6/26/2012: Federal Republic Of Germany: EJR lowered AA- to A+ (Neg.) (S&P: AAA) (3413Z GR)
Synopsis: German chancellor Angela Merkel continues to create tension with EU member states by resisting calls for EU bonds (shared liabs.),
money printing calls and for her pushing for fiscal controls and the seniority of bailout funding.
Germay is likely to be outvoted by other ECB members and therefore will have greater prospective exposure.
Watch for the EFSF and the ESM morphing into banks (thereby depressing eventual recoveries) and a rise in the number of euros.
The fallout from a likely Greek exit needs to be monitored. We are cutting to " A+ "
Italian, German yields diverge at T-bill auctions
13 August 2012 Investors once again highlighted the euro area's north-south divide Monday as Italy's borrowing costs edged higher at a 12-month Treasury bill auction, while German six-month funding costs hit yet another fresh record low.
Destruction of euro
October 1, 2012 Monday
Gauck has given the ESM powers against his will today, Sept 27.
President Joachim Gauck of Germany signed the instrument of ratification for the European Stability Mechanism. The ESM will thus come into force on 8th October 2012.
In doing so, Gauck has authorised the rule of an ESM with dictatorial powers beyond the reach of any established Law on the planet.
So what we are looking at here is a German Constitutional Court telling an EU mechanism above any law that, unless it obeys German law, the Bundestag will give it a jolly good spanking. I think Karlsruhe woud have a better chance of lassoing ether. And given the Bundestag’s spineless track record to date, I think we can safely assume Germany’s fate is sealed.
The truth is being kept from the German mass electorate. Not just by censorship, but also by distortion and deception. With a stroke of his pen, the Bundespräsident has conferred legitimacy upon a body that is supreme but not sovereign.
In other words, it has 100% power, and 0% accountability. Hitler himself could not have asked for more. What a bitter-sweet frustration this must be for the control freak Angela Merkel.
German President signs $646-billion Eurozone bailout fund
BERLIN: German President Joachim Gauck Thursday signed the 500-billion-euro ($646-billion) eurozone bailout fund, paving the way for the ratification of a key weapon against the eurozone crisis.
Gauck's spokeswoman said he had signed the necessary documents for the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and fiscal pact for greater budgetary discipline, but that a further step was needed for ratification.
"The federal president needs to ratify the ESM treaty before it can legally come into force," the spokeswoman said.
For this to happen, the German government must integrate the conditions set out on Wednesday by the Constitutional Court regarding the ESM, she added.
In a landmark ruling watched around the world, the court Wednesday cleared Germany's participation in the ESM but capped its share of the pot at 190 billion euros and said any increase would have to be approved by parliament.
[size=14pt]Swiss rating agency stripped Germany of its AAA rating[/size]
Huw Pill, from Goldman Sachs, said Germany has, in fact, allowed “veiled” debt mutualisation through its share of €750bn (£607bn) of bail-out liabilities.
Less visibly, it has let the ECB boost its balance sheet to 32% of GDP, even before it embarks on “unlimited” purchases of Club Med bonds.
This includes a €1 trillion lending blitz to banks, and more than €200bn of bond purchases.
It is precisely for this reason that Swiss rating agency I-CV stripped Germany of its AAA rating last month.
“Germany has taken on contingent liabilities of €2 trillion.
When you create these backstops, the money comes from somewhere and it can all go wrong,” said I-CV’s Rene Hermann.
Germany is in deeper than it likes to tell its own people.
From: Germany Wants To Be Europe’s Currency Tsar http://www.zerohedge.com/news/201...ny-wants-be-europes-currency-tsar
Youri Carma: It’s only very logical that in the end Germany’s triple-A status would be challenged when implying to be the ‘lender of last resort’.
From: Wonder What Would Alice In Wonderland Say To The Vampire Squid? http://maxkeiser.com/2012/10/04/y...derland-say-to-the-vampire-squid/
Eurozone recession deepens as Germany falters
Feb 2013 It was only a matter of time. With many of its debt-ridden euro partners in recession, Germany could only swim against the tide for so long.
Figures showed that output in Germany, Europe's largest economy, contracted by more than anticipated in the last three months of 2012. And it was the German drop that lay behind a deepening of the recession across the economy of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro.
Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said the eurozone's economic output shrank by 0.6 percent in the final quarter of 2012 from the previous three-month period. The decline was bigger than the 0.4 percent drop expected in markets and the steepest fall since 2009, when the global economy was in its deepest recession since World War II.
There are hopes, though, that the fourth quarter of 2012 will mark the low point for the eurozone, and Germany in particular. Many economists are predicting that the eurozone recession may end in the first half of the year.
Nevertheless, Thursday's figures highlight the scale of the problems that have afflicted the single currency zone over the past year. Fears of a break-up, if not a collapse, of the currency dented confidence at a time when many governments were embarked on fairly severe debt-reduction programs.
German 'green revolution' may cost 1 trillion euros - minister
2/20/13 Germany's transition to renewable energy may cost up to 1 trillion euros ($1.34 trillion) in the next two decades, the environment minister said on Wednesday, piling pressure on his opponents to back plans to cap power price rises before the election.
With an eye on the September vote, Peter Altmaier, one of conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's most trusted ministers, has outlined plans to rein in subsidies for renewable power which have pushed up consumers' electricity bills.
However, his plans may be doomed as the opposition Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens have reservations and could block legislation in the Bundesrat upper house.
"The costs of our energy reform and restructuring of energy provision could amount to around 1 trillion euros by the end of the 2030s," Altmaier told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
Brazil, Russia move closer to arms, technology deals
2/20/13 * Medvedev advances anti-aircraft missile sale to Brazil
* Brazil beefing up air defenses ahead of World Cup, Olympics
* BRICS nations seeking to deepen ties, global influence (Updates with agreements, Medvedev, general quotes)
BRASILIA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Brazil agreed on Wednesday to negotiate the purchase of Russian anti-aircraft missile batteries on the condition that Russia transfer the technology to Brazilian defense companies without restrictions.
The agreement was announced after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on a visit to Brazil to advance defense, energy and agricultural deals with a fellow member of the BRICS bloc of emerging nations.
Brazil is beefing up its air defenses before the World Cup soccer tournament next year and the 2016 Olympic Games to ward off the threat of a terrorist attack during the global sporting events, which will draw massive crowds of foreigners.
Brazil is interested in buying medium-range surface-to-air Pantsir S1 combined missile and artillery batteries and Igla-S shoulder-held missiles, as well as acquiring the technology to build the weapons itself in the future.
Contract negotiations will begin in March, the governments said in a signed statement that called for the effective and unrestricted transfer of technology to Brazilian defense companies. No values were mentioned.
German Leader Calls Euro Rate 'Normal,' Warns on Currency Manipulation
BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday appeared to play down concerns that the euro is overvalued and cautioned against any international efforts to devalue currencies in order to boost exports.
Ms. Merkel said a euro exchange rate between $1.30 and $1.40 is "normal in the historical context of the euro."
The euro was at $1.3280 in late afternoon trading Wednesday in New York. It edged close to the $1.20 mark in the summer, before the European Central Bank pledged do to whatever it takes to preserve the common currency. It reached a 15-month high of $1.3711 on Feb. 1, before pulling back on renewed concerns about Spain and Italy.
As political leaders in Europe, particularly in France, have voiced concerns that the euro's recent strength will damp growth, the German government has repeatedly asserted that the euro has returned of late to historical norms and isn't too highly valued. The euro's rise, Germany says, indicates that trust is being restored in the currency as progress is made toward overcoming the euro zone's sovereign-debt crisis.
Ms. Merkel, in a speech to economists in Berlin on Wednesday, underscored the need for exchange rates to be determined by the free market, but said "all participants must adhere to that." The recent consensus by finance ministers from the Group of 20 industrial and developing nations to refrain from currency manipulation, she said, was an "important signal." There will be enough time by the next G-20 meeting in September, she added, to see if all nations abide by the commitment.
Hmmm...for awhile, Germany was continuing to have a rock solid economy(one of the very few in Europe to do so recently)...
Germany Drags Down Growth in Euro Zone
A sharp drop in German business activity overshadowed an easing downturn in France in April, surveys showed on Tuesday, raising concerns over a further economic contraction in the euro zone. Markit's flash euro zone services PMI, an early gauge of business activity each month, rose to 46.6 in April from 46.4 in March, below the 50 line that divides growth from contraction but matching the forecast of economists. Survey compiler Markit cautioned against taking the rise as a clear sign the region's recession has bottomed out, pointing to a surprise decline in German companies that form the backbone of the euro zone economy. "Previously, we've seen Germany expand while other countries have contracted - notably Spain, Italy and France," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit. "Now it seems those contractions are being accompanied by a downturn in the largest economy, Germany, and that will no doubt act as a drag on growth."
There was some respite for French companies, which in March endured their worst month since the depths of the deep recession in 2009, and that helped the to support the latest wider euro zone PMI. Williamson said officials at the European Central Bank, which meets next week to decide monetary policy, may be relieved to see the euro zone PMIs at least did not signal a further deterioration this month.
Southern Europe’s Recession Threatens to Spread North
Published: Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 1:37 AM ETBy: Jack Ewing
No company symbolizes German industrial might like Daimler, the giant maker of Mercedes-Benz autos and trucks. So when the company said this week that it, too, had finally been caught in the downdraft of the European economic crisis, it was an ominous sign for all of the Continent, if not the whole world.
German exporters like Daimler have been bastions of stability on a continent burdened with shaky banks, dysfunctional governments and legions of unemployed youth — not to mention the worst auto industry slump in two decades. But Daimler's glum forecast for 2013 was the latest evidence that Germany, and other relatively healthy countries like Austria and Finland, risk falling into the recession that has long afflicted their southern neighbors.
The slowdown in Germany was foreshadowed by months of declining industrial output, said Carl B. Weinberg, chief economist of High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, N.Y. "The E.U. has made Europe a much more cohesive economy, which is good when things are going up," he said. "But when things are going down the multiplier is very strong. An outgoing tide lowers all ships."
The region's overall economic weakness as well as slowing demand in China and other big markets for German exports of consumer products, cars and sophisticated machine tools, industrial robots and construction equipment are finally taking their toll.
Just one more consecutive quarter of shrinking economic output and Germany would officially enter a recession. The same is true of Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Austria, even Sweden and Finland. The Netherlands has already suffered two quarters of declining gross domestic product.
Further evidence of the spreading European recession came Thursday, first from Madrid, where the Spanish government reported that unemployment had reached a record level: 27.2 percent. Then new economic data from London indicated that Britain had barely avoided slipping back into recession for the third time since 2008.
"The reality is that Europe still faces severe vulnerabilities that — if unaddressed — could degenerate into a stagnation scenario," David Lipton, first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said in London on Thursday.
If Germany slips into recession, much would slide down with it. Germany and the other 26 countries of the European Union together represent the world's second-largest economy and as a bloc it is the single largest United States trading partner. The further delay in Europe's recovery that a German recession would cause would seriously hamper growth in the United States, Asia and Latin America.
What growth remains in the region is coming mostly from countries in Eastern Europe. Poland is protected by its large domestic market and a healthy banking system. After a severe downturn that began in 2008, growth is rebounding in the Baltic nations of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. In that recession, wages fell, real estate prices dropped and banks worked through the painful process of improving their financial condition.
Unemployment there is by no means low, but those countries benefit by being the low-wage economies of Europe. They continue to attract investment of capital. It also helps that those economies, because they do not use the euro as their currency, can adjust their currency more easily to changing economic conditions in the rest of the world. Their economic planners have more policy tools than simply adjusting interest rates.
In Germany, there is little overt sign of crisis. Unemployment is 5.4 percent compared with an average of 10.9 percent in Europe. Nevertheless, polls show businesses are growing pessimistic. "The German market cannot decouple from this environment," Bodo K. Uebber, the Daimler chief financial officer, told analysts Wednesday.
The problem for the rest of Europe is that any hope for recovery is pinned on a robust German economy. Companies in Spain and Italy have depended on German demand to compensate for a collapse in consumer spending in their own countries.
"In my area there are some enterprises that work 100 percent to serve Germany," said Mario Moretti Polegato, the founder and chief executive of Geox, a shoemaker based in Montebelluna, Italy, near Venice.
Geox, known for shoes with waterproof but breathable soles, sells its products around the world and is not dependent on any one market. Still, Italy accounted for 35 percent of the company's total revenue last year, and those sales fell 15 percent as Italy remained stuck in a recession that began in mid-2011.
Geox sales in Germany helped to offset the decline, Mr. Polegato said by telephone. Germany is also a critical market for his family's wine business, which sells bubbly prosecco under the Villa Sandi and La Gioiosa brands. "The first market is Germany," Mr. Polegato said. That is true for most winemakers in the Veneto region, he said.
The worst case, said Mr. Weinberg, the economist, would be a depression caused by the failure of political leaders to fix the region's many weak banks and restore the flow of credit.
The worsening economic situation has raised hopes that the European Central Bank will come to the rescue, as it has so often since 2010 when the debt crisis began in the euro zone, the 17 countries in the European Union that use the euro. Somewhat perversely, the dismal economic news this week prompted a rally in stocks and bonds, as investors bet that the unexpectedly bad business surveys would prod the central bank to lower interest rates.
Economists now expect the bank to cut its benchmark rate to a record low of 0.5 percent from 0.75 percent when it meets on Thursday in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, another of the few euro zone countries still growing.
Many business people would welcome a cut because it would tend to lower the value of the euro compared with the dollar and other major currencies, and make it easier for European exporters to sell their comparatively cheaper products abroad.
"It would be a sign that policy makers understand it is time to find a way to compete," said Marco Tronchetti Provera, chief executive of the Italian tire maker Pirelli.
But it is unlikely that a rate cut would address a more fundamental problem in the euro zone: the lack of credit in countries that need it most.
Extraordinary measures by the central bank, including virtually unlimited loans to euro zone banks at the rock-bottom official interest rate, have not trickled down to help corporate borrowers in countries like Spain or Italy. The lack of credit is particularly vexing for the small and medium-size companies that are too small to raise money on the bond market and thus depend on banks.
Signs of a spreading recession are also strengthening the position of those people who argue that countries like Portugal, Spain and Greece should not be compelled to cut government spending so quickly. They say countries that have budget surpluses, like Germany, should increase spending to stimulate demand.
"The fiscal compact is going to kill Europe," said Mr. Provera of Pirelli, referring to the agreement among euro zone members to reduce deficit spending.
Mr. Provera reflects the growing sentiment among leaders like José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, that policy should be more oriented toward growth and not just budget cutting.
German court case could force euro exit, warns key judge
Crucial hearings on the eurozone’s bail-out policies at Germany’s top court this week could set in motion events that force Germany’s withdrawal from the euro, a leading judge has warned.
Udo di Fabio, the constitutional court’s euro expert until last year, said the explosive case on the legality of the European Monetary Union rescue machinery could provoke a showdown between Germany and the European Central Bank (ECB) and ultimately cause the collapse of monetary union.
“In so far as the ECB is acting 'ultra vires’, and these violations are deemed prolonged and serious, the court must decide whether Germany can remain a member of monetary union on constitutional grounds,” he wrote in a report for the German Foundation for Family Businesses.
“His arguments are dynamite,” said Mats Persson from Open Europe, which is issuing its own legal survey on the case on Monday.
Dr Di Fabio wrote the court’s provisional ruling last year on the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the €500bn (£425bn) bail-out fund. His comments offer a rare window into thinking on the eight-strong panel in Karlsruhe, loosely split 4:4 on European Union issues.
The court is holding two days of hearings, though it may not issue a ruling for several weeks. The key bone of contention is the ECB’s back-stop support for the Spanish and Italian bond markets or Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), the “game-changer” plan that stopped the Spanish debt crisis spiralling out of control last July and vastly reduced the risk of a euro break-up.
M, F or Blank: 'Third Gender' Official in Germany from November
Germany is set to become the first country in Europe to introduce a third, "indeterminate" gender designation on birth certificates. The European Union, which is attempting to coordinate anti-discrimination efforts across member states, is lagging behind on the issue.
The option of selecting "blank," in addition to the standard choices of "male" or female" on birth certificates will become available in Germany from November 1. The legislative change allows parents to opt out of determining their baby's gender, thereby allowing those born with characteristics of both sexes to choose whether to become male or female in later life. Under the new law, individuals can also opt to remain outside the gender binary altogether.
Germany is the first country in Europe to introduce this option -- Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung is referring to the change as a "legal revolution." It remains unclear, however, how the change will affect gender assignment in other personal documents, such as passports, which still require people to choose between two categories -- "F" for female and "M" for male. German family law publication FamRZ has called for the introduction of a third category, designated by the letter "X."
The law was passed back in May, but has only now been reported on, following an article this month in FamRZ -- just six weeks after Australia became the first country in the world to introduce legal guidelines on gender recognition. Under the Australian system, which applies to all personal documents, individuals can select the third category irrespective of whether or not they have undergone sex reassignment surgery or hormone therapy.
Finland is the only EU member state aside from Germany to have made significant progress in the area of third gender recognition. Despite its efforts, bureaucratic hurdles in the Nordic country have meant that there is still no concrete legislative change in sight.
According to Silvan Agius, policy director at human rights organisation ILGA Europe -- the European chapter of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association -- the European Union is lagging behind on the issue. Though Brussels commissioned a report on trans and intersex minorities in 2010, and has since attempted to coordinate efforts to prohibit gender discrimination, progress has been halting.
"Things are moving slower than they should at the European level," says Agius. "Though Brussels has ramped up efforts to promote awareness of trans and intersex discrimination, I would like to see things speed up."
The subsequent EU report on potential changes to European Union law, which was published in 2012 and co-authored by Agius, found that discrimination against trans and intersex people was still "rampant in all EU countries."
"Germany's move will put more pressure on Brussels," Agius concludes. "That can only be a good thing."
Angela Merkel easily wins third term as German chancellor
Chancellor Angela Merkel won a third term by a landslide in German elections on Sunday, with official results confirming her conservatives were shy of holding absolute majority in parliament.
"This is a super result," Merkel told her excited supporters. "Together, we will do all we can to make the next four years successful ones for Germany."
Election officials said Merkel's conservative Union bloc — the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) — won 41.5 percent of Sunday's vote. The officials did not provide a seat tally, but one of Merkel's allies, the pro-business Free Democrats, dropped to 4.8 percent, not enough support to hold a seat in parliament.
The conservative parties were on their way to their highest score since 1990, the year of German unification.
However, the upper house is heavily populated with left-leaning parties such as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Green party. The SDP won 25.7 percent of the vote and the Greens 4.7 percent.
Carsten Koschmieder, a political analyst at Berlin's Free University noted before the official count, "If Merkel does end up with an absolute majority, it will be a very narrow majority so it will not make things easier for her politically."
**Will only intensity the Hegelian Dialectic, actually...
"She will have to pay much more attention to people in her own party, for example those who voted against Greek bailouts," Koschmieder added.
Merkel’s opponent, Peer Steinbrück of the SDP said, “We did not reach the result that we wanted … The ball is now in Mrs. Merkel's court, she has to form a government."
With the official vote in, Merkel's is expected to form an alliance with the Social Democrats in order to secure a majority coalition.
History is repeating itself...
Poland and Germany should unite, says Lech Walesa
Lech Walesa has called for Poland to unite with Germany to form one European state, despite the bloody history between the two countries.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Polish president, whose Solidarity trade union played a key role in bringing an end to the Cold War, said the world had changed and needed new ways of organising itself.
“We need to expand economic and defence co-operation and other structures to create one state from Poland and Germany in Europe,” he said.
Speaking to Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency, Mr Walesa, 69, said national boundaries were not as relevant as they once were.
“We have travelled so far in our technical advancements that we are no longer located in our own countries,” he said, adding that this required changes to geographical structures, the economy and democracy.
Although few Poles have forgotten Germany’s invasion and brutal occupation of Poland in 1939, history should not be an obstacle to unity, Mr Walesa said. “After the war, Germany fully confessed to all its dirty tricks,” he said. “It’s necessary to is draw a line under the past, even if people did something evil. Until we do, wounds won’t heal.”
Mr Walesa’s calls for Polish-German unity exceed his previous support for closer European solidarity. At the forefront of his country’s campaign to wrest itself from the Soviet communist bloc, the former dockyard electrician later supported Poland’s membership of the EU in 2004. He has since advocated ever-closer ties between European states, even saying that he would one day, perhaps, be “president of a United States of Europe”.
“At the moment different ways of doing things and different systems hold us back but gradually everything will align and states will become like Lego blocks,” he said in the Itar-Tass interview.
He suggested that current international systems were now defunct, saying the United Nations and Nato were the “ideas of an old era” and “badly organised”.
The comments on German-Polish unification will further enhance the former Polish president’s reputation for making frank and sometimes unorthodox remarks. Long retired from active politics but still sporting his trademark moustache, Mr Walesa makes regular appearances on the news and never shies away from giving his opinion.
But not all take his words seriously. “This is one of Lech Walesa’s exotic ideas,” said Jozef Oleksy, a former Polish prime minister. “He has the role of someone who stimulates ideas, sometimes annoying ideas, but I don’t attach much importance to this one.
“You need a strategy of close co-operation between two countries because this is necessary and beneficial, but two states becoming one country is something else.”
While Mr Walesa said Poland could bury the hatchet with Germany, the situation was different with Russia, the other great historical foe of the Poles. He urged Moscow to follow the German example and atone for its sins committed against Poland in order to lay the foundations of a good relationship.
“We are too slow in solving our problems and reaching an understanding,” he said. “We must aim to make our relations as smooth as possible, since we are fated to be neighbours.”
Germans smuggled nuclear components to Iran
Nov. 16, 2013 A Hamburg court sentenced 4 men for smuggling products for use in Iran nuclear program, violation of the trade embargo with Iran. The sentences are too lenient.
It is a major scandal.
NEWS of Iran / Persia
If You Are Waiting For An Economic Collapse
January 2014 Just Look At What Is Happening To Europe
If you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the "economic collapse", just open up your eyes and look at what is happening in Europe. The entire continent is a giant economic mess right now. Unemployment and poverty levels are setting record highs, car sales are setting record lows, and there is an ocean of bad loans and red ink everywhere you look. Over the past several years, most of the attention has been on the economic struggles of Greece, Spain and Portugal and without a doubt things continue to get even worse in those nations. But in 2014 and 2015, Italy and France will start to take center stage. France has the 5th largest economy on the planet, and Italy has the 9th largest economy on the planet, and at this point both of those economies are rapidly falling to pieces. Expect both France and Italy to make major headlines throughout the rest of 2014. I have always maintained that the next major wave of the economic collapse would begin in Europe, and that is exactly what is happening. The following are just a few of the statistics that show that an "economic collapse" is happening in Europe right now...
-The unemployment rate in the eurozone as a whole is still sitting at an all-time record high of 12.1 percent.
-It Italy, the unemployment rate has soared to a brand new all-time record high of 12.7 percent.
-The youth unemployment rate in Italy has jumped up to 41.6 percent.
-The level of poverty in Italy is now the highest that has ever been recorded.
-Many analysts expect major economic trouble in Italy over the next couple of years. The President of Italy is openly warning of "widespread social tension and unrest" in his nation in 2014.
-Citigroup is projecting that Italy's debt to GDP ratio will surpass 140 percent by the year 2016.
-Citigroup is projecting that Greece's debt to GDP ratio will surpass 200 percent by the year 2016.
-Citigroup is projecting that the unemployment rate in Greece will reach 32 percent in 2015.
-The unemployment rate in Spain is still sitting at an all-time record high of 26.7 percent.
-The youth unemployment rate in Spain is now up to 57.7 percent - even higher than in Greece.
-The percentage of bad loans in Spain has risen for eight straight months and recently hit a brand new all-time record high of 13 percent.
-The number of mortgage applications in Spain has fallen by 90 percent since the peak of the housing boom.
-The unemployment rate in France has risen for 9 quarters in a row and recently soared to a new 16 year high.
-For 2013, car sales in Europe were on pace to hit the lowest yearly level ever recorded.
-Deutsche Bank, probably the most important bank in Germany, is the most highly leveraged bank in Europe (60 to 1) and it has approximately 70 trillion dollars worth of exposure to derivatives.
Europe truly is experiencing an economic nightmare, and it is only going to get worse.
It would be hard to put into words the extreme desperation that unemployed workers throughout Europe are feeling right now. When you can't feed your family and you can't find work no matter how hard you try, it can be absolutely soul crushing.
To get an idea of the level of desperation in Spain, check out the following anecdote from a recent NPR article...
Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem?
Look no further than a single Ikea furniture store on Spain's Mediterranean coast.
The plans to open a new megastore next summer near Valencia. On Monday, Ikea's started taking applications for 400 jobs at the new store.
The company wasn't prepared for what came next.
Within 48 hours, more than 20,000 people had applied online for those 400 jobs. The volume crashed Ikea's computer servers in Spain.
Of course that should kind of remind you of what I wrote about yesterday. We are starting to see this kind of intense competition for low paying jobs in the United States as well.
As global economic conditions continue to deteriorate, things are going to get even tougher for those on the low end of the economic food chain. Poverty rates are going to soar, even in areas where you might not expect it to happen. In fact, one new report discovered that poverty has already been rising steadily in Germany, which is supposed to be the strongest economy in the entire eurozone...
A few days before the Christmas holidays, the Joint Welfare Association published a report on the regional development of poverty in Germany in 2013 titled “Between prosperity and poverty—a test to breaking point”. The report refutes the official propaganda that Germany has remained largely unaffected by the crisis and is a haven of prosperity in Europe.
According to the report, poverty in Germany has “reached a sad record high”. Entire cities and regions have been plunged into ever deeper economic and social crisis. “The social and regional centrifugal forces, as measured by the spread of incomes, have increased dramatically in Germany since 2006,” it says. Germany faces “a test to breaking point.”
Of course poverty continues to explode on this side of the Atlantic Ocean as well. In the United States, the poverty rate has been at 15 percent or above for three years in a row. That is the first time that this has happened since the 1960s.
And this is just the beginning. The extreme recklessness of European banks such as Deutsche Bank and U.S. banks such as JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Goldman Sachs is eventually going to cause a financial catastrophe far worse than what we experienced back in 2008.
When that crisis arrives, the flow of credit is going to freeze up dramatically and economic activity will grind to a standstill. Unemployment, poverty and all of our current economic problems will become much, much worse.
So as bad as things are right now, the truth is that this is nothing compared to what is coming.
I hope that you are getting prepared for the coming storm while you still can.
The Islamization of Germany in 2013
In January, the Turkish-run Kuba Camii Mosque in Eschweiler, a city situated along the German-Belgian-Dutch border and about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Cologne, for the first time began publicly calling Muslims to prayer. The call to prayer was described as an "historical event" and was attended by numerous dignitaries, including the Turkish consul and the Turkish attaché. The Turkish imam of the Kuba Camii Mosque, Bahri Ciftci, declared his hopes that "the public prayer call will be a symbol of a tolerant, intercultural and interreligious common coexistence."
US operates global drone war from German base
April 6, 2014 A testimony by a former US Air Force drone pilot has revealed that the US is using Ramstein Air Base in Germany for drone warfare in Africa, Yemen, and Pakistan.
Bryant flew more than 1,000 operations in Pakistan and Yemen, responsible for 1,262 targeted killings seated at his control pad in New Mexico.
Data from the remote controlled drones is transmitted via satellite to Germany, then sent back to America via fiber optic cable. Ramstein is the nerve center behind the operations.
Bryant said that Ramstein was always the first port of call during any strike.
German firms ask Merkel to stop sanctions on Russia
May 2, 2014 German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under heavy pressure from the business lobby to prevent further sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. This drive is headed by chemical giant BASF SE, Siemens AG engineering group, Volkswagen AG, Adidas AG and Deutsche Bank AG. They fear damage to their business interests in Russia. - DEBKA.com
O PLEASE! These are NWO companies!
Growing opposition to Israel in Germany
As pro-Gaza demonstrations with anti-Jewish sentiments spread throughout Europe, a public debate in Germany aims to draw a clear line between criticism of Israeli politics and hatred of Jews.
"Berlin police cower before Jew-haters," proclaimed a headline in the Berlin newspaper "Tagesspiegel" - and this line has been posted numerous times on social networking sites. It was reported that a group of Arabs shouted "Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone" at a recent demonstration and police officers did not interfere.
In many European cities, what began as peaceful protests turned into outpourings of anti-Jewish sentiments and violence against counter-demonstrators. The situation became particularly heated in France, where street fights broke out between protestors and police in front of synagogues over the weekend. In Berlin, meanwhile, state security authorities have launched an investigation against a Muslim preacher from the Al-Nur mosque who posted a video on YouTube calling for murder of Jews.
Germany's special role
Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, Israel's ambassador to Germany since 2012, has expressed indignation and concern over the incidents.
"We have nothing against demonstrations or against freedom of expression - that's the core of democracy," Hadas-Handelsman told DW in an interview. "But when, as happened this weekend, it leads to violence against the police or against pro-Israeli demonstrators, then it is unacceptable. I think Germans should be worried by that, because you also hear anti-Semitic slogans like 'Jews into the gas' - in Germany?"
He added that Germany needed to consider how to deal with anti-Jewish protests of this kind.
Politicians from nearly all German political parties have condemned the hostile displays. However, at this stage, the German government does not see a reason to raise alarm. According to a government spokesperson, everything is being done to protect Jewish institutions.
Hadas-Handelsman finds the violent protests unacceptable
The Gaza conflict has stirred up public opinion in Europe, and it has brought Israel-hatred to Germany along with it, according to political scientist Stephan Grigat.
"You don't need great differentiation skills to be able to assert that this is straightforward anti-Semitism, in a drastic form that could also be found on the streets of Germany 70 years ago," said Grigat.
Grigat, who currently teaches at the Jewish Studies Institute at the University of Vienna, does not find the latest developments in Germany surprising. He pointed out that major demonstrations also took place during the confrontation between Israel and Hamas in 2012.
"However, in those years it was mostly people who identified with left-wing politics and who expressed harsh and often inappropriate criticism towards Israel," explained Grigat, adding that the current demonstrators are mostly members of Islamist groups. "Many of the participants openly express support for Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah or Islamic jihad."
From his perspective, there is a perfidious tactic behind the Islamists' campaign: "They use photos of dead civilians in Gaza to attach the 'Israel the child killer' image to their propaganda crusade in typical anti-Semitic fashion."
Another new factor in the latest protests is the "pronounced aggression" - and the fact that it is possible to mobilize several thousand people in a short time.
Different from other conflicts?
Grigat has also observed a growing anti-Israel stance in mainstream German society. And he finds that the term "Israel-criticism" alone reveals a lot about the negative sentiment. After all, he said, nobody speaks of "Japan-criticism" or "Sweden-criticism" when they do not approve of something the Japanese or Swedish government does.
"This expression shows what all this is really about: not reasonable criticism of individual decisions made by the Israeli government, but plain resentment of the existence of the Jewish state," said Grigat.
Whoever demonstrates in the street to show solidarity with the Palestinian victims should ask themselves why they don't do the same during other conflicts, added Grigat. "You really need to ask the question why 200 dead Palestinians are enough to send 10,000 people into the streets but nobody seems interested when 100,000 people are killed in Syria."
The anti-Israel demonstrations in France have been particularly violent
There is also a heated debate on social media sites about the concerns about dead and injured Palestinians. Many have observed, similarly to Grigat, that the Gaza crisis has been exploited by some for political purposes. One Twitter user wrote: "When I was against the war in Iraq, I shouted, 'Stop the war in Iraq.' If you are against the war in the Middle East, why are you calling 'Down with Israel'?"
But another Twitter user posed the question, "At what point can you call it genocide without being accused of anti-Semitism?" A third user said "I can very well oppose anti-Semitism during German protests and Israel's attacks against Gaza at the same time."
Jewish criticism of Israeli politics
Rolf Verleger, a Jew and former board member of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, places most of the blame for the current mood on the Israeli government. In a recent interview on German radio, he pointed out that the Gaza Strip had come to resemble a giant prison and said it should be possible for a person to express criticism of Israel's Gaza policy without being branded an anti-Semite.
He also cannot understand it when German politicians are reluctant to criticize Israel based on German history. "What do my murdered ancestors have to do with the injustice perpetrated in the Middle East right now?" asked Verleger. "You can't just permit injustice to continue because of horrible things that happened in the past."
More protests likely
Many Germans see things the same way. In a recent survey by the "Stern" magazine, more than half of respondents place the blame for the conflict on both Israel and Hamas - and 86 percent believe that Germany should not publically stand on the Israeli side.
In the meantime, pro-Gaza demonstrations are set to continue in Germany and other European countries. They have a good chance of reaching a high point on Quds Day, which is used each year as an occasion for anti-Israel demonstrations around the world as it calls for the "liberation" of Jerusalem from "Zionist occupiers."
Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret "Gas For Land" Deal
While many were amused by this photo of Putin and Merkel during the world cup final showing Europe's two most important leaders siding side by side, some were more curious by just what the two were scheming:
Thanks to the Independent, we may know the answer, and it is a doozy, because according to some it is nothing shy of a sequel to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: allegedly Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine, one which would negotiate to trade Crimea's sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade. The Independent reveals that the peace plan, being worked on by both Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, "hinges on two main ambitions: stabilising the borders of Ukraine and providing the financially troubled country with a strong economic boost, particularly a new energy agreement ensuring security of gas supplies."
Amusingly, this comes on the day when the WSJ leads with "On Hold: Merkel Gives Putin a Blunt Message. Germany's Backing of Russia Sanctions Marks Breach in Pivotal European Relationship" in which we read that " Angela Merkel spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for at least the 30th time since the Ukraine crisis erupted. She had a blunt message, according to people briefed on the phone conversation: Call me if you have progress to report in defusing the conflict. That was July 20. The two leaders haven't spoken since."
They may or may not have spoken since, but it is not because Putin has "no progress to report" - it's because the two leaders have come to a secret agreement which will hardly make Ukraine, or most of Europe, not to mention the UN, happy as it requires that Crimea be permanently handed over to Russia in exchange for Russian gas, which has been cut off for a month now due to non-payment by Kiev.
Here is how the deal came to happen:
Sources close to the secret negotiations claim that the first part of the stabilisation plan requires Russia to withdraw its financial and military support for the various pro-separatist groups operating in eastern Ukraine. As part of any such agreement, the region would be allowed some devolved powers.
At the same time, the Ukrainian President would agree not to apply to join Nato. In return, President Putin would not seek to block or interfere with the Ukraine’s new trade relations with the European Union under a pact signed a few weeks ago.
Second, the Ukraine would be offered a new long-term agreement with Russia’s Gazprom, the giant gas supplier, for future gas supplies and pricing. At present, there is no gas deal in place; Ukraine’s gas supplies are running low and are likely to run out before this winter, which would spell economic and social ruin for the country.
As part of the deal, Russia would compensate Ukraine with a billion-dollar financial package for the loss of the rent it used to pay for stationing its fleets in the Crimea and at the port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea until Crimea voted for independence in March.
To be sure, in the aftermath of the MH-17 shooting, which in light of this revelation would clearly not benefit Russia, negotiations have stalled they are expected to restart once the investigation has taken place. “It is in everyone’s interests to do a deal. Hopefully, talks will be revived if a satisfactory outcome can be reached to investigations now taking place as to the causes of the MH17 catastrophe."
But while Germany can't wait to put the Ukraine conflict behind it and restore normal Russian relations (see Adidas' record plunge earlier today, blamed on the Ukraine conflict) others are far more eager to stir the pot some more: "A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said they had no knowledge of such negotiations taking place. However, the spokesman said he thought it highly unlikely that either the US or UK would agree to recognising Russian control over Crimea. There was no one available at the German embassy’s press office yesterday."
Which, of course, goes back to the fundamental question behind the Eurozone experiment: just who calls the shots. And despite what the UK (and certainly France) believe, that one person was and continues to be Merkel. And at the end of the day, pragmatic Germany knows that for all the posturing and rhetoric, the biggest loser from a western embargo of Russia (which is now actively shifting its attention to China and now India) would be Germany itself.
[S]trong trade ties between the two countries have also served to strengthen Ms Merkel’s hand and the Russian speaker has emerged as the leading advocate of closer relations between the EU and Russia. “This is Merkel’s deal. She has been dealing direct with President Putin on this. She needs to solve the dispute because it’s in no one’s interest to have tension in the Ukraine or to have Russia out in the cold. No one wants another Cold War,” said one insider close to the negotiations.
Some of Germany’s biggest companies have big operations in Russia, which is now one of Europe’s biggest car markets, while many of its small to medium companies are also expanding into the country. Although Russia now provides EU countries with a third of their gas supplies through pipelines crossing the Ukraine, Germany has its own bilateral gas pipeline direct to Russia making it less vulnerable than other European countries.
However, Russia is still the EU’s third-biggest trading partner with cross-border trade of $460bn (£272bn) last year, and the latest sanctions being introduced by the EU towards Russian individuals and banks will hurt European countries more than any other – particularly Germany, but also the City of London.
Curiously, if there is one entity that could scuttle the deal it is, no surprise there, the US.
Central to the negotiations over any new gas deal with Gazprom is understood to be one of Ukraine’s wealthiest businessmen, the gas broker, Dmitry Firtash. Mr Firtash – who negotiated the first big gas deal between the Ukraine and Russia between 2006 and 2009 – is now living in Vienna fighting extradition charges from the Americans. But he has close relations with the Russian and Ukrainian leaders – he supported Mr Poroschenko – and has been acting as a go-between behind the scenes at the highest levels.
Incidentally, the same Americans which over the past 2 years has been desperate to start a regional war in any one part of the globe in order to break some more windows and boost GDP courtesy of the tried and true "Military Industrial Complex" GDP boost. Which is why if indeed the Ukraine peace process is in the arms of the US, then perhaps Putin's advisor was spot on when he said that "There is a war coming in Europe." Compliments of the United States?
Finally, for those wondering how much of the Independent's story is a fabrication, here is Germany denying it all:
GERMANY: REPORT OF SECRET DEAL ON UKRAINE `TOTALLY UNFOUNDED'
Which, if Jean-Claude Juncker is any indication, seals it.
Train collision in Germany leaves dozens injured
August 2, 2014 A freight train has collided with a EuroCity passenger line in Mannheim, Germany. Nobody was killed in the crash, but at least 45 people were injured as two of the passenger train’s carriages, carrying 110 people on board, were overturned. Five of the victims are in serious condition. Mannheim's fire department said the collision could have taken a more serious toll, if the trains were not traveling at a relatively slow speed due to proximity to the central station.
Germany Quarantines Patient With Suspected Ebola
A man who recently came from Sierra Leone sought medical help on Saturday due to high fever and nausea. He was isolated and transferred to the UMC Hamburg-Eppendorf accompanied by a convoy of six police cars. It remains unclear whether the patient had any contact with Ebola-infected people in Africa.
EBOLA information, spreading globally, 7 pages
Germany, as woman is tested in Berlin and 600 people are quarantined
August 20, 2014 unconfirmed Ebola
The 20-year-old woman from West Africa, who collapsed while working at a Job Centre in Berlin’s Pankow district was taken to hospital after showing symptoms of the virus.
600 people have now been quarantined.
There have already been cases of Ebola found in Spain and Austria. –Express UK
UPDATE Aug. 23 - German woman tested in Berlin likely? a stomach bug, 600 quarantined
As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts
By Noah Barkin and Richard Balmforth
BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.
As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's planned visit to Kiev on Saturday, her first since the crisis erupted at the start of the year, is above all a signal of support for Poroshenko, the billionaire confectionary magnate who was elected less than three months ago.
But the German leader is also expected to use the trip to try to persuade Poroshenko, and nationalist hardliners in Ukraine who want to press their military advantage and crush the separatist rebellion in the east, to think hard about the consequences of such a course.
Central to Berlin's diplomatic offensive is the view that outright defeat for Putin's proxies in eastern Ukraine would provoke an unpredictable reaction from the Kremlin that could take the crisis to a dangerous new level.
"Poroshenko needs to know that there is understanding for how his government has acted but also that there can't be a military solution in the east," one official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "He can't win with weapons. Putin won't allow this."
Germany has taken the lead in seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis, with Merkel, a Russian-speaker who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany, talking to Putin more than any other Western leader.
The dynamics of their relationship took a turn for the worse back in March, according to German officials, when Putin was seen to have deceived the chancellor about his intentions in Crimea, and Merkel has since emerged as a driving force behind EU sanctions against Russia.
Recent developments on the battlefield have flipped the logic of diplomacy in Ukraine on its head.
At the start of the conflict, Ukrainian forces were in disarray as rebels made lightning advances.
In the past few weeks, Ukrainian troops have taken the initiative. Dozens of settlements have been returned to Kiev's control, and Kiev's forces have all but encircled the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the main rebel strongholds.
Three senior separatist leaders have been replaced, and the rebels in Donetsk have introduced the death penalty for desertion and other infractions, in an effort to restore order in their own ranks.
The battlefield successes – as well as the heavy losses in fighting men and planes that the Ukrainians seem ready to accept – have astonished many observers in Kiev after the campaign's faltering start.
The reverses for the separatists, say diplomats, may have made the Kremlin more open to the idea of a negotiated solution – even while Russian politicians publicly deny helping the rebels or being a party to the conflict.
But for Kiev, whose forces now believe they have a chance of stamping out the insurrection altogether, it may be hard to stomach the idea that its interests are best served by stopping the fighting and signing a peace deal.
Second WHO worker infected with Ebola evacuated to Germany
August 27 2014 WHO Ebola infected worker flown to Hamburg Germany.
A second World Health Organization (WHO) staff member has been infected with Ebola in West Africa and will be evacuated to Germany and be treated in a university hospital in Hamburg-Eppendorf.
West Africa ebola
“Jews to the gas!”: Islamic anti-Semitism rising in Germany, synagogues attacked
Robert Spencer Sep 16, 2014 at 7:23pm Eurabia, Germany, Islamic antisemitism 3 Comments
It has gotten so bad that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to combat it, and even the New York Times has to acknowledge it. Of course, they don’t mention its Qur’anic roots — the fact that the Qur’an calls Jews the worst enemies of the Muslims (5:82), says they are under Allah’s curse (9:30) and more.
“What’s Behind Germany’s New Anti-Semitism,” by Jochen Bittner, New York Times, September 16, 2014:
HAMBURG, Germany — Europe is living through a new wave of anti-Semitism. The president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews calls it the worst the Continent has seen since World War II. He may well be right. Attacks on synagogues are an almost weekly occurrence, and openly anti-Semitic chants are commonplace on well-attended marches from London to Rome. And yet it is here, in Germany, where the rise in anti-Semitism is most historically painful.
On Sunday, thousands of people marched through Berlin in response, and heard both Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck denounce the resurgence in anti-Jewish hatred.
We’ve seen this before, of course. But there’s an important difference this time. The new anti-Semitism does not originate solely with the typical white-supremacist neo-Nazi; instead, the ugly truth that many in Europe don’t want to confront is that much of the anti-Jewish animus originates with European people of Muslim background.
Until recently, Germany has been unwilling to discuss this trend. Germans have always seen Muslim anti-Semitism as a less problematic version of the “original” version, and therefore a distraction from the well-known problem of anti-Jewish sentiment within a majority of society.
And yet the German police have noted a disturbing rise in the number of people of Arabic and Turkish descent arrested on suspicion of anti-Semitic acts in recent years, especially over the last several months. After noticing an alarming uptick in anti-Semitic sentiment among immigrant students, the German government is considering a special fund for Holocaust education.
Of course, anti-Semitism didn’t originate with Europe’s Muslims, nor are they its only proponents today. The traditional anti-Semitism of Europe’s far right persists. So, too, does that of the far left, as a negative byproduct of sympathy for the Palestinian liberation struggle. There’s also an anti-Semitism of the center, a subcategory of the sort of casual anti-Americanism and anticapitalism that many otherwise moderate Europeans espouse.
But the rise of Muslim anti-Semitism is responsible for the recent change in the tone of hate in Germany. Until recently, the country’s anti-Semitism has been largely coded and anonymous. Messages might be spray-painted on walls at night; during the day, though, it would be rare to hear someone shout, as protesters did in Berlin in July, “Jews to the gas!” Another popular slogan at this and other rallies was “Jew, coward pig, come out and fight alone!” — shouted just yards from Berlin’s main Holocaust memorial. And this is the difference today: An anti-Semitism that is not only passionate, but also unaware of, or indifferent to, Germany’s special history.
Talking to Muslim friends, I can’t help but believe that the audacity of today’s anti-Semitism is in part a result of the exploitation of a “victim status,” an underdog sentiment that too many European Muslims have embraced enthusiastically. This is not just the sort of social-science explanation we often hear for hatred, as racism from people who are themselves the victims of racism and discrimination.
Yes, there is discrimination against and exclusion of Muslims in Europe, and many of them certainly have reason to be frustrated. But this sentiment is more complex, born not only from how someone feels about himself and his neighbors, but about himself and his country. It is twofold: Germany’s history is not my history. And: I’ll never fully belong to your nation anyway, so why should I take on its burdens as you do?
One friend, whose parents are from Turkey, told me that when she learned about the Holocaust at her German school, she wondered what all that had to do with her biography. As someone born in 1973, though with blond hair, I could ask the same question.
The point is, it’s not about personal involvement; it is not in our blood, but it is in our history, in the timeline of a place that migrants have become part of. For Germans, accepting responsibility for the Holocaust has to mean feeling ultimately and more than any other nations’ citizens responsible for keeping the memory of its horrors alive — simply because those crimes were ordered from our soil.
Nothing more, but also nothing less has to be expected from every citizen of this country, no matter where her or his parents are from.
What has become obvious this summer is that the “old” Germans have not yet managed to properly deliver this message to all the “new” Germans. Emotionally, this may have been understandable, given how many “bio-Germans,” as we call ethnic Germans, actually had Nazi family members that they still got to know, which may have made them wary of telling others what to think.
But the lesson of the Holocaust is a lesson for mankind. And it’s every German’s job to make that clear at all times and to everyone, regardless of where you think you come from.
20 years ago I visited both Germany and Turkey - Germany has(or had) a big auto industry, and they contracted to hire alot of workers from Turkey(which is why there are alot of Turkish immigrants there). Anyhow - the sentiment and concerns in Turkey at the time was over a potential Muslim takeover in their government(which is why non-Muslims chose to take the SECULAR position, instead of choosing any kind of religion. No, I'm NOT defending them, but this was what we were told). Eventually, Islam took over their government in 2000.
The rise in nazism - hatred of Jews - is a demonic spirit from the pit of HELL.
Dont call it anti-semitism - Arabs are also semites.
It is the rise of the Beast - 666 - Revelation 13
Denying this wont stop it
From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant
A German hip-hop artist joins the Islamic State, sparking fears of homegrown terror in his country
By Marc Young September 19, 2014 4:39 AM Yahoo News
As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.
Denis Cuspert was once a modestly successful member of Germany's hip-hop scene going by the stage name Deso Dogg. Now he calls himself Abu Talha the German and is a top propagandist for the so-called Islamic State (IS) caliphate, which is blamed for several wartime atrocities.
His ascent into the upper IS ranks is raising concerns that such "homegrown" Islamists could embolden Muslim extremists in Germany or that they might one day return themselves to target the country for terrorism.
"Cuspert won't come back since there's an arrest warrant waiting for him," Elke Altmüller, a spokeswoman for Germany's Verfassungsschutz domestic intelligence agency, told Yahoo News. "But there's a danger he could incite others."
And as the cross-border conflict in Syria and Iraq continues to rage, it is luring hundreds of would-be jihadis from Europe, including radicalized converts like the ex-rapper. Although the German authorities have said they see no indications an attack is imminent, they are attempting to track fighters returning from the war zone.
Currently, there are an estimated 400 Muslim extremists from Germany in Syria, either directly engaging in fighting or otherwise supporting the Islamists. Altmüller said roughly 10 percent of them were German converts to Islam. According to intelligence reports, some 40 have been killed in the conflict.
That was almost the fate of the 38-year-old Cuspert after he was seriously injured in an airstrike by Syrian forces in September 2013. But he survived, and being wounded apparently helped him win respect among the extremists. He eventually swore allegiance in an online video this spring to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has since declared himself caliph of the repressive Islamic State.
Ebola patient arrives in Germany
3 October 2014 Ebola patient flown to Frankfurt University Hospital from West Africa
He is a Ugandan doctor who worked with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
Frankfurt-on-Main has taken in an Ebola patient after he was flown in during the night under tight security.
After arriving on a medical flight from West Africa, the man was brought to Frankfurt University Hospital where he was placed in an isolation ward.
It is Germany's second case, with a man undergoing treatment in Hamburg after arriving from West Africa in August.
October 14, 2014 - An Ebola patient in Leipzig Germany died. It was a 56-year-old UN aid worker from Liberia. 3 patients with the virus have so far been treated in Germany. One of them in Hamburg has been released.
Firebomb hits German newspaper
January 11, 2015 - German paper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons was the target of arson, no one was hurt. Days after deadly attack on French paper's offices, arsonists target German paper in Hamburg, Hamburger Morgenpost, which published Mohammed cartoons.
Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window, 2 rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly. Some documents were burned inside. Two suspects were arrested near the crime scene because they behaved in an unusual manner.
German police tipped off that Islamists may target rail stations
16 Jan 2015 - German authorities have received specific warnings of the risk of militant attacks on central railway stations in Berlin and Dresden, security sources told Reuters on Friday, after pre-dawn police raids on 12 homes linked to radical Islamists.
"We've been tipped off about possible attacks on these rail stations," one source said. The warning came from foreign intelligence agencies, according to Der Spiegel news magazine.
Weekly marches in Dresden by the anti-Islam, anti-immigration movement PEGIDA were considered especially vulnerable. The rallies take place near the Dresden rail station and have drawn crowds of around 25,000.
The warnings highlight a state of heightened alert in Europe after Islamist militants killed 17 people in attacks in France last week, including on the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo which had published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.
Belgian police killed two suspected Islamists in a shootout on Thursday and are questioning 15 others over an alleged plot to murder police officers across the country.
The German Interior Ministry declined to confirm or deny concrete warnings but an official pointed out that authorities are now receiving a large number of tips from a variety of sources, in part as a result of the deadly attacks in France.
"German security authorities are doing everything they can to protect the public as effectively as possible," said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, responding to the magazine report. Not all protective measures are visible to the public, he added.
Der Spiegel said foreign intelligence agencies intercepted the information from jihadist groups. "We're taking these tips seriously," a high-ranking security official was quoted as saying.
Earlier on Friday, German police said they had arrested two people after 250 officers raided 12 homes, targeting a mosque group linked to radical Islamists.
The arrests followed investigations which have been going on for several months into five Turkish citizens aged 31 to 44, who are suspected of "preparing a serious act of violence against the state in Syria" and money laundering, police said.
A police spokesman said the suspects were probably part of an extremist cell that had recruited fighters for Syria. Martin Steltner at the public prosecutors' office said the raids were unrelated to the Islamist militant attacks in Paris last week.
"It must be said very clearly that there is no connection to the attacks in Paris and there are no indications that attacks were planned in Germany," said Steltner.
Police said one of the men arrested was the leader of a group of Turkish and Russian citizens of Chechen and Dagestani origin who had radicalized the group through lessons on Islam, while the other was responsible for the group's finances.
Germany may housing Muslims at Buchenwald
January 17, 2015 - I think thats the perfect place for them! Muslims deny the Holocost ever happened so why would it matter where they keep them. The Muslims from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere could well be terrorists.
German town mulls housing Muslim refugees in Nazi concentration camp.
Schwerte in western Germany is considering moving 20 Muslims to what once was a satellite camp of Buchenwald during the Holocaust.
Germany has tried to come up with improvised solutions to housing, including moving Muslim immigrants into schools and even freight containers.
Buchenwald was one of the largest Nazi concentration camps 1937-45.
Pentagon deploys A-10 jets to Germany
February 11, 2015 The US Air Force dispatched a dozen Warthog A-10 Thunderbolt attack jets and about 300 airmen to Germany as part of a military exercise, which is expected to involve NATO allies in Eastern Europe amid simmering tensions over Ukraine. They departed Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona for Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Minsk summit etc Feb 2015
Munich Security Conference
February 21, 2015 - Ukraine, Russia, global warming, Africa
Israeli Isaac Herzog was in Munich to deliver his first international speech as a candidate for prime minister, and was greeted with an almost empty room. The winds of war blow through the conference.
Jewish heirs sue Germany
February 24, 2015 BERLIN - Jewish heirs sue Germany over art treasure forcibly sold in Nazi era.
Holocaust Jewish art dealers heirs filed a lawsuit for the return of a treasure trove worth an estimated $226 million, which they claim their ancestors sold under Nazi pressure.
The suit in the US District Court in Washington DC, is the latest in a long-running campaign by the heirs for return of the treasures.
March 18, 2015 Frankfurt - Violent clashes between anti-capitalist protesters and German police left dozens injured and a trail of destruction in Germany's financial capital as the European Central Bank opened its new headquarters. 7 police cars were set ablaze and a police station pelted with rocks. Firefighters came under attack when they were called out to douse the flames of burning automobiles. 80 officers were hurt by a gas.
June 1, 2015 - German FM in Gaza said Israel must ease blockade, Hamas must ensure rocket fire ends.
What an utter fool! There is no blockade and Hamas would not stop war on Israel.
NAZI Gold hoard found in Germany
July 28, 2015 - Germany has found a historic collection of gold coins buried near Lueneburg during the Nazi era or shortly after World War 2. Coins are in excellent condition and are of French, Belgian, Italian and Austro-Hungarian origin and date from 1831 to 1910.
Two aluminum seals featuring swastika crosses, eagles and the words "Reichsbank Berlin 244" were also discovered under the field with the coins. Germany's central bank was called "Deutsche Reichsbank" during the Nazi era and the metal seals were made after 1940. They were probably part of the Deutsche Reichbank's gold reserves and the fact the coins were buried suggested they were stolen by an insider.
Germany evicting poor, elderly
September 3, 2015 - With more than 800,000 illegal alien Muslims expected to flood Germany this year, the government is commandeering subsidized housing from the poor and elderly in order to accommodate the Muslim terrorists freeloaders, rapists.
Most refugees from the Middle East and Africa are clearly a threat to European society.
Most or all likely to be Muslims, (ISIS terrorists) but media dont tell us this.
MOST refugees are Muslims, not Christians. The ISIS Muslims usually kill / drown the Christians.
Germany is being overrun with Muslims.
It is an OUTRAGE that media refuge to say - Muslims!
The ISIS Muslims usually kill / drown the Christians.
MOST refugees are Muslims, not Christians.
Germany is being overrun with Muslims.
Barak Obama allows only ISIS Muslims into the USA, REFUSES Christian real refugees.
Refugees aka Muslims
Hungary provided buses
September 5, 2015 - Thousands of migrants have crossed into Austria on busses.
Face it, its easier to deal with Muslims on their own bus, not a train where they can kill others.
They are now moving on towards Vienna and Germany.
Vehicles were sent to those who had walk along a motorway.
A second group of some 1,000 migrants has now set off towards the border on foot.
Hundreds march from Budapest to western Europe.
Hundreds of refugees, mostly Syrians, have left Budapest for Vienna and Europe.
Thousands arrive at Austrian border, start boarding trains to Vienna, Salzburg.
Hungary put Muslims on 100 buses to haul them to Vienna.
walked or bussed - honestly, media care nothing about facts.
How to report when my sources arent trustworthy?
How many are ISIS? My guess - most, maybe all
EU refugees / migrants are ISIS Muslim INVASION
September 6, 2015 - Thousands of ISIS Muslim refugees reach Germany.
Germany likely to turn down 75,000 asylum requests. MAP on link with RED indicating ISIS floods.
Muslims 'converting to christianity' to avoid deportation
However, they admit in private, that they are 'converting' only in order to remain in Europe.
Hopefully everyone who reads ZionsCRY knows they remain Muslims. Their hearts are NOT converting. Heck, most professing christians are not converted.
ISIS kill any Christians, so only ISIS is flooding the EU
200 Saudi-run mosques in Germany
Sept 11, 2015 - The Saudi government will not accept any migrants from Syria, but it will build 200 Saudi-run mosques in Germany to hinder any social integration of the Muslims into German society.
Saudi Arabia to donate $200 million.
Islam spread by jihad wars and by migrations. By building mosques, Muslims in Europe can be kept under Saudi influence, and expand terrorism. MOST of the migrants are military-age Muslim men from countries other than Syria.
2017 NEWS Germanystan - ISIS slit the throats of all the Germans so its now another Islamic nation.
ISIS black jihad flags in Germany
Sept 14, 2015 - Thousands of ISIS gunmen smuggled into western nations fighting the police in Germany.
ISIS EU operation is a complete success - for Muslims terrorists.
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ISIS / ISIL in the EU
Chaos descends on Germany
Sept 28, 2015 - NWO globalists need CHAOS to bring their evil plot!
This is from a retired RAF officer now living in Germany.
Europe is now in total chaos.
The refugees into Europe has reached ridiculous proportions, Hungary and other Balkan states have closed their borders and Turkey is considering doing the same.
Angela Merkel welcomed all refugees to Germany and the floodgates opened.
This was all pre-planned beginning with the Pope’s appeal last year for Islam to move closer to Christianity. The Italian Goverment instructing their Navy to rescue all boat refugees and bring them to Italy.
As a result, 8000 people per day are entering Europe via various routes. Most are young males between 17 and 25. The result is chaos as you can imagine.
The 'refugees' (invaders!) banded together ( organised by smart phone) and over ran the market and stole or destroyed everything and ransacked the town. They took what they wanted and destroyed the rest. When the Manageres confronted them, they called up their friends and smashed the place to bits. The police arrived but were overwhelmed. The supermarket is now closed.
More news is coming in from all over Germany of the same situations.
Germany in a state of SIEGE
Sept 28, 2015 - Obama is bring ISIS violence here.
Gangs roaming, German women being told to cover up, rape gangs in Sweden.
Rape and child abuse are rife, dangerous. There are even reports of children being raped.
Child rape is part of Islam. It teaches them submission. Islam regards women as inferior.
ISIS DAESH in the EU
October 5, 2015 - The media are the enemy, the enemedia.
Germany is posting the names and photos of people who comment on social media opposing the ISIS invasion.
2015 February ISIS threatened to send half-a-million Muslim migrants in a psychological attack against the West. Now they have attacked local police, there are 20,000 jihadis among the refugees.
But if you oppose this, the Huffington Post will destroy your life. Its a hit list.
They intend to impose Islam and Shariah on the free world.
The Huffington Post puts a target on anyone who refuses to go along with the Islamic war on freedom. Pure evil.
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:12
He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. Daniel 7.25 - Interpreted - 3.5 years.
When the Son of Man comes, will He find Faith on the earth? Luke 18:8
Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:8
Germany's secret service warns the country 'is importing Islamic extremism, anti-Semitism, other people's ethnic conflicts and a different understanding of society'
Security services warn of dire consequences of Berlin's open-door policy
Officials fear integration is impossible as so many live in isolated societies
Source: 'Mainstream civil society is radicalising because the majority don't want migration'
GERMANS PANIC as MUSLIMS MARCH THROUGH CITY
10/27/15 A new video appears to show Islamists marching in the German city of Hannover while at least two girls look on and express their fears.
The video, uploaded to various YouTube channels, has had over 100,000 views and appears to show a march that took place last week.
The girls can be heard saying:
“I thought I was the only one who’s in a bad mood because of this.”
“None of us want this. We’re all scared.”
“What is this? How will this be in 100 years?”
“This is not my life. It just shows you how many of them are here already.”
“Now there’s another 1.5 million who came this year.”
“Every year 2-3 million arrive.”
“It’s generally about foreign infiltration.”
“We won’t dress like we do now.”
“Here, no! They won’t take anything from me!”
“Look, when I walk through the streets of the city, it’s only foreigners!”
“There are walking 50 foreigners and I only see one European face.”
“Look at the women! They’re all veiled!”
“This is our future.”
“Merkel says we’ll make it!”
“Yes we’ll make it! We’ll make it to our collective doom!”
“No, we won’t make it.”
Civil war in Germanystan
Nov 3, 2015 - Germany is at the edge of anarchy sliding towards civil war.
THE MUSLIM MIGRANT INVASION IS PERMANENTLY CHANGING THE FACE OF EUROPE
Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that Germany will have to conduct foreign policy “much more actively” as it confronts a rapidly globalizing world in the form of its biggest...
CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL SAID MONDAY THAT GERMANY WILL HAVE TO CONDUCT FOREIGN POLICY “MUCH MORE ACTIVELY” AS IT CONFRONTS A RAPIDLY GLOBALIZING WORLD IN THE FORM OF ITS BIGGEST REFUGEE CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II.
“We’re experiencing something we’ve never experienced before — that conflicts that appear to be far away suddenly are here on our doorstep,” Merkel told a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union in the western city of Darmstadt.
Merkel offered some support on the issue of setting up so-called transit zones for refugees flooding across the border, saying those coming from countries of safe origin must be sent back “as quickly as possible.” Still, the plan supported by Merkel’s Bavarian allies won’t resolve the crisis, because “there are so many” making their way to Germany.
Repeating her insistence that Germany “will do this,” Merkel said European Union initiatives hadn’t gotten far enough and that she will push for a permanent distribution of refugees across the 28-member bloc.
DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THE ‘BRAVE GERMAN WOMAN’ DID WHEN ISLAM CAME TO HER TOWN?
Her name is Heidi Mund, and she broke with Internet in 2014 when the video of her, standing alone and confronting Islam, went crazy viral. Angela Merkel should be forced to watch this video about 100 times per day.
Muslim have been working to take over Europe for the past 20 years, but in the past 2 or 3 years have greatly accelerated their efforts via social media. Countries like Sweden, England and Germany are very close to complete collapse to the Sharia onslaught. And it’s not that they are unable to defend themselves, but the Liberals who control these nations are unwilling to confront it head on. They want the Muslims to come in, they are encouraging the takeover.
Here in America, Barack Hussein is doing all he can to stock American small towns with Muslim terrorist refugees. In 2016, over 250,000 undocumented Muslims are expected to cross our borders at Obama’s invitation. America has lost it’s collective backbone, and Muslims are well aware of that.
In fact, they are counting on it.
Germany train crash
Nov 6, 2015 - A passenger train collided with a tractor trailer towing a US Army truck at a railway crossing in southern Germany. The drivers were killed, 20 people were injured. The crash happened in Freihung, Bavaria. The truck got stuck on the tracks and was hit by the train. The collision was followed by an explosion and fire.
Bomb cancels Germany-Netherlands game in Hannover
Nov 18, 2015 - Possible truckbomb disguised as a ambulance. This is VERY typical Muslim terrorists.
The soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands in Hanover has been canceled, less than two hours before kick-off. A suspicious object was found before the game. All personel evacuated immediately.
Earlier in the evening a suspicious object had been discovered by police around the stadium. Road blocks were set-up and no fans were allowed to enter the area. However, police did eventually open the roads, allowing journalists and fans to enter the stadium.
The German national team was en-route to the stadium at the time of the evacuating, but they were taken to a safe location.
Police found an ambulance car full of explosives outside the Hannover stadium.
Islamists are said to have planned attack in Hannover. The match between Germany and the Netherlands has been canceled due to an impending explosive assassination by Islamists. It gave appropriate instructions to a stop that had been planned by Islamist potential attackers.
Truck bomb found outside of Hanover soccer stadium disguised as ambulance, concrete plans to attack game. Police in Hannover now holding a man at gun point following stadium evacuation.
Germany terror alert
Ambulance packed full of explosives found in front of stadium ahead of international match
Germany stadum evacuated
Nov 17, 2015 - Germany-Netherlands football match in Hannover cancelled.
The Hannover Stadium started to be evacuated less than 2 hours before kick-off.
Report they found a parcel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to attend.
England's match against France at Wembley tonight is going ahead.
East Europe uniting against Merkel
Nov 17, 2015 - Eastern European nations are toughening their opposition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to force them to take in refugees. Poland said the EU should review its stance on immigration. The EU is increasingly split over 3 million asylum seekers. Hungary opposes efforts to settle them.
Bomb attacks thwarted in Germany
Nov 18, 2015 - Paris repeat? Soccer stadium and music arena evacuated. The game was canceled. A truckbomb disguised as an ambulance loaded with explosives was parked outside the German stadium. Bombs at 2 sites in Hanover were defused. The similar nature of targets selected make it likely to have been ISIS trying to repeat Paris when 129 people were murdered.
The police found out someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium.
A Hanover concert arena was also evacuated.
ZionsCRY Commentary Nov 18, 2015
They want to KONTROL us - TOTALLY
What we eat, our meds, our jobs, our travel, our entertainment,
and even our Faith. Our worship is to be - GOVERMENT! ONLY.
They DO NOT want us to travel
They DO NOT want us outside our homes
Be suspicious - where you go - and who you believe! Honestly, there is the smell of the NWO all over the Paris attacks and this one.
8 ISIS arrested at airport
Nov 21, 2015 Germany - ISIS arrested as they attempted to enter Germany via Turkey posing as Syrian refugees. Police found a map on one of them detailing a migration route from Istanbul to Germany via Greece, Serbia and Hungary.
AHA! Turkey is ISIS - I figured isis is entering EU thru turkey
The BDS, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,
is a global anti-Israel campaign to
force Jews to commit suicide.
Berlin store boycotts Israel - invites God's curse
Nov 22, 2015 - Berlin KaDeWe removes Israeli products from shelves, will re-label products.
They are boycotting products from the West Bank and the Golan Heights. After re-labling they will return the products to shelves. Galeria Kauphof dept store did not pull Israeli products from its shelves. The store sells Israeli products such as SodaStream, Ahava consmetics and more. These are excellent products!
KaDeWe insists no boycott of Israel
Facing charges of anti-Semitism, KaDeWe claims Israeli products were removed from shelves as part of periodic inspections. Hundreds of people areoutraged. Some urge buyers not to go there. KaDeWe removed 8 brands of wine, Israeli shoppers were less than impressed.
USA AAA votes to boycott Israel
Nov 22, 2015 - American Anthropological Association passes resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions in landslide vote. Satanic BDS groups praise result.
The motion supported the BDS. The AAA will not enter into any formal collaboration with Israeli academic institutions.
GOD will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse her.
I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curses you.
Genesis 12:3 applies to ISRAEL the LAND and offspring of Jacob
BDS - A boycott is a CURSE on Israel
Germany is cursing its nation
Refugees once grateful just to be in Germany, now want to choose where to live – interior minister
Published time: 26 Nov, 2015 14:05
Refugees, once grateful for the very fact they had arrived in Germany, have recently become picky, wanting to choose where exactly in the country they'd like to live, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says.
De Maiziere suggests there should be strict quotas, with only the most vulnerable refugees allowed in Germany after they're filled - a position that contradicts Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent vow to continue pursuing an open-door policy toward
Distribution of refugees “in the past was not really a problem because the refugees were initially grateful to be in Germany, and were happy to distribute,” De Maiziere told Austria’s Der Standard newspaper. He added that now a significant number of refugees “want to assign themselves” in Germany.
Now the refugees should receive their arrival card only in those places where Germany assigned them, he said. There the asylum seekers will also get “financial services, and even asylum procedures.” If a refugee doesn’t go to the place of his distribution, he “will get neither.”
Fewer 'refugees' enter Germany
Dec 1, 2015 - TURKEY has been enabling the Sunni Muslim ISIS jihadists thru Turkey into EU, and with all the Russian bombing, thats become much more difficult.
The number of refugees arriving in Germany has fallen off sharply.
Strong winds in the Aegean Sea could be one cause of the drop in numbers.
Another reason for the fall in arrivals could be the border controls along the Balkan route taken by most 'refugees.'
Who is Behind the Muslim Immigration Issue in Germany?
Vatican Rewards Merkel For Integrating Germany! 12/9/15
Germany approves ID card for refugees
Dec 10, 2015 - Is THIS how we all will get a chip planted inside us?
Germany agreed to introduce an identity card for refugees beginning mid February.
A million refugees are expected to arrive in Germany this year.
The cards will include information on refugees' date and place of birth, nationality and gender, as well as a photo and details on height and eye colour. Registration centres will also take fingerprints.
Refugees will need an ID card if they want to receive benefits and apply for asylum.
The data will be available to all relevant authorities. Details on health and vaccinations will also be recorded, as well as information on refugees' academic and professional qualifications.
It forced all people to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
If anyone receives the mark on their forehead or on their hand, they will be tormented with burning sulfur. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.
Donald Trump is the rightful person of the year!
Germany leader Angela Merkel is TIME 2015 Person of the Year.
Merkel, who broke Germany by allowing murderous Evil Muslims to flood in.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, self proclaimed leader of ISIS aka Islamic State was TIME's runner up.
TIME has to be EVIL to honor EVIL. Last year they made evil Frankenpope cover dude.
TIME chose Adolf Hilter in 1938
Some believe Angela Merkel is his daughter. That'd explain a lot.
Is Merkel really Hitler's daughter?
Dec 19, 2015 - German teachers want 'Mein Kampf' to be taught in high schools.
Germany teacher association suggests Adolf Hitler's book should be taught in high schools.
The Nazi leader's anti-Semitic diatribe has not been printed in Germany since the end of World War II, but an annotated and critical edition is set to be published next year.
The rights to the book have been held for 70 years by the state of Bavaria, which has refused to allow reprints, but the copyright runs out at the end of 2015.
This is not merely insane - its Evil .. Satanic!
7 WAYS THAT ADOLF HITLER WAS A PERFECT TYPE OF THE BIBLICAL ANTICHRIST
When Adolf Hitler burst upon the world stage in 1933, he was at once a mesmerizing and fearsome figure. People could not ever remember as having seen his equal. His speeches were flamed-filled invectives of his desire to create a "master race" of people to follow him to either death or glory.
ON APRIL 30, 1945, AFTER 3 MONTHS OF COWERING IN HIS UNDERGROUND BUNKER, HITLER DIED THE COWARD’S DEATH OF SUICIDE, WITH NONE OF HIS GENERALS OR ANY OF HIS FORMERLY-MASSIVE ARMY TO DEFEND HIM
“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” Daniel 11:45 (KJV)
Since Nazi Germany and WWII came to an end, a near endless amount of books, movies and documentaries have been produced to study the morbidly fascinating life of Adolf Hitler. He was by all accounts a charismatic end times monster bent on creating a “master race” of perfect , German people. But did you also know that in many ways, his life and exploits almost match perfectly with how the Bible says The Antichrist will be when he arrives on the scene in the days after the Rapture of the Church? Here now we present to you 7 ways that Adolf Hitler was a perfect type of the Biblical Antichrist.
#1: THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE A POWERFUL SPEAKER WITH A FIERCE COUNTENANCE
“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.” Daniel 8:23,24 (KJV)
When Adolf Hitler burst upon the world stage in 1933, he was at once a mesmerizing and fearsome figure. People could not ever remember as having seen his equal. His speeches were flamed-filled invectives of his desire to create a “master race” of people to follow him to either death or glory. Almost immediately, all of Germany fell under his hypnotic oratory, and vowed to follow him wherever he would lead.
In our day we have many talented and influential public speakers in the world of politics, but nothing even remotely approaching the verbal napalm of Adolf Hitler. Everything about him was dark and filled with foreboding. Millions of German households actually erected shrines that featured a photograph of what they thought of as their dictator’s divine countenance. They said prayers in his behalf — even directed prayers to him — throughout the day.
Hitler said he came to liberate the German people, but actually, he nearly destroyed them all. And that’s just what the Antichrist will do to all the people who follow him.
#2: THE ANTICHRIST IS ALL ALONE WHEN HE FINALLY COMES TO HIS INGLORIOUS END
“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” Daniel 11:45 (KJV)
The Bible tells an amazing story of how the Antichrist will rise to control the entire world and command an army of tens of millions of people all doing his evil bidding. Yet, when it is all said and done, Daniel says that the Antichrist comes to his end alone with no one else willing or able to help him in his final hours. This is exactly how Adolf Hitler came to his end. On April 30, 1945, after 3 months of cowering in his underground bunker, Hitler died the coward’s death of suicide, with none of his generals or any of his formerly-massive army to defend him.
#3: THE ANTICHRIST WILL RECEIVE WORSHIP AS IF HE WERE THE MESSIAH
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (KJV)
The Antichrist is not content to merely rule over the people, he must be seen as very God to them as well, and receive the worship that is meant for God alone. That Hitler had a massive Messiah Complex is well-documented, but what is more intriguing is how the German people indulged him in it.
In his book, “Mein Kampf“, Hitler says that world peace cannot arrive until “that day when the man superior to all others will have conquered and subjugated the world.” One man will indeed rule the world, and that Man is Jesus Christ. But the Antichrist, the false Messiah, will rule it for the 7 year period known as the time of Jacob’s trouble. Hitler saw himself as that man would could and should reign over the entire earth.
#4: THE ANTICHRIST USES WOMEN BUT DOES NOT REGARD THEM IN ANY MEANINGFUL OR NATURAL WAY
“Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.” Daniel 11:37 (KJV)
Many Bible commentators have read the passage in Daniel that says the Antichrist does not “regard the desire of women”, and have taken that to mean that perhaps he will be a homosexual. On one hand this makes sense because we know the Bible says homosexuality is an abomination, and the Antichrist is often referred to as the “abomination of desolation”. But when we look at the life of Hitler and the women he was involved with, we see a man who while he uses them, he clearly has no regard for them or for their desire for him.
Geli Raubal was Hitler’s half-niece, and for a time he was involved in a romantic relationship with her. She fell deeply in love with him, and he toyed with her like a cat with a mouse. When she realized that she was never going to have the relationship she craved, she took a pistol and committed suicide.
Eva Braun, Hitler’s last woman, also committed suicide after many years of a relationship with him. She had complained privately to friends for years that Hitler didn’t seem to care for her at all. He would tell her constantly that he was “married to Germany” and could not be with any woman when he had such “important work” to do.
Hitler had women, he used women, but he had absolutely no regard for their desire of him. He was unfazed by their begging and pleading for more time and attention. Nearly every woman that Hitler was involved with either committed suicide or attempted it multiple times.
#5: THE ANTICHRIST WILL BE A MILITARY GENIUS AND HOLD HIMSELF IS HIGH REGARD
“And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” Daniel 8:25 (KJV)
“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” Revelation 13:4 (KJV)
The Bible says that the Antichrist amasses a huge, world-wide army, and proceeds to make war. Adolf Hitler attempted to do exactly that. He started in 1936 with the taking of the Rhineland, and it ended in 1943 with his attempt to take Russia after having successfully captured Poland, Czechoslovakia and France just to name a few.
This is Adolf Hitler’s First Speech in power, with Joseph Goebbels introduction of him from 1933. From the get-go, that he would be a mighty man of war was without question. He saw himself as Germany’s man of destiny, and the man that paradoxically would bring them peace thought bloody conflict.
#6: THE ANTICHRIST’S NUMBER IS 666
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:18 (KJV)
As we have been showing you here, Adolf Hitler was not “the” Antichrist, but rather a type picture of what the actual Antichrist will be like when he does finally show up. It is well and widely known that the Biblical number of the Antichrist is 666, featured in countless horror movies and end times depictions.
What you are looking at is a photo of the actual ID card issued to Adolf Hitler for his membership in the National Socialist, or Nazi party, in 1920. Pay close attention to his ID card number, 555. Ring any bells?
In the book Seig Heil by Stefan Lorant (Bonanza Books, NY) on page 120, there is a photograph of Adolf Hitler when he first registered with the Nazi Party in Austria. His ID card has an interesting number on it—555. What better number for the last world type of Antichrist than 555? The number 5 in the Bible is the number for death, destruction and judgment.
#7: THE MAIN THING THAT THE ANTICHRIST COMES TO DO IS TO KILL THE JEWS
“And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:4-7 (KJV)
The Bible is filled with dozens and dozens of verses showing that the main object of the Antichrist’s wrath will be the Jewish people. Jesus, in Matthew 24, says that the Jews will be forced to flee to the Red Rock city of Selah, Petra when the Antichrist comes calling during the time of Jacob’s trouble. The death of God’s chosen people is his main mission. This is exactly what drove Adolf Hitler as well, an overwhelming and quite irrational hatred of a single ethnic group of people, the Jews.
Hitler said that “the struggle for world domination will be fought entirely between us, between Germans and Jews. All else is facade and illusion. Behind England stands Israel, and behind France, and behind the United States. Even when we have driven the Jew out of Germany, he remains our world enemy.”
#8 BONUS ITEM: THE 1,000 YEAR REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST FROM JERUSALEM
“And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20:3,4 (KJV)
There is one item in Hitler’s resume that, while it does not correspond exactly with Bible prophecy of the Antichrist, it is nevertheless fascinating. Adolf Hitler spoke repeatedly about how the new German state he was creating would last for “a thousand years”. He also said that he and he alone could be the spiritual leader of the German people. Please note the following quotes from him on that subject:
“It is our will that this state shall endure for a thousand years. We are happy to know that the future is ours entirely!” – from propaganda film “The Triumph Of The Will” 1935
“I intend to set up a thousand-year Reich and anyone who supports me in this battle is a fellow-fighter for a unique spiritual—I would say divine—creation… Rudolf Hess, my assistant of many years standing, would tell you: If we have such a leader, God is with us.” – Adolf Hitler, 1931
“The fate of the Reich depends on me, as long as I live I shall think only of victory. I shall annihilate everyone who is opposed to me.“ – Adolf Hitler, November 23, 1939
Hitler was not a Christian, he was a Catholic and not a very good one at that. It is not likely he spent any time at all reading the Bible, so it is quite interesting that one of his key obsessions is ruling for a thousand years like Jesus Christ will do in the Millennium. Since the actual Antichrist’s mission is to come in the place of Jesus, and try to steal what is rightly His, this little-known fact about Hitler is very interesting indeed.
In 2015, we live at a very unique moment in both world history and that of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Our parent’s generation saw both the living embodiment of the last type picture of the Antichrist in Adolf Hitler, and the amazing fulfillment of God’s 2,000 year old promise to one day regather His people the Jews back in the holy land, the land of Israel.
The warmup now over, the only event which stands between us and the revelation of the actual Antichrist is an event called the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church. It will take place in the midst of a great falling away from Bible truth, happening now, and on the heels of the Antichrist being made manifest.
Are you ready for what comes next?
ANGELA MERKEL’S MUSLIM MIGRANT IMMIGRATION POLICIES CREATING NEW GERMAN FAR-RIGHT MOVEMENT
The scramble to acquire weapons comes amid an indisputable nationwide spike in migrant-driven crime, including rapes of German women and girls on a shocking scale, as well as physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies and burglaries — in cities and towns throughout the country.
GERMANS, FACING AN INFLUX OF MORE THAN ONE MILLION MUSLIM MIGRANT ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM AFRICA, ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST, ARE RUSHING TO ARM THEMSELVES
EDITOR’S NOTE: THE GERMAN PEOPLE ARE NOT WRONG WHEN THEY SEE THEIR COUNTRY BEING BETRAYED BY ANGELA MERKEL AND HER OPEN-DOOR MUSLIM MIGRANT IMMIGRATION POLICIES. THEY NO LONGER FEEL SAFE IN THEIR OWN CITIES, TOWNS AND HOMES. IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING HOW FAR-RIGHT MOVEMENTS COME TO BE STARTED, THIS RIGHT HERE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THAT. NICE TO KNOW THAT THE AVERAGE GERMAN CITIZEN IS STILL ABLE TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. AMERICA, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION, WE’RE UP NEXT. THANK YOU, BARACK OBAMA.
All across Germany, a country with some of the most stringent gun-control laws in Europe, demand is skyrocketing for non-lethal self-defense weapons, including pepper sprays, gas pistols, flare guns, electroshock weapons and animal repellents. Germans are also applying for weapons permits in record numbers.
The scramble to acquire weapons comes amid a migrant-driven surge in violent crimes — including rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults — in cities and towns throughout the country.
German authorities, however, are going to great lengths to argue that the German citizenry’s sudden interest in self-defense has nothing whatsoever to do with mass migration into the country, despite ample evidence to the contrary.
MUSLIM MIGRANTS WARN GERMANS THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED:
This is one of the many reasons why German citizens no longer feel safe in their own nation. Their reaction to Angela Merkel’s liberal Muslim immigration policies? Buy. A. Gun.
In recent weeks, German newspapers have published dozens of stories with headlines such as: “Germany is Afraid — And Grabs for the Weapon,” “Germans are Arming Themselves: The Demand for Weapons Explodes,” “More and More People are Buying a Weapon,” “Security: Hands Up!” “The Need for Security Increases,” “Boom in Weapons Stores,” and “Bavarians are Arming Themselves— Afraid of Refugees?”
Since Germany’s migration crisis exploded in August 2015, nationwide sales of pepper spray have jumped by 600%, according to the German newsmagazine, Focus. Supplies of the product are now completely sold out in many parts of the country and additional stocks will not become available until 2016. “Manufacturers and distributors say the huge influx of foreigners in recent weeks has apparently frightened many people,” Focus reports.
According to KH Security, a German manufacturer of self-defense products, demand is up by a factor of five, and sales in September 2015 — the month when the implications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy began to dawn on many Germans — were the highest since the company was founded 25 years ago. The company says there is an increased demand not only for self-defense weapons, but also for home alarm systems.
Another manufacturer of self-defense products, the Frankfurt-based company DEF-TEC Defense Technology, has reported a 600% increase in sales this fall. According to CEO Kai Prase:
“THINGS TOOK OFF BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER. SINCE THEN, OUR DEALERS HAVE BEEN TOTALLY OVERRUN. WE HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN THE 21 YEARS OF OUR CORPORATE HISTORY. FEAR: THIS IS NOT RATIONAL. THE IMPORTANT TERM IS: ‘REFUGEE CRISIS.'”
The same story is being repeated across Germany. According to the public broadcaster,Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, citizens in Saxony can regularly be seen queuing up in large numbers waiting for gun shops to open.
A store owner in the Saxon town of Pirna said he is now selling up to 200 cans of pepper spray each day, compared to five cans a week before the migrant crisis began. He said he is seeing many new customers who are not the typical clientele, including women of all ages and men who are buying weapons for their wives.
Günter Fritz, the owner of a gun shop in Ebersbach, another town in Saxony, told RTL News, “Since September, all over Germany, also at my shop, sales of self-defense products have exploded.” He added that his clients come from all walks of life, ranging “from the professor to the retired lady. All are afraid.”
MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS ATTACK GERMAN WOMAN AND HER CHILD:
The liberal media won’t show it to you, but Germany is now ‘officially’ a WAR ZONE in the center of Europe. In this recent video, A massive mob of Muslim immigrants surround a car, then pull a young German woman and her child from the car and beat them both on the side of the road.
Andreas Reinhardt, a gun shop owner in the northern German town of Eutin, said he now sells four to five self-defense weapons each day, compared to around two per month before the recent influx of asylum seekers. “The current social upheaval is clearly driving the current rush to self-defense,” he said. “I never thought that fear would spread so quickly,” he added.
Eric Thiel, the owner of a gun shop in Flensburg, a city on the Baltic Sea coast, said that pepper spray is no longer available: “Everything is sold out. New supplies will not arrive until March. Everything that has to do with self-defense is booming enormously.”
Wolfgang Mayer, the owner of a gun shop in Nördlingen, a town in Bavaria, said he has an explanation for the surge in gun licenses: “I think with the influx of refugees, the rise in break-ins and the many tricksters, the people are demanding greater protection.”
Mayer added that there is a growing sense within German society that the state cannot adequately protect its citizens and therefore they have to better protect themselves. “Since the summer, sales of pepper spray have increased by 50%,” Mayer said, adding that buyers are mainly women, of all ages — from the student in the city up to the widowed grandmother.
Pepper spray and other types of non-lethal self-defense weapons are legal in Germany, but a permit is required to carry and use some categories of them. Officials in all of Germany’s 16 federal states are reporting a spike in applications for such permits, known as the small weapons license (kleinen Waffenschein).
In the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, nearly 10,000 people now hold a small weapons license, an “all-time record level,” according to the regional interior ministry. Retailers in the state are also reporting an “unprecedented surge” in sales of self-defense weapons, with supplies of pepper spray sold out until the spring of 2016.
In Saxony, retailers are reporting an unprecedented boom in sales of pepper spray, tear gas, gas pistols and even cross bows. Some stores are now selling more self-defense weapons in one day than they did in an entire month before the migrant crisis began.
Saxon officials are also reporting a jump in the number of people applying for the full-fledged firearms license (großen Waffenschein). The rush to arms can be attributed to a “subjective decline in the people’s sense of security,” Saxon Interior Minister Markus Ulbig said.
In Berlin, the number of people holding a small weapons license increased by 30% during the first ten months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, while the number of those holding the full-fledged firearms license jumped by some 50%, according to local police.
In Bavaria, more than 45,000 people now hold a small weapons license, 3,000 more than in 2014. This represents a “significant increase,” according to the regional interior ministry. As in other parts of Germany, Bavarian retailers are also reporting a boom in sales of self-defense weapons, including gas pistols, flare guns and pepper spray.
In Stuttgart, the capital city of Baden-Württemberg, local gun shops are reporting a four-fold increase in sales of self-defense weapons since August. One shop owner said she now sells more weapons in one week than she normally sells in one month. She added that she has never seen such high demand.
In Heilbronn, another city in Baden-Württemberg, local officials report that sales of pepper spray have doubled in 2015. According to one shopkeeper, the demand for pepper spray began surging in August, when many mothers started purchasing the product for their school-aged daughters. “Our clients are extremely afraid,” the shopkeeper said. “We are seeing this everywhere.”
In Gera, a city in Thuringia, local media reported that at one store, the entire inventory of 120 cans of pepper spray was sold out within three hours. The store, which subsequently sold out of another batch of 144 cans, is now on a waiting list to obtain more because of supplier shortfalls.
A woman in Gera who bought pepper spray for her 16-year-old daughter said:
“I THINK IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY PROPER FOR ME TO PROTECT MY DAUGHTER. SHE IS AT THAT AGE WHERE SHE IS OUT ALONE IN THE EVENING. IF SHE SAYS SHE NEEDS THIS FOR PROTECTION, I THINK THIS IS NOT UNJUSTIFIED. OF COURSE, DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION THAT WE NOW HAVE IN GERMANY. WE JUST DO NOT KNOW WHO IS HERE. THERE ARE QUITE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT REGISTERED.”
The same trend toward self-defense is being repeated in the German states of Brandenburg,Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony-Anhalt and North Rhine-Westphalia, where spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by migrants is turning some neighborhoods into no-go zones.
Apologists for mass migration are accusing German citizens of overreacting. Some point to recent studies — commissioned by pro-migration groups — which claim, implausibly, that the number of crimes committed by migrants is decreasing, not increasing.
Others deny that the rush to self-defense has anything to do with migrants at all. They blame a variety of different factors, including the early darkness associated with the end of daylight savings time, the jihadist attacks in Paris (which occurred in November, three months aftersales of self-defense weapons began to spike), and the need for protection from wild wolves in parts of northern Germany.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung described the deception this way:
“ANYONE WHO ASKS FOR THE REASONS FOR THE SURGE IN WEAPONS PURCHASES ENCOUNTERS SILENCE. OFFICIALLY, THE REGULATORY AGENCIES SAY THAT ANYONE WHO APPLIES FOR THE SMALL WEAPONS LICENSE DOES NOT NEED TO PROVIDE A JUSTIFICATION AND THEREFORE THE GOVERNMENT OFFICES HAVE NO EXPLANATION. ‘BUT IT IS TRUE THAT SOMETIMES WE CLEARLY GET THE MESSAGE THAT THEY ARE AFRAID BECAUSE OF THE REFUGEES,’ SAYS ONE, ON CONDITION THAT HIS NAME AND OFFICE WILL NOT BE MENTIONED IN THE NEWSPAPER. ‘PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY TOLD ME: I WANT TO PROTECT MY FAMILY.’ WE HAVE REPORTED THIS TO THE MINISTRY…
“THE RETAILERS ALSO SAY NOTHING OFFICIALLY ABOUT THE REASONS FOR THE INCREASE IN SALES. CALL A SMALL GUN SHOP. MANY REFUGEES ARRIVED AT THE END OF AUGUST, AND SINCE SEPTEMBER THE NUMBERS ARE UP, CAN THERE NOT BE A CONNECTION? ‘IF YOU DO NOT USE MY NAME: SURE, WHAT ELSE?’ SAYS THE MAN ON THE PHONE. THE PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE STORE ARE AFRAID. THEY BELIEVE THAT AMONG THE REFUGEES THERE ARE ‘BLACK SHEEP.’ SOME CUSTOMERS OPENLY ADMIT IT.”
Empirical evidence shows an indisputable nationwide spike in migrant-driven crime, includingrapes of German women and girls on a shocking scale, as well as sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking.
The spike in violent crimes committed by migrants has been corroborated by a confidential police report leaked to a German newspaper. The document reveals that a record-breaking 38,000 asylum seekers were accused of committing crimes in the country in 2014. Analysts believe this figure — which works out to more than 100 crimes a day — is only a fragment: many crimes are not reported.
Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that 55% of Germans are pessimistic about the future, up from 31% in 2014 and 28% in 2013. The poll shows that 42% of those between the ages of 14 and 34 believe their future will be bleak; this is more than double the number of those (19%) who felt this way in 2013. At the same time, 64% of those aged 55 and above are fearful about the future.
The poll also shows that four-fifths (79%) of the German population believe the economy will deteriorate in 2016 due to the financial burdens created by the migration crisis, and 70% believe that member states of the European Union will drift further apart in the coming year. The most predictable finding of all: 87% of Germans believe their politicians will experience a decline in public support during 2016. source
The new edition of "Mein Kampf," which has expanded to nearly 2,000 pages with the Munich institute's commentary, roughly double the length of the original, doesn't appear likely to fly off the shelves. With a print run of up to 4,000 copies, it costs 59 euros ($64).
There won't be an e-book, since the edition's layout can't be adapted to the format, but publishers are considering an online edition, perhaps in 2017.
Hitler's Mein Kampf returns to German market in new form
Dec 28, 2015 BERLIN — For 70 years since the Nazi defeat in World War II, copyright law has been used in Germany to prohibit the publication of Mein Kampf. January 2016 that will change when a new edition hits the shelves. Under German law, a copyright expires 70 years after an author's death.
DENIAL OF THE NAZI HOLOCAUST AGAINST THE JEWS ON RISE IN EASTERN EUROPE
Rabbi Avraham Krieger, head of the Shem Olam Institute for Holocaust education and research, believes the new Holocaust deniers are driven by a psychological motive, namely an attempt to dissolve the perception of the Holocaust as a unique phenomenon in favor of a historical description which will minimize the feelings of guilt among the countries which actively participated - or whose citizens actively participated - in the murder of Jews.
THE TESTIMONIES ARE FADING AWAY, THE MEMORIAL SITES ARE TURNING INTO ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS, AND THE HISTORICAL STORY IS SEEN AS JUST ANOTHER “JEWISH NARRATIVE”: IF ANYONE THOUGHT THAT HOLOCAUST DENIAL WAS A MARGINAL PHENOMENON AMONG A FEW ANTI-SEMITES AND ISRAEL HATERS, EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT IS IT A MUCH WIDER, MORE WELL-ESTABLISHED AND DANGEROUS PHENOMENON THAT IS RECEIVING REINFORCEMENT ON THE GROUND FROM EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: WHEN I WAS A VERY YOUNG CHILD, I REMEMBER SEEING THE TATTOOS OF THE MEN IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WHO HAD FOUGHT IN WWII. I ALSO REMEMBER SEEING THE TATTOOS OF THOSE WHO HAD BEEN IN THE NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AWAITING EXECUTION SIMPLY FOR BEING JEWISH. IN THE EIGHTH GRADE, I WAS MADE TO WATCH A VERY RAW, BLACK AND WHITE DOCUMENTARY OF THE NAZI ATROCITIES. I NEVER FORGOT IT. TODAY, THE LORD GOD OF ABRAHAM HAS GIVEN ME A WEBSITE THAT REACHES OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE PER MONTH AROUND THE WORLD.
AT NTEB, WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE NAZI HOLOCAUST OF THE JEWS AND COUNTLESS MILLIONS OF OTHERS KILLED DURING THE WAR. AM YISRAEL CHAI.
In Lithuania, for example, people are doing everything to downplay the significance of the horrors of the war against the Jews as a unique event in the history of mankind, and in Ukraine a famous mass murder site has turned into a thriving jogging spot.
According to Dr. Efraim Zuroff, a Nazi hunter and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center office in Jerusalem, many countries have adopted an intentional policy leading to de facto Holocaust denial. While researchers and historians are trying to fight the new phenomenon and to get western Europe to join the battle, the State of Israel is actually standing back and doing nothing.
HOLOCAUST ATROCITIES – DACHAU CONCENTRATION CAMP 1945
Speaking at the Shem Olam Institute‘s international conference “A Past that Doesn’t Pass,” which opened in Europe Monday, Dr. Zuroff pointed at Lithuania as the country leading the change. He noted that it initiated a change in the definition of “genocide,” thereby essentially “uniting” the memory of the Holocaust with the memory of communism.
IN UKRAINE, THE PARLIAMENT APPROVED A LAW BANNING DENIAL OF THE COMMUNIST HOLOCAUST AND IMPOSING A TWO-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE ON THOSE VIOLATING IT.
According to the Nazi hunter, this is part of an ongoing attempt to convince the world that there were two holocausts, and that therefore the European Jews’ Holocaust was not a unique radical event. “August 23 is marked as a memorial day for the victims of the totalitarian regimes,” he noted. “The memory of the Holocaust is being pushed away as part of this process.”
Rabbi Avraham Krieger, head of the Shem Olam Institute for Holocaust Education and Research, believes the new Holocaust deniers are driven by a psychological motive, namely an attempt to dissolve the perception of the Holocaust as a unique phenomenon in favor of a historical description which will minimize the feelings of guilt among the countries which actively participated – or whose citizens actively participated – in the murder of Jews.
Dr. Zuroff sees it too. He says there is an attempt to conceal and blur the eastern Europeans’ role in the massacre. “In Lithuania there was a systematic killing of Jews by the local population,” he explained. “That is the reason why 96 percent of the Jews there did not survive and many communities were completely erased. The intentional goal is to conceal this fact.
“The mass murderers of Jews among the local population are perceived as national heroes because of their war against the communists, and streets, squares and governmental institutions have been named after them. How can anyone acknowledge their role in the annihilation if the murderers are considered heroes?”
Lithuania is not alone. According to the two researchers, “soft denial” is taking place in Baltic countries like Estonia and Latvia, as well as in Poland, Croatia and Hungary.
BODIES OF THOUSANDS OF JEWS UNDER A GREEN PARK
“For example Joanna Bator, a local historian, describes construction works for the erection of a square named after a local hero who fought communism on the street which included the entrance gate into the ghetto,” says Krieger. “It can also be interpreted in a very innocent manner, but of all places in Warsaw, they had to do it on a street with such a significant historical memory?
“There is also a plan to erect a huge monument for Righteous Among the Nations in the center of the ghetto, although one already exists opposite the Holocaust museum in Warsaw. There seems to be an attempt to downplay the fact that many Poles were far from being righteous gentiles, but were rather played a role in the annihilation in wide areas in Poland as the Nazis’ active partners. There are Poles who are finding it difficult to accept this fact and of course to take responsibility for its meaning.”
RAVENSBRUCK AND BUCHENWALD CONCENTRATION CAMPS: PART 1
According to Dr. Zuroff, sites of mass killing across Europe are being deserted or turned into parks which attract families on Sundays. In the Majdanek concentration camp it happened even when the murdered Jews’ bones were still scattered around in a visible manner.
The Babi Yar mass murder site in the heart of Kiev, where one of the deadliest massacres in Eastern Europe took place, has become a green band of jogging and baby strollers. “Apart from a symbolic monument, there is no trace of the fact that under the thick plants there are thousands of bodies of Jews who were systematically eliminated.”
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE SOMETHING WAS GOING ON?
“It didn’t happen right away,” Rabbi Krieger admits. “The person who headed the Holocaust commemoration enterprise in Poland until 2009 was a Pole who had been sent to Auschwitz himself, and he was very committed to the matter. Since then, a wave of new appointments began in all of the country’s commemoration sites, and there are constant changes. I’m not sure that they are officially guided, but this is the new wind blowing there.
RAVENSBRUCK AND BUCHENWALD CONCENTRATION CAMPS: PART 2
“There are all kinds of ‘renovations’ taking place in concentration camps, covering historical truths which took place there. In Chełmno, for example, there was a pit with Jewish items and human remains, so they went and covered it all up with gravel. They didn’t leave a trace of what used to be there, not even a sign. There is no trace of the large holes which were used for the horrific act of destroying the bodies.
“MUSEUMS ARE TURNING INTO A PLACE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THIS LOCAL NARRATIVE, INSTEAD OF PRESENTING HISTORY. THIS JOINS ALL KINDS OF CONCRETE HOLOCAUST DENIALS BY LOCAL HISTORIANS IN NEW STUDIES. IF ONCE WE WITNESSED A SPIRIT OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PAST – IT IS NOW GONE.”
According to Dr. Zuroff, Eastern European countries’ efforts to “conceal the evidence” and blur history have increased since the Baltic countries became part of the European Union. “It’s mostly common there because they really have something to hide,” he said. “The fact that they were living under a communist regime prevented them from holding an open debate on the truth.”
ANTI-SEMITIC BUT FRIENDLY TOWARDS ISRAEL
“It took France 40 years to acknowledge the crimes of the Vichy government (a Nazi puppet regime established in central France). And most importantly, it’s a governmental-diplomatic trend, not a private initiative or social phenomenon. The EU is keeping quiet. There are no condemnations or appeals on their part on this issue or a request to maintain the European narrative of the Holocaust.”
And where is the State of Israel in this grim picture? “I am very embarrassed,” Zuroff admits. “I care about the state so much and I feel bad criticizing it, but the situation is not good and I must present the dangers created by its silence. The feeling is that a state which sees itself as the inheritor of the Nazis’ victims, and was first in line to receive financial benefits, has an interest in keeping quiet. So it’s keeping quiet.”
THE RESEARCHER’S EXPLANATION IS THAT “THE LEADING COUNTRIES IN HOLOCAUST DENIAL TODAY HAVE GOOD RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL, EVEN IF THEY MAY BE ANTI-SEMITIC TOWARDS JEWS. SO INSTEAD OF CRYING OUT AGAINST WHAT WAS DONE TO THE HOLOCAUST VICTIMS, ISRAEL IS KEEPING QUIET.”
According to Zuroff, the United States, which became slightly involved in the issue in the past in an attempt to influence the situation, is keeping quiet too, as are France and Germany.
“The fact that there are countries in Europe which have not taken responsibility for the Holocaust must be acknowledged. In Austria, for example, they are still using all kinds of legal measures to prevent the prosecution of Nazi war criminals. Only recently, they rejected our request to try a woman who was responsible for putting women in gas chambers, arguing that she only played “a passive role” which she cannot be prosecuted for.”
IS ANYTHING BEING DONE NONETHELESS?
“A book which is expected to be released in Lithuania next month is going to create a major scandal,” Dr. Zuroff says. “A famous Lithuanian author, Ruta Vanagaite, wrote a book with me about the Lithuanians’ role in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. She began showing an interest in the issue after discovering that her family members had been involved in it. We studied the scope and the motivation and listened to testimonies from eyewitnesses. It’s a very grim picture. Let’s hope it raises a discussion on the issue.” source
NYE In Germany: More Than 1,000 Migrants Molest, Brawl, Rape and Rob
Of course the MSM is downplaying the men's origins and Germany's reaction to the savagery.
The mainstream media is, of course, not reporting all the facts but on New Year's eve some 1,000 migrants in Germany launched fireworks into crowds of people, and robbed molested, assaulted, mugged and/or raped more than 80 women in the cities of Hamburg and Cologne.
Not surprisingly, the Associated Foreign Press reported that the perpetrators as simply "men" without disclosing their migrant-status or ethnic origin and claimed Germany is "shocked" by the debauchery. Is it, really?
Cologne Police Chief Wolfgang Albers has called the disgrace a "completely new dimension of crime" and was at least forthright enough to identify the origin of the attackers as Arab or North African.
The attacks mainly took place at Cologne's central railway station where roughly 1,000 "drunk and aggressive young men" robbed and/or sexually and otherwise physically assaulted anyone who came into their vantage point.
In addition to the assaults on women, reports indicate that there were also internal brawls between different migrant gangs at the railway station. Despite the debacle, only five arrests have been made as of January 4. Breitbart adds details of the savagery:
One victim, 28 year old ‘Katja L’ spoke of her ordeal as she tried to make her way to the waiting room of Cologne railway station with two other girls and a boyfriend in the early hours of new year’s day. She told Der Express – one of the largest regional newspapers: “When we came out of the station, we were very surprised by the group that met us there”. She said the group was “exclusively young foreign men”. Keeping close to her friends, they pressed on:
“We then walked through this group of men. There was an alley through [the men] which we walked through. Suddenly I felt a hand on my buttocks, then on my breasts, in the end, I was groped everywhere. It was a nightmare. Although we shouted and beat them, the guys did not stop. I was desperate and think I was touched around 100 times in the 200 meters. “Fortunately I wore a jacket and trousers. a skirt would probably have been torn away from me”.
As Katja L and other witnesses who have since come forward said, as they were molested by the gang the men were laughing and pulling their hair, and there were shouts of “ficki, ficki” (****y ****y) hurled at them as they were called “****s”. Treating her as “fair game”, there had been so many men groping at her Katja L said she would be unable to positively identify any of the perpetrators to the police.
Others were less lucky. One woman had her tights and underwear torn off by the crowd, and a police source quoted said there had been “rapes” at the station that night.
So far, police have identified 80 victims of the gangs, 35 of which were subjected to sex attacks. Others were assaulted or robbed. Officers suspect there are many more as of yet unreported cases from the night, and are appealing for victims to come forward after their ordeals.
According to a witness "there were thousands of men."
"Simply firing into the crowd, and as my girlfriend and I wanted to get us to safety, but they blocked our way. We were so scared! We fled from the station."
Chief Albers confirmed the attacks and claimed that all of the men apprehended were carrying official immigration paperwork. He added that "the crimes have been committed by a group of people who mostly come from her in appearance from the North African and Arab countries," and said the situation is "intolerable."
Intolerable is an understatement. These are the consequences of political correctness and an obsession with multiculturalism. What Germany will do to repair the damage to its culture and threat to its citizenry remains to be seen, but if action is taken at this point, it will likely need to be drastic.
FACEBOOK PARTNERS WITH GERMANY TO LAUNCH ANTI-HATE SPEECH CAMPAIGN
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said hate speech "has no place in our society", including in the Internet.
FACEBOOK INC BEGAN A EUROPE-WIDE CAMPAIGN ON MONDAY TO THWART EXTREMIST POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AFTER GERMAN POLITICIANS IN PARTICULAR RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT A RISE IN XENOPHOBIC COMMENTS LINKED TO AN INFLUX OF REFUGEES.
I am all in favor of removing posts by terror groups to help prevent their spread and to not allow them to use social media as a recruiting tool. But that’s only part of Facebook’s new campaign to control the global narrative on the Muslim migrant explosion. They also want to prevent people from posting stories and links that expose the Muslim migrant situation for what it truly is – an invasion.
Facebook launched its “Initiative for Civil Courage Online” in Berlin, pledging over 1 million euros to support non-governmental organisations in their efforts to counter racist and xenophobic posts. Top German politicians and celebrities have voiced concern about the rise of anti-foreigner comments on Facebook and other social media as the country struggles to cope with a tide of new migrants that amounted to 1.1 million last year alone.
FACEBOOK CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER SHERYL SANDBERG SAID HATE SPEECH “HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SOCIETY”, INCLUDING IN THE INTERNET.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Facebook to do more, and the Justice Ministry set up a task force with Facebook and other social networks and Internet service providers with the aim of identifying criminal posts more quickly and taking them down.
It’s chilling to think that Facebook and Merkel have launched this campaign in Berlin, the same place where in the 1930’s Adolf Hitler held book burning rallies to prevent opposing views from being shared. It is not “hate speech” to hold the opinion that there are Muslim jihadis mixed in with legitimate refugees, and to post about that on social media. There is nothing “hateful” about the speaking the truth.
THIS IS USUALLY WHERE CENSORSHIP LEADS US TOO
Instead of admitting she made a mistake by letting in hundreds of thousands of undocumented Muslim migrants who then proceeded to rape and pillage their way across Germany, Merkel now wants to prevent people from talking about the horrific crimes being committed by Muslim migrants.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING THAT HAS OCCURRED IN GERMANY SINCE THE MUSLIM MIGRANTS WERE ALLOWED IN:
Although the rape took place in June, police kept silent about it for nearly three months, until local media published a story about the crime. According to an editorial comment in the newspaper Westfalen-Blatt, police are refusing to go public about crimes involving refugees and migrants because they do not want to give legitimacy to critics of mass migration.
A 13-year-old Muslim girl was raped by another asylum seeker at a refugee facility in Detmold, a city in west-central Germany. The girl and her mother reportedly fled their homeland to escape a culture of sexual violence.
Approximately 80% of the refugees/migrants at the shelter in Munich are male… the price for sex with female asylum seekers is ten euros. — Bavarian Broadcasting (Bayerischer Rundfunk).
Police in the Bavarian town of Mering, where a 16-year-old-girl was raped on September 11, have issued a warning to parents not to allow their children to go outside unaccompanied. In the Bavarian town of Pocking, administrators of the Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium have warned parents not to let their daughter’s wear revealing clothing in order to avoid “misunderstandings.”
“When Muslim teenage boys go to open air swimming pools, they are overwhelmed when they see girls in bikinis. These boys, who come from a culture where for women it is frowned upon to show naked skin, will follow girls and bother them without their realizing it. Naturally, this generates fear.” — Bavarian politician, quoted in Die Welt.
A police raid on the Munich refugee facility found that guards hired to provide security at the site were trafficking drugs and weapons and were turning a blind eye to the prostitution.
Meanwhile, the raping of German women by asylum seekers is becoming commonplace.
All this and much, much more is happening in Germany right now. Any wonder why Angela Merkel doesn’t want you posting about it?
OK, last question. So where is the Facebook campaign to stop anti-semitism on Facebook?
Teenager BANNED From Facebook For This Video Gives Horrifying Account Of Situation In Germany
Germany in Crisis
Migrants Caught Masturbating in Pools – Defecating in Showers
January 2016 - Welcome to the new Germany– Where migrants masturbate in the pools and defecate in the showers. Things are so bad authorities are posting no defecating in the shower signs.
The migrants have also tried to storm them women’s locker room.
Der Bild reported (translated) via Vlad Tepes:
Outrageous accusations coming from the Zwickau Townhall: According to Bäder GmbH, (Baths Inc.) refugees are masturbating and defecating into the water. And they also harass women in the Sauna and have tried to storm the women’s changing rooms.
All this and more is written in a report from January 19th. Rainer Kallwait, ordinance department leader for Bäder GmbH, wrote the report for the safety related services of Bäder GmbH. The city administration has confirmed the authenticity of the report.
Kallweit writes of a memo from Johannisbad Swimming Pool. In it it says, among other things: One asylum seeker masturbated in the whirlpool and ejaculated into the water. It is recorded on surveillance camera.” And, “The swimming pool supervisor threw him out. The asylum seeker came back with comrades to get his cell phone. Together the “visitors”, hooting and jeering, took a selfie in the whirlpool.”
The day before “8 foreign men… were in the Sauma”. “The local people felt harassed. When women are in the Sauna, asylum seekers are now told that the Sauna is closed.”
In general refugees only have free access to the swimming pool. They would have to pay for the use of the Sauna. But they won’t do that, according to Bäder GmbH: “When they were prompted to pay up at the register, they turned around, laughed and left.”
Similar can be read in a memo of „Glück-Auf-Schwimmhalle“, Halle, in Kallwait’s report. A group of “youths, single men and children with guardians” visited said pool in Halle on January 9th. Since none of them could swim, “they used the kids pool.”
”The users contaminated the pool by way of emptying their intestines. Local guests immediately left the pool.”
Here’s another sign telling migrants to not grab women’s butts at the pool.
Berlin to Open LGBT Refugee Center
By Samantha Cowan | Takepart.com
January 24, 2016 2:41 PM
While some European nations have installed barbed-wire fences or threatened to confiscate valuables to deter refugees, Germany’s welcoming policies have made it something of a promised land for many asylum seekers fleeing violence in nations such as Syria and Afghanistan. But LGBT refugees, who thought they could be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity once in Europe, have continued to face persecution.
After hundreds of reports of violence against LGBT refugees, German gay rights organization Schwulenberatung Berlin is set to open a center specifically for LGBT asylum seekers, Reuters reports.
“We have heard a lot of stories about discrimination and crimes against LGBT people in the last two years,” Stephan Jäkel, Schwulenberatung’s manager of refugee affairs, told Reuters. “They were frightened and scared after being beaten or spat on, and one survived a murder attempt. We heard a lot of horrible stories.”
Nearly 100 instances of violence against LGBT refugees were reported to the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany between August and December 2015. The Berlin center will house roughly 125 LGBT refugees, although the Schwulenberatung organization estimates there are 3,500 LGBT asylum seekers in Berlin alone.
Although Germany does not recognize same-sex marriage, it is widely considered a gay-friendly nation. But LGBT refugees have found that the mind-sets and cultural norms of fellow refugees from countries where being gay can be a death sentence didn’t immediately change once they entered the European Union.
“I thought, I am in Europe now. In Germany, I should not have to hide anymore,” Rami Ktifan, a gay Syrian refugee living in Dresden, told The Washington Post. Once Ktifan revealed his sexual orientation, he was subjected to verbal and physical assault, including an attempt to burn his feet, while living in a refugee center.
RELATED: Phrasebook for Refugees Aims to Ease the Path to Asylum
Attacks on LGBT refugees are not unique to Germany—asylum seekers in Amsterdam have experienced similar assaults in refugee centers. But as Germany welcomed more then 1 million refugees in 2015, these instances are more common and speak to the broader difficulties of immersing a large group of people into a foreign nation with widely different values.
While the LGBT center, which opens in March, will provide a safe space for some refugees, others are attempting to integrate the newcomers into German culture through media. Television series Marhaba (“hello” in Arabic) teaches refugees about German cultural norms, from avoiding late-night phone calls to treating women as equals. Newspapers are also sending messages to refugees about Germany’s values of equality.
“You must forget what you learned at home about what is right or wrong,” commentator Harald Martenstein wrote to refugees last year in the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. “You must accept the equality of women. You must learn that homosexuals and Jews are just like everyone else.”
Trains Collide in Germany killing 9
Feb 9, 2016 UPDATED - Two commuter trains collided at high speed in southern Germany.
While police initially said 150 people were injured in the crash, that number was later revised down to 81 including 18 people listed with severe injuries.
The trains were traveling around a curve at around 60 mph on a single-track route when they collided. One train plowed into the other.
Germany trains crash
Feb 9, 2016 - Two passenger trains have collided in the German state of Bavaria, 8 have been killed and about 150 injured, some seriously. The head-on crash happened near Bad Aibling, southeast of Munich. One of the trains was derailed in the crash and several carriages were overturned. There is no word what caused the crash on this piece of single track.
Germany train crash a signalling error
Feb 11, 2016 - A signal controller is at the heart of the German investigation into a Bavarian train disaster which claimed 10 lives. German police deny that the controller turned off an automatic safety system shortly before the crash.
Global Economic Collapse, nation by nation
Yes, as the economy has deteriorated, and debt continues to pill up, no longer can they afford decent infrastructure anymore. No surprise we're seeing a lot of this in recent years now.
Japan Nikkei down 918 points
Feb 10, 2016 - A 918 Point Stock Market Crash in Japan and Deutsche Bank Denies its about to Collapse. On Tuesday junk bonds continued to crash, the price of oil briefly dipped below 28 dollars a barrel, Deutsche Bank was forced to deny that it is on the verge of collapse.
The big banks are faulted. Japanese banking stocks are imploding.
Analysts have focused on the downturn in China, but it is more important to watch Japan right now. The stock price of German Deutsche Bank crashed to a record low on Tuesday. They reported a loss of 7.6 billion dollars in 2015. Deutsche came out and publicly deny that they are in trouble - which means they are in trouble.
Germany - Sinkhole swallows building
Feb 22, 2016 - A massive deep sinkhole has swallowed up parts of two uninhabited buildings in a German town. The hole continued to grow over the weekend. The earth began to swallow the company. Witnesses said they heard a rumbling before two sinkholes opened up, engulfing parts of two buildings. The dual ground openings eventually merged to form one large crater, measuring 50 meters deep and 30 meters wide, that has since been filled with groundwater.
Part of an office building and an outbuilding broke off and plunged into the depths unexpectedly. Now both buildings are in danger of collapsing.
Death of last Treblinka survivor points to post-witness era
The death of 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Samuel Willenberg marks the passing of the last link to the notorious death camp of Treblinka, perhaps the most vivid example of Nazi Germany's attempt to destroy European Jewry
MOSHAV UDIM, Israel (AP) -- The death of 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Samuel Willenberg marks the passing of the last link to the notorious death camp of Treblinka, perhaps the most vivid example of Nazi Germany's attempt to destroy European Jewry.
But the death of Willenberg, who was buried Monday, also symbolizes a looming transition in the field of Holocaust commemoration, as historians and educators prepare for a world without survivors and the challenge of maintaining the memory of the Nazi genocide without the aid of those who witnessed it.
Willenberg, one of just 67 men known to have survived Treblinka after a revolt, devoted his final years to preserving the memory of more than 875,000 people systematically murdered in a one-year killing spree there at the height of World War II.
He was a frequent public speaker, wrote a book that was translated into eight languages and led dozens of youth missions to the remnants of the destroyed camp in Poland. Later in life, he took to sculpting to describe his experiences, and his bronze statues reflected what he saw — Jews standing on a train platform, a father removing his son's shoes before entering the gas chambers, a young girl having her head shaved, and prisoners removing bodies.
"It was his life's mission. He saw himself as the echo of the murdered, as their loudspeaker. He lived it daily and in many ways he never left Treblinka," said Gideon Greif, chief historian of the Shem Olam institute, who knew Willenberg well. "He was committed to making sure that the voices of the victims were not forgotten ... and now that personal element is gone."
Hundreds paid homage at Willenberg's funeral in central Israel, including dignitaries from Israel and abroad who recognized the watershed moment of his passing. In his eulogy, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called him a "symbol for an entire generation of heroic Holocaust survivors."
More than 70 years after the war, the window is rapidly closing on the survivors' ability to relay their stories. Some 180,000 elderly survivors remain in Israel, with a similar number worldwide, but more than a 1,000 die each month, and experts predict that within seven years none will be well enough to share anything of significance.
That prospect has become the central challenge of Holocaust institutes around the world. An "oral history" of testimonies has been collected and filmed, original items have been restored and exhibited, and descendants are receiving training on how to carry on their parents' stories.
"There is a huge added value to hearing survivor testimony first hand," said Naama Egozi, a trainer of teachers at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial's International School of Holocaust Studies. "You can read a book or watch a movie, but there is just no substitute to someone who can say 'I was there.'"
Willenberg was among the most powerful of these witnesses. With a booming voice and a storyteller's charisma, he recounted his ordeal in detail in a wide-reaching interview with The Associated Press in 2010, tearing up on several occasions.
His two sisters were murdered at the camp and he described his own survival as "sheer chance."
"It wasn't because of God. He wasn't there. He was on vacation," he said.
Along with the lesser known Belzec and Sobibor camps, Treblinka was designed with the sole intention of exterminating Jews, as opposed to others that had at least a facade of being prison or labor camps. Treblinka's victims were transported there in cattle cars and gassed to death almost immediately upon arrival.
Only a select few -- mostly young, strong men like Willenberg, who was 20 at the time -- were assigned to maintenance work instead.
In all, the Nazis and their collaborators killed about 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. The death toll at Treblinka was second only to Auschwitz — a prison camp where more than a million Jews died in gas chambers or from starvation, disease and forced labor.
On Aug. 2, 1943, Willenberg joined a group of Jews who stole some weapons, set fire to the camp and headed to the woods. Hundreds fled, but most were shot and killed by Nazi troops or captured by Polish villagers who returned them.
The survivors became the only source of knowledge about Treblinka, because the Nazis all but destroyed it in a frantic bid to cover their tracks. All that remains today are a series of concrete slabs representing the train tracks and mounds of gravel with a memorial of stone tablets representing lost communities.
Willenberg was shot in the leg during the escape and kept running, ignoring dead friends in his path. He said his blue eyes and "non-Jewish" look allowed him to survive in the countryside before arriving in Warsaw and joining the Polish underground.
"It never leaves me," he said in 2010. "It stays in my head. It goes with me always."
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Merkel’s violence-loving party loses
Mar 15, 2016 - Germans dont like Merkel’s open door for rape!
Alternative, a new, nationalist anti-immigration party beat Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party in the regional elections held in 3 states. Alternative came out with double digit results, and previously held no seats.
Germany toxic accident
Mar 21, 2016 - Hamburg Residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed.
Hamburg chemical warehouse - hundreds of liters of sulfuric and nitric acid mix, smoke is pouring out of warehouse after a forklift truck slashed barrels of sulfuric acid and nitric acid, causing the substances to mix together.
Germany tanker explosion in Duisburg shipyard
Mar 31, 2016 - An explosion on the Julius Rutgers tanker at Duisburg shipyard killed 2 people who were loading something on the tanker. The third worker is missing. Rutgers was moored at the shipyard and the blast was on the vessel. The cause of the blast is still unclear. The operation involved 50 rescue vehicles and one police helicopter.
Germany Orders Raids In Homes Of Citizens Writing Anti-Muslim Migrant Social Media Posts
The Berlin police have told media that they already knew of the suspects and said that many of them have what they consider a “right-extremist” background. Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said that while many of the men shared anti-Muslim migrant views, “the men do not know each other according to previous findings,” and there was no evidence of any planned conspiracy to commit crime among them.
Police in Berlin Germany have raided ten apartments because residents may have posted ‘anti-Muslim migrant’ views online.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Germany is country that has been overrun with teeming hordes of Muslim migrants, brought in by Angela Merkel. Thousands of German citizens have been attacked, raped, assaulted and their homes vandalized. But if you dare to post the truth on social media about what is really happening in Germany, you will have your computers seized and you will be arrested. How much longer until that begins to happen here in America?
Berlin Police completed a large scale raid on internet users Wednesday. The officers ransacked ten separate apartments in the German capital in the suburbs of Spandau, Tempelhof, Marzahn, Hellersdorf and Pankow.
The force confiscated mobile phones, narcotics and weapons. Nine suspects were arrested, aged 22-58, and are accused of posting messages critical of migrants, migrant helpers and some anti-semitic slogans on social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter, reports Berliner Morgenpost.
The Berlin police have told media that they already knew of the suspects and said that many of them have what they consider a “right-extremist” background. Police spokesman Stefan Redlich said that while many of the men shared anti-Muslim migrant views, “the men do not know each other according to previous findings,” and there was no evidence of any planned conspiracy to commit crime among them.
In some of the homes searched police were forced to admit they hadn’t found anything at all, but Redlich justified the raids saying they were maybe, “people who just once expressed their hate-opinion.”
One of the raids in particular was prompted by a Facebook comment to an article regarding an Afghani migrant who was shot dead at the Bulgarian border. The incident took place in October and according to Bulgarian officials it was an accident as a bullet was meant to be a warning shot but ricochet and hit him.
The post responded to the article saying that it was unfortunate too few migrants met with a similar fate, as it might scare the rest of them from coming.
Police announced that the raids show Germans that they are not as safe online as they might think. They say that anyone who says something xenophobic, spreads hate toward migrants, or shares what they consider to be xenophobic music, may be next on the list of apartments to be raided in the future.
58 police were involved in the raids and some illegal items were found in a few of the apartments. Police found one revolver handgun, though it was not mentioned if it had any ammunition or whether or not is was deactivated. They also found an air soft gun, which requires a license to own in Germany and a stun gun that appeared to be camouflaged as a flashlight.
Spokesmen Redlich also mentioned that they had found several unconstitutional symbols but did not divulge specifics. Banned symbols in Germany include Nazi era symbols like the swastika and various Nordic runes used by the Nazis during the era.
Berlin has seen a rapid increase in prosecutions for speech on the internet. In 2014 there were 196 investigations into anti-migrant and xenophobic posts, while 2015 saw 289 cases. In the last six months there have been three raids prior to this one, but so far this has been the largest in scale. Investigators have set up a special task force who work with the organization Network Against Nazis (NAN), headed by ex-stasi agent Anetta Kahani, to monitor internet postings across Germany.
Google and Facebook have been criticized for helping the German government crack down on speech that is critical of migrants and of the policies of German chancellor Angela Merkel. The policy led to the deletion of the Facebook account of a young girl who spoke out about the migrant crisis and how she no longer felt safe walking the streets of her town.
Redlich says that the team is constantly searching YouTube, Twitter, WhatsApp and especially Facebook where most cases are pursued because users are forced to use their real names. He said the message of the raids is clear, “the internet is not above the law.”
The raids come just days after British police issued an apparently menacing tweet, warning them not to get into trouble on-line. As reported by Breitbart London, the Greater Glasgow Police offered internet users this helpful advice: “Think before you post or you may receive a visit from us this weekend. Use the internet safely. #thinkbeforeyoupost”. source
German Pastor Persecuted for Boldly Preaching the Gospel
A German pastor who has been criticized in the media for preaching boldly about the Gospel says, “I think it is my duty to do this preaching in this way for our Lord.”
Christian Today reports that Pastor Olaf Latzel, who preaches at the historic St. Martini Church in Bremen, Germany, where Joachim Neander wrote the famous hymn, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” in 1679, is committed to boldly preaching about Jesus.
Latzel’s sermons are known for their directness and unapologetic preaching of the Gospel, which has caused him to be persecuted from many in the media.
"If you speak out loud and clearly about the truth of the Bible, that there's only one way to heaven and this way is Jesus Christ, there is only one God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and there is no other god beside Him, then you have a problem," Latzel said, referring to what many critics say about him and his preaching.
Latzel says he believes Germany, as well as many nations today, “is covered by profound spiritual darkness.”
Latzel has not only been attacked in the media, but also investigated by local government officials, and even criticized by fellow pastors for what they see as his hardline approach.
Latzel says he will not be backing down and that this conflict only proves that there is a spiritual “war” between Christ and the devil.
"I am nothing. I am only a sinner. I am only a tool for Jesus Christ. And when Jesus can use this tool, give any honour to Jesus Christ. I am nothing,” he stated.
ISIS Daesh bank in Berlin
May 16, 2016 - The embassy of Saudi Arabia Berlin Germany was decorated with an ISIS flag and labeled the Daesh Bank to draw attention to the Saudi links to terrorists.
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'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one'
An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the world’s first ever joint house of prayer.
The center of worship, which will be called the “House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services.
The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche.
One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center of tolerance.
“For me as a Jew, this city is the ‘city of wounds’ and the ‘city of miracles.' In this place our systematic extermination was planned. And it is from this city that an answer has emerged,” said Ben Chorin.
He also suggested that Berlin could become a model for cultural integration and religious tolerance. “t is a multicultural city, the idea will spread to different countries all over the world.”
Construction of the building is slated to begin next year.
Germany’s Bayer makes $62 billion offer for Monsanto
German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG announced Monday that it has made a $62 billion offer to buy U.S.-based crops and seeds specialist Monsanto.
The proposed combination would create a giant seed and farm chemical company with a strong presence in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Bayer said the all-cash offer values shares of Monsanto at $122 each. That compares with a closing price Friday of $101.52 and is 37 percent higher than the closing price of $89.03 on May 9, the day before Bayer made a written proposal to Monsanto.
Bayer had said on Thursday that its executives met recently with their Monsanto counterparts “to privately discuss a negotiated acquisition” of the specialist in genetically modified crop seeds, which is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Monsanto said then that it was reviewing Bayer’s proposal.
Bayer said it plans to finance the acquisition with a combination of debt and equity. It said that it “is prepared to proceed immediately to due diligence and negotiations and to quickly agree to a transaction.”
“Monsanto is a perfect match to our agricultural business,” Bayer CEO Werner Baumann said in a video message posted on his company’s website. “We would combine complementary skills with minimal geographic overlap.”
“The acquisition of Monsanto checks all the boxes in terms of strategic fit and value creation potential,” he added. “At the same time, ongoing consolidation activities in the industry make this combination by far the most attractive one.”
Baumann said Bayer expects the transaction to “create significant synergies” and bolster earnings in the first full year after it is completed.
Both companies are familiar brands on farms around the globe. Bayer’s farm business produces seeds as well as compounds to kill weeds, bugs and fungus.
Monsanto has some 20,000 employees and produces seeds for fruits, vegetables and other crops including corn, soybeans and cotton, as well as the popular weed-killer Roundup.
Bayer, headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, employs some 117,000 people worldwide.