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Oct 25 06:52

Germany, Others to Launch EU-Wide Military Force

Under a new initiative to expand the EU’s alliance-wide military force, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Portugal, and Slovenia will establish a rapid-reaction force, aimed to act within EU territory.

Some in the EU have been very interested in the idea of building up a military, though the existing battle groups are fairly small. Restricting these additional troops to the EU territory likely is meant to avoid public criticism of the plan.

The nations that decided to get involved said that the recent war in Afghanistan led to the decision, convincing them that the EU needs to be able to react quickly with special forces.

German officials expressed optimism on the idea. Opposition figures, however, said that the EU is meant to be a civilian alliance, and doesn’t need to create a new intervention force.

Oct 23 06:19

‘Germany is your friend now’: Outgoing US ambassador insults Serbia at memorial for schoolboys executed by Nazis

Seeking to honor schoolboys and other Serbian civilians murdered in a mass execution by Germans in 1941, the US ambassador in Belgrade spoke about progress towards a peaceful, united Europe – just like the Nazis did back then.

On Thursday, Ambassador Anthony Godfrey visited the monument in Kragujevac, dedicated to some 2,800 civilians the Nazi occupiers executed on October 21, 1941. Bowing to the “tragic victims” and even referencing a poem memorializing the massacre of an entire class of schoolboys, Godfrey then pivoted to milking the event for political purposes.

“Germany today stands with Serbia as a great friend, which speaks of the strength of reconciliation and the need to walk forward together towards a united Europe, ruled by peace and unity,” he tweeted.

Oct 18 08:41

Medieval-style siege in central Berlin: German police move to evict iconic left-wing Kopi trailer camp (VIDEO)

An operation to evict squatters from the left-wing Kopi trailer camp in Berlin has turned into a medieval-style standoff as shield-bearing police officers used siege towers and armored vehicles to ram the walls of the compound.

The “autonomists” living inside the housing project on 137 Kopenicker Street – commonly referred to as ‘Kopi’ by Berliners – in the center of the German capital had been fortifying their camp during the week, including placing barbed wire on top of the walls, ahead of the planned eviction on Friday.

They vowed to defend their home and stage protests elsewhere in Berlin, but this wasn’t enough to stop law enforcement from moving against yet another illegally occupied property in the city.

Some 2,000 officers have taken part in the operation, with some of them storming the trailer camp and the rest preventing possible provocatory acts in other parts of Berlin.

Oct 15 06:09

VAX OR STARVE: German State Allows Grocery Stores to Ban Unvaccinated

In Hesse Germany all retailers including grocery stores can now decide whether they want to allow the unvaccinated in their stores.

Hesse includes Frankfurt, the second-largest metropolitan region in Germany.

So they’re going to kill people who won’t get the COVID vax?

How does this make sense?

Oct 13 08:29

German election chaos in Berlin — what happens now?

It's likely that the election chaos in Berlin will have legal consequences

Chaotic scenes and embarrassing irregularities at Berlin's ballot stations during last month's general election have shaken confidence in Germany's election system, while providing ammunition for those who question the German capital's efficiency. On Thursday, October 14, final election results will be published, giving the green light for what are expected to be several legal challenges.

Berlin held elections at federal, state and local council levels on September 26, as well as a referendum on socializing major housing companies. In confusing circumstances, many voters in the German capital waited for hours at voting stations as election volunteers ran out of ballot papers, or ballot papers were delivered to the wrong districts.

Oct 06 10:55

Dominos Fall As Germany’s Largest Ammonia Producer Slashes Output Amid Energy Crisis 

A natural gas shortage across Europe has created supply-chain shocks, as seen in the food industry, where problems continue to worsen. European natgas prices are at insane levels, triggering a domino effect of output reduction or closures of fertilizer plants on the continent.

Last month, two of the U.K.'s largest fertilizer factories producing 45% of domestic demand closed, and one shortly reopened with government aid. By late month, Austrian fertilizer producer Borealis AG slashed ammonia output after the cost natgas compressed margins in an industry facing tight supplies.

As the dominos fall, SKW Piesteritz, Germany's largest ammonia producer, announced a 20% reduction in ammonia production due to the record-high natgas prices on Tuesday.

"The level that has now been reached no longer enables economically sensible production, so that we are forced to take this step," the company told Bloomberg in an emailed statement.

Oct 04 05:37

German Wind Turbine Mysteriously Collapses One Day Before It Was Supposed To Officially Be Inaugurated

A massive wind turbine in the town of Haltern, Germany, collapsed just hours before it was set to be inaugurated this week.

The huge alternative energy device sported rotor blades at a height of 784 feet, according to a report by AP. It fell over, without warning, late on Wednesday this week.

The turbine was supposed to be officially launched the next day and had been hooked up to the power grid for over six months.

It's part of a larger effort in Germany to use renewable energy while the country attempts to transition not only away from fossil fuels, but away from nuclear.

Recall, Friday morning we wrote about a recently penned letter from professors from Oxford, Harvard and American University alongside a group of environmentalists, encouraging Germany to postpone their exit from nuclear power.

Oct 03 12:30

German Power Plant Halted After It Runs Out Of Coal

“We are short of hard coal. There is a strong demand for coal per se and secondly, there is a strong demand for transport by barge. And since Bergkamen has no rail connection, there are no logistical alternatives available here.”

Oct 03 07:42

Why Is Germany - The 4th Largest Economy In The World - Defended By US Military?

Whether or not Germany and the EU contribute 2% to their defense as Trump wanted, US troops do not belong in Germany or Europe in general.

The US cannot afford and should not try to be the world's policeman. If the EU believes Russia is a threat, it should do something about it.

As long as the US provides all the military support the EU needs, why should the EU do anything?

Oct 02 05:48

SPD Promising Freedom in Germany

Oct 01 05:09

‘No sane person’ believes in ‘freedom of speech’ in the West, RT editor-in-chief says as YouTube censors German-language channels

RT is awaiting Moscow’s response to YouTube’s decision to delete RT's German-language channels, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan has said, adding that the move was no surprise amid Berlin’s campaign against the news outlet.

The purportedly permanent removal of the two YouTube channels, RT DE and Der Fehlende Part, followed a broad campaign against RT’s operations waged by German media and government officials, Simonyan insisted on Wednesday. The effort stemmed from the rapid audience growth the now-defunct channels have enjoyed, she believes.

Oct 01 04:48

Russian diplomat urges Germany to issue permit for RT broadcasts as sign of impartiality

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has proposed to the German government to give an evaluation of YouTube’s actions which removed two German-language RT channels (RT DE and DFP) and issue a broadcast license to RT DE in order to prove the absence of any malicious intent towards the broadcaster.

"In order to cease offering explanations on the absence of malicious intentions with regards to RT DE and demonstrate ‘a good attitude to the freedom of press,’ simply issue them a broadcasting permit as was done for a number of other foreign channels," the diplomat noted on her Telegram channel on Thursday.

She also wondered whether the German government considers such steps by YouTube "not a very good attitude to the freedom of the press" and urged it to provide an appropriate evaluation.

Sep 29 08:05

A Government By Christmas? After Indecisive Election Result, Germany Faces Months of Coalition Talks

As Europe’s economic powerhouse Germany embarks on the task of piecing together a new ruling coalition after Sunday’s knife-edge election, observers need only look to its neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands, to see how tricky the process can be.

Olaf Scholz, leader of the center-left Social Democrats that narrowly beat outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel´s center-right Union bloc on Sunday sounded upbeat the morning after the vote.

“My idea is that we will be very fast in getting a result for this government, and it should be before Christmas if possible,” Scholz told reporters in Berlin. “Germany always has coalition governments and it was always stable.”

But with both parties finishing with well under 30% of the vote, the keys to power appear to be in the hands of two opposition parties – raising questions over the stability of a future government.

Sep 29 07:04

Germany Goes Full Clown World

Sep 29 06:42

Vaccines for kids potentially more dangerous than COVID, German gov’t report indicates

According to a safety report published by the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines in Germany, the number of reported cases of suspected adverse effects following COVID-19 vaccination in children aged 12 to 17 has now exceeded the total number of COVID-related hospitalizations for children within the same age group since the beginning of the pandemic.

The report, which was published on September 20 by the PEI (Paul-Ehrlich-Institut), a German federal agency and medical regulatory body in charge of promoting drug and vaccine safety, has released new data on COVID-19 vaccines adverse effects, particularly among children aged 12 to 17.

Sep 28 11:37

With militarised media as a weapon of mass deception, what is the plan?

Fernando Guevara argues that mainstream media, the police and other "civilian institutions", have become militarised. "Even on the internet, algorithms are re-set to catch what suits Zionists/Israel, while a lot of what sheds light on their terror is simply removed/de-platformed.">>

Sep 28 07:06

Russia must pay Ukraine to transit gas even after Nord Stream 2 pipeline operational, triumphant German SPD leader Scholz declares

The leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has said that Russia must keep handing over billions of dollars to move gas through Ukraine, long after the already-completed Nord Stream 2 underwater link starts operating.

Speaking on Monday, Olaf Scholz – whose grouping is on course to gain the most seats from the weekend Bundestag elections – said that Kiev’s role in transporting gas must not be undermined by the Moscow-backed project.

“With regard to the pipeline, the construction of which has been completed, it is important for everyone to take into account the guarantees that are associated with its operation. These guarantees include the fact that Ukraine must remain a transit country,” Scholz said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What happens if Russia simply closes the valves?

Sep 28 06:01

Whoever claims the crown will drag Germany further into a giant EU blob, writes Bild's editor-at-large ALEXANDER VON SCHOENBURG

Now begins the wrangling. The imminent departure of Angela Merkel as Germany’s chancellor, amid the country’s closest election results in decades, leaves Europe’s powerhouse facing an uncertain future.

In a nation where coalitions are the norm, all politics is done by debate and negotiation rather than ballot-box victories.

But this time the power-sharing is more complex than ever. The most likely outcome might be a union of three Left-of-centre parties, in a wobbly triple combination. That’s something Germany hasn’t experienced since the early 1950s.

Only one thing is sure. Frau Merkel has embedded Germany so deeply in the European Union superstate that there can be no reversal of our headlong pro-Euro direction.

Germany is emasculated.

Sep 28 05:26

FRANCE AND GERMANY WANT TO REVISE THE NATO CONCEPT

There's a short article over at Russia's Sputnik website that, while small, indicates that the geopolitical waves from the Afghanistan fiasco continue to ripple throughout the American alliance system. This was shared by B., and it's well worth pondering its implications:

NATO Partners Agree to Revise Alliance's Concept, French Defence Minister Says

Note two significant things in this article:

NATO partners, at the initiative of France and Germany, agreed to revise the strategic concept of the alliance, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said.
"The reason for NATO's existence is transatlantic security. This is what we want to remind the United States of. Therefore, our partners decided, on our initiative, as well as on the initiative of Germany, to revise the strategic concept of the alliance," Parley said at a meeting of the French Senate.

Sep 27 06:58

German Government Moves to Regulate Telegram in Order to Curb "Corona Disinformation"

Social media has become the vanguard for big tech's censorship of any journalism, science, or free speech which challenges the narratives cast by the governments and their mainstream media conduits through big tech's hegemony. Time and time again, although alternatives to platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, et al. have arisen, they've been condemned, if not entirely shutdown. In most instances, these crackdowns have typically been abstract and unfounded assertions that alternative social media platforms are "disseminating misinformation" or "being used by domestic terrorists" despite no tangible proof to substantiate those outrageous claims being uncovered. To date, Parler's removal from Amazon's web hosting services as well as the Google Play and Apple App stores has put been the most high profile instance of this big tech censorship. Now, Telegram takes center stage as the most recent target of this assault against free speech.

Sep 27 06:00

Voters want Germany’s election winner SPD to seek coalition with Greens & FDP, not Merkel’s bloc – chancellor candidate Scholz 

The Social Democrats’ candidate for Germany’s next chancellor, Olaf Scholz, said his party has received a mandate to form a government with the Greens and liberal FDP rather than with its old partner, Merkel’s center-right bloc.

“The voters have very clearly spoken. They said who should form the next government,” Scholz said on Monday.

They strengthened three parties – the Social Democrats, the Greens and FDP [Free Democratic Party]– and therefore that is the clear mandate that the citizens of this country have given. These three should form the next government.

Sep 27 06:00

Conservative wing of Merkel’s bloc says party leadership must resign after ‘debacle’ in Germany’s general election

The conservative wing of Angela Merkel’s center-right CDU/CSU union said the party’s leadership is responsible for the historic failure in Sunday’s parliamentary election in Germany.

“The board of directors and party leaders of the CDU and CDU must draw the conclusions from the election debacle in the federal elections on September 26, 2021 and resign immediately,” the party’s informal conservative wing, the Values Union, said in a statement.

The group argued that Armin Laschet, the CDU’s leader and candidate to replace Merkel as chancellor, and Markus Soeder, the head of the CDU’s sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), bear personal responsibility for the loss and must step down as well. The Values Union called for the new leadership of the CDU to be elected directly by all party members, rather than through a system of delegates.

The Values Union was formed in 2017, mostly by longtime members of the CDU and CSU, according to their website.

Sep 27 05:59

The mess Merkel leaves behind could eventually lead to the collapse of the EU. Now that would be a legacy to be proud of

What legacy does Merkel leave behind for the European Union? It’s one of resentment, border fences, anti-EU parties on the rise, a cultural divide between east and west, and who knows how many would-be jihadists on our streets.

One thing is for certain, Germany will have a new chancellor next week. This is important, not only for Germany, but also for Europe, and, indeed, the world.

The German chancellor is not only the highest ranking politician in Germany – the president is largely ceremonial – it also comes with the title of being the most powerful politician in the European Union.

Indeed, when it comes to European politics, what the German chancellor wants, they almost always get. It has ever been so.

This means that the German chancellor has the ability to frame European policy, and what they decide or do has a knock-on effect for everybody else.

Sep 27 05:31

Scholz’s SPD wins German election as conservatives drop to record low in 1st election without Merkel – preliminary results

The preliminary results of the German election show a victory for the Social Democrats, which edged out outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU union by little more than 1%. All eyes now turn to coalition talks.

After running neck and neck with the center-right CDU/CSU union, led by Merkel’s successor, Christian Democrat Armin Laschet, Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) pulled ahead, receiving 25.7% of the vote, Germany’s electoral management body reported on Monday morning.

The CDU/CSU secured 24.1% of the vote in a historic low for the union in a federal election. The Greens, on the other hand, gained ground from 2017, receiving 14.8% of the vote, while the anti-establishment Alternative for Germany (AfD) received 10.3%. A potential kingmaker in the race, the classical liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), ended up with 11.5%. The Left Party (Die Linke) was around 5% short of its previous results, with 4.9%.

Sep 27 05:19

Will Germany Succeed in Detaching Itself From the Death Grip of the Anglo-American Empire?

As Germany moves ever closer to the Russian-Chinese’s multipolarism, will it succeed in avoiding the last squeeze from the Anglo-American Empire’s death grip?

As Pepe Escobar eloquently put it in his essay “Requiem for an Empire: A Prequel,” the days of clueless cold warriors dreaming of a Germany-Japan axis, and Washington’s opportunity to erect itself as Supreme World Paradigm saviour of the “free world,” or the unilateral 1990s basking in the tawdry “end of history” celebrations while “toxic neocons, gestated in the inter-war period via the gnostic cabal of New York Trotskyism, plotted their power takeover.”

Escobar rightly assesses that “today, it is…the specter of a Russia-China-Germany entente that terrorizes the Hegemon as the Eurasian trio capable of sending American global domination to the dustbin of History.”

Sep 25 05:41

German public TV channel apologizes for showing projected election results 2 days BEFORE voting begins

As Germany’s elections inch closer, one TV channel has jumped the gun by displaying vote projections on a news ticker days before the poll. Drawing concern and mockery, the broadcaster apologized for the false start.

German broadcaster ARD's Das Erste (‘The First’) television network gave its viewers an unlikely glimpse into the future on Friday, having shown projected results of the historic election that has not yet taken place.

Sep 19 07:51

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel steps down after serving 16 years as head of Germany's govt

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel will step down at the end of this year after serving 16 years as the head of Germany's government. Merkel had entered politics at the age of 35.

Sep 08 10:28

Biden Admin Owes Germany Big Time For This

Extraordinary new photos show the range of the U.S. operations at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, as thousands of Afghans relocated from Kabul are prepared for their journey to the United States.

The base, in southwest Germany, has become one of its two runways - which are both about two miles long - into a large tent city to give living quarters for the tens of thousands of Afghans who have been left there.

Sep 03 09:16

Germany Will Take 70,000 Afghan Refugees

Sep 03 08:09

Facing Inflation Threat, German Investors Loading Up On Gold

While most American investors have faith that the Federal Reserve can and will successfully tighten monetary policy to fight inflation — or have simply bought into the “transitory” inflation narrative — Germans are loading up on gold as a hedge against growing inflationary pressures.

Through the first half of the year, gold coin and gold bar demand in Germany hit the highest level since 2009 – the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. First-half demand for bar and coins in Germany increased by 35% from the previous six months, compared with a 20% increase in the rest of the world, according to World Gold Council data.

Sep 02 05:16

Most people on Germany’s Islamist watchlist hold German or dual citizenship 

More than a half of the hundreds of individuals on Germany’s Islamic extremist watchlist are the country’s own citizens, a report says, citing government data.

The data came from the government’s response to an inquiry by the right-wing anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD).

Out of 330 individuals listed as threats on the basis of “religious ideology” as of July 1, 186 were either exclusively German nationals or held a second citizenship in addition to the German one.

Sep 01 04:45

Protesters Take to Streets of Berlin to Rally Against COVID-19 Restrictions

German police on Saturday detained 78 people during an unauthorised march against COVID-19 restrictions in Berlin.

Sputnik is live from Berlin as people take to the streets to protest against COVID-19 restrictions. According to the organisers of the protest, the rally calls for “freedom and the restoration of people’s fundamental rights” amid the COVID-19 restrictions.

The German parliament extended the regime of the "epidemic situation of national significance" on Wednesday, allowing the government to take measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

In early summer, the Bundestag extended the COVID-19 emergency for three months as Germany had seen a surge in cases. While the measure would have automatically expired in September, the decision has been extended it for another three months.

Aug 31 05:41

German Corona critic fears for his life

Hockertz is an immunologist and toxicologist and not only a critic of Germany’s Corona measures but also of the gene injections, which for him represent “gross bodily harm” as Austrian weekly Wochenblick reported.

In March last year, the immunologist stated that Corona was comparable to the flu in terms of danger. His book Generation Maske also caused a sensation, in which he emphasized the harmful effects of wearing masks on children.

A few days ago, all Prof. Hockertz’s accounts were blocked and a garnishee order of 820 000 euros was issued. His lawyers are of the opinion that the tax allegations are groundless. Although it is not customary to arrest suspected tax evaders, Hockertz has decided to leave Germany. “I can no longer live here and certainly no longer work,” he is quoted as saying.

Aug 29 05:57

Police arrest 50 protesters as four officers are injured after thousands of Covid conspiracy theorists flood Berlin in latest of a string of illegal demos

Protesters clashed with police in Berlin on Saturday as thousands of anti-vaxxers and Covid conspiracy theorists flooded the streets in the latest illegal demonstrations.

Police had banned nine planned demonstrations for Saturday, including one from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, the most visible anti-lockdown movement in Germany.

Some demonstrators tried to get past barricades to the government district around the Reichstag parliament building and clashed with officers, police said. Four officers were injured, the Berliner Zeitung reported.

Aug 25 06:26

LUKASHENKO OUT! Germany Flexes Its Imperial Muscle In Calls For Belarus Government To Step Down

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced his readiness to introduce new sanctions against Belarus and personally threatened President Alexander Lukashenko with further tightening of punitive measures, as a consequence for his alleged handling and response to post-election protests. These protests have been financed by NGOs backed by the Open Societies foundations.

Regarding the demands of Heiko Maas, these were reported on September 5 by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , citing an interview with the head of German diplomacy in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

Aug 25 06:13

Merkel’s alliance falls behind Social Democrats for first time in 16 years, just a month before general elections – poll

Germany's Social Democratic Party has garnered enough public support to beat Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right CDU/CSU bloc and emerge as the strongest political force just a month before the crucial national vote.

The Social Democrats have emerged as the strongest political force in Germany, according to one of the leading market research and opinion polling companies in Germany – the Forsa Institute. The center-left party enjoys the support of 23% of Germans, the Forsa poll, published on Tuesday, says.

That puts the Social Democrats one percentage point ahead of their long-time coalition partners, Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and their Bavarian allies from the Christian Social Union. Together, the liberal-conservative bloc known as 'the Union' is backed by 22% of the German citizens, the poll conducted for the German RTL and n-tv

Aug 24 06:04

German Economic Affairs Minister Altmaier: We will not allow Crimea to be turned into blind spot on map

German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said that Germany will not allow Crimea to be turned into a blind spot on the map.

Altmaier said at the inaugural summit of the Crimea Platform in Kyiv on Monday that Germany did not and will not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia. Germany is based on territorial integrity and sovereignty. They understand that the annexation has created a big problem in the region, which is why the EU imposed sanctions and extended them many times. It is the continuation of these actions that is the justification for the continuation of sanctions.

He stressed that the annexation of Crimea is an outrage against the rule of law.

Aug 23 05:20

Zelensky on weapons for Ukraine: We know how Germany could help

Ukraine still hopes that Germany will provide weapons and knows in which areas assistance is possible.

"We also appealed to the German government with a request of arms supplies and were indeed denied, in one form or another," President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said at a joint briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Kyiv, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Europe, including Germany, supports Ukraine within the framework of the exercises, he added.

"But we need very substantive things. And we know in which areas Germany could support us. And we are still very much relying on it and waiting for it," the President added.

Pursuant to the agreements and within the framework of cooperation with NATO, the Ukrainian side expects to get sniper rifles, "many other things, apart from the navy and military boats, which we would like to receive from our partners," Zelensky said.

Aug 21 07:08

Putin, Merkel hold talks in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in the Kremlin. This is their last summit meeting as heads of state because Merkel will not participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Germany.

Aug 21 06:16

Ukraine looks set to unilaterally abandon Minsk agreements, Putin says, urging Merkel to ‘put pressure’ on Kiev authorities

The Ukrainian authorities seem set to leave the agreements that once managed to halt the conflict in the country's east, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, urging Germany to “put pressure” on them to prevent it.

Speaking during a joint press conference following Kremlin talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, Putin raised alarm over the actions of Kiev.

“It is enough to look at the statements of the top officials of the state: they show that [Kiev] is not seeking to fulfill the Minsk agreements,” the president said.

Aug 21 05:34

Biden orders new sanctions against Russian-German pipeline as Merkel meets Putin in Moscow

US President Joe Biden is ordering his government to place additional sanctions against Nord Stream 2, even as Russian and German leaders are meeting in Moscow ahead of the gas pipeline’s completion.

In a letter to Congress sent on Friday, Biden argued that “certain Russian energy pipeline projects” would expand Moscow’s influence over EU energy resources and weaken “Ukraine and Eastern flank NATO and EU countries,” thereby threatening “the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”

Aug 20 08:11

German federal election, September 26th

Aug 20 06:37

Ukraine's Zelensky ‘Not Happy’ With US-German Deal on Nord Stream 2, Slams Pipeline as ‘Weapon’

In July, the US and Germany reached a deal on the contentious issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Washington vowed to suspend sanctions against the project, while Berlin agreed to invest in Ukrainian energy and to facilitate the extension of the gas transit agreement between Kiev and Moscow, set to expire in 2024, for up to ten years.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has acknowledged he is not happy with the agreement reached earlier between the United States and Germany to allow completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Speaking in an interview with journalists from Washington Post, Liberation, Funke Media, Novoe Vremya and Novaya Gazeta, he noted that Nord Stream 2 is among the priorities on the agenda of his upcoming meeting with US President Joseph Biden in Washington on 31 August.

The Ukrainian President emphasized that as long as the Joint Russian-European energy megaproject has not been launched, Ukraine will tirelessly negotiate to protect its interests.

Aug 20 05:23

Merkel to focus on Ukraine, Belarus, Afghanistan during visit to Russia — spokesperson

Afghanistan, Belarus and Ukraine will be the focus of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Moscow on Friday, August 20, Germany’s Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday.

"It will definitely be about major international issues: the conflict in eastern Ukraine, for which Russia can do more than it is doing, and Belarus," he said.

When asked if Afghanistan will be touched upon, he said, "I would expect so."

Seibert added that Merkel would lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall during her visit.

Aug 19 10:48

VAXXED Patients' Blood Examined, Horrific Findings Revealed by German Physicians!

The 'Stew Peters Show' has obtained footage and slides of multiple patients' blood that was examined after being inoculated with the shots being called 'vaccines' for COVID-19.

Dr. Jane Ruby joins Stew Peters to discuss what the slides show, and how the blood is being changed, which can only be described as unexplainable and alarming.

Aug 19 05:19

Severe floods hit Germany again, destructive tornado in Lower Saxony

A new round of heavy rains hit Germany and Austria on August 16 and 17, 2021, causing severe floods and landslides and spawning at least one destructive tornado.

One person was killed and another is still missing in Germany after sudden floods swept them away off a bridge in Höllentalklamm, a popular destination for hikers also known as Valley of Hell, Bavaria on August 16.

According to witnesses, a number of people were carried away after the wooden bridge they were standing on collapsed, prompting a major rescue operation.1 Other reports say 2 people were swept away when the bridge collapsed while others were caught by the raging water or cut off from their hiking paths by the flood elsewhere.2

Aug 19 04:55

‘Will Die Welt acknowledge it was wrong?’ Head of RT in Germany asks newspaper after courts rule it published lies about outlet

The head of RT in Germany has challenged Die Welt to take responsibility for publishing untruthful facts harming RT DE’s reputation. The claims were made in a column about alleged Russian disinformation printed by the newspaper.

Dinara Toktosunova, head of RT in Germany, called out the influential media giant Axel Springer’s daily publication on Wednesday, citing two injunctions ordered by German courts. Both rulings dealt with the same opinion piece published by Die Welt last month, which was highly critical of the channel and made several claims that RT DE found objectionable. The district court in Berlin and Frankfurt sided with the channel, agreeing that the column stated untruthful facts about RT DE.

“I hope our colleagues will have the dignity to acknowledge their mistake,” Toktosunova said on social media.

Aug 17 10:25

Germany’s first Afghan evacuation plane leaves with only 7 people despite Merkel’s plan to evacuate 10,000

Germany’s first plane in Kabul since the airport was flooded with desperate Afghans seeking a way out of the country failed to evacuate more than seven people. Berlin’s defense minister blamed chaos on the tarmac for the failure.

On Tuesday, Germany reported that only seven people had successfully been evacuated from Kabul on the A400M transport plane – the first German aircraft to arrive at the airport since the Taliban took control of the capital on Monday. Shortly after the militant group captured the city, thousands flooded the airport in a desperate bid to escape persecution. The overcrowded runway forced the German aircraft to undertake a “breakneck landing,” according to Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Aug 17 08:58

Merkel party chief calls Afghanistan pullout 'biggest NATO debacle' since its founding

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party has called the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan the "biggest NATO debacle" since the founding of the US-led military alliance.

“With the Taliban sweeping to power after NATO troops withdrew, it is evident that this engagement of the international community was not successful,” Armin Laschet said at a closed-door meeting of Germany’s Christian Democrat party on Monday.

“It is the biggest debacle that NATO has suffered since its founding, and we're standing before an epochal change."

Aug 17 07:54

As German military plane FAILS to land in Kabul, Merkel calls US-led Afghanistan mission ‘NOT AS SUCCESSFUL’ as hoped

Overcrowding on the runway at Kabul airport has forced a German military plane to divert and refuel without evacuating anyone on the ground. Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel bemoaned the lack of “success” in Afghanistan.

Three Luftwaffe Airbus A440M transport planes took off from Wunstorf, in Germany, on Monday, bound for Kabul. Carrying paratroopers for security, the aircraft were set to evacuate German diplomats and citizens stranded in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country.

However, Kabul airport was overrun with crowds of Afghans desperately attempting to hitch a ride out of the country on American military aircraft, or one of the few grounded commercial planes remaining on the tarmac. As a result, the first of the German planes was unable to land, Lieutenant General Markus Laubenthal told broadcaster ZDF.

Aug 13 05:03

Germany Will Withhold Aid from Afghanistan If the Taliban Implements Sharia Law

Germany’s foreign minister said Thursday that his country will stop giving foreign aid to Afghanistan if the Taliban takes over the country and implements “Sharia Law.”

“We provide 430 million euros [$505 million] every year, we will not give another cent if the Taliban takes over the country and introduces Sharia law,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, according to Reuters.

Maas’ comments suggest Germany could keep giving Afghanistan aid even if a future government is Taliban-controlled, as long as the group doesn’t impose strict laws as it had in the past. The Taliban’s harsh treatment of women is one of the main talking points for hawks who argue the US should continue the war. Even George W. Bush claimed he cared about Afghan women when he spoke out against President Biden’s withdrawal.

Aug 12 05:15

German Chief Pathologist Sounds Alarm on Fatal Vaccine Injuries

The director of the Pathological Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Peter Schirmacher, has carried out over forty autopsies on people who had died within two weeks of their vaccination. Schirmacher expressed alarm over his findings.

The regional daily Augsburger Allgemeine reported:

“Schirmacher assumes that 30 to 40 percent of them died from the vaccination. In his opinion, the frequency of fatal consequences of vaccinations is underestimated – a politically explosive statement in times when the vaccination campaign is losing momentum, the Delta variant is spreading rapidly and restrictions on non-vaccinated people are being discussed.”

Aug 12 05:13

A German nurse injected patients with saline instead of coronavirus vaccines, sparking fury

An outcry is brewing in Germany as thousands are set to be revaccinated after a nurse admitted to injecting patients with saline solution instead of a coronavirus vaccine.

a person lying on a blue blanket: A man gets his vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the district vaccination center in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany© Thomas Kienzle/AFP/Getty Images A man gets his vaccination with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the district vaccination center in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany
Almost 9,000 people who may have received bogus shots in the spring will be offered new vaccinations, Friesland District Administrator Sven Ambrosy said at a news conference Tuesday.

The nurse, who has not been publicly identified, had initially admitted to giving six patients shots of saline solution after suspicions were raised in April. She said she did so to cover up the fact that she had dropped a vial of the Pfizer vaccine, German television channel NDR reported.

Aug 10 07:22

‘Use of force is part of legal system’: Berlin police brush off UN torture rapporteur’s criticism of violence against protesters

In spite of video evidence online, police in Berlin, Germany, have rejected the criticism by the United Nations special rapporteur on torture of their heavy-handed response to anti-lockdown rallies that saw hundreds arrested.

The protesters recently gathered in unauthorized demonstrations against the government’s Covid-19 measures, in contravention of the restrictions on such gatherings under the Infection Protection Act. They heeded no warnings and attacked officers, the Berlin police said in a statement on Monday, warranting their “violent” enforcement measures.

The statement was issued in response to the views expressed in the media last week by Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture. Melzer had said he would be requesting an official statement from the government on police actions during the massive anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination rally in early August.

Aug 10 06:22

Uproar after German parliament committee head suggests preparing for INTERVENTION in Afghanistan...again

Germany should make its military forces “available” for another operation in Afghanistan to stop the Taliban from conquering it, the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee head said. His fellow MPs did not share the sentiment.

US President Joe Biden should stop America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Norbert Roettgen, the head of the German parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, told the German FAZ newspaper on Sunday. Roettgen said he was concerned about the prospects of Taliban militants taking control of Afghanistan by force, if left undeterred in the wake of the US pullout.

“This drama is looming. It is not [gone] that far yet. It is up to us… to stop this,” Roettgen said, adding that “our own security” and “responsibility for the majority of Afghans” demand it. The MP also said the ongoing US pullout, which is expected to be completed by early September, could be the “the first major policy disaster” for Biden.

Aug 09 05:34

Why China is not saying yes – or no – to the German navy’s port call request

For the first time in nearly two decades, a German warship is heading to the South China Sea.

The frigate Bayern left its port in northwestern Germany on Monday on a voyage that is expected to last about six months.

According to Germany, the deployment will help enforce the United Nations’ sanctions regime against North Korea, as well as several navy exercises and port visits.

The trip follows a US call for its allies to take a greater interest in the Asia-Pacific and includes a transit through the South China Sea, a waterway over which China has vast and contested claims.

Aug 07 16:36

German Pathologist: Fatal Consequences of Vaccinations Underestimated

Dr. Peter Schirmacher, who serves as Director at the Pathological Institute of the University of Heidelberg, is sounding the alarm on fatal vaccine injuries after performing over forty autopsies on people who had died within two weeks of receiving their COVID shot.

The German daily, Augsburger Allgemeine, reports:

“Schirmacher assumes that 30 to 40 percent of them died from the vaccination. In his opinion, the frequency of fatal consequences of vaccinations is underestimated – a politically explosive statement in times when the vaccination campaign is losing momentum, the Delta variant is spreading rapidly and restrictions on non-vaccinated people are being discussed.”

Right on cue, a flurry of criticism has moved on Schirmacher, including from inside Chancellor Merkel’s administration, calling his findings “incomprehensible.”

Aug 06 08:01

Germany criminalizes anti-lockdown protests using “delta variant” spread as an excuse to crush liberty

Judges in Berlin are reportedly taking steps to try to prohibit Germans from protesting against Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdowns, claiming ironically that protests will spread the so-called “delta variant.”

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Berlin anyway to refuse government tyranny and make their voices heard, much like the French have been doing all throughout France in response to that country’s new “vaccine passport” scheme.

Aug 05 07:19

‘Germany Must Die’: Far-Leftists Desecrate First World War Memorial

A far-left extremist group have desecrated a memorial to soldiers who fought in the First World War in Hamburg, painting over parts of the monument to make it state “Germany must die”.

The far-left group “Antikoloniale Attacke” (Anti-Colonial Attack) took responsibility for the attack on the memorial on Twitter on Monday writing, “Our goal is to strengthen the ability of migrants to act and places in Germany characterized by colonialism stand in our way.”

“What do you think of honouring colonial rulers and soldiers while denying justice to their victims and descendants?” they added.

Aug 05 07:15

Germany needs answers before selling weapons to Turkey, says official

Germany's informal hold on defence exports to Turkey remains in place over concerns about the destination of arms, a European official told journalists on Wednesday.

According to the official, Turkey has so far failed to explain the purpose of the hundreds of defence exports it has requested from Germany, and no serious conversation is taking place between the two countries to respond to Berlin's concerns over their final destination.

Even though there is no formal arms embargo enforced by Germany against Turkey, Ankara says Berlin has put an informal hold on a large number of defence industry products that are crucial to the country’s defence capabilities.

Aug 05 06:16

‘My colleagues under intense pressure,’ German Police Union head tells RT after officer filmed assaulting elderly protester

The anti-lockdown protest in Berlin wasn’t peaceful and the officers acted lawfully to contain it, the German Police Union head told RT when asked to comment on a viral clip of a cop tossing an elderly woman to the ground.

In a video from a rally against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin on Sunday, an officer in full riot gear was filmed grabbing a female demonstrator by the neck with both hands and violently tossing her to the ground to the shock of all those around. The woman didn’t appear to be acting aggressively and was just trying to walk past the policeman.

Aug 04 06:20

One Dead, 600 Arrested at Banned Anti-Lockdown Demo in Germany

A man died in police custody in Berlin as the German police force launched a hard crackdown of the anti-lockdown demonstration on Sunday, in which some 600 people were arrested.

It is not yet known what was the cause of death for the 49-year-old man who was in police custody in the capital of Germany, however, officers have reported that the man had complained of a tingling in his arm and chest. An investigation into the death has been launched.

Officers attempted to give first aid medical care to the man, yet he ultimately died upon reaching the hospital, Bild reported.

Footage shared on social media showed the police using pepper spray, throwing women to the ground, and even allegedly beating a teenage protester during the chaotic rally.

The Berlin police said on social media: “They tried to break through the police cordon and pull out our colleagues. This led to the use of irritants, batons and physical force.”

Aug 04 06:16

German warship ‘Bayern’ heads to the Indo-Pacific

The German navy’s frigate “Bayern” set sail on Monday for the Indo-Pacific region, fully loaded with Berlin’s aspirations to play a small role in the geopolitical standoff between China and the West.

The first such deployment in almost 20 years is meant to uphold freedom of navigation in international waters, protect “open societies” and express support for regional partners sharing Germany’s values, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said in a statement.

The six-month mission follows the government’s overall strategy, published almost a year ago, for dealing with Indo-Pacific challenges. For Germany, that has entailed a delicate dance around the subject of China, which government leaders believe is a would-be adversary in the security arena and an ally in other domains, like fighting climate change.

The Bayern’s departure from Wilhelmshaven comes after the coronavirus crisis last year ended planning for a more modern frigate to conduct the mission.

Aug 03 09:17

Germany’s Largest Newspaper BILD Apologises for Harming Society Over its Coverage of the Covid-19 Pandemic

With the government’s poor handling of the virus and strict Covid restrictions, which now include vaccine passports, the newspaper released a 5-minute video where editor-in-chief Julian Reichelt apologised for their coverage which was “like poison” and “made you feel like you were a mortal danger to society.”

In the video, Julian Reichelt said: “To the millions of children in this country for whom our society is responsible, I want to express here what neither our government nor our Chancellor dares to tell you. We ask you to forgive us.

“Forgive us for this policy which, for a year and a half, has made you victims of violence, neglect, isolation, and loneliness.”

Reichelt apologised for BILD’s media coverage and urged viewers “don’t believe this lie”, referring to the way the government and media have presented the coronavirus through constant fearmongering propaganda.

Aug 03 07:36

Germany Sends Warship To Contested South China Sea For First Time In 2 Decades

In an almost unprecedented move, Germany has joined the US and UK in bolstering its military presence in the South China Sea, on Monday sending a warship to contested waters to counter China's expanding territorial ambitions for the first time in two decades.

Reuters cited defense officials in Berlin who said "the German navy will stick to common trade routes," who further described that "The frigate is not expected to sail through the Taiwan Strait either, another regular U.S. activity condemned by Beijing."

Aug 03 07:07

German newspaper APOLOGIZES for pushing COVID lockdown hysteria and harming society

For its contributions in spreading Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) lies that led to mass lockdowns, mask mandates, and psychological and physical torture by power-hungry government officials, the German news outlet Bild has issued a formal apology.

The paper put up a video – you can watch it below – specifically addressing the youth of Germany, who have arguably suffered the most from all the tyranny. Bild says it made a mistake by supporting Chinese Virus authoritarianism, which has completely destroyed society.

“To the millions of children in this country for whom our society is responsible, I want to express here what neither our government nor our Chancellor dares to tell you: we ask you to forgive us,” the paper now says.

“Forgive us for this policy which, for a year and a half, has made you victims of violence, neglect, isolation, and loneliness.”

Aug 02 10:04

Watch: Chaos Erupts On The Streets Of Berlin As Police Attack Anti-Lockdown Protesters

Worldwide protests against the decimation of freedom continued this weekend, with Berlin in Germany becoming the focal point as thousands took to the streets, rising up against lockdowns and the introduction of vaccine passports in the country.

Aug 02 06:32

German Chancellor Candidate Threatens Sanctions if Russia 'Uses Nord Stream 2 Against Ukraine'

The Nord Stream 2 project is a system of offshore gas pipelines, running under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany. The United States and a number of European countries have voiced opposition to the pipeline, saying that it would increase Europe’s dependence on Moscow.

Germany Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet has threatened to sanction Russia if the Kremlin uses Nord Stream 2 as a geopolitical weapon against Ukraine. In an interview with the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia's minister-president said that Ukraine’s security and sovereignty must be a priority for Berlin’s policy.

"Should Russia again commit aggressive acts against Ukraine, Germany will take measures at the national level and advocate punitive measures in the European Union,” Laschet said, warning the Kremlin against “breaking international law, attacking Western democracies with hybrid means or violating basic human and civil rights” in their own country.

Aug 02 05:21

Hundreds of protesters clash with police and march through streets of Berlin against German government's Covid restrictions

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters defied a court-ordered protest ban on Sunday, gathering in Berlin and scuffling with police.

Local authorities banned several different protests due for this weekend, including one organised by the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, which had expected some 22,500 attendees.

Berlin's police department, which deployed more than 2,000 officers, said officers who sought to redirect protesters or disband larger groups were 'harassed and attacked'.

Aug 02 05:16

Mayhem on streets of Berlin: Anti-lockdown protests turn into violent scuffles with police in Germany, 600 arrested (VIDEOS)

Berlin witnessed chaotic scenes and violent brawls on Sunday as riot police sought to forcefully disperse anti-lockdown rallies that had been banned by authorities, after thousands took to the streets of the German capital.

Coronavirus skeptics once again gathered in the center of the German capital despite the fact that the German authorities had banned as many as 16 protests by opponents of Covid-19 restrictions.

Some 5,000 people on Sunday joined several "spontaneous" demonstrations in various parts of the city, according to police estimates. Earlier, the organizers of just one such demonstration, which was eventually banned, said that it might be attended by as many as 22,000 people.

Aug 02 05:15

Germany: COVID sceptics protest marked by multiple arrests, violent clashes

Jul 31 08:22

Germany Blames Iran for Stalling Nuclear Deal Talks

Western powers continue to blame Iran for stalled negotiations to revive the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. In comments reported by Germany’s Der Spiegel on Friday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Iran was “delaying” the JCPOA talks that have been held in Vienna.

“I am seeing with growing unease that Iran is delaying the resumption of the Vienna nuclear talks on the one hand, and on the other hand it is simultaneously moving further and further away from core elements of the agreement,” Maas said.

After the US withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018, Iran gave other signatories one year to offset US sanctions before gradually increasing the activity of its civilian nuclear program. Over the past year, Tehran has taken steps to increase enrichment in response to Israeli covert attacks inside Iran, which are tacitly endorsed by the US since Washington never condemns them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran isn't stalling. They just want the US to stick to the sanctions relief from the JCPOA, but the US won't budge.

Jul 30 10:44

German newspaper APOLOGIZES for pushing COVID lockdown hysteria and harming society

For its contributions in spreading Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) lies that led to mass lockdowns, mask mandates, and psychological and physical torture by power-hungry government officials, the German news outlet Bild has issued a formal apology.

The paper put up a video – you can watch it below – specifically addressing the youth of Germany, who have arguably suffered the most from all the tyranny. Bild says it made a mistake by supporting Chinese Virus authoritarianism, which has completely destroyed society.

“To the millions of children in this country for whom our society is responsible, I want to express here what neither our government nor our Chancellor dares to tell you: we ask you to forgive us,” the paper now says.

“Forgive us for this policy which, for a year and a half, has made you victims of violence, neglect, isolation, and loneliness.”

Jul 30 05:43

Elta and Hensoldt team up for German ballistic missile defense radar

Germany’s Hensoldt has won a contract to supply new radars to the country’s military, according to a July 26 statement from the sensor specialist, with Israel Aerospace Industries also contributing toward the ultimate goal of modernizing Germany’s ballistic missile defense capabilities.

The €200 million (U.S. $236 million) contract comes in the wake of a June deal with IAI subsidiary Elta Systems to supply 69 tactical mobile radars to Germany’s land forces. Both deals were signed with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support.

The latest contract is for four long-range radars as part of the Hughes Air Defence Radar Nachfolgesystem program.

Elta and Hensoldt previously cooperated on submarine capabilities, but this is the first time they have worked together on radars, said Amir Dan, Elta’s naval radars marketing team lead.

Jul 30 05:34

Polish priest fined by German court for criticizing homosexual predators in the Church

Polish priest Fr. Dariusz Oko has been charged by a German court with “incitement to hatred” for an article he wrote about homosexual clerical abuse, following a complaint by a pro-LGBT priest in Germany.

Oko’s article, published in the January/February edition of theological journal Theologisches, highlighted cases of abuse by homosexual priests and bishops and detailed mechanisms used by “homoclans” or a “homomafia” of predatory clerics to avoid accountability.

Oko described such groups as “a colony of parasites” that “cares first of all for itself, and not for the hosts at whose expense it lives,” and as a “homosexual plague” or a “cancer that is even ready to kill its host,” among other things. He stressed that “the existence of such powerful clans” attested to by both Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI “is an obvious logical, ethical, and dogmatic contradiction to the very essence of the Church and her teaching.”

Jul 28 11:49

Germany faces an inflation problem

Jul 28 06:02

Merkel makes Germany look weak. Sets up Ukraine slush fund in Nord Stream 2 deal with U.S.

Jul 27 04:47

‘Extreme threat’: People injured as major BLAST hits chemical industry park in Germany, residents told to stay inside (VIDEOS)

A severe explosion has occurred at a major chemical industrial park in Leverkusen, Germany, sending toxic smoke billowing above the city with residents told to stay indoors and close all windows and doors.

On Tuesday morning, Leverkusen’s Chempark, an industrial complex for the chemical industry, tweeted that the cause of a huge explosion was uncertain but called on all residents of the city to stay indoors, keeping all windows and doors firmly shut.

It confirmed that the incident occurred at its disposal center, after earlier reports suggested the location was a waste incineration plant.

Jul 26 07:36

Merkel’s Chief of Staff: ‘Vaccinated Will Definitely Have More Freedoms than Unvaccinated’

German politicians were deeply divided Sunday over a warning by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff that restrictions for unvaccinated people may be necessary if COVID-19 infection numbers reach new heights in the coming months.

Chief of staff Helge Braun told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag that he doesn’t expect another coronavirus-related lockdown in Germany. But Braun said that unvaccinated people may be barred from entering venues like restaurants, movie theatres or sports stadiums “because the residual risk is too high.”

Braun said getting vaccinated is important to protect against severe disease and because “vaccinated people will definitely have more freedoms than unvaccinated people.” He said such policies would be legal because “the state has the responsibility to protect the health of its citizens.”

Jul 23 07:05

Filthy liar! German TV reporter is fired after being caught smearing herself in mud before filming report saying she helped the clear-up efforts in flood-devastated town

A German TV reporter was fired after she was caught smearing herself in mud before filming a report in a flood devastated town this week.

Susanna Ohlen, 39, muddied herself to pretend she had lent a hand with the clean up effort in Bad Munstereifel following heavy flooding that claimed at least 128 lives in Germany.

RTL.de had published an article titled 'Cleaning up after the flood: RTL presenter lends a hand in Bad Munstereifel', which featured Ohlen.

She was caught out after an onlooker posted the incriminating video online on Thursday.

The channel said: 'Our reporter's approach clearly contradicts journalistic principles and our own standards. We therefore gave her a leave of absence on Monday after we heard about it.'

Jul 23 07:04

US, Germany's Nord Stream 2 Deal Shows Kiev 'Absolutely Out of Play': Ex-Ukrainian Foreign Minister

On Wednesday, the US and Germany published a joint statement on the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, supporting the idea to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine after 2024.

A US-German deal on Nord Stream 2 indicates that Kiev has lost status in terms of its involvement in discussing issues related to the project, former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin has suggested.

In remarks written on his Facebook page on Thursday, he described "the latest agreement" on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as "just the tip of the iceberg", adding that "many [things] remain behind the scenes".
Referring to Nord Stream 2, Klimkin argued that "the United States […] will keep its leverages, and not only open ones".

Jul 21 05:15

US, Germany Reach Deal Allowing Completion of Nord Stream 2, WSJ Reports

Ukraine and Poland have claimed construction of a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that doesn't go through their territory is a threat to their security. Berlin has largely dismissed their fears, noting gas will continue to flow through existing pipelines on their lands and that sanctions can counter Russia potentially "turning off the tap."

Citing "officials from Berlin and Washington," the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the US and Germany had reached an agreement to allow completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. According to the report, the two NATO allies could announced the deal as soon as Wednesday.

"Germany under the agreement will agree to assist Ukraine in energy-related projects and diplomacy," the New York paper noted.

Jul 20 05:20

Germany: Political Dissident Ursula Haverbeck Sent Back to Prison; May Become Oldest Female Inmate In the World

Just weeks after finishing a two and a half year prison sentence for “Holocaust denial,” 92-year-old Ursula Haverbeck has been convicted again by German courts, this time for an interview she gave in 2018 that affirmed her view that Jews were not systematically killed during World War II and that the gas chambers at Auschwitz are a politically motivated lie.

If the federal court’s sentence of one year in Haverbeck’s newest case holds up, Germany will have the dubious distinction of imprisoning the oldest female inmate in the world, a title previously held by American Lucille Keppen, who was incarcerated for shooting her neighbor and was released at age 93.

The German government has been dragging Haverbeck to court for decades for disputing Jewish claims of gas chambers and systematic murder. Haverbeck has famously protested the kangaroo courts that humiliate and defame elderly war veterans using bogus testimony from “survivors.”

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