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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.”

Jul 20 05:18

Top Rabbi Reveals What May Prompt Jews to 'Leave' Europe

Describing the current situation in Germany, Goldschmidt argued that, unlike 100 years ago, Jews today can simply leave if necessary.

Pinchas Goldschmidt, chief Rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference of European Rabbis, has explained how the Jewish community might react to a possible flare up of antisemitism in Europe.

During an interview with RIA Novosti, when asked if he’s concerned about the prospect of right-wing political party Alternative for Germany gaining more votes during the upcoming elections, Goldschmidt remarked: "The difference between what was going on 100 years ago and what‘s going on today is that, today, the Jews can always leave."

And when the interviewer asked him what Jewish communities might do in case of a rise in antisemitism in Europe, the rabbi replied that they too "can always leave."

"But we will struggle to the last for the safety of the communities, and to maintain religious rights and freedoms," he added.

Jul 20 05:17

German Politician Says CDU's Laschet Should End Political Career Over Laughter Gaffe

The German candidate for chancellor from the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, should immediately resign from all his posts after he was caught on camera laughing during a visit to a flood-ravaged town, Albert Breininger, a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, told Sputnik on Monday.

On Saturday, Armin Laschet, who serves as the premier of one of the two regions hit hardest by the flooding, North-Rhine Westphalia, was caught on camera joking and laughing with several people in the background while German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was expressing sympathy for flood victims of Erftstadt.

"It is not that it is not tactful or indecent, it is cynical and not humane. By any logic, he is politically dead. He must resign immediately. We definitely want to raise this issue everywhere, including in the media. Germany deserves better candidates," Breininger said.

Jul 16 05:57

Young People "Contributing Most" To Germany's Rising Covid Numbers

According to the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, Germany's steady rise infections can be traced largely back to people in their 20s.

In the RKI’s weekly report, the public health authority revealed that Covid infections were generally falling among the older age-groups. However, among 20-29 year olds, there had been a noticeable increase in new infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days (7-day incidence).

The most dramatic rise in infections was among 20-24 year olds, among whom the 7-day incidence jumped from 10 to 19 within a week. According to the RKI, over-15s have also seen a slight rise in infections. For comparison, among the 75-84 age group, the 7-day incidence is currently stands at 1.

Jul 15 06:34

Germany’s Greens Are In Trouble. That Is a Good Thing

Recent polling out of Germany indicates that the race to succeed Angela Merkel is looking better and better for the incumbent Christian Democrats, who were thought to be in serious danger of being overtaken by the German Green Party only a couple of months ago. As recently as late April, the Green Party leader, 40-year-old former trampolinist Anna Baerbock, was being touted as a breath of fresh air after 16 years of the stodgy Merkel.

That was then.

By mid-June, a poll released by the Allensbach Institute showed the Christian Democratic Union ahead of the Greens by 8 percentage points: 29.5 percent to 21.5 percent. Over this past weekend, a new poll saw the Christian Democrats holding steady, while the Greens slipped another percentage point.

So with just about three months to go before German voters head to the polls, the Greens look like they’re on their back foot.

Jul 14 07:28

COVID: Angela Merkel says no plans for mandatory vaccines in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Health Minister Jens Spahn used a visit to the government's agency for disease control and prevention, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), on Tuesday to urge the public to get vaccinated.

But the chancellor also said there were currently no plans to make the jab compulsory. The comments came a day after France made vaccines mandatory for all health workers.

Merkel said "We are still a long way off" from meeting the vaccine quota needed to stop aggressive new variants. Merkel said stopping the spread of the virus and defending against new variants would require 85% vaccination among 12-to-59-year-olds and 90% among those over 60.

Despite a slow start, about 43% of the nation's population is now fully vaccinated.

Still, Merkel stressed there would be no obligation to vaccinate in Germany, saying that mandating shots could endanger public trust.

Jul 14 07:27

Germany Becomes Latest NATO Ally to Establish Military Space Command

During the Cold War, the US tested a slew of anti-satellite weapons, including detonating a nuclear weapon in space, which damaged a Soviet satellite. However, only recently has Washington worried that space was becoming militarized - now that other nations are developing similar capabilities.

On Tuesday, Germany became the latest NATO power to inaugurate a separate space command, following the United States’ delimitation of space as a warfighting domain in need of a separate branch of the armed forces dedicated to preserving US supremacy in it.

In a speech at the German Space Situational Awareness Centre in Uedem, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said "space has become a critical infrastructure that we need to secure.”

Jul 13 09:37

Merkel Is Sent Letter on Assange Before Her Visit to Biden

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is headed to Washington on Thursday for a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and a group of 120 Bundestag members, German journalists, writers and artists have sent her a letter telling her to ask Biden to “save face” and release imprisoned journalist Julian Assange on humanitarian grounds.

“We sincerely ask you to help build bridges in the Julian Assange case,” says the letter, dated July 11, according to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa). Merkel was told “how important it is in the interests of defending freedom of the press to drop the lawsuit against the Wikileaks founder so that he can recover freely with his family.”

Jul 13 06:56

Alternative for Germany Party Leader Wants Exit From EU, More Cooperation With Moscow

The popularity of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (Alternative fur Deutschland – AfD) party shot up dramatically from a state of virtual obscurity in the mid-2010s as Germans struggled to deal with the migrant crisis of 2015-2016, with the party winning 94 seats and becoming the third largest party in the Bundestag in the 2017 elections.

Germany has no choice but to leave the European Union and to create a “new European space” in which Russia will also have a place, AfD parliamentary group co-chair Tino Chrupalla has said.

“Germany should exit today’s European Union, which simply cannot be reformed, and establish a new European economic and interest group,” Chrupalla said in an interview with Welt published on Sunday.

Jul 13 06:54

Merkel's EU 'empire' dream for the Balkans

Jul 12 10:10

Germany provides NATO ally Turkey with first of six submarines

Germany provides NATO ally Turkey with first of six submarines

Earlier this year the first German-designed submarine purchased by Turkey left its dock and will join the Turkish navy next year. It is one of six Reis-class submarines to be constructed at the Golchuk Naval Shipyard in Izmir in a deal that will net German death merchants an estimated $4 billion.

The acquisition of the submarines occurs as Turkey is embroiled in territorial conflicts with Greece and Cyprus over oil and natural gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. (Cyprus, Greece and Israel have formed an Energy Triangle to jointly exploit natural gas fields lying between Cyprus and Israel as well.)

Jul 12 07:41

District council declares Germany's first-ever 'cyber-catastrophe'

Hackers knocked out the IT operations of the municipality of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, on Tuesday (Jul 6), a spokesperson confirmed to Reuters on Saturday.

"We are almost completely paralysed," the spokesperson said, adding its offices would probably remain offline next week and giving no indication of when services would resume.

The municipality declined comment on the identity of the attacker or whether they had made a ransom demand, citing a police investigation.

The municipality declined comment on the identity of the attacker or whether they had made a ransom demand, citing a police investigation. Security sources say German local governments often run outdated and poorly maintained software systems that could be wide open to cyberattack.

Jul 08 13:35

Germany faces ‘EPIDEMIC’ of child sex abuse; WHO estimates of a million victims are ‘too low’ – it has to be stopped!

In Germany’s latest horrific case of child abuse, paedophiles filmed sex acts on their own children to share online. Kids learn ‘stranger danger’ but a leading campaigner says to ‘think the unthinkable’ about who real abusers are.

As four evil paedophiles begin their prison sentences this week having been found guilty of being part of the biggest child abuse ring ever uncovered in Germany, one of the nation’s most tireless campaigners has warned that sex abuse of children is at epidemic levels.

Activist Julia von Weiler, from the German branch of global NGO Innocence in Danger, says that the World Health Organisation estimates of a million German children having suffered sexual violence is way too low.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The whole world is sick!

Jul 08 11:39

Over 3,800 Germans got sick with Covid-19 following full vaccination, hundreds were hospitalized – health watchdog

Germany has registered more than 3,800 symptomatic Covid-19 cases among people that were fully vaccinated against the disease since February, the nation’s disease control and prevention agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said.

A total of 3,806 Germans developed symptoms of Covid-19 at least two weeks after getting fully vaccinated against the virus between February 1 and July 7, 2021, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said in its latest status report published late on Wednesday.

Another 4,110 people also contracted the virus after full vaccination but had asymptomatic cases over the same period, the agency said. More than 270 people – mostly elderly – had to be hospitalized with Covid-19 despite getting all the necessary vaccine doses.

Jul 07 07:24

French & Germans are to blame for Ukraine & Georgia losing control over swaths of territory, claims top Kiev security official

France and Germany bear moral responsibility for Ukraine and Georgia losing territory. That’s according to the secretary of Kiev’s National Security and Defense Council, who pointed the finger at the EU’s two strongest powers.

Speaking to Forbes, Aleksey Danilov focused his accusations on Paris, saying that France’s actions led to Kiev losing control over Crimea, as well parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and contributed to Tbilisi’s loss of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“Our international partners reproach us and say that we haven’t defeated corruption,” Danilov said. “But there is corruption in other countries too. The French, for example, were engaged in negotiations between Georgia and Russia in 2008. As a result, the Georgians lost some territory.”

Jul 06 06:57

Merkel’s Migration Policies Have Been ‘Fatal’ to Germany, Says Ex-Spy Chief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies on immigration have been “fatal” to Germany, the countries former top domestic intelligence chief has said.

Hans-Georg Maassen, the former head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), roughly the equivalent to Britain’s MI5 or the FBI in the United States, ran the German intelligence for six years, including during the height of the European migrant crisis in 2015.

Maassen, is currently running as a candidate for the German parliament, the Bundestag, under Angela Merkel’s supposedly centre-right Christian Democrat Union (CDU).

In an interview with The Times of London, the former spy chief said that the German people could not understand the “fatal migration policies” taken by Merkel, which allowed some 1.2 million migrants into the country.

Jul 04 08:36

The Palestinian Nakba and the Polish law

“During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied all possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land…

“The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crimes have never ceased to exist. They have never owned up to their crimes, let alone repented...” >>

Jun 23 07:53

German media giant tells pro-Palestine staff to find another job

The CEO of Axel Springer, a Berlin-based agency, told the company's 16,000 employees to find another job if they have a problem with an Israeli flag being posted outside the largest digital publishing house of Europe.

Several staff reportedly complained when the company raised an Israeli flag at its headquarters during the 11 days of Israel's air strikes on the besieged Gaza Strip last month.

"I think, and I'm being very frank with you, a person who has an issue with an Israeli flag being raised for one week here, after antisemitic demonstrations, should look for a new job," said Mathias Döpfner during a video conference held last week with employees around the world.

For 11 days, Israel launched attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip. Health officials in Gaza say 254 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, were killed and more than 1,900 were wounded in the bombardments.

Jun 23 07:32

Leaked ‘confidential’ intel reports on RT DE only prove that German media are working with special services

Every election year, those pesky Russians strike. The German secret services claim there’s been worrying activity from Russia, and mainstream media outlets relay these worries word for word to their readers and viewers.

The Russian hacker must have been hibernating for the past four years, but now he wakes up just before the federal elections to attack German computers. At least that’s what the ARD political magazine Kontraste would have us believe.

Once again, Kontraste got this information from a current “situation report on hybrid threats” classified as confidential, which happened to find its way into the editorial office from the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI).

Jun 23 07:30

GERMAN MP CLAIMS BERLIN PREPARING FOR WAR WITH MOSCOW, AS PUTIN REMINDS OF THE PAST

Germany is preparing for war with Russia, German member of parliament, from the ‘Left’ faction Sevim Dagdelen said in her article in the nd.DerTag newspaper.

“NATO’s arms buildup, escalation toward Russia and the German government’s forgetting of history when it comes to remembering the attack on the Soviet Union 80 years ago are just two sides of the same coin,” Dagdelen wrote.

She noted that relations between Germany and Russia have reached the bottom, and not a day goes by without demands for new sanctions against Moscow.

At the same time, instead of diplomacy, she said, the German government is betting on unprecedented rearmament in order to become the largest military power on the continent in a few years, with defense spending in the amount of 85 billion euros, which significantly exceeds Russia’s military spending.

Jun 09 06:12

German royal family lawsuit could backfire and reveal nobles’ support for Nazis

No moment in the story of the German resistance to Nazism has received greater attention — or been more mythologized — than the 1944 “July Plot” when Count Claus von Stauffenberg’s bomb came close to assassinating Adolf Hitler. The plotters, former German chancellor Helmut Kohl proclaimed in 1994, were “the most noble and greatest” individuals “that have ever been produced in the history of mankind.”

Stauffenberg and his fellow conspirators’ bravery — and their aristocratic backgrounds — has cemented in the popular imagination the notion that the German nobility were at the forefront of the domestic opposition to National Socialism.

Jun 08 07:49

German Ambassador Seconds Putin's Fiery NS2 Remarks: "European Energy Policy Not Determined By Foreigners"

he day after Putin announced the completion of the first leg of the Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, declaring that essentially Washington's best efforts to halt it via an avalanche of sanctions have been defeated, Germany appears to have seconded his assessment.

German Ambassador to Russia Geza Andreas von Geyr on Saturday in his own statements on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum said that US efforts are illegal, going against international law. As cited in Russian media reports, the ambassador said: "At the moment, important negotiations between the American and German governments are ongoing, which include the topic of Nord Stream 2, but our stance on the matter is clear, and it will not change: we are convinced that the energy security of Europe, as well as European energy policy should be determined by Europeans only, and not by foreigners," he stated confidently

Jun 08 05:57

No passports for ‘anti-Semites’? German MP suggests barring those questioning ‘Israel’s existence’ from getting German citizenship

Those who committed ‘anti-Semitic’ acts should be barred from acquiring German citizenship, an interior policy spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party in the Bundestag said ahead of the voting on the issue.

“The Citizenship law should expressly prohibit naturalization of people who have committed anti-Semitic acts,” Mathias Middelberg, a lawmaker from Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told the German NOZ newspaper ahead of the parliamentary debate on the amendments to the citizenship law that are to be voted on later this week.

The list of “anti-Semitic” crimes should particularly involve acts aimed against the State of Israel, the MP believes.

Anyone who incites the public against Jews, questions the existence of the State of Israel, or burns an Israeli flag must not become a German citizen.

Jun 07 06:24

Germany insists gas transit via Ukraine be continued after Nord Stream 2 launch

Gas transit via Ukraine must be continued after the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, German cabinet’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a commentary published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.

"It has been of major significance for the German government that Ukraine should retain the status of a gas transit country even after the Nord Stream 2 launch. Having signed a transit contract that was reached with the EU’s and German government’s mediation, Russia and Ukraine outlined the way for that and sent an important signal concerning security of gas supplies to Europe," he stressed. "And we expect that this joint package of agreements will be observed."

Jun 03 05:25

Cold War Over EU Skies: Germany Blocks All Inbound Russian Flights In Huge Escalation

Here we go again in the latest tit-for-tat escalation following the May 23rd forced diversion of the Ryanair flight carrying anti-Lukashenko activist and journalist Roman Pratasevich by Belarus, who was subsequently arrested when the plane landed in Minsk: Russia and Germany have just denied each others' airlines permission for incoming flights.

AFP is confirming that "Germany has blocked flights operated by Russian airlines from arriving in its territory in tit-for-tat action after Moscow failed to provide authorizations for Lufthansa, the transport ministry said Wednesday, amid tensions over Belarus."

Jun 02 17:00

German judge declares masks harmful, warns that mask mandates are illegal

A Weimar District Court in Germany has ruled that enforcing mask mandates, social distancing requirements and rapid Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) testing on students is harmful, and thus illegal.

Distance learning must also stop, the court decided, because it, along with the other measures, is causing physical, psychological and pedagogical harm to children, as well as infringing the rights of children and their parents.

The decision, made by judge Christian Dettmar, only applies to schools in the Weimar District, though it could eventually extend to other parts of the country with enough outcry from other parents.

May 22 07:05

US Hits Russian Entities With More Nord Stream 2 Sanctions After Removing Them For German Side

In the continuing saga of contradictory US efforts to thwart the Russia to Germany natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, the US Treasury on Friday hit Russia with more sanctions - specifically announcing that three more Russian entities and 13 vessels will come under sanction for their work on the project.

"Among the sanctioned vessels are the Akademik Cherskiy, the Vladislav Strizhov, the Yury Topchev and the Baltiyskiy Issledovatel, along with others," Treasury announced. "The sanctioned companies are Russia's Marine Rescue Service, Mortransservice, and the Samara Heat and Energy Property Fund."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, Team Biden,is pathologically incapable of creating a foreign policy that makes any sense whatsoever.

May 20 08:46

Biden Administration Not Willing to Compromise Its Relationship With Germany Over Nord Stream 2

The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the corporate entity and CEO overseeing the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany, according to two sources briefed on the decision.

Why it matters: The decision indicates the Biden administration is not willing to compromise its relationship with Germany over this pipeline, and it underscores the difficulties President Biden faces in matching actions to rhetoric on a tougher approach to Russia.

Driving the news: The State Department will imminently send its mandatory 90-day report to Congress listing entities involved in Nord Stream 2 that deserve sanctions. Sources familiar with the drafting of the report tell Axios the State Department plans to call for sanctions against a handful of Russian ships.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the same White House that killed the Keystone XL pipeline!

May 16 06:02

Cardinal Burke: Schism in Germany is real in practice though not yet officially declared

Cardinal Raymond Burke said that while schism among Catholics in Germany has not yet been officially declared, it nevertheless is “real” in practice.

“In my view, there is now a schism that is real if not declared. It is a schism in practice, if it can be called that,” Burke told Argentinian Fr. Javier Olivera Rabasi in a May 2 interview that was conducted in Spanish. Burke’s comments were translated by Martin Barillas for a Church Militant report.

“This is very serious, especially for faithful Catholics who want to be faithful to Christ and his Church,” continued Burke, who is regarded as one of the world’s foremost canon lawyers and who was formerly the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest court.

“These German bishops have not been disciplined. The situation continues, and it is difficult to see how the situation can be reconciled. We must pray to the Lord for our Church while testifying to the truth found in the Church,” he added.

May 14 07:01

Mass Anti-Israel Rallies Sweep Across Germany, Police Beefing Up Security - Reports

German cities saw mass anti-Israel demonstrations for two consecutive evenings, with police stepping up security and using force against the most radical activists, national media reported.

According to Die Welt, about 1,500 people have taken to the streets of Bremen. Protesters with Palestinian and Turkish flags demanded that Israel immediately stop strikes on the Gaza Strip.

In Hanover, police dispersed a protest of about 550 people over violations of sanitary requirements. There were also attempts to burn Israeli flags, for which two people were detained. In the city of Gelsenkirchen, about 200 protesters gathered outside a synagogue chanting chauvinist slogans, according to the Bild tabloid. The police were able to block the protesters' way to the synagogue using batons.

May 14 07:01

Watch: German TV “regrets” airing this interview about Gaza

Deutsche Welle has apologized for airing an interview with me on Tuesday about German complicity in Israel’s ongoing massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.
The state broadcaster’s action reflects the prevailing cowardice and repression among Germany’s elites when it comes to criticism of Israel.

“I think it is time for the people of Germany and German elites to stop making Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip pay for the crimes of the German people against European Jews,” I said in the interview.

“Palestinians are sick of paying the price for guilty German consciences.”

May 10 06:44

Germany Doesn’t Like the Comparison of Vaccine Passes to 1930s Segregation of Jews so the Comparison Will Be Banned

The German federal government anti-Semitism Commissioner Felix Klein [aka some government apparatchik] on Friday called on states and municipalities to prohibit the wearing of a yellow star of David during demonstrations. Legal action must be taken against this, Klein suggested. In the past, Klein said that wearing the repurposed Jewish stars was a “calculated breaking of a taboo.”

Protesters in cities across Germany have been wearing yellow stars with the word “ungeimpft” (unvaccinated) on them. The color and the font are almost identical to the badges Jews were forced to wear across Nazi-occupied territories during the Holocaust, with the result equating the protesters’ situation with the persecution of Jews during the Nazi era.

May 05 08:04

German domestic intelligence agency surveilling COVID-related protests

The German domestic intelligence agency created a new section last week specifically for surveillance of a small number of people and groups protesting coronavirus restrictions. Other sections include right-wing and left-wing extremism, as well as Islamic terrorism.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz), as the agency is officially known, announced that the new section is titled “delegitimization of the state relevant to the protection of the constitution” (Verfassungsschutzrelevante Delegitimierung des Staates) and will specifically focus on “delegitimization of the state that is hostile to democracy and/or poses a threat to security.”

May 03 07:30

Germany has enough lithium for 400M EVs, but extracting it won’t be easy

Germany has struck gold! Well, not gold, but it’s the electric vehicle equivalent. It’s actually discovered a rich vein of lithium, the precious metal that’s a vital ingredient in electric vehicle batteries.

As reported by Reuters, the European nation is sitting on enough lithium to make 400 million electric cars.

The precious metal, geologists say, is thousands of meters deep below the earth’s surface in molten form, beneath the Rhine river. It spans an area 300 km long and up to 40 km wide, in the Upper-Rhine Valley in the Black Forest area of southwest Germany.

May 02 05:52

Streets set on fire as police and May Day protesters battle in Berlin

Dozens of separate protests took place in Berlin, drawing demonstrators from across the political spectrum. Police had their hands full, as some of these groups started fires and smashed cars.

May Day is an international day of leftist protest, but demonstrations in Berlin on Saturday drew participants of all stripes. Pro- and anti-vaxxers, trade unionists, anti-capitalist radicals, Palestinian activists and techno music fans all took to the streets in around 20 separate protests across the city. Notably absent were the extreme right, although small right-wing protests were held in other German cities.

A heavy contingent of police kept order throughout the day, periodically arresting protesters for violating face masking rules. By late afternoon, police said that 60 demonstrators were arrested at a protest against the virus restrictions in the Lichtenberg neighborhood.

Apr 30 18:51

Besonders Deutschland bereitet Brüssel Kopfschmerzen

Check out the image at the top of the page showing the vaccination passport.

It looks like "Covid-21" is being rolled out, along with the requirement for vaccination.

I wonder if it will be an "Indian variant"...

Apr 30 08:30

Germany letting its spies target lockdown opponents is another alarming example of a ‘democracy’ using Covid to stifle dissent

The global pandemic has facilitated highly undemocratic policing across the West. Now, just as scientific support for lockdowns is beginning to wane, Berlin has classified anyone opposed to the policy as an enemy of the state.

Apr 29 08:28

Germany puts anti-lockdown group under surveillance for possible extremist ties

Germany's intelligence service is putting some anti-lockdown activists under surveillance because of concerns they are attempting to undermine the legitimacy of the federal state.

The country's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) announced on Wednesday that the new surveillance would focus on some members of the 'Querdenker' group.

The movement has been promoting coronavirus and vaccine skepticism as well as other conspiracy theories, and has been involved in violent anti-lockdown protests.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the Querdenker movement had shown it was willing to use violence and that the authorities have to protect the rule of law in the country.

Apr 29 05:57

‘Has to be taken seriously’: Police investigate DEATH LIST of German MPs after vote on lockdown law

German lawmakers have been warned about a “death list” circulating on the internet containing the names of MPs who voted in favor of a controversial Covid-19 lockdown law, police said.

A document titled “The death list of German politicians” has surfaced on social media. The German Criminal Police (BKA) confirmed the list contained the results of the Bundestag’s voting on the ‘Infection Protection Act’ passed on April 21. It also included the names of individual MPs who supported the bill, according to German media.

Police denied the publication of the list posed any “increased security risk,” saying it was created by an “individual.” Law enforcement still warned parliamentarians about the existence of the document, however.

Apr 28 06:46

German Police Ransack the Home of Judge After He Agrees with Evidence In Court that Children Are “Endangered in Their Mental, Physical and Spiritual Well-being by the Obligation to Wear Face Masks”

German police ransacked the home of a judge after he wrote a decision in Germany prohibiting two schools from requiring students to wear mouth-nose coverings while at school.
Using scientific evidence a doctor recommended prohibiting two schools from forcing students to wear masks. The judge agreed.

American Front Line Doctors reports:

2020News yesterday reported Weimar District Court judge Christian Dettmar was subjected to a police search of his house, office, private premises, and car, and his cell phone confiscated. Dettmar delivered the April 8, 2021 decision that two Weimar schools were prohibited from requiring students to wear mouth-nose coverings of any kind, in contravention of government COVID policy.

Apr 23 05:01

With Germany low on Covid-19 jabs, local politician reveals country negotiating with Russia for 30 million Sputnik V doses

The premier of Germany's Saxony region has revealed that the country wants to buy 30 million doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, assuming that the EU's European Medicines Agency approves the jab.

Following a meeting with Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko, Michael Kretschmer tweeted on Thursday that Germany is negotiating to receive three batches of 10 million doses in June, July and August. Kretschmer, a member of the ruling Christian Democratic Union, is currently in Moscow.

Apr 22 08:12

GREENS LEAD GERMAN ELECTION POLLS WITH MORE TAX, LESS WORK MANIFESTO

The Greens polling ahead of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative CDU is a pivotal moment in German politics – one that could have geo-strategic repercussions. The German Green Party is polling 7 points ahead of the CDU/CSU and 15 points ahead of the SPD. The Christian and Social Democrats have, in various combinations, ruled Germany for generations.

Apr 21 09:30

Fury over Merkel's lockdown laws: Police fire tear gas at protesters demonstrating against strict nationwide coronavirus rules

Thousands of protesters massed outside German parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to vote on a law amendment giving Angela Merkel's government power to impose tougher measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

Several thousand protesters gathered in central Berlin, waving flags and placards, with many not wearing masks. About 2,000 police officers had been deployed in anticipation of the protests.

Dubbed the 'emergency brake', the new law prescribes tough measures including sweeping shutdowns and overnight curfews in regions with incidence rates of more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days.

It also forces schools to revert to virtual teaching in states where the incidence rate exceeds 165 - a tighter requirement than the 200 contained in an earlier draft of the law.

Apr 19 05:41

France's growing German scepticism

Britain's favourite Frenchman, Michel Barnier, is in the Calais region today where he will address a conference about his part in Brexit and perhaps give a further indication as to his presidential aspirations. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator was described in yesterday's Le Figaro as the man who can 'unite the right' and in doing so present a credible alternative to Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in 2022.

Barnier presides over a political initiative called Patriotes et européens and he explained its concept to Le Figaro: 'Patriot and European, this means that I believe in the force of the nations, the respect of national identities and France as a country of influence at the head of the European nations.'

Apr 19 05:40

German courts ban 'Querdenker' anti-lockdown demos

Regional German courts have imposed bans on "Querdenker," or "lateral thinking" demonstrations that were due to take place this weekend against coronavirus curbs.

Gatherings were planned in both Dresden and the Bavarian city of Kempten this weekend, which prompted legal proceedings and court rulings on Friday evening.

Bavaria's Administrative Court agreed with the local authority that a ban on gatherings by groups of mostly COVID-deniers was necessary to prevent the risk of infection. The Querdenker movement, which opposes Germany's current lockdown measures, initially planned an 8,000-strong demonstration and a subsequent march with 2,000 people.

The founder of the initiative, Michael Ballweg, was also expected to participate in the Kempten protest.

Apr 17 05:19

Researchers say chemical (BPA/BPS) used in food, beverage containers could ‘seriously damage’ brains

BAYREUTH, Germany - Researchers from the University of Bayreauth in Germany found evidence that common chemicals used in food and beverage storage could possibly cause nerve damage in the brain.

Researchers analyzed BPA, or bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and resins, which are often used in containers that store food and beverages.

Specifically, most metal food and beverage cans have a thin interior coating that contains BPA. This coating protects the can from corrosion, and as a result, prevents contamination from dissolved metals or life-threatening bacteria.

Study authors also analyzed BPA’s chemical relative bisphenol S (BPS) which they say is often considered to be less harmful.

"In recent years, numerous health risks have already been associated with them, especially with bisphenol A (BPA)," study authors wrote.

Apr 13 07:09

Biden looks to appoint special envoy to kill Russia-Germany energy pipeline

The White House is in talks to appoint a special envoy to lead negotiations on halting the construction of Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, current and former U.S. officials said, as the Biden administration grapples with how to stymie a nearly completed energy project that would serve as a major financial and geopolitical boon to Moscow.

Amos Hochstein, who served as the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs under President Barack Obama and was a close adviser and confidant to then-Vice President Joe Biden, was informally offered the role by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan late last month and is being vetted, the officials said, but he has not yet accepted the job.

Apr 12 05:31

German Government Pitches Plan To Reimpose Harsh Lockdown Measures

After canceling Germany's draconian Easter lockdown last month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel "took full responsibility" for her misjudgment. But,now it looks like her government is reverting to the decision that new COVID-19 restrictions need to be put in place, before spiking COVID cases lead to a surfeit of deaths.

A new proposed plan has been developed to implement nighttime curfews, sweeping business closures and severe limits on public gatherings. These measures, and more, are all part of the German government’s new bill aimed at "standardizing" COVID-19 measures to stop the third wave.

Apr 11 16:38

Back into quarantine? German govt plans new harsh Covid-19 restrictions in draft law – reports

Night-time curfews, sweeping business closures and severe limits on public gatherings are all part of the German government’s new bill aimed at “standardizing” Covid-19 measures to stop the third wave, German media report.

Berlin is currently working on amendments to the national Infection Protection Act that would significantly tighten the lockdown restrictions and greatly reduce the federal states’ ability to defy the government’s orders, German media that obtained the draft document report.

Apr 10 07:06

Austin heads to Europe where US troop presence in Germany is on the agenda

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will discuss the future of the U.S. military in Germany before meeting with allies in Brussels and London during his first official visit to Europe next week, the Pentagon said.

Austin, who departs Washington on Saturday, also will stop in Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment” to the military partnership between the two countries, the Pentagon said Thursday.

In Europe, Austin is slated to meet with commanders at U.S. European and Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart and also hold talks with his German counterparts in Berlin.

The visit to Europe comes as the Pentagon reviews a plan by the former Trump administration that calls for pulling nearly 12,000 troops out of Germany, and repositioning them in the U.S. and other parts of Europe. Additionally, the plan would move EUCOM and AFRICOM out of Stuttgart.

Apr 09 07:06

Merkel Demands Putin Reduce Russian Troops Near Ukraine In Phone Call

It seems only in the case of Russia that Western leaders presume to lecture a large sovereign country on where it can station its troops within its own borders. It's primarily these "concerns" over a Russia troop build-up near Ukraine that's now driving the new emerging crisis following an uptick in renewed clashes in the eastern Donbas region.

On Thursday's German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that Russia immediately reduce its troops presence near the Ukrainian border, according to a German government statement. Merkel conveyed the demand in a phone call with Vladimir Putin.

"Among other things, the conversation was about the strengthened Russian military presence in the environs of East Ukraine," the statement read. "The Chancellor demanded that this build-up be unwound in order to de-escalate the situation."

The Kremlin meanwhile says its troops are responding to a Ukrainian military build-up and provocative actions in the mainly Russian-speaking Donbass:

Apr 09 06:16

German military launches new recruitment drive with pledge troops will not have to fight abroad

The German military has launched a drive to address troop shortages by offering new recruits a guarantee they will not be deployed abroad.

A thousand recruits a year will be able to join a new Homeland Security Force which will only be deployed inside Germany to deal with domestic security and crisis management.

Those serving with the force will not be sent on missions abroad and the military has pledged to deploy them as close to their homes in Germany as possible.

“The Homeland Security Force will give young people the opportunity to stand up for Germany and protect their homeland,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the defence minister, told a press conference to launch the new service.

Apr 02 04:36

Moscow continues work to coordinate Putin-Macron-Merkel videoconference, Kremlin says

Moscow continues work to coordinate a joint videoconference of Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron with Berlin and Paris, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert earlier said that there had been no videoconference between Putin, Macron and Merkel on March 29.

"We continue coordination with Berlin and Paris," the Kremlin spokesman noted when asked whether it was planned to hold such an event and when it could take place.

Apr 01 10:49

Germany Indefinitely Suspends AstraZeneca Vaccine for Anyone Under Age 60

Following advice from the country’s independent vaccine committee, German health officials unanimously agreed to the indefinite suspension of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine in anyone under 60.

Apr 01 07:59

German Regulator Dismisses Environmentalists' Protest Against Nord Stream 2 Construction

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) said on Thursday that it dismissed the claim by two German environmental organisations seeking to revoke the permit for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline laying.

"Following an assessment of the doubts expressed in the protests of the applicants, and a new comprehensive environmental review, the previously issued permit remains valid", BSH said in a statement.

The statement in defence of the project was issued after earlier in the day operator Nord Stream 2 AG said that 95 percent of the gas pipeline was complete.

Mar 31 05:21

Germany hits pause again on AstraZeneca after 31 reports of rare blood clots, 9 deaths

Authorities in Munich and Berlin today suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for those under 60 after Germany’s vaccine regulator reported 31 cases of a rare brain blood clot, nine of which resulted in deaths, ABC News reported.

All but two of the cases involved women 20 to 63 years old, according to the Paul Ehrlich Institute.

The decision was made as a precaution ahead of a meeting scheduled for later today with representatives from all of Germany’s 16 states, said Berlin’s top health official, Dilek Kalayci, who also said further recommendations are expected to be made by national medical regulators.

Kalayci said the suspension of AstraZeneca vaccines for younger people was a precautionary measure and that people needed to “treat it carefully and wait for the talks taking place at the federal level.”

Mar 31 05:00

Russian, German, French leaders discuss Iran nuclear deal

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany, which are signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, have exchanged views on the multilateral accord amid a standoff between Iran and the United States over the implementation of the agreement.

During a conference call on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), among other issues.

The Kremlin said the trio spoke in favor of “preserving and implementing” the JCPOA and “further coordinating steps in this direction.”

Separately, the Elysee Palace said in a statement that three leaders had agreed to take measures on the nuclear pact and coordinate their efforts to return Iran to full compliance with its international obligations as soon as possible.

Mar 25 04:44

800 pro-lifers joined first March for Life in Munich, Germany

Roughly 800 pro-lifers gathered in Munich, Germany, last Saturday for the first-ever “March for Life” in Bavaria’s capital. The most prominent March for Life in Germany takes place in Berlin every September.

“All beginnings are difficult,” says the proverb. And at first glance, one might have the impression that this sentence proved true once again last Saturday.

But it’s possible to see it differently: Extensive COVID regulations with a participant limit of 550 people, masks, and social distancing requirements, adverse frosty weather with snow flurries, as well as limited advertising for the event on the part of the organizers due to the expected restrictions, could not prevent significantly more than 500 people (the left-wing newspaper taz mentioned 800 participants — and would likely not do so without reason) from taking part in the first Munich March for Life.

Mar 24 10:09

"I Take Full Responsibility": Merkel Cancels Draconian Easter Lockdown Amid Backlash From Furious Germans

One day after imposing a 5-day ultra-strict lockdown set to take effect over Easter weekend (presumably to head off any holiday-inspired spread), German Chancellor Angela Merkel has abandoned the plan, though Germany is still planning to extend its current restrictions through April 18.

Mar 24 04:18

Picking Up Where Trump Left Off, Biden Threatens Sanctions On Germany For Nord Stream 2

Like on many other fronts, most especially China and surprisingly even Iran (which has also left tensions in Iraq at boiling-point), the Biden White House appears content to continue Trump's unbending policy stance on the Russia to Germany Nord Stream-2 pipeline. It was of course the Trump administration that unleashed a series of punitive measures targeting any Western company that attempts to complete work on the project, which did serve to stall its completion, which is said to be at least over 90% constructed.

And now on Tuesday Secretary of State Antony Blinken is threatening Germany with new Biden administration sanctions over the project. Blinken was cited in US-funded RFERL (RadioFreeEurope) as saying it remains "against the European Union's own interests" and publication emphasized he "warned Berlin of possible sanctions over the project."

Mar 23 05:12

‘Emergency Brake’ – Merkel’s Germany to Extend and Tighten Lockdown Restrictions

German authorities are expected to extend lockdown measures again on Monday and possibly tighten some restrictions as they face a steady rise in new coronavirus infections.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors, who in highly decentralized Germany are responsible for imposing and lifting restrictions, are holding a videoconference nearly three weeks after they agreed a several-step plan paving the way to relax some rules.

Since then, infections have increased steadily as the more contagious variant first detected in Britain has become dominant. Most lockdown restrictions are currently set to run through March 28. The chancellery is proposing an extension to April 18th.

Mar 21 07:57

German police clash with protesters at Kassel demonstration against Covid-19 restrictions (VIDEO)

Multiple scuffles broke out on the streets of Kassel, Germany as Covid-19 lockdown skeptics and counterprotesters gathered, and police deployed mace and batons to contain the demonstration.

Protests against Covid-19 restrictions in multiple major cities across the country were planned for Saturday, with the biggest occurring in the central German city of Kassel.

According to local media reports, citing police, at least 10 thousand people showed up for a rally there, many of them refusing to wear masks.

The marching protesters chanted “Wir sind das Volk” (“We are the people”) at one point, a slogan commonly used in the past during anti-communism demonstrations in East Germany.

Mar 21 05:17

European Scientists Say They Know Why AstraZeneca’s Vaccine Is Causing Rare Blood Clots

Researchers in Germany and Norway say they’ve isolated the cause of extremely rare blood clots caused by AstraZeneca’s vaccine, allowing doctors to treat it.

KEY FACTS

  • Scientists at Greifswald University Hospital said in a statement Friday that in rare instances, the vaccine has created an antibody that triggered the formation of blood clots in the brain.
  • The findings confirm those from an independent team in Norway earlier this week.
  • Isolating the cause has allowed scientists to identify how to treat patients who have developed the blot clots, by giving them intravenous immunoglobulin, which targets the antibody, and blood thinners.

“Very, very few people will develop this complication,” Professor Andreas Greinacher said in a press conference Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal. “But if it happens, we now know how to treat the patients.”

Mar 15 06:24

Mass protests across Germany mark one year of anti-coronavirus restrictions (VIDEOS)

Several separate rallies were held in Germany’s capital city of Berlin. The largest one, with some 1,000 people in attendance according to police estimates, began at noon outside the federal health ministry.

The event was not marred by any major incident, the police said, with the officers present at the scene primarily focused on checking that participants were properly masked.

Another large protest was held in the southwestern city of Stuttgart, with hundreds marching through the streets to decry the restrictions. The event has not seen any major incidents either.

Minor clashes between the police and protesters have been reported in the eastern German city of Dresden. Despite failing to secure authorization for the event, hundreds of anti-lockdown activists gathered in the city’s center, while law enforcement tried to push them back and urged them to disperse in an orderly manner.

Mar 15 05:58

Angela Merkel’s party takes a hammering in German state elections – exit polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party has suffered heavy losses in two state elections, as the long-ruling leader fights corruption scandals and looks to choose a successor for this year’s elections.

Voters in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate went to the polls on Sunday, and by the time exit polls were published that evening, it was clear that they had given Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) a drubbing.

The CDU could once count on support from Baden-Wuerttemberg, an industrial state which is home to auto manufacturers Porsche, Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz. However, the Green Party was projected by TV network ZDF to take home 31.5% of the vote, leaving the CDU in second place with 23%, down 4% from 2016. In Baden-Wuerttemberg, the CDU is, and looks set to remain, the junior partner in a coalition with the Greens.

Mar 15 05:42

‘F**k, promote, fire’: Editor of Germany’s Bild tabloid steps down amid sexual misconduct investigation

Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of German tabloid Bild, has stepped down from his job as the paper’s publisher investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Meanwhile, Bild is gearing up for lawsuits.

Bild’s publisher, Axel Springer, announced on Saturday that Reichelt would be stepping down as editor-in-chief to allow an investigation into his conduct to proceed unhindered. Reichelt will resume editing duties once the allegations against him “have been clarified,” the statement added.

Mar 14 18:14

Angela Merkel's CDU 'are hammered in local elections' as German public lose faith in her Covid response with THIRD wave 'as bad as Christmas' predicted next month and new warnings against easing lockdown

Projections for ARD and ZDF public television, based on exit polls and a partial count of votes, indicated that those governors' parties - the environmentalist Greens in Baden-Wuerttemberg and the center-left Social Democrats in Rhineland-Palatinate - were set to finish first, 7 to 9 percentage points ahead of the CDU.

The CDU's showings of about 23% and 26%, respectively, would be the party's worst since World War II in both states.

'To say it very clearly, this isn't a good election evening for the CDU,' said the party's general secretary, Paul Ziemiak. 'We would have liked different, better results.'

Mar 13 06:52

Anti-Lockdown Protesters Rally in Berlin to Mark One Year Since Beginning of COVID-19 Restrictions

Around 3 percent of the German population have received two shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, while about 5 percent have received at least one jab, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute.

Protesters are rallying under the slogan "It's enough" in Berlin to mark one year since the first restrictions were enforced in Germany to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

?Anti-lockdown protests are expected in several other German cities, while the Bundesliga has postponed all football matches this weekend.

Mar 11 08:20

German bill would allow children to change name, legal gender without parents’ consent

A new bill proposed by the German government would allow gender-confused children as young as 14 to change their first name and documented gender on government records, regardless of their parents’ wishes.

The legislation, which was drafted by the Interior Ministry (led by a Christian Democrat) and Justice Ministry (led by a Social Democrat), seeks to overhaul Germany’s documentation requirements, enabling courts to modify gender entries based on a single “expert opinion.” Current — already radically pro-LGBT — German law requires a double assessment.

The rule shift would apply to gender dysphoric minors who try to change their records, with courts deciding “the best interests of the child” in the event of parental pushback.

Mar 11 08:11

Exports crash as Brexit red tape kicks in: Trade with Germany slumped in the month after transition period ended, data shows

Trade between the UK and Germany crashed in January amid chaos caused by Brexit and the pandemic.

In the first full month after the transition period ended, Germany’s imports from the UK more than halved compared with the same time a year ago, tumbling 56 per cent to £1.4billion.

The data indicated Germany’s trading relationship with the UK was hit far worse than its dealings with other countries.

Its imports from non-EU states besides Britain fell by 13.9 per cent.

Mar 07 07:17

Germany to Sail Warship Into South China Sea to Challenge Its Largest Trade Partner

Washington’s European allies are looking to increase their military presence in Asia as the US puts more focus on the region. German officials announced that Berlin is sailing a warship to Asia in August, and on its return journey, the vessel will transit through the disputed South China Sea.

The transit would mark the first time since 2002 that a German warship sailed through the South China Sea. The US is happy with the news and welcomed what it called “Germany’s support for a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific.”

The US frequently sails warships near Chinese-claimed islands in the South China Sea, something that has continued in the early days of the Biden administration. US aircraft carriers have entered the disputed waters in recent weeks, escalating tensions even more.

Mar 03 06:57

EMOTIONAL GERMAN DR SPEAKS OUT ABOUT 3 CHILDREN DIED

Mar 03 06:56

TYRANNY: DR. BODO SCHIFFMANN’S PRACTICE RAIDED BY CORONAVIRUS POLICE (VIDEO)

German otorhinolaryngologist Dr. Bodo Schiffmann reports that his practice was raided by nine police officers. Police are charging that the physician is issuing unauthorized certificates to people so that they do not have to wear masks for the Chinese coronavirus.

Just over a week ago, RAIR reported that German police raided a birthday party for Dr. Bodo Schiffmann, a prominent critic of coronavirus lockdown measures. Evidently, police received a tip that one of the members of the party went to the bathroom without wearing a mask.

Feb 28 09:25

After Ridiculing Vaccine Skeptics, German Man Develops Severe Paralysis From COVID Vaccination

A German man posted a video online that first shows him right after he dutifully received his COVID vaccine — first in his car, jubilantly making fun of those who warned him that it was dangerous — and then follows him a few days later as he somberly describes his struggles with severe neurological problems — but, of course, he’s not laughing so loud any more…

Transcription and translation provided here:

Qubbi and I got it done! We… just… got… vaccinated. So get vaccinated, otherwise, ewww, there are the unvaccinated! Ewww! There are probably even unvaccinated viewers, urgh!

As you know, last Wednesday I was vaccinated against Corona with the vaccine from AstraZeneca. I got up in the morning, and the first thing that happened was that I fell right on the floor. That happened because my right leg just collapsed under me. I thought to myself, “What’s going on?”

Feb 25 13:50

Germans turn to hunting to 'ethically' source food

With her dreadlocks and nose piercing, Shanna Reis doesn't exactly look the part of the camouflage-clad hunter tracking game in the forest.

But the 28-year-old represents a new German generation of enthusiasts concerned about where they get their meat, especially as home cooking sees a resurgence during the pandemic.

Reis was a practising vegetarian for a decade before returning meat to her plate once she got her hunting licence five years ago.

But the only kind that passes her lips these days is fresh game, preferably specimens she's killed and prepared herself.

"It's important to me to know where the meat I eat comes from," she said on the outskirts of her western village Aspisheim near the River Rhine, rifle slung over a shoulder and accompanied by one of her three dogs.

Feb 24 08:40

Antifa Extremists Hospitalise Populist German Politician at Campaign Stall

Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate Stephan Schwarz was hospitalised after a brutal attack by Antifa militants in the town of Schorndorf over the weekend while campaigning for this year’s regional election.

Schwarz, along with several other AfD activists, manned an information booth in the centre of the town on Saturday when they were approached by a group of around 15 to 20 people carrying hard-left Antifa flags and banners, the city prosecutor said.

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