Trump Run Government “Terrifies” Germans

Germany’s vox populi do not seem to agree with the US candidate and many, including those who quite agree with his stances on world markets and free trade, are still fearful of him.

Many Germans were outraged after US presidential hopeful Donald Trump had insulted rival Hillary Clinton as she was compared to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her refugee policies. Mr Trump said that in the refugee camps crime has risen and caused havoc for the German economy.

Unlike in 2008, people cheered for US President Barack Obama when he was still campaigning for his second term.

The VDMA, which represents about 3,000 German engineering companies including Bosch and Siemens, Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann said:

“We have been worried because the U.S. traditionally was very open-minded toward free trade and was a good partner in developing any trade agreements,” Brodtmann said.

“Some of [Trump's] claims and fears look very similar to ours, but they come from a different place entirely,” said Maritta Strasser, a lead trade campaigner for the nongovernmental organization Campact — which helped form an alliance to collect more than 3 million signatures against the EU-U.S. deal.

“I’m really terrified: I’d think he’d be of great harm to the world,” she said, explaining that Trump’s “us against them” mentality differs from her organization’s progressively oriented approach toward policy.

EU Brexit Could Mean The Next ‘Lehman Brothers’ Incident

The European Union and allies including US President Barack Obama from the United States are calling the Brexit the long-reaching effects of anti-establishment trend in the West.

With the growing concern over raising leaders including the impending win of Donald Trump in the United States, the murder of a UK lawmaker could destabilise the belief of campaign rhetoric from both sides of the Leave and Remain campaigns.

Analysts said that Chief Executives, Central Bankers and other financial institutions are bracing for the biggest possible market meltdown since the 2008 collapse of the Lehman Brothers after the UK exits the European Union.

“This referendum has now become a watershed moment for our country,” UK Prime Minister David Cameron said when campaigning resumed after a two-and-a-half-day suspension called as a sign of respect for lawmaker Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed last week.

“There is no turning back if we leave,” he added, warning this would be “an abject and self-imposed humiliation” that would leave “a permanently poorer country in every sense”.

The murder of Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children who was an ardent supporter of EU membership, shocked the country and abruptly changed the tone of the caustic campaigning that has polarised the country.

Both sides have accused their opponents of misleading the public, and critics say the debate had descended into a negative row over the economic dangers of leaving versus the difficulties of limiting immigration if Britain stays.

Before the murder of Jo Cox, Vote Leave Campaign has taken its lead. Shortly after, the lead has returned to Remain.

A vote to leave, according to market observers, would mean foreign exchange crashes, equity and bond market turmoil that could lead to a political crisis in the UK.a

Understanding Germany’s Love For Alcohol

Beer has been there throughout history. Instead of grapes and fruits, beer is made using hops, malt, barley and yeast.

Love it or hate it, Germany may as well be named as ‘Beermany’. Its obsession with beer is part of its culture.

It is in Germany alone that has 5,500 brands of beer. Manufacturers are growing their brand numbers as new beers are released.\

Germany regulates its beers through the 500-year old German Beer Purity Law. It had just turned over its former year on April 23, 2016. It strictly adheres to the fact that beer is just hops, barley, yeast and water. Nothing more, nothing less, except for the proportions of each one.

In Germany, you could always have a beer. You can have a beer during an office party, during your park strolls or picnics or even just strolling around the mall.

Youngsters mostly spend their time drinking beer. Traditional festivals where Germans wear their traditional overalls and hats include pints of beer. These also include brass bands and the classic “Schlager” music, which introduces a joyous celebration in the form of sound.

In Germany, you can buy a beer any time you would want. It’s a beer vending machine known as Trinkhalle or Budchen or Spati.

From here, you could easily see how much love Germany has for beer, and for its consumption.

Germany Intends For The UK To Remain In EU

Despite the intense talks regarding the UK’s possible separation from the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that while British Prime Minister David Cameron’s renegotiation efforts could have the British make or break their EU ties, she understands the justified demands of the British.

She also made it clear that it is in Germany’s national interest for the UK to stay in the bloc.

Recently, the British Prime Minister had took a round of calls with EU leaders.

Merkel said that the British Prime Minister’s demands were “comprehensible and justified.” Addressing the German Parliament, Merkel said keeping Britain in the EU was not just in Britain but also Germany’s interests, and that of Europe as a whole.

She added “There is no point of dissent between the UK and Germany as far as social systems are concerned.”

However, eastern EU countries including Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, disagreed with the UK’s demands. He said he will not sacrifice his country’s citizens towards working for an EU deal with Britain.

The Czech Prime Minister disagreed with the limit on benefits for migrant Czech workers in the United Kingdom. The proposition states that all new migrant workers need four years until they can receive in-work benefits. Merkel said it was vital Britain has its reforms but also said it could stop the bloc from acting on its own.

“Our experience of the European household debt crisis has shown us how quickly steps towards further integration can be required, and I remind you that no long-term solutions have been found for the problems that become visible during the crisis,” she said.

The principles of freedom of movement and non-discrimination were “not open for discussion”, the chancellor said. What was important was that further integration remained “a possibility, but not an obligation”.

Germany’s Tornados To Be Replaced By New Fighter Jet Models

Germany and the United Kingdom are both using Tornado jets for air superiority campaigns. However, it intends to replace the powerful Tornado with a new fighter jet model it would discuss with European partners in 2016.

The meeting would involve defence contractors to include the features Defence Ministers would want to include in the new jet models.

The project would be a European-central project and it would be likely European defence contractors would develop the Jet.

International Defence Contractor and Equipment Manufacturer Panavia created the Tornado Jet, which Germany had used since 1981. Germany’s armed forces are discussing whether to extend Tornado’s usage into the mid-2030s.

The Tornado

  • Used by the RAF, IAF, GAF and RSAF
  • multirole, twin-engines.
  • used for low-level penetration.
  • multirole ensures practical use for any mission.
  • Has a variable sweep wing similar to America’s General Dynamics F-11 Aardvark and the Soviet Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 fighters.
  • Features a tandem-seat cockpit, crewed by a pilot and a navigator/weapons officer; both electromechanical and electro-optical controls are used to fly the aircraft and manage its systems.
  • The Tornado is cleared to carry the majority of air-launched weapons in the NATO inventory, including various unguided and laser-guided bombs, anti-ship and anti-radiation missiles, as well as specialised weapons such as anti-personnel mines and anti-runway munitions

Canada Issues Travel Warning on East Germany

The Canadian Government’s website issued a travel advisory to Canadians claiming extremist youths and gang racism could induce violence against foreign-looking individuals including foreigners.

According to the Canadian Embassy in Germany, they were appalled to see the paragraph coming from a 2005 travel warning.

German politicians expressed outrage about the advisory, including the CDU General Secretary in Saxony Michael Kretschmer saying the report did not represent reality and is harming the country’s reputation.

Migrants Moving In Europe

According to German Authorities there is true extremism and extremist youth gangs in the east and west Germany but the problem has been downplayed and most tourist-rich areas are secure from the small extremist gangs.

The webpage has since been replaced with travel information concerning the passage of migrants and refugees entering Europe causing possible travel delays for Canadians in the area.

About hundreds of thousands of refugees are due to enter Germany for shelter this week. However, Germany is overwhelmed by the number of refugees entering the country with many citizens anxious about the growing numbers.

West Germany has an ongoing riot due to an anti-Islam demonstration by a far-right group opposed by a left-wing protest. Over 3,500 policemen in riot gear thwarted both groups to keep them from fighting.

 

Germany Vows to Fight Racism After Refugee Attacks

Right-wing activists will pay for their atrocities against refugee shelters in Dresden, said Germany’s Interior Minister.

On Saturday, about 200 right-wing activists with most members inebriated, threw fireworks and bottles at police. Some of them shouted “Heil Hitler” during the encounter, as police recall. About 31 police officers were hurt during the violent protests against Asylum Seekers staying in a hardware store-turned-Refugee Shelter in Heidenau.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said:

“At the same time as we see a wave of people wanting to help, we have a rise in hate, insults and violence against asylum seekers. That is obscene and unworthy of our country. Anyone who acts like that faces the full force of the law.”

Germany is the EU’s biggest recipient of refugees. With its liberal asylum laws, the number of refugees could quadruple to about 800,000 for 2015. Chancellor Angela Merkel said this is EU’s biggest crisis, tougher than the Greek Crisis. Meanwhile, some of Merkel’s ruling party members want to play down some benefits asylum seekers have and to encourage other EU states to take up the burden.

De Maiziere said the EU needs to agree on a list of countries of “safe origin” to deport refugees easier, including nations joining the block and some African states.

Germany Issues “Last Straw” On Greece. Eurozone Bailout Talks Fail

The Eurozone’s leaders have been summoned to meet for an emergency in Brussels as Greece is now teetering on defaulting on its debts and crashing the Euro after Germany and other finance ministers have dropped the talks.

Germany has issued its ‘last straw’ signifying its patience has run out.

Greek Prime Minsiter Alexis Tsipras is expected to agree to the EU leaders’ proposed deal.

The talks have not been fruitful, with IMF Chief Christine Lagarde saying “the key emergency is to restore a dialogue with adults”.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’ plan was shot down because Eurozone officials said the plan mimicked the existing EU rules. The previous meeting ended with ministers fuming against Varoufakis for the standoff between Greece and the Eurozone.

Varoufakis retaliated as he blamed fearmongering by the former Greek government, unreasonable austerity demands from creditors and inappropriate warnings from the Greek Central Bank had spiked withdrawals and left Greece “in financial ruins.”

According to ECB Board Member for Crisis Resolution Benoit Coeure, the uncertainty over Greece’s future has become very severe that “uncertainty whether banks will open Monday” has become big trouble.

Greek citizens have been withdrawing their deposits amounting to €2 billion.

The two sides of the Eurozone crisis have not yet come to an agreement

Auschwitz Bookkeeper to Be Incarcerated

Auschwitz Bookkeeper Oskar Groening, originally part of the notorious concentration camp, begs for forgiveness and has admitted “moral guilt” for killing 300,000 and participating in genocide.

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The “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” asked forgiveness as his trial opened in Germany. At 93 years old, he is to be tried in a courtroom of Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives.

Groening admitted he knew about the killings.

During the Second World War, Groening was 21 years old. He admitted that he was excited for his new assignment in Auschwitz.

His job was to collect the deportees’ belongings after arriving at Auschwitz. He inspected and removed all bank notes, valuables and everything else of interest in the properties of their charge.

The money and valuables he collected were sent to SS offices in Berlin to help in the war.

He had kept record of 137 trains carrying 425,000 Jews from Hungary to Auschwitz during his tenure between May and July.

About 70 Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives were in court.

Groening said he was only a “small cog in the wheel”. Legally, he is innocent.

But Hanover prosecutors said that Groening’s actions had “helped the Nazi regime financially and supported its systematic killing campaign.”

Groening’s case can be the last of the major Holocaust cases as few Nazis who were in Auschwitz are still alive.