Tag: Germany

An ill wind

IN BERLIN they speak of “Plan B”; in Brussels the fear is of the U-turn. Whatever the term, the prediction is the same: that Angela Merkel is on the brink of reversing the generous policy towards asylum-seekers that saw more than a million of them reach Germany last year. For now, Mrs Merkel sticks to […]

German Jews ‘no longer safe’ due to anti-Semitism and ‘deteriorating security’

The leader of Hamberg’s Jewish community, Daniel Killy, told the Jerusalem Post: “We no longer feel safe here.”   He went on to explain how a combination of extreme right-wing forces, deteriorating security, and Germany welcoming of refugees brought up in cultures “steeped in hatred” for Jews were resulting in anti-Semitism.   Hamburg has a 2,500-strong Jewish population, and there […]

Germany’s Schaeuble doesn’t want tighter borders slowing EU integration

Tightening border controls between European Union countries would jeopardise EU integration and member states must address the influx of refugees into Europe by controlling the bloc’s external borders, Germany’s Finance Minister said on Tuesday.   “We don’t want to fall back into a time when borders were hindering the political and economic integration,” Finance Minister […]

Angela Merkel faces party rebellion over Germany’s stance on refugees

“In light of the developments in recent months, we can no longer speak of a great challenge – we are on the verge of our country being overwhelmed,” they wrote, in the letter addressed “Dear Madam Chancellor” and obtained by AFP.   The appeal marked the largest single expression of dissent by members of Merkel’s […]

Iran sanctions: Islamic republic rapidly resumes global trade in wake of nuclear deal

Iran has wasted no time re-entering the global financial system in the wake of the removal of sanctions, with deals with French and German firms already in place, and a visit by President Hassan Rouhani to Italy and France planned for next week.   The visit will be Mr Rouhani’s first to Europe since the […]

German minister urges Merkel to prepare border closures

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s transport minister has urged her to prepare to close Germany’s borders to stem an influx of asylum seekers, arguing that Berlin must act alone if it cannot reach a Europe-wide deal on refugees.   Alexander Dobrindt said Germany could no longer show the world a “friendly face” – a phrase used by […]

Facebook begins Europe-wide campaign against extremist posts

Facebook Inc (FB.O) began a Europe-wide campaign on Monday to thwart extremist posts on social media, after German politicians in particular raised concerns about a rise in xenophobic comments linked to an influx of refugees.   The U.S.-based group launched its “Initiative for Civil Courage Online” in Berlin, pledging over 1 million euros (1 million […]

EU will COLLAPSE under terror and migrant strain – and it’s already starting in Germany

Martin Schulz, the German president of the European Parliament, fears the 28-member bloc will crumble under the to political unrest caused by the migrant crisis.   He said: “The worst nightmare for the European project is an outbreak of populism or political upheaval in Germany. Now it is looking like a real possibility.   “Nobody […]

German town sends refugee bus to Merkel’s office

A German small town Thursday sent a bus with 31 Syrian refugees on a road trip to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office in protest against her liberal migrant policy.   The Bavarian district chief behind the journey to Berlin, Peter Dreier, said his rural area was buckling under the strain of a mass influx that brought […]

‘Can’t take more’: Bavaria sends bus load of refugees to Merkel’s office

The head of a Bavarian district has sent a bus with 30 refugees aboard on a 550km trip to Angela Merkel’s Berlin office – fulfilling a threat made in October, when he said he would act if the number of refugees exceeded housing capacity in his area.