German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has criticized Turkey’s military operation in Syria Sunday. Maas has threatened that as Erdogan continues to operate in northern Syria, Europe will cut funding for the asylum agreement with Turkey. Maas, in connection with Turkish military attacks on Kurdish militias in northern Syria, has said that the operation is not legitimate under international law.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin on Sunday in protest against extreme right-wing violence and anti-Semitism, in a gesture of repudiation of the attack that left two dead this week in the east German city of Halle. The protest began on Bebelplatz square, in front of the Humboldt University in the heart of the German capital. It was in this square where, in 1933, the Nazis burned books by Jewish authors considered “subversive” by Adolf Hitler’s regime.
In reaction to the Turkish offensive in Syria, both France and Germany have decided to immediately halt the selling any military equipment that Ankara may use in its ongoing invasion. Notably, Turkey is the largest buyer of German weapons.
On Wednesday throughout the world the Jewish people celebrated the High Holy Day of Yom Kippur, that comes 10 days after the New Year Holiday of Rosh Hashanna. In the city of Halle, Germany 80 congregants were praying in a synagogue when an assailant dressed in military garb tried to shoot his way into the synagogue which was locked with a security bell as is the custom in Europe.
German police say at least two people were killed during a shooting in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt. According to eyewitnesses, several armed attackers may have been involved in the incident, and one of the suspects has been arrested. Eyewitnesses also said at least one gunman fled the shooting scene with another in the neighborhood. The shooting occurred near a Jewish synagogue, and police say the body of a victim was found within 3 meters from the synagogue.
A Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) is “virtually impossible,” British government sources told local media on Tuesday after a telephone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Johnson and Merkel spoke on Tuesday morning about Johnson’s proposals to the EU last week.
The German Government launched an official search for secret tunnels at the former Buchenwald Nazi Concentration camp in the beginning of this month. The camp was established on the Ettersberg hill near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937. Buchenwald was one of the first and the largest of the concentration camps within Germany’s 1937 borders. The name of the camp translated in English means “Beech forest.” The Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe is a transnational composite nature UNESCO World Heritage site, encompassing forests in 12 European countries. Many actual or suspected communists were among the first internees at the camp.
Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel made a veiled attack on the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party on the 29th anniversary of German Unification Thursday, saying that economic grievances in the east were no excuse for racism. She said, ”It should never be the case that disappointment with politics however significant be accepted as a legitimate reason to marginalize, threaten or attack others because of their skin, color, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The values of our constitution must guide each and every debate in our country. In concrete terms this means Yes to Open debate, Yes to tough demands from politics, No to intolerance, No to marginalization, No to hate and anti-Semitism, No to living at the expense of the weak and minorities.”
Germany is continuing its export of military equipment to countries involved in Yemen’s civil war. The German government has authorized the sale of weapons to the United Arab Emirates, which is involved in the Yemen war as part of the Saudi-led “Arab coalition.”
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer met with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara Friday in attempt to sign a new agreement between Turkey and the European Union. Seehofer praised Turkey’s efforts in refugee matters, and said that Turkey could get more funding support from the EU. He said it was difficult to control immigration to Europe without Turkey’s support, and Germany was ready to help Turkey.
On September 23, 2019 Thomas Cook halted its operations. The company owned Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia. Thomas Cook was formed in 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group. The group operated in two separate segments: a tour operator and an airline. Thomas Cook went into compulsory liquidation on September 23, 2019 and is now under the control of the Official Receiver. The company went into liquidation due to £1.7 billion debt. As a result, the UK Government is having to fly home over 150,000 customers from 18 countries. Brexit uncertainty contributed to the faster demise of Thomas Cook. The company was known for its all-inclusive travel model.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to arrange a meeting between the US and Iranian leaders continued in New York on Tuesday. Hassan Rouhani described Mr. Macron’s efforts to lift US sanctions against Iran as a success, but Donald Trump said in a speech at the UN General Assembly that sanctions would not be lifted as long as Iran’s threatening behavior continues. Mr. Macron first met with Mr. Rouhani on Monday night. He said on Tuesday evening that Mr. Rouhani was accompanying British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to meet with the British Prime Minister.
Germany’s Minister of the Environment, Svenja Schulze, will announce Germany’s joining an alliance of countries committed to phasing out coal in electricity generation. The announcement to join the Powering Past Coal Alliance comes ahead of a United Nations climate summit in New York on Monday.
Despite protests and criticism, the German government has returned a number of Afghan citizens to their country. The forced return of Afghan asylum seekers and immigrants began last December. German news agencies on Wednesday quoted Kabul airport officials saying that a plane originating in Germany with seven Afghans landed at the airport at 6 am local time.
Last Friday, August 23, the murder of a Georgian national occurred in Germany’s Kleiner Tiergarten Park. The central district of Tiergarten is known for many public attractions, including the Berlin Zoo. The shooting took place at approximately 12 p.m. and the shots were fired at close range. Witnesses described an assailant shooting a victim twice in the head from behind before fleeing on a bicycle.
The 45th G7 (Group of Seven) Summit is being held from August 24–26, 2019, in Biarritz, France. The Group of Seven consists of the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. France has identified the following main objectives for the 2019 Summit:
In a historic move, Russia released the original copy of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact two months ago. However, the question remains: What is the Kremlin’s end game? Russia’s social media propaganda machine has been very busy spinning the narrative of a Russian sphere of influence using constant subliminal messages. It’s all part of Vladimir Putin’s new narrative that it was necessary for the Soviet Union to collapse so that a new Russian empire can rise from the ashes.
Poland has announced that it will participate in the US-led International Maritime Mission in the Strait of Hormuz. The United States invited nine countries to participate in the mission of securing commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf. Germany and France are considering their own European force plan to secure shipping in the Gulf.
Two more of the world’s biggest soccer leagues kick off their seasons this weekend. Bayern Munich (2-11) will look to extend their period of unparalleled dominance of the German Bundesliga, as they take on Hertha Berlin (20-1) on Friday. That same day, FC Barcelona (14-19) begin their quest for a three-peat in La Liga, away to Athletic Bilbao (4-1). Both Bayern (1-3) and Barca (4-6) are heavily favored to win their respective leagues. Both will seemingly have their sights set on the Champions League.
The German aid organization, Sea-Eye wants to bring 65 rescued migrants to Malta. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini forced the ship in Lampedusa to turn back. The German rescue ship “Alan Kurdi” had been waiting for hours in front of the Italian island. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had strictly forbidden the ship to enter the port.
Börse Stuttgart, Germany’s second biggest stock exchange and the 9th largest in Europe, has sanctioned two new ETNs (Exchange-traded Notes)- Litecoin (LTC) and XRP. According to a company press release, this is the first kind of announcement in Germany.
Börse Stuttgart has declared that like ETFs, ETNs are also strictly regulated, a transparent and protected instrument that can be used by an investor to invest in different assets or they can buy or sell ETNs based on the cryptocurrencies Litecoin and Ripple.