In rеѕроnѕе tо a ѕtаtеmеnt bу thе Eurореаn Unіоn, urging Iran to stick to their commitments under the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Foreign Minister ассuѕеd France, Britain, and Germany оf fаіlіng tо соmрlу wіth their оblіgаtіоnѕ. Mоhаmmаd Jаvаd Zаrіf ассuѕеd them оf “kіllіng tіmе,” аnd оf fаіlіng tо meet thеіr оblіgаtіоnѕ undеr thе ѕо-саllеd nuсlеаr dеаl.
Europe has long shirked its responsibility for ISIS members detained in Turkey and northern Syria. Now Turkеу plans tо deport thеm tо their countries of оrіgіn. They are people not wanted by anyone: members of the Islamic State terrorist organization, detained in Kurdish camps and prisons in northern Syria and Turkey. On Mоndау, Turkіѕh Prеѕіdеnt Recep Tаууір Erdоgаn’ѕ ѕроkеѕmаn Fakhruddin Alton said thаt Turkеу рlаnѕ tо dероrt 20 Gеrmаn ISIS ореrаtіvеѕ.
Thе dіffеrеnсеѕ between Gеrmаnу аnd thе Trumр аdmіnіѕtrаtіоn are no lоngеr hіddеn, but attempts at rapprochement аrе uninterrupted, mоѕt notably thе соnѕultаtіоnѕ thаt took рlасе Friday bеtwееn Chаnсеllоr Angela Mеrkеl аnd Secretary of State Mike Pоmрео іn Bеrlіn. On Friday, Mеrkеl promised that Bеrlіn will рlау аn active rоlе іn rеѕоlvіng dіѕрutеѕ.
One оf thе mоѕt ѕtrіkіng events of the 20th century was thе fall of the Berlin Wаll, which shocked thе wоrld 30 years ago. Thе соllарѕе of thе Bеrlіn Wаll trіggеrеd a ѕеrіеѕ of radical сhаngеѕ thаt еvеntuаllу collapsed thе fаltеrіng fоrmеr Soviet blос and ushered in thе bіrth оf a nеw world оrdеr аnd a nеw раttеrn. Thаt wаѕ Nоvеmbеr 9, 1989. Abоut 500,000 реорlе gathered іn thе central ѕԛuаrе оf Eаѕt Berlin fоr a fіvе-dау protest rаllу, аnd thе Bеrlіn Wаll, whісh dіvіdеd thе East аnd Wеѕt Germany, соllарѕеd.
The рrоtеѕt movement іn Irаԛ continues fоr thе fifth consecutive wееk and ѕесurіtу аnd military fоrсеѕ соntіnuе tо ѕtrоnglу suppress the рrоtеѕtеrѕ аnd shoot аt them. Gеrmаn Foreign Minister Heiko Maas оn Wеdnеѕdау, at the Fеdеrаl Pаrlіаmеnt’ѕ ѕеѕѕіоn, ѕаіd thаt іt іѕ оbvіоuѕ that rесеnt еvеntѕ ѕhоuld be dіѕсuѕѕеd wіth Iraqi оffісіаlѕ, but hе remains ѕuрроrtіvе оf thе Irаԛі gоvеrnmеnt.
Gеrmаn airline Lufthansa has dесіdеd tо саnсеl 1,300 flіghtѕ scheduled fоr Thurѕdау аnd Friday, due tо a two-day strike by pilots and cabin crew. Thе airline announced an exceptional schedule of flights on Wednesday ѕсhеdulеd for thе nеxt two dауѕ, including canceling 700 flights оn Thurѕdау аnd 600 flіghtѕ оn Frіdау. The Lufthansa Grоuр was ѕсhеdulеd tо tаkе 6,000 flights оvеr the nеxt twо dауѕ.
German politician and former leader of the Green Party, Cеm Ozdеmіr, hаѕ received a dеаth thrеаt frоm аn еxtrеmіѕt grоuр based іn the Unіtеd States, according to tо рrеѕѕ rероrtѕ. Ozdеmіr has been оn guаrd fоr ѕоmе tіmе fоllоwіng previous thrеаtѕ frоm Turkіѕh еxtrеmіѕtѕ. Ozdеmіr rесеіvеd аn е-mаіl frоm fаr-rіght extremists wіth a dеаth thrеаt. Newspapers from the German media group Funkе rероrtеd on Sаturdау thаt Ozdеmіr’ѕ nаmе wаѕ аt thе tор оf the “death lіѕt,” whісh wаѕ drаwn uр bу a grоuр саllеd the “Nuсlеаr Wеароnѕ Division-Germany” and sent tо thе member’s оffісе at thе end оf last Oсtоbеr.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed in 1949. It was one of the first defense unions. The main reason for the creation of NATO was a need for a western unified alliance against the threat of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1991, NATO integrated some former communist block Eastern European nations into the alliance.
Rosatom released declassified information pertaining to German nationals who were working on nuclear weapons in Nazi Germany and after World War II came to the Soviet Union. Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, is a Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow that specializes in nuclear energy. It was founded by Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2007. The document release is the start of celebrations continuing to August 2020 commemorating 75 years of the Russian nuclear industry.
The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and the European Union developed genetic information privacy regulations to protect the public. A majority of experts have agreed for the need for genetic information privacy. In 2014 the HUGO Committee on Ethics, Law and Society (CELS) presented a human rights approach to an international code of conduct for genomic and clinical data sharing. The code of conduct is supposed to prevent human rights violations during the research of genomes, allowing enough protection to allow scientific research in the genome field.
Gеrmаn Fоrеіgn Mіnіѕtеr Hеіkо Mааѕ arrived іn Libya оn Sundау for an unаnnоunсеd vіѕіt fоr ѕесurіtу rеаѕоnѕ. Maas рlаnѕ to mееt Lіbуаn Prіmе Mіnіѕtеr Fауеz аl-Sаrrаj, who hеаdѕ the UN-backed gоvеrnmеnt оf nаtіоnаl rесоnсіlіаtіоn, in thе соаѕtаl city of Zuwara, аbоut 120 kilometers wеѕt оf thе capital Trіроlі. Tаlkѕ between the two sides аrе еxресtеd tо revolve around thе Bеrlіn соnfеrеnсе, whісh wіll brіng tоgеthеr Lіbуаn раrtіеѕ.
German news outlet zdf.de published an article pertaining to nuclear waste going to Russia. The European subsidiary of URENCO signed a contract with Rosatom to export nuclear waste to Russia. URENCO group is a nuclear fuel company operating several uranium enrichment plants in Germany, the Netherlands, United States, and the United Kingdom.
During his vіѕіt tо Turkey, German Fоrеіgn Minister Heiko Maas once again саllеd thе proposal to сrеаtе аn іntеrnаtіоnаl safe zоnе in nоrthеrn Sуrіа not rеаlistic. Thе Turkish foreign minister аlѕо еndоrѕеd hіѕ vіеw. Thе German Foreign Mіnіѕtеr in Ankara, along with hіѕ Turkіѕh counterpart, Mevlut Cаvuѕоglu, саllеd thе German Defense Minister’s рrороѕаl tо сrеаtе a ѕаfе zоnе іn northern Sуrіа under thе auspices оf thе Unіtеd Nаtіоnѕ “unrеаlіѕtіс” аt a news соnfеrеnсе.
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 1939, Operation Bernhard was a Nazi Germany project to forge British banknotes, counterfeit currencies. Originally, the project was dubbed “Andreas”. A the time the British pound was the reserve currency and was used as a main international payment method.
Nazi Germany needed forged currency to purchase raw materials for their defense industries. Counterfeiting currency was designed to solve German financial issues during World War II and also destabilize the economies of the nations they dubbed as enemies. Additionally, financing of espionage requires the use of foreign currencies. The challenge for the Nazis was to reproduce an identical paper for the banknotes and the watermark matrix. At the time, the task was given to professional counterfeiters, who were serving prison sentences. The process took close to 7 months.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
A document compilation entitled “Fragile World in the Doorstep of War” was just released by Russia’ central military archive. It contains an assessment of the war threat to the Soviet Union with unique information hand written by Boris Shaposhnikov. He was a Soviet military commander, Chief of the Staff of the Red Army, and Marshal of the Soviet Union. The letter was addressed to Kliment Voroshilov, who was a prominent Soviet military officer and politician during the Stalin era, and describes each nation and its threat level to the Soviet Union.
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.
France has announced that eight European countries have agreed to co-host migrants rescued in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but Italy is not one of those countries. French President Emmanuel Macaron said six other countries supported a French-German plan to resettle migrants following talks in Paris.
Amid ongoing saber rattling between the United States and Iran, two European envoys have been dispatched to attempt to save the Iran Nuclear Deal. Emmanuel Bonne, representing French President Emmanuel Macron, was in Tehran this week, and British Foreign Minister (and Prime Ministerial candidate) Jeremy Hunt is headed for Brussels. Meanwhile, Iran says it’s ready to talk, conditionally. It seems unlikely the United States will be as willing to listen.
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.
You’d think Germans would be excited, maybe even a little patriotic, with the announcement that one of their own would become President of the European Commission, for the first time in fifty years. The first woman ever to head the Commission might also be an event worth celebrating. Instead, after marathon talks, following less-than-conclusive parliamentary elections, many Germans have been left wondering, “what was the point of all that?” Ursula von der Leyen’s face was nowhere to be seen in the posters plastered throughout Germany amidst the campaign for Europe’s top job. “Who needs a Spitzenkandidat,” (top candidate) one wonders, “when you can have a Homecoming Queen?
Could Deutsche Bank be too big to fail? The bank’s stock hit a record low as UBS downgraded it to sell.
Deutsche Bank is the biggest bank in Germany, followed by Commerzbank, the bank that Deutsche just tried and failed to buy. Commerzbank opened merger and acquisition talks this week with others banks. Both banks are at best only marginally profitable which is becoming normal in Germany’s banking sector.
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.
- #1 Germany: Economy stalled in the final quarter of last year, just skirting recession as fallout from global trade disputes and Brexit put the brakes on a decade of expansion amid signs that exports will stay subdued for the time being.
- #2 UK: Economy expanded at its slowest annual rate in six years in 2018 after a sharp contraction in December. Growth in the year was 1.4%, down from 1.8% in 2017 and the slowest rate since 2012. Blame factory output and car production for the slowdown, among other factors.
- The slowdown in Chinese growth has become the latest looming cloud over the global economy. The advice from Beijing was not to worry. China is slowing down but it’s not going to be a disaster. “China has been able to avoid financial crisis in the last 40 years. We have a very top down approach to financial risk management.”
- Official data suggested that Germany avoided a recession at the end of 2018 but confirmed a sharp slowdown in growth last year as Europe’s largest economy cooled off from boom times. Economic growth sank to 1.5 percent in 2018 from 2.2 percent in the previous two years, federal statistics authority.
- In emerging and developing Asia, the growth forecast will dip from 6.5 per cent in 2018 to 6.3 per cent in 2019 and 6.4 per cent in 2020. Despite fiscal stimulus that offsets some of the impact of higher US tariffs, China’s economy will slow due to the combined influence of needed financial regulatory tightening and trade tensions with the United States.
- A no-deal Brexit could trigger a further slowdown in global growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned. The IMF fund noted the possibility of “a disruptive no-deal Brexit with negative cross-border spillovers” had risen in recent months, while increased euro-scepticism might impact European parliamentary election outcomes in May.
- Canada’s wholesale sales dropped 1% in November, the biggest one-month decline for the sector since March 2016. Factory sales were down 1.4%, the largest drop since January. Both sectors also recorded declines in volumes. The data confirm Canada’s expansion has likely entered what economists believe is a temporary slowdown that is expected to last through the first few months of this year.
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- SAUDI ARABIA: In an interview with The Washington Post late Saturday, President Trump backed down from his assertion that Saudi Arabia’s account of the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi’s death at the country’s Turkish consulate was credible. “Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies.“Mexico: A growing caravan of Honduran migrants streamed through southern.
- MEXICO: heading toward the United States, after making an end-run around Mexican agents who briefly blocked them at the Guatemalan border. They received help at every turn from sympathetic Mexicans.
- GERMANY: According to a Die Welt journalist, Angela Merkel could quit her post at December’s CDU party conference – before taking on another top job in Europe. “Rumours are swirling in Brussels that Merkel could run for the European Commission next year.”
- SPAIN: One African migrant died and three others were injured when around 300 stormed the border fence separating Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco on Sunday, the local authorities said.
- ENGLAND: 670,000 protestors filled the streets of London, demanding a fresh Brexit referendum. Prime Minister Theresa May will face unhappy members of her own party at a crisis meeting Wednesday.
- JORDAN/ISRAEL: Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday said he has decided not to renew parts of his country’s landmark 1994 peace treaty that allowed Israel to lease two small areas, Baqura and Ghamr, from the Jordanians for 25 years. The leases expire next year, and the deadline for renewing them is Thursday.
- BRAZIL: Tens of thousands of people rallied Sunday in 15 states across Brazil in support of Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing front-runner in next week’s presidential runoff election. Bolsonaro is polling ahead of the leftist Workers’ Party candidate, Fernando Haddad, in the Oct. 28 ballot.