Angela Merkel

French government collapses, socialism still isn’t working

The cheese eating surrender monkey’s government has collapsed in acrimony.

Francois Hollande has dissolved the government and is now asking the same failed socialist Prime Minister to pick another bunch of socialists. The Frogs  clearly haven’t learned that socialism doesn’t work no matter which bunch of socialists is in charge.

France has coherent single party government and socialism fails and hurts the people it purports to help, imagine what a coalition of socialists would be like.

French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government on Monday after open feuding in his Cabinet over the country’s stagnant economy.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing the outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government’s policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday.

France has had effectively no economic growth this year, unemployment is hovering around 10 percent, and Hollande’s approval ratings are in the teens.    Read more »

This might rip Helen’s undies

 

Oh no…bad news for Helen Clark, it looks like Angela Merkel is moving on the top job at the UN.

According to a report, Angela Merkel may be considering stepping down from the German chancellorship to pursue the European Council presidency or to helm the United Nations. Both positions will be open in 2017 and Merkel has reportedly signaled that she doesn’t wish to serve out her entire term, which ends in 2017.

From Der Spiegel:

The position as head of the UN in New York will also be open as of January 2017, with Ban Ki-moon’s successor being determined in mid-2016. Just recently, the Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg’s leading daily paper, wrote extensively about the possibility that Merkel might aspire to the position, though it was quickly denied by the chancellor’s spokesman. The speculation, however, has continued. “It is a European’s turn,” said one senior CDU member at a recent evening event.   Read more »

Solar isn’t cheaper, or more effective, learn from Germany’s mistakes

The Green party wants to foist an energy policy upon New Zealand that is idiocy in the extreme. Industry sources say it is a hopelessly flawed policy, reliant on subsidies to work and even then it is based on a lie…that solar is cheap and effective.

Germany’s problems suggest the opposite.

Germany once prided itself on being the “photovoltaic world champion”, doling out generous subsidies—totaling more than $130 billion, according to research from Germany’s Ruhr University—to citizens to invest in solar energy. But now the German government is vowing to cut the subsidies sooner than planned and to phase out support over the next five years. What went wrong?

Subsidizing green technology is affordable only if it is done in tiny, tokenistic amounts. Using the government’s generous subsidies, Germans installed 7.5 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity last year, more than double what the government had deemed “acceptable.” It is estimated that this increase alone will lead to a $260 hike in the average consumer’s annual power bill.

According to Der Spiegel, even members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s staff are now describing the policy as a massive money pit. Philipp Rösler, Germany’s minister of economics and technology, has called the spiraling solar subsidies a “threat to the economy.”

Germany’s enthusiasm for solar power is understandable. We could satisfy all of the world’s energy needs for an entire year if we could capture just one hour of the sun’s energy. Even with the inefficiency of current PV technology, we could meet the entire globe’s energy demand with solar panels by covering 250,000 square kilometers (155,342 square miles), about 2.6 percent of the Sahara Desert.  Read more »

Another rogering for warmists, EU abandons Climate Protection Goals

The EU is moving to ditch climate protection goals as they seek ways to create and develop affordable energy solutions.

The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process.

The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the “reckless” way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This kind of blatant self-interest, officials complained at the time, is poisoning the climate.

But now it seems that the climate is no longer of much importance to the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, either. Commission sources have long been hinting that the body intends to move away from ambitious climate protection goals. On Tuesday, the SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung reported as much.  Read more »

Wonder if they bothered with JK’s

Seems world leaders have had their phones monitored by US spies.

I wonder if they bothered with John Key’s? Or maybe he wasn’t important enough.

They probably monitored McCully’s and Groser’s when they want to listen into phone sex or Gerry’s if they wanted to know how a huge fat bloke can get women to remove their underwear.

Hours after Angela Merkel confronted President Barack Obama over allegations that her personal mobile had been tapped, new documents showed that US surveillance extended to dozens of other heads of government.

The National Security Agency (NSA) encouraged other US government departments to share their “rolodexes” of foreign contacts which were then targeted.   Read more »

Coddington on the sexism in the Brown affair

It is no secret that Deborah Coddington hates my guts…she called ma a c**t on Twitter last night. However she has a good piece in the Herald On Sunday about the aphrodisiac of power.

When Henry Kissinger said power is the ultimate aphrodisiac, I doubt he was referring to women politicians.

I’ve had to go back to Catherine the Great to find a woman at the top prepared to risk losing all for the dubious thrill of a roll in the hay.

Len Brown’s no stud muffin and young, sexy Bevan Chuang admitted she only got loved up for two years because he’s Auckland’s boss.

There must have been pulling power swirling around Parliament when I was there, judging by the number of male MPs who had to resign because they’ve been caught – not quite in flagrante delicto but before media could make it messy for their parties. But I never noticed this intoxicating aura which turns boring men into lotharios just because they’ve garnered more votes than their rivals.

Here’s the mystery. Why men? Why don’t elected women leaders risk all for a quick naughty?  Read more »

Germans get bitten on the arse by green energy

Green energy isn’t free as the Germans are finding out.

It is an audacious undertaking with wide and deep support in Germany: shut down the nation’s nuclear power plants, wean the country from coal and promote a wholesale shift to renewable energy sources.

But the plan, backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and opposition parties alike, is running into problems in execution that are forcing Germans to come face to face with the costs and complexities of sticking to their principles.

German families are being hit by rapidly increasing electricity rates, to the point where growing numbers of them can no longer afford to pay the bill. Businesses are more and more worried that their energy costs will put them at a disadvantage to competitors in nations with lower energy costs, and some energy-intensive industries have begun to shun the country because they fear steeper costs ahead.  Read more »

A good Kraut flips the ‘stinkefinger’

Flipping the "stinkefinger"

Flipping the “stinkefinger”

Angela Merkel’s main rival has caused a massive furore over a photo of him flipping the bird, or “stinkefinger” as the Krauts like to call it, on the cover of a magazine.

As can be expected of such a politician, he is unrepentant.

Angela Merkel’s main rival in Germany‘s election has prompted a storm of protest after giving the middle-finger during a photo shoot.

Peer Steinbrück, the leading candidate for the Social Democrats, has appeared on the front cover of the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) magazine delivering the gesture after being asked whether he minded having several negative nicknames.

The stinkefinger (stink-finger) was one of the most popular items on Twitter in the German-speaking realm (trending as #stinkefinger), with Steinbruck himself commenting: “plain talking doesn’t always mean using words, for example when one is constantly addressed about old issues instead of really important questions”.  Read more »

The ruinously expensive green dream

The green taliban will tell you that their way is the path to nirvana, of free love, energy and prosperity for all. It is a lie.

Their way is the path to ruin…as Germany is finding out.

Germany is committing slow economic suicide. It has staked its future on heavy industry and manufacturing, yet has no energy policy to back this up.

Instead, the country has a ruinously expensive green dream, priced at €700bn (ÂŁ590bn) from now until the late 2030s by environment minister Peter Altmaier if costs are slashed – and €1 trillion if they are not. The Germans are surely the most romantic nation on earth.

The full implications of this may become clear over the next decade, just as Germany’s ageing crisis hits with maximum force and its engineers retire; and just as German voters discover – what they suspect already – that it costs real money to hold a half-baked euro together.

The likelihood is that Germany will start to lose its economic halo soon, “de-rated” like others before it.

America was over-rated in 2000. Russia and Britain were over-rated in 2007. Brazil, India and a string of mini-BRICS were over-rated in 2011. Today the country most obviously trading at its cyclical peak is Germany, a geostrategic “short” candidate that is drawing down its credit from past efforts. However, the slippage may be slow, since Germany has locked in a lasting edge over southern Europe through a fixed exchange rate.  Read more »

Goot Gott in Himmel

Surely one of the strangest stories recently…a near naked bloke dancing on the wing of Angela Merkel’s plane

Germany’s security services are urgently investigating how a man was able to board Angela Merkel’s military jet where he partied alone for four hours wearing only underpants while high on drugs.

The man, a bodybuilder of Turkish descent named as Volkan T, 24, danced on a wing of the German chancellor’s aircraft, sprayed fire extinguisher foam around its luxury cabin and randomly pushed cockpit buttons, deploying an emergency evacuation slide.

According to a leaked police report, the man easily boarded the Airbus 319 on 25 July, clutching a bag full of marijuana and ecstasy pills, while it was parked at a closed military section of Cologne airport.

The authorities were only alerted to the security breach, when he inadvertently triggered an alarm while playing with the cockpit buttons.

Adding to the embarrassment, it then took police, dogs, private security guards and soldiers three hours to get the intruder off the plane, including attempts to persuade him to give up shouted over a megaphone.   Read more »