Germany

More proof (if it was needed) that German humour is problematic at best

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Germany’s Angela Merkel has agreed to allow prosecutors to pursue a case against a German comedian who mocked Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, prompting accusations she’s failed to protect free speech and has split her ruling coalition.

Erdogan had demanded that Germany press charges against Jan Boehmermann after he recited a poem about the Turkish leader in a show on German public broadcaster ZDF on March 31, suggesting he hits girls, watches child pornography and engages in bestiality.

You see, that’s not funny.   Strike 1.   Read more »

Thanks for letting us stay Germany, mind if we blow you up now?

Islamic State wants to carry out attacks in Germany and the security situation is “very serious”, the head of the country’s domestic intelligence agency says.

Hans-Georg Maassen told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag the group wanted to carry out attacks against Germany and German interests.

“At the moment we don’t have any knowledge of any concrete terrorist attack plans in Germany.”

He said Islamic State propaganda was aimed at encouraging supporters to take the initiative to stage attacks in Germany.

Maassen said there were several cases linking Germans returning from Syria to attack plans and warned that the danger posed by jihadists from Germany remained “virulent”.

He said the country had avoided a big attack so far thanks to the successful work of security authorities and luck such as a bomb detonator not working properly on one or two occasions.

Luck only gets you so far.   Read more »

Germany’s wind powered nightmare

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I hate wind turbines, they are a blot on the landscape, kill thousands of birds, are noisy and don’t work even with billions in subsidies.

The Germans are finding out just how bad they really are.

The Germans went into wind power harder and faster than anyone else – and the cost of doing so is catching up with a vengeance.

The subsidies have been colossal and the impacts on the electricity market chaotic.

Some 800,000 German homes have been disconnected from the grid – victims of what is euphemistically called “fuel poverty”. Power starved Germans, instead of freezing, grabbed their axes and tramped into their forests to improve their sense of energy security – although foresters apparently take the view that this self-help measure is nothing more than blatant timber theft (see our post here).

German manufacturers – and other energy intensive industries – faced with escalating power bills are packing up and heading to the USA – where power prices are 1/3 of Germany’s (see our posts here and hereand here). And the “green” dream of creating thousands of jobs in the wind industry has turned out to be just that: a dream (see our post here).   Read more »

Germans have a chance to stop Merkel’s madness

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Three German states are voting in regional elections seen as the first political test for Chancellor Angela Merkel since the country saw an influx of refugees.

Sunday’s vote is expected to see the three-year-old Alternative for Germany (AfD) party perform strongly amid debate over Merkel’s liberal approach to accepting the refugees.

Opinion polls predict setbacks for Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party and her partners in the national government, the centre-left Social Democrats.

About 12.7 million people are eligible to vote for state legislatures in three diverse regions…

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Photo Of The Day

(FILES) - Picture taken on January 20, 2004 in Toulouse (southwestern France) shows Frenchman Andre Bamberski holding a picture of her daughter Kalinka Bamberski who was allegedly raped and murdered by her German stepfather doctor Dieter Krombach in 1982. Krombach was found on October 18, 2009, wounded and tied up in front of Mulhouse courthouse (eastern France). He has been put under police custody as well as Bamberski who was oddly present in the area. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Picture taken on January 20, 2004 in Toulouse (southwestern France) shows Frenchman Andre Bamberski holding a picture of her daughter Kalinka Bamberski who was allegedly raped and murdered by her German stepfather doctor Dieter Krombach in 1982. Krombach was found on October 18, 2009, wounded and tied up in front of Mulhouse courthouse (eastern France). He has been put under police custody as well as Bamberski who was oddly present in the area. AFP PHOTO / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kalinka

When 14-year-old Kalinka was found dead in 1982, her father Andre Bamberski, a quietly-spoken man, took the law into his own hands. For three long decades Andre Bamberski waged a tireless campaign to win justice for the daughter he was sure had been murdered. Pretty, sports-mad Kalinka, 14, was found dead in suspicious circumstances.

The abduction of Dr. Dieter Krombach began in the village of Scheidegg, in southern Germany. His three kidnappers punched him in the face, tied him up, gagged him, and threw him in the back of their car. They drove 150 miles, crossing the border into the Alsace region of France, with Krombach stretched out on the floor between the seats. The car stopped in the town of Mulhouse.

An accomplice called the local police and stayed on the line just long enough to deliver a bizarre instruction: “Go to the rue de Tilleul, across from the customs office,” the anonymous caller said. “You’ll find a man tied up.” A few minutes later, two police cars arrived at the scene, their red and blue patrol lights illuminating the street. Behind an iron gate, in a dingy courtyard between two four-story buildings, Krombach lay on the ground. His hands and feet were bound and his mouth was gagged. He was roughed up but very much alive. When the police removed the covering from his mouth, the first thing he said was “Bamberski is behind it.”

The French septuagenarian André Bamberski to whom Krombach referred was, on the face of it, an unlikely kidnapper. Until 1982, he had been a mild-mannered accountant and the adoring father of a lively young girl, Kalinka. That year, Kalinka attended a French-language high school in the small German city of Freiburg, as a boarder, and spent most weekends and summers in nearby Lindau, with Bamberski’s ex-wife and her new husband, Dieter Krombach.

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German spy agency knows that refugees contain Daesh infiltrators

Again, I told you so.

The Krauts have a big problem and it’s one they were warned about…terrorists infiltrating refugees.

Germany’s secret service has received more than 100 tip-offs that ISIS militants are hiding out among asylum seekers, it was reported today.

The head of the domestic intelligence agency (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, mentioned the figure at a discussion in the Interior Ministry, according to local media.

It comes a day after police conducted raids on suspected Islamist militants at locations across the country, including two refugee centres.

But Mr Maassen also said that among those tip-offs there were some cases of untruthful defamation, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported, without citing sources.

The BfV was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters news agency.   Read more »

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One in four Germans happy to shoot illegals at the border

The face of "far right" politics in Germany

The face of “far right” politics in Germany

If it’s one in four today, it will be two in four later this year.

The Alternative for Germany (AFD) party leader Frauke Petry caused a storm a week ago when she advocated the right of border police to gun down migrants. But her comments have struck a nerve in a country being pushed to the brink by the crisis with 29 per cent of respondents in a weekend poll backing her extremist plan. Read more »

Hard proof some “refugees” are invading terrorists

A handout picture provided by the German police shows a 34-year-old Algerian man posing next to firearms and ammunition in an undisclosed location

A handout picture provided by the German police shows a 34-year-old Algerian man posing next to firearms and ammunition in an undisclosed location

I hate having to say I told you so, but…

This is the extraordinary image recovered by German police from an Algerian Islamic State terrorist who was posing as a Syrian refugee.

The 34-year-old man, arrested at a refugee shelter in the town Attendorn on Thursday, poses with a handgun alongside a huge cache of weapons and ammunition at an undisclosed location.

The suspect, who police believe received military training in Syria, crouches in front of grenades, machine guns, gun cartridges and a tactical helmet and military-style webbing and a backpack.

He is wearing a headband with Arabic writing similar to those widely worn by IS militants and combat fatigues.

The man, whose identity has not been given by police, reportedly arrived in Germany with his family at the end of 2015.

Police said he had applied for asylum with his family, claiming to be a Syrian fleeing the country’s civil war.

In fact, they believe he was part of a terror cell aiming to massacre civilians.   Read more »

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Introducing the new multicultural toilet

What do you do when toilet training fails? When my children were slow to learn, I put them in pull ups, which are a wonderful in-between option between big boy pants and disposable nappies.

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If I hadn’t trained them they would have gone on the floor, the grass outside or in their beds at night. Toilet training is a pretty standard part of our Western culture. The design of our toilets has always been pretty standard too. Apart from the occasional building that has a bidet, we westerners have stuck with a simple and comfortable flush toilet like this one.

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Western countries up until now have never thought to change their toilets to suit the different customs of people from other countries. Instead, people from other countries have been expected to learn how to use our western toilets and up until now they all have. This has changed in Germany where they have been forced to design a multicultural toilet, not because they are wanting to be tolerant, but because toilet cleaners are refusing to clean toilets used by the refugees who appear incapable of following even simple pictorial instructions. Are they really that stupid or are they refusing to conform to western standards?

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Merkel’s latest Hail Mary: but, but… they’ll go home again

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Merkel said that despite efforts to integrate refugees and help them, it was important to stress that they had only been given permission to stay for a limited period of time.

“We need … to say to people that this is a temporary residential status and we expect that once there is peace in Syria again, once IS has been defeated in Iraq, that you go back to your home country with the knowledge that you have gained,” she said on Saturday (local time) at a meeting of CDU members in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

She said 70 percent of refugees that fled to Germany from the war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s had returned to their home countries. Read more »