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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:13 pm

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Inside The Trump-Backed Campaign To Push Angela Merkel Out Of Power

The president, his allies and U.S. government officials are offering public and private support to anti-immigrant politicians hoping to topple Merkel by July 1.


WASHINGTON ― It’s not new to hear U.S. officials rooting for regime change. It’s just been a while since they’ve talked about it with regard to Berlin.

President Donald Trump’s attacks on Twitter against German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week provided the clearest evidence yet of a sprawling American campaign to undermine her. While Trump’s disdain for Merkel has been evident since the early days of his presidential run, he and his ideological allies have ramped up their efforts dramatically just as the German leader faces what experts call one of her most serious challenges yet: developing a Europe-wide policy on asylum seekers by July 1 to appease a crucial right-wing partner in her coalition government.

Merkel now has to contend with not only local opponents but also a network of influential anti-immigrant Americans and other international activists inspired by Trump and similar illiberal leaders, like Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

They’re determined to punish the chancellor for welcoming more than a million desperate refugees seeking shelter in Europe since 2015 ― and ultimately want to prove that compassion toward immigrants is now political suicide in the West.


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:23 am

From Der Spiegel-

Trump's Attacks on Germany
The Enemy in the White House


http://www.spiegel.de/international/wor ... 14058.html
Regarding Donald Trump's intentions, by contrast, there can no longer be any doubt. Since taking office, he has carried out a scorched-earth policy against multi-lateral treaties of all kinds. He is a man with no interest in foreign policy, seeing it merely as an instrument to pursue his "America First" ideology. He views cooperation as a weakness, the latest proof being the US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Trump acts quite openly. And now, the American president has turned his attentions toward launching a disinformation campaign against Germany. He is doing so as a way of justifying his morally repugnant refugee policies to the American people.

The heartbreaking scenes at the southern U.S. border, where crying children are brutally separated from their parents for having committed the error of seeking a better life for themselves and their families in the U.S. is heaping pressure on even the most diehard Trump supporters. This zero-tolerance policy turned into a PR disaster, one that Trump now wants to contain by grasping at whatever straws he can - including attacks on Germany.

:snippity:

No, this U.S. president was never a partner. He is a hostile opponent. We should finally start to treat him as such and act accordingly. Summoning the U.S. ambassador for a formal protest would be a good first step. Furthermore, relations to this U.S. government should be reduced to a bare minimum. It is also no longer necessary to pretend to be on friendly terms. Germany and the European Union should abandon polite self-restraint when dealing publicly with Trump and his government. We can't completely cut off the channels of communication, but they should be used sparingly.


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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:51 pm

New York Mag - Ed Kilgore
Trump Could Accidentally Help Save Angela Merkel

Donald Trump and his friends really don’t like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She’s the leader of a country and a European Community that he regards as inveterate migrant-coddlers and trade cheats; a chief obstacle to his larger strategic goals with respect to Iran; and an enemy of his tacit ally Russia. They also famously lack chemistry, and represent diametrically opposed poles in the debate over the future of the G7. And the relationship isn’t getting better, particularly with Trump’s renewed threats to impose tariffs on European luxury cars, especially those manufactured in Germany.

But POTUS seems to have decided not only to dislike Merkel, but to help topple her from power back home. According to HuffPost, Trump is actively working with Merkel enemies ranging from her anti-immigrant domestic opponents to regional foes like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and Putin himself. And the plotting is a big preoccupation in the White House:
The key players are hard to identify, but their number includes the president himself, national security adviser John Bolton, former White House aide and ongoing Trump defender Steve Bannon and powerful Trump whisperer Stephen Miller, who attacked Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign by calling her “America’s Merkel.”
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This could only be interpreted as encouragement to Merkel’s right-wing coalition partner, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, to carry out its threats to sink Merkel’s government over her asylum policies at a time when she’s secured a short grace period to negotiate a common policy for the EU.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:44 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:51 pm
New York Mag - Ed Kilgore
Trump Could Accidentally Help Save Angela Merkel

:snippity:

This could only be interpreted as encouragement to Merkel’s right-wing coalition partner, the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, to carry out its threats to sink Merkel’s government over her asylum policies at a time when she’s secured a short grace period to negotiate a common policy for the EU.
As I understand the German political landscape the CSU could sink Merkel. But then what? That does not make them the big boys, the CSU has and always will be the small partner or opponent of the CSU. It does not mean a certain shift to the right. The parties would work on different new options of building a coalition. Still would leave the CDU in majority position just under a different head of government. This will neither mean that a next government would be more Drumpf friendly while he works against their nation and the EU.



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:10 pm

I think that is entirely true. I think the CSU knows exactly where they stand in the scheme of things. IF they want to remain in gov't Merkel is their best and probably only option. My opinion is that this is likely to be the most friendly gov't that LaRump is likely to get, and I'd say the current gov't isn't going to be too friendly after the latest run of bad behavior. The alternatives are for less likely to look favorably upon the current regime.


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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:51 pm

i24 News
Ten arrested in Germany for beating Jewish man wearing Star of David necklace

Ten people were arrested in Berlin after an anti-Semitic attack in the heart of the German capital, police announced Sunday. The victim, a 25-year-old Jewish man of Syrian descent, said he was beaten by a group of men and women when they noticed he was wearing a Star of David necklace.

The attack occurred Friday night in a park in the city center. The young man told the police that he approached the group to ask for a light for his cigarette. One man gave it to him, but then began to argue with the victim and apparently took the cigarette out of the victim’s mouth.

According to the victim’s account, when the man noticed that he was wearing a necklace with a Star of David pendant, he ripped off the necklace and sounded anti-Semitic slurs towards the victim.

“This dog star won’t help you now,” he allegedly shouted, among other things, according to media reports. The victim also told the police that the assailant punched him several times until he fell to the ground. He tried to run away but fell down again, and the group members that had chased him then punched and kicked him again.

Only when passersby tried to intervene did the attackers finally stop and attempted to flee the scene. Police officers nearby apprehended the group — three women and seven men, between the ages of 15 and 25 and of Syrian and German nationalities.


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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:44 am

The Guardian
Germany's left and right vie to turn politics upside down

Opponents adopt each other’s policy angles as left launches movement to counter AfD


Leftwing politicians are singing the praises of border control while rightwingers call for expanding the welfare state. Old political certainties could be turned upside down in Germany this summer as the far ends of the country’s political spectrum both moot a “national social” turn.

A new leftwing movement soft-launching in Germany in August aims to part ways with what one of its founders calls the “moralising” tendency of the left, in an attempt to win back working-class voters from the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).

The as-yet-unnamed new populist movement, partly inspired by the British Labour party’s Momentum and Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s La France Insoumise, and spearheaded by the leftwing party Die Linke’s chairwoman, Sahra Wagenknecht, will include former and current members of the Social Democratic and Green parties, and prominent academics such as the sociologist Wolfgang Streeck.

According to one of the movement’s founders, its defining feature is likely to be its adherence to “the materialist left, not the moral left”.

“When people live in social conditions that make them feel secure, they are usually prepared to act generously and tolerantly,” said Bernd Stegemann, an author and dramatist at the prestigious Berliner Ensemble theatre who is working with Wagenknecht on the movement’s programme.


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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:00 am

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Germany reels as far-right 'mobs' go on rampage

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany was reeling Tuesday as xenophobia reared its head with far-right protests degenerating into attacks against foreign-looking people, adding fuel to an already explosive debate over migrants.

After Sunday's fatal stabbing of a German man, 35, allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi, thousands of protesters descended on the streets of Chemnitz for two straight days, some bearing insignia of the far-right AfD and neo-Nazi NPD parties.

Six people were injured on Monday as pyrotechnics and other objects were hurled by the far-right camp as well as anti-fascist counter-protesters in the east German city.

Police also reported assaults by extremists against at least three foreigners on Sunday, while investigations were opened in 10 cases of the protesters performing the Hitler salute.


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Post by Addie » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:23 am

New York Times
Mob Protests in Chemnitz Show New Strength of Germany’s Far Right

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Waving German flags, with some flashing Nazi salutes, the angry mob made its way through the streets, chasing after dark-skinned bystanders as police officers, vastly outnumbered, were too afraid to intervene.

A Syrian refugee and father of two, Anas al-Nahlawie, watched horrified from a friend’s fourth-floor balcony. They were hunting in packs for immigrants just like him, he said. “Like wolves.”

For a few perilous hours over two days this week, the mob owned the streets of Chemnitz, where anger exploded after word spread that an Iraqi and a Syrian asylum seeker were suspected in a knife attack that killed a German man early Sunday.

Chemnitz, a city of some 250,000 in eastern Germany, has a history of neo-Nazi protests. Usually they draw a few hundred from the fringes of society — and far larger counter-demonstrations, city officials say. The crowd this time was 8,000-strong. Led by several hundred identifiable neo-Nazis, it appeared to be joined by thousands of ordinary citizens. More marches are planned Saturday.

The city had never seen anything like this — and, to some degree, neither had post-World War II Germany. The rampage now stands as a high-water mark in the outpouring of anti-immigrant hatred that has swelled as Germany struggles to absorb the nearly one million asylum seekers who arrived in the country after Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to open the borders in 2015.


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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:09 am

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German Chancellor Merkel has a new rival with powerful supporters: Her own spy chief

BERLIN — For a few months this summer, it looked as if German Chancellor Angela Merkel had successfully fought off an attack by her own interior minister, Horst Seehofer, over her decision three years ago to welcome refugees. But now it seems as though the revolt inside her government isn’t over and has erupted again over her domestic spy chief.

The turmoil is the result of an interview Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the domestic security agency, gave to Germany’s most widely read tabloid Bild two weeks ago, following demonstrations and mob attacks on immigrants by far-right and extremist groups in the east German town of Chemnitz. In the interview, Merkel’s spy chief questioned the authenticity of an online video showing the incident and contradicted Merkel, who had previously condemned the attacks.

In one of his many statements fueling the controversy, Maassen told the German daily Bild “there is no evidence, that the videos spread online about this alleged occurrence are authentic,” without giving any basis for questioning them.

Prosecutors leading the investigation into the far-right demonstration in Chemnitz said there’s no evidence the video is fake.

Maassen’s statements caused an uproar among German politicians and journalists, some of whom accuse him of playing into a far-right narrative of “fake news” that helped fuel the demonstrations in Chemnitz in the first place. After a German man was killed following a brawl with migrants, far-right groups began demonstrating in Chemnitz on Aug. 26. At one point, some 6,000 people took to the streets, with some openly saluting Hitler as well as assaulting immigrants.


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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:05 pm

Reuters
Germany uncovers terrorist group which attacked foreigners in Chemnitz

KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - German police detained six men on Monday suspected of forming a far-right militant organization which assaulted foreigners in the eastern city of Chemnitz and planning attacks on politicians and civil servants, the GBA federal prosecutor’s office said.

Some 100 police officers backed by special commando units detained the six suspects aged 20 to 30 at locations in Germany’s Saxony and Bavaria states. Authorities also revealed that another suspect had been taken into custody on Sept. 14.

The men are accused of forming “Revolution Chemnitz”, an organization named after the city where the fatal stabbing of a German man blamed on migrants in August prompted the worst far-right violence in Germany in decades.

“Based on the information we have so far, the suspects belong to the hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scene in the area of Chemnitz and considered themselves leading figures in the right-wing extremist scene in Saxony,” prosecutors said. ...

GBA spokeswoman Frauke Koehler told reporters that the authorities had intercepted communications which showed that the suspects were plotting attacks against political opponents as well as foreigners.



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Post by Addie » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:21 pm

Deutsche Welle
Berlin protests against far-right politics draw thousands

Over 200,000 people have taken to the streets of Berlin to face down the rise of far-right populism in Germany and Europe. The protesters were demanding more solidarity with marginalized groups.

Berlin produced an absurdly hot and sunny fall day on Saturday to welcome an estimated 240,000 people demonstrating against racism and calling for solidarity against the rise of far-right populism across Germany.

A 5-kilometer (3-mile) stretch of the capital city's center, from Alexanderplatz through the Brandenburg Gate to the Victory Column, had to be closed down to accommodate the huge parade, which was united under the hashtag #unteilbar ( "indivisible" ).
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BBC News: Germany protest: Tens of thousands march against far right



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