Every week thousands of German students are skipping school to take part in the “Fridays for the Future” rallies across the country. The agitators are following the lead of the 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg, who in August 2018 started the first “school strike for climate” outside the Swedish parliament. Their demands include ending the use of fossil fuels and a total switch to renewable energy.
“Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty,” Merkel said, speaking at an event organised by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin on Wednesday.
“In an orderly fashion of course,” Merkel said, explaining that — while Germany had given up some of its sovereignty in order to join the EU, national parliaments were in charge of deciding whether to sign up to international treaties.
During her speech at the Rykestrasse synagogue – Germany’s largest – Ms Merkel said the country had “sadly almost become accustomed to the fact that every synagogue, Jewish school, kindergarten, restaurant and cemetery needs to be either guarded by police or given special protection”, the BBC reported.
German politics has been dominated by two parties since the end of the war – the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats. Yet, recent election results in the southern state of Bavaria and in the central region of Hesse are evidence that they are in big trouble.
Leftist suppression of freedom of speech becomes increasingly worse in Germany. Many students no longer dare to openly voice their opinion on migration policy, the Epoch Times reports.
By the middle of 2018, only a quarter of those who arrived during the migrant crisis had found a job and only a fifth were paying into the social welfare system, according to the Institute for Employment Research. Most of those who were employed had low-paying jobs, and many of them were receiving supplementary welfare benefits to make ends meet.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off the second day of her two-day visit to Israel on Thursday with an emotional tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum.
In a deal struck yesterday’s night in October the 2nd, Merkel’s party CDU together with their allies from the centre-left SPD and the Bavarians from CSU agreed on relaxing Germany’s legal immigration system to non-European migrants. The new rules will also allow migrants without residency permits who are still awaiting a decision on their asylum statuses to remain in Germany if employed even after coming to the country illegally.
Last week Erdogan opened a large mosque in Cologne and thousands of his supporters showed up. 10,000 people were expected to counter-protest, but according to police around 2000 showed up. Due to safety concerns the way to the mosque was barred off by police.
Germany will not tolerate “vigilante justice”, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Monday, after hundreds of far right protesters staged a violent demonstration following a fatal stabbing that authorities blamed on a Syrian and an Iraqi.
Today, in a grandly staged press briefing for all of the Funke Mediengruppe newspapers and the French newspaper Ouest-France, CDU General Secretary Ms Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a rising star within the party, claimed that many conservative party members support reinstating some form of mandatory community service in order to promote social and national cohesion, in other words, the CDU would like to propose that refugees sign up for a year of community service.
A deputy leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), who share power with the CDU in the federal German government, accused Merkel’s party of complacency about the growth of the far-right.
Merkel, arriving in a convoy of black limousines, was met by jeering crowds holding up slogans against her personally whilst shouting “Volksverräter” (“traitor” or “enemy of the people”) accompanied by a brass band.
Thanks to its reliance on information from Wikipedia, the top Google search result for “leader of the free world” is not the President of the United States, with whom the term is normally associated, but crisis-engulfed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Economist Daniel Stelter, has savaged Angela Merkel in an article for German magazine Cicero. Stelter says that Germany’s next generation will inherit billions of euros in debt and that Merkel and her government has destroyed a record amount of wealth.