BUCH, Germany — Buch, a small community on the outskirts of Berlin, seems at first glance to be the kind of place Goldilocks would declare “just right.” It is not too rich or too poor, not too expensive or too scruffy, not too close to the crowded city center but not so far that its tree-lined streets of tidy apartments are beyond a daily commute.
It is probably not the sort of place people picture when they think about the tide of far-right populism overwhelming Europe. But beneath the surface, this cozy, safe neighborhood is starkly different from the depressed postindustrial zones often portrayed as the populist wellspring, and is emblematic of the forces threatening to upend Western politics as we know it.
The right-wing “Identitarian Movement” is becoming more active and more radical, according to the head of German domestic intelligence. The Identitarians themselves don’t even call themselves far-right, just “patriotic.”
Gee, I wonder what brought that on? Any thoughts Frau Merkel?
Turkish authorities have detained three people linked to last year’s deadly attack on a Berlin Christmas market, local media reported Monday, saying the suspects were headed to Europe.
Tunisian attacker Anis Amri hijacked a truck on December 19th, killed its Polish driver and ploughed the vehicle through the market in a attack claimed by the Isis terror group that claimed 11 more lives. The assault left 56 others injured.
Turkish media including the website of leading daily Milliyet said the three suspects, German citizens of Lebanese origin, were detained by anti-terror police at Istanbul’s main Ataturk airport.
…I’m not privy to what Trump told Merkel in private, but it’s hard to imagine the president didn’t put the iron laws of political economics to her in the bluntest possible way. Merkel has had the freedom to import and support a million cultural hostiles a year with no meaningful work skills in large part because Germany pays so little for defense, and can afford to amuse itself with virtue-signalling while its citizens are robbed, raped, and murdered — although even that largesse is coming to an end…
After an elderly woman was raped and robbed on her way back from church in October, the trial started in Düsseldorf on Thursday of the 19-year-old suspect.
The Spanish-Moroccan man is accused of rape, bodily harm and theft, and faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty, the Rheinische Post reports.
The 90-year-old victim had just lit a candle in the St. Lambertus Church in the old town of Düsseldorf on October 2nd, when the young man confronted her and shouted “money, money!”, according to the prosecution.
But when the woman did not have any money with her, the 19-year-old dragged her into the courtyard where he pulled down her leggings and raped her, before strangling her and pulling at her hair.
Over the last several months, Germany has become the target of several Islamist-linked attacks, including the deadliest incident of a truck ramming into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market. Last week, the police had to close a shopping mall in Essen amid security concerns over a possible terror attack.
“Never believe anything until it has been officially denied,” people use to say in days of the Soviet Union. Today, the same seems to be true for the European Union’s migrant policy. When German Chancellor Angela Merkel engineered the EU-Turkey deal on migrants, it was widely described by the European politicians and the media as a “breakthrough”. Merkel and other EU leaders agreed on offering a down payment of €3 billion to the regime of Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in return for its promises to “stem migrant flows”.
Following a decision to ban the Islamist association known as the German-speaking Islamic Circle in Hildesheim e.V. (DIK), police in the central German city carried out large-scale raids early on Tuesday morning, local media reported.
In raids similar to those already carried out in July and November last year, several business premises, the dwellings of eight people linked to the group, as well the mosque belonging to the association were all searched on Tuesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been warned public support is being “destroyed” by the fact her government has so far failed to deport half a million rejected asylum seekers.
Hans-Peter Friedrich, an MP for the Bavarian Christian Social Union, Mrs. Merkel’s sister party, said the German people were losing confidence in the government because so many asylum seekers were able to “dance around the state”.
Meanwhile, Rainer Wendt, head of the federal police trade union, warned: “There is a deportation prevention industry, which must be changed urgently.”
German chancellor Angela Merkel let hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees into Germany in 2015 because she feared closing the borders would look back on television.
Merkel was set to close the borders in September of 2015, when she was warned by aides that 40,000 migrants could move into Germany in one weekend, but she pulled back last minute, a book published this week claims.
After the warning, Merkel endorsed measures to close the border in a phone call with top officials, including the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, and thousands of police officers were secretly deployed to the Austrian border.
German media had learned of the police deployment at the Austrian border, and agreed to a reporting blackout for security reasons, but Merkel changed her mind after de Maizière asked a leading
German policeman: ‘Can we live with the images that will come out of this?’