Tag Archives: Germany

REPORT: Trump Called Merkel “Stupid” In Phone Call

The Insider reports: German officials were so alarmed by President Donald Trump’s “very aggressive” conversations with Chancellor Angela Merkel that they kept their calls secret, sources told CNN. In calls with the German chancellor, Trump bullied and disparaged Merkel in a “near-sadistic” fashion, according to the CNN report by Carl Bernstein, the longtime journalist known for his reporting on the …

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Officials Blindsided By Cut To US Troops In Germany

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s decision to cut U.S. troop levels in Germany blindsided a number of senior national security officials, according to five sources familiar with the matter, and the Pentagon had yet to receive a formal order to carry it out, Reuters has learned. Sources familiar with the matter said a number of U.S. officials at the White …

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RUSSIA: German Neo-Nazis Train With Local Extremists

Radio Free Europe reports: German neo-Nazis are conducting paramilitary training with a Russian ultra-nationalist group at a camp near St. Petersburg, German magazine Focus reported on June 5. Citing German security sources, Focus said members of the far-right National Democratic Party’s (NDP) youth wing and neo-Nazi The Third Path completed training at the camp run by the Russian Imperial Movement. …

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Trump Approves Plan To Reduce US Troops In Germany

Last week Merkel rebuffed Trump’s G7 invite. So now this: President Trump has signed off on a plan to permanently withdraw up to one-third of about 34,500 U.S. troops currently based in Germany, bringing the total down to no more than 25,000, according to U.S. officials. Implementation of the plan is being turned over to the Defense Department, a senior …

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Merkel Rejects Trump’s Invitation To Attend G7 Summit

Politico Europe reports: Angela Merkel has rebuffed Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a G7 summit, which the U.S. president is keen to portray as a symbol of a return to normality from the upheaval of the coronavirus crisis. “The federal chancellor thanks President Trump for his invitation to the G7 summit at the end of June in Washington. As of …

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German Towns Reimpose Lockdown After Cases Spike

Agence France-Presse reports: Local authorities in Germany on Friday said they would reimpose some lockdown measures after seeing a cluster of new coronavirus infections, just days after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a gradual reopening of the country. In Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the regional government said there had been a spike in cases at a slaughterhouse in …

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Germany Becomes Latest Nation To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

Pink News reports: On Thursday evening, May 7, the Bundestag passed a law which completely bans any so-called “therapy” that aims to change the sexual orientation of minors, and the crime will carry a prison sentence of up to one year. According to Badische, conservative German health minister Jens Spahn [photo] stressed: “Homosexuality is not a disease. Therefore the term …

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Germany Set To Reopen All Shops Starting Next Week

Reuters reports: Germany’s state premiers will agree on measures to further ease coronavirus restrictions in a teleconference with Chancellor Angela Merkel scheduled for Wednesday, two people familiar with the preparations told Reuters on Monday. The state premiers are expected to give the green light for large shops to reopen, probably from May 11, the sources said. Smaller shops are already …

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Merkel: We’re Only At The Beginning Of The Pandemic

NBC News reports: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday warned that the battle against the coronavirus was in its early stages and that the pandemic looked set to be part of life for the long term. The leader of Europe’s largest economy also lent her support to the embattled World Health Organization, which has come under fire from President Donald …

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Germany Cancels Munich’s Famed Oktoberfest [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: In an indication that it will be a long time before life returns to normal, Spain canceled its running of the bulls in Pamplona in July, an event made world-famous by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The U.S. canceled the Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for early June. And Germany called off the …

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Angela Merkel In Quarantine After Doctor Tests Positive

ABC News reports: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Merkel’s spokesman said the German chancellor was informed about the doctor’s test shortly after holding a news conference Sunday announcing new measures to curb the spread of the virus. Her …

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EUROPE: Closed Borders Snarl Vital Shipments, German Minister Blasts False Reports Of Closing Supermarkets

The Associated Press reports: Strict new controls to slow the spread of the coronavirus froze traffic at global borders Tuesday, idling trucks in columns more than 30 miles long at some European crossings, while masked security officers turned back travelers at others. The moves by officials bent on protecting their citizens raised new questions about how to maintain supplies of …

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EU Offers €80 Million Loan To German Vaccine Pharma

Politico Europe reports: Brussels has entered into an ill-tempered diplomatic skirmish between Germany and the U.S. over a company that is developing a vaccine against coronavirus. CureVac, a company based in the German town of Tübingen, hit the headlines over the weekend when Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported that U.S. President Donald Trump was attempting to snatch up exclusive …

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REPORT: Trump Offered $1 Billion For German Vaccine

The Guardian reports: German ministers have reacted angrily following reports US president Donald Trump offered a German medical company “large sums of money” for exclusive rights to a Covid-19 vaccine. “Germany is not for sale,” economy minister Peter Altmaier told broadcaster ARD, reacting to a front page report in Welt am Sonntag newspaper headlined “Trump vs Berlin”. The newspaper reported …

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German Officials Huddle Over Trump’s Vaccine Ploy

The Washington Post reports: German officials will discuss a reported U.S. attempt to secure the rights to any coronavirus vaccine developed by a German pharmaceutical company in crisis meetings on Monday, the country’s interior minister said, amid concerns that the Trump administration was trying to monopolize the market. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, when asked to confirm a report the Trump …

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German Newspaper: Trump Tried To Bribe Local Pharma For Exclusive US Rights To Potenial Coronavirus Vaccine

Business Insider reports: President Trump tried to recruit German scientists working on a cure for the coronavirus and offered large sums of money to secure exclusive rights to their work for the US, according to a report which was confirmed by the German government. Prominent German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported that Trump had offered large sums of money to …

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Merkel Warns 70% Of Germans Could Contract Virus

The BBC reports: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of the country’s population – some 58 million people – could contract the coronavirus. Mrs Merkel made the stark prediction at a news conference on Wednesday alongside Health Minister Jens Spahn. She said since there was no known cure, the focus would fall on slowing the spread …

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Germany May Ban Events Of More Than 1000 Attendees

Reuters reports: Germany’s health minister urged organizers of public events with more than 1,000 participants to call them off, news agency DPA reported on Sunday. A number of large events, including a travel fair in Berlin, have already been called off, but Jens Spahn said other organizers had been too slow to act. “Given how fast things are developing, that …

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GERMANY: 11 Dead In Far-Right Terror Attack, Shooter Had Posted Bizarre “Personal Message To All Americans”

CNN reports: A gunman suspected of shooting nine people dead at two shisha bars in Germany is believed to have a far-right background, prosecutors said Thursday. The attack took place on Wednesday night at multiple locations in Hanau, a city around 25 kilometers (16 miles) east of Frankfurt. Federal prosecutors are treating the mass shooting — one of the deadliest …

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Far-Right German Group Thwarted In Terror Spree Plot

The BBC reports: Members of a far-right group arrested in Germany were planning attacks on mosques, politicians and asylums seekers, local media report. The 12, allegedly belonging to Der harte Kern (The Hard Core), were detained on Friday. Another man believed to be a part of the group is still on the run, according to newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Germany …

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