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Germany Is Struggling To Fill Its Farm Labor Shortage After Closing Its Borders : NPR

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Arne Garlipp has farmed his 150 acres of asparagus in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt for 24 years. For much of that time, he has relied on seasonal workers to help harvest it each spring.

“Our Romanian workers live with us on the farm,” says Garlipp. “In the fields they’re surrounded by fresh air, birds and very few people.”

But when Germany closed its borders to slow the coronavirus outbreak, Garlipp and hundreds of thousands of other German farmers were suddenly in panic mode. Each year, 300,000 seasonal workers — mostly from Romania and Poland — come to Germany to harvest asparagus, lettuce, apples and other crops that Germans rely on.

Germany’s federal government has given special permission and offered air travel for 80,000 seasonal workers from Romania and Poland to enter Germany to harvest crops, but farmers say it won’t be enough.

“There will be an impact in the market, and we will see this later in the year, in the summer,” says Udo Hemmerling, the deputy general secretary of the German Farmers’ Association.

It is a problem playing out in farms across Europe, as counter-virus restrictions disrupt work and supply chains, and risk leaving unpicked produce to rot.

The situation is so dire that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has urged member states to allow workers to come to their countries, treating fruit and vegetable pickers as essential.

In Germany, developers have created a mobile app called Clever Ackern — German for “clever plowing” — to help fill the worker shortage on farms while also addressing unemployment in cities.

“It’s a platform where people, students, young people and people who just lost their jobs register and tell us their availability on the upcoming weeks and months to help farmers on their fields,” app developer Fabian Höhne says.

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Höhne ran a travel booking app that offered last-minute discounted airline tickets to students. With hardly anyone flying, he and his staff shifted gears and came up with the program connecting farmers and potential workers. The service is free of charge. Within days of launching in March, 40,000 people registered to become farm workers, the developer says.

“I think the great weather, of course, is bringing people outside, and they’re saying, ‘OK, yeah, let’s do something. Let’s help,’ ” says Höhne.

But farmer Garlipp is skeptical about the idea of city folks working in the fields, and he isn’t convinced it is a good idea health-wise, either.

“If I take on [Germans] to help with the harvest — assuming they’re fit enough for the job — the problem I face is that they’ll come from all over the region,” Garlipp says. “I have no idea where these people have been or who they’re mixing with at the end of the day, and the risk of [coronavirus] infection is much higher.”

Garlipp says he’s received more than a hundred offers from Germans willing to help him on the farm, but it turns out he won’t need their help. Thanks to the German government, his regular team of 80 Romanians is among those who will be allowed to bring in the harvest this year.

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Germany, France Propose $543 Billion EU Coronavirus Recovery Fund : NPR

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Germany and France have proposed the creation of a fund of 500 billion euros (more than $540 billion) to support the recovery of the European Union’s coronavirus-stricken economies. The fund would add to the more than half-trillion dollars in emergency relief measures the bloc’s 27 leaders signed off on last month.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled their plan during a joint video news conference on Monday. The 500 billion euros would be raised through EU-backed bonds and be used to help industries and regions hardest hit by the pandemic.

Merkel called the coronavirus outbreak the gravest crisis ever to hit the EU, and she said that bold proposals were needed. Because of the pandemic’s varying impacts across the continent, Merkel called for cohesiveness and solidarity among all EU countries. She said that the current economic challenge “requires this unusual, one-off effort that Germany and France are now prepared to take.”

The money from the recovery fund would be dispersed in the form of grants rather than loans, and repayments would be made from the EU budget over a roughly 20-year period. The question of whether to support Europe’s struggling economies through grants or loans has unearthed an underlying rift between the bloc’s northern and southern countries.

Germany initially objected to the idea of collective borrowing but, recognizing the “unusual nature” of the crisis, chose to take an “unusual path,” Merkel said.

Macron acknowledged that a deal between Germany and France doesn’t represent an “agreement between all 27 member states,” but he said that there won’t be an EU agreement if Germany and France “don’t agree on a deal first.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the proposal. She said in a statement that the plan “acknowledges the scope and the size of the economic challenge” that Europe faces.

But despite the initiative of Europe’s two largest economies, the issue of burden sharing remains controversial among several EU member states.

“Our position remains unchanged. We are ready to help most affected countries with loans,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in a Twitter post.

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte described the Franco-German proposal as “an important first step in the right direction along the lines intended by Italy.”

EU leaders last month directed the European Commission to draw up plans for the bloc’s new long-term budget that would also include an economic recovery program through a combination of grants and loans.

EU Council President Charles Michel urged the member states to “work in a spirit of compromise” as soon as the commission presents its budget and recovery proposal.

Members of the European Parliament last week demanded that a recovery package to tackle the pandemic’s economic fallout must be worth at least 2 trillion euros (about $2.2 trillion).

“The goal is for Europe to emerge from the crisis stronger,” Merkel said in a statement.



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France & Germany suggest €500 BILLION fund to help Europe recover from Covid-19 epidemic — RT World News

France and Germany have agreed on establishing a joint European recovery fund amounting to €500 billion (US$543 billion) that will be given out as grants to the economic sectors and regions most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced a joint initiative aimed at helping the European Union recover from the devastation the novel coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on its economy. The plan involves allocating a vast sum for the specialized recovery fund within the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) – a seven-year program regulating annual EU budgets.




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The fund “will be used in a targeted manner to meet the challenges of the pandemic and its aftermath,” says the statement, which was published separately by Berlin and Paris. During the joint press conference with Merkel, Macron also said that the money would be given out in the form of grants, rather than loans. However, the chancellor maintained that the money would need to be reimbursed “through several future European budgets.

The initiative immediately received support from the EU Commission head, Ursula von der Leyen, who said it “rightly puts the emphasis on the need to work on a solution with the European budget at its core.”

If supported by other EU members, it would bolster the existing EU solidarity fund of €500 million ($543 million), designed for dealing with major disaster, by a whopping 1,000 times. It also appears to be a way out of an impasse in talks between the two European grandees on the joint coronavirus relief mechanism.

The issue has lately become a major source of discord in the bloc, ever since the most affected member states, including Italy and Spain, have been calling for the issuing of joint eurobonds. The idea was supported by Paris, but faced staunch opposition from Berlin and Amsterdam, as Europe’s more affluent nations were extremely reluctant to share the debt with those worst affected by the pandemic.




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Now the plan has to be backed by other EU members. The MFF should be unanimously approved by the EU Council, which consists of ministers who represent member states and receive the consent of the EU parliament.

The talks on the 2021–2027 MFF, which is set to include the recovery fund, stalled in February as European nations closed borders and imposed quarantine measures in a bid to stall the spread of the virus. Whether Berlin and Paris would be able to convince fiscally conservative nations such as the Netherlands to support the initiative is still an open question.

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Demonstrators Protest Against Lockdown in Stuttgart, Germany – Video

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Germany has been easing its coronavirus lockdown restrictions since late April, but some people argue that the process is not happening quickly enough.

A live broadcast shows activists taking to the Wasen festival grounds in Stuttgart to protest against the lockdown measures. According to the organisers of the event, they expect about 500,000 people to take part in the protests. 

Germany has confirmed 620 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 173,772, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.

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POLAND would gladly host American nukes if Germany refuses, US envoy claims, fanning ‘Cuban missile crisis 2.0’ — RT World News

As the US ambassador to Germany – and acting spy chief – tried persuading Berlin to keep hosting US nuclear weapons, his colleague in Warsaw suggested Poland would be willing to take them instead, an act sure to provoke Moscow.

“If Germany wants to diminish nuclear capability and weaken NATO, perhaps Poland – which pays its fair share, understands the risks, and is on NATO’s eastern flank – could house the capabilities here,” Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Friday.

She was commenting on the statement by Rick Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany who is also the acting director of National Intelligence, issued on Thursday, urging the authorities in Berlin not to weaken NATO by seeking the removal of US nuclear weapons from their soil.

“The purpose of NATO’s nuclear share is to keep non-nuclear member states involved in the planning of NATO’s deterrence policy. Germany’s participation in nuclear share ensures that its voice matters,” Grenell wrote. “Will Germany bear this responsibility, or will it sit back and simply enjoy the economic benefits of security provided by its other Allies?”




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While Mosbacher’s quip may have been nothing more than an attempt to bolster Grenell’s argument, her replies were flooded by Poles eager for the nuclear redeployment to happen – albeit none of them representing official Warsaw, just yet.

Only a few voices cautioned against the idea, such as former US Marine and weapons inspector Scott Ritter telling Mosbacher she had “no sense of history” and calling her idea “one of the dumbest” in the world.

Mosbacher also made headlines in Moscow, where it was noted that moving the bombs to Poland would destroy the final vestiges of the Russia-NATO Founding Act, the 1997 treaty declared that “NATO and Russia do not consider each other as adversaries.”

Admittedly, this sentiment has been repeatedly rejected by NATO itself, from the 1999 war against Yugoslavia intended to send Russia a message, to this week’s editorial by the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, citing “Russian aggression” to urge Berlin to keep US nukes.

This is not the first time that Mosbacher – a former cosmetics executive who entered diplomacy during the Obama administration and was sent to Warsaw by President Donald Trump in 2018 – made headlines in Moscow. Back in January, she endorsed the Polish revision of WWII history that claimed Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union “colluded” to start the war by invading Poland. 

While it is unclear whether her tweet is an official State Department position, it would not be entirely out of line with the Trump administration’s aspirations to station US troops in Poland permanently, while dismantling nuclear treaties with Russia.




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Last year, the US shredded the 1987 INF arms control treaty in Europe, and seems to be on track not to renew the last remaining nuclear pact with Moscow, the 2011 New Start, scheduled to expire next February.

If the US moves nuclear warheads to Poland, this could result in a rerun of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviet Union reacted to US nuclear deployments in Turkey by sending its own missiles to Cuba. After a standoff that almost escalated into nuclear war, both Washington and Moscow stood down and pledged to withdraw their missiles.

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Neo-Nazis, Qanon Nuts, and Hardcore Vegans Unite to Protest Germany’s Lockdown

BERLIN—Some of the German protesters sat cross legged on the pavement, eyes closed. They were meditating against the coronavirus. Other demonstrators sang songs from the Fridays for Future ecology movement created by Greta Thunberg. And some who claimed they were demanding their civil rights shouted, “We are the people,” a slogan favored by Germany’s right-wing extremist and anti-immigrant groups as if we and only we, the whites, are The People.

I’ve been monitoring this scene for over four years and I believe that we are seeing … people completely lose touch with reality.

Miro Dittrich, who monitors online extremism for the project de:hate 

Football hooligans and neo-Nazis were arrested, journalists beaten up and bottles thrown, while neighbors on the sidelines discussed how a Satan-worshipping clique of millionaires had planned the coronavirus pandemic, and how Germany was now a medical dictatorship. 

These were some of the scenes at nationwide anti-lockdown demonstrations in Germany over the weekend, attended by an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people. Politically, it appeared a wild mash-up. But who exactly were these people?

Unlike in the U.S., where protests have mostly originated on one side of the political spectrum, the demonstrators’ signs didn’t offer many clues at first. One man held up a hand-written paper saying, “I’m not right wing, I’m not left wing, I am for free expression, constitutional rights and democracy.” Another sign said, “Don’t give [Bill] Gates a chance! No enforced vaccinations.” Yet another wore a mask nearby decorated with the words “Merkel’s muzzle,” and there was at least one with a  T-shirt reading, in English, all caps: Q ANON – DO YOU BELIEVE IN COINCIDENCE? 

The demonstrators call themselves “the corona-rebels,” or “alternative thinkers” or part of the Querfront, a venerable German political term that suggests different social and political subgroups drawn to one plan of action. In this case, they include anti-vaxxers, hard core vegans, neo-Nazis, members of the Reichburger sovereign citizen movement, which rejects the legitimacy of the modern German state, and politicians from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, plus a sprinkling of their sometime allies the Free Democrats.

HYBRIDS

Local experts talk about an emerging “hybrid ideology” because despite other political differences, there are a number of things that many of those protesting do have in common. It’s not just opposition to anti-COVID measures, it is a fascination—for some a kind of enthrallment—with conspiracy theories, which meshes with their mistrust of established information sources such as the mainstream media or their government. 

Americans know this as a familiar pattern, one that has found something like its ultimate expression in the QAnon phenomenon, where every refutation of an implausible theory about the “deep state” is twisted into an affirmation. Given the nearly apocalyptic atmosphere brought on by the pandemic, this is not surprising, but it is potentially dangerous, especially when it makes fighting the spread of the disease that much harder.

“Conspiracy theories tend to transcend political ideologies,” Jason Reifler, a professor of political science at Britain’s Exeter University, told The Daily Beast. Reifler says the overriding principle here might be similar to populism. “There are core tenets that populists have in common but no policy positions, per se,” said Reifler, an expert in political psychology.  

Sociologists have already spoken about pandemic populism where protesters believe it’s all about “us against them,” or the common people versus controlling elites. 

Jan Rathje, who leads a project debunking conspiracy theories for the Berlin-based Amadeu Antonio Foundation, which opposes anti-Semitism and extremism, describes protesters being motivated by “a conspiracy-theory-based ideology expressed by action.” 

“It’s not an overly complicated ideology,” he explained. “You don’t have to think about it too much. It’s more about saying these are the conspirators, they are responsible for all the evil in the world and we should act against them.”

Believing in conspiracy theories usually has more to do with emotion and identity than anything else, Rathje told The Daily Beast. Believers see themselves as good people, fighting evil. “And that’s hard to argue with,” he concludes.   

“A lot of these things have been bubbling under [the surface] in our society,” Berlin-based researcher Miro Dittrich, who monitors online extremism for the project de:hate, told local media. “They’re now rising to the top and are achieving a kind of reach we’ve never seen before. I’ve been monitoring this scene for over four years and I believe that we are seeing … people completely lose touch with reality.”

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Certain social media channels and messaging groups, many of them private, have been seeing huge membership gains since the pandemic began, Dittrich added. He believes the pandemic makes locals more vulnerable to conspiracy theorists because they’re stuck at home, most likely on their computers. 

In something of a first for Germany, as Dittrich points out, a number of high-profile figures have been spreading this kind of disinformation. Athletics star and fashion model Alexandra Wester broadcast a video to almost 63,000 followers on her Instagram feed, hashtagging the video #Q, as in QAnon. 

Germany has its own colorful versions of the group’s fraught conspiracy theories that tend to be more passionately defended as they prove more highly improbable.

Some German QAnon believers think pandemic lockdown measures have been a cover for the rescue of children held captive by a network of pedophiles, others believe a popular local tabloid, Bild, is sending them secret messages. The most recent example involved a major U.S.-European military exercise. German QAnon groups—as many as 73,000 follow one major proponent of QAnon theories on just a single channel carried by the encrypted Telegram app—thought American troops headed to the continent for the Defender-Europe 20 maneuvers earlier this year were actually going to free them from the Satan-worshipping “Deep State” they claim is in charge behind the scenes in Germany.    

Celebrity vegan chef Attila Hildmann, whose products are sold in supermarkets around the country, accused Germany’s minister of health on Instagram of being a member of a conspiracy to establish a new world order. Hildmann told over 65,000 followers he was ready to take up arms to prevent this. And popular musician Xavier Naidoo posted an emotional video on his Telegram channel, weeping as he told his 54,000 followers about an international pedophile ring that tortures children. 

ACCELERATIONISTS

Many of the protesters also share a desire to “re-set” contemporary society—that is, to improve the global order according to the rules of whatever version of utopia they prefer. For some, that means no migrants, guns, and motorcycles. For others, it’s about the end of capitalism, a return to nature, or even anarchy. 

In fact, this “accelerationism” toward a supposedly better world, as it’s often described, was at the heart of the first of these protests in Germany. 

The notion behind accelerationism is that you attack a system you hate by bringing out the worst in it, thus speeding its destruction. Murderous white supremacists have used the term when attacking mosques and synagogues around the world, hoping to provoke crackdowns and race wars. But in Germany the connotation is more anti-capitalist: let the one percent so abuse their power that the people rise against them. Americans saw some of this as well in 2016 when an accelerationist current of anarchists came out for candidate Donald Trump. The Daily Beast dubbed their strategy the “politics of arson.”

In Germany about six weeks ago, a group named Nicht Ohne Uns (Not Without Us) organized a small demonstration outside a theater in central Berlin. During this first outing—illegal at the time because of the lockdown—the organizers handed out their newspaper, dubbed Democratic Resistance, to 30 to 40 people. Their objective: To stand up for civil liberties and to improve the capitalist system after the pandemic ended

Since then, various other groups have joined in. Alexandra Wester, the #Q enthusiast, also hashtagged #NichteOhneUns. Others who heeded the call included the anti-virus meditators as well as neo-Nazis, and even Germany’s far-right party, the AfD. 

As those who monitor right-wing activity have noted, this happened partly because the original protesters never made it clear that racists, anti-Semites and other extremists were not welcome. If they didn’t let those people speak, some felt, then they might be considered as fascist as the state they were criticizing.

HERDING THE CATS

The protests have also seen the formation of a new would-be political party, Resistance2020, which aims to herd all these anti-anti-COVID cats together.

“A little while ago I said that, up until now, the dissatisfied and the frustrated, the conspiracy story tellers, the esotericists, anti-vaxxers, anti-Semites and right wing radicals here hadn’t yet managed to create a collective—which meant that the danger wasn’t great,” tweeted Matthias Quent, director of the Institute for Democracy and Civil Society based in the north-eastern city of Jena. “But all that changes with Resistance2020.” 

The best-known face of the almost-three-week-old party is Bodo Schiffmann, a doctor from the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, who helped organize the protests in Stuttgart on the weekend. 

His live streams, during which he often argues that COVID-19 is not as dangerous as authorities say, get close to a quarter of a million views and his own channel has over 140,000 subscribers. So far, Resistance2020 only has a handful of policies: apart from being animal lovers and mainstream media sceptics, they would also like to rewrite the German constitution and scrap the current German parliament. The party has ambitions to compete in next year’s federal elections. 

Sceptics have also pointed out Resistance2020 a potentially troubling link to the AfD: when it was first launched, its registered address was a local AfD office. 

Putting aside the physical danger of infection in crowds of demonstrators,  this growing connection to the German far right is the main problem many people have with these protests. 

This week, a number of senior politicians expressed concern. They worry that the protests will grow in the same way that anti-immigration protests did during the country’s refugee crisis of 2015. The AfD is infamous as a successful party of far-right outsiders in opposition, and won its place in the Reichstag, but has been losing public support as German communities unite against COVID-19 and behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A new opposition movement offers the AfD new opportunities.   

“They [the right-wing extremists] sense a chance as dissatisfaction in the population brews,” an expert on the scene, Judith Rahner, told local TV channel, SWR. “The populists are very good at taking people’s fears, provoking them further for political reasons and then setting themselves up as the leadership of a movement. That’s the biggest danger I can see currently.”

‘DON’T BE DIVISIVE’  

There’s a dangerous dynamic building, says Berlin-based organization MBR, a mobile team of counselors who support anybody speaking out against, or victimized by, right-wing extremists. 

Participants in these demonstrations are positioning themselves as the only “democratic opposition,” the counsellors wrote in a report published earlier this month after spending five weeks observing the Berlin protests. “In the current, exceptional circumstances, that kind of narrative has the potential to mobilize people and go way beyond the usual audience for right wing extremism,” they concluded.  

For the Amadeu Antonio Foundation’s Rathje, the dangers of this hybrid, conspiracy-based ideology are more abstruse. “If you can’t accept ambivalence or contradiction, or not knowing what will happen in the future, that’s where conspiracy theorists can step in and really influence your worldview,” he argues. “And if that kind of thinking—where it’s always about an apocalyptic scenario and eliminating the evil—becomes a larger minority belief, or even a majority belief, then that is critical for society.”

Despite the noise they made on the weekend, the intersectional front remains a minority for now. A recent survey found the majority of Germans—67 percent—are satisfied with the government’s crisis management. Six out of 10 say they’re not concerned if rights must be curtailed for longer. And Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), continues to be the most popular in the country, with 39 percent saying they would vote for the CDU; that’s the most popular the party has been since 2017. 

Meanwhile, another opposition group has been evolving along with the protests. In Berlin, a network of left-wingers tried to protest the protests.

“Please warn your colleagues, friends and neighbors about these protests,” the campaign group, Stand Up Against Racism, wrote in a letter last week that was widely shared on social media. “It is legitimate to criticize coronavirus politics and to warn of a potential threat to our democratic rights,” the campaigners argued. “But anyone who takes part in these campaigns is letting themselves be manipulated by neo-Nazis.”

The producers of the original Democratic Resistance in Berlin may also have figured that out over the weekend. A video posted by the group shows one of their chief organizers, Hendrik Sodenkamp, insisting mid-protest Saturday that he never intended to include neo-Nazis and that he was no fascist. 

Several in the crowd yelled back at him. “Stop being divisive,” they cried. “We are united.” 



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NATO chief backs German vow to keep war-ready US nukes

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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki praised the ruling by Germany’s Constitutional Court on the EU’s mass-bond buying scheme, which he called “one of the most important rulings in the history of the European Union”.

Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc may take legal action against Germany after the country’s highest court came with harsh criticism against the European Union’s top court. The row may strengthen Eurosceptic sentiments, especially in eastern member states, which have previously accused of the bloc of interfering in their internal affairs.

“The Commission is now in the process of analysing in detail the more than 100-page judgement of the German Constitutional Court. On the basis of these findings, we are considering possible next steps, including infringement proceedings”, von der Leyen wrote in a letter to MEP Sven Giegold, which the latter shared on his Twitter on Sunday.

The row is based on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) mass bond-buying scheme, which is credited with strengthening the Eurozone’s growth following the European debt crisis. Germany’s Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said that there is not enough German oversight in the purchases.

The judges expressed doubt that the two-trillion euro programme is an adequate measure to boost the economies. The court gave the ECB three months to show that the benefits of mass government debt purchases outweigh the side effects, otherwise it would ban Germany’s Bundesbank (the country’s central bank) from taking part in the scheme.

The German Constitutional Court also hit out at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and said that Germany is not bound by its decision. The ECJ, in turn, lashed out at the court’s statement, saying that it alone has legal authority over the European Central Bank.

Ursula von der Leyen, who served as Germany’s defence minister until 2019, sided with the European Union, saying the bloc’s laws take precedence over national laws. “Of course the rulings of the European Court of Justice are binding for all national courts”, she wrote in a letter

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki praised the ruling by Germany’s Constitutional Court, which he called “one of the most important rulings in the history of the European Union”. In a guest article for the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, Morawiecki noted that for the first time, judges have clearly stated that countries decide themselves “where the lines are for EU institutions”.

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THE DEBATE: Germany Bans Hezbollah — Kevin Commits Civil Disobedience with Headband – Veterans Today

The world’s worst terrorists, the Zionists, just forced their German puppets to ban the world’s foremost anti-terror group. -KB

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV interviews Kevin Barrett, editor at Veterans Today from Madison and Michael Lane, political analyst from Washington DC to look at whether Germany’s anti-Hezbollah decision was made as a result of US and Israeli pressure or it is to help US hegemonic plans for the region.

 

 

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He is host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at Patreon.com and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); a audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.

He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.

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Second coronavirus wave could come as early as July, top doctor in Germany warns — RT World News

Another wave of coronavirus infections could hit Germany as early as this summer, the vice president of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases has warned. Health officials say they are preparing for all possibilities.

Case numbers in Germany are falling but the situation could change if people do not adhere to social distancing guidelines, Lars Schaade said at a news conference. A worst-case scenario would be a surge in cases returning in late July or early August, he added.

Germany began easing its nationwide lockdown two weeks ago. Although the number of new cases continues to drop, Helge Braun, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, said on Thursday that the pandemic would last for at least for the rest of the year.

Lothar Wieler, the head of RKI, said earlier this week that a second wave would come but that Germany was prepared to handle it.




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The German government has handed over responsibility for lifting lockdown restrictions to the states, with the stipulation that measures would be re-imposed if infections increase. Under the plan, if more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents are detected within a week, the affected city or district must enact “a corresponding lockdown plan.”

The new conditions could make transitioning back to normalcy difficult. A study recently published by Bonn University concluded that one in five people infected with Covid-19 in Germany show no symptoms. The researchers estimate that 1.8 million people across Germany may have already contracted the disease – 10 times more than is reflected in data on officially confirmed cases.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany currently stands at 166,091, according to figures provided by the RKI. The reported death toll is 7,119, the tally showed.




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