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14 September 2017

26 August 2017

Germany’s general election, 24 September

Hopes in Europe are now high that an Angela Merkel victory – her CDU (Christian Democrat Union) party has a double-digit lead in the polls – could, with France’s reformist president, Emmanuel Macron now installed in the Élysée, usher in far-reaching, and necessary, EU reform.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/24/germanys-general-election-all-you-need-to-know

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22 August 2017

Leisure and Idleness

Leisure and Idleness—There is something of the American Indians, something of the ferocity peculiar to the Indian blood, in the American lust for gold and the breathless haste with which they work—the distinctive vice of the new world—is already beginning to infect old Europe with its ferocity and is spreading a lack of spirituality like a blanket. Even now one is ashamed of resting, and prolonged reflection almost gives people a bad conscience.  One thinks with a watch in one’s hand, even as one eats one’s midday meal…Read

15 August 2017

A Firm Reputation

A firm reputation – used to be extremely useful; and wherever society is still dominated by the herd instinct it is still most expedient for everyone to pretend his character and occupation are unchangeable, even if at bottom they are not.  “One can depend on him, he remains the same”; In all extremities of society this is the sort of praise that means the most.  Society is pleased to feel that the virtue of this person, the ambition of that one, and the thoughtfulness and passion of the third provide it with a dependable instrument…Read

GELNHAUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel

 Angela Merkel was booed and whistled at by supporters of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) at a campaign rally on Monday as she sought to persuade voters to grant her a fourth term in next month's election. Frank Simon, reports.

Merkel acknowledged the protesters at the rally around 40 km (25 miles) east of Frankfurt, saying Germany was a "democracy where people can show their discontent". But she added: "Sometimes listening a bit isn't a bad thing".

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-election-merkel-rally-idUSKCN1AU25Z

 

 

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13 August 2017

An Aphorism from Freidrich Neitzsche

Whom do you call bad? -- Those who always want to put to shame.

From the Gay Science\

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. Wikipedia Born: 15 October 1844, Röcken Died: 25 August 1900, Weimar, Germany

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL_H6o_Epf3Q1YhjGdQYDqgyUuSqaR7I9E&v=I68gE-yvIlM

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Merkel starts Germany’s ‘strangest’ election campaign

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has returned from a three-week Alpine holiday to embark Saturday on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country's post-war history.

After months of studiously ignoring the race for the September 24 election, Merkel will kick off a series of rallies across the country with an hour-long speech to supporters in the western city of Dortmund.

http://www.france24.com/en/20170812-angala-merkel-starts-germany-strangest-election-campaign-schulz-cdu-spd

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10 August 2017

Temping

In many people, I find an overwhelmingly forceful and pleasurable desire to be a function: they have a very refined sense for all those places where precisely they could “function” and push in those directions.  Examples include those women who transform themselves into some function of a man that happens to be underdeveloped in him, and thus become his purse or his politics or his social ability. Such beings preserve themselves best when they find a fitting place in another organism; if they fail to do this they become grumpy, irritated, and devour themselves.

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4 August 2017

Germany votes and the whole world is watching

All eyes are on Germany, now more than ever. Most look on with admiration and appreciation. Some wonder, somewhat jealously, how Germany manages to maintain stability in light of so many challenges and problems. Others fear its renewed rise to power at the heart of Europe. Germany and its chancellor, Angela Merkel, are simultaneously viewed as the EU's last hope and accused of foisting its own rules on Europe for its sole gain as export king and economic wunderkind. Germany heads to the polls on September 24, in an election that will be followed globally.

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27 June 2017

Angela Merkel still ahead in the opinion polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives widened their lead over the Social Democrats (SPD) to 15 points in a weekly opinion poll by the Emnid institute published on Sunday, three months before the Sept. 24 election.

The Christian Democrats (CDU) and its CSU Bavarian sister party were steady at 39 percentage points in the Emnid poll published in Bild am Sonntag newspaper, while the SPD fell one percentage point to 24.

(Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Janet Lawrence - Reuters)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-election-poll-emnid-idUSKBN19G0CP?il=0

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14 June 2017

Prioritise the economy over immigration in upcoming Brexit negotiations

Former Tory leader William Hague has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to prioritise the economy over immigration in upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Hague backed the Remain campaign in the EU referendum, but is seen as a relatively unifying figure when it comes to Brexit.

He has joined SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Labour MP Yvette Cooper in calling for a cross-party commission to handle the UK's exit from the EU, and has suggested that the UK stay in the European Economic Area (also known as the 'Norway option').

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13 June 2017

Michael Gove says Government will `work with everyone´ on Brexit

Neil Carmichael from the Remain camp and MEP Daniel Hannan, a fervent Brexiteer, stressed the need for cross-party collaboration as Britain determines its fateful divorce deal from the European Union.

BBC Newsnight host Evan Davis first asked Mr Hannan if Theresa May “with no parliamentary majority” should reach out to Labour and even the Liberal Democrats to foster a Brexit that will work for the 85 per cent of British voters.

Mr Hannan said: “I do think we should be reaching out. I’ve said ever since the vote, it was a 48…Read

Theresa May survives meeting of 1922 Committee of Tory MPs

Theresa May has survived – at least for now. On Sunday George Osborne said that “we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her”. But from the moment we heard the reasonably hearty desk-banging as May arrived (see 5.07pm) it was clear that she was not facing an execution squad and, despite squandering a huge lead with the most inept campaign anyone can remember, it seems her MPs are willing to let her carry on in the short to medium term. Her performance seems to have made a good impression,…Read

12 June 2017

Election 2017:How will this minority government actually work?

The incontestable truth of this general election is that the Conservative party does not have enough MPs to win votes by itself in the new House of Commons.

Nothing matters more than the parliamentary numbers and Theresa May's lack of a majority. The politics of the coming months and perhaps years will be dominated by this one fact. Now the prime minister could try to get her legislation through vote by vote, issue by issue. But that would be a recipe for instability and unpredictability. So she has announced that she will try to…Read

11 June 2017

Donald Trump

The $110 billion arms deal President Trump is purported to have signed last month when he visited Saudi Arabia is ostensibly untrue.  It was announced by the Trumps administration that he had concluded the arms deal with Saudi Arabia but this has now found to be fictitious according to the Brookings Institution.

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/06/05/the-110-billion-arms-deal-to-saudi-arabia-is-fake-news/

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10 June 2017

May clings to power as Tories threaten to split over Brexit

Theresa May was clinging to power last night after her gamble on an early election went disastrously wrong and pro-EU MPs prepared to pounce on her weakness to try to stop the prime minister pursuing a “hard Brexit”.

Mrs May was humiliated at the polls as UK voters refused to give her the “strong mandate” she sought to negotiate a divorce from the EU, leaving her scrambling to form a government with 10 pro-British MPs from a Northern Ireland party and facing a new Tory civil war on Europe.

The prime minister…Read

In brief | Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

Founded:by Ian Paisley in 1971 Leader:Arlene Foster Deputy leader:Nigel Dodds Political position:In the past the DUP has billed itself as “right-wing in the sense of being strong on the constitution", but “to the left on social policy" Size:It is the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly and the fifth-largest party in the House of Commons with 10 seat

Need to know The DUP is the largest unionist political party in Northern Ireland but one of the smaller parties in the House of Commons.

They became very important following the…Read

8 June 2017

Crossing Fingers for Corbyn

Given Theresa May’s hard line on Brexit, many business leaders in Germany will be quietly hoping she loses today’s general election — even though the alternative is a dyed-in-the-wool leftwinger.

In normal times, German business leaders would tend to root for a Conservative victory in a British general election. After all, the Conservatives usually stand for business-friendly policies such as deregulation, privatization and tax cuts.

But these times are anything but normal. In fact, a victory for Jeremy Corbyn, the die-hard leftist leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party who…Read

6 June 2017

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