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  1. jinners, your comment shows confusion about what socialism actually is. Merkel is very much like Trump actually, in that what she feels should be done, will be done, be that getting out of nuclear power generation or letting in 1 million+ refugees. That she is almost viewed like a lefty in other countries due to these two decisions is a big misunderstanding and is extremely puzzling when you actually live here and see her day to day handling; she really is as conservative as they come. As you obviously don't live in Germany and I do, your claim of "destruction" is just a projection. While I disagree with the way she did it (local communes weren't prepared to accommodate so many people in such a short time and got little help, and I doubt many refugees had in mind to live in crappy conditions in some noisy gymnasium with the lights on all night and in the cold winter) we have actually done pretty well so far. Of concern are some of the males who have more of a criminal mindset, including many from Northern Africa/Africa with no right to asylum. I hope the word will spread eventually that Germany is a tough place when you're not from here (and even for many who are). Merkel, not being from the "selfie/social media generation", is still in denial that she may have mis-communicated to folks in far away places like Afghanistan & Syria that wonderful conditions and a much better life aren't necessarily waiting here for all, to put it mildly. Personally, I'm happy for those who survived the long journey and are willing to integrate and contribute something. Plus all those who were a minority in their Muslim society, be they Christian, gay, etc. and have found much more freedom here.
  2. Well, there is nobody to step up to the plate. If there are new elections does anyone really believe Merkel's CDU will get fewer votes than the Social Democrats (or any other party) who now have dropped down to the 20+% level? There is of course no way the CDU would concede the chancellor position to them. And within her party, who would get more votes for chancellor? Ïron fist" Schäuble? Or Peter Altmaier? Someone else? No on all counts. I used to be in favor of new elections but an internet poll found that most asked felt the "Nazi's light" AFD would profit the most, so my mind changed that very moment. Minority government with the Green party it shall be. The FDP had their chance and are now welcome to join the opposition.
  3. Another time, same place... how things can change. "In 1919 methamphetamine was first produced in Japan. During the 1940s the Japanese government distributed amphetamine pills to soldiers, sailors and pilots as well as to arms factory workers, to mobilize all their reserves for the war effort. Pilots routinely used the drug to remain awake and alert for long periods on long distance bombing missions." http://www.japanhemp.org/en/speed.htm
  4. Unlike some of the posters here who seem to have a low regard for democracy (but use their freedom of speech on the internet liberally - go figure), I can't blame the Swedes. Something has to give following this theft on a national scale. The problem is the Chinese Communist Party only to happy to step in financially and along the way help H.E. perfect the model they've been perfecting for decades.
  5. Yes, of course only official figures as you have to be a recognized refugee for the family reunification program. Your claim of 600+K waiting in the wings to apply for asylum is another fabrication of yours not based on any verifiable numbers and more a reflection on your state of mind, i.e. "the hordes are just outside the city gates'). What do you think Germany should do? Abolish the right to asylum? Freddie, family reunification has existed and been practiced for decades already. If you are going to put something in writing, do some research first.
  6. Keep dreaming, no other party will get more votes than her CDU and the SPD is down to 20% these days. As much as I'd like to see someone else in charge, it just isn't realistic at this point.
  7. I bet those smuggling have never been to Japan and no idea how few rights you have if arrested for anything, let alone drug smuggling. Reportedly Narita airport hides a very unpleasant underground holding facility. http://www.japanzine.jp/article/jz/3375/narita-airports-secret-prisons
  8. While I agree with you and feel for Turkey, I doubt her predecessor will chart a drastically different course with Erdogan. Someone was always going to be stuck with the bill here
  9. And you see that where? Just went to XE.com: The GBP is up a little (was 1.120 something last time I checked and is now at 1.1275 but about 10 days ago it went as high as 1.144 before dropping again to 1.11-ish - before the Brexit vote the exchange rate was about 1.31 to the Euro, to keep things in perspective) . The USD is just as soft as since the last time its last slide began, also about 10 days ago; now at 1.1740. These are totally normal fluctuations within the expected parameters. If you're not following the markets on a regular basis in this case and not checking the facts, you just end up not looking so smart.
  10. Got some real numbers for you, Freddie: 2015: 1.091.894 asylum cases 2016: 321.371 asylum cases source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flüchtlingskrise_in_Deutschland_ab_2015#Zahlen_und_Fakten From these you have to deduct the ones that already returned home. Your number of 20 additional ones and 800 million is of course pure fiction to artificially pump up your argument, it's a bad joke really and only undermines your credibility. Not sure if this is really the end for Merkel & Seehofer (never liked them, personally and never voted CDU), a minority government is still a possibility, the Social-Democrats might change their mind about being in the opposition now (although, the last 4 years have not been good for them and IMHO they should not change their mind) or the talks could still resume as the president just called for. If there are new elections, I doubt the numbers will be much different, TBH. The question only ever has been, who gets the 3rd most votes and we could erase that shameful result there; that's all one could hope for.
  11. Not off topic as impeachment is about his removal as president of the US. I owe you an answer re. calling his presidency "fake". "Fake" as in "fake news", as in untrue and not trustworthy. Here it is: He was never qualified for the job to begin with plus he isn't even trying to do the job right. He came in knowing diddly squat and then refused to be educated. He tweets policy (with a chance of tweeting us all into a nuclear war with N. Korea). He contradicts his own ministers, creating embarrassing situations. He lies all the time and flip flops on issues (latest big one: China). He's mentally unfit for the job, acts on impulse and is a security risk due to his weaknesses of needing to be praised to the point where other countries now influence his actions. ... I could go on but it's enough for now.
  12. As the latest news from Zimbabwe shows, the mighty with the "trumped-up" egos do get what they deserve in the end. The "fake 45th presidency" will end eventually (and hopefully, most of us can all laugh about it over a beer).
  13. Very shocking & tragic. There are just so many open questions here. I hope the parents will be able to get answers.
  14. I believe for the average Japanese, this is more about Japan's famously dire economic situation and their own financial struggles than foreign policy. I had hoped the new push by the opposition might win but Japan is after all a very conservative country and change comes slowly there at best (or none at all).
  15. " Blavatnik's relationships with Russian oligarchs close to Putin, particularly Oleg Deripaska, should be worrisome for Trump and the six GOP leaders who took Blavatnik's money during the 2016 presidential campaign. Lucky for them no one has noticed. Yet. " https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns