Thought for the day

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world." -- Thomas Jefferson, to John Norvell, June 14, 1807


3000 police officers deployed in raids over plot to overthrow German government | DW News MikeRivero Wed, 12/07/2022 - 12:55
Sanctions to stay, if Russia 'dictates' terms of peace in Ukraine Scholz MikeRivero Wed, 12/07/2022 - 08:33

 Western sanctions against Russia will not be lifted, if Russia "dictates" its terms of a peace settlement in Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in an article for Foreign Affairs magazine, published on Monday.

"It was clear from the outset of the war that these sanctions would have to be in place for a long time, as their effectiveness increases with each passing week," Scholz writes. He states that Moscow "needs to understand that not a single sanction will be lifted should Russia try to dictate the terms of a peace deal."

Germany intends to become the guarantor of European security that its allies expect it to be, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote in his article for Foreign Affairs, published on Monday.

Germany is doing all it can to foster an international order based on the principles of the UN Charter, Scholz said. According to the magazine, his country’s prosperity, security, and democracy depend on binding power to common rules.

The suspected organizers of a coup in Germany contacted Russian representatives but failed to find support, the German federal prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

According to the prosecution, the suspects considered a coup as a necessary step towards "changing the system at all levels."

Police have today raided an alleged far-right German terror group led by a man claiming descent from an ancient royal line accused of plotting to overthrow the government and install him as monarch. 

Prince Heinrich XIII, 71 and thought to belong to the House of Reuss, was named among 25 people arrested after police raided 130 locations including a palace in the state of Thuringia - the ancestral seat of the family. 

Germany Sleepwalking Into Another Migrant Crisis, Warns Leading EU Politician MikeRivero Tue, 12/06/2022 - 08:10

The President of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament has warned that Germany is “sleepwalking” into another migrant crisis as more waves of Ukrainian refugees are expected to flee the country during the winter.

Amid dropping temperatures and Russia’s continued assaults on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Germany is facing the prospect of hundreds of thousands more refugees seeking shelter within its borders.

 The German government will adopt a new national security strategy that will take into account ‘threats from Russia’ in a few months, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in his article for the Foreign Affairs magazine.

"For the last three decades, decisions regarding Germany’s security and the equipment of the country’s armed forces were taken against the backdrop of a Europe at peace. Now, the guiding question will be which threats we and our allies must confront in Europe, most immediately from Russia," the chancellor said.

Recent comments by former German Chancellor Angela Merkel shed light on the duplicitous game played by Germany, France, Ukraine and the United States in the lead-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.