While strolling through the Dresden district of Neustadt, a 33-year-old tourist from the USA removed “ANTIFA stickers” that were attached to his car. Apparently some people did not like this, a dispute arose and the young US-American was physically attacked.
The 33-year-old was able to escape the situation, at least for the time being. A short time later, an unknown cyclist approached him, suddenly sprayed irritant gas in his face and stole his hat worth about 80 Euros from his head.
A bakery in the tiny village of Monster in South Holland announced it had been harassed by “racist extreme right-wing” inhabitants. Consequently the baker closed his business, for “safety reasons”.
Sadly these attacks on the vegan baker Jurgen Verwoerd were mostly in his own mind after he had decided to no longer sell “racist” chocolate cream puffs or Moorkoppen [Moorish heads] as they are popularly known in Dutch.
A Moorkop is in fact a profiterole covered with chocolate. The name Moorish head is quite old and has never been controversial. According to Wikipedia it dates back to about 1920.
The vegan baker in the village near The Hague, had renamed them Roomkoppen [cream puffs] but being a vegan, these cakes obviously did not contain any dairy cream. He then claimed that “enraged villagers had threatened him with violence”. Hence he had to close his business.
The mainstream media quickly came to the rescue of Roomkoppen. The same evening the baker was interviewed on TV, and viewers were told to beware of “extreme right-wing violence”.
There was one small problem with this report however: The alleged attacks by racist Dutch inhabitants never happened, but the “progressive” journalists never did their homework by interviewing these “violent” inhabitants.
It has now come to light that the “harassed” vegan baker is near bankruptcy and did not have any money for advertising. So he resorted to race-baiting by renaming his Moorkoppen to Roomkoppen and then announced to the press he was harassed over his decision, and consequently had to close his shop for safety reasons. And race-baiting is clearly a good move since his fake allegations have landed him with prime time exposure on Dutch national TV.
Other journalists who did investigate, quickly found out that only one or two (no more) customers politely told him they did not like his name change. But on television he was never asked any hard questions since he was “a poor oppressed victim of right-wing extremism”.
The police has been tasked to “protect” his bakery and they have installed a video camera on the premises. The baker has not yet apologized for his blatant lie.
The Dutch Food and Drug Administration [Nederlandse warenautoriteit] has meanwhile prohibited the progressive baker from calling his MoorkoppenRoomkoppen, as they do not contain any dairy cream.
Thanks to the fake news, the very next day HEMA, a large chain store with may branches, announced that they would no longer will sell “racist” Moorkoppen. From now on, they will be called “chocolate balls”.
HEMA, the abbreviation for Hollandse Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij, launched a campaign in 2007-8, El HEMA, in which they added Arab letters to their collection and made sure everything was clearly marked halal. Clothing was developed along this line with Arabic symbols too.
While they won prizes for the best marketing campaign, not surprisingly, HEMA is in serious financial trouble. The company was already sold to a foreign investor and had to close branches all over the country. Being extremely politically correct has no doubt contributed to their decline.
One of the drivers who caused a stir with their sports cars on the busy intersection at Bahnhof Zoo with wild manoeuvres has turned himself in to the police. The 22-year-old claimed to be the driver of one of the cars involved on Friday afternoon, according to a police spokesperson. According to the police, the man had appeared at a police station in Spandau with a relative. Initially the newspaper “B.Z.” had reported.
A video on Twitter shows how a car first “drifts” in a circle, i.e. deliberately oversteers in a curve. A man stands next to the car at the crossroads and waves a Turkish flag. The car slowly drives into oncoming traffic. A second car then accelerates for a 180-degree turn. This car also swerves excessively. According to the police, the incident took place on Sunday afternoon at the crossing Hardenbergstraße/Joachimsthaler street. The police are investigating on suspicion of dangerous interference with road traffic. Possibly there had also been a forbidden car race. According to first findings, the cars are said to have belonged to a Turkish wedding convoy.
During an attack on several Turks in front of the Berlin Tempodrom in the street Möckernstraße in the district of Kreuzberg, a 42-year-old man was killed on Friday evening, four others were injured by shots. According to police, four perpetrators, who are also of Turkish origin, are now believed to have committed the attack.
During the event, the Tempodrom hosted the “Güldür Güldür Show”, a comedy show that is well known and very popular from Turkish television.
The visitors of the show then had to leave the Tempodrom via side and back entrances.
The perpetrators are on the run.
By Jared Peterson
These thoughts reflect the writer’s concern about the worsening political and social conditions in Germany, a nation whose importance — for America, Europe, and the world — should require no laboring to a readership of politically sophisticated Americans.
What’s happening today in Germany is deeply disturbing.
And it’s not for the reason casual American observers, including many conservatives, might think based on information derived from the mainstream English-language media. Contrary to these purveyors of globalist, multi-cultural propaganda, the reason for growing unease about Germany is not the presence in the German parliament (Bundestag), and persistent electoral strength, of “Die Alternative für Deutschland” (“The alternative for Germany,” or AFD) — invariably, counterfactually, and ludicrously styled by the Western corporate media as the far-right AFD — as they style all western European political parties committed to preserving national cultures.
Deep concern about Germany arises because of two different but related phenomena.
First, Angela Merkel’s destruction of the center-right Christian Democrats/Christian Social Union (the Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands, or CDU, and the Christlich Soziale Union in Bayern, or CSU, respectively), and her radical transformation of those allied parties, which together formed most of the post war governments that led Germany out of the physical and moral ruins of World War II. Through Merkel’s policies, the CDU/CSU have been shorn of their conservative principles and become nearly indistinguishable from Germany’s extremist Die Grünen (“the Greens”) and its dying Sozial Demokratische Partei Deutschlands (the old socialists, or “SPD”).
And second, and much more worrying, Merkel’s baseless demonization and, increasingly, outright persecution, of all those Germans, principally former CDU/CSU voters, who’ve been compelled by the Merkelization of the CDU/CSU to transfer their allegiance to the only German political party that today can accurately be characterized as conservative, the AFD.
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A few words about my qualifications, such as they are:
Germany has interested me since I was 14 years old, when I first encountered the German language. After three years of high school German, all the while devouring books on German history, I followed up with a further full year of German at U.C. Berkeley and, after that, off and on as law practice permitted, further study of German language and history.
By my mid-30s, when frequent travels in Europe and Germany became possible, I had acquired what German friends described as a fluent command of the language, though I still dispute their opinion. I can’t discuss serious subjects in German nearly as well as in English, and the frequent complexities of written German still occasionally force me to reread a sentence or entire paragraph, sometimes more than once. But for a long time, ordinary, daily conversation in German has been a piece of cake.
Language fluency allow a level of understanding of a foreign culture that’s otherwise simply not possible. Over the course of my travels and stays in the German-speaking world beginning in 1981, I’ve probably spoken at length with hundreds of Germans at all levels of society, from members of the Bundestag and business executives to waiters, cab drivers, students, and store clerks.
More recently, I’ve also been able to access two other sources of information unavailable to non-German-speakers — first, the few existing alternative, generally conservative, German language news and political commentary websites. These include jungefreiheit.de, journalistenwatch.com, and epochtimes.de. Second, I’ve listened on YouTube to scores — probably hundreds — of speeches in the Bundestag, including those by most AFD leaders and representatives, as they cite facts and present rational arguments ignored by government and media, to be greeted with catcalls and epithets instead of answers.
These alternative sources of information and commentary are especially critical for understanding today’s Germany, because the one-sidedness of the German mainstream media, both television and newspapers — the latter still more important in Germany than in post-newsprint America — makes mainstream American news outlets seem a model of evenhandedness. In ubiquitous unity of viewpoint unfailingly parroting the Merkel government line, especially on mass Muslim immigration, and in avoiding coverage of events or facts uncongenial to the government’s propaganda, today’s major German media more closely resemble the Soviet Union’s or the DDR (Communist East Germany, Die Deutsche Demokratische Republik)’s than that of a modern Western democracy.
After all this, I think I’ve acquired at least a bit more information and insight into current conditions in Germany, including who and what the AFD is, than the average American political commentators who regularly pontificate about all things European.
So much for my qualifications, and back to the point.
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The AFD today — overwhelmingly drawing its office-holders, activists, and voters from previous German conservatives who have been made politically homeless by Merkel’s leftist transformation of the CDU/CSU — is the only German political party that would be recognizable today to such postwar German CDU/CSU icons as Konrad Adenauer, Ludwig Erhard, and Helmut Kohl. The AFD is conservative; patriotic; pro–free markets; pro-Israel and highly supportive of the Jewish presence in Germany; opposed to mass third-world, especially Muslim, immigration to Germany and Europe; and completely committed to parliamentary democracy, freedom of expression, and the rule of law — but these absolutely indisputable stances have not made a dent in the increasingly desperate governmental and mainstream media slanders directed at the party.
When you read “far-right AFD” or “extremist AFD,” don’t believe it.
It’s the great lie of today’s German politics.
The real cause for deep concern about present-day Germany has nothing to do with the mainstream media’s slander of the AFD and everything to do with the following two facts.
- Angela Merkel has turned the CDU/CSU, for fifty years a center-right party, into a party of the left through two major decisions: first, her full embrace of the truly extremist German Greens’ Greta Thunberg–like climate hysteria, with its consequent war on the German economy, especially atomic energy, coal, diesel fuel, and the German auto industry, leading, among other baleful effects, to the highest energy costs in Europe for average Germans; and, second — and without a doubt the most catastrophic of all postwar decisions by a German chancellor — her 2015 decision to admit into Germany, and, hence, given the E.U.’s open borders, into all of Europe, at least 1 million totally unvetted Muslim “refugees,” a number that today has swelled to in excess of 2 million through continuing immigration and “family reunification” and that continues to grow.
- Angela Merkel, supported by the state-sponsored German media and fearful, short-sighted, self-interested elites, has responded tyrannically — no other word fits the facts — to all who dare criticize the foregoing policies, especially the “refugee” invasion. The principal target of Merkel’s galloping repression has been the AFD.
As will become apparent from the last political vignette below, this campaign of repression has reached a level of such anti-democratic intensity that it is now questionable whether Germany still deserves to be regarded as a free country governed by the rule of law.
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Overwhelmingly because of the 2015 Merkel-sponsored “refugee” invasion, the AFD surged into the Bundestag in the 2017 national election with nearly 13% of the vote, giving it 94 representatives and making it the third largest party in Germany after the CDU/CSU (32.9%, 246 representatives, down sharply from 41.5% in the prior election) and the SPD (20.5%, 153 representatives, also down sharply from 25.7% in the prior election).
Also present in the Bundestag after the 2017 elections were three other smaller parties crucial to forming a parliamentary governing coalition: the FDP (“Freie Demokratische Partei,” an old and respected pro–free markets party [think the Koch brothers], 10.7%, 80 representatives, up sharply from 5.9% in the prior election); the odious Left, or “Die Linke,” in effect the undead East German Communists (9.2%, 69 representatives, minimally up from 8.6% in the prior election); and the reality-averse German Greens (8.9%, 67 representatives, also marginally up from their 8.5% showing in the prior election).
Since the 2017 elections, the Merkel government (a “grand coalition” of CDU/CSU and SPD) has done all it can to crush the AFD and make the party and its office-holders and supporters untouchable — short only of actually outlawing the party and jailing its leaders. That may yet come.
The government and its media and institutional allies have employed four principal weapons to crush the AFD.
First, the great lie, regularly calling all AFD voters and elected officials “fascists and Nazis.”These are enormously effective, indeed terrorizing, epithets in a nation whose people have been bombarded and traumatized from earliest childhood with the evils of the 1933–45 period — and they no more fit the AFD than similar labels fit the American Republican Party.
Second, ostracizing and ignoring — as but one example, AFD Bundestag representatives and leaders are rarely if ever given a voice on either of the nation’s state-sponsored television stations — to which every German is compelled by law to provide tax support.
Third, threats of, and actual, violence by Antifa, formally allied with the German extreme Left, but — proving how far left Angela Merkel has moved in substance and methods — almost never even criticized, let alone effectively combatted, by her “center-right” government. In fact, in her battle to destroy the AFD, Antifa has become Merkel’s storm troopers.
And fourth, a blanket refusal by the Merkel CDU/CSU to work with, let alone form a coalition government with, the AFD — this last tactic compelled the CDU/CSU after the 2017 election to attempt such a strange coalition as one composed of the radical Greens and the pro-capitalism FDP, an ill starred bit of foolishness that was squelched by the FDP leadership’s inability to remain in the same room for very long with the unhinged Greens. In recent times, the CDU/CSU’s Merkel-dictated refusal to work with the AFD has even led to the unthinkable — but still thought — idea of forming a government with the “The Left” (“Die Linke”), the successor party — it cannot be too often stated — to the vile East German communists.
Much of what one needs to know about Angela Merkel can be inferred from her preference to govern with “Die Linke” or the Greens (as her party already does in the German state of Baden Wrttemberg), both of which explicitly loathe their country, than with the AFD, a party overwhelmingly led and supported by her own party’s prior members and voters.
This is Germany today — a deeply divided, confused, and frightened country, governed by a small group of career politicians who are prepared, for a variety of motives, to employ any methods necessary, including anti-democratic, extra-constitutional, and illegal means, to utterly suppress the only organized political resistance to its immigration policies, which a large percentage of Germans believe will to destroy German civilization.
I leave the readers with a critical, and current, example of how far Merkel’s budding tyranny has gone in employing means contrary to the German constitution, the rule of law, and parliamentary democracy in its efforts to destroy dissent and the AFD.
Recent Events in Thuringia
The state of Thuringia, one of 16 German states (Bundesländer) and the westernmost state of the old East Germany, held an election in October of 2019. Before that election, Thuringia’s Ministerpresident (equivalent to a U.S. governor) was Bodo Ramelow, a member of “Die Linke,” the Left. Ramelow had been elected by the prior Thuringia parliament (Landtag) with the votes of his own party, Die Linke, plus those of the SPD and the Greens, as destructive a political coalition as could be cobbled together in today’s Germany. In fact, Ramelow’s Ministerpresidency was the first German state government since reunification to include the old East German communists.
In October of 2019, a new state election was held in Thuringia, and Ramelow’s foul-smelling political troika, and the chancellor’s now leftist CDU, both took heavy losses that mainly benefited the AFD. After that election the makeup of the Thuringia Landtag was as follows:
Linke: 29 representatives
AFD: 22 representatives
CDU: 21 representatives
SPD: 8 representatives
FDP: 5 representatives
Greens: 5 representatives
The AFD’s second-place finish in Thuringia, ahead of the chancellor’s leftist CDU, sent shockwaves through German politics.
After that 2019 election, in accordance with standard parliamentary practice, the Thuringia Landtag elected a new Ministerpresident. The result was another political earthquake. On February 5, 2020, with the votes of most CDU representatives, plus those of the FDP and AFD, Thomas Kemmerich of the pro-business FDP was elected Ministerpresident. What facilitated this result was the refusal by most Thuringia CDU representatives to follow Merkel’s diktat never to support or vote with the AFD. In fact, what that election showed is that most local CDU Thuringia representatives preferred to govern with a patriotic party than to submit to further rule by Germany’s destructive Left.
But then Angela Merkel jumped in with different preferences. While traveling in South Africa last week, Merkel announced that the Thuringia parliamentary election result was “unacceptable” and had to be “canceled.” Just like that.
British Remainers and American Trump-hating Deep-Staters can only gaze on Merkel with envy.
Merkel’s words from Africa will live in infamy in European political history, because they signal the beginning of the end of parliamentary democracy in Germany. I will not inflict all of Merkel’s German on AT readers, but her most important words were that the Thuringia parliamentary election was “unforgiveable” (“unverzeihlich”) and that it “must be reversed” (muss ruckgängich gemacht werden).
And so, by the diktat of a chancellor ludicrously claiming to protect democracy, a democratic election was declared unacceptable. Reversed. Canceled. And very fast.
Thomas Kemmerich, not made of Trump’s stuff, resigned his office 25 hours after being elected, making him the shortest serving Ministerpresident in the history of the Bundesrepublik.
The situation in Thuringia is now confused, but it’s likely that the chancellor’s diktat will lead to the re-emergence of a state government of the Left.
In Germany, to its shame, dictatorship prevailed.
What Germany’s new would-be dictator, Angela Merkel, said last week is that the German people can vote for the AFD, but under no circumstances, regardless how many votes that party receives, will it be permitted to govern, to participate in a government, or even to participate in electing a government.
Freedom, the rule of law, and democracy are in real peril in Germany. As Americans, this should concern us all.
In the struggle to preserve Western civilization against internal enemies who would demonize its history, discard or outlaw its cultural patrimony, and overwhelm it with millions of hostile and unassimilable aliens — a struggle President Trump now leads — America needs allies. Germany, the most important country on the continent where the West arose, needs to be among them. Merkel’s lawless actions over the last week, part of her slander of her bravest critics and her growing suppression of German freedom and democracy, deserve the condemnation of every American conservative.
According to a poll, nearly half of Italians say that is was the wrong choice for senators to strip populist leader Matteo Salvini of his immunity as a potential trial against the former interior minister looms.
Forty-three per cent said that it was “wrong” for the chamber to give authorisation for the League (Lega) leader to be put on trial over a 2019 case in which he refused to allow migrants aboard a coastguard vessel to land on Italian soil.
The poll, which was conducted by polling institute EMG, found that a smaller 41 per cent of respondents did support the move to strip Salvini of immunity, with another 16 per cent saying that they preferred not to answer, Il Giornale reports.
26 per cent of supporters of the governing Five Star Movement (M5S) said the affair was completely wrong, as did almost a fifth of even supporters of the left-establishment Democratic Party (PD) which replaced Salvini’s League as the Five Stars’ junior coalition partners.
The looming trial against Salvini relates to a case in the summer of last year when, while still interior minister in the former M5S/League coalition government, he refused to allow 131 migrants on board the Italian coastguard vessel Gregoretti to set foot in Lampedusa.
Catania prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro has argued that the populist senator should be tried for “kidnapping” along with several other charges that could see massive fines enacted. There is also potential prison time for as long as 15 years.
Despite the possible penalties, Salvini has declared that he is looking forward to a trial and that he is not afraid of going to prison.
According to pollster Alessandra Ghisleri, surveyor and director of Euromedia Research, the trial could end up being a polling boon for Salvini, whose League already enjoys the highest polling numbers nationwide.
“The constant attack on a leader turns him into a victim,” Ghisleri said.
“Probably Salvini estimated that, in his opinion, it would have happened anyway, so he had nothing to lose and only to gain by turning it into an election campaign theme.