Tag: Germany

Judge: Merkel Committed Historic Breach Of Law In Opening Borders, Constitution Allows ‘Right To Resist’

One of Germany’s most senior constitutional judges has said Angela Merkel’s government is violating the country’s constitution by failing to protect its borders.   In a report commissioned by Mrs Merkel’s partners, the Christian Social Union (CSU), Udo di Fabio says the federal government is constitutionally obliged to take control of border security when European […]

Syria needs new constitution, says Russia’s Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult.   Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with air strikes, also said in […]

Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul’s historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State.   All of those killed in Sultanahmet square, near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia – major tourist […]

Only Ten Percent of Migrant Influx Has Reached Us So Far, Says German Minister

Europe has barely even seen the start of the migrant influx, Germany’s Development Minister has warned.   Gerd Müller said only 10 per cent of Syrian and Iraqi migrants have reached Europe so far and “eight to ten million are still on the way”, with even more to come from Africa.   “The biggest movements […]

Angela Merkel’s domestic security crisis

For months, many Germans have worried that the exodus of refugees into their country would upend their comfortable existence, straining state coffers and public services. Now, they worry something even more dear is at stake: their safety.   In the wake of the New Year’s Eve attacks on hundreds of women by foreigners in Cologne and […]

Putin: EU sanctions are ‘theater of the absurd’

The EU’s sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis are “absurd,” President Vladimir Putin said in a German newspaper interview, in which he blamed the eastward expansion of NATO for replacing the Berlin Wall with “invisible walls” between Russia and Europe.   “What the European Union is doing with those sanctions is nothing […]

Cologne sex attackers risk deportation

Germany must contemplate deporting foreigners convicted of crimes following the Cologne sex attacks, Chancellor Angela Merkel says. She said “clear signals” had to be sent to those not prepared to abide by German law. Gangs of men described as of North African and Arab appearance were reported to be behind the attacks. Police also received […]

Germans questioning migrant welcome in wake of New Year’s Eve

The tales coming out of German cities about what happened New Year’s Eve keep getting worse.   First there was Cologne, where as many as 1,000 men thought to be between 18 and 35 years old descended on a central square, breaking into packs of 30 or more that reportedly surrounded, molested and robbed hundreds […]

Reports of Attacks on Women in Germany Heighten Tension Over Migrants

The tensions simmering beneath Germany’s willingness to take in one million migrants blew into the open on Tuesday after reports that scores of young women in Cologne had been groped and robbed on New Year’s Eve by gangs of men described by the authorities as having “a North African or Arabic” appearance.   Taking advantage […]

Sweden and Denmark Add Border Checks to Stem Flow of Migrants

The continued flow of people along Europe’s migration trail, from Turkey and Greece to the Balkans to Scandinavia, faced new impediments on Monday as two of the northernmost destinations further tightened border controls in response to political, economic and logistical pressures.   Sweden, once one of the most welcoming of nations for refugees, introduced new […]