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Did Germany just declare war against Russia?

Free West Media | 29 Jan 2023

Is it a real declaration of war? Yes. On January 24, Baerbock gave a speech to the Council of Europe – not to be confused with an institution of the European Union. Although this speech contained borderline provocations, it was a scripted intervention. However, in the subsequent hearing, Baerbock had to answer questions without a prepared text. She...

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Macron Doubles Down On Nuclear Energy While Britain Dithers

Principia Scientific | 21 Jan 2023

The French are falling back in love with nuclear energy, and so is their president. Britain needs to do the same, and quickly. In 2019, only 34 percent of people polled expressed a positive view of France’s nuclear program, a figure that had increased to 51 percent two years later. The most recent survey revealed it to be 60 percent. If Emmanuel...

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Kissinger offers updated Ukraine plan

Beijing News | 18 Jan 2023

The 99-year-old former US diplomat now endorses Kiev's NATO membership Ukraine's neutrality is "no longer meaningful" given the circumstances, Henry Kissinger told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. He endorsed Kiev's eventual membership in the US-led military bloc, but continued to insist on dialogue with Russia - a stance that earned...

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Fertility decline in developing countries does not depend on economic growth but follows contraceptive use

Many politicians, the public, and some scientists still think that economic development is a major cause of reduced birth rates in developing countries. We tested this belief empirically in a recently published long-term study of many countries (1970-2014). We found no relationships between fertility and economic growth, but a strong association...

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Germany’s defense minister resigns amid heavy criticism over Ukraine

The Los Angeles Times | 16 Jan 2023

BERLIN — Germany’s much-criticized defense minister announced her resignation Monday, as her department steers the massive project of modernizing the country’s military and oversees expanding weapons deliveries to Ukraine. Christine Lambrecht said in a statement that she had submitted her resignation request to Chancellor Olaf Scholz,...

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Wasted energy: Putin’s plan to freeze Europe has failed

The Spectator | 12 Jan 2023

The Kremlin propaganda channel RT recently produced a festive video message for its overseas audiences. Somewhere in ‘Europe, Christmas 2021’ a happy family gathers in a cosy, Ikea-furnished house. A young girl cradles her present: an adorable hamster. Fast forward to Christmas 2022: the family huddles, freezing, under a blanket in a room...

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Western weapons starting to bite Russia

Independent online (SA) | 08 Jan 2023

Johannesburg - With the little help from the US, Kyiv has inflicted the singular most devastating attack on Russia, killing no less than 89 Russian soldiers in the breakaway Donetsk region in Eastern Ukraine. Using the US-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, the full-frontal attack on the Russian soldiers on the battlefield is certain to...

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Putin awards acting heads of new regions

Russia Today | 20 Dec 2022

The leaders of the four former Ukrainian provinces that joined Russia were presented with merits by the president Over two dozen people received state merits from Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Those recognized included the acting heads of four former Ukrainian regions that joined Russia following referendums this autumn. Putin...

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Ukraine only one paying president

Beijing News | 16 Dec 2022

A lack of global support means the war must continue until total victory, Zelensky tells The Economist Kiev has no choice but to fight for the 1991 borders, because the world failed to guarantee its security and Ukraine is alone in paying the price of the conflict, President Vladimir Zelensky said in an interview published on Thursday. The...

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Germany should do business with Russia again – Scholz

Russia Today | 13 Dec 2022

After Moscow loses in Ukraine, the German chancellor explained Once Russia ends the conflict in Ukraine, it should be given a chance to do business with Germany again, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Monday. He repeated that Moscow must and will not win, however. A Russian government that ends the hostilities “needs a chance to restart...

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Factbox-Germany coup plot: who was behind it and how dangerous was it?

FX Empire | 08 Dec 2022

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is reeling in shock after prosecutors announced on Wednesday the arrests of 25 suspected members of a far-right group who they believe were preparing a violent coup to install a German aristocrat as national leader. Authorities expect further arrests and raids in coming days. Here are some details on the plot and how...

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Merkel reveals West's duplicity

Sott | 05 Dec 2022

Recent comments by former German Chancellor Angela Merkel shed light on the duplicitous game played by Germany, France, Ukraine and the United States...

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Germany split on Port of Hamburg deal with China

Asiatimes | 02 Dec 2022

The German government has become divided over a deal, agreed last month, which saw Chinese conglomerate Cosco invest in the Port of Hamburg. The deal had been in the works since September 2021 and was championed by the chancellor (and Hamburg’s former mayor), Olaf Scholz. Scholz’s coalition partners have been vocal in criticizing the deal. Chief...

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Emmanuel Macron: the man who would be king

New Statesman | 30 Nov 2022

As the former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger once apocryphally asked: “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” Over the subsequent decades, the best available answer has, of course, varied. But today it is surely: Emmanuel Macron. He has occupied the Élysée Palace for five years and has big, deeply thought-through ideas about the future of...

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Even amid murderous Russian raids, western apathy is Kyiv’s deadliest foe

The Observer | 27 Nov 2022

A two-day-old baby is killed in an attack on a maternity ward in southern Ukraine. Officials say at least 437 children have died since Russia’s invasion began. More than 800 have been injured. How many kids are permanently traumatised is anybody’s guess. Every day, Vladimir Putin gets away with murder. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station is...

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Germany's Merkel says she lacked political strength for pre-invasion Ukraine talks

RTE | 25 Nov 2022

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had aimed to convene European talks with Vladimir Putin the year before his invasion of Ukraine but in the end did not see any possibility of influencing the Russian president at the end of her term. Mrs Merkel told the Spiegel news magazine in an...

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Vitalik Buterin – Centralized Exchanges Could Use Cryptographic Proofs, ZK-Snark To Build Trust

The Daily Hodl | 22 Nov 2022

The renowned blockchain programmer wrote a blog on how centralized exchanges can move toward trustlessness. Buterin opines zero-knowledge succinct non-interactive argument or knowledge (ZK-SNARK) is the best proof of the reserves. Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin published a blog on November 19, 2022, on how CEXs (centralized...

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Mitsotakis takes German counterpart Scholz on a tour of the Acropolis (PHOTOS)

Greek City Times | 27 Oct 2022

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz, who is on a working visit to Greece, arrived at the archaeological site of the Acropolis shortly before 09:00 on Thursday morning. The German chancellor was guided to the sacred rock of the Acropolis by Professor Manolis Korre along the Greek prime...

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German Red-Greens want to change language on immigration

Free West Media | 18 Oct 2022

Policing language on immigration is the latest idea from the Greens, the Left Party and the SPD. The CDU/CSU, however, find the attempt to introduce "speech bans" on asylum issues problematic but have no means to stop such measures. Berlin Julian Pahlke has been active in sea rescue for almost six years on the rescue ship Iuventa operating the...

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Former German Chancellor Merkel defends her government's move to buy massive amounts of Russian gas, ...

Business Insider | 14 Oct 2022

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Adam Berry/Getty Images The former German Chancellor said she had no regrets about her government's energy policy, per Reuters. Angela Merkel said it was the right decision to pursue Russian natural-gas imports during her tenure. Germany is now scrambling to replace...