Beautiful German of the week.
Because somebody has to admire them.
Germans Oppose Russian Economic Sanctions - Poll.
Uh, what else can you expect from a country where more than one-third of it’s gas and crude-oil imports come from Russia?
Mrs Merkel is Europe’s most powerful leader, yet her country has so far been the main obstacle to a firm, unified Western response.
The European Union’s daring suspension of talks with Russia on something or other after Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula has shocked Russian president Vlad Putin so thoroughly that he has just been sighted wandering around in a shirtless daze on his shirtless horse somewhere near what is still the Ukrainian border but probably won’t be for very much longer.
Thank goodness he has not yet found out that the EU is also threatening even “tougher sanctions” unless Moscow swiftly defuses the crisis and Putin puts his shirt back on.
Meanwhile, Angela Merkel is still doing her damndest to put on the sanction brakes but has now announced that she is at least prepared to cast dirty looks at Putin, if he and his horse can be located. And if all else fails, of course.
Die Staats- und Regierungschefs der EU haben sich auf kleine Sanktionen gegen Russland verständigt.
The German export surplus is still threatening the rest of Europe, the European Commission says.
Berlin disagrees, of course, pointing out that it imports tons of stuff, too.
Germany imports 24 percent of Russia’s natural gas exports, for instance, more than any other European country. It also has an 8.7 percent share of Russia’s foreign trade. Germany is also Russia’s biggest oil market, taking almost 700,000 barrels a day back in 2012. No dependency here. So quit the moaning already, Brussels, and let us get back to work.
“Der Handlungsbedarf ist erheblich angesichts der Größe der deutschen Wirtschaft.”
Probably taking tea at the “dyed-in-the-wool democrat’s” dacha.
When it comes to Russia’s unsolicited visit to Ukraine, German officials go out of their way to say that gas, money or jobs play absolutely no role in Berlin’s predictably soft-spoken, low-keyed, muffled, namby-pamby, wussy, pantywaisted and yellow bellied response to said unfortunate visit.
So now we all know of course that gas, money and jobs are probably playing the biggest role in Berlin’s said sad response to said event.
“Imposing sanctions on Russia because of Ukraine would put German jobs in danger.”
Or by the ghost of Fukushima, I should say.
Danger! Danger! More “experts” issuing expert warnings here again: Nearly three years have passed since the Fukushima disaster in Japan and Germany is still not adequately prepared for a nuclear incident, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
I can only assume that they mean being not adequately prepared for a nuclear incident caused by a magnitude 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake hitting somewhere off the coast of Bremerhaven in a region of the world that doesn’t “do” earthquakes and causing a massive tsunami that could wipe out one of Germany’s coastal power plants, or maybe even one in Bavaria, provided, of course, that said tsunami could still find a German nuclear power plant that was still in operation, which is very doubtful indeed, but still.
Nope. You can never be prepared enough when it comes to preparing for one of those worst conceivable and most completely unpredictable natural disasters like-in-recorded-history-type-disasters that has already happened somewhere else, I guess.
Deutschland ist nicht ausreichend auf einen nuklearen Störfall vorbereitet.
Right? In Germany it does. Or it’s supposed to, at least. But it doesn’t work here either, of course.
Take old Nazi films apparently easily available on YouTube, for instance. “Experts” are now shocked to find that it is possible to view them on the Internet, even though such films were placed “on the index” in Germany long ago. Reminds us of the Mein Kampf-Krampf (convulsion), doesn’t it?
Let’s face it, if we really want to forbid something it ought to be stupidity. Before that works, forbidding films is a questionable undertaking at best. I think the Libertarians sum that up nicely: “If there is no good reason to forbid something (a good reason being that it violates the rights of others), it should be allowed.”
Or do these films, as sad and stupid as they are, violate your rights?
Müssen Filme überhaupt verboten werden?
In Germany? Today? No way.
Hard to say.
Uh. German anti-Facebook technophobia is one thing, but like what on earth were they thinking (or drinking?) over there at the Süddeutsche Zeitung when they put out this one?
“If anyone has any doubts about the anti-Semitic dimension of the cartoon, we can point to Mark Zuckerberg’s very prominent nose, which is not the case in real life.”