Merkel’s Mini-Me Man Maintains Mandate

Although “man” might be a little übertrieben (exaggerated) here.

They toss the manly-man types out on their ears here in Germany. Or Merkel does, I should say. You know, the popular ones? The ones the voters down below actually want? The swamp folk above do whatever she tells them to do. And that’s just what happened here.

Germany’s conservatives threw their weight on Tuesday behind Armin Laschet, a cautious centrist, as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in a September national election instead of his more popular Bavarian rival.

Markus Soeder, leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), conceded defeat in his week-long battle with Laschet, chairman of the larger Christian Democrats (CDU), to lead their alliance, dubbed ‘the Union’, into the Sept. 26 election.

“The die is cast – Armin Laschet will be the Union’s candidate for chancellor.”

German Of The Day: Impftouristen

That means vaccination tourists.

Being that the German government is incapable of organizing enough COVID-19 vaccinations for its own citizens, a tour operator is now organizing flights to Russia to get vaccinated with Sputnik V there.

Germans head to Russia for Sputnik V jab – As Germany’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign lags, some Germans are going to Russia for the jab. Though Russia’s borders are mostly closed, the Kremlin seems to be permitting vaccine trips to Moscow for noncitizens.

Deutsche Impftouristen in Moskau – Einmal Sputnik V und zurück. In Deutschland müsste Thomas Waller noch Monate auf seine Corona-Impfung warten – in Moskau kann er sich sofort behandeln lassen. Ein Reiseveranstalter organisiert Sputnik-V-Trips für Deutsche.

Wirecard?

Sounds vaguely familiar. Very vaguely. No, come to think of it, never heard of Wirecard.

It was an innocuous question, posed shortly before midnight some nine hours into an exhausting parliamentary hearing into the Wirecard scandal. “Did you ever actually own Wirecard shares?”

MPs will want to know why Merkel lobbied for Wirecard in China when reports about suspected fraud at the company had been in the public domain for months. Scholz will be asked to explain how BaFin, the financial regulator he oversees, not only failed to uncover the Wirecard fraud but went after short-sellers and Financial Times journalists who first highlighted irregularities at the company.

“Mostly COVID-Deniers” Mostly Banned

From expressing their opinions.

If you don’t express the correct opinion in Germany you will be cancelled. No, I don’t mean that old school Germany back in day with the funny mustache. Angela Merkel’s Germany.

German courts ban ‘Querdenker‘ anti-lockdown demos – As thousands of mostly COVID-deniers prepared to rally this weekend, regional courts have ordered the protests in Dresden and Kempten to be canceled.

“In addition to criminal prosecution, demonstrations must be broken up by the police.”

We’re From Berlin’s “Red-Redder-Green” City Government And We’re Here To Help

And now you have to pay back the rest of the rent you didn’t have to pay this past year or so, sorry about out that.

Our unconstitutional rent control plan was bat shit crazy from the start but at least we meant well, and that’s the main thing.

Angry Berlin renters protest court ruling – A decision by Germany’s constitutional court has sparked fears among renters that they could now be hit with sudden rent increases.

There Are Still A Few Grown-Ups Around

Not many, granted, but there still appear to be a few left. In this case high court judges.

I wish I could say that about the Banana Republic.

Berlin rent cap oveerturned by Germany’s top court – Germany’s constitutional court has decided that the Berlin rent cap violates Germany’s constitution. The cap was one of the most-debated laws in the country.

Germany Rewarded For Not Living Up To Agreement

Do you remember? Way back when, many presidents ago, when Germany promised to spend 2 percent of its GDP on defense?

The Germans don’t either.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Tuesday that the US military will increase its presence in Germany, recommitting the US to the NATO alliance in a reversal from the previous administration’s plans to withdraw troops from the country.

The US will permanently station “approximately 500 additional US personnel in the Wiesbaden area” of Germany and will be on the ground “as early as fall,” Austin said during a news conference in Berlin.

“This planned increase in US personnel underscores our commitment to Germany, and to the entire NATO alliance,” he added.

But Threatening To Destroy Israel Is?

A positive contribution?

The foreign minister of Germany was criticized on Monday after he expressed disapproval of the sabotaging over the weekend of Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, which has been widely attributed to Israel.

The details of the Natanz incident remain unclear, but reports indicate that it involved a systemic power failure caused by a massive cyber-attack, resulting in serious damage to the facility. There were no casualties in the incident.

“Foreign Minister Maas is 100% correct. The sabotage won’t help talks whose main agenda is to get rid of tough sanctions on Iran.”

Ve Have Vays Of Making You Vait

More vays than you can possibly imagine, viseguy.

Tesla reportedly slams ‘irritating’ approval process for Berlin factory – The company hasn’t been granted full approval more than a year after filing an application.

Germany may not have invented maddening, show-stopping bureaucracy but they certainly have perfected it.

“This discourages necessary investments in clean-energy projects and infrastructure and makes it practically impossible for Germany to achieve its climate goals.”