German Of The day: Rekordverdächtig

That means, roughly, “this surely must be a record.”

The last time we had inflation like this was way back during… Holy Scheiße!

German inflation hits 70-year high as economists warn of deep recession risk – September figure of 10.9% comes as institutes outline how gas shortages could hit growth in 2023.

Repeat An Election?

What do they mean by repeating an election? I thought that once you get the results you want it’s a done deal. Repeating an election due to election day glitches simply isn’t possible. Not in my country it isn’t.

Judge: Berlin will likely need to repeat its 2021 election – The president of the Berlin Constitutional Court says Germany’s capital will likely need to repeat its 2021 state and district elections due to severe election day glitches.

Long lines formed outside many polling stations in Berlin that day as voters struggled with extra ballot papers. Some polling stations ran out of ballot papers during the day and others received ones for the wrong district, leading to a large number of invalidated ballots. Another issue was the election was supposed to end at 6 p.m., but voters waiting in line at that time were allowed to cast their ballots.

Bless Its Pointed Little Head

Reality’s pointed little head, I mean. It will always get stuck up in your face, sooner or later.

Green utopia vs. the phenomenal world AKA the hard realities of life (that it’s cold in winter, for instance). Guess who wins?

Germany delays exit from nuclear power to offset energy shortfall – Two nuclear plants’ lives extended as country copes with loss of Russian gas and shortage of French electricity.

French nuclear-generated electricity, I might add.

Turn Off The Red Nose, Rudolf

It’s just not going to be windy or sunny enough this Christmas.

Germans urged to switch off Christmas lights this year to cut energy usage as Russia keeps tight hold on Europe’s gas supply – Germans should turn off their Christmas lights this winter to save energy as Russia clamps down on gas flows to Europe, according to non-profit environmental organization, Deutsche Umwelthilfe.

German Of The Day: Kreislaufzusammenbruch

That means circulatory collapse. That’s one of my favorate fake German illnesses.

Anybody here (generally women) can get it at any time under any circumstances.

12 Illnesses You Can Only Catch in German – There are illnesses that you can only catch in German. No, seriously! If you try to explain these illnesses in any other language, people are going to cock their heads in confusion or outright laugh at you.

Saudi Arabian Sleeze Not So Sleezy After All

When trying to wiggle your way out of your self-imposed energy dependency on Russia.

Don’t get me wrong. Germans are very concerned about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. Very concerned. Or they were. Up until very recently.

Germany’s Scholz in Saudi Arabia as Gas Crunch Bites Economy – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz looked Saturday to secure more energy supplies, meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to discuss future cooperation, including on hydrogen imports, as Europe’s largest economy struggles with fallout from the Russia-Ukraine war.

Talks between the two leaders in Jeddah dealt with the relationship between their countries, Scholz said. Germany is seeking to import “large amounts of hydrogen” amid a push to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, he said.

More Funds

Are always more fun!

Give me a break, people. Look, I’m burning this money as fast as I can!

German minister call for more funds for companies as debt debate intensifies – The German economy minister (Greens) on Thursday called for more government funds to support companies as a debate intensifies on whether Berlin should suspend its debt brake next year.

German Of The Day: Steuereinnahmen

That means tax revenues.

How’s it go again? The bigger they are, the harder their tax revenues fall? Jeepers. I wonder why tax revenues would be falling in Germany these days. It’s not like businesses are only just beginning to go bankrupt thanks to Germany’s dependency on Russian gas, Green utopian make-believe, skyrocketing energy costs and the resulting crazy inflation. It must be something else.

German tax revenues fall in August for first time this year – Federal and state government tax revenues fell in Europe’s biggest economy during August for the first time this year, the finance ministry said on Thursday.

German Of The Day: Widerspruch

That means contradiction. This is a word that is in constant demand in Germany.

Germany’s Energy Crisis Plan Contradicts Itself – The German government is desperately trying to conserve gas—and subsidizing its use.

Germany’s self-imposed target is to cut back gas use by 20 percent, which is roughly the shortfall caused by Russia’s discontinuation of gas supplies amid its war in Ukraine. Yet…

The federal government has said it will set price caps on gas and electricity by the end of the year. So… Contrary to the greater goal of throttling back consumption, price caps and subsidies will have a positive effect on demand. By easing the burden on consumers, they dilute the price signal to save. “This increases the risk of brownouts and blackouts over the winter,” said Toby Couture of the energy consulting firm E3 Analytics, “as citizens and businesses consume more power than the system can effectively supply.”