Don’t Forget To Wear Your Mask While Setting Everything On Fire

Otherwise you’re going to be in big trouble.

Police, protesters clash during May Day rallies in Berlin – At least 5,000 protesters took to the streets on Saturday during May Day rallies in Berlin, clashing with police and injuring three officers, police said.

The injuries occurred after some demonstrators threw fireworks, bottles and rocks in protests over social inequality. About 5,600 police were deployed, and some responded with pepper spray in what marked the second May Day protests since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Demonstration in Berlin abgebrochen – Massive Angriffe gegen Polizei.

Tough Talk Is Cheap

But it’s still talk.

Merkel

Germany is flailing as the pandemic strikes again, not enough people are vaccinated and state leaders are dragging their feet. Merkel is now threatening to assert federal authority over measures to stem infections. It’s a blunt political instrument, and one rarely used.

Fact is, there’s not much she can do. Germany is a federal state designed to resist just such centralized, federal authority. Wonder why?

Sound Vaguely Familiar?

It should. The powers that be in Germany (the political party powers that be) are threatening to put an unwanted competitor, Alternative for Germany, under surveillance for, well, for being an unwanted competitor.

AfD

Sure, they claim it’s for being the Bad Guy Party, for trivializing Germany’s Nazi past but that’s just vorgeschoben (a pretext). They’re stealing their votes by literally offering German voters an alternative. That’s against German political party line. And just so you know, the evil AfD is the largest opposition party in Germany by far.

But hey, at least half of the citizens of The Banana Republic of America are suspected of being insurrectionists and white supremacists and are under surveillance already so go with the flow, right?

Germany Expected To Put Right-Wing AfD Under Surveillance For Violating Constitution – “This agency has the power — and not only to do surveillance on fringe groups, domestic terrorist threats, but also to keep an eye on any political institution, like a political party.”

 

German Of The Day: Einspruch

That means objection. Or raise an objection. Or lodge an appeal.

Objection

A group of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, say they’ll object Wednesday to the certification of the presidential election results that favored Democrat Joe Biden over President Trump — unless there is an emergency 10-day audit of the results by an electoral commission.

Weitere Republikaner aus dem US-Senat wollen bei der anstehenden Zertifizierung der Präsidentschaftswahlergebnisse im Kongress Einspruch einlegen.

 

German Of The Day: Stadtschloss

That means “the city palace,” and in this case it’s referring the reconstructed Prussian palace that opened in Berlin yesterday.

Stadtschloss

And virtually no one came to the grand opening. That’s because it took place virtually, which is how virtually everything is taking place these days.

A reconstructed Prussian palace will open in Berlin on Wednesday as a museum complex housing colonial artifacts, just as debate is gathering pace around the return of treasures plundered from abroad.

The opening ceremony for the Humboldt Forum, which will house attractions including the Ethnological Museum of Berlin, will take place virtually due to restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Launched in 2013, the huge renovation project in central Berlin has been plagued by delays, controversy and spiraling costs — much like the capital’s ill-fated new international airport that opened in October.

Critics have seized on the new building being home to a museum housing nearly 20,000 artifacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania, mostly from the former colonies.

 

Boooring!

Yawn. Another World War II bomb evacuation again.

Bomb

Germany: Thousands evacuated in Berlin as World War II bomb is defused – A quarter-ton World War II bomb was discovered in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as police set up a radius around the unexploded ordinance.

The ones they actually detonate are pretty rare – and way more fun.

German oddity 15: Germany is a place where huge underground bombs are routinely unearthed all around the country and this barely even makes second page news. In fact, most Germans directly affected are more annoyed about it than anything else. They grudgingly leave their homes until the bomb crews have disarmed or detonated the damned things. Over 5,000 bombs are found in Germany every year.

Early Retirement

If you ask me. So long, Tegel.

Tegel

Berlin bid farewell Sunday to the German capital’s central Tegel airport, beloved by some and reviled by others, as it shifts all air traffic to a new hub on the outskirts of the city.

On Saturday, airlines moved their last planes stationed at Tegel to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt, which finally opened at the end of October nine years late and far above its original budget.

The final scheduled flight took off Sunday afternoon from Tegel, an Air France jet to Paris, a tribute to the first commercial flight from the airport flown by the airline 60 years ago…

The first commercial flights began in 1960, when Air France started regular service to Tegel.

V2.2

Germany joins space race as Munich start-up begins rocket production – Isar Aerospace bets on boom in small satellites and aims for launch by end of 2021.

Rocket

Germany will join the commercial space race on Monday as production begins on what could become the first privately built rocket developed in the country to be fired into orbit…

The first German rocket to reach outer space was a version of the V2 in 1942. It crossed the Kármán Line, where space begins 100km above the earth’s surface, but did not reach orbit.