Mess With Nord Stream At Your Own Risk

If you mess with Nord Stream, you mess with Heiko.

Heiko

And that would spell trouble for US-Amerika. Big trouble. Or at the very least, displeasure.

Germany expresses ‘displeasure’ at US threat over Russia pipeline – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has expressed “displeasure” to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo about Washington’s threat of sanctions against a German port over a gas pipeline from Russia.

“I mentioned it in a telephone call with (Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo yesterday and expressed my surprise and displeasure.”

“Would Establish A Relentless Critic?”

Who could ask for more?

Macgregor

Advocacy groups come out against Trump pick for ambassador to Germany.

If Macgregor is confirmed, it “would establish as America’s representative, in what many regard as the most important capital in Europe, a relentless critic, presumably handicapped from the start as an effective envoy.”

CNN first unsurfaced comments earlier this week, including remarks that criticized Germany for giving “millions of unwanted Muslim invaders” welfare benefits and said Germany’s efforts to grapple with its role in the Holocaust was a “sick mentality.”

Trumps Wunsch-Botschafter stänkerte gegen Deutschland.

But Isn’t Everybody In Sweden Dead By Now?

How could their economy be in relatively good shape? They were BAD (compared to head of the class Germany) because they didn’t do that COVID-19 lockdown thing. I don’t understand.

Sweden

The 18 members of the DAX 30 index of Germany’s biggest firms that have already reported swung from a healthy profit in the second quarter of 2019 to a loss almost as big this year. For many companies, including Volkswagen, a giant carmaker, and BASF, the world’s biggest chemicals concern, results were even worse than analysts had expected. The income of the 27 Swedish firms in Stockholm’s OMX 30 that have reported so far fell by 49%, bad but much better than the DAX. If you include adjusted earnings of two opaque investment vehicles in the OMX, income actually rose…

In public, CEOs of big German companies generally praised their government’s tougher policies. Privately, though, some shared the fears expressed openly by the BVMW, the association of Mittelstand firms that represents 3.5m businesses with up to 250 employees. In an open letter in May the BVMW called on the government to lift the lockdown “before it is too late” and criticised it for lacking an exit strategy.

German Of The Day: Steuerhinterzieherin

That means tax evader – of the female persuasion.

Taxes

The title of the article: The Super-Lefty as Tax Evader.

Katrin Lompscher (Left Party), the Senator for City Development in Berlin’s red-redder-green (SPD, Left Party, Greens) city government – and the mother of the city’s infamous, breathtakingly failed and unconstitutional Mietendeckel or rent cap – has been forced to resign due to tax irregularities. They weren’t paid regularly enough, in other words – she earned too much on the side and declared too little. It’s folks like her – and there are a whole lot of them here in this city – who put the Social in Social Democracy. Sorry. I meant, who put the Left in the Left.

Zu viel Kohle nebenher kassiert und nicht versteuert – das klingt nach turbokapitalem Protzvillen-Raffke.

Schools Reopen In Germany

“But the coronavirus is not gone.”

Schools

Politicians are agreed on the need to avoid large-scale closures. But the coronavirus is not gone.

Schools are considered lower-risk and many doctors favor a return to the normal schoolday. But the coronavirus is not gone.

In May and June, 2,600 students and teachers were tested as part of a pilot project and not a single acute infection was found. But the coronavirus is not gone.

Fewer than 20 of those tested had antibodies in their blood, which usually indicates an infection in the past. But the coronavirus is not gone.

Experts say a new lockdown would have negative psychological and physical repercussions for young people. But the coronavirus is not gone.

The German teacher’s union doesn’t want the schools to open, however. Because the coronavirus is not gone.

If You’re Against Covid-19 Restrictions In Germany…

You’re a neo-Nazi.

Protest

That’s pretty straightforward. It is also deceptive, unbalanced and an incorrect. Some would even go as far as to say it is fake news. But then they would be called neo-Nazis too.

Neben Corona-Leugnern und Impfgegnern waren auch viele Teilnehmer mit eindeutig rechtsgerichteten Fahnen oder T-Shirts in der Menge. – Along with Corona deniers and anti-vaxxers many participants in the crowd were waving what were clearly right-leaning flags or wearing related t-shirts.

Politik diskutiert über Einschränkung der Versammlungsfreiheit – Politicians are discussing the restriction on freedom of assembly.

German Of The Day: Ohne Mundschutz

That means without masks (“mouth protection”).

Masks

Uh-oh, the natives are getting restless. Pandemic Is Over! (If You Want It).

Thousands of maskless Germans protest COVID-19 rules in Berlin – Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections.

Ohne Mundschutz, ohne Abstand – Tausende demonstrieren gegen Corona-Maßnahmen.

German Of The Day: Abziehen

That means to withdraw.

Germany

US to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany in ‘strategic’ move – The US is set to withdraw almost 12,000 troops from Germany in what it described as a “strategic” repositioning of its forces in Europe.

About 6,400 troops will be sent home, with the rest moved to other Nato countries such as Italy and Belgium.

President Donald Trump said the move was a response to Germany failing to meet Nato targets on defence spending.

So schnell wie möglich.

Not A Bad Start

For a country of 80 million.

Migrants

Please note the journalist’s panicked attempt to explain away the numbers right in the head of the article.

German population of migrant background rises to 21 million – Germany saw a 2.1% increase in the population with a migrant background in 2019, though the rate of increase was the least rapid since 2011. The largest group hails from Turkey, around one in three are from the EU.

“People with a migration background are clearly over-represented in cleaning jobs, warehousing, food production and care for the elderly. In the future we will continue to need more skilled workers.”

German Of The Day: Ex-Offizier

That means former officer. And that means a really, really bad person – despite being antiwar.

Macgregor

Trump picks antiwar favorite Douglas Macgregor to be German ambassador – Macgregor is a favorite among Trump supporters who want to pull US troops from the Mideast and Afghanistan. As ambassador, he would oversee Trump’s plan to slash the substantial US troop presence in Germany.

Ex-Offizier Macgregor soll US-Botschafter werden.