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.

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.”

This Is “Normal” Germany Already

You don’t have to return to it. You’re already living in it. And it’s too late to turn back, I’m afraid.

Germany’s largest opposition party, the Far-right AfD calls for ‘normal’ Germany at conference – The far-right Alternative for Germany is preparing its election platform as rival factions vie for power. A party meeting could determine if the AfD shifts further right. It’s already pushing for Germany to leave the EU.

“Germany. But normal.”

German Of The Day: Fabrizieren

That means to fabricate.

The science is settled or something. Or at least that’s what political scientists tell us every day. And it seems to be settled and living comfortably in a nice villa somewhere in southern France.

The study in question was a €2.4 million survey of staffing levels and quality at nearly 100 German psychiatric facilities. Working for TU Dresden’s Association for Knowledge and Technology Transfer (GWT), Wittchen was the principal investigator of the effort, which aimed to examine workloads at the clinics and inform government regulations.

But in February 2019, German media reported allegations, stemming from whistleblowers close to the survey project, that study data had been fabricated. The university launched a formal investigation, led by law professor Hans-Heinrich Trute.

“If these observations were true, they would be within the realm of criminal sanctions.”

Germans In Uniform Again

When it comes to their next lockdown, I mean. Or maybe they aren’t. Hard to say for sure.

Merkel backs ‘short, uniform lockdown’ across Germany – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind calls for a “short, uniform lockdown” as the country grapples with a high level of coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in Britain

I’ve been very sceptical about anything Angela Merkel attempts these days but if she’s thrown her weight behind this measure then it might just happen.

The Other Lockdowns Weren’t Serious?

Oh. They were all elaborate practical jokes, or what?

“We Won’t Get Around a Serious Lockdown.”

A Third Wave Washes over Germany as Vaccination Campaign Mounts

Medical professionals and virologists in Germany have been clear in their message: The third wave of the coronavirus must be stemmed through tough measures, otherwise the consequences will be dramatic. So, why are Angela Merkel and her state governors stalling?

Run with it, Germany. You blew it with the vaccines and practically everything else during this pandemic but you are number one when it comes to locking down so lock yourself down seriously this time, until you’re blue in the face.

It’s Not That We Don’t Believe You

It’s just that we don’t believe you, Angela Merkel & Co.

Coronavirus: Most Germans doubt vaccination timeline — poll – More and more people are losing hope in the German government’s inoculation campaign. But family doctors are ready to help, and the health minister has said the vaccination pace will pick up.

Only 23% of respondents said they believed that the government would meet its goal; 62% thought it was unlikely, the survey found.