But China Is Germany’s Friend

And can do no wrong. And friends don’t intimidate Hong Kong activists on other friend’s soil.

China

And all that.

China has tried to intimidate Hong Kong residents living in Germany since pro-democracy protests broke out in the city two years ago, the German interior ministry said in a letter to a lawmaker published on Tuesday.

The letter, sent to the head of parliament’s human rights committee, Gyde Jensen, in response to a request for information on the subject, could add to pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to take a firmer line toward China over human rights.

“Since the start of the protests in Hong Kong, increasing attempts by Chinese state actors in Germany to influence public opinion in favour of the Chinese government as well as actions against supporters of the protests have been identified,” the ministry said in the letter, first published in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and reviewed on Tuesday by Reuters.

“I am unfortunately sceptical that the mechanisms used by our security agencies are sufficient to effectively protect those affected.”

PS: By the way, there is no Chinese virus in Germany either. There is a “British mutation” of the Chinese virus that came from China but isn’t a Chinese virus but there is no Chinese virus per se.

 

AstraZeneca Not So Bad After All

First German politicians attack the vaccine for purely political reasons (Brexit, Britain cannot succeed with out us, etc.)…

Astra

Then, once the shortage of vaccines becomes critical due to their own incompetence, the same politicians begin a public relations campaign explaining to citizens how AstraZeneca works quite well after all. We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

More German state workers to get AstraZeneca jab as doses go begging – The German government is reworking its strategy to vaccinate the nation against COVID-19 as its campaign, which has faltered due to a lack of supply, also faces public resistance to the shot from AstraZeneca Plc.

“The vaccine from AstraZeneca is both safe and highly effective.”

Infectious Number Variants Increasing Numbers More Infectiously

COVID numbers in Germany seem to have mutated and are now on the rise again. Thank goodness. They had been dropping for weeks.

School

Otherwise everybody would have to start earning a living again. I know, let’s compromise. We’ll send all the kids back to school.

Germany’s COVID infections rise again – The increase comes just as schools are scheduled to reopen. The rise has been driven by new, more-infectious variants of the coronavirus.

The Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 7,676 new cases on Sunday, up 1,562 from one week ago. The key seven-day incidence rate increased to 60.2 across the country, up from 57.7 a day earlier.

 

Unpopular?

No need to wonder why. German and EU politicians went out of their way to make the AstraZenica vaccine unpopular.

Astra

You know, Brexit and all that? It had to be made unpopular because it came from post-Brexit Britain and demonstrated, once again, how incompetent EU bureaucrats are in matters like this. They have  done everything wrong they could possibly do wrong when it comes to COVID vaccines yet still gladly point a schoolmasterly finger at a country that is clearly getting the problem under control.

COVID: AstraZeneca vaccine remains unpopular in Germany – In Germany, everyone who wants a coronavirus vaccine should receive one by September. But this plan will only work if millions of people accept the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca.

Think about it: You are willing to endanger the lives of your own citizens in order to make your “ex” look bad.

 

Germany Is Threatening Iran

And the mullahs are shaking in their, you know, whatever it is mullah’s wear on their feet.

Iran

When German tough guy foreign minister Heiko Maas talks, especially when he’s angwry, people listen. He and tough guy China Joe will most certainly compliment each other when it comes to negotiating with those fun-loving Iranians. Nobody else will. Compliment them, I mean. Especially once the negotiations are over.

Tehran ‘playing with fire’ says German Foreign Minister – Speaking ahead of meetings to salvage a deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program, Heiko Maas said Tehran had “not been pushing for reduced tensions, but for escalation.”

Ahead of the talks, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Iran was “playing with fire,” and that its most recent steps risked discouraging the US from returning to the so-called “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPoA).

The Rest Of The World Isn’t Cooperating

That’s because the rest of the world is the real world, Germany.

Nuclear

You’ll get used to it eventually. You’ll have to.

Germany concerned about Poland’s nuclear energy plans – The Polish government wants to start producing nuclear energy in 2033 and has agreed to deals with the US and France. But Germany is increasingly alarmed by its neighbor’s energy plans.

Nuclear reactors are considered by many to be the perfect solution.

What Do You Need A House For?

Especially since I’ve already got mine. Several, most likely. No need to research that claim we all know it’s true.

Green

A ban on building new single-family houses in popular urban areas has been mooted by a leading German Green MP, who has said they are environmentally unfriendly because they use too much space and energy.

“Single-family homes consume a large surface area, a lot of construction material and energy and they lead to urban sprawl and therefore generate more traffic,” he told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview.

“The Greens have once again surpassed themselves with this populist and sanctimonious attitude.”

It’s Not A Threat

Tesla already has disrupted everything.

Tesla

Tesla’s Factory Threatens To Disrupt German Auto Industry. The Germans are playing catch-up now. Scheiße happens. The innovator always leads.

This is a lucrative business for Tesla. The company made $3.3 billion in the past five years from 11 states in the U.S. that, like the EU, force automakers that can’t meet emissions reduction goals to buy credits from companies like Tesla. But this revenue stream promises to run dry in the coming years as EU automakers ramp up their electric vehicle fleets. But because Tesla’s entire fleet is electric, Birgit Dietze of IG Metall, Germany’s auto workers union, says the company is already ahead of its German competitors.

 

Berlin Is Only Number Two?

When it comes to its share of the 25,000 fraudulent coronavirus aid rip-offs discovered so far in Germany?

Fraud

This city is so corrupt that even its fraudsters are second-rate.

COVID aid: Germany uncovers over 25,000 cases of fraud – Germany’s coronavirus aid efforts have been plagued by fraudsters from the start. Authorities have warned that they’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.

More than a quarter of the current cases stem from Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia — with over 4,600 concrete cases logged so far.

Berlin has the second-highest number of cases, with 2,600, followed by the southern state of Bavaria with 1,500.

Merkel Has Everything Under Control

Not. As usual not. But now the Germans are finally beginning to notice.

Merkel

“We have decided that hair salons can reopen on March 1.”

Despite myriad warnings in summer 2020, including from Merkel herself, of the dangers of a second pandemic wave, it was allowed to crash over the country at year’s end, almost completely unhindered. And despite Germany being the economically strongest country in the European Union, and despite holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU until the end of December, Merkel was unable to leverage that power when it came to buying sufficient quantities of vaccine.

“I can’t really give you a good answer.”