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‘Nonsense’: German Politician Lambasts Critics of Nord Stream 2

The minister-president of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania in northern Germany has lambasted critics of the gas pipeline project, who didn’t play with “open cards,” and rejected claims that the venture would make her country fully dependent of Russia as “nonsense.”

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‘Islam Belongs to Merkel, But She Doesn’t Belong to Germany’ – AfD MP

Alternative for Germany (AfD), a party known for its tough stance on immigration, has been calling for an end to the country’s open-door policy since its inception in 2015. Its latest attempt to stop migrant-related crime follows the notorious murder of a German citizen in Chemnitz, allegedly by two Iraqi and Syrian migrants.

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‘We’ll close our airports!’ Salvini resists Germany’s plans to send migrants back to Italy

Rome has still not reached an agreement with Berlin on the repatriation of asylum seekers who had first registered in Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, vowing to close airports to German flights transferring refugees. “If someone in Berlin or Brussels thinks of dumping dozens of migrants in Italy via unauthorized charter flights, they should […]

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Second Pipelay Vessel Begins Work on Germany’s Section of Nord Stream 2

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The second pipelay vessel has started working on the German section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the pipeline’s operator, Nord Stream AG, said. “The offshore pipelay vessel “Audacia” began its work on the Nord Stream 2 project today. “Audacia”, operated by Allseas, is the second vessel together with the “Castoro […]

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German WKB Systems Offers Damascus Aerated Concrete to Restore Buildings

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – German WKB Systems manufacturer offers Damascus to use its aerated concrete to restore buildings destroyed during the civil war, commercial director of the distributor of WKB Systems’ products in Syria told Sputnik on Friday.

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‘Merkel blow by blow’ – How the German chancellor can’t catch a break

The media have been quick to label the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ally Volker Kauder as the latest in a series of “blows” to the chancellor. But Merkel shows no signs of being blown away just yet.

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Replacing Russian gas with American LNG would be ‘absolutely ridiculous’ – expert to RT

Washington is fiercely fighting for Germany’s energy market, trying to sell more of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country, and to wrestle one of the biggest energy consumers away from Russian energy giant Gazprom. Germany currently gets around 60 of its natural gas imports from Russia.

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Anti-Immigrant Party Scores Record-Breaking Popularity in Germany – Poll

After weeks of controversy over migration policy and anti-migrant protests, the right-leaning Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has pushed back the German Social Democrats as the second strongest political force. They have shared leading positions with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union for years. The CDU is also losing points.

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Merkel Pushes Deal With Northern Africa to Shield Europe From Illegal Migrants

Following a meeting of EU leaders in Salzburg, Austria, where they agreed to cooperate closer with Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Libya to curb illegal migration, the German chancellor has spoken out for modelling an agreement with them after a similar deal with Turkey.

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Germany to resume arms sales to Saudis despite own Yemen-related ban – reports

The German government is to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies despite a domestic agreement not to deliver weapons to countries involved in the bloody Yemen conflict, local media report.

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Volkswagen agrees pull-out from Iran to comply with US sanctions – reports

Weeks of negotiations with the Trump administration have ended with carmaker Volkswagen (VW) agreeing to cease most of its operations in Iran, said US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, as cited by Bloomberg. “Volkswagen has told us they will comply with US sanctions on Iran,” said Grenell, adding: “We are pleased with this decision because […]

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Sacking of German Domestic Intelligence Chief Punishment for Truth – Analysts

BRUSSELS – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to sack domestic intelligence chief and security expert Hans-Georg Maassen was a punishment designed to hide the “truth” about risks of uncontrolled immigration, lawmakers and political commentators told Sputnik.

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Germany’s Intel Chief Dismissed Over Migration Dispute With Merkel – Reports

Head of the German domestic intelligence agency Hans-Georg Maassen previously faced harsh criticism after he expressed doubts over the authenticity of the footage showing alleged attacks by right-wing activists on migrants in Chemnitz.

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New Tesla killer: Audi’s all-electric crossover may devour Elon Musk’s lunch

Volkswagen-owned premium brand Audi has unveiled the E-Tron, a battery-powered crossover, which is just about to hit dealerships, making the market of electric vehicles rather more choiceful for eco-friendly enthusiasts. E-tron, Audi’s first electric sport-utility vehicle (SUV), debuted in San Francisco on Monday night.

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US Army to send 1500 more troops to Germany despite Trump’s calls for allies ‘to pay more’

The US Army is to further bolster the number of troops it has stationed in Europe by a further 1,500, despite repeated complaints by President Trump that NATO allies are not spending enough to defend the continent. US Army Europe said the troops will be deployed to Germany by September 2020, calling it a “display […]

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