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Old 18th Sep 2017, 06:43   #1361 (permalink)
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Misstänkt explosivt föremål i bil ?*E6 stängs av | Aftonbladet

A man has been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of “preparing for general devastation” after his vehicle was found to be containing potentially explosive substances. The 45-year-old is in custody and the bomb squad is on the scene.

“I can’t say very much about the case, for various reasons. We have to wait to hear what this person says in interrogations. A lot of things are not yet clear,” police spokesperson Kim Hild told the TT newswire.
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Lampedusa's Mayor: We have fallen into anarchy after migrant influx

The Mayor of Lampedusa, Salvatore Martello, has said the island has “fallen into anarchy” following an enormous influx of migrants over the summer. Martello says that gangs of migrants were flouting laws, harassing women and getting drunk and the police force are completely powerless to stop them. “Last month we fell into anarchy, the rules of the bourgeois life are not respected,” he said.

The Mayor says he receives complaints daily “from frightened tourists, hoteliers, traders and restaurateurs (who) suffer daily, they can not do it anymore. Although the (refugee) centre is guarded by police, carabinieri and finance guards, the Tunisians come in and out as and when they want."

In an open letter in which he called for the closure of a migrant centre, the Salvatore Martello writes: “Threats, harassments, thefts, Lampedusa is about to collapse. Police are powerless. The bars are full of Tunisians who are drunk and harass women. I receive tens of messages from frightened tourists, hoteliers, traders and restaurateurs who suffer daily.”

Lampedusa is one of the largest gateways into Europe, but often, the temporary migrant population can outnumber the tiny 6,000 residents. European leaders need to take a look at this case before they see its effects replicated across Europe on a much larger scale…
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Old 19th Sep 2017, 09:42   #1363 (permalink)
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Afghan asylum seekers held over rape of teenager in Bavaria

Two Afghan asylum-seekers have been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl in Bavaria, where there has been a 48 per cent rise in sexual attacks this year. The men, aged 27 and 17, were held after a police helicopter pinpointed them with a third Afghan, 18, who also fled the scene of the alleged crime.

The victim, reported to have a “migration background”, had visited a refugee hostel in the small town of Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn on the southern outskirts of Munich last Friday night. She was attacked after leaving with the three men for the train station to return to Munich.......
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German elections 2017 - live updates: Exit poll shows far-right entering parliament for first time in half a century | The Independent

Looks like the German people have decided who they wish to be/remain as their leader. A reduced share of the vote, but a win nevertheless.
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Surely the far bigger story is the gains by AfD?
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Yes, possibly.

Given Germany's past and its current policies, together with the political leaning of many from the former GDR its not surprising. That said, it was a big story here about UKIP and look how irrelevant they have become.
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Just a reminder that it wasn't that long ago some here were (gleefully) predicting the end of Mrs Merkel at these elections, that by now Marine Le Pen would be running France, and that the EU would have collapsed...leaving the UK as the last bastion of democracy west of the Elbe.....

Looks like so far at least the rise of the far right has been overestimated.
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Well AFAIK - the AfD have other issues and policies which may not be that obvious to their supporters and probably frowned upon...

Anti abortion, return to the Men are men women are women, bring back the family values, and the trans community have no place.

They want the rich to stay rich and not be hurt by taxation of any shape or form...

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Just a reminder that it wasn't that long ago some here were (gleefully) predicting the end of Mrs Merkel at these elections, that by now Marine Le Pen would be running France, and that the EU would have collapsed...leaving the UK as the last bastion of democracy west of the Elbe.....

Looks like so far at least the rise of the far right has been overestimated.
The results are interesting, having watched German TV this morning, what is really notable is the success of AfD in the former DDR - in Sachen they won the popular vote, generally in the "New States" (the former DDR) they scored more than 20% of the popular vote, and half that in the west. And if you look at how the states have voted, by constituency, Baden Würtemburg appear to have done rather well for AfD - one of the most wealth states, with several of the constituencies I looked at polling well in excess of 10%.

Looks as though the equivalent of the UK Daily Mail and Daily Express readers moved to AfD, along with the less well educated and those with chips on their shoulders. Roughly the same demographic as voted for Front Nationale in France, and for Brexit in UK.

Also interestingly, early analysis by Infratil shows that over 1m voters couldn't be bothered last election voted, and voted AfD. Turnout overall 76%, which is pretty good compared with the UK, probably because in Germany, using their system, you vote really counts, wherever you live, rather than in just a handful of "marginals".

There is hope that Fr. Merkel will have a new government in place by Christmas, which in terms of Brexit, for the UK is yet more bad news, as it kicks the negotiating can yet further down the cue de sac.
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Merkel's been sent a message. Big things always start small but 13.5% and seats in the wotsit are significant especially when Merkels has to cobble a possibly shaky coalition. Unfortunately she has possibly 4 more years to screw things up in Germany and pan-EU.
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Merkel's been sent a message. Big things always start small but 13.5% and seats in the wotsit are significant especially when Merkels has to cobble a possibly shaky coalition. Unfortunately she has possibly 4 more years to screw things up in Germany and pan-EU.
12.6% actually, and a realistic 94 seats at the moment. Refreshing (much as I abhor everything that the AfD stands for) that Germany has an electoral system that truly represents the will of the people, unlike the USA (where the loser won the presidential election) and UK where for most voters, their cross is largely irrelevant. The left wing "Die Linke" also scored fairly well and got seats in the Bundestag have exceeded the 5% threshold.

A "Jamaica" coalition will be cobbled together is the Greens and FDP, which will take some time, but as usual it will be reasonably stable as the Germans appear to understand the word compromise rather better than we do.
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Huge influx of immigrants, declining economy, social unrest, an ageing Chancellor, pressure to introduce "voluntary" euthanasia, a minority right wing party in the ascendancy; what could possibly go wrong?
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.....yeah such a great electoral system that it is reported they won't get a government until the New Year!
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Nobody seriously expected Le Pen to win in the French election. Nobody seriously expected PVV to wield power in The Netherlands. Nobody expected that AfD would be nominating the next chancellor.

However, what the election results of the past year or so show (and I'm including the election of President Trump in this), is that we are seeing a pleasing movement towards nationalism and the right. People are fed up with liberalism. True, social conservatism is coming to the fore. It's going to take a while to undo the damage done by decades of liberal policies, but small steps are at last being taken.

What the liberal left refuses to acknowledge or understand is that vast swathes of western people don't want more tolerance, diversity, multiculturalism etc. They want nationalism, protectionism, less immigration. There is, quite rightly, deep suspicion of alien cultures. It's human nature.
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.....yeah such a great electoral system that it is reported they won't get a government until the New Year!
Possibly, but there again, they won't have to bung ( bribe ) another political party a mere £1bn or so just to get a voting majority ( always useful when forming a Gov't ) unlike, lets think, the UK perhaps ?...now will they.


" There is, quite rightly, deep suspicion of alien cultures

This is true, and certainly for anybody who has those traits of being a racist, xenophobic bigot deeply enshrined in their sociopathic psyche.

For those of us with a balanced and pragmatic open mind however there is no "deep suspicion " .....other than the motives of those who peddle hatred and defamation in the name of "progress" .
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yeah such a great electoral system that it is reported they won't get a government until the New Year!
Worse than that; they don't know how many seats there will be in the Bundestag! Apparently, the number of seats is a movable feast depending on second choice votes, which way the wind is blowing and who knows what else. It seems it could be 590 seats or 630.
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Possibly, but there again, they won't have to bung ( bribe ) another political party a mere £1bn or so just to get a voting majority ( always useful when forming a Gov't ) unlike, lets think, the UK perhaps ?...now will they .
Maybe for those of us who don’t know, could you explain what concessions AM will have to give in to?

The ‘Rainbow’ coalition is certainly different with their political outlook. The experts are not quite dismissing another election. So maybe £1bn might look good value?
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Maybe for those of us who don’t know, could you explain what concessions AM will have to give in to?

The ‘Rainbow’ coalition is certainly different with their political outlook. The experts are not quite dismissing another election. So maybe £1bn might look good value?
That's a dashed good question !

As I said to Angie last week over a currywurst, fries, mayo and several cans of Warsteiner, Angie, what are you going to do if you don't get a working majority ?

Ah, she said, is this for something called Jet Blast I wonder ?.....True I said, because you get all sorts of inane questions asked and it's always nice to be able to offer some facts.

In that case she said, they'll just have to wait and see like everybody else.....care for some more schnapps ?

Quite how you feel the generously donated £1bn is good value however is something you, and your GP, should discuss in medical confidence.
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Old 25th Sep 2017, 14:24   #1379 (permalink)
 
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.....yeah such a great electoral system that it is reported they won't get a government until the New Year!
I seem to remember the other year that Belgium didn't have a government for something like 184 days and they got on OK. According to some Belgians I know, they reckoned that it was better!
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Huge influx of immigrants, declining economy, social unrest, an ageing Chancellor, pressure to introduce "voluntary" euthanasia, a minority right wing party in the ascendancy; what could possibly go wrong?
Bingo. Does anyone really think things are going to get better before the next election? In five years, more jobs will have been automated away, more 'migrants' will be living on welfare and committing crimes, and more Germans will be in open conflict with them.

Merkel's leading Weimar 2.0, and nothing good will come of it.
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