Germany spends record 23 billion euros on refugees – ReportThat marks an increase of nearly 11 percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent in the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers will discuss the government’s annual report on refugee and integration costs during their regular cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Merkel has repeatedly defended her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to hundreds of thousands of war refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, as a humanitarian necessity, but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such mass migration by tackling its causes. Continue reading Germany spends record 23 billion euros on refugees – Report
Israeli spin doctor rocks Austria with ‘anti-Semitic’ campaign against chancellor candidate
Leaked video purportedly shows Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of Austria’s Freedom Party, trying to make corrupt deals and bragging of ‘Israeli friends’ with close ties to Netanyahu.
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In Austria’s elections, the fight against anti-Semitism has turned nasty
Austria’s vice-chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigned Saturday following the release of a video showing him attempting to make corrupt deals with a woman pretending to be representative of a Russian oligarch. The resignation is sending Austria to snap elections, the news agency APA reported. Continue reading Austria’s Far-right Vice-chancellor Resigns Over Video Scandal
A Synagogue Renovation in Berlin, and the Palestinian Making It Happen
Stay Mashiach// Chebli and her husband get into a taxi in Tel Aviv on the way to visit friends. “Where are you from?” the driver asks. “From Germany,” they reply. “Ahh, Germany,” he says. “They’re so dumb – those Germans. They took in all the refugees, the whole of Europe changed. How do they plan to integrate all those Muslims into society now?” Chebli’s husband gives her a wary glance; he knows what’s about to happen. “Uskuti (be quiet),” he mutters in Arabic, but in vain. Continue reading A Daughter of Palestinian Refugees, This German Politician Is Fighting anti-Semitism
Staff and students at SOAS will stage a protest at the university today against the ‘extreme’ right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), amid growing anger that a SOAS law lecturer is standing for the party in the forthcoming European elections.
Staff and students are enraged that SOAS academic Gunnar Beck is involved with a party that the University and College Union says is at ;clear odds with the university’s values of diversity and internationalism’.
A recent leaked report from Germany intelligence services noted that the AfD had recently fallen under the influence of a ‘racial-nationalist’ faction that believes in the ‘ethnic superiority’ of Germans. Continue reading London law lecturer Gunnar Beck is running for a party that German security services believe supports ‘racial–nationalist’ ideology